'What you do speaks so loudly, I can't hear what you say.'
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Thursday, 5 September 2019

There's a RESIST challenge on Daring Cardmakers and I just HAD to play along - it's my all time favourite technique but although I had all kinds of ideas when I first saw the post...I ended up using a background I made a few weeks ago, that was sitting, waiting to be used 😉 At least I didn't miss it - I often do!

As I already said, I love resist techniques of any kind and especially love Versamark resist and Faux Batik. I was playing around with stencils and wondered if I could get a resist effect with Versamark...so, I tried daubing Versamark ink through the stencil, heat setting it, then smooshing inks over the stencilling. This was the result. Although it isn't perfect, I do like it.  I think it may well work better with contrasting colours, whereas I used Salty Ocean and Cracked Pistachio Distress inks AND photo glossy card, which mutes the colours even more. I wanted something to signify energy and grabbing hold of life with both hands because of the VI swirl stencil, but this was the only real rubber stamp I could find to fit that idea. I used Memento ink anyway, and that didn't work perfectly either, so I had to deepen the stamping with a black permanent pen and didn't really like it. BUT in my determination not to be too perfectionistic, I'm leaving it 😊 Just don't look too closely!

For my son's birthday last week, I made him one of my favourite card designs - more with his daughter in mind. She loves to see Nanny's cards 😊
The background is sponged Oxides and splattered water drops, the images - stamped, coloured and fussy cut - are Katzelcraft's Les Animaux, my favourite stamps of the year. I have possibly made a card that looks very similar to this before... but I like it.

I'm playing with Seize the Birthday with their option of using a square card. 
I'm happy to also be able to play with the following challenges:-

Creatalicous, Anything Goes with optional Humour

Time Out, 'It takes both rain and sunshine to make a rainbow.'

Addicted to Stamps and More, Make Your Mark.

My final card was a play around with some florals and my favourite Paperartsy birds. I stamped and die cut the flowers, then drew the stems - background DIs. The birds are coloured with Bluebell Promarkers. The flowers are watercoloured.  

I'm playing with:-

Stamping Sensations' Anything Goes with Flowers
Moo Mania & More, Use Stamps

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31 very kind comments from lovely people:

Joan said...

A fabulous selection of cards Cath, I do love the quirky stamps you use !


Meggymay said...

Fabulous cards Cath. The one you made for your son is fun, the animal stamps you used are so cute.
Yvonne xx

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Your cards always make me smile, Cath. I would love to try that resist technique since I now have Versamark. It turned out great. Of course, all your cards are wonderful and full of energy. Some even had me laughing.

aussie aNNie said...

Hi Cath, thanks for your visit....LOVE the resist card and the other are just so colourful and gorgeous.x

froebelsternchen said...

I am just in love with each single of these designs. You are such a card artist and your pieces are simply the best in my mind.
So happy to see you joining Moo Mania &More! Thank you for joining in.
Happy weekend Cath!
Susi xxx

brenda said...

More lovely creations Cath and where to start? The first combines CAS, design and colour perfectly and it's a great silhouette image. The second really is such fun and the rainbow background makes a super backdrop. Then there are those bold and vibrant funky flowers which really pop against the green inky background.

As always great to see you at Stamping Sensations and Penny Black and More challenges, thanks so much for joining is.

B x

papierelle said...

Three very different, but really great cards. I really like the design of the backgrounds, because I also like to experiment with it.
Thanks for your lovely comments on my blog!!

hazel said...

Brilliant cards Cath, I love the one you made for your son, it made me smile.
xxx Hazel.

My name is Erika. said...

These are fabulous Cath. That blue background with jumping girl is amazing. Your love of this technique sure comes through. But your cards are always fun! happy weekend. Hugs-Erika

crafty-stamper said...

All brilliant cards Cath love the quirky stamps and I am with your grandaughter love the middle one lol-brilliant
Carol x

Aimeslee Winans said...

Hey, Miss Chatty Cath! I'll be back LATERZ to properly critique in glowing fashion these artistic creations, BUT I had to run over here to CONGRATULATE you --- THAT STAMP won you a Top Pick over at Mix It Up!!!! WooHoooo!!! xoxo

sandie said...

Amazing set of cards Cath and I love your fun card for TIme Out. These set of animals sure do look like they are having fun! What a vibrant rainbow background and super colouring. Thank you for joining Time Out

Kathleen said...

