Saturday, 31 October 2015

Happy All Hallows Eve ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week was good and you have awesome weekend plans!  Another quiet one for us sadly I am still feeling the after effects of my tumble, grr, and I’ve not been able to create either, grr, thank goodness I still have OCD when it comes to my DT requirements lol!  Anyway it’s the last day of October and how the heck did that happen?!  I have a card to share with you today and here it is …
  
An A6 creation 
Lots of paint used on this one! 
  
Love this flower stamp and I remembered to use a NBUS die too!
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
As You Like It Challenge bright/pastel & why: bright colours they’re uplifting 
Fussy & Fancy Challenge #151 Flowers  
    
You can see from the photograph that on Greta’s card the layout is fabulous
The flower is the star of her card so I followed the layout with the exception 
I put my topper on the LHS and I used bright colours

Stamplorations Stamps Link for sharing Stamplorations Stamps
Sweet Stampin' Challenge Dies &/or Punches
The Cat’s Pajamas Challenge TCPTUES302 Anything Goes 
Word Art Wednesday Challenge #207 Anything Goes


I got to use another of my created by me backgrounds and a snippet from this creation.  I created the background piece earlier this summer and I have to admit it was a real struggle to remember how I created it.  I was lucky because when the background was tilted I could see how I’d created it.  I used a snippet of bright green pearl paper, inked up my text stamp with Versamark IP and stamped it all over the paper stamp (the writing is there but it’s not readable and it’s why I adore this background stamp).  After it had dried I used my PaperArtsy stencil to dab the green acrylic paint through: quite a simple background but I love the little details that draw my eye in.  The flower was stamped onto a card snippet with distress ink and I coloured the petals and stems with distress ink too.  I coloured the centre of the flower with Perfect Pearls so it has a shimmer.  The sentiment was an NBUS die so it felt good to be using that one at last too.

The flower stamp is a favourite and a recent-ish purchase, I realised this week that as much as I like/love most colours I also have the same love for flower stamps.  I’ve realised that they have become my go to stamp and comfort zone.  I may, at some point, dare myself and not use a flower stamp for a week or two but I have an idea that will be too hard for me to do lol!

Wherever you are in the world I hope you have a happy, safe and wonderful Halloween celebration with lots of candy (if that’s your thing lol)!  Personally I have more of a weakness for stamps than I do for candy these days.  I will be back tomorrow with my first DT post for November.  Thank you so much for taking the time to visit and comment.  I really do appreciate it and I hope you get some time to do what you love to do soon  ttfn Karen x








 Tools
Stamp: Stamplorations Stamps: Stamp Lab Large Helenium stamp

Die Cutting Machine & Dies: Cuttlebug die cutting machine; Whimsy Stamps die #

Stencil: PaperArtsy 012 JOFY stencil

Miscellaneous Tools:  paint brushes; pot of water

Supplies
Card Paper: coloured by me card snippets for stamping, die cutting, stencilling; 300gsm card to create base

EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours: Adirondack IP: Stonewashed #; The Works green acrylic paint; Ranger Perfect Pearls
               
Adhesives/Mediums: Versamark IP; Collall all purpose glue





# VOS: very old stash and no idea if still available to purchase, min. 6 years old

Friday, 30 October 2015

New stamp and very old stash ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week is going well.  I’ve another tag to share today that I created especially for several challenges and to try out a new stamp set and here it is …

 
More texture experiments: the feel of the different card and paper
All that gorgeous inkyness with lots of embossing 
I plan to use this stamp a lot! 
  

Different elements, inks and mediums!
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
Butterfly Challenge #41 Butterflies & Numbers
Little Claire Stamps Challenge #62 favourite stamp:
Their Dinky flower stamp is my favourite flower stamp I love it!
                         Noor Design UK Challenge Blog #11 Halloween or Autumn
I love the colours of autumn so had to pick the autumn theme
Papertake Weekly Challenge Take Your Pick: 
I chose the Technique Theme to use my stamps as well as Halloween Colours
 Spectrum Noir Facebook Challenge October use orange &/or grey

