Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Watercolour Dragonfly

Hello everyone,

Today's watercolour birthday card is also Asian inspired.


The image is Stampin' Up Asian Artistry which was coloured with a variety of Stampin' Up watercolour crayons and spritzed with water then stamped on Recollections White and layered on Stampin' Up Sahara Sand.  The background image is Stampin' Up Watercolour Wash stamped in Altenew Limestone.  The sentiment is Stampin' Up Warmest Regards stamped in Altenew Pure Graphite.

I really like using background stamps and thought I'd give it a try with a watercolour image.  I'm not sure if I like it or not.  It's still a somewhat clean and simple card and the ink colour in the background works well with the image panel.  I just think there is something 'off' but I can't quite figure out what it is.  I still like this card a lot, I just wish I could figure out what bothers me about it.

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

Gisèle

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Watercolour Bamboo Birdie

Hello everyone,

Today's watercolour has the more Asian look and feel that I was hoping for with yesterday's card.


The image is Stampin' Up Asian Artistry which was coloured with a variety of Stampin' Up watercolour crayons and spritzed with water then stamped on Recollections White and layered on a piece of Ranger alcohol inked glossy paper and a gold of unknown origin.  The sentiment is Rubbernecker Happy Birthday stamped in Altenew Pure Graphite on more Recollections White and layered on more gold.

This is a favourite!  It's quite clean and simple with the focus all on the image.  I stunned myself with how well the image stamped!  I found this scrap piece of alcohol inked paper in my stash and it worked perfectly with the colours in the image.  It's awesome when that happens!

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

Gisèle

Monday, September 18, 2017

Watercolour Blooms

Hello everyone,

Today's watercolour birthday card has a couple of beautiful blossoms.


The image is Stampin' Up Asian Artistry which was coloured with a variety of Stampin' Up watercolour crayons and spritzed with water then stamped on Recollections White and layered on Stampin' Up Rich Razzleberry and Wild Wasabi, and Colorbök Energized Ombre.  The sentiment is Rubbernecker Happy Birthday stamped in Altenew Lava Rock and layered on more Rich Razzleberry.  The ribbon is Multicrafts.

This is a great stamp with which to use watercolour crayons.  It wasn't exactly the card I had in mind when I was stamping the image.  I intended the card to have a more Asian feel but I didn't have a coordinating oriental-styled printed paper that would work with the colours in the image.  The layout is a little staid but it's still a very lovely card.

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

Gisèle

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Watercolour Tulips

Hello everyone,

The next dozen or so birthday cards use watercolour crayons instead of ink for stamping the images as well as a host of Stampin' Up stamps that I dusted off.


The image is Stampin' Up Blessed Easter which was coloured with a variety of Stampin' Up watercolour crayons and spritzed with water then stamped on Recollections White.  The sentiment is Stampin' Up Short & Sweet stamped in Altenew Pure Graphite.  The focal panel was layered on Stampin' Up Rose Red and Garden Green.

This is one of my favourite stamping techniques.  I find it only really works with red rubber stamps.  It can be tricky, not enough water and the image won't stamp or, too much water and the image bleeds horribly.  I really have to dig out my not readily available supplies for this type of stamping so I tend to do a whole bunch of images at the same time.  With the seventy birthday cards in this series, I figured this was the perfect excuse to play.  I have a dozen or more images that I'll turn into some really great birthday cards.

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

Gisèle

Saturday, September 16, 2017

A Bit Of Bling

Hello everyone,

I've another really cheerful birthday card to post today.


The printed paper is of unknown origin layered on a bright pink Bazzill.  The sentiment is Crafters Companion Die'sire die cut from Recollections White and layered on more bright pink Bazzill and Recollections White.  The ribbon is Multicrafts.  The embellishment is Forever In Time Ice.

I think this is another piece of scrap from the same collection as the paper from the cards of the past couple of days.  Although I love the multitude of bright colours in the last couple of cards, there is something so bright and crisp about this pink and white checked paper.  I love how the white die cut sentiment pops against the bright pink.  I also especially love the contrast between the simple checked pattern and the single bold bit of the bling.

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

Gisèle

Friday, September 15, 2017

Bright Zig Zag Wishes

Hello everyone,

Today's post is another birthday card uses more of the same paper collection as yesterday's card.


The printed paper is of unknown origin layered on a purple Bazzill.  The image is Stampin' Up Work of Art stamped in Altenew Midnight Violet on Recollections White.  The sentiment is Creative Expressions Amazing Sentiments also stamped in Midnight Violet on Recollections White and layered on more purple Bazzill.  The embellishments are Paper House 3D puffy stickers.

I think this bright zig zag printed paper is really wonderful.  It is clearly part of the same collection as yesterday's card because the colours are exactly the same.  I love them for these cheerful birthday cards.  I was also happily surprised at how well the puffy stickers coordinated with the paper.  I think these bright, beautiful cards will be great for winter birthdays.

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

Gisèle

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Bright Daisy Wishes

Hello everyone,

Today's post is a bright and cheerful daisy birthday card.


The printed paper is of unknown origin layered on a bright pink Bazzill.  The sentiment is Creative Expressions Petite Scribbled Sentiments stamped in Stampin' Up Melon Mambo on Recollections White.  The daisy flower embellishment is a Paper House 3D puffy sticker.

This is such bright pretty paper.  It absolutely cried out for this large daisy sticker!  Both the paper and this set of puffy stickers are Crop A While donations.  With an embellishment this large, I found it best to keep everything pretty straightforward.  I really wanted the daisy to be the focal point.  I wasn't sure about the sticker as it's a very much a 'photo' image and I thought it might look weird against this background paper.  Once I got it on the card however I thought it actually looked quite pretty.  I think this is a wonderfully cheerful birthday card that would be great to receive in the depths of a cold Ottawa winter.

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

Gisèle