One last Hurrah for Butterfly Reflections Ink blog with a couple of pop-up cards

Hi guys!

Today is the last day for my term on the Butterfly Reflections Ink design team and I have made a pop-up box card for my final blog post. I made a few mistakes along the way and decided to make another one, with the mistakes in mind, to try and improve on the design. 

Before I get to that one, let’s have a quick look at the first one: I went with a blue colour scheme, for no other reason than that I love blue.

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To take out all the guess work out of dimension for the box card itself, I used the Scalloped Pop-up Box card Lawn Cut. I’m rubbish with numbers and calculations so this is a life-saver for me. Two quick cuts and you have your standard box! Easy peasy! I decided to use patterned paper to make it a bit festive, and got out Hearts & Stripes from MFT Stamps. I added four dividers in the box, but this might have been a bit ambitious in hindsight. I also cut out rectangles in the same colour card stock as the outside of the box, to add to the inside flaps of it. I was in a very coordinating mood, lol! The patterned paper packs give you so much choice when it comes to colours and patterns, you can pick and choose to suit the occasion or the recipient favourite colour.

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To keep the colours cohesive and to match the patterned paper, I decided to use some of the many balloons I had already coloured up from the Simply Celebrate stamp set, which were all done in blues with some grey added to a few. This was a set I wanted from the moment I first laid eyes on it! All the balloons are cut out with the coordinating diecut too.

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In order to keep the balloons stable, I cut out lots of the ‘sticks’ from the box diecut and layered them two and two. These I adhered to the dividers and stacked the balloons to make them all show.

Sentiment-wise I have used a combination of Happy Happy Happy stamp set plus coordinating diecut as well as another Lawn Fawn stamp set called Home Sweet Home I stamped up the banner from the Home Sweet Home set and added ‘Birthday’ to it from the Happy Happy Happy set. The Happy bit is coloured in with Copics.

To add sparkle, I cut out lots of stars and glued these onto “paper sticks” which I then added to the box. A couple of them also got added to the banner to frame the ‘birthday’.

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As I had gone a bit mad with the dividers inside the box I actually ended up with an empty one as the balloons in the back are adhered to the box itself. To cover this front divider up, I stamped up the candles from the Simply Celebrate stamp set and coloured them in with Copics too. I had to trim off two candles to make it fit inside the box and not cover up the ‘Happy’ bit and I did this by fussy cutting before glueing it down.

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Well, all in all, it’s not too shabby but you know when you just know it’s not perfect and it bugs you? Yeah, that’s how I feel about this one… So, to combat that, I decided to make another one and hopefully learn from my mistakes on this one.

For the second box I decided to go for rainbow colours! Another MFT Stamps patterned paper stack came out: Party Patterns. At the time of writing this blog post, it’s sold out everywhere (no wonder actually as it’s gorgeous!) However, if you can’t wait to get something similar, MFT Stamps has a fabulous selection of patterned paper packs. As does Scrapbook.com, their selection of patterned paper deserves a ‘wow’, there is a dizzying amount of choice there, Doodlebug Designs amongst others. I have a bit of a patterned paper hoarding problem myself but I know for a fact I’m not alone with this “problem”, lol!

Right, I kind of lost the red thread there for a moment, ogling all the pretty papers. The Lawn Fawn Scalloped Box Card cut came out again and two times through my BigShot later, I had my box pieces.

The paper I picked out for the second box is a lovey bright, rainbow striped pattern. Just gorgeous. If I could get a pack with just these stripes, I’d probably get like 5 packs right away. I love it!

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So the box itself came together quite quickly and I added four dividers to this one too, which you might think was a bit mad seeing how I thought it was too many for the first one. Well, there is an explanation for sure: I wanted to make it almost identical, just fix my mistakes from the first one i.e. better placing of the balloons and sentiments.

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I stamped up another three sets of balloons, as well as the candles, from the Simply Celebrate stamp set and got my Copic markers out again. These I coloured in with rainbow colours too and then cut them out using the coordinating Lawn Cut. The ‘Happy’ image from the Happy Happy Happy set was also coloured in with a rainbow colour scheme and cut out with its coordinating Lawn cut.

