Anniversary Cards, Birthday Cards, Friendship Cards, Get Well Soon Cards, Uncategorized

Simple Elegant Cards Using Spellbinders Shapeabilities Dies From The “Flower Garden” Collection!

Hey lovelies! ❤ I’m back with a couple more cards using the Spellbinders Shapeabilities dies, this time from the Flower Garden collection by Sharyn Sowell! I tried to keep these cards similar while changing things up just a little, I’ve been on a white and gold kick lately and these dies fit that style perfectly! 

~Tools and products used will be listed at the end of this blog post!~

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“Botanical Butterfly”

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I created my A2 card base and cut my panel slightly smaller from white heavyweight card stock. I prepped my panel with my EK Success powder tool so my embossing powder would only stick to where I wanted it to. I took a thin embossing folder I got from a magazine a little while ago and coated the inside with Tsukineko Versamark ink (on the side with no ridges! This is so the embossed part would remain mostly white with only a little bit of gold looking slightly distressed on it!). I placed it towards the bottom of my panel and ran it through my die cutting machine before coating it in Papermania gold embossing powder and setting it with my heat tool. Once the embossing had cooled I took some gold peel offs from Love From Lizi and adhered them at the top and bottom of the gold embossed strip to neaten up the edges and give it an extra little shine. I then covered the embossed strip and the bottom of the panel in post it tape to protect it while I splattered some gold and white gold watercolour paint at the top of the panel. 

Once the splatter was dry I removed the post it tape and prepped the white space at the bottom of the card with my powder tool once again. I stamped my sentiment in Tsukineko Versafine onyx black ink in the bottom right corner of my panel, covered it in Papermania clear embossing powder and set with my heat tool. 

I grabbed some pretty floral pearlescent patterned paper from my stash and used the Botanical  Butterfly etched dies to cut out the body and wings using my die cutting machine (I ran the wings through twice so I could double them up as I knew I wanted some dimension here). Once all my pieces were ready, I took some strong double sided score tape and adhered the bottom wing, body and antenna with it over the left side of the embossed strip. I put some of the same double sided score tape on the top wing (where the wing joins to the butterfly) and used some mini foam squares to pop up the end of the wing to give some dimension. To finish I backed the entire panel in double sided foam tape and adhered to my card base. 

“Botanical Dragonfly”

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Once again I went with an A2 card base with a slightly smaller panel from heavyweight white card stock. This time I protected a strip of my panel along the bottom first and splattered again with gold and white gold metallic watercolour paint. I removed the post it tape once the splatter was dry and went with the gold peel offs on their own, choosing two different widths to work with this time. I placed a two of the medium sizes and placed a thinner one in the middle, to give that same sense of separation I have on the first card.

I used the same floral paper as I did with the butterfly, to cut out the botanical dragonfly using my die cutting machine. Again, I ran the wings through twice only this time I turned my paper over so I could create the wings for both sides of the dragonfly. I adhered the two lower wings to my panel using my double sided tape as I wanted them to be flat, for the two top wings I adhered the part that would be behind the dragonfly’s body with score tape and popped up the ends with mini foam squares. I adhered the dragonfly’s body down the middle of my wings, using score tape directly on top of the wings and a mini foam square to support the back of the dragonfly’s head. 

I took some black card stock and prepped it with my heat tool, I stamped my sentiment from Altenew’s Carousel stamp set in Tsukineko Versamark ink, coated it in Altenew pure white embossing powder and set it with my heat tool. I cut the sentiment in to a thin strip using my paper trimmer and adhered it across my dragonfly using the double sided score tape. I then backed the entire panel in double sided foam tape and adhered to my card base to finish up!

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Thanks for reading lovelies! I had a lot of fun playing with these dies, I want to say a special thanks to Spellbinders for reaching out to me once again and giving me this wonderful opportunity! The dies themselves are absolutely beautiful and great for making beautiful cards year round, no matter the occasion! The detail in these dies specifically had me in awe! Which of the two dies is your favourite? 

xo

~Supplies & Links~

**Not all supplies can be listed as they’re from local craft stores, but you can easily find similar things online as they’re pretty common!**

DIES:

Spellbinders Shapeabilities Botanical Butterfly Etched Dies 

Spellbinders Shapeabilities Botanical Dragonfly Etched Dies

STAMPS:

Altenew Carousel 

CARDSTOCK/PAPER: 

Hobbycraft White Premium Smooth Card Stock (300gsm)

INKS:

Tsukineko Versafine Onyx Black Ink

Tsukineko Versamark “Watermark” Ink

POWDER TOOL:

