Playing with the Layered Tree diecut from Pretty Pink Posh!

Hello everyone!

Today I’m sharing a few cards I made with one of my newest obsessions: the Layered Tree diecut from Pretty Pink Posh. As soon as I saw this fun diecut I knew I needed it in my life. The Design Team at PPP have teased my creativity and I have seen so many super fun projects with it. I couldn’t wait to get mine and get to work in the craft room.

The first card I made with it came together so quickly and I love how it looks! It’s inspired by a card Laura Bassen made, but I put my own spin on it by changing a few things. Quite a few things in the end but her card was the inspiration behind this one.

I was in the zone while making it and didn’t take any progress photos at all but for the next three I made sure to stop and do just that. The sequins I used for the baubles are from Studio Katia and are called Crystal Rainbow Fusion.

While I had the diecut out, I cut out enough pieces to make another four trees. I had lots of colour ideas for these and got to work right away!

Naturally I had to make a pink tree. Although I would probably never get an actual pink Christmas tree, it is so fun to try different colour combos for these. All the inks I used are Distress Oxides. On this one I have used only Picked Raspberry, doing a bit of an ombré look on each bit.

I used my Pink Fresh Studio Life Changing Blender brushes for all the ink blending. These brushes have changed how I do ink blending and I adore how they feel as well as the fact it is really easy to get a soft, light blend. I’m a convert for sure!

The next colour combo was pink (Picked Raspberry) and purple (Wilted Violet)

Sadly I completely messed this one up when I went to heat emboss some Gold Tinsel embossing powder on it. I tried dabbing on VersaMark ink from the re-inker bottle to make it very juicy so it would pick up lots of embossing powder. It turned into a lava-like concoction that wouldn’t set…! Oh well, you live and learn.

The third colour combination is the same as the first card: Twisted Citron and Mowed Lawn for a nice green tree.

On these pieces I heat embossed Puff Powder from WOW! Embossing Powders to make it look like it was covered in snow.

While I was on a roll with the WOW! Embossing powder and had my heat gun out, I also did a background using Christmas Background from MFT Stamps. My anti static tool was first dusted all over the panel of course. Then with the help of my MISTI I stamped the background, sprinkled Metallic Gold Rich on it and set it.

The panel was trimmed down a little bit and adhered to a card base made out of Evergreen card stock. This is from Lawn Fawn and they have a fabulous selection of coloured card stock. I use these a lot for card bases that need to have a colour as the card stock is nice and sturdy.

To finish off the card, I heat embossed ‘Merry Christmas’ on a banner from the Birdie Brown Greetings Galore stamp set. Both the banner and the stamp set are from MFT Stamps and the heat embossing is done in the same Metallic Gold Rich as the background.

The tree and the banner are both adhered to the card with foam tape to raise them up a little and add some fun dimension. The tree trunk piece is done with Gathered Twigs Distress Oxide ink.

After this one was done, I went back to my pink tree and decided to use it with a muted background colour scheme to make the pink pop.

On a panel of Kraft card stock, I embossed the Stitched Wood Grain cover up die from Lil’Inker. It adds such a lovely texture to the card stock. The trunk is cut out of gold glitter card stock for an extra jazzy tree!

On the back, I again used foam tape. As these trees are angular and with bits poking out, I have puzzled together different pieces to avoid wasting it. Once it’s stuck to the card, nobody will know that there are like 52 pieces on the back of it, rather than one big one, lol!

On a card base I adhered the wood grain embossed panel, which had been trimmed down a little bit, and then added my tree to it. Another banner with ‘Merry Christmas‘ was added under it and lots of Nuvo Drops, from Tonic Studios, in White Blizzard to the tree itself.

The last tree was done in four different colours, one for each layer. From top to bottom: Old Paper, Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn and Evergreen Bough.

The tree trunk for this tree is cut out of patterned paper with a wood grain look. Perfect or what?

For this background I wanted something different from the others so I got some more Distress Oxide inks out, this time in Tumbled Glass and Salty Ocean. These two I blended onto a panel, with the lighter in the middle and darker around the edges. Sort of like a lit up spot or halo effect.

At the bottom I wanted a snowy hill for my tree to sit on so I cut out a hill shape out of some paper and used this as a stencil to dab on VersaMark ink. This I covered very generously in Puff Powder and set with the heat gun. Then I did the same thing again to really build some texture! It came out great! I wish you could feel it.

