Combining Distress Inks and Oxides for Tone on Tone Stamping feat Create a Smile Stamps


Hi everyone! It’s time for another challenge over at the Create a Smile blog and I am back with a card and a video inspired by the wonderful mood board that Christine created!


For this card I combined the Lights On! and the Where Your Heart Is clear stamp sets and I created a little scene. I stamped my images on Neenah Solar White cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored them with Spectrum Noir markers. And here is the color chart with all the markers I used 


For the background of the scene I used the Lawn Fawn Large Stitched Rectangle Stackables and the Lawn Fawn Grassy Hillside Borders to create the panels for my landscape elements. I added color to these panels using Distress Inks: for the sky I used Peacock Feathers and Mermaid Lagoon, and for the grass I used Twisted Citron. I added water droplets for a fun effect.



For the base panel I did some ink smooshing with Distress Ink in Squeezed Lemonade, and, once the panel was dry, I used Distress Oxide to stamp more lanterns from the Lights On! set over the whole surface. And I really love the tone on tone effect given by the combination of Oxides and Distress Inks!


I mounted everything on an A2 card base, and, to finish off the card, I first added sparkle to the laterns with my Spectrum Noir clear overlay pen, and then added Glossy Accents on the laterns, the van’s door and window, and on the mouse’s little suitcase.



I also created a video tutorial for this card, you can watch it down below or directly on my YouTube channel.




And that’s it for today! This will be my last post as part of the Create a Smile challenge Design Team, and I want to take the opportunity to thank Christine, the owner, and Ale, the DT coordinator, for this wonderful opportunity and for 6 lovely months with all the other team members too. It was great to connect with everyone and work together! Good luck to the new team, I am sure they will create wonders!

And now it’s your turn to ge creative! Visit the Create a Smile blog for all the info on how you can enter for your chance to win a 25€ voucher to the Create a Smile Stamps store.
Thank you all so much for stopping by, and have a great day!


Quick Watercolor Technique feat Studio Katia - The Daily Marker 30 Day Blog Hop



Hi everyone! Today I am back with a quick post showing you two cards I made for the Studio Katia blog, as part of a blog hop for Kathy Racoosin’s The Daily Marker 30 day challenge.

Both cards are made using the same technique and the same supplies. I used the Citrus Trimmings stamp set for my images and the Dotted Patterns Set 1 Creative dies to cut both the main panel and the central one, which is raised with some foam tape.


For the first card I stamped the images and the sentiment with Versamark ink and heat embossed them with clear embossing powder. I used my Gansai Tambi watercolors in shades of green to quickly paint in the background and create a dripping effect. I then added splatters and painted in some details to accent the images a bit more. 
I added some finishing touches with Nuvo Drops in Morning Dew.


For the second card I repeated the same steps, but used Nuvo embossing powder in Shimmering Pearl, a yellow/orange palette and Nuvo Drops in White Blizzard.
I have to say I am really happy with these cards. They were quick to make and don’t require any special watercoloring skills, but I think the result is pretty and fun. Let me know in the comments below which is your favorite :)

Make sure to visit the Studio Katia blog to participate in the blog hop, and I will catch you guys soon with another fun project!
Have a great day!

SUPPLIES

Studio Katia Citrus Trimmings Stamp Set
Studio Katia Dotted Patters Set 1 Creative Dies

Combining Die Cut and Heat Embossed Sentiments | Heffy Doodle's Birthday Blog Hop + Giveaway!


Hi everyone! Today I am very excited to back on the blog to share two cards and a video that I made to celebrate Heffy Doodle's first birthday! Whohoooo! I really love Heffy Doodle stamps and dies and I am absolutely thrilled to join the celebrations! And there are some treats for you too, so make sure you read this post until the end! 😉



For now, though, let's talk about the cards. I was so excited to play with some of the goodies from the June release (check it out here, it's amazing) that I decided to create two cards. For the first one I used the Wingman Stamp set, the new UnbeLEAFable stencil, and the Thanks Heffy Cuts. For the second one I used the Yappy Happy Mail stamp set and the Sending Heffy Cuts. On both cards I also used the previously released Clover Frames Dies, a very unique and versatile set. 


For the background on my first card I used Distress Inks in Peacock Feathers, Mermaid Lagoon and Blueprint Sketch to create an ombre effect, with the lighter colors in the center and the darker ones towards the edges. The background panel is some Bristol Smooth cardstock by Strathmore that I cut with the largest die in the Clover Frames Dies. I then used Nuvo Mousse in Citrus Green and the UnbeLEAFable stencil to create a shimmery leafy background, and, once the mousse was dry, I darkened the edges of the background with Distress Ink in Black Soot.



