Dive

I enjoyed making the previous card and loved the outcome so much, that I wanted to repeat the recipy: choose which one of the four colours will be the accent color, and choosing 1 or 2 as main background colours. The other colour is used for colouring. The colours I used were the ones from the Chocolate Baroque challenge 34.

(Do you know that now it doesn’t look like cracked pistachio but more like peacock feathers? It really looked like cracked pistachio on my phone… ah well, at least I’ve been consequent). Only colours used: Distress oxides cracked pistachio, barn door, fossilized amber and vintage photo. Also used: Stazon valentine red and pupmkin, glossy accents, spectrium noir sparkle pen, distress stickles. Also used the distress markers (same colours) – the cracked pistachio was a lot darker from the markers! Used it for the cut out plants.

Previous  card was a bird, but with and earthen feeling to it. This time I wanted the sea. I made some error along the way ofcourse, makes it all the more challenging ;).

I still love the endresult though. Only thing it lacks is a nice quote, which I wanted to stamp very lightly in cracked pistachio so not very visible but faded a bit. I didn’t have a suitable water quote though, would have loved  the one from Moses Ibn Ezra: “Dive into the sea of thoughts and find there pearls beyond price.”

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Why not? 

It’s been a while since I took part in a challenge. I liked participating as it gave me new ideas and forced me to really look at colours or designs. But then I won… And I felt it wasn’t fair to keep playing if others haven’t won once yet. I like others to have a chance as well.But it’s been a while and I still see all the artwork from the DTs of my favourite sites. I came across a challenging colour combination – the green seemed too bright to combine with the rest.  But it did have a rusty metalness too it as well.  Hmmm… Ideas… And the colours did match my new distress oxide inks as well. 

I set out to enter the chocolate baroque colour challenge again:

 

Lots of pictures incoming. I loved making this card, took me three evenings.  ( that is 2 times 3 1/2 hrs and 20 minutes to add text and mount it) (and at least 3 hrs I was watching television and only crafting during commercials… That’s what happens when crafting with the television on). So actual craft time excluding drying time? No idea. It was fun. Loved the card at every step, fearing I’d ruin it the next step.

 

So the colours.  Steampunk. Eastern. Eastern steampunk. Ancient, mystery. Dreams.

Let’s start.

Stamped the image several times with vintage photo distress oxides.

My 4 1/2 year old having fun with stencils.

Sprayed with water.

Half has dried. Helping my daughter while it’s drying. (Or rather, prevent everything being covered in ink). She didn’t like what I did to it. Mommy, I don’t think it’s pretty this way. I liked it better before. Really, mommy!

It’s dry.

The colours that are going to be used.

Steampunk butterfly – I used the cogs, and the rounded ornament.

Stamped the rounded ornament in three places, layerd the colours (fossilized amber, fired brick and vintage photo distress oxide)

Textured Fragments – The window is also one of my favourites.

Stamped that with distress oxide, also the three warm colours.Sprayed with water.

 

Punky Romance

This image should be a bit more clear but I like it when the colour also comes from the lines. Used the colours as pictured.

The result so far.

Different light.

Cat wants attention while I’m stamping. I colour on the stamp with ecoline brushpens and then stamp. Add a little bit of distress oxide to the stamp and then stamp. Add a little bit of water with a water brush and stamp.

Next, clean your stamp (don’t move it from the stamping tool!) and stamp with embossing ink, then heat emboss with clear powder.

Colour it using a dry brush on distress oxide ink, distress markers and a water brush. Cut the stamp also a bit better as it leaves lines – I got the stamp before I got the good sciccors to cut them and didn’t dare to cut closer with the regular scissors.

Speaking of sciccors… It just happens I mentioned earlier this week to someone how I don’t like fussy cutting. And I know everytime I say I don’t like something, I do it the few days after. Making a cute card, fussy cutting, using lots of pink… it’s like holding on to that weird part of something because you know it’s part of something, and then finally deciding to toss it out. Days after it’s gone you need it…

Added glossy accents to the eye and waterfall stickles to the feathers. Also added spectrum noir clear sparkle pen to the butterfly at some point. Also have coloured the device in the background.

coloured the device. First time I used Cracked Pistachio, the 4th colour, on this card.

