Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Hip Hip Hooray!

Hi everyone,

A couple of weeks ago I showed you a journal page that I had made whilst watching a Roben-Marie Smith tutorial.   You can find the original post here.

Today, I wanted to share with you four cards that I made immediately after with the same techniques. Below are my step-by-step instructions (as this time I went slightly off-piste) - but I definitely recommend watching Roben-Marie's video too! I used some of my PaperArtsy stamps and stencils, as well as the fabulous Lin Brown Limited Edition 3 Fresco paints.

1.  I cut four pieces of Smoothy card each 4"x4".   I stuck some pieces of torn grey patterned paper randomly on them.

2. I then added some colour. Firstly, I stenciled some trianglular arrows (PS017) with Caribbean Sea paint. Then I added some scallops at the side using Bouganvillea, Tangerine Twist and Banana paints. I used quite a wet brush to make the paints even more translucent.  I added some circles with the pink paint, and filled in the gaps with the other colours and a touch of watered down London Night paint.

3.  Once dry I added some Snowflake paint with a palette knife. I love this effect - so different to adding the paint with a brush.

4. Time to add some shadows with black paint - I added it around the scallops and circles, and created some new smaller circles too.  I then outlined the circles and scallops with the black Stabilo All pencil, and went over the top of that with the waterbrush.  Love this effect too!

5. Now for some more stenciling ... I added the small arrow border in three corners of each piece using Jet Black Archival Ink with a piece of Cut'n'Dry Foam.

6. And to balance the shadows we need some light areas ... I added Snowflake paint with a paint brush, dipped a bottle top in the white paint and stamped with it, and also flicked the white paint over the top.   I also added some more accents with the Caribbean Sea paint.   Don't be afraid to go over shapes you've already made.

7. I outlined my original stenciling (the blue triangular arrows) and some of the scallops and circles with a black pen.

8. I added some stamping with the Jet Black Archival Ink Pad and the stars from stamp set EEG06 and the circles and border from stamp set EEG07.

9. To finish, I added some detail to the stamping with a white Extra Fine Sharpie pen, and also some criss-cross elements with a Derwent Charcoal pencil.

10. To complete the cards, I edged each piece with Renaissance Treasure Gold, and then mounted them on 4.25"x4.25" pieces of black card.  They were then stuck to my white square cards.   The greetings were stamped on Smoothy with the Jet Black Archival Ink Pad using the imagine that... All Typed Up stamp set.  I trimmed the greetings to size, and then outlined them with a black pen, before sticking them onto my cards.



  1. wow....really cool and fantastic cards :D
    I would really like to follow your blog, but the links to facebook and Pinterest doesn`t work :(

    1. Glad you liked the cards! Thanks for letting me know the links weren't working ... all fixed now!