Saturday, 3 October 2009

More Time to Blog

Now that's summer has passed, such as it was, I'm hoping to be a better blogger. I've been very bad at posting and visiting others, I will try better, promise.

Here's a couple of recent cards I've done:

This is a miniature Clarity Stamp which I've used to create a reflection scene. It's very easy to do if you own a brayer. Just ink up your stamp and roll the brayer up and over it like so:

Next, position your brayer in the centre of your card and roll the image onto the card creating your reflection. You then re-ink your stamp and position this above the reflection (many of you have probably seen Barbara do this at the Exhibitions).

I then added some background leaves from a Tapestry set of stamps. For the refection of the leaves just ink the stamp and blot it onto a piece of scrap paper to give a more faded look.

I used Pine Needles Distress Ink for a bit of shading and also to create the water (I'm just loving Distress Inks at the moment, nearly got the whole set).

I used a Rollergraph to create the leafy background, using Graphite Black Brilliance Ink on the white card and White Versacolor ink on the black card.

Again, I used my Scor-pal on the black card for a grid effect, but I don't think it shows on the photo and nesties to mount the image. This card was great fun to do.

Next, a simple Elzybells Christmas card. I really like the Elzybells stamps, they're so easy to use and I love the simplicity of them.

I've recently dug out my Prisma pencils after a phase of Faber Castell watercolour pencils. I'd forgotten how great they are and what great depth of colour you can get from them. The background card was stamped with an Elzybells snowflake stamp using Polar Blue Versacolor inkpad and I've just distressed the edges a bit. The snowflake die cut is from Sizzix with a Papermania brad added. I decided to get my sewing maching out for a bit of stitching around the main image and added a bit of glitter for the snow.

Hubby is at work today so I've got a few hours to play with a few more new Elzybells stamps I've just got.

Hope you have a good weekend. X


sassy said...

fancy hiding yourself away sue...and depriving us of your lovely stunning work...lovin the shadow effect fabby..must try that and the rudolf is a stunner too..hugs sassy

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous cards Sue x

Sarita said...

I love the brayer technique Sue, I remember seeing this demostrated at a craft show years ago and couldn't remember how to do it when I got home, so thank you for reminding me!
Both are stunning cards Sue,
Love Sarita xx

Julie said...

I don't think I've ever seen the brayer technique so thanks for sharing that. I really can't decide which of your cards I like the best they're both fab.

Elaine Stark said...

I always love seeing your cards, they are stunning. I have never seen this brayer technique. Your card is beautiful. Elaine

Vicky said...

Amzing cards Sue. I love the reflection you've created on the first card, such a great idea. The Elzybells is so simple and pretty. I love this image, with the juggling eskimo it is my favourite elzybells stamp!
Hope you are well?!
Hugs, Vicky ~x~

Elisa said...

Wow,I love your christmas cards,but that one with the reflection effect is fantastic!!

Jocelyn aka JoBear2 on My SCS Gallery said...

Gosh, this card is so BEAUTIFUL!!

Judi said...

Hi there

I love the blue card with the reindeer and robin, simple but SO effective.

Hugs Judi xx

gina g said...

Hi Sue These are both gorgeous cards, that's something I've not tried will have to give it a go I think. luv gina xx

Zoe said...

These cards are both wonderful! The reflection effect is fantastic! I really love the reindeer card..I think you may have inspired me into make some Christmas cards! Have taken a peek on the Elzybells site so might make a purchase!

Anonymous said...

wow...what a fantastic card, just lovely!!