Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Sweetly Simple

Hello everyone,

Today's birthday card post is another simple beauty.


The image is Hero Arts Native Grass coloured with Tombow 228, 565 and 725, then stamped on Recollections vanilla.  The image panel is layered on a pink Bazzill and watercolour paper painted with LuminArte Blushing Rose and Evening Primrose Twinkling H20s.  The watercolour panel was spritzed with Tattered Angels Dazzling Diamonds Glitter Mist.  The sentiment is Sweet & Sassy Birthday Greetings stamped in Altenew Evergreen.

As soft as yesterday's card was, today's is beautifully bright.  The same image with different colours and layers leads to such a different card.  I love this aspect of stamping and cardmaking!  This is a very pretty card with the bold purple and pink but it's still very simple.  I used the Evergreen for the sentiment to coordinate with the colour of the stems but wish I'd used black instead.  Such a rather nitpicky detail as the card is lovely regardless.

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

Gisèle

Monday, October 16, 2017

Bold Sentiment

Hello everyone,

Today's post is another commissioned birthday card that has a marker coloured image.


The image is Hero Arts Native Grass coloured with Tombow 076, 373 and 452 and stamped on Recollections vanilla.  The image is layered on Quickutz Tropical Quick Strips.  The sentiment is Inkadinkado Calligraphy Celebration stamped in Altenew Olive.  The embellishments are Doodlebug Spring and Boy mini pearls.

This is an image on which I often apply marker.  It's a very simple image that is easy to stamp.  I love the contrast between the small image and the big, bold sentiment. I think I did pretty well with the embellishment placement. I wish I wonder if it's as random as it seems or if there is a method to the placement that I just don't get.

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

Gisèle

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Bouquet Of Blue

Hello everyone,

Today's birthday card is another coloured bouquet of roses.


The image is Hero Arts Delicate Rose Stems stamped in StazOn Olive Green on Recollections white and coloured with Chameleon BL3 and BG4 markers.  The image is layered on a shimmery aqua and light blue of unknown origin.  The sentiment is Gina K Tag Line stamped in Altenew Pure Graphite.  The embellishments are Doodlebug Spring mini pears.

This colouring is probably as close to perfection as I'll ever achieve.  The colour gradients couldn't have worked better.  There are virtually no visible shading lines as the ink moves from light to dark.  I wish I could figure out how to do this with the other markers I've collected over the years...

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

Gisèle

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Purple Roses

Hello everyone,

Today's birthday card post is another colouring experiment.


The image is Hero Arts Delicate Rose Stems stamped in StazOn Olive Green and coloured with Chameleon PR4 and BG4 markers.  The image is layered on a purple of unknown origin and a piece of Ranger alcohol inked glossy paper.  The sentiment is Rubbernecker Happy Birthday stamped in Altenew Pure Graphite.  The embellishments are Close To My Heart purple glitter gems.

These Chameleon markers were gifted to me and just might help my issues around colouring with markers.  I so enjoyed using them that I'm actually considering a purchase!  I really loved how the colour density changes as you colour.  It makes the shading aspect, which is so beautiful, a lot easier to achieve.  This isn't the most perfect example as some of the lines are a little harsh but overall, it's not that bad.  I love the coloured image against the alcohol inked paper.  A really beautiful result.

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

Gisèle

Friday, October 13, 2017

Beautiful Berries

Hello everyone,

Today's post is another lovely spring-inspired birthday card.


The image is Stampin' Up Oh, So Lovely stamped in Altenew Pure Graphite on Recollections Vanilla, coloured with a variety of Stampin' Up chalks, and layered on a yellow and green Bazzill.  The die cut sentiment is of unknown origin.

While I was looking for some inspiration at this stage of the birthday card commission, I came across the box of chalks and realized I hadn't used them in quite some time.  This is a favourite image for applying chalks.  They work really beautifully without having to be perfectly coloured which is ideal for me.  I choose this pop of yellow because it's so fresh.  The die cut sentiment was in my stash.  The font is beautiful and I love how it works with the simple lines of the flowers.

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

Gisèle

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Blossoms In Pink

Hello everyone,

Today's birthday card post is much different from yesterday's card and much more in my usual style.


The image is Stampin' Up Too Kind stamped in Altenew Crimson, Moss and Rouge on Recollections White and layered on Stampin' Up Mossy Meadow.  The sentiment is from an unknown Stampin' Up set stamped in StazOn Olive on Whisper White and layered on a pink of unknown origin.  The embellishments are Doodlebug Baby Boy mini pearls.

I absolutely love this simple card.  These flowers are another two-step stamp set that I really enjoy using.  It's very straightforward so making the impressions are not too difficult.  I found using the Altenew ink sets worked especially well.  I've previously placed the sentiment on an angle in earlier cards and liked it so much I decided to do it again for this card.  I'm just as happy with the result this time around.

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

Gisèle

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Fabulously Fun

Hello everyone,

Today's birthday card post is just bright and fun!


The images are Stampin' Up Time Well Spent stamped on Recollections White in StazOn Jet Black and painted with LuminArte Evening Primrose, Mango Mamba, Poppy Red, Rich Cobalt, Rose Gold and Twilight Twinkling H20s.  The images are layered on a blue Bazzill.  The sentiment is Stampin' Up It's Your Birthday stamped in Altenew Sapphire.  The embellishments are Crafts Rhinestone Stickers.

This large commission of birthday cards allowed me to really play with a variety of different styles.  I quite enjoyed crafting this fun and playful card.  It's not quite my usual style.  I wanted something especially bright and cheerful.  I also wanted to use some stamps that haven't seen the light of day in quite a while.  I really like the trio of images which were quite easy to paint.  It's made for a great result.

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

Gisèle