Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Happy Spring flowers in faux 3 D

Hi there. I hope you are having a great time at the Stamplorations Spring Fling Blog Hop. Welcome to day 10 and to another exciting line up of cards for you and don't forget the Day 10 giveaway!

Today's card is called Happy Spring flowers in faux 3-D. I used Stamplorations Bold Florals Stencil for this project. A 4x6 stencil with florals of differing sizes. You can either use it to do an all over design or a partial pattern, in your card making. In this project I chose to do an all-over pattern.

For the first step, I gathered all the necessary materials

Stamplorations bold floral stencil
Neenah Solar White Cardstock
Simon Says Stamp- Black Cardstock
Ranger White embossing powder
Stamplorations Stamp- Blooming Spring Coffee Basket
Copic markers- R29, YR07, Y15
Avery Elle White Pigment Ink
Distress Inks- Mermaid Lagoon, Picked Raspberry, Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade, Candied Apple, Peeled Paint

I adhered the stencil to the Neenah Solar white cardstock, using painters tape. I began the stencilling process with candied apple and mustard seed.

I randomly mixed the colours to produce several variety of florals. I wanted it to have a lush tropical feel.

Upon completion, I removed the stencil. I then replaced it in an offset position above the stencilled area and added white pigment ink. This added dimension to the flowers as it created a shadow once it mixed with the distress inks. This is how I created the faux 3D look. It also softened the hue of the flowers and gave them a glow.

Using my copic markers, I added dots to the centre of the flowers starting with R29 and blending out with YR 07 and Y15. I finished up with embossing the sentiment 'Happy Spring' in white on black cardstock. Here is my card again.

I hope you enjoyed today's bloghop. Before you leave, please don't forget to leave a comment at the end of this blog and on the Stamplorations blog. This is for the opportunity to win one of the lovely prizes in the giveaway. Also, kindly visit the other designers and leave a comment there as well. Thanks for hopping by.

Saturday, April 6, 2019

Stamploration - Spring Blooms in orange and green

Welcome to the Sweet Cherry Cards Blog.

I am so excited to be a part of Stamplorations Spring Fling Blog Hop Day 6.

The Blog Hop is now halfway through.

I hope you have visited and commented on the blogs belonging to the featured designers. If you haven't there is still time. The hop finishes on the 17th April. Don't forget to also visit the Stamplorations Blog page

There are lots of fantastic prizes you can win and today's prize is one cover plate thin metal die of your choice, worth $25 . Isn't that cool?
So read on and leave a comment at the end of this blog and on the stamplorations blog to qualify for today's prize.

Let's get hopping.

Today's card is called 'Spring Blooms in orange and green'. ' Spring Blooms' is the lovely stamp featured here . It is one of the new releases at Stamplorations. This stamp screams 'Spring' doesnt it?

I had a lot of fun as I coloured this stamp. I loved seeing all the petals and leaves take shape as I painted the image. Flowers are a versatile theme for any occasion. You can often change up the colours to add interest or spice up your design. I wanted bright colours for this project. So I selected bright tones from my distress ink collection. What else says spring but bright flowers?

Before starting any project, I like to gather all materials . With them within easy reach, there is no interruption of the design process.

For this card, I used distress inks and applied it using the no line watercolour technique.


First step:- I stamped the image with scattered straw distress ink by Ranger onto Arches Hot Pressed Paper.

Tip:Use light colours when applying the no line technique. A light colour is easier to blend out.

Second Step:-
Starting with the leaves I began painting a light wash all over in twisted citron. To define the shadow, I started dropping in dark green distress ink. I pulled the colour as far as the ink would stretch. I continued adding more ink until I achieved the desired effect. You can see as I painted the leaves the flowers began to reveal themselves.

I continued to paint the rest of the leaves this way. With the leaves completed, I could see the entire outline of the flowers (the belle of this ball).

Third Step:-

For the flowers, I used the same technique. I started with a light wash and then added the darker colour in the shadow areas. I pulled out some of the colour in a gradient fashion. Colouring from dark to light, emphasises the different tones of the flowers.

I then added the sentiment 'Happy Spring" from the Blooming Spring Coffee Basket stamp set.

With the main focal point completed, I worked on what I called the staging.

I selected cardstock in orange and green to match the image. Then I added some distress ink in crimson red and olive green, around the borders.

With an embossing folder, I embossed a fleurish pattern on to green cardstock . Then layered it onto orange cardstock.

For extra dimension, I also layered the painted image onto orange cardstock. I added orange polka dot ribbon for some texture. I embellished the card with dots on the top and bottom using nuvo crystal drops.

Here is the card again.

I hope you enjoyed this as much as I did and I look forward to seeing you here again on April 10th Blog Hop. Don't forget to leave a comment at the end! Thanks for hopping by!

Monday, April 1, 2019

A scenic background using copic markers and dye inks

Hi there and welcome to another Merry Little Christmas Blog Hop where we create Christmas designs all year long.

Today's card is a scenic background set in an almost rectangle frame. The bottom of the frame has a wavy look to it made by masking off the area.


Materials used- Neenah Solar White Card stock, Red and white cardstock.

Medium-Copic markers R35, R27, B04,B05, B06, Bo2,B00, B000, YG17, YG03, Y07, Y05, E39,E15

Inkers-Simon Says Stamp dye inks used were Surf blue, Island Blue, Audrey Blue and Cotton Candy.

Image by Art-Kure Ex mount Rubber Stamp- Timeless Britain Collection- Throwleigh, Dartmoor


The image was stamped in the middle of the cardstock using Wendy Vecchi Black Archival Ink. Using copic markers , I began colouring the buildings first in different colours to give them some interest. Just a slight hint of green was added to the trees and blue to the snowy areas.

Once this was done, I taped around the edges of the cardstock and added the wavy mask which was previously die cut. Beginning with SSS Cotton Candy, I coloured the area around the image. After doing this, I added SSS Surf Blue, Audrey Blue and Island Blue. Now it looks abit green because there was some yellow distress ink on my work surface which I unfortunately did not notice but I still love the look.

After removing the tape, I trimmed the background and adhered it to red and white cardstock, because what is a christmas card without the colours red and white.....

For added interest I stamped a botanical plant 3 times to give the card the illusion of a foreground and background. The sentiment is from Penny Black Collection "Joy and Happiness" and a peppermint red twine adds further sweetness as an embellishment.

Hope you like today's card and I look forward to seeing you back here again.