Category Archives: Michael Powell stamps

Experiments with colour

I really wasn’t happy with the colouring job I did on the Michael Powell stamped image I included in the second Tinsel Tuesday card I blogged yesterday. (Yes I know it’s only just gone midnight … But I am still awake and this post was pretty much ready to publish!!!)

The card topper I made did sort of rescue the poor colouring, but I was not happy. So I decided to stamp the image again a few times and experiment with colouring it in!

I stamped all of them in Smoky Slate so that the line art didn’t interfere with the colouring too much and wasn’t too bold. I’m not keen on dark lines for line art.

I pulled out the Promarkers first and decided to try to match the colour scheme (ish) on the illustration on the stamp.

Once I finished colouring I added some stickles to the moon and stars and the fairy lights. Then I mounted this with a combination of the Coastal Cabana & Strawberry Slush. For all of the cards I made I embossed the background using a text Merry Christmas embossing folder, and then mat and layered with either the same or similar cardstock and included ribbons and in some cases a bit of bling too! I love the fresh and different look to this!

Next I went for a grey toned one. I mat this with Basic Black & Basic Grey.

20140124-230504.jpg. This time the only change is that I added silver stickles to the fairy lights and clear stickles on the moon and stars. I did change the positioning for the card topper on the cards I made, but kept the recipe fairly similar.

Next I tried for a sepia look … Not sure it was 100% successful.

Once I had mounted it all up though and with the glitzy ribbon I quite like it. I also used champagne stickles on this one to tone more with the colour scheme.

I decided to now move onto different colouring mediums … To varying successes!

this was using Aquamarkers. Now I don’t have a great number of these and they are all very bright in colour. I don’t use them often and it turns out am not particularly good at using them either. Suspect watercolour paper would have been a much better idea! Same goes for the next one too!

This I used the SU inks and an aqua painter to apply the colour. Whilst it was easier to control than the Aquamarkers and the end result is better, the paper did warp a lot, and probably would have been better trying it on watercolour paper instead.

So did I save the best till last?


I used some Derwent watercolour pencils to colour this in and added the lightest of washes with an aqua painter at the end just to blend slightly! I do like this one and the first one the best I think, although think I did a good job on the grey toned one too!

Now of course I wasn’t making Christmas cards in bulk this year … And oops just because of one colour experiment I’ve ended up with an additional six cards! Oops a daisy! Ah well …. Pleased with this and did have lots of fun colouring in for a change!

Happy crafting!


Tinsel Tuesday February sketch

Hello there… It is the first Tuesday of the month and so time to reveal the Tinsel Tuesday sketch for this month…


This year I am challenging myself to make 2 cards in each month based on a sketch. To make my life easier I can do 2 of the same or similar cards if I choose, but I could also make 2 completely different cards, as long as the starting point is the sketch! I encourage you to join in … Obviously you don’t have to make 2 … But this way I will have made 12 cards by Christmas … So why not join me and at least make a few along the way. My friend Karen joined in last month and created this…


Isn’t it lovely?

My friend Helen also joined in … Although if you pop to her blog post you may see something a bit different about her Tinsel Tuesday interpretation!

So this month using the sketch above these are the cards I made.

I started with a Classic Christmassy combination of Real Red and Old Olive… Can’t get much more Christmassy than that can you?

I started with a 3″ square of whisper white and stamped the clarity holly corner in the Old Olive. I added some sponged ink too to blend it, and then the holly berries were treated to some of the Real red using a Stampin write marker. Then there were some layers of cardstock to cut out. I kept to the two colours rather than mixing them. For the embossed words I added ink after embossing to give it more definition, and the same with the Argyle embossed pennant.

I decided to add the sentiment by punching it out with the Modern Bauble Punch and then inking that. I also added a little bow of bakers twine and added this on dimensionals.

The extra little touches you may be able to make out are that each flat layer has been stamped in some way… Either the corners have the holly stamp added plus there is a second generation snowflake on the bauble. This adds something a bit different and I enjoyed putting all the effort in!

Next up I decided to use the Michael Powell stamp I got in the sale and have never used. I coloured it with Stampin write markers and blender pens. I need more practice at this as especially in the sky it was very difficult to blend. But never mind!

I added clarity corners and plenty of inking to finish the diamond off.

I added the diamond to some Night of Navy cardstock as a mount, and then to a piece of Marina Mist cardstock onto which I added more snowflakes and inking. Then finally another mount of Night of Navy cardstock.

I then added some glossy accents to the windows of the houses and some crystal stickles to the fairy lights to add the dimension and different texture.

This is quite a large card topper and I intend to add it to a large 8×8″ card blank. I have however not completely followed the sketch but as the topper I made was quite busy I decided it was better to leave the other elements off rather than make it too busy. But hey it’s my challenge if I choose to I will break the rules!

Why don’t you join in with my challenge?

Happy crafting!