 The Shabby Tea Room #262 colours & patterns

WOW Embossing Powder Challenge Anything Goes not a card


The background on is the last snippet of Spectrum Noir AquaTints that I coloured earlier this month when I found out what the challenge at Spectrum Noir was.  The stamped and embossed background is part one of my new stamp sets and I love the end result.  The butterflies were stamped onto white card snippets with AquaTints and put to one side to dry.  The flower is one of my top ten favourite flower stamps and this one is from Little Claire.  The stamped and embossed vellum is a snippet from another project and the stem, one flower and leaves were something that I recently found, I had forgotten about them, when I was sorting my craft room.  I know they were part of a paper kit but for the life of me I can’t remember when or where I purchased them (they must be eight years or more old).  I had to do a ‘google’ to find the name of this technique as I could not grasp it or connect it in my brain lol!  The flower stem, half flower and leaves were the push outs and I kept them to use as a layer – they were coloured with the AquaTints and they came from an Iris Folding kit.  I was into it for a short time but I can get very bored very quickly and that was the case this time.  Stamping and creating messy papers has always been the one thing that I have returned to.
Thank you so much for taking the time to visit and comment.  I really do appreciate it and I hope you get some time to do what you love to do soon ttfn Karen x








Tools
Stamp:  Tim Holtz CMS213 Perspective stamp set; Stamplorations 5” x 6” Trendy Butterflies stamp set; Little Claire Dinky flower stamp

Miscellaneous Tools: heat gun; paint brushes; pot of water; pipettes; palette

Supplies
Card Paper: snippets Crafters Companion Centura Pearl Snow White Accents card; snippet vellum #; very old Iris folding kit parts #

EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours: Spectrum Noir AquaTints Perfectly Primary; WOW green EP

Embellishments: The Works pearl

Adhesives/Mediums: Versamark IP; Collall all purpose glue

# VOS: very old stash and no idea if still available to purchase, min. 7 years old

Thursday, 29 October 2015

A sketch and farewell to summer ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week is going well.  So nearly at the weekend and the end of the month too!  I’m attempting to use pre stamped images and the backgrounds I’ve created through the year up.  Luckily for me I have several of these butterflies stamped and embossed and a couple of the sentiments too.  Using them also meant I could enter some more challenges too: yay!  So here is the card I have to share…

  
An A6 card 
Yummy autumn colours with summer flowers 
  
A gorgeous stamp and lovely sentiment
A final look


Created for me and especially for these Challenges
I used the sketch, followed the colour scheme but used them a bit lighter, 
and added a lot of daisies to my card
I chose the Technique Theme to use my stamps and some Halloween Colours
Simon Says Stamps Monday Challenge Throwback: August 2015 Home Grown
Spectrum Noir Facebook Challenge October use orange &/or grey
The Shabby Tea Room #262 colours & patterns


One thing I need to remember to do in future is make a note of what product I’ve used to create the BGs.  I’m lucky with this one because I knew the base layer was created with Spectrum Noir AquaTints as I don’t have those colours in any of my other inks or paints!  The card I created the BG with was a rejected piece of card that got a tad mucky and I’ve found I can add colour to those so that any of my inky finger prints can be hidden.  I created paints with the SNATs by mixing a little Perfect Pearls into the watered down ink and that gives an awesome shimmer to the page and the shine is softer than when I use my H2O colours.

I also got to use some old flowers, dangles and ribbons as well as lots of snippets from my created by me background snippets.  It feels good using them up and making my hoard a little smaller each time lol! 

Thank you so much for taking the time to visit and comment.  I really do appreciate it and I hope you get some time to do what you love to do soon ttfn Karen x









Tools
Stamp: Inspired by Stamping Butterflies stamp set

Miscellaneous Tools: Tonic butterfly punch; heat gun; paintbrushes; pot of water; pipettes; palette

Supplies
Card Paper: 300 gsm white card for base; snippets Crafters Companion Centura Pearl Snow White Accents card for butterfly, sentiment, base layer panel and Brusho layer

EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours: Spectrum Noir Perfectly Primary AquaTints, Ranger Perfect Pearls Pearl, WOW EP: blue sparkle

Embellishments: WOC daisies & stems #; ribbon #

Adhesives/Mediums: Collall all purpose glue; double sided tape


# VOS: very old stash and no idea if still available to purchase, min. 7 years old


I thought I saw a Puddy Cat ....


Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week is going well.  When I saw the poster for The Cat Lover’s Blog Hop I wanted to play along because before we got Jack Russell Terrier, we were owned by four cats over the years and we miss them all.  So today I’ve a card (yippee no tag) to share and here it is …

  
An A6 card 
  
Such a cute stamp and lots of old stash used up too!
A final look

I must apologise to Janis (Her Peaceful Garden) because this is not a great card and not the card I hoped to enter.  My fall last weekend means I wasn’t able to stamp for a while.  I am very grateful to have that hoard of images and backgrounds right now lol!  I thought I wouldn’t be able to take part so I’m very relieved to have got something created.

