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Be Happy!

Hi there! I’ve been playing with watercolor paints again and my card today features the adorable new Happy Hippos stamp set from MFT. I love this little baby hippo holding a cupcake!

I used a violet paint for the majority of the background and splattered a little yellow and pink before it dried. I then matted the watercolor cardstock on a piece of MFT patterned paper.

I die-cut 2 MFT patterned papers with the MFT Fringed Scalloped Borders die-namics and adhered them across the card.

I stamped and colored the images from the Happy Hippo set with Copics and die-cut them with the coordinating dies in this set.

To finish it off, I stamped the sentiments using the MISTI several times for a crisp, deep color and adhered a few sequins here and there.

He really looks like he wants to eat that whole stack of cupcakes!

Hope you have a happy day and thanks for stopping by!

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Oh, Happy Day!

Hi there! What could be happier than a tiger and a monkey playing? My card for this Monday features some of my new goodies from the latest MFT release and obviously, I’m on a monkey kick right now.

I started by die-cutting a piece of Neenah cardstock and a piece of MFT patterned paper using the MFT Blueprints 31 die-namics. This is the only Blueprints die-namics set that I own as of now, so I do use this one a ton, but it’s very versatile. I’d say, an excellent buy.

Next I Copic airbrushed the cloud background using the new MFT Mini Cloud Edges stencil with B000 and B00.I then stamped the sentiment from the MFT Handwritten Happiness stamp set.

I colored the image with Copics and die-cut around it using the coordinating die-namics to this set and then adhered it using dimensional adhesive. I love how popping up the image creates a little shadow and makes it look even more as though they’re swinging in the air.

I hope this card brings a smile!

Thanks for stopping by!

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Stenciling a Background with Dies

Hi there and happy Friday! On today’s card, I’m sharing a technique using edge dies to stencil a background. I used the My Favorite Things Grassy Fields die-namics and die-cut the edge of 4 strips of cardstock. Then, I cut a piece of Neenah Classic Crest solar white cardstock 3 3/4″ x 5″ and placed each die-cut edge of the cardstock pieces about 1/4″ from the edges of the Neenah cardstock. Once I had the die-cut cardstock pieces positioned, I taped them all together.

Before I stenciled the background, I stamped and masked the tiki and palm tree images from the My Favorite Things Tiki Party stamp set.

Next, I taped the Neenah cardstock to the back of the “stencil” and centered it so there would be a bit of white cardstock remaining around the edges.

I may have mentioned that I love airbrushing with Copics, so this is what I used with my stencil, but you could get a similar effect with sponge daubers and inks.

I masked off about 1/3 of the bottom portion of the stencil for the sand area and started airbrushing at the top with the lightest color working towards the darkest in this order: R21, R22, YR61, YR65 and YR16. I went back in with a little bit of the YR61 towards the top of the palm trees to break up some of the pink sunset.

Then, I masked off the sunset portion and airbrushed the sand starting from the top of this area with the darkest color working towards the lightest in this order: E43, E42, E41.  I shaded in just a little bit of the top line of the sand and added shading under the palm trees and tikis with E44.

 

I colored all of the images with Copics and then stamped, colored and die-cut a hibiscus and leaf from the set.

I used dimensional adhesive to adhere the hibiscus for a little dimension and finished off the card with a stamped sentiment from this stamp set.

I hope you enjoyed today’s card and technique! I can see using this with many different types of edge dies for some very unique backgrounds.

Hope you have a fabulous weekend!

Thanks for stopping by!

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A Mermazing Moment

Hi there! My card today features my first real attempt at a watercolor background. I’m taking an online class taught by the incredibly talented Sandy Allnock at www.art-classes.com. I highly recommend not only the watercolor backgrounds class, but also her Copic classes.

There’s about 15 different techniques that she teaches in this class and the one I used on this card was a “splashy” watercolor technique using green and turquoise watercolor paints. It provided the perfect background for my little mermaid and turtle.

All of the stamps I used are from the My Favorite Things Mermazing stamp set. I colored the mermaid and turtle with Copics and added a little shimmer to the mermaid top and tail with clear Wink of Stella. I die-cut all of the images with the coordinating die-namics to this set.

