Happy Halloween | Using Masking Fluid

Hi all!

I usually don’t make too many Halloween cards, but I had this cute tiny stamp set that couldn’t resist not using it:)) For this card I also wanted to try masking with masking fluid as I only used this media once in the past.

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Initially I had all the stamped little ghosts covered with the masking fluid and wanted to try some Distress Ink blending on my background. But while I was trying to blend, I noticed that I was picking up the masking fluid. So I just applied a bit of color here and there and then used a brush and water to blend and color my background. I have to say that I was really impressed with this masking fluid, it covered my images so well and resisted all that water that I added. The spots where I got color onto my masked images were because I used a brush that was too big for covering the tiny ghosts. I did fix that with some white paint and my white gel pen.

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Once everything was dry, I used a die set from Simon Says Stamp and cut the houses from black cardstock. I also stamped and embossed the sentiment and mounted my piece with foam onto my card. As I wanted a bit of shimmer I used a shimmer spray that I have since like forever and I looove how it all sparkles and shine😀

I made a quick video to show you the process and you can watch it down below,  or HERE on my Youtube channel.

Supplies are listed below

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Stamping a Wreath ft. WPlus9

Good morning, all!

A new week ahead, filled with new projects and lots of crafting fun! I am so happy that I can finally post more often, I enjoy so much making cards & videos and read your sweet comments here on the blog, on my YT channel or Instagram. Thank you all so much!

This year seemed to have been the Boom! Year for flowers and florals stamps, so many brands came out with gorgeous stamps and dies and the stamp set I used for today’s project is one of them:) This Wplus9 Pretty Little Peonies stamp set is simply beautiful and even if I got the small peony set ( there are two, one bigger and one smaller!), I was able to create such a big wreath for my card.

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I started by drawing a circle on my card base, following the oultine of a circle die. Next I picked some of the flowers, leaves and berries and stamped them in colors to match the upcoming fall season. You can use so many different colored inks and make your wreath suitable for any season of the year!20160924_134021

With this set, there are various layering stamps for the same stamp and you can create beautiful flowers andn leaves with a lot of dimension and detail. Even if you don’t have too many inks, you can still get a lovely effect just by using 2 or 3 inks.

Once my wreath was completed, I stamped and embossed the sentiment with a glittery gold embossing powder and added a couple of gold sequins here and there for a bit more sparkle and shine.20160924_134053

I also made a video showing how you can create this wreath, what stamps to use from the set and how easy it is to add the layers from the set.  I almost ruined my card and was about to start all over again, but then I found a way to fix the mistakes I made, so if you want a bit of suspance you can watch the video, lol:))

Supplies  used: ***the Olive ink from SSS is discontinued, but I’ve put a link to a very similar ink from Hero Arts

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Birthday Card | Masking & Mixing Stamp Sets

Happy Friday, friends!

Back on the blog today for sharing a cute & fun birthday card that I made mixing two lovely stamp sets. I had both sets for a while and never had time to use them and I was so happy to see that I can mix them both to create the card for today. Once I used that bushel stamp from the Altenew set, dozens of ideas came into my mind, like I could put anything that I want inside the bushel and it would be just so fun! Have to search for some tiny pumpkins stamps:))

I started by stamping the bushel onto a watercolor panel and also onto a piece of post it that I used as a mask. I covered the initial image with my mask and I was able to stamp the cute darling elephant inside the bushel, like he was sitting in a tiny tiny swimming pool. This card made me giggle:))20160922_141829Next I used my watercolors for coloring all the stamped images and the background and then I stamped some balloons here and there as the card just seemed so plain to me😀

Once everything was dry, I added a bit of shimmer and my loved clear sequins from Simon Says Stamp.20160922_141845

This card was just so fun to make and I’m sure that you all have some stamps that you can mix together even if they don’t seem to match at a first look. You’ll be surprised!🙂

I’m entering my card in the Simon Says Stamp Work It Wednesday Challenge

You can watch the video tutorial on my blog or HERE on my YouTube channel. Supplies are listed below (affiliate links are used where possible)

Fall Themed Thank You Cards

Hello, everyone!

I’m back on the blog today to share with you a quick & easy set of cards that I made using minimum supplies. I can almost call this project as ”stepping out of my comfort zone” as I used some colored cardstock for my card bases and also some bits of patterned paper that I found in my stash. I usually go with white card bases and completely excluded the pattern paper from my last projects, but this time I wanted to try something different and I really like how it all came out.

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The stamp set that made all so quick & easy is a gorgeous fall stamp set from Reverse Confetti. It has all these pumpkins with sentiments inside. And that was perfect because I didn’t  had to search through my stash to find matching sentiments for all my cards. Once all my pumpkins were stamped and cut I used a die set from Spellbinders to create some frames that I decorated with the patterned paper that I picked from my stash.

