Technique – colouring

Featuring colouring other than watercolouring

Companions

Hi everyone!

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

I decided to use stamps from the new Penny Black Delight release today. When I saw the sketch, I immediately thought of the beautiful Companions cling stamp (40-769) which I thought would fit perfectly on the right hand side of the card against an ink-blended background. I stamped the image in Antique Linen distress ink and coloured it with my Twinkling H2Os. I couldn’t get the shimmer to show up in my photos sadly. After colouring, I masked off the image and created an ink-blended background, following the sketch. I think re-stamped the image to emphasise the lines (thank goodness for my MISTI!).

Finally I added a sentiment from the Thinking of You clear stamp set (30-825) and a few sequins.

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.

Cardmaking joy

Hi there!

As you’ve probably seen, I usually make cards for challenges, so I often have a starting point like a sketch or colour combo. Yesterday, I wanted to just play with my supplies. So I pulled out my Penny Black supplies and had so much fun!

I started with the bouquet from the Enliven mini stamp set (30-705) and coloured it with my Twinkling H2Os and Prisma pencils before fussy cutting around the image. That took AGES, but it was worth it. I decided to add some die cut foliage using dies from the Leaflets set (51-129), the Hanging Planters set (51-501) and the Autumn Decor set (51-653).

As I couldn’t see a piece of white card on my table at the time, I was using some black card to collect all my die cut images but I ended up really liking how the black card made the bouquet and die cuts pop! Quite dramatic! So I stepped outside my comfort zone and went with the black card base!

The sentiment is also from the Enliven mini set. I actually cut the stems so that they appear a little longer on my card – the sentiment hides that very nicely!

I REALLY enjoyed making this card. It was so much to to just PLAY and see where I ended up! Cardmaking brings me so much joy!

I decided to link this card up to a couple of challenges with a flower theme – Seize the Birthday (make it a bouquet) and Moving Along with the Times (a bouquet of flowers).

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.

Butterfly circles

Hi everyone!

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

I seem to be going through a circle phase at the moment! This time I used the fabulous Paper Artsy Gwen Lafleur No 8 Cling set that I picked up about six months ago. I stamped the image and cut it out using a circular punch. I coloured it with my  Twinkling H2Os and adhered it to a circle cut from some of my Basic Grey patterned paper mountain. To complete my very CAS card, I added a small sentiment by Clearly Besotted.

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.

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.

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.

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….

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.

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.

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.