As I mentioned above before we acquired Eddy we were owned by cats.  We have had cats since the very beginning of our relationship and we have loved them, who have been our family over the years.  We had three cats in a two bed flat but they were happy, healthy, spoilt and well loved. 

Our first kitten was a ginger tom, Henry, I picked him from a PDSA centre in London and he came home with me to be our indoor cat.  For me it was the start of a love affair on my part with ginger tom cats, there was something so wonderful about Henry’s quirky nature that I fell in love with gingers from then on.

After Henry had been with us for about six months we acquired Ginny who we thought would be a great companion.  Worst decision ever, we had to give her to OHs mum.  Although she was much smaller than Henry she attacked him and one day we came home from work to find that she had pinned Henry down and had him by his throat and he had to have stitches. 

We decided not to take on another cat at that moment because we were worried that Henry might have been the problem and we couldn’t be sure.  However a couple of months later an obviously traumatised, hungry and frightened cat with a kitten appeared in the garden where we lived.  She was afraid of people and women in particular.  My OH was worried about her and used to feed her and the kitten and little by little he gained the trust of the mother cat.  The kitten disappeared, we looked everywhere and put up posters but she was gone.  Shortly after that the mother cat came to live with us and apart from bringing some uninvited guests with her (who were swiftly gotten rid of) Belle became a part of our lives and she and Henry were fine.  We ended up with Ginny coming back into the fold when OHs mum died a few years later.  Thankfully she had outgrown attacking other cats or kittens at that stage. 

Then we moved here.  A few months on we found out that my back problems were not going to improve.  My London GP had not referred me for treatment as he said we would move before I would see someone.  Big mistake!  It was then too late for anything to be done as I’d not had any treatment for those 6-8 months after the second car crash.  I was having a rotten day and we went into town to purchase a pick me up for me and I persuaded OH we needed that ginger kitten in the pet shop.  That was my Oscar:  he was more like a dog than a cat and he was only supposed to live for a few years as we found out a few months after we got him that he had a heart problem.  He lived until he was seven: our vet called it a miracle.  So long story short cats have and will always be a part of our story lol! 

Thank you so much for taking the time to visit and comment.  I really do appreciate it and I hope you get some time to do what you love to do soon ttfn Karen x









Tools & Supplies
Stamp: La Blanche stamp #

Stencil: Stamplorations brick wall stencil

Die Cutting/Dies: Cuttlebug die cutting machine; Paper Smooches ‘Friend’ die

Miscellaneous Tools: heat gun; small cookie cutter; paint brushes; pot of water

Card Paper: 300 gsm card; snippets of stencilled card and snippets for stamping and die cutting

EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours: Ranger Archival Jet Black IP; Pro-Markers (for the stencil); distress ink for colouring the cat; red and gold paint to colour the roses

Embellishments: Wild Orchid Crafts roses; Friendly Plastic

Adhesives/Mediums: Collall all purpose glue; foam pads; Washi tape


# VOS: very old stash and no idea if still available to purchase, min. 8 years old


Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Embossing powder, stamps, stencils and sparkly texture paste ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week is going well.  I am so grateful that I was very creative earlier this month because the fall I had over the weekend is still affecting me and I’m struggling to sleep grr, hopefully I’ll back to my sort of  normal soon.  I wanted to see if I could create a one layer mixed media tag and here it is …
  
A one layer one - very out of this month's throw it all and make it deep tags lol! 
I know I can do this blending with DIPs but it takes me so much less time doing it with the SNATs 
  
Close up of some of the stamping and stencilling
I love this one too.  I have surprised myself by how wide my taste is when creating!

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
Fussy & Fancy Challenge #150 Orange, Black or Purple
Papertake Weekly Challenge Take Your Pick 
I chose the Technique Theme to use my stamps as well as Halloween Colours 
Simon Says Stamps Monday Challenge Throwback: August 2015 Home Grown
 Spectrum Noir Facebook Challenge October use orange &/or grey 
Stamplorations Stamps Stencil Sunday Mixed Media Challenge
  The Shabby Tea Room #262 colours & patterns
Whimsy Stamps Inspirations Challenge #87 Fall or Christmas Colours
WOW Embossing Powder Challenge Anything Goes not a card


I created an ombre master board earlier this month using the two reds from the Perfectly Primary Spectrum Noir AquaTints and watercolour card.  If you’ve never tried to create a master board I highly recommend you try it out.  I have several folders of backgrounds that I’ve created myself.  Some were created with distress inks, some with paint and now several with the AquaTints. 

