Saturday, May 30, 2020

Totally Techniques - Water Colouring


We are back for another Totally Techniques Design Team blog hop and this month we are featuring water colouring!

This is a great technique and is particularly popular with backgrounds but because I thought others on the hop might feature that I wanted to try my hand at a few different styles of water colouring. These are very clean styles - not my usual layering at all.

My first card is simple stamping with Tuxedo Black Memento Ink (in this case on Whisper White card) and straight forward colouring using our classic ink pads and an aqua painter.
Jacque Williams' stamp set Beautiful Moments truly lends itself to water colour painting. I used Perfect Peacock, Mossy Meadow, Old Olive, Pool Party, Soft Suede and Daffodil Delight.
I finished with a bit of highlighting using the clear Wink of Stella. Th sentiment is from the For the Love of Felt, stamped in Memento on Whisper White and punched out with the Timeless Label Punch.
The shimmer adds a touch of bling to the images and ties in the colours in the foreground and bak ground.

Next I thought I would share a technique many stampers are using which is water colouring direct on to card then cutting the colour washed area wit a framelit to complement an image. This is my second card:
So I used the Botanical Tags Dies to cut out the images you see on the front of this card. I made the ombre shades using Rococo Rose, Cherry Cobbler and Old Olive ink pads and an aqua painter on Whisper White card. The tip is to have plenty of water through the brush.
Once you have washed the card with the ink colours of your choice, you wait for it to dry then cut out the die image. I fussy cut the edges of the leaves and the flowers because the die is actually a tag shape and the flower usually marries direct onto the tag area. The background was embossed with the Woodgrain Textured Embossing Folder.
The sentiment was heat embossed with White Stampin' Emboss on Basic Black card and cut out using the Timeless Label Punch.

My third and final card was standard no line water colouring:
I stamped To a Wild Rose in Crumb Cake on Whisper White and coloured the flower in Cherry Cobbler and the leaves in Mossy Meadow and Old Olive.
I used an aqua painter with the classic ink pads. I wanted to keep the image plain and simple.
Once the water colours had dried I came back in and added some extra detail with the Cherry  Cobbler ink pad to create more shadow. It was very relaxing to colour. The sentiment is the same used in the other cards, stamped in Memento Ink.

I hope yo have enjoyed my projects and have found some inspiration ~ I now that rest of the team have some truly awesome cards to share.

Until next time,

Shanni xx
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Saturday, May 16, 2020

Fancy Folds - Double Easel Card

Welcome back to another month of blog hopping with the Fancy Folds Design Team  - this month we are doing Fancy Folds.

I hope you enjoyed the amazing project that my friend Gina made with the fancy fold!  

This is my card:
I followed the easy to understand YouTube tutorial from by my beautiful friend Sharon Armstrong, she makes it very easy to follow.
I made my card using Thick Whisper White card stock - the base card and the second easel aspect. I also used a strip of Tropical Oasis Designer Series Paper down the right hand side of the card. It doesn't matter what width you use - its just a pop of colour to brighten the overall card.
I stamped the images from the Timeless Tropical stamp set as follows - the hibiscus on Grapefruit Grove in Real Red, the frangipani flowers in Daffodil Delight on Whisper White and the leaves in Old Olive on Old Olive card stock. I also added some extra bling to the flowers by colouring the centres with Wink of Stella and the ink colour that each flower was stamped in.
I love that the stamped images could all be cut out using the In the Tropic Dies. I also cut the pineapple top in Old Olive card and the little flower sprays in Real Red card stock.
To give the card a focal point I added a rectangle of Crumb Cake and Whisper White card as the feature on the large easel card.
The sentiment is from the Timeless Tropical set stamped in Real Red and mounted on crumb cake (punched with the Story Label Punch). I punched the sentiment stamped image with the Timeless Label Punch. Everything is attached with dimensionals to pop them from that card base.
I hope that the design gives you some inspiration to try the fold. Its really easy and has great appeal.
Don't leave us right now,  you could check out our next design team member,  Mary Ann has made a super cute card!

Give this fold a try - I think you will like it!


Thanks for hopping with us today!

Stay glittery
Shanni xx

Order of March Blog Hop

Aude Barbara (France)
Fiona Carson (New Zealand)
Gina Connor (United Kingdom)
Shannean Moncrieff (Australia) that's me!
Mary Ann Rossiter (United States)
Astrid Hofmann (Austria)
Stephanie Nash (Canada)

Saturday, April 18, 2020

Fancy Folds - Free Standing Pop Up Card

Welcome to another blog hop with the Fancy Folds Design Team. You may have come via my friend Gina's blog - wasn't her card beautiful? I love that every member of our team has a different take on the same design.

This is my project for this month:
I followed the tutorial on YouTube and adjusted the measurements to fit  half an A4 page. I stamped the large floral image from Ornate Style in Night of Navy and coloured it with an aquapainter. Its mounted on a cut out from theOrnate Layers Die pack.
I wanted the colour to be monochrome and only added the slightest wash of colour. The colour from the stamped image leached and added to the depth. I love the contrast of navy and white. The base card is made with thick Whisper White card stock.
On the base I used the scrolled border stamp from the same set and the sentiment from Ornate Thanks. The flower is punched from Night of Navy card using the Small Bloom Punch. Again sticking to the one colour.
The side view shows that the card sits flush in the interior of the card. I made sure that the framelit was glued down very securely to ensure it was able to slide freely! One of my goals was to make it feel limoge-esque - you know the navy and white dinner ware?
This is a really simple fold but has great impact. I think its great for milestone birthdays and thank you notes as it can be displayed nicely. Don't leave us just yet - Mary Ann has a super cute card!



