Category Archives: Watercolor wings

Brusho butterfly

This card is the finished card from the crafting session I held a few weeks ago.  I used versamark to stamp the base of the butterfly and then sprinkled on the brusho trying to keep it only on the versamark area before spritzing it lightly.

Once it was dry I then stamped on the rest of the parts and patterns of the butterfly.  To finish I added stickles and a layer of black cardstock to mount it.  I love the movement created by the brushos.  And love these colours.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Swirly scribble framelit card

I saw an idea on Pintrest that I wanted to have a go at using the swirly scribbles framelits to peep through a white card to a colourful background. Of course I now can’t find the original inspiration pin. But thanks for the inspiration whoever came up with the idea. 

I created a background using a couple of inks colours and some water.  Then I layered up the white cardstock and cut two panels to the same size (larger than the final die I used to cut them out). 

Then I took the white panel and die cut the swirls.  I then sat the main die back in place and then adhered the two side pieces onto the background.  I then adhered each section back into the gaps before I then took out the die cut. 

I then die cut the panel into a card topper. 

I love how this came out and then added the butterfly from Watercolour wings and edged the panel with the same pink ink. 

Finally added the little glitter gems to embellish 

Happy crafting!

Catherine 

Wow with Watercolour class

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Tonight friends will be gathering at mine for a crafting session where the theme I chose was watercolour!   Now given I am not an art teacher nor do I know how to watercolour in the way you might be thinking…. I instead chose to add colour in a watery way… or use stamps designed to give a water colour appearance. 

So here is what I have got prepped… 

Watercolour wings with brushos and some embossing. 

Watercolour words with some inky circles using a gelli plate.

Watercolour wash background stamp with a silhouette.

And finally… 

A scrapbook page just for a change. Using the gelli plate to add the inky large circles and the circles from Happy Celebrations set which I applied ink to using the Stampin Write markers to keep with the sketchy look. 

Hopefully we will get through these projects in no time at all… or at least get most of them done! Regardless I am sure we will have fun! 

Happy crafting!

Catherine 

Background stamp class

Last Tuesday I hosted a crafting session at my house where the focus was on background stamps. 

I designed four cards using different background stamps. 

1. HARDWOOD

This is a perfect design for any woodgrain stamps and I love this Hardwood stamp from Stampin Up. I masked part of the background and then added another colour cardstock for the raised panel.  I then used the Awesomely Artistic set to embellish and then an old sentiment stamp.

2. POSTSCRIPT

An old but still very good technique of triple time stamping. This time using the Postscript stamp and a mix of colour inks. 

I used a mix of Sweet sugarplum, Berry Burst and Fresh Fig to ink up the stamp and then Fresh Fig for the mounting card. I then added the die cut swirl and stitched framelit before adding the Watercolour wings butterfly using the same colours. 

The sentiment was embossed just to make it pop! 

3. BURLAP

This time I grabbed the gelli plate and Distress oxides to add the fun background for this card. 

Using one colour of the oxide for the first print with some water and then added the burlap to it for the second layer created a nice rustic but imperfect print. 

I then added stamping for the glasses and then created the tag using the new Half Full stamp set from the autumn winter SU catalogue.

4. HANDCRAFTED

This is a retired stamp but I love it, especially for stamping with Brushos. I created a palette on my craft mat and then stamped into it and then straight onto the card blank. I love the mix of the colours and the watery stamped effect.

I then mopped up the remaining colour and die cut that using the Swirly Scribbles thinlits.  I also stamped and die cut the Beautiful You inage with the stitched framelits and added colour with some brusho. I edged panel and the sentiment with some purple from a blending tool.

So four different background stamps each used differently to create some fun cards.

Happy crafting!

Catherine 

Black tag butterfly time

Today I have a tag I made for a swap to share. I grabbed a black tag from Ranger and started adding distress oxides onto it. As they are slightly opaque they can be used on darker cardstock… just don’t expect the colours to be the same as when on light cardstock. 

So I started with a base of frayed burlap and layered up a few layers before then starting with the stencilling and stamping.

