26 July 2016

SENZ 2016 : Some of my favourite things I KReated Part 1

Wow not quite a month since SENZ but time flies fast. I must admit I spent a weekend making wedding invites for Pete's daughter plus I've been playing with my Copics working out colour combos & blending a bit. I think I can see why the adult colouring book craze is so big, it truly is very satisfying to straight out colour. More on that another day!


Back to SENZ; I managed to squeeze in 6 classes over 4 days so plenty to share. My favourite class was with Sharon Newport entitled making coloured backgrounds. After the class I think it needs to say making COLOURED backgrounds, wow they were colourful. I think one of the main reasons I enjoyed Sharon's class so much was there was no pressure & it's really fun to get your fingers INKY!

We used Ken Oliver Color Burst powders (class colours as above with 2 extras I also bought, extras were Burnt Umber & Turquoise). I also played at other classes with Beck BT's Color Crush powders which were also fab. For myself I think I liked the control I got with Ken's bottles better rather than the shaker on top of Beck's wee pots. A friend of mine bought back Nuance Magical powders from the Brisbane craft show & I liked them the best as the hole you created yourself with a push pin, so it is quite small & seemed easy to control where you spread the powder.

All 3 powders are amazing though!! A little goes a long way & you can create awesome washes with water.




This piece was my favourite as it used the Alizarin Crimson, Orange & a wee tad of Lemon Yellow. Poof a bit of the powder on in different spots, then spritz with a mister bottle & let the colour reaction begin. Once dry we added a clear medium with stencil. I'm pretty sure the medium I used was my Art Basics Clear Gloss Gel - transparent. Once dry I've sponged it with my Black Soot distress ink, which has darkened all the non-gelled areas. Takes emboss resist to a new level!


This is the reverse of the page above which I touched whilst wet; 2 for the price of one!

Last but not least, love the colours in this which are so intense. Created using Violet, Pthalo Green & Ultramarine Blue.



This was the first class I've ever done with Sharon but I certainly will be looking out for her classes at SENZ 2017!

✿ Karen ✿

11 July 2016

Quick & easy colouring



Hi everyone I've been really inspired by Kathy at TheDailyMarker.com who is running what looks like a regular 30-day colouring challenge. I don't think she'll get me to colour for 30 days but maybe twice a week maybe doable. She has some fantastic ideas & helpful tips & I'm enjoying seeing a daily inspiration from her in my mailbox.

For my birthday (way back in March) I bought myself a set of Zig Real Colour Brush markers as at that time I was resisting going down the Copic pathway (as their price was scaring me). Do not ask me why but I never actually opened my box & played with them. I'll blame Distress Ink pads for that, as I love watercolouring with them.

Anyhow I thought it would be fun to have a go watercolouring the large flower and the leaves on my stamp in this month's Simon Says Stamp kit. I bought the kit for the hand written messages on the stamp set which are adorable (thanks Kristina for having such pretty hand writing), well the kit has sold out but the stamp set is still available. Well I'm really pleased I opened the box as I ADORE my ZIG Real Colour Brushes, they are so easy to blend with themselves or with a water brush. I'm sure blending with a clear Wink of Stella would also be very pretty.

Kiwis I asked Fiona at Create to order the markers for me (they cost me $140 for the 36 colour set, if I realised how much I would love them, I probably would have got the 48 colour set but there are quite a few possibilities for blending even with 36 colours, it's my understanding each brush marker can also be purchased individually). At just under $4 a marker I think these are fabulous value. The brush tip is a true brush and you can do thin lines to a broad line very easily - see the side of the box & my wee swatch too.




Recipe:
Stamp set: Handwritten Floral Greetings (SSS)
Ink:  Black Archival (Ranger), Soft Sky (SU!) used for the background wash, Steel Blue (SSS), ZIG Real Colour Brushes.  I played around with a few colour combos as I went along but my flowers were Bright Yellow & Orange markers & my leaves got a real good blend of  Blue Gray, Mid Green & Olive Green.
Paper: Watercolour, Gumball Green (SU!), Confetti Cream (SU!)
Other: Watercolour brushWoodland mix sequins - bought at SENZ last week from Three Little Whimzee


✿ Karen ✿

6 July 2016

Bella truly is beautiful!




Hi all & once again a long time between posts, one of the things that is stopping me from blogging is I'm put off by how fabulous the quality of the images I see on my favourite bloggers blogs. My "new" camera is great for taking outdoor photos but it really sucks at taking photos of cards etc, my smart phone is also not that smart.

But I've decided that I like blogging & am happy to share my inky journey so I'm not going to let my camera get in the way!

For a really long time I've admired the colouring of stamped images with Copic images but to be honest with 358 colours it really is very hard to know where to start with building a collection. So imagine my delight when one of my local crafting stores in Ellerslie Memory Crafts offered beginner's lessons for 4 Saturday afternoons with us slowly building our collections along the 4 lessons. I'm at week 3 now & really enjoying the process. I have to admit that after 3 lessons it was obvious to me that if I truly wanted to colour in stamped images I needed a few more markers than I had bought for my 4 introductory lessons.

