Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Alcohol Ink Coloring - The Ton

Hello everyone! Hope you're having a wonderful week so far!

Today I'm on The Ton's blog with a floral card featuring alcohol ink colored Sweet Bouquet.
I love coloring big floral images of The Ton using alcohol inks. This time was this beautiful floral cluster's turn :) !

Please stop by The Ton's blog for more details on how I colored it!

Thank you so much for stopping by!

Monday, December 9, 2019

Pinkfresh Studio Essentials 3 Release Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to Pinkfresh Studio Essentials 3 Release Blog Hop!

You've arrived here froWanda Guess' blog, if you're following the blog hop order. In case you're lost on the way or want to start over, please hop over to Pinkfresh Studio blog!

Pinkfresh Studio is introducing ten unique and fun die designs today! They are essential in your craft room as the name of the release says :)!

I've made three cards to show you some of the new goodies. While hopping along, you'll see how versatile the dies are!

Let's take a look at my cards!

My first card is showcasing Ornate Oval die and Radiating Background 1 die. I used the beautiful Ornate Oval frame for my bouquet from Floral Vase set.

To start off I stamped the floral bouquet from  Floral Vase set in Espresso premium dye ink on some watercolor paper. I clear heat embossed the image and colored it using Pinkfresh Studio Liquid watercolor. I stamped the stems aligning it to fit in the coordinating die which cuts the floral cluster and the stem as one image. After done with the coloring I cut the bouquet using the coordinating die and set it aside.

Ornate Oval frame was cut from a kraft cardstock and from a heavyweight white cardstock. I gold heat embossed the outer edge of the kraft cardstock frame and adhered it on the white one. I left the small parts of the white die cut so that they show through the holes of the kraft cardstock frame.

I dry embossed the front side of a kraft cardbase using Radiating Background 1 die, ink blended a white pigment ink and splattered white opaque ink on it and let it dry. I foam mounted the Ornate Oval frame on the prepared kraft cardbase and added the bouquet to it.

The sentiment was cut using Classic Words die set. I cut "Celebrate" from some gold glitter paper and a kraft cardstock and stacked them together. The shadow was cut from some vellum. I added the sentiment to the card and finished it off with three white jewels.

The second card is showing the Radiating Background 2 die. I added a small floral wreath made with Floral Elements stamp set to the circle window. 

First I made the radiating rainbow panel using Pinkfresh Studio Liquid watercolor on a watercolor paper. After the panel was dry I cut it using Radiating Background 2  die and set it aside. 

I chose four floral clusters from Floral Elements stamp set to make the wreath and white heat embossed them on some watercolor paper. I colored them with Pinkfresh Studio Liquid watercolor  and cut them using the coordinating dies

I adhered a heavyweight white cardstock panel behind the rainbow panel to make it sturdy and trimmed the panel to make it slightly smaller than A2 size. The sentiment is fromYou make a Difference set. I stamped it in a black pigment ink on a white cardbase where the circle window of the rainbow panel would be placed. I clear heat embossed the sentiment and foam mounted the rainbow panel on the cardbase.

I then arranged the floral elements into a wreath around the circle window. To finish off I added rainbow crystals to the front panel and covered the florals with Shimmer Pico embellisher to give them a shiny look. 

To create my next card I did spotlight coloring on the Flower Garden image using Stitched Squares die set. 

To start off I gold heat embossed the floral image of  Flower Garden stamp set on a watercolor paper. I cut the panel using one of the dies from Stitched Squares die set. I used a die without faux stitch pattern. I colored the negative panel with Pinkfresh Studio Liquid watercolor and left the square part uncolored. 

After the colored panel was dry, I dry embossed it using a die with a faux stitch from Stitched Squares die. I adhered the square part of the front panel flat on a white cardbase and added Matte Gold washi tape to the left side of the cardbase. The negative panel was then foam mounted on the card.

To match with the colors of the flowers I chose Sapphire, Blue Jay and Lavender for my sentiment. I ink blended a piece of white card stock in those colors in an ombre look and cut the words from it using Classic Words die . I also cut the sentiment three more times from white cardstock and stacked them all together. 

I added the sentiment and a few gold jewels to finish off the card.

That's it from my side for today! Hop along to see all the awesomenesses from the Essentials 3 Release and to be inspired !!! 

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Thank you so much for stopping by today!
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Wednesday, December 4, 2019

The Flower Challenge #39 - Use a Die

Hello everyone! Hope you're having a great week so far! It's hard to believe that we are already in December and it's time for a new challenge at The Flower Challenge

The theme for this month is Use a Die! 

This month we are being sponsored by Crackerbox & Suzy Stamps. They are very generously giving our lucky winner an e-gift certificate for $25. Please check out their site as there are some fab crafty things to be seen there.