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Assembly isn’t that time consuming when you already know where most of the images are going to go and you have all your bits and pieces done. After cutting out gold glitter stars for this one (with one of the little dies that comes with the Box die), and making my ‘paper sticks’ as well as cutting out the ones meant to lift up the balloons it was just glue-add-glue-add job and it should have been done. You’d think anyway… well, it is I, Erica the Crafting Drama Queen, lover of a good crafty twist so no. That is not how it went *facepalm*

After deciding in which order the balloons were going to go, I added the balloons in the back to the first divider rather than the back of the box. OH! Twist no1!

Twist no2 came when it was time to place the candles in the box. Instead of trimming these down and tucking them in, I added it in full-size and covered up the “holding sticks” with gold glitter stars.

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Twist no3 came soon after that. The ‘Happy‘ bit was adhered to the back of the candles rather than behind them, as on the first card.
I’m not sure that adding loads more gold glitter stars will qualify as a twist as I’m not known for holding back on the bling? Nah, let’s just say that I added… a fair few… more to this box than the first one. Eh, what can I say?

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Anyway, with that, I’m done for the day but I would like to wish my dear friend Pernille a very happy birthday! We used to go for a birthday brunch in between her birthday, today, and mine, on the 11th of May, whilst I lived in Denmark but sadly that’s not going to happen this year. Next year, I might need to plan ahead and make it happen.

I have used compensated affiliate links where possible in this post, to Scrapbook.com where there is a huge selection of Lawn Fawn and MFT Stamps amongst others, thank you in advance if you use these to purchase anything. I get a small commission from the company directly if you do this, at NO extra cost to you whatsoever. Every time you use someone’s affiliate links, you help them along on their crafting journey so please do make sure you use them when you can. It really means the world to us all!

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I’m going to submit both these cards to the current Lawn Fantatics Challenge #27 as it’s 3D cards.

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Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

Big bloom cards with Studio Katia stamps and gold accents!

Hi guys!

Today’s post is both part of my penultimate blog post as part of the Design Team at Butterfly Reflections Ink as well as a bigger blog post with another two cards.

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I believe how quickly these 4 months on the BRI DT have gone and I have so enjoyed my time as part of it, I can only hope I have provided some inspiration for you all with my posts there. If you are dreaming of being part of a no-drama, easy breezy design team, you should definitely apply to it. If not this time, next one!

I have used a flower stamp from Studio Katia called ‘Thank You Very Much’, which I heat embossed with Gold Tinsel embossing powder from Ranger Ink. I stamped this up with VersaMark directly onto my Canson XL watercolour pad four times and sprinkled the embossing powder directly onto it. This was NOT a good idea by the way. DO not attemp this yourself. Save yourself the hassle of getting embossing powder all over your craft room and pull the sheet off the pad before stamping!

We had glorious sunshine weather here in Poland the last weekend so I took my heat embossed flowers and 36-pack Gansai Tambi water colour pack outside in the sunshine for some colouring. Once it got too hot (yes, really!!) I took the lot back inside and curled up on the sofa and some The Good Wife as I’m currently man-free. I am glad I made the most of the weather then as it’s since turned and it’s been raining on and off the last couple of days. Oh well, you win some, you loose some.

These water colours are gorgeously creamy and rich, I really enjoy working with them and tried out a couple of different techniques whilst colouring each flower. One is loosely coloured, a few are done with some shading and the last one just kind of happened because I liked the colour. Water colouring is such a soothing way to colour, I just adore it. Here is a progress photo.

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Once I had coloured them all in and the flowers were dry, I decided to use the yellow one for the first card and used the coordinating diecut to cut it out. Next step was to settle on background and sentiment. I just happened to have a green-gold watercolour background done and it was even on a card base so that was easy enough. Then I thought I’d add some green and gold leaves around the flower to add some texture. I used Wild Greenery from MFT Stamps and I cut some leaves out of Gold Mirror card stock as well as water colour paper. The ones out of water colour paper I swooshed some ZIG Clean Color Light Green on and with a water colour brush, diluted the colour a bit.

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On the back of my flower I added foam tape and then after arranging the leaves around it, pressed it down to make sure the leaves were all adhered too.

Using the same Gold Mirror card stock, I also cut out the ‘Thank you’ sentiment that is part of the coordinating diecut for the flower. I also did one in black matte card stock and layered these to slightly off-set to create a shadow. This was then added to the flower and the card was done!

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My second card is done in a similar way, just a very different colour scheme and another technique. This flower is fushia pink, and I went with a dark grey card base and gold and turquoise leaves.

