Tuesday, 15 April 2014

A Tiger Reflection Tutorial (at Sheena's request!)

Good afternoon, peeps!  Are you saying 'what's this?  Two posts in one day....will wonders never cease?'

If you watched wor Sheena's show at 4.00 p.m. today, you'll have heard her ask me to write a tutorial for the tiger reflection card - this one:

...that I blogged a few days ago.  I thought I'd more or less said how it was made but, when I checked back, the description was fairly incomplete, so here goes:

I produced the tiger reflection by using a 6" brayer to pick up the image from the stamp and then roll it off again on to some Neenah Card.   Once I'd rolled the reflection off the brayer, I  cut the A4 card to size (19 cm square) because it was easier to make sure that the reflection was in exactly the right position doing things in this order.  It's also possible to produce a reflection by stamping the image on to acetate and then, whilst the ink is still wet, burnishing the acetate on the reverse to transfer the image.  The result is not quite so clear but the, it is a reflection!

I coloured both images with Spectrum Noir Pens but made the reflected image paler to enhance the realism.   I tore the edge of the card underneath the main tiger so that it would look like an area of earth next to the pond.

The jungle background is made with various shades of green and cinnamon coloured Twinkling H2Os (just use what you have) splodged on to the matte side of Centura Pearl and dried.  Then I stamped the leaf images from the same tiger plate with the same paints I'd used for the base layer but this time using only the greens.  The last stage for this section was to emboss the card with the Jungle Leaves A4 embossing folder.  It's a good idea when you're creating this piece of card to make it larger that needed, then you have some embossed green card from which you can cut out some of the embossed leaves to use as embellishments.

I embossed a piece of acetate that I'd first painted with a slightly watery solution of Bolivian Blue Luminarte Silk using the Water Ripples embossing folder when the paint was dry.  Another option would be to leave the acetate flat if you don't have a suitable embossing folder.

Finally, I edged the acetate with the Pebeo Silver Gilding Wax and glued on some leafy die cuts in various shades of green.  The ones I used are available here but anything that could be a variety of water weed would do the job.  Mount the resulting piece on to a dark green piece of 19.5 cm square card and then mount this on to a 20cm square base card.

I do hope this is all clear and that you'll have a crack at making the card for yourself.


An elephant walks on flower petals....

Good morning, peeps!

Have you been watching then?   There have been some wonderful shows on Create and Craft TV with wor Sheena demonstrating the fabulous Taste of India Collection and there's still more to come this afternoon at 4.00 p.m. and three shows tomorrow.

This morning, I spotted this card on the display so I though I'd just give you more of a peek at the detail.

I really love this Floral Confetti embossing folder and all of Sheena's embossing folders are so deeply etched and provide such a deep emboss that it's easy to cut out the elements, as I have here, to use as embellishments.  The green leaves are from the Jungle Leaves embossing folder and I've use the Marching Elephants as the overall background.

BTW, the coloured panel isn't mounted crookedly IRL, it's the way I've held the camera then cropped the picture!

Thanks for looking at my elephant with bling!


Sunday, 13 April 2014

It's getting closer ....

Good morning, peeps!

Yes, wor Sheena will be on the telly tomorrow morning at 8.00 a.m. and the whole of the Taste of India Collection will be revealed in all of its fabulousness!  Only one more sleep to go but, in the meantime, here are some more of the stamp designs on this card:

This time the mango shape that was on yesterday's card with the elephant has grown a bit and it's coupled with the Indian Arches image that was stamped on to the base card with Luminarte Silks Ice.  It's a really useful white paint that acts as a resist to the Distress Inks that are splodged over the card on top of the Silks.  It's all finished off with heat embossed Mangoes and flowers painted with H2Os and that's it .....simples!

On the morrow, peeps - see you then!  Thanks again for looking.


Saturday, 12 April 2014

They never forget.....

....well, that's what they say about elephants, don't they?

Good morning, peeps!  I thought I'd show you one today - elephant, that is and it's another one of the lovely stamps from wor Sheena's Taste of India Collection launching with a 4 Day Deal on Monday on C & C TV.

