Fake Resin Look Thank You Cards with YouTube Video!

Hi guys!

Today’s post is a quick one as it’s mostly about the YouTube video I made for it. I’m participating in a little video hop today with a twist! The participants are using a video of one of the fellow hoppers as inspiration and making projects with their take on it. The lady before me does a lot of work resin, which has been on my want-to-try-that list for ages as it looks like a lot of fun!

As I don’t have any resin, nor could I get any in time to make a video with it, I decided to do a fake resin look using Glossy Accents instead. I have seen loads of tutorials with alcohol ink tiles and coasters made with it, so my idea was basically to create alcohol ink pieces and turn them into cards as I am primarily a card maker.

On the first piece, I used some light blue and warm grey Copic refills to create a fun background. This is Yupo paper so the magic practically happens by itself. It’s so fun to do!

I cut the panel down using a stitched rectangle die from Lawn Fawn, and I also cut out the word Thanks using a die-namic from MFT Stamps. This exact one is retired but there is a very similar one from Flora & Fauna. I also cut out four more Thanks out of white card stock, and layered these all up with the glue tube adhesive from Lawn Fawn.

This whole shebang was added to a card base and a very generous layer of Glossy Accents was added to the Thanks. This was then set aside to dry overnight.

The second card is SUPER Clean And Simple. So much so I kind of feel it’s a bit naked!

I used the same Thanks and cut out loads of them out of white card stock and once out of a already made alcohol ink panel. This one is also made with Copic refills. B91 to B99, my favourite blue Copic combination.

These letters I adhered directly to a white card base, with the help of a ruled taped down to make sure they went on straight. Then another generous helping of the Glossy Accent. I tried making sure to pop all the bubbles in the Glossy Accent on both cards but a few managed to survive.

That is basically it for these! So simple but I’m rather pleased with my take on this challenge. Not to mention very proud of myself for not adding sequins to the white one! I almost had to sit on my hands to avoid it, lol!

You can find the video on my YouTube channel, by clicking HERE.

Thanks for stopping by today, I hope you get a chance to watch the video and found some inspiration here.

Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

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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

The first in my new series ’12 Weekends of Christmas’ with Neat & Tangled

Hello, hello!

Today I’m unveiling a new series that I’m calling ’12 Weekends of Christmas’. The idea behind this series is to help me get ahead of Christmas crafting, and do a little bit each month rather than stress like a lunatic for a couple of months to get everything ready. If all goes to plan, I will have a new blog post in this series, the first weekend of the month for the rest of the year. We will have to wait and see how it all pans out but here we go!

Ideally this first post would have been about some cards that are easily mass-produced but are still lovingly handmade. If you don’t mind making the same design over and over, decide on one early and then make the bits for them when you have time. Then you can easily put the cards together step by step at a later date.

For today I have made three cards using some Neat & Tangled goodies. The main stamp set I have used is Beary Merry, along with its coordinating diecut. All three cards feature the bear, which I have coloured with Copics. One is with Warm Gray, one with Cool Gray and one with Neutral Gray. To give them all some personality their scarves are all done in different colours and different ways. I do love the stripy blue one the most, but then I’m obsessed with blues of all shades.

It’s nice to see the difference in the appearance of the colours next to each other like this, on the same image. To me, it’s a lot clearer that there are differences when you look at them like this, rather than on the colour chart. It might have something to do with the fact it’s on an image, rather than little boxes?

The first card I put together was this one. I knew I had to possess that Fa La La cover plate as soon as I saw it. My love affair with cover plates from Neat & Tangled is going nowhere fast and I don’t think it will ever fade to be honest. I’m also totally ok with that, lol!

As I had given the bear a teal/turquoise scarf I thought I’d use some nice metallic, textured card stock in a mint green colour for the Fa La La background. I have a metal shim pad from Lawn Fawn I use in my BigShot to get a good cut but if you don’t have one, you can simply add a sheet of paper between the plates to add more pressure and run in through your machine twice.

For this first card I also coloured in a penguin, a snowman and the cup from the Beary Merry stamp set and cut these out with the coordinating diecuts too. The bear also got a foam sheet layer cut out, to raise him up and add dimension to the card. On the bear itself I have doodled with a Colourless Blender marker to create a fur-like texture.

