18 November, 2018

GDT AALL&Create: Chess lady Art journal page

Hi!
I love to create collages using stamps from various sets, but sometimes one stamp is all I need for creating an entire project. Especially if that one stamp is of generous A4 size!
The moment I saw this amazing A4 stamp designed by Bipasha Bk I knew I wanted to create an art journal page with it. 



I first stamped the chess lady on a piece of white paper. The ink I used was onyx black VersaFine; when inking a large stamp I prefer using a juicy pigment ink that does not dry too fast. That type of ink makes stamping very simple and you'll be able to get a good crispy print even without using a stamping platform.

As my ink was an oli-based dye ink, I colored the image using Inktense watercolour pencils. and blended the colours with a water brush. Those bright, intense colours are so fun to work with! Once the image was dry, I fuzzy cut it around the edges. I did not pay too much attention on the finest details and did not even try to get them all cut out properly. The edges would later be re-built by another stamped layer anyway.


I inked the background of my art journal page with two Distress colours, decorated the inked surface with water splashes, and dried the page with my heat gun. Then I re-stamped the main image on my page, pressing the stamp firmly on the edges. In addition to the main image the stamp contains also cool stitchline images, and I decided to use those on the edges of my page. The ink I used was a lovely dark red/purple 'Chianti' colour from VersaFine Clair.


Once the background was ready I glued my fuzzy-cut main image on the page. First the contrast between the main image and the background was a bit too strong, so I added more Inktense colours around the image and on the background. For adding a hint of light I used both a soft, white pastel pen and a regular white gel pen. A hint of white always makes the image pop!


Word stickers are from a Tim Holtz sticker set. I thought the page did not need any larger text elements. :)



I'm really happy with the page. Hope it inspires you, too!

For more information about AALL&Create products can be read *here*.


Wishing you a wonderful day! Thanks for stopping by in my blog!
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13 November, 2018

GDT AALL & Create: Girlz With Heart

Hi!
Another fun project with AALL & Create stamps!
One month ago I spent an amazing weekend in Egersund Norway: I had the true pleasure to take several classes by Louis Nelson, who's minimalistic, powerful style has always inspired me. She's such a lovely person and a wonderful teacher, and I will remember this weekend for years to come!

Thanks to AALL & Create, I'm so happy that I and other Louis Nelson fans now have the chance to work with her designer stamps. The images are so versatile, and I'm sure I'll use them for cards, art journal pages, and scrapbooking layouts!


This time I wanted to make a monotonous card on craft card base, keeping the colour palette to minimum. This lovely stamp by Louise Nelson is simply gorgeous, and for highlighting its beauty I did not want to use too many additional elements.

I started with stamping and coloring the main image. As usual, I colored two images on the same go :)

For colouring the background I used white gesso and a brayer. Added some stencilled and stamped patterns on top, and finished the background with machine-sewn stitches.



The second angel ended up on a matching ATC:


I'm happy how the projects turned out. Hope you like them, too!


For these cards I used the following AALL & Create supplies:

Stencil #41
Stamps #117, #130, #133

Wishing you a wonderful day!
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03 November, 2018

What The Quack! ATC:s for AALL&Create


Hi!
Today I'm sharing with you an ATC trio I made using AALL & Create's lovely stamp set #135 (design by Olga Heldwein):










As usual, I started with stamping the cute main images on white paper. Then I colored them with my markers, and fuzzy cut.






For coloring the ATC backgrounds I used 'Salty Ocean' Distress ink. The lighter patterns on the cards is water that I splashed on the inked card. I let the ink react with water a few seconds and then dried the cards with a kitchen paper towel.




Once the paper was dry I stencilled some half moons on the paper. While working, I rotated the stencil a few times by 90 degrees. 



I think the half moons looked like duck feather flying in the air! (stencil #43, 'Lunar Phases')




Before gluing down the main images I stamped a strip of dots with a slightly darker blue ink, and white washed the centres of each card with a very thin layer white gesso. Whitout the white highlighted area my main images would have blended in the busy background. White gesso allowed them to pop!







So this is how the cards turned out:




 I hope my cards inspire you to create somehing fun this weekend. Thanks for stopping by in my blog :)






Hugs,




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27 October, 2018

Purrfect birthday cards!

Hi!
I'm so excited to share the great news with you: I'm a guest designer for AALL & Create!
Starting today, I will post a new project for you every Saturday; hope you join the fun with me!

