Wednesday, 1 July 2020

AWH Team - Colour Creations Week 5 - Blushing Bride

Hi everyone, and welcome to Week 5 of our Colour Creations Showcase.

Tonight, the Art With Heart Team have created their projects showcasing Blushing Bride.

Blushing Bride is from the Subtles Collection of Stampin' Up! colours, and for my colour palette I chose to combine it with Smoky Slate (Neutrals) and Coastal Cabana (Brights).

For last weeks Colour Showcase, I water coloured for the first time. I chose something simple in the way of stripes. This week I've gone with stripes again, only this time I have used our Sponge Brayers to create them, with the help of some retired washi tape. I found this idea on Pinterest. 

Rochelle Blok, an Australian Demonstrator and a member of the Stampin' Up!® Artisan Design Team, created a background DSP for a card she had made in 2017, using washi tape to make the stripes. So, I took this idea and unlike Rochelle who used just one size width of tape on her card, I used multiple sizes to get the different sized gaps in between the colours. This really is a great idea for creating a DIY background and using up any leftover washi tape you might be hanging on to.

I will give you a tip though, make sure to take some of the 'sticky' off of the tape. I learnt this the hard way and had to throw my first attempt in the bin!
What I did the second time round, was to press the tape onto my table a few times and pulled it up, and I also applied it to my jumper at one point. This method helps to make it less tacky, and it shouldn't rip your paper when you take it off. Just remember to pull it off slowly.

I applied the different sized tapes leaving gap widths that I liked and then I simply brayered on the three colours. I used a scrap piece of paper to cover the areas where I didn't want that colour to spread into the next. You can apply as much or as little of the ink that you want, to create lighter or darker colours. This also depends on the pressure you apply to the brayer. There's no need to press hard, but firm enough so that the ink transfers.

I stamped tone on tone in each of the colour sections, using stamps from the Lovely You stamp set.
The sentiment stamped in Smoky Slate is from the same set, and then using the Lovely Labels Pick a Punch I punched it out using the 3/4" size and then the 1" size for the Blushing Bride layer. The punch has a third option size, being a 1/2".

Lovely You Bundle

If you purchase the stamp set and the punch as a bundle, you'll save 10%. Layered banners in one punch is a fantastic idea!

Using Blushing Bride and Coastal Cabana cardstock, I die cut two butterflies from the Well Written Dies and a Blushing Bride heart from the Stitched Be Mine Dies. I only glued the body of the butterflies down and the inside of the wings. I added a touch of sparkle to these parts by brushing on some Wink of Stella.

Here's a close-up pic.

On the inside of the card I brayered stripes in Blushing Bride and Smoky Slate directly onto the card. And I added another butterfly.

That's it from me for this week, thanks for stopping by.

You'll find the rest of the team's Blushing Bride creations by clicking on Catherine's blog link below.

Join us again next Wednesday for Week 6 of our Colour Creations Showcase from the Art With Heart Stampin' Up! Team.

See you then.

Wednesday, 24 June 2020

AWH Team - Colour Creations Week 4 - Blackberry Bliss

Hello & welcome everyone.

Here we are with Week 4 of the Colour Creations Showcase from the Art With Heart Team.

Tonight's featured colour is Blackberry Bliss from the Regals Collection.  This gorgeous, rich deep dark colour is so true to its name. I decided to team it with two softer colours - Pool Party and Highland Heather for my project. Both of these colours are from the Subtles Collection, but they compliment the richness of Blackberry Bliss so perfectly.

Here is my card.

This was my first proper attempt at watercolouring. I decided to start with something really simple, hence the stripes. I think I'm hooked! It was so easy and so much fun - even though they are just stripes. I cannot wait to add the new Water Painters to my next Stampin' Up! order. You get three brushes in the set. A fine tip, medium tip, and a large flat brush. I know that I am going to have some fun using and experimenting with them!

Anyway, back to my card.  The stripes are water coloured in Blackberry Bliss, and I just love the soft and pretty colour I ended up with. I used thick Whisper White cardstock and after brushing on the first strokes, I went over it again in some areas to get the darker shades. I speeded up the drying process by using my heat tool. Next, it was time to decorate!
It has been awhile since my Well Written die set saw the light of day, so it was time to get them out and show them some love. This die set has some really great words as well as a bird and butterfly and some floral elements too. It coordinates with the Well Said stamp set.

Well Written Dies.

