Saturday, October 31, 2015

Christmas in pink

Current Time Out Challenge wants us to make some Christmas cards with the optional twist of "use pink and/or purple". As I saw the theme I thought it could be interesting to try it.
I have a big delicate snowflake stamp from Hero Arts, which I haven't used yet.
I wanted to make a christmas card in pink using this beautiful snowflake. But It became two out of the idea.

This is my first card.

I started off by stamping the snowflake using embossing ink on a watercolor paper and then heat embossed it in silver. I then colored the snowflake using Distress inks in pink and purple shade. The fussy cut snowflake was glued slightly offset on the card base on which I placed a silver shimmer CS which was cut using Distressed edges die from Spellbinders. I die cut the sentiment from Hero Arts from a foiled silver CS. It was stacked and glued on the card.

I was not happy with the color of the snowflake on the first card. So I tried again and this time I colored certain areas of the snowflake using Akashiya sai brush pens. I think in that way you can see the detail of the stamped image better.
I trimmed the edges of the panel and mounted it popped up on the card base on which I glued a panel out of a striped silver glitter CS.
The Sentiment from Hero Arts was stamped and silver heat embossed on a vellum.


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Friday, October 30, 2015


Since I've got the Misti tool, there was a thing which I absolutely want to try to do with it.
Coloring an image using colored pencils and then heat embossing it!
Because the pencil scratches the embossing off, it was very hard to color an heat embossed image using colored pencils.

So finally I could make a card featuring a bouquet of tulip which I colored at first and then white heat embossed with the help of Misti Tool.

I chose a kraft CS as my card base. I stamped the tulip bouquet from Penny Black in Desert Sand and colored it using Prismacolor colored pencils. I then stamped the same image with embossing ink and white heat embossed it.  For the vase I used a piece of pattern paper (Paper piecing is the theme at the Happy Little Stampers October CAS Challenge).
I then flicked some white inks after I covered the image with a piece of scrap paper.
I actually regret that action...
The sentiment is from Cricut online store.

Here is the close up where you can see my white fingerprints :)....


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Have a great weekend! 

Heart shaker card

I've made a heart shaker christmas card with two challenges in mind.
The CASology's cue word this week is Heart and The Addicted to Stamps and More has the Holiday theme at current challenge.
I chose blue shade so that the card can give wintery feel. 
And I used Fuse tool to make the shaker pocket.

I started out by cutting the card base with a heart window with my Cricut.  I also cut a frame in shape of a heart from a watercolor paper which I colored in light blue. I then cut a small heart as a template for the shaker pocket.
The card base was stamped with chevron background stamp from Heidi Swapp and heat embossed using Diamond Sparkle EP.

For the pocket I used a page protector. The pocket was filled with some sequins and glitters in blue and teal. I stitched through the heart with blue thread by hand and thereaded some blue beads. 
The shaker pocket was mounted between the window and the frame only top and bottom. 

I wanted the sentiment to peek through the window. So I stamped it inside of the card.
The sentiment from Stampendous was stamped in purple and then once again in blue but only some part of it (YAY to Misti tool:)).


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Happy crafting! 

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Bokeh Background Christmas card

Today I have a christmas card:).
I've been wanting to try the bokeh technique for a while and today was the day:)!
I watched some Youtube video tutorials and decided to make a christmas card using the technique.
I wanted a bokeh background which looks like a snowfall at night.

For the layout I took the sketch at HLS October Sketch Challenge.
The tree on the hill was from a cutting file I made for a previous creation.
I drew a wavy line to show a hill and welded it with the tree. I then cut this three times with my cricut.
For the background I blended Distress inks on a white CS and applied white pigment ink using sponge daubers und circle stencils in various sizes.
The tree and the hill were treated with Ultra Shimmer embossing glitter for some snowy sparkle.
I adhered a small hill directly on the bokeh background and the stacked "tree on the hill" on that.
The sentiment is from Stampendous and was stamped also using white pigment ink. But I wasn't happy with that so I traced the sentiment with a white gel pen.
And I failed again to catch the sparkle into the picture :( ...

It was my first trial of the bokeh technique and obviously I need some practice!

I am linking up this card at these challenges:

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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Hello card with stenciled flowers

Today I have two cards which I made using stencil technique.

The flower image was made using a stencil from Penny Black. I used Gel medium mixed with some Gelatos for stenciling.
For the white card I colored a watercolor paper first, gave them some shower with pearlized water and then stenciled the image. For the brown one I stenciled the image first on a yellow CS and then blended some Distress inks in yellow shade.
I scattered some glitter powder on the images and let them dry out.
The frame was cut with my Cricut. For the white card I chose a white Bling CS from Bazzill and the frame on the brown card was made by blending and stamping using Distress inks and a woodgrain stamp.
I cut the outlines of some leaves so that they can peek out of the frame.  The frame was mounted using some foam adhesives.
The sentiment from Altenew was heat embossed and glued on the frame. Lastly I draw some stamens on the flowers using gel pens.

It was the first time I stenciled an image using gel medium. I think it is a litte bit easier than using embossing paste because of the soft consistency of Gel medium.

I'm entering the first card into these challenges.

