Liliuska here and I’d like to share with you a one layer card I made using Mandala Stamp. Ever since I received this stamp I wanted to make a card with wobbler. Those are always so much fun!
Since this is a one layer card I decided to add some texture to the card base by scoring lines on it. Next I stamped Mandala in the middle and covered it with a mask. I stamped the image in the top left and bottom right corner and spritzed the card with shimmer spray. Since I used Oxide Inks two corner mandalas look as if they were heat embossed and middle mandala looks nicely crisp.
I stamped mandala on a separate piece of paper, coloured part of it with Polychromos pencils and cut out that part with scissors. I adhered it to the card base on a wobbler. To add sentiments I die cut a black strip using long frame die from Darling Ribbon & Dotted Frames Creative Dies and stamped two sentiments. I cut the strip in half and adhered it on both sides of the wobbler. Last touch – crystal clear sequins with clear drops in the middle.
I hope you enjoyed what I prepared for you today. Have a wonderful and inspiring day!
Hello Everyone & Welcome!
I’m so happy and grateful to see you all here and celebrating our First Birthday Bash Blog Hop!! It has been a wonderful year and I’m so thankful for all your support. I would like to thank my amazing Design Team & Guest Designers from the bottom of my heart, Studio Katia would not be where it is now without each and every one of them.
Erica is up first with her stunning shaker card!
How exciting is it to see such an important mile stone for a young, fledging stamp company? Big, huge congratulations on your achievements so far, Katia!!! I can’t wait to see what this second year will bring!
For today, I’ve got a flowery shaker card. I’ve got a friend who’s turning 30 soon so I made this with her in mind. Her birthday has been and gone by the time this post goes up so no need to worry about spoiling the surprise.
Up next joining us lovely Rowena. I think Rowena did a FANTASTIC job with her first shaker card.
I better finish this post with a card of my own. This week is Teacher Appreciation Week (which is usually the first week in May) I love making teacher cards. I don’t know what is it about these cards but I can make teachers cards all day long and not get tired.
What’s a Birthday Hop without some presents 🙂
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Your first stop on the hop is the amazing Shari!
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Thank You So Much and Let’s get hopping 🙂
Hello, Erica on the blog today with a couple of cards for you.
I decided to use the Elongated Dotted Hexagon Creative Dies and use some lovely patterned paper I had on hand. I have previously made a similar card which you can find here if you wanted to check it out. For this card I decided to go in a slightly different direction and not fill the entire card panel with my ‘quilts’.
Purple isn’t a favourite colour of mine but I am in a bit of a ‘challenge myself’-mode recently and decided to go with that for my main colour. A glutton for punishment maybe but eh, I’ll take one for the team.
After cutting out the pieces with the die in the patterned paper and also some in a purple linen textured card stock, I set about layering them and adding foam to the back to raise them up from the card base. My original plan was to just make one card but I had so many left over piece of the patterned paper, I cut out a few more hexagons in the purple linen card stock and puzzled them together too.
For the first card I decided on a purple card base and having the hexagons with the patterned paper on the outer edges for a nice contrast. I stamped up a couple of the cuddling foxes from the Foxes stamp set, one with an outline and one solid image. The solid image I added a little bit of Copic colouring to give them cheeks and pink ears.
In the same patterned paper I also cut a banner using the die in the Darling Ribbon & Dotted Frames set and stamped ‘Happy Birthday’ from the Birthday Lions stamp set on it. Both the foxes and the banner were attached to the card using foam tape. I also added some sequins from the Majestic Fusion to the card but it still looked like it needed a little something else. I know, I know… Miss Take-It-Too-Far-With-The-Embellishments goes for the win again! Well, on that note, I cut out a few hearts using the little heart die in the Stitched Nested Notebook set. One in the patterned paper and one in the purple linen card stock. On these I stamped the ‘HB2U!’ sentiment and the number 3 on and attached to the card with foam tape again but I added some silver string to make them look like balloons. At this point I finally stepped back and let the card be. I know, f-i-n-a-l-l-y right??