I've made a holiday card using a beautiful poinsettia die set called Scarlet Season (51-559) by Penny Black.  I know that the Poinsettias are actually leaves. We had a discussion about that and we think the poinsettias are 'honorary flowers' for Christmas, as Shona said in a lovely way :) ! 

Let's take a look at my DT card! 

I started off by making the background panel with a red and gold watercolor wash. I used Alizarin Crimson Color Burst for the red and gold watercolor by FineTec. I splattered the same inks on the panel and let it dry. After the panel was completely dry I cut the base layer of the poinsettia using Scarlet Season (51-559) die set and then the rectangle panel and the frame using Snowflake Frame (51-565) die set from that watercolored panel.

I cut the detail layer of the poinsettia from a dark red cardstock and some gold cardstock using Scarlet Season (51-559).

I then started assembling the card. The rectangle and the frame element of the background panel was foam mounted on a dark red cardbase. I added the red detailed die cut poinsettia first to the card aligning it into the space where the base layer of the poinsettia was cut out. Next the base layer cut from the background panel was added and then the gold detailed layer along with the center part of the poinsettia.
I couldn't decide how to add a right sentiment on the card, so I left it without any sentiment and finished off the card with some Medallion Gold sequins by The Ton.

I love how this card turned out. Hope you like it too :)!

Now it's your turn to play along! I know it's a quite busy month for everyone! But I'd love to see your project in our gallery, if you have some time to craft between shopping and preparing for the holiday season !

Please visit The Flower Challenge blog for more inspiration from my team mates and our guest designer, the very talented Nancy Penir from 'artful-notions'

Thank you so much for stopping by!

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Touch of Gold - First Snow - Penny Black

Hello everyone! Hope the December is off to a great start for you all!

I have three holiday cards to share with you. I made them using some new goodies from First Snow Release by Penny Black. I used gold for all of my cards for today, as an accent or as a main color.

My first card is featuring Snowflake Pattern (40-706) cling background stamp and the cute Delightful Dachshund (30-645) stamp set with which I fell in love at first sight :)!

I started off by creating the background panel. First I stamped the image with the trees on a hill, which is included in Delightful Dachshund (30-645) stamp set, on a watercolor paper panel in a black pigment ink. I then masked the trees to white heat emboss the Snowflake Pattern (40-706) cling stamp on the panel. I colored the background panel in blue shades making it bright towards the center of the panel. I used cerulean blue Color Burst for the light blue in the center and added Payne's gray to the border area several times until I was happy with the saturation.

I gold heat embossed the dachshund on a separate piece of watercolor paper and colored it using Zig brush markers. After the image was dry, I fussy cut it and set it aside.

The sentiment is from Merry Up (30-622) stamp set. I white heat embossed it on a strip of black cardstock and added it onto a white mat.

To assemble the card I tied the golden string on the backgroud panel and foam mounted it on a white cardbase. I then added the sentiment strip and the dog to it using some foam adhesives. To finish off I tied a golden bow next to the sentiment, added a red flatback pearl to the nose of the dachshund and covered the trees with some glitter using Crystal Stickles. 

My next card is showcasing the adorable image from Sweet Sledder (30-647) mini clear stamp set and the Christmas tree of Bauble Beauty (40-705) cling stamp.

For this card I chose Strathmore Bristol smooth paper as I wanted to color the sweetie using Zig brush markers. First I gold heat embossed the Bauble Beauty (40-705) and stamped the Sweet Sledder (30-647)  in Antique Linen Distress ink.

I then colored the image using Zig brush markers. I used a clear glitter pen to blend the colors.You could guess the shine in the picture above.

I cut a circle mask using Stitched Circles die (51-551) and adhered it on the upper part of the panel to make a place for my sentiment. I ink blended the panel in Faded Jeans, Wilted Violet and Mustard Seed (around the circle). I splattered clear water and white opaque ink on the panel for the snow. The sentiment from Sweet Sledder (30-647)  stamp set was stamped inside the circle in a black ink. I then dry embossed the circle using the same die I used to make the mask.

I narrowed down the panel slightly and added it to a navy cardbase. To add some snow, I applied white pico embellisher on the Christmas tree and on the ground. 

My last card for today is mainly in gold. I used Winter Whimsy (30-635) stamp set to create the background pattern. The doves are from Dainty Doves (30-604) stamp set from Merry and Joy release. 

I started off by making a gold brown background panel. I colored a watercolor paper panel in brown and gold from Kuretake watercolor. As the gold was too dark I added rich gold watercolor by FineTec.

After the panel was dry, I gold heat embossed the images from Winter Whimsy (30-635) and  Dainty Doves (30-604) stamp set on it. I colored the images using antique gold and rich gold acrylic paint in a tone on tone look. The background panel was then cut using Leaf Stitched Frames die (51-552).

