31 January 2014

A fast and furious Friday...

Hi everyone and welcome. It's positively blowing a hooley outside here, there's more water coming from the heavens than should be naturally possible and the sun hasn't made an appearance for days. So why then am I skipping around the house like an excited loon? All will become clear shortly...


Last week I was lucky enough to win from Wendy Vecchi the chance to join a fabulous Online Card Class - Stenciled (highly recommended) looking at lots of different techniques using, you guessed it, stencils. This card has a stencilled background, with Distress Paint used to resist Distress Stains.


I teamed it with an Archival Ink background (there is something of an addiction forming to this technique!)


As the layers continued to build this started to fall into a monochromatic colour scheme, and usually I'm not a fan of peach tones - so much so I convinced myself that this is a 'marmalade' colour scheme!!


Thank goodness Linda includes this dyed seam binding in her orders. What a match. The white die cuts worked as a real contrast, especially as the leaf bouquet was covered in white embossing power.
This is destined for entry to the Country View Challenges - Monochromatic (literally by the skin of my teeth :)


And now to explain why I'm doing a Bambi impression; Wendy Vecchi has the most fabulous giveaway on her blog right now celebrating her 1000th blog post. Seriously, you don't want to miss this one! Not only do you get the chance to enter, she also shares an amazing piece of artwork and her latest technique for using Archival Inks - painting.


Now as well as being an incredibly gifted artist I think this lady must be psychic. Why? Last night I had an interiors challenge programme on the telly in the background whilst getting some stuff done, and looked up to see the most magnificent watercolour style flowery fabric in liberal use all over a small living room. I thought out loud "that would look good on a card".


Little did I know Wendy would provide the method for recreating my version today!! So as the light faded (apologies for the photos with artificial lighting) and the dinner cooked, I grabbed my Archival Inks, stamps, Specialty paper and a waterbrush and got to work.


I must confess, Wendy recommended using embossing powder to cover the initial stamping but I didn't bother and it didn't shift when I coloured the flowers. And in case you are wondering I deliberately painted outside the lines for a more watercolour feel (like the fabric) and this has very little fuss for me. Is there anything you can't do with Archival Inks? I guess only Wendy knows the answer to that one too...


Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you'll join me again tomorrow when it's my turn to host a new challenge over at Our Creative Corner. For now, I have a date with an oven and some mincemeat (it is a truth universally known that growing sons are never filled!)
Wherever you are and whatever you're up to take care of yourselves, Jenny x

26 comments:

Patricia said...

Oh! My! Word! Jenny you go from strength to strength, these are absolutely STUNNING.
I love everything about them.
We have the same weather as you, shocking, shocking, shocking. I can't get shoes to fit .........I have webbed feet now.........!!!!!
Have a fantastic weekend

Patricia xx

wendy vecchi said...

FABULOUS! It makes me so happy when someone uses a technique & knocks it out of the park!
AWESOME!

pearshapedcrafting said...

Beeoootiful! Absolutely love it - you clearly are having fun pushing those buttons!! Hugs Chrisx

Elaine said...

Stunning cards. I love how you add layers and they look great - mine just look like a pile!! The Interiors programme is fine if you like grey but that fabric was awesome and you've copied it brilliantly. Elaine x

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Gorgeous cards Jenny , love the first monochromatic card! the stencilled background is gorgeous as are the touches of white. Love the watercolour effect on the second. Tracy x

Brenda Brown said...

First off congrats on your win I am sure you'll love the classes and use the techniques to great benefit. Secondly I just adore both of these cards, I love the monochromatic tones of 'marmalade' (loved that idea lol)and the different layers. As always your composition is perfection itself, so well balanced and harmonious. Thirdly, I saw Wendy's tutorial and want to have a go, but you have just taken it to new heights, what stunning flowers and the painting outside the lines give this such a beautiful watery effect. A masterpiece my friend and I love it xxx

Crafty Lark said...

Fab designs and love the warm and happy colours. Got to admit we have seen too much rain off late, hope someone finds the tap soon before the whole of Somerset becomes an island. xx Flora

Paper Profusion said...

Wowsers Jenny - both are utterly beautiful to say the least. You are rockin' girl! Wendy says it all with "AWESOME"! Happy Weekend! Nicola x

Alie Hoogenboezem-de Vries said...

Great cards Jenny, so different, but both are fab!

Almo said...

Hi Jenny, I love your blog, I feel inspired every time I come onto it and this post is not exception. What beautiful flowers you have created here on your second card, I saw that programme those curtains brightened up that room for sure. All the different layers on your (Marmalade) card each showcasing a different technique is quite lovely, the white die cuts pop against the background colour and the other carefully placed elements finish it of beautifully. Hugs Mo x

Terry said...

Jenny, you are fast and furious this Friday! Holy Moly, I love both pieces and I think the peach toned card is gorgeous! Now your painted flowers are fabulous and I can't wait to try this one on something! Enjoy the weekend and that dinner! Hugs!

Von said...

Love love the water colour flowers ! must go and investigate :)
Have a great weekend
Von ♥

Astrid Maclean said...

Both are fantastic Jenny and though I would not normally be a fan of peach, together with the white that "marmelade" TRULY DOES LOOK STUNNING!! Two really gorgeous cards!!

Rita said...

Wonderful card Jenny. A lot of work has been put into this one. Hugs Rita xxx

chrissies said...

All this news will certainly have brightened your day and you made a very beautiful card.


Love Chrissie x

Deborah said...

Love, love, love your floral card, Jenny (I like the other one too! :-) ). I loved the fabric on the programme too, although I would have sent Johnny not Jordan onto the semi finals) but I like yours more.

sam21ski said...

Great cards Jenny and although flowers really aren't my thing I absolutely love the 2nd card. Well done on winning a place on the class

Sam xxx

Linda Coughlin, the funkie junkie said...

Just beautiful, Jenny. Love the watercolor effect and your color combo is just gorgeous!

Hugs,
Linda

Silvia(Barnie) said...

In one word: Fantastic.

Fandhmum said...

Congratulations, Jenny and these are just stunning
Rosie x

Paula Jane Atkinson said...

Very pretty cards. I in particular love the top one with its rich colour & lovely layers because it reminds me of now. Lots of layers to keep warm with the hope of warmth to come!

scrappymo! said...

The marmalade card is fabulous. Such rich shades you achieved.

The second card is a delight. The watercolour look is fab and the sentiment is lovely!

Candy C said...

Jenny...I got such a kick out of reading your blog post and an even bigger joy out of seeing your two cards. Both so lovely and so different! The top one with its layers of color and texture is simply so elegant. Love the die cuts in white! Gorgeous! And your bottom Wendy inspired card is fabulous! Love the water color effect you've done on the flowers. They are too cool! <3 Candy

butterfly said...

Two completely fantastic cards - so lovely seeing this burst of colour... The "marmalade" is gorgeous, and so delicately pretty, and those WV flowers look completely amazing!
Alison xx

Redanne said...

You are such an inspiration Jenny, I love how you used Wendy's fabulous technique, your 'watercolouring' is fabulous and that first card is an absolute delight. You just get better and better all the time! Anne x

TwinkleToes2day said...

This whole post oooozes inspiration. I love what you do Jenny. Sorry to have been a 'visit/comment slacker' lately, *hugs* Mo :o) x

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