EK Success Powder Tool

FOAM TAPE:

3M Scotch R Double Sided Foam Tape

DIE CUTTING MACHINE:

Sizzix Big Shot

PAPER TRIMMER:

Tonic Studios Guillotine Trimmer

EMBOSSING POWDER:

Altenew Pure White

Papermania Clear

HEAT TOOL:

Papermania Multi-Purpose Heat Tool

WATERCOLOUR PAINT:

Gansai Tambi “Starry Colors”

EMBELLISHMENTS:

Love From Lizi Gold Peel Offs

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Friendship Cards, Just Because Cards, Uncategorized

Coffee Friendship Card Using Ink Road Stamps “Stars Hollow”!

Hello lovelies! ❤

Yup you read that right, I’m back with yet ANOTHER coffee card! When will I bore of making caffeine related cards? Never! Especially when it ties in to my all time favourite show, Gilmore Girls!

~Tools and products used will be listed at the end of this blog post!~

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I created my card base from white card stock, followed by cutting some grey card stock to fit the base leaving a slight white border at either side. I used an embossing folder I got free in a magazine to create the textured pattern on the grey card, but before running it through I covered the inside of the embossing folder with Versamark ink (on the smoother panel with no ridges) so the embossed areas would be lighter than the areas without embossing. I feel like this creates a subtle contrast but it definitely adds something extra!

I cut a white strip to fit across the width of the grey panel and used my EK Success powder tool to treat the card so my embossing powder would only stick to the areas I stamped. I took the small solid coffee cup stamp from the Stars Hollow set and stamped with Versamark ink, coated it in Papermania Gold embossing powder and set it with my heat tool. I repeated this all along the white strip.

For the sentiment I treated some white card stock again with my powder tool, stamped my sentiment “Coffee please, in a VAT” (because who doesn’t need that right?!) in Versafine Onyx Black ink, covered with Papermania clear embossing powder and set it with my heat tool. I took a small circle die and cut it out using my Big Shot machine.

Here is where I began the assembly of my card, I backed the grey panel with foam tape and adhered it to my card base. I used my regular tape runner to adhere the strip with the coffee cups to the grey panel, and foam tape once again to pop up the circular sentiment in the centre of the strip. I chose some copper and gold sequins and adhered them to my card using Ranger Multi Medium Matte adhesive for a little extra shine!

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Thank you for reading lovelies! ❤ I am absolutely IN LOVE with this stamp set from Ink Road Stamps, right now the shop is closed in preparation for a BIG product reveal, but I will edit the link to the stamp set when it is back up and running as well as my referral code for 50% off your first order! If you’re already a customer of Ink Road Stamps you can always use my code “claireanne10” for 10% off your order! For now though, head on over to the website and sign up to be notified when the shop reopens, keep your eyes open for that product reveal! Exciting stuff!

xo

~Supplies & Links~

**Not all supplies can be listed as they’re from local craft stores, but you can easily find similar things online as they’re pretty common!**

INK ROAD STAMPS:

Sign up to be notified when the shop opens here!

CARDSTOCK/PAPER:

Hobbycraft White Premium Smooth Card Stock (300gsm)

INKS:

Tsukineko Versamark “Watermark” Ink

Tsukineko Versafine Onyx Black Ink

EMBOSSING POWDER:

Papermania Gold

Papermania Clear

POWDER TOOL:

EK Success Powder Tool

PAPER TRIMMER:

Tonic Studios Guillotine Trimmer

FOAM TAPE:

3M Scotch R Double Sided Foam Tape

HEAT TOOL:

Papermania Multi-Purpose Heat Tool

DIE CUTTING MACHINE:

Sizzix Big Shot

Friendship Cards, Just Because Cards, Thank You Cards, Uncategorized

Simple But Colourful Thank You Card!

Hello lovelies! ❤

Today I wanted to share with you a simple way to make a colourful thank you card! Most of us already have some backgrounds sitting around from previous projects that we either didn’t finish or didn’t fit what we had in store for what we were working on at the time. I had this background panel sitting around for a while, so I decided that I was going to use it for an easy card rather than having it collect dust in storage!

~Tools and products used will be listed at the end of this blog post!~

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I had this background from experimenting with galaxy backgrounds, but I stopped half way through because I didn’t want to cover up the results from the ink smooshing with something darker! I splattered with my Gansai Tambi metallic watercolours from the “Starry Colors” palette to give it a little bit of shimmer and set aside for another day. When I picked it back up, I knew I wanted to make a relatively easy card so the colour here could be the main focus. I cut the panel in half at an angle so I could save the other half for another project.

