Hi my name is Dianne, my husband and I live in outside of Edmonton Alberta, Canada. We are blessed with three children and six grandchildren, all of whom I have enjoyed making different things for. The last few years has been canning from our garden and cards. Now that I'm retired I have time to do what I love doing, making cards. Cards that are layered or clean simple cards, usually with a floral theme. Movement with colour is important to me, and I spend a lot of time watching how the colours in the sky change, reflections in the water. No matter where one looks we can see variations of colour. This year I am going to be learning how to Improve my card making on a more professional level.
Today is one of those lovely days to get caught up on blogging. Yesterday we had Heavy. Wet. Snow. Two days before my husband and I bought and planted some veggies, yesterday we put them back into their original containers and moved all our portable plants into the garage. Unwritten law, Do Not Plant before the May long weekend. Live and relearn.
My card today is a simple thank you card, and I will list the supplies below.
First I used Simply Pink to stamp a bouquet of flowers in the lower right corner. The leaves are Sweet Leaf and Just Green. After stamping my bouquet I stamped two extra roses in Pinkalicious and Rubellite, I also did a few extra leaves then die cut them. The roses I double foam taped and single foam taped some leaves. I then stamp my thank you on and finished off with some black dots and clear Wink of Stella on the roses and some leaves for added sparkle.
My background is the galaxy technique. I started with Altenew Inks Maple Yellow, Lagoon, Deep Iris, then added Eastern Sky Ultramarine and Azurite. Then I covered the card with white and gold splatters. This covered the whole sky then I used the Mountain Scene Stencil. Happy Accidents happen and I love this one. Following the guidelines I put the mountains in the wrong spot, then the trees were not what I expected and I placed them in the wrong spot over the mountains, finally figured out what I was doing wrong but like how everything turned out. It is one of my husbands favourite cards. The mountains were done in black and the trees in Evergreen. A few stars and my card is finished.
#80 card stock
Hai Rose Gold Sequins.
You make me HAPPY
This is a card for the guys, something that speaks to them.
For the background I used Altenew’s Pattern Play Diamond set, inked it with Versa Mark, then used Wow Blue Moon embossing powder. After that I painted the individual diamonds with Watercolor Brush Markers from Altenew’s Spring Garden, Dusk, Sea Breeze, and Emerald. I was not completely happy with the outcome so did a watered down Emerald colour wash over the whole card, this Brought the colours together with each colour still showing through. Next I followed a Jennifer McQuire tip for controlling height and cut our two Twigtastic Die from white card stock and one from Silver paper, glued them together and placed on the card. My sentiment is from Stampendous, which I fussy cut. I finished this card off with Studio Katia Midnight Blue Crystals.
Spring is on its way, the sun is shinning and the snow is melting. After a very cold few weeks anything about -10C is warm. With spring comes new colour palettes, green being the primary colour. For this card I choose to use the spring design inspired by Therese Calvird. My card is A2 with a 4×5/14 panel from 49th Market Sky packet. Then I used Altenew’s Feathery Stencil and blended with Frayed Leaf and Forest Glades, after that I used an old floral stencil Maple Yellow on it.The next step was to all my flower so I choose Altenew’s Layered Rose Die Set. My colours are yellow, white Vellum, and variegated pinks and rose colours from the Altenew Pink Fresh Celebrate paper pack. The leaves are from 2 colours of green paper. Fun foam was used to raise the rose over the leaves. Hello was cut from gold foil with the Altenew Fancy Hello Die. This card was then finished with green pearls and sequins and yellow and black splatters.
Altenew/Pink Fresh Celebrate
49th Market Sky
Inks. Altenew Green Fields, Pocketfull of Sunshine
This class has been so much fun, it took me way out of my comfort zone in many ways.
First I have not been a big fan of layering dies, but I have changed my mind on that score. We can use one or two of the layers or all of them, add some embellishments and you have a beautiful card. This works well with scraps from other cards in same colour family and using background papers as well.
Second is I don’t like doing monochromatic cards, but I have learnt that we have to know what are considered monochromatic colours, and that is any colour as long as they are different shades of the same colour. Again add embellishments and we have another beautiful card. I do a lot of sympathy cards for our church so I really like the white on white shades. The coloured cards take me away from sympathy sentiments.
