I’m currently in Columbus, Ohio. Attending Simon Says Stamp CREATE event. I’ll be back on Monday maybe with little story about how it went. But don’t quote me on this, I took my cameras and planned to film the event. But the schedule seems to be busy and I’m not sure how this will turn out. Maybe I’ll do Instagram stories at least. If you’re interested – here is my Instagram.
I liked Mandala Clear Stamp Set when first saw it. But at first I didn’t see many different ways it can be used. Now I feel like it never leaves my “working basket” (it’s a paper tray basket I store stamps and dies that are currently in use).
Today I want to share one more fun way this stamp can be used.
Any similar background stamp (or even smaller stamps stamped all over the background) can be used to achieve the similar look. If you don’t have any stamps like this you can just ink the background using inks of two shades.
Then I let my background dry and started gold embossing.
First I embossed mandalas several times. For them I used double embossing, Hero Arts gold powder first and Ranger Gold Tinsel was embossed at top (it has glitter particles and adds some dimension and shine). As usual I used my anti-static powder tool before embossing to eliminate static that can cause embossing powder to stick where I don’t want it to be.
I always use this tool to get cleaner embossing. But sometimes still could get powder stuck in inappropriate spots. In such cases I remove excess using small brush.
For this card I didn’t care about removing any excess. As it just added to the scratchy background.
After I embossed mandalas I added center parts of them in between. I was simply stamping with Versamark ink, pouring powder and removing everything beyond center element with brush. After that I was going ahead and heat set it. For these smaller elements I only used plain gold powder.
Then I started struggling with a sentiment. I didn’t want to introduce any other colors to my card. Besides any other color seemed not working here (I tried white and black). I could just gold emboss a sentiment onto the panel but I wanted something more interesting.
Lastly I added several gold sequins for additional shine 😉
I really like how this card turned out. This mandala embossed in gold looks amazing. Plus – I really like such grungy backgrounds 😉
Have a wonderful day!
Hello, Erica here!
I have another big project to share with you today. These were actually not planned at all but rather an after-thought. Or more a necessity to use the eight mandalas I had coloured. Yep, you read that right; eight. Sometimes I like sitting down just to colour and the Mandala stamp is so fun to try different colour combinations on.
All of them are heat embossed in white on Strathmore Bristol Vellum water coloured paper as I wanted to use my Zig markers. It actually started with just the one but I didn’t like how that one turned out, I went with the wrong colours and it annoyed me so much that I had to try redeeming myself. So what started as a quick redemption colouring ended up a colouring marathon. I stamped up another one and another one and another one.. I was on such a roll that I ended up with eight coloured mandalas. At least they are all somewhat different from each other. After that first fateful one, I decided to stick to the same colour for each one, just varying the shades of it and that worked out much better. I think that might have been the turning point as well as the starting point of the colouring marathon.
Well, at some point I managed to rein myself in and stop with the stamping and colouring. I fussycut them all out and decided to do small square note cards with the mandalas. Using white backgrounds didn’t really work, I thought they were too boring. Ink blending was too big a job after my marathon. It really is too bad that colouring isn’t counted as cardio! I’d be fit as a fiddle!
Back to the backgrounds: I cut out stitched squares in water colouring paper and got the Gansai Tambi 36 pack out as well as a short bristled paint brush. Matching the droplet colours to the mandalas I got splattering like a mad woman. I love doing this, every single piece looks different and unique. The one for the pink mandala got sweeping pink brush strokes too as the pink looked way too red. Whilst letting the panels dry, I decided on sentiments for the cards. I thought it would be overkill to use the same one for all eight so I divided them up relatively evenly colourwise.
At this point I thought these might make a nice present for someone and having generic but useful sentiments would be the best way to go. I chose ‘Thanks’ from Duo Talk for half of them.
For the other half I went with ‘Just a Note’ from Hello Alice. These I stamped in black ink in the bottom right corner.
On my white card bases I adhered the backgrounds with foam tape and then the mandalas were added using slightly thinner foam tape. I love foam tape, it just adds a little something to a card without the addition of embellishments and the likes. Not that I didn’t toy with the idea of other embellishments but you will be surprised to hear I decided against it. Miracles happen, right?
Well, that’s it from me today. Happy crafting and see you soon again!
Hi everyone and happy Monday!! Today I’m sharing a card using one of the stamp sets from Studio Katia’s latest release! And it’s a cutey!! The stamp set is called Hello Alice and features a little girl and her cat, among other little images!
I started by stamping the girl and the kitty in Versamark Onyx Black onto some watercolour cardstock. I then created a rainy background using Distress Inks. I didn’t mask the images off, I was just super careful when painting around them. Before I did colour them, I flicked water on the background for that super cool bleached look.
Liliuska here and I’d like to share with you few watercolour cards. For these cards I used my favourite technique – masking a stripe with washi tape for the sentiment and stamp around it. With this you can go as simple and quick as you’d like, or spend more time on your images and enjoy some watercolouring time.
I spent more time on this card, since I did some masking and heat embossing to arrange my flowers and add leaves. For the background I did a quick water wash of the watercolour panel and added colour around edges of stamped images. Next I grabbed a wet brush and “painted” with water from borders to flowers pushing the pigment towards heat embossed edges.
This card was the quickest to make. I simply masked a strip with washi tape, stamped and embossed Mandala image and quickly coloured with ecoline markers. I made simple watercolour background and added few splashes along with sparkling sequins.
My last card is similar to the previous. I masked the flower to add some leaves. I decided to make a warm grey background which worked perfectly with grey sequins.
I had a lot of fun making these cards! I like matching watercolours with different embossing powders and embellishments. Hope you enjoyed what I prepared for you today.
See you next time!