Category Archives: Simply Sketched

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

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

Sympathy card

Whilst I had been wanting a change in crafting from Christmas I would rather not have to make a sympathy card.  Unfortunately a friend of the hubby lost his fight with cancer so I made this for the hubby to send.

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A simple card that says what it needs to.  Love the Oh so Lovely stamps for keeping it simple and to the point.
 
Happy crafting!

Catherine

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

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

Tidying up the scrap box

I have recently had a bit of a tidy up! Mainly of the scrap box and got rid of things I really would never use by making the pieces big enough into envelopes for the lunch money for the princess! Ingenious use of paper that I otherwise would throw into the recycling! Or at least I think it is!

I have also been making up some quick and simple cards with the bits that were a bit to small to save but too pretty to throw away… Those really small bits and pieces you just can’t quite part with … So here is a selection of the cards I made using such cute bits and pieces!

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A bright combination of Afternoon Daydreams, Summer Silhouettes & Papillion Pot Pourri with a splash of additional colour with the chevron ribbon!

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Watercoloured Simply Sketched flower with my Inktense pencils (lush!) and used some random scraps of paper. Lovely little Itty bitty Banners sentiment too!

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The fabulous Henry Says sits happily on the I am Me DSP scraps for this bright celebratory card!

Love how a delve in the scraps box can give me these three very different cards! I did some more but you will have to wait to see them!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Watercolouring the simply sketched!

So I thought I would give my watercolour a little practice with the gorgeous Simply Sketched stamps!

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I also added some little grunge elements like Off the Grid and Work of Art stamping to blend the topper into the card, and on the purple one the backing paper was a gelli print! Also loving adding the pearls in such a random manner. I am usually a straight even spaced line kind of person so this random effect is fun to do to be different!

Happy crafting!

Catherine