Friday, 26 October 2012

Peaceful Fish - MFP Hop Day 4

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October Blog Hop!

This Month's New Stamp Set Releases
Christmas Selections - Featured October 23
Poinsettia Blooms - Featured October 24
Cracked Hello - Featured October 25
On the Fly - Featured October 26 (That's today!)

Please hop along with us!  You have a chance to win one of the above stamp sets!  Just comment on the following blogs (don't forget this one), each day for more chances to win! (You do NOT have to comment on all the blogs each day.  The names are drawn randomly.)  All four winners will be announced on October 27, 2012 on the Mark's Finest Papers blog.  You can go back and comment if you missed a day.  (HINT:  The more you comment the more chances you have to win and comments on the MFP blog count twice!)  The deadline for commenting is 11PM EST on Friday October 26, 2012.

Today's set is called "On the Fly" and it is really pretty. This would be great for friends and family members who like fishing and or nature.  I have two projects today, my first one is also included on the main blog:

I love the nature scene from the stamp set, such a pretty and impressive scene!  Of course that had to be the one I started with, so I stamped it on water colour paper with Staz On, and used my Stampin' Up Markers, a few ink pads, and a water brush to colour.  I decided last minute that the mountain tops needed snow so I waited until the image was dry and then squished some white pigment ink onto my craft mat.  I used my water brush to dab some onto the mountains.    I love water colouring in this way as it is so easy and makes me feel like a true artist! 

The center was kept simple with an inked piece of cream matted with chocolate brown, then the sentiments stamped in opposite corners.

I would like to enter this card into the Deep Ocean challenge for sporty and outdoor themed cards.

My second project was another clean and simple card that brought out my artistic side:

Again I started with the stamps, and stamped them with black pigment ink on water colour paper, then heat embossed with clear powder.  A few days previous as I was searching through my stash for something else, I came across a shimmery water colour set that I had forgotten about.  I immediately knew I would use them for this image.  As I painted the image I was thinking about how fish look shimmery and irridescent when they are not in the water.  I didn't paint it to look like any fish in particular though, I just used colours that I thought would be pretty.

As I liked how the images came out I decided to keep the rest of the card really simple.  I chose a cream card base and added some jute twine.  The edges of the water colour paper were distressed with a distressing tool, mini brads were added to the corners and the panel was foam taped over the jute twine.

Since the card was so simple I thought just a sentiment would be enough.

I would like to enter this into the Creative Stamp Friends card for masculine themed cards.

This is a great set to work with and I can't decide which image is my favourite, lol.   While I'm trying to figure that out, why don't you have a look to see what the other DT members have created?  This is a hop after all and you could win a stamp set of your own!  Don't forget to visit the main blog to see what other inspiration is waiting for you.

I used the following products on my first card:

Card Stock:  Neenah Desert Storm, Gina K Designs Pure Ivory, Stampin' Up! Water Colour paper, Chocolate Chip.

Stamps:  Marks Finest Papers On the Fly

Ink:  Staz On Jet Black, Stampin' Up! Going Grey, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White, Colorbox Fluid Chalk Ink Creamy Brown.

Markers:  Stampin' Up! Stampin' Write Creamy Caramel, Close to Cocoa, Chocolate Chip, Always Artichoke, Garden Green, Brilliant Blue, Ballet Blue, Brocade Blue.

Embellishments:  Stampin' Up!  Twill ribbon, May Arts Jute Twine.

Adhesive:  Scotch ATG, foam squares, Scotch Quick Dry.

Tools:  Paper Trimmer, bone folder, scissors, Martha Stewart score board, waterbrush, Ranger blending tool.

I used the following products on my second card:

Card Stock:  Gina K Designs Pure Ivory, Stampin' Up! Water Colour paper.

Stamps:  Marks Finest Papers On the Fly

Ink:  American Crafts Black Pigment Ink, Memento Tuxedo Black.

Embossing Powder:  Martha Stewart Clear Gloss.

Paint:  Yatsumo Pearlescent Watercolor Set.

Embellishments:  May Arts Jute Twine, Recollections brads.

Adhesive:  Foam Squares.

Tools:  Paper trimmer, bone folder, scissors, Martha Stewart score board, paint brush, Tonic/Tim Holtz distressing tool, We R Memory Keepers brad setting tool.


Janine said...

Wonderful cards - very nicely done with those watercolours - like the fish shimmer - I went for that too!

Vicky Gould said...

Two fantastic cards; awesome coloring!!!

stamping sue said...

Cathy you did a great job with both your cards. like the shimmery fish.
stamping sue

Pam said...

Wonderful cards! Love the shine on the fish!

Angie said...

Fabulous scene!!!! I just love your watercoloring!!! Gorgeous shimmery fish!!!!

Pam said...

Great work, Cathy! I love to watercolor this way, too. Your scene is beautiful and I like the colors on the fish as well.

Sandy (Cheesy) said...

Love the shimmery fish, Cathy. Beautiful cards.

loulou said...

Your cards are absolutely gorgeous. There is no doubt in my mind that you are a true artist. cheers Linda

Jane said...

Two wonderful cards Cathy. Your coloring is just awesome. I love them both.

Lois said...

Two beautiful cards, Cathy.

Jo4Him said...

Super cards, especially the cabin scene-love how you colored it. TFS

MariLynn said...

Love the twill ribbon on your first card and your coloring is fantastic. I love how you colored your fish. It has been fun to see how we all colored him so differently. I may have to find some pearlescent paint.

Sue D said...

Great coloring on both!

Angela Crafty Spot said...

I love your coloring on on your fish!! Great cards!!! Thanks for sharing!

Designing with Debbie said...

Beautiful cards. I love your coloring.

Gail said...

Your cards are beautiful - I like how the ribbon comes out from behind the cabin card Cathy - good work! Have a great weekend - Gail

Kathy Bradley said...

Your cards are so lovely! The scene is colored beautifully and I love how you've colored the fish - wonderful!

Winnie and Patty said...

Cathy--both of these cards are wonderful! I especially like the top one! TFS

Pat Garvin said...

Both cards look great. You watercolor very well.

AJ Scrapbooking and Cards said...

Beautiful cards! Like the burlap.

KC Inspired said...

Girl you are a true artist! The coloring is superb! Love the fish the cabin in the mountains!

Ravengirl said...

Such amazing watercoloring on both cards! I really love the clean look you achieved on both of these!

Lagene said...

I love your mountain scene! excellent coloring!

Stempelhexe said...

Very beautiful card.
Thanks for playing with us the Creative Stamps Friends-

Cinzia C. said...

Fab image for a great card! Love the colouring and the simple design.

Thanks very much for sharing with us at the Deep Ocean challenge this forthnight

Cinzia xx