Colourful tags: Greatest Journey

Hi and happy Wednesday!
Today I'm sharing with you two colourful tags that I made over the wonderful long weekend:

This time I did not use ready made manila tags but die-cut the size 8 tags myself. Actually I cut both tags twice; once from solid purple paper and once from a colourful paper I had inked with Distress Oxide inks. Oh how I love playing with those!

Whenever I'm working on a colourful background I like to use some contrasting black and white elements that really make the vivid colours pop. Using the fun 'Visometry' stamp set by Visible Image I stamped the same geometrical shape several times on a white paper, coloured the triangles with black and grey markers and cut out. It's always fun to find new ways for using your favourite stamps!

In addition to the Distress Oxide layers I created more background patterns with Visible Image 'Scripted Streets' stamp. The tiny black splashes are black ink.

The word stamps are from Visible Image 'Destination Unknown' stamp set. Again I mixed and matched the quotes in a new way; love that creative puzzle play!

I did not use any dimenstional elements on the tags, so both of them are thin which makes them perfect bookmarks, too. I think that the quote text is matching that use; when you have a good book in your hand you know that a great adventure always lies ahead!

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

Wishing you a nice week. Many thanks for stopping by in my blog!

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Art Journal: Beautiful Greenery

When browsing through fashion magazines or shopping catalogues I like to collect pictures of models for using them on my art journal pages. In the finished projects the images look often very different from the original pictures; I fussy cut the models, glue them on backgrounds I have created, and paint and draw over the pictures. Witnessing that transformation happening on my art journal page is always so fascinating!

For the background of this page I used two green pigment inks (Tsukineko Memento Luxe) and a Carabelle Studio stencil. Before starting the inking I fixed the stencil on the art journal page with masking tape; that way the stencil stays firmly on it's place.

Ink could have been applied directly from the ink pad on the stencil, but with paint dabber I was able to have more control over the ink.

Then I fussy cut my main image and glued it on the page. Once the glue was dry I colored the dress with a thin layer of green translucent ink, and created fun highlights with yellow ink in the model's hair (All-Purpose Inks by Tsukineko: Spring Green and Lemon Yellow).

Finding new ways for using my stamps is another thing I like to do. For this project I could not find a leaf stamp small enough, so I used a Carabelle stamp set that had angel wings in it (same stamp set than I used for *this* card). I stamped the wings on green cardstock, and made some shadowing with light grey marker. Then I cut the leaves out. And yes, there were many (!!) of them.

I think that the hard work payed off; I think those feathers look very much like spring green leaves.

And here's my finished page:

Hope this inspires you to look at your supplies with fresh eyes; I'm sure you'll find many creative ways to using them on your projects!

Here's a list of supplies I used:

Memento Luxe – Pear Tart, Pistachio
All-Purpose Ink – Spring Green, Lemon Yellow
One Point Glue (for gluing the leaves)
Memento – Tuxedo Black

Pieces of green paper
Gel medium (for gluing down the fussy cut model picture)
Grey markers (for shadowing the stamped leaves)
Black watercolor pen (for shadowing the main image)
Stencil – Carabelle Studio
Stamps – Carabelle Studio (leaves/angel wings), Wycinanka (background pattern)

Have a nice day!
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Travel Memories: NYC

Today I'm sharing with you a 12" scrapbook layout I made some time ago, using the vibrant Fireworks! mists by Imagine for the background:

For the title I printed the same picture twice; first I printed the skyscraper view on white vellum, and then a second time on glossy photo paper. I glued the large chipboard letters on the back of the glossy photo paper (letter front side against the back of the photo), and cut out. The vellum print was the same size than the photo paper print, so I placed the photo covered letters on the exact same spots. I think that effect looks quite nice!

The NYC silhouette is cut from black cardstock with my Silhouette Cameo. I found the image on the web, imported it into Silhouette Studio, modified a bit, and cut out. For gluing down the skyline I used the Imagine One Point glue that is just perfect for gluing down detailed pieces.

For the entire supply list please visit Imagine blog *here*.

Wishing you a nice Easter weekend!
Thanks for stopping by,
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April Craft Stamper TIMI Challenge: Robot card

Hi and Happy Easter!
Craft Stamper April Take It Make It challenge is ongoing, but there's still plenty of time to enter. Our lovely sponsor Visible Image has put up a prize truly worth playing for, so I suggest you take out your stamps and get crafty!
All challenge details can be viewed here, and more inspiration from our talented DT is here. Amazing projects, aren't they!