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I cut out more leaves out of the watercolour card stock and added some colour to them with Daniel Smith’s Phthalo Turquoise and Undersea Green and a water colour brush. Whilst those were drying I came up with an idea of adding some fun interest to the gold mirror card stock leaves! I got the Aquamarine Nuvo Embellishment Mousse out and with a stubby water colour brush I dabbed some on the leaves and set aside to dry.

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Another idea formed whilst I was doing that, so I got the Lemon Sorbet Nuvo Embellishment Mousse out and dabbed that on the turquoise leaves too. I didn’t want it to be too “perfect” so the dabbing was quite random.

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The card base I ended up using is made out of Lawn Fawn Narwhal Card stock and I had both stamped a circular ‘Happy Birthday’ sentiment on it in black ink as well as done some ink blending on it before. However, I didn’t really like it so the idea came to cover it up with the flower and the leaves so I could still use the card base.

I used foam tape on the back of the flower and placed all the leaves around it but left enough space for the sentiment to show through. With a firm press down to adhered the flower and all the leaves to the card base, the second card was done.

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My third card is a bit different in that it’s loosely coloured as well as it being partially diecut, rather than completely.

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I wanted to keep part of the water colour card stock around the flower so I used a Lawn Fawn Stitched rectangle and placed the flower so it would be in the upper area of the cut out.

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I carried on with the diecut leaves and the water colouring of them, only I ended up using another idea. By placing the coordinating diecut for the flower in my BigShot slightly off the plate so it wouldn’t cut it all the way around, I ran it through.

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With the panel ready to be used, I mounted the back of it with foam tape and making sure the cut out bit of the flower was higher so I could slot my leaves in. To frame the  card I used Sticky Note Lawn Fawn card stock for the card base and adhered this whole thing to it.

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I kept the sentiment really simple by using Neat & Tangled diecut, called Hooray, cut out of gold hammered card stock. I didn’t even use foam tape for this one! Just liquid glue pen, which is great for all those little fiddly bits, and glued it down flat. With that, the last card was done.

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All three cards are made with the same focal stamp, the Thank you So Much from Studio Katia, and the same accent dienamic ‘Wild Greenery’ from MFT Stamps.

My BigShot got such a workout in the making of these cards, the handle fell off. A quick “surgery” later, it was fine again, thank goodness! I will be replacing it pronto as soon as it bites the dust for real though, a diecutting machine is absolutely necessary in my opinion.

Right-y-o, if you have managed to hang in there until the end, I salute you and think you deserve a cookie! I also need to mention that I have used compensated affiliate links to Studio Katia, Scrapbook.com and MFT Stamps in this post, as I always do when possible. If you end up using one of these links and purchase something, I get a small commission from the company directly at no extra cost to you. Thank you so much in advance if you chose to support me and my crafting journey this way, I really do appreciate it a lot!

With that, I’m off to convince my little chicas to go for a walk in the drizzle. Not sure how well that’s going to go down, we are not fans of rain in this house, lol!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Lots of love from Erica

 

 

 

 

 

MFT Stamps Viking, Polychromos and Sketches.

Hello, hello!

I’ve got a quick look at my regular Monday blog post over at Butterfly Reflections Ink for you today. Well, I say, regular but the term is coming to an end this month and I have had a great time on this design team! If you are interested in trying out for it, check it out right here. It’s a great, no-stress team to be on so if you are umm-ing and ah-ing about it, just go for it!

Right, the card. Here we go, I used a stamp that I have had in my stash for a little while now as it’s super cute and I couldn’t resist it: Viking from MFT Stamps. It has a coordinating die-namic but I don’t have that one yet.

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I stamped him up with Grout Grey Hybrid ink and then coloured him with Polychromos coloured pencils, which is definitely not my strongest medium but it was great fun! The background is stamped with Wood Plank Background using Iced Spruce Distress Oxide ink in my beloved MISTI, on light grey card stock(MFT has a great range of coloured card stock, I can’t deny I want them all) I also cut out a stitched circle in the panel as I was making the card using the current MFT Sketch Challenge #380. 

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Keeping the card simple, I stamped the sentiment on a thin strip of white card stock, added it to the card with a vellum heart behind it and a few enamel dots and gemstones later, it was done. What do you think?