I then stamped my images on Neenah Solar White 110 lb cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored them with Spectrum Noir Markers. I show some of the coloring in the video tutorial, but here's the color chart with all the markers I used for these images in case you want to have it as a reference.


For my sentiment I combined the Thanks Heffy cuts with some of the sayings in the Wingman stamp  set, which I embossed with white embossing powder on black cardstock. I stacked three "thanks" die cuts on top of each other to create some dimension, and I glued them to the background. 
I popped up my parrots on some foam square and adhered everything on a top folding A2 card base.





For my second card I started by cutting some white cardstock with two of the dies in the Clover Frames Heffy Dies, in order to create my front window panel. I then used Memento Dew Drops in Toffee Crunch to repeatedly stamp some of the smaller images in the Yappy Happy Mail stamp set and created my own patterned paper. 


I then blended some Distress Oxide in Peeled Paint and Broken China on some Bristol Smooth cardstock to create the background for my little scene. I did some very quick ink blending and added some water droplets with my Distress Sprayer.


I used again Memento Dew Drops in Toffee Crunch to stamp one of the Poodles, some of the letters and the mailbox that come in the Yappy Happy Mail stamp set, and colored them with Spectrum Noir markers, using a more muted palette. And here's the color chart with all the markers I used for these images as well. Do you like this new feature on my blog?


For the sentiment I used some brown cardstock and die cut the word "sending" using the Sending Heffy Cuts. I also heat embossed the "a card full of hugs" saying from the Yappy Happy mail set with white embossing powder from the same brown cardstock. 
I adhered all the elements to a white, top-folding A2 card base and, for a finishing touch, I added three colored in postcards on my custom pattern paper to add some colorful accents to the main panel of my card. 



And these are my cards for today. If you'd like a closer look at the cardmaking process you can watch the video I created down below, or directly on my YouTube channel.


And now it's time to talk about giveaways! We are having a blog hop to celebrate Heffy Doodle's first birthday, and you can enter for a chance to win one of TWO 50£ vouchers to the Heffy Doodle store by commenting on each stop in the hop. 
And there is more! Starting today, and through June 17th, you can use the coupon code HeffyBirthday2u to get a 20% discount off your order! It's a wonderful chance to get your hands on some great Heffy Doodle products! ^_^

So...ready to hop? Here is the complete list, and remember: you have to comment on all the stops in the hop to qualify to win. Happy hopping!

Laura Volpes ⟵ You are here

And that's it for today! I really hope you enjoyed this post and I hope you will join us in this amazing celebration! Thank you all so much for stopping by, and have a great day! 

List of Supplies



Layering Die Cut Backgrounds feat Kobi Bearing Gifts



Hi everyone! It's Laura here, and for our Masculine/Father's day theme week I created a birthday card with the adorable Kobi Bearing Gifts stamp set.
As a first step I started working on my background. I cut three panels out of some Bristol Smooth cardstock using the rectangle die in the Darling Ribbon and Dotted Frames set and I inked them up with Distress Oxides in Squeezed Lemonade, Carved Pumpkin and Candiend Apple. I put down a uniform coat of ink and spritzed the backgrounds with water for a fun look.


I then used the Halftone Dots Cover Creative Die to cut the orange panel, and the Dotted Patterns Loops Creative Dies to cut the red panel and two pieces of white cardstock. I layered the two white cardstock panels for some extra dimension.
The images I used today come from the Kobi Bearing Gifts Clear Stamp Set. I stamped them with black ink on some Bristol Vellum cardstock and colored them with my Prismacolor pencils. I used a cold palette to get some nice contrast with my warm background. I will show a bit of the coloring in the video tutorial that you can find at the end of this post, but I also created a color chart for your reference. I hope you will find it useful.


 After I was done coloring, I die cut all the images with the Kobi Bearing Gifts Coordinating Dies. I then arranged them on my background, that I had created by layering the ink blended ad die cut panels. I glued the balloons and the presents flat and popped up the image with Kobi with some foam squares.
I choose the sentiment that reads "hooray", also from the Kobi Bearing Gifts Clear Stamp Set, and heat embossed it with white embossing powder over some black cardstock. I cut the cardstock into a thin strip and adhered it to my card front with some foam squares.


I also decorated the inside of the card using the smaller images in the set,and the sentiment that reads "happy birthday". I used inks that match the color palette I used for my colored images, and left plenty of room for a hand written message.


