Message In The Bottle

Another “Under Water” card today, for the challenge at The Male Room.
I like this challenge, this one had me thinking of all sorts of things to try out!  For my card today, I have used a Digital image from Make It Crafty, of a message in a bottle.

The image has been coloured using Copic markers, and then to make it look more like it was underwater, I have layered over the top, an Acetate Photo Filter Frame from the Project Life “Let’s Get Away” Accessory Pack. The photo filter adds that blue, green, yellow colour over the colouring and gives it a little more depth and interest.
Behind the main image, I have stamped some tiny fish and starfish (which are a little difficult to see in the photo), using the Stampin’ Up! Sea Street stamp set.

Happy stamping!
Chris

 

 

Spring Challenge Reminder

A quick post today with a reminder about the Crafty Boots “Spring” Challenge.

My card features the beautiful stamp set from the Stampin’ Up! Occasions catalogue called Indescribable Gift.  It is a beautiful stamp for colouring, I think I might have to try it in some different colours too :)  The circle with the coloured image has been layered over some of the Irresistibly Yours Specialty papers from the Sale-a-Bration catalogue.  The photo hasn’t shown the background paper up very well, this is one card that is definitely better in real life than in the photo!!

Hoping you will share some of your spring projects with us, at Crafty Boots Challenges – we love to see what you have come up with.
Happy stamping!
Chris

Clean and Simple Cards

I have two cards to share with you today, along with some instructions on how to go about making them.  Both cards use some of the gorgeous images from Make It Crafty.

The first card features the adorable “Penny Sitting with Rose” digital stamp which I have sized to fit into the bottom corner of a piece of white blending cardstock.  I have then cut the cardstock to 9.5 x 13.8cm.
The image has been coloured using the following Copic markers: Hair: 100, N2, N4, Skin: E21, E11, E00, E000, R20, Clothing and Rose: V09, V06, V04, V01, V000, Leaves: G94, G21.

The words “thinking of you” have then been stamped using black Memento Ink in the left-hand corner.


I have then coloured three flat-backed pearls using the V04 Copic Marker,  (You could use a darker shade if you wanted a darker pearl), and allowed them to dry.

 

 

Next step is to adhere the dried pearls onto the left-hand corner.

Then I have taken a black marker and drawn some random lines around the edge of the card, linking the pearls, and the words along the way.  There doesn’t have to be any rhyme or reason to this, just draw freehand and add a couple of swirls to make it interesting.

Then, just adhere your coloured panel onto a coloured panel – I have used a very dark purple, then onto a white card base.  Or you could leave out the middle layer and just put it straight onto the card base.  And here is the finished card:

Lots of nice open white spaces! I have to admit to being really unhappy with her hair, but it is something I am practicing, so hoping it gets a lot better over time!!

The second card I want to share with you today, uses the new Dandelion Digital Stamp, which of course can be used combined with heaps of other images and ideas, however I decided to use it on it’s own today.

Again, I have started off by printing the digi stamp onto some blending cardstock, and then cutting the cardstock at the same dimensions as the card above. (Please excuse the slightly shadowy photos, of course it decided to cloud over just when I was in the middle of doing this!!)

Next, I started on the grass.  I have used the brush end of Copics G94 marker to flick in some darker shading on the larger leaves.

 

And then come over the top of this with a lighter green, in this case I have used G21, but you can choose which ever green you like! :)

I haven’t been too fussy with my grass, since grass can be quite, well, messy sometimes! :)
Next step is to colour the Dandelion flowers.  I have used a Y13 marker, however you could go a little darker.  For shading I have just come back over the first layer of yellow and added some more colour.

Next come the Dandelion seed heads (fluffy things, as we call them!).  You could leave them blank, and not add anything to them and it would still look fine.  However, I wanted to add a little texture and depth to mine, so I have used a broad tip Uniball Signo White pen, coloured the centres with it, and then placed dots of white all over.