For the seaweed and coral, I used 2 different Memento ink pads in green and yellow shades to add a little variation and I popped 2 of them up with dimensional adhesive.

I stamped the sentiment on dark brown cardstock in Versamark and heat embossed with fine detail white embossing powder. I die-cut the sentiment using the MFT Stitched Sentiment Strips die-namics and tucked it a little behind the seaweed.

A simple card, but not so simple. I’m enjoying the watercolor painting, but there is definitely a learning curve to it  and I’m glad I took a class to get my feet wet, no pun intended!

Hope you enjoyed and thanks for stopping by!

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Double Duty with Dies

 

Hi there! I’ve got a fun technique with dies to share on today’s card. Most of the products that I’ve used on this one are My Favorite Things with the exception of a Sizzix embossing folder, so I’ll start at the beginning.

This is an A2 size card and I cut a piece of dark brown cardstock 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″ for a mat under the rest of the elements. I then cut a piece of kraft cardstock 4″ x 5 1/4″ and taped the MFT Stitched Sentiment Label Strip die-namics cutting edge down towards the top of this cardstock piece.

Once it was die-cut, I was left with 2 separate pieces of cardstock.

I adhered the larger bottom piece with dimensional tape on the outside edges leaving a thin border of the cardstock mat underneath. Then, I die-cut this label strip die again from dark brown cardstock and embossed it with a Sizzix palm leaves embossing folder. I adhered it flat to the mat above my raised cardstock piece and then adhered the top portion of the kraft cardstock above it using dimensional tape again.

I die-cut a total of 5 small palm leaves and 1 large leaf from the MFT Wild Greenery die-namics and colored them with Copics ( 4 of them are colored with G21, G24, G46 and 2 of them are colored with YG01, YG03, YG17). I adhered the large leaf on the bottom portion of the kraft cardstock and one small leaf on the top portion.

Now it was time for my fun die technique. I wanted a thin border of this label strip shape, so I die-cut the shape again from black cardstock. To get this thin strip, I placed the die cutting-edge down slightly below one edge of the shape, taped it in place and die-cut. Do this again with the opposite edge of the shape and you’re left with 2 thin border strips. Pretty cool?

I adhered each strip above and below the die-cut shape area. You could adhere them directly to the edges of the kraft cardstock, but I liked it better slightly offset. It ended up looking less like a mat and more like a neat accent.

I adhered the rest of the leaves around the die-cut area and stamped a leopard image from the MFT Lovable Leopards stamp set on Neenah Desert Storm Environment cardstock. I colored the leopard with Copics and die-cut the image using the coordinating die-namics. I also used dimensional adhesive to adhere the leopard.

For the sentiment, I die-cut the MFT Thanks die-namics from white cardstock and inked them in an ombre color scheme with Memento inks in Cantaloupe, Peanut Brittle and Potter’s Clay. To make them stand out a bit more, I die-cut the Thanks die again from black cardstock and adhered each inked letter slightly offset on a black letter to create a shadow effect.

I hope you enjoyed today’s card and try this die technique out on various shapes! All kinds of possibilities!

Thanks for stopping by!

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ARRR!!

 

Hi there, mates! My card for today uses some of my new goodies from the My Favorite Things June release. All of the stamps that I used are from the Party Like a Pirate set and I while the whole set is adorable, I decided to work with this sassy parrot.

There’s a good deal of steps to this card and once I get a good camera setup for card making process videos, I’ll film all of it start to finish. For now, I’ll walk through it and try not to be too wordy (the struggle is real).

I started with creating a treasure map for the background using an inexpensive thin watercolor paper. Don’t waste the good thick stuff on this! The thinner the better is the way to go to get this effect. I cut the paper 4″ x 5″ and began to tear the edges from one corner, working my way around the paper. You’ll want to tear from back to front to get that ragged edge that takes the ink. Once I got the paper torn down to the size I wanted for the background, I began inking it with a sponge applicator and Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Tea Dye.

Next, I crumpled the paper up into a little wad of inky mess and then pressed it out relatively flat. You’ll have a bunch of wrinkle lines all throughout the paper that will take the next 2 colors of ink really nicely. I used a sponge applicator again first with Vintage Photo Distress Ink and then finishing up with Walnut Stain Distress Ink. I used the Walnut Stain sparingly so I didn’t make the map too dark.

