Friday, October 16, 2015

More stamping with water

If you haven't read my last post, please do so to better understand this technique.  I rubbed some Distress ink onto this piece of cardstock, using several colors, but it just looks sort of dark reddish orange.  I then stamped a large flower arrangement from Embossing Arts after spritzing stamp with water.  After allowing it to dry overnight, I could barely see the flowers.  I used a stamp positioner (since this is a wood mounted rubber stamp) and spritzed my stamp with water with gold Perfect Pearls added.  This time, the flowers are more easily seen.
I stamped the sentiment onto a strip of vellum and heat embossed it with gold embossing powder.  The ends of the vellum strip are taped to back of layer.  I then adhered this layer to a white card base.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Stamping with Water

This card uses a new technique to me.  I got this idea from Jennifer McGuire.  This technique is called Stamping With Water.  I used ivory cardstock and rubbed Ranger Distress Ink liberally over the surface.  I then sprayed water with gold Perfect Pearls added onto a leaf rubber stamp and pressed it into the surface, then repeated this to cover the surface.
I stamped the sentiment onto vellum and embossed with copper embossing powder.  I glued the ends of the vellum strip to the back of the top layer, then adhered to an ivory card base.

Monday, October 12, 2015

More Thanksgiving cards

After a little break to take care of personal things, I'm continuing to make cards for Thanksgiving.  With these, I made my watercolor backgrounds with more yellow in them.  I also mixed some copper Perfect Peals into some water in a Mini Mister and spritzed the finished background.  It adds a nice copper sheen to the background.

The leaves were sent to me by a friend on Gingerwood Bulletin Board.  I added some Tombow Power Tabs under some of the die cut leaves for a little dimension.  The sentiment is a Stampendous stamp with Versamark ink and copper embossing powder.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Watercolor leaves

Using my stash continues with these cards.  I started by making the backgrounds with watercolors and a spritz of water with gold Perfect Pearls added.  When dry, I cut them out with a stitched rectangle die, then stamped the sentiment with Versamark ink and embossed with copper embossing powder.  Finally, I edged the backgrounds with the same ink and embossing powder.  I then mounted them onto ivory card bases.
On this card, I added 3 copper skeleton leaves from my stash.

These leaves were in my stash, sent to me by someone on Gingerwood Bulletin Board.  We lovingly call the Gingerbits.  These are fun little item from our own stash to share with another card maker.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Watercolor Thanksgiving

I made some more watercolor cards today.  I used Canson XL watercolor paper and Peerless watercolor papers.  I also spritzed them with water with gold Perfect Pearls added for a little sparkle to the background.  I then sprinkled salt (a combo of coarse & fine grain) over the wet surface and allowed it to air dry.  The salt creates the spotty surface of the watercolor background

I used some very old copper skeleton leaves from my stash.  The leaves were adhered with Multi Medium Matte liquid adhesive by Ranger.  I like this glue because it doesn't leave a shiny area when dry, so it doesn't show through the leaves.  I cut out the watercolor layers with a stitched rectangle die, then edged the outside with copper embossing powder to match the sentiment.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Fall watercolor

I have to decided to try watercolor in fall colors.  I like to send Thanksgiving cards, so it's time to get started.  I'm also try to work with the Go for the Gold challenge that I started in the last couple of posts.
On this card, I used Peerless Watercolor papers and Canson XL watercolor papers.  I stamped the sentiment and the leaves with Versamark ink and used copper embossing powder for some shine.  I also added a rim of copper embossing powder around the edge of the watercolored layer before adhering to a cream colored base card.
On this card, I used the same watercolor procedure, but used gold embossing powder.  One of my leaves did not stamp well and left a gap in the center.  I attempted to add ink from a Versamark pen and more embossing powder.  It didn't work too well, but I will work on more cards.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Watercolor gold

I've been following Sandy Allnock's free classes on Go for the Gold.  I'm not really one who uses a lot of gold, but I decided to try it with this card.


I bought some of the watercolor paper that Sandy recommends for card makers - Canson XL.  I used the liquid watercolors by Dr. Ph. Martin that I've had for many years.   After coloring with 3 colors, I spritzed the paper with water with gold Perfect Pearls added.  When paper was dry, I cut it out with a Spellbinders die.  I then rubbed it with my embossing buddy - a little pillow filled with powder.  I stamped the flowers from Penny Black with Versamark ink and embossed with Ranger gold embossing powder.  Finally, I stamped the Hero Arts sentiment with the same ink and embossed with same embossing powder.

I started to mount the layer to a white card base and didn't like it.  I took Sandy's advice and rubbed Versamark ink around the edges and added the gold embossing powder.  I didn't get good coverage the first time, so I added more ink and more embossing powder.  I used Tombow Xtreme tape runner to adhere to base card.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Another watercolor card

Today, I made myself make a card - first time in a couple of months.  I tried watercolor again.  I found several bottles of very old Dr. Ph. Martin Hydrous fine art watercolor.  It's a liquid with a dropper.  I dropped a couple of colors onto a plastic lid and added water.  I then brushed some onto damp watercolor paper.  The color was very intense, so I blotted some off with a paper towel.  I also spritzed the background with water with gold Perfect Pearls added.  I selected a portion of this and die cut it with a Spellbinders dies.
I used Versafine ink to stamp the flowers and sentiment, then added white embossing powder.  The butterfly is made with a Martha Stewart punch.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Where have I been?

Since I've been missing for a while, I decided to give you an update.  I attempted to upgrade my computer from Windows 7 to Windows 10.  It didn't work for me and I decided to buy a new computer.  I still don't know how to use Windows 10, but will work on learning.  My backed up files are supposedly restored, but I can't find them.  I need to do some studying to figure out what to do next.  I haven't been making cards so there is nothing new to post.  Hopefully, that will come when I figure out how to use this computer.

Friday, August 7, 2015

Watercolor wheat field

I've been wanting to expand my watercolor cards.  This one took me a long time, but I have decided to quit working on it and get the card finished.  I made this card for an old friend that I knew when we both lived in Kansas.  Wheat fields bring back lots of memories.
I started this card with Twinkling H2Os to get a little shimmer.  I then tried to create a wheat field with watercolor pencils.  When I added the water with a brush, it blurred the wheat, but still gives the feel of a wheat field in the distance.  The larger sprig of wheat is a stamp from Serendipity and the sentiment stamps are by Hero Arts.