Wednesday 29 February 2012

Woodware Design Team Challenge - Look what I did with my Frantage!

What messy fun! My card looks very controlled but my table was not... I have two other variations to mount and although I used the same products they all look slightly different. It's not easy to duplicate!

I have used the following stamp which is from the new Spring release:

FRS215 Calla Lily

and these three products from the Stampendous 'Frantage' range:
Shabby pink embossing enamel
Aged rose embossing enamel
Fresh green crushed glass glitter

I made up a 'coffee' spray which I used on the cream card to tone it down before stamping. The Lily is stamped with Graphite black Brilliance.
After stamping I sprinkled some of the 'Shabby pink' embossing enamel very lightly over the whole image and dusted some off trying to be a little selective as to where it should go.

If the ink is still slightly wet the powder stays on the line. I heated from below so as not to blow the powder away!

I sprinkle some of the 'Glitter' over the enamel and heated again from below. So the enamel becomes the glue.
I used a VersaMark pen to apply some of the 'Aged rose' embossing enamel. You can be more selective  as to where the powder goes using the pen by drawing some patches. I did this next to the leaves.I heated the ribbon to make it curl up.

The greeting is from this set:
FRCL207 Ribbon Banners

Finally the colour has been added using Sakura Stardust pens.

If you want more ideas using 'Frantage' why not pop along to the Woodware blog!

Tuesday 28 February 2012

In to doodling?

Whilst out at CHA-trade show last month I had the chance to attend a 'Zentangle' workshop. A lovely lady called Joanne Fink took the class.

I had by fluke bought her book just before Christmas - a present for me! so I was extremely pleased to be doing the class [I was on standby but there were a few no shows - we got there at 7.30 am to be first for a cancelation!]. 

We had a really relaxing class and I came away very inspired. I also had the chance to get my book and sketch-book signed.
Since then I have been doodling... not quite tangling as I do not follow specific patterns
I saw an opportunity to put some doodling in my black Peel off's designs. The first sample I am posting uses my 'Mum round'. It is now available to purchase.

I chose not to fill all the spaces but to add some colour. For the doodling I used a Sakura Micron black pen - 01. The colouring is achieved using Sakura Stardust pens from the dark range which I have water coloured.

More samples to follow....

Thursday 23 February 2012

Woodware Design Team Challenge - 40 Shades of green

For the challenge this week I have chosen to use some of my new Peel Off's. Last year I designed some Oriental pots so this year I have added a teapot and cups. 


The greeting is from this stamp:


As you can see there are not 40 shades of green on this card but there are a few nevertheless with a touch of gold and black! 
I have used Sakura Pens to colour in. I have used Glaze, Metallic and Stardust pens. I like to combine the different effects the pen create for a more interesting look. They combine so well!

I have added some pale green Mark Richards Dots. I like the subtleness of the Dots. Woodware are stocking the smaller clear version which can be coloured very nicely with the Sakura Identi pens. So looking forward to playing with those!! 

Its a brief visit today as I have just returned home from the 'Stitches' trade show. Previous to that we did 'CHA' the US trade show and I came home with a very nasty bug!. Why not pop along to the Woodware Blog for further inspiration...

Friday 17 February 2012

woodware Design Team Challenge - Heart for my sweetheart

This card is too late for 'Valentines' but my feeling is that hearts can be used all year round and for lots of occasions. It's nice to feel love all year round. The elements all come from a very 'hearty' set! 

FRCL149 Lots of Hearts

Its one of these sets that cries out to be coloured in... or maybe not as you could go classic black and white with bright red hearts. So it will lend itself to lots of different schemes. My scheme is very sugary!! but I do love  pink, lime green and orange as a combination. 

I have stamped the panels several times on different coloured card and paper pieced the hearts. I have shadowed the hearts using a VersaMark pen. Its a marker type pen that contains the same ink as in the pad. I have then highlighted the hearts with a white gel pen. The little kisses are a small stamp in the set but easy enough to stamp a border with.

Pop along to the Woodware Blog to see other great ideas for this challenge

Monday 13 February 2012

Valentine Card

I made this card for one of the magazines last year. I love the simplicity of the tags and the three strips of  paper for a background. Less is more as they say.

It's the same set that I have used for the Woodware Challenge card that will be posted this Friday so pop back to see how different the two cards are colour wise.

It is such a versatile set. I used the colours of the papers to guide my colouring. I had just started to use Copic pens at the time. My handmade colour chart helped me select the right pens for the job.

Saturday 11 February 2012

Woodware Design Team Challenge - Sketch

This week we are back to doing another sketch. This card is definitely for dog lovers. We have never been a 'pet' family but many of my friends have a cat or dog so I've seen first hand how much people love their furry friends. We had a goldfish for a little while... but that is it. I had great fun designing this set and still enjoy playing with it.

FRCL119 Man's Best Friend

All the stamped elements used on this card are from the set. There are lots of doggy related words and items associated with a dog. The large bone is blank so as I have done on the card you can put in a wording or leave it blank.
The papers come from the 'London Collection' that Woodware distribute. I do like my spots and ginghams as they don't clash with the stamping.

I've gone for a bit of sponging around the edges of the papers and card. For that I used a  terra cotta 'Colorbox Fluid Chalk Ink' from one of the Cats Eye Queues. So useful for this sort of thing.

The little paw is the waste from this 2cm Woodware punch;  CAT PAW  815-43
A little tricky to arrange and stick but well worth the effort. Other detail include nailheads, ribbon, dashed line drawn using a Sakura Black Micron pen and white highlights using a white Sakura pen.

I should really have made his nose shinny for this post so I will need to do that at some stage!

Pop along to the Woodware Blog to see other great ideas for the sketch.

Friday 3 February 2012

More Peel Off's... Mums too

A variation on the first sample I posted a few days ago using one of my new Peel offs. Its called Mum Round... nothing to do with Mother!!!

I have used Sakura Glaze pens for the colouring. 

The greeting and thin black lines are also Peel Off's.

The ribbon was heated with a heat gun to make it twist and curl.

Wednesday 1 February 2012

More New Peel Off's...

I was in a hurry when I took this photo so I don't think I have done the card justice!

Last year I bought out some Oriental pots and this adds a teapot and cups to the collection. The flower is also new.

I started with gold Peel Off's and changed them to orange using a Sakura Identi Pen. I've used Tombow pens and a red Sakura Glaze pen for the colouring.

Unfortunately you cannot really see that I used the red glaze over my red water colouring. This technique gives depth to the glazing.
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