Saturday, August 2, 2014

Waiting for the Rainbows

We're enjoying an extra long weekend here with it being a bank holiday on Monday. But unfortunately the weather has taken a turn for the worse and it's expected that we'll have very heavy rain all day today and tomorrow. It has been raining constantly for the past six hours so I really am waiting for the rainbows after the rain! Anyway what better excuse to do a bit of stamping with water and rainbows in mind.

For both of the cards I made today I used the same colours and same technique. I just love distress inks and the way they react to water so made my backgrounds by applying distress inks to white card and stamping with water instead of ink.

Stamps (Hero Arts) - Simple Leaf Background & Lil Hoot

For the card above I stated by masking off a frame around my card and cut thin strips of washi tape to create blocks on the card.

Then I applied distress inks (worn lipstick, spiced marmalade, mustard seed, mowed lawn and peacock feathers) diagonally across the card. I didn't worry about carefully blending the inks as I knew I was going to add lots of water and the inks would move around a bit.

After that I spritzed lots and lots of water on my background stamp and stamped on the card.

I left it for a little while so that the water and ink would have lots of time to react with each other and then I dabbed off the excess water. After ensuring that the ink was completely dry I peeled off the washi tape and added the sentiment and some machine stitching.

As I had all these inks out I thought I might as well make another simpler card.

Stamps (Hero Arts) - Simple Leaf Background & Fantastic Birthday

For this one I again masked a frame around the card, applied distress inks and stamped with water. This time I just added a sprinkling of sequins to finish.

I'm submitting both cards into Hero Arts One Layer Challenge and Simon Says Stamp Anything Goes Challenge. I'm also submitting the first card into a2z Scrapbooking Encouragement Challenge.

I hope you are having a great weekend and that it's not as soggy in your part of the world as it is here:)


ThePurplePlace said...

Oh Heather these are both amazing cards and I LOVE the wonderful backgrounds you created and the fun masking design you shared!

Your "encouragement" card is also perfect for our challenge at a2z and I'm so happy you played along and also shared these gorgeous cards!

PS: We are have a "rainy, cloudy and damp" weekend here in Massachusetts too....not good when it's already August and Summer will be winding down! :(

Virginia L. said...

Absolutely gorgeous! Love your masking and stitching, Heather! So glad that you join the fun over Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge!

rcwidow (Linda) said...

These are gorgeous. Love this technique and your masking takes it to a new level!

Barb said...

Both cards are just beautiful, Heather! Love those pretty colors! Your masking and stitching add a wonderful effect!

Chark said...

this looks stenciled--love how it turned out. I'm gonna have to try this technique with a good stamp.

Chark said...

thanks for playing along at a2z scrapbooking supplies! Totally love this effect!

Scrumplescrunch said...

Hello Heather,
This is stunning, the eye loves every part of this design and palette. Thanks for the step by step too.

Lin said...

What beautiful rainbows you make, Heather, love them both! Sorry to hear about your rainy weather; we've had the same today, and it's really cool, too - is fall on the way already?

Sue McRae said...

Fabulous rainbow goodness Heather!

Caryl @ cinnamon holiday workshop said...

WOW....I really like your cards. Thanks for sharing how you did all the fun!

Judy Tuck said...

Gorgeous rainbow cards Heather. Love your stitching and masking detail.

Linda W. (ScrappinBari) said...

Trade you weather but I'm betting you won't want our hot, humid stuff! Just love your colorful rainbow cards, Heather, and the one with stitching is amazing!!

Jingle said...

These are beautiful! I love the masking! Thanks so much for playing along with the Anything Goes Challenge on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog!

Zoey | Scrapsaurus said...

OH MY! I just love how fun and happy is this card!!!
I love both of them!

Thanks for playing along with us over !


Cris G. said...

Love your rainbow coloring, great effect with the stamp.

Barb Ghig said...

Two fabulous cards, Heather! I love how you played with your stamps and inks and how you used the Washi tape to create your pattern! Love your stitching, too!

Thanks so much for playing along with us at the a2z Scrapbooking Challenge! I hope you'll be back again soon!

Terhi Koskinen said...

Oh that is such a cool card! I might have to steel your idea and use it to some of my layouts :)
So happy you joined us at A2Z Scrapbooking :)

Unknown said...

Your cards are beautiful! The stitching finished it off nicely.

Unknown said...

Heather, these cards just blow me away. I love the technique you did. I think it is just GENIUS the way to masked off the first card and then stitched in between. Just absolute PERFECTION!!! Thank you so much for playing along with us over at a2z Scrapbooking.

Anonymous said...

Hey Heather!!! I'm blown away by your cards. Both of them are amazing. I love watercoloring so you stole my heart right away. The added stitch, OMG!! So creative!! When I first read your blog name I wondered how the two worked together. Thank you for showing me. You did an amazing job. Thank you so much for playing along with us over at the a2z Scrapbooking Challenge.

Unknown said...

Hi Heather,
It will be announced tomorrow, but you won the July a2z scrapbooking Linky party. Please stop by on the 15th to find out how to claim your prize:)


ThePurplePlace said...

WooHOO! You WON!! I was so happy to read the WINNERS post over a a2z Scrapbooking today and find out that YOU were the Lucky WINNER of the JULY Challenge and a $25 Gift Certificate to the store!!

CONGRATS!! Way to go and I'm so happy that someone I know WON!!!


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