Monday, 29 November 2010
When Daisy and I went on our walk over the fields it started to snow but we enjoyed looking at the huge flakes and kept all warm in our winter coats. Daisy was a joy to watch as she chased after the 'Snow Fairies'
Today's card is a sort of 'carry-on' from yesterday as I have fallen in luv with the small Lavinia leaf stamp and the 'wreath look' thanks to my friend Melissa!
I stamped it again using my Adirondack, Lettuce and Bottle Green inks and teamed it with a Poinsettia flower from the little Claire Christmas range.
I coloured it in with my Copic Pens and cut the image using a circle from my Nestabilities.
A few beads, gems and a ribbon ...job done.
Thanks for popping by, see you soon and watch out for the wreath again.....in blue!!
Sunday, 21 November 2010
I went to the Allhallows Crop yesterday and had a wonderful time with my crafty mates. Thank you ladies for a great time, it was a real stress buster!
The project shown today is from a design from this SUPER blog by Yvonne This ladies blog is so beautiful you must have a look. I just had to make this because I love her work and it's easy to do!
Cut and Go!
Thanks for popping by today.
Tuesday, 9 November 2010
This card started off as a wedding card! Now it's a Christmas card ...!
I used the Crealies Template again. This template is so versatile you can use it for any occasion you like, look on the site under Simple Shortcuts!
White and Cream card ( not a very good picture, sorry) The flowers and 'hat pin' came from an on line shop called Wild Orchid Crafts A super site for flowers and ribbon ...quick service too! I mostly just buy white organza ribbon now and colour it with my Copic's... any colour I like. Good even coverage, NO streaking .
The Metal 'Merry Christmas' was in my stash. A simple card, too simple do you think?
Had a new Clarity stamp delivered last week...gonna play with it tomorrow !
BTW my Daisy has her own blog now Daisy's Diary ...when you get a minute have a look !!
See you soon
Sunday, 7 November 2010
I've received hundreds of emails (well a couple) from Speedball brayer owners who have been following the posts and they have succeeded in beautiful blending!
Most rewarding to know you can understand what I am talking about cos sometimes I get in a muddle and I am writing the blooming thing.
Val is good friend ( or was ) and we both attended a crop on Saturday in Faversham. I had the most super time ...thanks for your company ladies.
I digress....Val told me how she had enjoyed reading these posts. I was flattered, not for long through!
"Yes" said Val "I found that if I kept a pin beside me I was fine" "A PIN ! what the heck is that for " said I "Well" she replied "When I found I was NODDING OFF I stuck the pin in my hand, woke up and carried on reading your blog"..... I sobbed!
Get yer pin ready Val cos here comes another 'chapter'!
Today I swapped my Speedball brayer for one of my other brayers with the hard plastic roller.
I stamped some white glossy card with a Clarity Stamp and Versamark ink, then loaded the brayer, taking care not to run the colours into each other and without taking any excess ink off I ran the roller over the card (this is the orange/yellow card)
I used a fairly light touch to begin with, then applied more pressure as I loaded up the brayer with more ink to add other layers. Some kitchen roll was then employed to 'polish' the card, this removes any excess ink and reveals the leafy swirl image ...this is called the Resist Technique.
On the blue card the process is the same, except, I heat embossed the image after stamping with the Versamark ink and covering it with white embossing powder. Again it needed a polish.
Well, that's it ...I hope it has been of some use to you.
Val, I hope you have a plaster cos blood on your cards is 'not a good look'!
Thanks for dropping by today...Wedding cards later this week. Please visit again if you can.
Vivid ink pad link!
Friday, 5 November 2010
As you can see from Pic1. Adirondack ink pads have an easy peel label on the back that gives you advice regarding colour combination's to use for a 'tone on tone' look. I find this useful and I am going for the Willow,Citrus and Lettuce option with Pitch Black to shade the edges.
I have cut a DL strip from my Lavinia Smooth Matt card stock and placed it on a pile of cheap copy paper. Next to this is another stack of cheap copy paper that I will use to take off the excess ink from my brayer.
Flick your brayer three or four times over the cheap copy paper to take off most of the ink.
|Pic 4. cheap copy paper on right!|
Also, it is vital for the blending process that you just 'kiss' your card stock with the brayer. If you press too heavily your brayer will 'bite back' and give you unsightly lines...not nice!
After removing most of the ink go to your card stock (which is placed in a vertical position) and starting 'off the page' from the copy paper, go across your work from left to right using the light flicking movements.
You should hardly see any colour!
Ink up the brayer and take off the excess ink and do the same again......repeat this over and over until you are happy with the depth of colour of your background. Pic 4 shows the pale background and how much ink is on the cheap copy paper.
Change ink pads to the next shade up and with fresh copy paper in place, ink up just half of the roller (see pic 5) Take off the excess ink by rolling across your copy paper FOUR or FIVE times. Yeah I know it's a lot but trust me I'm a card maker! You will get lines if you rush this or leave too much ink on!
Still keeping to the same 'light touch flicking method ' Brayer across three quarters of the card.
REMEMBER to keep an eye on your copy paper as you must not allow any ink from this paper to taint the clean area of your brayer.
Repeat over as before until you are happy with the blending and depth of colour.
As long as you are gentle you should not get any lines as you 'blend' into the lighter section.
If you do, then don't panic, ink the roller again and take off the excess, brayer again going from left to right until it smooths out! If you are left handed do you go from right to left.
Always, always, brayer from the beginning of your work each time. The very edge... 'off the page' and go from left to right. Please do not start from 'where you left off' or the middle. I hope that makes sense!
Part three tomorrow !
Thursday, 4 November 2010
|I have a few of these|
Part One shows you all the equipment I use to achieve the results that I like. There are other products, however, those shown here are the best ones for me.
|My Brayer tree!|
The brayers don't see the sun! (along with my stamps they stay in the dark) I never lay them down on their rubber edge as this can dent the surface of the rollers. So hanging them is tidy and saves them from damage.
You will notice I have three Speedball Brayers (soft rubber) and two hard plastic brayers with vivid red rollers in two different sizes.
I will talk about the techniques I use with this kind of brayer in part three of this tutorial.
|My Favourite Card for blending|
Next up in my equipment list of 'must haves' are the inks I use. Adirondack dye based Ink pads and Big and Juicy pads. I don't use ANY other inks on my Speedball Brayers.
I use baby wipes to clean my brayers or mild soap and water NEVER, NEVER solvent based cleaners!
Finally, the paper I use is SO important.
Postcard size card from Clarity Stamps, Smooth 160gsm paper from the IQ premium range at Staples ( not cheap but lots of it and a cheaper way when you are learning!) and finally Matt card stock from Lavinia Stamps, most of my cards are made using this one.
Part two ...How to Blend is.....tomorrow. Make sure all yours wrists are 'floppy' by then please!
Thanks for looking.