Sunday, 4 December 2016

The Craft Barn Fortnightly Challenge - Bling It Up

I'm really not a bling and glitter sort of person, so the fortnightly challenge on the Craft Barn blog to use "super sparkly, shiny, glitzy bits" in colours of purple, turquoise and green was indeed a challenge.

I started by stamping snowflakes with Versamark on a square piece of card and embossed them with clear powder. I then sponged Peacock Feathers and Shaded Lilac Distress Inks over the card. Sandwiching the card between two pieces of copier paper I ironed over them to melt and remove the embossing powder to leave the white snowflakes. The tree was then stamped and embossed with a glittery embossing power and coloured rhinestones glued onto the branches. The square was then matted onto a piece of pale mauve card. A sentiment was stamped onto card that had also been sponged with the same Distress Inks and die cut and attached to complete another Christmas card. That makes a grand total of two!

The Peacock Feather Distress Ink on the background of my card has registered as blue in my photo but it is turquoise in real life and I haven't really been able to capture any of the sparkle. 😞


Card Recipe
Card
Base card - Craftwork Cards
Anna Marie Designs Super Smooth Printer Card 250gsm
Craft Creations Card - Morphing Mauve
Inks/Embossing Powder
Distress Ink  - Peacock Feathers, Shaded Lilac
Versamark
Wow Clear Gloss Super Fine Embossing Powder  WA01SF
Wow Little-Lou Purple Glitz Regular Embossing Powder WS17R
Stamps
Snowflake - Crafty Individuals
Tree - PaperArtsy Squiggly Ink Swirls & Curls SISC5
Sentiment - Crafty Individuals
Other
Rhinestones

Friday, 18 November 2016

The Craft Barn Alpha/Dictionary Challenge - Letter I

What has come over me? There are still nine days to go before the close of the Craft Barn Alpha/Dictionary Challenge for the letter "I" and I've finished my entry! Usually I'm just skidding in by the seat of my pants.

A long time ago I "won" a set of Leonardo da Vinci stamps on that well known auction site and then they just joined so much other unused stuff in my craft room. So it was time to give them some love and use them for on my postcard to illustrate my chosen word - intellectual. Another first for me this week was having a go at the retiform technique - crossing lines and interstices to you and me.

I started by brushing Wild Honey Distress Ink (DI) over my card  followed by a layer of Rusty Hinge DI. I stamped Leonardo' s head and then created the grids using Vintage Photo DI. I then masked off each section in turn and stamped with the other elements on the stamp plate. Ground Espresso was sponged around the edge of the card and then the dictionary definition added to complete the postcard.


Postcard Recipe
Card
Anna Marie Designs Smooth Stamping Card 300gsm
Anna Marie Designs Super Smooth Printer Card 200gsm
Inks 
Distress Inks -  Wild Honey, Rusty Hinge, Vintage Photo, Ground Espresso
Versafine - Onyx Black
Stamps 
Da Vinci plate - Judikins/Stamp Addicts
Other
Definition - computer generated Typewriter font   

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

The Craft Barn Fortnightly Challenge - Poppy

To incorporate a poppy into a project is the current Craft Barn Fortnightly Challenge  but the design must be monochrome with a splash of red.

It's been far too long since I used this Crafty Individuals poppy stamp and it is the perfect size for an atc. The flower head was coloured with pencils and the word "remember" stamped onto a piece of card and cut to size. A smidgen of Hickory Smoke Distress Ink was sponged  around the edges of the word and the finished atc.


ATC Recipe
Card 
Anna Marie Designs Smooth Stamping Card 300gsm
Anna Marie Designs Super Smooth Printer Card 200gsm
Inks
Versafine Onyx Black
Hickory Smoke Distress Ink
Coloursoft pencils
Stamps
Poppy - Crafty Individuals CI-210
Remember - Crafty Individuals

Sunday, 13 November 2016

The Craft Barn Alpha/Dictionary Challenge - Letter U

It's the turn of the letter U to step into the limelight in the Craft Barn Alpha/Dictionary Challenge and my chosen word is uniformity.

I choose to use just two Distress Inks - Twisted Citron and Wilted Violet - which are my current favourites. I brushed my postcard with the violet and and then stamped it with the blotchy text. The butterflies were stamped onto card that had been coloured with the green ink and then cut out. The postcard was finished with a computer generated definition. No faffing around this week, simple and to the point!

