Saturday, February 17, 2018

Dry embossing with dies

This time the challenge over at Less is More is Dry embossing CAS style.
I only have 4 or 5 embossing folders and so I decided to use My Favorite Things layered leaves dies for the embossing on the cardbase.
I use a piece of silicone baking mat, but one or more layers of fun foam (craftfoam) will also work. I thought leaves would fit a wild animal, especially if I kept him as a zebra...too much white

I stamped my donkey from Marianne Design (EC0170) onto Crafter's Companion Neenah Paper with Simon Says Stamp intense black ink. Connected a few open lines so my Scan N cut could cut it out, then colored it with Spectrum Noir markers.
It's actually meant to be a zebra, there's stripes included in the set, but I ignored that as I thought a donkey or horse would be fun
for a baby card.
The sentiment is also from Marianne Design (EC0171) and I stamped it with Versafine onyx black ink. Added a few enamel dots for color.

For more information on the Less is More Challenge, see this.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Delicate florals

The Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, is to use a diecut and to showcase Penny Black products.

For my card I used a die from Simon Says Stamp (small hello) and the Penny Black stampset delicate florals.

I used the direct to stamp method with watercoloring markers. I first did two tones of green, dried the stamp and did the red and orange flowers, or buds.I used watercolor paper and a stamp positioner.
Added some washi tape at the edge of the cardbase, mounted the panel with foam tape and adhered it onto the cardbase.
For the sentiment I added Stick it on the back of black card and diecut it, adhered it on top.
The added some glittery enamel dots as if they were buds.

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

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Get well soon card with embroidery and with video

I meant this to be a Valentine card, then I realized today was the 15th,. not the 14th lol.
So I made it into a get well card, but it could be one for next year's Valentine?

I picked a piece of patterned paper from the Craft Sensations endless love block.

Then diecut a heart, mine is the scalloped from the basic shapes by Marianne design, but any will do.
I drew a heart line on it with pencil and poked holes in each point/valley and then threaded red embroidery string through it. It's a little weird this hear beat, but that's why "get well"is fitting...at least I though so.

Diecut two more, smaller hearts fromt he same set, one in red, like the string. and the other to stamp the sentiment on. It's from Clearly besotted ( brushed greetings II) and I used Versafine Onyx black ink. Adhered the smaller hearts with tape runner and the big on with foamtape.
To finish the card I added one gold glitter heart enamel as it picks up the detail fromt he background.


Tuesday, February 13, 2018

I'm really Viking you and happy mail

Today I'm making a Valentine's card, so I printed this C.C. Designs Viking kid and added the cheesiest of sentiment I could think of "I;m really Viking you" haha...makes me giggle, sorry.

I printed him on the Crafter's Companion Neenah paper and colored him with Spectrum Noir and Spectrum Illustrator markers.

You can find the stamps as digis or as rubberstamps here (no affiliate).

Then I embellished him with rhinestones. In the video I explain why ;-)
Happy Valentine's day, or should that be Viking day? lol

Monday, February 12, 2018

Justine Hovey's Video hop, Camo embossing with video

Today I have the honor to participate in the biggest Youtube hop ever.
As I did last week with a small number of ladies, Justine  also set out to save the smaller Youtube Channels and a lot of well known or bigger channels are helping along the way.

I was allotted 6 minutes or less for my video. So off screen I already diecut and stamped the panels and mounted the first one with foamtape.

A few years ago I made a Christmas card with this technique, I call Camo embossing, as it looks like camouflage clothing to me, maybe not in pink and purples tough...
I made two cards, the first one with the heart uses the most Wow embossing powders:
Heart throb
Shrinking violet
Velvet
Magenta Twinkle
Taffeta pink
Purple glitz.
Simon Says Stamp Die heart of flowers and It's your birthday stampset.
Versafine Onyx black ink and Versamark ink.

I have a big collection of embossing powders, but three would be enough, or two like I used on the feathers. Any colors you have and any combo will work, esp through a detailed diecut like the Heart of Flowers.

