Saturday 27 September 2014

Brushos and Clarity stamps

Hello again. Today I have a card that showcases Clarity stamps. As you can see below it started it's life as a brusho print.

There are days when I decide to play and see what happens. This was one of those days. I was playing with brushos on watercolour paper and wondered if I could produce something looking like a landscape. I know I used grey, moss green and ultramarine. I can't remember the other blue (sorry). It resulted in this print. I also have a mirror image of this which is more probably suitable for seascape, but that's for another day.

Once it was dry i could stamp on it. I trimmed it back and stamped the log cabin in coffee archival ink first. I masked it and using a torn piece of copy paper and the tree, I stamped it in olive and fern green using 1st and 2nd generation ink. I heat set these and then stamped the stag in black archival and clear embossed. The star was embossed in crystal on black archival.

Then i added the shading in the snow using weathered wood distress ink, said torn paper and a make up sponge. Then i coloured in log cabin with spectrum noir pencils and added a bit of halo around star.

It was time to add the glitter to the snow and the cabin roof. The last thing I did was to add some touches of white gel pen to cabin. Then I inked around edges with faded jeans and chipped sapphire distress ink. 

I mounted the topper on black and then used kraft card as my base card. I then stamped one of the banner greetings in black archival and clear embossed it. I inked it with distress inks and added depth with darker colours. I fussy cut it and shaped it with my fingers and laid it on card.

However the greeting is not stuck down. So tell me what do you prefer with or without greeting? Theresa xx

I'd like to enter this card in the following challenges

TTCRD - anything goes
Sister act card challenge - anything goes


Wednesday 24 September 2014

stamps, stencils and paper roses...

Hello again. Today's offering is a canvas I made at a workshop recently. This was with the very talented Hels Sheridan.

I am not going into detail about this one as i don't think it would be fair to Hels. We started with an 8x8 canvas.

To add texture we used die cuts and grunge paste through stencils. The colouring was with acrylic paints.

Stamping was in archival ink. There is stamping on background, main sentiment in banner style and also on masking tape to mimic washi tape and add more texture.

Finally it was time to add embellishments. The paper flowers including roses and daisies where spritzed in black and cosmic shimmer. Some gilding wax was added to embellies and around the edge. some coloured micro beads and dew drops finish it off.

As usual I hope you like my creation, Theresa xx

I would like to enter this in the following challenges:

Simon says stamp Monday challenge - stamps and stencils
Sunday stamper - paper roses
TTCRD - anything goes

Saturday 20 September 2014

Christmas - Visible Image and Tim Holtz dies

Hello my friends. Today I have another Christmas card on offer. This is made using 2 stamps and 2 dies.

The stamps are the Christmas background and grunge flourish. Both are from Visible Image.
The dies are both sizzix and are tattered poinsettia and flourishes.

I started with a blue brusho background. I cut half for the background and the rest I used for the poinsettia.

I stamped the grunge flourish randomly over background in snow adirondak ink. I then over stamped the word background twice using cobalt archival ink and heat embossed with kaleidoscopic powder. In real life the background is very sparkly but this is so difficult to capture on pics.

I went all around the edge with the edge of the flourish and cobalt archival and heat embossed in kaleidoscope powder. Then I over stamped this in versamark and heat embossed with white puff twinkle powder. This made the whole background pop.

Next i tackled poinsettias. I went round the remaining brusho paper with versamark ink and sprinkled clear embossing powder all over. Then i tapped it to release some granules and brushed some off o give a more distressed look and then heat embossed. I brushed over it lightly with brushed pewter stain and wiped it off embossed areas. I then cut out the flowers and  mounted them. I added white puff twinkle to centres.

The flourishes I cut out of same blue card on which i mounted topper. I inked in versamark and heat embossed with kaleidoscope powder for extra sparkle.
I mounted on Blue and stuck on A5 white base card as shown.

As usual i do hope you like the card.

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:

Simon says stamp Monday challenge - rock the techniques ( over stamping )
Fan-Tastic Tuesday - anything goes with a twist of blue
TTCRD - anything goes
Southern Girls challenge - winter blues

Wednesday 17 September 2014

IndigoBlu guest design piece

 Hello my friends. In the last IndigoBlu challenge I made the top 3 and so they asked me if I wanted to do a guest design piece. Of course I accepted.

I started with a brusho background that i had that had bright colours fitting an Indian theme. The brusho colours are brilliant red, turquoise and leaf green. I stamped sentiment in versamark and embossed in black.

I got the echinacea and prepared 2 masks. I then stamped the flower and 
masked to create depth along the top and bottom edges in black archival.
I coloured with spectrum noir pencils and added wink of stella for some sparkle.
I coloured the sentiment with a white sharpie pen to make it pop.

I went around topper with faded jeans and chipped sapphire distress inks. Whendry i went round in versamark and embossed in gold sparkle.