Stay Glittery!

Shanni xx

Order of March Blog Hop

Nadie Schweda (Germany)
Aude Barbara (France)
Fiona Carson (New Zealand)
Gina Connor (United Kingdom)
Shannean Moncrieff (Australia) that's me!
Mary Ann Rossiter (United States)
Astrid Hofmann (Austria)
Stephanie Nash (Canada)

Saturday, March 21, 2020

Fancy Folds - Teepee Fold


Welcome back to another Fancy Folds Global Design Team blog hop. This month we feature the Teepee Fold.  You may well have popped in from my friend Gina's beautiful blog. I always love Gina's delicate touch and flair.

This is my creation:
My base card is made with Soft Sea Foam card. I followed Dawn Griffith's easy to understand YouTube tutorial. However, instead of having three squares of card, had a standard card base and an additional square of card, which was exactly half the card base size; I thought it would be one less join on the card.



I lined the front of the card with Whisper White -  simply created a card mount and cut it on the diagonal. The hardest thing was lining up the background stamp. For the background I used Very Versailles - I love every stamp in this set. I stamped the cursive writing in Smokey Slate and the leaves in Pear Pizzazz.



The cherry blossoms are from the Forever Blossoms set. I stamped these in Soft Suede and coloured them with Stampin' Blends. the colour scheme was inspired by the So Shelli Paper Pumpkin from last year because I think the stamp is very similar to the cherry blossoms from that kit. I used Light and dark Petal Pink, Dark Flirty Flamingo, Dark Soft Suede, and Dark and Light Old Olive. I fussy cut the flowers once I had coloured them.




The sentiment is from Peaceful Moments stamp set. I plan to use the card as a birthday card for my mum. I stamped the words in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink on Whisper White. I punched it out using the Story Label Punch and mounted it on the Pear Pizzazz geometric shape from Detailed Bands Dies.



I hope you feel inspired to try this simple but cute card fold. Don't leave us just yet because the incredible Mary Ann has the most beautiful creation in store for you.

See you next time! Stay well and patient with the world.



Stay glittery!

Shanni xx

Order of March Blog Hop

Nadie Schweda (Germany)
Aude Barbara (France)
Fiona Carson (New Zealand)
Gina Connor (United Kingdom)
Shannean Moncrieff (Australia) that's me!
Mary Ann Rossiter (United States)
Astrid Hofmann (Austria)
Stephanie Nash (Canada)

Saturday, February 29, 2020

Totally Techniques - 3D Punches

So glad that I finally have my tech sorted and can join in to this month's Totally Techniques Design Team Blog Hop. This month we are doing 3D Punches and we have got some awesome projects to share!

I hope you enjoy the offerings.  Here's my card:
The punch I am featuring is the Small Bloom Punch which is a free Sale-a-Bration item with this season's SAB! I have made a square card using Basic Black, I have lined it with a square of the black and white striped Designer Series Paper from the Botanical Prints Product Medley. I embossed a rectangle of Basic Black with the Parisian Flourish #D Embossing Folder - this design is delicious! I think its my new favourite.

To make the flowers I punched three (3) flowers using the Small Blossom Punch and Cherry Cobbler card stock.

1. I texturised the lowers using a bone folder - I do this on a piece of foam from the acrylic block storage container which I have kept (if you haven't got this try using some thick foam).
2. For the centre of the flower I cut between the petals and removed a circle from the centre. I then curl the petals in a spiral using thin nosed tweezers.
3. The second layer of petals is made in the same ways as Step 2 and then I stick two of the petals flush together so that the flower becomes four (4) petals.
4. For the final layer of petals I simply dint the middle of the full flower so that there is a little "well" to sit the other two layers in.
5. I glue them together with Tombow glue

They are really easy to make and I love that we can create them for scrapping layouts, off the page projects and cards.
I also punched the leaves from Mossy Meadow card using the Leaf Punch from the Annual Catalogue. I then folded the leaves in their centre so as to create some dimension and texture.
I nestled the flowers at the top and bottom of the stamped images. The stamped images were simply stamped in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink using the the type set background stamp and the floral stamp from Fanciful Fragrance, stamped in Whisper White card and cut out using the Layering Ovals Framelits.
I stamped the inside of the card too. To ensure that the stamp image was delicate I stamped it off first and the image is second generation.
The flowers sit off the card front by about 1cm or just over 1/4". I used the Pearls to add some glamour to the card. This was the most time consuming laying them in a curl pattern.
I dimensionalised all the layers except the DSP liner. I loved that I could use the Black Dimensionals for this purpose and everything blended in.
The sentiment came from the Fanciful Fragrance stamp set as well but I trimmed off the words "dear you" as I wanted a simple sentiment.
I think that the typeset background looks great when the flowers are stamped through it and I think it adds a touch of sophistication to what would otherwise be a very simple card.
I hope you have enjoyed my take on 3D Punches and that you try to make these easy flowers.

Our other team members have some very clever creations, I highly recommend you check them out!

Until next time, stay glittery!

Shanni xx



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