Slim Line Rainbow Cards with WOW! Embossing Changers

Hello, hello!

Today’s cards are another couple of slim line cards. It seems I can’t stop, and won’t stop, with these for a while. Oh well, things could be worse, right?

To make these I started out by cutting panels of white card stock with the Slim Line Diecutting System from Picket Fence Studios. On the smaller rectangles, I adhered strips of coloured cardstock to create rainbows. The card stock I’ve used for these is from Lawn Fawn, and you can get it in a handy Rainbow Pack if you don’t want to invest in 10 sheets of each colour.

On the right one I’ve used, from left to right, Raspberry, Chili Pepper, Canned Pumpkin, Fake Tan, Sunflower, Cilantro, Peacock, Blue Jay and Sugarplun.

On the left one, I used Raspberry, Chili Pepper, Canned Pumpkin, Fake Tan, Sunflower, Cilantro, Peacock and Mermaid. It gives a more pastely look than the top one with the blue and the purple.

I’ve used a few different diecuts to make the sentiments, and the big Hi Die and Friend Die, are from The Stamp Market. The Happy Birthday is from MFT Stamps. Both the Friend and the Happy Birthday have been cut out of white card stock a few times and layered up.

The Happy Birthday one was then heat embossed with Glisten Changer to make it sparkly. This particular one has been retired, but HERE you can find a really good alternative.

The Friend one I heat embossed with Clear Gloss to create that puffy sticker look. I love doing my word diecuts like this, it just adds something extra!

For the clouds I have used some Stitched Cloud Dienamics from MFT Stamps, on white card stock. For a little while longer you can find the EXACT ONES at Ellen Hutson!

These I have jazzed up by heat embossing them with the WOW! Changers Texture and Glisten. The way these powders work is that you can change your embossing powder to either be sheen, glittery or texture. All you have to do is mix your choice of powder with whatever effect you want.

I haven’t used the Texture one before so I decided to use it for one of the cards! For the second one I used Glisten, which I am obsessed with. Both powders are mixed with Clear Gloss and the pieces were dabbed with the Embossing Pad, covered in the powder mix and then set with the Heat Tool.

With these cloud bits done, I glued them to the rainbow panels. I did have to use both tape runner and Lawn Fawn glue because of the heat embossing, and I also left them under flat weights to make sure they dried flat.

On the first one I glued down the Happy Birthday with Glossy Accents, as I ran out of my Lawn Fawn Glue Tubes!! SEND MORE STAT!!!!

The second card was finished with the big Hi and the Friend diecuts. The Hi I layered up with fun foam, cut with the diecut, to add height. The Friend I added on top of the Hi and with that, the card was done.

I actually managed to make a bonus card with the outline from the Hi die too. It seemed a shame to waste it, when I had a load of rainbow card bases done already.

Using a Nuvo fine tip glue pen, I adhered the outline Hi to a card base and ta-da! Another card done!!

On my YouTube channel you can also find a video of the making of the slim line cards, if you fancy seeing the Changer powders in action.

I’ve used compensated affiliate links in this post. What that means is these links goes to shops I’m affiliated with, and as a thank you for sending you to them, I will get a small commission directly from them if you buy something. This doesn’t cost you anything extra at all, but it really makes a difference to me if you do use these links. Any earnings I get from these links go directly back into the running of my blog, YouTube channel and keeping my Instagram fresh, fun and inspiring for you, so thank you if you choose to support me like this. I really appreciate the support!

Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

You can find me on various social media platforms if you want to see more of my work

My blog (that’s right here)

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Below you can find affiliate links to Ellen Hutson. Here I have added some good alternatives, when the exact product used was not available.

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Wishing You A Dandy Day Slimline Card

Hi guys!

Today’s card is a labour of love! Or all the things I love more like it. Ink blending, diecutting, Copic coloring and stamping.

