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Marine Life

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A lovely crafty friend gifted me some marine life images last year and I've spent a few hours happily colouring this large whale with kelp fronds in its underwater setting using basic colouring pencils then water coloured the hexagon shapes with brushos.  Added some extra bubbles here and there with black & white fine liner pens. Gave the whale a little turtle swimming companion, coloured, cut out and shaped to give its shell a more natural rounded look. The background was simply stamped with a distress elements stamp in grey and I added a little coloured and cut out starfish at the bottom.  Decided not to add a sentiment on the front just to ring the changes.  I don't normally craft with such a large all-in-one image so this made a lovely change for me. I've used - 6x6" white card base Gifted images;  Colouring pencils;  Brushos - leaf green & yellow Funky Fossil distress elements stamp Linking up with - Colour Crazy ATG colouring Allsorts Challenge  #658 ATG

Rainy Day Birthday

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Happy New Year everyone! I'm starting off 2022 by sharing my first birthday card make using Funky Fossil's Rainy Day Critters stamp set ... I treated myself to the 'Rainy Day' bundle of stamps, stencils & dies at the end of last year. Some colourful distress inks were sponged over the puddle stencil and heat embossed with white & silver super sparkle EP which happened to be on my desk from Christmas makes so I thought why not!  The inside/outside rings of the puddle were coloured with a tea green promarker.  Then distress inks in scattered straw and tumbled glass were brushed over the rest of the panel to knock back the whiteness.  Next I reached for a scenic border stencil and sponged more tumbled glass DI to create clouds. This cute feline sheltering under his colourful brolly has been stamped & fussy cut, customised with added pen marks to give him more character, coloured with promarkers, shaped and adhered with silicone glue.  The whiter clouds and rain

Sanntangle Christmas Bauble

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Sharing my hand drawn Sanntangle Christmas bauble with holly frame made into a card with simple stitched die cut matt layers. I've combined elements from two of Sandra Rushton 's recent Sanntangle tile designs - bauble from tile 195 and holly frame from tile 196 which I've hand drawn with a black micon fine liner pen and coloured with metallic pencils.  Added some shading with a pencil blended with a tortillon and white highlights with a Gelly Roll pen. I feel this has ended up with an antique look with the colours used, not my original intention but I still like it! Linking up with -  Peace on Earth Challenge #5 ATG Thank you for visiting - I'd love you to leave a comment if you have time -  Steph x

My Sanntangle Art - Autumnal Birthday Presents

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Made one of my hand drawn tangle designs up into a birthday card - lots of presents under a tree in an Autumnal setting. Back in the summer I found a piece of watercolour card in my stash with green & yellow mop up ink on it so set about drawing with a black micon pen the piles of presents then added a tree to frame one side and overhang the top.  I've added colour and shading with metallic pencils. A bold birthday words stencil was dry embossed on core'dinations card then sanded back to give a textured layer.  Decided to add some die cut leaves floating down and matt layers all in Autumnal colours. This is the piece I started with.  Hand drawing was something I rediscovered a year ago.  I started following Sandra Rushton and her twice weekly tangle tile designs where she also encourages us to create bigger pieces of art either for framing or making up into cards, her twist on the traditional Zentangle. This overall design was inspired by Sandra Rushton's Sanntangle til

Happy Christmas to Ewe

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Well I think my Christmas sheep have turned out rather cute one wearing his red festive hat although his black faced cousin looks a little bemused but at least they both have warm woolly coats!  I've used a Funky Fossil stamp set and one of their tree dies just adding the word 'Christmas' from my stash.  Kept both cards clean and simple with a stitched matt on a scalloped edge card base. My first sheep's hat is the small cloud stamp from the set topped with a sparkly die cut circle for a bobble and he's sat on some sparkly tree branches embossed with white & silver super sparkle EP. My second sheep I've placed beside a fence that has been painted with some pearlized accent ink with a flower to hide one of those annoying smudges that just suddenly appeared.  Coloured the top of his head red, my thinking that's a small hat he's wearing. I've added swirls with a glitter gel pen onto both of their coats and kept the same sentiment too. I've used

Stencil Monoprint - Guest Designer at CAS Mix Up

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I was so very pleased to be invited as a Guest Designer for CAS Mix Up  this November where the challenge prompt is stencil monoprint (you can see my card that won their September challenge here ). Creating a stencil monoprint is a fun technique to do and also proves how versatile stencils can be.  If you've not tried this before here are a couple of video tutorials: Stencil Monoprints - Lee-Anne Cross (6:50) Stencil Monoprints Backgrounds with Distress Inks (8:28)               I chose to work with a pretty Indian Mandala stencil and distress inks in shades of blues and greens dabbing them over one side of the stencil, misting with water then pressing down on some watercolour paper.  Left the print to air dry then placed the stencil back over the design and sponged over some yellow ink to soften the white areas.              And then quite radically I sliced my print up adhering the strips to some acetate and placed a leaf aperture panel over the top.  Added a die cut 'Birthda

Lady Meerkat's Summer Birthday

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Meet Lady Meerkat she is dressed up ready to party!  This year I have made most of my close family cards using Hobby Art's Meerkat Madness stamp set and this one has a summer tropical vibe even though it's autumn outside! I used some of the smaller stamps from the set on a square of white card to stamp for an emboss-resist technique before blending over four different Distress Oxide inks.  Flicked some water over the panel as well to add more interest.  Kept the stamping light so as not to detract from the main character.  Decided to then cut the middle out with a stitched decagon die and off set that with the next size up die in a purple matt layer behind. Lady Meerkat and her bottle of bubbly have been coloured with promarkers cut out, shaped and adhered with silicone glue.  I love her fruity hat!  Some extra green grass stamping and sentiment with a sequin to finish. I've used - 6x6" white card base Hobby Art Meerkat Madness stamp set Hunkydory Ink Me! card DO's