Monday, 23 July 2018

Brighter Days

For today's card I've used stamps from four different Stampin' Up sets to make this summery scene.  I started with a wash of colour using distress inks on watercolour paper; over-stamping some detail for the sea and sand before adding some birds and grasses.  The girl and balloons were stamped and cut out - the strings were added using a black fine line pen.

Sea, Sand, Birds in Sky - High Tide stamp set Stampin' Up
Birds on Beach and Tall Grasses - Wetlands stamp set SU
Girl and Sentiment - Beautiful You stamp set SU
Balloons - Balloon Celebration stamp set SU
Distress Ink Pads - Scattered Straw and Tumbled Glass

Sunday, 22 July 2018

Challenge #331 in the Playground

It seems there is no let up in the heatwave for the moment - unfortunately the heat doesn't really suit me and I don't function particularly well under these conditions.  However I have managed to make a card for the current Playground challenge which as you will see is a Christmas one in readiness for the cooler weather at the end of the year.  It doesn't seem possible that we will no doubt soon be complaining about the cold weather.

You certainly need to visit the Playground this week to see something new and interesting which the clever Di has sourced to show us and of course as usual there is no need to guess what the prize will be for one lucky participant.

I found a suitable piece of seasonal background paper, then used snippets of various colours to die cut the wreath and the decorations.  Using the wreath as a guide I stamped the wording into the centre of the background using the Misti which certainly helps me to keep things straight.  The wreath was then stuck into place and the various flowers and leaves were arranged around.  I have to say that die cutting all these really tiny elements was a bit of a faff as the dies are all individual and so tiny (mostly the size of my little finger nail or smaller) and of course I will have to be really careful not to lose any of them.  Luckily I had a snippet of magnetic sheet which was just the right size to fit into the packet so all dies are now safely packed away until I need them again.

Background - paper from Craftwork Cards
Die set - Pretty Wreath from Sizzix