I heat embossed a dove from Dainty Doves (30-604) set on an extra watercolor paper panel in Rose Gold . I colored it in Duochrome Hibiscus watercolor ,which is pearly coral color, and in Payne's gray. I fussy cut the dove and set it aside.

I gold heat embossed the sentiment from Holy Season (30-648) stamp set on a torn strip of vellum and added it to the background panel. I foam mounted the background panel on a cream cardbase and added the dove as shown in the picture using some foam adhesives. 

Thank you so much for staying with me through the long post :)! Hope you enjoyed looking my cards and found your favorite stamps from the First Snow Release!

Wishing you a happy day!

Sunday, December 1, 2019

Pinkfresh Studio December 2019 Challenge

Hello and happy Sunday everyone!

It's time for a new monthly challenge at Pinkfresh Studio! The theme for the month of December is "All Things Holidays". A festive color palette is also provided for you to choose from!

I've made a holiday card in traditional red using Season's Greetings stamp set from our Holiday Release. 

I started off by creating a watercolored red ombre panel using Pinkfresh Studio Liquid watercolor . I mixed Espresso to Candy Apple to make a dark red shade and started to color from the top of the panel. As the next color came Candy Apple and Clementine. The bottom of the panel was colored in diluted Candy Apple.  I repeated the ombre coloring several times to saturate the color.

After the panel was dry, I cut the red ombre panel using Stitched Rectangle die. I white heat embossed the wreath of Season's Greetings stamp set on the red panel and cut it using the coordinating die. I also cut the wreath from some red fun foam.

I colored the wreath using acrylic paint, in white, iridescent white and gold. I left some leaves as it is so that my wreath has some red leaves. The sentiment from the Season's Greetings set was gold heat embossed on the center piece of the panel.

I mounted the background panel flat on a white cardbase and added the wreath raised on the fun foam wreath to it.  I drew a line as the string using a white gel pen and added a red bow on the wreath. I finished off the card by adding some pink jewels to the wreath. 

I love how this card turned out ! Hope I was able to inspire you with my card to play along at Pinkfresh Studio Monthly ChallengeOne cardmaking entry and one memory-keeping entry will receive a $50 gift card to the Pinkfresh Studio Store! The two winners will be randomly selected based on these two categories.

Make a paper project with Pinkfresh Studio product as the focus and play along! Please stop by Pinkfresh Studio Monthly Challenge page for more inspiration and for the challenge rules!

Thank you so much for stopping by! 
Have a great day!


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Saturday, November 30, 2019

Stretch Your Stamps - Pinkfresh Studio

Hello everyone! 

I'm on Pinkfresh Studio blog with a couple of holiday cards! I used non-holiday stamps to make the holiday cards by combining them with the traditional Christmas colors; red and green and the Classic Holiday Words die set.

Hope you could stop by  Pinkfresh Studio blog and take a closer look!

Thank you so much for stopping by!
Wishing you a wonderful day!

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Morning Glories - The Ton

Hello and happy Thanksgiving to my friends in the US!

I'm on The Ton's blog today with a couple of floral cards featuring our newest Morning Glory stamp sets, Coming Up Morning Glories and Morning Glory Greetings.

Hope you'll stop by The Ton's blog to see how I made them!

Thank you!!!
Have a wonderful day!

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

First Snow - Penny Black

Hello everyone! 

Today I have a few holiday tags to share with you! I made them using one stamp set, called Festive Frolic (30-630) from First Snow release by Penny Black. I love this clear stamp set! It is filled with cute critters! For the sentiments I used Merry Up stamp set (30-622) which has lots of small sentiments. Great for the tags!!! 

These are the five tags I made! As they are all made in the similar way, I'll describe how I made them first and show you the photos of each tag!

Three of them are showing the critters from Festive Frolic (30-630) stamp set which were no-line watercolored using Zig brush markers. For those I used Strathmore Bristol smooth paper. I stamped the cuties in Antique Linen DI, except for the polar bear which was stamped in a light gray dye ink. 
After the coloring was done, I cut them using the matching dies, Festive Frolic Cut Out (51-582).

For the rest two tags I stamped the images in a black pigment ink on Canson watercolor paper panels and watercolored them using Mijello Mission Gold watercolor. 

I ink blended the colored panels or separate background panels using Distress inks and splattered clear water on it and dabbed it off with a paper towel. 

I used Copic opaque white ink to make the white parts of the images more brighter and to splatter the snow in the background. 

The small tags were cut using the small rectangle die from Snowflake Frames (51-565) die set. The larger ones are cut with a die from Stitched Nested Frames (51-535) die set. I cut the same panel for each tag from some white cardstock and adhered it on the back of each. I then punched the small hole and tied the ribbon. 

Below are the close up photos! Enjoy! 

Tag 1

Tag 2

Tag 3

Tag 4

Tag 5

I love how they turned out! Hope you like them too!

Thank you so much for stopping by!
Have a wonderful day!