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Amazing You Birthday (Altenew)

The end of last month marked my Grandad’s 93rd birthday. He’s not doing too well so I made him a special card to cheer him up and remember when he used to watercolour. I used the Amazing You stamp set from Altenew, watercoloured with my Kuretaki Gansai Tambi paints.

Amazing You Birthday (Altenew)

I started out with some Daler Rowney Aquarelle coldpressed watercolour cardstock and stamped a flower arrangement using stamps from the Altenew Amazing You stamp set and some Versafine Onyx Black Ink. I had to do a bit of creative masking with some post it notes in places but it didn’t take too long. I made sure the ink was dry before bringing out the watercolours and painting in some vibrant colour.

Amazing You Birthday (Altenew)

When done, I gold heat embossed the sentiment from Lawn Fawn’s Ahoy, Matey stamp set. I felt it needed a little more so flicked some gold, green and blue paint flecks onto the background. Mounted on some Lawn Fawn Chilli Pepper cardstock, this card was a wonderful gift for my Grandad.

 

Showcasing… Series: Mama Elephant Winter Wonderland

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Winter Wonderland (Mama Elephant)

This post will be the first in my Showcasing… Series where I will take one of the stamp sets I own, find some of the amazing cards other makers have created using the set and then create a set of cards of my own. The first set I would like to Showcase is the Mama Elephant Winter Wonderland set. Even if it is only April, I have to start early on my Christmas stash! I fell in love with this set after seeing some of the truly amazing cards created using the stamps, especially with the sillouette birch trees and deer. One of the first ever dies I purchased was the Memory Box Deer Trio and this set made me remember old times! This is an older set by Mama Elephant (SHC), released back in October 2013 I think, and has coordinating dies available (SHC).

The first card I found was this one from Nicole Spohr (blog post and video). I love the stark white embossing against the inked background – it gives a wonderful effect! I loved this one so much that I recreated this card with a few minor changes. I choose two colour variations, one using Faded Jeans and Chipped Sapphire, the other using Peacock Feathers, Blueprint Sketch and Faded Jeans. I mounted them on black card and used white heat embossing on black sentiment banners.

Winter Wonderland (Mama Elephant)

Another card using this stamp set was created by Yaneia (blog post, video tutorial). I love how she wasn’t restricted by the traditional colours on her cards and got some gorgeous results with some pretty cheap watercolour paints.

To recreate this card in my own way I used three different colours from my Kuretaki Gansai Tambi watercolours after I had heat embossed and masked my background. It took me a couple of layers to get the colour intensity I was looking for. I then used two different Lawn Fawn inks to stamp and clear heat emboss my sentiment in the bottom corner.

Winter Wonderland (Mama Elephant)

A great start to my Christmas card stash, I think!

Nutty Birthday with Neat & Tangled

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Nutty Birthday (Neat & Tangled)

These two cards have to be my favourites to date. I probably say this with every new card, but the bar is getting higher as I learn and improve! I love this set and was really happy to use it when Mum asked for a birthday card for my Aunt that featured squirrels. What better way to showcase the set but with watercolours and a little dimension?

Nutty Birthday (Neat & Tangled)

I started out with two pieces of watercolour cardstock and laying down some clean water focussed on the bottom bart of the card. I then used my Kuretakin Gansai Tambi watercolours (three shades of the blue and turquoise) to create a wash on the background. It took a couple of layers to get the intensity I wanted and I added some paint splatters in the same colours before drying.

Nutty Birthday (Neat & Tangled)

I then stamped the various characters and props from both the My Favorite Nut and Into the Woods sets from Neat & Tangled and the banner from the Avery Elle Woodland Fun set in some Versafine Onyx black ink onto some more watercolour cardstock. The Happy Birthday sentiment came from the Neat & Tangled Big Top Birthday set. I coloured them in using my watercolours and left to dry.

Nutty Birthday (Neat & Tangled)

Once dry, I cut them with the coordinating dies and mounted the main features and characters with some foam tape. The foliage, acorns and mushrooms I adhered directly on top of the background. I then mounted them onto some white A6 card bases.

Nutty Birthday (Neat & Tangled)

For some finishing touches I used a white gel pen to add some highlights to my characters, brightening up some of the places that got a little dark with the watercolours. I thought about adding some sequins but decided to let the watercolour shine as it was. I think I like the card with the two squirells hugging in the nut slightly more!

Out of this World Birthday with MFT

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Out of this World (MFT)

This has to be one of my favourite cards I have made this year. I love bright colours on a white background and I really love the cute space stamp sets that all the companies seem to be coming out with recently. This card features the new MFT Space Explorer set with a sentiment from the Out of this World set from Lawn Fawn. I have to give credit where it is due by stating that this birthday card is inspired by Ashley Marcu (see her design team blog post here). I loved how she had the spaceman rocketing up into space and had to try my own version of this.

