Hi everyone, it’s day 3 of the new release preview. Today I have a card featuring the New Med. Mandala Stamp Set.
Mandala Clear Stamp Set
I’ve added Simon Says Stamp “Happy” and birthday by wplus.
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Erica on the blog today. How are we all doing? All recovered after the sugar rush from Valentine’s/Galentine’s Day?
It’s still February and February to me is pink, pink, pink. I know, not much different from every other month. Lol, I am a pink kinda gal after all. Today’s card is a medley of different pinks. Light and dark shades mixed to create some lovely blooms as a base for a birthday wish.
I used a stamp from a company called The Ton, which does fabulous flower stamps, and this one is called ‘Thoughtful Poppies’. It’s a large cluster of poppies and leaves which I decided to colour in pinks instead of the traditional red. I don’t know about you, but I find it quite difficult to colour reds properly. Whenever I attempt to use red, it seems to end up looking more like a blood bath than a crafty masterpiece. It’s one of those things that for me, just isn’t worth dwelling on. Especially not when you have a deadline to meet! Reds are best left for days when it’s all doodling for fun and not when your aim is to hopefully inspire someone else…
Icy Breeze sequins in 4mm
Clear Drops in 4mm
Anyway, I stamped up the flowers on a piece of Copic friendly white card stock with my new favourite ink ‘Black Licorice’ from My Favorite Things. It works with Zigs, watercolours and copics! I used to use Memento in Tuxedo Black which works great for Copics but bled when I used Zig markers and watercolours. Probably because my colouring style is quite swishy-swashy and not very precise at all… And I am not a fan of Archival ink as it stains the stamps so badly, one of my pet hates. I know it’s unavoidable in the long run for stamps to get stained but I really do not like it when they get stained on the first use. Nope. That’s one of my little quirks. Ideally I would love to have two sets of each stamp I get just so I could keep one in mint condition. Yeah, I know. That’s about as nuts as squirrel poop….
Right, well, anyway… erm.. card making… ok. Right, so where was I? Ah, pink poppies. Yes. I used several different pink Copic markers and used a flicking method of colouring. I like doing this especially on flower petals and leaves as it gives a nice, natural look. I didn’t take it too seriously and flicked this way and that until I was happy with the look. For a really natural looking petal I like leaving lots of light spaces and also using lots of different shades. If you don’t have too many of the same colour, you can create lighter and darker areas by layering with other colours. It’s best to test on a separate piece of paper if you aren’t sure they work together but it’s sometimes surprising which colours off-set each other beautifully so this is worth exploring for sure.
On the leaves I did the same flicking of the markers, only on these I alternated colour combos on the leaves. As there are six of them, it was easy to get the balance right. I also added lots of dots on the leaves. I’m kind of obsessed with dots right now… as evident when you look at the rest of the card!
I outlined the stamp with light cold grey Copic marker (C-1) to frame them a little. And I really meant to keep it quite subtle but that went out the window quite quickly. You will notice that I didn’t go all the way out to the edges of the card though, I wanted to leave a bit of white to balance out all the grey. Using C-3 and C-5 markers I also added lots of dots around the flower to create yet another frame for it. To cover up a few little colouring mistakes I also added a few grey dots on the leaves.
Once I finally finished with the colouring I picked out a couple of creative cuts, one to cut out the A2 shape from Darling Ribbon And Dotted Frames and also the lovely dotted fancy frame from the same set. The A2 part I adhered to a black card base and using the fancy frame I cut out another two pieces in black card stock which I adhered to the back of the coloured piece to create a raised look before adding it to the card base too. The ‘Happy Birthday’ sentiment is from Birthday Lions and I stamped it on a small banner I had die cut in vellum, also from Darling Ribbon And Dotted Frames , before heat embossing it with rose gold embossing powder. I adhered it with a special vellum adhesive, which admittedly works the best out of all the ones I have tried, but I absolutely detest the “gun” it comes in…. It doesn’t ever, EVER just come off where I want it, it bundles up and the level of waste is atrocious. Meh.
When it comes to final touches I’m a big fan of sequins and you are really spoilt for choice with the selection Studio Katia carries. I used some Icy Breeze sequins in 4mm size and also a few of these fun little drop embellishments Clear Drops in 4mm, which I sprinkled slightly randomly all over the card and adhered with glossy accents.
By using a creative cut to raise part of an image you get an interesting and elegant look without obstructing any of it. Here at Studio Katia you will find a range of fun and original creative cuts which will take your card making to the next level and did you hear? You can now shop Studio Katia products at SIMON SAYS STAMP and if you can’t wait to see for yourself, I added a direct link to it: Studio Katia !!
With a final photo of my card, that’s it from me this time. See you soon again!
Happy crafting from Erica (find me on instagram @erica_cacacraft )
Today I am sharing Happy Birthday card featuring Brush Strokes, Origami Winter and Birthday Lions stamp sets. There is not mush to say about this card. I tried to experiment with Brush Strokes stamp set and made a background for my outlined present, which I stamped in Memento Tuxedo black ink. For the bright spots, I used Spiced Marmalade, Shabby Shutters and Picked Raspberry Distress inks. The sentiment came from Birthday Lion stamp set. At the end, I added a small Clear Heart Drop.