Third, I don’t always like doing cards on black card stock but again they turned out beautiful. So all in all this was a course to step out of comfort zones for me. I hope this encourages you to try some layering dies, and enjoy the results.
My first card I used white card stock and a cream card stock for both leaves and flowers I also used the same cream colour for the lines I put on in place for ribbon. Always decide and stamp your sentiment before attaching your flowers. Add some splatter before or after your card is done and finish with your choice of bling.
For todays blog I thought I would show two of the same cards with different colours. All the Supplies will be printed after the content.
To start with I did a drippy watercolour background, first put water across the paper and let it drip down towards the bottom. I next placed yellow over the water and let it flow down, then added orange so they would mix. I continued to do this until I got the depth of colour I wanted and let it dry. You can also use a heat gun to dry as well.
After the background was ready I used the Remember This stamp set from Altenew and placed the stamps I wanted to use onto the card so I could get an idea of what I wanted for placement. Next I took the main flower and stamped it with the black outline. I also stamped another flower onto some scrap paper and die cut it out so I would have a mask for this flower. Placing the mask over the flower I then stamped the leaves and small flowers in place. If the leaves or flowers did not come from under the flower the way I wanted them I adjusted the mask and stamped again. A stamp positioner is great for this as only the mask has to be moved. I coloured the leaves and then removed the mask and used the next layer to colour the flower. The red flower is part of the same colour family and the blue flower is complimentary. After I used the sentiment from Incredible Stamp set. Then added some rhinestones for glitter. Next I covered the back with some fun foam for height. A plain simple beautiful card for almost any occasion.
Good Morning, no rain today so we are all happy. Today I wanted to show you how to showcase or spotlight and image.I learnt this trick from Jennifer McQuire. I will list my supplies down below. The background is black with white pigment ink stamping with the Altenew Remember This stamp set. I did some 1st and 2nd generational stamping to help give depth. I deliberately left where I tried to double stamp, it gives the appearance of wind blowing. Now for the the flower I stamped the outline in black, both flower and leaves. Next was learning to water colour them, one leaf and petal at a time. I placed a small amount of water on one petal, painted it in layers with Rough, Rubellite, and Ruby Red. Skip a petal and follow the same procedures making sure I did not paint side by side petals. It took a lot of practice to have the look I wanted. After the flower was done I did the same with the leaves using Limeaide and Moss. Then it was time to die cut out my images, even the practice flowers. Next I placed the flower on my card base and positioned where I wanted to glue down the leaves. After the leaves are in place I borrowed another trick from Jennifer McQuire, and glued the flowers on top of each other then glued it onto the card. I stamped You are one of a kind sentiment from Altenew’s Incredible stamp set, with Versa Mark onto black card stock and embossed with white embossing powder, and glued it right onto the top of the card.. I finished off the card with some iridescent dots.
Stamp & Die bundles. Altenew Remember This & Incredible
Water Colour Markers. Altenew. Spring Garden & Winter Wonderland
Pigment ink. Hero Arts Unicorn White
Embossing Powder. Nuvo. Glacier White
Card Stock Reflections #110 White
Card Base 5 1/4 x 8 Folded in half
Back Card Stock. 5 x 3 3/4 placed on front of card
I love season changes and one of my favourite spring colours is yellow, it is so warm and inviting. This card size is 5 1/4 x 4 and the topper is 5 x 3 3/4
I stared by taking the flower outline in Gray Denim and stamped along the left edge top to bottom right edge forming a triangle. Next I stamped the same outline in Fresh Lemon, then first layer in Citrus Burst and third layer in Maple Yellow. For the final layer I used Hero Arts Orange Crush to give depth and accent. The flower buds were done the same way only no Orange Crush. The leaves were with Frayed Leaf and Forest Glades. After cutting the flowers and buds I placed them on onto the topper raising up one with fun foam, after this the card looked unfinished to me so covering my work with scrape paper I put Gray Denim onto my craft mat added a little water and took a paint brush to splatter the card. This made a huge difference to me. I finished my card with some dollar store sequins and You are one of a kind stamp on some gray cardstock stamped with versa mark and covered with Wow Space Dust embossing powder. Such a pretty soft card.
