WPlus9 Christmas Rose, three different looks!

Hi guys!

Today I have got both a sneak peek of my weekly post over at Butterfly Reflections Ink blog as well as a card here on my own blog. The thing that ties them together is that I have used the same stamp set, Christmas Rose Bouquet from WPlus9, for the three cards but they all look very different. I love doing this as I think it shows that the stamp set can be used for different occasions, with different recipients in mind and by simply choosing a new colour palette it can still be completely personalised.

The two cards I have over on the Butterfly Reflections Ink blog today are both coloured with Daniel Smith water colours, yet by using two different colour schemes and making the background unique to each one as well, they look nothing alike. I hope you will pop over there and check it out!

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The card I am going to show you here is coloured with Copics and is a one-layer card. I don’t do these very often as I’m a self-confessed foam tape addict! I simply adore adding layers and dimensions on my cards by using different thickness foam tape.

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As this was going to be a one-layer card I cut a sheet of Neenah Solar White 110# card stock in half and scored it in the middle to create a 5.5”x4.25” card base. Then, using my trusted MISTI, I stamped the image, Christmas Bouquet by WPlus9 directly on it with Memento Tuxedo Black ink. Whilst I was letting the ink dry a little bit, I consulted my Copic marker hex chart (this is a super-duper helpful colour chart done by the awesome Sandy Allnock and if you don’t have it but use Copics, I HIGHLY recommend it!)

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I chose mainly teal and turquoise markers, as I had seen a beautifully coloured image by one of the talented ladies I follow on Instagram (her username is @ashwyness and click here to see the card she made) I instantly thought ‘I need to try that’. The card I ended up with, naturally looks nothing like my original inspiration… CASE-ing a card is another things I’m not very good at.

When I started colouring I went straight for the big bloom in the middle and that came out pretty ok but I could really feel that it has been a while since I used my Copics as I felt very rusty. As you use different ways to colour with all the different mediums, I do find that I need to ‘refresh’ my memory a little when I switch between them. I did not do that before I started on this though so I’ll save that one as a ‘memo to self’ for the future. I will probably forget next time too… eh, such is life.

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Moving on to the smaller flowers, I kept on colouring in a flicking motion, as I had done on the big one. However, on the smaller ones it just wasn’t working. I couldn’t get it to look good so I did something drastic and decided to change tactics. Getting my colourless blender pen as well as the BG000 out, I tried blending the colours together for a smooth look. Bad. Move. Very bad move. Oy. I was not happy. Not happy at all. However, I decided to keep colouring and seeing if I could save it down the line.

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I knew I wanted the leaves to be coloured in cool greys so to make the smaller branches really stand out, I went for a bold yellow look to create some dramatic contrast. Moving on to the leaves, I used Cool Greys up to no6 to create shading and details.

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Once all the flowers and leaves were coloured in, I sat back to look at it and wouldn’t you know it but the background looked too white and stark. Or at least in my eyes. So out came the Copics again. This time only C1 and C0 though, and using the C1 close in around the image I then blended the colour out using the C0 marker. This is a long and slow process as you need LOADS of ink and to get a smooth look, you can not rush it. If you get tired or just plain sick of it, put it aside and come back another day. After I was happy it was blended enough I got my Colourless blender pen out again and used it in a dotting manner all around the shaded area to add the slightest bit of texture to it. This look takes time but is definitely worth it!

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Sentiment wise I wanted something simple but lovely, and I chose one from another WPlus9 stamp set called Kind Soul, that says ‘I’m proud to call you my friend’. This is heat embossed in Platinum, from Altenew, in the bottom left corner. Now on this card, I simply could not resist the overwhelming urge to add sequins. Lots and lots of sequins! I had made two cards in a row without a single one on them so I may or may not have gone totally overboard but hey, I think it works! These ones are Sparkling Clear Sequins Mix from Pretty Pink Posh and I love it a lot. The fact you get all the different sizes in one pack is so handy. I don’t tend to overthink my sequin placement, I use gut instinct and just go for it.

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With that, the card is done. Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you will pop by Butterfly Reflections Ink to see the other two cards I made too.

Happy crafting and lots of love from Erica

 

 

 

 

Oh, Hello There 2018!

Hi guys! Erica here with my first blog post of 2018.

It’s been way over a week since I posted anything and I have a very good reason for this: I may have mentioned once or twice that I’ve been a bit under the weather in recent months? Well, after some persuading from The Man, I went to see the doctor who promptly put me on a strong round of anti-biotics and anti-inflammatory meds as well as pro-biotics to protect my stomach lining from the harshness of the beforementioned meds.

I had been trying to tough it out but to no avail, turns out I’m actually quite poorly. Which is pretty sucky. I’m not overly patient so lacking in energy and feeling pants, makes me a bit of a hand-full. Luckily for me, The Man has been off work and isn’t due in until Monday so he’s been looking after me and our little chicas. So there is definitely a silver lining to being ill in this house I must admit but I am also soooo ready to feel better and get back to a normal routine.

As I’ve not had to do anything other than whatever I feel like, I have actually managed to make quite a few cards as well as produce lots of snot. Does that count as multi-tasking? Well, it should!

Sometimes I wonder if The Man sends me off to the craft-room for me-time because I need it, or if it’s just because he needs a break from me, my snotty tissues and the whining?? (the whining gets on my nerves too, and I’m the one doing the whining…!! Big brownie points rewarded to him for sure for being patient with me.)

