Sunday, 16 February 2020

STAMPlorations Stencil Sunday


Hello, I'm on the STAMPlorations blog today with my stencil project.  So I decided to use one stencil, Peeking Dahlias, to produce four different cards using different techniques.

For this first card I added Distress Oxides using blending brushes.  I only wanted to use one flower so I masked off the other.
I added some Tumbled Glass shading around the edges, and was going to just add a sentiment, but because my other cards below are quite CAS, I wanted one of them to have a bit more going on.
So I watercoloured a bright background.  At this point I thought I'd spoiled it, so I added some splatters and stamped marks from Art Marks 2 in Distress Oxides.
Then I added the HB2U that I found in my stash and stamped zigzags from Art Marks 2.
And added some turquoise Stickles in the centre of the flower.  And then I liked it :)

For my second card I painted watercolour brush colours through the stencil, then painted the background, blotting it with kitchen roll to add texture.
The colours were used undiluted.
I added a butterfly and Skinny Sentiment from my stash.  Tip: when you're die cutting a skinny sentiment, cut and make up an extra set while you're at it, then you've got one in your stash ready for an 'emergency' card.

For my next card, I sponged Distress Inks through the stencil,
then I removed the stencil and added light doodles.  The sentiment is from Everyday Sentiments.

My last card uses Distress Oxides on a dark background with another sentiment from Everyday Sentiments.
They glide on so smoothly, and stand out well on darker card.  I added some white crayon marks, but the crayon wasn't happy about being on Distress Oxide.  I could have used white pen, but that would have given me a more pronounced mark and I only wanted a hint of white.

I hope I've inspired you to try different techniques with your stencils.  Leave me a comment here and over on the STAMPlorations blog for your chance to win a $15 gift code.  And don't forget to use my code STAMPGIRLSHIRLEY for 20% off whenever you're shopping in the store.

Friday, 14 February 2020

STAMPlorations Release Day 5


It's the last day of the new release on the STAMPlorations blog, and I've got another card for you using my set, Layered Vase.


I've used Distress Inks to ink up the outline image and for the solid images.  The 'birthday' is part of the Skinny Sentiments dies, and 'wishes' is from Big Monsters.

Pop on over to the STAMPlorations blog to see what the rest of the Design Team have created, and don't forget to leave comments on all the blogs for your chance to win: there are two prizes on offer - a $20 gift code for one winner and the stamp set of their choice for another winner.  The stamps are 10% off until 19 February, and if you use my code STAMPGIRLSHIRLEY you'll get an extra 20% off.

Thursday, 13 February 2020

Seize The Birthday - White Space


Hello, we've got a new challenge for you at Seize The Birthday - we want to see 'white' space on your card ('white' being open unadorned space on your card that allows the focal point of your card to shine).

This is version 2 of my card - you can see version 1 below.


My original intention was to use the diecut flowers as a mask while I coloured the background.  You could argue that this works on two levels: the white space is actually the focal point, and the coloured background becomes the 'white space'.  But I thought that might be pushing the definition a bit far, so I went with the conventional white space, but I couldn't resist some black splattering.  Well, it didn't look finished...


The flowers were already coloured from the masking process, so I just added a bit of detail with coloured pencils.


Pop on over to the Seize The Birthday blog to see some more fabulous creations from the team, and play along with us.

STAMPlorations Release Day 4 - Sweetly


It's Day 4 of the STAMPlorations Release, and today we're featuring Shery's other set, Sweetly.


I stamped the image in Ink On 3 Fadeout ink, then did a bit of no-line colouring, in the style of the Colouring Challenge Road Trip and added a few black splatters.


I cut a nesting tag, gathered some of the words from the set and stamped them all over the tag in grey.  I stamped the butterfly once on the tag and once on spare card, then coloured and cut out the spare and affixed it over the stamped image.  That way, I got the antennae without having to fussy cut around them.


Pop on over to the STAMPlorations blog to see what the rest of the Design Team have created, and don't forget to leave comments on all the blogs for your chance to win: there are two prizes on offer - a $20 gift code for one winner and the stamp set of their choice for another winner.  The stamps are 10% off until 19 February, and if you use my code STAMPGIRLSHIRLEY you'll get an extra 20% off.

Wednesday, 12 February 2020

STAMPlorations Release Day 3 - Softly


It's Day 3 of the STAMPlorations Release, and today we're featuring one of two stamp sets designed by Shery.  Today's set is called Softly.


I stamped the floral spray and watercoloured it loosely with Distress Inks then fussy cut it.  On my card base I painted some Fossilised Amber stripes and a quote then adhered the floral spray.


This next one is totally attributable to Michele Ferguson, whose card I fell in love with.  Rather than copy it completely (which I will do!), on this occasion I've made a pennant.  For this, all you need is a couple of isosceles triangles and a hole punch.  I coloured the spray in very similar colours to the previous one then added it to the pennant.


Pop on over to the STAMPlorations blog to see what the rest of the Design Team have created, and don't forget to leave comments on all the blogs for your chance to win: there are two prizes on offer - a $20 gift code for one winner and the stamp set of their choice for another winner.  The stamps are 10% off until 19 February, and if you use my code STAMPGIRLSHIRLEY you'll get an extra 20% off.

Tuesday, 11 February 2020

STAMPlorations Release Day 2 - Leafy


Welcome back to the STAMPlorations Release!  Today we're showcasing Deepti's new set, Leafy.
Such a lovely selection of leaves and sentiments.


I had this gorgeous pink and green mop-up panel in my stash so I stamped a few leaves and added a sentiment strip.


I found a smaller mop-up piece in my stash that I wanted to use.  I stamped the leaf image and sentiment, then layered it offset onto a piece of patterned paper then onto my card for a CAS thank you card.


Pop on over to the STAMPlorations blog to see what the rest of the Design Team have created, and don't forget to leave comments on all the blogs for your chance to win: there are two prizes on offer - a $20 gift code for one winner and the stamp set of their choice for another winner.  The stamps are 10% off until 19 February, and if you use my code STAMPGIRLSHIRLEY you'll get an extra 20% off.

STAMPlorations Inspiration


Did you see my new stamp set yesterday on the STAMPlorations blog?  Here's a another card for you - can't stop playing with this set :)

For this card I stamped the outline image in blue and green Distress Inks then pulled in some of the colour, and watercoloured the tulips.

Pop on over to the STAMPlorations blog for some more fabulous inspiration from the team, and don't forget to leave a comment for your chance to win a $10 gift certificate to the store.  And make sure you comment on all the posts this week for your chance to win one of the new stamp sets of your choice or a $20 gift code.