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

 

 

 

 

 

Pink Monochromatic card with lots of glimmer and shimmer for a glamorous birthday girl!

Hello, hello! 

Today’s post is a quick one to show you a card I made for this week’s Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, where the cue is ‘Sparkle and Shine’. 

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I used an A2 panel cut out of Tonic Studios Black Velvet card stock which I stencilled with Peony Pink Nuvo Embellishment Mousse. The stencil is Tim Holtz Gothic Layering Stencil and I used it just along the side of the panel. The shimmer you get from the Nuvo Embellishment Mousses is amazing, if you like shimmer, you will love these! Tonic Studios also have a stunning collection of mirror, metallic and shimmer card stock. I’m a big fan!

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The idea I had was to show a sentiment through a diecut so I cut out a stitched circle using a SSS diecut. I didn’t end up using that idea, instead I put a glimmery pink card stock behind it and adhered all this to a white card base. 

I stamped up ‘Friend’ from the SSS Stained Glass Love Stamp set on Neenah Classic Crest #110 card stock and coloured then in with pink Copic markers. This I cut out using the coordinating diecut and set aside. 

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On a slim strip of white card stock I stamped up ‘It’s Your Birthday’ with VersaMark ink, after dusting this card stock with my anti-static tool. The embossing powder I used is Altenew’s Rose Gold embossing powder and I set this with my heat gun. 

This card came together pretty easy after all these bits were done, it just took a quick minute to decide where they were going to go and then adhering them to the card base. I also added a few puffy heart stickers from Doodlebug Design Inc’s , the ones I used are called Tiny Hearts ,to the card and with that I was done. 

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I hope you like it and found some inspiration here. As always, I’ve used compensates affiliate links where possible. What that means is that I get a small commission directly from the company itself, one of them being Scrapbook.com, if you purchase something using these links, at no extra cost to you. Thank you so much for supporting me like this if you do use these links. It really does mean the world to me and every little helps! 

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That’s really it from me for today, thanks for stopping by and happy crafting!

Lots of love,

Erica 

 

 

Shimmer, shimmer, shimmer!

Hello, hello everyone and hello SUMMER!

We have gone from winter (it was minus degrees and snowing just a couple of weeks ago) to ‘oh, spring is coming’ to full-blown summer in what feels a matter of days! Temperatures were up to +27C /80-85F yesterday and today is another glorious day. In fact, I’m typing this up flat on my tummy on a blanket in the garden, with my pale pasty legs desperately soaking up some sunshine after the long months of being tucked away. Absolute bliss!

Today’s card is quite quick and bright. Perfect combo, isn’t it?

Recently I discovered Nuvo Embellishment Mousses and oh, I am making up for lost time! Yesterday I played around with a few of them and posted this on Instagram.

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With these, I’ve used Lemon Sorbet, Spring Green, Aquamarine and Peony Pink. I just smeared the mousses around a bit willy-nilly and kinda let it happen. I definitely I need more tools to help me get even better results. The palette knife I have is plastic and quite flimsy, and wasn’t able to drag the colours evenly over the card stock.

Right, anyway, once these were fully dry (I left them overnight just to be sure) I ran one of them through my BigShot with the Falling Circles cover plate from Neat & Tangled.

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As I only wanted to add some texture to the background I added a solid piece of foam sheet, cut to size, on the back of it and pressed down to make sure all the circles were where they were supposed to be.

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This whole thing I adhered to a cream coloured card base, made with Lawn Fawn Vanilla Malt card stock. I chose this colour rather than my usual bright white card stock as I thought it complimented the shimmer really well. For lovely smooth card stock, my go-to has been Lawn Fawn for a while now, but I’m very tempted to get the whole range of MFT Stamp card stock as well. A girl has got to have options, right?

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To finish off the card I used a stamp and diecut set from Neat & Tangled called Awesome and it sure lives up to its name. I adore these diecuts with the “shadow” bit to make the sentiment pop, and coordinating stamp and diecut sets have a big fan in me! I cut out the shadow bit in vellum and the actual word diecut in MFT Brushed Gold card stock, these I layered up using a liquid glue pen. To add some dimension, I also cut the Awesome bit out of foam tape and added this to the back of the vellum so it adds the height but doesn’t really show.

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I stamped up ‘Thank you for being’ from the stamp set, on a strip of white card stock and added that to the card slightly higher than where the ‘Awesome’ bit was going to go and once that was on there, the card was done! Super easy but quite eye catching with all that shimmer and some added texture.

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Well, that’s it from me for today but thanks for stopping by and I hope you all will have a fabulous weekend!

I have used compensated affiliate links in this post, at no extra cost to you, to Scrapbook.com, Neat & Tangled, Tonic Studios and MFT Stamps. This means that I get a small commission from the company directly if you use one of these links to buy a little something-something for yourself and it won’t cost you a penny. What it does mean, is the world to me! Thank you in advance for supporting me and my little blog this way, I really appreciate it.

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Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

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