Monday, January 14, 2019

Browns and Blacks

I love online challenge blogs because I can find myself going in a direction in crafting that I hadn't planned on, out of my box so to say.
 The Color Throwdown Challenge for this week was a simple black, brown, white.  I thought that would be easy until I started working on it.  This might be my third attempt!!! I stamped a Simon Says Stamp background stamp in white on watercolor paper, embossed it with white embossing powder and then just blotted a brown Distress Stain all over that, letting the ink sit in puddles as it dried.  I love this "resist" technique especially with the white lines.  
 The large "thank you" die is by Altenew and the leaves are from Paper Smooches.  I covered the leaves with Nuvo Crystal Glaze. I love how easy it is to spread this liquid and how evenly it dries with a great crystal shine.  The black dots are Nuvo Crystal Drops.  I purchased both from Simon Says Stamp and they might be my new obsession.  
 Here is the Color Throwdown challenge.
And the Just Us Girls challenge.
Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost0
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Wednesday, January 9, 2019

The Little Things

I have such a huge love of Distress Stains or Distress Inks and Altenew stamps and dies, these were my go to for the card I want to share plus I used the January Altenew challenge for my inspiration.  
 The background is the simplest, I used watercolor paper and Distress Stains blotted onto a thin strip of acrylic, one color at a time.  The wet ink on the acrylic was spritzed with water to make it a bit diluted, then pressed onto the paper, one color at a time.  I love the "messy" results of these inks and watercolor paper.  
 This flower die set is a new tool for me.  It is unique in that it doesn't require any stamping, just cutting.  I cut each piece from white watercolor paper and then added Distress Stains to each individual piece.  Spritzing the papers and the inks with water helps them run and mingle.  I love that the flower is layers and you actually can get a little creative, not adding them together as they were intended.  
Thanks for visiting, Linda 

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Spray of Blossoms

To fit the Card Concept challenge, I created a very simple spray of flowers scattered over my card using an Altenew stamp.  
 The flowers were stamped with white ink and embossed with white and then a few Distress Stains were used on this watercolor paper for a quick way of adding color.  
 The word die "congrats" by My Favorite Things was cut from watercolor paper and then also colored with Distress Stains.  
 I gave the background a wash of more Distress Stain.  
 Here is the Card Concept challenge.
Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Springy Congrats

I used the sweetest color combo from the current Color Throwdown challenge for this card.  

 You need to look at the following close ups of the card to see all of the subtle texture that is included from a stamped image embossed with white.  The leaves are from a set by Altenew.  I cut them out of my watercolor paper and then colored them with Distress Inks and then inlaid them back into the piece of paper.  
 Look at that design to the entire background of the card.  I used a Simon Says Stamp background stamp.  Its a big stamp so it covered the entire card.  The word Congrats is a die cut from My Favorite Things and I coated that cut out word with Nuvo Crystal Glaze.  
 Another close up of the colored leaves that match the color challenge.  
Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)

Monday, April 9, 2018

So Proud of You card

My card started out with this weeks CAS(e) this Sketch.
 Plus I just received my first The Ton Stamps and had to put them to use.  I used three of the flowers from a bouquet of flowers so I could make them fit the sketch.  
 I colored my flowers and leaves with some Zig Clean Color markers on watercolor paper.  The background was created with Distress Stains and a line stencil again on watercolor paper.  
 Here is the CAS(e) this Sketch.
My card also fits the Inspired by challenge too.
Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)

Saturday, April 7, 2018

It's Your Day card

Not only did I want to use a few online challenges, I wanted to use my new Altenew flower dies. 
 That dotted background die is by Lil' Inkers, I thought this created a lacey look to go along with the photo in the Time Out challenge.  
 The flower and leaves are using some dies from a set by Altenew.  The flower is three layers and I colored each layer with Distress Stains before assembling the flower.  The banner and sentiment is from a set from Avery Elle.  
 Here is the Time Out photo inspiration challenge
Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Take it Easy

When you use a flower stamp you can spend a whole lot of time coloring it beautiful but really just as beautiful is the simple style of coloring which almost isn't any coloring at all.
 In order to make use of the Color Throwdown color challenge I wanted to very simply use those colors.  I used an Altenew stamp pad to rub the one corner of my watercolor card to create a background.  
 When I had to amount of color that I wanted, I just stamped this spray of Altenew stamps using black ink.  I then embossed that with clear embossing powder.  The embossing powder makes the black a little more intense plus makes the black stand out.  The sentiment is also from Altenew. 
 Just for a fun accent I added a little bit of silver watercolor ink to some of the leaves in my image.  
 Here is the Color Throwdown challenge
 This card also fits the Addicted to Stamps and More challenge.
Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)