25 Days of Christmas Tags feat Studio Katia





Hi everyone! Today I am back with a fun card I created with Studio Katia products for Tracey McNeeley's 25 Days of Christmas tags. Tags are really fun and quick to make, and adding a handmade tag to your Christmas presents will make them even more special!

For this tag I used the fun penguins from the Kobi's Ice Day stamps set by Studio Katia. I stamped them with Memento Tuxedo Black ink on some Neenah Solar White 110lb cardstock and colored them with Spectrum Noir Markers. I then die cut them with the coordinating dies.



For the tag itself I used the new Dotted Shaker Tag 3 Creative Dies to cut some white cardstock for the tag front, and some Bristol Smooth cardstock for the background. To create the sky I did some ink blending with Distress Inks in Chipped Sapphire, Faded Jeans and Salty Ocean.
I then created some shimmery droplets by diluting some Nuvo Shimmer Powders in Storm Cloud as well as some Ranger Perfect Pearls with water. I picked up the water with a paintbrush and flicked it over my background. I also added some snow with a number 8 white Gelly Roll pen.



I stamped the sentiment with Memento Dew Drops in Love Letters and assembled the tag by gluing all the elements together with the new Studio Katia Glue. I threaded some red ribbon through the opening at the top of the tag, and added a few details and a few highlights to the images with a number 5 Gelly Roll pen. 


And that's it for today! I really hope you guys like this post, and I hope I inspired you to create your own handmade Christmas tags!
Thank you all so much for stopping by, and have a great day!

SUPPLIES

Kobi's Ice Day Clear Stamps
Kobi's Ice Day Coordinating Dies
Dotted Shaker Tag 3 Creative Dies
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Memento Dew Drops - Love Letters
Neenah Solar White 110lb Cardstock
Spectrum Noir Markers
Distress Inks - Chipped Sapphire, Faded Jeans, Salty Ocean
Ranger Perfect Pearls
Nuvo Shimmer Powders - Storm Cloud
Gelly Roll Pen - White
Red Ribbon
Studio Katia Glue
Sizzix Sidekick Die Cutting Machine
Sizzix Big Shot Express Die Cutting Machine

One Design - Two Cards feat Impronte d'Autore



Hi everyone! Just a quick heads up that today I am on the Impronte d'Autore blog with two cute Christmas cards I made using the same design, but different stamp sets. You can read the full post here (it is in Italian, but you can translate it pretty easily with Google Translate...plus, you get to see more pretty pictures).

Ciao a tutti! Volevo farvi sapere che oggi sono sul blog di Impronte d'Autore con due card che ho creato utilizzando lo stesso design, ma timbri diversi! Andate a leggere tutti i dettagli qui, dove troverete tante altre foto!




Quick and Cute Christmas Card feat C.C. Designs

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Hi everyone! Today I am back with a cute Christmas card I created with the new C.C. Designs Santa and Friends Clear Set for the C.C. Designs blog!
As a first step I stamped my images with black ink and colored them with Spectrum Noir markers. I then die cut them with the coordinating dies.

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For my background I used patterned paper from the Doodlebug Here Comes Santa Claus Collection, the C.C. Designs Quad Collage Cutter and the Heffy Doodle Clover Frames dies (for the rectangular die cut). I stamped the sentiment on the central panel with black ink and glued everything together. For some added dimension I raised the frame and all the images with some foam tape.

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For some finishing touches I used a white gel pen, and I added Tonic Studios Nuvo Drops in Strawberry Coulis on Rudolph's nose. I really like this dimensional and glossy detail!

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I mounted everything to a top-folding A2 card base, and that finished my card.

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And that's it for today! I really hope you enjoyed this post and I hope I inspired you to create with the adorable  Santa and Friends Clear Set! Thank you all so much for stopping by, and have a great day!


SUPPLIES

Santa and Friends Clear Set
Santa and Friends Outline Cutter
Quad Collage Cutter

Shadow Box Card feat Gerda Steiner Designs


Hi everyone! Today I am back with another card and a video I made for Gerda Steiner Designs! I was so fascinated by Jennifer McGuire's tutorial about shadow box cards, that I had to give it a shot!
The stamps I used for this fun birthday card are from the Gerda Steiner Designs Owl Rather Be With You stamp set. I stamped them with Black Licorice Hybrid ink by My Favorite Things on Neenah Solar White Cardstock and colored them with my Spectrum Noir markers. I then fussy cut them with my EK Success Cutterbee Scissors.


