Have a Dinomite Halloween!

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I know it’s a bit early for trick or treating but I simply could not resist making a few Halloween cards with the super adorable little dinosaur from the Dinomite Halloween set. This one is from the Essentials by Ellen September release. If you missed my big news (eeep!) that I was a guest designer for Ellen Hutson in their release hop, check out that post HERE.

For these cards I have done my usual thing of using the same stuff, but changing up colours and add-ons for different looks. I will link all the products I’ve used at the bottom of this post, as well as throughout, in case you want to grab one or two.. or five… (no judgement!) for yourself.

As I knew I was going to do some ink blending on both of the cards, I started out by cutting out two 5.5″x4.25″ panels out of Bristol Vellum card stock. After using my anti-static tool on both of them I placed them in my MISTI, and then added the images I wanted from the Dinomite Halloween set as well as the Booyah set.

I’ve used Embossing ink from Inkon3 on both, and Arctic White embossing powder on one and Black on the other. After setting these with my heat-gun, they immediately look different!

I’ve used Distress Oxide inks for the ink blending and the rainbow-a-licious Blender Brushes from Taylored Expression. They are so pretty and colourful, I’d love to have a set just as decoration in my craft room! But that would be crazy… right? You can also use the Life Changing Blender Brushes from Picket Fence Studios.

Ok, back to the cardmaking! On this first panel you can see how it looks right after the ink blending is done. From top to bottom I’ve used Ripe Persimmon, Spiced Marmalade, Wild Honey, Mustard Seed and Squeezed Lemonade. The white embossing isn’t very white at all, is it? This used to bug me so badly until I realised I can just wipe it off, lol!

To begin with, I gently rub an old kitchen towel over the images and then I go over them again with a very lightly wet paper towel. It makes such a difference!

On the panel with the black heat embossing I used Squeezed Lemonade, Mustard Seed, Wild Honey, Carved Pumpkin, Spiced Marmalade, Ripe Persimmon, Wilted Violet, Dusty Concord and Seedless Preserve. I think it would have looked better with more reds and not have the Seedless Preserve on it but oh well.

You would think it wouldn’t be necessary to do it on the black heat embossing but I did, and it really made the images pop!

My first dino was coloured purple. I’m not really a big fan of purple for myself but I LOVE purple dinosaurs for some reason. This one got a few accessories done too. I used all the markers in the photo to do the colouring, although the Cool Greys I used on the hat, his tummy and freckles are not pictured.

The second dino was done in bright teal and yellows!

Once I had all my images coloured in and cut out, using the coordinating Dinomite Halloween designer dies, I set about putting the cards together. After pairing up accessories and adding the dinos to the cards I decided to also use the Boo & Treat word dies to add one final flourish. I cut them out of both white card stock and black to see what looked best.

Originally I thought about layering these up but it just didn’t look right. I’m not sure why as usually I love that look. Next I tried adding some colour to the bottom of the white. It’s just a little bit of leftover Mustard Seed and Spiced Marmalade inks on the brushes. I didn’t even need to add more.

In the end though, I used the black Boo on one and the black Treat on the second card.

It turned out so fun with the mix of heat embossed sentiments and images and the added diecut word. Plus I love that little mask for the dino too!

I think the choice of black Boo & Treat diecuts was the right one. They just pop a bit more, don’t you think? On this card I also added a bunch of pumpkins to cover up the larger candy corn image. Again, just to change things up a little bit without making any drastic changes.

Well, that’s it from me for today! Thank you so much for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed these cards. If you decide to pick up a few of these fun Ellen Hutson goodies, I’d be so grateful if you’d consider using my affiliate links when you shop. Every little helps and any money I make goes directly to the running of this blog, my YouTube channel and giving you all fun and creative content. Thank you so much for your support in keeping my dream going, I really, really appreciate it!

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Alcohol Inks and The Stamp Market Goodies!

Hi everyone!

Today I have an exciting announcement: I’m now an affiliate of the wonderful and totally irresistible The Stamp Market! What that means is that if you click on any of the affiliate links in this post, I will get a small commission from The Stamp Market, at no extra cost to you. So if I inspire you with my cards and creations, I’d be so grateful if you’d consider using my affiliate links when you shop the amazing array of goodies from The Stamp Market.

With that in mind, I have some fun cards to hopefully inspire you!

I went a little nuts with the fun Hello Serif Die and a big stack of coloured card stock. Mixing and matching colours and textures is so much fun! I ended up with a lot of letters and combinations. Some of them have the same colours, only in different order and a different background colour. You would think it wouldn’t matter which order the letters are in, if it’s the same colour, but it really looks different. Looking at these, I think my fave is the second from the bottom. The light grey background piece really makes the letters pop!

