Friday, 15 February 2019

Altenew - Beautiful Day

There's something quite special about Altenew's 'Beautiful Day' stamp set.
It's beyond beautiful.

I started by stamping the outline flower and leaf several times onto vellum with Versamark ink, then heat embossed with a glittery / white powder from Honeydoo Crafts (White Opal).

Lots of fussy-cutting later, I was ready to add a subtle pink watercolour wash, with a Zig Brush pen, to the flowers.

I literally drew a line of colour on each petal and then, with a fine wet brush, added a drop of water and let the colour wash. Easy and very satisfying.

Then it was a case of several hours pontificating over the layout, adding a couple of inked flowers (from the same set) directly on the card, and sticking it all down.

A few obligatory sequins strategically placed here n' there... et voila!
All done. Easy peasy lemon squeezy (except the sequin

Thursday, 31 January 2019

Art Impressions - His & Hers Campers

Just a quickie today to remind you (residents of a chilly Blighty) that summer will soon be here.

This stamp set from Art Impressions (His & Hers Campers) reminds me of my grandads who always wore white vests. Funny how things change, men wouldn't be seen dead in them these days, let alone the string versions that

 Let's start a campaign to bring them back....or not? Ha! Ha!

Saturday, 26 January 2019

Leaf Canopy - Altenew

Happy Saturday Y'all!
I hope you're having a groovy weekend.
Today my card features images from my joint favourite stamp set, 'Leaf Canopy' by Altenew (joint fav' with 'Garden Grow', also by Altenew).

I am a complete sucker for leafy stamp sets.

I dug out the ol' VersaMagic chalk inks as they are so creamy and thick and leave a great impression first time.

I stamped one branch straight on to the card base and the others were die-cut just to add a bit of dimension, je ne sais quoi and va-va-voom (like you do) 😆

To finish, I coloured  the leaves with a Wink of Stella and blobbed a few Nuvo Drops here and there.
Job done.

Wednesday, 23 January 2019

Fire Ruby Icing Paste - Finnabair

If you buy any crafty product this year get this...Prima / Finnabair's Fire Ruby Icing Paste. You don't need to make anything with it...just sit n' look at it, give it a stir & look at it some more. It's gorrrrrrjus stuff... a thick, creamy, sparkly gel / paste and the colour is mind bogglingly lush. Like rich, red blood but in a non-gory way.

Having sat for 8 days...staring, stirring, oooohing n' arrrring and staring some more....I decided to use it with my all time favourite stencil, 'Cell Theory' by Crafter's Workshop, and made a card.

You can put it on as thin or as thick as you like, it'll dry with what ever texture and depth you desire.

And that colour!!!!!

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