Re-cap of #TheDailyMarker30Day challenge.

Hi and welcome back to my little blog!

If you like colouring, you might have heard of The Daily Marker hosted by Kathy Racoosin. It’s a challenge where she challenges you to take 5 minutes per day to yourself and colour, with whatever medium of your choice. The challenge is running for the whole month of August, and I have been taking part every day.

This is a re-cap of my projects from the first eight days, as it started on a Sunday Aug 1st. My aim is to do a re-cap post every Sunday with the cards and colouring I have done for it.

For Day1 I picked this cute penguin stamp from Mama Elephant. I adore these guys. It’s coloured in with Copics and then I ink blended a background with Squeezed Lemonade, Salvaged Patina and Chipped Sapphire. It’s my current fave combo!

The background is splattered with some gold watercolour from the Starry Night palette from Kuretake. It’s my go-to for gold. The card is finished off with the word die that comes with the coordinating diecuts for the penguins.

You can find a reel for this card HERE.

On Day 2 and 3 I coloured in this fabulous Botan Peony from Picket Fence Studios, with Fuchsia and pink copics. This card is finished off with a word die from Neat & Tangled (they have sadly closed down) and a generous sprinkling of Clear Sparkling sequins.

There is a reel for this one too, and you can find that HERE.

Day4 I made a card as part of my WOW! Embossing design team commitments, with the Snowflake stencil and Midnight embossing powder from the Twilight Trio.

I also ink blended some Chipped Sapphire and Black Soot around the edges for some drama, added some gold strips on each side of the card and a sentiment in Rich Gold embossing powder. There is a reel for this one HERE.

This card was actually for Day5, but I forgot to post it on my Instagram that day, oops. I have recently joined the Crafty Meraki design team and will be making a couple of videos a month for them. I used the Elegance stamp set and coordinating diecut for my first video, which I coloured in with Ink On 3 Atelier re-inkers mixed with Liquid Pixie Dust to make shimmery watercolour. To get the no-line colouring effect I used the Fadeout ink, also from Ink On 3.

This is the finished card and and you can find the video on the Crafty Meraki YouTube channel.

Day 5 was also dedicated to doggie cards! The reason being that my sister has adopted a little shelter doggie called Otto, and we are all smitten!

These doggie stamps are from Colorado Craft Company, and are illustrated by Anita Jeram. The card above, with images from Wishing You Happines, is coloured in with Copics, and finished off with one of the sentiment from the stamp set, as well as Otto cut out with In Stitches Alpha Dienamics from MFT Stamps.

The one below is from Watch This! stamp set, and it´s done with water colours, as well as the same Dienamics to spell out Adoption. The reel for these two can be found HERE.

I am also going to make a little mini-album or something to send to my sister so she can keep a little mini-diary of her journey with Otto.

On Day6 I tried some new-to-me markers, Paint Pens, from Artistro and tried some rock painting! I had never done this before, so this was completely new to me. I did make a big rainbow and then a little heart rainbow on a smaller rock.

I have a reel for the big one HERE, and I think I will share the one I made for the little rock too. If you are interested in trying these, you can get 10% off by using the code ERICAANDERSSONB.

On Day8 I made another rainbow, only this time on paper and completely flat. This stamp set is Rainbows, it´s from Avery Elle and I just adore it. I used a ridiculous amount of Copics for the colouring, but that happens all the time. I always use so many markers to get depth and details.

I finished it with a sentiment from the stamp set, a friend diecut from Mama Elephant and lots of Crystal Clear Fusion sequins from Studio Katia. The reel for this card can be found HERE.

Well, that’s it for me for today, I hope you have enjoyed this little re-cap. I have used some compensated affiliate links in this post, as well as some suitable alternatives in the links below, in case you want to snap up a little something-something for yourself. Shopping with these links do not cost you anything extra at all, the company it’s linked to will give me a small commission directly as a thank you for pointing you in their direction. Thank you so much if you use these links, I really appreciate the support!

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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

Studio Katia Blog Hop Giveaway Winner and Birthday Cards + video!

Hi everyone!!

Oh my goodness, I’m so excited! I have so much fun stuff to share today: the winner of the recent Studio Katia Blog Hop giveaway, two fun and colourful cards AND another video to my brand new YouTube channel!