I created my card base and cut a panel from white card stock slightly smaller than my base. I then adhered my ink smooshed panel to the bottom right of the panel using my regular tape runner. I took a gold peel off from Love from Lizi and placed it just above the coloured panel, creating a thin border between the panel and the white space above. I cut my sentiment from black card stock using the Lawn Fawn Thank You border die and adhered it diagonally across my white panel using my Ranger multi medium matte adhesive. I adhered some matte black paper to my card base, then adhered my panel to it using foam tape. I finished the card off with some tiny gems for a bit extra sparkle!

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Thank you for reading lovelies! ❤ This was a really quick card to make, which is so far out of my comfort zone. I’m always obsessing over whether a card needs “more” (I know I’m not alone here! :p).

xo

~Supplies & Links~

**Not all supplies can be listed as they’re from local craft stores, but you can easily find similar things online as they’re pretty common!**

DIES:

Lawn Fawn Thank You Border

INKS:

Ranger/Tim Holtz Salty Ocean Distress Ink

Ranger/Tim Holtz Picked Raspberry Distress Ink

Ranger/Tim Holtz Seedless Preserves Distress Ink

CARDSTOCK/PAPER:

Hobbycraft White Premium Smooth Card Stock (300gsm)

FOAM TAPE:

3M Scotch R Double Sided Foam Tape

WATERCOLOUR PAINT:

Gansai Tambi “Starry Colors”

DIE CUTTING MACHINE:

Sizzix Big Shot

PAPER TRIMMER:

Tonic Studios Guillotine Trimmer

EMBELLISHMENTS:

Love From Lizi Gold Peel Offs

Friendship Cards, Just Because Cards, Uncategorized, Watercolour Cards

Friendship Card Using Simon Says Stamp “Coffee and Tea”!

Hello lovelies! ❤ Popping on with another card I made a little while back with the Simon Says Stamp Coffee and Tea set! I think it’s safe to say this set is well loved! This is the last of the old card posts, I promise! I just wanted to share a few of my favs here with you all, as some are already posted on my instagram! (@brodiecreations)

~Tools and products used will be listed at the end of this blog post!~

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This was a relatively quick and easy card to make as I had already stamped and painted my images with watercolours in advance (just HAD to start playing with them as soon as the set arrived in the post!). I started by making my card base (13cmx13cm) and adhering some matte black paper as a base for my panel. I cut my panel down to size (12cmx12cm) and splattered it with gold watercolour paint from the Gansai Tambi “Starry Colors” set as well as the Ranger/Tim Holtz Vintage Photo distress ink to give it that coffee feel. Once the panel was dry I adhered a strip across the centre of the panel using my regular tape runner to break it up a little.

Next I began working on the green circular panel which I had die cut using my Big Shot machine, where I planned to heat emboss my sentiment and where my images would be placed. I ink blended a combination of mowed lawn and cracked pistachio distress inks (mowed lawn towards the outside of the circle blending inwards to cracked pistachio), and lightly blended some vintage photo around the edges to give a slightly grungy look to it. I then dusted over the whole circle using my EK Success powder tool, placed the circle in my Tonic Studios/Tim Holtz stamping platform and stamped my sentiment with Tsukineko Versamark ink. I heat embossed the sentiment using Altenew pure white embossing powder to give a contrast to the green in the background. Finally I adhered my images using my Ranger multi medium matte adhesive, once the glue was dry I backed the circle panel with foam tape and placed it in the centre of my card to finish.

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Thanks for reading lovelies! ❤ This was a pretty quick card to make but one I thoroughly enjoyed making. Making anything coffee related seems to be one of my happiest places lately, but that’s no surprise considering my caffeine intake!

xo

~Supplies & Links~

**Not all supplies can be listed as they’re from local craft stores, but you can easily find similar things online as they’re pretty common!**

STAMPS:

Simon Says Stamp “Coffee and Tea”

CARDSTOCK/PAPER:

Hobbycraft White Premium Smooth Card Stock (300gsm)

FOAM TAPE:

3M Scotch R Double Sided Foam Tape

INKS:

Ranger/Tim Holtz Mowed Lawn Distress Ink

Ranger/Tim Holtz Cracked Pistachio Distress Ink

Ranger/Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Distress Ink

Tsukineko Versamark “Watermark” Ink

WATERCOLOUR PAINT:

Gansai Tambi “Starry Colors”

POWDER TOOL:

EK Success Powder Tool

STAMPING PLATFORM:

Tonic Studios/Tim Holtz Stamping Platform

INK BLENDING:

Ranger/Tim Holtz Ink Blending Tool

DIE CUTTING MACHINE:

Sizzix Big Shot

PAPER TRIMMER:

Tonic Studios Guillotine Trimmer

EMBOSSING POWDER:

Altenew “Pure White”

ADHESIVE:

Ranger Multi Medium Matte

Anniversary Cards, Friendship Cards, Just Because Cards, Uncategorized

Simple Anniversary Card Using Simon Says Stamp “Seeing Stars”!

