Monday, February 29, 2016

CardMaker Magazine and Faber Castell blog hop

Its an exciting time, the Cardmaker blog team is hosting a blog hop featuring some great supplies from Faber-Castell.  Sometime during the hop, stop by the Faber-Castell blog since they are giving away some good stuff. 
 The featured products from Faber-Castell was a Paper Flower kit that included Gelatos.  It was fun to sit down, pull out everything in the kit and to just play. 
 I had used Gelatos before but I wanted to really see what they could do so I enjoyed spending some time doing just that.  I ended up with several pieces that I know I will use on cards in the future but for this hop and for my card I settled on this great background.  Gelatos are in a small, shape similar to a lip stick.  They react to water so I scribbled some colors on my watercolor paper and then used water to spread them around.  I also used those same Gelatos to add color to the various layers of flowers that I used.  
The kit includes a number of flower shapes, almost all white and cut from a few different types of paper.  The different papers take these inks differently so that was a neat part of the playing process.  I used quite a bit of water on my background so the inks did run and of course, those runs became a big part of my finished card.

Please continue the hop by going on over the Lisa Silvers blog.
Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)

Saturday, February 6, 2016

One Red Heart

If I had my way I would create using hearts all year long.
 But, of course, Valentines Day is the time when hearts are everywhere plus the card I want to share fits a few online challenges.  I started out with this great heart background die from Simon Says Stamp.  I cut it from watercolor paper and then colored it with yellow/gold with some Distress Stain and Heidi Swapp Color Shine.  With this die you can leave all of the cut out hearts, you can remove some of them or all of them.  I opted to take out some and leave some. 
 I know my color combo is rather unexpected for Valentines Day but I loved that it ended up a little bit out of the ordinary  I created a background with Distress Stains.  When these are added to watercolor paper and spritzed with water, the look is always a little bit of a surprise.  I cut the die from Silver Glitter cardstock so that I could add a few hearts into my background die and then I added one red heart with foam tape.  The sentiment is from Paper Smooches.  
 This fits the Just Us Girls "heart" challenge.
 It fits the Inkspiration Photo challenge because of the subtle colors and the heart.
And it fits the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge of "hearts".
Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)