Well my friends, March disappeared in a puff of smoke, snap, just like that and the first week of April has also hiked through pretty quickly.
I crocheted with my beautiful Corriedale Yarns and formed the first Persian Tile after a couple of false starts just getting the colour relationships right
With one down fifteen to go, I decided to streamline things and am now forming four tiles at a time
If you read last weeks post you might remember I mentioned the colour of the pink yarn wasn’t showing properly – it looked red, here you see it actual shade – isn’t it stunning set alongside those blues!
I’ve been playing with my coloured pencils, my alcohol ink pens, distress inks and various other bits and pieces and making more cards. Having a stash of cards to meet all possible festive occasions, or just to send little notes to friends, is never a bad thing.
I worked on some I had started earlier and felt needed a bit more work – it’s important they look as finished as possible. These three are made using embossing folders and inks to achieve deeply textured, yet simple card fronts. I need to make more that are suitable for giving to the male of the species.
These next two are the same idea, just bigger. The textured background is inked and silhouettes made from die cuts added. A bit of bling and I have two A5 cards ready to go
Using my Spectrum Noir colour pencils and Gamsol – which is a brand of odourless spirits – two more cards were produced. The Gamsol acts as a blending agent with the colours and also can be used to blur the lines slightly, softening the effect, though I’m not that sure that I like it personally
And this one, which like the last card above, was photographed in its cellophane jacket, hence the slightly blurred and muted aspect – sorry about that.
Then I moved on to produce a couple of A6 size cards made with alcohol ink pens on Distress inked backgrounds
Again a Distress Ink background with a die cut house. The girl is stamped and fussy cut and attached with foam dots slightly off-set from the background.
I’m enjoying the vibrancy of the alcohol ink pens and plan on doing more cards with them. Though really, I can’t say why I’m making all these cutesie girly cards – maybe I’m pining for my lost youth 🙂 (Where did I put him?) All I can say is it’s a good way to bring myself back into using these different mediums and finding my feet again so to speak. I’m hoping I’ll be feeling ready to make originals again soon.
If you have a favourite, I’d love to know.
And of course, we celebrated Siddy’s fourth birthday on the 4th day of the 4th month – most assuredly an auspicious occasion!
Thanks for coming by today, I love that you did!