The painted panel above was done on one of the scraps of watercolour paper I like to have lying around already covered with drops of masking fluid. I try to never prepare just one but rather flick the fluid over several pieces of both watercolour paper and white cardstock. That way they will be dry and ready to use whenever I get the chance.
I painted water over the whole panel then inked the stamp from the “Ornately” set with blue and red ink. The ink blurred and bled all over the place immediately but after it had had a chance to dry off just a little I reinked and stamped again in the same place to get the soft edged image. I added the music background and some sponging around the edges. When all was dry I gently rubbed off the masking fluid , matted with blue and added a sentiment to match.
No baubles up at my place yet, how about you?
Stamps: Ornately, Sentimental, Music Background (PB)
Inks: Memento Love Letter, Danube Blue, Rhubarb Stalk (Tsukineko)
Cardstock: Fabriano 25% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper, Mix and match Clear Skies paper
Also: Winsor & Newton masking fluid
The Penny Black blog has continued to showcase the new Christmas dies this week. I have featured two on this card.
The layout was inspired by a lovely earth toned card by BIrgitta. I blended three blue gelatos with water on a piece of cardstock then cut the snowflakes and word out of it. The diagonal section was first masked with a torn post-it note then stamped with Music background and sponged with Memento Summer sky and Danube Blue.
Thank you for your kind words and your prayers for my family. My mother was very happy to come home from hospital today and we were very thankful that the home was safe from threat of fire. I must admit it is a little crazy for me to be posting a snow flake card from a hot dry sunny land. On the other hand I believe Ottawa had its first frost last night so snowflakes might even have fallen by the time I get home!
As I mentioned in my last post I am on the other side of the world. I am visiting my parents who live in the Blue Mountains west of Sydney. My mother is currently in hospital so I have been spending part of each day visiting her with my father. When not at the hospital we have been preparing for possible evacuation due to the serious bush fires in the area. I have written a bit more and posted some photos on my other blog, Sentient. Thank you to all who have participated in my One Layer Wednesday challenge to use leaves. I have not been able to visit all of your blogs just yet. Things have been a little busy.
The card above is one of my favourites from the classes I taught in Washington last June. I started by embossing the hillflowers stamp in clear embossing powder onto white cardstock then flicked masking fluid over the whole panel. I applied the blue ink by sponging from one corner towards the other fading the colour out toward the “light source”. I only used one blue ink and finished the design by flicking some of it over the whole panel. Once all the ink was all dry I rubbed off the masking fluid to reveal the little white flecks.
As I write this post our backyard is beginning to fill up with leaves. The strange thing is that by the time this post goes live I will be far away from our autumn leaf filled yard in another season and country all together!
Wherever you are and whether you can see golden, red or green leaves the challenge this week is to feature them on your one layer card. I used one of the leaf dies from the Penny Black creative die set Leaves to cut a couple of masks from post it notes. I then sponged over the masks in warm fall colours and added a thankful sentiment.
On the Penny Black blog this week you will see that the design team have been having fun with the new Christmas Dies. I chose to show off the ‘Downtown” die in front of a warm sunset. I die cut the downtown shape from black then hand cut a piece from yellow to place behind it. I masked the sky area and sponged yellow from the bottom up, sweet plum from the top down, a bit of angel pink in the middle and some elderberry on the top right. I then re-positioned the top mask down lower so I could sponge the dark area below the horizon in black.
A while ago I hosted the One Layer Wednesday challenge with a one colour, one stamp, one sentiment card. (you can see it here). When I was working on that card I stamped the flower stamp, Dazzling on the plastic imaging sheet I use with my stamp positioning tool (stamp-a-ma-jig). I needed to use the tool to decide where to place the stamp on my one layer card. The image in blue ink stayed on the plastic sheet for days. The ink had formed into droplets almost immediately but had not dried up at all. After seeing it there untouched I decided to see what it would look liked stamped onto cardstock. The panel above is the result. The flower is basically the same but is made up of little ink droplets and the occasional air bubble. I thought it was quite a cool effect and shows that it is not always best to clean up straight away; inspiration may strike a few days later!
I made this one layer card weeks ago so I am no longer sure of my order of stamping. This is what I might have done:
- position a post-it note mask
- emboss winter berries in white
- sponge grey ink from bottom left hand corner and teal ink from top right hand corner but keep a centre strip paler to create a highlight area
- stamp letter background stamp in grey and lace border stamp in teal (lace stamp is probably patchy because I may have wiped some of the ink off on purpose.)
- stamp the word ‘smile’ and the berry branch in teal
I vaguely remember dropping a stamp on the panel at some point which almost made me toss the card. Sorry I can’t be more precise; I guess it really makes sense to write about the cards as soon as I make them!
I just realized that I can add this to Karen’s One Layer Wednesday challenge this week. It is a free for all so go and check it out
This week’s One Layer Wednesday challenge is to feature something with wings on your card. I chose this beautiful butterfly stamp and a palette of browns.
I masked the left hand side of the card front so I could sponge and stamp the right hand side. I have roughly used the rule of thirds for my stamped panel. The butterfly is stamped over both sides directing the eye from left to right. I also added a little sponging to the bottom edge in keeping with the vintage feel of the card.
OLW 158 Rules
1. A one-layer card is defined as a single layer of card stock folded in half. No other layers of paper allowed.
2. Make a card with wings on it. It could feature birds, butterflies, planes, mosquitos ; anything with wings.
3. Post your card somewhere online and link back to it here using the InLinkz button on the sidebar. If linking to a blog post, please be sure to link to the specific post and not your blog’s home page.
4. The most important rule of all…HAVE FUN!
There is a colour challenge for you on the Penny Black blog at present. Penny Black has created five colour combos and would love to see your projects. There are three prizes and the challenge runs until September 27th.
I chose this colour combo along with the new wood mounted stamp, “Christmas Reds and Greens”. I stamped and embossed the branch in smokey grey then masked top and bottom so I could create an aqua background panel. The panel is sponged and stamped with Versamagic Sea Breeze & Sahara Sand. To add the rusty red colour I punched tiny dots from glossy card to be the berries on the branch.
Stamps: Christmas Reds and Greens , (PB)
Inks: Versamagic Sea Breeze & Sahara Sand, Versafine Smokey Grey (Tsukineko)