Saturday, 14 May 2016

It's another Saturday and a challenge post from me .....

Hi there readers and followers,

Welcome to my Saturday post which, as usual, contains a make (or in this case two) for some challenges ..

My card
The front, back and inside of my card and the front and back of my envelope

Materials used:
  • White 5 x 7", 300gsm, scallop edged card blank and matching sized envelope
  • Three pieces of post it note, two for masking off an area of my card and one as a mask for my focal image
  • White gesso applied with tissue to the masked area on my card
  • Inkadinkado fish stamped using Ranger Archival black (also on to one of the post it's, cut out and used as a mask)
  • Distress Crayon in mermaid lagoon + Crayola Slick Stix in light and dark blue applied to the gesso'd area and blended with a moistened finger
  • TCW stencil used with a baby wipe, to knock back colour in wavy lines and circles to add texture and the illusion of waves
  • Zig clean colour brush markers in neon yellow and orange plus violet - to colour image
  • Inkadinkado sentiment stamped using Ranger Archival jet black
  • For the image on the insert, reverse and envelopes I used Ranger Archival watering can ink instead of the black

I'll be entering this for the following challenges:-
  1. Simply Less Is More - challenge No. 276 - AT SEA and, yes, it's the dreaded One Layer Card week!
  2. Just add ink - challenge No. 311 - MASKING
  3. Fussy and Fancy - challenge No. 163 - BIRTHDAYS - hope all the blending, masking and stencilling is fancy enough
  4. Seize the Birthday - May 5th challenge - BIRTHDAYS with the optional topping of COLOURING (which I DID use)

I've also got an ATC to share with you today, I'd tried ALL of the colours in my two sets of Distress Crayons, bar the chipped sapphire so I thought it was time to remedy this .... I know at least one of my friends who will like the colour scheme (if not the ATC) given that it's BLUE!

Materials used:
  • ATC blank
  • Snippets of card in navy, light blue and white
  • White gesso, applied to the white card panel using a baby wipe
  • Distress Crayons: mermaid lagoon and chipped sapphire, blended with a moistened finger
  • Colour knocked back using TCW and Tim Holtz stencils and a baby wipe
  • Dylusions border stamp and Stampers Anonymous circles inked with a Ranger Archival jet black ink
  • Once dry I used the Renaissance white gel pen to draw in the numbers and make them bolder and to add doodles to the border

I'll be entering the above ATC for the following challenges:-
  1. Crafty Gals - challenge No. 71 - Polka DOTS or STRIPES (both featured)
  2. Create and Inspire - challenge No. 45 - ANYTHING GOES
  3. Creative Fingers - challenge No. 109 - ANYTHING GOES

Ever take a "throwaway" photo (in a hurry or without too much thought) and then discover you really like it? Well this is my most recent ..... I couldn't see exactly what I was taking because of the bright sunshine but boy, am I glad I bothered!!! What's not to love? You got blue skies, sea, beautiful sands, palm trees .. need I say more?

Have a great weekend


Sharon said...

Fabulous fishy card Kathy. That was a great idea to use the gesso, very effective. Gosh, wish I was using my distress crayons as much as you seem to be - you've created some beautiful pieces with them. In love with your throwaway picture too because it is gorgeous.
Thanks for playing along with us at Less is More.
Sharon xx

Anonymous said...

lovely fish card

lilian said...

Great card Kathy. Love the fish.

The ATC is fab. Loving the blue as you know I would.

Great work again mate,


Sharon said...

This is fabulous Kathy and I am sure it is Fussy enough for our Fussy and Fancy challenge. Love the cute fish.
Thank you for sharing this with us.
Hugs Sharon. x

Esther said...

Fab makes, Kathy! I love the fish scene with your clever use of gesso, and your ATC looks amazing! Well done :)

Clare Lloyd said...

Super cards

Barb said...

Two great makes Kathy. The blues on the ATC are beautiful. I really love your fish card. The sea area looks great and that fish is beautiful. Love your photo! Barbxx

Jan said...

Both of your cards are fabulous Kathy. I love the graphic nature of the second one and the variation of texture no colour in your waves along with the vibrant and beutifully coloured fish in your first card. Thanks for joining us at Just Add Ink this week :-)

Gerrina said...

Two fun cards again! Love the LIM-set you made; so tranquile! Enjoy the weekend!

Cara said...

Love your one layer card. Your ATC is brill too, love those vibrant blues. Cara x

SARN said...

Way cool card and ATC and a BEAUTIFUL photo. Way to go mate xxx

Maaike Uijthoven said...

beautiful fish, I played Fish tycoon a decade or so ago and I think he was there lol..fab cas card

Craft-E-Place said...

Fabulous cards. Stunning photograph!

Debs M said...

great olc and love the atc too x

Elizabeth Hart said...

Love how you combined the different blues on your card - fabulous look. Thanks so much for joining us this time at the Creative Fingers Challenge, Elizabeth (DT)

Susan said...

Adorable fish card! Love that you decorated the envelope to match the card!

Trish *Spring Blossom* said...

I love how you've created the water 'look' on your card!
Thanks for sharing with us at Just Add Ink for our masking challenge.

JAI Design Team

Christine Blain said...

I love the colours, the placement of the sentiment, and the way you've used masking on your fish card, Kathy. Thanks for playing along with us at Just Add Ink this week!

Sarah Gray said...

Love the texture and vibrant fish on your one layer card, Kathy! Fab CAS design. Your gorgeous beach photo has made me long for my summer hols too. Great to see you at Less is More :)

Nancy said...

Fantastic fish card Kathy! The fish just pops off the page! Love the colors! Thanks for sharing your talents with us over at Seize the Birthday!

Anne said...

Love your gesso background Kathy - and what a fab fish. Super CAS make.
Thanks so much for joining us for one layer week
"Less is More"

KimB said...

Love the wavy background for your colourful little fish Kathy. It's a very sweet CAS card! Thanks for joining us at Just Add Ink this week.

Shona Chambers said...

Love your 'ocean' colouring, the waves amongst it gives such great dimension. And that fish looks incredible with those bright colours. So very glad you joined us at Just Add Ink this week!

Lisa Mensing said...

Great cards! Thanks for playing along at Crafty Gals Corner Polka Dot or Stripes Challenge.Lisa DT

Di Barnes said...

Thanks for joining us at Just Add ink this week, Kathy. The one layer card is my nemesis but you've done a great job with yours, with the masked sea & beautifully coloured fish.
Di :)

Chrissie said...

I could have sworn that I had already left a comment on this card Kathy... it's fab I love that little fishy and the sea looks terrific!
Thanks so much
"Less is More"

Gay Peplow said...

Hi Kathy, your LIM card is beautiful, I love how you coloured the fish, brill!! Great numbers card too, you have been busy! Your photo is really well shot, just the right balance, well done :D x

Granmargaret said...

Lovely work Thank you for joining the challenge at Creative Fingers.

Sasha Jundt said...

Elegant card! Love this cute fish!
Thank you very much for sharing this beauty with us at Fussy and Fancy Friday Challenge. Good luck and hope to see you next time too!