Draw A Blank

Do you ever feel intimidated by the blank sheet in front of you?  Apparently, it’s quite a common to sit down with a white sheet of card in front of you and for your mind to go blank. I purchased a gel press plate to make backgrounds in the hope that they would provide some inspiration that would spark an idea.

These cards were for ladies in the Lavinia Birthdays group so they feature Lavinia Stamps.  I began with these two panels to create two cards. 

I wanted them each to have a moon and I hadn’t left space in the printing so had to create one. For the purple panel, I brushed on white pigment ink through a circular stencil, adding a little silver and some white gel pen. Using a landscape stencil, I added some distant hills and near ground and also blended some ink to darken the sky and make the moon more prominent.

After seeing a lovely card with a bokeh sky, I thought I’d give it a go using a few different colours.  I don’t think it worked because the moon should be bokeh-ed too.  Mr L said it looked like the place was surrounded by loads of planets and moons!  Anyway, it added some interest to the sky and luckily, it doesn’t have to be realistic.  A few Mystic Swirls were stamped in silver ink to add some magic to the scene.

To finish the scene, I used Seren, one of the foxes from Set 2, the Fairy Fir Tree and Mystic Swirl in Versafine Clair Nocturne.  Finally, a bit of sparkle using Wink of Stella and some Nuvo Drops and some white gel pen on the leading edge of the elements to give the impression of reflected moonlight.

For the blue one, I used Distress Oxide Weathered Wood, a pale grey, to create the moon.  As it wasn’t so bright, I stamped the Star Cluster with Versamark and white heat embossed the stars.

The card featured Seren, Wild Hares and the Thistle Branch and a couple of mini mushrooms.  The images were stamped and edges darkened with Versafine Clair Nocturne.  Finally, a bit of texture was added with the Feather Leaf stencil and some White Posca dots.  The Posca pen was also used to create the reflected moonlight on the figures.

Double Gatefold Christmas Scene

The background for this was made during one of my experiments with my gel press.  I rolled distress oxide inks onto the press before printing the snowflakes from Colorado Craft Company Slimline Nordic Snowflakes on top and then taking a print.  I cut this piece into panels for a gatefold card and stuck them to my grid paper with some temporary adhesive whilst I stamped my scene.

To begin, I stamped the pine cones onto the card and onto the sticky part of a Post-it note.  I fussy cut the pinecones and stuck them onto the card so that the branches would sit behind when I stamped them.

Next, after inking in some hills, I used a selection of stamps from Lavinia Stamps to create the scene of the animals looking at the beautiful tree, which is actually a feather! 

The feather tree was decorated with a tiny star stamp and heat embossed with silver powder.

Some fairy charm stamps were added to decorate the overhanging branches before mounting the panels onto a navy card base. 

Card base: 11¼” x 5¾”, scored at 1⅞”, 3¾”, 7½” and 9⅜”, folded M-V-V-M

Mats: Four 1⅝” x 5½” for the side panels; two 3½” x 5½” for the main panel and back.

Patient Puss

Like me, my sister is a big fan of cats so, when it came to making a card for her birthday, it called for another outing for Mooch (Lavinia stamps). I’d recently bought a gel press plate for making backgrounds using mixed media so this was a first outing for that – and for me using it!

To begin, I brayered some Distress Oxide inks in Weathered Wood and Duck Egg onto the gel plate, spritzed with a little water, then pressed my card onto the plate.  This would colour the moon.  Next, I applied a selection of pink and purple Oxides onto the gel plate, added an acetate circle to mask the area for the moon, spritzed with water again and then pressed the card onto the plate.

I wanted the cat to be highlighted by the moon so decided to have him sitting on a wall, made using a brickwork stencil, and then stamped Mooch on top.

The final stage was framing the scene which I did with Dandelion and Thistle silhouette stamps, also from Lavinia.  I then used the Feather Leaf stencil to add a little texture to the sky area.  To finish, I added some glitter around the moon and some stars and added some black Nuvo drops onto the silhouettes for subtle reflection from the moon.

To finish the card, I used an 8” x 8” card base and added a black mat to both my topper and the decorative layer beneath.  This was just a piece of white card that I blended the same purple and pink Oxide inks onto and then added the Feather Leaf stencil to coordinate with the topper.

The other thing I made for my sister was a cat themed cake.  I saw this idea on Facebook ages ago and though I know just the person I can make that for.  It made everyone laugh and nobody refused a slice, despite the subject matter!