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For my card bases I used a woodgrain background stamp from Concord & 9th and stamped the design with a warm grey ink. To adhere everything down I used my ATG gun (yay, finally I can use it again!) and popped the pumpkins with some strips of foam tape for a bit of dimension. As a finishing touch I added several gold glitter dots here and there with the Nuvo Clear Drops.

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I totally enjoyed creating this set of cards as it all went so quick and smooth and all the elements I created matched perfectly with eachother.

You can watch the video down below or HERE on my YouTube channel. As always, links to the products are provided below as long with affiliate links, where possible.

Thank you for stopping by and hope to see you soon!

Thanks Card ft Honey Bee & Mission Watercolors

Happy Saturday, friends!

I never thought it would take me so much time to make a new card, but here I am almost a month later with a new project to share with you. I so wish there were more than 24h in a day!

A couple of weeks ago I posted on my Instagram that I purchased the Mijello Mission Gold watercolors and I finally got the chance to play with them. If you watch the video below you will see how I made my pallette and the color swatches and if you have these watercolors and wish to make a swatch like mine, you can download the file here Mijello Swatch and print it on your watercolor cardstock or just regular paper and then trace it onto your watercolor paper. For the time I got to play with these watercolors, I can say that I already love them, the colors are so vibrant and mix perfectly with eachother !

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Now for my card, I used a stamp set from the new Honey Bee release, called Zen Bouquet and created my own background by stamping the various flowers and leaves from this set. I stamped all my images with the Versafine Onyx Black ink that is perfect for watercoloring. Once the colors were dry, I added some white splatters with the Picket Fence Distress Paint. For my sentiment I white heat embossed the Thanks sentiment onto a piece of vellum and used my scissors to trim all around it

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I then used a wreath die from an older set by Studio Calico and cut my wreath from gold mirror cardstock leftover that I found in my stash. Because I wanted a bit more of that gold, I also added a gold string and some gold glitter enamel dots with the Nuvo Crystal Drops.

You can watch the how-to video below or HERE on my YouTube channel. All products are listed below (affiliate links are used were possible)

Thank you so much for stopping by and I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Christmas in August ft Memory Box

Hello, my crafty friends! It’s so good to finally be back🙂

I recently stocked up on winter stamps & dies and today will feature some of the Memory Box Stamps that I got. I made 2 cards, pretty much the same, just changed a bit the colors and some of the stamps.

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I started with 2 paper panels that I die cut from my Canson watercolor cardstock. I used a tree branch stamp and did some white heat embossing. Next I colored my panels with Distress Inks and water, just went back and forth with adding color, water, drying, and repetead the process until I liked how the colors mixed. Because these are wintery cards I wanted to add some snow so I used a white paint and with my brush I flicked the paint onto the backgrounds.

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For my poinsettia I did white embossing on vellum and just trimmed all flowers with my scissors. Love the Poinsettia stamp from Memory Box, I think it’s so versatile as you can use the flower stamp for so many different projects and also build your own flowers by stamping the single petals/leaves from the set.

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Next I used the Bunny stamp set and stamped those cute bunnies that I quickly colored with Distress Inks. Once everything was dry, I mounted my panels onto some white foam and adhered them onto my card bases. As you can see my card bases have a lovely wood look and for that I used a super gorgeous stamp from Concord & 9th. This stamp is just sooo awesome!

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Of course, I had to add some finishing touches, so I used my glitter pen and my sequins for that extra special something🙂

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As usual, all products are listed at the end of the blog post.

You can watch the how-to video below or HERE on my YouTube channel.

Thank you all so much for stopping by and will see you soon!

Faux Watercolor ft Lil’Inker Designs

Hello, everyone! I hope you’re all having a great week start!

I have two cards to share today and a pretty cool technique that kind of mimics the watercolor look.

For both my cards I used this cute stamp set by Lil’ Inker Designs, called So Prickly. This is such a fun stamp set, as you can build your own succulents by stamping the plants and decorate them with some smiley faces, little feet and hands, flowers or a tiny mustache. Simply adorable! And the sentiments are so much fun!

I started my projects by first creating the backgrounds. I did my own stencil for the first card and created a frame with a torn edge. Next I used the stencil and my pigment ink to add some color to the background. I didn’t spend too much time blending the ink as I spread it out with a bit of water. The cardstock that I used was regular cardstock, but still I was able to move that ink around with water. This was my first time using pigment ink with water and I was surprised to see how well it blends. On watercolor cardstock is even better!

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For the second background I partially inked a background stamp with a shimmery gold ink.

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Next I inked my images with two tones of pigment inks and added water with my brush directly on the stamp to blend the colors a bit and add some shading also. I absolutely love the effect that you get when you add water to pigment inks. I think it’s a great way to give a watercolor look to your solid stamps!