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Have a great day!
Hello! Anna is here and I want to share my card with two flying twins-lions. I started with some stamping of Birthday Lions stamp set on the blank piece of cardstock. The balloon was stamped the first, then I added the string. I masked the bottom part of the balloon and stamped one ‘flying’ lion. I masked the lion’s paw and stamped his (her) twin. And then removed all masks.
On the next step I colored the characters with Tombow Dual Brush pens and then fussy cut them all as one piece.
For the background I made some clouds directly on the card base and stamped the sentiment. Then I adhered my lions with the foam tape and finished the making with adding small and medium clear round drops.
Have a good day!
Happy Monday!! How about we start the week off with a birthday card??! One of my co-workers is having a birthday this week so I decided to make a her a card!!
Clear Round Drops 4mm and 5mm
I chose the Birthday Lions stamp set for my card today. And I decided to use some of the smaller images to create a background panel. I used some Bristol paper because my medium of choice today was my Zig Clean Colour Brush markers!! I haven’t used these in awhile and forgot how fun they were!!
I stamped the banner, one of the party hats and one of the hearts from the set with Versamark ink and used my favourite embossing powder, Silver Pearl from Ranger!! There was no rhyme or reason to my stamping. I started with the largest image then filled in any spaces with the smaller.
I chose a few happy colors from my 48 marker set and coloured in my images by swiping some colour on the image then blending out with a little water.
New Year’s Bash Fusion which was a Free Sequins Pack with all orders during December.
Erica back on the blog with a simple and easy shaker card today. Clean and simple/CAS cards are really not my forte at all but I’m challenging myself to try this style more as I do like it, I’m just rubbish at knowing when to stop before adding everything and ALL. THE. SEQUINS!
Admittedly there are quite a few sequins involved in this card but as they are on the inside, it doesn’t count, right? Well, that’s my opinion and I’m sticking to it.
To start with, I picked out a lovely linen textured white card stock which basically my whole card would consist of. For the card base, I cut out a 11″x4.25″ strip of the card stock and folded it in half to create an A2 sized base. The other piece I cut out to be just slightly smaller than the card base as I didn’t want it too small nor did I want it to cover the entire thing. Once I was happy with the size, I used the balloon die from Dotted Balloons to cut a hole in the smaller panel. Using this as a guide I cut the balloon shape out of two foam sheets, which had already been cut to the same size as the smaller panel, making sure the placement lined up on both of them.
Turning over the smaller panel, the one with the linen texture, I adhered first clear acetate to create the window part to the shaker compartment and then the two foam sheets. Make sure you use a generous amount of adhesive around the die cut hole as otherwise your sequins will get stuck there and not shake properly.
Before adding the sequins to the shaker compartment, I dusted the window with my anti-static tool to avoid all the sequins sticking to the acetate. It’s no good having a shaker card if the sequins refuse to shake around!
For finishing touches I drew a string from the balloon with a skinny copic marker as well as adding a sparkly gold bow cut from Darling Ribbon & Dotted Frames. Using the banner die from Darling Ribbon & Dotted Frames I cut out a piece in linen textured black card stock and stamped ‘Happy Birthday’ on it from Birthday Lions in VersaMark ink and heat embossing it with gold embossing powder. This banner I adhered to the bottom of the card with foam tape.
It is always hard for me to step away from a card when I think I can add more stuff to it but I managed to keep it super simple. Which actually is a bit of a feat for me so yay!
Well, that’s if from me today but hopefully I have inspired you to try a CAS card or a shaker card but as long as you are having fun crafting, that’s all that matters! Until next time,
Erica (@erica_cacacraft on Instagram)
Hello, friends! Anna is here today with my roaring birthday card made using the last November release products. Here I played with new Birthday Lions stamp set – the critters there are so cute! And easy to fussy cut, so I stamped, colored with Tombow Dual Brush pens and cut two lions – the boy and the girl. And they are here to celebrate somebody’s birthday!
For the background I cut the window on the front panel with Elongated Dotted Hexagons Creative Dies (I used the biggest size), and also blended the background under the window. And also Added three banners to make the card more festive (I added some dots with the white gel pens on them). And the lat detail – some sequins from Pink Winter Sequins Fusion.
Have a good day!
Valentyna is here with a card full of presents for you. I did enjoy creating it. Bright colors, Zigs markers, gorgeous Studio Katia’s stamps and dies.
To make a background for this card I stamped multiple images from the Birthday Lions stamp set. Colored with Zigs – 041 Light Green, 022 Carmine Red, 023 Pink. As a background is quite busy I needed something to put my sentiment. I cut Stitched Notebook tag and stamped sentiment using the elements from Birthday Lions Clear Stamp Set and Duo Talk. The little drop is Sm. Clear Round Drop.
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Happy Saturday everyone,
Just popping in to share a shaker card by Svetlana.
How fun is this card?