I have used one of the sentiments from the Beary Merry stamp set ‘Wishing you Holiday Happiness’ here and it’s heat embossed in Platinum embossing powder from Altenew. The speech bubble is also from Altenew, it’s from a diecut set called ‘Speech Bubbles’ and it has a fun coordinating stamp set too (which I don’t have).

When it came time to put the card together, the Fa La La background piece was first of all adhered to a white card base. I used my Nuvo glue pen for this to get glue in all the small spaces. When that was done, I placed the snowman and the penguin so that they would peek out from behind the bear and then glued them down using the same Nuvo glue pen. The cup was adhered in the same way, in the bear’s paws. As the foam sheet I use is double-sided it was a quick job of peeling that off the back of the bear and adhering him to the card.

The speech bubble was also adhered with foam, squares from Stix2 Anything and the final flourish for this card was a good sprinkling of Crystal Clear Sequins, from Studio Katia, in various sizes. I always use Glossy Accents when adhering sequins, for me that works best.

Card no2 is done the opposite way and is so CAS/Clean And Simple I nearly threw myself a parade! CAS is NOT my forte, no ma’am! I love the look but oh my goodness, when I attempt it myself I take the highway express right into Overthinking-ville.

This one was no exception. The only thing I knew for sure I wanted to do was do a negative diecutting thing where the surrounding area of the card is raised up and the Beary Merry bear is lower. I cant’ remember what this technique is called but do you get my drift? Well, so far so good. And then it all came to a screeching halt.

I toyed with the idea of doing some ink blending on the background but seriously had such a hard time to decide on what to do and not to do, I set it aside and coloured another bear instead.

Which lead me to card no3. I had only planned on two to begin with but things don’t always (read: ‘hardly ever’) go to plan in my craft room. I’m a very…. what’s the word I’m looking for here? Messy? Impulsive? Somewhat impatient? It’s a good trail mix of all three actually.

My third bear got more texture thanks to lots of dotting with a Colourless Blender marker, all three are finished off in different ways to make them a bit more individual. His scarf is also the only one that’s done with stamps (the snowflake from Snow Fun , another Neat & Tangled stamp set) and the colours I have used are the same ones I ended up using for the background. They are both Distress Oxide inks and the colours are Faded Jeans and Tumbled Glass. I do love my blues!

For the background I blended the aforementioned colours using my Picket Fence Studios Life Changing Blender Brushes and the Landscape Duo Stencil stencil from Neat & Tangled. The ink blending is done directly onto a white card base and I’ve overlapped the colours a little to create a fun pattern.

In the top left corner I stamped ‘Have a very Merry Christmas‘ in black ink. In hindsight, I should have heat embossed clear embossing powder on top of this to make it pop a bit more. I did add some Glossy Accents to his eyes and nose though.

This bear also got a blue present to hold on to and with a final splattering of clear sequins from Pretty Pink Posh, the card was done.

That leaves us with the CAS card… I decided to stop over-thinking it and quickly cut out a banner (from Lawn Fawn, the stamp and diecut set is Home Sweet Home) and stamped ‘Merry Christmas’ in black in on it. This from MFT Stamps and the stamp set is called Greetings Galore, it’s a really versatile one with lots of great sentiments for all sorts of occasions.

Years ago, when I was on the Studio Katia Design Team, I got a bag of these snowflake embellishments and I have been hoarding them as they are no longer available. But I pulled my big girl panties up, took a deep breath and dove into the bag. I added quite a few but I still think it looks quite CAS.

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With that I’m all done for this time, however I need to mention that I have used compensated affiliate links in this post. What that means is I get a small commission from the company directly, at no extra cost to you whatsoever, if you click on one of these and end up buying a little something-something. Using affiliate links is a great way to support your favourite crafters while shopping, without it costing you a single thing. How is that for a win-win situation? I’d also like to say a big thank you in advance if you choose to use mine when you shop, I really do appreciate it so much and it always gives me a huge thrill to see that someone loved my project enough to buy the products I used for it.

Thank you so much for stopping by today and I hope you enjoyed these cards as much as I enjoyed making them. Yes, even that CAS one in the end, lol!

Happy crafting and lots of love from Erica

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Clean And Simple birthday card with Bitty Bears

Hi guys! 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks for stopping by today, see you soon! 

Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica 

The dog-craze continues!