The card wasn’t balanced, it needed something in the upper right corner. The cherry blossom from Tranquility matched very well. I stamped onto self adhesive transparant window foil twice and cut it out. (The other mask is attached to the other side of the folder the stamps are in). (You can see I have a mask for the buddha as well). I stamped several times with red and brown (not sure if it was oxides or stazon or both).

The chaos grows.

Blossoms colourd, positioning the peacock now.

On the windowsill, looking at the butterfly. Now I need to find a text…

Making pictures quickly while there’s still some daylight… (Glued the peacock with foam dots.)

The text was stamped with sepia Versafine.

(Yes it ripped a bit – happened halfway, but it wasn’t really noticable. Only in this angle. )

Thank you, Chocolate Baroque, for hosting this challenge – wouldn’t have made this card without it!

I’m entering this card into the following challenges:

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Tall as a tree

As lately I seem to enter the challanges within the nick of (closing)time, I decided I’d start a bit earlier on this one (actually I just continued the crafting flow). It wasn’t as easy as I though, my first three attemps failed (for this challenge) as the bister colours turned out too dark. So I started over and this is the result:

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I made this card for the Chocolate Baroque Colour Challenge #16

And here is how it started.

I decided to get out my hardly used bister and have a play with it. I also got some stencils out – underwaterscene stencils as I wanted something underwater steampunk. Blue of the sea, green of underwater plants or rust, and the yellowish and purple for steampunkyness. I tried 2 methods, of which the last one is imo the best ofcourse – as then I stopped as the result was ok 😛

1.) Place the stencil on the paper, spray well with water and carefully remove the stencil. Take a bit of bister on a pallet (palet?) knife and gently shake it off. Could also use a brush but that didn’t hold enough powder for me.

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As you can see, there is powder outside the wet areas, and in the wet areas there might be too much powder. Maybe I should have used a brush instead. Also, the colours don’t really flow yet – should I have used more water and risk having the water run under the stencil? I let this dry before I tried to remove the powder.

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I think it’s clear what I did here – leave the stencil (wet as it is) in place and spread some powder over it. Ofcourse, it’s a waste to just rub the colour right off, so what do you do? Right, reverse stamp:Daqadoodles151021wo222241126 Daqadoodles151021wo222253127

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Here are the three results and the printed colour challenge image – doesn’t really look like it matches, does it? No, I didn’t think so either. The powder on the reeds below is removed, and as you can see it can’t all be removed. Maybe I should have used my magic static away dust pillow thingy?

Oh and another note: apply the bister / brusho on a different desk then the one you’re crafting on, the stuff gets everywhere and just a tiny speck of it has to come into contact with a tiny bit of wet water (I use my water spray a lot) and there’s a smudge on your card. Even if you think you wiped it all away. Maybe it would also work to not have your workspace so cluttered as I have 😛Daqadoodles151021wo230627129

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Above: the gears stencil was laid down, then I applied some green and purple. It looked lovely. I spritzed with my home made resist spray, and made a reverse stamp of the stencil (seen in the next picture). I wanted the gears to be yellowish, so I applied the colour. The resists spray doesn’t completely block the colour, but in this case it let through too much yellow. Blergh. My idea couldn’t be realized – maybe I’ll find a new idea for it.

I was determined to get one card now. Between the “underwater” stencils is an airbubble stencil, and it gave me an idea: Acryllic paint should resist distress ink, so what if I use this as snow? Before I could do that I had to stamp the main image. And before I did that I wanted to stamp the background, the edge image. I thought the embossing would cover the background. The large tree is stamped and embossed with distress shabby shutters embossing powder – but oh noes! The background was still visible through the embossing! I really thought the embossing would be non-transparant.Daqadoodles151022do011355130

Oh well, lesson learnt. Don’t be lazy, cut masks. Then again, if I had cut a mask the background trees wouldn’t be visible through the main tree either. I put down the stencil and added picket fence paint throught it with the dabbertop. I was afraid it wouldn’t be “resisting” enough so I also took a pearl white paint dabber and randomly applied that, even in the tree. I like the effect of it, like the light reflecting on the snowflakes.

