Quick Prismacolor Shading - Floral Card feat Studio Katia Floral Trimmings



Hi everyone! Today I am back with a card I made for the Studio Katia blog using the gorgeous Floral Trimmings stamp set.
To start off this card I embossed the two stamps that come in the set with rose gold embossing powder on some Strathmore Toned Gray paper. I then colored the images with a white prismacolor in the shadow areas.  I trimmed the two panels with my scissors and with the rectangle die in the Dotted Patterns: Darling Ribbon Creative Dies set.



I created my card base from some white cardstock using the same rectangle die from the Dotted Patterns: Darling Ribbon Creative Dies, and I stamped the images in the Floral Trimmings  set with Versamark Ink, in order to create a subtle background. I then popped the two embossed panels on top of my card base with foam tape.



For my sentiment I used the Best Ever | Clear Stamp Set and coordinating dies. I created my own rose gold cardstock using the embossing powder I had used for my stamps, and I used that cardstock for the outline of the words "best" and "ever". The word "mom" is embossed with white embossing powder over some Strathmore Toned Gray cardstock.

And that's it for today! I really hope you like this card, and I hope I inspired you to create with the beautiful Floral Trimmings stamp set. Thank you all so much for stopping by, and have a great day!


SUPPLIES

Floral Trimmings | Clear Stamp Set
Dotted Patterns: Darling Ribbon | Creative Dies
Best Ever | Clear Stamp Set
Best Ever | Coordinating Dies

Painting Florals with the Ink Smooshing Technique ! Create a Smile Stamps Challenge - Splatters



Hi everyone! Today I am back with a card and a video I made for the new Create a Smile Stamps challenge. We had some wonderful entries for the last challenge, and we can’t wait to see what you  create for this one! 


Inspired by the theme of the challenge, I decided to experiment with Distress Inks and the gorgeous florals in the In Bloom stamp set, and to create my splatters by painting the flowers with the ink smooshing technique. This is a great way to easily add a fun watercolor look to your cards, without necessarily being super skilled at watercoloring.
As a first step I stamped my images on some Canson XL watercolor cardstock using Versafine Onyx Black ink and I heat embossed them with clear embossing powder. I then fussy cut everything with my EK Success Cutterbee scissors.


In order to add color to the flowers I proceeded as follows. I first took Distress Inks in Seedless Preserves, Milled Lavender and worn Lipstick, and I pressed them onto my Tonic Studios Easy Clean Mat. I activated the inks with water, and then I placed the flowers face down onto the inks. I repeated the process several times, always drying the flowers with my heat tool in between layers. To differentiate the flowers from one another I added some Wilted Violet to the middle sized ones, and some Picked Raspberry to the smallest ones. 
I repeated the same technique on the leaves as well, for which I used Twisted Citron, Cracked Pistachio, Evergreen Bough, Peacock Feathers and Mermaid Lagoon. 


To give an extra touch to the flowers I added some highlights with a white gel pen.
For the sentiment I used the Create a Smile Stamps Just Because set. I cut some Canson XL watercolor cardstock with the Avery Elle Wonky Stitches Elle-ments die, stamped the sentiment with Versafine Onyx Black ink, and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder. I mounted this panel on an A2 base that I cut from some more Canson watercolor cardstock, and then I assembled my floral composition. 
To finish off the card I added some Nuvo Drops in Morning Dew to the center of the flowers, and some more Drops in Ebony Black on my card base.

I also created a step-by step tutorial for this card - you can watch it below. If you like it, you can let me know by leaving a comment or a thumbs up on my YouTube channel :) And if you want to see more from me, you can subscribe to my channel by clicking on the button below :) Thank you so much! :)






And that’s it for today! I really hope you liked this card and enjoyed the video! Don’t forget that you can enter your projects for a chance to win a 25€ gift certificate to the Create a Smile Stamps Shop. The projects need to follow the challenge theme and to feature at least one product by Create a Smile Stamps as the main focal point (check out their freebies in case you’d like to play along and you don’t own any of their products...yet :P ). 
You can visit the Create a Smile Stamps blog for more info and tons of inspiration from the design team. And if you haven’t yet, you can join the Create a Smile Stamps Friends and Family Facebook group - I hope to see you there!

