Tuesday, 21 January 2020

Happy birthday Sis

It's bright but very chilly here. Perfect excuse to have to stay inside although the sunshine would be good. As expected I suffered for my bid for fresh air yesterday. I was up half the night with my foot and terrible cramp.
Still it was worth it, although that's not what I was saying at 3 o'clock this morning :O)
Today is my sister's 60th birthday. How did that happen?
Of course I had to make her a special card, and although this may not have been how she looked back then I figured that it went with her date of birth at least.
The image is another from LOTV called Swinging 60's Girl.
I recently purchased a die from Paper Rose called 'Lots of Circles' 
which I used to create the perfect matching background to the girly image.
The flowers were made from a die that I bought a while ago, Stitched Doodle Dies. I knew they would come in handy at some point.I looked through my bits box for card stock to match the image, and found a piece of Clarity background paper as the base for the card.
For once in my life I was actually early with this one. It has been sitting at my Mums for a while waiting for my sister to collect it. I didn't fancy it's chances in the postbox lol.
I reverted to type with the other couple of cards that I needed for today. I forgot to take them with me yesterday so their recipients will receive them late, which is much more like me.
There are several dates in my planner which have multiple entries, and this is one of them. Three other cards to send in fact.
Happy Birthday Sis, and anyone else who has a birthday today, hope you have a fabulous day.
Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, 20 January 2020

I tried the Black Gesso

Evening Everyone,
I had a very productive Sunday, finishing off quite a few bits and pieces including playing with the Distress Oxide and Stencil Resist technique only this time using black gesso.
I brayered black gesso onto a piece of cardstock and let it dry before adding several colours of Distress Oxide ink.
Because the Oxides are a combination of dye and pigment inks they will colour over the top of the black gesso.
It's quite subtle, but at least you can see it which you wouldn't using just the standard distress inks.
As with the cards yesterday I ran the piece of card through an embossing machine with a rubber/silicon mat and a stencil and then removed some of the ink only this time I left the stencil in place while I gently rubbed it with a damp baby wipe.
Because there wasn't a huge contrast in colour I decided to highlight the image using a versamark pad and clear embossing powder. Again I applied the versamark ink with the stencil still in place.
This card uses a variety of diecuts over a lovely gessoed background.
 I think that this is probably one of my favourite cards, if you are allowed favourites that is.
I stamped over the gessoed background in grey ink before running it through the embossing machine on this card.
I added stamped and embossed flowers over the top of the background images having first done a little fussy cutting.
As you know I hate throwing even the tiniest of scraps away so this card was made with some trimmings and a fussy cut flower.
This piece of card did not have gesso on it before the inking so it is mach darker in colour and the stencilled image doesn't show up very well.
I should have added a shim when embossing this piece of card (stencils come in a variety of thicknesses) so I added some gilding wax to highlight the image.
I used a large die cut sentiment,
and some funky foam to add dimension to this card.
Same colours as the previous card, just gessoed card stock so the colours are much more subtle,
and the baby wipe takes away the colour from the raised portions of the embossed background.
And this one is inspired by the colour combo that Michele came up with in class. She is definitely a purple girl and usually only deals with one colour at a time so this is definitely a departure from the norm for her. I also added the gesso after I has embossed the card which gives a different finished result.
I have to say that her background was much paler than this, which I think I probably prefer but I loved the colours that she chose so I just had to give it a try.
I actually got a little fresh air today. My Gym Buddy came and picked me and we went out for a coffee. So nice to see a different set of surrounds. Of course I'm paying for it tonight, but it was well worth it.
Hope you had a good day too. Thanks for stopping by.
Happy Crafting and Hugs

Sunday, 19 January 2020

Gesso Resist with Distress Oxides and Stencils

Morning All,
We had a fabulous class yesterday playing with Distress Oxides and Stencils.
Once again I found this technique on YouTube , my favourite place when I am sitting on the train visiting my youngest daughter and the Grandkids.
I have often seen people use Gesso on cardstock before they ink it, and to be honest I have never quite seen the point, it just seems like a major phaff.
Now I understand. I decided that I had better try the technique with Gesso, as per the video, and without to see if there was any point in its addition.
As you can see from these first two cards there is a definite difference in colour. Both cards have been made using the same colours. The first with Gesso and the second without.
The technique requires that after you have applied ink to the cardstock you run it through an embossing machine using a stencil and rubber/silicon mat to give you a fabulous textured background.
Once embossed you gently remove ink from the embossed image using a baby wipe.
The gesso on the cardstock acts as a resist allowing you to remove the ink which allows the pattern from the stencil to become more visible.
You need to be fairly gentle with the baby wipe otherwise you wipe away the background ink as well. Top tip from the ladies on the class...….squeeze the baby wipe first to remove some of the moisture.
I am always telling them that I learn something from them at each class and this was one of those things. Along with a fabulous colour combo that I need to try out.
Without the Gesso, the colour of the background is much darker, and the ink is difficult to remove making the stencilled image less visible.
A little gilding wax can help to make the background 'pop'.
Any stamping needs to be done to the background before you run it through the embossing machine.
I added stamped and coloured images or die cuts to finish off my cards.
This is definitely a technique that I will use again, and the bottle of gesso now sits on my desk, not put away with all the other paints that I own.
I wonder what it would look like using black gesso and Distress Oxides? Guess what I will be playing with this afternoon lol.
Have a great crafty day. It's very cold and frosty here so perfect weather for staying inside and playing.
Happy Crafting and Hugs

Saturday, 18 January 2020

Sparkle and Shine at Christmas Time

Morning All,
I think that it's about time that I shared just a few of the mountain of Christmas cards that I have made over the last few years.
As you know I love my Embossing Folders.
 They make fabulous backgrounds as here on this stamped, embossed and coloured card.
The 3D folders also make a wonderful card all by themselves.
I have used a variety of cardstock
and added Gilding Wax,
also in a variety of colours, and a sentiment panel.
Here I just used part of the embossed image to create a smaller card.
This card uses a different folder and various colours of distress ink
along with some gold Gilding Wax.
I added die cut poinsettias to this card and used the embossing folder on its side.
This final card uses a sentiment folder along with a poinsettia and sentiment panel.
Actually very quick and easy cards to make, apart from the die cut poinsettias that is.
Thanks for stopping by again. Hope you have a fabulous Saturday.
Happy Crafting and hugs

Friday, 17 January 2020

Say it with Flowers

Morning Everyone,
Time for something bright and floral I think, the perfect antidote to all this blasted rain.
As you will guess from the name it was made for my Boss's daughter.
He does like me to put their name on a card since they certainly can't pick one up off the shelf. 
That of course is the beauty of a handmade card, you can personalise it.
I made this one using a piece of hand made background paper and assorted dies.
The leaves are very sparkly since they were die cut from a piece of background card made using a brayer and some sparkle medium.
I did a make and take for Imagination Craft many years ago at the NEC so I have quite a stash of pieces to use up.
Lets hope the weather cheers up a bit. I know I can't go out for a walk, but I am still getting bored with this weather.
Have a great day.
Happy Crafting and Hugs