April 12, 2019

Simple Stamping on Vellum ft. STAMPlorations

Hey everyone! It's the last day of STAMPloration's Spring Fling hop and I hope you have enjoyed the inspirations so far. Today I'd like to share this simple vellum card using Brave One and the newest StazOn Pigment inks.

If you have tried stamping on vellum before, you'd probably know that it takes AGES for the ink to dry. (Am I right?!) Well, the new StazOn Pigment inks have the best of both worlds: they stamp crisp, opaque and have awesome coverage, just like how you would expect from pigment inks, but they also dry instantly! 

So it's really quick and easy to stamp and create this vellum card. I love the floral images from the Brave One set, and I actually bent the photopolymer stamps to form slightly wavy shapes. (Gotta love that perk of photopolymer stamps!) 

And that's it from me. I hope you like this spring themed card and this special STAMPlorations hop. Thanks so much for stopping by, and have a beautiful day. :) 

March 4, 2019

Red Velvet Cake ft. STAMPlorations

Hi everyone! Welcome back to another CUTplorations challenge! For this month's card I decided to create a red velvet birthday cake. Let's take a look!

First I stamped SKETCHED: Birthday Cake with Memento ink in Tuxedo Black. This way I can color the image with Copic markers. For the red part I used R89 / R39 / R35 / R32, and E40 / E41 / E53 for the buttery yellow cream. I'm actually not that fond of the yellow hue. I think I'll use W0 / W1 for some warm gray shading next time. Finally, I colored in the candles with Y19. 

Then I die cut the sentiment with Smile Word Die and completed it with the sentiment stamp. Lastly, I layered a piece of foiled vellum on top of this patterned paper, and my card is finished!  

Thank you so much for stopping by, I'm excited to see your creation. And have a wonderful day!

February 20, 2019

Winnie & Walter 5th Birthday Celebration - Layering Die Cuts

Hi everyone! I’m so excited today because it’s Winnie & Walter’s fifth birthday! We are celebrating with tons of prizes and challenges, and I hope you’ll join us this year, too. 

My challenge is layering die-cuts. Whether it’s word dies, cover plate dies or stand alone dies, you can always find new ways to use them creatively. So I encourage you stretch the use of your dies and layer them!

I have two cards to share with you today; the first one features the number dies from Typecast: Cary Number Cutaways set, and the second one uses the In a Word: Love Coordinating Cutaways set. 

For this CAS rainbow card, I decided to die cut the numbers from Stampin’ Up’s cardstock. The colors I used are Merry Merlot, Tangerine Tango, Hello Honey, Cucumber Crush, and Blueberry Bushel. 

I die cut 5 of each number (because it’s W&W's 5th birthday!) and adhered them together with On-Point glue. This makes the numbers dimensional and almost look like chipboard pieces. 

Then I adhered a strip of silver vellum paper to my card base, added some enamel dots, and the card is complete!

The second card features one of my favorite product lines from Winnie & Walter: the In a Word series! I love these dies so much, and they are actually what captured my heart when I first saw Winnie & Walter. I was inspired by one of Lydia’s cards from a previous release and decided to layer these two love word dies to create this fun look. You can also use In a Word: Happy Coordinating Cutaways, In a Word: Thanks Coordinating Cutaways, and In a Word: Merry Coordinating Cutaways to create similar effects. 

I hope you enjoyed today’s easy tips on layering die cuts. If you would like to learn 3 more techniques about die cut layering, be sure to come back for my next post/video. Thanks so much for stopping by, and I’ll see you very soon.  

February 4, 2019

Distress Rainbow Floral Heart ft. STAMPlorations

Good morning everyone! Today we have a new CUTplorations challenge for you. And the inspiration photo is super stunning; check it out!

I decided to use my Distress Inks and Trendy Spring Blooms stamps to recreate the cue image. I used Peacock Feathers, Wild Honey, Blueprint Sketch and Picked Raspberry for the stamping. Then I added a soft wash of Squeezed Lemonade, Blueprint Sketch and Candied Apple to the edges of the heart die cut.

Then I ink blended two panels: one with cool colors, and another one with warm colors, and die cut some floral shapes using Trendy Spring Blooms Dies.

This sentiment is from Fond Expressions 2 and is stamped with VersaFine Clair Nocturne ink.

For a finishing touch, I've adhered vellum to the back of my die cuts to make them stand out from the busy background. You'll also notice that I added a touch of shine using the Sheer Shimmer Stix in Sparkle.

I hope you'll love this challenge and feel as inspired as I did. Thanks so much for stopping by and have a wonderful day!

January 7, 2019

December 14, 2018

GIU Day Five - Graduation Wishes

Hi everyone! Today is my last day as a GIU girl and this is my final project. My cousin is graduating from college this month and Unity's Graduation Wishes is perfect for today's card. 