List of supplies

Create a Smile Stamps In Bloom Clear Stamp Set
Create a Smile Stamps Just Because Stamp Set
Avery Elle Wonky Stitches Elle-ments die
Canson XL Watercolor cardstock
Versafine Onyx Black ink
Distress Inks - Seedless Preserves, Milled Lavender, Worn Lipstick, Picked Raspberry, Wilted Violet, Cracked Pistachio, Evergreen Bough,
EK Success Cutterbee scissors
Crelando Clear Embossing Powder
Crelando Heat Gun
Mini MISTI
Tonic Studios Easy Clean Mat
Tonic Studios Maxi Guillotine Trimmer
Big Shot Express


How to Incorporate Die-Cut Sentiments in Scene Cards - Save the Crafty YouTuber Blog Hop




Hi everyone! Today I am extremely thrilled to be back with a card I made for the Save the Crafty YouTuber video hop! This hop was initiated by the marvelous Justine Hovey, and immediately joined by many other big names in the crafty world as well as by some very generous companies. The aim is to try to support those channels who will be affected by the changes in the YouTube Partner program, taking effect on February 20th*. There will be prizes to be won at each stop in the hop, for a total of over 120 (you heard me - one-hundred-and-twenty)!!! Plus, you will get the opportunity to discover new crafty channels - cause there are never too many card making videos to watch, right? :)


Excited? I surely am! I will tell you more about the hop at the end of this post, but for now let’s focus on today’s card.
I decided to create a scene card, and to show how to incorporate a die cut sentiment so that it looks like it's part of the scene.
To start off I stamped some of the images in the MFT Adorable Elephants on a piece of Neenah Solar White 110lb cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black ink, and I used Copics and Spectrum Noir markers to color them in.


The landscape elements were created using Distress Inks over some Bristol Smooth cardstock by Strathmore. For the sky I used Tumbled Glass and Salty Ocean. For the grassy hill, which I die cut using the Lawn Fawn Grassy Hills Borders, I used Twisted Citron and Mowed Lawn. I used the Darling Ribbon and Dotted Frames die by Studio Katia to cut both panels down, so that they would fit on an A2 card base.
For the sentiment I used the My Favorite Things Big Thanks die. I first did some ink blending with Distress Inks in Mustard Seed, Dried Marigold and Carved Pumpkin over some Bristol Smooth cardstock, and then die cut the sentiment. I added some white drop shadows to each letter, in order to add dimension and separate them from the background. I then went ahead and die cut some clouds using the Lawn Fawn Puffy Clouds dies.


At this point I had everything ready to start creating my scene. I first adhered the grassy hill to the sky, and then placed the elephant, so that I’d have a reference point for my sentiment. 
In order for it to look as if it’s part of the landscape, I decided to have the sentiment follow the curve of the hill, and to add one of the clouds right behind it. The butterflies look like they are flying around the sentiment, driving the viewer’s eye towards it, and making it look as if it belongs to the scene even more.
A few white highlights with a gel pen and some sparkle with a Spectrum Noir clear overlay pen finish off the front of my card.


For the inside I used a couple more images from the MFT Adorable Elephants set, and a sentiment from the MFT More Essential Sentiments stamp set.
This card is my way to say thanks to the amazing Justine Hovey, who initiated and organized the hop, and to all the other big names and the companies who decided to join the hop to help out smaller channels like mine. This community is really the best!

And now onto the hop! As I mentioned there will be prizes at each stop, and you can comment under each video to enter for a chance to win. The more videos you watch and comment, the more chances you have!
For this video you can win a 25$ gift certificate to the Simon Says Stamp store, and two inks by Catherine Pooler. Shipping for the inks is only available within the US, so make sure to specify in your comments weather you live in the States or you are international. You need to leave a comment under my video on YouTube, not this post, in order to enter. Winners will be selected on February, 26th and they will have time until March, 10th to claim their prizes.
And, finally, here is my video for the hop! If you like it and would like to support my channel, please leave a like and subscribe, there are more tutorials there waiting for you, and even more to come! 