 As I mentioned earlier, I uploaded a video tutorial showing you how I created this card. You can watch it down below or click here to watch it on my YouTube channel.



And that's it for today! I really hope you liked this card and enjoyed the video, and I hope I inspired you to create with the sweet Kobi Bearing Gifts stamp set!
Thank you all so much for stopping by, and have a great day!


SUPPLIES

Kobi Bearing Gifts | Clear Stamp Set
Kobi Bearing Gifts | Coordinating Dies
Dotted Patterns: Darling Ribbon | Creative Dies
Halftone Dots Cover | Creative Die
Dotted Patterns: Loops | Creative Dies





Storybook Coloring with Spectrum Noir plus Ink Smooshing with Oxides feat Impronte d'Autore




 Hi everyone! Just a quick post to let you know that I am on the Impronte d'Autore blog with and a step by step tutorial showing how I created these three cards using stamps from the new Wizard of Oz collection by Impronte d'Autore.The post is in Italian but there are lots of pictures so it should be straightforward enough to follow along. I will show you a few of theme here, but make sure to read the full post at this address for all the information on how I created the cards and on the supplies I used.

Ciao a tutti! Un post veloce per avvisarvi che oggi sono sul blog di Impronte d'Autore con un tutorial fotografico step by step in cui mostro come ho realizzato queste card con i nuovi timbri della serie ispirata a Il Mago di Oz! Vi mostro qualche foto qui, ma vi consiglio di leggere il post a questo link per scoprire come ho fatto a realizzare queste card e quali materiali ho utilizzato.




You are capable of more than you imagine
 As you can see I used the same design on the three cards but different images and color palettes, so that each of them is really unique.

Come vedete ho utilizzato lo stesso design tutte le card, ma ho differenziato i soggetti e le palette di colori in modo da renderle uniche.


Somewhere over the rainbow the sky is blue and impossible dreams come true


 I probably could have stopped at one, but these stamps are so gorgeous that I couldn't stop myself!

Forse una card sarebbe bastata, ma questi timbi sono così belli che non ho saputo resistere!

The biggest act of courage is being ourselves. Imperfect. Original. Unique.
 And this was the last one :)  Make sure to vist the Impronte d'Autore blog for more pictures and the full tutorial! Thank you all so much for stopping by and have a great day!

E questa era l'ultima :) Mi raccomando, visitate il blog di Impronte d'Autore per vedere tutte le foto e il tutorial passo passo!  Vi ringrazio tantissimo per essere passati di qua e vi auguro una splendida giornata!

Laura






Twinchies Set feat CC Designs and Nuvo Shimmer Powders


Hi everyone! Today I am back with post and a video showing you how I created a cute set of four Twinchies for the challenge on the CC Designs Facebook Group!
Twinchies are simply mini cards sized at 2x2”. It was the first time for me making them, and they are super fun and quick to make. They would be great as a quick thinking about you project or to accompany a small size present. They also just look great as a decoration for your crafty space! 
For these ones I created some fun backgrounds with my new Nuvo Shimmer Powders, and I am in love with the texture and the shimmer I obtained!


I have two sets of backgrounds: for two of them I used Solar Flare and Cherry Bomb, and for the other two I used Blue Blitz and Violet Brocade. I sprinkled the powders on some Windsor and Newton Cotman Watercolor cardstock, spritzed it with water, and left it to dry.


The images I used today are from the CC Designs Roberto’s Rascals Viking Kids set. I stamped them on Neenah Solar White cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored them with Spectrum Noir markers.
In the graphics below you will find a list of all the markers I used, I also show the coloring for one of the kids in the video tutorial I created for this project. This color chart is a new feature on my blog, and it was inspired by what I saw on Koren Wiskman's and Mindy Eggen's blogs. Let me know what you think about it and if you'd like me to keep making charts like this one :)


I used the smallest die in the Reverse Confetti Scalloped Squares Set to die cut my backgrounds and then I moved on and created the card bases. I obtained them out of white heavyweight cardstock and stamped the sentiments on the inside. I picked two of the sentiments in the Heffy Doodle Interactively Yours stamp set. I stamped one with Memento Dew Drops in Danube Blue on the inside of the Twinchies with the blue/purple background,


and the other with Memento Dew Drops in Rose Buds on the inside of the Twinchies with the pink/yellow background. 



I adhered the background and the images on the card bases and my twichies are done! Aren't they adorable?!

I also created a video tutorial for this project, you can click here to watch it on my YouTube channel!

