Cards: Smile Birthday Watercolours

I did a bit of experimentation this morning with some watercolour paper and my Kuretake Gamsai Tambi watercolours. These ‘Smile Birthday’ cards were actually quite simple to make and are a good standard design for any birthday. The background colours can be customised so it would suit a male or female recipient.

talliescorner_2016-06-25_smilebirthday-lawnfawn-blue talliescorner_2016-06-25_smilebirthday-lawnfawn-pinkI started out by taping some watercolour paper to my craft mat with some low tack masking tape. I knew I was going to be using a lot of water so I wanted to try and reduce the amount of warping that would inevitably happen. For this project I used Daler Rowney Watercolour Aquarelle 250gsm as it was a pad I’ve had in my stash since school.

After taping, I put a water wash down over the whole piece before starting with dabbing on the lighter colour. I went back and forth between three shades of blue/purple and pink/purple chosen from my Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolours. In between layers I made sure to blast it with my heat gun to make sure I got the dept of colour. When dried, I used a clear stamp block and a paint brush to spattle some paint dots across the background. I also added some pearly silver to the blue card and some gold to the pink card to give a bit more sparkle and ground the sentiments I will be using. I set this to dry before

Next I cut some clouds from vellum using the cloud dies from Lawn Fawn. For the smile sentiments, I used the same gold and silver from my watercolours to create some sparkly watercolour paper that I could die cut. Using Stick-It paper on the back, I adhered them over the clouds. I also added a little bit of liquid adhesive behind the letters to stick to the background.

I stamped the smaller sentiment on the same gold watercolour paper using the Ready Set Snow banner addons from Lawn Fawn. I embossed these in white and silver and cut with the matching dies. I used some liquid adhesive to stick these to the background and covered the whole lot in Glossy Accents to give some shine. I added some sequins and voila!

Card: Graduation ‘Yer a Doctor!’

My friend successfully defended her PhD viva today so here’s the card I made for her. I present ‘Yer a Doctor!’, featuring digi stamps (HP Wizard Stamp and Graduation Owl) from 2CuteInk. Coloured with Copics, Distress Inks and some clear embossing using stamps from the Party Animal set from Lawn Fawn.

'Yer a Doctor!' Graduation Card from Tallie's Corner with 2 Cute Ink and Lawn FawnStarting off with an A6 piece of white card, I cut out a rectangle using the largest die from Lawn Fawn’s Small Stitched Rectangles. Using a bunch of the small party confetti shapes from the Lawn Fawn Party Animal stamp set, I stamped randomly across the background using Tsukineko Emboss Ink and then covered with clear embossing powder. This actually didn’t turn out so well and I think it was because of this ink. I’ve ordered some Versamark to give that a try to see if I get better results, otherwise I’m going to have to switch out my embossing powder.

After heat setting, I then coloured the background using Distress Inks, Tea Dye and Vintage Photo, focusing the colour around the edges of the piece. The embossed confetti pieces resist the ink to shine through the background. I added some more white and pearl spattle using a paintbrush, clear stamp block and some of my Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolours to give a little bit of shine. I then attached this to a side fold A6 black card base.

For the stamps, I did some creative combining of two digi stamps from 2 Cute Ink: HP Wizard Stamp and Graduation Owl. I put the hat from the owl onto Harry and used a black marker to nake up the lines around the hair. I also did the same with the scroll from the owl stamp. I coloured them both with a mix of Copics and Spectrum Noirs before fussy cutting out the two images. I then affixed the two images to the background using some liquid adhesive.

I then cut a strip of card from the same stock as the card base and used a Ranger Emboss-It pen to write the sentiment. I love that scene from the first Harry Potter book where Hagrid tells Harry, ‘Yer a Wizard, Harry!’. I just had to use this for my friend. She’s not a complete Potter fantatic, but she knows a few people who are and will get it. I don’t yet have any alphabet stamps (they’re on my to-get list!) so I had to handwrite it. I embossed and heat set this using gold embossing powder. After making into a banner, I scribbled around the edges and added the same gold embossing powder to make it pop a little more from the background. I used some black foam squares to attach to the background.