 

I’ve been going a bit nuts with colouring doggies from MFT Stamps recently, both the You Make My Tail Wag (and coordinating dienamics) and Lucky Dog (and coordinating dienamics) sets. They are so adorable! Well, as you can see, I had loads of ready coloured in images so I thought I’d put together a card or two using these. 

In this post, I have used lots of compensated affiliate links, both for your easy shopping experience and for my own benefit. You see, if you click on one of these links and end up buying something, I get a small commission from the company directly. At absolutely ZERO cost to you so it’s a win-win really. Thank you in advance if you choose to support my blog and I this way.

Right, back to my rascally little doggies! One of them made it onto a card which I blogged about over on the Butterfly Reflections Ink blog earlier in the week. Click HERE to check out that post.

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For my first card I decided to go quite ‘Clean and Simple’, which is a huge challenge for me. I don’t know when to stop usually and I will add more and more stuff until all of a sudden, it is not ok to call it a CAS card anymore. Eh, we all have our issues, right? Not to brag though, but I think I pulled it off for this one! Not that the lure of adding sequins wasn’t there, it was a struggle to say no. 

I started out with an A2 sized piece of white card stock(I like using 110lb Neenah Classic Crest Solar White as it’s nice and thick, which makes a great card base) and then I used a diecut from Studio Katia called Stitched Loops, in the middle of it. I also cut out another 2 pieces to layer on top of each other as I was planning on using foam tape to adhere the panel to the card base. To make it easy to see where it was going to go, when it came time to adhere it to the card base, I traced the inside of the cut with a pencil.

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I decided to heat emboss the sentiment ‘I am a lucky dog to have you’ in Altenew Crisp Platinum embossing powder above the diecut so I dusted the panel with my anti-static tool(I prefer the little “cushion” as I find it covers the paper better), then I stamped it with VersaMark ink using my MiniMISTI (I’d be lost without this genius little thing!!) and added the embossing powder. A quick swish with my heat gun later, it was done.  

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The foam tape was added to the back of the panel and added to the card base, I then puzzled the doggies and the loop together so that it looks like the doggies are peeking out of them and added that to the card too. In the middle loop I diecut a small stitched heart (from the Tiny Gift Box Lawn cuts) and stamped a paw print from the stamp set in Candied Apple red Distress Oxide Ink. I added this to the hole with a bit of foam tape too. A few drops of Glossy Accents on the eyes and noses later and card No1 was done!

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Card no2 was a bit more elaborate and has all sorts of things going on: Ink blending using a stencil, alcohol ink, die cutting, Copic colouring, white gel pen and stamping.

The background is made using the MFT Mini Cloud stencil and Distress Oxide inks in Salty Ocean and Faded Jeans. I blended these using Mini Ink Blending Tools on Bristol Vellum water colour card stock, this is my current preferred card stock when it comes to ink blending. It’s so smooth and lovely to work with.

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On some Yupo paper I made a fine mess with Citrus and Willow alcohol inks and then used an Alcohol Ink applicator tool with a pad soaked in blending solution, in a dotting manner all over the piece to give it some texture. Quick and easy! Once it was dry, I ran it through my BigShot with the Landscape Die from Lawn Fawn.

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I decided to use the little Scottie dog, the dog house, a water bowl and a bone. Because every dog needs a treat, right? All the images are adhered to the card using foam tape of different thicknesses to add some fun details and lots of dimension.

On a slim strip of card stock I stamped the sentiment ‘Woofing You A Happy Birthday’ using Faded Jeans Distress Oxide ink and adhered that to the card with foam tape too.

As this came out quite masculine, I decided against both sequins and enamel dots, and it was a surprisingly easy decision to make. Usually I’m all about those sequins! The only embellishments, if you can call them that, are the white gel pen details added to the dog and his little house. Ta-da! I love how the alcohol ink pieces look, it’s so organic and adds so much interest to the card. In my humble opinion anyway.

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Right, well, that’s it from me today. I have to go be a crazy dog lady in real life now and take my little Cheeky Chicas out for walkies. Spring decided to FINALLY show up here in Poland this last week and things are starting to look green and lush again. I’m soaking up the sunrays as much as I can and the girls are loving it too. Especially as they don’t need showers after every single walk these days, as was the case for months on end…!

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Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed this post! Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica