Darcy, Deco art fluid acrylics, Distress oxide ink, Emma Godfrey, fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Gelli Plate, Indigo Blu, Inktense, Derwent, Masks/Stencils, Washi tape, Watercolour paints

Lovehearts postcards

Today I have two postcards to share with you because two separate groups had heart themed swaps this month… and I thought why not share them both at the same time! (Actually you will see this isn’t right … but read on to discover more!)

First up is the heart card I made for the Inchies, Twinchies and more group and I used the Darcy paperartsy stamp…

I embossed it onto a Gelli print and then added some colour to the cogs.

I decided to sew a border on the panel to add texture. I then embossed the title onto some card and added that too.

The base was some chipboard painted with black gesso. I added some doodling round the edge and called it finished!

Next up I made this postcard for the Hearts a Flutter challenge at Postcard Art Swap…

I used distress oxides and the smooshing technique with different shades of pink and purple. I also did a bit of subtle stamping in the background.

Then I used Indigo Blu stamp for the wings and then using the wipe up from the oxides onto glossy photo paper I stamped and embossed the heart stamp (another Darcy one) and stuck that down.

I doodled and chose a sentiment from the stash and embossed that before glueing the strip in place.

I finished it off with some enamel dots and some glossy accents on the heart.

So that was me thinking I was done with heart postcards but after I had posted them to the recipients I realised I had made a mistake and the swap for Inchies, Twinchies and More was actually for four postcards … doh!

So off I set again! I chose to use Darcy hearts and keep to the theme…

Card 1… a Gelli print using the mini Gelli plate and a heart stencil and lots of paint splatters and adding the panelled heart on top.

Card 2.. stencilled with distress oxides and gloss gel through an aall and create stencil. Then scrap of cardstock and the cog heart embossed and lightly watercoloured. I love peacock feathers.

I taped off the edge and then watercoloured using the metallic paints from a Rainbow Moon set I bought a while ago. Then when it was dry I stamped the funky hearts into the middle and coloured them with Inktense pencils. Then I added versamark and clear emboss over the whole postcard to give it a glossy finish.

Finally I used vellum and created a pocket for the heart confetti and then sewed around the edge. I added the dotty washi and the embossed heart I coloured with a red pen.

OK think I have now come to the end of heart postcards…. but probably got a few more heart projects to blog about before the month is out!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Alpaca Pals, Brushos, Darcy, Distress Crayons, fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Inchies and Twinchies, Masks/Stencils, Promarkers, Letraset, Stampin Blends alcohol pens, Washi tape, Watercolour paints

11 twinchies… love hearts

A challenge at the Inchies, Twinchies and more group for this month was to make 12 twinchies with the theme of hearts. I had so much fun pulling out all my heart themed stash!

First up is my favourite Darcy paperartsy stamp with the text. I stamped and embossed it in black and then added some metallic watercolour paints. Then a doodled edge!

Second a three layered twinchies and the top one stamped the Alpaca Pals stamp in pink. Then a sticker with a small layer of vellum underneath to finish off.

Next I used a heart stencil and embossed with some modelling paste… then when it was dry I added brushos with some sptays of water… love the texture and the joy if brushos. I added some twine and then an embossed heart on red card stock and then a canvas sticker.

This one more Darcy hearts (she has designed so many great heart stamps over the years) in the background. Next I added some Alpaca Pals stamps… the sentiment stamp I added on the white panel. The back panel I added the red blending. Then added the sentiment and the red little heart. I finished with some glitter glue for the heart.

This one is a play with the fresco finish paints to create the background and the panel to emboss the hearts on. I added some punchinella with staples. I added the smaller panel with the embossed hearts and then the sticker with a mount of the purple cards.

Next some more Darcy hearts… this time a simple stamping and colouring in job with Stampin Blends and promarkers.

The next a Darcy stamp embossed… then some washi on the panel underneath onto the Blackberry Bliss cardstock. Finished with the sticker sentiment and some gems.

Another embossed background with a different heart stencil. This time I added the colour with distress crayons. Then a larger sticker sentiment added to vellum and a piece of washi and stuck down with staples.

Another Alpaca Pals stamp with the cute doodled text hearts. Simple. Stamped on the Melon Mambo card and then added to the white twinchie with a black border to each layer. Added a gem to finish.

Another Darcy heart stamp embossed in silver as a stripe across the pink card twinchie. I also added the pink washi and then the heart gem and the sentiment, which I added glossy accents to so it was shiny.

The final one is a little pocket with some hearts in the middle and sewn around the edge with the top layer of vellum. I then added a heart on the top which I added glossy accents to. Finished with the sentiment sticker with a layer of red cardstock underneath.

Absolutely loved the playtime I had with this project… so much fun! Hope the recipient enjoyed them all as much as I enjoyed making them.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Design Team, Watercolour paints, Woodland, Woodware stamps

DT: CHNC: a reindeer

Hello! Today it was time to add a reindeer to our cards for the CHNC blog and I chose to make a watercolour background and add some Woodware stamped images to create the scene.

I decided to emboss the card blank using the woodland embossing folder. And then kept it modern with some black card candi.

A simple but pretty card.

Entering this into the water colour challenge at Vintage Journey

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Prismacolour pencils, Watercolour paints

Dragonflies paint a long with LillyPea designs

Another paint a long, another picture I am happy enough with that I’ve framed it!

Just like the bee one, this was with LillyPea Designs over on Facebook.

That final picture was where I left it at the end of the session… but a couple of days later I pulled out my Prismacolour pencils and added a little more definition to finish off the picture.

And then I framed it and hung it in my craft room…

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Watercolour paints

Lillypea designs paint a long

Another little watercolour painting, this time following a tutorial on Facebook from LillyPea designs.

This was a beautiful bee tutorial.

I started with drawing out the image…

And then colour blocking…

It was at this point I realised I had added black to the wrong part of the bee… so then I had to improvise a new style of bee!

The wings were interesting, as the brown was looking odd at the beginning.

I had a lot of bleeding on the yellow at the bottoming decided to go with it.

Loved doing the legs and adding shading and texture on it.

There were a few more layers on each section and then started adding in the background colour of the turquoise and blue.

The final stages included lots of little marks using watercolour pencils and then my favourite thing… splatters!

Love love love this!

The whole painting is 8×8 so I am going to frame this in my craft room.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Watercolour paints

African savannah sunset watercolour

I mentioned a few days ago that the princess and I had been painting again, and this time it was Matthew Palmer’s online workshop for an African Savannah sunset.

Not 100% happy with my sky, but love how the whole piece looks.

The princess did a great job. She chose to also do the giraffe I didn’t want to add to mine, but didn’t want to do leaves on the tree… so between us we followed the full tutorial.

Really enjoyed my painting time with the princess… and love the pictures we made.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Watercolour paints

Lakeland sunset watercolour

So this watercolour painting as a family is becoming a thing now … this time I’ve got the Lakeland sunset paintings that we did a couple of weeks ago following Matthew Palmer’s online workshop.

This time I don’t have any in progress shots, just the finished ones. Love the final piece I made, and proud of how we all did as a family.

Although the class isn’t difficult to follow, the techniques are sometimes tricky to master, so each is a new lesson.

Looking forward to more lessons… this weekend the princess and I did an African sunset, but will share the results on another day!

Happy crafting!

Catherine