Dad had a caravan shed attached to the garage and, years ago, we converted it to an office for the paper and my art room. It was freezing cold in winter and boiling hot in summer. Hopeless! I’ve never used it as much as I should and much of my craft stuff had moved to my inside office, but not my art supplies. I am almost ready to start to painting again so, last week, Tony and I moved everything inside. I’ve also given unused supplies away to someone semi-local who does great stuff.
Already I feel more inspired, and have started a page in an old ledger book that I haven’t touched for a year or two. It feels so good to have everything in one place and know that I only have the supplies I love. Here’s to a creative 2018!
And, yes, I did some more cardmaking – I had to make some for a friend and I needed some more cards for me.
I’m still not painting, but I am crafting more, so the signs are good… Today I have made four more cards using my new Dyan Reaveley stamps, Copics, Glossy Accents, patterned papers from the latest Simon Says Stamp card kit, some older Bazzill cardstock and the Simon Says Stamp Uplifting Thoughts stamp set.
I recently received the latest Simon Says Stamp card making kit, a couple of dies, and some cute Dylusions stamps by Dyan Reaveley for Ranger (it’s the Puppy Dog Tales set). These are smaller than her previous dog and cat stamps, so great for card making. I haven’t stamped sentiments on them, I’ll do that once I know what I want to use them for.
I made the backgrounds with Tim Holtz Distress Oxides, using the greens and blues such as Twisted Citron and Peacock Feathers, then spritzing with water. The stamps are stamped with Simon Says Stamp Intense Black ink and coloured with Copic markers, then the noses and eyes highlighted with Glossy Accents.
Christmas? Yes, I’m making Christmas cards in July. Why? Because I can. Also, I don’t have the energy for mass crafting yet so but doing a card or two at a time is manageable.
I bought three new rubber stamps recently, designed by Jo Firth-Young. These are only ATC size so the cards will need more than just this image (I think…) I love their hand drawn quality. I tried a couple using Copics but prefer colouring them with pencils.
I’m thinking of torn embossed borders, layers of patterned paper, ribbon, or mounted on plain kraft cardstock maybe? Who knows how these will turn out…
I have been doing a weekly art journal page, and some knitting, since my last hospital trip but haven’t really had the energy for paper crafts. I miss it and know doing art is good for me – but the thought of packing and unpacking and just *doing* has been too much. Until today…
I only managed three cards, but that feels like quite an achievement. I used my Stampotique stamps on Stampin’ Up cardstock, and for one I used a Distress Oxide background. The hare was originally on a plain background but I stuck some text on, didn’t like it, removed the text and tore the card base. I was going to throw it out, then thought better of it and just kept going – I think it turned out ok. Are they fairly basic? Yes, but a good feeling all the same.
I’ve got enough Copics now that I can start to blend the colours more. It looks so easy when you watch experts like Kelly Latevola on YouTube; then you try it yourself and realise just how much practise they’ve had! Still, all good fun and the cards won’t go astray.
The backgrounds are all blended Distress Ink with water drips, and I masked some of the stamping using Post-It notes so a couple of images sit in behind.
Today’s class was with the awesome Andrew Borloz, whose work I was familiar with through StencilGirls. Andrew showed his process for making, then using, a Master Baord. I worked a lot smaller than he did – his was something like 5 feet in one direction – but used the general idea.
I stated with gesso through stencils, then used waterproof ink to stamp some floral images. I cut the master board into the right sizes for card fronts then stencilled onto each one using the same four acrylic colours and a bunch of fav stencils. Once they were dry I used my Misti to stamp the sentiments with Simon Says Stamp Intense Black ink, and went around the edges with Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Tumbled Glass just to finish them off a bit. I mounted the finished pieces onto cards cut from Stampin’ Up cardstock.
Below you can see the master board before I cut it up, the sample I’ve kept in my art joournal and the cards I made (which didn’t scan well as a group, but you get the idea).
Tony gave me a small set of Copic markers for Christmas, and I already had a few that I’d brought in a sale. It means that, for the greens and violets anyway. I can start blending my colours. People like Kathy Racoosin and Kelly Latevola on the SimonSaysStamp blog make it look so easy, but the reality is they’ve had hundreds of hours of practice. My attempts at blending are nothing like theirs but there’s only one way to improve and that’s to keep at it. Here’s one of the first cards I’ve done with blending; the stamps are from the ‘Look for the miracles’ set by SimonSaysStamp.
I wanted a couple of basic cards to send off this week. The ‘awesome’card uses the ‘you = kind’ stamp and die set from WPLUS9, Copic markers and clear Wink of Stella for a little shimmer. The cat card uses Dyan Reaveley stamps, Tim Holtz distress inks, StencilGirl stencils and Gloss Accents from Ranger for some gloss on the cat’s eyes.
I keep a stack of cards ready for sending out, and my stock had got a bit low. Yesterday I made some gelli prints just for the fun of it, mainly using Golden Open Acrylics and a variety of stencils. Today I decided to turn them into 10 fairly all-purpose greeting cards. I used my latest stamp and die set from Simon Says Stamp for some of them – love it.