Technique – colouring

Featuring colouring other than watercolouring

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Hello everyone and Happy Monday!

I love that my Instagram feed has contained a few cards using older stamps recently and when I saw the current sketch challenge over at CAS Colours & Sketches, I immediately thought of my Stampendous wood-mounted scene stamps that I’ve had for many years.

I decided to use the Sailboat Bay scene stamp and coloured it with my Twinkling H2Os. I fussy cut the image (very easy!!) and adhered it to my grey base card. The sentiment is from Clearly Besotted. I really wanted to use a ‘happy retirement’ stamp… until I remembered I STILL don’t have a suitable one… need to rectify that!

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Penny Black flowers and exciting news!

Hello everyone!

For today’s colouring, I chose a smaller image from a set by Penny Black. I think I would have preferred to have watercoloured these beautiful flowers, but as I’m trying to use The Day Marker 30 Day Challenge to practice with other mediums, I pulled out my Prismacolour pencils again! I really do love the texture of these pencils! What’s more the waxy surface can help with crafting missteps! Want to know mine?

Well, the original stamp has dots around the centres of the flowers, so I thought I’d use a black gelly roll pen to add them on after I had assembled the card. Big mistake. The black dots were far to heavy for the delicate image. At first, I tried to correct it with a white pen and then I realised I could lift off the dots with a craft knife. Seriously, those heavy pen dots slid off so easily! I added the dots with grey pencil instead, but they don’t really show.

I used the Avery Elle Burst die to create a frame for the image and raised it from the base card using some funky foam. Oh, and can you see that I caved and used my Twinkling H2Os – for the background. They are so shimmery, I love using them!

I’m entering this into the current Flower Challenge (use a previous challenge – I’m going with Challenge number 18 – ‘anything goes’); the Penny Black Saturday Challenge (also ‘anything goes’) and the Penny Black and More challenge (‘in the garden’).

Now onto my Exciting News!

I’m am so delighted to say that I am joining the design team of my nearest craft store, Crafts-U-Love. I think most of us have to buy our crafty stuff online nowadays and nothing beats seeing the products in person. I’m so pleased that Crafts-U-Love has an amazing store, crammed full of fabulousness, within driving distance and when I saw a DT call, I just HAD to apply. I’m so excited to be joining the team this year! My first design post will be around 15 June! Such fun!

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Happy Birthday, Lovely

Hi everyone!

For Day 2 of the Daily marker 30 Day Colouring Challenge, I coloured this beautiful Concord & 9th ‘Hello Lovely’ floral stamp. I just don’t use this beauty enough.

I used my new Prismacolor pencils again – I am loving the learning process! Colouring with them definitely takes me longer than when I use my Twinkling H2Os but I love the texture!

Once I had finished colouring, I decided to add some hidden die cutting. I always find this so nerve-wracking as I always worry I’ll mess up the beautiful image, but this one worked out! Phew!

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I made a card!

Happy Saturday everyone!

Life got busy and I took an unintended break from crafting/blogging over the past few weeks. I’m gradually getting back into it – and Kathy Racoosin’s Daily Marker challenge is certainly inspiring me to sit down at my craft table and colour!

I coloured this sweet bouquet from Simon Says Stamp with PrismaColor pencils yesterday (Day 1) and turned it into a card today. It felt soooo good!

I used a Hero Arts background stamp and an older sentiment also by Hero Arts.

I’m entering this into the current Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge – anything goes.

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Flowery Seventy

Hello everyone and happy happy birthday to my lovely mum who is celebrating a big birthday today!

I always make a couple of cards for my mum and try to do something a bit different for one of them. This year, I decided to try an ‘impossible card’ – a fun pop up card made from a single piece of cardstock which has simply been cut in three places! I know, impossible, right?

Well, it’s actually incredibly easy! I found a great video from Sam over at Mixed Up Crafts. She explained it so well that I made this at the first attempt and it didn’t take long at all. It took longer to colour that wreath!

Reverse of my impossible card!

Once I had the pop up base sorted, I decided to use one of my mum’s favourite dies from Memory Box and coloured it with mu Twinkling H2o paints. I stuck it to a die cut circle before adhering it to the pop up base card. I then used some old Quickutz dies for the ’70’ and voila! My first impossible card!

I’m entering this into the April Memory Box challenge (flowers), the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge (flower power) and the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge (anything goes).

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Birthday circles

Hi there!

It’s been a while since I played with this cool Simon Says Stamp background stamp and I was also wanting to play with my distress markers again… so I sat down at my table… et voila! Another birthday card for my depleted stocks!

I heat embossed the background stamp with white embossing powder and then added the colour. I started smooshing at first but then I decided I wanted more control over the colouring and applied the watered-down marker colour using my brush… and a finger!!

I cut the panel down and added a glittery new-to me sentiment, also from SSS.

I’m entering this into the current Simon Says Stamp Flickr challenge (ink blending).

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