LDRS Garden Grandeur cards, two ways and DIY mini-slimline.

Hi guys!

Today I’m back with a couple of cards, with the same products, just different colours.

As a summer loving gal, I’m all about the florals and sunshine. Even with it being October. Luckily for me I live in a sunny and warm place, and lots of flowers are still blooming here. 
 
With these fun layering stencils I had an idea of doing a cascading rainbow for one, and more natural looking colours on the other one. Purely for research purposes of course, lol. 
Before I did anything else though, I swatched the inks I have. I like my swatches as it’s not always easy to tell what the inks will look like on paper, from what they look like as an ink pad.
 
Another little quirk I have is that I like to keep brands together, so I used one of the pieces from the Diagonal Stitched Postage Frames Slimline dies to cut out the swatch pieces. On these I then dragged the ink pads to get lots of colour on it, marked it with a label and then punched a hole in it. 
So my first card is done with the more natural colours, and I went for Soft Kisses for the bigger flowers, Dan-D-Lion for the smaller and Olive Branch for both layers for the layers. I have only used the layering stencils for these, not the outline stamp. 
For the rainbow one, I used, from top to bottom: Dan-D-Lion, Soft Kisses, La La Lavender, Marina Madness and Tropical Sea. I aimed to do the same colours in the same spots on all the different layers, but it wasn’t 100% spot on. Still turned out lovely though! 
As I wanted to go more mini slimline for these cards, rather than full-size slimline I did some creative diecutting using the Diagonal Stitched Postage Frames Slimline dies as I wanted some pattern around the edges. 
 
On the back of the flowers, once I had used the coordinating diecut on them, I covered them with foam tape to prop them up and create dimension. Dimension and layers are life, if you ask me. 
The last thing needed was sentiments, and I have used the same one from the Garden Grandeur stamp set, stamped up with Raven ink on white card stock. Both of these are trimmed down in different ways, and then adhered to the cards. 
 
Ok, so I might have said the last thing was sentiments, but I did go a bit big on the bling on the rainbow flowers but hey, I had the perfect gems to do it so I had to. HAD to. I couldn’t not do it. 
The pink flowers were kept bling free to show that I can go clean and simple too. Occasionally. Mostly with my Inner Crafty Drama Queen kicking and screaming, but still.
 
I did make a video for these cards too. You can find that over on my YouTube channel, if you want to see more of the process, but if not, thanks for stopping by today. I hope you enjoyed these cards and the summer vibes coming through your screen. 
Until next time, lots of love and happy crafting from Erica 
 

Garden Roses cards, three ways!

Hi guys! 

It’s another Pinkfresh Studio blog post today, with some cards using the Garden Roses set from the newest release. Have you seen it yet? Oh, my gosh, so many gorgeous florals.

I haven’t even used all of the new layering stencils yet, I got kind of wrapped up with the Lush Peonies set. I love how easy it is to add pops of colour using the layering stencils, and also how user friendly they are. For those who are not confident with colouring, this is a great solution!

Oh, and the Blooming Branch set. It’s so lovely and delicate. This I had a lot of fun with, and I’m definitely not done with it.

But I digress. So far I’ve made 12 cards with the new release, and that isn’t even with all the products released. It was time to use the Garden Roses set!

I absolutely love florals, and flowers in general. *good job on stating the obvious, Erica*

One thing that I find really great about these florals is that they cover an A2 card, so you can keep them the focal point and just add your own spin to backgrounds and other details. Oh, and changing up the colour scheme of course. So many colours. Why pick just one, when you can use them all?? Or different from what would be found in nature, because why not? Let your imagination run wild and see what happens?

For these cards I have gone quite natural with pinks and reds. No crazy combos, just yet, but I totally haven’t ruled it out yet! That’s the fun thing about crafting, you don’t have to make it realistic, go nuts with colours that make your creativity go ‘oh yes, let’s do that!’ 

My first card is done by using only the Garden Roses Layering Stencils and ink blending pinks, Sparkling Rose, Bubble Gum and Raspberry Bliss, for the roses and Grassy Knoll for the leaves. I used the same green on both layers, but on the first one I used what was left on my Grassy Knoll blender brush. I’ve recently gone a bit extra and bought enough blender brushes so I could have one for each one of my Pinkfresh inks… it’s a bit nuts, but what can I say? I got a great deal on them, and was on the ‘organising zone’. Stay away from that zone if you don’t want to get swept up in organising purchases that might be hard to explain. Just FYI. 

With the coordinating diecut I cut the floral image out, and I also cut out another two pieces out of white card stock. These I layered up with liquid adhesive, and then I set that aside while I worked on the background. 

This is done by stamping the Garden Roses image twice, directly onto a card base, and then heat embossing that in white. I’ve used Opaque Bright White Superfine embossing powder and the WOW! Embossing ink pad, but first I used my anti static tool all over the panel. It gives a little bit of interest and texture to the background without taking away any of the attention of the star of the show: The ink blended Garden Roses image. 

On a slim banner I stamped up ‘It’s been too long‘ in Black ink and after adhering the floral image to the card base, I adhered that too. I nearly stopped here but could my bling-loving heart agree with me? Nope. So I got a few… a good sprinkling… ok, ok, a GENEROUS sprinkling of Ballet Slipper jewels out and dotted them around the image and then I could finally stop. 

I do like how it turned out though, but I understand that not everyone loves bling to the level I do. 

The next Garden Roses image was also ink blended but this time with Coral Reef,  Passion Fruit and Berrylicious for the flowers, and Key Lime and Olive for the leaves. I used the coordinating diecut on this image as well, and then loaded it up with foam squares on the back to create height and dimension. It’s nice to try different ways of add dimension, and see what works best for you and what you prefer.

