Show and Tell – Make-n-Take

Hi everyone,

I thought I would share with you a card I made for our team training day on Saturday.  It’s using watercolour pencils on watercolour paper and stamps.  I used the masking technique and it seemed to work quite well.  Last time I used the masking technique I got it wrong so this time I made sure I got it right.  I know it looks simple because it doesn’t have all the frilly bits and bobs but I hope you like it.  The green vines are the only thing not coloured with water colour pencil.  Well, that’s all folks for this time, I did have another one from the workshop on Saturday but it seems to be eluding me at the moment.  So I will post that later.  Enjoy and thanks for visiting and reading.

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Card 5 – Friday 20 January 2017

Final day of the working week and the final day of making cards, I had intended to make a couple more tomorrow and Sunday but I have a workshop tomorrow and not sure if I can fit one in.  We’ll see….
Anyway for my last card of the week, I just had to make a coffee related card because just like some of you, I love my coffee and I could not let this week go without a “coffee fix” so enjoy!
Thank you for visiting and I hope you got some inspiration from the cards this week.  It was a pleasure to make these cards this week.
Until next time…..
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Card of the day – Technique Thursday – Michael Strong Stamps Group

Hi everyone,

Have you been waiting with “bated breath”?  Today being Thursday, it’s time to share a technique, well I think this card will be appropriate as it has three techniques:

1st – find patterned paper or as in this case a photo of a postcard cut to size and attached to a piece of white card 10.5cm x 14.8cm (approx.)  Watercolour paper is best if using more watercolour pencils than I have.  I normally don’t give sizes because it depends on personal choice how big or small you make it.

Once cut to size, attach the photo/patterned paper where you’ve decided you want it, leaving room to stamp an image or as in this case use a border embossing folder (technique 2).

Next (technique 2) – I used a border embossing folder to fill the space, which was then painted with watercolour pencils and alcohol pens to give extra colour.

The watercolour pencils were used in an unusual way – you wet your brush and then apply to the colour pencil you want to use, you can apply direct to your project or you can build up a supply on a plastic sheet or placemat and then apply to your project.  Or simply colour in as you would with a normal colour pencil and wet the brush just enough to smooth the colouring but not too wet.

The alcohol pens used for the lighter flowers and leaves – use the brush end of the alcohol pens, brushing with the brush on its side (not tip down) so that raised embossing grabs the colour from the brush.

Then technique 3 – I stamped the dragonfly stamp 4 times onto patterned paper (saves painting them) and glued 2 toger and worked out where I wanted to place them and attached with mounting foam (small pre-cut squares).  The patterned paper used for the dragonflies is the same as the “mat”.

Finally, I decided I wanted to put a sentiment on as well, and having gone through the few I have, found one I thought was appropriate and stamped on smooth side of watercolour paper off cut and edged with black and attached with mounting foam.

So, ingredients:

  • card blank – brown cardstock
  • photo or patterned paper – for feature
  • patterned paper – for mat
  • white card but watercolour paper is better if using more watercolour pencils
  • watercolour pencils
  • alcohol or copic or similar pens

as well as the usual scissors, cutter/trimmer, mounting foam (sentiment), double sided adhesive tape, glossy accents or glue (for dragonflies).

I think I’ve covered everything but as always if you have any questions, I’m happy to answer them.

For those interested the “frugalcrafter” has a few videos on watercolour pencils and there are others as well: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_pR1d2QM9MlashFgTbJQlw

 Well, there you have the first Technique Thursday for 2017.  Thank you for all your lovely comments and I’ll see you tomorrow.  Cheers for now.

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Day 3 of a week of cards

Well it might be Day 3 of a week but it should really be Day 3 of 5 days of cards because we mostly do just the 5 days – Monday through Friday. Anyway, on with the point of this post.  Day 3 – Wednesday, so here is a very simple card, relatively easy to make not much but effective stamping, add a little bling ét voilá, you have a card made ready for any occasion. Why not have a go and make one yourself? Yes, it is a challenge and I don’t have any prizes to give except your satisfaction that you can do it too.  Enjoy and thank you for visiting.

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Card Captain – fun week ahead!

Hi there,

It seems I can’t get on to Facebook, so this time my card gets posted here first.  Day 2 – using watercolour pencils on watercolour paper.    If you like/love colouring in then it’s a good way to spend an afternoon.

Now I know you’re asking where is day 1, well, worry not, I will show you that as well.  It is a simple black and white card.

So without any more babble, here are the two cards.  Enjoy!  Thank you for visiting.       card-1-jan-2017 card-2-jan-2017

Card of the week – beginners workshop!

Hi everyone, have you noticed how quickly the week goes?  My partner joined me for a cardmaking afternoon on Saturday and this was the result.  Would you like to hazard a guess as to which is which??  These were made using Kaszazz materials. Not sure what’s coming next week but I am card captain for the Michael Strong Stamps Group next week.  So I’ll see you then.  Thanks for looking.  Enjoy.

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New year – a new look!

Not by choice.  I wanted to add a page with a different format so the system changed the lot, now I have finally got back to similar format but still looks different.  Anyway, they say a change is good as a holiday. Maybe I should change it more often, what do you think?

Just to add some colour to this post, I thought I share some photos I took during 2016.

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Snow fields – Kosciuszko National Park taken in March 2016