Naturally, I couldn’t leave it alone here so I got the Starry Color palette out and splattered White Gold water colour all over the panel.

Aaaaaand while I was on a roll to make this one different in more than one way, I decided to make a garland with some seeded beads and silver thread. This was quite fiddly work but so worth the time! I did have to secure a few of them with Glossy Accents to make sure they hang properly.

At the time of writing I haven’t decided if I am going to add a sentiment to this or not. What do you think? Yay or nay on adding a sentiment?

Bravo to you if you have managed to make to here, this turned into a bit of an essay. Or maybe it just feels like it because of all the pictures. I’d love some feedback on this, what do you like to see in blog posts? Progress photos with step by step instructions or just the finished card and condensed instructions and why? Many, many thanks if you take the time to answer some of these questions for me, I really appreciate it.

I also need to tell you I have used some compensated affiliate links in this post. This means that I will get a small commission directly from the company if you use these links to buy something for yourself (and why shouldn’t you?) at absolutely zero cost to you. All other links are provided for your convenience if you want to snap up some of these products for yourself (and again, why wouldn’t you?? Sorry for the enabling, I can’t help myself)

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Thanks again, lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

Friendship cards with Altenew’s Mega Succulent, two different looks!

Hello friends!

I recently got my greedy little hands on the absolutely gorgeous Mega Succulent from Altenew and I couldn’t wait to ink it up! I started out by stamping it directly onto a card base of Neenah Classic Crest 110 card stock, with Memento Tuxedo Black ink. After consulting my Sandy Allnock Copic hex chart I grabbed V17, V25, BV11, G21, G43, G82 and YG91.

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It took me quite a while to get the whole thing coloured, shaded and highlighted where I wanted it. It is a labour of love to colour this stamp with Copics but I’m really pleased with how it came out and as I really like colouring it’s no biggie that it takes two days to do one image. If you want to see more progress pictures like this one, hop on over to my Instagram feed HERE and have a look/browse/get inspired or avoid a mistake I have just made.

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As I had coloured the stamp directly onto my card base I decided to just add a big impact diecut sentiment wise. I got another new one in the same Altenew craft haul as the stamp, the ‘thinking of you’ and it was perfect for this. I cut it out of both foam sheet and Black Velvet card stock from Tonic Studios, layered them up and added them to the card front.

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I could have left it there but nooooooo…. I looked through my selection of Nuvo Jewel Drops, also from Tonic Studios, and after deciding on Key Lime, I added lots of little dots along the petals of the succulent and set the card aside to dry.

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As it was a beautiful sunny day, I decided to do another one, only in water colours this time. On Canson XL water colour card stock, which I first used my anti-static tool on, I stamped the Mega Succulent again, in VersaMark ink this time. The embossing powder I decided on, after at the last minute switching from white, was Antique Gold. This one is from Altenew and I really, really like their embossing powders. They melt beautifully and come in a great selection of colours.

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After rummaging around in my little box of Daniel Smith water colour tubes and consulting my colour swatch (if you want a little peek, click HERE), I settled for Spring Green, Undersea Green, Cascade Green and Phthalo Turquoise. Once I had dabbed a small blob of each one on my palette, I got all my supplies together and headed on outside to bask in the glorious sunshine whilst colouring.

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The finished flower ended up quite light and it looks lovely with the gold embossing as a contrast. Because I didn’t want to cover it up, I used the same ‘thinking of you’ diecut and cut it out of the panel. I did another one out of foam sheet (of course) and puzzled it all together onto a card base, to raise the sentiment up.

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For this card I resisted the temptation to add anything else, as I try to challenge myself to make very different cards using the same supplies. Some days it’s easier than others…

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I’ve used compensated affiliate links in this post, which means that I get a small commission directly from the company (Altenew, TonicStudios and Scrapbook.com) if you click on one of these links and end up buying something. At no extra cost to you! If you choose to support me like this, please know it really means the world to me and every little helps.

Well, that’s enough jibber-jabbering from me today, I’m off to watch Sweden destroy England in the World Cup quarter final now (that had better happen or I will never hear the end of it from The Man!) Thanks for stopping by!

Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

 

Bright pop of colour card

Hello!

