Monday, 16 January 2012

First cards for Hobby Art

Hello there!

Surprised to see me blogging again only two days after my last post? Hehe, I intend to be better at this blog than I used to be. I know I said it before but I really am trying to be a good blogger now!

As I had promised in my last post, I have some pictures for you of cards I made with the gorgeous Hobby Art stamps. The playday had its effect on me and I really enjoyed making these.
So here we go, first up the cards I made with the artwork that I made on the Saturday at Hobby Art after the tutorial by Kim.

This was the first card I made with the faux mother of pearl technique. I used Seedless Preserves Distress ink and on top of acrylic pearly paint and stamped the script background in the same ink. I stamped the Bordered Poppies stamp in Versafine Black and coloured with several Distress Inks before glazing the flower heads with Glossy Accents.
For the background I stamped the single poppy stem from the Poppies Scene-it set all over randomly (in Dusty Concord DI) and sponged some more on the edges and the flower heads.
My main panel was wrapped with ribbons and matted onto lilac pearlescent card before mounting the whole thing onto a purple card blank.
Here is a close up of the poppies:

After lusting over the colours that Jane had used I had a go myself with those same colours, here is the result:

I really like the pop of the colours in contrast to the black card blank. I used Iced Spruce, Evergreen Bough and Scattered Straw on the image, mounted onto yellow-orange cardstock and tied some black embroidery floss around before mounting onto the card. Simple, but I love this one!

Next up was my attempt to use some Copics with the faux mother of pearl technique...

I used Rusty Hinge, Wild Honey and Mustard Seed on the background, stamped the poppies and leaves with Memento ink and coloured with Copics. I stamped the large flower heads again on some spare card and coloured them in with Copics before fussy cutting and glueing them in place. I am not quite sure if they just pop more that way or if it looks a little weird with the stark highlights on the soft backdrop...? 
I matted onto red and copper metallic card before mounting onto a square cream card base that I had embossed with a square frame. The sentiment is from the Scene-it Sentiments set.

Jenny also let me have a go at the new Roses and Lilies sets and here is what I made with them:

I really fancied colouring on Kraft card again after not having done that for a while and thought these images would be nice for that. Here I used the large Lilies image and coloured it in with pencils before cutting it out with a Nestie shape and making a light green matt for it. I matted the background paper (SU) onto the same cardstock and used some yellow gingham (Papermania) for the panels behind the foam popped image. Some small pearls to add interest and sentiment from the Friends set by Hobby Arts. Not entirely happy with how that turned out as I added it after the rest of the card was finished and it didn't come out properly, but I think I can just about get away with it.

This one is the large Rose image, again stamped onto Kraft card and coloured with pencils. I went for a bit of a vintage look on this and used some lace I got from my late grandmother to frame the image. I cut it out with a Nestie oval and glued the lace behind as well as adding a bow made from it to the bottom.
For the backing paper I used more Kraft card and a large piece of lace that I layered over and airbrushed onto the card with Light Walnut Copic. When you remove the lace afterwards you get this lovely soft image of the lace. I lightly distressed the edges to add to the effect and mounted the whole thing onto a black card base.

For my last card I used the same image again but this time used Copics to colour, cutting out with a Nestie circle die and mounting with a yellow scalloped circle. Background paper is that yellow gingham again, layered onto pink card before mounting on to a white square card base. Sentiment is from the Friends set again.

Hope you like my offering for today, I'll be back with more cards soon, promise!


mustavcoffee, Gay Peplow said...

Hi Alex, Stunning cards, I just love your colouring, hugs Gay xxx

Wendy said...

These are all absolutely beautiful.
Wendy xx

Kim x said...

These are absolutely stunning Alex.
I think the get together inspired me as well, I have been working away on samples ever since.
Again lovely cards.
hugs Kimx

tilly said...

wow, some stunning cards here, love them all, hope you are all well

Janette said...

Lovely to see your cards again Alex, all are gorgeous work.xx

sandy's crafty bits said...

wow what a super selection of cards ... love them all .. well done and happy crafting love sandy xx

jan.angell1 said...

She's back and in full flow! I like the blue poppy card, great colours. You seem to be moving away from your original CAS style -but what you are doing now is gorgeous.
Jan xx

Grenouille Greetings said...

You are like London busses, Alex. We get nothing for ages and then loads come along all at once and what absolute BEAUTIES they all are. So pleased to see you blogging and A TON of CONGRATULATIONS on you Hobby Art appointment, I can't think of a better person for the role! Happy New Year! Love Lesley