10 Cards, 1 Kit | Simon Says Stamp October Card Kit 2018 |Sketched Flowers

Hello! I had so much fun creating cards with Simon Says Stamp’s October Card Kit! It included a lot of products that I had never used before. The large stamp set called Sketched Flowers was a hit all by itself–what gorgeous, versatile flowers! So much fun was packed into this kit.

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Card #1: Thinking of You Card using Alcohol Inks & Yuppo Paper

I’ve watched many videos of card crafters using alcohol inks on Yuppo paper–a synthetic, non-porous paper. However, for some reason, I never jumped on the alcohol ink/Yuppo paper bandwagon. I should have a long time ago because it is tremendous fun! Dropping those beautiful inks on the paper and watching them move and blend is kinda enthralling. After I was happy with the background I achieved, I let it dry for a few minutes–it was still tacky in places–and I pressed foil paper onto it. The effect was a sparkly, marble-like background. These backgrounds would be great to use for masculine cards as well. I also used a strip of double sided tape to foil an angled stripe down my panel.

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Card #2: Hello Card using Alcohol Lift Ink

I made another gorgeous background using alcohol inks and Yuppo paper for this card. I stamped out the largest stamp from the Sketched Flowers set using the lift ink. It gave me a beautiful white image of the flowers. I added a sentiment and some sequins and this card was complete.

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Card #3: Hi Card with Transfer Alcohol Ink

Colored Pencils: Deco Yellow 1011, Light Green 920, Light Aqua 992, Aquamarine 905, Cobalt Turquoise 105

When I stamped out my image from card number 2, I had alcohol ink left on the stamp which I stamped onto a piece of white card stock. The image didn’t stamp out very clearly–I think I waited too long to stamp it out. However, I wanted to save this beautiful image, so I used Prismacolor pencils in similar colors to darken the lines. To add more interest I went ahead and colored it in. I framed it with a piece of Bright Yellow card stock and adhered it onto a piece of Peacock card stock.

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Card #4: Fall Themed Card using Gellyroll Pens

I have a box of gel pens that I rarely use, and I wanted to dust them off and give them a try on this card. I used a smudge technique where I’d scribble on some ink and then smudge it out with my finger. This was very fun to do, and I loved the result on this kraft card stock panel!

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Card #5: Stamped Pattern Card

Prismacolor Pencils: White, Apple Green 912, Pink 929, Deco Pink 1014

This card was very fun and fast to put together. This would be a great design to make a whole set of and give to a friend. I randomly stamped out the single images from the stamp set–I also used two of the sentiment to stamp around the card. I colored in the images with Prismacolor pencils and then added gel dots for more interest.

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Card #6: Masculine Birthday Card with Orange Foil and Blue Flowers

Prismacolor Pencils: White, China Blue 1100, Electric Blue 1040, Pale Vermilion 921

This card didn’t turn out the way I had envisioned it, but I still liked the finished product. I die cut circles from Stick It adhesive and place them across the panel. I thought they would foil out into perfect circles, but I think the adhesive was just to thin for this technique. The card turned out kinda shabby-chic, but it’s still cute. I stamped out three flowers and colored them with Prismacolor pencils in complimentary colors. I think this would be a great masculine birthday card in spite of the flowers.

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Card #7: Christmas Card using Sketched Flowers Stamp, Alcohol Ink and Yuppo

Copics: C00. C1, C4, R39, R29, R24, R22, G09, YG07, YG06

I wanted to show how versatile this stamp set is. You could use it for any occasion. I colored in the flowers with reds and greens–leaving some of the flowers white. I also created a alcohol ink background in green by blending the blue and the yellow inks from the kit. I then foiled the background with red foil. For added interest I adhered a strip of double sided adhesive and covered it with more red foil.

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Card # 8: Thinking of You Card

Copics: Greenery – YG63, YG61, YG41  Yellow Rose – Y11, Y15, Y17 Orange Flower – YR07, YR04, YR21

This is a simple yet charming design. I love the fall look to it. The Burnt Orange card stock from the kit was my favorite. I need to get some more of this! I cut out a circle in this card stock and popped it up with foam tape. I stamped and colored in the flower using Copic markers and adhered them in the center of this frame. I heat embossed the sentiment with white embossing powder and it sure does pop off of this card stock.

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Card #9: Valentine’s Day Card

Copics: YG06, RV02, RV06, R14, R27, R39

I used the gorgeous Sketched Flowers stamp again to create a Valentine’s Day card. I stamped it out on a piece of white card stock and a piece of pink card stock. I then die cut the two panels. I only colored in the image on the heart. It was fun using Copic markers on colored card stock! I then added foam tape behind it and aligned it on the white panel. The little “love you” sentiment from the set fit perfectly in the top corner of the heart.

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Card #10: Botanical Yuppo Paper Die Cuts Card

I had fun putting this design together. I created another alcohol ink background and then used the lift ink to stamp out the three single stamps from this set. I then die cut them with a square die–you could use your paper trimmer to cut them out. Before adhering my die cut with foam tape, I stamped out three of the sentiments from this set. I added this panel onto a white card base. It was only after I adhered everything together that I decided it needed a twine bow, so I carefully peeled off the Bright Yellow card stock. This added a cute touch. For the inside of the card, I used the ink that transferred on the stamps when I used the lift ink on my Yuppo paper. I stamped them on the inside of my card base right away–I didn’t give it any time to dry.

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I could have kept on creating cards with this fabulous kit. This one was definitely a winner. Check out my Etsy shop–I have  a lot of my cards available there. Thank you for stopping by! I hope you have a wonderful day!

Here’s the video showing how I created these cards. You can watch it here or over on my YouTube Channel in HD.