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I have used compensated affiliate links in this post, which means I get a small commission at no extra cost to you if you purchase something using these links. I hope you’d consider supporting me this way if you are thinking of buying some of these items anyway, it helps my crafting journey and I really appreciate it!

Have a great week and happy crafting!

Love, Erica

 

 

Alcohol ink obsession going strong still!

Hello, hello!

Today’s post is a sneak peek of my regular Monday post over at Butterfly Reflections Ink blog. It’s another alcohol ink post because I’m STILL obsessed…  Good thing this kind of alcohol doesn’t have a reverse effect on the liver or I’d be in trouble for sure! (It probably would if you drank it though but please don’t try that theory out!)

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I recently made seven cards out of the panels I had laying around and thought I had made a good dent in my pile of backgrounds but it turns out that I had stashed some in another spot… Eight to be precise! Although I gave myself permission at the end of the last blog post to make more, I really had to put my foot down and say no to myself. Which is really, really hard! *insert whining and foot stomping here*

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Anyway, I grabbed three blue to light blue/aqua backgrounds and got to work. One of these is actually made with Copic markers and silver mixative. I adore how it came out too so I will definitely try that technique again!

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For all the details and products I used for these cards, head on over to the full blog post and check it out!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great week!

Lots of love from Erica

Altenew Coffee Love cards and gift card holders

Hi!

I’m a bit late with this, I should have posted this yesterday as that’s when my regular Monday blog post over at Butterfly Reflections Ink goes up.

I made two cards with a caffeinated theme, my blog post is called From One Coffee Crazy Gal To Another after all, as well as two gift card holders using the Coffee Card Gift Holder Honey Cuts from Honey Bee Stamps.

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I made one set with a blue colour scheme. as seen above and one in a pink colour scheme, see below.

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If you want to read all the details about how I made these and what supplies I used, head on over to my blog post at BRI to find out!

Happy crafting and lots of love from Erica

Friendship card with Altenew Build-a-Flower Gardenia

Hello, hello!

I’m back home after a fabulous weekend trip to Berlin to meet up with some friends I’ve not seen for almost 2 years. We have walked, talked, eaten and laughed until our bellies hurt! It was a spur of the moment thing, we put the whole trip together in less than 2 weeks and considering we all live in different countries, that’s no small feat! But as two of them are moving out to Canada on a posting in less than a month, this was the only weekend available so it was a case of ‘ok, let’s just do it!’ and I’m so glad we did!

Things are a bit stressful for the two moving, as you can imagine, so today’s card has a friendship theme as a reminder they can always count on me to help them out if need be. Right, before I go and get all soppy and teary because they are moving so bloody far away, I’m gonna get on with the card. This is a sneak peek of my regular Monday blog post over at Butterfly Reflections Ink blog by the way.

I’ve used Altenew’s Build-a-Flower Gardenia set and coloured it in with the red Artist Markers from Set A, which can also be purchased separately. The leaves are stamped with three colours from the Tropical Forest Oval inks set, which can also be found in handy mini cubes if you are short on space in your craft room. The colours I used are Bamboo, Parrot and Olive.

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For the background I’ve used a stencil called Sketched Lines and Nuvo Mousse in Spring green.  To read about the whole process and see more photos, head on over to the BRI blog where the whole blog post is.

From today there is also a giveaway going on over at Altenew! Place an order from the Build-A-Flower Collection from 2/26/2018 until 3/2/2018 at 11:59 p.m. EST, and you will automatically be entered into a raffle for a chance to win a big prize! One lucky winner will be chosen to win a prize pack valued at over $120 including one Original MISTI stamping tool, Artist Markers Set C, and Soft Pastel 6 Mini Cube Set. A winner will be announced on March 4th on the Altenew Blogs.

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I’ve used affiliate links in this post, which means that if you click on one of them and end up buying something from Altenew, I get a small commission at no extra cost to you. Thank you in advance if you do this, I really appreciate it

Happy crafting and lots of love from Erica

Lawn Fawn Challenge 22 -two cards with You Octopi My Heart

Hi guys!
I’m popping in with a couple of cards I made for the Lawn Fawnatics Challenge 22-Inky Fingers

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My take on this challenge was to stamp up my little Octopi My Heart stamp a couple of times in Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colour him/her in with Copic markers and then create the backgrounds using inks, stamps and Lawn cuts. These cards came out quite ‘Valentine’s Day-ish’ but can be used for anniversaries, birthdays or generally soppy moments. Or change the colour scheme and the sentiment to make it a boy-ish birthday card.

