Today I have another card featuring amazing peonies ? Just love those flowers, cannot get enough them.
This time I went with square shape and white embossed background. The embossing made with Spellbinders Laser Beam embossing folder on Neenah white piece od cardstock die-cut with SSS square stitched die.
Lastly, Clear Round drops to finish the card.
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Hello, it’s the birthday girl Erica on the blog today! Happy birthday to me, I’m 25 today, whoop whoop!! Admittedly, it’s something like the 13th time I’m 25 but honestly, who’s counting? I’m not one of these ‘let’s grow old gracefully’ kind of gals, nope, not me. Kicking and screaming is more my style. And when that fails, denial. Oh, and then drown my sorrows in cake! I have never denied being a bit of a drama queen when it comes to ageing.
The birthday cards and presents have been trickling in for a little while so I thought I’d best make some thank you cards to send out to people for making me feel special. One of my early birthday presents from my sweet husband was the full set of Distress Oxide inks and I decided to try some of these out for today’s cards.
The Distress Oxides are super smooth and so easy to ink blend (which I will most likely be doing on a card in the near future) but I thought I’d try some easy ink smooching on both white and black card stock to see how it came out. I did watch some tutorials by Tim Holt himself before I started because to be honest, I kinda had the ‘need the full set syndrome’ before even having tried a single one and told The Man who prompted me to get them. Which I did right away as the dutiful and obedient wife that I am….*I nearly managed to write that without falling off my chair laughing, lol*
Anyway… *still snickering to myself*… I picked out Fossilized Amber, Spiced Marmalade and Fired Brick as my colour combination. These I rubbed directly onto my craft mat and then spritzed some water on it to ‘activate’ the oxide process. Then it was a simple-ish procedure of putting a piece of card stock down on top, smooch-smooch-smooch and flip over. I used my heat tool to help the drying process along and watched the magic. My first piece was white card stock and it looked amazing!
Moving on to the black card stock, I did the same thing in the same ink puddle. This didn’t work out as great. In hindsight, I should have started from scratch with this one too but, not one to give up, I dried it with the heat tool. Once it was dry, it had a really unique and fun pattern on it so I decided to use it anyway. Next time I will use less water and more ink on dark card stock though.
As these were going to be thank you cards, I grabbed the ‘Mini Thank You’ stamp set which has been a freebie with qualifying orders but will be released on its own in June. On the black card I decided to heat emboss it in white to make it stand out, I thought just stamping it with white ink might make it disappear. Before I stamped it with VersaMark ink, I sprinkled the card base with my anti-static tool to avoid those pesky stray bits of embossing powder sticking where I didn’t want them. On the bright coloured card I decided to go with black ink and not heat emboss it. When I look at it now, I think I should have said yes to heat embossing on this one too but you know, you live and learn.
Even with the fun backgrounds I thought the cards looked a bit plain. What’s that? Me? A sequin addict?? Where is that coming from?! *erm, totally guilty* So, yeah, it should come as about ZERO surprise that I grabbed some sequins to add some pizazz to these cards. One of my favourite fusions is the Crystal Rainbow mix and I got out some yellow, orange and hot pink ones in different sizes. These I added in a ‘meteorite shower’ kind of pattern across the card, yellow sequins on the yellow ink, orange sequins on the orange ink and hot pink ones over the red ink.
These cards are actually quite quick to make, especially once you get the hang of the Distress Oxides and how much water to add etc. They are even quicker when you don’t stop and faff as much as I sometimes do whilst making a card!
If you take the plunge and get these inks, take some time to get to grips with them and play around. You never know what might come out of it, and having ready made backgrounds are always a time-saver for those times you need to make a card in record time.
Well, that’s it for me for today, I’m off to celebrate the rest of my birthday with The Man and The Cheeky Chicas. And most likely a big piece of cake or four, since birthday calories don’t count.
Happy crafting from Erica
I know that we still have more than two months of school ahead. But I think it’s time for me to start getting ready. Looks like the end of the school comes unexpectedly for the last 8 years of my school mom carrier :). I have already decided on the gifts and as you see, started making cards.
How I love the Teacher’s Apple stamp set. Such adorable images and many great sentiments!
I started off my card from making a bright background using a piece of Taylored Expressions Rainbow Brights pad. Then I die cut a tag with Neenah Solar white cardstock and Studio Katia Dotted Shaker tag.
Then the image. I stamped a crayon with Versafine Onyx Black ink into a piece of Ranger Watercolor paper, colored it with Zigs – 024, 025, 050, and fuzzy cut.
To finish off my card I adhered the crayon with 3D foam tape and added the sentiment from the same stamp set. Hemptique natural bamboo cord I added at the end.
Hope you enjoy!
To start, I did some simple ink blending on watercolour cardstock using Tumbled Glass, Broken China and Chipped Sapphire. This created a nice sky background. I used a Stitched Rectangle die to cut it out.
I stamped my images onto some ivory cardstock, which I don’t normally do, but I was lazy and it was in front of me. I used my Promarkers for the colouring. I cut each image out and started to create my scene.
Hello everyone!! And welcome to another Monday post! I’m back on the blog today with a card that actually started out as an experiment. I purchased the complete set of Distress Oxide Inks and really wanted to play with them. I have made a couple of backgrounds and loved the results. So for today’s post I’ll show you how they look when used for watercolour.
I started by stamping the beautiful Mandala Flower in Versamark Ink onto some watercolour cardstock and heat embossed it with Detail White Embossing powder from Ranger (my new fave!).
I stamped the image towards to left side of my card panel, as I already had a plan in mind.
The colours I used were: Worn Lipstick, Wilted Violet, Spiced Marmalade, Fossilized Amber, Cracked Pistachio, Iced Spruce and Peeled Paint. I swiped a little of each colour onto a non-porous surface. Then the colouring began! I did the same technique as I use when colouring with regular Distress Inks. I load some ink onto my water brush and start where I want the darkest colour to be and work my way out.
Popping up to share another card with cute Studio Katia Hello Alice stamp.
I used few elements from this set and some masking to make a scene.
Firstly I stamped a girl, masked it and stamped paddle and rain drops. Also, I added amazing “Hello Friend” sentiment from the same stamp set. Just love the font combination! There is another sentiment which can be used together with hello.
Coloring on this card was done with Zigs – I used Arches cold press watercolor paper as a base and not quite satisfied with a look I got. The colors are great, but this image is quite small and Arches needs water, what make coloring challenging. Want to try coloring this image on Ranger and then will share with you.
This stamps set has other cute tiny images which could be used alone on the CAS cards and as the elements to build a scene.
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Happy Friday everyone, Svetlana here with a floral Birthday Card.
With a help of masking tape I’ve stamped peonies and colored them with copic markers. For the sentiment I used Happy Birthday from the Birthday Lions set.
I’ve added a few embellishments to the card and the card is complete.
Thank You for stopping by and have a great weekend.
Hello friends and Happy Wednesday!
Once again, amazing peony from Studio Katia Together We Bloom set. This time I embossed it in white with Versa Fine and Hero Arts white embossing powder and then watercolored it with Zigs, using pastel 041 light green and 028 pale pink. Despite delicacy and detailing of this stamp, the coloring was very easy and enjoyable. I used Ranger watercolor paper. Looks like it’s my go-to choice among all the varieties of watercolor papers on the market. To make sentiment to stand out I stamped it in Tuxedo Black ink.
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