We are so very excited to welcome Emma our guest designer this week! She has three beautiful cards to share with you! They are just amazing! Please welcome here by leaving a comment! Big hugs, Joanna xoxo
I am Emma; I’m so happy to be here with my second post as a Guest Designer for Inspired By Stamping from my blog, Non Stop Crafting! As I mentioned in my previous post, I am a 21 year old bedbound crafter who loves card making, painting and music (often combing the three) and creating has become a form of Physiotherapy. I live in rural Northumberland and I am so pleased that spring is just around the corner! Since my last post, the snow drops have bloomed in my garden and I can see the shoots of daffodils starting to peek out – it seems like ages since I’ve seen flowers in the garden! Anyway, without the colourful flowers in the garden, I have used the Poppies stamp set today – they are my favourite flower!
I had originally intended this post to just be one card… however, I kept thinking of ideas for cards – so I kept creating and I’ve got three videos (you lucky things 😉 ) for three cards showing how the larger images, which I would typically just use as the focal point of my card, can be used to create backgrounds. For all of these cards, masks are essential – I don’t have any specific masking paper so I just used some post-it notes and you’ll see later how I combat the stamp being too big for the label.
For my first card, I used darker card to create my panel and stamped the single poppy head image with Mama Elephant Moonlight ink which is a gorgeous light pigment ink and once it is dried is a very light grey, almost white colour.
I took the circle from the Fancy Label 3 die set and cut a hole in the panel, and, as I wanted the circle cut from the card base as well, I placed the panel with the die still in place on top of the card base. Once it was centred, I ran it through my die cutting machine – being sure to open the card so I didn’t get a second window in the back!
I stamped the bunch of poppies onto hot press water colour paper with Ranger Archival Jet Black ink before painting with my watercolours. I love using watercolour to paint floral images because watercolour, for the most part, is transparent, as are petals and the paint helps give a velvety look. I mainly used Winsor and Newton Winsor Red to colour the petals with a little Burnt Sienna in the shadow areas. When applying the paint, I find it easier to keep my brush at 180° from the border line as I am less likely to go over the line and I also find it easier as I’m pulling the colour towards me.
I only used the middle flower from the stamp and placed it behind the window on the card base and, because the flower was very delicate, I placed some acetate behind the window. I used the “Thinking of You” sentiment from the Poppies stamp set on an oval I cut from the Fancy Label 3 die set which I blended Broken China Distress Ink over.
I adhered some of the crochet ribbon from Inspired By Stamping’s Christmas Ribbon set on the panel behind the oval sentiment banner. I placed some foam pads behind the oval and underneath the panel. As I’d cut a window in the card base as well as the panel, when the card is open, the light can pass through the window and around the poppy which sort of gives it the look of being lit up.
I also used watercolour for my second card. I stamped the bunch of poppies with Ranger Archival Jet Black ink onto Daler Rowney Hot Pressed Watercolour paper. For the first layer, I lay down some water over the flower before dropping in some Winsor and Newton Winsor Red – I think it can help to give the petals a more natural look because the paint just blooms out and decides where it wants to go.
For the stem and the centre of the flower, I used some Derwent Watercolour pencils; I like using them for smaller areas and I think, if you’re just thinking about getting into watercolour, they can be handy as you have more control over the shadow areas. You place some colour down in your darkest point and then use the water to pull the colour out and create that gradient of highlight to shadow. I like using a couple of different colours, just because it gives a look of different tones in the object so I used May Green, Grass Green and Cedar Green pencils.
I used some Winsor and Newton Winsor Yellow to colour the background with some Raw Umber close to the flowers to intensify the colour and increased the focus towards them. I blended Peacock Feathers Distress Ink over a panel a little bigger than my watercolour piece, I then adhered it to some vellum with glue dots. As my watercolour panel had warped slightly, I attached foam tape from top to bottom which stretched the watercolour paper out.
I then took the single poppy head image and, after creating a mask of it with a post it note, I stamped the image directly onto my card base with Hobby Craft Christmas Red ink. I wanted it to look like there were poppies falling down my card, so I stamped the poppy numerous times, each time covering up the poppy I’d stamped before.
I also used “With Love” sentiment that came with the Poppies stamp set with Versafine Onyx Black ink and cut it out using one of the banner dies from the Fancy Labels 3 die set which I coloured with Peacock Feathers Distress Ink. I added foam squares behind the panel and placed it slightly off centre so the “falling poppies” would be more visible.
My third, and final, card is my personal favourite of all the cards I have created as my stint as guest designer! For this card, I needed a larger mask, and without any masking paper, I had to just take three post-it-note’s and adhere them together.
After cutting a piece of docrafts Papermania Kraftstax, I started stamping the bunch of flowers image from the Poppies stamp set. However, I wanted to keep a space clear on my panel for my sentiment – so I used a very technical piece of equipment… a post-it-note! It was the perfect size so was perfect for the job!
I kept shifting the masks around as I did the stamping, and because I’d used the masks, I had a seamless background. I then used my coloured pencils on one of the bunch of flowers – I love the bold look of coloured pencil on Kraft card. As always with coloured pencil, I’m working in layers; I know some people use the darkest colour first, however, I tend to work lightest to darkest for the first couple of layers – just until I work how far out my shadows would need to be.
As I’d mis-stamped one of the images, and when I tried to stamp over it… I created a “shadow”, I coloured around each of flowers with some grey pencils – for the main flower, however, I used lighter greys to help it stand out. I stamped the “Thank You” from the Big Thanks stamp set with Mama Elephant Pacific Blue ink and, as with Moonlight ink that I used on the first card, this ink looks gorgeous on darker card, it looks like it almost shines because it is so light.
I stamped one of the adorable taglines that come with the Big Thanks stamp set and cut it out with one of the banners from the Fancy Label 3 die set. I used the larger of the two as I really like the edges, however, it was a little too long, so I did some partial die cutting: after cutting one side, I slide the paper along and it just sat perfectly in the die – so the only reason you would know is if I told you! I blended the Mama Elephant ink over the banner to co-ordinate it with the sentiment.
I have a confession: I am a ribbon convert! I have never really liked using ribbon before, however, I have used it in all of my projects this month! I attached some of Inspired By Stamping’s Christmas Ribbon to my card base with glue dots – I prefer to use glue dots as it makes it easier if I need to correct a mistake instead of if I’d used double-sided sellotape. I placed glue dots behind the banner and attached it directly underneath the “Thank You”. I love using foam to help add colour so I used some bright orange from DoveCraft’s A4 brights set and adhered the panels together with double sided sellotape.
And that’s it! After my essay! Hahaha! I have loved being a guest designer for Inspired By Stamping and using their wonderful products. I hope you have enjoyed reading my post and watching the videos.