Hello lovelies! ❤

Today marks 8 years since my fiancé and I started dating, so I thought today I’d share the card I made for our anniversary with you! Hubby to be is a lil obsessed with stars, so I thought it was fitting to use Simon Says Stamp’s – Seeing Stars stamp set! I’ve been meaning to use this set for a while, I was just waiting for inspiration to hit!

~Tools and products used will be listed at the end of this blog post!~

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I started by creating my card base and adhering a black matte paper on top, I knew I wanted to mimic a night sky effect with this card (for obvious reasons!) so I felt like the black would tie everything in nicely. I cut my panel down to size and picked out the three distress ink colours I was planning to use (colours and links at the end of this blog post!). I blended the darker colours mostly towards the outside, making sure to switch between colours and overlapping my blending to make the result as smooth as I wanted it to be. I distressed the panel with some water and dried the water spots with a paper towel. I then splattered my panel with Gansai Tambi “Starry Colors” metallic watercolour paints before leaving to air dry.

While that was air drying I moved on to my sentiment, I treated the black card stock with my EK Success powder tool so the embossing powder wouldn’t stick to anywhere I didn’t want it. I stamped my sentiment “When we’re together, I see stars” with Tsukineko Versamark ink and coated it in Papermania Gold embossing powder then set it with my heat tool. I used a circle die to cut out my sentiment using my Big Shot machine.

By this time my panel was dry! Once again using my powder tool I coated my entire panel. I stamped my stars and constellations randomly all over using Versamark ink and the same gold embossing powder as before, once heat set all that was left to do was put the card together! I wrapped two pieces of twine around my panel (adhering them to the back with some washi tape!) and adhered my sentiment circle on top using foam tape. I then backed the entire panel in foam tape and adhered to the card base, to finish I adhered tiny gems to my card using Ranger Multi Medium Matte adhesive to give that extra little bit of sparkle!

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Thanks for reading lovelies! ❤ I really love how this card turned out, I know my fiancé will love it too! Let me know what you think in the comments below! 🙂

xo

~Supplies & Links~

**Not all supplies can be listed as they’re from local craft stores, but you can easily find similar things online as they’re pretty common!**

STAMPS:

Simon Says Stamp “Seeing Stars”

CARDSTOCK/PAPER: 

Hobbycraft White Premium Smooth Card Stock (300gsm)

FOAM TAPE:

3M Scotch R Double Sided Foam Tape

WATERCOLOUR PAINT:

Gansai Tambi “Starry Colors”

POWDER TOOL:

EK Success Powder Tool

INK BLENDING:

Ranger/Tim Holtz Ink Blending Tool

PAPER TRIMMER:

Tonic Studios Guillotine Trimmer

EMBOSSING POWDER:

Papermania Gold

INKS:

Ranger/Tim Holtz Salty Ocean Distress Ink

Ranger/Tim Holtz Picked Raspberry Distress Ink

Ranger/Tim Holtz Seedless Preserves Distress Ink

Tsukineko Versamark Watermark Ink

HEAT TOOL:

Papermania Multi-Purpose Heat Tool

Mother's Day Cards, Thank You Cards, Uncategorized

Mother’s Day Card Using Altenew “Layered Rose” Dies!

Hey lovelies! ❤

Today I wanted to share with you the card I made for my mum this year for Mother’s Day! I know for all of you in the US Mother’s Day is just around the corner, but for us in the UK it was in March.  I picked up these beautiful Altenew layered rose dies in the UK magazine Simply Cards & Papercraft, and knew they would make for a perfect Mother’s Day Card!

~Tools and products used will be listed at the end of this blog post!~

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I started by making my A2 card base and laying a black matte paper for the border of my card. I used scrap pieces of white card stock I had left over from previous projects to make my roses and leaves, ink blending each piece with my chosen Ranger/Tim Holtz Distress Ink colours (colours used and links will be provided at the end of the blog post), then cut them out using the dies provided using my Big Shot machine. I decided to go with one pink rose and two blue for the sides, to make the pink really pop and to match the sentiment I had planned. I adhered each layer (carefully! These dies are intricate!) with my Ranger multi medium matte adhesive and set stamp blocks over each rose and the leaves carefully as each layer dried.

