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Winter is Coming

Thursday, November 25th, 2021

Despite the title, this post isn’t about Game of Thrones (for those of you who are fans). But yes, winter is coming!  It’s hard to believe that we still have almost a month until the start of winter. You may have read or seen on the news the devastating rain & flooding that we’ve had here in B.C., which is were I am, and the Scrap ‘N Stamp store.  I’m very thankful that the area in which I live is relatively unaffected. But I’m very sad for those who have been displaced, lost their homes, and all of the animals (pets, livestock and wild) that have suffered. Wherever you live, I hope that you’re safe!

ACTS OF CARDNESS PROMPT

Over on the Scrap ‘N Stamp Facebook page HERE, you’ll find the daily word prompts for the Random Acts of Cardness.  The idea behind the challenge is that it will get everyone making cards daily, but not just making them. Sending them!! Yes – you’re supposed to be giving or mailing your daily creations! At this time of year, it’s not that difficult. For today’s prompt I chose the word ‘winter’, so that you can make this as one of your holiday or Christmas cards.

I pulled out one of my favourite sets from last year, by Colorado Craft Company. It features the whimsical art of Anita Jeram, in a stamp called Kittens & Mittens.

Winter is Coming

Aren’t those kittens adorable?! I can’t wait to get my hands on the latest release, coming soon to the Scrap ‘N Stamp store.

CARD DETAILS

Start with a panel of watercolour paper. Wet the paper with either a spritzer or water brush. Smoosh the Faded Jeans Distress Oxide onto your craft mat, and then pick it up & apply it with a water brush. I did a heavier application on the top for the sky, and then lightly on the bottom. Sort of a reflection of the sky onto the snow. Allow the panel to dry, or speed it up with a heat tool.

Next, stamp the Kittens & Mittens in Nocturne ink. Choose your colours; I used my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers and a water brush to paint. The colours I chose are Light Gray, Carmine Red, Beige, Yellow, Brown, Blue and Blue Gray.  After colouring the kittens, add some shadows under their feet, using the Light Gray marker.  You can see on the blue hat that the area wasn’t quite dry – so I went with it, added more water, and made it a fuzzy hat!

Now, use the snowflake stamp with Versamark, and stamp it across the top. Cover it with white embossing powder, and heat set.  I felt like the snow wasn’t standing out as much as I wanted, so I added some splatters of watered down white gouache paint.  While this is drying, stamp the sentiment onto a piece of bright blue cardstock in Versamark, and again emboss with white embossing powder.  Attach the sentiment to the top of the card front, and then wrap some silver cording across the bottom.

Attach the card front to your bright blue card base using foam tape. Finish off the card by adding a small Nuvo Cherry Heart.

Winter is Coming

Anyone who receives this card is guaranteed to smile!

JOIN THE CHALLENGE

I hope you’ll play along with my prompt today. After all, winter is coming, so we may as well enjoy it! Be sure to share a photo of your project with the hashtag #snschallenge.  At the end of the month, one lucky participant is randomly chosen, and wins a $50 Gift Card to shop Scrap ‘N Stamp!

If you’d like to recreate my card or a version of it, I’ve included product links below. When you shop at Scrap ‘N Stamp, be sure to use my Designer Discount Code of 10DEB, for 10% OFF your total  purchase!

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Watercolour Leaf Print Card

Saturday, October 16th, 2021

Hi There!

Thanks for popping by to check out my Watercolour Leaf Print Card.

This card is so simple yet elegant and I love the technique of printing with things from nature.

You will need to venture outside to find some leaves of varying shapes and sizes.  If you can find leaves that have not yet gone crispy, I found they worked best for this technique.

I am using Canson XL Mix Media 98lb paper, however, you can use regular watercolour if you like.  I am using the mixed media paper as I was unsure if I wanted to stamp a sentiment on the front.  I find that sometimes watercolour can be a bit “toothy” and stamping does not always come out clear.

The next item you are going to need is some watercolours.  The brand does not so much matter, as long as you like using them, that is the important thing.  I am using Grumbacher watercolours.  They start out in the tube and I squeezed out a small amount into a pallet, which I then let the paints dry and I can reactivate them with a couple spritzes of water.

I am using a flat watercolour brush, two small rounds and a 1/4 inch angle shader brush, but you can use whatever brushes you like to work with.  I first use the flat brush to apply some of the watercolour onto the back of the leaf.  Using the back takes advantage of all the vein details and will transfer better onto the paper.  The consistency of the paint is really up to you and what look you are going for, however, I found that a thicker consistency of paint seemed to work best to transfer a more detailed image onto the paper.

