Concord & 9th Feature Friday: Favorite Paper or Ink Technique

Hello, hello and happy Friday!

Today’s blog post is another instalment in the Concord & 9th Feature Friday series. This week we were challenged to show cards made using our favourite paper/cardstock or ink techniques. As most of you know by now, I do love me a colourful background. Yes, Siree, I do!

Ink blending is anther favourite of mine but for this post I am going to stick to mainly the card stock background one. To start with, I cut strips of the coloured cardstock into two different widths. Why not, eh, while you have your paper trimmer out??

The skinny cardstock strips, 0.6cm/0.25inches, I fanned out. To keep the pieces in place, I used PostIt tape, but low tack washi will work too. Add a little bit of adhesive to each strip, and add to a card base. I did put mine under my MISTI for a bit to make sure it dried flat and all the pieces adhered to the card base. Once the glue is dry, trim off the excess with sharp scissors.

Using the wider cardstock strips, these are about 1,25cm/0.5inches, I separated them into 2 piles based on colours that would work well together. These were then adhered to a card base each, and the excess trimmed off. If you use a lot of coloured card stock you can get a HUGE card stock bundle, with 12 sheets of each colour. If you prefer to try a small selection, get the Assorted Cardstock bundle, where you get 2 sheets of each. Then you can buy bigger single packs of the colours you end up using a lot.

The card with the skinny strips was finished with a simple sentiment from Hey Bestie, cut out with the coordinating diecut. The stamp is done with a mix of inks to create that marbled look. I used Buttercup, Sprout, Parsley and Aqua Sky. Of course I had to, HAD TO, add a generous sprinkle of sequins.

I love the simplicity of this card and the colourful background is my fave out of the three.

The next one I tackled was the darker one of the two backgrounds, and I used the gorgeous Swirls die on it to give it some texture. For the sentiment, I kept it simple again and stamped up ‘Hey Bestie, I love how we just get each other’ in Dove on white card stock. This is cut out using the small hexagon die in the Hexagon Label dies set. These two come in a Hey Bestie bundle too.

I did add some black and silver thread behind the sentiment, which is popped up with some foam tape, and that was it. Oh, and I did poke out all the little holes from the die, rather than keep them in. I like the little white polka dots added to the background.

The final card has a sentiment, and little details, added to it from the Crafty Turnabout stamp and coordinating die set. This, of course, also comes as a Crafty Bundle, if you know you want both.

All the crafty details are cut out of the coloured cardstock , except for the blades of the scissors and the painbrush binder, which is silver glitter card stock. The sentiment is stamped up with Mushroom and the COLOR bit is done with a colour each: Sprout, Oceanside, Midnight, Honeysuckle and Cranberry.

The sentiment block, the scissors and the paintbrush are popped up with foam tape and the rest of the details are adhered with Lawn Fawn glue tube adhesive. A little bit of white Posca pen were the last little details on this one.

I love that sentiment, and it’s so perfect for us crafty people, isn’t it? A handmade card in the mail is like a ray of sunshine on a rainy day.

Right, as mentioned in the beginning, I do also LOVE ink blending. It’s my jam! The first time I tried ink blending with these inks, I did not get very good results… BUUUUUT, I realised I had used the wrong kind of paper. So naturally, I tried again, and ooooh, what a difference!

This is Strathmore Bristol Smooth, and I got not very good results on Strathmore Bristol Vellum. The packaging looks very similar but there is a BIG difference in the paper. The Smooth, is in fact, very smooth and the ink just glides on it. On the Vellum kind, I got a blotchy result and not very vivid colours. So take an extra minute to check the paper you are buying is the right kind, it will make a world of a difference!

The inks I used are Sea Glass, Aqua Sky and Oceanside and they are ink blended using Life Changing Blender Brushes from Picket Fence Studios. I also added a little bit of gold splatter on it, because why not, eh? This is one of my other favourite things to do: Ink blending and adding texture by either splattering water or metallic water colours on top. I loved this combo so much, I made several backgrounds with them.

Okey-dokey, that’s it from me for today! I hope you found a ton of inspiration here and will try some of these techniques for yourself, if you haven’t already done so.

Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

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Picket Fence Studios June Release!

Hello, hello!

It’s the 14th, which means a new release is available from Picket Fence Studios! You can find the entire release HERE if you can’t wait to see what awesomeness is now for sale in the shop.

I have two cards to show you today, both made with the After The Storm stamp set. Both are coloured with Copic markers, but in true Erica style, both are different. I started out by stamping up the images I wanted to use with Hybrid Black Ink, and then I set it a little by using my WOW! Heat tool on it.

I wanted to make the clouds dark, ominous and look like they were ready to unleash some thunder on my first card. This look was achieved by mixing Cool Greys and some blues, as can be seen on my little tester piece above. I also have a video for this over on my YouTube channel if you want to see it more in-depth.

Once the clouds were done, I used some rainbow colours to colour in the… erm… rainbow. Like, duh. Of course I used rainbow colours! What else?? The markers I used can be seen in the photo above.

To match the rainbow on the image, I wanted to add colour to the word ‘rainbow’ in the sentiment too. With the help of my Mini MISTI, some PostIt Tape and the Atelier Inks from Ink On 3 this was a breeze!

From left to right: Marilyn Red, Marigold Orange, Bee Sting Yellow, Goddess Green, Peacock Blue and My Jam Purple. In other words, the exact colour order as the rainbow itself. Pretty neat little details, right?

To add more drama to the card, I cut out a mask and placed over the image, then I ink blended some leftover Chipped Sapphire ink onto the background. The ink that was left on my brush from another project, was just enough to add some depth. I didn’t need to get the ink pad out again. Cool, huh?

Because I’m addicted to shimmery things, I had to add some gold splatters to the card too. This I did by mixing up some Golden Rose Paper Glaze with water and splattering over the background. I removed the mask first though, as I wanted the gold all over.

This works so well! Paper Glaze really is such a versatile product! The last thing I needed to do was add the sentiment strip and the card was done.

Time to move on to card no2!

For this card I used Cool Greys again, but started with C5. On card no1 I used C7 as the darkest colour. I also created lots of texture on the clouds on this one by dabbing C00 LOTS all over the finished coloured clouds.

This rainbow got more depth and detail added to it, but using two shades of each colour. I also used the same ones, and a few extra, for the umbrella. The wellies in the image I did in a dark teal as I have a pair in that colour.

The bench was coloured in with browns, and I added a little bit of a shadow under it too. Because the sentiment was already stamped up, once the colouring was done, the card was done.

Easy peasy! I’m getting better at leaving white space and not feeling the need to fill in every single little gap with colour. Which one is your favourite? I must admin that I do love the gold sparkle on the first one and the dramatic clouds, but I like the colours used on the second one too.

Well, that’s it from me for today, but I will be back tomorrow with more cards and inspiration! If you can’t wait to shop the new release, I’d be so grateful if you would consider using the compensated affiliate links provided in this blog post. They do not cost you anything extra at all, if you do use them, the company it’s affiliated with, Picket Fence Studios for the most part in this blog post, pays me a commission directly. Anything I make from these, go directly into the running of my blog, YouTube channel and Instagram fresh and fun for you.

Thanks again for stopping by! Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

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Picket Fence And My Sweet Petunia Collab!

Hello, hello!!

Today Picket Fence Studios and My Sweet Petunia, the genius behind the MISTI aka Most Impressive Stamping Tool Invented, are hopping to celebrate being fabulous. Or maybe it was just to collaborate with their amazing products? Either way, in my mind, it’s going to be a fabulous collaboration!! You should have come here from Karen and the next stop is Susie!

I should start this by saying ‘Hi, I’m Erica and I’m addicted to the MISTI’s‘ I am a totally self-confessed, and not ashamed about it, MISTI addict. I can not overstate how much this amazing tool changed my crafting world!

For my card today I have basically copied a recent card I made with the fabulous Botan Peony stamp, hands DOWN one of my all time favourite stamps from Picket Fence. I absolutely love it! On this one I stamped the flower at a slightly different angle and used a very different colour scheme.