Moving on to my sentiment, I ran another piece of scrap card stock through my Big Shot machine using the Lawn Fawn Mother’s Day Border die. I kept it in the negative space of the card stock while I ink blended two of the shades I used to colour the pink rose using my distress inks once again, I then adhered it to a strip of black card stock using my multi medium matte adhesive ready to adhere to the panel when ready.

For the panel I cut a piece of white card stock slightly smaller than my card base, and went gold splatter CRAZY using the Gansai Tambi Starry Colors watercolour paints. This was one of my first times playing with splatter, and the reason I ended up addicted to the results it gives!

After the splattering was dry I adhered my sentiment strip towards the bottom of my panel and trimmed off any excess on the sides. I then adhered my panel flat to the card as I felt the roses would give enough dimension here. I used my regular tape runner to adhere the two blue roses as I wanted them to lay as flat as possible, then adhered my leaves and pink rose with 3M double sided foam tape to make sure that pink rose was the centre of attention!

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Thank you for reading lovelies! ❤ This was my first time playing with layering dies, I wasn’t expecting to like them as much considering how fiddly they can be (and with me having clumsy fingers!). However I was surprised just how much I fell in love with them and the results they give, I’m hoping to play with more in the future!

xo

~Supplies & Links~

**Not all supplies can be listed as they’re from local craft stores, but you can easily find similar things online as they’re pretty common!**

DIES:

Lawn Fawn Mother’s Day Border Die

INKS:

Ranger/Tim Holtz Salty Ocean Distress Ink

Ranger/Tim Holtz Mermaid Lagoon Distress Ink

Ranger/Tim Holtz Peacock Feathers Distress Ink

Ranger/Tim Holtz Picked Raspberry Distress Ink

Ranger/Tim Holtz Seedless Preserves Distress Ink

Ranger/Tim Holtz Mowed Lawn Distress Ink

Ranger/Tim Holtz Cracked Pistachio Distress Ink

CARDSTOCK/PAPER:

Hobbycraft White Premium Smooth Card Stock (300gsm)

FOAM TAPE:

3M Scotch R Double Sided Foam Tape

PAPER TRIMMER:

Tonic Studios Guillotine Trimmer

DIE CUTTING MACHINE:

Sizzix Big Shot

ADHESIVE:

Ranger Multi Medium Matte

INK BLENDING:

Ranger/Tim Holtz Ink Blending Tool

WATERCOLOUR PAINT:

Gansai Tambi “Starry Colors”

Friendship Cards, Just Because Cards, Uncategorized, Watercolour Cards

Friendship Card using Simon Says Stamp “If The Hat Fits”!

Hello lovelies! ❤

Happy May! This year is going by so quickly isn’t it?! To me it still feels like Christmas and New Year was last week!

Today I’m sharing a card I made for my best friend using the Simon Says Stamp – If The Hat Fits stamp set, who said witch hats were only for Halloween? I think we all have that little bit of magic in us all year round!

~Tools and products used will be listed at the end of this blog post!~

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After creating my card base and topping it with some matte black paper, I cut down a piece of watercolour paper to the size I needed and adhered it to the base of my stamping platform using washi tape and the magnets provided down the right side of the panel. I knew I wanted to do a lot of stamping down the left side of the card, so this gave me all the room I needed! I stamped three of the hats on some Simon Says Stamp masking paper and cut them out, I wanted to stack the hats on top of each other so in order to avoid all the lines crossing messily this is a necessary step. In order for the hats to look stacked, I started stamping from the top of the pile using Ranger Archival Jet Black ink, masking with the appropriate mask each time and worked my way down until I was close to the bottom of the panel.

Now my image is ready to paint! I tried to stick to a Witch-ish colour palette as it suits my friend and I’s aesthetic, though you can use any colours you’d like to with these hats! I painted the actual hats themselves first, leaving some drying time before moving on to the ribbons/trims as to avoid any overflow and mudding of paints. I used my Gansai Tambi “Starry Colors” paints for the buckles. Once my panel was dry I removed it from my stamping platform and placed it on my glass craft mat to splatter with black paint for that extra grungy/distressed feel!