Armed with loads of Life Changing Blender Brushes from Picket Fence Studios and Distress Oxide inks in so many colours, I got to work on a slim piece of Strathmore Bristol Smooth card stock. The stencil I used is my most-used one ever: Mini Cloud Stencil from MFT Stamps.

The colours from top to bottom are Salty Ocean, Chipped Sapphire, Wilted Violet, Picked Raspberry, Worn Lipstick, Abandoned Coral, Ripe Persimmon, Wild Honey, Mustard Seed, Squeezed Lemonade, Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn, Cracked Pistachio, Mermaid Lagoon, Broken China, Evergreen Bough and Peacock Feathers.

On this panel, I used the Slimline Die Set Scallops and Banners from Trinity Stamps. This set comes with banners as well, but I only used the two scalloped slimline dies.

I was contemplating to only use one of them, but heck, I’m not one to back down from layers. The smaller one got a solid layer of foam tape on the back, and the bigger one was adhered directly to a white card base.

Now, the question is… what to decorate it with? That was answered very quickly when I spotted the absolutely adorable Dandy Day stamp set from Lawn Fawn. These are stamped up with Blackout Detail Ink from Ink On 3 , on Neenah 110# card stock and coloured in with Copics. Then I used the coordinating diecut to cut them all out.

For a sentiment I used one of my favourites from Lawn Fawn: Happy, Happy, Happy. It’s full of great sentiments and comes with coordinating diecuts too. I turned this card into a birthday one and stamped up ‘birthday’ on white card stock, with black ink, and then cut that out with a banner die cut from MFT Stamps.

I love the big Happy so that was the ones I chose for this card. It’s also coloured in with Copics. I used one colour, in three different shades, for each letter.

With all the bits and pieces done, I took some time to try out different layouts and this is the one I settled on. Everything is adhered with liquid glue. I did use all the images from the Dandy Day set and think it turned out adorable!

So that’s it, the card is all done. What do you think? Have you tried slimline cards yet? Is the craze here to stay?

Thank you so much for stopping by today, I hope you like the card and found som inspiration here with me. If you want to pick up any of these items for yourself, I have used compensated affiliate links in this post for your convenience. If you do use these, I get a small commission from the company directly, at no extra cost to you whatsoever. Thank you for supporting my crafty shenanigans and I by using these links!

Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

MFT Stamps Sketch Challenge 501

Hi!

Today’s post is based on this week’s MFT Stamps Sketch Challenge #501 and I’ve not done one of these for a while, so I thought why not?

I really wanted to use the cute dragons from the BB Magical Dragons set. With that in mind, I stamped them up on Copic friendly card stock with the PFS Black Hybrid ink, set it with my WOW! heat tool and got to work with Copics. My first dragon was done in what I picture to be a natural colour for dragons: green!

My second dragon was done in more teal-like colours, maybe she’s a girl dragon? The tummies, horns, wings and back scales on both of them were done in lighter, but still matching colours.

There were two fire bursts stamped up too, so I did these in flame colours. Deep reds with some fiery yellow. I’m so glad this set comes with coordinating Dienamics as fussy cutting is not my jam.

The background I did with the Mini Cloud stencil, one of my favourite stencils ever. I wanted a really soft look, so I didn’t add any more ink to my Life Changing Blender Brushes, just used the blues left on them. It turned out fab!

One of my newest purchases is Sparkle Spray by Nuvo Tonic Studios, and I wanted to add some sparkle to the background with this. Buuuuut… I went a little overboard, which left the background COVERED in the sparkle spray. This one is Morning Fog, and wow! I think I will be adding a few more to my arsenal.

To finish off the card, I stamped up a couple of the sentiments from the BB Magical Dragons set with Black Hybrid ink. Then I adhered the dragons and the fire bursts with Lawn Fawn liquid glue, added a little bit of Wink Of Stella to the wings and horns, and with that, the card was done! I was originally only going to add one of the fire bursts but as I went overboard with the Sparkle Spray, and it kind of looked like ash in the air after the dragon had gone to town breathing fire, I added both.

