22 June 2018

ARTISTIC EXPRESSION JUNE 2018

Today's post over at mftstamps.com has a porky theme!

If you'd like to know how I coloured a pig's bum, yes you did read that correctly hee hee, then please hop on over to the MFT blog to read today's feature in full.


The front of the card is pretty cute, with an adorable little piglet peeking over the farm fence.



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But as you can see, the image is not a boring flat panel.


Open up the card and you're greeted with a pigs bum and in today's feature, I share with you all how I went about colouring it!

14 June 2018

MFT COLOUR CHALLENGE #95

I've got a Colour Challenge for you today, using the shades below:


and I decided to do a little inking and stitching.......


I cut the Cross-Stitch Rectangle die from Smooth White card and inked it with a combination of Peeled Paint and Tumbled Glass Distress Ink.

The hedgehog comes courtesy of a chart from www.crossmenot.blogspot.com.  I added some daisies for the yellow and white part of the challenge.



I affixed the stitched panel on to a two-tone mount of Sour Apple and Berrylicious with Foam Tape for added dimension, before adhereing this to a Smooth White card base.

I hope you can join in with todays challenge and remember there is a $50 store voucher up for grabs!

Until next time
Happy Colouring

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12 June 2018

MFT AND FRIENDS - JUNE 2018

Hello there, it's time to take a second look at the June release from MFT.



I chose to use Birdie Brown's Gill Friends and couldn't resist incorporating a little cross-stitch too!



I cut the cross-stitch grid with the Cross-Stitch Tag die from Yupo paper.   If you haven't tried Yupo paper before, it's fantastic for cross-stitch projects as it's less inclined to tear if you pull the threads too tight.

I used 6 colours of DMC Perle Cotton in a random pattern to give the impression of water.

As for the fish, they were stamped with Hybrid Gravel Grey ink on Copic suitable card and coloured with Copic Markers (available here)

COPIC COLOURS:
Goldfish: Y17, YR04, YR07, YR14, YR18, YR27, W8
Neon Tetra: W1, W2, R22, R27, B21, B24, W8
Background: Y17, B01, BG13, BG45, BG49, YG61



You may have spotted that I coloured the outside of the die cut fish.  I did this in order that they blended in better with the water.

Small bubbles were created using clear round drops that I adhered to the stitched area with Multi Medium Matte.  The fish were affixed with either Multi Medium Matte or Foam Squares for additional dimension.

I created my own background paper using the Mermaid Tail background stamp and various Hybrid inks to match the DMC threads.  The finished project was adhered to a Smooth White card base, with a narrow Tropical Teal mount.

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6 June 2018

MFT RELEASE DAY - JUNE 2018

It's the day I am sure many of you have been waiting for, but before you head off to mftstamps.com to spend your pennies, allow me to share with you one last project:


This card was created using the beautiful Moroccan Mosaic die and Distress Oxide ink.

The card base was created using Latte cardstock, with the background mount cut from Bristol Paper using the largest Stitched Tag Corner Square Stax.  
I then used Faded Jeans, Cracked Pistachio and Antique Linen Distress Oxides to create a blended background, spritzing it with a Distress Sprayer.


The Moroccan Mosaic die was inked with the same Distress Oxides but in reverse order with the addition of Frayed Burlap on the outer edge to coordinate with the Latte card base.


Now, before you head off to shop I have some awesome news:

Orders over $60, after discounts and before shipping and tax 
will receive a free stamp set:
Happy Hello
(while stocks last)
This is in addition to the normal Free With $60 Die-namics gift.

And of course please don't forget to leave a comment here on my blog for your chance to win one of two $100 mftstamps store vouchers!


Thank you for dropping by and have fun shopping.

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4 June 2018

MFT JUNE RELEASE - COUNTDOWN DAY 2

Here is another non-Copic card from the new release:

I started with a circle card base made using the largest Inside and Out Stitched Circle die and After Midnight cardstock.  To make it look like the night sky I splattered Picket Fence Distress paint on to the card with a Splatter Brush.....oh, you've got to try it, it's so much fun, but be prepared to get "spotty" too!
Next, I stamped a sentiment from the new You Wow Me stamp set using Versamark ink which I heat embossed with White Embossing Powder.
The Fireworks Display die was cut twice, using Sweet Tooth and Blue Yonder, with the tips of each burst inked with either Sweet Tooth Pigment ink or Faded Jeans Distress Oxide.
In order to ensure correct placement of the pieces, I temporarily taped one of the negative die cuts to the card base and adhered the pieces in the spaces, carefully removing it once the glue had dried.

