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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Tickled pink

The Simon Says Stamp Work it Wednesday this month is: summer icons.

I chose flamingos as my tropical/summery feel.
Not sure it will qualify for the Monday challenge : let's take a vacation, I would need to hop on a plane to Florida to see them (in the wild), so for me that's a vacation...

Anyway I used Clearly Besotted's set fluffy flamingos and the Simon Says Stamp waves stencil.
I placed the  stencil on the lower part of the cardbase/front and applied Distress inks Mermaid lagoon trough it, to mimic water.

Then I stamped the flamingos and reed on Crafter's  Companion Neenah paper with Simon Says Stamp Intense black ink and cut them out.

I colored the images with Spectrum Noir markers.
Stamped the sentiment from the set with Versafine onyx black ink.
Mounted the flamingos with foamtape and flush glued the reed to the cardbase.

For more information on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge, see this
For more information on the Simon Says Work it Wednesdays, see this

Wild Rose Studio Cat with Heart, with video

Of course I couldn't  resist a cat stamp! But I did resist from coloring it as one of my own,  took a lot of will power.
The packaging shows a tabby cat, but somehow I thought he looked a bit scruffy, can't explain why. So my cat is ginger colored without stripes, I have no idea if there's such a cat, but hey there could be...
By the way I used to have a tabby ginger cat....he was called Peter. No white bits on him though, so I guess I still colored him like one of mine? lol
Anyway I stamped the cat with Simon Says Stamp intense black ink and then used the Spectrum Illustrator markers and a few Spectrum Noir markers to color him.
Added Nuvo shimmer pen on the heart and nose and a "shine" with a white gel pen.
As I smudged the panel I die cut a stitched square from it and mounted the panel with foam tape on the card base.
The sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp (playful kittens) and I stamped it with Versafine onyx black ink.
This photo is about 20 years old, Peter was 18 when he died about 8-9 years ago and Chess, was just a kitten and she died at 14 about 8 years ago...still miss them I was 36 when Peter died so he was with me all my adult life from 18 onwards...big chunk.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Oldie but goodie #8, with video

Today the oldie part is not an old supply, don't worry I haven't run out yet, but I thought a technique could also be an oldie.
I used to do this acrylic block printing/smooshing a lot, I haven't done so in ages, and I want to breathe new life into it.
As if I have that kind of power ;-)
I used Distress inks: mustard seed, ripe persimmon and picked raspberry, my favorite combo.
Instead of water spray I used the Shimmer spritz in the frost kind to dilute the Distress inks, gives it a glorious shimmer.
I used an acrylic block, but I've been known to use such things as plastic rulers too, for a narrow band of color,CD cases, glass, anything non porous really.
I dabbed the ink pads on the block and then sprayed them with the Shimmer spritz.
Put my piece of (cheap) watercolor on top and then move it around as my paper is slightly bigger.
Not happy with the amount of pink showing I redo the process after heat setting the panel.

I chose a stitched round shape from Marianne design (cr 1360) but any brand or shape will do, I think a heat shape would be cool.

The "groetjes" mean little greetings, or hello more likely. I die cut it from white and black card with Stick it on the back.
Adhered the round panel to the card base with foam tape and them placed the words on top.
Few sequins (neat and Tangled butter cream and others) to fill up some of the space. you could also stamp a sentiment there from the stamp set.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Everyday Christmas #6: 12 different embossed Christmas cards in 30 minutes, with video

I left the video in real time speed, so you can see it did take me just 30 minutes to make all these cards.
You can always skip bits if you want.
I used 12 colored pieces of card, I had scraps and such and cut them all to be 1cm smaller than the cardbase, as a mat, but had never used them as of yet.
For the stamping I used Simon Says Stamp "Merry Christmas" and the tree is from Jeanine's art classic Christmas collection ( jacs10004)
I stamped 6 cards at the same time as I don't have enough desk space to put them all aside.
I used my MISTI and Versamark ink.
Then I sprinkled the panels with different embossing powders, all are from Wow! and I used:
Metallic copper - WC02r
Metallic gold rick - WC04r
Metallic brass - WC03r
Fool's gold - WS80r
Rose gold - WL17r
Midnight dream - WS121r
Velvet - WS147r
Mistletoe magic - WS103r

The process could be quicker is you used the same color for all, or even quicker if you stamped in a colored ink.