Leaving the splattering to dry naturally I moved on to my sentiment, after using my powder tool, I heat embossed “You say witch like it’s a bad thing” with white embossing powder on black card stock, then die cut it with a small circle die from my stash. For the inside sentiment I went with “If the hat fits, get the matching shoes and broom” in Ranger Archival Jet Black ink once again, knowing my friend will see the comical side.

To finish off the card I adhered a black ribbon down the right side of the panel, attached my die cut sentiment circle with foam tape towards the bottom of the panel then using my regular tape runner I adhered the panel to the card base!

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Thank you for reading lovelies! ❤ This card took a little while longer to make due to all the masking, but I definitely feel like it was worth it! This is possibly one of my favourite cards I’ve made to date!

xo

~Supplies & Links~

**Not all supplies can be listed as they’re from local craft stores, but you can easily find similar things online as they’re pretty common!**

STAMPS:

Simon Says Stamp “If The Hat Fits”

CARD/PAPER:

Hobbycraft White Premium Smooth Card Stock (300gsm)

EMBOSSING POWDER:

Altenew Pure White

POWDER TOOL:

EK Success Powder Tool

FOAM TAPE:

3M Scotch R Double Sided Foam Tape

PAPER TRIMMER:

Tonic Studios Guillotine Trimmer

STAMPING PLATFORM:

Tonic Studios/Tim Holtz Stamping Platform

WATERCOLOUR PAINT:

Gansai Tambi “Starry Colors”

INK:

Ranger Archival Jet Black Ink

Tsukineko Versamark Watermark Ink

MASKING:

Simon Says Stamp Masking Paper

Thank You Cards, Uncategorized, Watercolour Cards

Easy Colourful Thank You Card!

Hey lovelies! ❤

Today I wanted to share with you a thank you card I made for my mum using the Mama Elephant – Botanic Thanks stamp set! I made this card for my mum to let her know how much I appreciate her and that I was thinking of her, she lives all the way back home in Scotland so I don’t get to see her very often at the moment!

~Tools and products used will be listed at the end of this blog post!~

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I started by taking some watercolour paper and placing it in my Tonic Studios/Tim Holtz stamping platform, knowing I would definitely have to stamp at least twice I adhered it to the base of the platform with washi tape as well as using the magnets for extra grip. I lined my stamp up so it was straight and used my EK Success powder tool over the surface of the paper so I would have no issues with embossing powder getting stuck where I don’t want it! I inked up my stamp at least 4 times in the process with Versafine Onyx Black ink, the stamp is extremely detailed (it’s beautiful!) so it took a few more times than usual, making sure to get every little detail crisp and clear! Once I had a good impression, I coated it with Papermania clear embossing powder and set it with my heat tool (making sure to lift it off the platform for this, we don’t want it melting!).

I trimmed my watercolour paper down to the size I wanted, to fit as a central strip across the front of my A2 card base. I then adhered the panel to my glass mat with washi tape (very little on the top and bottom!) to try prevent too much warping/curling of the paper while I painted. Time to have fun playing with colour! I chose a very bright palette for this card, as my mum has always been my best friend and the reason for a lot of warm, happy memories so I wanted to reflect that here. I tend to add the colour concentrated where I want my shadows to be, then I lightly drag the colour outwards with a small amount of water to blend and colour the rest of the image. I decided as the rest of the panel was pretty bold, to go with a simple gold metallic for the lettering to give it a little shimmer. Very simple watercolouring but gives what I feel is a lovely result!

Once I’d finished painting and I was waiting for it to dry, (I prefer to leave it to dry naturally when it comes to large pieces with intricate details like this!), I heat embossed the small sentiment in the set ‘for being you’ with Altenew Pure White embossing powder on black card stock, trimmed it in to a small strip ready to be adhered when the panel was finished! When the paint was dry, I added some details with a white chalk marker. I love the effect this gives and feel it really can add that little bit extra to your makes! Wether it’s dots or highlights, it’s something I use quite often!

I adhered a black matte paper to my card base to give contrast to the white of the watercolour paper and then adhered the panel in the centre of the card. To finish it off I added some Love From Lizi gold peel offs above and below the panel, for that extra sparkle!

