I have had Neat & Tangled’s Koalifications stamp and die set for just a little while, and I can’t believe that it’s taken me this long to use it. This koala is just precious. I knew that I wanted to make him the highlight of my next card.
After stamping and cutting him out with the matching die, I colored him with Copic markers. I’m really just a beginner at using Copics, so this coloring was very simple—RV02 for the slightly rosy cheeks and C0, C1, C3 and C5 for the rest of him. (I always like to either restamp the image or use a black fine tip marker to go over the outlines after coloring.) I used one of the sentiments from the same stamp set that fits perfectly on the banner.
Next…making the perfect background for this little guy. Like many card makers, I just can’t resist bright rainbow colors. I taped off the stripe areas with 1/2″ micropore tape, and then I ink blended the stripes with Distress Oxides (Wilted Violet, Picked Raspberry, Spiced Marmalade, Squeezed Lemonade, Twisted Citron and Salty Ocean). I adhered the cutie-patootie koala to the background with foam tape. The card needed just a bit more punch, so I cut some small hearts using the heart die from the same die set. To get the hearts to match the colors of the stripes, I simply blended some of the colors onto some white card stock scraps. Voila…perfect color match to the stripes.
I hope this little guy makes you smile just a bit!
I just love this stamp set, and I seem to use it on every other card that I make. It is just that beautiful. I paired this stamp with some pretty bright Zig Clean Color markers. I usually am drawn to more pastel or muted colors, but I wanted to venture a little beyond my normal comfort zone.
I started by white heat embossing the floral image onto Bristol paper. I especially like doing this because it makes using a water brush much easier. I used several Zig Clean Color markers to paint the flowers and leaves. To highlight the floral image, I lightly water colored a gray background using marker 091.
Using Waffle Flower’s Lacy Layers, I die cut the floral piece (what an adorable scalloped edge 🙂 and attached it to a piece of yellow card stock that matched the yellow flowers perfectly. To give the card a little dimension, I used foam tape to adhere it to the purple polka dot card base. This card base comes from a Pebbles Cardmaking pad that is loaded with adorable bright colored card bases. All that was left, was the sentiment. I white heat embossed a sentiment from Altenew’s Penned Rose stamp set onto a scrap piece of black card stock.
I hope you like it!
I’ve wanted to try this cut out technique for a while. I’m pretty sure it was Jennifer McGuire that inspired this card.
I started with a vertical top folding A2 card base. I die cut the flower/mason jar image from Paper Smooches Best Buds dies. Using the cut out as a template, I fit the matching stamp in the cut out space and stamped it through the window using Memento Tuxedo Black ink (love my Tim Holtz Stamp Platform). I colored the image using Copic markers with very simple blending. To give the flowers a little more detail, I pulled out my white gel pen and Micron black marker. The sentiment is from Altenew’s Penned Rose stamp set.
This was such a simple card, but I really loved how it turned out. I hope you like it, too.
I am a huge fan of Ardyth’s blog Maskerade, and this card is a copy of one of her latest cards. Be sure to check out her card here.
I started by masking off the diagonal portion using painter’s tape. Using Honey Bee Stamp’s Zen Floral stamp set, I stamped several images with Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I didn’t bother masking any of this stamping because I was able to use many of the small stamps to fill in any spaces. I colored some of the flowers with Copic markers (just one color with no blending). My sentiment is from an older Technique Tuesday set called So Blessed. After that was stamped, I felt that the floral area would stand out a bit better if I just drew a thin black border on the edges. I felt that just adding those small lines made such a difference.
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Let me start by saying that I’m not the best at watercoloring anything, but I just love using Distress Oxides and heat embossing to create some “easy to color” images. Anyone can color within the lines, right?
Here is my latest card…
I started by gold heat embossing and masking many times the rose from Altenew’s Penned Rose stamp set on a piece of Bristol paper. For the watercolors, I used Peacock Feathers and Fossilized Amber Distress Oxides and a waterbrush. Once that was dry, I cut it on a diagonal to fit a top folding horizontal A2 card base. Before adhering it, I covered the whole card base with yellow paper that matched the yellow portions of my watercolor piece. I attached my diagonal watercolor portion, and added a happy birthday die cut using Lawn Fawn’s Happy Birthday Line Border die and the scrap from my watercolor piece. Because that scrap wasn’t long enough to cover the whole diagonal line, I simply cut the tail end after “birthday” off.
That’s all there was to it…a pretty simple and colorful birthday card.
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I love the latest sketch on the Freshly Made Sketches site. It gives just enough structure, but allows for a lot of creativity.
Here’s my take on this sketch…
To create the background, I taped off a section of the card base and blended Wilted Violet Distress Oxide ink over the Tim Holtz Dot Fade Layering Stencil. This is the first time that I’ve used this stencil. I can see it’s going to be a new favorite!
Using Simon Says Stamp’s What’s Brewing stamp set, the coffee cup was stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored with Faber Castell Aquarelle watercolor pencils. The heart accent was stamped with Wilted Violet Distress Oxide ink to coordinate with the stenciled background, and the sentiment was white heat embossed on black card stock. After fussy cutting the coffee mug and using a circle punch to cut out the heart accent, I was ready to put my card together.
To finish, I glued the sentiment strip onto the stenciled area and adhered the coffee mug with foam tape to give it a little dimension.
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While trying to clean stuff off of my work surface, I came across some darling gold metallic bunny stickers that I got last year from the dollar section at Target. I thought that they be perfect inside a shaker card. I’ve only made one shaker card in my life, and it turned out better than I expected, so I thought I’d give it another try.
The stamped background was actually a piece that I made a few weeks ago. I wasn’t really happy with how it turned out for the card I had planned, so I set it aside hoping that it would work for another card. It’s Distress Oxide ink blending (Broken China and Cracked Pistachio) over white heat embossing using Simon Says Stamp’s Ornate Background stamp.
I cut several frames from white card stock scraps using Waffle Flower’s Lacy Layers die set. (I just love how many pieces that set gives you.) I used liquid glue to adhere them together. With one of my last orders from Neat & Tangled, they included a darling set of sequins that matched perfectly with my card colors. I stuck two bunny stickers together for each of the bunny poses and added them to the sequins in the shaker area. Before gluing the top frame, I placed a piece of acetate in between and then glued the last frame on top.
Unfortunately, I don’t own any Easter stamp sets, so I used my computer to print off my card sentiment, and cut it out with W Plus 9 Basic Banners die.