Quick and Easy Watercolor-Effect Background with Tone on Tone Stamping - C.C. Designs Valentine Animals


Hi everyone! Today I am back with a post and a video where I will share how I created this sweet Valentine's day card with the C.C. Designs Valentine Animals and the Hearts and Arrows Background Rubber Stamp
For the background of the card I used Distress Oxides and a very easy and super fast technique to create an ombré watercolor effect - make sure to watch the video below to check it out! I used Festive Berries, Work Lipstick and Spun Sugar on Ranger Watercolor Cardstock. I then used the same colors to create a stamped pattern on the background with the Hearts and Arrows background stamp.


As an additional background element I die cut some white cardstock with the C.C. Designs Quad Collage die, and I then moved on to color my images. For today's card I chose the newly released Valentine Animals stamp set. I stamped the images with Memento Tuxedo Black ink on Neenah Solar White 110 lb cardstock and colored them with Spectrum Noir Markers. And here is a color chart for you to use a reference. 


Once I was done coloring I die cut the images with the C.C. Designs Valentine Animals Outline Dies. For the sentiment I decided to do some heat embossing on brown cardstock. I used white embossing powder by WOW! and one of the sentiments in the Valentine Animals set. I used one of the dies in the Quad Collage Fun Cutters to die cut the sentiment banner. 


At this point I had all my elements ready and I could go ahead and assemble my card. I adhered everything flat to my background with Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive and mounted it on a top-folding A2 card base. I decorated the inside of the card with some leftover images, you can see it in the video at the end of this post.


I love adding finishing touches to my cards, and for this one I added some details with a white Gelly Roll Pen, some shimmer with a Spectrum Noir Clear Overlay Pen, and some gloss and dimension with Glossy Accents.


As I mentioned at the beginning of this post, I created a video tutorial to show you how to create this sweet Valentine's day card with a Distress Oxide background. You can watch it down below or directly on my YouTube channel. And don't forget to share, like and subscribe if you liked it!




And that's my card for today! Before I go I wanted to let you know that you can use code LAURV90 for 5% off the C.C. Designs store 

I will be back soon with another fun project and in the meantime I wish you all a great day!









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Spellbinders Glimmer Hot Foil System Unboxing and Inspiration


Hi everyone! Today I am back with a post and a video showing the unboxing of the Spellbinders Glimmer Hot Foil System. In the video I will also show you how to use this tool to create a  beautiful card! 

In case you are not familiar with it, the Glimmer Hot Foil System is a machine that allows you to add foiling to your projects. You can use it to foil paper, cardstock, ribbon, leather, fabric and chipboard.
The system is meant to be used with a die cutting machine, like for example the Spellbinders Platinum (you can find a Platinum 6 Die Cutting Machine and Glimmer Hot Foil Accessory Kit at Scrapbook.com - as I am writing this post it is on sale too :) ).
For a list of all compatible models you can check the Spellbinders store.


The machine comes with two Hot Foil Rolls, a silver and a rose gold one, and with two Glimmer Hot Foil Plates. These are metallic plates that allow you to add foiled designs to your projects. In the picture above you can see how I used them to create an all occasion card -  really pretty, right? In this case I did some foiling on gray cardstock with the rose gold foil. I then matted the panel with white and wine red cardstock, and added some Nuvo Drops. And...done! A very elegant design in just a few steps. 

If you are interested in finding out more about this fun product, you can watch the video below. And if you have any questions make sure to leave them in the comments! 








As I mentioned in the video I have shared some inspiration and some fun techniques that can be used with the Spellbinders Glimmer Hot Foil System. I will link to the blog posts here for you so that you can check them out. 😊 





And that's it for today! I really hope you enjoyed this post and found it useful! Let me know in the comments below if you have ever tried foiling - I have just started playing with it and I love it!
Thank you all so much for stopping by and have a great day!


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Interactive Pull Tab Card feat C.C. Designs Unicorns

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Hi everyone! It's Laura here, and today I am back with an interactive card I created with the C.C. Designs Pull Tab Cutter Die and the newly released Unicorns.
This die is really fun and easy to use, and I thought I would share a step by step photo tutorial on how to use it to create your own interactive pull tab card.

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I started off by cutting an A2 rectangle and a grassy hillside out of some patterned paper. I used the Lawn Fawn Large Stitched Rectangle Stackables and the Grassy Hillside Border Dies. The papers come from the Perfectly Plaid and Perfectly Plaid Spring paper pads, also by Lawn Fawn. I used one of the dies in the C.C. Designs  Pull Tab Cutter set to cut a slit in the grassy hillside (left picture). 

