Art and crafting styles, Simply Sketched

Another sympathy card

Unfortunately last week I had to make another sympathy card 😔

Decided to steer clear of Waterfront stamps before I only think death when I use it … and went for an ombre watercolour wash and Tim Holtz wild flowers stamp instead.

I layered yellows and oranges Stampin Up inks using my large flat brush and water. Then I flicked some spots of the darker orange and let it dry.

Once dry I added some subtle pattern through the writing stencil from Donna Downey and the stamped the flower using the stamp platform to ensure I got the impression well. I then flicked some watered down Sparks paint to add some shimmer.

Once that was dry I stamped the flower again, this time using versamark and heat embossed it. This is where the stamp platform came into it’s own as the stamp wad still perfectly placed. I did the same heat embossing with the sentiment.

I then took the stencil brush and made sure I had darkened the edges to frame it.

I am so so so happy with how this card finished up… again I wish it was for a happier reason… but hopefully it will bring some happiness to my friends mum in her sorrow.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Brushos, Simply Sketched, Waterfront

Brusho sympathy

This card is one I loved making until I had to turn it into a sympathy card.

I was watching YouTube videos and came across one using Brusho and the waterfront stamps and had to give it a try. Here is a link to the blog for the original artist and I encourage you to check out her YouTube channel too. She is amazing.

I love this technique and camt wait try it again… but hopefully next time I don’t have to then turn it into a sympathy card.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Petals and more, Simply Sketched, Stitched framelits

Watercolour poppies

I love love love this poppy stamps from the Simply Sketched set. Can’t imagine not having it to use. It’s so delicate and pretty.

I decided to play with watercolours and created this ‘No line’ version by using a very light ink to stamp and then watercolouring the image so it looks as though I didn’t stamp it!

I die cut the flower image out using the stitched shape framelits and also die cut the lovely border from the Petals and more set. Then I created a background using the same colours in the focal image. I decided to make the card a bit more earthy by using a kraft card blank.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Masks/Stencils, Paperartsy Hot Picks, Pebeo fantasy paints, Simply Sketched

Postcard swap… 100 years since the Battle of the Somme 

I’ve joined another swap group…. this time making a postcard on a theme once a month. This was my first contribution.

The theme was to commemorate 100 years since the Battle of the Somme where so many lives were lost. It doesn’t quite make sense to me in terms of the numbers … they are too big and ridiculous to think of. A real loss to the world.

This is my postcard. I started with some handwritten scrapbook paper from Maggie Holmes that I liked the look of …. made me think of the letters soldiers and their families used to write.  I oates it with a light layer of white gesso. Then I added the black gesso, dry brushing it from the right hand side.

Then I coloured some texture paste with the Infusions crystals in Black Knight to turn it grey and added it on the left hand side through a Tim Holt stencil and left it to dry.

I then started on my poppy.  I stamped the image using a SU stamp and then used the Pebeo outlined paint to create the outline for the Prisme paint to sit in.  Once it was dry (it took 2 days!) I cut out the flower and adhered it to the postcard.  I decided it needed more colour so stamped some text stamps down the right hand side in grey ink and then the splashes of red using acrylic paint and some white dotty stamps lightly in the top. 

Once the poppy was dry and glued in place I added some shading and blended in the flower a little more with some ink and water. I then added some Hickory smoke distress ink over the texture paste to highlight the cracks more. 

The title was created using the Tim Holt small talk stickers and I added both pen and charcoal to provide some depth.

Love how this came out. Sombre and hopefully a poetic reminder of the sacrifice made by those brave soldiers during the 1st world war.

Happy crafting! 

Catherine 

Masks/Stencils, Simply Sketched, Spectrum noir pencils, Use them or Lose them

Use them or lose them #13 project 2

So this year I have decided to challenge myself to make a set of cards, scrapbook page or journal layout using each of my stamp sets as I know I have some I rarely use!

This week I’ve been using the Simply Sketched stamps and already know this is a keeper.  I did however want to try out a technique I’d never tried before.

I took kraft card blanks and stamped the image using white craft ink and let it dry.  I did this on the envelopes too.

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Once the pigment ink was dry I used my spectrum noir pencils to colour the images. 

As the images weren’t particularly big I felt the cards needed something else so grabbed some stencils, stencil brushes and light distress inks (wild honey and Pumice stone) so finish them off.

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This one is using the Clarity bubbles stencil and I tried to add more pumice stone on the bottom of the stencil to provide more depth.  I then added the sentiment last using the white craft ink.

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This one I kept to the circle shape but this time in addition to adding the Pumice stone down one side I also added the dot fade stencil too to provide a little texture.  This didn’t work as well as I had hoped but still provided some depth and interest.

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I kept the envelopes simple with just the colouring (these were taken before I added the stenciling.).

So most defintely a technique I liked and stamps to keep.  Win win!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Ribbons, Simply Sketched, Use them or Lose them

Use Them or Lose Them #13 Simply Sketched

So this year I have decided to challenge myself to make a set of cards, scrapbook page or journal layout using each of my stamp sets as I know I have some I rarely use!

This week I am playing with Simply Sketched which I have had for a while and used quite often. I must admit the sentiments get used the most and it is the only Sympathy sentiment I own so I know already I am unlikely to let this one leave. But still I fancied doing something a bit different and opted for some round card blanks and some distress stain for one and the distress glaze for both of them.
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I started by stamping both the cards, inside and out with Archival ink. One on watering can and the other in Sepia.
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Then for this one I created a border with the distress glaze, lightly coloured the image with watercolour pencils and then added some distress stain over the top.
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I did the same with the envelope and also created some splatters. Then added the sentiment and some seam binding.

The other card I watercoloured the poppy then masked it with the distress glaze before stamping a So Saffron background using a block and spraying some water.
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I then added some splashes in the yellow and some Crisp Canteloupe. I also added the Canteloupe trim.
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Love both of these very modern and different ways of using these stamps.

These are going nowhere!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Brushos, Simply Sketched

Testing a new pot of magic

I spotted in the Craft stamper magazine a tutorial explaining how to use the micro distress glaze and thought that it was something that might come in useful when using Brushos to stop them from blending where you don’t want them to blend. 

This is the first use of the glaze which I applied to the flower after painting it with the red.

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The glaze adds a oily layer over the surface to stop any more liquid contaminating the part glazed.  This meant when I applied the lemon brusho over the top it didn’t blend with the red and turn it orange. 

Simple things like this make me happy.  Looking forward to seeing what else I can do with it!

Happy crafting!

Catherine