20 September, 2017

Simple and easy Christmas cards

Hi and Happy Wednesday!

Christmas may still seem to be far ahead, but actually now it is the perfect time to start thinking about Christmas cards. Especially if you want to make the cards yourself, enjoy the creative process and to avoid the hazzle of creating the cards in the middle of other Christmas preparations. I started my Christmas card project with these two simple inked cards:

For these simple designs you don't need too many supplies: For colouring and stamping the backgrounds I only used one blue Distress ink colour, 'Faded Jeans'. Starting from the top of the card I inked my white cardstock panel using an ink blending tool and a few simple hand-cut, mountain shaped paper masks. For stamping the words and the flying reindeer I used black VersaFine ink.

The white star is stamped and heat-embossed with white embossing powder. For the little white stars I used white heavy embossing powder: I sprinkled the powder flakes on the card, and heat set them by heating the card from underneath. Especially when using water-soluable Distress inks I prefer using white embossing powder for making tiny white splash marks, as a thin white paint will absorb the ink colour, and the end-result will not be bright white. White embossing powder will give you a pure white colour.

The new Visible Image Christmas stamp sets are so very inspirational. The hand-written text stamps are my true favourites, hope you will get inspired, too!

For more information on the Visible Image stamps I used, please click on the pictures below:

Wishing you a wonderful week. Thanks for stopping by in my blog!
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06 September, 2017

Rock Out!

Hi and Happy Wednesday!
Have you already seen the new stencils by Visible Image? I love working with stencils, and seeing this addition to their stamp collection was so exciting!

I used the 'Strobes' stencil for the background of this rock themed tag:

I started the project with inking the background with yellow and orange Distress inks, and stamping and heat embossing the main image on the tag.

I placed the stencil on the tag, and stencilled clear VersaMark embossing ink on the tag, dabbing the ink around the main image. Then I heat embossed the stencil pattern with clear embossing ink.
Clear embossing ink acted as a resisting layer on the yellow ink, so when adding a darker ink color on the tag the heat-embossed areas remained yellow. This is such a fun and easy technique to work with, and I think the grungy background matches well with the rock star image :)

For more information on the Visible Image products I used, please click on the pictures below:

Wishing you a wonderful week. Rock Out!

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02 September, 2017

September colour is Rose Gold!


Super trendy 'Rose Gold' is the Imagine September colour of the month:

Hop over to Imagine blog to see how the talented AIR team members have used this lovely warm colour on their projects. Link to follow is *here*.

I made a few different cards using the same simple stamping technique. A picture tutorial will follow later this month; here's one of my Rose Gold card creations:

Wishing you a nice weekend! Thanks for stopping by in my blog!

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01 September, 2017

Distress Oxides on a flower card

Weekend is soon here! Woohoo!
It's also the first Friday of the month which means that a new Craft Stamper Take It Make It challenge starts.
This month we have again a fabulous prize for one lucky winner: Three stamp sets by Uniko!

Entering the challenge is easy: Create a project of any type, include stamping somewhere on your project, link a picture of the project to the Craft Stamper September challenge post, and keep your fingers crossed!

My first September project is a layered flower card:

Here's how I made it:
I dabbed pink Distress Oxide ink ('Worn Lipstick') on my craft mat, misted the colour with water, and picked the ink up using white mixed media cardstock. I dried the colour with my heat gun, and repeated the step with yellow ink (Distress Oxide 'Fossilized Amber').
I took out my Tonic Studio Tim Holtz stamping tool, and stamped the flower image on the inked backtround using black VersaFine pigment ink.

Then I stamped the flower image again on white semi-glossy paper. This time my ink was Memento Tuxed Black ink, as that ink works well with alcohol markers.

I coloured the flowers with Promarkers, cut out, and glued on the inked and stamped background. Before die-cutting the sentiment word I attached two-sided tape on the back of the paper, and therefore did not have to use glue when adhering the sentiment on the vellum strip.

The lovely flower stamp by Carabelle Studio works well on small ATC backgrounds, too!

Wishing you a nice weekend. Hope you have enough time to do what you love. Whatever it may be!

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31 August, 2017

Teal Greeting Card

In August the Imagine Artist In Residence team was challenged to create a project using the colour teal. That dark turquoise colour is not often seen on my projects, but it proved to be the right choice for my grungy critter card project. VersaMagic and Brilliance inks and new AALL & Create stamps by Olga Heldwein, Fiona Paltridge and Autour de Mwa were a perfect match, and I got so carried away that in addition to the card I had to make an ATC, too!

Isn't this hiding little fellow just the cutest thing ever! Design by Olga Heldwein

If you want to see other teal inspired projects, just follow *this link* to Imagine blog. Complete supply list for my card projects can be read there, too.

