Thursday, 27 April 2017

Muse 213 - Merry Christmas

I am falling behind in my Christmas cards. I haven't really started my church Christmas cards and I've only made a few of my own. I think it's because I've been spending time learning to make my quick videos. So I combined this week's Muse challenge (with the fabulous Kay Miller as Guest with amazing inspiration!) with a Christmas card and a quick video.

Here's Kay's inspiration:

I focused on Kay's:
-soft-stamped background
-bright red floral focal point
-black sentiment

I started by stamping the background panel in a soft grey ink. Then I stamped and embossed the flowers and leaves and then watercoloured these with distress inks. Because I was cutting them out with matching dies, my watercolouring was very loose and messy.

I really find that using more than one shade of a colour creates more interest and depth. I used 3 different reds and 2 different greens (including Forest Moss, which I don't think I've ever used before - it's so dark and adds so much drama to those leaves!). I finished with some gold stickles in the poinsettia centre for sparkle and shine.

I used:

Monday, 24 April 2017

IB53 - Happy Birthday

They have a very playful inspiration at this week's Inspired by All the Little Things:

I stamped and embossed the edge of the hydrangea stamp along the edge of my panel. I then masked this and stamped and embossed another impression to create my border.

You can see in the quick video that I get depth and interest in the colour of the flowers by using a light layer of one colour, then, once it's dry, adding a layer of a similar/darker colour. I used Blue Gray (092), Deep Blue (035), Bright Yellow (042), Orange (070), Pink (020) and Light Carmine (021) for my flowers and Light Blue (036) for my 'halo'.

I focused on:
-the colours
-the silver sparkle

I used: