Monday, 30 June 2014

Thank you teachers #3

Hello!  Here's another thank you card I made, using the same techniques described in this post.  I really like the shimmery Lumiere paint with the wooden stamps (green accent strip).  I learned this watercolor technique on the On-line watercolour class I took recently and tried it with the Stampin' Up watercolor wonder crayons.  Easy and fun!  The trick is to wait until the adjacent areas are dry so you don't get too much "running".  Also, use minimal layering of colour as the crayons are more opaque than regular watercolour paints and you can cover up some of the subtlety you might be trying to get.

Thanks for stopping by!  Hope you get a chance to do some stamping/painting today.

Sunday, 29 June 2014

Thank you teachers! #2

Hello!  Here's another thank you card I made for the teachers this year.  I had a pretty stamped and painted panel on hand, along with a pretty strip of background paper, also on hand.  A quick arrangement and some foam mounting tape, a Not Quite Navy card base and the thank you card was done!

Now, more about the "on hand".  My mother and I have been getting together for stamping sessions on Tuesday evenings and last Tuesday we were at her house trying out some wonderful handcarved wooden stamps.  We were using them with Jacquard paints to stamp on fabric, but I had some leftover paint  on my transfer surface (aka yogurt lid!) and I couldn't bring myself to wash it away.  There were some scraps of pretty sage green around so I used up the rest of the paint stamping on those.  The delicate shimmer is just lovely, I think.

After we were done with the fabric experiment, we moved on to trying out Stampin' Up's watercolour wonder crayons.  These are watersoluble pigment sticks, not sure if Stampin' Up still sells them or not.  Anyway, I stamped this nice poppy (Stampendous) and embossed it in black.  For the background, I coloured directly on the paper with some soft greys and blues and added some darker ones in the corner, then blended with a wet brush.  These crayons are semi-opaque, so that is something to remember when adding additional colour.  (This is different from using regular watercolour paints.)  When it came to the flowers, I just lifted the colour directly from the crayon with a wet brush and layered up from lightest to darkest, starting with yellows, going to orange and then red and burgundy.  The final step was to add in some Distress Ink in Iced Spruce to cover up the big orange blob on the background, obtained by stacking two poppy panels that were not quite dry.  Oops.  You can blot away some of the pigment, but not all....

Thanks for stopping by! Hope you have a good weekend.  I plan to keep having an excellent weekend.  Yesterday included a trip to Foster Family Farm in North Gower for some baskets of fresh strawberries (delicious!!) and an outing to see the Royal Canadian Mounted Police musical ride in the evening.  I have seen it many times and it is always wonderful.  Not sure what we'll be doing on Canada Day (July 1), but something fun I hope! I will also need to turn some of those wonderful berries into freezer jam, as well as a splurge on strawberry shortcake :-)

Saturday, 28 June 2014

Thank you teachers!

Hello!  It's that time of year when I need a slew of thank you cards for teachers.  I had this little panel done for another card and decided not to use it. It's a Memory Box stamp, inked with Tombow markers and stamped over a scrap of paper that I used to blot up extra ink after a wrinkle-free distress technique.  I added little eyes to the birds and added blue stickles for embellishment.  The panel has a dark brown mat, and is popped up on a pale blue note card (also Memory Box).  I see that I had on some previous occasion inked the edges of the notecard with Ice Blue fluid chalk ink.  The sentiment is by A Muse, I believe.

Four more thank you cards to go - but I'll save those for another post.

Are you enjoying local strawberries?  We are, and off to pick some for jam this weekend. We even get some free, as members of our Community Supported Agriculture program.  What a great way to start veggie box season!

Thanks for stopping by.