Technique – colouring

Featuring colouring other than watercolouring

Pretty Eggs


Hi there!

Today I’m playing along with the challenge at Freshly Made Sketches.

As I’m still on my Easter card drive, I just had to play with my new Pretty Pink Posh Spring Eggs! I decided to use the wonderful Sunny Studios basket stamp to corral the eggs – and then at the last minute, I added a little fun chick (by Simon Says Stamp). The sentiment is also by SSS.

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One stamp, four ways – Penny Black Spring Day

Happy Sunday friends!

I’ve been making Easter cards for the past couple of weekends now – they are such fun to make, especially after last year when I only made a few…

Penny Black kindly sent me a fabulous Easter stamp set from their Daydream collection – it’s called….Spring Day (30-805). I could not wait to start creating with it!

Now, this is a big stamp, especially for me – I’m a CAS cardmaker, I rarely use large images and I love all my white space. but I also love stretching my supplies and I knew this stamp had a LOT of possibilities!

First of all, I created a card using a ‘regular’ card base – UK A6 size (4.1″x 5.8″). As the image takes up almost the whole card base, I decided to leave the background completely white… although I really wanted to add some green splatters… I may still do that! The sentiment is from the Banner Sentiments set (30-423).

When I want to use large stamps for a CAS card, I usually increase the card dimensions. My next card uses a 7″x5″ base but I still wanted more white space…. So, I created an oval mask and stamped a section of the image. I coloured the image with distress inks and Twinkling H2Os before removing the mask. The sentiment from the Spring Day set; I simply masked off the words as I stamped them – there is no way I can ever bring myself to cut a stamp, especially a brand new one!!

My third card uses LOTS of masking again! My card base is 5.5″ square and I masked a rectangular section before stamping part of the image. Then I masked off the image itself. The flowers and eggs are actually really easy to fussy cut; I didn’t worry about masking the stems. Then I gently blended some Pumice Stone distress ink before stamping the Brick Wall background stamp (40-137) using Pumice Stone distress oxide. I waited for the ink to dry before removing the masks and colouring the image. To complete my card, I added the sentiment from the stamp set.

My final card (A6 size again) uses a frame from one of my favourite Penny Black die sets (Dainty Dashes – 51-636) and more masking. I actually stamped part of the image a second time so that I could get three egg images under the daffodil rather than two…. In hindsight, I wish I’d coloured that egg in purple or orange or any other colour as it doesn’t really stand out from the very light blue wash that I applied to the background….

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Hello Flower Cluster

Happy Friyay everyone!

Today I’m playing along with the sketch challenge at CAS Colours and Sketches.

I when I saw the sketch, I thought of the Flower Cluster die from Simon Says Stamp. I was quite relieved actually because it meant I would finally use it. I’ve had it for YEARS but for some reason it has sat, unused, in its packaging all this time. I really can’t understand why I haven’t used it… Just look at it, so pretty!

First I embossed the image and coloured it using alcohol markers and coloured pencils. Then I added the die cut outline on top of the embossed image. I completed my card with a few gems a sentiment from a SSS/Memory Box Stamptember collaboration set.

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A host of golden daffodils

Happy Sunday everyone!

Today I’m playing along with the Color Throwdown (yellow, salmon/orange, green and white).

Of course when I saw the palette and the inspiration photo, I knew I had to do another daffodil card. This was a labour of love! I used the daffodil border stamp from the Pretty Pink Posh Spring Days set and fussy cut the images. Then I coloured them all in… which took forever! Finally the colouring was done and I was able to layer my images on the card base. I used a Memory Box sentiment to complete my card.

I have had the beautiful Wordsworth poem in my head all weekend, so I wanted to share it here:

I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o’er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

Continuous as the stars that shine
And twinkle on the milky way,
They stretched in never-ending line
Along the margin of a bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.

The waves beside them danced; but they
Out-did the sparkling waves in glee:
A poet could not but be gay,
In such a jocund company:
I gazed—and gazed—but little thought
What wealth the show to me had brought:

For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.

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Penny Black Berries and Flowers

Happy  Saturday everyone!

I’m playing along with the colour challenge at the CAS on Friday challenge blog today. I love their inspiration collage and added a touch or two of some of the other colours in that amazing inspiration collage.

I stamped an image from the pretty Penny Black Berries and Flowers stamp set and then created my in blended panel using my regular distress inks. I didn’t mask the image when I did the ink blending so I just used water to remove the ink from the stamped image. I coloured the image using my Twinkling H2O paints and added an Altenew sentiment to complete my card.

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Simply Just for you

Hi everyone!

Today I’m playing along with the Freshly Made Sketches challenge.

I had such fun with this CAS sketch! I used an image from the Pinkfresh Studio Fleur 1 set which I coloured using my Twinkling H2Os. I then die cut a glitter strip, together with a heart strip using a Sugar Pea Designs die.

I added a sentiment from Pretty Pink Posh to complete my card.

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