After stamping and heatsetting all 12 panels, I mounted them all with foamtape and then adhered them to their cardbases.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Camp create day 5: glitzy glitter, with video

So how do you use glitter, if you don't have many My Favorite Things stand alone die-namics?
Well you get very creative and use a Christmas die for a dude/dad card ;-)

I started my card with the My Favorite Things Stitched triple peekaboo windows and a sturdy cardpanel (140lbs/300grams) and measured the center, then staggerd the die a bunch of times to fill the whole panel with holes.
I placed a piece of typing paper behind the windowed panel with double sided adhesive, so I could puzzle back all the pieces.
Now all three windows are different, but very similar, I had a spot of trouble with that..ahum..
I diecut  the peekaboo window from 4 colors of glitter paper, first I had pulled more, but there were a few colors that I didn't like in there, like the black and pale blue, so went for 4 as there are 8 (almost) whole holes and 2 bits.
I also had to do some repair with loose glitter as I stuck the wrong bits and stuck is stuck on the Elizabeth crafts double sided tape, see video how I revived this card with surgical
I diecut the Happy wonderful Christmas words out of black cardstock, for my sentiment.
I played around with the letters a bit, I could spell I love you dad, or mum, mom, but that was quite a large sentence.
I went to see if I had matching stamps and found "hey" from Paper Smooches' fun and flirty set and thought Hey! dude would be cool, could be for father's day but also for a
man any other time of the year.

I cut a strip of 140lbs card and traced a line, I stamped Hey and then placed the die cut word on the line. I drew in the ! mark.

Cut the strip into fishtails and placed it on the card with foam tape

For more information on the Camp create event, see this

Friday, June 16, 2017

Camp create bonus day: dry embossing

I've had so  much fun making all the cards for this My Favorite things' camp reate 2017.

So a bonus challenge, is always welcome.
Although I don't  have many My Favorite Things dies I think I chose three that work well.
Big Hugs, and the two snowdrifts.
I used my silicone baking mat and 140lbs card base. so I did get a few creases around the "hugs" but I don't mind.

I used the My Favorite Thing Polar pals that I stamped with hybrid black ink on Crafter's Companion Neenah paper and then colored with Spectrum Noir and or Illustrator markers, and the scarves have some Nuvo Shimmer pen clear gloss glitter on them.

I mounted the polar bears with foamtape and placed them as if they're standing or sitting on top of  a snow

The smaller one in the background ads to the illusion of depth, such fun.

For more information on the Camp Create event, see this

Camp create day 4: sensational sliders

 Sliders and Maaike, they don't mix very well ;-)
But I used the magical dragons from My Favorite Things as if the dragon is flying (sliding) atop a city he set on fire.

I started by making the nightsky/fire panel with talens Ecoline and Distress refills, kinda what was on my palette. I sued cheap watercolor paper for this.

Then I stamped the dragon on Crafter's Companion Neenah paper wit the Hybrid licorice black ink and colored him with Spectrum Noir and Spectrum Illustrator markers.

The city scape is from Memory box, Ihope that's OK. I diecut it it from black cardstock and use d aglue pen to adhere it to the watercolored panel.
I mouned the panel with foamtape (one layer) and used two layers inside the sliderbit, so the dragon is raised a
bit more

The sentiment is from the same set and I stamped it on a strip of the same black card as the city, kind of tying in the top and bottom. I used super fine silver powder from Papermania and then taperunner to adhere it to the card.

For more information on the Camp Creat event, see this

Thursday, June 15, 2017

You are mermazing

The Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge is: emboss it, showcasing Wow! products.
Now I had just uploaded the video and card I made earlier this week, so can't enter it. but I liked it so much I made a similar one with the last colored mermaid I had left.
So pretty similar, but completely different :-D

I filmed the other card, so if you want to see the process, you can watch that.

