13 July, 2016

Cards for July MMCC: Sparkle!

Even if the Finnish summer has not shown it's best during the past two weeks, I'm truly enjoying my summer holiday. I can feel that my batteries are recharging and I'm bubbling of inspiration! Theme for July Mixed Media Card Challenge is just perfect for my current mood:

Over the past few days it has rained every day, but with the right mindset the bad weather will not spoil the day:

Cardmaking: Stamped cards with inked background

The backgrounds of these cards were first inked with Distress inks and the patterns were added with plain water: On the larger card I let water just drip down creating light vertical lines. Once dry I added more water on the bottom of the card, and splashed some drops on the upper part of the background.

On the smaller ATC card I first inked the background, and placed a stencil with vertical dot lines on the cardstock. I misted the stencil with water, pressed dry with a paper towel, and removed the stencil. Creating fun patterns on your project background could not be easier!

Cardmaking: Stamped ATC card with inked background

On the larger card I stamped and fussy cut the quote text, but for an ATC sized card the text was too big. I used the same lovely quote, but wrote it with tiny rub-on letters. I have bought the letter set from craft flea market and I love it! The set is years old, but the rub-ons still work well. Originally the set was needed for correcting machine writer typing errors- a little piece of history, isn't it!

On the ATC card I stamped the image with Archival ink. For the larger card I used black embossing powder that had a hint of sparkle in it.
The 'Sparkle' word on the larger card was heat embossed twice; first using black powder and then a second time with a hint of glitter powder.

The stamps are from Visible Image: 'Sparke In The Rain' and 'Smile Sparkle Shine'. Love them!

Cardmaking: Stamped card with inked background

I hope our lovely sparkling theme will inspire you to play along! See all the challenge details here.

Despite of the rainy weather I wish you a sparkling day!
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Card set for Visible Image: Bubbling With Joy

Hi and happy Wednesday!

Today I'm sharing with you a series of cards I've made using a trumpet player stamp by Visible Image and Distress Inks. All cards have different sizes: The large horizontal card measures 18 cm x 9 cm, the green vertical card has the dimensions 10 cm x 15 cm, and the smallest is a standard ATC (2,5" x 3,5 ").
For the background I used heavy white office quality cardstock with a bit glossy surface-- I think that's the absolutely best paper for inking projects. It also tolerates water fairly well which was important for the technique I used.

I started with inking each card front with a few Distress colours. Then I stamped the trumpet player on top, using black Archival ink. For avoiding the black ink to smudge I quickly heat set the stamped images with my heat gun.

The fun feature of Distress Ink is that it reacts quickly with water. I took a small watercolour brush, dipped it into plain water, and touched the inked card front with the wet brush. I let the water react with the ink for a few seconds, and then pressed the cardstock dry with a paper towel. Don't those little dots look like soap bubbles?

After drying I highlighted the dots with a gel pen, and sew a simple stiched frame around the card.

Tip: Even if the Archival ink is heat set, it is safer to protect the image with masking tape before sewing. Especially when working on a glossy cardstock the sewing machine presser foot may smudge the ink. You can sew over the masking tape and tear it off when finished.

I like my multi purpose card set a lot; the trumpet player is such a fun image to play with. Hope you like my cards, too!

For more information on the stamp set please click on the picture below:

Wishing you a nice day!

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05 July, 2016

GDT for CASEplorations July challenge!

I was so happy and excited when I was proposed that my card would be used for CASEplorations July challenge. What a honour! I was so much looking forward to seeing how the design team would CASE my card, and I think they all did an amazing job! I'm so happy!

I CASEid my card too, so here's a new version of the bird card, with quite the same elements and a similar layout:

The background was inked with few shades of pink Distress inks. Before inking I stamped a few swirls with Distress paints, and was happy to see how beautifully the Distress inks resist the paint. Such a fun technique!

I used the very same techniques also on two ATC cards. I love playing with stron colours and fun patterns!

I hope that you play along this fun challenge! Read all the details and see the amazing DT projects here.

Wishing you a wonderful day,
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03 July, 2016

Art journal page inspired by Adele

Finnish challenge site 'Jehkotar CRAFTChallenge' inspired us with an Adele song and a moodboard:

I'm a big fan of Adele. I love her strong and beautiful voice and her charismatic presense, and her empowering songs mean a lot to me. These thoughts inspired me to make a bold, bright, meaningful, and feminine art journal page:

The background was painted and stamped with acrylic paints. As the background was quite busy even after cooling it down with white acrylic paint, I decided to stencil the text with white texture paste on black cardstock and glue on the page. The cool stencil is from Ranger/Dina Wakley ('Affirmations').

The picture is from an advertisement I saw in a magazine. I fussy cut it, glued down on the page with gel medium, and added some shadowing with Neocolor II crayons. I like the contrast between the quite monotonous image and the crazy bright background.

Wishing you a wonderful day!
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