Art jounal page: Summer Lovin'

Today I'm sharing with you a summer themed art jounal page I made a few weeks back:

For this page I used my favourite techniques: stamping, masking with masking fluid, and playing with liquid colours for the background. Image was colored with Promarkers.

For more information about the project and the complete list of supplies please visit Imagine blog *here*.

Wishing you a nice weekend!
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Live in the Now!

Hi and happy Wednesday!

Hope your week has started well. I've had a busy week at the office, but luckily in the evenings there has been some balancing time for crafting, too. That's so important to me!

I wanted to show you my latest card project I made with new Visible Image stamps and Distress inks and sprays:

For colouring the background I used several colours of Distress sprays, mixed with water before drying with my heat gun. The main image is stamped and heat embossed; I have found that heat embossing works the best if you want to create a really dark stamped image on a mixed media background.

For decorating the background I used Distress inks and two new Visible Image background pattern stamps. The ink colours were the same I used for misting, as I did not want the background textures to pop up too much. The contrast between the lighter background and the dark black image was the main thing for this card anyway.

The circle on the man's eye is a metal washer (one that you can buy at any hardware store). It's original colour was silver, but as it did not match to the colour palette of my project I heat embossed it with gold colour embossing powder: I dabbed the washer on the VersaMark ink pad, dropped it in the embossing powder jar, and picked up using a toothpick. Heating the metal ring took a bit longer than usual, but the embossing powder melted beautifully on the washer changing it's colour completely.

Such an inspirational card project to make! Hope you like it :)

For more information on the stamp set I used, please click on the pictures below:

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

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Tag with new Visible Image stamps: Precious time

Visible Image June Facebook challenge is 'Dimension'. I love adding dimensional elements on my projects, and the new 'Somewhere In Time' stamp set was just perfect for creating this 3D tag:

The clock is stamped three times, once on the tag, and twice on a piece of white cardstock. I coloured the white clocks with yellow and orange Promarkers, cut out, and layered the pieces on the tag using foam stickers. For the background I used several layers of Distress Oxide inks, and created some pattern using the new pattern stamp with numbers (included in the same stamp set). Before inking the background I masked the smallest clock pieces with masking fluid, and removed the fluid before starting the layering.

The quote is stamped and heat embossed on white vellum, and attached on the tag with two-sided tape.

I hope my dimensional project inspires you to play along our June challenge. Maybe you'll be the lucky one to win a £40 coupon to the Visible Image online shop!

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

Wishing you a nice weekend,

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Guest designing for CSI: Life!

Today is a special day, as I'm having the pleasure to showcase my latest layout as guest designer for CSI: Color, Stories, Inspiration!

We had a wonderful case to solve, containing so many inspirational elements:

And here's how I solved it:

From the evidence list I chose 'stitching', 'labels' and 'enamel dots'.
The title text is a quote I read on the Carry On Tuesday blog. There are lots of wonderful quotes, and I saved a few to be used on my future projects. I suggest you have a look, too.
The title is written with a 'Danube Blue' irRESETible Pico Embellisher. I first wrote the text with a pencil, and then wrote over with the blue medium. Love how it turned out!

The chipboard title letters had a non-matching green colors, so I changed it to a softer green tone. First I covered the letters with white gesso, and then misted with two green Fireworks! mists (Pear Tart and Bamboo Leaves). I wanted the colour to be really light, so I added some water, and mixed the colors with a brush. For the darker bottom part I brushed a hint of green irRESESTible Texture spray (colour Bamboo Leaves), and once dry, stamped some pattern with Olive Green StazOn ink.

The pattern for the stitched heart is actually a thin metal die by Waffle Flower. I die-cut the pattern on a piece of paper, placed it over my project, punched the holes with a needle, and sew the cross stiches using three strings of red embroidery yarn.

Before placing the photo and the tags/labels on the layout I decorated the background with stamping. I chose red and blue Memento inks to match the colour scheme of the case file.
The wonderful background paper is a Cocoa Daisy exclusive paper by Little Butterfly Wings, Let’s Fly Away.

There are so many ways you can solve the CSI case; hope you get inspired to play along!

Wishing you a wonderful day!

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Tangerine Love: Living In The Sunshine

While we in Finland are still waiting for the hot summer to start, one can still try to lift the spirit and enjoy the glooming summer colours when playing with warm yellow and orange tones. Our Imagine color of the month is the beautiful tangerine, and I used it for a mixed media card:

Aren't those shimmering and glooming colours just amazing!

To read more details about this project and to view the entire supply list please visit Imagine blog (my blog post can be read  *here*. )

Wishing you a wonderful day.Thanks for visiting my blog!
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More cool dudes!

June Craft Stamper Take It Make It challenge is ongoing, and there's still plenty of time to enter. 'Anything Goes' and a wonderful stencil + stamp set prize to be won; really worth playing for, isn't it! Check out the challenge details *here*

For my second June project I took another image from the cool Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous 'Epic' stamp set. Those fun images just keep inspiring me! This time the stamped and coloured cool dude ended up on a inked size 8 tag:

I started with colouring a piece of white mixed media cardstock with Distress Oxide inks. Once the paper was dry I die-cut the tag and the red tag ring with my BigShot, and decorated the background with stamping and inking. The circle patterns are stamped with an inked and water-misted stencil.

In addition to the main image I glued down torn paper pieces, chipboards and paper numbers. This project was again a really fun collage project; oh how I love those!

The main image is lifted a bit from the background. Instead of using 3D foam stickers I used corrugated cardboard which is always a very affordable option :) I traced the image on the cardboard, and cut out, removing a 0,5 cm / 1/8 in border around the image. That was needed for hiding the cardboard properly under the main image.

I like how this tag turned out. But then again, with these cool hipsters you cannot go too wrong anyways ;)

If you're looking for more inspiration I suggest you hop over to Craft Stamper blog. The TIMI design team has put up a gorgeous set of projects for you. Follow *this link* to see them all!

Wishing you a wonderful weekend!
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Two epic dudes on a mixed media tag

June has started and so has our new Craft Stamper Take It Make It challenge. Again, 'Anything Goes', as long as you remember to include rubber/polymer stamping on your project somehow, somewhere!

We have the most amazing sponsor this month: Just Jolande

One lucky winner will get this cool stamp set plus this stencil:

Follow this link to read the challenge details and to add your project link; you have until June 27 to enter. Hope you will play along!

My stamped project is a size 8 tag that I decorated with two stamped Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous dudes:

For the background I used Distress Stains and Inks, and some copper coloured texture paste. Once the paste was dry I sanded the pattern gently to remove some of the metallic shimmer, and then inked it with black Distress ink. Love that weatherworn look!

Wishing you a wonderful weekend. Hope you have time to do something fun!

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