23 October, 2016

Crazy Cats cards!

I love working with Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Crazy Cats stamps and matching Sizzix Thinlits dies. The impressions on the cats' faces are so adorable, and colouring them is so much fun. Fuzzy cutting is not a problem for me, but with the matching dies you can speed up the boring cutting phase. And you will get more projects done! :D

I stamped and coloured several cats on one go, and am now using the die-cut images for quick-to-make cards. Here are two cards I made recently:

Both of these cards have watercolor paper as card base. I wanted to use watercolours but avoid the extra step of preparing the paper with clear gesso or such. Heavy watercolor paper was the easiest choise!
Once the watercolor was dry I decorated the backgrounds with stencilled patterns, using texture dies from Tim Holtz/Sizzix Mixed Media Thinlits die set. For the below birthday card I die-cut also die-cut dark pink scribbles using *this* fun Tim Holtz/Sizzix set.

Here's my second Crazy cat card:

For this one I used heat embossing for adding some darker brown colour on the watercoloured background. I die-cut the pattern twice, but before removing the die I adhered two-sided tape on the background. When removing the die I pressed the scrap pieces on the tape, creating a nice pattern on the background. On those areas where the scrap pieces were removed I sprinkled brown Distress embossing powder. Double sided tape acted as embossing ink, making the heat-embossing so easy!

I still have a pile of cats on my crafting table, and I'm now thinking how to use them: Shall I make more cards, or will I use them for a cool art journal page? Stay tuned to find out! :)

Wishing you a creative and nice weekend!
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21 October, 2016

12 Tags of 2016: October

It had been a while since my last tag in '12 Tags of 2016', but this month I just had to play along. Collage background, crackles, die-cutting and embossing, metallic shimmer, and layered painting. Just my style of recipe!
The sample tag was made in spooky Halloween theme, but I used the elements in a bit different way, taking a vintage approach:

The lovely feather pen and ink bottle were die-cut using the 'Writing Desk' Sizzix/Tim Holtz Bigz die. I did not use metallic foil but heavy watercolour paper, but decorated it according to the sample project (embossed it using 'Harlequin & Stripes' Sizzix/Tim Holtz embossing folder, and painted it with copper and black paints. The cool golden shimmer is made using Old Gold Metallic! by 13Arts. Love that paint!

Oh, those crackles - that collage crazing medium is amazing!

Even though vintage is not really my thing, I'm very happy with the outcome. Just my type of project!

I know what I'll be doing this weekend. Catching up on the previous '12 Tags of 2016' projects!
View the original October tutorial *here*

Wishing you a wonderful weekend!
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19 October, 2016

Halloween with Mr Bone Jangles

Hi and Happy Wednesday,
Less than two weeks to Halloween! Wow!
Even if Halloween is not such a big thing in Finland I can feel the Halloween excitment rising as my kids are making plans for their Halloween parties. Their joy and eagerness is so contagious.

I haven't made too many Halloween themed paper crafting projects in the past, but the recent stamp set, 'Mr Bone Jangles' by Visible Image got me inspired. Funny how those skulls and skeletons are at the same time creepy and cute! I used the large skull for a Halloween themed tag:

The size 8 tag base is die-cut twice; once from orange cardstock and once from black texture paper. Before attaching the tags I tore the paper on top and bottom edges, revealing a bit of the orange background after the tags were glued together. While waiting for the glue to dry I dry brushed a hint of white gesso on the black background. A very thin layer of white gesso is always an easy way to highlight the main items.

I stamped the skull on white cardstock and coloured it with grey and yellow markers. After colouring I removed the eye and nose areas with a crafting knife and fuzzy cut the skull out. For creating more dimenstion on the card I pressed the edges of the skull with a stylus, and attached the image on a piece of black cardstock with 3D foam pads.

The little spiders I had bought from a local 'Tiger' store that sells fun decoration items for low prices. After gluing them on the tag I brushed some white gesso on them, too.

The tag turned out just the way I wanted. Creepy spooky, but fun!

For more information on the Visible Image Mr Bone Jangles stamp set I used please click on the picture below:

Wishing you a sunny October day! Thanks for visiting my blog!

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14 October, 2016

More autumn colours for October Craft Stamper Take It Make It challenge

Craft Stamper Take It Make It challenge with theme 'Autumnal Creations' continues. Gorgeous and colourful projects have been linked to the challenge- I hope you have time to play along, too. Just follow this link to add your project to the link list and you might be the lucky winner of WHOLE SET of eight brand new stamp releases by That's Crafty. Worth playing for, isn't it!

My second take on the challenge was a 12" scrapbooking layout:

For highlighting the rich autumn colours on the photo I decided to leave the background completely white. I continued the branches on the picture by drawing them on the background with a black marker and colouring them with yellow and red Promarkers. For lifting the coloured stems from the background I outlined them with light blue colour. I thought about adding some black or yellow paint splashes on the background but then decided to leave it and go with the white and clean version.

The large leaf stamps are from a Stampendous stamp set. I stamped them on pieces of coloured scrap paper, inked and coloured them and cut out. Before gluing the leaves on the bottom of the page I crinkled the edges on the palm of my hand.

This project was fun to make! Loved sketching the stems and leaves. I think I need to spend more time just drawing :)

Wishing you a nice weekend!
Thanks for stopping by. Hope you have time to leave a quick comment; it would make me so happy!

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