Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Celebrate Today! - Hydrangea Cluster

Hello Crafty Friends! Iris here today with a card made using one of the new Whimsy Rubber stamps from the DoveArt line. This is one of my absolute favorites from the new line. It's called Hydrangea Cluster.

I stamped the Hydrangeas a few times onto Canson heavy weight (140lbs) watercolor cardstock with Distress Ink Antique Linen and colored using Daniel Smith watercolors. (see a list of colors used below). After the watercolors had dried thoroughly I fuzzy cut the Hydrangea flowers. The sentiment is from the Happy Headlines clear set by Deb Davis and was stamped using VersaFine Clair Nocturne ink and then cut out. For the background I sponged Fossilized Amber Distress ink all over the cardstock, spritzed it with water for some more interest and let it dry. Then I used the Brick Pattern Stencil and Fossilized Amber Oxide ink to sponge the pattern. Using the Oxide ink in the same color as te background gives it a more saturated look and makes it stand out more. After the oxide ink was dry I applied Liquitex Gloss Super Heavy Gel to add some structure. This gel goes on white and dries crystal clear for an awesome glass like 3D effect.

Here is a closeup on the Hydrangeas. I also added a few crystal dew drops. Kind of hard to see in the photo but looks really nice in real life.

Daniel Smith water colors used:

Sap Green
Undersea Green
Lunar Blue
Manganese Blue Hue
Indanthrone Blue

It was the first time for me working with the Daniel Smith Extra Fine Watercolors and I have to say I am in love. They are super vibrant and a dream to work with. You can expect to see them used more often on my creations in the future.  

Whimsy products used:

Happy Headlines   Hydrangea Cluster   VersaFine CLAIR Ink Pad - Nocturne (black)   Brick Pattern Stencil   Distress Ink - Mini Ink Pad Kit 3

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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Day 6 of the Whimsy February Release Inspiration

Hope you all had a good start into the week! It's Day 6 of the  Whimsy Stamps February Release week. On this last day of our release celebrations I have two cards to share. 

Here is the first one. A bright CAS card using the 'Love Has Four Paws' clear stamp set by Deb Davis from Amped2Stamp This is another set in our line-up of pet sympathy stamps.

To make this card I started out to mask the edges of a panel of 140 lbs Strathmore mixed media paper with Post-it removable labeling tape. I wanted to sponge the background and have the appearance of a frame without using another layer of cardstock. To sponge my background I used TH Distress Inks ( picked raspberry, spiced marmelade and squeezed lemonade). Then I used the Brick Pattern Stencil to lift some of the color. To do that I used a slightly damp baby wipe. I didn't want it to be perfect, I just wanted a bit of the brick pattern effect on my background. When everything was dry I stamped the image and sentiment using Versafine ink

For my second card I had a play with the 'Unconditional Love' set also illustrated by Deb Davis from Amped2Stamp.

For this card I used a A2 size cardstock base (4 1/4 x 11 inches folded cross wise). I cut out a heart shape in the center of the front layer. On the inside I stamped the image with Versamark ink and embossed with black embossing powder. I made sure that when the card is closed the image will show perfectly through the cut out heart shape. The sentiment on the inside was stamped with Versafine ink. To finish my card I spritzed some black spreckles on the outside using a black Distress marker and the TH Distress tool. I stamped the small sentiment with Versafine Crimson Red ink and added a few sequins and enamle dots.

and here is a look at the inside of the card:

Whimsy products used:

*NEW Love Has Four Paws   *NEW Unconditional Love   Brick Pattern Stencil   Versafine Full-Size Ink Pad - Onyx Black    Versafine Full-Size Ink Pad - Crimson Red   VersaMark Full-Size Ink Pad - Original (Clear)   Black Embossing Powder   Christmas Cheer Enamel Dots   Valentine Sequin Assortment

This concludes our  Whimsy Stamps February release. I hope you all had as much fun with this new release as I did. I will be back later this week with some more inspiration! 

Thanks for visiting!


Sunday, February 4, 2018

Whimsy Stamps February Release - Day 4

Welcome Back to Day 4 of the Whimsy February release. To see all showcased products from today please visit the Whimsy Inspirations Blog

I have a cute little cactus card to share with you today:

This cute little guy is called 'Stuck on You Cactus' illustrated by Krista Heij-Barber. I stamped him on Strathmore 140lb hot press watercolor paper using Versafine ink. I colored with ZIG clean color brush pens where I take the color right from the Zig pen to the paper and then spread it out with a water brush. I do several layers this way and let it dry in between. The sentiment is from the NEW You're My Favorite clear sentiment set by Deb DavisI used  Versafine ink again to stamp the sentiment and then fuzzy cut the word favorite. The spreckles on the background were done using Frantage Shabby Embossing Enamel in blue and a black Tim Holtz distress marker and the distress spritzer tool.

Here are the ZIG brush pen colors I used:

029 Geranium Red

260Deep Red
064 Oatmeal
037 Cornflower Blue
302 Haze Blue
043 Olive Green
097 Pale Grey
031 Cobalt Blue
027 Dark Pink
046 Mid Green

Here are the Whimsy items I've used:

*NEW You're My Favorite   Versafine Full-Size Ink Pad - Onyx Black     *NEW Stuck on You Cactus

Thanks for stopping by!