Sunday, 3 February 2013

A Little Inspiration and Some Experimentation

I was recently looking at a Simon Says Stamp Blog post featuring Jennifer Mcguire and decided to try my own version of what she did in the video. I also thought I would try different mediums as well :) I am not so good at leaving loads of "white space" so to speak though so mine in general are a little busier.

First up I thought I would share the ones I did with my 12 pencil set of Inktense. (The 72 set is winging it's way from England as we speak as they are much cheaper there lol:)). I have made 2 cards so far with the inktense though I have a couple of extra pieces to use up as well. I was seeing what combos I could make with the small set.

Using  Bark 2000, Baked Earth 1800 and Tangerine 0300 I coloured on a strip of Crafters Choice watercolour paper making sure to over lap each colour. I worked from darkest to lightest. I then used my faber castell water brush starting at the dark end and working my way to the tangerine. As I had laid down plenty of colour they blended nicely and my orange started to take on a brownish hue. It wasn't as dark as I wanted so I dried the strip then added more colour using my waterbrush directly onto the pencils then the paper. These colours made for a very autumnal looking strip of paper.

I cut a wide  V shape from one end of the strip to make a banner and then stamped with perfect medium and embossed with a bronze embossing powder. I used a Carl punch to punch some maple leaves from around the banner. I also cut a couple from the leftover banner bits. I used these to create a falling leaf effect down the card. I used foam squares behind the banner to raise it off the card. I decorated using some Viva Decor Pearl Pen in dark brown.

The next card I made a nice rainbow effect by using three totally different colours, Sun Yellow 0200, Fucshia 0700 and My fave from this set of 12, Teal Green 1300. Again I started by by laying down my colours on the strip of paper and overlapping slightly. Pink then yellow followed by the teal. I found my Tim Holtz water brush finally... Yay! So used that to start blending from pink to yellow. Got a nice orange in the middle by overlapping the colours and a nice light green when blending the yellow n teal.

 I stamped using Perfect Medium for the sentiment and switched to Versamark for the presents. I learnt the hard way with the presents to colour first and then stamp over the top otherwise the inktense stays on the Hero Arts White embossing powder lol. The Happy Birthday stamps from both cards are from Hero Arts Birthday Sayings.

For the card base I used a Tim Holtz Swirl embossing folder on the front and then spritzed with Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist in Pink Bubblegum (mine looks nothing like the back of the bottle : (. . .) and Lemon Zest as well as took the sprayer out of the bottle to drop a few small droplets down.
I then took my inktense pencils and used the Tim Holtz waterbrush on them one colour a time (works great for this technique) and flicked them over the front of the card ( I did a little flicking inside but forgot to take a pic of that lol). I also spritzed the banner with the Lemon Zest.

Sorry about some of the pics. I took some with my phone and they are shocking! Ended up grabbing my proper cam out so I could show decent pics of the finished product. Next up I again adhered the banner with foam squares as well as the presents on the banner. For the sentiment inside that I forgot to snap (cards already been given to a young lass celebrating her 13th birthday) I used Mustard Seed Distress Marker in the middle, Peacock Feathers distress pad on one side and Picked Raspberries on the other. Hope they release the 12 new colours in markers soon!

I have also tried this with distress stains and love the effect that gives and have a really pretty card to share in purples next. Also tried gelatos but was not so happy with how that turned out, need to play some more as I think I am using to much water. It's such a fun and easy technique I am going to try it with all the blendable media I can :). I also have the 72 set off the regular derwent watercolours so will use them as well for sure. Of course the colours will be more muted than the inktense but that can be pretty too!

Happy Scrappin'

I am submitting this at;
Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes
Joyful Stamper - Anything Goes
Make It Monday - Anything Goes
Artistic Inspirations - Embossing/Anything Goes


  1. Thank you for your lovely comments on my masculine card. It is a pity that some mags are not available all over. Here in South Africa we also have that, but at least this one comes in. I love your banners and thanks for all the info. I am so happy to see you using the Inktense, as I got a set of 12 for Christmas and haven't really got into using them yet. Will give it a go now. hugs, Ursula

  2. Wonderful cards! The design looks great with the bold colors and the neutrals too! Thanks for joining us for the Simon Says Stamp Challenge!

  3. Fabulous cards, I love the embossed background and the inking technique..gorgeous colours.

    Thanks for sharing with us at Make it Monday..

    Luv CHRISSYxx

  4. great techniques and love the embossing on your C&S card,people don't realise how much work goes into these cards-thanks for joining us at Artistic Inspirations
    Carol DT x

  5. I love the technique on this card. Great job! Thanks for joining us at Artistic Inspirations this week.