Friday, 20 September 2019

Red poppies with dark blue background

After my gold embossed poppy card, I wanted to make a more traditional one where the poppies are coloured to red. I wanted to create a background which enhances the beauty of the poppies and I also wanted to make it elegant. So I created this:

And here is my tutorial:

I stamped the image onto a Neenah Solar White paper (110lb) with Versamark ink, then I heat embossed with Ranger Princess Gold embossing powder. I so loved this stamp, so I decided to keep the whole image, I just didn't want to cut off any part of it. This is why I didn't use any MFT STAX die, I just trimmed off the white areas with a guillotine.

Then I started to colour the images with Copic Sketch markers. 

If you can't see in my picture what colours I used, I will tell you then. 
For the poppy flowers: R27, R24, R22, R11
For the middle of the poppy flowers: C6, E11, W3
For the stems: YG03, G24
For the fruit: E11, W3
For the background: B29, B26

Actually, the background wasn't that dark (the photo doesn't do it justice), so for more drama, I coloured some areas with Dark Indigo and Black Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils.

I also used my colourless Copic marker to remove the unwanted colours from the embossed contours.

After I sprayed my colouring with a fixative and I placed my card onto a red, then a gold panel. In the end, I glued it on a dark blue card base.

Oh, the sentiment! I stamped the text with Versamark onto a paper strip from the same cardstock I used for the card base. I heat embossed with Princess Gold, then cut out with one piece of the Essential Fishtail Sentiment Strips die set.

What I used:

MFT Poppies background stamp

MFT Essential Sentiments stamp set

Copic Sketch markers

Ranger Princess Gold embossing powder

Tsukineko, Versamark ink

Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils

Tombow Mono Permanent Adhesive

Foam adhesive tape

gold, red, blue cardstock

I have made this card for the MFT 2019 Card Design Superstar challenge. And with this card, I would like to join the Coloring Virtuoso category. 

I hope you like it!!! Happy crafting!!!

Wednesday, 18 September 2019

Interactive Christmas card - Santa's in the chimney

For my interactive card, I got the idea from Torico who made a wonderful and playful card where Santa could go up and down in the chimney. So I decided to make a card with Santa who can also jump up and down in the chimney but I made some changes and I used a different technique and a different stamp set, actually a Birdie Brown's (Torico) stamp set :-)

Voilà, my card:

The background was a mixture of different shades of blues using Distress inks and Distress Oxide inks (Broken China, Chipped Saphire, Faded Jeans, Stormy Sky). Oh, I applied a little Black Soot as well. 

The snow was made with the Snowfall Stencil by MFT using Ranger Opaque Matte Texture Paste. 

The chimney was made with the Small Brick Wall stencil using the following Distress inks (Brushed Corduroy, Fired Brick).

The reindeers and Santa were stamped with Chocolate Hybrid ink and coloured with Copic Sketch markers.

And here you can see in pictures how Santa is coming up.

What I used:

MFT Birdie Brown, Jingle All The Way stamp set

MFT, Die-Namics A2 Rectangle Stax die - for the card, the roof and the chimney

MFT, Die-Namics Negative Dot Alphabet die

MFT, Die-Namics Surf&Turf die

MFT, Die-Namics Interactive Pull Tabs die

MFT Small Brick Wall stencil

MFT Snowfall stencil

MFT Pin&Slide disks

Ranger Distress inks

Ranger Distress Oxide inks

Copic Sketch markers

Ranger Opaque Matte Texture Paste

And in the end, here is my video:

With my card, I would like to join the MFT 2019 Card Design Superstar Challenge in the Innovation Master category.

I hope you like it!!! Happy crafting!!!

Monday, 16 September 2019

Black and white sympathy card with poppies

Hello everyone, here I am with a sympathy card which was made for the MFT Card Design Superstar challenge, in the CAS category. 

Yes, I didn't colour anything on this beauty because I thought the stamping only was just enough for a sympathy card.

What I used:

MFT, Poppies background stamp

MFT, Essential Sentiments stamp set

Ranger, white embossing powder

MFT, Black Licorice hybrid ink cube

black cardstock

Neenah Solar White paper

foam adhesive tape


I hope you like it!!! Thank you for stopping by!!!

