I’m over on the Simon Says Stamp blog today with a creative uses post inspired by my recent vacation! Here’s a sneaky peek of one of the cards over there :D I hope you will take the time to stop by.
Island Vacation: Stamps – Simon Says Stamp paw prints on our hearts, life’s journey; Dies – Simon Says Stamp vacation word strips; Inks – Simon Says Stamp sea glass, audrey blue, green apple, smoke, Versamark; Card – Neenah solar white, Simon Says Stamp slate, Bazzill 40lb vellum; Embossing Powder – Hero Arts white; Sequins
Safari Inspired: Stamps – Simon Says Stamp life’s journey; Dies - Simon Says Stamp vacation word strips; Stencil – Simon Says Stamp waves; Card – Neenah solar white; Ink – Distress Inks black soot, picked raspberry, spiced marmalade, Versamark; Embossing Powder – Ranger super fine detail gold; Wood Veneer – Studio Calico stars
Just before going away on holiday things were rather crazy and I didn’t really get much time to play with the June Clearly Besotted Stamps release. Now we are home, and as CBS is taking the month of August off, then I thought I’d spend some time over the next few weeks playing with some of the new sets and also some of the previous sets which in a whirlwind of monthly releases just passed me by.
Isn’t this Dragonfly just gorgeous! I’ve seen a few butterfly dies like this with one die cutting out a solid body and one die a detailed one but I’ve never seen a dragonfly like it. I started by water colouring Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor card with vibrant blues and then splattered with Hero Arts Pool spray and Imagine Crafts Shimmer Spritz in Frost. Once dry I die cut the solid body and then used a cut out of the detailed wings to act as a mask while adding some Star Dust Stickles through the gaps. This left the body so sparkly and rich – really lovely. I die cut the detail wings from Bazzill 40lb vellum and again reached for the Star Dust Stickles and painted the vellum wings – if there was one thing this dragonfly was going to be it was sparkly! The glitter glue causes the vellum to curl a bit when wet but once dry then can be manipulated into the shape you want. I used a little Glossy Accents on the body segments to attach the wings to the main water coloured body.
Eek a totally one layer card! Although I like clean and simple design I often opt for a raised panel on my cards; I like the extra dimension this adds but if I’m honest probably more so because it’s easier to work on a panel and not have to worry about getting the rest of the card inky LOL. However, for today’s card I wanted to get that really clean look. I masked off the majority of the lower part of the card front and then stamped some of the lovely floral images from Waffle Flower’s Loved set. If you haven’t checked out Waffle Flower designs before then I highly recommend you to; Nina has designed some gorgeous sets.
Two other things I find so useful when stamping solid images;
Firstly a quality card stock. I like Neenah solar white which has a smooth texture and just seems to give a great impression.
Also a Fiskars Stamp Press. The Stamp Press has ‘give’ in the plastic surface which allows you to really press the image down on the card stock to give the optimum impression.
Back to the card and the sentiment, stamped in Black, is in two parts which makes it easy to mix and match. I thought about adding a few rhinestones or sequins but for once showed restraint to keep the clean, minimal look intact :D
Stamps – Waffle Flower loved; Inks – Simon Says Stamp black, sea glass, sunshine, orange peel, Hero Arts field greens, forever green, fresh peach; Card – Neenah solar white
I’m back again today, if you didn’t see the post announcing the winners of the Altenew Blog Hop then click here. Cindy H you might just want to do that LOL!
Now though, it’s time for my next post as July guest for The Alley Way Stamps. I’m using the Nap Time set again, you can see the other card I did with this set here. Such an adorably set with the cutest little baby duck on the block :D I stamped him in Memento tuxedo black on Neenah solar white so that he perched on top of the sentiment from the set and also added in the little heart. A touch of Copic colouring and then I cut it out with one of the new Frames dies from Simon Says Stamp.
So I think this crazy weather is getting to me! We’ve had it so hot for here in the UK and then thunderstorms and weather warnings for rain and then back to hot, hot, hot! It must be affecting my ability to think, well that’s my excuse for being a wee bit late with the winner from the Altenew blog hop LOL. Without further ado the winner from my blog who will get their choice of two Altenew stamp sets is ………..
Cindy H. – July 12, 2014 – 4:43 pm
Wow, this card is so awesome! Love the design and your beautiful watercoloring.
Congratulations Cindy! Send me an email (click on the little envelope icon under my picture on the right) and I will arrange to get your stamp choices out to you :D