Thanks so much for stopping by today, I hope you enjoyed this card and found some inspiration here with me. I have used some compensated affiliate links in this post, at no extra cost to you. If you shop via these links I get a small commission from the company directly. Any earnings I get from these go directly back into the running of my blog, YouTube and Instagram so thank you so much for supporting me by using these. I really appreciate it a lot!

Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

You can find me on various social media platforms if you want to see more of my work

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Ardyth’s 3k YouTube hop!

Hi guys!

Today I’m taking part in a YouTube hop to celebrate my crafty friend Ardyth reaching 3000 subscribers! Congratulations, it’s so well-deserved! If you don’t subscriber to her channel yet, you are missing out. She’s amazing! Check out her video and channel HERE.

There are prizes from some fabulous sponsors too and there are about 20 odd stops on the hop so you have lot of chances to win! All you have to do is leave a comment by the 18th of October.

If you want to skip right to the YouTube hop, go to Ardyth’s blog for the full list of participants, prizes and rules.

For my card, I have used a stamp set from Ellen Hutson called Mondo Peony. I love this big, bold flower! It’s just lovely. It’s stamped up with Inkon3’s copic friendly ink, Blackout Detail Ink on Neenah #110 Solar White card stock. I went dark pink for the colouring and you can see some of it in a time-lapse video in my video over on my YouTube channel.

The background is easy and fun to create. With the help of my MISTI, I stamped up the two leaves from the Mondo Peony set towards the top the panel. Which is Bristol Vellum paper and it’s done with Inkon3’s Embossing ink. Before I did that, I used my anti-static tool very generously all over the paper. After stamping up the first two leaves, I swapped the panel around and stamped them again on the other side. I sprinkled WOW! Embossing powder in Opaque White all over these and set them with the heat gun. After checking the placement of the leaves in relation to my flower, which I should have done before stamping them really, I realised they would not show very well. So I stamped up another two and heat embossed them in white too.

Armed with my Life Changing Blender Brushes from Picket Fence Studios and some green Distress Oxide inks, I chose Twisted Citron, Cracked Pistachio and Mowed Lawn, I went to town with ink blending. I covered both the background panel and the two extra leaves. Once all done, I cut the leaves out using the coordinating diecuts.

These were a bit too big for the background though so I cut the leaves apart and with the flower as a guide, I placed them on the background where they would fill in the gaps. I have finally gotten ahold of Press’n’Seal and used this for the first time to pick up the flower and leaves! With that whole shebang turned over, I adhered a flower sized piece of foam sheet that I had cut out using the coordinating diecut. Once that was secured in place it was easy peasy to adhered that to the background. Which I had also fixed to a card base at this point.

Sentiment wise I used one of my staple stamp sets: Birdie Brown’s Greetings Galore from MFT Stamps. I heat embossed it in Metallic Rich Gold from WOW! On black card stock and cut it out using a small banner die from the Blueprint Dienamic set. This was quickly adhered with more Glue Tube adhesive. If you can’t find that particulate BluePrint dienamic set, I can recommend the Everyday Sentiment Banners from Lawn Fawn instead. They are another staple of mine and I use them all the time.

I could have stopped here but of course I didn’t. I added a very generous sprinkling of Sparkling Clear sequins from Pretty Pink Posh with the help of the Glue Tube from Lawn Fawn. I actually toyed with the idea of adding Glossy Accents to the card too but finally managed to rein in myself and step away, lol!

That’s it from me for today. Thank you for stopping by and enjoy the hop!

Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

Big Bold Magnolias Ink On 3 August Blog Hop

Hi guys!
Thank you for joining us on the Inkon3 blog hop featuring the newest stamp set, Big Bold Magnolias. One of magnolias might look familiar since it’s featured in our Heels to You set, but it’s been so popular, we decided to dedicate an entire stamp set to it.
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We are giving away a $25 Inkon3 gift card to one lucky hopper! To enter leave a comment on each blog in the hop, plus follow us on Facebook and Instagram. Winners will be announced a week from today, Thursday, September 5, 2019 over on the main Inkon3 blog.
Today’s post is very exciting for me, as not only am I joining Inkon3’s Design Team but I’m also taking part in this blog hop! Have you seen the talent on the DT by the way?? *squeal* So many talented crafters and I’m on the same team as them! EEEP!
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Now, for the card I made with the brand new stamp set Big Bold Magnolias!

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To start with, I stamped up the biggest bloom and the slightly opened bud on Canson XL water colour paper. As I wanted to do some no-line colouring, I used the fabulous Fadeout No Line Coloring Ink and stamped the images twice. For the colouring I have used brand-new-to-me water colours from Arteza. It’s a 36 pack half pans water colours of really yummy colours, and they worked beautifully!

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I didn’t really plan out my card before I stamped the first images though, so I needed more to fill up the front panel. On more Canson XL paper I stamped up the rest of the Big Bold Magnolia flowers and leaves with the same Fadeout No Line Colouring ink, and coloured these in with the Arteza water colours. These I fussy cut out, rather than using the coordinating diecuts as I wanted no white to show around the images.

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Because I had been silly and not planned out the layout, I had a terrible time putting the card together. I had also used a stitched rectangle diecut on the panel but that did not help matters at all. This is the kind of pickle that happens when you get too excited to use new stamps! Oy vey.

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Anyway, I decided I had to save the colouring I had done as I was rather pleased with it. The solution was to heat emboss a sentiment from the Dogwood Flower stamp set to say ‘Have a fabulous birthday’. I used the Artic White Ultra Fine embossing powder on black card stock. First, of course I used an anti-static tool all over it and then with the help of my MISTI I stamped the sentiment with Juicy Clear Embossing & Watermark ink

I used a banner diecut on it but trimmed it down a bit, by running it through my cutting machine twice. Each time, trimming a little off each side. This banner I eventually decided to put at the top of the panel. Then I arranged a few of the fussycut flowers and leaves around the big bloom, these I added with foam tape to create some dimension.

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The final thing to do was to add the whole shebang to a white card base and then walk away before I started overthinking things again.

I have a little video of the making of this card up on my YouTube channel, if you want to have a little look.

That’s it from me for today, now it’s time to hop on to the next person on the list, who just happens to be a dear crafty friend of mine, for more inspiration and some serious ooh-ing and aah-ing!

Thanks for stopping by today! Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica. I also need to mention that I am now an affiliate of Inkon3, which means that I get a small commission from Inkon3 directly if you use any of my links to shop. At ZERO extra cost to you. I’d be so grateful if you would consider using my links if I inspire you. Thank you so much in advance!

The full list of the blog hop can be found here as well as on the Inkon3 blog. Enjoy and good luck!

Inkon3

Cheryl Luu

Erica <——— You are here!——-—

Ilda Dias———>Your next stop!——

Jaycee Gaspar

Jeannie Lieu 

Kassie Hulet

GD Rachel Alvarado

Courtney Miles

 

WOW! Embossing Powder and Picket Fence Studios Collaboration Blog Hop!

Hi everyone!

Today I am thrilled to be taking part in an amazing blog hop!

WOW Embossing Powder and Picket Fence Studios teamed up for this one and I was so excited to be asked to take part. I adore both companies so this is was an awesome one to participate in!

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PRIZES – No Blog hop is complete without a prize!

WOW! Embossing Powders has 6 powders of your choosing along with a WOW carry case to store your powders safely in.

Picket Fence  is giving away a $50 gift certificate to their store.

The Winners will be chosen at random from the comments left on THE POSTS. Winners will be announced the week of the 5th of August  on both the WOW! Embossing Powder and Picket Fence Studio Blog.

To join this GIVEAWAY you must leave a comment on each blog post to have a chance at getting your hands on the prize. This hop is open internationally.