 

10 Card 1 Kit | Simon Says Stamp September Card Kit 2018 |Sea Treasure

 

Hello & Happy Friday! Here is my 10 cards, 1 kit for Simon Says Stamp September card kit called Sea Treasure–finally! Lol! Life got really busy when school started for my kids. I didn’t have much time to card craft, but I sat down at my craft table every chance I got. I loved creating cards with this kit! The mermaid stamp set is gorgeous and super fun to play with. I also love the 3 full size ink pads included in the kit.

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Card #1: One-layer Mermaid Card with Distress Oxides and Copics

I wanted to try out the new Distress Oxide inks on this first card. Tumbled Glass and Stormy Sky blended together beautifully! I used these inks to indicate water behind my mermaid. I like that her hand and tail hang out from the edges of the water. The white space on this card really makes the image pop.

Copics: Skin: E53, E33, E15, R20  Hair: RV63, RV55, RV66  Tail: G20, G02, G05  Star &  Pearls in her hair: Y02, Y17

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Card #2: Prismacolor Mermaid on Kraft Card Stock

I had to try coloring the next mermaid on a piece of kraft card stock. I used Prismacolor pencils this time. I stamped bubbles behind her, and it gave the background a lot of  cute interest. The embossing powder, called Mermaid, included in this kit is gorgeous, and I used it over the sentiment.

Prismacolor Pencils: Tail: 1011 Deco Yellow, 1002 Yellowed Orange, 918 Orange, 922 Poppy Red, Skin: 997 Beige, 939 Peach, 943 Burnt Ochre, 993 Hot Pink  Hair: 993 Hot Pink, 994 Process Red, 995 Mulberry, 931 Dark Purple  Shells & Background: 904 Light Cerulean Blue, 103 Cerulean Blue  Highlights: 938 White

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Card #3: Copic Marker Beach Scene

I really enjoyed putting this card together. I used a 2 mm Molotow masking pen to protect the seashells, sun reflections and the surf so I could color in the beach, sand and water with Copic markers. It worked like a charm. If you try this, make sure you have the right eraser to rub off the masking fluid from your card panel. I tried many, but the one that really worked the best was a glue runner eraser from Ad Tech. I bought it at Hobby Lobby. It wasn’t next to the art supply erasers, so make sure you ask a worker if you are trying to find it.

Copics: Beach & Sea: E53, E51, BG11, BG23  Seashells: V04, V05, V09, V12  –  YG06, Y08 – R22, R27  Sand Dots: E33, E57 & White Gel Pen

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Card #4: Mermaid Shaker Card

This card turned out so bright and pretty. I put very colorful sequins behind the shaker window, and I colored in the mermaid with bright Copic markers. This would be perfect for a girl’s birthday card.

Copics: Skin: E000, E21, E04, R20  Hair: Y11, Y13, Y15, YR23  Tail: BV00, BV02, BV13, Y08, Y02  Shells: RV04, RV02  Rock: E31, E33, E35

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Card #5: Nautical Wreath Card

I love wreath cards! I just had to create one with all the darling little stamps from the set. I wanted to frame the sentiment–Beauty Comes From Within–and the oyster stamp complimented it perfectly. I love the pearl embellishment I put over the stamped pearl. I didn’t keep track of the Prismacolor pencils I used for this. I just grabbed blue pencils from the box. I also used gray and white pencils.

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Card #6: Nautical Pattern Card

I used all the smaller images in the stamp set to create this card–they are all so gorgeous. I don’t often use navy blue card stock in my crafting, but I definitely loved it. I found this single piece in my stash–if think it’s from an MFT card stock sampler. I ended up using it to make two of my cards–this one and the Nautical Wreath card. I masked off the area where I planned on stamping my sentiment, and I stamped and ink blended around this. This really made the sentiment pop! I used Abandoned Coral Distress Oxide around the sentiment and around the edges of the card base.

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Card #7: Lots of Mermaids Window Card

This card took the longest, but I learned a lot about coloring skin tones with Prismacolors. I played with my Prismacolor pencils a lot to figure out which ones I needed to use to get the looks I wanted. After the coloring was done, I wasn’t sure if I should have used the Gamsol–odorless mineral spirits–over my images. I really loved the look of the colored pencils just the way they were, but I was curious to see how they would look all smoothed out.

Prismacolor Pencils:

Top Mermaid’s Green Hair: Sap Green Light – 120, Chartreuse – 989, Dark Green – 908  Top Mermaid’s Skin: Light Peach – 927, Peach – 939, Clay Rose – 1017, Jasmine – 1012 Middle Mermaid’s Red Hair: Yellowed Red – 1002, Henna – 1031, Carmine Red – 926 Middle Mermaid’s Skin: Beige – 997, Nectar – 1092, Terra Cotta – 944                         Bottom Mermaid’s Purple Hair: Parma Violet – 1008, Dioxazine Purple Hue – 132, Violet – 932                                                                                                                                             Bottom Mermaid’s Skin: Light Umber – 941, Sienna Brown – 945, Black Grape – 996, Blush – 993 (for cheeks)

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Card #8: Mermaid Tail Card

I like the look of this card–I like the white space I left on it. I stamped just the mermaid’s tail so that it would appear like she’s swimming off, and you’re just catching a glimpse of her. There are a lot of mermaid tail stamps out on the market, and in my opinion, you have to be careful using them or they’ll look like a gory, cut off mermaid’s tail. It just doesn’t look right. So I made sure to color her right up to the frame of the card–so it looks like she does continue on.

Copics: Tail: BG11, BG13, YG03, YG00  Hair: R85, R83  Treasure Chest: E53, E33, E35, E37, E31  Seaweed: G00, G03, G07

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Card #9: Sea Life in a Water Bubble

I wanted to try something very artistic with this card, and I wanted it to be a one layer card. However, it just didn’t work out that way. Lol! I watched several videos on YouTube where artists draw droplets of water–they make it look so realistic. That’s what I wanted to try. I masked off my circle and stamped my images. I then used Tumbles Glass Distress Oxide over my masked images. I used Stormy Sky Distress Oxide around my circle, but it just didn’t look right. To fix this problem, I cut out my circle with a faux stitched circle die, propped it up with foam tape and attached it to a black card base. I used a dark blue colored pencil around the edges of my circle as well as a white gel pen to make it look like a water bubble. I heat embossed the sentiment with white embossing powder.