On to the second card! I coloured in the outlined fox I stamped up earlier using my copics and then fussycut the image out. For this card I had hexagons with the purple linen card stock on the outer edges and as the other card looked lovely with the contrast, I cut out an A2 panel in the patterned paper using the die in the Darling Ribbons & Dotted Frames and adhered that to a card base. While I was on a die cutting mission, I also cut out a banner in the same die set but this time in the purple card stock.
On this one I stamped ‘Welcome To the Family’ from the And The Fox Says set, I also added a little heart for a sweet touch before adhering it to the card with foam tape. I didn’t want to go overboard with embellishments on this card (shocker, I know. Are you sitting down?) but I did add a few little Clear Heart Drops with Multi Medium Matte.
Phew… if you are still with me, bravo! I admire your stamina 😉
I will sign off now but don’t worry, I will be back before you know it with more cardmaking mischief and jibber-jabbering. Until then, happy crafting!
Liliuska here and I would like to share with you two thank you cards. I love creating black cards using heat embossing and coloured pencils. They have nice elegant look. And today I made two cards for your inspiration.
And even though you do need some time for stamping, heat embossing and quick colouring, I would say that these are pretty quick cards to make if you need to make something for next day.
For the first card I used white pencil and added some details and shadows on the flowers and around the sentiment. I love adding little touches and here I decided to use some drops and white sequins. It makes cards look more interesting.
For the second card I decided to use red pencil and lightly colour flower petals with it. I also added a bit of white shadow around the sentiment to imitate writing on a blackboard.
Hope you will get inspired to create cards with beautiful StudioKatia products. Share your work with us!
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!
Erica on the blog today with a bit of an experiment: a box pop-up card! I had never made one before this one so it’s full or trial and errors but you know, I’m all about keeping it real crafting wise. Warts and all. And there are a few on this one but more about that as we get to them. It did also take me several days to get this one done and I actually finished another one in between the start to finish of this one! I’m not one of these ‘one project at a time’ kind of people, I have several on the go at all times… I can’t help it.
As you all probably know by now, I’m obsessed with the Together We Bloom stamp set. I can’t stop using it for every project I’m doing for the blog… in my defence, I’m hoping this shows how versatile it is and how many possibilities there are with this set. Everyone ok with that? Yep? Ok, let’s get to the card then.
First a small confession, I’m TERRIBLE at watching tutorials before trying something new. I tend to be so impatient that I simply dive in the deep end and hope my swimming skills will save me. It has backfired more than one time but so far I have not learnt my lesson. Like at all. This was no different. I was super excited about getting this scalloped box pop-up die from Lawn Fawn and just started cutting pieces of card stock before having a single clue about what I was even going to do with them. Ack… If you are shaking your head at me right now, I do not blame you at all.
Right, so the idea that formed was that it was going to be a green box with hot pink flowers inside it. I have a big hoard of card stock and picked out a nice leafy green one for the actual box. Rolling this through the Big Shot twice, a quick glue job and done. So far so good. This is the simplest bit though so no wonder I was feeling ok about it at this stage!
I thought I’d use some kind of green-ish patterned paper for the die cut box panels on the outside of the box but I didn’t have any that I liked enough. Thinking quick on my feet, I decided to make my own using the Brush Strokes stamp set and green inks. I stamped it in a grid like pattern to create a loose gingham look. When I had a big enough piece to cut out all the eight boxes I put it through my Big Shot and glued them down on the box.
After stamping up lots of flowers and leaves, I coloured them with my Copics before it was time to fussy cut. And fussy cut some more… aaaaaand some more. I wanted a big bunch of flowers in the box and ended up using seven blooms of different sizes. Here I made my first mistake: I made three smaller bunches by gluing the flowers together without really knowing where I needed them to go. Memo to self for next time: DO NOT DO THIS!! Wait until everything is ready to be put together and don’t jump the gun! I ended up having to pull some of them apart and even with all the re-arranging and taking apart, I still managed to cover up one of the blooms in the middle layer and you can see one of the bits I had to use to elevate another flower.