The background for this card is done with matte gold foil and the Diagonal Hot Foil plate. Oh, gold and white is such a classic combo, isn’t it?? I trimmed this panel down a little and adhered that to a card base.

I will say that it took me a long time to get to grips with hot foiling, but despite swearing like a sailor at times because it wasn’t working, I’m glad I stuck with it. I have the Spellbinders Glimmer Hot Foil system, for those of you wondering.

The floral image was adhered to this and only then did I start thinking of sentiments.. oy! Sometimes you get a bit carried away and have to work around what you have already committed to ie glued down! This happens to me more often than not… not going to lie.

I grabbed a friend word diecut that I already had cut out, and stamped up ‘you are amazing’ in Black Ink on another slim banner. This is from the Lush Peonies stamp set. These were then layered up on top of the roses and a Stargazer jewel was used as the dot over the ‘I’ as I had lost that. 

The final card was done by heat embossing the outline stamp from the Garden Floral set on heavy weight vellum. Then I flipped this over and grabbed the stencils too. These I turned over, and used the ‘wrong’ way to add colour to the back of the vellum for a super soft look. 

The white heat embossing stayed crisp and bright white this way, and I loved how it turned out. This was adhered to a piece of white card stock to make sure the colours were forced to shine through.

I did trim this down a bit too much, which I covered up by adding a strip of black foiled background, with the Diagonal hot foil plate, before adding this whole thing to a card base. 

Keeping the sentiment simple again, to let the roses take centre stage, I used the You word die that I had made with Licorice (black card stock) and white card stock. The sentiment is finished off with ‘are the best’ on another slim banner, this is from the Blooming Branch stamp set, so the full sentiment says ‘you are the best’.

I hope you enjoyed this post, and these cards. Which one is your favourite? I’d love to hear what else has grabbed you from this release.

Are you one of the many winners from the Release Blog Hop and the Instagram Hop? Don’t forget to check out the Winner Announcement page over at Pinkfresh, it’s up to you to email Lea and claim your prize. You have two weeks to do so, so don’t dilly-dally!

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Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

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Pinkfresh Studio Seamless Floral Pattern Cards

Hello, hello!

I’m back again with another few projects using the Pinkfresh Studio December Stencil and Die release. There is also a video on my YouTube channel for these!

For these I have used the Seamless Floral Pattern stencils, with two very different colour schemes and finishing touches, to show how versatile these stencils are.

On the first card I picked out some pastel colours from the Big Ink Pad Bundle, which is 30% off until the 17th! Perfect timing to treat yourself to a great colour selection of fabulous inks. I picked out Lemon Whip and Sunshine from the yellows, Ballet Slipper and Sparkling Rose from the pinks, Sky Blue and Summer Shower from the blues, Ocean Breeze and Aquamarine from the teals and finally Mint and Meadow from the cool greens.

I’ve used a light spray of Pixie Spray on the stencils, but if you don’t have that, there are marks for card bases sized 5.5″x4.25″ which makes it really easy to line the layers up.

I have used my Taylored Expressions Blender Brushes for this ink blending session, where I usually use Life Changing Blender Brushes from Picket Fence Studios. I’ve let them all get a bit too inky from previous ink blending sessions, and wanted to make sure that there was no contamination from any other ink pads for this project. A spa day for the brushes are on the horizon for sure.

It’s somewhat difficult to explain in words how I did the ink blending over the different layers, so if you prefer to watch the how-to, hop on over to my YouTube channel. I have basically gone over the same area on each one of the stencils with the same colours, to create a soft pastel rainbow look. With the last two I have gone in with darker inks, as mentioned above, and the final layer I used Moonstone Glimmer Paste from Nuvo.

Whilst waiting for the Glimmer Paste to dry, I tried another few colour combinations. I started with Soft Lilac and Lavender Candy Violet, as well as Coral Reef and Passion Fruit for the flower petals. I also used Warm Buff and Doe for the leaves. The final layer was actually heat embossed in Copper from WOW! Embossing powder, after dabbing the Embossing Pad all over the last stencil.

I love the look of the copper heat embossing as a final touch. Because I hadn’t waited for the ink to dry 100%, there was some stray bits of heat embossing powder in places where I didn’t really want it, but oh well. It did sort of add to the vintage soft look I was after.

I finished this one by trimming down the panel and adhering it to a brown textured card stock from Lawn Fawn, and that whole thing got adhered to a card base. The last thing I did was stamping up a sentiment from the Through The Trees stamp set, with Gathered Twigs ink, directly on the background panel.

The first panel was also trimmed down, but this one was adhered to a black panel. Before I adhered this one to the card base, I actually used the ‘awesome’ die cut on it in the middle. It’s going to be covered up by the flower panel anyway so why waste that paper? I did cut out both the word and the shadow bit, and also cut out one more shadow part in white. These are layered up with black, white and then the black ‘awesome’ on top. The reason I did this is to add a little bit of interest with the black at the bottom.

A sentiment needs something more than just ‘awesome’ so I stamped up part of a sentiment from Thankful For Friends stamp set, on a super skinny banner. The original sentiment says Our Friendship Is Amazing, and now with the diecut it says ‘Our Friendship Is Awesome’.

Well, that’s it from me for today but I will be back tomorrow. Yep, again. Sorry, not sorry!

I have used some compensated affiliate links in this post, at no extra cost to you. Some of these products were sent to me as part of being a guest designer, but don’t worry, I only ever create with stuff that sparks my creativity. And I don’t think there is any doubt that this release has my mojo humming with excitement. Oh boy.. that kind of came out a bit wrong, didn’t it? But you know what I mean, I hope!

Right, before I put my foot in my mouth again, I’m going to sign off but I’ll see you soon again.

Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica