Hello my friends, Hope you are all having a lovely weekend so far! I’m having fun creating summer cards, and today I’m using a stamp sets from the Not 2 Shabby Shop’s June release. This set is called, “Be Mermazing,” and it’s filled with the cutest underwater creatures as well as the prettiest mermaid.
I created two wreath cards with this set, and I used two different watercolor mediums to color them in as well as the backgrounds.
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Card 1: Underwater Wreath Card
For my first card I stamped out all the images with VersaFine Onyx Black Ink and then heat embossed them with Clear embossing powder. The paper I used was Stonehenge hotpress watercolor paper. To color in these images I used some liquid watercolors–Dr. Ph Martin watercolor. This was my first time using these watercolors, and I really enjoyed using them–they are vibrant and beautiful.
The raised lines of my heat embossed images made watercoloring them fast and easy. I had so much paint left over in my butcher’s tray that I decided to create some backgrounds with it. I dipped a watercolor paper panel into the blue and green and purple paint, and it turned out with a smooth, marbled look. I was able to use this panel for both cards.
Card 2: Mermaid & Pearls Shaker Card
On card #2 I stamped out the pearls and shells image out several times. I wanted to create a shaker window with this single image. Again I heat embossed the images, but this time I colored them in with some Zig Real Brush Pens.
I fussy cut out all the images and glued the pearls and shells together to create a circle. I then glued on a panel of acetate and popped it up with a double layer of foam adhesive. I used a lot of clear confetti pieces inside the shaker. I also popped up the mermaid on the outside to match the height of the shaker window.
Hello, crafty friends. It’s time for some no-line coloring. I haven’t done this for a while, but it is a really fun technique. I’m using the adorable hamster image from the set call Yum Yum from the Not 2 Shabby Shop. This stamp set was part of the May Card Box, which sold out super quick. However, you can purchase this as a digi stamp.
I stamped out the hamster using a very pale colored ink called Antique Linen Distress Oxide. If you are printing this image from the digi stamp, you will need to scale back the density so your print is very light. You could also print it off and then trace it onto your card panel with a pencil.
I used a piece of colored cardstock called Barely Peach. Colored cardstock is great for this technique because is give you a base color to begin coloring on. I used my lightest colors first and slowly built up the color and the texture on his fur.
These are the Caran d’Ache colored Pencils that I used:
Caran d’Ache Colored Pencils: Hamster – Brown Ochre 10% 832, Brown Ochre 50% 836, Burnt Ochre 077, Burnt Sienna 069, Naples Ochre 821, Apricot 041, Burnt Ochre 10% 872, Anthraquinoid Pink 571; Pink Flowers – Burnt Ochre 10% 872, Anthraquinoid Pink 571, Scarlet 070; Peach Flower – Brown Ochre 10% 832, Apricot 041; Cupcake – Spring Green 470, Grass Green 220, Burnt Sienna 069, Burnt Ochre 077, Anthraquinoid Pink 571; Grass – Green Ochre 025, Olive Brown 50% 736, Grass Green 220, Moss Green 225
I stamped and colored in some flowers from the Time to Relax stamp set. I then drew in a hill and stems around the hamster. I wanted to keep the background really simple. I love how this card turned out!
Hello crafty friends! Today I’m creating some more cards with the Not 2 Shabby Shop’s April Card Box called Lazy Day. We can all use cards in our stash to mail out and remind our friends that we love them, and it’s okay to take time to relax, refresh and recharge.
For these cards I’m focusing on the beautiful pattern paper and ephemera die cut shapes. I’m also using the stamp set called, “Me Time.” I love the images from this stamp set–so cute!! These cards were really fast and fun to put together!
Hello, crafty friends. I have another Easter card to show you today. This one features an adorable Easter bunny, lots of Easter eggs and even some paper Easter grass. The stamp set I’m using is called Easter Wishes, and it’s from the Not 2 Shabby Shop’s March release. The yellow polka dot pattern paper is also from the new release–it’s called Dots for Spring.
I stamped out all of the images from this set onto a piece of Spectrum Noir alcohol ink paper. I started with the bunny and colored him in with Warm Gray Copic Markers. I used flicking motions so that it gave the bunny’s fur some texture. After I colored in all my images, I fussy cut them out.
I used an egg die to cut a window in a piece of dark purple cardstock. Behind this panel, I used two layers of foam tape. I wanted a really deep window for the bunny. Next I attached the paper grass–which I picked up at my local grocery store–using some dotliner. I then attached the purple panel to a piece of yellow polka dot cardstock. I love using the complimentary colors of yellow and purple.