Once I had enough paint on the leaf I then turned it over and laid it onto the paper applying even pressure to transfer the image.  You can do this as many times as you like, with which ever leaf and colour that you think looks best.

Let these stamped images dry completely before moving onto the next step.  You can use a heat tool to speed the process up if you like.

Now we will use our round brushes to wet the areas between the stamped images.  Drop in whatever background colours you like to help make the images pop.  I stuck with a very simple pallet and used some left over mixed paint that I already had.  Basically what I am trying to achieve is some shadowing behind the leaves to help them stand out.

I suggest that you do this process slowly and build many layers of paint, drying in between.  I find that if I take my time and build many layers as opposed to trying to get a thick layer of paint right away, I am much happier with the outcome.   Be patient and enjoy the process of layering the paint and take note of how the pigments flow.  Don’t forget to have fun!  Play around and experiment!  You can see my layering process by clicking HERE to watch the video.

When I was happy with the background I achieved I then dried the project and removed the light tack tape that I used to adhere the paper to my board.  I like creating a white border around my watercolours.

I shifted gears for the sentiment on the front, instead of stamping I decided to go with a simple “Thanks” die cut and adhered three layers together with Art Glitter Glue to create some dimension.  I secured the panel onto an A2 120lb white cardstock base and then secured the “Thanks” sentiment down on the lower right hand corner and added some Glossy Accents for shine.

The inside sentiment was stamped in VersaClaire Nocturne ink with a sentiment from the Kind Thanks stamp set from My Favorite Things.

 I hope you enjoyed today’s card technique and I would love if you posted what you create over at the Facebook Challenge page!

Have a crafty day!

~Chala

Welcome to Autumn!

Thursday, September 23rd, 2021

Today’s word prompt for the Scrap ‘N Stamp daily challenge is ‘trees’. It’s Deb here, from the Design Team! I chose that word, as I thought it would be the perfect way to say ‘welcome’ to autumn! As far as colours go, it has to be my favourite time of year. Plus, it’s a good excuse to cozy up with sweaters or blankets, especially with a good book.

COLOURS OF AUTUMN

I’ve been waiting to use this new Penny Black stamp, called Enlightened. It’s more about the leaves that the actual tree, but I figured that was close enough! Plus, it gave me a chance to  pull out my Zig Clean Colour Real Brush Markers, for some watercolour.

Welcome to Autumn!

Don’t you just want to grab your favourite hot beverage, and snuggle on the couch? But wait – finish reading my post, first!

CARD DETAILS

Start with a piece of watercolour paper, set up in your stamp platform. Next, randomly add ink from your Carmine Red, Yellow, and Orange Zig markers, onto the leaves. Lightly spritz with water, and then press firmly onto the paper. Repeat this as many times as you like, until you’re happy with the colours. Next, use the Blue Gray marker for the lines, and the Light Green marker for the stems, and repeat the process.  If you don’t have markers, you could do this process with your Distress Ink pads, as well.

For the sentiment, I chose the Memory Box Harvest Love set. Stamp the sentiment onto vellum paper in Versamark ink. Next, cover the stamping with copper embossing powder, and heat set.  Repeat this with the smallest leaf stamp from this set. Colour the leaf using the same colours you used for the background.  This Harvest Love bundle comes with coordinating dies – use that with your Big Shot to die cut the leaf.  Die cut the sentiment with a stitched oval die, and then glue it onto the watercolour panel.

Layer the front panel onto a piece of copper glimmer paper using foam tape, and then attach these to an orange card base.  Attach the leaf using a foam square, and then glue on some sequins, to finish off your card.

Welcome to Autumn!

The copper embossing powder is so rich and warm!

COME JOIN US!

I hope that you’ll welcome fall too, and join in my word prompt challenge of trees! To play along is easy; join the Scrap ‘N Stamp Facebook group HERE. You’ll find a different word prompt  for each day of the month. Play along as many times as you want! Share a photo of your project in the group, with the hashtag #snschallenge.  At the end of the month, one participant’s name is randomly drawn, and awarded a $50 Gift Certificate to shop at Scrap ‘N Stamp! In the meantime, when you shop at Scrap ‘N Stamp be sure to use my Design Team code 10DEB to receive 10% OFF your total purchase! (regular priced items only).

Welcome to Autumn!

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