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Card #10: Sparkly Water Mermaid Card

I absolutely had to use the glitter card stock included in this kit, and, of course, I had to  use it for the water. I die cut a wave at the top of my glitter card stock–but you could definitely cut it out by hand. I did some Copic coloring on my mermaid and attached her to the card with some foam tape. This was a fast card to create, but I love how it turned out.

Copics: Hair: YR21, YR24, YR27  Tail: YG11, YG13, YG17  Shells: RV13, RV14, RV17  Skin: E00, E11, E13  Rocks: E70, E74

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Thank you for visiting my blog! I hope you go away with some ideas and inspiration for creating your own cards! Happy crafting, my friends!!

Here is the video I created for these cards! You can watch it here or over on my YouTube channel in HD. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!!

 

10 Cards, 1 Kit |Simon Says Stamp August Card Kit 2018 | Mandy’s Flowers

Hello! Welcome to my blog! So I’ve finally finished my 10 cards using Simon Says Stamp’s August Card Kit!! I was on vacation, but I didn’t want to miss out on this kit because it’s so fabulous. I even purchased the coordinating dies for the stamp set called Mandy’s Flowers. This is a stamp set that I can see myself pulling out and using often. I wanted the coordinating dies so I could do several fabulous techniques such as partial die cutting and set back stamping. I had so much fun creating these cards! I hope I’ve given you some ideas for your card crafting!!

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Card #1:

My favorite thing about this card is the picket fence! I chose to color it in with my earth tone Copics, but it would look really sharp and cute if you kept it white and used some gray Copics for shadows. The nice thing about this stamp is that the sides are open ended, so you can stamp your fence all the way across your card if you want to. I created a little vignette with the fence and some flowers popped up in front with some foam tape. It’s kinda 3D because the fence also has foam tape behind it. The edges along the window were looking a little raw, so I created my own frame by using a rectangle die in the middle of a piece of purple card stock. I trimmed away the excess until it was a really thin frame. I stamped the sentiment right onto a piece of the pattern paper that came in the kit. For the inside of the card I stamped out the flowers onto the pattern paper and colored them in with colored pencils.

Copics: Fence – E31, E35, E37, YR23, B21   Flowers – V01, V05, V06, YR21, Y17, Y35, YR04, G07, G05, YG06, YG11

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Card # 2:

I love the background stamp that came in this kit; it’s called Modern Rose Blooms. (I called it Modern Flowers in the video, but that’s not correct.) I used VersaMark ink on it so I could heat emboss it with white embossing powder. There is so much you can do with this stamp! I then blended on a Distress Oxide ink called Broken China. I cut it up into stripes and angled them down the front of my card along with some strips of card stock from the kit called Cotton Candy.

To color in the flowers I used Copic marker again-one of my favorite pink combos (see below). I used foam squares behind my die cut image and die cut sentiment.

Copics: Flower – R85, R83, R81, R56, YG06, YG09  Pot – N4, N2, N0

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Card #3:

Coloring with Prismacolor pencils on colored card stock is one of my favorite things to do. I stamped the wreath image onto another piece of Cotton Candy card stock, and this card stock has some nice tooth to it. I stamped out the thank you sentiment inside the wreath-I always need thank you cards! I was glad I tested it to see if this sentiment fit in the wreath because the large sentiments in this set don’t fit unless you stamp it with the flower at the top or the bottom. I used the coordinating die to cut out the wreath in a piece of pattern paper and fit this around the wreath on my colored card stock.

Prismacolor Pencils: 195 Pomegranate, 928 Blush Pink, 1088 Muted Turquoise, 907 Peacock Green

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Card #4:

I created a chalkboard card using black card stock and white embossing powder. However, before I heat embossed it, I stamped it out with white pigment ink. This makes it easier to color in-the raised lines of the embossing don’t get in the way. I adore the pattern paper I used behind the chalkboard piece! I stamped one of the many smaller sentiments onto a piece of white card stock and added a few heart sprinkles around it.

Prismacolor Pencils: Pencils: 195 Pomegranate, 928 Blush Pink, 1088 Muted Turquoise, 907 Peacock Green (Same pencils as card# 3.)

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Card# 5:

I created a very dimensional image with the potted flowers stamp. I stamped and colored it in twice. I then cut out the two flowers and the rim and tray on the pot. The foam tape I put behind these pieces made the pot and flowers look 3D. This card is a lot cuter in person–it was hard to catch the dimension in this picture. I also used all the smaller sentiments to stamp out my own block of text behind the flowers. I used another piece of pattern paper to frame it and a piece of Gina K’s Sweet Corn card stock for my card base.

Copics: Yellow Flower – Y32, Y15, E11, R22  Pink Flower – R22, R20  Leaves – YG11, YG06 Pot – E11, E15, E75

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Card #6:

I could use more of this fancy text pattern paper–it’s so pretty! I cut it out with a scallop frame die. The card base is made from Doll Pink card Stock, and I adhered another piece of Cotton Candy card stock onto the base at an angle. I also adhered the patter paper flat onto the card. I popped up my die cut image with some foam squares. I used some hot pink Copics to color in the tulips. To add some color to the pattern paper, I stamped the heart image and dots around the flowers. I also added the Nuvo Bubblegum Blush Drops around them. I love how bright and pretty this card turned out.

Copics: RV4, RV6, RV9, YG13, YG17, B00

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Card# 7:

I used the coordinating dies for the images on this card to do a partial die cutting technique. I taped the dies over the stamped and colored images and placed half of this panel between the plates. When I rolled it through my Sizzix Big Shot, it only cut out half of the images. I used my paper trimmer and a pen knife to cut out the rest of the card panel. I put foam tape behind this panel and adhered it to a pretty piece of pattern paper.