If you missed the blog hop post, CLICK HERE to check it out. It’s obviously too late to enter the giveaway but it’s there in case you want to check out the card I made for the hop.

Now, without further ado, the winner of the $25 gift certificate is Mary-Anne V! Congratulations!! Email studiokatiagiveaway@gmail.com with the subject Erica Blog Hop Winner to claim your prize!

Now for the two cards I have done for this post. I used the It’s Your Birthday stamp (at the time of writing it’s unsurprisingly out of stock, but make sure to sign up for in-stock notifications) from Studio Katia.

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The two cards are basically the same, except for the colour of the embossing powder and some of the sizing. One is white and the other is gold. I can’t really pick a fave myself, I keep switching back and forth between them.

If you aren’t a blog reading kind of crafter, CLICK HERE to go to the YouTube video showing how I made these. I’d love it if you’d subscribe to my channel and like my video while you are there!

Ok, back to the written word! The backgrounds are done with the fun Radiating Star Stencil from Neat & Tangled, and an assortment of Catherine Pooler inks. Clockwise from 12 o’clock we have Bellini, Coral Cabana, Party Dress, Flirty Fuchsia, Something Borrowed, Aquatini, Lime Rickey and Limoncello.

To help keep the stencil in place and get clean, crisp lines, I used Pixie Spray (seriously a life saver when it comes to stencils with fine details!) on the stencil a few minutes before I placed it on the card stock. Which is Strathmore Bristol Vellum by the way. I also added some PostIt tape along the edges to get that white frame around it and for extra stay-in-place power. That’s totally a saying now.

Each section was blocked off with sheets of paper and held in place with PostIt tape. Then, with the help of my Life Changing Blender Brushes from Picket Fence Studios, I blended each colour, one by one. You might notice that the centre bit is darker and then the colour goes lighter towards the edges. I think it helps draw the eye in and create some dimension, in an otherwise rather flat design.

The white embossing powder is from Wow! Embossing Powder and the other one is done with Antique Gold from Altenew. Before doing any heat embossing I use my pillow like anti-static tool very generously over the panels. Then, with the help of my Mini MISTI, I stamped the big sentiment ‘Happy Birthday To You’ from It’s Your Birthday, in the middle with VersaMark ink. A generous sprinkling of embossing powder later, a tap-tap to get the excess off and then it was go-time with the heat gun.

I didn’t wait long enough between the ink blending and the stamping with the gold one though and ended up having to clean it up a little with a small paint brush before heating up the embossing powder. I’d like to be able to say that’s the last time that will happen but it’s very, very likely it will happen again and again. Eh, whatcha gonna do?

With both of the panels ink blended and heat embossed, they got trimmed down a little bit to leave a white frame on the card base. Then, with the help of foam sheets cut to size, I adhered them to their card bases. Aaaaaand almost *ALMOST* left them as they were. But, I couldn’t resist adding some fabulous sequins from Studio Katia. These are called Crystal Clear Fusion and I used them all the time, they are amongst my all-time favourite embellishments.

Well, my friends, that’s it! Except to mention that I have used affiliate links in this post for everything I have used in case I have inspired you to pick up a thing or tw… elve (no judgement) for yourself. Using Affiliate links cost you absolutely NOTHING extra but I get a small commission from the companies directly if/when you do. I use anything I make towards the running of my blog and now my YouTube channel so thank you from the bottom of my heart if you use mine. I do not take it for granted and every little helps!

Thank you so much for stopping by today!

Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

 

Studio Katia Lovely Blooms cards, two different ways

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If you have come here from my Studio Katia Anniversary Blog Hop post, then you know that this is one of the ‘continuation’/expansions of that one. If you haven’t, let me explain quickly: I am taking part in the aforementioned blog hop with Studio Katia but as I made quite a few projects for it, I have kept it really short and sweet in the main blog post and gone into more detail here and another two: A trio of Birthday Cards and A Japanese Peony shaker card. Ain’t nobody got time to read lengthy blog posts when there is a hop going on and there are prizes to win, eh??

Those who know me, knows I love flowers and florals of all kinds so this Lovely Blooms stamp set was right up my street. I’m also a big fan of the aforementioned Japanese Peony and also You’re So Ranunculus from Studio Katia.

