Sunday, July 31, 2016

Lovely Tags Part 3

Hi everyone! Today, I'm sharing with you another card feature one of the tag dies. But before I share the details of the cards, for those who don't know, Create A Smile is Turning 2! Yay! I'm so happy for Christine and I've so grateful to be a part of the team. As treat to all the customers and supporters, check out this discount deal! It ends today, so hurry!

Now, on to my card for this week. I'm sharing you another card using the Lovely Tags dies.

I started by die cutting the little tags using watercolour paper. This is because I would like to colour it with Derwent Inktense Watercolour Pencils :) 

Nothing fancy, just using a sort-of greyish-black pencil too add some colour to the tags. 

The reason why I chose to colour the tags in all the same dark colour, is because of the photo below! The awesome alphabet stickers! There are more yummy and vibrant colours in the store. I chose a different colour of sticker for each alphabet. 

Hope you like this idea and try it for yourself! :) Stay tune for a new mini-series next week.

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Saturday, July 30, 2016

Let's Celebrate!

Hey stampers, Anni here!
Are you as much in love with the Lovely Tags as the DT? I have so mny ideas left...

My starting point was the idea in my head that I wanted to see which of my stamps would fit on the tags. I can tell you: There are A LOT! I still have some stamped tags left!

  • Die cut a few tags and stamp the images on them. Color with Copics a rainbow colors.
  • Create a background with watercolors. I used Distress Inks for this background.
  • Stamp the sentiment on the background.
  • Adhere the tags to the card.
  • Add some enamel dots, twine and Glossy Accents for the finishing touch.

The small cups from the set Coffee First and all the yummy treats from the set  Served Up fits perfectly on the tags, too!


Friday, July 29, 2016

Mixed Media Background

Hello again!
Samantha here with you this beautiful Friday! Today I'm sharing a card with a mixed media background!


Mixed Media are my FAVORITE kinds of backgrounds on cards! They're easy to make, messy and different every time! :)

So, let's start the fun and create this card!

- die cut a circle (or any shape!) out of a piece of piece of white cardstock
- use the negative space as a mask on a different piece of white cardstock and spread some embossing paste through a stencil (and the circle mask)
- set aside to dry
- stamp and color the image with your favorite coloring medium! (I used Zig Real Brush Clean Color markers and mixed media paper!)

- once the embossing paste is dry, place the heart stencil on top and use your Distress Inks to blend some color (I used Cracked Pistachio and Peacock Feathers
- then (see? SO FUN!) I added some loose watercoloring all around the card in the same Distress Inks. LOVE how this looks!
- I stamped the sentiment onto vellum and added a strip of washi to finish the card!

I didn't use a watercolor paper for my card front, and it turned out ok! There is minimal warping, but overall, you can't tell! The less water you use, the less warping will occur! Watercolor paper would prevent the warping, and put your mind at ease! 

I used the new All Hands on Deck stamp set for this card! I also used the Curvy Lines and Big Hearts Polka Stencils! 


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Thursday, July 28, 2016

Du bist wundervoll

Hello crafty friends, Nicole here!

Let's take a crafty trip with that beautiful house boat. (The sentiment says: you are wonderful)

I did some watercoloring with my two year old son lately... While he was playing with the brushes and the colors, I painted some blue stripes on a piece of watercolor paper. I liked the result a lot and wanted to use it on a card.

  • paint some watercolor stripes on some watercolor paper, let them dry between the layers you add
  • stamp the house boat, color it as you like and fuzzy cut it (I used my Zigs)
  • cut the watercolor paper (mine covers about one third of the card) and add it to your card base together with the house boat
  • stamp the greeting on a piece of paper and cut a banner shape
  • I added some Glossi Accents to the windows and some white gel pen on the flowers

glowing sea side / strahlende Küste

ein riesiges Danke

I took a larger piece of watercolor paper for my background than I actually needed. Now I can make multiple cards with the same background.

There are tree days left to enter the BIRTHDAY CHALLENGE :-)
Have a lovely day!

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Distressed Embossing Background How-to

Hi everyone,
it's Justine again from the Video Design team and I am sharing this distress background with you today. Don't forget to subscribe to my YouTube channel so you don't miss out on anything!

I wanted to create something fun and vibrant for summer. I also love distress inks and the elegant lines of the leaves just screamed embossing to me! 

As always, I have a video tutorial explaining the quick and easy process. 

I give plenty of tips in the video about how to blend without harsh lines but I think the most important thing is use a light hand, circular motion and PRACTICE! It won't happen overnight but with a little practice, you'll get it!

I used the Time to Say Thanks Stamp Set - for more information on the other supplies or the distress ink colours used, head over to my blog!

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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Brighten Your Day

Hello there! It's Keeway and today I'm sharing a card with the Glowing Seaside stamp set.

I wanted to create a glow with watercolors for my lighthouse and create a scene of serenity.

1. Stamp lighthouse on white cardstock and color with copic markers.
2. On a piece of watercolor paper, brush water onto the card first.
3. Create loose strokes of blue across the top half of the card to create a sky. Add hints of darker areas to create more exture into the sky. Save room for the yellow colors, and paint yellow colors in when the blue is half dry. That way you get a nice blend into the blue, but not too much because there is less water.
4. Add some stars to the sky with some white splatter and also by blending on white pigment ink with a star stencil.
4. Heat emboss sentiment onto black cardstock. Then die cut out a hill. If you don't have a hillside or curve die cut, you can simply cut it slightly rounded shape with scissors.

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