Woodland Friends

Sunday Stamps current colour challenge has a gorgeous Autumn palette which I've used in this card featuring some woodland animals, the layout is from a sketch challenge with friends/members over on the docrafts gallery.  All of the stamps are from the Autumnal Treasures set from last year’s Creative Stamping mag issue 60.

I started with the animals colouring them with promarkers and die cut into ovals mounted over a leafy stamped background strip using pigment ink pads.  I also stamped the squirrel onto the background to show more of it's body and so I could raise up the centre oval and tuck behind the two smaller ones.

I didn't want to add too many more layers so stamped directly onto the card base top and bottom to add a sentiment and some leaves/berries/acorn.  I wish we did have red squirrels here in the South West, I'd love to see one, but we only have greys ...

I've used - 5x7 landscape white card base Claritystamp TheuvaCard stamping card Autumnal Treasures sta…

Two Seaside Scenes

Today I'm sharing two totally different seaside scene cards ... this first card features stamped beach huts and seagulls coloured with promarkers with added watercolour pencils and brushos for the sand and sky.  I used a heavyweight stamping card which stood up well to all the different mediums used.  For added texture there is some seafoam EP along the bottom edge.

Here are the stamps I've used along with the post it masks which helped for a seamless scene across the card.

I've used - 5x7 white card base Hunkydory 240gm Stamping Card Mag freebie Summer stamp set ChristinesCraftyart Seaside Landscape stamp set Promarkers, Watercolour pencils, Ultramarine brusho Papermania Seafoam EP Linking up with -
Through The Craft Room Door - Anything Goes Challenge
A Place To Start - Anything Goes + Optional Twist: Show Us Your Masking

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My second card which I made last month is a totally die cut seaside scene – went a bit overboa…

Hanging Basket with Tapestry Stamps

I came across three sets of tapestry peg stamps in one of my local charity shops recently so just had to buy them.  This card uses the Garden of Bee Balm set ... no idea why it's called this as it has azalea buds, berries, leaves & flax which I've stamped to look like a hanging basket with hand drawn wires & stamped loops at the top.

I die cut a floral border into the stamped panel then mounted this over some pale purple mulberry paper leaving a small border.  A curved sentiment seemed to work better than a straight one.  I always have plenty of die cut butterflies to hand so chose some in green (from a brusho scrap) to scatter around as it really makes all the difference to the overall look of the card.

For a little bit of shine the sentiment was heat embossed with clear EP & I added some glitter pen highlights too on the berries & wires.  I do like the look of these soft pastel tones together.
I've used - 6x6 scalloped white card base Claritystamp Theuva st…

In my garden there is ...

a wild area for nature to do it's own thing ...well I definitely have flowers and bees in my garden, not sure about a beehive/nest though!  This background was started some time ago with Distress Oxides by dabbing my card in the inks spritzed with water and also used some bubble wrap for an added pattern here and there.  As Oxides have a chalky finish when dry I filled the embossed honeycomb shapes with glossy accents which reactivated the colours underneath leaving them vibrant again.

Stamps were embossed with clear EP, then just the bee, flower heads & leaves stamped again on yellow card, cut out and fixed on top.  Die cut some foliage and arranged so the beehive was not just hanging in mid air.  To complete the scene the smallest sentiment I have was stamped on a scrap of vellum and tucked under the larger flower head.

Finished panel mounted on orange cardstock & onto a green card base cut from an A4 sheet.

I've used -
5.25” sq green pearlescent card base
Claritystamp …

CAS Eclipse Autumn Leaf

This month's challenge at CAS Stencil is to use sprays or mists with our stencils so I set about making my own with Brusho powders in a couple of spritzer bottles choosing autumn colours.  I'm so glad I decided to spray outside because it was a messy experience!  After several attempts with different stencils which I wasn't overly happy with the results I settled on this swoosh design.

Here you can see most of the elements I've used ... started by die cutting an aperture from my card panel, the circular inside piece was sprayed with yellow and scarlet Brushos through the stencil which blended the colours nicely together.  Once dry the leaf was die cut out and adhered three more die cuts underneath (one white & two dark red) to create the eclipse effect.  Everything slotted back together just like a jigsaw puzzle.

I was originally going to add a stamped sentiment until the new Just Add Ink challenge popped into my inbox which was to use 'no stamping' this we…

CAS Green Man

Back in 2016 when I was in the Clarity stamp club this Green Man arrived one month and it’s finally had some inking … he looks more than a little grumpy though!  As Barbara Grey wrote in her step-by-step leaflet ... "Not everybody's cup of tea, although he actually symbolises the cycle of growth and rebirth each spring".

I’ve now discovered the Green Man is found in many forms throughout history, and in many different guises, but the common feature is the face covered by foliage … a truly leafy man, often found carved in wood or stone in medieval churches and cathedrals.  The Green Man means different things to different people in this day and age.  I expect to many he represents a figure who is an Environmental guardian “the keeper of the forests and woods”.

Anyway back to my card ... he's stamped, coloured with promarkers then embossed over the top with a falling leaves EF (you might just be able to see the embossed pattern over him).  After adding a die cut frame,…

A Little Summer Fashion

Encouraged by a sketch challenge with friends/members over on docrafts where the theme was ladies fashion I set about making a summer dress and hat using circle dies finding lots of ideas on Pinterest.  I'll never be a seamstress but at least I can create with paper ...

It was fairly straightforward to cut into the large scalloped circle once die cut to shape the dress folding the sides behind ... the hat was embossed with a cross stitch EF for a natural straw look (small circle on top of a larger circle) with a little half moon band to match the dress.  Also decided to lightly sand the measuring tapes.

I've seen lots of different punch/die art looks on Pinterest for dresses and hats, the possibilities seem endless but I kept mine simple this time.  Hmmm could have made the waist slimmer!

Here's the sketch we were following.
I've used - 6x6 scalloped edge white card blank
Creative Dies stitched/pierced nesting oval
M&C Boutique scallop edge & stitched circle dies Xc…