It’s my turn back on the blog and I have a super simple but sweet card for you today.
In less than two weeks I will be moving, and not just to a new house but a new country, leaving lots of wonderful friends behind for a new adventure.
Being a “soppy poppy” (British expression for being soft-hearted and emotional) I am already missing everyone and want lots of hugs. With that in mind I made a card using Kobi the Birthday Bear because he looks so squeezable and cuddly. You might notice that this is my first ever card using this absolutely adorable bear and I haven’t got a single clue as to why I haven’t used him sooner, he’s so adorable I don’t know what to do with myself! Well, apart from stamping him up and colouring him in of course.
Using MFT hybrid ink in Black Licorice, I stamped him up on Strathmore Bristol Vellum water colour card stock but I didn’t heat emboss it for a change. Surprised?? I bet you are, lol! What won’t be so surprising is that I used my Zig markers for the colouring again. My aim was a soft, warm grey look, like a vintage teddy bear sort of. Once he was suitably coloured and dry, I used the Coordinating Die Set to cut him out.
***If you don’t have the stamp set but want both the stamp AND the die, there is a BUNDLE you can get. Let’s face it, it does save a huge amount of time to have the die instead of having to fussy cut each and every image. I’m not the most patient of people so these are a life-saver for me! ***
I wanted to keep this card very simple so I grabbed one of my new Distress Oxide inks, Picked Raspberry, and went to town with ink blending on a card base. I love the look of lifted ink so I splattered some water on it too and lifted that with a paper towel. Setting it aside to let it dry properly, I got the And The Fox Says stamp set out as I wanted to use the sentiment ‘Wish you were here’. This I stamped on a small white banner in black ink. I almost used pink again but thought it would be simply too soppy!
Putting the card together was simple enough. Until I started over-thinking it and decided that it was TOO simple. *insert shocked gasp here* Oh yes, I, Erica ‘Queen of Over-The-Top’ thought it needed something else. Can you keep up with the twists and turns??? It’s like a card making thriller, isn’t it?!
Anyway, time to tame the drama queen and get on with it! To keep with the pink theme of the card, I decided to add a single pink flower and make it look like Kobi offers it to the recipient. Before I managed to come up with any more radical ideas I got the Together We Bloom stamp set out and stamped up one of the blooms. I quickly coloured it with the Zigs again and fussy cut it out because I don’t have the coordinating die yet.
To put the whole thing together I cut a small slit in between Kobi’s paws and inserted the stem of the flower there and secured it on the back with foam tape. I did this both to stop if from sliding apart as well as adding some height to them when I adhered them to the card. At this point it was time to assemble the card and it took less than two minutes. I also added a few Sparkling Crystals to the card to add a subtle, but lovely, finishing touch.
So, all in all, for a simple card, I sure can make things rather complicated, can’t I? Oh Lordy, my card making process is anything but dull, I will give you that.
Well, that’s it from me for today. Happy crafting and see you soon again!
Lots of love from Erica
This week we are doing another theme and it’s ‘Back to School’. In many countries schools are starting up again and I’m sure there are a lot of mixed emotions about it. Relief, stress and excitement depending on whether you are a student, teacher or parent.
When I first joined Studio Katia’s design team I made a card with the Teacher’s Apple stamp set and I thought I’d CASE it for today’s post. Naturally I can’t find the blog post nor a single photo of the card itself so you are gonna have to trust me when I say it looked something like this:
The original might have had a few more apples on it and I think more of them were red but for this one I went greenish.
I stamped up the apple from the stamp set several times directly onto a white water colour card stock panel, using Moss Green distress ink. To colour them in I used Kuretake Gansai Tambi 36 pack water colours. I blended some yellow shades with a couple of greens and added both orange and red to create different shades on their peel.
One single apple I stamped on a separate piece of card stock and fussy cut it once it had been coloured and left to dry. This I added to the pile of apples with foam tape to raise it up a little and add dimension.
To finish the card off I simply stamped ‘You’re a good apple’ directly on the card panel in black ink. A few clear, sparkly sequins from the Majestic fusion mix were added with glossy accents and that’s that!
This card is very quick and can easily be mass produced if need be as they will need some time to dry, which gives you time to move onto the next card and so on. Using the Mini MISTI will make it a breeze to get the sentiments stamped too.
Not even I, Miss Blabber-mouth, can drag this out any further. It really is THAT simple a card.
Happy crafting everyone!
