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

Simply Sketched, Spectrum Noir Aquatints

More notes of thanks

Some more thank you notes were created as we were well and truly spoilt … Plus in a slightly selfish thing, this was my first play with one of my Christmas presents… Spectrum Noir Aquatints!

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Both panels were created using the Aquatints and adding salt to the panels as they were drying. Love the way the colour and texture is created using this method. Have already fallen in love with the Aquatints, and only tried one method with them so far!

I then added the stamped images on the top… To the first I added the Simply Sketched leaf image and I added some additional colours using the SU markers. To the second I used the same image as on the other thank you cards created a couple of days ago (because it was out and to hand). Both panels I added an edge using a SU marker to make it standout when affixed to the white card blank.

Both cards then had the same stamped image added to the envelope in matching colours to the cards… Again just finishes the project off in my opinion!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Simply Sketched, Work of Art

Colour my Monday! Mossy Meadow

Good day peeps! Hope you are ready to play with colour again… Here is my fun for a dreary Monday!

I am back playing with In Colors again for this weeks colour…

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A nice rich and earthy green! And in a break from the Christmassy crafting I went for a birthday card instead!

I used the fabulous Simply Sketched set to stamp the leaves and the sentiment in the fab Mossy Meadow and then blended the line art out using some water and the ink. Then I added a watercolour splash using the Pistachio Pudding and one of the Work of Art stamps.

I mounted it onto some Blackberry Bliss which I had used for the. Berries and job done!

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Happy crafting!

Catherine