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Next steps I didn’t take pictures.. What I did was: stamp with stazon on the bottom part of the tree, as stazon IS darker. Also, the background was way to green, it should be more of a silhouette, so I went over it with my water brush dipped in Black sooth distress ink.I shaded the tree a bit and shaded some gears witha darker green, and last I added baubles in yellow and purple. The purple paper pen obviously isn’t fit (anymore?) for pearls, and the purple one is a bit more blotchy as well. Not waiting untill the card as dry (I had used a damp towel to clean off the embossing). It does look a bit messy. But then again…Daqadoodles151025zo164148136

It does fit the circles of the snow much better this way. These aren’t perfectly filled either, and it gives the card a bit more quirky look. Also the gessoed part looks good, it gives a bit of extra to the tree. Sometimes mistakes aren’t all that bad if you look at them differently.

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And now to find an envelop. As you saw I just started on approximately an A5 sized paper, and I cut it to a size that looked good. A while ago I didn’t care much for different sized cards, I made my own envelops. But that was time consuming and less fun then making cards, that is why I started making them A6 size so they fit in these C6 envelops. I like the craft colour and alternative opening, and they’re not more expensive then regular ones but they are more sturdy (only have to watch the weight of the cards more now).

Hema: 20 enveloppen in C6 formaat met zelfklevende sluiting.

Shelter

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Last entry for the Chocolate Baroque Colour Challenge # 15

 

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It’s the top left part. At first I had stamped the buddha branches on the top (with 2nd and 3rd generation ink stamping) but it was way to busy, I had added the flowers and white pearldrops then allready too. So what do you do then? Add a coat of gesso on it. I made a bit of a texture in it. First I brushed it straight down, then on the top part of the gesso bit I brushed it like a pointed roof. It reminded me of a shelter. I added some paint which should dry up with a blotty effect, but it was paint on spirits base (not sure how it’s called in english) and takes a long time to dry. It was transparent too, too white. That is when I got out my brushed pewter and silver acryllic paint – added a few drops on the top, some water, and kitchen foil. Let it sit and focus on the other cards.

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The effect when the foil was removed is great. It’s stoney, and the brushstrokes down give it more depth. And guess what, I even added a ribbon! I felt it needed some layering, some softening.

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Oops, messed up the drop of stickles here… was looking for the shiny blingthingies which I never use but had found again and intended to use it for these cards and then when I needed them couldn’t find them…  Not sure if Ill add a sentiment to that card, I don’t think I will.

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I love the contrast on these pictures, especially from the Shelter card, looks like a thunderstorm and rain like this. Love how it turned out.

Now I’ve got some cleaning to do and get to bed (way too late!)

First snow

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Ofcourse nothing like my card!

This is my 2nd entry for the Chocolate Baroque Colour Challenge # 15

Here is the piece of paper it came from:

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I wanted to use it as it was there, with the distressed edges. But it wasn’t right.

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Nicely framed with grey and straight lines is better, more view onto a scene like this.

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Also here, I’ve been doubting about a sentiment, or something else. The card makes me feel a bit.. what is the word… melancholic inside, a memory with a touch of sadness. I prefer to make happy cards, not melancholic ones, as I want people to be a bit happier when they receive a card. But maybe it doesn’t have this effect on others, so it’s good like this. Thanks for visiting again! Let’s see if I can make the 3rd post in time as well.

Golden Christmas

Feels like I’m way too early for Christmas. Too make up for that, I’m almost late with posting/adding this card to the Chocolate Baroque Colour Challenge #15.

Been busy here, also with some crafting but no time to take pictures (and no reason – besides no time – to blog about it).

Here is the first finished card (not sure if I can/will finish the others on time).

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The ingredients: soft ancient silver acryllic paint, pewter acryllic paint, grey versafine, queens gold embossing powder and versamark.