Today’s card is a labour of love. Love of ink blending and die cutting that is! I’ve used some of my favourite stamp sets and Lawn cuts from Lawn Fawn for this card as well as lots of different Distress Oxide Inks. I wanted to create something that was an explosion of colours and with no white left exposed. I think I managed to complete the challenge set, if I may say so myself.

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It’s also Day 4 of The Daily Marker 30 Day challenge! If you don’t know what that is, head on over to The Daily Marker, hostess with the mostest, Kathy Racoosin the creator of the challenge, will explain it all on her blog. The short version is to set aside a few minutes each day for the next 30 days (or 26 as we are already on day 4) for yourself to colour. Fun, huh?

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Right, so back to my card and all the jibber-jabbering that comes with my blog posts: The sets I have used for this cards are Happy Happy Happy from Lawn Fawn with the coordinating Happy Happy Happy Lawn cuts,   Leafy Tree Backdrop Portrait Lawn Cuts and the Fairy Friends stamp set and its coordinating Fairy Friends Lawn Cuts. When it came to the Distress Oxide Inks I’ve used Wilted Violet, Picked Raspberry, Fossilized Amber, Cracked Pistachio, Twisted Citron, Peacock Feathers and Worn Lipstick.

I used Strathmore Bristol vellum water colour card stock for the ink blending, I find it takes the colour really well and it’s easy to blend. Plus it doesn’t warp the card stock if you splatter water on top of the Distress Inks. That’s always a plus! I blended my green Distress Oxide inks on a piece big enough to cut out the Leafy Tree Backdrop Portrait Lawn Cuts as well as two of the hills and loads of leaves. I wanted a really colourful tree so I made sure to not blend the colours together too much, I liked the idea of a sort of speckled colour look.

When it came to colouring the fairy images, I wanted them to look quite cohesive and kept the colours on the pastel side of the spectrum. Their little house was given a flowery look as I quite fancy that fairies live in flowers. That seems reasonable, right? I also added lots of details using Nuvo Jewel drops, kind of like dew drops on the petals, using Grey Mist and Pale Periwinkle. Their wings got a good dollop of Glossy Accents to make them look transparent and shiny.

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The background for the whole card is a rich, lovely blue colour done with Distress Oxide ink in Mermaid Lagoon and a dab of Peacock Feathers. I inked the background piece heavily as I wanted a bold look but it’s also splattered with water drops for that lovely effect.

Puzzling the card together took quite some time as each individual leaf had to be glued down separately. I also ended up having to cut out more leaves as I ran out, despite cutting out what felt like hundreds of them. Ironically, after I was finished I now had leftover leaves… Oh well.

For my sentiment I stamped the big ‘Happy’ from Happy Happy Happy on Copic friendly card stock with Memento ink in Tuxedo Black. I also matched my Copics to the Distress Inks I had used for the leaves to keep the colours the same for the whole card.

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To make it pop even more when it was added to the card, I also cut out backing foam tape using the coordinating Lawn cut when I cut out the finished image. To make the sentiment more than just ‘Happy’ I stamped ‘you make me’ from the stamp set in Wilted Violet Distress Oxide ink directly onto the card and placed the ‘Happy’ underneath it. It’s brilliant to have all the different options available with these types of stamp sets as it’s easy to change it up so it fits the occasion or person the card is for.

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Now, I could have stopped here. It probably comes as no surprise whatsoever that I decided to add some…. *squirms*…. little?…. details here and there… Which quickly escalated to all over the place! I started out by adding white gel pen to the tree and some of the leaves. Then all of the leaves. And the fairies got some too while I was at it. I tell you, to stop the going-over-the-top machine that is Erica when things get rolling is next to impossible!  Eventually, I ran out of things to embellish and put the gel pen down. Then actually SAT on my hands whilst surveying my work to stop me from picking up the gel pen or another bottle of Nuvo drops!

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With all that faffing, glueing and embellishing done I was really pleased with how it turned out! Granted, I could have stopped several steps ago and it still would have been a lovely card but you know how these things go sometimes… or practically every time in my case. At least I’m consistent, eh?

Well, with that, I’m all done for today. As in completely done. It’s just gone 20.00/8pm here and I can barely keep my eyes open, I think it’s time for bed to be honest. In fairness, I was up at 6.30 this morning… but yeah, I’m a lightweight.

Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting (or sleeping as is the case for me *yawns widely and noisily*)

See you soon, lots of love from Erica