And that's it for today! I really hope you guys enjoyed this post and liked my mini cards! I will be back soon with another fun project, and, in the meantime, I wish you all a great day!

List of Supplies

CC Designs Roberto’s Rascals Viking Kids stamp set
Heffy Doodle Interactively Yours stamp set
Reverse Confetti Scalloped Squares Confetti Cuts
Neenah Solar White 110 lb cardstock
Windsor and Newton Cotman Watercolor cardstock
Mondi Color Copy 300gsm white cardstock
Memento Tuxedo Black ink
Memento Dew Drops - Danube Blue, Rose Bud
Spectrum Noir Markers
Nuvo Shimmer Powders - Solar Flare, Cherry Bomb, Blue Blitz, Violet Brocade
Tonic Studios Funky Tape Runner
Mini MISTI
Tonic Studios Maxi Guillotine Trimmer
Tonic Studios A3 Glass Mat


Combining Patterned Paper on a Card - Create a Smile Challenge


Hi everyone! It’s time for a new challenge on the Create a Smile stamps blog, and this time the theme is summer cards! I had a few ideas in mind, but in the end I just had to use this fun bear from the Dress Me Up stamp set! I also finally used some of the beautiful patterned papers from the Create a Smile Beach Party kit, which I bought last year and have been hoarding ever since! And I am so glad I did, because the result is a very bright and fun card!


As a first step I stamped all the images with Memento Tuxedo Black ink on some Neenah Solar White 110lb cardstock and colored them with Copic and Spectrum Noir markers. I picked a few different designs from the patterned paper collection in the Create a Smile Stamps Beach Party kit and created the elements for my card layout. I used the two larger dies in the Lawn Fawn Large Stitiched Rectangle Stackables and one of the dies in the Tonic Studios Layering Circles. 


I adhered everything on a top-folding A2 card base and, to finish off the card, I added some Pretty Pink Posh sequins, part of a mix included in the kit.

And now it’s your time to get creative! Make a summer theme project following the challenge rules and use the link up tool on the Create a Smile Stamps blog to enter for a chance to win 25€ to be spent in the Create a Smile Stamps store! We look forward to seeing your beautiful creations!



List of supplies 

Create a Smile Stamps Dress Me Up stamp set
Create a Smile Stamps Beach Party Kit
Lawn Fawn Large Stitched Rectangle dies
Tonic Studios Layering Circles
Neenah Solar White 110lb cardstock
Mondi Color Copy 300 gsm white cardstock
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Copic Markers
Spectrum Noir Markers
Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
Sizzix Big Shot Express
Silhouette Portrait

Summer 2018 Coffee Lovers Blog Hop feat Studio Katia


Hi everyone! Today I am back with a card I made for Studio Katia as part of the 2018 Spring + Summer Coffee Lovers blog hop! Studio Katia is one of the sponsors and is kindly donating two 25$ gift certificates to the store.
http://coffeelovingcardmakers.com/6523

For my card today I used a bunch of different Studio Katia products.
For the background I cut some watercolor cardstock to a A2 size using the Darling Ribbon and Dotted Frames Creative dies. I added Distress Oxide in Antique Linen to the whole background and sponged the edges with Vintage Photo. I created some coffee stains with Vintage Photo and the Brush Strokes clear stamp set to add some fun, coffee-themed detail.


I used the Dotted Shaker Tag 1 Creative Dies to create the tag on my card front out of watercolor cardstock. I combined it with the Simple Dotted Borders to create the sand dune, and with the Dotted Patterns Scalloped Squares to create the sea.
I used Distress Oxides to add color to the scene elements. For the sky I used Spiced Marmelade and Worn Lipstick, for the sea Peacock Feathers, and for the sand Antique Linen and Vintage Photo.


All the images in the scene are colored with Copics and Spectrum Noir Markers and cut with the coordinating dies. The image with Kobi is from the Kobi’s Hugs and Kisses stamp set, the coffee cup is from the Sweet Latte stamp set, the sun glasses come from the Foxes stamp set, and the boat and the clouds are included in the amazing Whimsical Town stamp set.
The sentiment, part of the Sweet Latte stamp set, is stamped with Distress Ink in Vintage Photo and embossed with clear embossing powder. 
Finally, to add some fun dimension to this card, I used some foam squares to adhere the tag to my card front.

And that’s my card for today! Don’t forget to participate in the hop for your chance to win one of the two 25$ gift certificates to the Studio Katia store! You will find all the info on the Coffee Lovers blog!
Thank you all so much for stopping by, and have a great day!