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Thank you so much for reading lovelies! I had a blast making this card, it took me from being slightly intimidated by watercolour to being head over heels in love with the medium. Let me know what you think below! ❤

xo

~Supplies & Links~

**Not all supplies can be listed as they’re from local craft stores, but you can easily find similar things online as they’re pretty common!**

STAMPS:

Mama Elephant “Botanic Thanks”

EMBOSSING POWDER:

Altenew Pure White

WATERCOLOUR PAINT:

Gansai Tambi “Starry Colors”

STICKERS:

Love from Lizi Gold Peel Offs

CARD/PAPER:

Hobbycraft White Premium Smooth Card Stock (300gsm)

INK:

Tsukineko Versafine Onyx Black Ink

Tsukineko Versamark Watermark Ink

POWDER TOOL:

EK Success Powder Tool

STAMPING PLATFORM:

Tonic Studios/Tim Holtz Stamping Platform

Birthday Cards, Shaker Cards, Uncategorized, Watercolour Cards

Coffee Themed Shaker Card!

Hello lovelies! Hope you’re all well! ❤

One of my favourite things in life is coffee, I’m about a Lorelei Gilmore on the addiction scale. My wonderful friend Anna, over at Anna Kim Designs, it’s her birthday today! (Her blog is also crafty, so if you love crafts like I do, go say hello, Happy Birthday and tell her I sent you!) Anna is about as addicted to coffee and sparkly things as I am, so naturally when thinking of what card to create for her, I instantly reached for the Simon Says Stamp – Coffee and Tea stamp set! I feel like it sums us, and our friendship up perfectly! ❤

~Tools and products used will be listed at the end of this blog post!~

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As it’s such a special occasion, I definitely had to make a shaker for that extra little sparkle! So I started by choosing which sequins I felt would go well with the theme and settled with some copper, gold, and light gold ones! From there I trimmed my panel down to fit my card base, only leaving a little bit for a black matte border. I stamped the coffee mugs and take out cups in Ranger Archival black ink all over in a random pattern, centred a circle die towards the top of the panel and ran it through my Big Shot. Once that was done, I splattered gold watercolour paint from the Gansai Tambi “Starry colors” and Ranger/Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Distress Ink (using the same water, so the ink is sparkly!) to mimic the colour of coffee! I stamped an additional coffee mug, painted it with watercolour then cut it out by hand.

For the sentiments I used a mix from the Simon Says Stamp – Coffee and Tea set and the Lawn Fawn – Elphie Selfie set. I cut down a piece of heat resistant acetate to fit behind my circle window, lined the stamp up in my Tim Holtz stamping platform before removing the panel so I wouldn’t get any embossing powder stuck to it. I used my EK Success powder tool to try stop the powder from clinging to anywhere that I didn’t want it to, in my experience embossing powder especially loves acetate! Once I had a good impression I used Altenew’s Pure White embossing powder and heat set it with my heat tool. I used the same embossing powder for the “have an unforgettable day” sentiment, only I stamped it on some black card stock and trimmed it in to a thin strip. I cut the edge at a slight angle and adhered it towards the bottom of the panel.

Once my sentiments were all embossed and ready, I attached the acetate to the back of my shaker window, added the yellow coffee mug to the front of the shaker window in the centre, lined the circle window with 3M foam tape on the back (doubled up!) and used my powder tool on the inside edges so the sequins could move around more easily. I put my choice of sparkly bits in the window, cut down a square of the kraft patterned paper with white stripes from DCWV, and adhered it to the foam tape, trapping the sequins inside! I gave it a good shake to make sure none of them tried to make the great escape (I’ve had a very sparkly craft room before haha!) I backed the entire back of the panel with foam tape, adhered a black mat to my card base and then the panel centred on top of it!

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To sum things up, I’d like to wish Anna (my lil stalk of corn!) a VERY Happy Birthday! I wish I could be there to celebrate with you girl, but be sure to know I’m sending you a huge hug across the miles! ❤

Well that’s it lovelies, thank you all for reading! Let me know what you think down below! ❤

xo

 ~Supplies & Links~

**Not all supplies can be listed as they’re from local craft stores, but you can easily find similar things online as they’re pretty common!**

STAMPS:

Simon Says Stamp “Coffee and Tea”

Lawn Fawn “Elphie Selfie”

CARD/PAPER:

DCWV “Black & White Foil” Patterned Paper

Hobbycraft White Premium Smooth Card (300gsm)

INK:

Ranger/Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Distress Ink

Ranger Archival “Jet Black” Ink

Tsukineko Versamark “Watermark” Ink

WATERCOLOUR PAINT:

Gansai Tambi “Starry Colors” Watercolour Paint

FOAM TAPE:

3M Scotch R Double Sided Foam Tape

POWDER TOOL:

EK Success Powder Tool

EMBOSSING POWDER:

Altenew Pure White

STAMPING PLATFORM:

Tonic Studios/Tim Holtz Stamping Platform

Friendship Cards, Just Because Cards, Uncategorized

Simple Cards using Spellbinders Shapeabilities “Little Loves” Dies!