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For the backgrounds I’ve gone in different directions, technique-wise, for each card to make them individual, yet matchy. The design is very simple yet each element help make the card pop in it’s own way. For example, a) I used the same Distress Oxide ink colours Candied Apple, Fired Brick and Iced Spruce and b) the only stamp set is the Octopi My Heart yet and c) the Lawn Cuts are the same however, the finished cards do not look too similar.

OK, that sounded a lot less complicated and less contradicting in my head… I think I’ll skip out on trying to explain it any further and will just show you instead.

To create my own patterned paper I got some Strathmore Bristol Vellum card stock out and the inks I had chosen for these cards. On a piece big enough to cut out the biggest of the Lacy Heart Stackable Lawn Cuts I blended Fired Brick and Candied Apple together for a rich red. Using a natural sponge I had dipped in water and wrung out, I dabbed this in a random pattern all over it to activate the oxidation of the ink. For my second piece of patterned paper I dabbed my mini inkblending tools on the ink pads and simply dabbed these to create circles on my card stock. I should have taken better photos of these before I cut them up but oh well.. Hopefully it will give you an idea of what I meant.

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After I had cut out the hearts I wanted using the Outside In Stitched Heart Stackables I decided to frame them using the Lacy Heart Stackables. I cut out a red one out of Chili Peper card stock, for the ink blended heart and one gray, out of Storm Cloud card stock, as well as one white for the circle heart. The gray one I stacked slightly off to let the white one be seen through the gaps. It created a lovely contrast to the red card base. This picture is with just the dark gray card stock.

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On the card bases, one was white (Neenah Classic Crest Solar white 110#) and one was red (Lawn Fawn card stock in Chili Pepper) I decided to add some fun interest by dabbing some Candied Apple Distress Oxide ink with the same natural sponge I used to oxidise the ink on the ink blending piece, on my white card base. On my Red one I stamped a pattern using the little bubbles that comes in the stamp set using Iced Spruce.

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I used the same sentiment for both cards, ‘You octopi my heart’, both stamped in Candied Apple red, one on a strip of white card stock and the other one directly onto the heart, with the dabbed ink circles.

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The hearts themselves I added to the card bases using foam tape and the octopi were both added with foam tape too, because what else? *Foam tape addict* One of the cards only got the sentiment strip and a few Sparkling Clear sequins added to it after that. It didn’t need anything else actually. Which is unexpected coming from me, I know, lol!

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The second card got five extra hearts, which I cut out of the red inkbleneded piece as well as clear drops in different sizes added. The hearts are added with foam tape but I think I went with one too thick for these actually. Best remember that for next time. Oh and some Glossy Accents on the octopi’s eyes to make them stand out a little bit.

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Well, with that, I’m all done and will be submitting these to the challenge as there is a $25 gift voucher up for grabs for the randomly drawn winner!

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OK, just one last picture before I go! I hope you like these cards and will feel inspired to try any of the techniques I’ve used here.

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Happy crafting from Erica

I choose you, love

Hi guys!

Valentine’s Day is nearly upon us and whilst we don’t really do anything special on this day, I do adore making super sweet and soppy cards for The Man. I often call him my grumpy bear as he likes to hibernate and stay in his man-cave, lol!

I used the adorable Neat & Tangled Beary Merry stamp set and die cut for this card, as well as Love Notes die cut to make part of the sentiment and the ‘ textured patterned paper’ for the background.

I have a full blog post up over on the Butterfly Reflections Ink Blog today but here is a little sneak peek of the card I made for it. Very little stamping but lots of diecutting. I’m trying to use up all the little bits of scrap paper that I have kept ‘just in case’ I might need it one day and all the bits and pieces for this card are all cut from one little piece that I ran through my diecutting machine until there was not a single area big enough left.

There is also a short video on Instagram on how I coloured the bear and which Copic markers I used for it.

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WPlus9 Christmas Rose, three different looks!

Hi guys!

Today I have got both a sneak peek of my weekly post over at Butterfly Reflections Ink blog as well as a card here on my own blog. The thing that ties them together is that I have used the same stamp set, Christmas Rose Bouquet from WPlus9, for the three cards but they all look very different. I love doing this as I think it shows that the stamp set can be used for different occasions, with different recipients in mind and by simply choosing a new colour palette it can still be completely personalised.