For the two cloudy backgrounds I used the My Favorite Things Cloud Stencil and Distress Oxides, which I blended with my Distress Ink Blending Brushes. For the blu sky I used Peacock Feathers and Tumble Glass, and for the red/yellow sky I used Fossilized Amber, Wild Honey and Fired Brick. 
I added some subtle shimmer to both backgrounds using Perfect Pearls: I used the color Perfect Pearl on the blue sky, and Perfect Copper on the red sky. 


I then used the Studio Katia Fancy Circles die to cut a circle out of the red sky. I used the same die to obtain the brown frame.
For the shadow box itself you are going to need two panels, which I created out of white cardstock.
The first one measures 4.25x10.5" and is scored at 4.25"
The second one measures 4.25"x11", and is scored at 0.5", 4.25" and 4.75". Because this is the panel that will form the shadow box, I created a rectangular opening using the Studio Katia Dotted Patterns Set 2 . The opening should be created on the side between the 0.5" and the 4.25" score lines.


Before assembling the shadow box I stamped the sentiment on the front of my card. This would be the 4.25"x5.5" side of the panel with one score line only. I used the sentiments from the Owl Rather Be With You set that read "Whooo...is" "having a Birthday", and stamped them with My Favorite Things Black Licorice Hybrid Ink. I also stamped the "You are!" sentiment from the same set on a banner that I die cut using the Studio Katia Dotted Patterns set 2 dies.


I assembled my shadow box (you can see how in the video tutorial down below), and then I decorated it with the stamped images and all the elements I had previously created. I also wanted to mention that I backed the window of the shadow box with some acetate, so that the owl, the branch and the sentiment banner would be nicely supported.



And that's my card for today! As I mentioned earlier, I created a video for this card, you can watch it down below! 





And that's it for today! I really hope you guys liked this card and enjoyed the post and the video! Thank you all so much for stopping by, and have a great day! 

List of Supplies

Studio Katia Dotted Patters - Set 2 Dies
Studio Katia Fancy Circles Dies
Neenah Solar White 110lb cardstock
Mondi Color Copy 300gms white cardstock
Strathmore Bristol Smooth Cardstock
Spectrum Noir Markers
Distress Oxide Inks
Distress Blending Brush
EK Success Cutterbee Scissors
Ranger Perfect Pearls
Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
Double Sided Adhesive
Tonic Studios Guillotine Trimmer 
Sizzix Big Shot Express Die Cutting Machine
WeR Memory Keepers Trim and Score Board

Christmas Card feat Studio Katia


Hi everyone! Today I am back with a Christmas card I created for the Studio Katia blog using the new Poinsettia Trimmings stamp set and the Friends of Winter stamp set.
As a first step I created my background. I blended Distress Oxide in Candied Apple on some watercolor cardstock, creating an ombre effect. I then used the same Candied Apple Distress Oxide to repeatedly stamp the images in the Merry Poinsettia stamp set. I spritzed the background with water and die cut it with one of the dies in the Dotted Patterns - set 3 dies.


I then stamped the little elf in the Friends of Winter stamp set, and colored him with Spectrum Noir markers. I then used the coordinating dies to die cut the image.
In order to separate the image from the background, I die cut some vellum using another die in the Dotted Patterns Set 3 dies, and used it as focal panel for this adorable character.
I die cut some white cardstock with the Darling Ribbon and Frames, and assembled my card.




I heat embossed one of the sentiments from the friend of winter stamp set with white embossing powder, and created a strip as wide as my card base.  As a finishing touch I glued some gold foil confetti using the Studio Katia glue.





And that's it for today! I really hope you liked this card, and I hope I inspired you to create with the Poinsettia Trimmings and the Friends of Winter stamp sets! Thank you all so much for stopping by, and have a great day!