Finishing off, I added some Glossy Accents to Harry’s glasses and the owl’s eyes, and also added some clear Wink of Stella to the owl’s hat, the scarf and the scroll bow. I also drew in the hat tassle that got cut off when fussy cutting.

I really love this fun card and it’s one of those that can be sent to a male or female graduate.

Card: Mermaid Shaker with 2CuteInk

I am a member of the 2 Cute Ink monthly digi stamp club and this month’s release featured this too cute (hah!) Mermaid Dreams stamp. Coloured with my small range of Copics, I created a shaker card to send to a friend.

talliescorner_2016-06-23_mermaidshaker-2cuteinkThe card base is an A6 black side folding card. I used the Small Stictched Rectangles dies from Lawn Fawn to create the shaker section, colouring with Distress Inks (Peacock Feathers, Mermaid Lagoon, Chipped Saphire). I added some fine glitter and blue/green sequins before sealing up using a combination of craft foam and tape.

I printed out the mermaid on Neenah Solar White card and coloured in Copics.

Skin: FS2, FS4, FS9, FS3, TN4, FS8
Hair: GB3, OR1, TN4, EB3
Tail: YG06, YG09, G17
Top: V04, V09
Fish: Y06, Y38, R27, E29, B32, B29

I finished off with a clear Wink of Stella to the tail, fish and clothes and some white gel pen dots.

Card: Birthday Jelly with Lawn Fawn

I love anything under the sea and the Fintastic Friends set is one of my favourites. This is Birthday Jelly, featuring Fintastic Friends, Party Animal and So Jelly stamp sets from Lawn Fawn. Coloured with Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolours and Distress Inks, with a touch of Glossy Accents, this makes a birght, fun birthday card.

Birthday Jelly card by Tallie's Corner, featuring Lawn FawnStarting with some blue/green Distress Inks (Cracked Pistachio, Evergreen Bough, Peacock Feathers, Mermaid Lagoon, Chipped Saphire) on watercolour paper, I used the round blending tools to create the sea background. I adhered this to a side folding A6 black card base and cut a strip from the same card. Using the birthday sentiment from the Party Animal set I stamped and embossed this with Silver powder and attached it to the background.

I then stamped a handful of the fish and jellies on watercolour paper using Versamark Ink and used my Kuretake watercolours to colour in the creatures. Cutting them out with the coordinating dies, I adhered to the background with foam pads and covered the jelly heads with Glossy Accents.

Card: Elephants Always Smile with Lawn Fawn

This is the third card in my ‘Smile’ set. This is ‘Elephants Always Smile’, featuring ‘Critters in the Jungle’ and ‘Scripty Smile’ from Lawn Fawn. Coloured with Copic markers and Distress Inks, with the added touch of Glossy Accents. Makes a masculine or femine card.

talliescorner_2016-06-23_smileelephant-lawnfawnAs in my previous Smile cards (here and here), I die cut the Lawn Fawn Scripty Smile twice, adhered them together and coloured using the two Distress Inks Shabby Shutters and Bundled Sage. Using an A6 white card base, I used a light touch to put some Shabby Shutters down over the area where the sentiment would go, before attaching and going over with a clear Wink of Stella pen followed by some Ranger Glossy Accents.

On a sheet of Neenah Solar White I stamped the elephant and leaves from the ‘Critters in the Jungle’ using Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and coloured in with Copic markers: elephant (W3, W5, W7) and leaves (YG06, YG09, G17). After die cutting with the matching die set, I adhered to the card base and covered the elephant with Glossy Accents.

Card: Smile Crocodile with Lawn Fawn

This is the second in the ‘Smile’ range of cards my muse was prompted to make. Here is ‘Smile Crocodile’, featuring the crocodile from the ‘Critters Down Under’ stamp set and the ‘Scripty Smile’ die, both from Lawn Fawn. Coloured with Copics, Distress Inks with a touch of Wink of Stella and Glossy Accents, this card would be good for either a male or female recipent.

