Thursday, February 21, 2019

Birthday Birds

Hello everyone,

Today's post is a pair of bird birthday cards.


The card bases are Craft Smith.  The images are Stampin' Up Wetlands.

The image on the green card was stamped in Stampin' Up Soft Suede on Recollections White, coloured with a variety of green Reeves watercolour pencils and layered on Soft Suede.  The sentiment is Close To My Heart Happy Birthday stamped in Soft Suede on more Recollections white and is layered on Stampin' Up Soft Suede and Sage Shadow.  The embellishments are Close To My Heart Round Durables.

The image on the grey card was stamped in Close To My Heart Whisper on Recollections White, coloured with a variety of blue and grey Reeves watercolour pencils and layered on Stampin' Up Ballet Blue and Close To My Heart Whisper.  The sentiment is Close To My Heart Happy Birthday stamped in Whisper on Recollections White.  The embellishments are Teresa Collins "Far and Away" enamel dots.

Not all these birthday cards can be florals!  I had an idea to stamp these images then use watercolour pencils on only one part of the image.  I'm not certain if this result was what I pictured in my head, but it's not too bad.  These two cards are intended to be more masculine cards with the neutral card bases and images.

I hope you enjoy these cards and come back to SPI again soon.

Gisèle

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Another Floral Trio

Hello everyone,

Today's post is another trio of floral birthday cards.


The card bases are The Paper Studio.  The images are Gina K Garden Silhouettes coloured with a variety of Stampin' Up watercolour crayons and stamped on Recollections White.

The image on the purple card was layered on Close To My Heart Olive and a white of unknown origin.  The sentiment is Close To My Heart For Every Occasions stamped in Versafine Onyx Black.

The image on the green card was layered on Close To My Heart Gypsy.  The sentiment is Joy Crafts 6410/0308 Sayings stamped in Versafine Onyx Black.

The image on the yellow card was layered on Stampin' Up Early Espresso.  The sentiment is Stampin' Up Perfectly Penned stamped in Early Espresso and highlighted with Sakura Clear Star Gelly Roll pen.

I've taken fully advantage of my self imposed challenge to use stamped images (as opposed to printed paper) for this series of commissioned birthday cards to play with watercolour crayons.  This is yet another set of red rubber stamps that are perfect for this technique.  I love the silhouette design.  The size of the images are the perfect scale for smaller, simpler cards.  Another very pleasing result.

I hope you enjoy these cards and come back to SPI again soon.

Gisèle


Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Spring Blooms Trio

Hello everyone,

Today's post is a trio of spring-inspired birthday cards.


The card bases are The Paper Studio.  The images are Gina K Spring Blooms coloured with a variety of Stampin' Up watercolour crayons and stamped on Recollections White.

The image on the pink card is layered on Close To My Heart Sweet Leaf and Hollyhock, and a white of unknown origin.  The sentiment is Stampendous Happy Birthday stamped in Close To My Heart Hollyhock in on a white of unknown origin and highlighted with Sakura Clear Star Gelly Roll pen.

The image on the purple card is layered on Stampin' Up Pale Plum  The sentiment is Flonz Happy Birthday stamped in Stampin' Up Pear Pizza on a white of unknown origin and highlighted with Sakura Clear Star Gelly Roll pen.

The image on the yellow card is layered on Close To My Heart Garden Green and New England Ivy.  The sentiment is Stampin' Up Birthday Blossoms stamped in Stampin' Up Mossy Meadow and highlighted with Sakura Clear Star Gelly Roll pen.

This is another stamp set which is ideal for the watercolour technique.  The stamps are red rubber and, with simple lines, are very forgiving.  These are very simple layouts with interest added through layers and a little Sakura glitter.  I ended up have to redo the pink card after I dropped an ink pad on it - I hate it when that happens.

I hope you enjoy these cards and come back to SPI again soon.

Gisèle

Monday, February 18, 2019

Asian Floral Pair

Hello everyone,

Today's post is a pair of birthday cards with an Asian feel.

 
The card bases are The Paper Studio.  The images are Stampin' Up Artistically Asian coloured with a variety of Stampin' Up watercolour crayons and stamped on Recollections White.

The image on the purple card is layered on Stampin' Up Old Olive, Close To My Heart Gypsy and a white of unknown origin.  The sentiment is Annabelle Stamps Sentimental Bluebells stamped in Altenew Industrial Diamond.  The ribbon and embellishment are of unknown origin.

The image on the pink card is layered on Stampin' Up Lucky Limeade, Close To My Heart Sorbet and a white of unknown origin.  The sentiment is Stampin' Up Bloom With Hope stamped in Altenew Lava Rock.

I really like both of these images.  They are perfect for using the watercolour crayon technique and I've always had great success using them. I've really been enjoying dusting off all these image stamps, pulling out sets that I've not used in eons.  To facilitate the process, I've been stamping a number of images at once before adding a variety of layers.  To date, these cards have been quite simple, using a minimal amount of embellishments.

I hope you enjoy these cards and come back to SPI again soon.

Gisèle

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Flourished Tulip

Hello everyone,

Today's post is a lovely feminine birthday card.


The card base is The Paper Studio.  The image is Penny Black Delicate Florals coloured with a variety of Stampin' Up watercolour crayons then stamped on Recollections White.  The image panel is layered on Stampin' Up Rose Red and Old Olive, and more Recollections White.  The sentiment is Sweet & Sassy Birthday Greetings stamped in Old Olive.  The image is highlighted with Diamond Stickles.

My personal challenge for this commission is to use more stamped images and rely less on printed paper.  Not only have I been having a lot of fun experimenting with the image stamps in my stash but I've been using some tried and true techniques.  I've had this Penny Black set for eons but haven't used it all that often.  It's a red rubber cling stamp which works great with the watercolour crayon technique.  I love the flourished image which has the perfect spot for including a smaller sentiment.

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

Gisèle

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Simple Wishes

Hello everyone,

Today's post is a simple card which uses another teal card base.


The card base is The Paper Studio.  The image is Hero Arts Native Grass coloured with Tombow 055, 098 and 373 markers on Recollections White and layered on Recollections Kraft and a white of unknown origin.  The sentiment is Hero Arts Thoughtful Messages stamped in Stampin' Up Soft Suede on more white of unknown origin.

This is another photo that really doesn't do justice to the actual card.  The card base is much more green with the colour in the buds coordinating quite perfectly.  The stems coordinate equally well with the Kraft layer.  I originally stamped the sentiment is black but it was too stark a contrast with the image.  The Soft Suede version is much more pleasing.  I didn't add any extra embellishments, though this sentiment takes embellishments well.  This card turned out much more neutral than I anticipated and I'm very pleased with the results.

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

Gisèle

Friday, February 15, 2019

Perfectly Plaid

Hello everyone,

Today's post is a very natural birthday card.


The card base is Craft Smart.  The image is Memory Box Cattail Birds stamped in Close To My Heart Mink on Recollections White and layered on a khaki and a printed paper of unknown origin.  The sentiment is Hero Arts C5594 Happy Birthday stamped in Close To My Heart Heather on Recollections White and layered on more khaki.

I'm so pleased with this card!  I've always been keen on a great plaid and this one works particularly well with the kraft card base and the subtle image and sentiment.  It's intended to be a more masculine card but it is also rather neutral.  This photo doesn't do the image justice as it's a little dark in reality.  This is a very simple layout with the lines in the plaid facilitating alignment of the two elements.  A great result!

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

Gisèle