Monday, March 20, 2017

CAS Watercolour March Spring Thanks

My 3rd card for this months CAS Watercolour "Spring" Card Challenge.

I had fun using Penny Black "The Unfolding" stamping with Distress Inks and stamping off the edge. I used the same watercolouring stamping technique as my CAS Watercolour Spring Reminder Card. except used Distress Inks instead of Brushos.

I positioned my 3 1/4" square piece of Arches Hot Press paper in my MISTI and then positioned my Unfolding stamp with parts of the stamp off the paper.  Opened my MISTI and inked my flowers with Brilliant Red (Tim Holtz) Distress Ink and spritzed with water then stamped onto the paper.  I moved the ink around with a paint brush.  Stamping the flowers again with the leftover ink on the stamp.  I then cleaned the stamp with a baby wipe and added Leaf Green (Tim Holtz) Distress Ink to the leaves, spritzed and stamped.  Repeating the stamping again.  Next I repeated the same process using Color Burst Sepia that I reconstituted with water on my craft mat to paint the stems.  I used my paint brush to add the Sepia to the center of my flower.  I really recommend stamping one color at a time and let dry between colors.

I wanted a frame that went well with my stem,  but did not have the right color of I watercoloured the sepia using a paint brush along the edge of another layer of Whisper White CS and sanded lightly to give a wood appearance.

Next I stamped my Penny Black "Heartfelt Thanks" sentiment with Archival jet black ink and used 3M foam tape to pop up my main image onto my SU Whisper White Thick Card Base.

Now thinking even more about Spring :-)  Hope you are having Spring like weather and for those with snow...hopefully it melts very quickly.  You still have until March 24th to play along with our CAS Watercolour Spring Challenge.  There are so many beautiful samples from the DT, our GD and the growing Gallery.  Happy Stamping..Hugs..

Supplies: Listed in Description.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

CWCC March 2017 Spring Reminder

Spring is definitely beginning in the beautiful Pacific North West!  Here is my CAS March Watercolour "Spring" Reminder Card.  There are so many more Gorgeous Spring Reminder cards by the DT and our GD, Heather.

I had to try Heather T's (bits & pieces) water stamping technique with Brushos.  Her blog link will take you to the Blush Rose Card that inspired me to try her technique.  I used my Penny Black Brush Stroke stamp, "The Unfolding" for my image and used my MISTI for stamping.

I placed a 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" piece of Arches Hot Press watercolour paper in my MISTI. Positioned the stamp and then brushed water onto my entire stamp and sprinkled lightly with Brushos using Ultramarine and Brilliant Red on flowers and black on stems.  I then stamped using my MISTI.  I spread the inks around using a paint brush and used a paper towel to dab areas with too much water.

Next I reconstituted some Color Burst Sepia and added to stems and center of flower with a paint brush to get more brown tones.  After my piece was completely dry I die cut my image with my CUTplorations Crazy Double Running Stitch Rectangle Die and using my MISTI stamped my Penny Black "Heartfelt Thanks" sentiment with Archival black ink 4 times to get good coverage.

Next I used some of my leftover sepia to splatter my image lightly using a paint brush.

When completely dry I popped up my image using 3M foam tape onto my SU Very Vanilla card base.
I am really happy with my 1st try with this water stamping technique even if I changed my steps a bit from Heather's beautiful Rose card.  TFS Heather and always inspiring all of us :-)

You still have until March 24th to play along with us on CAS Watercolour March Spring Challenge.

Supplies: Listed above in description.

CAS Mix Up March Smooshing Reminder

Already the middle of March and Spring is bursting with blooms.  Time for the CAS Mix Up Smooshing Reminder and we are still Celebrating CAS Mix UP's 1st Birthday with...

$25 Gift Certificate to Simon Says Stamp for this month's Top Pick
$25 Gift Certificate to Simon Says Stamp for one random draw of all entries
 (must follow rules to be eligible for prizes)

We have been so pleased to see so many of our followers celebrating along with us with their beautiful and creative cards and birthday wishes...thank you so much dear friends!

Here is my card Using Stamping + Smooshing with DI's + Die Cuts and Fussy Cutting.

I reached into my box of Smooshed backgrounds for this beauty!  I used Tim Holtz Distress Inks: Worn Lipstick, Festive Berries and Seedless Preserves.  I used Loll's Smooshing Inks Technique to achieve this beautiful background.  I love how you never know how your pieces are going to turn out. Always an Artsy Surprise!

I used my MISTI to stamp my STAMPlorations "Trendy Butterflies" sentiment and figuring out where to place my butterfly that I had inked with Zigs and then stamped and fussy cut.  I decided to cut down my piece so there would be more white framing for a CAS design using my medium CUTplorations Crazy Double Running Stitch Rectangle Nesting Die.

I used my stylus to shape my butterfly and attach with foam tape.  Then drew a flight trail with my Staedler black marker.  After attaching my main image with foam tape I added the sequins and Wof S to my butterfly.  I really like the results and do love the smooshed background.  Hope you do too!

You still have until March 24th to join our special birthday celebration.  For more fabulous samples from our DT and GD..Marcia,  please visit our CAS Mix Up Reminder Blog.

