Hi everyone. I am delighted to be a guest designer for you this month. For my second set of projects I have had a play with the lovely new Gerbera and Friends stamps from Annabel. Love this set. Hope that these give you a few more ideas and fun playing with some of your stash.
I have also finally finished the last of my Christmas card batch making – phew. Why do I always leave them until the last minute! Ha ha.
Lots of hugs, Anne.
GERBERA AND FRIENDS
- Stamp sets (Chocolate Baroque): Gerbera and Friends (main images), Words to Dazzle & Sparkle (sentiments), Glorious (leaf stamp)
- Card blanks and smooth card (sky blue, white or black)
- Inkpads: Stazon (Jet Black), Versafine (Onyx Black), Distress Ink (Gathered Twigs), Versamark
- Versamark embossing pen
- Embossing powders: detail white and metallic gold
- Mica powders: yellow gold, pink and purple
- Water based inks: Turquoise, yellow, green, red and magenta (I used Spectrum Noir Aquatints)
- Acrylic paint metallic pink (Starlight)
- Acrylic mat medium (clear drying)
- Colouring pencils (pink, green, yellow)
- Alcohol in pens (pink, purple, yellow)
- PVA pearls and Glossy Accents
- Acetate and translucent shrink plastic
- Decorative circle dies (Tonic)
Make a Wish Cards
I created a couple of cards using the lovely dandelion clocks. I remember as a child how we would blow the seeds from the flower heads whilst making a wish. Happy memories.
My card blank measured approx. 13 X 17.5cm. I trimmed my stamping card to 12 X 16.5cm and rounded off the corners.
I painted on the water based inks, blending them wet in wet (working from the top down). When dry I flicked with water and lifted out colour with tissue to add texture. I also applied a circle of water and lifted it out to create the moon.
The dandelions, sentiment and foreground texture were stamped with Versafine. I lifted out some of the colour from the seed head bases).
I also used Distress Ink to stamp more texture at the base and to blend around the card edges. Black alcohol ink pen was used to edge and frame the card before mounting.
My next card was more clean and simple. The card blank was 15cm square and the blue background mat was trimmed to 14.5cm.
I used dies to cut the decorative circle (approx. 14cm diameter) and circular centre (approx. 9cm). A white paper doily would also look good if you don’t have decorative dies.
The images were stamped with Versamark and embossed with white powder. I mounted with 3D foam for added dimension. Finally finished with PVA pearls.
Bright Gerbera Cards
I adore this huge Gerbera stamp and wanted to make something really bright and cheery.
My card blank was 15cm square. I trimmed black card to 14.5cm to create the background mount, and white stamping card to 13.5cm.
The card was painted with the yellow, red and magenta inks, blending them outward from the centre. Versafine was used to stamp the images.
Oh that Gerbera!
Again I used a 15cm square card blank and trimmed a black mat to 14.5cm. The background texture was stamped with Versamark and yellow/gold mica brushed over with a soft brush. Excess mica was removed with a microfiber cloth. Versamark was then applied around the edges which were embossed with metallic gold powder.
The sentiment and leaves were stamped and embossed onto black card. An embossing pen was used to edge the sentiment plate.
The Gerbera was stamped onto acetate and shrink plastic using Stazon which were then cut out.
The back of the shrink plastic was coloured with alcohol pens before shrinking with a heat gun. Coloured pencil was used to enhance the colour on the front before covering with Glossy Accents.
The back of the acetate image was coloured with mica powders mixed with mat medium. When dry the back was then painted with the metallic acrylic.
The photo really doesn’t do justice to the shine and mica sparkle on the Gerbera. Love this one.
LAST OF MY CHRISTMAS MAKES
How it was done (including my boo boo)
I love these collage panel style stamps for creating quick and easy batch makes – one stamp does all the work for you. I have stamped and coloured these but they would look equally good without colouring or perhaps stamped and embossed with a pretty metallic powder. I like to use a stamping platform for batch making as it makes it easy to line up and repeat stamp in a production line.
Stamped with Majestic Blue Versafine and coloured with Distress Ink (Chipped Sapphire).
I just had to make a blue and white set. Those of you that know me will know that I love making these. However, I have been a little out of practice with my stamping and colouring this year and my first attempt was a flop – ha ha. I have shown my blooper as I thought it may be helpful if you have struggled with colouring.
This was my first attempt – eeek! Initially I tried to colour with watercolour pen and attempted blending out with a damp brush. It wouldn’t work very well and my watercolour just sucked straight into the card. This really shows the importance of choosing the correct type of card for the techniques that you wish to use. For watercolouring you need a card that will hold the pigment without it bleeding out too much, but then release it again when water is applied to allow blending and shading. This brand of card used to work well but recent batches really have not worked as well so I suspect they have changed the ‘formulation’.
As my watercolour pens were not behaving well with my card I tried switching to Distress Ink. Applying to my mat, diluting out and picking up with a damp brush. Distress Inks are specifically formulated to stay wet longer and to blend more easily. It worked out much better on this card. The two flowers on the left were my quick trial with Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink.
Another mistake I made was to go in far too heavily with the colour. I was aiming for a softer colouring more suitable for the delicate flower petals. This is achieved by using a more diluted colour and gradually building up the layers and shading.
This shows the first stage of Distress Ink colouring using very dilute ink.
Deeper colour was then added to give shading. Working more heavily on the leaves and stems helped the delicate flowers to stand out more.
The edges of the card were distressed (using the edge of my scissors) to give a soft textured border before mounting onto the card blank. Lastly sparkly glitter glue was added to the flower stamens and around the edges. Cannot have Christmas without at least a little bling.
My next set were also coloured with Distress Inks. I went quite dark on the leaves to enhance the delicate flowers.
I was pleased with the delicate vintage look.
Next I coloured with soft pastel coloured alcohol ink pens.
Again my first attempt at colouring this batch was not really what I wanted. I felt that the flowers were a bit too much, too Summery and had lost their delicacy. Despite this I mounted this one as good enough.
I was happier with this colouring for the wintery theme. Coloured pencil details (outlines, leaf & petal veins) were added in to enhance the soft colouring.
Glad to have finally finished my Christmas cards – now to get them all written up and posted.
I will be back again next week with some more stamping play x.