LovelyBloomsClearStamp_previewI used Canson XL watercolour card stock for this one and trimmed it down to an A2 size, 5.5”x4.24”. This watercolour card stock is lovely for a softer look and I like that it has some subtle texture which looks great once it’s coloured on.

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To make sure I got no stray embossing powder, I used my anti-static tool all over it first, then stamped the image with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and heat embossed Ranger Ink clear embossing powder over it. I’ve not had great luck with black embossing powder in the past so when I want black lines, this is what I do. I have heard very good things about the Nuvo Black embossing powder but haven’t tried it myself yet.

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Using my Zig Clean Color markers, I coloured the flowers in with BRIGHT and vivid colours. I really wanted them to pop so I have used very little water to dilute the colour, rather using a lighter coloured marker to do the blending. The leaves are coloured with green markers, and once dry, I added some details with a white gel pen. I very nearly added details to the flowers too but decided against it in the end.

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The background needed a little something and as I’m in a serious relationship with Ombré at the moment, I did a black ombré look for it. This is also done with the Zigs. Even with all that drama added, I felt it needed something else so I splattered gold paint all over it. I used Light Gold from the Gansai Tambi Starry Colors palette and I use this one for almost all my shimmer! It has so many different shades of gold, you are spoilt for choice! It’s hard to photograph though, but I can assure you it’s very shimmery in real life.

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To finish it off it needed a sentiment so I heat embossed ‘Celebrate ….a little late!’ from the Birthday Greetings stamp set, in Altenew Antique Gold embossing powder on a slim strip of black card stock, adhered it to the card with some foam tape and then added the whole thing to a card base made out of Neenah Classic Crest #110 card stock.

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My second floral card is pretty much the opposite of the first one. I heat embossed this one also but I used Wow! Gold Pearl embossing powder for the Lovely Bloom stamp itself, which I had placed in the upper right corner on my Canson XL A2 sized panel.

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These I coloured in using Daniel Smith watercolours, both with H2O water brushes and normal watercolour brushes. I was very inspired by a birthday card I received earlier in the month, I love the colours on it and used that as a mood board for inspiration so to say. The hardest thing was letting the colours dry in between the layers in order to add some depth and highlights to the flowers.

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A simple ‘birthday wishes’ sentiment, from Blooming Bunch, was heat embossed in the same Wow! Gold Pearl embossing powder in the bottom left corner to keep the card cohesive looking. I very nearly added a word diecut to it instead but The Man convinced me that heat embossing the sentiment was the way forward. And I think he was right!

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The card was finished off with a few Majestic Confetti embellishments, in different sizes, for a little bit of added interest. These are adhered using Multi Media Matte adhesive.

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Finally, the panel was added to a card base, again made out of Neenah Classic Crest #110 card stock. The adhesive I use when it’s water colour card stock, is TomBow Xtreme Adhesive Tape Runner, it is the best I’ve found so far but it is still not perfect. I do find that if I have used lots of colour or water on the paper, that nothing sticks to it super well. I am still on the outlook for that perfect adhesive so if you have a fave, please do let me know!

As always I have used compensated affiliate links where possible. What that means is that I get a small commission from the company directly if you purchase something using one of these links. At absolutely zero extra cost to you! All the supplies I’ve used for this blog post can be found at Studio Katia and Scrapbook.com. Non-Affiliate links are there to help you find the stuff I have used, in case you want any of it for yourself.

If you are thinking of buying something, I would love it if you’d consider using my links as it helps keep my blog and crafting journey going. It really does mean the world to me so thank you in advance for that and thanks for stopping by today!

Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica!

 

Studio Katia 2nd Anniversary blog hop!

 

Hello, hello!

Today’s post is one of the stops on the fabulous blog hop celebrating Studio Katia’s 2nd anniversary! You should have come here from Amy Rysavy’s blog but no matter where you have come from, WELCOME! The full list of the hop will be at the bottom of this post as well as on the Studio Katia blog, in case you get lost on the way.

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This new release is full of fabulous things, you are not gonna want to miss out!! Don’t forget to hop along and comment on each blog for a chance to win!