I stamped a skull and crossbones in one corner and used a Tim Holtz Distress Marker in Vintage Photo to draw an X and tick marks at the top of the card. I didn’t get too fancy with this since most of the map is covered.

 

Next, I die-cut a porthole with the My Favorite Things Ocean View Porthole die-namics from a piece of brown crinkle specialty paper that I purchased at Hobby Lobby. For the rivets on the porthole, I covered small white flat-back pearls with versamark ink, heat embossed them with a metallic bronze embossing powder and adhered them over the holes in the porthole die-cut.

The porthole die-namics die also cuts out a circle in the center which I die-cut from Neenah Classic Crest Solar White cardstock. I stamped the small palm tree from the stamp set to one side of the circle and masked it before using a sponge dauber and 3 colors of Memento ink to create the sunset. I then colored the palm tree with Copics and stamped a small bird.

For the waves at the bottom, I die-cut 2 more circles with the porthole die-namics from Neenah Classic Crest Solar White cardstock and then die-cut each circle towards the bottom (one smaller than the other) with a My Favorite Things Ocean Waves die-namics die. I colored the larger wave die-cut with Copic BG57 and the smaller one with BG09 and adhered them layered together at the bottom of my palm tree scene.

 

For my sassy parrot, I started out by drawing a pirate hat for him with a Copic multi-liner pen on Neenah Classic Crest Solar White. The easiest way to do this is to stamp the parrot on a piece of scrap paper and draw the hat to fit him. I then used a lightbox to trace the hat again on my Neenah cardstock and a piece of eclipse tape for a mask. I masked off the hat and stamped the parrot, then masked the parrot and stamped the treasure chest. I colored this combined image with Copics and fussy cut around the whole image. I stamped the pirate flag from one of the stamps in the set, colored it also with Copics and fussy cut around both the wooden staff and the flag separately.

For the black background of the card, I cut a piece of cardstock 4″ x 5 1/4″ and die-cut an oval for the sentiment with a My Favorite Things Stitched Oval Word Windows die-namics die centered at the bottom of the cardstock. I then embossed the cardstock piece with a Tim Holtz Compass embossing folder. I stamped my sentiment from the stamp set on the oval center portion of the die-cut piece in versamark ink and heat embossed it with a Wow! white fine detail embossing powder. I adhered the sentiment with dimensional adhesive over the die-cut oval at the bottom.

 

I adhered my treasure map on the black embossed background first, followed by the palm tree scene and porthole die-cut. I used a thin dimensional adhesive to adhere the parrot image and then tucked and adhered the wooden staff behind the parrot. I also used a thin dimensional adhesive on the pirate flag. I added a little pile of gold coins next to the chest to finish it off.

Whew! That was really wordy, but I hope you enjoyed today’s card!

Stay tuned for a video of this soon. I really enjoyed making this one and filming it should be fun!

Thanks for stopping by!

 

 

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Playing with Oxide Inks

Hi there! Today’s card was my first adventure with Tim Holtz Distress oxide inks. I had to giggle when I finished the background of this card because at first, I thought it looked like a hot mess ( relating back to my perfectionist tendencies). But, I went with it.

So, I used Tim Holtz watercolor paper and I cut the piece 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ so I would have room along the edges to tape the piece down on hard board while I played with these inks. I used fossilized amber, cracked pistachio and worn lipstick with the technique of pressing the ink pad onto an acetate sheet, spraying with water and dripping the ink onto the paper. There’s tons of YouTube videos out there using this technique if you’re interested in trying this out.

You want to work with one color at a time and heat set each color before moving on to the next to avoid muddy colors, which I might have a little bit of on this card, but I liked the overall effect.

I cut the watercolor paper down to 3 3/4″ x 5 3/8″ to allow a little room on the left side for a 1/2″ wide strip of patterned paper (this is a My Favorite Things paper).

Next, I stamped and colored the bear image from the My Favorite Things Beary Special Birthday stamp set with Copics and die-cut the image with the coordinating die-namics.

 

I finished it off with a nice big bold sentiment from the My Favorite Things Big Birthday Sentiments stamp set and added a few sequins here and there.

