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Monday, July 24, 2017

Die Cutting and Colouring Birthday Card!

Hello everyone and welcome back! I'm here to share a super fun birthday card for Studio Katia!  One of my favourite things to do is die cut!! There is something so satisfying when you remove that piece of cardstock from the die.  Another one of my favourite things is colouring.  I recently invested in some Copic markers and am loving them!! So, let's check out my project!!

I started by cutting the rectangle die from the Dotted Patterns Set 1 out of some white cardstock.  I knew I wanted some sort of banner on this card so I took the small scalloped edged die and ran this through also with white cardstock.


This particular die is very cool.  It can be used to create pretty slits in your projects to insert gift cards, etc.  In this case, I trimmed it to become a banner shape.  I layered this piece onto black cardstock and trimmed around it to give some contrast...you will see this in the finished card :)

Next, I stamped the presents and party hats from the super cute Kobi the Birthday Bear stamp set and chose some Copic markers.

The presents to the right was a total human error! Please ignore.

I love the shapes and designs on these images! Whimsical and so much fun to colour!  I die cut everything out with the Co-ordinating Dies.


Before I put my card together, I decided the white panel was a little too stark, so I squished some Black Soot Distress Ink onto an acrylic block, added water and using a brush, created some splatters.


I started by adhering my banner directly onto the card panel.  For the sentiment, I white heat embossed "Happy Birthday" onto a strip of black cardstock (the sentiment is also from Kobi).  I snipped one end to make a fishtail banner.  I adhered this on top of the banner.


I placed some black and white ribbon around the top of the banner and sentiment and adhered the panel on to a white cardbase using fun foam.  I adhered the hats and presents in a fairly random order using a combination of tape runner and foam adhesive.


For a bit of added sparkle I used various sizes of sequins from the Crystal Clear Fusion...love these things!!

I hope you enjoyed todays project and got inspired to do some colouring and die-cutting!!  Thank you SO much for stopping by!!



Have a great week!!!

Laurie






Saturday, July 22, 2017

Making Use of My Stamp..starting with the letter "M"

Hello and welcome back!! On Friday, I decided it was time to pick a new letter for my Making Use of My Stamps series.  And the letter that was picked was the letter M!



This is exciting.  I have a ton of My Favourite Things stamp sets, a lot of My Creative Time stamps and dies and some Mama Elephant stamps.  From cutesy to elegant, I think I've got it covered!!

For my first card, I went with Mama Elephant.  I started by heat embossing some of the florals from the Freestyle Florals ( I linked to the bundle )in white onto some watercolour paper.  I used my Zig Clean Colour Real Brush markers to colour them. I used the coordinating dies to cut them out.



For the sentiment I used the Blessed stamp set. I also used white embossing powder for this on a navy cardstock panel.  I placed the panel onto a white cardbase and added some Nuvo Crystal Drops in Gloss White.


I even have extra flowers and leaves to play with!!

My next card features My Favourite Things.  I've had the Polynesian Paradise Stamp Set and Co-ordinating Dies.  I've had this set for a LONG time and have only coloured a couple images from it.  I did some amateur no-line watercolour for this.  I used the Barely Beige ink from Simon Says Stamp.   (Amy Rysavy has used this ink for no-line colouring and I had to give it a try!)


It turned out okay.  My shading skills need some improvement!  I also used the Blueprints 1 Set to die cut the scalloped panel and used Distress Ink to do some blending.  I adhered that panel to a Woodgrain Cardstock base.  I white heat embossed the sentiment.


And last but not least, a project using stamps and dies from My Creative Time.  I adore Emma's products!!  What is awesome is that almost all of her stamps and dies come as a set..I LOVE THAT!!!

I used the Be Awesome stamp and die set to create my focal point.  This die set creates what looks like a Post It Note along with other little accessories.  I did some ink blending on the "post it" with yellow ink and added a bit of "tape" to the top.  I stamped the sentiment in Versafine Black Onyx ink.


To dress up my card base a bit, I used the awesome Geo Borders set.  I stamped the triangle stamp with some Twirling Tutu ink onto a scrap piece of white cardstock and trimmed it down into strips which created a nice frame for my card panel.  To add a bit more something to my "post it", I die cut some flowers and leaves from the Stitched Pretty Flowers and Leaves die set.  I used the same yellow and pink ink and added some Willow ink for the leaves.  I foam mounted the panel using foam tape to give a bit of dimension.


I hope you enjoyed my first three "M" projects!  I truly had a blast making these.  

This letter in the series will take a bit longer than the H's as I have more to work with!!

Thank you so much for following along with me and maybe playing along!!

See you soon!!!

Laurie







Monday, July 17, 2017

#LOVE with Distress Oxide Inks

Hello, all!!  I'm back to share a bright and happy card!  I recently received the new set of Distress Oxide Inks and just had to have a play.  This card also had a couple of "happy accidents" which I'll point to you :)

I started by picking some rainbow colours of the Oxides.  I chose Picked Raspberry, Twisted Citron, Peacock Feathers, Spiced Marmalade, Wilted Violet and threw in a bit of Faded Jeans.

I used Bristol cardstock which worked beautifully.  I started stamping the outline heart shaped from the Sweetheart Candy stamp set.  I tried to create a random pattern using different colours.  Then, taking a damp paintbrush, I added water to the inside of the heart.  As soon as the water touches that ink, it starts to bleed...in a good way!  It feathers the ink towards the inside of the heart but yet maintains a crisp outline image, love it!!


Happy accident #1:  At some point while stamping, I turned the panel to start filling in the gaps.  This resulted in the hearts going in two different directions.  Totally not what I had in mind, but I went with it and in the end, really liked it. The small heart comes from the Foxes stamp set.  These two hearts are exactly the same shape.

I wanted to leave the insides of the hearts white but didn't want the end result to have so much white space.  So I smooshed some Broken China Oxide Ink onto a non porous surface, spritzed it with water and applied it CAREFULLY around all the hearts.  I'm not sure if it was the ink or the paper, but I ended up with a lot of hard edges and I LOVE hard edges to watercolour!


I used the rectangle die from the Dotted Patterns Set 1 die set.  I adhered that onto a piece of textured, white cardstock that was trimmed just slightly larger than the heart panel.  For my card base, I used a blue cardstock that went well with the Broken China Distress Oxide Ink.


The sentiment also come from the Sweetheart Candy stamp set.  I used a sentiment strip die and embossed the #love with Silver Embossing Powder.  I layered the sentiment onto the same blue cardstock to make it pop a bit more.  Before adhering the sentiment, I put a messy nest of silver thread behind.


And of course no card is complete without some Studio Katia sequins!!  I used a few of the flat sequins from the Majestic Fusion sequin mix and added a dot of Silver Stickles to the centres.

Happy Accident #2:  I meant to round the bottom two corners but grabbed the wrong punch, so ended up with these corners!!  But again, I think it looks okay!!


And that's my finished for today!  I hope you enjoyed!!  Thank you for stopping by!  Until next time..

Laurie