Honestly, it’s slightly addicting to make these. It’s one of those things you can do whilst binge watching your fave show or movie. I’m currently obsessed with RuPaul’s Drag Race and diecutting, which I love combining into a big ole’ party and let me tell you, I partied hard #andbypartyingImeancrafting

With all these gorgeous Hello’s done, it was time to go ahead and use them for some cards.

I have also been on a bit of an alcohol ink spree with my recent pearlescent ink colour additions! As a result, I had a whole load of gorgeous backgrounds. These are lovely enough on their own, but I wanted to add a little extra something to them. The simple solution is to use a cover plate on them! The one I decided to use is from Lawn Fawn, it’s called Quilted Backdrop. One I kept uncut as it’s very clean and simple, with lots of white showing, and it’s pretty as it is.

There were enough backgrounds to make five cards so I got card bases done for them, in coordinating coloured card stock from Lawn Fawn, and adhered all of them with double sided tape.

The reason for the coloured card bases is to let the colours show through the little holes in the diecut design.

With all the card bases prepped and ready, it was time to match up my Hello’s to them.

For my shimmery pink card I used one with purple and pink bits on the Hello, and a white background piece.

There is shimmer on all of the alcohol ink backgrounds, but shimmer is notoriously difficult to photograph well.

On my blue background I used a Hello with mint green and blue bits, on a white background.

I’m such a lover of blue and could make blue backgrounds all day!

The last monochrome card is the green/turquoise one.

On a white background I used Hello pieces in yellows, green and teal. The white background makes for a lovely contrast against the green.

On a very rich and deep coloured background, I used the black and rose gold sparkle Hello.

Usually I’d adhere them with foam tape but I kept these flat by using my Lawn Fawn liquid glue tube. It’s brilliant for those little bits and hard to get corners. Plus it gives you a few seconds to get the piece on where you want it to go. That’s not the case with most double sided tape! The amount of projects I have had to scrap due to a double-sided-tape-incident is frustratingly high!

The last card is a very clean and simple! Lots of white and some of my fave colours.

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A card base, some double-sided tape and a quick adhering job of one of the Hello’s. Some cards simply don’t need much more.

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The background piece on this Hello is light grey to make it stand out against the white and it’s probably my favourite out of all the ones I made.

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So, there we have it! Five cards made with the same products from The Stamp Market, but such different outcomes. These would make a sweet gift to someone and can easily be personalised with their favourite colour.

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you like the cards!

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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Always Here For You, Friend

Hello and happy Wednesday!

I’m popping in today with another card I made for the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge. The cue ‘Add some Texture’ was very inspiring to me. If you know me and my crafting style it’s usually all about layers, dimension and textures so this was pretty much the perfect challenge.

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I started out by blending some Distress Oxides inks on some Bristol Vellum water colour card stock. The colours I used are Fossilized Amber, Spiced Marmalade, Abandoned Coral and Picked Raspberry from bottom to the top. These colours just look divine together, don’t you agree?

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To get that lovely dotted look I also splattered some water on it and lifted it with a towel. Whilst that was drying, I settled on a sentiment and I went for SSS Stained Glass Love, using the ‘friend’ image. Because I couldn’t decide on exactly what colour I wanted it, I did two. One with pink Copic markers and black in and the other one I heat embossed it with Ranger Ink Gold Tinsel embossing powder and coloured it with Zig Clean Color markets in yellows. In the end I went with the yellow one.

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Using the coordinating diecut, I cut it out and also stamped up ‘Always here for you’ with black ink on a piece of white card stock. This bit I trimmed down to fit behind the Friend bit. While I was at it, I also cut out a piece of foam sheet to raise it up and add even more texture and dimension.

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To add the actual texture bit I used a Tim Holtz stencil called Gothic Layering Stencil and a mixture of Ranger Ink white texture paste and Nuvo Embellishment mousse in Lemon Sorbet.

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When that was dry I put all the pieces together and added some clear sparkly sequins to it as well.

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I love how this came out and might try it in different colours to make a set. Now that would make a great present, wouldn’t it?

As always, I’ve used compensated affiliate links in this post, at no extra cost to you. That means I get a small commission from the company directly if you end up buying something using these links. Thank you in advance if you choose to support my crafting journey like that, I really appreciate it!

Have a great day and happy crafting! Lots of love from Erica