08 December, 2016

Winter wishes

New December 'Take It Make It' challenge started at Craft Stamper Magazine blog last Friday. Theme this month is 'Snow and Ice':
Create seasonal makes, or use lots of white product! Think gesso, embossing paste, white paint, embossing powders and glitters. Remember to include rubber/polymer stamping on your project somehow, somewhere!

One lucky winner will get an amazing prize by Craftbox: Worth playing for, isn't it!

I decided to make a fairly simple card with stamped, die-cut and stencilled elements. Here's my take:

I started with stamping the little bear on white cardstock, and colouring the image with Promarkers. Actually I stamped and coloured three bears, as I was not sure which colour combination I would use for my card. I cut out the images and stamped and heat-embossed the hats and scarves.

The trees are die-cut using a lovely Sizzix/Tim Holtz die set. I cut the trees twice; once from white cardstock, and once from dark green cardstock. I cleaned the die carefully, keeping all the tiny cut pieces on my crafting table. The next task was to assemble the tree again, placing green die-cut pieces on the white tree and vice versa.
When all pieces were put back I secured them with a strip of removable clear tape. I turned the trees around abd spread glue on the back. Glue held the little pieces nicely in place.

The trees on the background were stencilled using the die-cut leftover piece as stencil. For inking the background hills I used a simple hand-cut, wavy mask.
I finished the card by stencilling white texture paste on the bottom of the card.

Isn't the bear stamp set by Studio Calico cute!

Wishing you a wonderful day. Hope play along our fun challenge!

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07 December, 2016

Tutorial: Easy self-made die-cut masks

Today I wanted to share with you a fun technique I came up with a few days back. I was inspired by the lovely designs of my thin metal dies, and looked for ways to use the die-cut pieces as masks on my card projects.

My plan was to use mists and watercolours, so just placing a die-cut piece on my cardbase would not have worked that well. I did not want the wet media to flow under the mask, so I had to came up with a technique in which the mask would stick to the surface and stay in place.

The cheapest and easiest solution was to make my masks from masking tape. Not the fancy one I use for my projects but the cheap type you get in hardware stores. For being able to easily remove the tape from my die I used baking paper underneath the tape:

First I cut a piece of baking paper, and covered it with horizontal and vertical stripes of masking tape. I let the tape striped overlap each other for easier handling of the die-cut mask.
When cutting my die was facing down on the masking tape. I did not have to do any adjustments on my 'die-cutting sandwich', but just to use the standard stack for thin metal dies.

The die-cut piece was like a masking tape sticker that could easily be removed from the cardstock. It was yet sticky enough to prevent the ink from spreading underneath the mask. 

A masking tape mask is also quite durable. After misting I dried the project, and added some ink and paint splashes and stamped patterns. When all the layers were finished I just pulled the mask off.

For getting a crispier masked image I coloured the masked background with Distress inks instead of mists. Worked very well, too!

This technique was so fun and easy! This time I used it for my Christmas card projects, but my head is already spinning with other projects I will used it...!
Hope you give it a try!

Dies used (click on links for more info):
Deer: Sizzix Thinlits Die - Elegant Deer
Snowflakes: Sizzix Thinlits Die Set - Paper Snowflakes

If you have any questions, please write a short comment below :)

Wishing you a nice day!
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06 December, 2016

NYC skyline on a one-layer card

Last weekend December Jehkotar CraftChallenge started with a cool moodboard:

I loved the picture with city night lights and it inspired me to make this one-layer card:

The amazing NYC skyline stamp in from Altenew- I love it!
I started with stamping the skyline on plain white cardstock. My plan was to colour the night sky with Distress inks, and for protecting the stamped buildings while colouring the upper part of the card I used masking fluid. After inking I misted a bit of water on the background, and once dry I removed the mask.

My idea was to use only a limited set of colours; pink, purple and a few greytones. The end result is not too realistic, but it looks quite the way I had planned. After colouring the buildings I highlighted the windows with a white gel pen, and the card was ready!

Stamping, masking, inking and colouring. True pleasure!

Wishing you a wonderful week,
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30 November, 2016

Colourful everyday cards

Hi and Happy Wednesday!
Today I wanted to share with you two easy-to-make everyday cards I have made:

The patterns for the colourful panels are made using only one circle stamp by Visible Image. I stamped the image several times with black ink on white cardstock, letting the circles overlap each other and form random patterns:

Then I chose three matching ProMarker colours, and coloured the stamped pattern. I wanted the result to be light and bright, so I left many of the areas white. Focusing on one little area at a time and colouring without too much planning was very meditative!

The width of the coloured panel was bit larger than half of my card front. I trimmed the piece to size, mat on matching colour cardstock, and attached to my card front. For cutting the 'hello' word I used my die-cutting machine and little alpha dies. Done!

After finishing the first card I wanted to check how the card would look like when coloured with a new set of matching colours:

I think the result looked just as good!
And now I'm thinking whether I should make a few cards more using three different colours- blue, yellow and green perhaps?

For more information on the Visible Image circle stamp I used please click on the picture below:

Wishing you a wonderful week,

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