Happy Stamping and Happy Springtime.  Hugs...

Supplies: Listed in Description

Adding my card to STAMPlorations Never Ending Anything Goes Challenge

Inkspirational Challenge: Smooshing

STAMPlorations  Blog March: Theme: Stamps and Spring


Wednesday, March 8, 2017

CAS Mix Up March Smooshing and Birthday...again!

Smooshing has to be one of my all time favorite techniques!  I also love Birthdays and Prizes :-)

Be sure and check out the CAS Mix Up March Stamping + Smooshing + Your Choice Challenge for all the Challenge DT and GD Samples and the growing Gallery Samples.

$25 Gift Certificate to Simon Says Stamp for Challenge Winner
$25 Gift Certificate to Simon Says Stamp for one random draw of all entries
 (must follow rules to be eligible for prizes)

Here is my 2nd card for the challenge.  Stamping + Smooshing + Die Cut and Watercoloring

I recently purged and did a bit of reorganizing in my stamping room and rediscovered these sweet little Art Impressions unmounted rubber stamps: "Flower Pot" and "Flower Set".

I started out by Smooshing my background using an ATC size piece of acrylic sheet (from a stamp set).  I smeared Tim Holtz DI's onto the acrylic sheet..only doing one color and then spritzed with water and smooshed onto the Arches 140# Cold Press paper.  Let dry.  I used Distress Inks: Shabby Shutters and Ice Spruce and also Inka Gold Gold Metallic paint for my smooshing.

I then placed a scrap piece of Cold Press paper in my MISTI holding it down with my Creative Corners and stamped my pot using SU Soft Suede. I then watercolored my image using a #4 paint brush.  Added a small amount of water to my brush and spread the ink from the stamped image around.  Then I restamped again with Soft Suede to enhance the image details.  Removed the pot and fussy cut with my papersnips. Stamped another pot onto 3M wide masking tape and fussy cut for a mask.

I placed my card front in my MISTI securing with Creative Corners and placed the pot mask.  I did not use my MISTI to stamp my leaves and flowers,  but acrylic blocks.  My MISTI and Corners made a nice secure work area.  Then repeat stamped my leaf stamp in Pear Pizzaz and the flower stamp in Rich Razzleberry.  I removed my mask,  shaped the pot with my stylus and attached to my card front with foam tape.  Next I did wet on wet watercoloring using Ice Spruce to ground my pot.

Removed my card front from my MISTI and added Little Things "Decadence" sequins, Stamplorations  Fond Expressions sentiment and Die Cut my card front using Cutplorations "Crazy Double Running Stitch Rectangle Nesting Die".   I am really happy with the results and loved using my new "My Sweet Petunia"  Creative Corners :-)

Splitcoaststampers is Reviewing this wonderful new product on this weeks "Weekly Inkling" and I was pleased to be asked to be one of the reviewers.   I have used my Corners on every card since receiving it last week.  I am hooked!  Be sure and check out the Creative Corners Product Review. You will be impressed.

Happy Stamping my friends and Happy Birthday CAS Mix UP:-)  You have until the 24th to play.

I am adding my card to the CAS Watercolour March "Spring" Challenge

Thursday, March 2, 2017

CAS Watercolour March Spring Challenge

February flew by and it is now March and we are all thinking of Spring!  Our challenge is perfect for getting you in the mood for early Spring beauties!   Here is the link to our CAS Watercolour Spring Challenge.

I chose pretty Spring colors and a beautiful butterfly for my Spring card.

I made my background with a stencil I die cut using my SSS "Birch Column" Die and SU Whisper White Thick CS.  I tried using window sheet, but it was too thick for the intricate cuts.  The CS will not last as long,  but it worked fine.   Here is a card I made in January 2017 using the beautiful Die Cut "Birch Column".

I taped down the paper stencil onto Strathmore Mixed Media paper and used sponge daubers to sponge my Tim Holtz Distress Inks: Shabby Shutters, Mowed Lawn, Peacock Feathers, Broken China, Scattered Straw and Spiced Marmalade.  Then I spritzed with a home made spray using water and Kuretake Shimmery White Paint.  Such a pretty shimmery coating.

Next I die cut the piece using the medium size CUTplorations "Crazy Double Running Stitch Rectangle Die"

I stamped my butterfly from my STAMPlorations "Trendy Butterfly 2" set using DI Spiced Marmalade and my MISTI.  Fussy cut my butterfly and spritzed with the same shimmery spray.

My next step was stamping my sentiment from the "Trendy Butterfly 2" set using Versamark onto SU Basic Black CS in my MISTI and sprinkling with WOW Bright White EB powder and heat setting.  I then fussy cut.

I attached my main image with 3M foam tape,  added my butterfly with dimensionals and attached my sentiments.  I am now definitely in the mood for Spring!

If you want much more inspiration,  please visit our CAS Watercolour Spring Challenge. You will love all the gorgeous cards from our talented Design Team and this months fabulous Guest Designer Heather (Bit & Pieces)

You have until March 24th to join the Spring fun.  Hugs...

Supplies: Listed above in my description.