Tuesday, February 20, 2018

A Little Birdie

Hello everyone,

After being so happy with yesterday's card I decided to try another new stamp set and a favourite technique.


The image is Stampin' Up Petal Palette coloured with Tombow 055, 076, 098, 126, 837, 977, N35 and N57, and stamped on Recollections Vanilla and layered on Stampin' Up River Rock and Close To My Heart Barn Red.  The sentiment is Stampin' Up Six-Sided Sampler stamped in Close To My Heart Slate ink.  The embellishments are Close To My Heart Mocha Opaques.

I seem to keep going back to the nature tones/themes for this commission.  I picked up this stamp set especially for this sweet bird image which is just the perfect scale for cards and offers great colouring opportunities.  While I used markers for this card, I know it will also look wonderful done in watercolour crayons.  I experimented with the branch, using two different greens, and I think it turned out quite well.  This sentiment covers up a 'mistake' as the first impression was done with too light an ink colour.  I ended up brushing the edge of the oval along the ink pad to add just a hint of an outline so it wouldn't blend in with the background quite so much.

I hope you enjoy this card and come back to SPI again soon.

Gisèle

Monday, February 19, 2018

Celebrate Blue

Hello everyone,

Today's card is a real beauty!


The images and sentiment are Stampin' Up Birthday Blossoms stamped in Altenew Permanent Black on Recollections White and coloured with Chameleon BL3, YO2, GR1 and GR2.  The image panel is layered on Close To My Heart Crystal Blue.  The embellishments are Recollections Adhesive Faux Pearls.

Play time with a new stamp set and Chameleon markers has resulted in this beautiful card!  I wanted to move away from the nature tones and do something light and bright.  This is a great set for colouring as the images are not overly intricate.  I played with a variety of colours and shading but ended up most happy with the blue flowers.  I'm very impressed with the Chameleon markers as they are wonderful for shading once you get the hang of how long to infuse the colouring nib with the toning medium.

I hope you enjoy this card and come back to SPI again soon.

Gisèle

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Simply Celebrated

Hello everyone,

Today's post is a simple celebration card.


The printed paper is Cosmo Cricket Art Angel layered on Recollections Kraft.  The image is Stampin' Up Good Things Grow stamped in Soft Suede on Recollections Vanilla.  The sentiment is cut from Recollections Vanilla with the Avery Elle Sentimental die.  The embellishments are Recollections Faux Pearl Adhesives.

These last few cards really have a natural sense about them that I'd not originally planned.  I've had this set of stamps, bought second-hand, for eons but haven't really used them so I felt this was a great opportunity.  I love the card but I'm also getting a few mixed signals in that the image is quite simple and serene which may not be the best way to convey a celebration.  I feel the wheat stems work with the stems in the paper however so maybe it all balances out and I'm just over thinking.  These images are not the easiest to use as you've got to get the ink on fairly evenly or it turns out terribly.  Fingers crossed that it will work for my girlfriend.

I hope you enjoy this card and come back to SPI again soon.

Gisèle

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Terrific Toadstools

Hello everyone,

Today's post is another birthday card in this latest commissioned series.


The printed paper is DCWV Green Stack layered on a red and green Bazzill.  The sentiment is Avery Elle Brushed stamped on Recollections White in Stampin' Up Early Espresso and layered on more green Bazzill. The embellishments are Crafts and are highlighted with Lime Green Stickles.

When I was looking for papers for my girlfriend's cards, I came across this somewhat funky toadstool paper that I thought she'd find appealing.  This is obviously a really simple card.  Rows of images such as this can be, I find, limiting in terms of layouts.  I offset the sentiment to the left to add interest.  Finding embellishments in the perfect coordinating colours was just an utter fluke!

I hope you enjoy this card and come back to SPI again soon.

Gisèle

Friday, February 16, 2018

Interestingly Inked

Hello everyone,

Today's post is a more general purpose card.


The printed paper is My Mind's Eye Vanity Fair layered on Stampin' Up Bravo Burgundy.  The image is Stampin' Up Just Believe stamped in Tsukineko Brilliance Pearlescent Chocolate, Rust and Thyme on Recollections Vanilla.  The sentiment is Stampin' Up Teeny Tiny Wishes stamped in more Tsukineko Brilliance Pearlescent Chocolate.  The banners were punched from more Bravo Burgundy.  The embellishments are brads of unknown origin.

One great thing about larger commissions such as this is that I have an opportunity to experiment.  I decided to try playing with inking.  The few Tsukineko inks I have are ovals which are easier to play with on these bigger stamps.  I particularly love this image and using only three colours of ink, I think I got a nice variety of colour on the image.  The ink colours don't match the background paper perfectly but it still works just fine.  The Kraft card base makes this card even more interesting.

I hope you enjoy this card and come back to SPI again soon.

Gisèle

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Panda Love

Hello everyone,

Today's post is the valentine I crafted for my daughter.


The printed paper is of unknown origin layered on Recollections Red.  The image is Inkadinkado Heart stamped in Stampin' Up Real Red on Recollections White.  The panda is Stamp Magik Mini Pandas stamped in Versafine Onyx Black on more Recollections White.  The sentiment is Gina K Tag Lines stamped in Versafine Onyx Black. The card is highlighted with Diamond Stickles.

My daughter has always loved pandas and I don't think I ever crafted her a valentine with a panda.  This is another simple valentine with a focus on the heart and panda.  I had to do some fussy cutting with is certainly not something I do often.  I had originally planned to have the panda peek out from behind the heart but I the masking escaped me. This little guy works equally well.

I hope you enjoy this card and come back to SPI again soon.

Gisèle

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

For Hubby

Hello everyone,

Today's post is the valentine I crafted for my husband.


The printed paper is of unknown origin layered on Recollections Black and Bazzill Red.  The sentiment is TPC Studio Hugs & Kisses stamped in Versafine Onyx Black on Recollections White.  The embellishments are Close To My Heart Enamel Hearts.

This awesome printed paper makes for an awesome valentine!  I love the 'graffiti' feel of the paper and I think it couldn't work better for a masculine card, even with the few touches of pink.  The layout is super simple to take full advantage of the great paper.  I'm so happy with the result and I know hubby will be happy too.

I hope you enjoy this card and come back to SPI again soon.

Gisèle