Drop some acryllic paint on a craftsheet, add some water and put the paper on top, this time don’t move it around too much as you want some white left. I tried to put the darker grey on the bottom of the card and the lighter on the top. As you can see I somewhere failed, as it’s the other way around now 😛

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Take a blank piece of paper, stamp with versamark and emboss the angel with gold. Add some slight grey to her dress, hair and a touch of her wings so the white stands out more as white.  Mount the background and fold the card off center.Daqadoodles151021wo000158125

Use a stamping ruler for the next part. Ink up with versafine grey, stamp inside the card. The idea was that the gold would fade inside the card, leaving grey flakes, so the grey would continue inside.Daqadoodles151021wo000147124

Tape a piece of paper against the inside of the card so the ink won’t transfer to the other side of the inside (get it?). Now close the card, ink up again (with grey versafine) and stamp on the same spot. Add embossing powder on the stamped image, also opening the card and let it go inside a bit. Depending on how dry the ink on the inside is more or less of the powder sticks. Mine was quite sticky still so I wiped some powder away.

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No time to flatten the card yet, has to go under the press a bit.

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I’m not sure if I’ll add a sentiment, I do feel it still lacks something but there’s enough business on it allready. I guess I better leave it as it is, maybe add a sentiment inside. Thanks for visiting!

 

On a branch

No, this is not yet the lady sticking her head out of the leaves, this is another bird. My 2nd entry for the Chocolate Baroque Colour Challenge #13.

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It’s funny how colours change in my head once I’m away from the computer screen. This card was made for the Chocolate Baroque colour challenge as well. I remembered the colours as follows: kraft/plain cardboard coloured, yellow, green and purple. In a DT blogpost I read she used the new distress colour Amber, which I got the spray from so I was happy. I decided to use the yellow and brown as background colours, brown being Tea dye and brushed corduroy mostly. Put some resist spray between it (decoupage glue with some water in a spraybottle).  Add a window fragment and background fragment in the other two colours, and voilà, the background is ready.

Where? Or right, pictures ;).

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Quite saturated colours, due to the amber. I sprayed with the amber spray first, then with the resist spray. Next I took my sponges tea dye / brushed corduroy and wiped it across the amber. Might have dded another resist spray after that. The window and little bush is stamped with toffee crunch from eh, that other brand. (Memento I think?). Used distress inks to give it some more colour (purples and greens).

And then I kept pondering how to finish it.

The DT was my inspiration, Anne’s Nordic Style christmas card. She said there: ” just love the reindeer – a bit fiddly to cut out but well worth the effort.” That text apparantly lingered in my mind (I know I thought about all the fiddly bits, and how I dislike fussy cutting and almost mutter to myself when cutting) and then I knew how to go on with this card: Add the focal thing on it, by (die-)cutting it out, so layer it. So I went looking through my stamps for a suitable image. It shouldn’t be a flower or plant, that’s too passive. Something else.

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At the same time, I’m working on and off on a piece of walldecoration. It started out as Ikea packaging which I gesso-ed so the kids and me could paint together, but they didn’t feel like painting so I went ahead on my own, and now it’s mine… (See the post of Santoro Willow Guide where you can see how subconsicousness played a huge part in it!) Here I had just added indigo blu flakes, on the lower left a peacock , in the middle a dragonfly and under the folder another peacock. Inside the folder are some images I made earlier, the peackock on the right is very pretty, used metallic paints and all, but it went out of sight a bit. Anyway, a peacock would be great!

Only a bit too “great” – these two were too big, but luckily I also had a smaller one that did fit the card. Now onto the stamping. Embossing? yes. Which colour, purple? But the purple embossing powder is very dark after heating, almost black. Hmm clear embossing powder on a coloured background.

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I lightly used all challenge colours in it, mainly purple. I decided I wanted some more bling, so I would emboss the top part of the bird with WOW copper embossing powder. No pictures of the result then. I fussy cut it out and added a white outline around the bird as it didn’t stand out enough, and I didn’t want to use black. I also added white gelpen in between the feathers and wiped across it with my finger right after doing so, making that space a bit diffuse/fuzzy/lighter. I took a Marianne Design die for the branch, used green and yellow (and a touch of brown) to colour it and glued it in place. Next I glued the peacock in place.

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Also darkened the edges of the card more, to frame the image.

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The top left and top right cards – not sure if I made these for the challenge, I made these when my kids were making cards (more on that in the next post). The colours could match the challenge. The flower is from my stash.  The top middle background was made with this challenge in mind, but this time using green and yellow.