I used Prismacolor pencils to color in the flowers and the vase. To add highlights and used a white gel pen.

Prismacolor pencils: 118 Cadmium Orange Hue, 1002 Yellowed Orange, 992 Light Aqua, 913 Spring Green, 909 Grass Green, 902 Ultramarine

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Card# 8:

For this card I used the wreath stamp again, but this time I colored it in with Copic markers. I used the coordinating die to cut it out and popped it up with foam tape. I stamped the small images from the stamp set all over a piece of white card stock. I then  used Spruced Ice and Cracked Pistachio Distress Oxides to add color; however, I wish I had blended on the color before I stamped out the images because the Distress Oxides dulled my stamping. I used up the yard of twine from the kit to add a cute touch of texture behind the wreath. I really love this twine from May Arts Ribbon. I have a whole spool of it, and I use it a lot. The black card base adds a lot to the design of this card. Inside the card I heat embossed another sentiment and images with white embossing powder.

Copics: B60, B63, B66, N0, N2, N4

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Card# 9:

The background stamp is the star of this card design. I inked it up with VersaMark ink, and poured Wow Metallic Platinum Sparkle Embossing powder over it. I love this embossing powder! I then blended on Tattered Rose Distress Oxide. I used the coordinating die to cut out a window in this pane and put foam tape behind this panel. I stamped and colored my image onto a piece of white card stock so that it would line up with this window.

For the inside of the card I used some more Wow embossing powder called Pink Lady to emboss the images.

Copics: RV4, RV6, RV9 YG13, YG17

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Card#10:

I colored in the pot and flowers again for this card, and I tried to match my coloring to the colors on the pattern paper I chose for this card. Using the Copic Marker Hand Color Chart really makes matching colors easy. You can download it for free from the Copic Marker’s Web Site. I also embossed some lines into my white panel using my paper trimmer as a scoring tool and my bone folder. This gave my card a lot of fun interest. I also used another piece of the Tonic Powder Blue Lace paper to mat the pattern paper. On the inside I used up some of the scraps I had left over.

Copics: Pot – BG53, BG57  Flowers – Y21, Y26, Y17, R22, R24

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Thanks for stopping by! I hope you have a wonderful day!!

Here is the video for these cards! You can watch it here or over on my YouTube channel in HD.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10 Cards, 1 Kit | MFT June Card Kit 2018 | Painted Prints

MFT’s card kit for June is called Painted Prints, and it’s really quite lovely. I created a set of 10 cards using the stamps and card stocks included in this kit, as well as a few extra items I picked up from their online shop. This is the first time I’ve ever purchased one of their kits! The flower stamps included in the set look like water-colored tulips and roses. They are layering stamps, and I especially love these kind of stamps! Also included is a set of sentiment stamps, and there is one for every occasion. Here is a look at all of the cards I created.

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Card #1: The vase is the star of this show! I love how the stems show through this vase that I die cut with MFT’s new heavy weight vellum. It made the vase look like frosted glass. I used MFT’s Hybrid ink cubes in coral crush and persimmon to stamp out the tulips–I love these two colors together. I added a blue background to compliment all the orange, and I adhered it to a white card stock base with some liquid glue.

Supplies: Dots & Stripes Confection Paper Pack, Heavy Weight Vellum, Hybrid Ink Cubes #16, Oval Frame Dies, Blue Lagoon Card Stock – Gina K, Connect Glue – Gina K

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Card #2: I used the base layer stamps for all four tulips to stamp a white silhouette of the flowers across this panel. I stamped them with VersaMark ink, poured white embossing powder on them and heat set them. To make them pop off the paper, I ink blended Worn Lipstick and Tatter Rose Distress Oxide inks over the panel.

Supplies: VersaMark Ink, Hero Arts White Embossing Powder, Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide, Tattered Rose Distress Oxide, VersaFine Onyx Black Ink, Clear Embossing Powder Gina K, Twine, Heavy Weight Vellum,

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Card #3: My favorite thing about this card is the color scheme. I love teal and yellow together. I used inks from a variety of companies–my collection is very eclectic. I used another piece of vellum behind my flowers, and I made sure to glue the vellum down where I knew my flowers would hide the glue. When I pulled off the cap from my glitter pen, it splatter all over my card. I just meant to use it on the flowers, but I discovered that the glitter splatters looked really cute, so I spattered on some more. That was a very happy mistake! Lol!

Supplies: Spectrum Noir Clear Glitter Pen, Blue Lagoon Ink, Lavender Fields Ink, Lemon Chiffon Ink, Apricot Ink, Blue Lagoon Card StockHeavy Weight VellumVersaMark Ink, Hero Arts White Embossing Powder,

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Card #4: This is a fabulously fun technique to try! I used some Distress Inks, a piece of watercolor paper, and a spray bottle. I inked up the stamp, sprayed it, and then stamped it onto the paper. It was messy and drippy and fun. I love how the watercolors feathered out and moved around on the paper.

Distress Inks: Spun Sugar, Picked Raspberry, Mustard Seed, Wild Honey, Crushed Olive, Mowed Lawn, Arches Cold Press Watercolor PaperVersaMark Ink, Pink Lady Wow Embossing Powder, Twine, Heavy Weight Vellum, Razzleberry Card Stock

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Card #5: I am really drawn to kraft card stock–I even have kraft ink! I created a tone-on-tone look with this card using the kraft card stock and ink. I think I could have stopped there, and it would make a pretty card. However, I did glue on some flowers and added a sentiment that I heat embossed onto a piece of vellum.

Supplies: Pink Gumball Ranger Ink, Razzle Berry MFT Ink, Electric Lime Ranger Ink, Lily Pad Ranger Ink, Lemon Chiffon MFT Ink, Apricot SSS Ink, VersaFine Onyx Black Ink, Gina K Clear Embossing Powder

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Card #6: Another fun technique is stamping with pigment inks onto dark card stock. I stamped out the flowers onto a piece of Steel Gray card stock using Distress Oxide Inks. It looks more subdued, but I liked how it turned out. I used a piece of striped pattern paper to brighten up the card, and for the card base I used Tickled Pink card stock.

