It's the 31st so time for the final inspiration for this month at Die Cut Divas. Our sponsor this month is Frantic Stamper
Wednesday, 31 May 2023
Tic-tac-toe at Die Cut Divas.... flowers, Love and patterned paper.
Monday, 29 May 2023
Grungy Flower cards
The other day I saw a lovely video from Natasha Foote - using a solid stamps and making a mixed media background. Natasha used soft colours on her background and it was her inspiration that got me started. My first background turned out a bit grungy and darker as I used paints for my base layer.
I started by using Distress paints and added to my card base. Then lots of layers...Background Builders. There are three wooden stamps each about 1.5" wide by 6" long. I used various Distress inks to added them. Also used some bubble wrap to add some texture. Splatted some white ink spray. Once everything was dry I stamped a Darkroom Door stamp in black ink and clear embossed. Finished with a pre-printed sentiment from Creative Expressions Wordies.
I decided to try and make a lighter background, albeit still a bit grungy.
Sunday, 28 May 2023
Interference Inks... two ways.
Over at Splitcoaststampers this week, there was a great video using black paint/gesso and Cosmic Shimmer Opal Polish. Christine used gesso and 3D embossing folder. I don't have the Opal Polish, but I do have some VERY ANCIENT Opalite inks so decided to give them a go. First up I used black acrylic paint with an Altenew Bergenia folder.... EPIC FAILURE!!!! Next I tried with some black Obsidan ink (Altenew) brayered onto the folder and embossed onto white card. Let it dry and then did a direct to paper technique with the Opalite inks ( Crystall Blush, Nordic Ice, Golden Mist and Cypress Frost) It looks like versamark ink... no colour but once it hits the black it is supposed to show the colour. Well with this one... it's there but only ever so slightly, if you tilt it in the light....So difficult to photo on this one
Saturday, 27 May 2023
Things with Wings at Sweet Stampin' Challenge.
Hi there. Time for the latest challenge at Sweet Stampin' Challenge. It's Susan's team to inspire you with "Things with Wings"
For my card I've gone with a Christmas card - upcycling an old commercial card.
I used a Spellbinders Oval die to cut part of the card front and layered it onto a decorative oval die (also by Spellbinders) The sentiment is a hot foiled using the negative left from foiling with red onto white card. The background is a pearlescent paper added to the white card base.
There's lots of opportunities with this challenge - bird, butterflies, dragonflies etc, So come and join us for this fortnight's challenge.
Friday, 26 May 2023
Purple Poinsettia - a non traditional Christmas card.
This month's challenge at Christmas Kickstart is all about a colour palette.
Of course this palette is right up my alley as I LOVE the colours of Purple. I was inspired by my bloggy friend - Linda with her gorgeous entry using a poinsettia.
I used a Hero Art Woodblock stamp - Antique Poinsettia. I too two sheets of PP from an Anko pack called Marble. I stamped first onto a grey marble paper and fussy cut it out. Added some pale purple marker to the leaf portion. Next stamped was twice onto the purple marble paper. Each time in the different shades of purple. I then fussy cut the two layers. The second layer had dimensional dots between it and the base, and the top layer was added directly to the second. Three little purple gems finished the centre. I found the soft purple background in a Recollections pack called Northern Lights. I decided I needed a little something more, so used a Kaisercraft Rectangle Fancy Frames die to cut a frame. The sentiment is a Scrapbook.com die that was a gift when buying some stuff from them. Cut it from purple but it didn't look right - so cut from white and layered the two together.
And because I used a woodblock stamp, this one is going into Amy's Woodblock Wednesday challenge -Here is the stamp with the card,
Thursday, 25 May 2023
Butterfly Love at Die Cut Divas.
Hi, Dawn here to share my challenge card for this month's Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge at Die Cut Divas.
Tuesday, 23 May 2023
Just Add Ink - Choose Two!
I decided I wanted to entry the latest challenge at Just Add Ink - Challenge #653 - Choose Two
For my card I actually did all three... but mainly Banner and Baby.
I started by choosing some pretty pink gingham paper. I found a Kaisercraft stamp with the banner so stamped it directly onto the paper and used alcohol markers to add some colour. I stamped the Mama and baby elephant (Uniquely Creative) and coloured with my Tri-blends. I used a Gina K Master Layout oval and it's matching frame. I found a freebie stamp set that had some baby sentiments. Not sure where it came. In fact I can't even remember getting it.
This one will most probably be for my son and daughter in law as they are expecting a girl - within the next 6-8 weeks.
Sunday, 21 May 2023
Hello You Coneflower - Sketch Saturday #726
My Saturday late afternoon crafting didn't happen yesterday as around 5.00pm our power went out. The evening was a dark, stormy one and it got dark very quickly. By 6.00 the power still hadn't come back on, so we decided to head out for dinner. I was slow cooking a casserole that still need 1 1/2 hours to go. We went to have Ramen. Very nice to have an impromptu date night out!
So after spending the morning doing a full polish of all my lounge furniture, I headed to the craft room. I saw a great sketch challenge on Tristan blog - Sketch Saturday #726 . Tristan is one of the design team for the challenge.