I used a lot of Wow! embossing powders:
Luscious lime
Earth tone mint
and then for the coral and fishes I mixed three colors:
Ho Ho Ho
florida sunset
golden flame

I used all the small greenery from the My Favorite Things set (mermazing) and the big kelp is from hero arts (layering goldfish)

To make the card I used a round mask. I traced it with pencil, as I want most green stuff inside, but some of it peeking out the circle.

I used a powder tool to remove stick from the cardbase and stamped and embossed each plant, one by one.

some are transluctent, so it's important to do the stamping and embossing before the inkblending.

After I was happy with the seaweeds and fishes I inkblended Distress inks through the mask.
I used tumbled glass and chipped sapphire, but the ink foam was still a bit wet from a darker blue, so the tumbled glass is now and unknown color , still pretty but I have no idea how to call it lol...

After inkblending I splattered on some water droplets to make bubbles in the water.

I stamped the sentiment with Versafine onyx black ink.
Attached the mermaid onto the card with foamtape for a little dimension.

There's also a video where I color the mermaids

For more information on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, see this

Father's day card, with video

When I say this cute bear stamp fishing I thought of masculine cards, infact I don't even know the terminology, you'll see in the video...;-) I'm sorry..It's not my thing, never was.
The bear stamp is from Your Next Stamp and it's called great catch.

I made also a mask  on Inkadinkado masking paper as I wanted the Avery Elle beside the sea beach huts behind  the fisherman.

When I cut masks I like to cut really closely, in fact I cut ON the stamp line, or even more on the inside, that really prevents white lines around the image, especially apparent when you do ink blending...
I then placed the fisherman stamp on Schut hot pressed watercolor paper 300grams/140lbs.
I placed the mask on top and then placed the beach huts.
I was lazy and only cut the head of the bear out and then decided to put the huts lower and so i masked some of the huts off, but as they're just vertical lines I traced them at the end of the coloring with my Steadtler pigment liner.

I did some partial die cutting to get the oval shape, but also the bits sticking out, I thought that made it more fun and macho.
See the video on how, it's easier than explaining it on paper.

I used Aquablend pencils from Spectrum Noir. I show the colors on screen, but a few from each tin, I'm afraid ;-)
For the fish I thought some shimmer from the Nuvo shimmer pen  (clear gloss) would be fun as fish are always shiny (and slimy)

The sentiment is from Marianne Design, it's a year or two old, but any you have would do.
Don't think I need more than one father's day stamp...unless he keeps them!
Anyway I used Versafine onyx black ink for the sentiment, and heat set it.
There's a cat hair, I also inked up :-(
In fact I'm surprised my cats aren't bald as there's hairs everywhere and I brush and brush and brush..they like being brushed. Sorry for the hairs.
Mounted the panel with foam tape and adhered it to the card base.

This card is not for my dad by the way, his is already on it's way ;-)

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Camp create 2017, day 3, spectacular shakers

So on the Youtube video from My Favorite Things I said "I immediately thought of the porthole when I saw the title"Now MFT used it on their video I thought I should do something else, but I didn't ;-)

I did take a look at the trio stitched peekaboo die, but that's not very nautical looking.
And I already did a card with three here is my card.

I stamped the pirate and the island on Crafter's Companion Neenah paper and colored them with Spectrum Noir markers.
I'm not sure what the little "icing" on the island is all about, maybe wet and dry sand? I did do the  bottom bit darker, but it's only slightly visible.

I cut out a gold mirrored porthole.
For the shaker I used double sided adhesive all over a
piece of craft foam, front and back.
cut out a hole from the panel and the craft foam.
Adhered the acetate with taperunner.
Placed the island panel flat, and put on glitter and sequins and then placed the front bit of the card on top.
I usually close the shaker pocket with that island panel, but as I wanted it straight I had to see where I was sticking it. It;s not straight now also, so....haha...well the sea was a bit choppy shall we say?