I cut the Wow die from Cherry Crisp card and used Sweet Tooth Pigment ink and Cement Grey Hybrid ink to add a little shading.  It was adhered to the card using foam squares for added dimension.

I'll be back in a couple of days,

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2 June 2018

MFT JUNE RELEASE - COUNTDOWN DAY 4

Hello there, I have something with an aquatic theme for you today:

I love the new Aquarium die and later in the post, I will share a little trick with you to make it look like it's filled with water! Of course, you need fish for the tank and the new Birdie Brown Gill Friends stamp set works perfectly.


I started with a square card base made from Sno Cone cardstock, with a Berrylicious mount.  As for the image, that was cut from a piece of Copic suitable card with the largest Inside and Out Stitched Square die.  Then, having marked out the area that the Aquarium die would sit, I stamped the fish and pondweed with Cement Grey Hybrid ink and proceeded to colour it with Copic Markers (available HERE)

COPIC COLOURS:
Fish Tank Glass: B01, BG13
Plants: BG90, BG93, G40, YG61, YG63, YG67, W1, W3
Fish: BG000, BG01, BG02, BG05, G12, YG21, YG23, Y35, Y38, W2, W8
Gravel: E40, E41, E42, E43, W2, W4

I cut out the pieces of the Fish Tank using the new Aquarium die from Gravel Grey card and some clear acetate.  In order to make the tank look like it was filled with water, I sprayed B01 and BG13 on to the acetate using a Distress Spritzer tool.

The tank was mounted with black foam tape to give added depth and dimension to the overall image. Foam tape was used to affix the extra fish and sentiment, with bubbles created with dots of White Blizzard Nuvo Glitter Drops.


I'm sure this is going to prove very popular, so be sure to set a reminder for 21:00 (EDT) 5 June when the new release will be available at mftstamps.com.

Happy Colouring

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1 June 2018

MFT JUNE RELEASE - COUNTDOWN DAY 5

Hello and welcome to my blog.

I have a die cut card for you today using the soon to be released Sunshine Shaker.


No Copic markers or pencils today!

The card base was created using Blue Yonder Cardstock and the largest Stitched Tag Corner Square Stax die, then with Sweet Tooth Pigment ink, a sponge dauber and the Cloudy Day stencil I created a sky background.
A circle was cut from the centre of the card with Circle Stax 2, which enabled me to fix a shaker pouch in the hole.
The sun was cut from Banana Split card using the new Sunshine Shaker die.  Both the end of the rays and outer part of the circle were inked with Fossilized Amber Distress Oxide ink.
Googly eyes and a yellow dot were adhered to the central circle before I affixed it behind the pouch - remember, you don't always have to fill the pouches with sequins or glitter!



Why not give this a try, I'm sure you know someone who'd love to receive a bright sunshine card.

I will be back tomorrow with more from the upcoming MFT June release.


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29 May 2018

MFT MAY 2018 - HITS & HIGHLIGHTS

Well, hello there, welcome to my blog, thank you for dropping by.


The theme this month for our Hits and Highlights feature is:
"Magical May"

I opted for a literal take on the theme, choosing images from our catalogue and adding a couple of my own that conjured up Magic to me!

A background cut from the Watercolour Wash paper pad with a die from the A2 Stitched Rectangle Stax 2 was adhered to an A2 Smooth White top folding card base.

The photographs were cut from more Smooth White card using the Precious Polaroids die set.  As I was using Copics (available HERE), the centres were cut from Copic suitable card.  Both the dragon and cat were stamped using Hybrid Cement Grey ink, whilst the magic wand and bubbling cauldron were drawn by hand.

As for the wording - The M and D are from Birdie Brown Alphabet and Numbers stamp set whereas the S came from Which Way is the Candy as the other S was too big.  I was able to do this with the aid of Post It tape to mask some of the sentiment whilst inking, a technique I used to stamp Magic instead of Magical from Magical Dragons.