Love from Erica
Welcome to our Back to School Theme Week!
Firstly, I stamped apples on the Neenah Solar White paper with Momento Black ink and colored images with Prismacolor Brush markers. Also, I left two apples white. Using Stitched Nested Creative Squares I die-cut frames. The middle one I used to create a shaker window for my sentiment and on top, I added green apple.For the next card, I used leftover die-cuts and formed another window for the shaker, putting the white, uncolored apple on the middle die-cut inside the shaker.For the next card, I used leftover die-cuts and formed another window for the shaker, putting the white, uncolored apple on the middle die-cut inside the shaker.The top panel was so bright that I decided to add a banner for my sentiment, which came from the same Teacher’s Apple stamp set.toHere are two cards using one set die-cuts.Next card is a simpler and faster version of first two. It is not a shaker but utilized the same die and apple image.The white panel for the sentiment is up-raised with 3D foam tape. The apple colored in bright magenta color to match the polka dot piece on the background.Hope you like them.
Thank you for visiting me today.
Have a great day!
For a long time, I was looking at this Cute Kitten from the Studio Katia Hello Alice stamp and was wondering can that be used alone on the card. Such a tiny image! And so cute!
Hello Alice | Bundle
Dotted Hexagons | Creative Dies
Dotted Patterns Set 1 | Creative Dies
I stamped kitten in Memento black ink onto Neenah Solar White cardstock and quickly colored it with Prismacolor Markers. After cutting the kitten with a matching die I proceeded to arrange the layout. As always was tend to make very CAS design, but changed my mind last minute and have chosen a piece of rainbow polka dot paper as a background, cut it with rectangle frame from Dotted Pattern Set 1. Then I added the smallest hexagon using Dotted Hexagon die set from white card stock. Just a Note sentiment from the same stamp set, as well as flying heart.Thank you for visiting me!
Have a great day!
Brush Stroke Stripes Clear Stamp Set
Together We Bloom Clear Stamp Set
Darling Ribbon & Dotted Frames Creative Dies
Clear Round Drops – Mix
The background is similar to these animals cards, I share earlier. I used MISTI to arrange separate pieces of Brush Stroke Stripes into one background stamp. Next, I stamped flowers from peonies stamp set and colored with markers. Then I cut background and flowers pieces to fit 4 1/4 by 4 1/4 card base.
The sentiment is gathered pieces of Happy stamp set from our recent release which I stamped on the Darling Ribbon & Dotted Frames Creative Dies banner with Memento Black ink. Lastly, Clear Round Drop Mix for some dimension.
Thank you for stopping by!
Today I want to share a few CAS cards featuring tiny birthday cone hats from Birthday Lions Clear Stamp Set.
I’ve started with stamping hats onto white card stock with Memento Black ink and coloring the images with Prismacolor markers in basic red, blue and green. Then I die-cut all the images and made with the simplest one, totally white.On the card base, I added white panel where arranged three hats in the middle of the card and stamped sentiment.
For the next one, I decided to a little bit of color to the background and stamped the base of the card partially. Looks very cuteFor the tag, I used recently released Dotted Patterns Set – 1, which I die-cut and adhered with 3D foam tape for the dimension. Sentiment from the same Birthday Lions Clear Stamp Set.
This card happens to be the fast one, even though it is a shaker. I repeated the steps for the both cards. Stamping and coloring of images, die-cutting, stamping the card base and arranging the hats with the sentiment. For the shaker part, I cut a white panel and sticky foam with Darling Ribbon rectangle and Dotted Patterns Set – 1.
HO HO HO!! Merry July-mas or Christmas in July as we are celebrating this week here at Studio Katia!
Erica on the blog today with my take on this fun theme. I made a very simple card BUT I didn’t use any of the Christmas stamp sets available, oh no, not me. That would be too easy. I have a habit of not taking the easy route. Just ask my husband, lol!
Anyway, I looked through my stash to see what spoke to me and I saw a vintage bauble in one of the stamps from the Brush Strokes, can you see it?
I got my MINI MISTI out and placed an A2 sized piece of water colour card stock, which had been dusted with my anti-static tool, in it before placing the stamp in the first position and stamped it up. I wanted a vintage look so I used Gold Tinsel embossing powder from RangerInk. Re-positioning the stamp I stamped a second bauble and heat embossed that too. The third bauble I placed slightly behind one of the others, which I had covered with a mask.