I then did some more die cutting in order to create the rest of the elements. (right picture). I die cut two hearts that will be the ends of my pull tab, a heart-shaped notch on the edge of the grassy hillside, the pull tab itself (the t-shaped die cut), and a little rectangle that can be used as a guide so that the pull tab slides nice and straight (more on this later). I used the extended die cutting technique to obtain a longer pull tab. I also made sure that the heart shaped notch in the grassy hillside was aligned with the slit I had previously die cut.

CC Designs Unicorns Copic Coloring

I then moved on and started working on my images. They are all part of the Unicorns stamp set, and I think they are super cute! I stamped them with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink on Neenah Solar White 110lb cardstock, and colored them with Copic Markers
Once I was done coloring I die cut the images with the coordinating dies. I also added some Crystal Stickles to the mane and tail of the "crazy" unicorn, and on the areas of the skin where I had created dots with my Copic. 

CC Designs Pull Tab Die Step by Step 1-2

I then started assembling the pull tab mechanism. I positioned the pull tab die under the slit I had die cut in the grassy hillside. I bent the two side flaps of the pull tab upwards and slid them through the opening (left picture). 
I then folded them on top of each other and glued them together with a tiny little bit of glue (right picture).

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I turned the panel upside down and glued the little die cut rectangle towards the outer edge of the hillside, where the card recipient will pull the tab. This allows the tab to move nice and straight. 
And this is how I put the pull tab mechanism together. Easy-peasy. :) 

One piece of advice: if I was to make this card again I would use a bit of a sturdier cardstock for the pull tab. It still works as it is, but, if the paper was a little bit thicker, it would be easier to push the tab back in its original position. 

And now back to the card. 😊 Once I had my pull tab mechanism ready I could go ahead and assemble everything. 

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First of all I taped the hill to the sky. I then glued the unicorn with the pink and purple hair to the flaps of the pull tab mechanism, (basically to that little white square that peaks from under the slit - you can see it in the picture before the last one). Lastly, I glued the remaining two unicorns to the other side of the hill. 

CC Designs Pull Tab Die Step by Step Unicorns Interactive Card (2)

I used the Lawn Fawn Simple Puffy Clouds to die cut some white cardstock as well as some more patterned paper from the Lawn Fawn Perfectly Plaid Paper Pad. I stamped the sentiment You're One of a Kind (isn't it perfect for this card?!) on one of the white clouds with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and mounted everything on a top-folding A2 card base.

CC Designs Pull Tab Die Step by Step Unicorns Interactive Card (2)

And that's it for today! I really hope you enjoyed this tutorial, and I hope I inspired you to create with the C.C. Designs Unicorns and the Pull Tab Cutter Die. Thank you all so much for stopping by, and have a great day!











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Watercolor Galaxy Background with Gansai Tambi feat SugarPea Designs

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Hi everyone! Creativation is now over, and today I am back wit a fun card and a video I created with the SugarPea Designs Over the Moon and the To Infinity and Beyond stamp sets.


I started off my card by creating a Galaxy background with my Gansai Tambi watercolors. I went for a pink and purple color combination for my galaxies - make sure to watch the video below to see how you can make it too! 
Once the galaxy background was ready I added some stars with Tonic Studios Mica Mist in Antique Gold and with the white paint in my Gansai Tambi watercolor palette. I set the panel aside to dry and started working on my images.

SugarPea Designs Over the Moon To Infinity and Beyond Handmade Card

For today's card I used Over the Moon and the To Infinity and Beyond stamp sets, both by SugarPea Designs. I stamped them with Black Hybrid Ink on Bristol Smooth Cardstock by Strathmore and did some coloring with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers. I then die cut the images from the To Infinity and Beyond stamp set with the coordinating dies. Because the the Over the Moon stamp set does not came with matching dies, I fussy cut the image with my scissors.

SugarPea Designs Over the Moon To Infinity and Beyond Handmade Card

I then started working on my card base. I die cut some black cardstock to a standard A2 size with the Card Front Element Builder Dies. To die cut my galaxy background I used the largest die in the Postage Stamp set. I layered the two panels and moved on to the sentiment, that I heat embossed with white embossing powder on some black cardstock. I then used one of the dies in the Stitched Flags set to create a banner, and started assembling the card. 

SugarPea Designs Over the Moon To Infinity and Beyond Handmade Card

I raised the image from the Over the Moon stamp set and the sentiment banner over two layers of foam tape, the planets over one layer of foam tape, and the stars flush to the background. 
I finished off my card by decorating the inside with some stars, that I stamped with Distress Oxide in Mustard Seed.