When I create my master boards I start out with all of them by adding ink/paint to card or WC card.  Once I have the look or colour that I want I either heat set or put them to one side whilst working on other projects.  I’ve wanted to try out the ombre technique for a long time and certain challenges this month have also helped with my decision.  I used the two shades of red in the Perfectly Primary AquaTints set.  I add them to my palette and make blends and paler shades before using them to colour my card.
I chose to use the AquaTints instead of distress inks because it’s a lot easier to do with the AquaTints and it doesn't hurt my hands and fingers which it does when I do this with my distress inks.  Also it takes about a quarter of the time to do with the AquaTints than with my distress inks.  Once I have my card the colour I want I decide if I want to add interest to the whole sheet or cut off pieces as I need it this time I cut them as I needed them.  I often add stamped or stencil details onto my backgrounds. 


On today’s tag I used a stencil and Versamark IP to tap through one of my stencils and then removed it and added green EP for the stems and orange EP for the flowers.  I had to heat set each time because repositioning the stencil would have disturbed the embossing and it was worth the extra time it took.  Once I had all of the flowers embossed I stamped the butterfly and used gold EP for that and I had finished the background.  I decided I wanted it to have a lot more texture so I added Imagination Crafts Sparkle Medium with my tear drop stencil.  Once it was dry I put the stencil back in the same place and added more sparkle to the thick end of the tear drops and I love the effect I achieved.  Thank you so much for taking the time to visit and comment.  I really do appreciate it and I hope you get some time to do what you love to do soon ttfn Karen x









Tools
Stamp:  Stamplorations 4” x 6” Trendy Butterflies stamp set
Stencil: Artplorations stencils: Droplet
Miscellaneous Tools: heat tool; paint brushes; pot of water; paint palette; palette knife

Supplies
Card Paper: Crafter’s Companion A4 Watercolour card cut to create a tag
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours: Versamark IP; Spectrum Noir Perfectly Primary AquaTints; WOW EP; Imagination Crafts Sparkle Medium
Embellishments: ribbon snippet from my stash #
Adhesives/Mediums: double sided tape; Collall all purpose glue

# VOS: very old stash and no idea if still available to purchase, min. 3 years old

Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Tim's background technique and snippets ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week is going well.  I have used the last of the master board I created for Tim’s October tag and here it is …

 
I love this tag a lot! 
Stamps, ink, paint and a little bit of something makes me happy every day! 
It was fun to get this die back out again! 
Thank goodness for computers and printers!
I am thinking marmalade again!

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
Crop Stop Challenge Blog #9 Link Party 
Fussy & Fancy Challenge #150 Orange, Black or Purple
Noor Design UK Challenge Blog #11 Halloween or Autumn
I love the colours of autumn so had to pick the autumn theme
Simon Says Stamps Monday Challenge Throwback: March 2015 B is for Birds
Simon Says Stamps Wednesday Challenge Wrap It Up
The Pencil Case Challenge E for Eerie Colours Halloween or Autumn
  The Shabby Tea Room #262 colours & patterns
inspired by black & orange pumpkins, black bird & the theme
 Your Next Stamp Challenge #25 I chose the colours


If you want to know how I created the background please go to Tim Holtz step by step here.  The phrase I printed from my computer and I have added Distress ink before trimming them and attaching to the tag.  I also used several black snippets to die cut the birdcage and bird from.  I cut the bird cage for a second time in funky foam and attached that to the bird cage and left it to dry I don’t have any black funky fun and the yellow that I used was visible on the side view.  So I splashed some black acrylic paint to the sides of the yellow foam and left it to dry.  Once it was dry I attached that to the tag. 

The funky foam is a tip I have learnt from Jennifer McGuire and it’s a fabulous way to create your own specially shaped adhesive foam square and if you are attaching a big layer (see post 1st November) it stops that layer from dipping in some places.  I usually attach it to the base with double sided tape I used glue this time because my tape is and was too wide for the bird cage. 

