Thursday, 18 August 2016

Magazine Makes #4 - Distance Seems So Little

Hi All. well, we're done on holiday number two - it's been that kind of month, but hey, no chance for anyone to get bored!

My copy of Simply Cards and Papercraft arrived a couple of weeks ago in between holidays and when I saw it, I knew I had to play with the stamps straight away. It happily coincided with a much needed TV break for the kiddies, so I had 20 minutes of uniterrupted play time to colour. I finished the card later on in the day.

I started by stamping out the hummingbird and one of the flowers from the set onto water colour card with archival ink using my MISTI. Sometimes I find stamps from the magazines don't stamp very well, but these were excellent first time.

I then coloured in the hummingbird using my Spectrum Noir Sparkle pens. I squeeze some out onto a small pallet and colour with a brush as I find them too juicy to work with on their own. I coloured the flower in with Spectrum Aquas.

Then came the fun bit - fussy cutting. Yep. It's lucky the Proms are on at the moment so I had good music to accompany me on Radio 3!

I wanted to give the impression of a sun in the background, and I searched for a colour I was happy with. How lucky that I've been hoarding this beautiful pomegranate Bazzill paper for ages and I thought it was just the colour. I cut it out with one of my Spellbinders circle dies.

I put it together really simply. Just a folded A2 (US) card base, with the sentiment stamped in the bottom right hand corner, the 'sun' in the middle and the hummingbird and flower popped up on foam pads.

I hand drew the border with my Copic Spica Glitter pen and a Uni-ball Fine Line 0.2.

Below is a list of what I used to make this card. Please note that I DO NOT USE affiliate links.

It's currently on its way in the post, so I hope they like it as much as I do. Thank you so much for taking the time to read and to comment, you do mean so much to me!


My Card Attic: Hazel said...

Welcome back Ruth! You've been missed! This is a beautiful card - I actually managed to buy that issue this time - great colouring skills my friend! Have a lovely evening! Hazel xx
My Card Attic

Liz McGuire, said...

Hiya, this is gorgeous, as usual. Hope you are enjoying your holidays.

I have done my usual and don't know the name of the alphabet dies. I felt sure they were Mama Elephant but can't find them online. I know I bought them from Seven Hills but their search keeps crashing. If I come across the maker I will let you know.

Liz xx

St├ęphanie Steph Made It For You said...

Hey Ruth, you managed to make me want to buy the magazine just for the stamps lol!!
They look like great stamps to colour and i really like your layout with the deep colour circle to contrast with the more subtle bird and flower.
I was also wondering if they'd stamp well so the fact that they do made me want to buy the magazine even more haha!

I hope you enjoyed your break :)
Steph x

Missy Pink said...

Glad you enjoyed your holidays Ruth, It's always nice to have a holiday. This design is impeccable and very pretty with a touch of the far east style, which looks so beautiful. Your colouring is simply perfection too. Hugs x

Lisa Tilson said...

These are really pretty stamps and I love the design of the card, the red circle is a great focal point. Very nicely coloured too :). Love the scribbly border edge too, I always think this is a nice touch, but I would never make it look natural - you did brilliantly!

Darnell J Knauss said...

This is stunning, Ruth! Your design is so lovely and you did an excellent job with the fussy-cutting!! Glad you've had a chance to go on two holidays and have some fun!! Hugs, Darnell

maria f. said...

Such delightful and soft colors on those images, Ruth. Very nice.

Craftelier said...

That handrawn line makes all the difference. Congrats and keep creating things like this!

Di said...

Hi Ruth, I was Googling to see if I could source any more of the Clearly Besotted 'Hooray' shaker card dies as folk in the Snippets Playground are going crackers over it! I'm offering one as a prize but would love to find more. Anyhow, that led me to reading your lovely blog and also spotting a few Snippets Playmates such as Darnell and Hazel! If you ever feel like it, do come and join us in the Playground - it's very friendly and we have some fun and lots of inspiration too. Following you now BTW.


Di xx

Leigh Penner said...

This is so pretty, Ruth!

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