Wednesday, 16 September 2020

Jolly Trees - 6 Cards from 1 Stamp Set



 Today I've got a new video on my YouTube channel showing how I used one Catherine Pooler stamp set (with coordinating dies) and a stencil (and the two newest CP Ink colours!) to make these 6 cards!






Saturday, 12 September 2020

Look for the Light



Congratulations to this week's Featured Stamper, MaryJo (Icela52)!

I chose this card as my inspiration:



I focused on MaryJo's:
-butterfly
-striped strip


I changed:
-colours
-orientation of the stripes (from horizontal to vertical) and the strip (from vertical to horizontal)
-no flowers/leaves
-no origami

To create the rainbow strip, I chose 10 of my Copic markers and used the chisel tip to add stripes. I trimmed it to about 2 inches wide.

I stamped the butterfly from Essentials by Ellen Be the Change, die cut it and then fussy cut the wings so there would be no white 'halo'. I shaded it with some cool gray Copic markers and added some Star Dust Stickles for sparkle.

I cut a white circle with Essential Circles dies and stamped the sentiment from the same set. I placed the butterfly on the strip, over the white circle sentiment to determine where to cut out a triangle portion from the rainbow strip to enlarge the sentiment area.

I popped up the rainbow strip and then popped up the butterfly with foam tape just under the body, so I could 'fluff' the wings a bit for more dimension.




Thursday, 10 September 2020

Autumn Wreath Card (and VIdeo!)


I'm on the Birch Press Design blog today with this fall wreath card that I made with a Christmas die set (and it's on sale right now for less than half price - link below!)







Sunday, 6 September 2020

Getting Over Full Set Syndrome


Do you suffer from full-set syndrome? I know I do. Especially when it comes to inks!

I have the full set of Catherine Pooler's amazing inks. But I find myself reaching for the same 6 bright and happy colours a lot. Like ALL the time.

So like I've seen watercolour artists do, I created a colour chart and mixed the 6 colours to create new tones, and then used these blended colours to inkblend, stamp and watercolour these fall cards.

 Even if don't suffer from full set syndrome, there still might be times when this technique of mixing inks is useful, like if you are travelling or having a crafty day with friends and you can't take all your inks with you!







Sunday, 30 August 2020

Using Dies All Year Long


Congratulations to this week's Featured Stamper, Mary (MaryEB).

I chose this card as my inspiration:



I focused on:
-Christmas theme
-offset layered die cut

I changed:
-star to snowflake
-colours
-background technique

This snowflake is actually made from two triangle Christmas tree dies from Spellbinders. I cut two from white cardstock, and used Distress Spray in Pewter to splatter some shine on them.

I created a blue watercolour wash background and then spritzed it with Tonic Sparkle Spray.

I offset the two tree dies to create this loopy snowflake, and then added some Pearl White jewels from Pretty Pink Posh.

This card is one of 6 I made for my latest video, which is a collaboration with Jenny Colacicco, showing how to use any of your dies at any time of year!







Thursday, 27 August 2020

Going Over the Edge


I love my 4.25" square card format, but was a bit stumped about how to use this new Thanks die which is longer than the card. Then I remembered it doesn't have to fit on the card, as long as it fits in the envelope!

More cards on the Birch Press Design blog.