And now it’s time to hop over to the next stop! —> https://youtu.be/QwcjXQZwzTw
Remember that the more videos you watch and comment, the higher are your chances to win! If you get lost along the way or if you want even more information on the hop, you can visit Justine’s website.
And that’s it for today! I really hope you liked this card and enjoyed the video - I had lots of fun creating both and was really honored to be part of such a huge event! Thank you all so much for stopping by! Have a great day!


List of Supplies

My Favorite Things Adorable Elephants Clear Stamps
My Favorite Things Adorable Elephants Coordinating Dies
My Favorite Things More Essential Elements Clear Stamps
Studio Katia Darling Ribbon and Dotted Frames Creative Dies
My Favorite Things Big Thanks Die-Namics
Lawn Fawn Grassy Hillside Borders
Lawn Fawn Puffy Clouds
Neenah Solar White 100lb cardstock
Strathmore Bristol Smooth cardstock
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Copic Markers
Spectrum Noir Markers
Ranger Mini Ink Blender
Distress Inks - Twisted Citron, Mawed Lawn, Tumbled Glass, Salty Ocean
Tombow Mono Multi Glue
Spectrum Noir Clear Overlay Pen
Uni-Ball Signo White Gel Pen
Sizzix Big Shot Express
Tonic Studios Guillotine Trimmer



*starting February 20th, channels with less than 1000 subscribers or 4000 hours of viewed content will no longer have access to monetization on their channel, or the possibility to access the YouTube Partner program if they are not members yet. 

Friendship Card for Studio Katia


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Hi everyone! Today I am back to show you a friendship card I made for the Studio Katia blog using the Hello Alice stamp set and the Dotted Patterns Fancy Squares Creative dies. Because the kitty image in this set is so cute - and because I am a bit of a cat lady 😉 - I thought it would be fun to create a card with a crowd of sweet cats. So I stamped a bunch of kittens as well as the little girl in the set on some Neenah Solar White cardstock and colored them with Spectrum Noir and Copic markers. I used the coordinating dies to cut out all the images.


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I then cut some watercolor cardstock using the Dotted Patterns Fancy Squares Creative dies. I blended Distress Oxides in Faded Jeans and Salty Ocean on the inside panel, and for some extra interest I added some water splashes and some white droplets.
For the outside frame I used Distress Oxides in Worn Lipstick, Picked Raspberry and Seedless Preserves. In order to add some fun details I repeatedly stamped the hearts trio in the Hello Alice stamp set using Seedless Preserves.

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Finally, I heat embossed the sentiment with white embossing powder on some black cardstock and adhered everything on a square card base.
And that's it for today! I really hope you liked this card, and I hope I inspired you to create using the sweet Hello Alice stamp set. Thank you all so much for stopping by, and have a great day!


List of Supplies

Studio Katia Hello Alice | Clear Stamp Set
Studio Katia Hello Alice | Coordinating Die Set
Studio Katia Dotted Patterns: Fancy Square | Creative Dies
Studio Katia Round Stamping Block
Neenah Solar White 110 lb cardstock
Windsor and Newton Cotman watercolor cardstock
Core'dination Smooth Black Cardstock
Spectrum Noir Markers
Copic Markers
Distress Oxides - Worn Lipstick, Picked Raspberry, Seedless Preserves, Faded Jeans, Salty Ocean
White Acrylic Paint
Ranger White Embossing Powder
Crelando Heat Gun
Tonic Studios Guillotine Trimmer
Sizzix Big Shot Express die cutting machine

Valentine 2018 Card Making Series - Simple Card feat Stamping Bella and Doodlebug

 

Hi everyone! Today I am back with a card and a video showing how to make a quick and simple Valentine’s day card using one main image as focal point. For this card I chose the Love Chicks set by Stamping Bella: besides the fact that it is super adorable, it immediately sets the scene on its own, and it allows ot create a very cute card in little time. The patterned paper and the decorative borders provide those extra touches that give a finished look to the card.