The two cards I have over on the Butterfly Reflections Ink blog today are both coloured with Daniel Smith water colours, yet by using two different colour schemes and making the background unique to each one as well, they look nothing alike. I hope you will pop over there and check it out!

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The card I am going to show you here is coloured with Copics and is a one-layer card. I don’t do these very often as I’m a self-confessed foam tape addict! I simply adore adding layers and dimensions on my cards by using different thickness foam tape.

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As this was going to be a one-layer card I cut a sheet of Neenah Solar White 110# card stock in half and scored it in the middle to create a 5.5”x4.25” card base. Then, using my trusted MISTI, I stamped the image, Christmas Bouquet by WPlus9 directly on it with Memento Tuxedo Black ink. Whilst I was letting the ink dry a little bit, I consulted my Copic marker hex chart (this is a super-duper helpful colour chart done by the awesome Sandy Allnock and if you don’t have it but use Copics, I HIGHLY recommend it!)

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I chose mainly teal and turquoise markers, as I had seen a beautifully coloured image by one of the talented ladies I follow on Instagram (her username is @ashwyness and click here to see the card she made) I instantly thought ‘I need to try that’. The card I ended up with, naturally looks nothing like my original inspiration… CASE-ing a card is another things I’m not very good at.

When I started colouring I went straight for the big bloom in the middle and that came out pretty ok but I could really feel that it has been a while since I used my Copics as I felt very rusty. As you use different ways to colour with all the different mediums, I do find that I need to ‘refresh’ my memory a little when I switch between them. I did not do that before I started on this though so I’ll save that one as a ‘memo to self’ for the future. I will probably forget next time too… eh, such is life.

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Moving on to the smaller flowers, I kept on colouring in a flicking motion, as I had done on the big one. However, on the smaller ones it just wasn’t working. I couldn’t get it to look good so I did something drastic and decided to change tactics. Getting my colourless blender pen as well as the BG000 out, I tried blending the colours together for a smooth look. Bad. Move. Very bad move. Oy. I was not happy. Not happy at all. However, I decided to keep colouring and seeing if I could save it down the line.

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I knew I wanted the leaves to be coloured in cool greys so to make the smaller branches really stand out, I went for a bold yellow look to create some dramatic contrast. Moving on to the leaves, I used Cool Greys up to no6 to create shading and details.

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Once all the flowers and leaves were coloured in, I sat back to look at it and wouldn’t you know it but the background looked too white and stark. Or at least in my eyes. So out came the Copics again. This time only C1 and C0 though, and using the C1 close in around the image I then blended the colour out using the C0 marker. This is a long and slow process as you need LOADS of ink and to get a smooth look, you can not rush it. If you get tired or just plain sick of it, put it aside and come back another day. After I was happy it was blended enough I got my Colourless blender pen out again and used it in a dotting manner all around the shaded area to add the slightest bit of texture to it. This look takes time but is definitely worth it!

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Sentiment wise I wanted something simple but lovely, and I chose one from another WPlus9 stamp set called Kind Soul, that says ‘I’m proud to call you my friend’. This is heat embossed in Platinum, from Altenew, in the bottom left corner. Now on this card, I simply could not resist the overwhelming urge to add sequins. Lots and lots of sequins! I had made two cards in a row without a single one on them so I may or may not have gone totally overboard but hey, I think it works! These ones are Sparkling Clear Sequins Mix from Pretty Pink Posh and I love it a lot. The fact you get all the different sizes in one pack is so handy. I don’t tend to overthink my sequin placement, I use gut instinct and just go for it.

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With that, the card is done. Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you will pop by Butterfly Reflections Ink to see the other two cards I made too.

Happy crafting and lots of love from Erica

 

 

 

 

Alcohol ink art with the Pantone colour of the year, Ultraviolet!

Hi guys!

I’m over on the Butterfly Reflection Ink blog today with a post about making a handmade gift for my mother, using alcohol inks in the Pantone colour of the year 2018, Ultraviolet!

I made a gift tag, birthday card and a “painting” using purple alcohol inks, Copic markers and Silver metallic mixative on Yupo paper. Oh, and LOTS of sequins and foam tape. What can I say, I’m addicted to those.

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I have lots more pictures over on the BRI blog so I hope you will head on over there to check it out!

 

Happy crafting from Erica