I started out by masking a slice out with some post-it tape on some smooth white card stock. I blended Squeezed Lemonade with some Wild Honey Distress Inks to make the rocket blast. I then switched the masking so I could ink up the rest of the night sky using Peacock Feathers, Salty Ocean and Seedless Preserves. I used my Kuretaki Gansai Tambi watercolours (white, black and silver) to add some splatter to the background for a starry effect. Using an MFT die, I cut out a circle for the focal point background.

Out of this World (MFT)

On some Neenah Solar White cardstock I stamped out the astronaut and three of the planets. I coloured them in with my Copic markers using some reds, blues, greens and cool greys. I added some pale yellow to the reflective parts of his suit to tie in the yellow of his rocket blast. I had originally intended to use the coordinating dies but felt that the white border would detract from the scene I had created in the background, so I fussy cut out the pieces and went around the edges with a black Memento marker. I added a layer of Spectrum Noir Sparkle to the pieces before adding some Glossy Accents to the astronaut’s visor and control panel.

On the front panel of the A2 smooth white card base I white heat embossed some stars to give some subtle interest to the background. From the same card, I white heat embossed the sentiment and ink blended some Peacock Feathers and Salty Ocean Distress Inks for a matching birthday sentiment banner. I cut the ends on one side to make a banner and trimmed it to the width of my card.

Out of this World (MFT)

To assemble, I used my tape runner to adhere the background sky to the base before using some foam tape to pop up the astronaut, planets and sentiment.

It’s been a while since I was able to bring out my Copics to experiment but I think I need to do it more often! I really like the reflection effect and it warms up the scene nicely. I am sure this template will be used to create many more birthday cards in the future!

Take It Easy Sloth Birthday with Lawn Fawn

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Take it Easy Sloth (Lawn Fawn)

I’ve seen some wonderful cards made with the new sloth set Hang In There from Lawn Fawn and I knew it had to be the basis of my entry for this month’s Seven Hills Crafts Challenge. The tic-tac-toe prompt for this month was:

I chose the top line: Animals – Watercolour – Bold Shades.

Of all of them, I think this fits my style the most. Also, who doesn’t like Sid the Sloth from Ice Age? *dances the sloth dance*

I actually made two cards: one using Distress Inks (left) and the other with Kuretaki Gansai Tambi watercolours (right). I like them both equally and I managed to get two different effects out of them. I like the vibrant blue on the water colour version perhaps a little more and it is this version that I entered into the challenge.

Take it Easy Sloth (Lawn Fawn)

I started with two pieces of watercolour cardstock sized to an A2 panel. I followed the same process for both backgrounds: pad or brush some ink/paint down onto a piece of acetate or packaging, spray with some water, ‘smoosh’ the paper onto the acetate and then dry with a heat tool to prevent the colours from mixing too much. I repeated this several times to build up the layers until I was happy with the result.

Take it Easy Sloth (Lawn Fawn)

On some more water colour cardstock, I then stamped out some foliage from the Blissful Botanicals and Critters in the Jungle sets, along with the hanging sloth from the new Hang in There set. I used Versafine Black Onyx ink and stamped it several times in my MISTI to get solid, thick black lines. I coloured in the elements with my Kuretaki Gansai Tambi water colours, using Sid as a model for the colouring. Once dry, I die cut them out with the coordinating dies.

Take it Easy Sloth (Lawn Fawn)

I adhered some of the foliage directly to the background with some Multi Medium Matte, popping up the sloths and a few leaves using some foam tape to give a bit of dimension.

The sentiment banners were white heat embossed onto black card stock and adhered beneath the sloths.

Wonderfully colourful cards that, for once, did not need any further embellishing.

Take it Easy Sloth (Lawn Fawn)

UPDATE: Thanks to Tara and the DT who picked me as the Challenge Winner! I can now proudly display the winners badge on my sidebar!

 

 


Birthday Hugs with Neat & Tangled

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Birthday Hugs (Neat & Tangled)

This set of Birthday Hugs cards was inspired by a set Tara Sell made (see her blog post and video) and the colouring genious of Laura Bassen (see her blog post and video). I love the Neat & Tangled stamp sets and I had a lot of fund combining the Better Together set with a few Avery Elle products to create this set of three colourful cards. The characters are coloured with Copic markers and the background is a custom water coloured background. I made an extra background in pink but haven’t yet worked out exactly how I’m going to use it, given that pink is not really my colour!