Hey lovelies! ❤
Today I want to share two cards with you I made using the Spellbinders Shapeabilites “Little Boys at Play” and “First Adventure” dies, from the “Little Loves” collection! These dies really helped me step out of my comfort zone with card making and I really love the end results!
~Tools and products used will be listed at the end of this blog post!~

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“Little Boys at Play”

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I cut these cute little boys out of black card stock while trying to figure out which direction I wanted the card to go. Deciding against using patterned paper for the background, I threw caution to the wind and decided to try ink smooshing for the first time EVER with my distress inks! There’s no time like the present, right? I decided to go with blues and pinks for that whimsical feel, once everything was dried I splattered white metallic paint on to the background to give it that little extra shimmer (also makes it look a little bit like a magical night sky in my opinion!)

Once the background panel was complete, I had to decide which sentiment to use as I was planning to heat emboss directly on to the panel itself. I placed the die cut of the little boys playing at the bottom of the panel where I planned to adhere them later, and played around with the sentiments I felt would work well and placement. I landed on “Friends are the best gifts of all”, as this die reminds me of childhood, those close bonds you form as kids can help shape who you are throughout your life. Using my stamp platform to line up my sentiment to get it as straight as possible, and to ensure I got a good impression I then stamped my sentiment and heat embossed in gold!

To finish up the panel, it was time to adhere the die cut itself! You can use any type of adhesive for this, but I went with my strong double sided tape to make sure it stayed in place. The little boys really brought the panel to life! (Also how cute is the little dog?!) With the panel being finished, I started work on the card base. The card base itself is 14cm (length) x 11cm (height) while closed, a perfect fit for the panel which is 14cm (length) x 10cm (height). I used smooth white (300gsm) card stock for both! I cut some black paper to use as a mat for my panel, adhered that to the card base quickly followed by the panel (I used my regular tape runner for this!). I added the finishing touches of two gold peel offs to add more definition to the edge of the panel, and that was the first card finished! Let me know in the comments what you think!

“First Adventure”

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I was originally planning to make this card a shaker, but as I had did some extra ink smooshing with what was left on my surface after creating the panel for the first card I decided to make these cards a set of two! After all we can’t let the pretty vibrant colours go to waste! I created my card base first this time, (also 14cmx11cm just standing upright this time!) the panel itself is 13cmx10cm out of smooth white card stock. Working on the panel I started by positioning the die towards the top of the panel in the centre, then also cut it out of black card stock for the image of the cute child on their adventure! I moved the image of the child to the side and used my metallic watercolour paints to splatter two shades of light gold over the white panel and let it air dry while I moved on to my sentiment.

I took some black card stock and heat embossed “Life is one big ADVENTURE” on three different strips with white embossing powder, I thought adding the sentiments towards the bottom of the card with a staggered effect added to the design quite nicely!

For me this die represented a child’s imagination, the need to explore and find the beauty. This is why I kept the panel and base pretty neutral and let the pop of colour come from behind the child going on their “First Adventure”! After adhering the inked panel behind the window, I used my multi medium matte glue to inlay the child image where it fit perfectly and that completes the panel! I added a black mat to my card once again, backed the panel with foam tape and adhered it to the centre of the card.

 

Overall I had a lot of fun playing with these products and being taken out of my comfort zone, these dies are beautifully intricate and high quality. If you haven’t tried them out, I’d definitely recommend snapping some of them up! I’m looking forward to using more of them in the future! ❤

Thanks for reading lovelies! Let me know what you think! Which die is your favourite?! ❤
xo

 

~Supplies and links!~

**Not all supplies can be listed as they’re from local craft stores, but you can easily find similar things online as they’re pretty common!**

DIES:
Spellbinders Shapeabilites Little Loves “Little Boys at Play” Die
Spellbinders Shapeabilities Little Loves “First Adventure” Die

CARDSTOCK/PAPER:
Hobbycraft White Premium Smooth Card Stock (300gsm)

INK:
Tsukineko Versamark Watermark Ink
Ranger/Tim Holtz Salty Ocean Distress Ink
Ranger/Tim Holtz Picked Raspberry Distress Ink
Ranger/Tim Holtz Peacock Feathers Distress Ink

WATERCOLOUR PAINTS:
Gansai Tambi “Starry Colors” Watercolour Paints

EMBOSSING POWDERS:
Papermania Gold
Altenew Pure White

STICKERS:
Love from Lizi Gold Peel Offs