SUPPLIES

Studio Katia Poinsettia Trimmings | Stamp Set
Studio Katia Friends of Winter | Stamp Set
Studio Katia Friends of Winter | Coordinating Dies
Dotted Patters Set 3 | Creative Dies
Darling Ribbon and Frames | Creative Dies
Gold Foil | Confetti
Studio Katia Glue

Advanced Mirror Stamping Techniques feat Heffy Doodle and My Favorite Things


Hi everyone! Today I am back with two cards and a video, to show you some advanced mirror stamping techniques. I shared a video last week, where I show the basics of this technique, you can find it here. And, if you are reading this before November 7th, 2018, I suggest that you check it out, because there is a giveaway going on over there! 
In a few words, when using the mirror stamping technique, you stamp your image on a solid block of photopolymer (the back of a large stamp, or, in my case, the My Favorite Things Mirror Image stamp). This way you trasfer the ink on the photopolimer block. At this point you can take your paper of choice and press it over the block, thus picking up the ink. And the resulting image on your paper  will be the mirrored version of your original stamp! 
The important thing is that you use a juicy ink that doesn't dry too fast (like Versafine Onyx Black ink or My Favorite Things Black Licorice Hybrid Ink - I used the latter). I also like to use a stamping tool, like the mini MISTI, and go over the mirrored image with a black fine tip pen to darken up the stamped lines. I hope this explaination was clear, but do make sure to check out the video below to actually see me using this techique!  


But now let's focus on today's cards. In both cases I combined masking and mirror stamping to create some fun effects.


For the first card I used the Heffy Doodle Happy Snappy Crocs, and created a scene in which one of them is happily looking at his reflection in a mirror. The reflected image is the one for which I did my mirror stamping. I also did my masking on this one, using the Heffy Doodle Memo Tape. 
I also stamped the straight version of the stamp, and colored them both with my Spectrum Noir Markers. I then cut them right along the stamped lines using my Cutterbee scissors. 


For the card base I cut some Bristol Smooth cardstock with the Heffy Doodle Clover Frames Dies. I did some quick masked ink blending using the Heffy Doodle Memo Tape and Distress Inks. I used Abandoned Coral for the wall and Antique Linen and Gathered Twigs for the floor. 



In order to create the actual mirror, I used one of the smaller dies in the Heffy Doodle Clover Frames dies. I inked up the frame with Seedless Preserves Distress Inks, and colored the inside portion with my Spectrum Noir markers. I made sure to leave blank areas that would extend the masked portions of my croc. I left these strips to create the effect of light being reflected off of the mirror surface.


I stamped the sentiment Smile! from the Heffy Doodle Happy Snappy Crocs set, and then glued everything to a top folding A2 card base. And I have to say, this card does make me smile! Does it make you smile too? :)





For my second card I used the Beary Big Heart stamp set, and again I mixed the mirror stamping and masking techinques. This project is a little bit more convoluted than the first one, but I think the result is super adorable!

The stamp I am using is that of a bear hugging a heart. In order to create my final image, what I needed to do was to mirror the image, but mask off the portion of the heart where the other bear would be standing.
For this reason, I started by creating masks for both my "straight" image, and for the mirrored one. I cut the bears and the hearts apart so that I had more flexibility for my masking.


I then used my mini MISTI to transfer the image onto my Mirror Image stamp, and I placed one of the masks I had created for the bears in the area that I wanted to keep clean. At this point I could press my paper onto the Mirror Image stamp and pick up the ink. This way I created a mirrored version of the original image, minus the area where I was going to stamp the other bear.

In order to do that, I masked the stamped image and then directly stamped the bear where I wanted it to go.
And it is really important that, if you do decide to repeat this process, you start by stamping the mirrored image first. This will make it easier for you to position everything correctly. (Trust me, I tried both ways, and the other one was a mess! 😅 )



Once all the stamping was done I colored my image with Spectrum Noir markers, and fussy cut it with my scissors.
For the card background I used again the Heffy Doodle Clover Frames Dies. I die cut an A2 sized rectangle and created my own patterned by repeatedly stamping the smaller images in the Heffy Doodle Beary Big Heart Stamp set with Distress Oxide ink in Picked Raspberry.
For the panel where the bears are standing I used Peacock Feathers and Tumbled Glass and the ink smooshing technique. It is a really fast and easy way to create interesting, textured backgrounds!


I heat embossed the sentiment with white embossing powder on some black cardstock, and I cut a strip around it with the Heffy Doodle Strips of Ease (have I ever said that I absolutely LOVE them?!)
As a final touch I added some Nuvo Drops in White Blizzard.

