Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Sunny Meadow Fair - Purple Onion Designs

I'm continuing to enjoy playing with the sweet images from Sunny Meadow Fair, the new stamp collection illustrated by Stacey Yacula for Purple Onion Designs.



For this slimline card (8 1/2 inches by 3 1/2 inches) I ink blended a panel using Distress Inks in Milled Lavender, Spun Sugar and Peeled Paint.   I then stamped the fairground background image using Memento Ink in Fog.



Using Versamark Ink I stamped the sentiment and heat embossed using Wow Embossing Glitter in Calypso.  I then applied this panel to a white cardstock base and set it to one side.



On Strathmore Bristol Smooth cardstock I stamped my feature images from Sunny Meadow Fair using Ranger Archival Ink in Potting Soil.  All images were watercolour painted using Kuretake Zigs in Oatmeal, Mid Brown,  S.Almond Pink, Pale Pink, Light Gray, Gray,  Cool Gray (1), Light Pink and Turquoise Green.  Also a Tombow ABT was in used in shade 991 (the yellow).  Images were fussy cut.



Do these cute critter images look extra dimensional to you?  It's not your imagination.  I used a trick whereby I flip the prepared images over on to a rubber mat and I use a round ended stylus and make circular movements (not at the edges) and using medium pressure until the image starts to dome or curl forwards.  Keep flipping the image to check progress and don't do too much or you can damage it but this adds wonderful dimension AND has the added bonus of making your dimensional foam tape less noticeable from the side.  Win win!



This last image shows you how the heat embossing sparkles nicely.  Certain points on my images were highlighted with a white gel pen and I decided no other embellishment was required.

Card complete!

See you next time, thanks for coming by to read.

Nicky x

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Garden Friends - Hello Bluebird Stamps

I'm back today with a new slimline card for Hello Bluebird Stamps.  This card uses the new Garden Friends stamp set and I've also used the Pond Builder Die in a slightly unusual way.



This is as I said, a slimline card.  The finished measurements are 8 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches and you can source Size 9/Invitation envelopes for these dimensions.

I created a panel of white cardstock.  I used the pond builder die to cut all the different elements just from that one single panel.  I then used the following Distress Oxide inks to ink blend each separate piece - Crushed Olive, Peeled Paint, Broken China, Faded Jeans and Tumbled Glass.



I used an extra thick foam tape to adhere the top overhanging tree greenery and a regular foam tape for the lower (light coloured) overhanging tree limb, attaching them to the card base.  I then used glue to adhere the sky portion directly to the card base.  The grassy bank was backed with regular foam tape and again the water portion was directly glued.  Tons of dimension and interest.



I die cut some of the stones from Pond Builder also.  I watercolour painted them using Kuretake Zig in Mid Gray and they two are backed with dimensional foam tape.

On Strathmore Bristol Smooth the elements from Garden Friends that I was using were stamped using Ranger Archival Ink in Potting Soil.  They were watercolour painted using the following Zigs.  Orange, Light Pink, Oatmeal, Olive Green, Deep Red and Cobalt Blue.   Points were highlighted with a white gel pen and I put water ripples around the stones.



All images were die cut, backed with foam tape (I get through a lot of this stuff lol) and attached.

The sentiment was stamped using Versamark Ink on a strip of black cardstock and heat embossed in white. 

Finally some sparkling clear sequins by Pretty Pink Posh were glued using Ranger Multi Medium Matte because it dries beautifully clear and is very strong and they make me think of sparkling water droplets.



I'll be back again very soon with a new card.  I invite you to sign up for emails and never miss a post!

Nicky x

Friday, May 10, 2019

Fly A Kite - Hello Bluebird

Hello and thank you for coming by my blog today to read about my latest card for  Hello Bluebird.  This card uses Fly A Kite from the most recent release.