Birthday Hugs (Neat & Tangled)

I started out with four pieces of Tim Holtz watercolour cardstock, washing the background with some clean water and then dropping on one of the four colours from the Kuretaki Gansai Tambi watercolours: pink, green, purple and blue. I built up the layers, drying them in between with a heat tool to retain the colour. After leaving to dry completely, I splattered on some clean water with my Ranger Mister and then picked up some of the colour with a kitchen towel. I also splattered on some more of the colour I used in the background, along with some white and silver. I left this to dry and cut it out with the smaller of the Wonky Stitches dies from Avery Elle. I cut a coordinating black panel using the larger Wonky Stitches die and mounted them onto an A2 top folding card base in Neenah Desert Storm.

I stamped out the three characters from the set using MFT Hybrid ink on some Neenah Solar White cardstock and coloured them with Copic markers (colours listed below). I chose coordinating colours in brighter hues to match the background.

Birthday Hugs (Neat & Tangled)

After cutting these out with the coordinating dies, I also cut two sets of black and white banners from the Neat and Tangled Scalloped dies and white heat embossed two birthday and one general hugs sentiments. For two of the cards I clear heat embossed some Versafine Onyx Black ink on the background using sentiments from the Avery Elle Skating By and Neat and Tangled Better Together. I adhered the banners directly onto the panel using some Ranger Multi Medium Matte and popped up the characters with a bit of Foam Tape to give some dimension.

For the purple card, I coloured a heart from the set and adhered it to a scrap of the banner I had previously cut off before covering it with some Glossy Accents. I added some clear sequins to the background of all the cards along with some Spectrum Noir clear sparkle over parts of the characters.

Birthday Hugs (Neat & Tangled)

I like them all but I think the purple one is my favourite because of the cute little owl. Definitely think I will make more with this set!

Thanks for reading and happy crafting!

Copic Markers

Skin: E04 E11 E21 E00 E000 R20
Hair: C3 C5 C7 100, Y21 Y17 E08, Y21 Y17 E59
Clothes: BV00 V04 V09 V15 V17, YG03 YG23 YG17 G28, B12 B24, E04 E15 E18
Animals: E08 E15 E18 E43 W5 W7

 

 

Space Birthday with Create a Smile

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Space Birthday (Create a Smile)

It is my Dad’s birthday today and I made this wonderful space birthday card for him. When I was about 8 years old I learnt a little song in school and I came across it again a couple of months ago. I think the real words are ‘My friend’s orange with a big bald head’, but of course I had to change to ‘My Dad’s orange with a big bald head’. It gave me a chance to bring out the numerous space themed sets I have from Gerda Steiner and Clearly Besotted, and make use of the wonderful stamps I won from Tara Sell and Christine at Create a Smile. I coloured these with a mixture of Copic markers and Distress Inks. Happy Birthday, Dad!

Space Birthday (Create a Smile)

I started out with the background, using a handful of brightly coloured distress inks on some Tim Holtz water colour cardstock. I then worked in some Black Soot Distress Ink over the top of the colours and sprinkled some water over the top to get that distress look. I used the white and gold from the Kuretaki Gansai Tambi watercolours to add some splatters to get that star galaxy effect. When it was dry, I heat embossed some gold stars on the background. I trimmed it down to just under A2 card size and mounted it on an A2 sized side folding base of Neenah Desert Storm.

I stamped the three alien guys from the Gerda Steiner designs stamp sets with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and coloured them with my Copic markers. I chose bright colours and used at least three colours in each group to get a good contrasting blend. I fussy cut them out and went around the edges with a black marker to hide my cutting imperfections. I stamped the ground from the Clearly Besotted Out of this Word set on some Neenah Desert Storm and added some shading with some warm grey Copics. I trimmed this out and mounted it on the card panel with some foam tape, along with the aliens, for a bit of dimension.

Space Birthday (Create a Smile)

The sentiment comes from the Gerda Steiner Moody Unicorns Set, which I white heat embossed on some black card stock. I cut this out using a Lawn Fawn banner die and foam mounted it over the ground below the aliens. Some Glossy Accents, Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen, white gel pen and clear sequins finished off the front of the card.

I had to include the song inside the card, decorated with some stamps from the sets and the remaining alien I coloured. I covered the eyeballs, alien and speech bubble with Glossy Accents, though in future I will have to make sure that the Glossy Accents pieces don’t fall in the same place. Even though I left it overnight to dry, the tail fell inline with one of the eyeballs and I ended up ripping the card slightly opening it later.

Space Birthday (Create a Smile)

Thanks for reading and happy crafting!