My second take on the April challenge is a card that my son asked me to make for his friend's birthday:

The background was inked with yellow and brown Distress inks; first I created a grid mask on the background with masking tape. My tape was really sticky, so for making the tape bit less sticky I dabbed the strips on a kitchen towel before placing on the card. That way I was able to remove the strips easier without worrying about tearing the card front.

First I used a brownk ink (Vintage Photo), then removed the strips, and inked the white areas with yellow colour (Dried Marigold). When finished I plashed water on the inked surface and stamped black text patterns here and there. My coloured image did not have too much white on it, so I added white paper strips on the background; a little bit of white and/or black always make your colours pop!

For colouring the image I used my Promarkers (they just work the best for me). As last finishing touch I glued down the robot eyes, two small washers :)

The card was approved by my son, hope you like it too!

Thanks for stopping by,
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Blue Feathers for Imagine

At Imagine Blog the colour of April is Lapis. Isn't that vibrant, rich blue just beautiful!
I made a mixed media card using Fireworks! mists, Creative Medium in metallic silver and a wonderful stamp and die set from Spellbinders.

Oh, how I love all those shimmering blue tones!

For more information on this card creation and the supplies I used please visit Imagine blog (link *here*)

Wishing you a nice weekend!


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Card for Craft Stamper April TIMI Challenge: Hipster

New month and a new Craft Stamper Take It Make It challenge! As before, 'Anything Goes' as long as there's stamping used somewhere on the project. So let your creative juices flow, have a look at the challenge details here and play along!

One lucky winner will get an amazing prize sponsored by Visible Image:

All the above three stamp sets! Really worth playing for, isn't it!

My April challenge take is a card with inked background and a cool Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous 'Hipster' dude as the main image:

For the card background I used white, heavy office paper; that durable but smooth paper is just my favourite for all inking projects. On it's semi-glossy finish the inks blend easily, and it's very affordable, too!

The background stripes are made with masking parts of the paper with masking tape strips before inking it with purple ink. I then removed the tape and continued inking with a pink ink. Then a few water splashes, drying with a heat gun, and more pattern with a background stamp.
The black tiny splashes are not paint but sprinkled heavy embossing powder, melted on the paper by heating it with a heat gun from underneath the paper.

I stamped the image on white paper and coloured with several cool grey colour markers. There's a matching die set available for the 'Hipster' stamp set, but as I didn't have it I fussy cut the image with scissors.

The 'Hipster' stamp set comes with a few fun urban acronyms. I stamped four of them on a piece of vellum, heat-embossed the words with black embossing powder and attache the strip on the card with double-sided tape.
The speech bubble on the top is a wooden embellishment I inked and painted before gluing down on the card.

I stamped and coloured all five Hipsters on one go, so I guess there will be more cards coming really soon :) They are just so adorable!

Wishing you a nice weekend. Hope you have time for some creative fun!
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Colourful world: Two tags with Visible Image stamps and Distress Oxide inks

Hi and happy Wednesday!
Even if spring has not really started in Finland yet, my mind is already shifted from dull grey winter to the colourful, bloomin season ahead of us. Inspired by the increasing amount of colour in the scenery I made two tags with Visible Image stamps and Distress Oxide colours in the background:

One of the coolest things about new Distress Oxide inks is that you can easily layer the colours and create vibrant colour combinations. Just dry each colour layer with your heat gun before applying the next layer; new layers will not react with the ones underneath.
For both of these tags I used three different Distress colours. For highlighting the colours even more it's always a good thing to use a bit of black or white for contrast; those will make the colours pop!
I added a hint of black with a VI script background stamp. I did not use a mounting block but held the stamp it in my hand, bending it when stamping the texture on the tag.

I added some texture on the tag by gluing down pieces of a honeycomb chipboard sheet.

Then I stamped the lovely flowers in three sizes on white paper, coloured them with Promarkers and cut out. Before gluing them on the tags I bent the flower petals gently for creating a dimensional look. I decorated the flowers with small seed beads.

As much I love the quote text on the 'Black & White World' stamp I had to cut it to smaller pieces in order to fit the texts on the tags. In addition I did not want to cover the colourful background complete with the word strips, so leaving out parts of the quote was the way to go this time. Reassembling the quote on both of the tags was actually a fun thing to do; versatile stamps can be used in so many ways!

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

Wishing you a beautiful week filled with colour!
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