Watercolour Card #1 – You’re the best 4×4

Hi everyone!

Apart from creating challenge cards, I’ve been trying out various techniques. The one I’ve wanted to try for a long time is the one that Kristina Werner used. You can find the original card here. I love the way she blends colours and adds those droplets to finish the look.

I used Distress Ink Salty Ocean and Memento DewDrop Rose Bud inks to create the background. Memento is not as perfect as Distress Ink to work as watercolour and you have to be fast, but it’s still nice and adds some soft colour with water.

To create the sentiment I used Simon Says Stamp What’s Brewing Clear Stamps Set and also had to cut out a little heart from Dovecraft Curiosity Corner Stamps Set. Worked pretty good together! The ink to stamp them is VersaFine Onyx Black.

I also added some mocha coloured sequins, but I wish I had pink or blue ones. One day, one day…

I hope you enjoyed reading it. Have a good day and thanks!

Julia

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Challenge Cards #3 – Thinking Of You Valentine

Hello everyone!

St. Valentines Day is just round the corner and soon to cheer us with hearts, love and happiness. On this occasion Simon Says Stamp runs a challenge! I am more than glad to participate!

I have also decided to try and take part in a New To You challenge.

The new thing I used in this card is vellum. I had a sheet of vellum like forever, but I had no idea how to use it best. Since I’m very much into watercolouring and stamping recently, I decided to use some vellum along with my watercolour pencils. And this is what came out as the result!

This vellum is pretty thick, but it’s very very shiny.

The teddie stamp comes from Fizzy Moon TrimCraft. I used VersaFine Onyx Black Ink to stamp it on some vellum.

The pattern paper for the background is from My Mind’s Eye Cupid’s Arrow 6″ x 6″ pad.

I also used Wink of Stella Glitter Brush to add some more shimmer to the heart the teddie is holding.

The sentiment comes from Studio G Clear Stamps Set.

Thanks for taking a look and reading through the post! Have a good day.

Julia

Challenge Cards #2 – Happy Penguin Holidays

Hello! The holidays have finished, but I still haven’t sent and presented all the cards I wanted. And this was also a great chance to participate in Simon Monday Challenge to try and win a 50$ voucher. So here comes the card. There has been no sketch suggested, which allowed all the participants to have freedom in creation. For this card I used a tiny, yet very helpful and cute Lawn Fawn Winter Penguin Clear Stamps Set. It is extremely helpful and can be very well stretched. This penguin can have dozens colour versions. Of course, I used my favourite watercolour pencil technique. For the penguin’s outline I used VersaFine Onyx Black Ink. Moving on to the paper. I used paper from 2 sets, the background one is from the Dovecraft Back To Basics IV 6″ x 6″ pad. The small one is from Prima 6″ x 6″ pad, I believe, but the name of the collection is long lost. I also used twine from the Dovecraft Curiosity Corner 3-set, which also includes red and brown twines. To make the penguin’s scarf and skates shine I used Wink Of Stella Glitter Brush. I use it so much, pretty soon I’ll need a new one! That finishes my card for today. I do hope you like it. Have a good day and thanks for reading.

Julia

Challenge Cards #1 – Rabbit’s flower

Hi everyone!

I have decided to try and participate in various challenges. I am starting with this challenge at Retro Sketches. I liked the sketch they suggested for this challenge and made a spring card.

Actually, it first intended to be an Easter card, but then I changed my mind and turned it into a simple flowery card.

The stampset I used for creating the floral background is Scrapberry’s Flowers and Bird. There is quite a variety of flowers to be used to fulfil any purpose. Inks used with the set are Tim Holtz Distress Inks Walnut Stain and Antique Linen. I use small inkpads, because they are cheap and very comfortable for use. Tiny and nice to be stored in a little box of mine with all other inkpads.

The little rabbit has been watercoloured. I absolutely love colouring those tiny images, they turn out very neat looking and the colours blend well. Here I used a simple set of watercolour pencils. The stamp image itself was taken from Folia Ostern Clear Stamps Set.

The pattern paper is from the Prima Hello Pastel 6″ x 6″ pad. I can’t stop using it, it’s really good and varied with patterns and colours.

I have smashed the white outline a bit, but I don’t think it’s a huge disaster. Perhaps, I’ll be able to fix it, by finding a nice detail to add to the bottom of the card. Still haven’t decided what I want there and made my decision to end the card at that moment.

Here is the challenge sketch:

 

Thank you for reading!

 

Julia

Birthday cards #1 & #2 – Birds and Cupcakes

Hello everyone!

First of all, a few notes about this blog. I had a cardmaking blog on Blogspot for a while. It was nice there, there’s a large are for being artsy, but… I think it’s just a bit wrong for the things I am planning to do. WordPress is so much cleaner, simplier and nicer. I prefer to stay here for many other reasons as well.

Second, the name “Art Owlery” is something I am going to keep, because I love art and owls! Simple. I hope that later it will be a major project and will allow me to make my path into cardmaking.

Third, the cards themselves! This new blog is not the only restart, my whole cardmaking is! New techinques, new items, new ideas are coming, I practise them and think about them. So here we go.

Both of the cards were created for 2 friends of mine, very dear ones. They have birthdays upcoming and I tried my best to make something to cheer them up.

Cupcake Card

The pattern paper was taken from the Prima Hello Pastel 6″ x 6″ pad. Soft melting colours of paper make a strong association with something sweet.

For the cupcakes I’m using We R Memory Keepers Sweet Tooth Clear Stamps Set. Not sure if they are selling it now, I got it as a present from my friend.

The little sentiment comes from Simon Says Stamp What’s Brewing Clear Stamps Set, which I got with their October Card Kit. This stamp set can be stretched to any limits you put yourself to!

To make these sweet delicious things shine, I added some Wink of Stella Glitter with their brush. I just love this glitter brush, it’s very neat and makes the very shimmer you need on your cards!

Bird Card

A very simple clean card is made for a friend, who is very fond of birds.

The blue square is created using the Tim Holtz Distress Ink Salty Ocean.

The stamp set with the bird and a flower is Scrapberry’s Patterns and Bird Clear Stamps Set. I used my favourite black ink VersaFine Onyx Black, which is perfect for making silhouettes, lines and sentiments.

The sentiment comes from Dovecraft, not sure which collection though. It’s quite an old stamp set.

Thank you for reading and viewing my cards! Have a great day!

 

Julia