29 June, 2016

Art journal page inspired by Visible Image

Hi and happy Wednesday!

When playing with acrylic paints I often brush the excess paint on the empty pages of my art journal book. When art journaling it's often easier to start working on a page that is not completely empty --
even if I soon cover all with new layers of paint.



In my art journal book I had a double page with little bit of yellow, brown and orange Distress paints. I added a few layers of yellow Distress ink and some splashes of red/orange paint. I finished the background with adding more texture with gold colour crackle paint and a stencil.

 
I stamped the quotes on white cardstock with black Archival ink, cut them out, and glued on the pages. For highlighting the texts I kept the background quite monotonous, and used the flowerlike 'Visometry set 1' pattern by Visible Image on yellow, brown and orange cardstock pieces. I fussy cut all the 'flowers' and glued them on the background, around the quotes.



The end result reminds me of a field of daisies!


For more information on the stamp sets I used please click on the pictures below:





Wishing you a nice day!
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28 June, 2016

Easy birthday cards

Hi!
Beautiful images on patterned papers are a great way to easily embellish paper crafting projects. I like to keep in my stash pieces of patterned papers with flowers, butterflies and birds, and to use the fussy cut designs on cards, scrapbook layouts and art journal pages.

The starting point for these below cards was a leftover piece of floral patterned paper. I fussy cut all the flowers and leaves, and picked up pieces of solid red and cream cardstock to match the colours of the flowers.


Cardmaking: Easy bithday cards with Sizzix Big Shot and patterned papers

The square piece of red cardstock was used on both cards: First I cut an oval window using a Thinlits die from the new *Stitched Ovals die set*, and then used the inner part as a background element for my second card.

Cardmaking: Easy bithday cards with Sizzix Big Shot and patterned papers

Cardmaking: Easy bithday cards with Sizzix Big Shot and patterned papers

The words were die-cut using my favourite dies: for 'hello friend' I used *this set* for 'hello' and *this set* for 'friend'; and for 'happy birthday' I used *this set* for 'happy' and *this set*  for 'birthday' letters.

Cardmaking: Easy bithday cards with Sizzix Big Shot and patterned papers

Both of these cards were really easy and fun to make. Which one is your favourite?

Wishing you a great day!
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15 June, 2016

Heat embossed background on a simple birthday card

Hi!
Have you had a chance to play with stamps from the 'Visometry' collection by Visible Image? These versatile stamps can be used as individual images, but the images also make great background patterns when repeated.

For this card I used a piece of white mixed media cardstock, the Visometry Set 3 stamp set, Versamark embossing ink, and white embossing powder. I started stamping the pattern from the bottom of the card, turning the stamp each time 180 degrees, and aligning the sides of the large outer triangles.

The embossing ink does not dry that quickly, and one row can be stamped before the row of stamped triangles is heat embossed. Aligning of the clear stamp is not difficult, but I practiced creating the pattern first on a piece of scrap paper first before working on my card background. My image alinging was not 100% perfect, but I did not mind the imprecision :)



The embossed pattern resists watercolour, and I started colouring the background by painting the entire background with light pink. Then I added a darker pink watercolour on the flowers which were created when the image was repeated. Once the colour was dry I wiped the embossed pattern gently which highlighted the beautiful embossed pattern.

For the card front text I used the fun 'Visometry Alpha 1' stamp set: I stamped the letters on white cardstock, cut out, and glued on a piece of white vellum. I glued down the vellum strip by using glue only under the letters, and folded and adhered the ends of the strip on the background of the card. Done!

For more information on the stamp sets I used please click on the pictures below:





Wishing you a nice day!
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14 June, 2016

Mixed Media Card: Sunset at Santa Monica Beach

Hi!


Image transfer is a fun way to add semi-transparent elements to various types of mixed media projects. Even if the technique is not too complicated, learning it took me some practice. In this the tutorial video by Birgit Koopsen was of great help. I learned that the key thing was to let the glued image dry properly (even 24 hrs), and then the removal of the back paper was quite easy.

June Mixed Media Card Challenge theme is 'Sunset', and I remembered a photo I took two years ago at the beautiful Santa Monica beach. I thought the photo would be a perfect starting point for my sunset card project, but instead of using it as a collage element I decided to transfer a black and white copy of it on a painted background. 


So I started with converting the photo to a black and white image, and printing it on white office paper a laser printer. I painted the sunset sky with acrylic paints on a piece of white mixed media cardstock. For getting the horizon straight I first covered the bottom part of the cardstock with wide masking tape. Once the sky was ready I removed the tape and added some yellow paint on the bottom of my card front.

I did not mirror the image before printing as I thought it would work just fine without that extra modification step. In addition the picture did not have any texts on it which would have required flipping the image.


I had the feeling the card needed some texture, so I sew some straight lines on the bottom of the card. Then I adhered the card first on red cardstock and then on a cream coloured card base.
The finishing touch was made by stamping and heat embossing a sentiment text on the card. Done!


Read the challenge details here and view all the gorgeous sunset cards our talented design team has created. And I'm hoping soon to see your sunset card among the challenge entries!

Wishing you a wonderful day,
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