I traced the opening and masked it off with Post-it tape, you don;t have to do this, but as the panel is raised, you can peek under and I like it to the crisp and white.
Then I covered the area with embossing ink, I used the Ranger dauber, the mini cube perfect medium and the Versamark inkpad, just to show you can use any. just grab the one you have.
Then I used the Joy! Crafts craft scoops to sprinkle on dots of embossing powders. You don;t need a 100% coverage as when you tilt the card the embossing will stick
anywhere there's still exposed sticky ink. Then tap off the extra. I keep mine in a little craft pots. Wow sells empty embossing pots. They will mix in the pot and create a whole new exciting color.
Heat set the embossing powder and remove masking tape to reveal the cameo effect. Then cover with the diecut panel.

I love how you can see gradients and all the petals are different, but the same.
Then I added a few glittery enamel dots, but this is optional.



For the second card I used the diecut itself, the positive if you like. and just dabbed on the sticky ink with the Ranger emboss it dauber, and then sprinkled on Wow  Vintage Peacock and Sensational Sage, heat set them and repeated the process to cover and bold spots I made with my fingers. Also mounted the feathers with foamtape and the sentiment is also from Simon Says Stamp (Birthday Balloons) and I also stamped it with Versafine Onyx black ink and the MISTI for precision Stamping.

And remember the left overs I poured back into one of those little pots? I made these pink/purple ones after wards.

Next stop on your hop is: Janelle B

The prizes all the wonderful sponsers have put up are amazing and from my video comments you can win a $25 dollars giftcard to Simon Says Stamp and 2 Catherine Poolers inks if you're inside the USA only, so please mention your location in the comments on Youtube. Justine Hovey will pick all the winners on February 26th. Then you will have until March 10th to claim your prize, so don't forget to check back.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

I believe in you

The Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge is: love is int he air and the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge is: it must be love, showcasing SSS exclusives.

For my card I used the SSS set you matter and initially I wanted to use I love you, then I saw the I believe in you and switched, as I thought that would go well with my little fairy from My Favorite things. I thought this card would be more suited as an encouragement card, but also as a Valentine with the trail of hearts the fairy is sprinkling as she flies past, that  is made with the SSS heart breeze die.

I diecut it into a panel and then inkblended Distress inks behind it in rainbow order (candied apple, carved pumpkin, mustard seed, twisted lemon, mowed lawn, mermaid lagoon and wilted violet) 
I stamped the sentiment with Versafine onyx black ink and adhered the panel to the cardbase.
I colored my fairy with the Spectrum Noir markers and mounted her with foam.
Added some Nuvo shimmer pen to the wings for shimmer.

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

Faux watercoloring with the direct to stamp method


I was playing with my waterbased markers and a clear stamp, to see if it works and it did.
My clearstamp is from Craft Sensations and from 2016, so you won't find it in the shops now, in fact I was lucky to find in the shops in 2016 ;-)... Any you have, even rubber will work.

All you need is waterbased markers, I used my generic brand ones, but any you have, even your kids' markers that are water soluble will work, I'm sure, like Distress markers or Tom Bow markers but I don't have those.

I colored the leaves and flowers with two tints of markers, then lightly spritzed them with water and stamped on Water art paper from Kippers Hobby, this is a Dutch whole sale supplier for art supplies and I got these precut panels to test things out. I loved how they turned out and not using a lot of water has resulted in no warping.

I have experimented with more or less water, stamping once or twice, it's all good fun. Only thing I didn't realize is as I spray the whole stamp the parts I heat setted get reactivated anyway as my stamp is wet ;-)
I was making sure no bits were touching, but that was superfluous in the end lol.

The sentiments were stamped with Versafine onyx black ink (one is birthday balloons from Simon Says Stamp and the other in Dutch is from Craft-Emotions)
Added a few rhinestones after filming to add a bit of shine.
They are the same ones I used on my viking video/card,  nail art flat backed diamonds of all sorts.