For my project I decided to use the gorgeous Botan Peony stamp from Picket Fence Studios. I have been going gaga for this stamp since the first time I saw it!

I thought it would look fabulous to heat emboss the stamp in Metallic Copper regular and then colour the flower in with Gansai Tambi water colours.

Instead of going for traditional and natural colours, I went wild and abstract. A rainbow peony, who knew it worked?

While I was on a big colouring streak, I added grey to the background in a reverse backlit kind of way. As in darker around the flower and then fading out towards the edges of the panel.

To finish off the card it needed a sentiment, but I didn’t want something too big that would cover up the flower. So I stamped up ‘You are so worth celebrating’ from Anything-But-Basic Birthday Wishes by MFT Stamps on a slim banner diecut and heat embossed that in Metallic Gold Rich. The sentiment banner was added to the card with foam tape and then trimmed down. With that, the card was done!

But apparently I wasn’t. I got a dark grey envelope out and heat embossed it with the Botan PeonyBotan Peony along the bottom. For this part I used Opaque Bright White embossing powder to make it pop.

That’s it from me for today, but make sure to hop along to see more amazing projects!

Here is the full list of the hop!

WOW! Embossing Powder Blog

Picket Fence Studio Blog

Jo Herbert

Ilina Crouse

Ashlee McGregor

Susan Wymer

Karen Reategui

Ceal Pritchett

Verity Biddlecombe

Raluca Vezeteu

Angela Bode

Sidnie Knight-Des Jardins

Heather Ruwe

Erica A B Andersson

Jennifer Timko

Isha Gupta

Laura Sterckx

Judy Rozema

Jenny Colacicco

Rosali B.

Lisa Henke

Lydia Fiedler

Anna Wight

Jana Millen

Picture Perfect Card for the MFT Stamps Sketch Challenge 443

Hi guys!

Today’s post is really short and sweet, just like the YouTube video that’s now up on my channel, for this card. It’s a really quick card and there is only so much jibber-jabbering one can do to fill out a blog post, right? Even me, lol!

This card is based on the current MFT Stamps Sketch Challenge, go to mftstamps.com and click on ‘Join an MFT Challenge’ to see more challenges and to join in yourself!

My interpretation is pretty loose here but that’s ok. The good peeps at MFT Stamps just want us to get going with card making and inspire us. If you link up your card however, you can win a $50 gift card to the shop!

I’ve used the super fun and adorable Picture Perfect stamp set, and inked up the kitties with Ink On 3 Blackout Detail Ink on copic friendly card stock. With the help of my Mini MISTI of course!

The kitties themselves are coloured in with Warm and Cold Gray Copics in a dotting technique. There is probably a proper name for this but I call it dotting. I like doing this when I want to add texture to images and who doesn’t want that when you are colouring fur?

When it was all done, I cut it out with scissors and set aside. Using my Gemini Go diecutting machine I cut out a white Polaroid Shaker Frame and I also cut out one glitter gold ‘Celebrate‘ word, as well as one in a light gray card stock. That one is Narwhal from Lawn Fawn. The gold glitter card stock is from a shop in Denmark and I’m running low! I am definitely on the lookout for a new one. If you have a good tip on glitter gold card stock, I’d love to hear about it!

The two Celebrate dienamics I layered up, slightly off to create that lovely shadow effect, with the help of the Gluetube from Lawn Fawn. The Polaroid and the kitties got layered up as well and then adhered to a card base made out of Fog card stock from Simon Says Stamp.

One final touch was to add a sentiment strip saying ‘May Your Birthday Be As Awesome As You Are!’ It’s from a Studio Katia set called Birthday Greetings. This was heatembossed in white embossing powder on black card stock (Licorice from Lawn Fawn) and then adhered with the gluetube as well.

As usual I have used some affiliate links in this post, but not to worry, using these links doesn’t cost you anything extra at all. I get a small commission from the company directly if you choose to use these to treat yourself to something.

