I recently got some Kuretake Gansai Tambi Japanese watercolour paints and wanted to give them a go with these lovely Clearly Besotted flower stamps.
First, I masked off the edges of my Ranger watercolour card and I stamped the flower images using Versamark onyx black ink (in retrospect I should probably have used a dye ink since this did bleed in some places). I then used a normal black ballpoint pen to add longer stems and an extra leaf to the flowers, as otherwise it would’ve looked like they were floating in mid-air.
I did some very basic watercolouring as I’m only a beginner – as you can see, I’ve tried to do some shading, but I think I need more practice! Then I did a grey-black background and peeled off the masking tape.
Next, to create the mosaic effect, I used my paper trimer to cut the final image into 6 pieces that I then arranged on the page until I was happy with the layout. I used double-sided tape to stick them all down on my blank card.
The ‘fabulous friend’ sentiment is from a Clearly Besotted stamp set but I can’t find it on their site so it might be discontinued. I stamped this on white card and then coloured in some Anita’s vellum paper with a purple Copic marker and mounted the sentiment on top. Then I cut around the edge with some craft scissors to get the wavy edge.
Finally, I covered all of the flower petals in clear Wink of Stella and then went over this with some Glossy Accents and left that to dry.
Darn it, I love dogs. I think most crafters love cats, but I’m not a fan. If I can find a fun dog stamp, I have to buy it.
This labrador stamp just embodies all the stuff that’s great about dogs. He’s definitely got that excitable look because his owner’s just walked in the door. You can just see his tail wagging even though he isn’t moving.
He’s unmounted, but I didn’t bother buying any special products – I just put a bit of roll-on adhesive on him and stuck him to my acrylic block that way. It’s removable adhesive, so if you rub your finger over it afterwards, it comes right off the stamp.
I stamped the dog and coloured him in with Copic markers. Then I cut him out and shaded with pencil on my blank card, where he was going to go.
Once he was stuck down, I stamped ‘YO DAWG’ out of alphabet stamps and the happy birthday sentiment – and that’s it! A nice easy card.
Labrador stamp – http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00NJZ9RAW?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o04_s00
Jessie’s ABCs by Lawn Fawn – www.makethedayspecial.co.uk
‘Happy Birthday’ stamp by Clearly Besotted – http://www.clearlybesottedstamps.com/
Copic markers – http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B004BPRAP8?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o02_s00
Every so often you find a stamp set that you just have to have. Payday was just too far away when I ordered this!
The main reason I liked this set so much was the ‘I look up to you’ sentiment, which I’m really excited about pairing with the giraffe and probably the hippo. It’ll be a great card for my best friend, since she’s so tall and I’m so incy.
You also get a hippo with the sentiment ‘hippo hooray’, an alligator who says ‘l8r’ and a zebra and camel. (The camel is my favourite.) Besides this, there are some jungle leaves for accents and the odd extra like this zebra-patterned heart.
To make the card, I die-cut some green polka-dot card with a grassy border die, and used a speech bubble die on the topmost piece so that I could stamp my greetings in the negative space.
The hippo goes brilliantly with this die, since her mouth is wide open. I also placed the zebra so it looked like the hippo was talking to someone, and the alligator is there just ‘cause.
I used foam adhesive on the bottom panel so that I could tuck the critters beneath the grass. I coloured them all in Spectrum Noir pens and paper-pieced the hippo’s tongue with more polka-dot paper (I also gave her red nail varnish for fun!). Then I covered them all in clear Wink of Stella and stuck them down.
“Zoo Crew” stamps – http://www.papersmoochesstamps.com/Zoo_Crew_p/m1s-12-092.htm
Wink of Stella in ‘clear’ – http://www.hobbycraft.co.uk/zig-wink-of-stella-brush-pen-glitter-clear/600234-1008
Let’s Polka paper & speech bubble die – http://www.lawnfawn.com/
“Happy Birthday” sentiment – http://www.clearlybesottedstamps.com/products/its-your-birthday
I went on a shopping stampede recently and treated myself to a few sets I’ve been wanting from Lawn Fawn for a while. This was one of them – probably their most reasonably priced, considering how many stamps you get and their versatility.
My card today is more boyish than manly, though the design is quite gender-neutral.
First, I die-cut two polaroids out of white card, put them against a blank piece of card and drew inside the lines, so that I had a frame ready for my stamping. Then I went a bit stamp-mad, happily combining my monsters with a birthday stamp set from Clearly Besotted. The monsters set comes with a little party hat which fits perfectly on pretty much all the monsters and makes for a great birthday scene.
I coloured some and paper-pieced others. Once finished, I stamped my sentiments and started working on my background.
This is a great technique if you’re lazy, like me! (Or if your paper trimmer is going blunt, like mine!) I just ripped the patterned paper rather than cutting and laid them on top of each other until I got the effect I wanted.
Lastly, I coloured over the balloon with some clear Wink of Stella for a sparkly party effect.
The googly eye was a must as well!
Lawn Fawn “Monster Mash” stamp set, & Lil’ Inker Designs “Instant Camera Die” – http://www.makethedayspecial.co.uk/
Birthday sentiments, balloon and present stamps – http://www.clearlybesottedstamps.com/
Googly eyes and patterned papers – http://www.hobbycraft.co.uk/
Wink of Stella brush – http://www.thehandcraftedcardcompany.co.uk/
Almost forgot about Manly Card Monday today! I’ve tried a chalkboard effect this weekend, and gone for a hobby card because the gingham background stamp kind of made me think of golf clothes once it was all down on paper.
This is a really easy card to make, and you could make a ton all in one go.
Showcasing Lawn Fawn’s gingham backdrops stamp
I trimmed the black card to how I wanted it and started stamping my pattern. This stamp is long and thin, so I found the best way to cover the card was to overlap, alternating my stamping horizontally and vertically.
The sentiment is stamped in Versamark ink and embossed with Wow bright white powder. I added stitches around the black part with white gel pen and coloured the golf-bag stamp with Spectrum Noir markers, leaving a white border when I cut it out.
I have had a host of new products arrive today so I’m sure I’ll have a few posts up this week!
Gingham backdrops stamp – lawnfawn.com
White ink pad – http://www.needlecraftandbeads.co.uk
White gel pen – http://www.paperchase.co.uk/
Golf stamp & black card – http://www.hobbycraft.co.uk
Birthday sentiment – http://www.clearlybesottedstamps.com/collections/stamps
Recently, I subscribed to Simply Cards & Papercraft Magazine and my free gift has now come through! I don’t really have any flowers stamps so was excited to get to work on more elegant cards than I usually make.
Colouring isn’t really my forte, so I decided on a simple design so I could concentrate on my watercolour technique. After heat-embossing the flowers in white powder on white card, I started painting with a cheap paint set from my local stationery shop. Embossing in white like this creates a really nice effect with the watercolours.
Again, I wanted to keep it simple, so I used very few colours, bringing in darker shades here and there for dimension. (Didn’t work very well though!)
Then I cut apart this patterned paper which I chose because it would pick up the purple and green colours of the flowers, and stuck it down on two blank cards so that it left a strip of white at the top.
I stamped and embossed the greetings and having fussy-cut the flowers, stuck those down too. (On the Mother’s Day card, I stuck one flower down with double-sided foam so that it is a bit higher than the one underneath.)
Simple and quite quick, apart from the fussy-cutting. Flowers always add a pretty touch!
6×6 patterned paper pad – http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/like/361178234641?limghlpsr=true&hlpv=2&ops=true&viphx=1&hlpht=true&lpid=108&chn=ps&device=c&adtype=pla&crdt=0&ff3=1&ff11=ICEP3.0.0-L&ff12=67&ff13=80&ff14=108&ff19=0
Clearly Besotted assorted stamps – http://www.clearlybesottedstamps.com
Watercolours & blank cards – http://www.theworks.co.uk/
White embossing powder – http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/like/321265206419?limghlpsr=true&hlpv=2&ops=true&viphx=1&hlpht=true&lpid=108&chn=ps&device=c&adtype=pla&crdt=0&ff3=1&ff11=ICEP3.0.0-L&ff12=67&ff13=80&ff14=108&ff19=0
Heat tool – http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/like/191241171346?limghlpsr=true&hlpv=2&ops=true&viphx=1&hlpht=true&lpid=108&chn=ps&device=c&adtype=pla&crdt=0&ff3=1&ff11=ICEP3.0.0-L&ff12=67&ff13=80&ff14=108&ff19=0
Versamark ink, clear – http://www.crafterscompanion.co.uk/craft-essentials-c2144/inks-and-inkpads-c2145/tsukineko-versamark-watermark-ink-pad-small-p25158/s25258?gclid=Cj0KEQjwuI-oBRCEi87g0K3O8OoBEiQAb25WAe2O3DxsEUICIuYHQ1EmSKvklvDRpCloKkJWmu_RhlUaAtA-8P8HAQ