BLOG HOP GIVEAWAY info: Studio Katia is giving away TWO $100 CAD gift certificates on each day of the Hop, winners will be chosen from the comments left on all blogs of the Hop! Two winners will be chosen from each day, from all the comments left on all the blogs and announced on the Studio Katia blog on Sunday 3rd of June so make sure to comment before Saturday 2nd! 

Now all that is out of the way, let’s get to the crafting: In true Erica style I have gone a bit mad with my projects but I had so much fun with these stamps, dies and embellishments I just couldn’t stop myself! In order to keep this rather short and sweet, I’ve shown all the cards here with a quick description of what I’ve used for each one and then I’ve written up separate blog posts for them, which you could always come back to later if you are interested in the step-by-steps. You can find all the supplies I’ve used for these cards at Studio Katia, Altenew and Scrapbook.com

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Cards number one, two and three are all made with the new Birthday Greetings stamp set. The first few steps are practically the same: I took a sheet of acetate, drew up a grid on it as guidance, which I then placed in my MISTI over an A2 sized card front. Using the cheat sheet as a guide, I placed lots of the stamps from the set in one of the boxes.

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The first card is done with black card stock and the sentiments heatembossed with Altenew’s Golden Peach and Antique Gold embossing powders. The panel is first dusted with a anti-static tool and the first section stamped with VersaMark ink, then after turning it around in the MISTI, I stamped it again.

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A liberal dusting of embossing powder and setting with the heat gun later, it was time to move the stamps and go it all again. Once all set and cooled down, the panel was adhered to a card base and a generous sprinkling of Crystal Rainbow Confetti later, adhered with Multi Media Matte, card no1 was done.

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The second card was done in the same fashion, only on Strathmore Bristol Vellum card stock and with white embossing powder. To add some colour to it I rubbed some Distress Oxide ink pads over it to add LOTS of ink and then blended them together with a blending tool. The colours I have used are Twisted Citron, Cracked Pistashio, Peacock Feathers, Mermaid Lagoon and Blueprint Sketch.

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The March Mermaid gems were just the perfect embellishments for this card, the colours couldn’t have been better matched! I added lots of different sized ones and finished it off with the sentiment ‘May your birthday be as awesome as you are!’ heatembossed in white on a strip of black card stock.

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Card no3 is done almost the same as the first two, only this one is stamped with Distress Oxide inks directly onto a white card base, using Squeezed Lemonade, Carved Pumpkin, Worn Lipstick and Abandoned Coral.

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This one also got a very generous helping of Satin Rainbow Confetti embellishments to make it look like confetti raining down. I picked out pieces to match the ink colours and adhered them with Multi Media Matte adhesive again. Card no3 was done. This was the quickest on out of the three for sure.

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If you want to read more about the makings of these cards with the Birthday Greeting stamp set, includind some step-by-step and more photos, CLICK HERE.

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For my next card, I’ve gone floral! Those who know me, knows I love flowers and florals of all kinds so this Lovely Blooms stamp set was right up my street.

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I used Canson XL watercolour card stock for this one and trimmed it down to an A2 size, 5.5”x4.24”. It’s stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and heatembossed with Ranger Ink clear embossing powder over it. Using my Zig Clean Color markers, I coloured the flowers in with BRIGHT and vivid colours.

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The background needed a little something and as I’m in a serious relationship with Ombré at the moment, I did a black ombré look for it. Even with all that drama added, I felt it needed something else so I splattered gold paint all over it. To finish it off, I heat embossed ‘Celebrate ….a little late!’ In Altenew Antique Gold embossing powder on a slim strip of black card stock, adhered it to the card with some foam tape and then added the whole thing to a card base.

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My second floral card is pretty much the opposite of the first one. I heat embossed this one also but I used Wow! Gold Pearl embossing powder for the Lovely Bloom stamp itself, which I had placed in the upper right corner.

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These I coloured in using Daniel Smith watercolours, both with H2O water brushes and normal watercolour brushes. I was very inspired by a birthday card I received earlier in the month, I loved the colours on it and used that as a mood board for inspiration.

A simple ‘birthday wishes’ sentiment, from Blooming Bunch, was heat embossed in the same Wow! Gold Pearl embossing powder in the bottom left corner and the card was finished off with a few Majestic Confetti embellishments.