Supplies: Tattered Rose Distress Oxide, Picked Raspberry Distress Oxide, Candied Apple Distress Oxide, Shaded Lilac Distress Oxide, Wilted Violet Distress Oxide, Seedless Preserves Distress Oxide, Dots & Stripes Confection Paper Pad, Scalloped Frame Die

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Card #7: I love the look of the flowers on this card! To achieve this fun look, I used the  coordinating dies and the pretty card stocks that came in the kit. I die cut them before I did my stamping. I didn’t stamp the base stamp, just the second and third layer stamps. It gave these flowers a whole new look.

Supplies: Persimmon Ink, Razzleberry Ink, Poppy Ink, Spearmint InkDots & Stripes Confection Paper Pad,

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Card #8: I used Distress Oxide inks to stamp out the flowers for this card. I wanted to keep it simple and elegant since it’s a sympathy card. I used a piece of the Watercolor Wash pattern paper behind my sentiment which I stamped onto a piece of white card stock that I had cut out with a rectangle frame die.

Supplies: Watercolor Wash Paper Pad, Rectangle Frame Die, Cracked Pistachio Distress Oxide, Twisted Citron Distress OxideTattered Rose Distress Oxide, Picked Raspberry Distress Oxide, Candied Apple Distress Oxide,

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Card #9: I had to try out the new vellum as a card base. It is definitely thick enough for a card base, but it was very difficult to score, and as a result, it cracked a little bit when I folded it in half. I used some Delicata gold ink to stamp out the second layer on this flower. This is a pigment ink, so it stayed wet long enough for me to brush on some Perfect Pearls powder in gold. This is a fun technique. The Perfect Pearls makes the gold ink brighter and shinier. You can buff off the excess with a cloth.

Supplies: Watercolor Wash Paper PadScalloped Frame Die, Angel Pink Memento Ink, Delicata Golden Glitz Pigment InkRazzleberry InkPerfect Pearls Gold, Iridescent BubblesHeavy Weight Vellum, VersaMark Ink, Antique Gold Embossing Powder

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Card #10: The last card may be my favorite. I love the simplicity of it. It was definitely quick to put together since I used left-over flowers. I used the cute vase die again and cut it out with Razzle Berry card stock. I did glue together a few layers to this vase–just because I kept changing my mind as to which color card stock to use, but this added some nice dimension to my die cut piece. I used the “Thank You” stamp, but I masked it so I could stack the two words–the two words of this stamp were just too close together for me to cut apart. The fun part of this card was the baker’s twine bow around the vase. I pierced two holes in the kraft card stock and sewed the baker’s twine into the panel. After I glued on the die cut and allowed it to dry, I tied the bow around the vase–this made tying the bow very easy to do. I rounded the bottom corners of my Tickled Pink card base with a corner chomper to soften the look of the card. For finishing touches I added a few water droplets to the flower and some highlights to the vase with a gel pen.

Supplies: Corner ChomperWhite Gel Pen, Water Droplets 4mm, Water Droplets 6mm, Baker’s Twine

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Here is the video for these cards! You can watch it here or over on my YouTube channel in HD. Thank you for visiting! Have a lovely day!!

 

10 Cards, 1 Kit | Simon Says Stamp June 2018 Card Kit | Fly Me Away

Well, actually, it’s 12 cards, 1 kit this month–lol! Hello! Thanks for stopping by. Simon Says Stamp’s June card kit is a beauty, and I had a blast making cards with it. It’s called Fly Me Away, and it features the gorgeous stamp set called Beautiful Flowers. The pattern papers included in this kit are full of watercolor backgrounds and hot air balloons. The kit was packed with fun products, including a new 3D embossing folder from Tim Holtz and Distress Resist Spray.

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Card #1:

For my first card I couldn’t help but start with the huge floral stamp from Beautiful Flowers. I stamped it onto a piece of the pattern paper called Monda Scrap Fly & Scrap using MFT’s Extreme Black Ink. I pulled out some Prismacolor pencils that matched the paper and started coloring.  I used a stamping platform to stamp it onto the paper, and I’d wished I had left it on the door of the platform so I could have re-stamped it when I was done with my coloring to sharpen up the line–oh well, next time! I love coloring on pattern paper because it give you a base color to start off your coloring.

Prismacolors: Scarlet Lake, Pink, Deco Pink, Muted Turquoise, Limepeel, Yellow Chartreuse

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Card #2:

I used my favorite piece of pattern paper from this kit to create this card. I loved the look of the buildings on this paper and the colors! This was a quick card–I let the pattern paper be the star of the show.  I added a sentiment, some twine, some Nuvo Crystal Drops in Silver Lining, and called it done. The pop of color from the sentiment really added to this card. I used two colored pencils for that.

Prismacolors: Scarlet Lake & Deco Pink

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Card #3:

I chose another gorgeous piece of pattern paper to create this card. I dipped the edges of this paper in some VersaMark Ink and then heat embossed it with some silver Hero Arts Embossing powder. I also heat embossed the sentiment onto strips of black card stock and used Hero Arts White Embossing powder. The card stock I used for the base of this card is Green Eyed Monster from MFT. I thought it matched well with the greenery hanging from the basket of the balloon.

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Cards #4 & #5:

These cards are a 2-for-1 deal. I stamped the large flower stamp twice to create these cards. I stamped it first onto a 5 1/2 by 4 1/4 piece of cornflower blue card stock with VersaMark Ink and then poured clear embossing powder over it.  Then I stamped it onto white cardstock of the same size with Extreme Black Ink. I colored in the flowers on the white card stock with Copic markers, and then I cut both panel in half together so I knew they would be cut in the exact same place. I trimmed 1/4 an inch off the two bigger panels and replaced it with a sentiment strip. The sentiment I stamped with black StazOn ink onto the gold card stock from the kit. I added a few silver foil crystals to add some sparkle to my cards. I learned this technique from Jennifer McGuire, and I love how these two cards turned out.