 
Postcard Recipe
Card
Anna Marie Designs Smooth Stamping Card 300gsm
Anna Marie Designs Super Smooth Printer Card 200gsm
Inks 
Distress Inks -  Twisted Citron, Wilted Violet
Ranger Archival - Watering Can
Stamps 
Background - Crafty Individuals CI-436
Butterfly - Crafty Individuals CI-437
Other
Definition - computer generated Typewriter font  
 
 

Sunday, 6 November 2016

The Craft Barn Fortnightly Challenge - Fireworks

The current theme in the Craft Barn Fortnightly Challenge is fireworks, so glitter and sparkle are the order of the day.

I started my card by sponging a square of black card with Opalite Reflective Interference Ink (Nordic Blue) which I've had in may stash for years but keep forgetting to use! I then stamped the Visible Image swirl over the top with Versamark and embossed with silver sparkle embossing powder. The square was matted onto a a piece of textured silver card. The little girl was stamped onto white card, coloured with Copic markers and cut out. I added the stamped sentiment to the card blank and finished with rhinestones in the centre of the swirls.

Sorry about the quality of the photo, I had intended taking the photo in the garden but by the time I got round to it this afternoon it was raining hard.


Card Recipe
Card
Card Blank - Craftwork Cards
Anna Marie Designs Super Smooth Printer Card 200gsm
Black card
Silver card
Inks   
Opalite Reflective Interference Ink Nordic Blue
Memento Tuxedo Black
Ranger Archival Jet Black
Copic markers
Embossing Powder - Personal Impressions Silver Super Sparkle
Stamps
Swirls - Visible Image Universal set
Girl - Crafty Individuals CI-292
Sentiment - Crafty Individuals CI-449
Other 
Pink rhinestones

Sunday, 30 October 2016

The Craft Barn Alpha/Dictionary Challenge - Letter V

I had a choice of words lined up for the letter V in the Craft Barn Challenge but finally plumped for "vase".

For the previous challenge I went with a vintage feel so this time around I thought I would go with a modern look and in doing so use a background stamp that I bought as part of my Craft Barn prize voucher I won recently,

I started by stamping the middle vase in Archival Jet Black and then stamped the other two in Archival Watering Can - I wanted it to look as if they were in the distance.  I'm not sure if I really achieved my aim. I then used the background stamp around the edge before colouring the dots and image with Coloursoft pencils. I edged the postcard with Distress Ink and then using glossy accents  filled in the main vase. The dictionary definition completed the card.



Postcard Recipe
Card
Anna Marie Designs Smooth Stamping Card 300gsm
Anna Marie Designs Super Smooth Printer Card 200gsm
Inks Card
Ranger Archival Jet Black
Ranger Archival Watering Can
Derwent Coloursoft Pencils
Stamps
Vase - PaperArtsy JM22
Background - PaperArtsy JM05
Other
Glossy Accents
Dictionary definition - computer generated Typewriter font

Saturday, 15 October 2016

The Craft Barn Alpha/Dictionary Challenge - Letter E

The letter E has been pulled out of the hat for the current Craft Barn Alpha/Dictionary Challenge. My chosen word is "elegant" and I think my stamp fits the bill perfectly. I'm sure if this lady was a contestant on Strictly Come Dancing, Darcy would comment "Wow! your neck line is fabulous".

I started my postcard by stamping the image and masking it with an oval die-cut. Then I stamped the swirls with Versamark and embossed them with white detail powder. The card was then brushed with Distress Ink. I removed the mask and went lightly over the whole card with another layer of Distress Ink. The image was coloured with Copic markers, a Gelly Roll pen and pencils. I didn't colour the book area correctly so rather than starting all over again I covered it up with a flower and added another at the top to balance it. I don't usually add any embellishments on the postcards as although I will never post them I like to think that if I did they would arrive intact. However, on this occasion needs must!


Postcard Recipe
Card
Anna Marie Designs Smooth Stamping Card 300gsm
Anna Marie Designs Super Smooth Printer Card 200gsm
Inks
Memento Tuxedo Black
Distress Inks - Frayed Burlap, Barn Door
Sakura Gelly Roll Pen XPGB#725
Derwent Coloursoft Pencils
Stamps
Lady - Artistic Stamper 
Swirls - Judikins C351
Other
Paper flowers
Flat back pearls
Embossing powder - Cosmic Shimmer Detail True White
Dictionary definition - computer generated Typewriter font