Thank you so much for stopping by and I’d love it if you checked out my YouTube video too!

Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

Bright birthday card for MFT Stamps Wednesday Sketch Challenge #️⃣406

Hello, hello!

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Today I’m popping in with my take of MFT Stamps Wednesday Sketch Challenge , this is challenge #406, which looks like this:

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The card I came up with is actually my second one, the first one I made I felt was a bit too loosely interpreted. It worked better in my mind than on paper, but oh well. There you go, not every card translates perfectly from idea into reality.

As I went back to the drawing board or square one, I was a bit stumped at first. Then, slowly, an idea came to me to make a pile of presents to represent the squares on the sketch. They all had to be different colours of course! Step one was to select a die-namic that would fit six times on the card and after rummaging through my MFT Stamps stash I came across the Stitched Mini Scallop Square STAX. The second smallest one would fit, just about and with some overlapping.

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On some Strathmore Bristol Vellum card stock I quickly did some ink blending using Distress Oxide inks: Squeezed Lemonade for yellow, Picked Raspberry for pink, Cracked Pistachio for green, Dusty Concord for purple, Salty Ocean and some Blueprint Sketch for dark blue and Mermaid Lagoon for light blue.

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I splattered water on all of these to give them some more interest and dabbed that off with a craft towel. While these were drying, I picked out some metallic thread that I wrapped around each box to make it look like string on presents.

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As the boxes would cover up almost the entire card base, I decided to keep it quite simple. A piece of Neenah Desert Storm card stock was embossed with a pattern to mimic Kraft wrapping paper, trimmed down to 5.5″x4.25″ size and adhered to a card base.

With the help of different thickness foam tape, I added the boxes in a big “pile”. On small banners, cut out using Essential Fishtail Sentiment Strips, I stamped ‘Happy Birthday’ and ‘for you!’ using sentiments from Bitty Bears. Each box got paired up with a sentiment so that all of them are mix’n’matched. These were then added using more foam tape.

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Each box also got decorated with three Pretty Pink Post clear sparkling sequins from Pretty Pink Posh. A birthday card can’t be too sparkly and bright, right?

That’s it from me for today but don’t forget that the new release from MFT Stamps is available now! If you decided you want something from it, I’d be very grateful if you would consider using my affiliate links when you purchase. I get a small commission from MFT Stamps directly, at no extra cost to you, if you do. Thank you so much in advance for the support, I really appreciate it! Click HERE to see the whole new release. It’s full of adorable stamps and fabulous die-namics!

Oh, and don’t forget to participate in the challenge! There is a $50 gift certificate up for grabs for the randomly drawn winner, so link up your project on the MFT Stamps blog!

Good luck and happy crafting from Erica

Exciting news!! I’m featured in the MFT & Friends September 2018 Release!

Hello, hellooo, HELLOOOO!!!!

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I’m so excited about the news I’m about to share, I could explode!! I was contacted by none other than Stephanie Klauck from My Favorite Stamps (EEEEEK!) to be featured on the September issue of MFT Stamps and Friends! Direct link to their blog post right here. I’m still slightly in shock about the whole thing but will try and keep it together as long as possible.

*eeeeep* (eh, what can I say, it is a really, really, REALLY big deal!)

MFT Stamps very generously sent me a gorgeous package filled with some of the goodies from the September release, to see the whole release click HERE, and I didn’t know where to start…! Talk about first world problems, right?? Well, after I had managed to stop hyperventilating from excitement, I went to the craft room and just played with the goodies for a while. I actually made quite a few cards but the first one I want to show you today is one that really shows my love for a good, bold and splashy diecut sentiment.

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After sifting through my stash of coloured card stock and settling on a pink-red colour scheme I gave my poor, old BigShot a good workout and cut out the Happy Birthday script die-namic sentiment in six different shades of the pink-red car stock.

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With a fine-tipped glue pen I adhered all the pieces together in a red to lightest pink order, six in total. It made a nice, thick and chunky sentiment and if you look close enough, you can see the ombré look it created.