Friday, 13 September 2019

Card with porthole and fish

I'm here with the second project for the September challenge of the Country View Challenges. The theme is Under the sea and the lovely Rachel is your hostess this month.

I created a submarine whose porthole you can peep through to see the fish.

I cut out a rectangle panel with a Sizzix Framelits die and made a round porthole using two different sizes Sizzix circle dies. The main panel and the window were painted dark grey with DecoArt chalky finish acrylic paint. 

Oh, the little circles were cut out with Gear 2 Bigz die, using a middle of one of the cogs.

Then I randomly tapped DecoArt Media Transparent Red Iron Oxide onto the surface with a sponge.

I cut out a circle from watercolour paper and stamped Tim's fish from the Sea Life stamp set with Ranger Potting Soil Archival ink on it.

I coloured them with Ranger Distress markers, then I added a layer of Resist Spray for protection. For applying the Resist Spray I always spritz to a plastic sheet from the Resist Spray bottle and after I add this medium with a piece of sponge and tapping movements.

The text is from the Crazy Talk stamp set and was heat embossed on a black strip of paper with Liquid Platinum embossing powder.

What I used:

Stampers Anonymous, Sea Life by Tim Holtz

Stampers Anonymous, Crazy Talk by Tim Holtz

Sizzix Framelits die, Rectangles (658610)

Sizzix Framelits die, Circles (657551)

Sizzix Bigz die, Gears 2 by Tim Holtz (661193)

Ranger Distress markers

Ranger Distress Resist Spray

Ranger, Liquid Platinum embossing powder

If you have a project with an underwater theme, please don't hesitate to join our September challenge where you can win a £20 voucher!

With my card, I would like to join the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Stamp it

Thursday, 12 September 2019

Card with gold embossed poppies

Hello everyone, here I am with a short blogpost. I've just finished a birthday card and I wanted to show you right away. This is for my mother-in-law who doesn't like the red colour and who celebrates her birthday in October.

I stamped the MFT Poppies background stamp onto a light blue cardstock using Versamark ink, then I heat embossed with Ranger Princess Gold embossing powder. Before the stamping, I rubbed my paper with an antistatic bag.

The text is also from MFT. I cut out the text, then I embossed with the same gold embossing powder, but I realized that it wasn't really popped out, so I cut out the text again from the same green cardstock I used for the base. 

I also placed a gold cardstock under the panel with the poppies. 

I added some sequins and that's it!

For glueing the text and the sequins, I used Ranger Multi Medium Matte.

With my card, I would like to join the:

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Stamp it

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Bling it on

Friday, 6 September 2019

Black and white Christmas card with an elf

I have been just ready with this black and white Christmas card. If you follow me you might know that I love to make black and white cards and wall decorations. But this was the first time when I used Tim Holtz Santa's Helper die.

What I used:

Sizzix Thinlits die, Mini Christmas Things by Tim Holtz (662418)

Sizzix Thinlits die, Santa's Helper by Tim Holtz (664192)

Sizzix Bigz die, Evergreen by Tim Holtz (660985)

Sizzix Bigz die, Gadget Gear 2 by Tim Holtz (661193) - I used one middle of one of the gears to make the Christmas tree decorations

Stampers Anonymous, Stripes and Holiday by Tim Holtz (CMS281) - for making the floor

different shadows of grey and black cardstocks

Ranger Distress ink, Hickory Smoke

I hope you like it!!! Thank you for stopping by!!!

Sunday, 1 September 2019

Love card with blue and yellow seahorses

Hello everyone, I have just returned from my nearly 3 weeks holiday from Nice (France) so I can show you my new project that I created for the Country View Challenges.

In June I made a love card with seahorses that my friend liked very much so she asked it for her hubby. And since our September challenge is Under the sea, I decided to make another one, a little different version.

This is a little smaller and a little different than my earlier card. And now, it's time for a tutorial.

I took a white paper and I inked the top with Cracked Pistachio and the bottom with Broken China. Then I inked the whole surface with Antique Linen. After this, I decided to give it a pearl shine so I covered it with diluted White Pearl acrylic paint.

