52 Week Mini Art Card/Tag Challenge

Tuesday, 29 November 2022

Crafty Individuals "Quirky Birds - CI265" Heat Embossed Card

An early start from me today.  While tidying my cardstock, I came across a box of Crafty Individuals red rubber stamps that I've not used since I don't know when!  I keep my stamps in boxes.  Each box is for a different manufacturer.  Some makes have several boxes, where as others just have the one.  This one was pushed right to the back of the cupboard, so it was nice to delve in and remind myself of what I have.

I decided to heat emboss the Crafty Individuals "Quirly Birds - CI265" stamp on to kraft card.  I used a Wow! Clear embossing ink and their "Angel Eyes" embossing powder, then heat set.  I cut down the kraft card to a square, mounted it on to white card, then mounted it on to another kraft layer.

I used the "Happy Birthday" Lawn Fawn clear "Simply Sentiments" stamp and heat embossed the sentiment, using the same products.  I then cut down the kraft card and mounted it on to a white card blank.

This colour combo is one of my favourites, white and kraft always works well, but I love the added turquoise/green touch, it just lifts it beautifully.

Monday, 28 November 2022

Lavinia Stamps "Astrid and the Wild Vines" Card

Today I have played with a Lavinia Stamp which I rarely use "Astrid".  I think it is because it is such a stand alone stamp which tends to get pushed to the end of the box.  Today she saw the light of day!

I used two shades of Versafine Clair Ink to stamp the "Wild Vines" and "Astrid", they were "Warm Breeze" and "Twilight".  I used Posca Pens and Van Goch Pastel Pencils to colour "Astrid".  I also added touches of silver glitter to her hair using a Signo pen and also to some of the vines.  Unfortunately, it doesn't show very well.

I used Wow! super fine silver embossing powder and their clear ink pad to stamp the "Just for you" sentiment, which is part of the "Heartfelt Verse" stamp set.  I then heat set the sentiment, die cut it and adhered to the card.

Penny Black Inc "Calla Lilies 282K (1995)" Card

Today I have been using a wood mounted stamp by Penny Black inc.  It's an old stamp, dated 1995 and is called "Calla Lilies - 282K".  

I stamped the image using a fade our ink and then coloured it using Derwent Inktense water colour pencils, applied with a brush.  I added some pencil detail and also used a white gel pen to highlight areas.

The sentiment, is part of a Simon Says Stamp set called "Tiny Words - Encouragement", stamped in Versafine Clair "Shady Lane" green ink.  Around the edge of the card, I used a blending brush with "Bundled Sage" Distress Oxide Ink.

Sunday, 27 November 2022

Lavinia Stamps "Nadolig Llawen" Birds and Berries card

I've been playing with my Lavinia Stamps and stencils this afternoon, making this Welsh Christmas card.

I started by masking off the edges of the card.  I then coloured the central area using "Lime Punch" Element Ink.  I lay the Lavinia Stamps "Elegance Stencil" over the top and applied more Lime Punch ink.  I then added some "Pine" and then finally some "Bermuda" Elegance ink so that that the middle of the card was lighter than the edges.

I then started stamping.  First I stamped the Lavinia "Fern Branch" in first and second generation stamping, using Versafine Clair "Rain Forest" dark green ink.

I then stamped the Lavinia "Wild Berry" using Versafine Clair "Acorn" brown ink.

I then returned to the Versafine Clair "Rain Forest" and stamped the "Holly" in the top corner.

Next, I stamped the two birds, from the Lavinia "Birds Collection" in Versafine Clair "Acorn" brown ink.  Using the same ink, I stamped the "Nadolig Llawen" sentiment, which is part of the Lavinia Stamps "Welsh Words" stamp set.

I coloured the berries and the chests of the birds using a red Posca Pen.  I added some white detail to the berries and then used a white Posca Pen, tapped over the surface to create the impression of snow flakes, finally removing the masking tape from the edges of the card.

Saturday, 26 November 2022

Visible Image "Blow out the candles" gift tag

This morning I've had a play with a new to me stamp set by Visible Image, they actually have a huge Black Friday sale on at the moment, so it's a good time to stock up on stamps and stencils you've thought about purchasing in the past. 

I've used the "Blow out the candles" stamp set.  I coloured the cup cake using Derwent Inktense water colour pencils, applied with a brush.  In the background, I used the Viible Image "Fibres" stencil with three shades of Ranger Archival inks:  Pink Peony, Cornflower Blue and Tea Rose.  

The sentiment is part of the same stamp set, which I stamped in Versafine Clair "Morning Mist" grey ink.

Friday, 25 November 2022

Frenchic "Hornblower" refreshing a picture frame

In my spare bedroom, I have all sorts of stuff just waiting to be used. Including an assortment of pictures in frames.  The one above is by a local North Wales artist called Leslie Jones, who has used oil paints on slate to make the image.  It's the snowcapped mountains and is so like some of the Snowdonia mountain range we can see from our village.

Anyway, the wooden white washed frame was looking a bit worse for wear.  There were signs it had been knocked and it was also a little grubby looking, so I decided to paint it.

In my cupboard I had the the left over paint from a previous project where I had painted a small side table in Frenchic "Hornblower" which is a navy blue colour.  So I decided to paint the frame.  I'm really happy with the way it has turned out.  I just need Hubby to hang it on the wall now!

Lavinia Stamps "Replenish with Wild Poppies" Card

Back to a CAS card today, with this one using a Lavinia Stamps stencil, element inks and stamps. 

Using low tack masking tape, I held the Lavinia circle mask in place over the card.  Over the top, I then used more masking tape to hold the Lavinia Stamp "Replenish" stencil in place.

Through the "Replenish" stencil, I first used "Lime Punch" and then "Blue Atoll" ink, which are both Lavinia Elements inks.

Removing the stencil, I then stamped the Lavinia "Wild Poppies" in Versafine Clair "Nocturne" black ink.  I used the same ink to stamp the "Just For You" sentiment, which is part of the Lavinia Stamps "Heartfelt Verse" stamp set.