Saturday, 11 October 2014

Inspired By Stamping September Release - Australian Nature 1

Hi all, thanks for stopping by and visiting my blog. Today I have used my Distress Markers and coloured the stamped image from the Inspired By Stamping September Release.

 This little bird is a Forest Kingfisher which is one of the images from the

Australian Nature I stamp set. The Forest kingfisher is a predominantly blue and white bird. It is found in Indonesia, New Guinea and coastal eastern and northern Australia.

Australian Nature I
Size 4x6
Retails $15.99
       Set of 7

The look I wanted to achieve was as if I drew this bird from scratch. I have used Antique linen distress ink to stamp the image very lightly and colour in with distress markers on water colour cardstock. Once stamped I saturated the cardstock with my aqua brush as this helps blend the direct maker contact on the cardstock to blend easily.

I have stamped the "Thanks"sentiment using the Fancy Circles stampset and have Die cut with the Fancy Labels #2 dies.

I sponged using my Mini ink blending tool with the Antique linen distress ink on the die cut out, embossed borders edge and water colour cardstock.

I used an Off White flower to embellish this card along with some old olive satin ribbon, hemp twine and a paper leaf.
 My card colour combo is So Saffron and Very Vanilla cardstock.

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Diamonds are a girls best friend

This fabulous stampset was free for every order spent over $50 during the month of September. 
Inspired By Stamping are one of the most generous companies I know. If you missed out you can by the stampset for only $5.99 AUD.

Below I created a page of my daughters taken in the last 6 months. I am so blessed to be surrounded by such beauty inside and out from these 2 girls.

Each diamond was stamped on a vanilla cardstock with smokey slate ink and was individually cut out a diamond at a time. I then sponged all sides with the smokey slate ink to darken the edges.
The small flowers on the top right of the page is from Inspired By Stamping. I love the array of flowers that Inspired By Stamping has to offer. A paper doily is behind the picture on the left.

For the borders I have used a border punch, punching directly on the gray cardstock and have place a strip of already punched out border pink cardstock behind it to create an extra layer. All edges have been sponged with gray ink. This is matted on a sponged white 12 x 12 card stock. I have cut out the "girls "wording with my cameo. To  make the cut out shimmery I have brushed it with black Stella wink .

I have used a Heidi Swap chevron stencil and Wendi Vecchi white embossing paste and to highlight the chevrons I have used markers tracing the chevrons sporadically. The large paper flower was from my stash. The little flowers are from Inspired By Stamping. Behind the picture on the left another border punch has been used as an extra layer.

If you look closely I have used another Inspired by Stamping stamp as extra layers through out the page. I have used the "Friends Forever" stampset. You can see I lightly stamped the script stamp in smokey slate and the brushstroke stamp in blushing bride. The have used my white Stella wink pen to brush outside the diamonds to help the diamonds stand out a little more.

Monday, 29 September 2014

Inspired By Stamping - September Release Stampset


Ok so I have been playing with a new awesome stampset from Inspired By Stamping September Release.
In this card I have created my own background design by repeat stamping on a vanilla cardstock. I like to call this technique "Faux Designer Paper".
I used a Blushing Bride Ink and Cardstock to mat my Faux Designer Paper and stamped coloured image.
The main stamped image I have used Vintage Sepia ink as I find this ink does not smear or run like a normal dye ink as it is a pigment ink and therefore is great to use to water colour with.

 I only have a couple of gelatos sets in my collection and to colour this image I have used the Metallic set.
I have used Stampin Up water colour cardstock and an aqua brush to pick up colour from the gelatos directly and then placed my aqua brush on the card stock to colour.
If you look closely I have also splattered the colour on the stamped image to create an imperfect look.
The sentiment was stamped using the Cute Circles stampset from Inspired By Stamping.
The sentiment has been punched out using the label punch.
I have dry embossed only half of the vanilla cardstock and have used the below ribbon and crochet trim to cover up the join. Some sponging has been done throughout the card which I have used a crumb cake ink to do so.

Sunday, 21 September 2014

Just Add Ink #232

I have entered this card in the Just Add Ink Inspiration Challenge #232.
Stamps used - Inspired By Stamping Flower of the Month : Water Lily & Fancy Sentiments
To the colour the image I have used Metallic Gelatos colourset. I first heat embossed with gold embossing powder and saturated the water colour cardstock with my aqua brush to make the blending and colouring process easier.
I gold heat embossed the right side and bottom of the card base by placing my versamark ink pad directly onto the cardstock.

The flower and leaf is from Prima. The gold twine is from Whimsy Farm Twine.

Friday, 19 September 2014

White Embossed Elegant Flower

I just love the effect when using white embossing powder and making an image appear so it looks like the image literally unfolds in front of you as you colour it in. 

I first heat embossed my stamped image from the Elegant Flower's stampset on a water colour cardstock. I find water colour cardstock works best when using gelatos and an aqua brush as don't want the cardstock to pill as I layer my colours on.

I used the Inspired By Stamping Fancy Labels Dies #2 to create a faux layer by keeping the metal die on as I sponged inwards with my Ranger Mini Ink Blending Tool and the Antique Linen Distress Ink.

The bow I folded in half so the width of the ribbon would be thinner. This is a great tip to use if you don't want your bow to over power the stamped image but still have an embellishment on your card.

Inspired By Stamping have a great monthly blog challenge each to always enter in with fantastic prizes to be one. This month's blog challenge has a great sketch where I have based my card layout from. There are 3 inspirational pieces to choose from so check out the colour combo and photo inspo. I encourage you to play along and have some stamping fun.

Happy stamping!