Stamps and Die Altenew Build a Flower. Remember This
Inks. Altenew New Pocket of Sunshine and Gentleman’s Gray, Green Fields as well as Hero Arts Orange Crush
For this Card I choose JGaultier’s June Altenew challenge. He choose to use Lapis Lazuli and Coffee Break to present a male card. For the background I used the Coffee Break colours, Sand Dunes, Rocky Shore, and Mocha. I smudged each colour onto my craft mat, dropped a small amount of water on the same mat and then took some old plastic wrap dipped it into the water then into the ink colour and transferred the colour to the card top. I did this with each colour separately until I covered most of the top in a circle pattern. Then I put this aside to air dry and worked on the flower.
With the Incredible stamp set I took the small flower and the half flower, using a stamp positioner, stamped them onto a separate paper with Ultramarine Blue then stamped over with Versa Mark ink covered with Clear Embossing powder and heat set them. Now comes the best part, painting the flowers, don’t forget the practice one so mistakes can be on it. I played each colour onto my craft mat and a separate puddle of water, took my paint brush dipped into water, then into the iceberg and painted each leaf separately I did not look for even coverage and I heat dried before doing using Eastern Sky. With Eastern Sky I dipped into water then flicked feathered lines for each petal going from the centre of the flower towards the centre of the petal giving an appearance of veins, then heat dried. Next came the Ultramarine Blue and going over or beside the Eastern Sky for the added dimension to the flowers, I finished off the flowers with the stamens coated with Espresso. I choose the long leaf from Stargazer build a flower, stamping with the Iceberg then Eastern Sky for the second layer. For the leaf I choose not to use a third layer. After I die cut the flowers and leaf I layered them over the toper making a triangle. The full flower was raised with some fun foam and I put-on some Hai clear sequins. I forgot to put a wood grain layered edge on my card dragged the edges with Eastern Sky to give a wooded look. I love this card and thing the outline gives it a stunning appearance.
Card Stock Neena Solar White #110
card measurements are Base 5 1/4 x 4. Topper 5 x 3 3/4
Stamps Altenew Build a flower Incredible and Stargazer
This is a simple beautiful garden of flowers, from the Begonia Build a Flower stamp and die set.
One stamp and two different colour palettes, how pretty they look together. First I choose the colours I wanted and then started to stamp the layers.The first colours I used was from the Warm Spring colours starting with the outline in black, then Buttercream, Warm Sunshine, Coral Berry, and finally Ruby Red. Notice how each colour gives another layer of depth to the flower and how you can stop at any layer or skip a layer and change the look of the flower. For the second flower I used Cherry Blossom colour set and started the same way going through each colour. By using Altenew layering stamps you get perfect layers each time, I always do a practice sheet as well as the sheet I will put my stamps on for die cutting. I do this for two reasons the first so I am sure I have lined up the stamps correctly and the second so I know my colours are going to work together. This is not a big problem if you are using a colour set but is if you are using independent colours.
The leaves I did with Frayed Leaf and Forest Glade, I felt the darker colours would be too close to the same shades in the flower and would not give the dimension I was looking for.
All that is left is to figure out how to place your flowers and leaves on the topper. I placed them where I wanted them to go put some painters tape on them to hold everything in place then flipped the design over and placed crafters tape on the back of each flower and leaf holding them together. Next remove the painters tape from the front and place the flowers onto the card top. Cut off any over hanging edgers and place onto the card. Finish with a sentiment strip and some bling if you wish. I left mine bling free.
Build a Flower. Begonia
Inks. Warm Spring, Cherry Blossom, and Green Fields with Permanent Black
I think this is a fun and quick way to use your Washi Tape. I have this Altenew Washi Tape and put onto a card to get a good look at the pattern, I like what I saw and as I was doing another card I kept thinking of what the Washi would look like if I painted it, so I did. The leaves are done with Frayed Leaf and Forest Glades inks use as water colour paints, the flowers with Butter Cream and Warm Sunshine, and some old inexpensive water colour paint. To finish off the card I used the Hugs script, triple layered it in black, then put on a few Dollar Store Sequins I have in my stash and called it finished. To put the topper onto the card I used some score tape and Art Glitter Glue because the Washi will not allow the score tape to set on it.
Card Stock, Neena Solar White #110. card is 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 the topper is 5 1/4 x 4.