Friday, 12 February 2016

Sun Sea and Sand

Hello all, well this is a coincidence, I've made a very similar card to Martina but using a different Hobby Art Stamp Set.
I've used the Hobby Art Summer Holiday set and water colour pencils to create this.
So started with the usual 7" x 7" white card and matted it with black, I don't like to waste card so I always cut out the middle of the card as it's going to be covered anyway :o)
The layer, which is the background, I stamped in the areas that are going to be visible with the Sea Anemone from the Hobby Art Shells Stamp set using Antique Linen Distress Ink from the Tim Holtz Mini set of 3 range and set aside.
I then cut four 7.5 x 7.5 cm pieces of black card and then four 7 x 7 cm pieces of White Super Smooth.
I stamped each white square with the chosen stamps then for the top two I wanted the have some sky and sea so made sure I stamped the beach huts first and created some little masks using Mask It cutting out the images and placing them over the each hut then stamping the shore line.  For the right hand image, blue hut, I drew in the shore line by hand.  For that same image I wanted the deck chair in front so stamped it onto a piece of white card and cut it out around the outside, I didn't worry about cutting out through the legs I laid the cut out image over the hut and just drew in the corner of the hut it covered, hope that makes sense.

 For the little clouds I used the Creative Expressions Cloud Mask and placed it on some white scrap card and drew around the inside of three of them then cut the images out.  I actually used a nail file to neaten the edges but didn't take a photo of that, sorry.
Then used these as a mask to create a blue sky using Salty Ocean Distress Ink and a Smoothie.  The rest of the stamped images where coloured in using the Water Colour Pencils
I stamped the text and cut each word and distress each one using Salty Ocean again and backed them with black card and foam mounted to make them stand out a little more and the deck chair was also mounted with foam before putting in place.
Then laid the squares out on the card to check they were even before mounting and sticking on to the background card.
Thank you for taking the time to take a look at the blog today, see you next week.
Love Jan -x-

Thursday, 11 February 2016

A Hobby Art Harbour Village Watercolour Collage

Good morning all! The daffodils are showing themselves and it appears we may be starting to see the start of Spring... Time for Spring colours and a little touch of brightness, which all started with Lisa's classes last Friday. I came away inspired to be braver with my colour choices over the coming months...

My cards this month feature the Harbour Village set from Hobby Art. I have never really used this theme of stamps before, so I had a play with them and I think they really lend themselves to men's cards and 'thinking' style cards (thoughtful messages etc.) As with all the Hobby Art Scene-It style sets, the stamps allow you to make lots of configurations and build your own little landscapes; a perfect time to get lost in your own little world.

For my first card, I wanted to make a collage of little pictures/scenes. I decided on a 7x7 card base and then had a little play with the sizes of panels I wanted. As the Hobby Art stamps come with the images printed on a clear overlay, this is perfect to put on the panels and work out what sizes you can play with.
Once I had worked it out, I cut the final panel sizes from Watercolour Card and then stamped by images onto them using Jet Black Staz-On ink.

Taking each panel in turn, I then used Watercolour Pencils (grab them at 33% off on the website quick! Only £5!!) to colour the images, trying (!) to add some depth to the images. As Jenny Mayes and her team at Hobby Art are so talented with the images, there is no need to go too mad here, the detail is drawn in for you and if you  are using watercolour, there is a little 'licence' for colouring in terms of perfection!

For the large sea areas, I did not use pencils, instead I found that if you moisten the large area you need to cover right to the edges of the images, you can then apply Distress Ink with your paintbrush (I used Tumbled Glass and Faded Jeans, but lots of the blues would work well). If you go too dark, pull the colour out, or blot with a tissue. If you need more depth add more of the same, go a shade darker, or use a pencil to add a hint of colour where needed. I am still learning to watercolour, so bear with me here please; any hints are much appreciated!

If there are images that you need to 'join' slightly, or you want to add more detail, no problem, use a fine black pen to do this and you will never know! (I have done this in the panel below...)

Final result... Once you have a configuration of panels you like, you can always measure them for the future to make a template.

 I hope you like it, it was fun to play with and the colouring is therapeutic; it seems the rest of the world caught on to this last year with 'adult colouring books' - took 'em all long enough, but personally I think making something with your colouring efforts is a lot more worthwhile!
See you next week with some more detail on scene building,
Lots of love,
Harbour VillageWatercolour CardStazon Jet Black Royal & Langnickel Watercolour PencilsSalty Ocean - Mini

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Masked Hobby Art Poppies

 Good morning crafters, Kirsten here, thank you for the kind comments on my card in Monday's blog post. I'm standing in for Lisa today & my card is based on her idea for one of last Friday's class projects. I used Dylusions paints again, (have I mentioned how much I love them??), with the Hobby Art Poppy Heads stamp set (more sets arriving this week) & the Imagination Crafts' Leaf Swirl stencil.

I stamped the poppy heads on to white Super Smooth card, masking off each one as I went along...............

I kept the masks in place while I stamped the block text stamp over the rest of the card...............

Time to add colour. I began with Lemon Zest Dylusions closest to the poppies, then Fresh Lime & Cut Grass...............

Applying Black Marble Dylusions through the Imagination Crafts' Leaf Swirl stencil before removing the masks.................

 I used Squeezed Orange & Postbox Red to paint the poppies, mixing them with a little water & drying in between to build up layers.............

I cut a few sections from a sheet of Imagination Crafts' Moroccan Trellis Art-Cutz, painted the pieces with Antique Gold Starlights paint & used Cosmic Shimmer glue to adhere the pieces to the card........

The finished card, with the sentiment from the Hobby Art Wildflowers stamp set (back in stock later this week)..............

Poppy Heads  Wildflowers       Leaf Swirl       Art-Cutz Moroccan Trellis   Antique Gold SL    Fresh Lime     Lemon Zest      Squeezed Orange     Postbox Red    Cut Grass   Stazon Jet Black     Cosmic Shimmer Dries Clear Acrylic Glue - 30ml 

Enjoy the rest of your week, see you on Monday.