June 9, 2018

STAMPlorations 5th Birthday Bash

STAMPlorations is turning 5!!! Eek, how exciting?! We are celebrating with challenges, prizes, and loads of inspirations! I've picked 3 of my favorite cards I've created in the past plus a newly made one to inspire you; all featuring what I love the most - bold colors! If you'd like to CASE any of my designs, be sure to link up for a chance to win a $50 gift certificate. Can't wait to see you join the party! :-)

I've used the Bloomtangled #1 Cover Plate Die and colored the die cuts with Copics markers.

May 28, 2018

Flower Frenzy ft. STAMPlorations

Hi everyone! Jessica here and I'm super thrilled to share some floral cards with you today. It's one of my favorite themes and I *love* the different styles of springy stamps, dies and stencils STAMPlorations has to offer. Check it out and get ready for some flower frenzies! (Keep reading to find out more about the sale as well :-) )

My first card was created using the gorgeous About a Rose set. I colored the rose image with Copic markers and stamped the sentiment with VersaFine Onyx Black ink. (This little set comes with 3 awesome sentiments btw!) I also decorated the card with lots of embellishments and torn elements.

For my second card I did some simple ink blending with distress inks. The stencil I used is Happy Flowers. I paired it up with Sweet Spring Wishes CUTplorations die and also trimmed the panel to add some background interest.

I love my Coffee for All Seasons stamp set and was inspired to create a similar concept. I decided to mask and stamp Framed Cherry Blossoms, Framed Solitary Rose, and Framed Dahlia to create this card. I colored the dahlias with Copic markers and white heat embossed the sentiment from Fond Expressions 2.  

My next project is all about up-cycling. I stamped In Bloom: Darling Dog Roses on old novel pages and loosely colored them with ZIG Clean Color Real Brush markers. I die cut the Amazing CUTplorations die from gold glitter cardstock and white cardstock, then I off-set them a little and adhered them together. And I completed the sentiment with words in the Fond Expressions 2 as well.

It wouldn't be me without a rainbow card. :-) Here I used the Shower of Flutters stencil to create this really dynamic one layer look. First I blended some really bright Distress Inks in rainbow colors and spritzed on white acrylic paint. Then I place the stencil on top and blended a coat of black ink. Finally I heat embossed the sentiment (and yes, it's from Fond Expressions 2!) with white embossing powder and that finishes off the card. 

For my sixth project I decided to use patterned paper instead of inks to dress up the card. I choose several sheets of pastel-colored patterned paper and used the paper piecing technique to create a soft and elegant scene with the Rise and Grind set

Lotus Love is one of the first sets I got from STAMPlorations and I love how you can create various looks by arranging the florals differently. I white heat embossed the images, colored them with ZIG Clean Color Real Brush pens, and masked them so I can ink blend the bold, blue background.

I wanted to create a monochrome card and I thought the Bloomtangled #1 Cover Plate die fits perfectly. The gorgeous details really pop against the solid background, and I completed the card with a sentiment die cut using Smile CUTplorations die.

Did you see a succulent plant in this design? Well, I certainly did when I looked at the Emanations stencil. I applied a think layer of embossing paste over this stencil. And once it dried, I tried watercoloring it with ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Pens to mimic the echeveria succulent. Then I spritzed on some white paint droplets and added a punny, handwritten sentiment.

For my last card I did some Copic coloring with the In Bloom: Radiant Roses set. I really love the In Bloom series; some coloring and fussy cutting is all you need for a simplistic design.

I hope you enjoyed my floral creations and feel a little inspired to make something springy. If you'd like to pair up your floral cards with butterflies or some things with wings, you still have a couple of days to enter our May challenges! (Mixed Media challengeCUTplorations challenge / TAGplorations challenge / CAS challenge / Theme & Sketch challenge)

The products I've used are linked below and guess what? There's a SALE! The flower stamps, stencils and dies in the BLOSSOM section will be 25% off with a coupon code. It ends May 31st, so don't wait! :-)
About a Rose / Happy Flowers / Sweet Spring Wishes / Framed Cherry Blossoms / Framed Solitary Rose / Framed Dahlia / Fond Expressions 2 / In Bloom: Darling Dog Roses / Shower of Flutters stencil / Rise and Grind / Lotus Love / Bloomtangled #1 Cover Plate die / Emanations stencil / In Bloom: Radiant Roses set

May 23, 2018

Diamond & Gems Light Up Card ft. Winnie & Walter + Chibitronics

Hi everyone! Welcome to Winnie & Walter and Chibitronics' collaborative blog hop! I'm super excited to share this colorful light up card with you; I decided to use the diamonds and gems from the My Precious set and really let them shine. I've also got a step by step video tutorial linked below if you are interested in how I created this card.

