October 6, 2018

Penguin Snow Globe ft. Winnie & Walter

Hi everyone, and happy World Card Making Day! I hope you are enjoying the celebration on the Winnie & Walter blog so far. :) I love being inspired by challenges and I hope you'll like the one I'm hosting today: the Stamp Images Mash Up challenge! Stretching the use of my stamps and dies is certainly one of my favorite crafting techniques, and I think combining images from 3 different stamp sets is a fun way to do so. Here's the card I created for today: 

I picked out a couple of images from Season's Tweetings with Evelin T. Designs, In Bloom: Elsa's Flora, and Wish Big with Evelin T. Designs to create this snow globe scene. You might wonder where I used the Wish Big set; the cupcake stamp from it is disguised as the snow globe base! I simply fussy cut along the bottom edges and trimmed the top portion. After coloring all of the images with Copic markers, I used my Scan N Cut to cut out the holiday foliage images (you could also use the coordinating digital elements or hand cut them out). Finally I die cut the penguins with Season's Tweetings Cutaways and we're ready to assemble the card! 

The "Wishing You A" sentiment is built from two stamps in the Sentimental: Birthday set. You can avoid piecing stamps though, if you use Sentimental: Winter. The "Merry Christmas" part is from Krumspring Stamps, but since the company closed down a while ago, I'll link several alternative sets you could choose from: 
In a Word: Merry / Comfort + Joy / Tagged: Holiday Cheer / The Big, The Bold, and the Merry 

Are you ready to take on the challenge? I can't wait to see your stamp images mash up creations! 

October 1, 2018

'Tis the Season to be Grateful ft. STAMPlorations

Hi everyone! Welcome back to the CUTplorations challenge! STAMPlorations is resuming all of the challenges this month, so you'll have lots of places to play at. :-)

Check out this month's inspiration photo!
image source: Ilaria Bagnasco

I decided to create a relatively CAS card by stamping the autumn image from Coffee for All Seasons.


I colored the image with ZIG Clean Color Real Brush pens. The colors I used are:
Pumpkin: No. 061 / No. 023 / No. 064
Coffee Cup: No. 075
Cap & Leaves: No. 046 / No. 044
Yellow Background: No. 067 / No. 050


I added some interest to the card by embossing a stitched square die from Lawn Fawn. Then I drew a frame of white dots with a gellyroll pen and splattered some gold acrylic paint. 


Lastly I added a gold Grateful CUTplorations die cut and that finishes off the card. I hope you'll feel inspired and join the challenge, too. Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day~

August 26, 2018

Bunny Love ft. Brutus Monroe + Winnie & Walter

Hi everyone! It's Jessica here again with another project featuring the Brutus Monroe + Winnie & Walter collab. I actually drew inspiration from the rainbow floral card I shared earlier - you can read about it HERE



There are a lot of shared elements and concepts between these two cards: rainbow colors, dark backgrounds, gold details, heart shapes, and vellum accents. I don't usually create cards with similar elements back to back, but it's fun to CASE yourself once in a while. :)


If you know anything about me, you know that I'm a big fan of bunnies. Yes, I'm not a cat or dog person (*gasp*), but I do love these adorable fluff balls. So of course I have to create a card with the Bunny Kisses set. I stamped the image with Onyx Black Versafine ink, clear heat embossed it, and watercolored with my ZIG markers. 

For the background, I die cut three hearts from the True Dotty Heart Cutaways and the True Multifaceted Heart CutawaysAnd I blended three Distress Oxide Inks for each heart. For the top heart I used Picked Raspberry, Wilted Violet, and Peacock Feathers. For the middle heart I used Spiced Marmalade, Worn Lipstick, and Candied Apple. And for the bottom heart I used Fossilized Amber, Twisted Citron, and Lucky Clover. 

In my floral heart card, I used patterned vellum paper. But for this project, I decided to create some interest by applying embossing paste with the Paint Spots stencil. Finally, I completed the card by stamping the sentiment from Happy Dance with Evelin T. Designs. (Doesn't it go so well with the lovely image?) Thank you so much for stopping by, let me know which is your favorite card, I'd love to know in the comments! 

Note: Don't forget to enter to win a $25.00 Brutus Monroe gift card HERE and check out the Brutus Monroe blog for more extraordinary inspiration!  

August 24, 2018

Rainbow Floral Heart ft. Brutus Monroe + Winnie & Walter


Hi everyone!! It's Jessica here and I'm super excited to share my project for the Winnie & Walter + Brutus Monroe collaboration. When I was browsing through Brutus Monroe's shop I came across the Botanical Banners set and instantly had an idea: I want to turn the floral arrangement into a heart. So I stamped and fussy cut out the image, and used W&W's Cover Model: Multifaceted Cutaway partially to complete the heart. I also gold heat embossed the top portion of the heart for some extra texture and interest, and drew sketched lines with my white gel pen to define the shape. 


I really enjoyed coloring this image (what's not to love about rainbow colors?) All of the Copic colors I used are listed below: 


Yellow, Orange, Coral Rose

Y13 / Y15 / YR15
R20 / R22 / R24


Magenta / Lavender / Blue Rose 

RV10 / RV02 / RV04 / RV09
V12 / V04 
BV00 / BV02 / BV04  


Teal Rose 

BG10 / BG13 / BG15 / BG18 


Leaves

YG03 / G02 / BG15 


For the sentiment, I stamped and heat embossed images from the Sentimental: Birthday set, and paired them with a gold glitter die cut using the In a Word: Birthday Cutaway. Finally, I embellished the card with some enamel dots, and that completes my rainbow floral heart card! 

I hope you enjoyed my creation, be sure to check out Winnie & Walter and Brutus Monroe's blogs for even more inspirations. Have a wonderful day! 


Note: Don't forget to enter to win a $25.00 Brutus Monroe gift card HERE and check out the Brutus Monroe blog for more extraordinary inspiration!  

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:
Rose
R89 / R85 / R83 / R81
Leaves
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. :)

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