Three super bright and beautiful cards, super fun images and great designs. Thank you for joining our 'Animals' challenge at Penny Black and More.

Kath x

Handmade by Natty said...

Thanks for playing along with our Resist challenge - I'm glad you really enjoyed it and it's great to hear there's another addict who loves this technique. ;)
And extra gold stars for using up the background you'd created. I love making backgrounds "ready to use" but have been a bit remiss in actually transforming them into cards. Tut, tut.
Hope you have chance to play along with this week's challenge, and feel free to use more resist techniques! :)

Mrs.B said...

A great selection of cards Cath, I love your Sons birthday card and I bet he did too. I like the resist background, and those PA birds are so cool.
Have a good weekend.
Avril xx

Cathy said...

Great assortment of cards, I love the rainbow animals, such a fun card, thankyou for playing along at Seize the Birthday, Cathy x

María said...

Wonderful cards I like them a lot but I admit my favourite one is the second one those stamps are awesome and very funny and I like a lot the rainbow background you've made. María x

Sandma's Handmade Cards said...

Fabulous cards and I absolutely adore the one with the animals and the rainbow background, It's a beauty and really made me smile, thank you :) Your last card is a sweetie too and I have to say how much I love the humour that you put into your cards. The flowers look pretty and are a great contrast against the green background, fabulous sentiment too. Thank you for joining us in our 'Anything Goes With Flowers' challenge at Stamping Sensations and good luck. Sandra x

Neet said...

Well, I looked closer and closer and could not see where pen met ink so I think you are being a bit too critical of your own work. I think this resist background is ace! The figure is perfect to my eyes so I really do like what you have done.
As for the rainbow card, that is gorgeous. Love those animals and can understand why you have got mileage out of them, so adaptable and so funny but yet cute.
I have those little figures you have used on your last card and i adore them. Am in the throes of making a book - well have all the elements but not a clue how to put it together. Has been waiting for instruction for months (pre back so you can tell). Love how you have left them B&W - I did that on a journal page and quite liked it when the background was so colourful. It really works.
Hugs, Neet (glad to see you stamping) xx

Caty said...

Wowww your cards are all Gorgeous Cath !! Love the lovely background of the first one, fabulous the secon with animals... great all !
Wish you a very nice weekend,
Big hugs, Caty

Leanne Harris said...

Some super creations here Cath and your animal themed card is gorgeous (and it's rather funny too, those animal characters made me smile!) - Many thanks for joining us at Penny Black and More Challenges this month xxx

Rosie said...

Wonderful creations, Cath

Thank you for joining us at MOO MANIA & MORE

Colleen said...

LOVE your rainbow animal card, it is hilarious, those animals just crack me up! Thank you for making a square card and sharing it at Seize the Birthday!

Let's Art Journal said...

Such wonderful cards! I love the fun animal designs with those happy rainbow colours and those quirky birds 😁. Happy and creative wishes! Hugs, Jo x

butterfly said...

I do like the slightly imperfect swirl of the resist stencilling... it gives that beautiful turquoise background a really dreamy quality. I bet that card went down a treat with both your son and grand-daughter - such a vivid rainbow of colour and hilarious creatures too. Altogether a trio of delightful cards.
Alison x

Donna Ellis said...

Hi, Cath! Your "can't resist resist" creations are marvelous! I especially like the first card with the stencil and brilliant colors featuring that awesome stamp! And your rainbow barnyard scene is fabulous! Wonderful cards! hugs, de

Lisa said...

Wow, they're all so gorgeous!! I love the beautiful designs and colors of each one!! The backgrounds look amazing!! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog!! I'm happy to be your newest follower!! Have a great weekend!! Big hugs :)

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K M Meena Herale said...

Beautiful work, Thank you for joining at Addicted to Stamps and More and waiting to see next time.

Meena DT

Jill V said...

Your farm animals are an absolute hoot - I love them! You coloured them so perfectly and I love how they contrast against the rainbow background! Thanks os much for playing along with us at Time Out! Jill

Tracy said...

Thanks for joining Stamping Sensations with this great entry, good luck.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Melanie said...

Great cards!
Thank you soo much for taking part in our "anything goes + optional humour” challenge over at Creatalicious & good luck in the draw.
Hope to see you again in our new challenge as well…

(DT-Coordinator Creatalicious Challenges)

(DT Crafty Friends)

(DT The Sketchy Challenges)

(DT Simply Create Too)

PS: Sorry for the late comment, life had been very busy these past weeks…