Thursday, 3 December 2015

Muse Challenge #144 + Mind Crafternoon reminder

Firstly, thank you so much for all your kind comments on my Copic colouring. I really do think I am improving - just shows that practice makes perfect! Aileen and I will be taking a short hiatus as we get going on Christmas cards and shopping and spending time with family and friends. We'll be back in the new year to finish the course off - lots of cards I think!!

So I saw this week's Muse challenge and HAD to play along. Ardyth's daughter is this week's Muse and created the cutest CAS card I have ever seen:

Bearing in mind that all I'm thinking about at the moment is Christmas cards, I remembered I'd purchased the cutest little set of Christmas stamps ever back in October at my local-ish non-Hobbycraft shop, Samuel Taylors. They're called Majestix Clear Peg Stamps - Christmas Treats and are tiny and designed to be used with special acrylic pegs, but I found they worked fine with a small acrylic block.

I was inspired by the line of food and the bright colours and decided to make an equally CAS (Clean And Simple) card on watercolour card.

I lined each of the stamps up as equally spaced as possible and as best I could in a straight line - this is where a MISTI would come in handy and am ever convinced it would be worth the £50 now we can get them in the UK - I then took my large acrylic block, picked them up, inked them up with Archival Jet Black ink and stamped them onto a piece of card stock cut slightly smaller than my A2 card base. The results are quite good!

I then selected different bright colours of Spectrum Aquas and water coloured a splodge on top. The sentiment was added at the bottom and I completely mucked it up with not adding enough ink so had to go over it with my Copic Multiliner - better than I ever expected though despite my wobbly hand - and again, a MISTI would have coped well with this! I then adhered the panel to my A2 card base with some tape.

[Supplies: Card-io Majestix Clear Peg Stamps - Christmas Treats; White card stock 300gsm; Spectrum Aqua - Primaries and Florals; Ranger Jet Black Archival Ink; WH Smith water colour paper; Clearly Besotted Best Christmas]

I love the result and hope that you do too. I hope you feel inspired to try your hand at the Muse challenge.

Thank you so much for stopping by. If you are interested in doing something crafty over the weekend, can I remind you of the Mind Crafternoon I posted about a few weeks ago? Verity's Crafternoon is on Saturday and the official Crafternoon on Sunday. I'll be on Instagram using the hashtag #crafternoon - come join me and feel free to tag me @craftingwhilethebabynaps and I'll do my best to pop by and say hello.


Cornelia (fun stamping) said...

Great to use colorful splotches as background for those little stamps!

Leigh Penner said...

Oh, this is so fun! What a perfect take on the Muse card!

Ardyth said...

I never buy little stamps like that because I never know what colour to stamp them in - you've solved the problem beautifully! Love the artistic feel of this! Thanks for joining us at Muse this week (and for the kind comments about Kate's card!)

Stephanie said...

I love your card and the inspiration. It's so fun! I can't make out what the image is with the blue water color. Is that a box? It looks like something Connie Stewart made in her recent video. I think it was called a...cracker box. xD I'm not sure. I want a Misti too, but I still can't justify it...yet :P haha. I saw a video of a diy version of sorts on ebay and bought the pieces for that instead. I think it works just as well (though I've never used a real misti). The only downside IMO is that it doesn't fit papers larger than 5x7 or 6x6 background stamps (sad face!) I always have trouble with big background stamps. Here is the video (you may have already seen it, 49k views wow!) Anywho, I totally love your card TFS as always!!

Kate Percy-Robb said...

I love the black images on the colours they really pop and the font is fun! Thanks for playing along this week at Muse.

Aileen (mum) said...

This is a brilliant card. I love how you came up with the stamps to use and just painting spodges (I swear we hang out with Darnell too much). It worked perfectly on your big acrylic block and no way we would know the sediment hadnt stamped properly, you filled it in perfectly. But YES you do need a Misti, its a brilliant little device and should live in every home that holds a crafter. I have been looking at the inspiration card and trying to decide what to do, now you have given me more food for thought mmmmmm must be morning tea time. I keep thinking food.
Looking forward to joining you on your sunday, just trying to work out if thats my Monday or maybe late Sunday night..... Need to check time differences I think. Catch you soon

Karen Mead said...

Your card is so cute - love it xx

Vicki Dutcher said...

So cute with the tiny images! Great water colored blobs too :)

Henriƫtte said...

Lovely colorful CAS card!

Mich C said...

I love, love, LOVE this! You nailed CAS! Wasn't able to take part in the Mind Crafternoon as planned as we had some surprise out-of-town visitors. Will make it up asap!

Darnell J Knauss said...

Congrats on the HM, Ruth!! Hugs, Darnell

Liz McGuire, said...

Hi Ruth, love this card, nothing like a good old bit of spodging! That's why I love watercolouring. The more you splodge the better it looks!

Liz x

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