I think I may have enjoyed playing with these inks even more than watercolors, at least on backgrounds.

Hope you enjoyed today’s card and have a fabulous weekend!

Thanks for stopping by!

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All That Shimmers Isn’t Gold… Sometimes it’s Wink of Stella

Hi there! Today’s card is all about gloss, sheen, and shimmer. I’ll admit, this one took quite a bit of time to create, but it was fun combining several different techniques.

First I stamped a 4″ x 5 1/4″ piece of white Strathmore Bristol Smooth cardstock with the My Favorite Things Mermaid Tail background stamp in versamark ink. I heat embossed the stamped background with Wow! Long Island Teal embossing powder.

Then, I added a little color to the stamped background with a light green Zig clean color pen. Once this was dry, I went over the background with clear Wink of Stella.  It’s difficult to catch this in still photos, but lots and lots of shine in that background!

 

Next, I stamped, masked and colored a mermaid and rock from the My Favorite Things Mermazing stamp set. I fussy cut around the entire image and then stamped the mermaid a second time so I could work on the mermaid tale separately. I used a fish scale Copic coloring technique on the mermaid tail, pressed it on a versamark ink pad and heat embossed the tail with Stampin’ Up! iridescent ice embossing powder. I fussy cut around the mermaid tail and adhered it to my original image.

I die-cut 3 waves in various blue cardstock with the My Favorite Things Ocean Waves die-namics and added a bit of gloss to the edges using an embossing pen and UTEE.

 

I tucked the rock portion of the image slightly under the wave and popped the mermaid up just a little with a thin dimensional adhesive.

I stamped, colored and fussy cut a fish from the stamp set and hand cut 3 small water splashes. They needed a little gloss too, so I randomly inked them in spots with an embossing pen and heat embossed once again with UTEE.

To finish it off, I die-cut a patterned paper with the My Favorite Things Stitched Sentiment Strips die-namics, matted it on a second patterned paper and stamped a sentiment from the set.

A dark teal cardstock mat really made the card front pop on the white card base.

I hope you enjoyed my card for today and thanks for stopping by!

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Magical Unicorn Monday

 

Hi there! Since I shared a magical dragon last Monday, I thought I’d share a magical unicorn this Monday. I think Mondays are anything but magical, so maybe this will help start the week off right.

I played around with Gansai Tambi watercolor paints again on this card and painted a background for my unicorn on Canson cold press. This was kind of tough for me and definitely out of my comfort zone. I’m usually a perfectionist and sloppy random color washes are a challenge, but it’s really good to try new things.

I stamped the unicorn and rainbow from the My Favorite Things Magical Unicorns stamp set, colored both with Copics and die-cut them with the coordinating die-namics to this set.

I finished the card with a sentiment from the stamp set, a little patterned paper and a few sequins.

Sweet and simple for your Monday!

Thanks for stopping by!

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Magical Dragon Monday

Hi there! I thought I’d share a magical dragon for your Monday because, well, all Mondays should have a magical dragon. One of the main reasons I started making cards again is to make people feel good, let them know they’re appreciated and thought of, so my dragon is a motivational job well done little guy and I know a few people who could really use some of this.

I used the My Favorite Things Magical Dragons stamp set on this card and I originally stamped and masked the dragon, fire and smoke on 80 lb. Neenah Classic Crest Solar White. I drew the rocks under the dragon with a Copic multi-liner and then colored all of my images with Copics.

Then, I decided the white background just wasn’t working and I wanted my dragon against a patterned paper background. I fussy cut around the dragon, fire and rocks as one single piece and cut out the smoke accents. I matted a My Favorite Things patterned paper on orange cardstock and adhered my dragon scene just below the center of the card.

I die-cut a specialty paper from The Paper Company that looks a little like reptile skin from a My Favorite Things sentiment die and matted it on a dark gray cardstock.

I didn’t have a smoke stamp or die large enough for my sentiment, so I die-cut a cloud from the Lawn Fawn Simple Puffy Clouds dies and colored it with W1 and a colorless blender to add some swirls and look a little more like my puffs of smoke above.

I hope you have a magical Monday and thanks for stopping by!