COPIC COLOURS:
Dragon: G00, YG41, YG45, B41, B45, C2, C3, C5, E81, E84, YG21
Eyes: E11, E17, W8
Background: B0000, R0000
Wand: W0, W2, W3, W5, W7
Background: BG0000, B0000, B000, B00
Cat: C3, C5, C7, W8, B91, B93, RV93, YG41, YG45
Background: B0000, YG0000
Spell: YG41, YG45, C2, C3, C5
Background: B0000, YG0000

For M Magic and S Spell I added extra detail with various colours of Nuvo drops which I also used to decorate the background paper.  I also stamped ABC on to the "Spell" photo with Versamark ink and then heat embossed it with White Embossing Powder.

Once the coloured images were glued into the Polaroid frames I adhered them to the card.  Both the Dragon and Cat were fixed with a Tape Runner, whilst the other two images were adhered with Foam Tape for added dimension.


I hope you liked my take on Magic May.

Until next time,
Happy Colouring.


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25 May 2018

ARTISTIC EXPRESSION - MAY 2018

Hello there, thanks for visiting my blog.

It is time for another

and this month I have instructions on how I coloured a cactus!





So if you're curious as to what I've been up to then please click on the link below to read this months feature on the MFT Blog - I hope you find it informative and that you give the technique a try.


Oh and don't forget if you have any questions - please ask!

15 May 2018

MFT AND FRIENDS - MAY 2018


Today I am taking another look at our recent May release:



If you've been following me for a while you will know by now I love sewing almost as much as I love colouring so I decided to combine the two for todays project.

I started with the new Scallop Cross-Stitch Tag and used just the pierced element - cutting out a grid on a piece of white Yupo cardstock.  This is amazing for stitching - it's synthetic, so won't tear as readily as paper based card - great for beginners who may pull the threads too hard.

As you can see I used a plain cross stitch in three colours for the lower area using 4 strands of embroidery thread.  The upper portion was sewn with 2 strands of thread using a simple square stitch that covers the area quickly and easily.  (It's basically diagnals of back stitch, which once complete give the appearance of squares.)



The little boy was stamped on to Copic suitable card using Hybrid Cement Grey ink and coloured with Copics (available here) and a touch of pencil enhancement.

COPICS USED:
Skin: E0000, E000, E40, E41, V20, R20
Eyes: B21, B26, W10
Jeans: B91, B93, B95, N0, N2, N3, N4
Shoes: W0, W1, W2, B16, B18, N4
Shirt: B000, B00, N2, N0
Hair: E21, E23, E25, E27
Cat: E11, E13, E15, E17, RV93, YG61, W4, W8




Once completed, I adhered the stitched panel to a Smooth White card base with foam tape and glued the little guy onto the sewn panel with Multi Medium Matte.

Thanks for dropping by my blog today, don't forget you can keep up to date with my latest work by following on Blogger, signing up to emails (see side panel on blog) as well as my FACEBOOK PAGE and INSTAGRAM.

Until next time
Happy Colouring


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10 May 2018

MFT MAY RELEASE - JUST ADD COLOUR

Hello again, I'm back with one of our newer monthly features:


As you may recall, this is where we showcase elements from our new release with colouring as the main focal point.

I started with a piece of Copic suitable card and cut out a stitched square using the Inside and Out Stitched Square stax. Then with the Basic Shapes Circles stencil, inked random circles with Natural Hybrid ink and turned those simple inked circles in to spheres using Copic makers (available HERE)



I kept the colour palette quite simple by using purely earth tones and greys..........but I would suggest that should you want to try this at home, learn from my mistake and make sure you ink your circles well enough.  I had been a little too light handed with the inking and as it dried I was really struggling to see the circles.........lesson learnt!

COPIC COLOURS:
E11, E13, E15, E21, E23, E30, E31, E33, E34, E40, E41, E42, E43, E50, E51, E53, E55, E81, E84, W0, W1, W2, W3, YR30



Once coloured I adhered the finished piece on to a top folding square Sweet Tooth cardbase, with a Natural mount.  The sentiment, from the the Bubble over with Joy set was stamped onto Copic card with Hybrid Kraft ink and cut using the Fishtail sentiment strip from Blueprints 27.

A different approach when using those stencils in your collection and a great way to practice your Copic shading.

Happy Colouring

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