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Despite already having six layers, I decided to add a white layer and then finish off the whole thing with silver mirror card stock to really enhance the ombré look.

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It took the sentiment from a ‘niiiiice’ to a whole new level! The close up looks really raggedy though, with all those little bits and pieces sticking out…! Lol! Macro photography can be very unforgiving.

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As the sentiment is so wow on it’s own I tried making it quite a CAS/Clean And Simple card. Usually these kinds of cards are not my forte but I have been doing better recently. However today, was not one of those days… I decided to do a light ink smooshing background for this card, using some Distress Oxide inks. Tattered Rose and Spun Sugar got smooshed on a sheet of acetate and after adding some silver shimmer spray and a few drops of Picked Raspberry Distress Oxide ink refill, I dipped my Ranger Ink water colour card stock panel in it.

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The idea was a good one in theory but honestly, the smooshing got the better of me and it went from ‘let’s do a light pink cloud-like look’ to ‘pink all over the place-look’. Oh well. It ended up being a lovely background for the sentiment anyway as the red layer is at the bottom and sort of gives it a ‘shadow’ so it stands out a bit better.

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Once I gave up on the CAS idea, I got my sequins out (I use PPP Sparkling Clear Mix the most) and added a generous sprinkling, using Glossy Accent. It IS a birthday card after all!

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A quick adhering job later, both for the sequins and to add the whole thing to a card base, the card was done! Mirror card stock is notoriously difficult to photograph but I really do feel that it takes it up a notch. What do you think? Which one is your favourite out of these two looks?

I spent a great deal of time over-thinking things and stressing this way and that about the card, as from a first glance it can come across as quite plain and almost boring. Just being real here! My husband actually had to peel me off the peak of Mount Anxiety because I was whipping myself into a right frenzy! Thanks for that by the way, my love.

BUT I do like cards that make you look twice and realise there is so much more to it than you first realised, and in the end I am happy with how it came out.

To chill out and just have some fun the following day, I got the Fall Friends stamp set out and stamped up the girl sitting on the pumpkin as well as lots of leaves. I love colouring leaves! Spreading out on my desk with my Copic hex chart, all my Copics close to hand and some good music I coloured away for hours. It’s such a brilliant stress-reliever. Plus it is so much fun!

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Using the Fall Friends coordinating dienamics, I cut out the girl and a shape out of foam sheet, as well as all the leaves. I played around with these for a bit and wouldn’t you know it? A card idea came to me and I thought why not go for it?

For those who might wonder, I store my foam pads in 2”x2” coin pockets as I don’t have enough Mini Ink Blending tools to have one for each colour. It’s an inexpensive way to store your pads when they are not in use and I’m planning on adding little Velcro dots to the back of the ink pads to secure the pockets too.

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Using the Mini Cloud stencil (I use this so much, it’s such a staple for me!) and yellow-orange-pinks and red Distress Oxide Inks, as well as quite a few Mini Ink Blending tools, I blended a colourful autumnal sky background. The inks I used are Mustard Seed, Picked Raspberry, Tattered Rose, Abandoned Coral, Barn Door, Ripe Persimmon and Spiced Marmalade. 

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With the help of a couple of die-namic sets, Blueprint 27 and Blueprint 29, I cut the background piece with a rectangle scalloped edge and a cute little banner, on which I stamped ‘With gratitude’.

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The background piece I adhered to a white card base, made out of Neenah 110lbs card stock, using… *drumroll* …foam tape!! Yes, very much still addicted to that stuff.

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It felt like the girl needed to be framed in order to draw the eye to her and some kind of wooden look was also needed, to balance out all those leaves.

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I decided to use a dark brown patterned paper that look like woodgrain from a discontinued patterned paper stack called Trail Mix (it pays off hoarding that stuff! Check out MFT Stamp’s current selection HERE ) and the middle sized diecut from the Stitched Rectangle Frames. I did my usual trick of cutting it out of foam sheet too to add a uniform and stable base for the patterned paper piece.