Addicted to Stamps #167: Make Your Mark
SimonSaysStamp Monday Challenge: Throwback (I chose a challenge of September, 2014: Stencils&Stamps)

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Thursday, October 22, 2015

Happy Halloween at TIME OUT

Today I have the third halloween card for the TIME OUT Challenge #42 as guest designer.
The Challenge is still going on for about a week.

Here is the inspiration photo for the current challenge.

This time I picked the black and white striped pumpkin and made a shaker card.
It is a black and white card with lots of sparkles.

For the top panel I dry embossed a white CS using wave embossing folder from We R Memory Keepers. I then cut the shaker window in shape of a Pumpkin with my Cricut. The stripe pattern was also cut with Cricut from a black glitter CS. I then heat embossed the background of the window using Iridescent sparkle EP. Iridescent white sequins were used as shaker elements.
After I mounted the shaker card together, I adhered the sentiment popped up on the card. The sentiment was computer generated using a font called Rebel Heart. After printing it I die cut the sentiment with a banner die from Spellbinders. I scattered some clear and black rhinestones to finish off.

Hope you are enjoying the photo inspiration challenge at TIME OUT!

I'm entering this card also into Addicted to CAS #74: Sparkle

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Happy crafting!

Sunday, October 18, 2015

You are loved.

This week's cue word at CASology is YOU.  And I had this design for that in my mind for days but I have been very busy this week with field trips, back to school night and appointments. 
Today I could make this card just in time :).

My sentiment is "U are loved". And I wanted to make U into a vase. 
At first I printed "are loved" on a white CS (font: channel). I then made a cutting file for the vase in shape of U and cut it from a yellow CS with my Cricut. I adhered an acetate sheet on the back of the U to imitate a glass vase. 
The tulips from Clearly Besotted was stamped on the white CS, white heat embossed and colored using Akashiya sai brush pens and water brush. I stamped the same image also on the panel, which I printed the sentiment and colored it in soft colors. I fussy cut the first tulip image and mounted it and the U vase on the panel as shown in the picture using foam adhesive. I chose a yellow card base for this card. 
To finish off the card I added glossy accents on the vase and the wink of stella on the flowers and lastly the iridescent sequins. 


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Have a great new week! 

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Gold and Crimson

I have a card to share with you, which features my beloved stamp set Peony Scrolls from Altenew!

I stamped the peony flowers and leaves on a vellum using embossing ink. After heat embossing it in gold I colored it using colored pencils. Last week I saw a beautiful card with flowers from Marika Rahtu which she colored using colored pencils on a vellum. After I've seen the video tutorial from Marika, I wanted to give the technique a try.

I fussy cut the flowers and leaves, made a banner out of a gold striped brown paper and an another one out of beige shimmer paper. The sentiment from Hero Arts was gold heat embossed on the beige banner.
All the elements were mounted on a red Bling CS from Bazzill.
For the final touch I added some gold and red sequins.

Coloring heat embossed images was harder than I thought. Maybe I should try to color images first and then heat emboss it. 

I'm entering this card into these challenges:

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Guest designing at TIME OUT


Today I'm honoured to guest design at the TIME OUT Challenge!
It was my very first participation at TIME OUT, when I linked up my card with blue poppies.
I was so lucky and my card was chosen as the winner of the challenge and on top of that I've got a chance to guest design at TIME OUT!!! Thank you so much, ladies!!!

I was so thrilled about that but also had self-doubt whether I can do guest design at TIME OUT,which so many talented crafters love.
Fortunately I had enough time for my brainstorming and in the end could come up with some cards, which I think are not that bad :). Because I have no stamps about halloween, my cards were created mostly with my Cricut.
I hope you like them.

This fortnight's challenge at TIME OUT gose with this awesome inspiration photo.

I was thinking very simple and took each of the classy pumpkins with painted patterns on the photo for my halloween cards.

Here is my first card.

The first pumpkin with chevron:)!
I made a cutting file for the pumkin and wavy lines to split the top panel. I combined the sentiment with the same cutting file so I could have one top panel with everything I need. For the top panel I chose Bling CS Diamond from Bazzill and let my Cricut work.
For the chevron pattern, at first I blended Distress inks (ripe persimmon, spiced marmalade) on a white card base and applied Perfect Pearls mandarin on it with a brush. (You can find a tutorial for this faux metal paper technique on Jennifer Mcguire's blog.) It shines beautifully in real life but I couldn't catch the shine in the picture.
The chevron from Clearly Besotted was stamped with black pigment ink and clear heat embossed.
I mounted the top panel with foam tape on the card base and added three rhinestones for final touch.

My second card features the pumkin in diamond pattern.

For this card I used the same cutting file for pumkin but made an additional layer with slightly smaller pumpkin, which I cut out in black for outline. I arranged the pumkin offset and welded the sentiment (font: Powerhouse Era). The pumpkin was coloured in orange using the same technique like the first card. Before I applied the Perpect Pearls biscotti, I created black diamond pattern with a stencil I made for this pumpkin.
Lastly I mounted the layers as shown in the picture, added a thin glitter stripe (is actually for nail art, but I use it for my cards:)) and glued some rhinestones on the pumpkin.

I hope I didn't make you bored with this long post:) and could inspire you a little bit for the TIME OUT Challenge. I'm looking forward to seeing your card at the TIME OUT gallery!

I'm entering these cards also into 
Addicted to CAS #74: Sparkle (the second card)

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Happy crafting!