Next i did the border on the base card. I left a margin and masked the 
card off with copy paper. I stamped the flower, overlapping with the help of the masks to create depth.
I drew squiggly lines with a black pen joining all the petals. I then coloured the negative space with spectrum pencils to match the brusho hues.

I then matted on white which helped the sentiment to pop and then black. Next i added another brusho layer and then black again.

Finished card is A5. As always I hope you like my make, Theresa xx

I really wish you could see the sparkle that's visible in real life.......
You can find this card and other inspiration on the IndigoBlu blog.

Friday 12 September 2014

more than one fold.......

Hello my friends. Today's offering is a bit different than usual in the sense that it is mainly made from background papers with minimal intervention from my part.

The papers are all from Heartfelt Creations, Journey collection. I chose the blueish 6x6 paper that had enjoy the journey on it for the front which i made into a gate-fold.

On one side I added three toppers from another sheet that really matched the theme I was going with. I added crackled glossy accents to globe and compass and blak and white enamel dots to finish it off.

On this side there was a pinkish bike that I needed to hide as this was a card for a male retirement card. So using more cutouts from the same collection I mounted a couple of tickets and a hot air balloon. Again I added some black and white enamel dots to compliment the other side.

Finally on the inside I used another paper that had a map on one side. I folded it as shown and attached a tag from same collection so there was place to writ a message.

So this was a card without stamping which is quite unusual for me. (Please be kind......)

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:

Fussy and Fancy challenge - more than one fold
TTCRD - anything goes

Friday 5 September 2014


Hello my crafty friends. Today's offering is a very sparkly one! But it started life as a brusho background.

I was playing with brushos and made this background with leaf green, sea green and a tiny bit of yellow. Once it was dry I thought it would work very well with this Christmas tree stamp from Visible Image.

So I stamped it in versamark and embossed it in black sparkle powder from Ranger. I just wish the pics could capture the sparkle! I cut the image to size.

I stamped and embossed the Dec 25th on the 'waste' and decoupaged it.

I then went around all the edges with the edge of the grunge flourish stamp again from VI and embossed it in white tinsel from Ranger. I decided to do a double edge and went round again wit same stamp but this time i embossed with Wow gold sparkle.
I matted on black and mounted on white base card.

As usual I do hope you like my offering, Theresa xx 

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:

Visible Image challenge - make it sparkle
Sunday stamper - bright colours

Wednesday 3 September 2014

Season's Greetings and Designs by Ryn

Hello my friends. Today's offering is a Christmas card that is created by entirely non-Christmas stamps and stencil.

Designs by Ryn is a Canadian company that produces some wonderful stamps that are very versatile. Ryn has just started producing stencils and this is one of them. The stamp is one of her texture stamps that I turned into baubles.

I taped branch stencil on a  piece of black card. I masked off other branch. Then I inked versamark through stencil using cut and dry foam. I removed stencil and sprinkled on white embossing powder which I heat set.

Then I got the two small stamps that come with the large stamp. I inked them with versamark and stamped 3 baubles and embossed them in white. 

Then I added some colour to them wit Sakura gel pens in gold, red and green.

I drew 3 lines in versamark pen and embossed them in white. I stamped the sentiment from Justrite and again embossed in white.

I matted on green and then on white A5 base card.

Finally I added 3 small white bows to baubles and some white enamel dots.
Below is an attempt to capture some sparkle form the gel pens which is very obvious when you look at the card but really difficult to capture on pics.

I do hope you like my make and appreciate all your comments, Theresa xx 

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:
Fan-tastic Tuesday - anything goes
Through the craft room door - anything goes

Tuesday 2 September 2014

Massimo's Clarity DT guest piece -Nature

Well since he won the last Clarity challenge, Massimo was asked if he wanted to do a guest piece for the next challenge. He said yes and this is what he made.

He had it all worked out in his head. He asked if I had parrots and I showed him the stamp and he had already decided it was going to be a blue and green card. So he stamped the naked branch in black archival and the love birds. Then he stamped the tree stump and the squirrel on top.

Next it was time to do the swing. I showed him on scrap and he did it on the card. He chose the moon mask and placed it down. I cut out some masks for him and to my surprise he placed them quite well on images. next came his favourite bit - ink and brushes. Below is a picture of him colouring in the sky.

He used, tumbled glass, broken china, stormy sky, faded jeans and chipped sapphire for the sky. 
Then it was time for hills. These he did with the help of a torn piece of copy paper. The inks here are: bundled sage, peeled paint, icy spruce and forest moss.

After lifting all the masks he coloured in the images using my spectrum noir pencils. Sorry no idea of numbers. And then he left it with me to mat and layer. I matted it simply on one of the blue sheets that come with the stencils as it toned in perfectly and added some glosy accents to beaks, eyes and claws.

As usual I hope you like his offering, Theresa xx