Technique – colouring

Featuring colouring other than watercolouring

Make a Splash!

Hello Everyone!

Today I’m playing along with CAS challenge at The Paper Players where the theme is ‘April Showers’.

I pondered this card for a while as I really wanted to use a sentiment that says ‘April showers bring May flowers’ but I couldn’t come up with a design that I liked using the sentiment (which is quite large)…. Then I remembered the My Monthly Hero February 2017 kit…

Confession time here, friends…. I am ashamed to say that I bought this kit when it came out… but I have NEVER used it. In fact it still had the bow around it. How embarrassing! At least I know I tend to use my new stuff quite quickly nowadays… and at least I am using the kit now… albeit five years on.

I created a soft background using a hexagon stencil and then stamped/die cut the images before colouring them with Twinkling H2Os. I wanted to use a different sentiment from those in the set and tried an old Simon Says Stamp sentiment first. Sadly part of the stamp wouldn’t stamp out so I had to abandon that idea and rather than add a sentiment to cover it up, I quickly created another ink-blended hexagon.

This time I added a Reverse Confetti sentiment without incident (phew)!

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Great Impressions Stem Vase


Hello again Everyone!

I’m back again today with a non-Easter card that I made for the Inkspirational challenge. As soon as I saw the photo, I knew I had to play along and although my first thought was to pull out my dies, I remembered this elegant Great Impressions wood-mounted stamp that I felt would be perfect.

I stamped the image using my Frayed Burlap Archival ink and then lightly blended some distress ink around it. I coloured the image with my Twinkling H2O paints and added a Mamaa Elephant sentiment.

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Egg Planters… again!

Hi there!

Today I’m playing along in the April Four Seasons Challenge using Penny Black products. The challenge has a fabulous spring/Easter inspiration board and I knew that I wanted to ink up the beautiful Delicate cling stamp (40-832) again before Easter.

Last time I only used part of the stamp, but I was determined to use all of it this time! I decided to use a square card base so that I would still have plenty of space around the image!

I coloured the image using my Twinkling H2O paints and added some stickles to a couple of the plants for extra sparkle! As it was drying, I stamped out the sentiment from the Spring Day set (30-805) and fussy cut around it before adhering it to the card.

I felt that the card still needed a little something, but the addition of a few sequins didn’t quite do it…. then I remembered the fabulous new Vintage Touch die set (51-730)! I chose a spindle, die cut it a couple of times and adhered it to the card! And hey presto, it finally felt ‘finished’!

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Tulip egg card

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After inking up a wood-mounted stamp yesterday, I chose another one for today’s card which I made for the colour challenge at  CAS Colours and Sketches.

I chose the beautiful Tulip Egg stamp by Whipper Snapper Designs. This one has 2005 on it, but I’m pretty sure I got this much later – maybe in 2010.

Anyway, I stamped it in Frayed Burlap Archival ink and coloured it with Twinkling H2O paints. I then adhered the Twiggy Nest die cut from Memory Box to my card base and added the egg and a Simon Says Stamp sentiment. I felt it still needed a little something so I coloured some white card with my three colours of Twinkling H2Os and die cut some tiny circles which I randomly adhered on the background and nest.

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Egg Tree

Happy Friyay everyone!

Today I have my card for the Freshly Made Sketches challenge using products wood-mounted stamps! What a blast from the past!

I still love my wood-mounted stamps and like Christmas ornaments, I seem to have a memory attached to a lot of them! I remember picking up this egg tree stamp at the till in Archivers back in 2011 or 2012. Oh how I loved going to that store whenever I was in Chicagoland! Anyway, today I inked it up and coloured it with my Twinkling H2O paints and trimmed it to create a front panel, as per the sketch. I even went for curved edges and used my Crop-a-dile corner rounder for the first time in AGES. And it was another Archiver’s purchase back in the day!

I added a sentiment by Hero Arts (again another wood-mounted stamp  – from the bargain bucket at Simon Says Create one year!

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Egg Planters

Hello everyone!

Today I have my card for the Freshly Made Sketches challenge using products by Penny Black.

I’ve been looking forward to colouring the Delicate cling stamp (40-832) ever since I first the new Springtime 2022 release! Isn’t it a fabulous idea? Perfect for either Easter or more general spring cards!

I decided to use a section of the stamp for the sketch challenge and coloured the image using my Twinkling H2O paints before splattering aqua paint generously! I then trimmed down the panel and fussy cut around one little flower so that it fell off the edge of the panel. I adhered it to my card base and added a strip of glitter paper, positioning that little fussy cut section on top.

I used the sentiment from last year’s Spring Day set (30-805) and fussy cut around it. I adhered it onto my card base – it’s actually strategically positioned to hide part of the foliage from the fourth egg cup!

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