SugarPea Designs Over the Moon To Infinity and Beyond Handmade Card

 As I mentioned at the beginning of this post, there is a video tutorial for you, showing how you can create your own space themed card with the SugarPea Designs Over the Moon and To Infinity and Beyond stamp sets. You can watch it down below or directly on my YouTube channel! 




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




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Using Patterned Paper on Cards - Spring Card feat Doodlebug and C.C. Designs Ladybug

Spring Card Doodlebug C.C. Designs Ladybug


Hi everyone! Today I am back with a card I created with the new C.C. Designs Ladybug rubber stamp and patterned papers from the Doodlebug Spring Things paper pad.
I think patterned papers are really fun to use, and are quite the lifesaver when I struggle for inspiration. In those cases I search for sketches on Google and pick a paper pad that helps me with my color scheme.

Spring Card Doodlebug C.C. Designs Ladybug

For this card I followed this sketch here and modified it a bit.
I then picked three papers from the Doodlebug Spring Things paper pad. I chose one with a bit of a more detailed and busy design (the pink one), and two with more subtle designs (the yellow and the green one). This way I felt I had the right amount of interest and detail on the background, without it overpowering the focal image.
I then used the Lawn Fawn Large Stitched Rectangle Stackables, the C.C. Designs In and Out Circle Metal Dies and the C.C. Designs In and Out Rectangle dies to die cut my patterned paper.

Spring Card Doodlebug C.C. Designs Ladybug

As a focal image for my card I used the C.C. Designs Ladybug rubber stamp. I stamped it on Strathmore Bristol Smooth cardstock with My Favorite Things Hybrid Black ink and colored it with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers.
I used Pink 025, Yellow 050, Light Green 041, Mustard 067 and Oatmeal 046 for the hair, Flesh Color 071 and Beige 072 for the skin, and Haze Blue 302 to shade the wings and the flower petals.

Spring Card Doodlebug C.C. Designs Ladybug


I cut the image with my scissors, and for the sentiment I used some strips that I trimmed out of some more papers in the Doodlebug Spring Things paper pad.
I assembled everything on a top folding A2 card base. I raised the image on some foam tape and added Studio Katia Irirdescent Hearts to embellish the card.

Spring Card Doodlebug C.C. Designs Ladybug


And that's my card for today! I really hope you guys enjoyed this post and found it useful! Let me know in the comments below if you like using patterned papers or not! Or maybe you are a bit of a hoarder like myself! :)
In any case, I want to thank you all very much for stopping by, and wish you all a great day!










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Easy Card Background and Distress Ink Watercolor - SugarPeaDesigns Mix It Up Challenge #51

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Hi everyone! Today I am back with an easy all occasion card created following the inspiration from the current Mix it Up challenge on the SugarPea Designs Blog. You can enter your projects featuring SugarPea Designs products for a chance to win 50$ to spend on the SugarPea Designs store!
Here is this month's Mix it Up challenge - you can follow the inspiration picture, the sketch, or you can mix them. It's up to you!



For my card I was inspired by the color scheme of the inspiration picture and by the sketch too.
I started by die cutting some Ranger Watercolor Cardstock with the scalloped rectangle die in the Card Front Element Builder. I used Distress Ink in Pumice Stone and a flat watercolor brush number 14 to create some horizontal stripes.

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I then stamped some of the images in the Llama Just Say stamp set with Scrapbook.com Premium Hybrid Ink on some more watercolor cardstock by Ranger and did some watercoloring with Distress Inks. In order to reproduce the color palette of the inspiration picture I used Weathered Wood, Stormy Sky and Pumice Stone. For the face of this cute little Llama I used Tattered Rose, and for the inner part of the ear I mixed Tattered Rose with a tiny bit of Worn Lipstck.

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Once I was done painting the images I die cut them with the coordinating dies. For the card base I cut out an A2 size panel out of Ranger watercolor cardstock. I wanted to create a rustic look on this panel, to follow the mood of the inspiration picture, so I decided to do as follows: I took my Distress Ink in Weathered Wood and swped it directly onto the panel. I used a light hand and always moved the ink pad from the edges of the panel towards the inside. I left some streak marks to enhance the rustic feel of the card.

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I then adhered everything to a top-folding A2 card base, raising the Llama on one layer of foam tape. 
I stamped the sentiment Hola on the lowest stripe - I can now keep this card in my stash and send it to a friend whenever I want to say hello :)  And because of the muted color palette, this would make a great masculine card too!


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And that's it for today! I really hope you guys enjoyed this card and found this post useful. Don't forget to play along the Mix It Up challenge for a chance to win a gift certificate to the SugarPea Designs store! 
Thank you all so much for stopping by, and have a great day! 







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