For this card, my inspiration was the look of sari silk and the coloured powder that's thrown at Holi, the ancient Hindu religious festival that's also known as the Festival of Colours and which takes place in the Spring.

The elephant and the small paisley shaped designs (known as 'mango' in India) are coloured here with Spectrum Noir pens.  As for the background, that consists of Sanskrit text (downloaded from t'Interweb) covered with modelling paste and Pebeo Studio Acrylic Paint plus, of course the fabulous gilding wax - always hard to leave out!  The main background part of the card is made by stamping the Mandala design with Versamark and heat embossing with brass EP then panting over with Luminarte Silk Paint to give a wonderful sheen that doesn't show in this photograph.

Anyhoo, you may just see the lovely lady herself demonstrating this technique on one of her shows.  Just as a reminder, this is when she's on:

Monday 14 April 8.00 a.m. and 1.00 p.m.
Tuesday 15 April 9.00 a.m. and 4.00 p.m.
Wednesday 16 April 8.00 a.m., 11.00 a.m. and 2.00 p.m.

Thanks for looking today and I'll see you again tomorrow.


Friday, 11 April 2014

Blue like the Sky.....

......yes, like the sky is in sunny Yorkshire today!

Good morning, peeps!  More of wor Sheena's Taste of India collection but today's card is very different from yesterday's - no big, stripey pussy cats prowling around on this one, it's all flowery!

This one started off with one of the background papers designed by we Inkoids (not this particular Inkoid, I might add!).  I then added the wonderful Henna Corner stamp and painted the design with some Luminarte Silks (I'm still in love with these things!).  I've decoupaged the flower at the centre of the design and coloured the pearly centres with one of my Spectrum Noir pens - I think it was CT3.  The sentiment is from that tiger plate shown on yesterday's card.

I'm getting quite excited to see the shows on Create and Craft TV now, starting at 8.00 a.m. on Monday (yes, I know I should get out more).  At the moment it looks like the programme schedule is:

Monday 14 April 8.00 a.m. and 1.00 p.m.
Tuesday 15 April 9.00 a.m. and 4.00 p.m.
Wednesday 16 April 8.00 a.m., 11.00 a.m. and 2.00 p.m.

There are also some repeats in the middle of the night if  you've missed a show and you want to set the record button.  Watch the programme schedules though, you know how things can change with C & C TV!

I'll be back again tomorrow and thank you for looking today.


Thursday, 10 April 2014

Watch out .....there's a tiger about!

Good morning, peeps and what a lovely, sunny morning it is - well, in Yorkshire anyway!

I'm sorry I've been MIA for so long but I've had a really nasty dose of bronchitis that has dragged on, and on..... anyhoo, moan over, I'm back with a tiger - no, not in my tank (for those of you with long memories!) but on my card.  I've been beavering away with wor Sheena's wonderful new Indian Collection of stamps about to be shown on Create and Craft TV next week as their new 4 Day Deal.

Here's the big pussy cat taking his ease by the watering hole:

Sheena's drawing s always superb but I particularly love this tiger - what a handsome chap he is!  I produced his reflection by using a brayer to pick up the image from the stamp and then roll it off again on to some Neenah Card.  I coloured both images with Spectrum Noir Pens.

The jungle background is made with H2Os splodged on to the matte side of Centura Pearl then I stamped the leaf images from the same tiger plate with the same paints and finally embossed the card with one of the A4 embossing folders that you'll also see on Sheena's shows - there's a whole big bunch of them, all with wonderful designs in the Indian theme.

A rather new addition to the range this time is a CD with printable background papers all designed by the Inkoids and they're fabulous!  (Well, I would say that wouldn't I but they are - really!)

The shows start on Monday 14 April at 8.00 a.m. and Sheena's back again at 1.00 p.m.  Be prepared for lots of wonderful, technique-y demos!

I'll be back tomorrow with another sneaky peek.

Oh, and I mustn't forget to tell you that I heard only this week that I've passed the course and I'm now an Accredited Crafter's Companion UK Demonstrator - am I thrilled or what!

Edit:  I decided to enter this card in the Spectrum Noir Challenge for April.