Sunday, 6 June 2021

International Art and Soul Challenge 110

 The challenge for this fortnight was set by my team mate CG, and it's to use a pre-coloured topper.  Now, that's not something I do very often, although as I get more in to designing and decorating my own background papers, it's becoming more frequent. I recently bought a couple of packs of Hunkydory Topper Decks, and I've used a couple here.

For both, the backgrounds started as gelli prints. The first was first generation and fairly clean, the second was a second generation print to which I added ink through a stencil. In the case of the first card, I just added some inky colour to the background to take away the whiteness. In both cases, the ink was Distress Oxide.

I do hope you can join us this time.

Sunday, 23 May 2021

International Art and Soul Challenge 109

 The challenge for this fortnight has been chosen by my team mate, Debbie. She's chosen the theme Graduation.

I struggled with this challenge - I don't have any reason to make a card for a graduation. I don't know anyone due to graduate from university this summer, and even if I did, I wouldn't know for sure until next month when degree results are published. So, I had to get creative.

First, I created a graduated background in Photoshop Elements, moving smoothly from green to blue. Then, I added a rainbow, which is a graduation of all the colours present in white light. The dies I used there are mainly Creative Expressions, with the mat for the sentiment being cut with a Sizzix die.

I do hope you can join us this time.

Sunday, 9 May 2021

International Art and Soul Challenge 108

 The challenge for this fortnight was set by my team mate Hazel, and she wants to see our take on a nursery rhyme.

I was just a bit stumped at first, then I thought of a text stamp I bought recently, and from there, I jumped to 'Twinkle, twinkle, little star'

I started by masking off an area for the sky, and I dotted around it with a Versamark pen. I embossed the area using a holographic clear powder. Then, I started to apply ink. First, Distress ink in a range of blues, and then some black to darken the whole thing down. Next, I did the same with the ground, using a green, and again, darkening with black. After that, I stamped the sentiment, embossing with white, and then the trees, embossed with black. Finally, I added the rabbit, who I like to think is wondering about the stars he can see. Stamps are all Lavinia except the rabbit which comes from Card-io.

I do hope you can join us this time.

Saturday, 8 May 2021

Paper Embroidery Cards

 I love some of the designs available on Stitching Cards, and have spent some time lately on a variety of their designs.

Two geometric patterns and a floral vine. The vine pattern is available free to try out if you're interested. 

And, I got started on my Christmas cards!

For most, I used Sulky varigated thread, but others, including first, the snowflakes and the grey on the robins, use some machine embroidery thread.

Sunday, 25 April 2021

International Art and Soul Challenge 107

 The challenge this fortnight was chosen and is being hosted by my team mate Jennie, and it's a card or gift for a man.

I recently donated some cards to a local hospital for patients and families to use, and it occurred to me that there were very few male-themed cards (if any). I do make cards for men - I've got a husband, two sons, my daughter's partner, two brothers-in-law, but I don't tend to make male cards 'just because'. Because, of course, those 'just because' cards are done because I want to make something pretty! Anyway, during the post Christmas sales, I obtained a couple of topper decks from Hunkydory, and one of them, with all vintage style transport images, was intended to give me some inspiration.

I started by creating an A4 background using Distress Oxide inks and smooshing them on to stamping paper.

I added some stamping on top - mainly to give some texture, and used it to cover both the display and base sections of an easel card. The image is simply matted, and I used a die (from Joanna Sheen, I think) to create the stopper. Nothing too complicated, but I think it works.

Also in the Hunkydory sale, I got some stamps, and decided to play with one.

I did like the idea of these stamps - circular landscape type silhouettes, with corners to match, and while I think the card is usable, I'm a little disappointed without really knowing why. Again the background uses distress oxide ink, smooshed on to stamping card, with the images stamped in Versafine Clair ink.

I do hope you can join us this time.

Sunday, 11 April 2021

International Art and Soul Challenge 106

 The challenge for this fortnight is Winged Creatures chose and hosted by my team mate Christine. I normally immediately go for butterflies for this sort of challenge, but not this time. Two cards, and not a butterfly in sight!

I have been inspired recently by some Lavinia Stamps videos, and this has resulted in both the cards in this post. This first one, started with a second gelli plate impression with distress oxide ink and a stencil. (The first impression will be used elsewhere!) The result was very understated, but I liked it, and added some more detail. First, I used a circular mask and Victorian Velvet distress ink. Then I added the foliage and added the raven using stamps from Lavinia stamps. I coloured the blossoms with pencil. I wanted a bit more texture in the background, so I used a couple of stamps from Creative Stamping magazine - some text and another small one with a 'cracked' appearance. And that, apart from some silver mirror card to matt, is that.

The second card used very similar techniques:

This card used similar techniques, although the gelli print was first generation, and a lot bolder as a result. I added some trees, and the fairy on a toadstool image. The fairy was from my first ever set of Lavinia stamps - I think they were a subscription gift for a magazine some years ago. The toadstool isn't opaque - so I added some colour using coloured pencils. And again, some mirror card to finish, and a fairly simple card.

I do hope you can join us this time.

Sunday, 28 March 2021

International Art and Soul Challenge 105

 The challenge for this fortnight has been set by my team mate CG. She wants us to make a shaped card, and is especially looking for creativity.