To start off this card I stamped my image on Strathmore Bristol Smooth cardstock with Versafine Onyx Black ink and embossed it with clear embossing powder. I then colored it with my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers.
I trimmed down the panel to 5.5” by 2.5” and I added stitching on the long sides using the Lawn Fawn Stitched Borders. I then cut two 1.5” strips from two different designs in  the Doodlebug 6x6” Hello Sunshine paper pad (four in total). I created a scalloped edge to two of them using the Lawn Fawn Stitched Scalloped Borders. For the other two I used the Lawn Fawn Valentine Borders to add some arrows along the outer edges. I adhered everything flat to my card base. 


To finish off the card I added shimmer to the love letters, some white gel pen detail to all the images, and a bit of dimension to the heart and the chicks’ beaks using Nuvo Drops in morning dew.
If you’d like to see the step by step video tutorial for this card you can watch the video below. If you like it, I would love if you let me know by leaving a comment or a thumbs up on my YouTube channel :) And if you want to see more from me you can subscribe to my channel by clicking on the button below :)




And that’s it for today’s video! I really hope you guys enjoyed it and you like today’s card. I will be back soon with another fun project, and in the meantime I wish you all a great day!


List of Supplies 

Stamping Bella Love Chicks
Lawn Fawn Valentine Borders
Lawn Fawn 
Lawn Fawn
Versafine Onyx Black ink
Strathmore Bristol Smooth Cardstock
Doodlebug 6x6” Hello Sunshine paper pad
Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers
Lukas brushes
Spectrum Noir Clear Overlay pen
Uniball Signo White Gel Pen
Nuvo Drops - Morning Dew
Crelando Clear Embossing Powder
Crelando Heat Gun
Tonic Studios Guillotine Trimmer
Mini MISTI
Sizzix Big Shot Express



You Can Do Magic - Encouragement Card for the Create a Smile Stamps Challenge



Hi everyone! Today I am super excited to be back here on my blog, as it is time for a new card making challenge over at the Create a Smile Stamps blog! We really enjoyed seeing all the wonderful projects that were entered in the previous challenge, and we are siper curious to see what you will be creating this time around! So, without further ado, let’s get started with our second challenge!

The challenge theme inspired me to create an encouragement card, and I decided to combine the Message in a Bottle stamp set with one of the sentiments in the Magical Flowers stamp set. This card would be perfect to give to someone special who’s going through a rough time, to remind them of all the wonderful things they are capable of!
To start off, I stamped my images with Memento Tuxedo Black ink on some Neenah Solar White cardstock and colored them with Copic and Spectrum Noir markers. I added glitter to the genie with a Spectrum Noir clear overlay pen and a few highlights with a white gel pen.
For the background I used the ink smooshing technique with Distress Oxides in Faded Jeans, Picked Raspberry and Wilted Violet. The background panel itself is some Windsor and Newton Cotman Watercolor cardstock that I cut with a die by Avery Elle. For the stars I mixed some glitter to my Ranger texture paste, and I applied it over the background using the Waves of Stars stencil and a spatula. I left it aside to dry.
I then used the Pierced Ovals Creative Cuts to cut some heavyweight white cardstock. For some extra subtle detail I stamped the Sophisticated Shells background stamp with Versamark ink over the oval die cut as well as my white card base. It’s not very noticeable in the pictures, but in real life it adds a really nice touch! I stamped my sentiment with Memento Tuxedo Black ink, and, for some added dimension, I adhered the oval die cut to my background with some foam tape.



And that’s it for today! I really hope you liked this card and enjoyed the post! Don’t forget that you can enter your projects using at least one Create a Smile Stamps product for a chance to win a 25€ gift certificate to the Create a Smile Stamps Shop (check out their freebies in case you’d like to play along and you don’t own any of their products...yet :P ). You can find the challenge guidelines and more information on how to play along on the Create a Smile Stamps blog, as well as some really wonderful inspiration from the whole design team! And if you haven’t yet, you can join the Create a Smile Stamps Friends and Family Facebook group - hope to see you there!