This is a photo of how I coloured the images on that card I used as inspiration. To see the finished card, go to THIS BLOG POST or THIS YOUTUBE VIDEO.

As I mentioned, on this card I wanted bright colour and a real ka-pow! I went with a very un-natural colour scheme for this big peony.

My husband wasn’t sold on it at all and I must admit I had absolutely no idea how this was going to look like when I started. I had envisioned going deep teal at the bottom of the leaves but as you can see, that didn’t happen.

The above photo shows the exact markers I used, in order. The Botan Peony is stamped with the copic friendly Hybrid Black ink. After stamping it a few times with the help of my MISTI, I used a heat tool to set the ink a little before I started colouring.

I originally thought I’d use the Hello Word Die to finish off the card but after cutting out a few pieces and layering them up, I changed my mind. Instead I ended up using a previously made I Miss You Word Die piece, made out of gold mirror card stock and black card stock.

Once this was glued down with the Lawn Fawn glue tube I actually decided to leave it there. Yep, that means no sequins. *audible shocked gasps*

Well, that’s it from me for today. Now it’s time to hop along and see some more fabulous projects! Don’t forget to leave a comment on my blog here in order to be in for a chance to win some prizes! The full line-up can be found below as well as on the Picket Fence Studios blog and the My Sweet Petunia blog if you get lost along the way.

Celebrating YouTube Milestones with Friends!

Welcome to a video hop celebrating 3 of our friends – Ardyth, Kathya, and Jenny. They all recently reached 5k subscribers on YouTube, so they are co-hosting a hop full of happy cards to celebrate and I was lucky enough to get invited to the celebrations! This is the blog post for my video.

There is a link to my YouTube video HERE and you can also find the whole hop list of participants is on Ardyth, Kathya and Jenny’s blogs.

Ok, now I’m quickly show off my cards and I actually love them both!

We also have a number of fabulous sponsors and prizes that will be awarded randomly throughout the hop to commenters, so the more you hop and comment, the better your chance of winning a prize! Deadline for comments is June 5 and prizes will be announced on Ardyth, Jenny and Kathya’s blogs on June 6. Prizes must be claimed by June 30.

I have used the GOOOOORGEOUS Botan Peony stamp from Picket Fence Studios directly onto the card base. With the help of my MISTI and Copic friendly Blackout Detail Ink from Ink On 3, I stamped up the flower in one corner, turned it around and then stamped it in exactly the same spot on the other side.

I coloured the first one with Copics with a flicking technique, leaving lots of white space. The markers used are RV69, RV09, RV04, RV52, Y17, Y13 and Y11.

To stick to the celebration theme of this hop, I have used the Celebrate word diecut from MFT Stamps. Many, many times in fact. I cut it out of white card stock first, and then once out of black card stock. These I layered up with my beloved liquid glue from Lawn Fawn. Sadly, this fan-tabulous die-namic is retired! Waaaaah!!

I did two while I was on a roll, one is finished with the black card stock and one with the white. Both have been doubly heat-embossed with clear embossing powder to create a nice, shiny puffy sticker look.

I finished the card off with a generous helping of Pretty Pink Posh sequins, adhered with Glossy Accents. The ones I have used are from their Sparkling Clear Mix and I love them. The Man thinks I over-sequinise (which is totally a word now, even though he’s wrong).

With this card done, I decided I loved it so much that I made another one! With a bit of a twist, of course. As I had the Peony stamp in my MISTI still, it was quick work stamping up another card panel. On this one I added more colour to the petals and also filled in the space behind the flowers with Cool Grays.

This feels a lot more dramatic than the white one! I did add some white details with a white Posca pen to bring more white into the panel, as I felt it was perhaps a little bit too colourful.

To add even more white, I used the white Celebrate word die and that was just the thing for it. This one also has clear embossing powder on it, two layers, to create that shiny look. Which has not been captured very well in the photos, sadly.

This one got sequins added too. In almost the same spots as the same white one.

Next to each other they look quite different, despite having the exact same layout. Isn’t it amazing to see how things can change just by adding dark spaces or keeping white ones? I absolutely love this dreamy Botan Peony stamp and have gotten so much use out of it. If you like big flowers (and you can not lie) this one is definitely one to add to your stash.

Well, that’s it from me for today but don’t forget to check out the video I made for these cards as well as the rest of the video hop! There are so many incredibly talented card makers lined up, you will be absolutely spoilt rotten with inspiration and gorgeous projects. Oh and prizes from these sponsors!

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Bright, Sparkly Birthday Cards with New To Me Products!

Hi guys! Today’s post is showing off some dies from a brand new company called Everyday Crafting Co. You can find the shop on Etsy and there are four different dies to choose from or grab a discounted bundle.

In order to be totally transparent, I was sent these dies free of charge and have been paid for this blog post. However, I want to reassure everyone that I only ever use products that inspire me. If I try creating with things I feel ‘meh’ about, my mojo packs up and goes on vacation.

I am running low on birthday cards so I decided to use the Happy Birthday dies. First I tried the diecuts on different paper a few times, to get a feel for them, and see what kind of spacing I wanted. The ‘Happy’ and ‘Birthday’ are separate so you can use them however you like!

After playing around for a bit, this was the spacing that I was happiest with. I like that it leaves enough room for a sentiment banner or stamp set to finish off the Happy Birthday.

These I adhered to a couple of my rainbow backgrounds, that I made out of strips of Lawn Fawn coloured card stock. This is a fun way to add colour to a background without having to colour, ink blend or do anything but stick strips of card stock down. So easy and so fun, great to do while binge watching something!

I was a bit worried that the black one would be too harsh but I think it makes the background, and the letters, really pop! On this one I added lots of Colour Wheels (no longer available) and Candy Lane Canes embellishments from Trinity Stamps.

On another black one, I added Wink Of Stella to the background part. It didn’t look overly sparkly when I did it so I was a bit disappointed. At the time, it didn’t feel like it was worth the time invested in doing it. Which was at least a Modern Family episode, lol!

I needed have worried. Once that was totally dry and I took it out into the sunshine, I was nearly blinded!! It looks super cool!

The final card had the white diecut piece added to a rainbow background panel too, but this one is angled. I’m not sure which way I prefer, to be honest. Maybe the vertical ones… This white one also got a HUGE amount of sequins added to it, it felt like it needed it and it’s a birthday card after all.

That space between the diecut words was perfect size for an Everyday Essential Banner with ‘From All Of Us’ stamped up on it. These are from Lawn Fawn, and I use that banner die set all the time! The stamp set is called Simply Sentiments

One of the black Happy Birthday frame cards got the colourful one added to it. I achieved the look by layering the stamp with Atelier Inks from Ink On 3. From left to right I used Bee Sting Yellow, Marigold Orange, Marilyn Red, My Jam Purple, Peacock Blue and Goddess Green. It was easy to get this look with the help of a Mini MISTI and some PostIt tape. For the white card, I decided to layer up two black banners and add a white one on top. This helps create the illusion of a shadow, and brings the eye in.

Well, with that, I’m all done for today! I hope you have found some inspiration here today, and will check out the Everyday Crafting Co shop for the rest of the diecuts available.

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Thanks for stopping by today. Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

Picket Fence Studios + WOW! Embossing Collaboration = Happy Erica

HI guys!

Today I am hopping along with the Picket Fence Studios and WOW! Embossing teams to celebrate our collaboration. I am a big fan of both of these companies and I’m such a lucky girl to be on both of their Design Teams. Heat embossing is one of my favourite techniques and big, bold flowers are my favourite image to colour in. How perfect is that??

I could have made this so easy for myself, and predictable for you, by using flowers BUT I decided to basically throw myself outside of the box, rather than just stepping outside of it, and do something different!

I started out by making two rainbow backgrounds by drawing lines of Copics across a card base. You start with one colour, then blend that into the next colour, and so on and so on. These are quick and fun to make! I have a video on my YouTube channel showing the process in almost real-time. It’s been sped up a little bit, but you will still get to see the colouring and how the colours react to each other.

Next I cut out then pieces of the Y’all Word Die from Picket Fence Studios, nine out of white card stock and one out of black card stock. These I layered up with liquid glue and set aside. I also cut out the shadow part in white and black.

