52 Week Mini Art Card/Tag Challenge

Tuesday, 24 January 2023

Lavinia Stamps "Bell Flower Vine" Birthday Card

I made a quick birthday card this morning, using water colour card as the base.  I spritzed it both sides so that it would lay flat, then used a wash (on the top two thirds) of three shades of Lavinia Stamps Elements Inks, using Blue Lagoon, Blue Atoll and Della Blue.

I ueds a heat gun to dry the surface then stamped the Lavinia Stamps "Bell Flower Vine" in Versafine Clair "Shady Lane" green ink.  I then stamped the birthday sentiment, which is part of the "Heartfelt Verse" stamp set in Versafine Clair "Morning Mist" grey ink

Finally, I coloured the vine using Derwent Inktense water colour pencils applied with a brush, adding a few dots of metallic silver glitter Signo Pen around the vine.

Sunday, 22 January 2023

Lavinia Stamps "Reindeer" Snow Scene Card


With the recent cold snap, I decided to make a snowy forest scene using Lavinia Stamps.

Because I wanted to start this piece with a wash of colour, I spritzed the back and the front of a piece of water colour paper.  (Spritzing the back of the paper means that it doesn't curl as much). I opted to use the smoother side of the card.

With a very wet paint brush, I brushed three shades of Elements Inks over the top two thirds of the card.  I used Blue Lagoon, Mulberry and Merlot.  Before I intensified the colour, I placed a small moon mask into position to keep that area slightly lighter.

I gave the card a very quick blast of the heat gun to take the excess moisture away, but leaving the surface still damp.  I positioned the torn edge of a piece of copy paper, then stamped the two sizes of Lavinia "Red Pines". First I stamped in "Iced Spruce" Distress Oxide Ink, then in Versafine Clair "Morning Mist" grey ink. Removing the piece of copy paper, I then stamped more of the grey trees and then used Versafine Clair "Fantasia" for the mid trees and "Medieval Blue" for the trees in the foreground.

Using "Tumbled Glass" Distress Oxide Ink with a finger dabber, I dabbed along the edge between the sky/tree trunks and the snow.  I then used a torn edge of copy paper to add some landscape to the snow area, also using "Iced Spruce" Distress Oxide Ink.

I stamped the Lavinai "Stag" and "Reindeer" in Versafine Clair "Pinecone" and "Morning Mist" so that the colour wasn't a solid black.

I then added some foliage poking through the snow, using Versafine Clair "Morning Mist" grey ink to stamp, using the "Foliage Set" and the top of one ot the "Skeleton Tree Scene set".

I removed the moon mask and using Van Goch Pastel Pencils I added extra contrast to the sky and colour to the moon.  I did the same to the snowy area.

I used a white acrylic paint to add snow detail to the trees, the stag and the reindeer. I then used the same paint and a fan shaped paint brush to create splatters to replicate snow.

Finally, I edged the card in Versafine Clair "Medieval Blue" ink before mounting it on dark blue card and then on to a white card blank.

Saturday, 21 January 2023

Lavinia Stamps "Logan the hare" Card

I had a play with the alcohol lift technique using a green and butterscotch colour ink to create the background.

I stamped Lavinia Stamps "Locan the hare" in Versafine Clair "Pinecone" dark brown ink.  I stamped him again on a large post-it note and cut around the shape and placed over logan on the card to create a mask.

Using a sheet of copy paper and Versafine Clair "Shady Lane" green ink, I created the landscape that Logan runs on.

Using Versafine Clair "Shady Lane" green ink I stamped the "Leafy Spray" stamp in various positions, using first and second generation stamping.

I then used Versafine Clair "Pine Cone" to ink up the very top of the Lavinia ""Small Branch" stamp to create foliage in the background.

Lifting the mask off Logan, I coloured him using Derwent Inktense pencils.  I then added colour to the foliage using Posca Pens and gel pens, finally adding white highlights to Logan using a Signo Pen.

Lavinia Stamps "Just For You" Maple Leaf Gift Card

You know when you need to write a little bit more on a gift card, but you don't want a full size card and a standard gift card is too small?  That was the situation I was in, so I made this in-between size card which is ideal for the job. 