And these are my cards for today! Make sure you watch the video tutorial below, as I think a video says more than a thousand posts! 😛 And if you did like it, make sure to let me know in the comment section of my YouTube channel, give the video a thumbs up, and consider subscribing to my channel! You can also share the video with your crafty friends, that is a great way to support me and my creative journey! 







And that's it for today! I really hope you guys enjoyed this post and found my video useful! I am sorry if I am a little slower in posting and sharing, and if my social media interaction is a bit scarce, but I recently moved countries, and I am very busy setting up everything in my new home!
I thank you all very much for stopping by, and wish you a wonderful day!


List of Supplies

Heffy Doodle Happy Snappy Crocs 
Heffy Doodle Beary Big Heart stamp set
My Favorite Things Mirror Image Stamp
Heffy Doodle Clover Frames Dies
Heffy Doodle Strips of Ease Dies
My Favorite Ink Black Licorice Hybrid Ink
Neenah Solar White 110 lb cardstock
Strathmore Bristol Smooth Cardstock
Spectrum Noir Markers
Mondi Color Copy 300 gsm cardstock
Distress Oxide Inks
Distress Inks
Heffy Doodle Memo Tape
Tonic Studios Nuvo Drops - Snow Blizzard
Tonic Studios Maxi Guillotine Trimmer
WeRMemory Keepers Trim and Score Board
Mini MISTI

C.C. Designs November 2018 Release - Christmas Card feat It's a Roberto's Christmas Clear Stamps



Hi everyone! Today is another very special day, as the new C.C. Designs release is finally out! And, as always, is full of super adorable stamps! Whohooo! Make sure you join the C.C. Designs Facebook group - there is a Party at every new release, full of fun games and giveaways! 


To celebrate this great release, I created a card with the new Roberto's Rascals It's a Roberto's Christmas - sooo cute! I am absolutely in love with this little guy! 💖
As a first step I stampet the image on Neenah Solar White 110lb cardstock with My Favorite Things Black Licorice Ink, and I colored it with Spectrum Noir and Copic Markers. I then fussy cut the images with my EK Success Cutterbee Scissors. 


For the background of my card I used different patterned papers from the Holiday 6x6" paper pad by American Crafts. I used the Heffy Doodle Clover Frames Dies to cut the red backgound and the green strip, which I also trimmed down with my Guillotine Trimmer. For the rounded rectangle I used the Stitched Rounded Rectangle STAX Die-Namics by My Favorite Things. 
 

For the sentiment I did some heat embossing with white embossing powder, and I then used one of the dies in the new C.C. Designs Quad Collage Die to cut a banner around it.
I glued all my elements to a white, top-folding A2 card base, raising the rectangular panel and the sentiment strip over one layer of foam tape. For some finishing touches I added white highlight to the kid's image and some sparkle to the Christmas baubles with a Spectrum Noir Clear Overlay Pen. 


I filled in the heart on the sentiment with my white Jelly Roll pen, and coated that and the bauble that the kid is holding with Nuvo Drops in Strawberry Coulis.
And that's it for today! I really hope you guys liked this card and enjoyed the post! 
Here is a look at the new release by C.C. Designs, that is now available for purchase on the C.C. Designs store



Thank you all so much for stopping by, and have a great day! 

List of Supplies

C.C. Designs It's a Roberto's Christmas Clear Stamps
C.C. Designs Quad Collage Die
Heffy Doodle Clover Frames Dies 
My Favorite Things Stitched Rounded Rectangle STAX Die-Namics
My Favorite Things Black Licorice Hybrid Ink
Versamark Ink
Spectrum Noir Markers
Copic Markers
Neenah Solar White 110lb cardstock
American Crafts Holiday 6x6" paper pad
Mondi Color Copy 300gsm white cardstock
Ranger White Embossing Powder
Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
Spectrum Noir Clear Overlay Pen
Sakura Jelly Roll Pen
Nuvo Jewel Drops - Strawberry Coulis 
Crelando Heat Gun
Sizzix Big Shot Express Die Cutting Machine
Tonic Studios Guillotine Trimmer
WeR Memory Keepers Trim and Score Board