On the white Y’all, I used White Twinkle embossing glitter, and on the black one I used Midnight Dreams.

I have a little hack for heat embossing word dies, that saves your fingers from getting burnt, and that’s using a cork board with pointy tweezers. Up on my YouTube channel you can see this trick in action in several videos, and I made one for these cards too!

Lastly, I used a couple of stamps from another Picket Fence Studios stamp set: Seriously, Literally, Always to finish off the sentiment on the cards so that they say ‘OMG. Seriously, Y’all, no, just no’. I heat embossed these, including one that I had to cut up to make it possible to use them all at the same time, in Opaque Bright White. Before stamping these up with the Embossing Pad, I used my anti-static tool very generously beforehand.

Well, that’s it from me for today! Now it’s time to hop on and see the rest of the teams makes. Don’t forget to leave comments on this post and along the rest of the hop, to increase your chances of winning some fabulous prizes!

PRIZES – No Blog hop is complete without a prize!

WOW! Embossing Powders is giving away a $25 gift certificate to either their UK or USA store.

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

The winners will be chosen at random from the comments left on the blog hop posts. 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. Winners will be announced on the WOW and PFS blogs on the week of May 11th!

Day 2 – 2nd May 2020 (You can find the line up for Day 1 on the PFS and WOW! Blogs)
Picket Fence Blog
Lydia Fiedler
Carisa Zglobicki
Michelle Lupton
Heather Mitchell
Sara Sherlock
Gemma Campbell
Erica AB Anderson<————YOU ARE HERE!
Mindy Eggen <————-Next stop!
Jo Herbert
Susie Moore
Jenny Colacicco
Verity Biddlecombe
WOW! Embossing Powder Blog

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Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

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Thank You Cards Aftermath Of A Facebook Live!

Hi guys!

This week I was roped into doing another Facebook Live session in the Stamp Nation FB group. And by ‘roped in’ I mean volunteered, lol! This has become a fun way to play with the new release and I hope we will keep doing it! The Flutters & Blooms release will be available tomorrow!

I used the Big Thanks stamp set and made so many panels ready for cards, with the help of almost all my Catherine Pooler inks.

Before the event I had already stamped up a few and even made one complete card, but then *SHOCK, HORROR* I ran out of tape runner! Oh, the drama! I have some liquid adhesive but I don’t like how it warps the card stock so I just set aside all my panels until new tape runners arrived.

Each one has three shades of the same colour family to create the Thanks, stamped in a sideways ombré way. This is so easy with the help of a MISTI, which I am totally useless without. On each new colour I have gone over the ink-line with a blender brush to soften it, as I didn’t want hard, harsh lines where the new ink came in.

Yellow: Limoncello, Tiara, Orange Peel

Orange/Red: Bellini, Coral Cabana, Rockin’ Red

Pink: It’s A Girl, Be Mine, Party Dress

Purple: Sweet Sixteen, Pixie Dust, Flirty Fuchsia

Blue: It’s A Boy, Something Borrowed, Suede Shoes

Teal: Mint To Be, Aquatini, All That Jazz

Green: Melon Ice, Garden Party, Lime Rickey

During the live I tried some other colour combinations and one that was a total surprise was the Unicorn Hair one! This combo I sort of stumbled into by seeing the shades on the stamp from doing other colours. To create the look, I started with It’s A Boy, then overlapped that with It’s A Girl and then added a little bit of Be Mine to add some darker pink at the top of the stamp.

Another one that was a revelation was this one!

I mixed Limoncello, Garden Party, Aquatini, Suede Shoes and Grape Crush and it turned out so cool! Almost like an 80’s print, don’t you think?

The yellow/orange/red one was actually a mistake, albeit a happy one! I mis-remembered which colour I used on this and picked the wrong one.

It should have been Orange Peel but I used Mandarin Spice, which was a lot darker but gave the Thanks a great look! I finished this one off by stamping ‘from the bottom of my heart‘ in Rockin’ Red over the S.