I colored the image with Copic markers. I'm very glad that I have both warm and cool grays because if I used only one shade for both the hair and the gown, the entire image will look very blended together and nothing would stand out. Here's a complete list of all of the colors I used: 

(from darkest to lightest shades)
CAP & GOWN: ......... C9 / C7 / C5
HAIR: ..................... W9 / W7 / W5
SKIN: E04 / E11 / E21 / E00 / E000
SASH (Blue): ................. B39 / B37
SASH (Yellow): ............. Y18 / Y13

Then I stamped the varsity letters with VersaFine Clair Blue Belle ink and the sentiment with VersaFine Clair Nocturne ink. After layering with patterned paper and vellum, the card is complete. 

I hope you enjoyed today's creation. Don't forget to comment on this week's post for a chance to win Unity's awesome prize bag! 

December 13, 2018

GIU Day Four - Lotus Encouragement Card

Hi everyone! I'm a little late with my fourth GIU post, but here it is! This set is called Steps of Courage and I thought it's perfect for an encouragement card. I was actually inspired by the sentiment from this set, and decided to have the black and white image contrasting the cheerful, rainbow background.
I ink blended the background with Picked Raspberry, Mustard Seed, and Peacock Feathers Distress inks. Then I stamped the image onto a separate piece of cardstock and fussy cut it out. After that I mounted it with two layers of foam tape and adhered some sequins to finish off the card. Thanks so much for stopping by, I'll be back with my last post tomorrow!

December 12, 2018

GIU Day Three - Kissmas Hedgies

Hi there, crafty friends! Welcome to my third day as the Growing in Unity girl. Unity has a whole line of Itty Bitty stamps and I decided to give this Kissmas Hedgie set some love today. <3 

Since the image is itty bitty, I went with repetitive stamping and only colored the middle image to create the highlight effect. I used Prismacolor pencils because the pigment still shows really well on kraft colored cardstock. 

After stamping the sentiment on a small banner with Hero Arts Unicorn pigment ink, I mounted several layers of cardstock and embellish the card with gold thread and red stitched ribbon. I hope you enjoyed today's simple card. Thanks to everyone who has left comments on my first and second GIU posts, I love reading them and they truly warm my heart. :) 

December 11, 2018

GIU Day Two - Flurry Snowman

Good afternoon, crafty friends! Welcome to my second GIU post showcasing the adorable Winter Frosty snowman!

This little guy is perfect for the upcoming holiday season. I decided to choose a not-so-traditional palette to watercolor him. All of the ZIG Clean Color Real Brush markers I've used are listed below from lighter to darker shades. If used the same marker twice, it will be indicated in parenthesis. 
SNOWMAN: ........................................ No. 303 / No. 302
SCARF (PINK): ................................... No. 021 / No. 082
SCARF (TEAL): ................................... No. 049 / No. 042
BUTTONS: ........................................................... No. 092
HAT & NOSE: ...... No. 050 / No. 052 / No. 070 / No. 061
HOLLY BERRY: ................................................... No. 024
HOLLY LEAVES: ................................. No. 053 / No. 400
BACKGROUND: (No. 302) / No. 032 / No. 030 / No. 038

What is a holiday card without some gold sparkles?! I love splattering gold and white paint droplets onto the background for some extra pizzazz. They certainly make a difference, don't you think?

Then I die cut the panel with Lawn Fawn's Stitched Rectangles die and mounted it on Stampin' Up's Rose Red cardstock. After adhering the snowflake die cuts from the Seasonal Tags Framelits set, my card is complete! I love how this turned out, and I hope you do, too!

P.S. Unity is generously giving away 2 prize packs for 2 random commenters. Don't forget to comment below for a chance to win some awesome stamps!

Challenges Entered:

Dies R Us: Snowflakes

December 10, 2018

GIU Day One - Watercoloring, Paper-Piecing, and Sentiment Background

Hi everyone! This week I'll be sharing a couple of creations featuring Unity stamps as the GIU girl, and here's the first! The stamp set is called George & Scarlett. It's my very first Angie Girl stamp and I love it dearly. So I thought I'd dedicate my first post to this set. 

I combined simple watercoloring with paper-piecing to dress up the images. I used ZIG Clean Color Real Brush pens, and I watercolored a faint halo around the couple as well so they stand out more from the background. 

Paper-piecing is a really fun and easy technique and I'm surprised that it look me so long to try it out. I paper-pieced the vest and the skirt using patterned paper from the DCWV Fresh Floral Stack. 

For the background, I used the bold Stripe Builder stamp set from Concord & 9th. I stamped it with VersaFine Onyx Black ink and then picked out various sentiment stamps from Winnie & Walter to stamp on top of it. For the ink to show on a black or dark layer, you would need to use pigment inks. I went with VersaMagic dew drops, my go-to inks, today.

Finally, I embellished the card with some washi tape, a couple of enamel dots, and a piece of silver thread, and the card is finished! I hope you enjoyed my creation. Don't forget to leave a comment for a chance to win some Unity stamps! 

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