This card started with a panel of white cardstock.  I used one of  my cloud stencils and Distress Oxide Ink in Peacock Feathers to stencil/ink blend the background.  I also die cut another white panel twice with the Grassy Knoll Die and ink blended with Distress Oxide Ink in Spun Sugar.  Each piece was then simply die cut to provide the faux stitched edge.



I backed the grass pieces with a combination of tape runner tape and dimensional foam tape and adhered them to the cloud background and in turn adhered that to a sturdy 110lb white cardstock base and set it to one side.



I stamped my images from Fly A Kite onto Strathmore Bristol Smooth cardstock using Ranger Archival Ink in Potting Soil.  I watercolour painted everything using the following limited palette of Kuretake Zigs in Light Pink, Gray Brown, Beige, Natural Gray and Turquoise Green.  Points were highlighted with a white gel pen and then they were die cut, backed with foam tape and applied to the scene.



The sentiment was stamped using the same Potting Soil Ink onto a die cut sentiment strip from the Tag Builder Die set, backed with foam tape and adhered.  The card was simply finished with some flat cup sequins by Pretty Pink Posh.

Hope you enjoyed the card, I'll be back tomorrow with a new one!!

Nicky x

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Lunar Animals Infinity Shaker - Mama Elephant

It's been a little while since I made one of my infinity shaker cards but when I saw the Big Happy Birthday Die by Mama Elephant that I'd probably be making a few of them.  I love a bold sentiment like this and I decided to go back and show Lunar Animals some love!



For my card I cut an A2 panel of Bristol Smooth cardstock.  I ink blended it using Festive Berries Distress Ink making it slightly darker at the top and fading it gradually towards the bottom.  I then laid over a starry stencil I have (you could use anything you like and through that I applied white pigment ink.  I removed the stencil and once dry I die cut my panel using the die from Mama Elephant's Cloud 9.



I then took a stamp storage pocket  and slid the 5 1/2 inch length of my background panel into the 5 1/2 width of the storage pocket.  Now, you want and need for this to be a very snug fit but obviously you don't want the panel to bend.  Take your time and ease it in carefully all the way to the bottom of the pocket.  If it is not very snug you will lose some shaker contents around the back of the panel.



I then flex the storage pocket open, slightly bending the panel so that I can accurately pour in my shaker contents.  I keep adding and checking my quantities until I have the right look and quantity.  You can use anything you like including micro beads seed beads, sequins and other shaker fillers.  Once I'm happy I then lay the unit flat on the my craft table and firmly wrap the other 50% of the storage pocket around the back of the panel ... doubling it back on itself and I stick it down with generous amounts of my Scotch Tape Runner tape.  I then adhere the pocket to my A2 card base.  I recommend 110lb cardstock because the base has to support some weight.

All of the rest of decoration of this card is on top of the storage pocket.  I die cut the sentiment twice, sticking one layer to the next and then I adhered that to the front and the Lunar Animals were stamped with Ranger Archival Ink in Potting Soil on Bristol Smooth.  They were watercolour painted using the following Kuretake Zigs, Yellow, Orange, Light Pink, Light Carmine, Carmine Red, Light Gray, Mid Gray, Dark Gray, Beige, Oatmeal and Brown.  They were die cut and also applied after adding their little party hats.  Points were highlighted with a white gel pen and with that, another card is complete!



I think this card would be loved for kids and big kids alike!  The contents move about freely and make a satisfying noise - using seed beads as part of the mix particularly helps with this and they help to move the sequin mix around.

See you next time!

Nicky x

Monday, May 6, 2019

Mother's Day - Pretty Pink Posh

I have a new card for Pretty Pink Posh today that uses the new mini stamp set called 'Mother's Day'  together with the beautiful new cover plate die called 'Lattice Background Die'.



I ink blended a panel with a focal point in Shaded Lilac and Dusty Concord.  I applied this to a 110lb white cardstock base.

I then cut a panel of white cardstock using the Lattice Background Die and adhered it to the ink blended panel.