Wishing you a wonderful day. Be Awesome!
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23 August, 2017

Art journaling: Be happy

Hi and Happy Wednesday!

My art journal book, aka my creative playground, has been in frequent use lately. It's the perfect place for storing quotes that are meaningful for me, and at the same time for playing with colors and trying out new techniques.
Not all my scrabbles are made for public viewing, but myt latest page I wanted to share with you:

For colouring the background I used few bright Distress paints that I mixed with a brayer. Once the paint was dry I created a butterfly pattern by stamping the same image repeatedly with brown StazOn ink. Light and water based Distress paints are so easy to work with, as the paper doesn't usually need to be prepared with gesso before starting!

For writing the quote text I used the new Visible Image letter stamps. When cutting the stripes I noticed that despite of the pencil line I draw with my ruler the letters were not perfectly aligned. Well, then I just continued gluing down the strips and thought I would not give a damn :D

For more information on the lovely Visible Image stamps I used, please click on the pictures below:

Wishing you a wonderful week. Just be happy!
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19 August, 2017

Never too old for fairy tales!

Hope your weekend has started well.
Today I wanted to show you an art journal page I made using masking stamping technique, Art Journey stamps, and Tsukineko inks:

I did not prepare the page in any way before starting; usually I first cover the pages with a thin layer of gesso, but this time it was not required despite of the watercolor technique I used for colouring. In addition, I wanted to achieve the look and feel of an old children's storybook, and the creamy coloured Moleskine page was just what I needed for the background.

I made a step-by-step picture tutorial for the masking stamping technique and for creating this page; it's available at Imagine Blog (link *here*). Also the complete supply list can be read there.

Wishing you a nice and relaxing weekend! Thanks for stopping by in my blog!

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13 August, 2017

We are family: Snapshot keepsake on a scrapbook page

Hope you have had time to view all the gorgeous entries talented crafters have linked to our Craft Stamper August blog challenge? My design team friends have put up lots of new inspiration and eye candy for you, just follow this link to see all the inspiration posts!

My second August project is a 12" layout I made using materials I received in a fun scrap material swap that was organized among Finnish scrapbookers during summer. Thank you Heidi T. for an envelope filled with inspiration!

The fun picture of my dear crafty friends was taken by Olga Heldwein at Mixed Media Party this summer. Thinking back at that amazing weekend brings a smile on my face. You girls rock!

A simple layout with fresh colours. Pure joy of playing with patterned papers. And for a change a page without any mixed media elements! :D

Wishing you a wonderful week. Hope you will get inspired to play along our fun challenge! You can find all details here.

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12 August, 2017

Fly away: Watercoloring and embossing

I wanted to share with you a CAS style card I made a short while back using my favorite Imagine/Tsukineko supplies:

You can read more about the project and view the complete supply list at Imagine blog *here*

The lovely stamp is from VivaLasVegaStamps! collection.
I'm sure many of you recognize this 'Balloon Girl' image; the original artwork is a 2002 mural by graffiti artist Banksy. Isn't it amazing how one can tell such a powerful story with very few elements!

Hope you have a wonderful day. Don't let your dreams fly away!

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09 August, 2017

Stamped mixed media art journal page

Hi and Happy Wednesday!
This Monday was the end of our wonderful summer vacation and work life started with a hectic pace. I'm having a bit mixed feelings: On the other hand it's nice to be back at the office, to meet the great colleagues again, and to continue working on the cool projects I'm involved in. However, spending time with my family was great, and I will sure miss those lazy slow mornings!

I decided to put those mixed feelings on an art journal page that I created in my Moleskine book using two sets of Visible Image stamps:

The background is decorated with watercolur pencils, white gesso, stamping, and fun little letter rub-ons. I love using those tiny letters that were actually created for correcting typewriter typing errors :)

Both stamp sets are from Visible Image June release, for more information click on the pictures below:

Wishing you a wonderful week, thanks for stopping by in my blog!
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04 August, 2017

Mixed media collage on an art journal page

It's time for a new Craft Stamper blog challenge!
This month our challenge is sponsored by Keep On Crafting, and one lucky winner will receive this cool prize, two stencils and two stamp sets from Prima/Finnabair collection!

In our challenge, 'Anything Goes', as long as there's stamping somewhere on the project. Read all the challenge details and see the DT creations and all already linked projects *here*.

My take on the challenge is a stamped mixed media art journal page that I made in my Moleskine book:

Aren't those Carabelle Studio birds amazing!

For colouring I used my Promarkers; they just work the best for me. The background is painted with Distress Paints and decorated with a stencilled pattern. Green letter patterns are made with a Carabelle Studio background stamp.

I wish you a lovely weekend. Hope you get inspired to play along our challenge!

Thanks for stopping by in my blog.
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