 Out of the die set I used the little bird and the 'thanks' and these were both cut out of Blackberry Bliss cardstock. Also from the set I cut out the stems with leaves in Pool Party, and the flowers from Highland Heather. I cut six flowers in total and glued two together for the three flowers you see on the card. I added a silver Metallic Pearl to each of the centres. I used some retired adhesive sheet to attach these die-cuts to a Stitched Rectangles die. I'm happy to tell you that we have Adhesive Sheets available again. You will find them on page 162 of the new Annual Catalogue. They are the perfect adhesive to use on very fine die-cuts, making it so easy to add them to your projects. To a smaller Stitched Rectangle, I added the bird and two hearts. The hearts are from the Stitched Be Mine die set and I have cut them out of the absolutely gorgeous new Brass Foil Sheets. The beautiful quality of this new foil is amazing and it has an almost glass finish to it. It's simply gorgeous!
Both of the Stitched Rectangles have been dry embossed with the Subtle 3D Embossing Folder.
Before I added the Stitched Rectangles I wound a length of the Forever Greenery Gold Trim around the striped panel and ended it with a bow. I stamped the sentiment from the Lovely You stamp set in Blackberry Bliss ink directly onto this panel, added the die-cut 'thanks', and then glued the entire piece onto the Whisper White card base.

You can see the brass foil hearts better in this photo above.

Inside the card I added a strip of the Blackberry Bliss water coloured stripes, and another little bird and heart.

I had so much fun making this card for tonight's Colour Creations Showcase. And I know that I'm going to have more fun by hopping to each of the team's blogs and seeing their Blackberry Bliss creations. You can hop along with me and the rest of the team by clicking on Catherine's blog link below.

Thanks for stopping by.

See you again next week for another Colour Creations Showcase from the Art With Heart Stampin' Up! Team.

Thursday, 18 June 2020

AWH Team - June Creative Showcase - New Catalogue Products

Hi everyone & welcome to this month's Art With Heart Team Creative Showcase.
Tonight the team are featuring projects using their favourite products from the new Stampin' Up! 2020-2021 Annual Catalogue.
The new catalogue is full of amazing new stamp sets, some bundled with dies or punches, and some absolutely fabulous product suites. Kits, papers and accessories complete the range of products that you will see in tonight's showcase.

I will confess that the Forever Greenery Suite on pages 108 to 110 of the new Annual Catalogue was not on my "must have" list. But after seeing so many lovely cards and projects made with products from the suite, I just had to buy it. I will also confess that I was sure I wouldn't really use the Gold Hoops Embellishments, but as you'll see in the cards I'm sharing with you tonight, I just couldn't resist using them.

Here is card No.1

I saw this Fun Fold design on a YouTube video by Amanda Charlesworth, a UK demonstrator.
Instead of a belly band to hold the gate fold card from opening, the decorated square panel slides between the gap in the card front. Four same sized squares are used to make it.

Here's a close up shot.

It's such a simple but clever idea.

I dry embossed the Pretty Peacock square using the leaf and berries pattern from the Greenery Embossing Folders. There are two patterns in this embossing folder set and you will see the other design on my second card. I stamped one of the images from the Forever Fern stamp set in Pretty Peacock to give the background some colour depth.
 The sentiment on the Whisper White stitched circle is from the Butterfly Wishes stamp set and I repeated the background stamp but this time in Just Jade - one of our new 2020-2022 In Colors.
You can see now why I had to use one of the Gold Hoops Embellishments! I attached the hoop with glue dots and used die cut leaves from the Forever Flourishing Dies to cover them. These are cut from Just Jade and Shaded Spruce cardstock. You'll notice that some of the leaves are under the hoop and others are sitting on top. And look at that gorgeous spray of gold leaves, it's from the Forever Gold Laser-cut Specialty Paper. I attached the sentiment with Stampin' Dimensionals and added a double bow made with the metallic trim from the Forever Greenery Trim Combo Pack (The other item in this two pack is a 1/2" open weave Vanilla Ribbon). I also added three of the new 2020-2022 In Color Enamel Dots in Just Jade.

Inside the card I added a half inch strip of a pattern from the Forever Greenery Designer Series Paper, and a stamped die cut with a tiny gold trim bow.

Here is card No. 2

On this card I've used the same Fun Fold design but this time I added some Night of Navy cardstock and ink, and I think it really compliments the 'greens' within this suite.

In this photo you can see the other patterned embossing folder from the Greenery Embossing Folders set. I embossed half of the Just Jade square and stamped another image from the Forever Fern stamp set on the opposite side. The image and greeting are both stamped in Night of Navy ink. I added the gold hoop and leaf die cuts the same way as on the first card and embellished with the gold trim and enamel dots. The sentiment was die cut using a Stitched Rectangles Die and is attached with Stampin' Dimensionals.

I repeated the simple stamping on the inside of the card.

Unfortunately, I don't possess a natural "green thumb" but with the help of the gorgeous Forever Greenery Suite I think that I've created a couple of botanical beauties!

Thank you for stopping by.

The next demonstrator to share her 'new product' project is the lovely, Catherine Proctor.

If you find a broken link or have come to this blog hop from a different entry point, below is the list of tonight's participants.

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