On Bristol Smooth cardstock the image from Mother's Day was stamped using Ranger Archival Ink in Potting Soil.  It was watercolour painted using Kuretake Zigs in Cobalt Blue, May Green, Bright Yellow, Pink, Orange, Light Pink and Deep Red.  The image was die cut, backed with dimensional foam tape and applied.  The sentiment was stamped using the same ink on a little strip of cardstock which was also backed with foam tape.



Finishing touches included highlighting a few points using a white gel pen, the application of several Sparkling Clear Sequins by Pretty Pink Posh and a thick layer of Glossy Accents was applied to the vase making it shiny and highly dimensional.  Inside the card the pretty 'scripty' Happy Mother's Day Sentiment was stamped.

Thanks for coming by to read today, I appreciate it!

Nicky x

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Sunny Meadow Fair - Purple Onion Designs

This is my third card this month for the Purple Onion Designs brand new release Summer Meadow Fair as illustrated by Stacey Yacula.  This card is a more CAS design that might appeal to those who can't or don't want to go tooo crazy!



I prepared an A2 panel of kraft cardstock and stamped the Large Fair Tent image using Versamark Ink and heat embossed in white.  I then die cut the panel using the Cloud 9 die by Mama Elephant for a fun decorative edge.



On Strathmore Bristol Smooth cardstock the images were stamped using Ranger Archival Ink in Potting Soil.  The image on the left is Pinky (Pig with Cotton Candy/Ice Cream) and the image to the right is Clown (Bunny Clown)    I watercolour painted them using Kuretake Zigs in Flesh Colour, Pale Pink, Light Pink, Carmine Red, Yellow and Light Blue and they were fussy cut, backed with dimensional foam tape and applied to the scene.  I love how they POP against a kraft background!  Points were highlighted with a white gel pen.

The sentiment was stamped using Memento Ink in Dandelion using my Misti (so that I could repeat the stamping for a strong colour.  The Woo Hoo sentiment forms part of a blurbs sentiment set associated with the new release.  The clouds are found here and are from a former release.  They were also backed with foam and applied.



Finally, I embellished by find toning jewels by Pretty Pink Posh and applying with Ranger Multi Medium Matte.

Thank you for coming by my blog today, I'll be back very soon with a new project.

Nicky x

Saturday, May 4, 2019

Sunny Meadow Fair - Purple Onion Designs

I'm back today with another card for Purple Onion Design's brand new release of the Stacey Yacula illustrated 'Summer Meadow Fair'.  Clicking the link provided takes you to the bundled entire release at a 30% savings which is valid until the 14th May only.  A 30% savings for 24 stamps and 30 images.  My card today is a slimline card with dimensions of 8 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches.



I prepared a panel of cardstock by masking off the edges with washi tape and I ink blended with Clarity Stencil Brushes using Broken China and Mowed Lawn.  I also loosened up a little white acrylic paint with a spot of water and splattered it all over and set the panel aside to dry having removed the wash tape mask.



On Strathmore Bristol Smooth the characters and other images were stamped using Ranger Archival Ink in Potting Soil.  They were watercolour painted using Kuretake Zigs in the following colours - Dark Brown, Flesh Colour, Pale Pink, Light Pink, Mustard, Oatmeal, Mid Gray, Carmine Red, Light Blue, Yellow, Cool Gray (1) and Warm Grey (2).

From left to right the images are - Misty (Horse)Dusty (Mouse With Ball), Wooley (Lamb), Dolly (Mouse With First Prize Ribbon), Billy (Goat), Cotton Candy Cart and Pink (Pig With Cotton Candy/Ice Cream).

All images were fussy cut, backed with dimensional foam tape and adhered into position on the prepared panel.



I stamped the sentiments from the new Carnival/ Fair Blurb Set in my Misti using a toning pink ink and repeated the stamping so the pink had great coverage.  They were backed with foam tape and applied.

Finally I used a few sparkling clear sequins by Pretty Pink Posh for accents.

I hope you check out the new release!

See you soon with another card for Purple Onion!

Nicky x