I ended up using two different sets of circle dies to die cut the images after I stamped and heat embossed them. Here are the sizes I used (with approximate diameter measurements of the die cut circles so you can use other circle dies you may have):

Heart Gem Circle: 4th smallest die (2 3/8'') from Spellbinders Nestabilities Large Circles Dies

Diamond Circle and Yellow Hexagon Gem Circle: 3rd smallest die (1 5/8'') from Spellbinders Nestabilities Small Circles Dies

Tear Drop Gem Circle: 2nd smallest die (1 3/8'') from Spellbinders Nestabilities Large Circles Dies

Red Octagon Gem Circle: 2nd smallest die (1 3/16'') from Spellbinders Nestabilities Small Circles Dies

You can watch the entire ink blending process in my video, but here's a quick reference photo of all of the distress inks I used. (The ones in grey mean I only used them sparingly. You can probably substitute with other colors.)

Here is a complete list of the colors I used to watercolor the gems and the circles. I really enjoyed the coloring process and I hope you find it relaxing to watch, too.

《Blue Diamond watercoloring》: ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Pen, No. 049 ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Pen, No. 042 ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Pen, No. 033 ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Pen, No. 303 ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Pen, No. 036 ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Pen, No. 031 ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Pen, No. 032
《Pink Heart Gem watercoloring》: ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Pen, No. 025 ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Pen, No. 082 ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Pen, No. 027 ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Pen, No. 222 ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Pen, No. 071 ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Pen, No. 200 ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Pen, No. 028 ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Pen, No. 220 ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Pen, No. 069
ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Pen, No. 230
《Green Circle Gem watercoloring》: ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Pen, No. 049 ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Pen, No. 045 ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Pen, No. 041 ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Pen, No. 048 ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Pen, No. 040 ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Pen, No. 044
《Yellow Hexagon Gem watercoloring》: ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Pen, No. 050 ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Pen, No. 071 ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Pen, No. 052 ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Pen, No. 070 ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Pen, No. 067 ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Pen, No. 061
《Purple Dewdrop Gem watercoloring》: ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Pen, No. 803 ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Pen, No. 083 ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Pen, No. 081 ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Pen, No. 080
《Red Octagon Gem watercoloring》: ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Pen, No. 050 ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Pen, No. 022 ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Pen, No. 024

Thank you so much for stopping by. Don't forget to comment on each post along the hop by 11:59 CST 5/29 for chances to win a $30 chibitronics start kit or $30 credit to the w&w shop! 

Jessica Lin --> You are here!

May 21, 2018

Rose Copic Coloring ft. STAMPlorations

Hi everyone! I was really inspired by the quote (shown below) from Time Out's challenge, and I thought STAMPlorations' About a Rose set goes *perfectly* with it. So I created this card. Check it out!

I colored the rose with Copic markers. It's a smaller image so adding the details and dimensions within each fold and petal can be a little challenging. (But who doesn't love a little challenge?!) I really enjoyed the coloring process and I'm quite pleased with how it turned out. The markers I used are listed below from the darkest to lightest shade:
R89 / R85 / R83 / R81
G29 / G05 / YG17 / G21

Then I framed the rose with a gold glitter square that I die cut from two dies. I used the Large and Small Stitched Square Stackables Dies from Lawn Fawn, but you can also cut a frame with an X-Acto knife. For reference, my square is 2.5'' x 2.5''. 

The background is stamped with Stampin' Up's Brushstrokes background stamp with VersaFine Onyx Black ink. I also added pieces of crumpled patterned vellum and added some Wink of Stella on top. Then I embellished the card with some DMC metallic thread and a couple of enamel dots from Doodlebug. 

The sentiment is really what prompted me to make this card. It's so neat and goes so well with the cue words. :) I decided to extend the friend theme a little further by turning this card into a pop up card where you can insert a little photo inside. (Click on the video to see how this mechanism works) Here I used a polaroid of my sister and her best friend.  I think it certainly adds a personal touch and is a nice surprise for your friend. (And they totally deserve it!) I hope you enjoyed my creation, thanks so much for stopping by and have a wonderful day! 

May 4, 2018

Indoor House Scene ft. Winnie & Walter

Hi everyone! Today I'll be sharing several ways you can stretch your stamps and combine different images from various sets. I was inspired by Winnie & Walter's Rerun challenge focusing on the Framed with Evelin T. Designs stamp. Be sure to check out this post for details on how you can participate and win a $25 gift certificate. :)

First of all, I stamped the square frame from the stamp set (shown below) and imagined it as a window.
To create the outside landscape scene, I stamped the little tree images from Our Town with distress inks. Normally I only use distress inks for ink blending and watercoloring because you get really splotchy impressions. However, I thought the splotchiness adds an interesting touch to the trees and makes them look more natural. I then watercolored the lawn and sky with ZIG Clean Color Real Brush pens. To complete the window (so it doesn't look like a wall painting according to my boyfriend), I added two thin strips of white cardstock and lined them with a black Copic multi-liner so they match the frame.