Now, this is something I struggle with. I think I have a fairly good sense of colour, but I'm not good at shape and dimension, and that's even worse when we move in to three dimensions. But, with the aid of a die set or several, I came up with this:

The main card shape uses a die set from Marianne Creatables. You need three of the die cuts to get this shape. I added patterned paper which I bought from The Works. 

I decorated the inside with a variety of die cuts. I'm honestly not sure about the dies used for the vases. I suspect they might be Spellbinders (definitely bronze coloured). The flowers were made using dies from Printable Heaven. The sentiment here (and the one on the front) are from a set which I think was Spellbinders too.

As you can see better in this picture, the vases and sentiment are designed to 'pop up' slightly when the card is open.

But everything folds together for posting. The hinges you see are part of the Marianne die set, and they definitely add to the strength of the design.

I do hope you can join us this time.

Sunday, 14 March 2021

International Art and Soul Challenge 104

 The theme for this fortnight, chosen by my team-mate Craftygirl is 'Bunny'. Obviously a good theme for spring and Easter, but also for new babies and young children, so lots of scope.

I don't often do 'cute', but I do have a couple of CDRoms with suitable images, so I used them.

The image and paper on this one are both from a Crafter's Companion CDRom - Bebunni Floral. I think this was a magazine version of the collection - ie not a complete collection, but it's rather pretty and suits the theme well. I combined the image and paper in Photoshop Elements, adding a border to the image before printing.

But on my trawls through my CDRoms, I also found a suitable image on Everyday at Hollypond Hill.

That's another Crafter's Companion CDRom - this time, it's a complete collection. Again, I combined the image and paper in Photoshop Elements, adding a border and a bevel before printing.

Both images were matted after printing, so really quite simple cards, but then most of the work was done pre-printing. Inserts for both cards use the same papers as the card.

I do hope you can join us this time!

Sunday, 28 February 2021

International Art and Soul Challenge 103

 This fortnight's challenge is hosted by Sall, and the them is Natural World at Christmas without robins! I know that last bit caused be a bit of consternation, as every time I thought of an image, there was a robin somewhere. And then I thought of a CDRom I've had for years but rarely used. It's a Debbi Moore CD, and I can't actually remember if it was from a magazine or bought direct from her site. I combined a couple of backgrounds, borders, a sentiment, and an image in Photoshop Elements, and this was the result.

I added some silver mirror card to create a border to the printed image, and that's it.

I do hope you can join us this time.

Sunday, 14 February 2021

International Art and Soul Challenge 102

 The challenge theme for this fortnight is Off to Dinner. I chose to use a stamp depicting two very glamorous ladies drinking cocktails as I imagine their next stop will be dinner somewhere very exclusive.

The stamp is from Crafts and Me which I've had for several years. I know the company went out of business a while ago, and I don't know if the image is available from anyone else now. I coloured with watercolour pencils and added some glittery accents with Sakura Stardust pens. I gave the background area an extra glitz with a Crafter's Compaion glitter marker.

The background started as a simple smooshed piece with Distress Oxide inks, but I wanted to add something to it, so I added a gel press impression with white acrylic paint and a stencil.

I do hope you can join us this time.

Sunday, 31 January 2021

International Art and Soul Challenge 101

 This time at International Art and Soul, the theme of the challenge is Hearts. You can interpret that as you wish. I decided to make a card using a Gorjuss stamp I bought a few years ago.

I coloured the image with pencils - my newly-purchased Koh -i-Noor Polycolor pencils. I'm by no means an expert at colouring with any media, but I was reasonably happy with this effort. I envy those who can see where to shade darker and lighter and do it successfully, but I do struggle with that.

The bacground uses plain black card and a piece of embossed and Distress Oxide shaded card which was left over from a previous project. I do hope you can join us this time.

Sunday, 17 January 2021

International Art and Soul Challenge 100

 The theme for this fortnight is Winter. I must say, I do like winter. Yes, it can be cold, and it can be wet but it's lovely to feel cosy inside when the weather's bad outside. And snowy landscapes are gorgeous to look at.

When I'd almost finished my Christmas cards last year, I came across a text stamp I haven't used for some time. As it's perfect for this theme, I used it to complete my Christmas makes. The text stamp is one I've had for quite a long time but I honestly can't remember whose it is. It might be an Inkylicious stamp, but I don't think it is. If anyone recognises it, I'd love to be reminded! The other stamps used come from Craft Stamper Magazine.

For both cards, I stamped the image and then gave the background a Distress Ink wash. In the case of the second card, I also added some white pencil to key areas before the ink wash as a type of resist. I gave them some different matting, and, for very simple cards, I think they're quite effective. 

In case you can't read it, the verse reads, 'Winter waves a magic want over the world and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful'

I do hope you can join us this time.

Sunday, 3 January 2021

International Art and Soul Challenge 99

 The theme for the first fortnight of the year is Landscapes. I'm hosting the challenge, and I'd love to see a landscape for any season. With that in mind, I made some Christmas cards using a range of stamps and stencils from Inkylicious, Creative Stamping Magazine and John Next Door. The background shading was done in Distress Ink, while the darker parts use Versafine Clair.

I did several of this style for last Christmas, and I do like the results, although I have to say I have a significant failure rate with several attempts going into the bin!

The trees here use stamps from Circa Design that I've had for many years.

And finally, for this one I added some heat embossed foliage.

I'm looking forward to seeing your landscapes, so please join us!


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