Copic Markers: YR02, YR04, YR07, YG11, YG13, YG17, G12, Y08, Y11, Y17, B21, B24, E35

 

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Card #6:

This was another simple card to put together with beautiful results. I love the feathers on this piece of pattern paper. I die cut the paper with a faux stitched rectangle die. I stamped a few of the smaller sentiments from the stamp set along the feathers to add more interest to this card. The main sentiment I stamped onto a strip of cornflower blue card stock. I love that some of these sentiments are outlines so you can color them in. I used two Prismacolor pencils to color in the “loved” sentiment.

Prismacolors: Lilac & White

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Card #7:

I was excited to use the Daniel Smith watercolors for this card. For my card base I cut down a piece of Canson XL watercolor paper to a standard A2 sized card. I stamped out a part of the floral image with VersaFine Onyx Black ink, poured on some clear embossing powder and melted it with my heat tool. Embossing your image makes the painting go faster. These paints were very nice and pigmented. I wish I had more so I could get a better feel for them. I used a size 8 watercolor brush to flick paint spatters all over the front of my card. One layer cards are fun to create. I stamped out more flowers from the set on the inside of the card using a gray ink so it wouldn’t obscure the sentiment inside.

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Card #8:

I really love the 3D embossing folder that came in the kit. I embossed a piece of white paper, but I left about 2 inches of it hanging out of the folder. I wanted a smooth place to stamp my sentiment. They suggest to lightly spray your paper before you run it through your die cutting machine–this helps the paper mold better to the details of the embossing folder. Also run it through your die cutting machine 3 times. I then used some Delicata Golden ink and blended it over the raised images of my embossed paper. I used more gold card stock as a card base.

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Card #9:

The Distress Resist Spray intimidated me a little, but I wanted to try everything from this kit, so I forced myself to use it. I’m glad I did because this stuff if so much fun! Look at the gorgeous distress resist on this card. Make sure you use a cardboard box to spray it into and clean off the nozzle after you use it. I was able to create the cute stripe around my sentiment by masking it with a strip of masking paper. I blended on some Distress Oxides after the resist spray was dry. I used Seedless Preserves and Salty Ocean.

 

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Card # 10:

I used a piece of Peacock card stock for this card. It’s a new card stock that Simon Says Stamp offers, and I really like it. I love using white embossing powder on darker card stocks, so that’s what I decided to do with this card. I stamped my sentiment and flower images in a diagonal across the panel. I also cut up the striped pattern paper and glued the strips across the panel along with some strips of white card stock. I colored in the flowers with Prismacolor pencils and I added Nuvo Crystal drops in Bubblegum Blush around them.

Prismacolor Pencils: Salmon Pink, Blush Pink

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Card #11:

I loved the soft look of this piece of pattern paper. I cut it down very carefully so I could use the excess to decorate the front on my panel. I cut out two matching flowers, matted them with cornflower blue card stock and popped them up with some foam squares for added dimension. To stamp the sentiment I used Simon Says Stamp Steel Blue Ink, and I added a few Nuvo Crystal Drops Bubblegum Blush around it.

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Card #12:

I always need more masculine birthday cards in my stash, and I thought this piece of pattern paper would do nicely. I cut it down to 5 by 3 3/4 and stamped the happy image three time. I used my Mini Misti for that so I could align them perfectly. I only colored in the middle sentiment. I matted my card panel with more gold card stock and then used the last of my Peacock card stock for the card base. I also used the rest of the pattern paper to decorate the inside of this card.

Prismacolor: Aquamarine

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I hope you enjoyed seeing all the cards I created with this kit! You can watch the video I created for these cards here or on my YouTube Channel in HD.

Thanks for visiting! I hope you have a wonderful day!!

From the Rooftops Card Set | Simon Says Stamp & Copics

Hello! I hope you are all having a great week! I’m inking up a stamp set from Simon Says Stamp called, “From the Rooftops.” This stamp set came out at the beginning of the year, I’ve had it on my desk for a few months, and I’m finally getting around to playing with it. I really love the uniqueness of this set and knew I could get a lot of use out of it. I created a whole set of cards from this stamp set, and I didn’t even use all of the sentiments it included.

Card #1: Pinterest is a great resource to find color inspirations for your cards. I wanted to color in these skyscrapers with bright, happy colors, and I found this color scheme. One of the colors was supposed to be navy, but I didn’t have a navy Copic marker, so I substituted B66 which is a dark purply-blue.

Copic Markers – R83, RV17, YG03, B66 & Y11

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Card #2: The color inspiration for this card came right from my Copic marker chart. I wanted the colors to be more muted, so I picked out desaturated colors from my collection. I fussy-cut the buildings, but I didn’t put any foam tape behind them. I used my tape runner to adhere these buildings flat onto my card panel. However, before I adhered them, I blended some Squeezed Lemonade Distress Oxide onto the card panel–it made it look like sunshine behind the buildings.

Copic Markers – V22, N2, BG72, R81, N4 & Y11

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Card #3: I decided to elongate the mountains from this set and add some clouds. It’s really fun to alter your stamps to capture the vision you have in your head. I drew in my changes with a pencil and then drew over my lines with a .3 Copic Multiliner.

Copic Markers – V22, V25, C2, C00

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Card #4: For this card I wanted springtime mountains, so I pulled out some green Copic markers.  After all my drawing and coloring was done, I masked the mountains and the speech bubble so I could blend on some Tattered Rose Distress Oxide.

Copic Markers – G03, G09, C2, C00

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Here is my video for these cards. You can watch it here or on my YouTube channel in HD.

I hope you like this set of cards I created using Simon Says Stamp set “From the Rooftops.” Thanks for visiting my blog!