For the sentiments I used single word stamps from Pink Winter and Sweet Heart Candy to write ‘Merry Christmas, Hugs & Kisses’ on the baubles. These I also heat embossed but with a Wow Embossing Powder called Gold Pearl.
Once all three were heat embossed, I got my Gansai Tambi 36-pack water colours out and loosely coloured the baubles in. I tried going for soft vintage colours to not cover up the sentiments completely. In hindsight, I should have used a brighter colour or gone for black for them but oh well, you live and learn.
A final touch was adding a bit of green around the baubles to mimic a Christmas tree and ribbons from which the baubles are hanging. Ta-da!! All done and pretty quick too!
That’s it from me today but I hope I have inspired you to join in with our Christmas in July theme and get ahead with those Christmas cards. Let’s be honest, it is never too early to get started on these as we always need more than we think, right?
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Happy crafting and happy July-mas from Erica!
This week we’ve been celebrating Christmas!!! Yes! In July!
For the focal element of my card, I chose a beautiful Christmas tree from the Origami Winter stamp set. I stamped it with Versafine Onyx ink, colored with Zig brush pen and fuzzy cut.
To showcase my tree I cut an embossed with SSS Lattice Grid background stamp piece of watercolor paper with the smallest Studio Katia Stitched Nested Creative Square die and colored with Zigs again.The sentiment is from Studio Katia Pink Winter stamp set. I stamped it on a Darling Ribbon and Dotted Frame banner and shorten it a little to fit behind the tree. Lastly, I wanted to add a little cuteness and die-cut a bow from the Darling Ribbon and Dotted Frame and fitted a little off center of the tree. Few Clear Round drops to finish the card.Thank you for stopping by!
Hello, hello! Erica back on the blog with a super simple and fun to make card today.
I recently got some of the Colour Bursts pigments and thought I’d try them out for today’s card. I’m still on a ‘thank you’ card roll and this one is no different. There are many ways of using these colours: you can mix them with water and using them as water colours, you can sprinkle them dry onto paper and then spritz water on for fun effects or you can do it the other way around and add water first and then the colours. I decided to do the last one.
To begin with I got the Thank You So Much stamp set out, makes sense doesn’t it, seeing as it was going to be a thank you card. Plus I’m a flower nut. Two birds, one rock and all that!
I used RangerInk water colour card stock for this card as it’s nice and white. I figured the colours would be very vibrant as I got the Caribbean colour mix and thought the white would be a nice contrast. As there was going to be plenty of water involved, I decided to heat emboss the leaves in a pattern directly on the background. The flower itself I stamped on a separate piece of water colour card stock.
I must admit I was a bit nervous about the whole thing before I got started but there was no need, it was great fun! I will say that it is best to do it on a prepared surface as it can be a bit messy, I have some stains on my coffee table now that will be difficult to get rid off without sanding the table down! LOL! Oh, it’s also a good idea to tape down the card stock you are going to use as otherwise you won’t have much control over where the water and the colour goes.
Right-o, back to the card making/mess making: I spritzed water on the background with a mini mister and then sprinkled the green colour burst directly onto the wet areas. It was MESMERISING to watch the colours come to life and swirl around! I quickly moved on to the flower and used Tangerine first, in a much smaller quantity and just a TINY sprinkling of Fuchsia on top. A little bit of water added here and there to make the colours less opaque did the trick. Basically, go small and steady when using these, they pack a colourful punch!
Setting the background and the flower aside to dry, I moved on to the sentiment. I used the ‘thank you’ die that comes in the stamp and die coordinating bundle. I cut one out in foam tape to create dimension and another piece in black card stock, these two pieces I layered together and set aside.
When everything was dry, I cut out the flower with the coordinating die as well as a piece of foam tape. These two I layered in the same manner I did the thank you die. Once all these pieces were done, it was time to cut a card base and I choose black card stock for this. I trimmed down the background panel just a little, little bit so that the black card base would frame the sentiment, which was going in the bottom right hand corner. We are talking perhaps 1/4 of a centimetre. After I had added the thank you die cut to the card, I added glossy accents to it as well to make it really pop.
This card did not take long to make at all and you can make it even faster if you use a heat gun to set the colours. Sure, the glossy accents still need to dry but if you are in a hurry, you could just skip this step.
That’s it from me for today but don’t forget to check back in a few days as we have a really fun collaboration happening, I can’t wait to show you my cards I made for it!
Happy crafting from Erica