As a lover of blue, I did another one in blue too but switched up the final colour. On my original panel I used It’s A Boy, Something Borrowed and then Suede Shoes.

I decided to use Juniper Mist on the one I made during the Facebook live session instead, and it actually ended up with some turquoise bits on it as well. The new one got the sentiment stamped up on it as well, with Midnight ink.

In between inks, the Stamp Scrubber from Picket Fence Studios, came in so handy! A quick wipe and the Thanks stamp was clean and ready for the next colour.

Well, that’s plenty enough jibber-jabbering from me. I hope you have found some inspiration here with me today. I would greatly appreciate it if you use my affiliate link to shop if you do like my work. They do no cost you anything extra and any earnings I get from these, go straight back into the running of my blog and YouTube channel to keep things fun and fresh for you.

Thanks for stopping by, stay safe and sane!

Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

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Ink On 3 + Trinity Stamps = Rainbow Shimmer!

Hi guys!

Today I’m popping in with a quick card and video on my YouTube channel of a card that took me less than twenty minutes to make!

I used a new-to-me stamp from Trinity Stamps, called Folded Hugs. It has a sweet message and gorgeous font.

Perfect for quick cards to send to your friends in these weird times. Plus Trinity Stamps is a small, family owned business so we definitely want to support them during this pandemic, where every little sale counts.

After prepping some Bristol Vellum paper with an anti-static tool, with the black Mini MISTI and the Embossing pad, I got a good stamp done. I sprinkled Opaque Bright White Super Fine embossing powder over this and then set that with my WOW! Heat tool.

To add bright, happy colours I have used re-inkers from Ink On 3 to do some quick water colouring. In a plastic tray, I dripped a few drops of each colour into the wells and then added Liquid Pixie Dust to them. This adds gorgeous colour AND shimmer in one fell swoop! The colours I used are Bee Sting Yellow, Marigold Orange, Marilyn Red, My Jam Purple, Peacock Blue and Goddess Green.

Once I had done a bright rainbow wash over the heat embossed image, I helped the drying process by using my heat tool on it. Both the front and the back.

With this done, it was time for my usual card-putting-together-faffing process. I toyed with several different colours of card stock, cut out in different sizes of Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle dies and some of my ready-made rainbow backgrounds. These are done with Lawn Fawn card stock, cut into slim strips and adhered to 5.5″x4.25″ panels. I have quite a few of these already made!

Once I settled on the layout, I put the whole thing together and that was it! So easy and so fast.

I have used compensated affiliate links in this post, so if you use any of these to treat yourself to a little something-something, I get a small commission directly from the company the link is affiliated to. The links to Trinity are not affiliate though, I’m just a fan and know Taniesa in real life.

Well, that’s it from me for today. I hope you will get a chance to stop by my YouTube channel and check out the video.

Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

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Concord & 9th Feature Friday part 2!

Hello everyone and happy Feature Friday!

Today I am back with another blog post featuring the February release from Concord & 9th. If you missed the first one, where we focused on the Meadow Blossom bundle and the Brushed Stripes Background Stamp, you can find that post HERE.

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The stars of this post are the Stitched Blooms Bundle and this month’s Turnabout stamp Blooms. The bundle also come as separate pieces, with the Stitched Blooms stamp and Stitched Blooms dies. The dies have a fabulous stitched pattern that is just gorgeous!

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I have made quite a few cards with these goodies so let’s get to it!

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My first cards is super simple and elegant, if I may say so myself. I simply used the Stitched Bloom diecut on white card stock, twice to get a full coverage. After heat embossing one of the sentiments from the Say Hello stamp set on a strip of vellum, I wrapped this around the panel and then adhered the whole thing to a white card base.

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I wasn’t done with the Stitched Bloom diecut, and used it on a piece of water colour card stock. Then coloured it in with Atelier Ink re-inkers I had mixed with Liquid Pixie Dust. It adds sparkle to the colours and look fabulous. It’s not the easiest thing to photograph properly, but I tried.

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The colours I used for the colouring are Bee Sting Yellow, Marilyn Red and Goddess Green. I have a plastic palette where I’ve dripped a few drops of each colour, and into these, I added a drop or two of the Liquid Pixie Dust. By adding in the shimmer into the colours, I kill two birds with one stone and only need to do one bit of colouring! Genius, right??

