This week I have another cute card for the CHNC blog and I used lots of different types of Green as per Hazel’s instruction to the design team. Note you don’t have to follow the challenge to join in on the blog… you just need to make a Christmas card!
So I chose some green coloured cardstock and paper that went with it. I layered them up and added some string as it looked quite rustic to me.
Then I searched through digi images I had printed, found this cute turtle and decided he would be perfect as the focal image.
Using promarkers to colour him I also added wink of Stella to the bubbles and the present bow.
Love how cute this is. Not my usual style but it’s always fun to play with something different!
Today I have two ATCs I made for the Artful ATCs group where the theme for February is City Life.
I used a couple of stamp sets I got from The Range and did an exercise in masking and stamping and then colouring with promarkers.
I chose the stamps because they remind me of Amsterdam. The girl on this landscape one came with the buildings stamp. The second girl on the portrait one comes with a different set with windmills…. perfect for a country life but not for city life so I used the buildings again but created more dimension with more Stamping and varying the grey colouring.
As I had kept the cards flat I decided to make them into postcard style pics so I framed them with a black pen and then gave them each two coats of embossing powder. This both strengthens the card and adds gloss and I think makes the colours richer.
Hopefully the recipient likes these City Life ATCs. I certainly enjoyed making them!
I have a card I made to share with you today which uses all Darcy stamps which I had on the desk from making the heart coins I shared last week.
I started by masking off a section of a card blank with washi tape and then stamping and masking the word hearts. This really is one of my favourite stamps.
I then coloured the stamps using watercolour pencils and a water brush. There is a bit of shimmer to the hearts because I hadn’t cleaned my brush out from using it in my shimmer paints! Ooops! Happy accident!
Next I stamped one of the Darcy characters and coloured with promarkers and fussy cut them out to add to the card.
I finished the card off with one black gem.
Love this! Such a simple card to make really… might do this again with other stamps to make an interesting panel on the background.
Today I am sharing four coins that I made for a swap where the theme was hearts and layers… so yes it needed to have layers and feature hearts!
I started by stamping and masking and stamping some backgrounds onto some thick cardstock. I used Darcy stamps from Paperartsy for all the hearts as I love the different types of hearts she designed. I stamped the word hearts in memento and the circle hearts in Candied Apple distress ink.
I had loosely drawn around some coins so I knew how much to cover of the cardstock I was using.
Next I started colouring them in… promarkers for the word hearts…
… and the background…
Once these were finished I cut them out and added some embossing using a different heart themed stamp from Darcy’s collection. These I clear embossed to give texture to the coins.
Next up was to do some layers and focal images… I chose to use scraps of this fabulous textural wallpaper and then another Darcy heart which I embossed and then coloured using the shimmery watercolours in shades of pink and grey.
I love how shimmery and shiny these are. I also edged the coins in Black to frame them.
Next I added the embellishments… a shrink plastic ticket I stamped and cut out, a gemstone and some stamped words from another Darcy stamp set.
Ok now to show the real colours in daylight and not just the orange look they get under the desk lamp…
Love how they came out!
So these are my coins for the swap… I think there were enough layers and enough hearts to satisfy the conditions of the swap! Hopefully Janet who I made them for loved them too!
This month the theme for my ATC swap group over on Facebook is “Roses are Red” which I invite people to interpret however they like. I went for the obvious… red and rose!
I started with red paint onto kraft cardstock. Most of it scraped on, and then a burgundy through a stencil.
Next I cut out the coins and then used a stencil to add white heart shapes onto the background. I found a rose stamp in my stash, stamped it using memento ink and then coloured it using promarkers. I then cut it out.
I decided it needed some thing else so I die cut a swirly circle shape and then decided to make each of the coins different using black to either add doodles, colour in the hearts or colour in the background.
I finished them off with the love word stamp and some wink of Stella for the roses.