Next comes a sentiment.  I have used a bright yellow ink for mine, and I do hope that you are able to be a bit more accurate than me, and manage to get yours straight! (It will teach me a lesson for not using a stamp positioner!!)

Then I have added a few embellishments for some added interest.  Firstly, some lines of paper piercing along the bottom.

Then some flags using some scraps of patterned paper, with a cute little birdy clip.  But you could use a button with some twine, or even some stitching along the top.

And last but not least, layer it over some bright yellow cardstock, and there you have it!  If you are a bit of a perfectionist, you could always re-stamp your sentiment onto a piece of scrap white cardstock, punch it out and adhere.


These cards have been made as an entry for the Make It Crafty CAS Design Team call:

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I hope you will have a go at making some Clean and Simple (CAS) cards, they can be scary with all that wide open space, but actually they are lots of fun!
Happy stamping!
Chris

Under Water Challenge

This week’s challenge at The Male Room, is “Under Water”.  Hmmm too many ideas…..  :)
I decided to keep this one quite simple today, and play with some new toys products.

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I have used ink with an Aqua Brush and gone very quickly over the white cardstock to give a nice washy watercolour look for the background, and then stamped the lovely shell from By The Tide stamp set.
The sentiment is made using a bundle currently available in the Stampin’ Up! Occasions Catalogue – the “Happy” from the Hello You Thinlits and the stamped “Birthday” from the Crazy About You stamp set.

Happy stamping!
Chris

Spring!!

Hmmm, well no, it’s not spring here in Australia, although the weather has been lovely and warm and sunny, so I guess it has been spring-like, and there are still plenty of flowers in the garden!
“Spring” is the theme for the new challenge at Crafty Boots Challenges – “We should like to see your projects inspired by ‘Spring’, by the celebration of the passing of winter and the coming of new life and all of those wonderful plans you are making for springtime.”
I have made two cards for this week’s inspiration:

This card uses the cute digital image from Bugaboo, along with some pretty papers from my stash.

And my second card uses some of the beautiful papers from the Painted Blooms Designer Series Papers, combined with the sentiment from Butterfly Basics and some small butterflies stamped and punched, makes for a really quick but pretty card.  The papers are just so gorgeous, I really didn’t want to cut them up.

Make sure you check out the inspiration from the rest of the Design Team, and please share with us your Spring projects.
Happy stamping!
Chris

Birthday Dragon

A quick post today to share with you a card I made for my lovely husband’s birthday.

The gorgeous digital image is called Emerald Dragon and comes from Sweet Pea Stamps.  I have coloured the dragon with Copic markers and kept the card quite simple so that the dragon is the main focus.  Definitely my preference to keep the card clean and simple when it comes to the more complex images.
Happy stamping!
Chris

Paper Roses

When the Spiral Flower Die came out in the latest Annual Stampin’ Up! catalogue, it was one of the things right near the top of my list of “must haves”!  I have to admit, however, that it hasn’t had as much of a work out as it should have, until now.  I thought I would make up for it!
Continuing on with the current Crafty Boots Challenge theme of “Anything But A Card”, I have created a centrepiece using rather a lot of Spiral Flower Die roses! This could be used as a table centrepiece or a decorative piece in the home, or alternatively would be lovely for a wedding or special occasion.

I have used a lovely candle holder that was in the cupboard and definitely not getting enough use either, and stuck a foam ball into the top of it with some sticky strip.  Then I have cut heaps of flowers, sponged the edges and rolled them to create different sized roses, and glued them on to the foam ball using a hot glue gun.  And really, that’s all there is to it.  I needed something a little monotonous to do while I was watching a great game of World Cup cricket, and it fit the bill nicely – something I could easily do while watching TV. :)
Make sure you head on over to the Crafty Boots Challenge website to see all the rest of the inspiration for this challenge from the rest of the Design Team.
Happy stamping!
Chris