My first project is a set of two birthday cards. They share the same techniques, but a different colour palettes:


These climbing cats by Olga Heldwein are ADORABLE! So fun to colour and yet easy to fuzzy cut. Just the way I like!

The backgrounds I coloured with old Distress Stains. I had not used them for a while, but they worked perfectly.
Once the ink was dry I white washed the colour a bit with white gesso. Just a thin layer here and there was enough.
For the finishing touch I used Aida's versatile circle stamp, and an ink colour matching to the background Distress Stain.



I coloured the main images with my Promarkers. My standard choise for colouring pens :)


I can't decide which one I like best. I think that both of them turned out nicely!


Below are pictures of the AALL & Create stamp sets I used. More information can be read in AALL & Create eShop *here*.


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

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Art journal page using mirror stamping technique

Hi!
I'm happy to be on VivaLasVegaStamps! blog again, showing my latest art journal page. For this page I used fun mirror stamping technique to replicate my main 'Clown Face' image:


This page has several layers and an inked background. The mirrored image came out quite nicely, and before fuzzy cutting I just traced some of the lines with a very fine black marker.


For more information about this page and the stamps I used please read my post in VLVS! blog. Link is *here*

Wishing you a wonderful weekend!
Hugs,
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18 October, 2018

Cute as a Kitten! Imagine and So Suzy Crackerbox blog hop

Hi and Welcome to my blog!




I'm so happy to take part in this two-day blog hop, bringing together design team members from Imagine and Crackerbox & Suzy Stamps. Participating bloggers have put up tons of inspiration just for you; I wish you happy hopping!


There are also great prizes to be won:
Imagine and Crackerbox & Suzy Stamps will both pick one lucky person, and offer the lucky winner a gift certificate of $25! All you have to do is leave a comment on each blog AND corporate blogs on any of the two days. Double your chances by leaving comments and corporate blogs on both of the days.

Vicky Briggs (Crackerbox & Suzy)
 Elina Stromberg (Imagine)  ** you are here **
    Donna Idlet (Crackerbox & Suzy)
Iris Rodriguez (Imagine)   
Terri Burson (Crackerbox & Suzy)
Jennifer Vanderbeek (Imagine)
    Cornelia Wenokor (Crackerbox & Suzy)
Jowilna Nolte (Imagine)   
    Olesya Andreyeva (Crackerbox & Suzy)
Kassy Tousignant (Imagine)
I made a cute kitten card to for a dear friend:


Here's how I made the card:
I first traced a large letter C on a piece of white cardstock. The trace line would help me in aligning my flower patterns.


I created a couple of masks from a post-it note, and stamped leaves and flowers on the C shape using masking stamping technique.


Once the flower wreath was finished, I fuzzy cut it out.


Using a water brush and my craft mat as palette I colored the flowes with pink Memento ink.


I glued the flower wreath on a piece of patterned paper. Before gluing I added a hint of color on the paper using pink and purple Memento inks.

For highlighting my cute main kitten image I gently white washed the flowers with white gesso. The layer of paint is really thin, but it yet allows the main image to pop.


For coloring the kitten I used my Promarkers. 


I think the sentiment text is a perfect match to my floral background and the cutest kitten. Hope you like it, too!

For this project I used the following supplies:
Imagine: Memento Dew Drop 'Rose Bud, Lulu Lavender, Angel Pink, Tuxedo Black.
VersaFine Onyx Black

Crackerbox & Suzy Stamps: 'Kitty Fun', 'Feet Flower Large & Small', 'Friends Like Flowers'



Wishing you a wonderful day! Please join us again tomorrow!


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17 October, 2018

Minions!

Hi!
There's still time to participate in Craft Stamper October blog challenge. 'Anything goes', as long as you use stamping somewhere on your project.
This month the prize for one lucky winner is AMAZING:
A Sizzix Scoreboards XL die: Wrapped Journal by Eileen Hull! Worth playing for, isn't it!


My October project is a card with Minions! Aren't these stamps by So Suzy Stamps just acorable!

Minions card

I started with stamping, coloring, and fuzzy cutting lots of piping parts:


I inked the background, splashed water on the ink, dried with my heat gun, and glued the pipings on the card:


I stamped and fuzzy cut my Minions, and as their hair were impossible to cut out, I re-stamped the images on the card front. Then the last remaining step was to glue the fuzzy cut images on top:


Minions card

This card makes me smile. Hope it will bring a smile to your face, too!

Check out all details about the challenge *here*. More October challenge inspiration can be viewed *here*

Wishing you a wonderful day! Thanks for stopping by!

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