Mistake number two happened here: I decided to stamp the sentiment ‘Together We Bloom’ from the stamp set on the biggest flower in black and then heat emboss clear embossing powder over it. I should have waited with deciding on a sentiment before I knew what the card was going to be for. As it is, I’ve sent it to my Mother-In-Law for Mother’s Day along with a present I made for her. I’ve sent another card with it to explain that this one is for decoration. It’s a good thing she already knows I’m quite sentimental and overly gushing at times..
On the inside flaps of the box I decided to cut up more panels instead of leaving them bare. These I stamped with flowers and leaves too, because why make it easy for myself?? They got coloured in with the same Copics as the flowers inside the box. On the back panel I stamped the big flower from Thank You So Much set. After colouring that one I also decided to fill in the white spaces with a very light green Copic, I’m pretty sure I used G11 for it but because I forgot to write down my colours I can’t be sure. Here I made mistake number three: I should have stamped the front flower panel with the flower coming out of the bunch instead of as I did.. I think that would have made for a more ‘organic’ look but by the time I thought of this, I couldn’t pull that bit off without risking destroying the whole box.
Here you can also see how messy it looks from the back. For the next time I really need to come up with a better solution to this as it’s nice if it looks good from, if not all but most angles, not just the front one. I’m thinking that masking the flowers together into bunches at the stamping stage might be the way to go? Then maybe I can plan the layout a bit better and avoid the green card stock piece showing?
Ok, so it’s not terrible but I’m sure I can do a better job of it next time. IF I remember all my ‘memos to self’ that is! Which isn’t something you should bank on…
Well, that’s it from me for this time and this is my last post for March so see you all in April!
Happy crafting from Erica
We are so excited to be a part of this fun Birthday Bash Blog Hop. Happy Birthday A Blog Named Hero!
Hero Arts products are very dear to me. I still have my very first Hero Arts stamp set that I bought years ago. For my card I used Hero Arts Gold Embossing Powder, Color Layering Butterflies Stamp Set and I believe it’s called Brush Strokes Cling Stamp Set. SK Products: Mandala Stamp Set, And the Fox Says … Clear Stamp Set, Gold Foil Fusion, Luminous Lavender Sequins
This month we are collaborating with a Blog Named Hero and we have lot’s of wonderful works from our design team. This Month’s challenge was Bling it Up. Seat back and enjoy!
Hero Arts Products Used: Hello Stamp and Cut | Studio Katia Products Used: Thank You So Much Clear Stamp Set, Gold Foil Seed Beads, Clear Round Drops – Mix, Darling Ribbon & Dotted Frames Creative Die
Studio Katia Products Used: Darling Ribbon & Dotted Frames Creative Die , Stitched Loops Creative Die, Gold Foil Fusion , Confetti| Hero Arts Products Used: Happy Definition Background Stamp, Tiny Ink Spots, Tiny Star Background Stamp, Color Layering Bouquet, Winter Scene, Gold and White Embossing Powders
Studio Katia Products Used: Together We Bloom Clear stamp Set, Darling Ribbon & Dotted Frames Creative Die, Clear Round Drops – Mix, Sparkling Crystals – Mix| Hero Arts Products Used: Act of Kindness Stamp Set
Studio Katia Products Used: Darling Ribbon & Dotted Frames Creative Die ,Clear Round Drops – Mix , Sparkling Crystals Mix | Hero Arts Products Used: Hero Arts Friend Stamp set, Green Hills and Fresh Peach Shadow inks.
Studio Katia Products Used: Pink Lemonade Fusion, Pink Winter Fusion, Pink Winter Clear Stamp Set, Duo Talk Clear Stamp Set, Darling Ribbon & Dotted Frames Creative Die ,Confetti| Hero Arts Products Used: Layering Flamingo stamp set with May’s Shades of Pink ink cubes.