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This card I wanted to keep quite simple as well, to keep the focus on the pattern and the colouring. I heat embossed one of the sentiments from the Stitched Bloom stamp set. I used Rich Gold WOW! Embossing powder, but heat embossed it twice to get a nice raised texture on it.

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I turned my attention to the Blooms Turnabout stamp next, and I went to town with stamping up some panels with different inks. All the inks I have used are from Altenew and naturally I had my MISTI for this part. On my first one I used pinks and light green. For the green I used only Bamboo, and for the pinks I used all four of the inks in the Cherry Blossom family. I have the Ovals but they also come in Mini Cubes.

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My second panel was bright and vivid, with yellows and light turquoise/blues. The yellows are from the Pocketful Of Sunshine, these also come in Ovals and Mini Cubes as well. The blue/turquoise inks are Sea Glass and Ocean Waves from the Cool Summer Nights. Ovals and Minis as with all of them.

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The last panel is more like a fabric pattern than ‘natural’ colours but I love how it turned out! I also tried something different with this panel and that was embossing three of the turns of the flower part with clear embossing powder.

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The colours are from the Cool Summer Nights family for the leaves, and the flowers are done in grey from the Rock Collection set. I did the three lighter colours of the grey with the clear embossing over them to see what it looked like and it’s a really cool effect!

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I decided to use the yellow and blue panel for the card though. To start with, I trimmed down the panel to 4″x5.25″ and adhered it to a light grey card base. To finish the card I needed something to go on top of it, but what?

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I decided to stamp up some of the flowers and leaves from the Stitched Bloom set on coloured card stock. I used thecoordinating diecut to cut these out and then layered some of them up. I also cut out the ‘LOVE‘ out of coloured card stock, in coordinating colour scheme with the rest of the card.

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With that, I’m all done for today but don’t forget to check out the other guest designers’ work on the Concord & 9th blog!

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Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

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Picket Fence Studios February Release!

Hi!

It’s Valentine’s Day, which is the 14th, which means release day from Picket Fence Studios! This is one out of three blog posts here today, my apologies for bombarding you but sometimes such is life. Can you relate? Days go by without anything much happening and then all of a sudden it is like rush hour, clocks changing and you overslept all in one go.

For these card I have gone slightly rainbow crazy. I know.. not like me at all, right? *snickers to myself*

I started out by cutting strips out of lots of coloured card stock from Lawn Fawn. The colours I have used are Cilantro, Mermaid, Peacock, Moonstone, Blue Jay, Sugarplum, Raspberry, Pencil Eraser, Fake Tan, Sunflower and Sticky Note. If you want to get a rainbow look without having to buy loads of packs of coloured card stock, you can pick up a Rainbow Pack where you get one sheet of each colour.

With all the strips ready, I added adhesive to card bases and puzzled and puzzled and puzzled. It got a bit additive actually and I ended up with loads of fun backgrounds!

On the two above I used the Happy Birthday sentiment from Fancy Sentiments. Easy and straight to the point! Plus, look at that font. Gorgeous, isn’t it? The top one has the sentiment heat embossed on vellum and the bottom one it’s stamped directly on it. Make sure you use a stamping tool when you do it this way though as it doesn’t always stamp very well on the background.

If you are on the market for some fun sentiments you should definitely look at the Favorite Notifications stamp set. It’s got something for everyone in your life.

If you just want to play with the card stock and make loads of backgrounds for simple Hello cards, like I did here, do it! It’s very relaxing and you can do so many different ones.

On this one I did a little bit of ombré Copic colouring on white card stock before cutting out the shadow bit of the Hello, before layering it up with white.

This Hello is layered with dark grey and black card stock. I can’t decide which one I like better…

This masculine one I did without the shadow part of the Hello. The dark blue strips frames it pretty nicely.

This one is done with all the Hello’s cut out of the coloured card stock, directly on a white card base.

The thing I love about coloured card stock is that it is so easy to make really colourful cards with very little stamping and colouring!

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