Tuesday, 19 February 2019

Brushos



Hello,
Today I am sharing my card at the Feb CAS Stencil Challenge, where we are asked to use brushes with stencils. I have had some brusho powder paints for a while but I have never used them with a stencil, so this was a learning curve for me. I ended up spending an afternoon getting a bit messy and making a number of backgrounds. Then, of course, I have to work out how to make them into cards. I always find that the hardest bit!

I will show you the first card I made in a minute because once it was made I realised it was a CAS challenge and my card wasn't CAS. So I started again with a different stencil and I made this:







The stencil is from the crafters workshop, it has always been my favourite. I cut a section of the image to create the panel and used gold coated card to make the highlights. I think this is still CAS but it may be borderline, not sure.


My second card is definitely CAS but I don't like it so much so am not entering it in anything. Here it is:






And here is the first card that really isn't CAS:





Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog today, I really appreciate.
Hilary
xx

Stars

Hello,
Today I have my Twofer #13 entry ready to share with you. The prompt this month is stars, so as is usual for me I spent some time trying to come up with my designs. I usually try and have a design in my head before starting but more often than not it is not until I actually sit down to make a card that the design comes, or I find that what is in my head simply won't work in reality.

Anyway here is my star Twofer:


The star stamp is from a set that came free with a magazine. I haven't used it before and I found it lends itself quite nicely to heat embossing because of the detail within the star shape. I therefore used heat embossing on both cards. The background on both crds is done with Faber-Castell Gelatos, which I am busy experimenting with since they joined my supplies. I found them in TK Maxx at a really good price (you just never know what you will find in that shop). I think I am going to use them a lot as they are very forgiving, you can just keep on adding colour and blending and they are water soluble.

Here is my first card:



I used versa mark ink and white embossing powder for the star and I stamped it a second time after rotating the paper by 90 degrees. I spent some time trying to decide whether to mount it square or not! The sentiment is die cut from mirror card and the inside of the card reads 'on your birthday'.

Here is my second card:


This card reads congratulations inside and was made in a similar way to the first card. I wanted the stars to look like they are shining, not sure if I have succeeded. They are embossed in white on the background and the mounted one is gold. The sentiment was written with my Scan N Cut machine.


Well that's my Twofer for this month. Hope to see you again next month.



Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog today, I really appreciate.
Hilary
xx

Tuesday, 12 February 2019

Bouquet

Hello,
Today I have have a card I made from a set of Bo Bunny Flower Garden stamps. I have been trying to get round to using these since I got them a few weeks ago. They remind me of the flowers that Johanna Basford draws in her colouring books, I do love her books, I have them all but don't spend nearly enough time practicing my colouring skills. There are some simply amazing colourists out there.

Anyway this card helped me practice:


I started by stamping the flowers I wanted to use onto all over sticky post it notes and then fussy cutting them out. Then I just masked and stamped building up the bouquet as I went. I received some Faber-Castell Polychromos colour pencils for Christmas so I used them to colour my flowers. I also used some gel pens to add highlights and a bit of sparkle. After spending ages trying to decide how to use it, I eventually fussy cut it out (not very well) and mounted it on a card front that I had lightly stencilled with a petal pattern.


I added the tag when I saw the CAS on Friday challenge title of tag it, although I am unsure if this is truly a CAS card, perhaps you can tell me.



I am quite pleased with the finished card but because I faffed about so much I missed the deadline for the casology bouquet challenge that inspired it (also because I am a little unsure of it's CAS credentials).

I am entering it into the following challenges:
1. Snippets Playground #345 - my snippet is the tag. This is my first time entering this challenge, not sure why!
2. The Flower Challenge 29 - use your latest stamps or dies
3. CAS on Friday #151 - Tag it


Snippets Playground BadgeFor your blog


Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog today, I really appreciate it.
Hilary
xx

Saturday, 9 February 2019

Birds

Hello,

Today I am entering Addicted to CAS with the code word birds with this card:

The background is a simple blend of Distress Oxide inks and the birds are cut from black paper with my Scan N Cut.


I used a stitched frame die to create the edges and stamped the sentiment (from Hero Arts), simple.





Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog today, I really appreciate.
Hilary
xx

Thursday, 7 February 2019

CAS Watercolour

Hello,
Today I have what I think is a truly CAS card to share with you. I have decided that I need to practice my watercolour skills this year as I have an ambition to get much better at it, so here is my second practice. It is very simple but you have to start somewhere!

Here is my card:


I started by stamping the flower with antique linen distress ink onto a card base of cold pressed watercolour paper. I then coloured it with my Zig clean Colour Real Brush pens. Once it was dry I masked the flower and lightly splattered red and green watercolour over the card front. Once that was dry, I put the card back in my Misti and stamped it with versa mark and heat embossed with gold embossing powder.


You can see the splatters and the embossing better in this close up:


I am sharing this card at:




   

Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog today, I really appreciate it.
Hilary
xx