Saturday, 17 September 2022

Two to Share

 I certainly seem to be having a run on making this style of card at the moment and I've made two very similar ones, both inspired by a YouTube demonstration from the talented Jo Rice.  I have the Forest Inn stamp which she used but sadly not the poppies so had to improvise.  I started by stamping two of the toadstools onto watercolour card - one was coloured using Inktense pencils and a water brush and the other with Polychromos pencils (no water needed).  Both of these cards are more of a CAS style than many of my designs which are often done on Gelli plate backgrounds - I like both styles and would find it difficult to decide which method I prefer.  Depends how the mood takes me I suppose😉.  Think I will have to get back to clearing my desk again and using up some of the 'stuff' which seems to pile up when my attention is elsewhere - Either these bits breed or someone is scattering leftovers 🤣🤣

Stamps and stencils - all  Lavinia Stamps

Thursday, 15 September 2022


 Another inked and stamped card today, made for a friend's birthday and as I know she has now received it I can share it with you.  Again I've used one of my Gelli plate backgrounds using cream card rather than white.  Not much more to say about this one really - you can see that I've stamped the fairy in black and her wings were brushed over with Wink of Stella clear although sadly this doesn't show up in the picture as well as it does in real life.  Dandelions were stamped using green ink and coloured using pencils and the rest of the foliage was first and second generation stamping in various colours to tone with the background.

Stamps from Lavinia
Background - Distress inks and Brusho powders on circular Gelli plate
Inks for stamping - Versafine Claire
Colouring - Faber Castel Polychromos pencils

Tuesday, 13 September 2022

Christmas Wreath

 I make a point of trying to catch video tutorials from the talented Eileen Godwin posted on YouTube and I quite often make my own versions of them using stamps which I have in my collection.  I must admit there is the ever present temptation to order more stamps but I'm trying to resist 😉😉.  One I saw recently was a Christmas wreath card - holly leaf stamp used - but of course if a different stamp were to be used for the leaves I think this would suit other times of the year as well. A wreath isn't just for Christmas. I really enjoy using Lavinia stamps in this way to build up designs - lots of inspiration on YouTube from several members of their design team.

Stamps by Lavinia
Gel Pens and stencil used as well