I'll be honest I still didn't know where to start with building a collection, so it was Google time & the post I found the most useful was from one of my favourite bloggers Jennifer McGuire which she wrote in 2010 but I still find relevant today. I think this post by Debbie Olsen will also be really useful when I want to expand on Jen's favourite colours.

But back to my beautiful Bella, she is one of the newly released stamp sets from Stampin' Up! & was delightful to colour in, the stamp set has many Bella images so hopefully you will see an improvement in my colouring of her. I coloured her in with C00, C1, C3 & C8 - the C8 is too dark so guess I'll have to buy a C5 or C6 this Saturday plus I've added a wee hint of pink to her cheeks with R30. The balloon is YR21, YR15 & YR68. The wee parrot is BG11, BG45 & BG49. Shadows are N0.

I've tried to make the RHS be lighter as if the sun is hitting on that side & am happy I acheived that with the balloon.

Recipe:
Stamp set: Bella & Friends (Stampin' Up!)
Ink: Memento Black, Soft Sky (SU!) sponged on the cloud
Paper: X-press It Blending Card
Other: Lawn Fawn Puffy Cloud Border dies, dimensionals, Wink of Stella clear brush to add some sparkle to the balloon.

✿ Karen ✿

19 February 2016

Distress Ink "Lifting"

When I saw this fab card of Jen McGuire's I just had to try it as I loved the colours, unfortunately I don't own the beautiful hydrangea stamp (yet) but I can report the technique worked beautifully on my azalea stamp.



In a nutshell the technique removes the distress ink colour with the use of water, then you add complementary colours back in. This really reminded me of bleaching panels but the colours you achieve with the distress inks is so much prettier than bleach - almost Monet-isque.

Recipe:
Stamps: Best Thoughts (Stampin' Up!), Banner Greetings (Stampin' Up!)
Distress Inks: Background & flower : Blueprint Sketch, Pickled Raspberry, Mowed Lawn. Butterfly : Pickled Raspberry, Wilted Violet, Mustard Seed
Card: Whisper White, Ranger Watercolour
Other: Embossing buddy, Versamark ink, white embossing powder, round 4 watercolour brush, dimensionals, gold Wink of Stella brush pen (touch on the flower stamens)


I made this card for my dear friend Judy who's birthday it was on Wednesday but I really enjoyed the technique so much I may make a few more to have in my birthday card stash. Thanks Jen for such a fabulous technique too.

Hope you all have a go too at the technique, you won't be disappointed.

✿ Karen ✿

14 February 2016

Birds go Crazy for Love

Happy Valentine's day all, Pete & myself take a low key approach to V-day but any excuse to make a card & share chocolate is always a good day.



 I have to say those crazy birds from Tim Holtz are perfect for sharing a wee bit of love with. My card's final dimensions are 4" x 7" (so I used a piece of Smoky Slate 8" x 7" & folded at 4"). The DSP is 1/4" smaller on all sides.

I followed California Girl Richele Christensen colouring techniques as I think her Bird Crazy birds are the best on the internet.

So I stamped my wee bird on watercolour paper & then die cut her out. "She" was wetted with water, then coloured in with distress ink smeared on my craft mat & watercolour paint brushes.

 I covered the bird all over with Tattered Rose, then used Aged Mahogany to colour the lower body & her wing.

At the top I used Scattered Straw & Wild Honey.

I also used Vintage Photo to add a bit of shadowing & to colour around the edges of the cut-out.

The eyes were coloured in with Tumbled Glass, the wee beak & feet were Fossilized Amber.

I then spritzed the top with Wild Honey & the base of the bird with Aged Mahogany.

I popped up the wing & the eyes on dimesionsals & added Crystal Effects to the eyes to make all glossy.

The heart I stamped in Hero Arts Soft Granite (as it's a waterproof ink), then coloured all over with Tattered Rose again, the bow was a combo of Worn Lipstick & Aged Mahogany. When the heart was dry I covered all over with my clear Wink of Stella pen to give it a wee bit of sparkle.


Recipe:
Stamp sets: Bird Crazy & Crazy Things (Stampers Anonymous), Good Greetings (Stampin' Up!)
Ranger Inks: Archival Jet Black, Tattered Rose, Worn Lipstick, Aged Mahogany, Tumbled Glass, Scattered Straw, Wild Honey, Fossilized Amber
Other inks: Soft Granite (Hero Arts), Smoky Slate (SU!)
Paper: Watercolour (Ranger), retired DSP from SU!, Soft Sky (SU!), Smoky Slate (SU!)
Others: Dimensionals, Crystal Effects, Spritzer, clear embossing powder, clear Wink of Stella pen, round 2 & round 4 brushes, Bird Crazy matching framelits, sponge, craft mat.

Well we're off to see Deadpool at the movies which should be a nice end to V-day.

✿ Karen ✿