Studio Katia Products Used: Spring Green, Dazzling Celery, Golden Coper Metallic, Antique Bronze Seed Beads ,Gold Foil Seed Beads ,Sparkling Crystals Mix. And the Fox Says … Clear Stamp Set, | Hero Arts Products Used: Vintage Christmas Wishes Stamp Set
Studio Katia Products Used: Darling Ribbon & Dotted Frames Creative Die , Clear Round Drops – Mix, Together We Bloom Clear stamp Set Holiday Cheer Fusion| Hero Arts Products Used: Color Layering Butterflies Stamp Set
Studio Katia Products Used: Darling Ribbon & Dotted Frames Creative Die , Together We Bloom Clear stamp Set, Thank You So Much Clear Stamp Set, Summer Fusion| Hero Arts Products Used: Designer Woodgrain Rubber Stamp
Studio Katia Products Used: Foxes Clear Stamp Set, Darling Ribbon & Dotted Frames Creative Die , And the Fox Says … Clear Stamp Set, Silver Foil Fusion| Hero Arts Products: Hero Arts Constellation Background Rubber Stamp
A Blog Named Hero is so thankful for our wonderful sponsors and collaborating companies! Several companies decided to help us celebrate our fifth anniversary with giveaways and they were so generous that we decided to spread the love over both hop days with different prizes to be won each day! Giveaway prizes total more than $500! To win, leave a comment on each hop stop. We will select winners randomly from different blogs so the more blogs you visit each day, the greater your chances of winning! And be sure to visit the Saturday post from A Blog Named Hero for the list of Saturday hoppers and prizes! Comments must be left before 11:59 PM EDT on Tuesday, March 28th and winners will be announced on March 30th.
Today’s prizes include the following:
$50 gift card to Simon Says Stamp
$50 gift card to Gina K Designs
$25 gift card to Winnie & Walter
$25 gift card to Lawn Fawn
$20 gift card to Avery Elle
Prize pack from Mama Elephant
Gift card from Studio Katia
One Online Card Class of your choice
One set of distress oxide inks from Jennifer McGuire Ink
Good luck and happy hopping!!
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Thanks for visiting! Have a Crafty Day!
Erica here with a very different but fun project today! It’s not a card..! How rebellious is that?? LOL, that feels a lot more rebellious than it really should. Maybe I need to get out more?
Well, I really fancied trying something I’ve never tried before and thought, why not blog about it in case it inspires someone else to try it too?
My idea was to stamp some flowers on these little framed canvases I found at a local shop and paint them as part of a Mother’s Day present for my Mother-In-Law. Mother’s Day fell on the 26th of March (as in today) in the UK this year. It’s nice to make something special for her as without her, I wouldn’t have my sweet, darling husband.
After stamping the second largest bloom on one canvas and the second smallest on another one, I got my colouring supplies ready. I didn’t really know how this was going to come out but thought what the heck, you win some, you loose some. The first layer was a thin one, like with normal water colouring. That tactic didn’t really work that well as the canvas material is quite thick and coated but by going over it several times and being patient, it eventually sank in. The next layer wasn’t making any difference colourwise so I compensated by making the paint very thick to create some contrast. The third layer needed to blend the dark and the light bits together and that was much easier.
When I was happy with the flowers and the leaves, I decided to do the background black. It might seem strange and a harsh choice but black really makes the colours of the flowers pop. This I had to do in several layers to get a nice and even coat but got there in the end. Then it was a time for the boring part: letting it sit and dry. I really am not very good at this part! The temptation to touch it to check if it’s dry is so high.
If you try this yourself, at this stage (once they are dry that is) you can either leave the canvases as they are and put them back in the frame/frame them if they don’t already have one OR coat it with a glossy varnish for a nice shiny finish. I decided to keep mine as they are but might try the varnish next time. Even if it’s just to see what it looks like.
I’d love to hear if you tried this and what you think about it, any tips or hints you might have. Pop it in the comment section below if you do!
Happy crafting and Happy Mother’s Day from Erica