The sentiment is from the same stampset (party like a pirate by My Favorite Things) and I stamped it with Versafine onyx black.
I splattered some black watercolor on the panel for an aged look, if that makes sense.

Adhered the porthole on top and then the pirate with taperunner.

Some shimmer pen on the sword for a shine metal.

For more information on the Camp Creat event, see this

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

My Favorite Things Camp Create 2017, Day2: remarkable resist, with video

For day 2 I pulled out the Mermazing set from My Favorite Things.
I stamped her on Crafter's Companion Neenah paper and colored her the same as in one of my previous videos, because I just love her purple hair and teal tail.

I used a home made mask/stencil, I  diecut a circle out of some card, which  I then positioned on the cardbase.

For my remarkable resist I used Wow! embossing powders:
Golden Flame 
primary chartreuse
primary luscious lime
hot gossip
earthtone mint

As some of the embossing powders are transparent it's
important to do the embossing first, so you still have the white base underneath.
I used all the kelp, seaweeds, corals and the shoals.
I mixed some of the powders together to get an unique look.

I stamped through the mask, but then positioned some of the kelp outside the circle,  just for a whimsical look.

For the inkblending I used Distress inks:
tumbled glass, peacock feathers and mermaid lagoon (of course)
I applied it with a mini ink blending tool and splattered on some water for the bubbles effect

After filming I added one more shoal of fishes, you can see it's darker as the background was now blue, I felt it needed more fishies ;-)

Stamped the sentiment from the same Mermazing set with Versafine Onyx black ink.

Mounted the mermaid with foamtape and adhered here to the cardbase.

For more information on the Camp create 2017 event, see this

My Favorite Things Camp Create 2017, day 1: wonderful watercolor, with video

My Favorite things has launched it's camp create of 2017.
Day 1 (Monday) is/was : wonderful watercolor.

For my card I chose to use the Giraffing me crazy.
I made a forest with Talens Ecoline watercolors on some (cheaper) watercolor paper.
I've used many greens  like 600,601,602,640,654,656,657,665,666 and 676 and a purple 548.
I wetted the watercolor paper first and then dabbed on the colors, trying to made a dappled forest with purple flowers.
I know what you're thinking right now...but there are some species of giraffes that actually live in rainforests, I checked before filming lol.

When I was happy with the coverage I dried the panel with my heattool.

For the window I tried making a partial diecut thing, and well I trashed two, wasn't  my day, even cut into my finger as my scalpel knife was a bit sharp...anyway I then decided to just plonk the two critters on top.

Once dry I used taperunner to adhere the watercolor panel onto the cardbase.
To make the window I used a circle die and cut it out. I stamped the sentiment with Versafine Onyx black ink. It's also from Giraffing me crazy.
I mounted the panel with foamtape and adhered it to the base.

The giraffes I stamped onto Crafter's Companion Neenah paper with MFT hybrid black ink.
I might have switched somewhere to Simon Says Stamp intense black though, as it was on my desk and they look quite similar. But they're both alcohol marker and waterproof.

I colored the beasts with Spectrum Illustrator markers and attached them onto the card with tape runner and where needed with foamtape, because of the height difference.

We flock together, with video

For this fun card I used the Clearly Besotted stamp Fluffy flamingos.
I stamped them on Crafter's Companion Neenah paper with Simon Says Stamp Intense black ink and let the Brother scan n cut cut them out.
I colored themwith Spectrum Noir markers PP4 PP6 and llustrator PP6 which is funny enough the lightest color and not at all similar to the pp6 from the noir range.
I need to add a bit more black to some of the eyes and beaks, I've used a Steadtler pigment liner for that.
On the cardbase I sectioned off a small area and used Memento dew drops for my inkblending (summer sky and Bahama blue).
Attached the flamingos with different heights, meaning either just flush with tape runner or one or two layers of foamtape.
I ended up suing of the birds in the set, as I had a smudge to cover.
The sentiment is from the same set and I stamped it with Versafine onyx black ink.
Thought it was funny with the one bird flying away.

Then I added shimmer on the water with the Nuvo clear gloss shimmer pen.