List of Supplies

Create a Smile Stamps Message in a Bottle stamp
Create a Smile Stamps Magical Flowers stamp set
Create a Smile Stamps Waves of Stars stencil
Create a Smile Stamps Pierced Ovals Creative Cuts
Create a Smile Stamps Sophisticated Shells cling stamp
Avery Elle Wonky Stitches Elle-ments die
Neenah Solar White cardstock
Windsor and Newton Cotman Watercolor cardstock
Color Copy 300 gsm cardstock
Memento Tuxedo Black ink
Versamark ink
Copic markers
Spectrum Noir markers
Distress Oxides - Faded Jeans, Picked Raspberry and Wilted Violet
Rayher white glitter
Ranger texture paste
Scotch 3M foam tape
Tombow Mono Multi glue
Double Sided Adhesive
Spectrum Noir Clear Overlay Pen
Uniball Signo White gel pen
Tonic Studios Guillotine Trimmer
Sizzix Big Shot Express die cutting machine

Valentine's Day Shaker Card Trio feat Lawn Fawn Stamps


Hi everyone! Today I am back with the second installment in my Valentine 2018 card making video series!For this project I decided to make a really fun trio of heart shaped shaker cards, inspired by the current Lawn Fawnatics challenge. I used critters from three different Lawn Fawn stamp sets: the Octopi my Heart, the Winter Unicorn and the Winter Otter set, and I created cute little couples to go on each card.
I started off by stamping my images on Neenah Solar White cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored them with Spectrum Noir markers.
For the shaker backgrounds I cut some Windsor and Newton Cotman watercolor carstock using the Sizzix Heart Framelits. I used Distress Inks and the ink smooshing technique to create two ocean backgrounds , one for the octopi and one for the otters, and one sky background for the unicorns. I then added more texture with some stencils by My Favorite Things and Create a Smile Stamps. 
For the shaker windows I used some Doodlebug patterned paper from the Cream and Sugar and the Kittens Smittens 6x6” paper pads, which I cut by nesting two different Heart Framelits. I filled each shaker with a mix of Sequins and sead beads. I used the Craftin Desert Divas Shimmer Mix sequins and some aqua seed beads for the shakers with the octopi and the otters, and the Fairy Dust sequin mix, also by Craftin Desert Divas, and some white seed beads.
For the sentiments I did some selective stamping using Memento ink in Tuxedo Black and in Love Letters.
I used the we belong together saying from the Lawn Fawn Milk and Cookies set for the shaker card with the otters...

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For the shaker with the Octopi I used the You Octopi my Heart sentiment...

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...and for the shaker card with the unicorns I changed up the sentiment that comes in the set, which reads all I want for Christmas is you, to all I want is you, so that it would work on a Valentine's day card.

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For a finishing touch I added some white gel pen detail to all my images and a bit of sparkle with my Spectrum Noir Clear Overlay Pen.
I also filmed a video tutorial showing how to create these fun shaker cards and their heart shaped card bases, that you can watch below! If you like it don’t forget to let me know with a thumbs up or a comment, and if you want to see more from me you can subscribe to my channel by clicking on the button below :)



And that's it for today! I really hope you like these cards and enjoyed the video! I will be back soon with another fun project, and in the meantime I wish you all a great day! 

List of Supplies 

Lawn Fawn Octopi My Heart stamp set
Lawn Fawn Winter Otter stamp set
Lawn Fawn Winter Unicorn stamp set
Lawn Fawn Milk and Cookies stamp set
Craftin Desert Divas Banner die
Sizzix Hearth Feamelits
My Favorite Things Clouds stencil 
My Favorite Things Drifts and Hills stencil 
Create a Smile Stamps Curved Lines stencil
Spectrum Noir markers 
Distress Inks - Peacock Feathers, Mermaid Lagoon, Cracked Pistachio, Salty Ocean, Tumbled Glass
Memento Tuxedo Black ink
Memento Dew Drops - Love Letters
Neenah Solar White cardstock
Windsor and Newton Cotman Watercolor cardstock
Color Copy 300 gsm white cardstock
Crafters Companion Heat Resistant Acetate
Crafters Companion Tape Runner
Tombow Mono Multi glue
Ranger Multi Medium Matte
Spectrum Noir Clear Overlay Pen
Uniball Signo white gel pen
Craftin Desert Divas Shimmer Mix sequins
Craftin Desert Divas Fairy Dust sequins
Rayher Seed Beads