The adorable kitty cat is from a newer set called Purrfect with Evelin T. Designs. I colored her with ZIG brush pens as well and adhered her to the window so it looks like she's just perching and enjoying the view.

The flower vase is stamped with 3 different sets: The vase is from In Bloom: Lola's Bouquet and I paired it with In Bloom: Ashlee's Rosie Posies because the floral images in this set are smaller and more suitable for the scene. I also used the thin stem image from In Bloom: Carolina's Florals and that completes the vase.

Here is a list of VersaMagic Dew Drops Chalk Inks I used (from lightest to darkest shades):
Flowers: Pixie Dust / Pink Grapefruit / Pink Petunia
Leaves: Aloe Vera / Tea Leaves / Hint of Pesto

Thank you so much for stopping by! Have a wonderful day. :)

April 10, 2018

CUTplorations Dies ft. STAMPlorations

Hi everyone! STAMPlorations released 3 new word dies (CUTplorations), and they're just fabulous! Here are my 3 projects, check them out!

For my card projects I decided to pair up a new die with an older stamp set. This sunshine and rainbow card features the Kathryn's Rainbow set. (Isn't it a perfect match with the die?!)

I watercolored the stamped images with ZIG Clean Color Real Brush pens, masked them, and distressed the background. I also sponged distress inks on the word die cut.

I thought it would be fun to add some details to the girl's pink dress, so I drew some flowers and polka dots with a white gel pen. Just love how it turned out!

For my second card I went with an artsy style. The stamp set I used is Trendy Birds, but you can definitely apply the same technique to Trendy Leaves, Trendy Butterflies, or any stamps you own. :)

I first stamped the birdie images with Distress Oxide inks, then I clear heat embossed them. After that I chose contrasting colors and distressed the entire panel. Since the heat embossed areas resist ink, you can achieve this rich and colorful look.

I kept the sentiment really simple; it's just a white die cut of the "Life is good" die. The bright white surely pops against the black and rainbow colored background though!

For the third project I decorated the cover of a Kraft notebook.

I sponged on Distress Oxides inks (so much distress inks in this post!) to create a rainbow die cut, and embellished with white enamel dots.

I hope you enjoyed these creations. Thanks so much for stopping by!

Challenges Entered:

AAA Cards: Favorite Technique (Ink Blending)

March 31, 2018

March 21, 2018

Unicorn with Patterned Paper ft. Ink Road Stamps

Hello there! Here's another rainbow unicorn card! (I know, I know. But who can resist this combo?!) This time I decided to embrace the pretty patterned paper I've hoarded for far too long.

Here's a closer look. I also added a handful of embellishments on this card; glitter tape and washi, sparkly enamel dots, hemp twine bow, you name it!

The unicorn image and sentiment are both from Ink Road Stamps. (Majestic AF / Compliments Volume 2) Love them both! I colored the unicorn with ZIG clean color real brush pens, and stamped the sentiment on patterned vellum paper. That's all from me today, thanks so much for visiting!

Challenges Entered: 

Rainbow Unicorn ft. Winnie & Walter

Hello all! I'd like to share a CAS card with you today. Clean and simple isn't typically my go-to style, but between packing for a new move and preparing for graduation, it certainly is the *best* style. :-) 

The focal point of the card are these sparkly ombré letter die cuts. I used Winnie & Walter's Typecast: Cary Letters Cutaways to die cut 5 letters from silver glitter cardstock. Then I used Copic markers to create the ombré effect. The colors I used are listed below:

Red (M): R24 / R27/ R39
Yellow Orange (A): Y15 / YR14 / YR09
Green (G): YG25 / G05 / G28
Blue (I): B04 / B24 / B37
Purple (C): V04 / V05 / V09

If you are a Copic fanatic and use them frequently, you'll probably notice that these are not necessarily the colors you would use to create a normal seamless blend. That is because you need to choose colors that are "different" enough for them to show on glitter cardstock. Otherwise you wouldn't achieve the ombré effect. 

I paired the sparkly letters with a sentiment from The Greeting Farm's A Lil' Magic set. The unicorn image is also colored with Copic markers, and it's from Ink Road Stamp's Majestic AF set. I kept everything very simple; no foam tape, no dimensions, no embellishments. Just a clean one layer card, and I quite like it! Thank you so much for stopping by, and I hope you enjoyed it, too!

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