Smile Crocodile by Tallie, featuring stamps and dies from Lawn FawnAs in my previous Smile card, I die cut the Lawn Fawn Scripty Smile twice, adhered them together and coloured using the two Distress Inks Shabby Shutters and Bundled Sage. After attaching to the sidefold A6 Neenah Solar White card card base, I went over with a clear Wink of Stella pen followed by some Ranger Glossy Accents. I then stamped the crocodile, sentiment and hearts on using Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and coloured in with Copic markers: crocodile (YG06, YG09, G17, E53) and hearts (R27). I covered just about everything with Glossy Accents and finished off with a corner chomper for the two outer edges.

Card: Smile with Lawn Fawn

I’ve been on a card-making spree this last couple of weeks. I usually find that when my work gets more involved and I’m really busy, my muse is more creative. It also helped that I got a few more stamp and die sets! This Smile card is the first in a long series that I’m about to post, featuring one stamp from the ‘Our Friendship Grows’ set and one die ‘Scripty Smile’, both from Lawn Fawn. This took me perhaps ten minutes to complete and would be perfect for a male or female.


Smile card from Tallie’s Corner featuring Lawn Fawn stamps and dies

The background was stamped using the Smile sentiment from the Lawn Fawn Our Friendship Grows on a A6 card base using a range of green Distress Ink Pads: Shabby Shutters, Bundled Sage, Pine Needles, Old Paper, Iced Spruce and Evergreen Bough. I die cut the Lawn Fawn Scripty Smile twice, adhered them together and coloured using the two Distress Inks Shabby Shutters and Bundled Sage. After attaching to the card base, I went over with a clear Wink of Stella pen followed by some Ranger Glossy Accents. Finishing off with a corner chomper for the two outer edges and voila!


Create and Learn – Tulip Background

This is my very first time I used my Prismacolors, so it was a new challenge. The good news is that I definitely like the pencils, perhaps more than markers! This is the freebie that came with the Create and Learn class this month. Stamp by Polkadoodles.

talliescorner_2016-05-05_createlearn-tulipsI only have the 48 pencil set so had to substitute a few colours, which I think shows in the clouds. Still, not bad I think. Lots more practice needed!

Create and Learn: April Dinosaur

I finally got a chance to finish my version of the Create and Learn April Markers class from Kit and Clowder. Featuring a digi stamp from PolkaDoodles and coloured with my Spectrum Noir markers.

talliescorner_2016-04-27_createlearn-dinoHaving used Copics for the finale of my skin and hair class, it was difficult to go back to Spectrum Noir bullet nibs for this one (I don’t have all the colours yet, but I’m slowly getting there!). I’m not too happy with the hair, but love the background!

Amazing class from Alyce! 🙂

Before and After: Skin and Hair Class

It’s taken me three months, finding time to colour around my full time work, family and other online activities, but I have finally finished the Skin and Hair Class from Kit and Clowder! Woot! I promised myself that I would post before and after pictures on completion, so here they are.

My colourings feature a stamp drawn by the wonderful Yampuff at DeviantArt. I first coloured this stamp with the intention of making it into a card for a friend who had just visited Japan. I coloured it again this morning to show the huge change in my ability, thanks to the class.

talliescorner_skinhair-before-afterThe before image is coloured with Spectrum Noir markers whereas the second is coloured with Copic markers. One thing I did realise during the classes was that the hair flicking technique is really hard with the SN bullet tip nibs. Once I purchased a handful of Copic Ciaos, I was converted. The Copics are so much easier to work with, both in terms of the nib and ink. I’m totally converted! Additionally, the before image was printed on standard card, whereas I used Neenah Solar White for the after image. You can totally tell the difference in the picture!

I am really pleased I took this class. I was a little hesitant at first as I’d never taken online classes (except for programming) before, but this was totally worth it. Like yoga, Alyce’s classes are more like a lifestyle change for colourers, starting first with the fundamentals of light source and colour theory right through a variety of different hair styles. Having only ever taken art in school, this was a wonderful shift of viewpoint for me that I’m sure is a good foundation for future projects. The feedback is timely and really helpful, with both Alyce and the community encouraging you to push through and do your best in all things. I still have a long way to go on my colouring journey, but with Alyce’s help I’ve made a great start! Definitely recommend to all!

Now on to the Animals class… 🙂