Supplies Used:

From the Rooftops Stamp Set – SSS

Extreme Black Ink – MFT

Mini Misti

Memento Dual Black Marker

Cutter Bee Scissors

VersaMark Ink

White Embossing Powerder – Hero Arts

Embossing Bag Anti Static Powder

Black & White Stripes 6×6 Paper Pad – MFT

Distress Oxide Squeezed Lemonade

Distress Oxide Tattered Rose

Ink Blending Tools

Spectrum Noir Clear Glitter Pen

Fiskars Paper Trimmer

Card #1: Skyscrapers: Copic Markers – R83, RV17, YG03, B66 & Y11

Card #2: Skyscrapers: Copic Markers – V22, N2, BG72, R81, N4 & Y11

Card #3: Mountains: Copic Markers – V22, V25, C2, C00

Card #4: Mountains: Copic Markers – G03, G09, C2, C00

10 Cards 1 Kit | Simon Says Stamp May Card Kit | Kind Heart

I have Simon Says Stamp’s May card kit on my craft table, and I’ve created 10 card with it so far.  Here is a picture of my craft table completely covered with these cards! I had a blast playing with all the fabulous products jam packed in the kit. The process video I filmed of these cards is the longest one I’ve ever published, but I loved every minute of this creative process. I would definitely do it again! (I’ve included a picture of this card kit at the end of this blog!)

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I used a lot of pattern paper and stickers for these cards which I don’t usually do. However, I loved it! These cards came together so quickly, I added a lot of cards to my stash, and I loved the finished products. Often I think that if it’s worth creating, it has to take lots of time and work and energy, and I have to remind myself that this is not always the case.

Card #1: For this first card I stamped all the flowers from the stamp set called “Everything Together.” I loved the tone-on-tone look of the orange paper and the orange ink. However, as the ink dried, it faded, so you can barely see the flowers on the orange paper. Oh well, it was fun while it lasted. I cut down a piece of striped pattern paper and stamped the sentiment right over it.  The stamps in this set are fabulous–they’re bold, fun, cute, and large!

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Card #2: With the other half of the orange tone-on-tone pattern paper I created, I made another simple card. For most of these cards I also decorated the insides. You can see them in the video below.

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Card #3: I used the mini stamp set for this card–it’s called “Take Heart.” It’s the only card I colored on. To color in these images I pulled out a few Prismacolor pencils. I stamped the teacup full of flowers and the hummingbird right onto this piece of pattern paper. I didn’t cover up the pattern with my coloring; rather, I allowed the pattern to show through, and I love this effect.

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Card #4: I used another cute piece of pattern paper for this card as well as some of the epoxy heart stickers from the kit. This card was really quickly put together–a little stamping and stickering, and it was complete. I like the look of the black card stock that I used from my stash to mat the card panel–the gray card base that was included in the kit also adds a nice touch to this card.

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Card #5: This card is one of my favorites because of the cute pattern paper. I love books–I worked in a library for years; so this piece really appealed to my book-nerd heart. Again, I was able to stamp the sentiment right onto the busy pattern paper because they are so huge and bold.

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Card #6: This card has a sentiment with a lot of punch, and I’m blessed enough to know a lot of people I could send this too–I’ll just have to make up more cards with this sentiment. I used the heart word die cut, and I really liked the font–it’s so delicate and pretty. The only thing I don’t like about this card is the Nuvo Crystal Glaze I tried to put over this die cut. The nozzle on this bottle just wasn’t thin enough, and the glaze got all over.

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Card #7: The stamp on this card was the star of the show because of its size. If you need a super fast card, this would be the sentiment to use-lol! I added puffy stickers on the corners and called it done. The puffy stickers coordinate very well with all the pattern paper.

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Card #8: I certainly didn’t need additional pattern paper, but for this card I created my own using all the flower stamps from the “Everything Together” set. I only used the two mini ink cubes that came in this kit and black ink from my stash. When I first started stamping this, I hated it. However, I carried on, and this became one of my favorites out of the ten cards. I like the pops of black ink and the black card base I used behind it. I also used a few clear sequins to add a little shimmer.

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Card #9: I used up a lot of scraps for this card. I didn’t want to add any more paper scraps to my already bulging box of scraps. As it is, I did end up with a lot of left-overs. I stamped out some more flowers–I used a green ink from my stash for the leaves. I fussy cut them out and popped them up on the card with foam squares.

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Card #10: I would call this a masculine card even though there are flowers in the corners. I stamped the flowers in black ink, and I think they look more like silhouettes. I mounted this on the last of the orange card stock that I turned in to a card base. I also used a tiny piece of the Simon Says Stamp’s masking paper included in the kit to mask the flowers so I could stamp leaves around them.

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I have a lot of left-overs from this kit! I’m going to let my daughter play with it too. We both love creating cards! I ordered a subscription to Simon Says Stamp’s kit of the month, and I can’t wait to see what June’s Kit will be.

I hope you have a wonderful rest of your day! Thanks for stopping by!

Here is the process video for this card! You can watch it below or over on my YouTube Channel in HD.

Sadly, the kit has sold out, but you can purchase the products separately at Simonsaysstamp.com. Here is a look at what it included.

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Arbor Day Card | Distress Oxides

Happy Arbor Day!! I love trees; I’ve planted and adored many throughout my life. This year I wanted to create a card in honor of tree day! I’m using some tree dies I’ve had in  my stash for quite a while. The set is called Tree-mendous, and I love the faux stitching around them. The paper I used for the trees is Bristol Smooth card stock. This is great paper to use when you are going to ink blend with Distress Oxides or Distress Inks. It has a coating on it that allows in ink to blend really smoothly without any harsh lines.

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I’m using Altenew’s Classy Stripes stencil again–I love stripes!! I applied two colors to each of the trees–first the green, then I shifted the stencil to cover the green and applied the next color. I used two different colors for each tree. I love how bright and cute they turned out.