I started by lining up three rows of masking tape and then lifting the middle strip to reveal a line of white card.

I used three shades of archival inks, starting on the left hand side using "Shadow Grey".  In the middle I used "Sky Blue" and on the right hand side "Leaf Green", ensuring each colour blended seamlessly into the next.  I then removed the two remaining strips of masking tape.

Using Versafine Clair "Shady Lane" green ink in first and second generation stamping, I stamped the Lavinia Stamps "Maple Leaf" and the "Mini Maple Leaf".

I used Versafine Clair "Morning Mist" grey ink to stamp the "Just For You" sentiment which is part of the Lavinia Stamps "Heartfelt Verse" stamp set.

Finally, using a gold shimmer type gel pen  and a white gel pen, I added details to the leaves and dots around the foliage.

Friday, 20 January 2023

Lavinia Stamps "Lupin the hare" Kraft Card

A few weeks before Christmas, I watched a live demonstration by Lavinia Stamps "Amanda Branston".  I was very taken with the way she created the halo around a hare on her card, so decided to give it a go this morning, making this card. 

On a kraft card base, I stamped Lavinia Stamps "Lupin" the hare, using Versafine Clair "Pinecone" dark brown ink.

Using a roll of sticky tape and a white water colour pencil, I drew round the inner and the outer circles, shading in the circle towards the hare and making the outer circle a little thicker.

Using Derwent Inktense Water Colour Pencils, I coloured the hare (I didn't apply water, just used the pencils), building up the colour, using a white, a pink for the ears and t wo shades of brown for the coat of the hare.  I used a dark grey colour to ground the hare.

Finally, I added the Lavinia sentiment, stamped in Versafine Clair "Pinecone" ink and mounted the kraft card on to a white card blank.

Thursday, 19 January 2023

Lavinia Stamps "Indra" on a spray ink background

Today, I have been using my Lavinia Stamps again to create this card.

 I used Wow! Clear embossing ink and the Lavinia Stamps "Indra" the moth stamp on white card, coating the stamped image with "Wow! Angel Eyes Embossing Powder and heat set.

Over the stamped image I brushed on Pabeo Drawing Gum.  This provides a protective coating to what ever is being covered, which once dry can be rubbed off at a later date.

I then put the piece of card in my spray box and spritzed three shades of Dylusion Spray inks on to the surface.  The colours I used were London Blue, Crushed Grape and Fresh Lime.  Any ink left on the surface, I puffed away using a Tim Holtz hand puffer thing sending the ink to the edges of the card.  I set the card to one side for a couple of hours to dry while I took the dog for a walk.

Once dry, I was able to rub off the drawing gum using my finger.  This revealed the original white card base and the turquoise embossed image.

Using the same Wow! ink pad and embossing powder, I added the heat embossed Lavinia Stamps sentiment, which is called "let your spirit take flight".

In the bottom right hand corner and up part way of the right hand side, I stamped the "Vine Flourish" using Versafine Clair "Nocturne" black ink.  I used the same ink to edge the card too.

Next, I used the Lavinia Stamps "White Orbs stencil" with white Pan Pastels to create the idea of movement.  I dotted a white Posca Pen and a silver glitter Signo Pen for added detail to Indra and to the background.  Then mounting the card on to a piece of black card and then a white card blank.

Wednesday, 18 January 2023

Funky Fossil Designs "Free Spirit" on a gel plate background

I'm still in "stash busting" mode and found a gel plate background I'd made months ago, so decided to create something with it today.

If I remember correctly, I used Pan Pastels on the circular gel plate with the Funky Fossil "In the groove" stencil, which made this wonderful print.  I liked it so much, I had been putting off using it, but hey the deed is done now!

I paired the background with the horse head in the Funky Fossil Designs "Free Spirit Stamp Set", stamping the image in Versafine Clair "Nocturne" black ink then coating it with Wow! clear embossing powder and heat setting.

I coloured the image with a green Van Goch pastel pencil.  Mounting it onto black card and then on to a card blank.  Finally adding a few black gems to the surface.