I added a single layer of foam tape behind the bunny and attached him in the window. I glued on the basket and Easter eggs on the front of the card and decided to add some stitch lines around the window using a white gel pen. This added a little more brightness to the purple cardstock.
Here is my process video. You can watch it here or over on my YouTube channel in HD.
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I’m back with another card design for the Not 2 Shabby Shop. Today I’m using their new stamp set called Bouquet of Happiness. The stamp features some gorgeous begonias and some really cute sentiments. I decided to pull out some watercolors to color in these flowers. My color theme comes from Pantone’s two new colors for 2021: Ultimate Gray and Illuminating. Basically, the colors are gray and yellow.
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I used a piece of Arches hot press watercolor paper to emboss my images on using some VersaMark Ink and gold embossing powder. Then I pulled out my little set of Daniel Smith watercolors. I painted a flat wash of yellow, then started adding layers and shadows. After my work was dry, I used some colored pencils to add even more shading.
Next, I fussy cut my images leaving a white border around them. I used Trinity Stamps’ slimline die called Hip to Be Square to cut out a piece of yellow and gray cardstock. I then layered these two die cuts and adhered them to a piece of gray cardstock.
Finally, I attached my flowers to the card front with foam adhesive. I added a sentiment and some bubble beads to add some bling.
The Not 2 Shabby Shop has something really special in the shop–a Valentine’s Day Box. It’s filled with three new stamp sets, die cut shapes, stickers, bling, and two paper pads! You can make up lots of Valentine’s Day cards with this kit; however, the stamp sets and everything inside the kit can be used for all kinds of occasions. I created 10 cards with this kit, and I still have tons of left-overs.
To create these cards I used 5 different card sketches. Lately, I’ve been having fun using card sketches for inspiration. I created 2 cards with each set. I love having card sets to give away as gifts.
Cards 1 & 2:
Cards 3 & 4:
Cards 5 & 6:
Cards 7 & 8:
Cards 9 & 10:
Here is my YouTube video!
Thanks a lot for stopping by! Have a wonderful, crafty day!!
Hello and welcome! I’m stamping up some cute designs exclusive to the Not 2 Shabby Shop today. For my first card I used the set called “You, Me and Pumpkin Spice.” I love the little squirrels in this set as well as all the fabulous fall images. On my second card I used “Fall Gnomes.” It includes two of the cutes gnome images I’ve ever seen.
Card #1: Stamped Pattern Paper Card
One of my all time favorite techniques is stamping out my own pattern paper. Not only is it fun, but it allows you to use all of the images from your set on one card. I stamped my images onto a piece of kraft cardstock using Fallen Leaves brown ink. This is a pigment ink, so you almost always get a crisp stamping without the use of the stamp positioner. I wanted my squirrels to really stand out from the kraft cardstock, so I stamped them onto a piece of white cardstock and colored them in with colored pencils.
Card #2: Row Stamping Slimline Card
For my slimline card I pulled out my stamp positioner to stamp out the gnome several times. I used the same Fallen Leaves brown ink, and I stamped it onto a piece of light brown cardstock. I cut out this panel using a slimline die set from Trinity Stamps. I stamped the gnome in the middle first, so I could make sure he was centered, and then I shifted my paper along the bottom edge of my stamp positioner 1 1/4 inches on each side and stamped 4 more gnomes.
For the gnome that I colored in, I stamped him onto a piece of white cardstock. I used more colored pencils and fussy cut him out. I popped him up with foam adhesive as well as the sentiment. This slimline card measures 8 1/2 by 3 1/2.
Hello and welcome! Today I’m sharing a few techniques for making the stamps you have in your stash that are intended for A2 (5 1/2 x 4 1/4) sized cards fit on slimline cards. Slimline cards are all the rage lately, but a lot of our stamps were made for a smaller sized card. The stamps I’m using today fit perfectly on an A2 card but not so well on a slimline card. I’m using some fun stamps and dies from the Not 2 Shabby shop–links listed below.
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Card #1: Split Image Slimline Card
On my first card I’m using a beautiful stamp set from Trinity Stamps called Blooming Bunch. I colored it in with Copic markers and then die cut it using the coordinating die. To make this fit on a slimline, I cut the image in half. I adhered one piece to the bottom left side of my card and the other to the top right edge using foam adhesive to give it dimension. Make sure you adhere the largest of the two sides near the bottom. This will keep your card balanced and prevent it from looking top-heavy. I heat embossed the sentiment in the middle of the card with white embossing powder. I love the way this card turned out!