Right, as mentioned, I have managed quite a few cards and they are all penguin based! Remember a recent post, where I used the SSS Picture Book Secret Penguin wafer die? If you haven’t seen it, hop on over later and let me know what you think. If you have seen it, you may remember that I went diecutting crazy and made something like a dozen penguins? Nothing like having a menagerie of animals ready for some card action, eh? Those guys came in handy for three more cards.

On two of them I used the SSS Falling Snow stencil  and white texture paste from Ranger Ink. One on white card stock, this one also has a bit of gold shimmer mixed in it and is done straight on the card base (this is super hard to get a good photo of!) and one on Kraft card stock (MUCH easier to photograph) I also used the same stamp and diecutting set, another SSS exclusive set called Love, for both cards. This is without a doubt one of my favorite sets ever, I use it all the time!

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For my all-white card I cut out the shadow love part in vellum and for the Kraft card, in black card stock. I used my new favorite gold card stock, Brushed Gold from My Favorite Things , for the top word part. This gold card stock is absolutely lovely. While I was on a roll, I also cut out a few snowflakes for my Kraft card.

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On both cards I crated a banner by layering some of that gold card stock as well as some white, on a slightly bigger strip of black card stock. On the white strip I stamped ‘So in _____ with you’ and left enough space in between them to fit my vellum and gold ‘love’ piece so the whole thing spells ‘so in love with you’.

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To finish this card off I cut out a snowy bank for my penguins to sit on, by using one of the diecuts from MFT Die-namics Stitched Scalloped Basic Edges 2 and white linen textured card stock. I added this to the card using some foam tape and did the same thing with the banner. My two love penguins had all their colour added with Copic markers and are both holding a little heart.

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These hearts are cut out from card stock which I stamped and heat embossed some snow flakes on (using stamps from a Pretty Pink Posh stamp set called Winter Wonderland) and then did some emboss resist ink blending over. It just gave them a little fun element rather than being plain. I had enough card stock left so I cut out a third one and added that to the banner too. With that, the first card was done.

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On my Kraft card I also wanted a snow covered hill for the penguin to stand on but on this one I used the texture paste to create the look. Once the banner with the ‘love’ was added, along with the gold snow flakes, I popped the little penguin on there and then decided he needed something to hold to finish off the sentiment. The easy fix was diecutting a heart, stamp ‘always’ (also from the SSS Love stamp set) on it and then shade it a little bit with pink ink to make it pop a little. Both the penguin and the banner are, of course, duh, added with foam tape. ‘Hi, my name is Erica and I’m a foam tape-oholic’.

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My third card is nothing at all like the first two, three if you count the one from the first blog post. On this one I used penguins I had made in gradient pink card stock, ranging from soft pink to fushia. Obviously not a natural look at all, but this was made on Jan 1st and I kind of imagine that the penguin ladies are all ‘dressed up’ to ring in the New Year. Or something along those slightly nutty lines.. Anyway, I thought it would look fun and they did not disappoint! I absolutely love how this one turned out!!

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It’s a very different card size to what I usually make, this one is just over 8.75”x4”/22.5cm x 10.2 cm. Well the card base is, the back ground panel is 8.5”x3.5”21.5cm x 9cm. On this one I got my “normal” distress inks out to make a dramatic sky background. I used a mix of Salty Ocean, Mermaid Lagoon, Stormy Sky and Wilted Violet. I taped it down to an old cutting plate with some masking tape, leaving about 1/32 inches/0.5cm of a boarder which will stay white thanks to the masking tape. Blending away, mixing up the colours and dropping in more here and there, I kept at it until it was all covered. Whilst it was still taped down, I splattered it with some water and quickly lifted it with a paper towel. To add some gold shimmer I mixed up some Blue Gold from the Gansai Tambi Starry Colors water colour palette and splattered this very generously over the panel.

The Photo is a bit blurry but it shows the gold shimmer quite well. This is also so hard to photograph well to show off just how shimmery it is.

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Whilst that was drying I started working on the other little bits and pieces for the card. The reason I wanted 4 penguins was to that they could all hold a number which would spell out ‘2018’. These I cut out of that gorgeous gold card stock again, using MFT Die-Namics Bottle Cap Numbers . Flipping open their little flippers (see what I did there?) I added the numbers to the penguin assigned each number and glued them down. Then more gold card stock and diecuts came out, this one is from SSS and is called Oh, Hello There. I cut out one layer of the gold card stock and also one in foam tape (what can I say? I L-O-V-E that stuff!) These I layered together and after releaseing the background piece from the masking tape I added that to the card base with… *drum roll*…. Foam tape!! Lol. Yep, total addict here and I am not ashamed to admit it either.

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It was a pretty quick assembly job at this point but I messed up the positioning a little bit of the words. They are not centred.. ugh… typical to mess up on the last step, isn’t it?? On a CAS card it is not such a big deal but on a time-consuming one like this, it’s a bit frustrating. Lesson learnt though. Put all bits and pieces down and THEN one by one, glue them to the card. DO NOT EYEBALL THINGS!! I tried to balance out the card a bit by adding a few sequins but the mistake is still glaringly obvious to me.

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Well, that’s it from me today, I’m off to poke The Man and ask him to get me some mango sorbet. For medicinal purposes only of course. I am sick after all. Cough cough. Splutter. Sneeze. (Am I milking it too much?)

Happy weekend and I hope you get some crafting time in!

Lots of love from Erica