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For more in-depth details about these two cards, CLICK HERE.

My last card is inspired by the card I made for last years anniversary blog hop. I love how that one turned out and I actually still have it. That’s it just below.

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This years shaker card features the absolutely stunning Japanese Peony stamp, the new standalone diecut Scalloped Window, as well as some of the new embellishments in the shaker compartment. The flower I had already coloured in, using Zig Clean Color markers, hence the vibrant colours. I also made a few extra leaves. I have a time-lapse video of the colouring of the flower on my Instagram page, CLICK HERE to watch it.

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To create the rest of the card I cut out the Scalloped Window at the bottom of an A2 panel, adhered some acetate to the back of it, cut some foam tape to size and diecut that to create the shaker compartment. I added Chunky Confetti Glitter, Light Blue Stars and Sparkling Sea Confetti to it and sealed it with a piece of watercolour card stock I had swirled some very diluted silvery blue paint on. The idea was to make it look like a water filled vase.

I also splattered some black Gansai Tambi paint and gold from the Starry Color palette on the front to add even more interest. Once that was dry, I added the flower and the leaves using foam tape. Ta-da!

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For more about this card, including step-by-step instructions and photos, CLICK HERE.

I hope you have found some inspiration here and have enjoyed my many, many projects sorry (but #SorryNotSorry really) about that but when inspiration strikes I just run with it! Blame Studio Katia for making fabulous stuff, lol!

I have used compensated affiliate links in this post, to Studio Katia amongst others, at no extra cost to you. Thank you so much in advance if you choose to support me, my little blog and my big crafting journey in this way! I really, really appreciate it.

Thanks for stopping by and happy shopping, crafting and inspiration!

Lots of love from Erica

The next stop of this hop is the amazing Laura Volpes!

Here is the full list of the blog hop, in case you get lost!

Erica A-b  <——You are here——>

 

Japanese Peony Shaker card with Studio Katia

Hello, hello, flower-lovers!

If you have come here from my Studio Katia Anniversary Blog Hop post, then you know that this is one of the ‘continuation’/expansions of that one. If you haven’t, let me explain quickly: I am taking part in the aforementioned blog hop but as I made quite a few projects for it, I have kept it really short and sweet in the main blog post and gone into more detail here and another two. Ain’t nobody got time to read lengthy blog posts when there is a hop going on, eh??

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This post is about the shaker card I made using the stamp set, Japanese Peony, by Studio Katia. I think this stamp is just stunning. As soon as I saw it I knew I had to have it. That big bloom is so dramatic and simple in it’s gorgeousness, I think you can use it in so many different ways: on it’s own for a CAS one-layer card, or make a few of them for a big bouquet or like I have done here, one on it’s own as a shaker card. This is definitely one to add to your stash if you love flower stamps. It also has a coordinating diecut, which is fab, if like me you are not a fan of fussy cutting. 

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Let’s get on with the crafting part, shall we? I started out by heat embossing the flower in white on Strathmore Bristol Vellum water card stock as I knew I wanted to use Zig Clean Color markers to colour it in. This is my go-to watercolour card stock for Zig Markers. For fine details I like using Ranger Ink Extra Fine White embossing powder, it gets all the little bits and pieces without adding chunk, which I like. 

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Before I stamped the image with the VersaMark ink, I dusted the panel with my anti-static tool very generously. I use the little cushion type as I feel it gives a better coverage of the anti-static powder. It does leave a lot of baby-powder/corn starch/anti-static magic powder behind, but I think that’s a very minor thing to have to deal with given how good the benefits are. 

Once all prepped, I stamped the image using my Mini MISTI, added the embossing powder and set it with my heat gun. I let it cool down for a minute while I got all my Zig markers out, water brushes and my kitchen roll I like having on hand when using these markers and brushes. Then it was time to colour! I have a time-lapse video of the colouring on my Instagram page, it’s about 30 minutes condensed down to about 30 seconds so it’s fast! CLICK HERE if you want to take a look. 

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I used a mix of purple and pink markers for the petals, and with some help from the water brushes I blended some of it out and diluted the colours here and there for highlights. You get amazingly vivid and rich colours with the Zig markers so if that’s your jam, you will love them!  