Thank you so much for taking the time to visit and comment.  I really do appreciate it and I hope you get some time to do what you love to do this soon  ttfn Karen x








Tools
Stamp:
Tim Holtz: CMS001 Nature’s Moments cling mount stamp set

Stencil:
Memory Box rings stencil; Tando ink splats stencil

Miscellaneous Tools:
We Are Memory Keepers: Crop A Dile punch kit
Paintbrushes; heat gun; ink blending tool and foam; spray bottle of water; craft mat

Card Paper:
Crafter’s Companion Centura Pearl Snow White Accents was stamped and coloured to create a master board, I used the last of it for this tag and I used black snippets for the die cuts too

EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Tim Holtz Distress Inks: pumice stone; vintage photo; walnut stain; rusty hinge; crushed olive; peeled paint; spiced marmalade; mustard seed
Tim Holtz Distress Stain: rusty hinge
Perfect Pearls powders: heirloom gold; pewter
Windsor & Newton black acrylic paint

Embellishments:
Tando Creative Chipboard Bats
Gingham ribbon from my stash which I made mucky with my brown DIPs #

Adhesives/Mediums/Misc:
Versamark IP; Collall all purpose glue; funky foam; double sided tape

# VOS: very old stash and no idea if still available to purchase, min. 5 years old

Monday, 26 October 2015

A very distressed tag ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week has started well.  We had a quiet weekend, thankfully, I had a fall so may not be around much this week other than to just post and link.  
I promise not to share so many tags in one go next month lol!  I need to push myself a bit creating different projects and cards for the next two months and I am hoping they won’t all be tags and that they won’t all be about Christmas cards or Christmas tags!  So far this month, October, for me was all about texture, distressing and tags.  Creating projects in a way I have not created before and learning how far I can push myself with texture, colour and the distressed look whilst liking or loving the end result.  A fabulous Eureka moment was learning that I don’t hate the colour brown.  I prefer bold, rich and bright colours but learnt that by using brown I can control my use of colour so that it doesn’t become too bright or garish.  So here is my very distressed style October tag … 

 
I went very dark and very textured! 
I love these leaves! 
Embossing paste and gold EP: love it!
The texture is so very gorgeous!

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
Country View Crafts Challenge #32 Add Texture
Fashionable Stamping Challenge #104 Changing Seasons: autumn leaves are falling
Fussy & Fancy Challenge #150 Orange, Black or Purple
Love to Create Challenge #22 Anything Mixed Media


Simon Says Stamps Monday Challenge Throwback: January 2015 Inky Background
 Spectrum Noir Facebook Challenge October use orange &/or grey
That Craft Place Challenge Anything Goes Mixed Media
WOW Embossing Powder Challenge Anything Goes not a card


I am still a MM newbie/student/trainee because I’ve only really got into that at the beginning of this year.  Last year I started to feel like I was in a non stop loop: I had been creating the same style for a long time.  I recently found out that some of my buddies call my creations CAS lol!  I’ve never considered myself to be a CAS card artist so I was shocked to hear that one lol!

I had started to become bored with crafting and my new way of creating has been a real bonus because I’m not bored and I am out of my old comfort zone.  This is the first time I’ve created something so distressed and still liked it.   I assumed I would hat it but err, um, I don’t hate it I love it!  The bold bright colours still pop yet it is obviously distressed.  EUREKA!  I actually don’t mind that the OH doesn’t like it because I didn’t create this for him I made it for me to see if I could do it lol! 

My huge thanks go to those talented MM artists out that who have inspired and helped me by sharing their skills.  I have realised that I am a crafter with schizophrenic tendencies lol!  I love my pretty, clean and sometimes CAS style projects but I also love this new mixed media stuff too.  I finally feel that I’m no longer pinned in to create a certain style or look and that my lovelies is unbelievably freeing.   Thank you so much for taking the time to visit and comment.  I really do appreciate it and I hope you get some time to do what you love to do soon ttfn Karen x









Tools
Stamp:  Sheena Douglass A Little Bit Sketchy A6 Autumn Leaves stamp set; Stamplorations 4” x 6” Trendy Butterflies stamp set; unknown dotty background stamp

Stencil: Artplorations Droplets stencil

Miscellaneous Tools: heat tool; paint brushes; pot of water; paint palette; palette knife

Supplies
Card Paper: Crafter’s Companion A4 Centura Pearl Snow White Accents card cut to create a tag; snippets white card from other projects

EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours: Versamark IP; Spectrum Noir Perfectly Primary AquaTints; WOW: gold & verdigris EP; Dreamweaver Bronze Embossing Paste #

Embellishments: wide ribbon and bow recycled from a pack of bedding

Adhesives/Mediums: double sided tape; Collall all purpose glue

# VOS: very old stash and no idea if still available to purchase, min. 8 years old

Sunday, 25 October 2015

A possible Christmas present ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your weekend is going well.  I am using my Spectrum Noir AquaTints and all of my stencils an awful lot right now.  This was one of a set of six very old chipboard circles that I purchased many years ago and I think they were supposed to be large coasters but I wanted to try something different with them so here is one I have created that may be a present or we may keep it …

  
This is the first side: very bright and bold just as I love it
The AquaTints make it easy to blend 
That gorgeous stencil!
  
The second side: a bit more demure 
I can see a meadow on a warm summer day
 
The look is so different to the other: much softer and less defined 
I attached this butterfly both sides to hide where the ribbon is attached
A final look at the bold side 
And the softer side
Created for me and especially for these Challenges
Country View Crafts Challenge #32 Add Texture: lots of lovely texture here
Craft Stamper Challenge Take it Make it October
Take a Technique: collage; ink; paint; stamp: yay!
Pixie’s Snippets Playground Challenge #200 snippets that’s a huge achievement Miss!
If you use any large or small snippets come on over and join in
Scrap & Craft Challenge #14 Colours of Autumn
 Spectrum Noir Facebook Challenge October use orange &/or grey
Stamping Sensations Challenge October Colours of Autumn
Stamplorations Stamps Stencil Sunday Mixed Media Challenge


Three different types of card were used to create this.  I think the AquaTints can be used straight onto chipboard but I was worried a lot of the ink would soak into the chipboard and the colours would not be so bright and vibrant.  Because I’ve struggled applying AquaTints over gesso or white acrylic paint I chose to use up some snippets which make the snippet box shrink and I know how these inks react onto the surfaces I used.

I used snippets of Crafters Companion watercolour card that I had previously painted ombre style (orange; peach; red) and Crafters Companion Centura Pearl card (the non shiny side) to paint a landscape with watered down AquaTints (grass, sky, clouds etc).  I put the wet piece aside to dry whilst I got on with other projects.  I was very lucky to be awarded a Top Pick for the September CASEplorations challenge at Stamplorations and I picked this stencil as my prize: thank you Shery (and the whole company).  You make lovely quality stamps and wonderful stencils: the quality of both for the price is outstandingly good.   I love this stencil more than the butterfly stencil so you will be seeing it a lot more in future.  I only have small blue snippets left from this project but I am inspired to create winter landscapes with snowflakes falling with these beautiful shades of blue.  I can already see it in my mind.  Must make a snowflake stencil with my dies and acetate.

The next day I grabbed the coloured watercolour card and picked which stencil I wanted to use before applying the buff Americana Satin Finish paint with a piece of sponge through the stencil.  I removed the stencil and scrubbed it off as best as I possibly could (I need to purchase some stencil cleaner soon). 

I put the watercolour card to one side to thoroughly dry whilst I started on the painted landscape card.  I tried applying the SNATs with a brush then a piece of foam through the stencil but it spread out a bit too much.  So I mopped up the AquaTints and dried the stencil before attaching it with some Washi tape.  I used a watercolour pencil to draw the shapes through the stencil onto the landscape and then used the AquaTints to colour in between the lines.

Thank you so much for taking the time to visit and comment.  I really do appreciate it and I hope you get some time to do what you love to do this week  ttfn Karen x










Tools
Stamp: Stamplorations 4” x 6” Trendy Butterflies stamp set

Stencil: Stamplorations Artplorations Bloom Silhouettes stencil

Miscellaneous Tools: heat tool; paint brushes; pot of water; paint palette; palette knife

Supplies
Card Paper: Crafter’s Companion: Centura Pearl Snow White Accents card for the bold layer; large snippet of Watercolour card; small white snippets from my stash
Chipboard circles #

EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours: Spectrum Noir Perfectly Primary AquaTints; Tim Holtz DIP: Scattered Straw (the butterflies); DecoArt Americana Acrylic Satin Finish paint; watercolour pencils #

Embellishments: ribbons from stash I won from Hazel *

Adhesives/Mediums: Collall all purpose glue


# VOS: very old stash and no idea if still available to purchase, min. six years old and * ribbon about three years old