Thursday, March 2, 2017

An old stamping technique but a goodie! Chalking!

Hi there,
I thought I would get my old Decorative Chalks out today and have a play with them for my Card Two of the 30 Days Colouring Challenge. I'm loving the freedom I have at the moment with not worrying about using old products, or if they are hard to get, or if they're discontinued. I know it doesn't help you or the businesses out there but I am mixing them with new products, I will enjoy getting back to exploring new products and mediums very soon. PanPastels are a great alternative product to use, these are available in most art stores and in some scrapbooking and cardmaking shops, the colours in the range are absolutely gorgeous.

I'm not particularly excited about this card, I like it but I don't love it! It's has too many bright colours for my liking, but making cards isn't about what you like sometimes, it's about what your recipient likes! Plus, I'm experimenting, hence why I'm doing this 'Colouring Challenge'.

How I created this card: First I stamped my My Favourite Things Blissful Butterflies on smooth white card with VersaMark ink, I applied the chalks over the top in a circular motion. Once I was happy with the coverage I added more detail around the body using coloured pencils to give them more shape and depth. 

For the background I used Hero Arts striped patterns stamp with VersaMark ink and a range of colourful chalks. I cut a selection of Stampin' Up! Flourish Thinlits from vellum and an Avery Elle 'Celebrate' from purple card. 

Happy Stamping

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Colouring outside the lines

Hi there,

I thought I would give this 30 Day Coloring Challenge a go this year, wish me luck! If you would like more information or wish to join in then please visit this link .

Well, those who know me well would say I'm very particular about staying inside the lines while colouring, so I decided to challenge myself to colour OUTSIDE the lines!! It was a struggle but also a very liberating feeling. 
 I'm pretty happy with how it turned out, hope you like it!

Here is a quick little video.

 I dabbed the Stampin Up! ink pads - sweet sugarplum and emerald city on a non-porous surface, I picked up the ink using a wet paintbrush then coloured my image. I let the watered inks dry completely before adding more.

My preferred brushes and absolute favourites are KUM brushes from, these are well worth investing in, they hold quiet a lot of volume and are gorgeously smooth to paint with. A very dear friend owns this company but that hasn't swayed my opinion because they are that good!!

The stamp set I used is Stampin' Up! Birthday Blooms.

Thanks for looking and happy colouring! 


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