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Once I had all my various bits and pieces done, it was time to do the layout-puzzling. It took a few tries but I’m really pleased with how this came out in the end and I hope you like it too!

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All the products I have used for this card are linked to the MFT Stamps store, for your convenience and I have used compensated affiliate links where possible. Using these links will not cost you any thing extra at all, but will earn me a small commission paid by MFT Stamps if you buy yourself a little something using them, so thank you in advance if you choose to support me in this way. I really do appreciate it a lot!

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Thank you so much for stopping by today and thank you to My Favorite Things and Stephanie for inviting me to be part of the fun, I’m so grateful and really appreciate the chance you took on me.

Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

 

Clean And Simple birthday card with Bitty Bears

Hi guys! 

I’m popping in with a super quick card today. One of the major upsides of CAS/Clean And Simple cards is that they generally do not take too much time to make. This one probably took a total of twenty minutes and most of that was spent on the colouring of the little Bitty Bears cutie from MFT Stamps. 

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Recently, I have been getting so much better at doing CAS cards without overthinking things and itching to add more and more to it, and thus taking is totally out of the running of being CAS. Making something clean and simple used to make me break out in a sweat just thinking about it, lol!! I’m not sure what it is that has made the tide turn but these days I enjoy the process rather than hyperventilate and get heart palpitations *slight over-exaggerating perhaps* 

Well, enough jibber-jabbering about my cardiac and pulmonary activity, let’s get to the crafting activity instead! 

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As mentioned, I coloured a sweet little Bitty Bears from MFT Stamps, the one holding a balloon. I adore this stamp set, it has a little bear for pretty much every occasion and a load of sentiments to match. I used Cold Grey Copics for the bear and added some blushed cheeks and pink ears. I also dotted my Colorless Blender all over him to get a textured look, I do this a lot to achieve a textured look on my images. Especially the smaller ones where there is not always enough space to add shadows and shading. Once the bear was finished, I cut him out with the coordinating dienamic and set him aside. 

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This card I’m entering in to the MFT Stamps Challenge which for this month is CAS Birthday so I wanted a simple background with lots of white. But you know, I’m still me and little ole’ me likes texture so I decided to do some heat embossing on it to add interest. To stick to the CAS ideology I did it in white embossing powder and on Ranger Ink water colour card stock because it is the whitest one I’ve got. 

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First off, I used my anti-static tool on the panel, and then I stamped the Mesmerizing Mandala, another goodie from MFT Stamps, in VersaMark ink on it and sprinkled the white embossing powder on it. After setting it with my heatgun I decided to add just a hint of blue to it to make the mandala stand out a teeny, tiny bit more and after scouring my collection of Distress Oxide inks, I settled on Tumbled Glass. Using a very light hand, I added some to the middle of the mandala and blended outwards. Over this I sprayed a little bit of Pearl White spray mist from Prima Marketing and set it aside to dry. 

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To match the bear with his balloon, I stamped ‘Happy birthday, it’s time to party’ on a small banner from the Essential Fishtail Sentiment strips dienamic set and mounted this with foam tape. This die-namic set I use all the time, it’s a staple for sure.

I added a little bit to the bear too and added these to the card to that the bear is standing on top of the banner.

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One of my favourite bold sentiment dienamics from MFT Stamps is the ‘Celebrate’ one, it’s so big and fun. I use it all the time! For this card I cut it out of silver glitter card stock and foam sheet, these two I layered up and added to the card over the bear. And wouldn’t you know it, the card was done! In another shocking twist, no sequins…! Again! I may need to go lie down and wait until this no-sequins-phase has passed. 

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I have used some compensated affiliate links to MFT Stamps in this post, at no extra cost to you. Thank you in advance if you chose to support me by using these when you shop, I really appreciate the support! 

Thanks for stopping by today, see you soon! 

Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica