December 10, 2017

Winter Coffee Lovers Bloghop!

Today I have a card that does double duty! It’s my Coffee Lovers bloghop card AND it’s my Crazy 4 Challenges card. The last challenge of the year as we break for the holidays.

winter 2017 coffee lovers-hop-square-with-dates

Our Crazy 4 Challenges theme was to use a previous 2017 sketch. I was super happy because sketches are my favourite! I chose the one from May which worked perfectly with the coffee cup I decided to use.

c4c coffee last sketch

The paper is by Bo Bunny from a year or two ago. I pulled out an older Simon Says Stamp kit (do you guys use your kits up right away? I never do) but decided to go with a new coffee set rather than the one that came with the kit. The stamps are by Neat & Tangled, the Perfect Blend stamps and dies, which are on sale right now. If you like them get them soon as they are retiring.

The background was already stunning but I decided to add some stenciled Nuvo glitter paste swirls. The green/aqua iridescence is very prominent in this paste. It wasn’t looking quite as amazing at the top as it did at the bottom. So, Copic to the rescue!  I added some purple marker over the glitter paste, using the side of the brush tip, which made the glitter match the paper much better. The stencil is by Echo Park and the die cut under the coffee cup is the Quinn Flourish by Memory box. I’m noticing this really needs some more sparkle (can you ever have too much??) so I will add some sequins and maybe some shimmer spray.

Enjoy, Rebecca

December 02, 2017

Genius is Crazy!!

Our challenge this week at Crazy 4 Challenges is to colour! Never a problem-o for me! I have Copics, coloured pencils, watercolours, pearlescent watercolours, Inktense pencils… you get the idea!

c4c colouring crazy fish

When I first saw this sentiment, I HAD to have it! Most of the time I feel like I am losing my mind and am somewhat crazy! So this was so perfect. Ah, but what image to pair with a sentiment like this? I really had to think about that. My first  though was Tim Holtz Crazy Birds, but they are so odd, I didn’t buy them! Then I remembered this very, VERY old SU! stamp set with lots of kookie fish. Perfect! I coloured one up on X-Press It paper and voila! The image is a match made in heaven!

Then I had to find some paper to match and amazingly some again, the memory of some very, VERY old paper crept up in the back of my mind AND I actually found it! Yeah! This card is about simple as it gets, a hand-cut image, the only die was the stitched rectangle by SSS I used on the green panel, and I used some white and black Ranger enamel dots to make the kookie eyes! Googly eyes would have been more fun but I only have huge ones.

Have a good one!

Enjoy, Rebecca

November 20, 2017

Tropical Art Journal Spread

Yeah, I know it’s winter. But I have some projects left to show you from my time on the Dirty Dozen design team for SplitCoastStampers. And you know, I hate winter and all that!

SCS 01 vacation pages wm

The theme for the month was Guilty Pleasures. If I could pick something to really enjoy it would be a vacation somewhere warm and sunny! So I made a page to show a beach I’d like to visit. The base is an island map I printed off the internet. I covered it in matte medium to keep the ink from running when I added layers of acrylic paint. The tree trunk was hand drawn then cut from cork and coloured with Big Brush pens by Faber Castellar. The leaves were also hand drawn but on cardstock then coloured the same way. If you try this, be sure to seal your surface with more matte medium or the Brush pens won’t shade and blend.

Creating the island in the background was a bit hard. I wanted to make it look like the Hawaiian islands covered in lush green foliage but I also didn’t want it to become a flat green blob. I intended to make more trees but the ones I did took so long I gave up eventually! oh well, for me my art journal pages are for learning and exploration so I didn’t care too much. The map under the paint didn’t show up as much as I had hoped so to add more texture I stamped some tone-on-tone stamping. I used lots of postal cancellation marks and botanical illustration text. Last but not least I added some journaling, the crab and sand dollar and lettering.

Enjoy, Rebecca

November 17, 2017

Autumn Greetings Shaker Card

Well, it’s pretty cold here so I have to admit that it’s fall. Summer is my favourite season so I hold on to it as long as I can. I don’t like fall even though it’s pretty because it means cold, cold and more cold. Ugh! And I’m not a huge fan of fall colours either but sometimes everything just falls into place and I make a fun fall-themed and -coloured card.

c4c fall leaf shaker

I started this card by using the sketch this week for Crazy 4 Challenges. I do hope you will pop on over and check it out. Instead of adding a layer for the three dots on the focal panel, I turned two into cut outs and placed my sentiment in the third spot. The background paper is dark chocolate cardstock by Simon which I embossed with a texture plate by PTI. I love the subtle and woodsy texture I get from this plate. I filled the shaker with a mixture of sequins by Lucy’s Cards, Studio Katia and micro beads by Martha Stewart.

The cutouts were made with dies by Spellbinders and I used some of the tiny ones to create a little border on the left side. The orange panel was wider but after applying the leaves, it looked lopsided. So I trimmed off a bit with an x-acto knife. Sadly when I removed the foam adhesive, it slightly tore the dark chocolate cardstock. So lace to the rescue AKA an embellishment opportunity! Now it looks balanced AND the lace adds some rustic charm to the card.

I hope to see you over at the C4C blog!

Enjoy, Rebecca

November 11, 2017

Poppies Card with Embossed Die Cuts

Today is Remembrance Day in many countries so our hostess asked us to use poppies or make a card of gratitude or respect. I chose to make a generic card with poppies on it.

c4c poppies

Sorry the photo isn’t too great; I had to use my phone. But in a way it allowed the lighting, not in my light box which overexposes clean whites, to show the detail.

I tried a couple of new embossing techniques on this card. The background was spritzed with water before pouring the rose gold powder over it. This gave me splatters of rose gold like you would get from a mist or paint. Next I die cut the flower and removed the die cut to give me just the negative space. I saved this die cut and cut two more. For the blue peeking through the negative space, I used some Navy Steel powder by Simon which I poured on a scrap of cardstock inked with Versamark. Then repeat 3 times until I got smooth even coverage. Then I adhered it to the back of the negative space.

The last technique is to cover a die cut in rose gold powder. It’s the same basic technique as covering the scrap with Navy powder but it’s trickier because it’s small and delicate plus you don’t want any naked spots! There are several methods you can use. Some people use temporary adhesive to attach the die cut to a tab of paper so they can hold it while inking and heating it. I prefer to use tweezers on all but the last layer and I move it to a different spot each time. For the last layer, I place my die cut on a heat proof surface and use the tweezers to hold them, not by clamping them on my paper but by placing them in the space between the stems so they can’t blow away. If the die cut had been sturdier, I would have used the tab method.

In case you are wondering, yes, I could have embossed a large scrap then die cut it. But then the edges aren’t smooth and sometimes the powder can chip especially when you use so many layers.

Enjoy! Rebecca