Sunday, 17 June 2018

Geometric Elephant


If you have visited my blog recently, you may have seen the geometric lion stencil that I have been using.  Today, I have a card made with my new geometric elephant....

I have simply inked through the stencil with Mermaid Lagoon, Blueprint Sketch, Faded Jeans and Black Soot distress oxides to create an ombre effect.  An old sentiment stamp from Hero Arts completes this simple one layer design.  

I shall link up at AAA Cards where the theme is Geometric.

I hope you like this new stencil - it is lots of fun!

Sarah x

Saturday, 16 June 2018

Starry Stag


I have been wanting to play along at Time Out all week but haven't had the chance until today.  The theme is Holiday and so I have used a couple of my stencils to create a christmas card:

I inked through the stag's head stencil with Blueprint Sketch, Salty Ocean and Black Soot distress oxides.  I then laid my shooting star stencil over the top and dabbed through with flitter glue and applied silver gilding flakes.  I stamped and silver embossed a sentiment from Altenew to complete the card.

I shall also link up at Happy Little Stampers Christmas challenge where Anything Goes without the optional twist.

I hope you like this CAS christmas card and the stencils that I have used.  You can find them in my Folksy store.

Thanks for stopping by,

Sarah x

Friday, 15 June 2018

Floral Heart


How has your week been?  Good, I hope!  Today, I have a couple of cards to share with you that I have made from playing with my new floral heart stencil.

First up I have layered the stencil - the floral heart and base heart have been designed to work together perfectly....

I simply inked through the base stencil in a range of blue distress oxides.  I then lined the floral detail stencil over the top of the inked heart and used Black Soot distress oxide.  I think it looks quite dramatic!  The lovely sentiment is from Mama Elephant.

I shall link up at Less is More where the theme is Friendship.

On my next card I have just used the floral stencil.  This time I sprinkled colour bursts over the stencil on watercolour card and gave it a few spritzes with water.  I quickly mopped up excess with kitchen towel and lifted the stencil to avoid bleed under the stencil.

How different does that look?!  I simply popped up a Uniko Block sentiment in the centre.  

I hope you like these designs.  As always, you can find the stencils in my Folksy shop :)

Thanks for stopping by,

Sarah x 

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Sea Horse


I have been having so much fun playing with my gelli plate and trying out techniques that are stretching my usual CAS style with something a bit more artsy and layered.  Here are a few examples:

I was using the technique with alcohol ink on my gelli plate that the wonderful Barbara Gray demonstrated on YouTube a few Tuesdays ago.  

I used my lovely seahorse silhouette on the gelli plate and added a sentiment and some bubble effect stamps from Visible Image.  I shall link up for a second time at Happy Little Stampers Mixed Media Challenge where the theme is layers.

Here I used Uniko's fab Stylised Floral stencil on the gelli plate and then used black spray paint through my Afro Style stencil - it gives great coverage over the gelli background.  I added a Sizzix die cut up the side of the card.

I hope you like my cards :)

Sarah x

Monday, 11 June 2018

Uniko Revisited - Beautiful Blooms


We are revisiting two beautiful sets from Uniko today - Beautiful Blooms I, II and III.  I have a few cards to share with you - once I get these sets back out, I can't stop playing!!  In particular, I decided to feature the lovely leaves that are in Beautiful Blooms I:

First up I decided to create a wreath with the leaves by simply masking them and stamping in different shades of green.  I have combined the wreath with a sentiment from Spring Botanicals Daffodil.

This card has a more autumnal feel as I stamped the leaves falling across the card in shades of orange.  The sentiment is from All Occasion Sentiments #6.  I was really pleased with how this turned out :)

On this card I used part of the Wonky Stripes Stencil on the card panel and stamped and cut out the blooms and leaves in shades of pink and purple.  These sets come with matching dies so check them out!  The sentiment is from Uniko's Birthday Sentiments.  I shall link this card up at Seize the Birthday - anything goes.

The rest of the DT have more fab inspiration to share with you at the Uniko blog and there is a giveaway if you decide to hop along with us!

Thanks for stopping by,

Sarah x

Friday, 8 June 2018

Powerful Lion


I am back with another card made using my geometric lion stencil.  I used alcohol inks on my gelli plate using the technique shared by Barbara Gray on YouTube.

I added some archival inks to the lion to create further depth and also randomly inked parts of my Messy Dots stencil around the edges to add to the mottled effect.

I shall link this card up at Inkspirational where the word prompt is Power as, obviously, a lion is very powerful :)  I shall also link up at the Mixed Media challenge over at Happy Little Stampers where the June challenge is layers.

You can find the stencils that I have used on this design in my Folksy shop.

Thanks for stopping by,

Sarah x

Afro and Alcohol Inks


I am here with a reminder card for the current Take It Make It challenge over at Craft Stamper.   I used my afro stencil (available in my Folksy store) with a gelli plate and alcohol inks after watching a YouTube video by Barbara Gray from Clarity Stamp.

Basically I spread a range of alcohol inks on to my gelli plate before putting the stencil down.  I spritzed some blending solution over yupo paper and placed the stencil on that before running through my die cutting machine.  That process re-activated the alcohol inks and created a print that left the aperture as white space.  I was able to pull a separate print of the negative from the gelli plate by brayering acrylic paint over it and lifting the image on to a separate piece of card.  I hope that makes sense!!  Barbara's video explains it much more clearly :)

Once that was done, I put the stencil back in place and inked round the edge of the silhouette with black archival ink.  I then stamped a fab scribbled background stamp from Dina Wakeley through the aperture and added one of her sentiment stamps.

Sorry for such a long explanation.  I had never thought of using alcohol inks on my gelli plate before and really liked how this came out.  There is more inspiration from the talented DT over at Craft Stamper.  As long as you have used stamping on your project, anything goes so it could be easier to play along.  Our sponsor this month is the fabulous Uniko - Bev's range of stamps and stencils is amazing :)

Thanks for stopping by today,

Sarah x