I’ve been painting this week; a Valentine’s card for Mr L and an actual picture! There are some wonderful YouTube tutorials available for beginner painters and I’m a big fan of Karen Rice’s paintings, style and teaching.
My card was a line and wash using another Anita Jeram stamp. Those rabbits are so cute! I lifted out the paint in the sky to create the heart shaped clouds.
When I die cut the panel, I had to use the partial die cutting technique and the die marked the panel so I had to add the ribbon, which unfortunately hides most of the cloud.
I decorated the envelope using a white gel pen.
My painting was done following Karen Rice’s Silver Birch Trees Step By Step video. I was first drawn to this particular tutorial because there’s no drawing involved. The trees are masked using strips of tape (I used framing tape) and then the first stage of painting is done over the top.
There are some fun techniques to try during the painting. Here’s a close up of the salt starting to do it’s magic, creating the spidery textures, and the grasses created by scraping the paint with the corner of a plastic card.
Once the paint had dried, I brushed off the salt and added some spatters in white and yellow for impressions of wild flowers. When this was dry, I removed the tape to reveal my trees.
The next stage was to bring the trees to life. First, the dark marks on the trunks were added in a random pattern, which I found is actually harder than it seems. When they were dry, I added the shadows to the right side of the trunks to indicate that the light is coming from the left. I inadvertently did some dry brush technique, which really helped to add texture to the trunks. The last task was to add some grasses to soften the hard edges at the bottom of the trunks.
I really enjoyed doing this painting and trying out the fun techniques along the way.
This week, my sister and brother-in-law moved from 120 miles away to ‘cup-of-tea distance’ (7 miles) away! I haven’t lived this close to my sister for just over 30 years so I’m very happy indeed to have her nearby again. This week’s post is the new home card that I made for them.
To begin, I cut a house from the Home Together die set a couple of times together with a panel to fit behind the heart hole. I glued these layers together and added a red glitter heart into the hole.
Next was my background and I used the Detailed Hearts die. I cut one in white and another in Smoky Slate as I wanted to inlay some of the hearts with white and grey. This die cuts out loads of hearts – handy for a shaker card!
My greeting was next. I have no ‘new home’ sentiment stamps and the home related ones I do have say Congrats. Eugh! – I hate Congrats!! So, I’d have to make my own. I wanted to say ‘Happy New Home’ so I used the happy from a happy birthday die. A quick tip for die cutting. I’ve had this die for many years. The more modern dies seem to release easier but this one holds on to the card so well that the cut-out often rips when trying to get it out of the die. If you have dies like this, add a layer of wax paper between the die and the card and it will release much easier.
For my sentiment panel, I cut out a small rectangle, rounded the corners, adhered the glitter ‘happy’ and then wrote in ‘new home’. I then glued the house onto the rectangle.
The heart panel was mounted onto a grey card base and the sentiment popped up on foam dimensionals with some silver thread underneath.
It was Valentine’s Day on Friday and whilst we don’t buy big presents or go out and get fleeced for a distinctly average meal, I do enjoy making a card for Mr L. He generally gets his crafting on and asks for access to my craft room to make me a card too – which I LOVE! I don’t get many handmade cards. I’ve just got the This Little Piggy set and thought it would be perfect to use for my card using the mirror stamping technique. I wrote a blog post last March on how to do this technique, it’s linked at the end if you’d like a refresh.
To begin, I mirror stamped my pigs.
Next, I coloured them in using some alcohol markers and also drew in some more grass in the gap in the middle to unite the two images.
I then stamped the pig on the front and back of a post-it note and cut around them to create two masks. Note: The ink stamped on the adhesive on the back of the note stayed wet for a long time so I repeatedly pressed the adhesive part on scrap paper.
Using the bunch of hearts from Forever Lovely, I second generation stamped using Rococo Rose and Lovely Lipstick inks. I also stamped the trio of smaller hearts from the same set and then removed the masks.
I wanted a fun, pig-based sentiment for my card so I hand lettered one.
Lastly, I mounted the piece on Lovely Lipstick and Basic Black mat layers and then onto a Real Red cardbase. I finished by adding some epoxy heart droplets over some of the stamped hearts for some dimension and a couple of pink hearts to frame the sentiment.