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I randomly adhered them onto a piece of kraft card stock and adhered them down with dotliner–the trunks I adhered with wet glue just because they were so thin and delicate.

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There was a lot of over-hang left over. After the glue was dry, I trimmed the kraft card stock with a pair of long scissors. Long scissors are best for this–it helps cut a straight edge.

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I stamped the sentiment on a piece of green card stock and cut it out with a faux-stitched banner die. I added foam squares behind it for a little bit of dimension. For a last touch I adhered some sequins across my panel to add some sparkle.

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Here is the process video for this card. You can watch it here or on my YouTube Channel in HD. Thanks for stopping by! Happy Arbor Day!!

Supplies Used:

Die-namics Tree-mendous – MFT

Classy Stripes Stencil – Altenew

Forest Friends – MFT Stamp Set – May the Forest Be with You – No longer available

Mini Misti Stamp Positioner

Fiskars Paper Trimmer

Bristol Smooth Card Stock

Connect Glue – Gina K Designs

Nature Mix 4mm Sequins – Pretty Pink Posh

Kraft Card Stock – Gina K Designs

Dusty Rose Card Stock – Gina K Deisgns

Mini Ink Blending Tool

Kokuyo Dotliner Strong Ahesive Tape Glue

Jewel Picker Tool

Tree 1:

Peeled Paint Distress Oxide

Candied Apple Distress Oxide

Tree 2:

Cracked Pistachio Distress Oxide

Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide

Tree 3:

Bundled Sage Distress Oxide

Shaded Lilac Distress Oxide

Tree Trunks:

Walnut Stain Distress Oxide

More Floral Trimmings Card Ideas | Zig’s & Distress Oxides

Hi my crafty friends!

This week I’ve created two more cards using Studio Katia’s Floral Trimmings stamp set again. Last week’s card was super fun to color in–and super time consuming. Today’s cards are quick and easy, at least quicker than coloring in a full panel of flowers.  The techniques I’m using work with any large floral stamp sets you may have in your stash.

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For both cards I heat embossed the stamp set with VersaFine Onyx Black Ink and clear embossing powder onto Bristol Smooth card stock.  Card #1 took more time than the second card. I die cut hearts from the panel. I still had a little bit of coloring to do, but it took just a few minutes. I used Zig brush markers to color in these little flowered hearts. The Zigs are so vibrant and fun to color with! I attached these hearts onto my card panel using foam tape.

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For card #2 I cut the embossed panel into one inch by five inch strips and ink blended some distress inks onto them. I used two colors of Distress Oxides for each strip. This is a fast and easy way to add color to your cards! I used foam tape to attach these strips onto my card front as well.

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Here is the process video I filmed for these cards. You can watch it here or on my YouTube channel in HD. I hope you’ll try these two fun techniques! Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies:

Zigs:

Light Carmine, Tea Rose, Yellow, Bright Yellow, Turquoise Green, Light Blue, Pale Green, May Green, Beige, Brown

Distress Oxides:

Abandoned Coral, Wild Honey, Cracked Pistachio, Peacock Feathers, Wilted Violet, Shaded Lilac

Floral Trimmings Stamp – Studio Katia

Heart Filled Sentiments Stamp Set – Reverse Confetti

Fancy Flourish Die – MFT

VersaFine Onyx Black Ink

Clear Embossing Powder – Gina K Designs

Mini Misti Stamp Positioner

Fiskars Paper Trimmer

Bristol Smooth Card Stock

Embossing Bag – Inkadinkado

Foam Tape

Connect Glue – Gina K Designs

Crystal Rainbow Confetti Mix – Studio Katia

Iridescent Bubles – Studio Katia

Splash of Color Card (2018) | Studio Katia & Copics

Hello! Welcome to my blog! I have another floral card for you today. I love creating cards with flowers, and for this card I used a creative stamp set from Studio Katia called Floral Trimmings. This set comes in two panels or two long narrow stamps that you can stamp together, as I did here, or separate to trim the edge of your card.

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The stamps fit together beautifully; however, if you want the gap between them to be unnoticeable, you have to stamp them one at a time. It creates a coloring page that you can paint in using whatever medium you’d like. I colored this card with Copic markers.

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This took over an hour to color in, and I didn’t color it all at once. I’m never able to sit at my craft table very long before one of my kids needs help with something. Lol! I didn’t mull over my color selection; I mostly just grabbed colors out of my container and hoped for the best. However, you can’t go too wrong with florals.

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I had a hard time deciding what to do with my card panel once I finished my coloring. I went through my box of scrap paper to see what colors of card stock I wanted to use with it. I finally decided on a piece of grey card stock for my sentiment and card base. I didn’t want my card base or sentiment banner to compete will all the color on my card.

I cut out the panel with a faux-stitched frame die, popped up the frame with foam tape, and then adhered my colored panel flat onto the card base with some tape runner.

A helpful little trick to adhere your frame evenly onto your card base, is to only half peel off the release paper, position it on your card base, and then pull off the release paper. It’ll make more sense when you watch my video. I learned that great tip from Therese from Lost In Paper. Thanks, Therese!

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I also glued on some rainbow confetti! Just couldn’t help myself–this mix from Studio Katia is gorgeous. I do like the confetti better than the sequins–no holes.

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Here is the video I filmed for this card! You can watch it here or on my YouTube Channel in HD.

Have a wonderful weekend!!

 

Supplies Used:

Floral Trimmings Stamp – Studio Katia

A Splash of Color Stamp – Altenew

Extreme Black Ink – MFT

Copic Markers

Mini Misti Stamp Positioner

Neenah Solar White Card Stock 80 lb

Steel Grey Card Stock – MFT

White Embossing Powder – Hero Arts

VersaMark Ink

Embossing Bag – Inkadinkado

Foam Tape

Xtreme Adhesive Runner

Connect Glue – Gina K Designs

Crystal Rainbow Confetti Mix – Studio Katia