The layouts are very simple and as the photos show, I used some sequins and clear droplets as my embellishments and the cards were done!

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I hope you can give this technique a try, as I am sure you will like it!🙂

You can watch the how-to video on my blog or HERE on my YouTube channel!

 

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Floral Shaker Card ft Concord & 9th

Hello everyone!

Back on the blog today with a new card & video, sharing a shaker card that I made using this gorgeous stamp set from Concord & 9th, called Crazy Awesome.

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I did a bit of watercoloring with my Gelatos, that I really seem to like lately and it makes me happy to see that I get to use some of my supplies that I haven’t been using in a while! It happens so often to simply forget about the things I have, lol:)

So I started by stamping the floral cluster from the stamp set by following the circle that I have traced onto my watercolor cardstock. As always, I used my Canson paper. I also did some masking as I wanted to have more of those flowers stamped and that just filled my floral wreath.

20160718_121833Once all was colored and dried, I trimmed around the flowers and the leaves with my scissors so I was left with this huge colorful wreath to use for my shaker card. I really like the big circle stamp from the set, and because I wanted to incorporate it into my card, I stamped it and white heat embossed it on a piece of vellum. With all my elements ready, I created my shaker and mounted all onto a cream card base.

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I had several try outs on this card and learned along the way where I kept making my mistakes. I just couldn’t get all those circle windows match with eachother and with the large circle stamp. So I used my MISTI and that made all so easy!

As always, you can check the how-to video right here on my blog or HERE if you wish to watch it on YouTube.

Supplies are listed below!

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Free Hand Your Own Background

Hello,

anyone up for an icecream today?:)

I must be in the ”make a background phase”, as this is the first thing I think of when I start making my cards lately:)) And free hand my own background is something that I never thought I would be able to try but I took the shot and I sooo love the end result!

The background of today’s card is all ”drawn” and colored by hand. It was so easy to make that I can’t wait to try other shapes and color combos! I started by simply painting some circles onto a piece of watercolor cardstock, some bigger and some smaller. Once the color was dry, I took a permanent marker and draw the outlines of the circles. Nothing too neat! And just because I wanted a bit more craziness, I doubled the scribbled lines so they looked more dynamic.

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Next I used some of my gelatos for a very soft and simple watercoloring onto the stamped images from the Altenew stamp set called Way Too Sweet

For a bit of sparkle I added  clear glitter on some of my icecream cones and mounted them all up onto a circle that I die cut from vellum.

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The card is pretty simple to make and having a bunch of those backgrounds ready can help making a lot of cards. They are so fun to make and you can try many other shapes, like hearts, triangles, squares ecc

If you wish to see the creative process, you can watch it down below or HERE over at my YouTube channel.

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Thank you all for stopping by! ♥

Quick Background Stamping

Good morning, all!

I’ve always enjoyed stamping my own backgrounds for my cards and today I will share a quick way that you can use to make your own customized backgrounds.

The stamp set that I am using for today’s project is from Simon Says Stamp and it is called Wild Beauty. It has all these small flowers, both the outline and the solid stamps and what is great about this set is that you can color the flowers either by using your inks and the coordinating stamp or simply stamp the outlines and color with your preferred coloring medium. So versatile!

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I picked out some of the flowers and arranged them onto a long acrylic block. I then started stamping at an angle and repeated the same process untill I had all my background filled. I also flipped the block and stamped the flowers upside down, just to add a bit of movement to my pattern. By using this method you can save up a lot of time and just get the right positioning of the elements you are using within seconds, without worrying that you’re not going to display the stamps and fill in the spaces as you wish.

Once I had all the flowers stamped, I used the solid stamps and my inks to color them up.

I am pretty excited today, as I managed to swatch my inks and I have to admit that this was the best organizing step that I ever did for my supplies. For this card it took me seconds to pull out the inks that matched without having to stamp on scraps to see which color goes with each color. I used to waste a lot of time before, by trying to match the right colors and often I just gave up using colored inks. Now I know I will use them more, as it is so much easy with having them all swatched!🙂

20160715_134507Next I used the SSS Smile die to cut a window at the center of my card and glued a pink punched circle at the back. I then used the Smile die cut to layer it on top of the die cut window. The two little banners on my card were cut using a die from Studio Calico that I have since like forever and used one of the greetings from the stamp set on one of the banners.

For my card base I picked the kraft Neenah cardstock and to finish all off, I just added a bit of twine on the edge of the card and tied it into a bow.

20160715_030133I had so much fun creating this background and will for sure make more of these with different colored inks. Now I will enjoy my inks so much more, lol!:)

You can watch the how-to video down below or HERE if you want to check it over at my Youtube channel.

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