As the card design idea was built on my card from last years birthday blog hop(See picture below) I decided to make some extra leaves, just in case. For leaves I like mixing Turquoise greens with the light and yellow green markers. It gives such a lovely green colour. While the leaves were drying I started fussy cutting out the flower and by the time I was done with that, the leaves were dry enough to be cut out too. I will be getting the coordinating diecut asap because I’m not a fan of fussy cutting, plus I like the look the diecuts create.

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Setting these aside, it was time to start making the shaker part of the card. I used an A2 panel and cut out the new diecut, Scalloped Window, at the bottom, using my BigShot. Using a mixture of roll-on tape and a glue pen, I adhered some acetate for the window part. 

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This was going to be my ‘vase’ as the shape of the Scalloped Window diecut made me think of my many Alvar Aalto vases. Cutting out a piece of foam sheet slightly smaller than A2 I ran this through my BigShot too, making sure to place the diecut as accurately as possible. After adhering it carefully to the back of the acetate piece I turned it upside down to add some bling to the shaker part. 

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I used a mixture of Chunky Confetti Glitter, Light Blue Stars and Sparkling Sea Confetti. Apart from the Chunky Confetti Glitter, the rest of the sequin mix has blue hues to it to mimic the look of water in the vase.

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To seal the shaker compartment I used a piece of water colour card stock I had done a shimmery light blue wash on, to further help give the illusion of water in the vase. 

This whole thing was added to a card base, and as always I used Neenah Classic Crest #110 card stock as this one definitely needed a very stable base. 

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You’d think that I’d just add the flower and the leaves at this point and be done but no. Oh no.. I decided that the front needed a little something more. Yes, at this point. Not at the point where it would be easy, like before I started diecutting and making shaker compartments. Nope. Well, I got my 36-pack of Gansai Tambi water colours out as well as the Starry Colors palette, a couple of brushes and after covering up the window to the shaker part, I splattered some black as well as some Light gold all over the panel.

Then of course you have to wait for it to dry so I started making some backgrounds as I still had plenty of paint on my brushes. I started out slathering the black paint at the bottom of an A2 panel cut out of water colour card stock and then adding a bit more water, I brushed it upwards to create an ombré effect. Using the left over Light Gold paint on my smallest, flat Distress Collage brush I started at the opposite end and brushed it from side to side, downwards. The results were so stunning I just had to try another one! 

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You might wonder what this has to do with the card I’m supposedly blogging about, but well, I very rarely have just one single project on the go so I thought why not share the crazy thought-process that goes on in my head and “behind the scenes”?

Being a big lover of blue, I turned my attention to the blue colours next! I absolutely love the deep, rich colour of no66 and no67 in the Gansai Tambi 36-pack and did the same thing on another A2 piece of water colour card stock. I added lots of colour at the bottom and then going from side to side with my paint brush and adding more water, created that gorgeous ombré effect. I’ve got a joke saying I’m in a serious relationship with Ombré but it’s only a half-joke, I’m totally in love with the look.

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For the blue piece I decided to just White Gold to add shimmer and it also turned out fab. It’s really hard to photograph shimmer though but I hope you get the idea. Or try it yourself! It’s great fun and I know what I will be doing the next time my mojo hides from me.

Right, anyway, back to the Japanese Peony now! Although, in fairness, at this stage it wasn’t much left to do, apart from adding foam tape to the back of the flower and arrange the loose leaves on the card base so they would get adhered with the foam tape. I know, I made a real song-and-dance about that, didn’t I, lol! As I couldn’t settle on a sentiment, I’ve left it blank on the front. That way, I can easily personalise it when I have someone to send it to or an occasion to celebrate.

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As always I have used compensated affiliate links where possible. What that means is that I get a small commission from the company directly if you purchase something using one of these links. At absolutely zero extra cost to you! All the supplies I’ve used for this blog post can be found at Studio Katia and Scrapbook.com. Non-Affiliate links are there to help you find the stuff I have used, in case you want any of it for yourself.

If you are thinking of buying something, I would love it if you’d consider using my links as it helps keep my blog and crafting journey going. It really does mean the world to me so thank you in advance for that and thanks for stopping by today!

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