To create the second slimline card, I’m using a small stamp set from Picket Fence Studios called A World of Octobers. This is a very small but adorable set. To make this small set fit on a tall slimline card, I framed them out. I placed two images from this set in two separate windows, and I used the third window to frame my sentiment.
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Card #1: Stacked Pumpkins Slimline Card
This stack of pumpkins was so much fun to create on a slimline card–I wouldn’t have been able to do this tall of a stack on a regual A2 cards. I love all the images from this Happy Fall set! I stamped out my crow first and then stamped down from there, masking as I went along. I stamped on a piece of speckled off-white cardstock from MFT called Primitive Cream Heavyweight Cardstock. I love using colored cardstock for my colored pencil work. It gives you a nice base color to start with.
I then colored in my images with colored pencils. I colored the pumpkins different colors to add variation to my scene. I then masked my images and colored in the background behind them with Distress Oxide Inks. This is a really fast way to add color to your work.
Faber Castell Polychromos Pencils:
Dark Cadmium Yellow 108, Cadmium Orange 111, Dark Cadmium Orange 115, Light Cadmium Red 117, Deep Red 223, Light Red-Violet 135, Purple Violet 136, Delft Blue 141, Warm Grey VI 275, Black 199, Pink Madder Lake 129, Raw Umber 180, Terracotta 186, Burnt Umber 280, Permanent Green 266, Hooker’s Green 159
I used the largest wonky stitch slimline die this time and cut out a piece of Bristol Smooth cardstock. This is the paper to use if you are using your Arteza or Zig Real Brush Pens. It allows the pens to blend beautifully. I stamped and masked my scenes using VersaFine Onyx Black Ink and poured clear embossing powder over them. Once I melted the embossing powder, the lines were shiny and smooth. The embossed lines contain the watercolors, so you can paint and don’t have to worry about your images bleeding into each other.
I cut out another piece of Bristol Smooth cardstock using the smallest wonky stitch die and used that for my sentiment strip and to separate my two scenes. I stamped two more sentiments–one above each scene. The sentiments fit perfectly in the top corners of these scenes.
Arteza Real Brush Pens:
Pumpkin – Sunset Yellow, Orange, Autumn Red; Stem – Pale Green, Basil Green; Backbird – Wisteria Purple, Amethyst Purple, Eggplant Purple, Noir; Beak – Lemon Yellow, Peach; Leaf – Basil Green, Pale Green. Lemon Yellow, Orange, Cadmium Orange. Cheeks – Rouge Pink; Scarecrow – Face & Hands – Cantaloupe; Hat – Green Tea; Patches, Lemon Yellow, Orange; Straw Hair – Lemon Yellow, Orange; Jeans – Night Sky Blue
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Hello crafty friends! Welcome! It’s still August but I’m creating my first Halloween card of the year. When I saw this new stamp set from Not 2 Shabby, I had to ink it up right away. It’s called Critter Costume Party. You get a lot of darling images and sentiments in this set.
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This is 1 of the 4 new stamp sets in the Not 2 Shabby Shop. All of them are fall/Halloween themed. Here is a link to check them out: New Stamps Bundle
They are all fall/Halloween related stamps. With this bundle you’ll be all set for your fall time card crafting.
I stamped most of the images onto a piece of Spectrum Noir Smooth White Cardstock–great for using with your alcohol markers. All colored them in using the same yellow, purple and brown markers. This will add cohesion to your card. I fussy cut them out with a small, white border.
I used a window die to cut out a frame with black cardstock and with Bristol Smooth Cardstock. The latter paper works beautifully with ink blending. I blended Distress Inks onto the little window panels. The colors I used are Spun Sugar, Picked Raspberry and Wilted Violet on 2 panels. On the other 2 panels I used Carved Pumpkin, Wild Honey and Squeezed Lemonade. I wanted to put some bright colors behind my critters.
Next I started putting the card together. I glued down the window frame and window panel with liquid adhesive.
I used foam tape to pop up my critters in the windows. I also used some Pretty Pink Posh jewels call Boo to add some sparkle to the card.
And here is the finished card! I had a blast putting this one together! Let the fall time and Halloween time card crafting begin!!