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I finally found a use for that gold cardstock, here as the middle layer. Before gluing down the top layer I added a white outline around the card with white gelpen, as the card and gold were too similar in colour. The white seperates it so the gold frames it better. Mounted it onto some heavier cardstock and went outside for pictures.

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My youngest son, (turned 1 in July) likes the card. Right after he grabbed it with two hands and bent it – luckily no creases to be seen.

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A closeup of the top part, I also had added white gelpen around the eyes as they didn’t stand out enough behind the background.

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The final card.

Forget that

Here is my entry for Chocolate Baroque Challenge #13.

I named this post “Forget that” as this isn’t my best card, there are things I did I shouldn’t have. But there’s no more time… so here I go:

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And the Challenge colours:

I read it as craft-paper coloured, a bright purple, green and yellow.

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The good: colouring of the lady.

The mwah: stamping the bold flowers with distress ink and not masking one petal off… it bothers me… grrr. Stamping with the distress ink was good though. I used a waterbrush to let the colours flow a bit, you can see that in the little petals and yellow heart/circles.

The shouldn’t-have-done: the crackle accent. You can see below it left an uglo gap on the right as well. Or should I have covered the entire card with it? Meh, just shouldn’t have done it.

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To camoflage it I stamped the sentiment on the empty spot, but not entirely straight and a little too much to the left. On the positive side, now it looks like the butterfly is flying from her hair or sitting on it, that looks ok. The yellow hearts of the flowes (transparant yellow and opaque) are made with paper pens from viva decor (and the green and purple on her earrings too). Other colours are made with distress inks/markers. I added white gelpen for some highlighting.

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To end this post, here is a picture of the A4 sheet the background came from and another card I am/was working on:

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I liked the idea of making the lady purple. I like the left card (embossed with bronze/copper), but not sure where to go from here. I do know at one point I want to combine this stamp with the text “Forget not that the earth delights to feel your feet on the earth” while having her hung upside down from leaves :P. But that thought doesn’t help me finish the purple lady card… Maybe syrround her (only a small but, lower half,) with green leaves, and a little brown stem? Tips are appreciated 😛

Doodlediedum Landscape

A last minute entry again…

I posted on facebook allready the almost complete cards.

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Here are two completed ones: (Yup, one is only mounted on the cardstock, it didn’t need anything else).

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Added bright paper pen to the orange, and added more white highlights as the colours were too dull. Also added some moss green paper pen on the hill. Made with alcohol inks on the background, and distress markers, paper pen and whie gelpen on the foreground.

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Made with distress markers and a bit of glittery whit acryllic paint for the moon.

0d9ec-cbc_11The first one (with the orange sky) is my entry for the Chocolate Baroque Colour Challenge #12. Although the second card turned out ok too, I still prefer the warm colours of the orange sky despite the not perfect stamping. I don’t use glossy cardstock often. Or rather,  I hardly use it. I thought it was time I tackled it, as stamping on it is more slippery, and colouring it is different. So I’m a beginner all over when it comes to glossy paper!

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So for clarity, my entry:

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And now I hurry off and add it before the link  has closed…

Wind in your hair

Another one made while on holiday, with diy resist spray, crushed olive, peeled paint, weathered wood, iced spruce, stazon claret and stazon pumpkin. And bundled sage, that seems to be a new favourite.

Also again a stamp from the beautiful stampset Essense of Nature .

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I sprayed the resist s[ray and let dry, then I inked up the tree with the 2 stazon colours and stamped it. I then added the iced spruce and weathered wood around the tree, and peeled paint, budnled sage in the tree. Some more crushed olive in the tree and at the bottom. The text was stamped onto a separate piece treated roughly the same way and the same colours. It is glued down with foam dots so it is raised from the card. The butterflies are only accented/coloured with white gelpen.

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The background of the card was pastel green, but it didn’t quite match so I put gesso over it, added some bundled sage distress paint, stamped cracked  texture from the Mail Art stamp set  around the edge with pumpkin and witped some more gesso over it to tone it down again a bit. The edges of the white backing card is inked with bundled sage and a bit of weathered wood.

 

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