Guest Designing for brand new Miss Ink Stamps!

Hello everyone and welcome to CaCaCraft by Erica! Whether it’s your first time here or you have been here before, welcome, welcome! I’m a bit excited (and quite possibly over-caffeinated) for today’s post as I’m guest designing for a brand new stamp company called Miss Ink Stamps!

There has been sneak peeks and giveaways on Instagram all week and the shop is officially launching on the 16th of March. Click HERE to go to the shop (shop isn’t going live until the 16th though) and HERE to check out their Instagram page. There is still time to enter the giveaways too, so don’t forget to do that. Everyone loves to win fab freebies, right?

I have made two cards for today, with a stamp set called Unstoppable, which features some cute dinosaurs and fun pun sentiments. These two cards are vastly different from each other for two reasons. Reason number one: The stamps only arrived yesterday at 3pm!! Yep… saying that was cutting it close isn’t even a joke. Reason number two: I made a CAS/Clean And Simple card to at least have something ready for the post today and that ended up taking less than half an hour (The beauty of CAS!)

Because I’m a big lover of blues, I decided on a blue T-Rex for this one. And also so that it works as a masculine birthday card. The image is stamped directly onto the card base.

To finish it off, I stamped ‘I’m saury. I forgot your birthday!’ in the top left corner. To balance out the card, and so that it wasn’t completely flat, I added a few matte enamel dots in the top left and bottom right corners.

So with that in the bag, I could take my time and do another one. Which turned out to be anything but CAS. Ay, Mama! I think I threw everything but the kitchen sink on it…!

The diecut panel I had ready made, and thought ‘why not use it’? So I did! Using it as a guide, I drew circles with a pencil on a Copic friendly card stock. Then I stamped the images so they would peek out of the holes in the panel.

Before colouring in the images I used an eraser to remove the pencil marks.

I completely spaced on taking lots of progress photos but I did get this one with the Copic markers I used for the lava.

This card turned out to be super difficult to photograph properly. Now that might have something to do with all the sequins and the fact it was like 10pm by the time I finished this one. I *may* have gone slightly mad with the amount of sequins…

All the images are stamped with Ink On 3 Blackout ink, it’s quickly become my go-to black ink. It’s absolutely brilliant and as well as Copic friendly, it’s also water colour friendly!

Right, with that, I’m done for the day but I will be back with another post featuring new stamp set on Saturday! Mark your calendars!

Thanks for stopping by!

Lots of love and happy crafting 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

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

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