After I embossed it with an old Sizzix embossing folder, the Swirls from the Burlap&Swirls Texture Fades set by Tim Holtz. But silly me, I put my cardstock with the wrong side into the embossing folder but actually I like it. 

After I inked the edges with Ranger Archival ink, Coffee.

The next layer was a silver paper from Tim Holtz Metallic Paper Stash 8x8 that was inked with the same Archival ink.

I used the same metallic paper to cut out a strip and to make the text. For this, I used the Sentiment Words Thinlits dies.

The seahorses (Sand&Sea Bigz die) were painted with DecoArt Americana paints (Toffee Cream-Melon, Spa Blu-Primary Blue). The edges were inked with Coffee ink. Then I took my new favourite, the Resist spray and I covered the surface of the seahorses with this magic product. It gives everything a restrained shine and protection.

The flower was from the Tropical Thinlits die set and was coloured with Abandoned Coral and Squeezed Lemonade Distress markers, then covered with Resist spray.

Not to forget to tell you, I don't spray directly to the cutouts. I spray an amount of Resist liquid to a plastic sheet or tray, then I apply it with a sponge.

The seashell (Seashells Bigz die) was painted with Light Buttermilk paint. 

What I used:

Sizzix Bigz die, Sand&Sea by Tim Holtz (659576)

Sizzix Bigz die and Texture Fades, Seashells by Tim Holtz (662706)

Sizzix Thinlits die, Tropical by Tim Holtz (661207)

Sizzix Texture Fades, Burlap&Swirls by Tim Holtz

Idea-Ology Kraft Stock, Metallic Paper Stash 8x8 by Tim Holtz

Idea-ology, Long Fasteners by Tim Holtz

DecoArt Americana paints

Ranger Distress ink pads (Cracked Pistachio, Antique Linen, Broken China)

Ranger Archival ink (Coffee)

Ranger Distress markers (Squeezed Lemonade, Abandoned Coral)

I hope you like it!

If you have a project with an Under the sea theme, please don't hesitate to join our September challenge where you can win a £20 voucher!

With my card, I would like to join the:

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: "S" is for - seahorses and seashell

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Anything goes

Thursday, 8 August 2019

Birthday card with crazy dog and crazy bird

I didn't want to miss the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge this week where the theme is Happy Birthday. So I made this:

For the background, I used Weathered Wood and Stormy Sky Distress ink, then I spritzed with water. 

Next, I took the Faded Jeans Distress Oxide ink and the Numbered layering stencil and stencilled some numbers.

I inked the edges with Frayed Burlap ink, then I stamped the text and the bird's outline with Jet Black Archival ink

To protect this background, I took a plastic sheet and spritzed Distress Resist Spray on it. With a piece of sponge, I dabbed the liquid onto the surface. With this technique, you can put an even layer without smudging the inks.

After drying it looks like this, a little shiny.

What I used:

Stampers Anonymous, Crazy Things (CMS237)

Stampers Anonymous, Mini Bird Crazy&Things (CMS250)

Stampers Anonymous, Crazy Dogs (CMS271)

Stampers Anonymous, Crazy Talk (CMS236)

Ranger Distress ink pads (Weathered Wood, Stormy Sky, Frayed Burlap)

Ranger Distress Oxide ink pad (Faded Jeans)

Ranger Distress Resist Spray

Ranger Archival ink (Jet Black)

I hope you like it!!! Happy crafting!!!

With this card, I would like to join the August TIMI Challenge of the Craft Stamper Magazine: Anything goes

Monday, 5 August 2019

Mixed media journal cover with dragonfly

This is my second project for our August challenge, Texture. As for the first time, again, I have made a mixed media journal cover. The process - how I altered my IKEA notebook, how I wrinkled and glued the tissue paper onto the surface -was the same. So if you want to see that, please click here.

When the tissue paper was dry, I painted the cover with Schminke Indigo blue acrylic paint. 

Then, with a sponge, I smudged the surface with diluted Whispering Turquoise paint.

Then I spattered with DecoArt Americana Glorious Gold paint.

Then I glued the cutouts which were painted with gold paint.

I used the following Sizzix Thinlits die sets: Geo Insects, Script Friendship Words.

I hope you like it! And if you have a project with some interesting texture, please don't hesitate to join our August challenge where you can win a £20 voucher!