I added some dots from the Watercolour wings set and then stencilled some dots too. Then I stamped the main butterfly image with three colours of oxide. This created a subtle but beautiful feature. I then took a sentiment from Beautiful you and embossed it in white and doodles round some of the dots too. 

I decided the butterfly needed more emphasis… so out came the white gel pen again… 

Love how this came out. 

Happy crafting!

Catherine 

Postcard swap number 2!

I’ve gotten myself into another swap… and it’s another postcard swap! 

This time the theme is things with Wings. I have plenty of winged thing stamps so didn’t think much of it at the beginning as I knew I would come up with something so instead I jaunt let myself play! 

I chose a postcard which I had already mopped up some ink on and then adhered this Tim Holtz tissue wrap to it using Matt medium. Then I started layering up distress oxide inks. 

Just love how easy these inks make layering colour to projects. Ranger really have come up with an amazing product.

Next it was time to add texture… I decided to use some abandoned coral distress stain to colour the modelling paste and then use a Tim Holtz stencil.

This was it when it was still drying.

Once it was dry I chose to add a Watercolour wings butterfly I made in one of the distress oxide videos. That became my thing with Wings. 

I added this with gel medium and left it to dry for the rest of the day. The next day I then added some doodling with pen and the title of the art. 

I used Faber-Castell pens to add some shading too which makes the butterfly pop more. 

Really really happy with this final look. It came together so nicely and was good to feel like I was just playing.  

Happy crafting!

Catherine 

More distress oxide playing

And another YouTube video done! 

Feeling more confident with the app to edit the video now and hopefully this makes sense. 

And here are pics of what I made at the end of the video

Not quite got round to sticking the last one down yet and think it needs a layer of something before I do.

Anyways … check out the video to see how I made these and if you enjoy it, give it a thumbs up! 

Happy crafting! 

Catherine 

Mixed media card class… flutterbys

Tonight it is time to make cards with my friends and this time I decided to make a whole load of butterfly cards.  I gathered four stamp sets with butterflies and used different medium and techniques to make the samples.  Wonder how the gang will get on with them?

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Love how varied they are and how lovely they all are.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

My mother’s day card to my Mum

Yes I know it’s not quite mothers day yet but mine has to be posted early to reach Spain in time. Plus Mum doesn’t read my blog as far as I am aware so unlikely to see it!

Here is what I made for my Mum….

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I used some patterned vellum that I bought a couple of years ago.  Through this I punched the ribbon edge punch and threaded the tangerine tango ribbon.

I then took some mixed media paper and a stencil that had swirls like the vellum.  I sprayed the paper with water through the stencil and tapped Brusho powders in reds, oranges and yellows onto it.  This meant it kept the stencil pattern but was still a Brusho bit of magic.  I love the way that the crystals mix together.   I left this panel to dry.

I then worked on the butterfly from the Watercolor wings set.  I do love these butterflies.  I used reds, yellows and oranges to create the butterfly and then cut it out.  I adhered the butterfly to the Brusho panel and layered it all up.  Finally I added some stickles for a bit of bling and to balance it with the vellum.

Love how this came out! Bright and beautiful for my lovely Mum!

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The sentiment I stamped from alpha stamps in the Riding Hood Red ink.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

One sheet wonder … errrm three sheets

Part of the Use them or Lose them challenge of the year is to use some of the paper I have stashed. I have been trying to use stuff from the scraps box where possible to try and work through that but there is also the mountain of uncut 12 x 12 sheets of dsp so I decided to do a one sheet wonder type project… although ended up using three sheets of DSP so I could get some variety.

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I didn’t follow a osw cutting guide, instead headed over to Mojo Monday and followed a load of sketches from November and October 2015 to design the cards and cut everything up.  I added two sheets of Primrose Petals cardstock, one crumb cake and one wild wasabi plus a few bits and pieces of scrap cardstock that were hanging around the desk.

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Next I started assembling, embossing, die cutting and stamping… and ended up with 15 cards for the box at work!
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Love how these all came out.

Entering this into the Crafty hazelnut patterned paper monthly challenge.

Happy crafting!

Catherine