Monday, November 20, 2017

CAS Watercolor Holiday

My CAS Watercolor Holiday card features a Stampendous poinsettia with a PoppyStamps diecut.  

Once again, I used my Peerless watercolors to color the poinsettia that I stamped and heat-embossed.  After painting the flower, I dry embossed it with dots, and then accented the image in gold and clear Wink of Stella. The "merry" diecuts are from metallic gold cardstock, which is getting a lot of use this Christmas season. (My photo is not good because the dark rainy day provided no natural light.)

Monday, November 6, 2017

CAS(E) This Sketch!

Post #2 for this day, since I missed the deadline on the other one.

This looked like such a busy CASE(E) This Sketch, but then I saw the DT cards and was hooked.  It's the perfect opportunity to use watercolors and die cuts, which is what I did.  The branches are dies from the Tim Holtz collection of wintry branches and leaves, and the sentiment is from a great little collection of words and phrases purchased on Blitsy.  Another Christmas card completed! 

Freshly Made Sketch #311

(I missed the deadline, but am posting the card anyway. )

I am going to try to make a Christmas card for every challenge that I enter for the month of November.  I'll certainly have a variety of card designs that way!  For this Freshly Made Sketch
I used some beautiful silver glitter paper for the die cut and used a soft gray dry-embossed cardstock to back the die cut.  ("Scribbles and Splat die -- Sizzix/Tim Holt  and "Peace on Earth" -- Inkadinkado.)

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Glitter, Glitter!

I've never been one for using glitter, but this was fun to complete the CAS Mix Up challenge for November.  I must admit that I actually made two cards, but realized that the first one didn't have any stamping...which is pretty basic!  Fortunately, I had made another glitter piece, so the second card went quickly. 

My choice of glitter technique involved packing tape.  It works beautifully with die cuts. 

I purchased SU's "Merry Little Christmas" DSP pack, and have been thinking of ways to use it.  I am certain that I was inspired by a creation sometime; that's why I ordered the paper.  Of course, I can't find it now. The intricate "Winterland Tree" is by Memory Box; the glitter is a chartreuse by Art Accentz.  The dry embossing adds some interest to the white space, and the tiny "joy" stamp (source unknown) works well.   (I'm also posting the first no-stamping card.  I now have 2 Christmas cards completed!)

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Freshly Made Sketch -- Kraft and Black

Two rectangles and a square make up Freshly Made Sketches 310.  My starting point was the kraft and black striped piece from my stash. The sentiment is from Penny Black.

Sunday Stamps with Mae West

I have many sentiment stamps that I rarely use; often, it's because of the shape of the sentiment.  The Mae West saying is a Rubbernecker stamp.  It worked well with this Sunday Stamps sketch. 

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Color Throwdown 465

I love the color purple...and red, and turquoise, and blue...but purple has been my "favorite" color for decades.  I couldn't pass up this Color Throwdown of purple, black, and white.  From the beginning, I planned to use alcohol inks, which required some experimentation on my part--some which didn't work at all.  The feathers were die cut from a piece of Yupo inked with Amethyst (which is the blue purple I like the best) and Soot Black alcohol inks and then swirled with a paintbrush full of rubbing alcohol.  (The technique was one I watched recently on Jennifer McGuire's blog.)  The feather die is from Little B's "Autumn" set; "awesome" is from Verve.