Hello happy Crafters, hope you are having a cooler day than I am while I was making this card. I live in Melbourne and it has been HOT out here lately. 38 degrees today!! I needed something blue and cool to look at. So I made a mostly blue card with a hit of copper using my favorite medium, water colours! I have hear many crafters talk about having difficulties finding inspiration for masculine cards and I thought I will steer the card in that direction today. Hope you love it.
To make a water colour card, you need suitable watercolour paper, I choose THE PAPER MILL 300gsm art journal watercolour paper as I knew I won't be using too much of water and I am not doing too much of layering. It is a good weight and has medium texture exactly what I needed for this card as it gives texture without me doing anything.
I used an embossing folder I got from CRAFTONLINE, unfortunately, there is no brand name on the embossing folder itself, so I have no clue who it belongs to. If you do, drop me a message in the comment section. I liked the hanging floral image and who says men don't like flowers. I used my SIZZIX Big Shot and a tan embossing mat to emboss the paper. I had to run it through a few times and remove an extra tab so the sandwich was not too tight which would have caused the paper to crack or tear.
After I was satisfied with the depth of the embossing, I used a SPELLBINDER's die to cut out a part of the embossed image. I also trimmed the whole embossed image down so that it would fit an 4 1/2 by 5 1/2 inch size white card base while leaving a medium size border. I positioned the die to the right and not in the middle to make it a little more interesting.
To watercolor the card, I use GANSAI TAMBI watercolours. I mainly used the blues, a little bit of black, some of the copper and some of the white to make splatters. I have a colour palette on the right which shows me what the colours look like after it has dried and how transparent they are.
While I was making splatters, I accidentally made a boo-boo on my card as seen on the left. so to mask it, i just made it look like a leaf. I used a water brush and used the same colours and added another leaf on top of it to make it look more intentional. We all make boo-boos, just learn to include them in your design. In the end, this is how the water colouring turned out to be. Any part of the flowers which were squashes in the processes where revived when I ran the whole piece through the embossing folder again after it had COMPLETELY dried. DO NOT emboss wet paper, it will tear and you will be sad!!! Speaking from experience.😢
I used MY FAVORITE THINGS Essential Sentiments on SIMON SAYS STAMP After Midnight cardstock. I clear embossed with RANGERS fine embossing powder. I preheat my heat gun before taking it to my paper to reduce warping of the paper. I was not sure which sentiment to use so I made 3 and there are photos of the card with each of the sentiment below.
The 2 other sentiments I use most from this set. A really good set to have, especially for beginners or if your are on a tight budget.
The embossed part on the white did not photograph well, but you can see it in the picture below the slideshow. To put it all together, I used double sided tape to adhere the water colour panel to the white card base, added some foam to raise the white embossed area and added the sentiment with some liquid glue from GINA K DESIGNS.
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Happy 2019 everybody, hope you have had a blessed year so far. Two months have gone by and 10 more beautiful months to go. Lets get to the exciting bits, shall we?
I am delighted to be apart of “DT for A Perfect Time To Craft” design group and as part of my first challenge, I chose the image “determine” from Sheepski Designs Digital Images & Art. If you would like this image and more, click here.
Rock climbing is always something I love to do and thought it was a fantastic image to start my digital journey. After purchasing, you can download the image which came in a .jpg format for me. I then used my Paint 3D on my Windows laptop to edit the image before printing it out on my ancient monochrome Brother printer.
For the first card, I scaled the image to be 3.5 by 2.5 inches. I used Zig Real Brush Markers to colour the boy and some rocks in the image before fussy cutting them out leaving out the rocks he was holding on to. Next, I use the Bold Alphabets Die by Altenew and cut out letter "s", "ï", "n"and "ë". I used a craft colour card stock sized at 1.75 by 8 inch and aligned the letters using the grid on my Tim Holtz's glass mat then adhered it with Gina K's glue.
I used foam tape to pop the craft cardstock up and stuck it to a 4 x 8 inch white card base. I then glued down the boy before finding the right spot for each of the rock cutouts. To finish it off, I used a sentiment, You got this from Simon Says Stamp and a strip of gold mirror cardstock to add a little shine to this masculine card.
For the second card, I resized the image to be roughly 5 x 4 inches. I used the same method to edit and print the image. I then used Zig Real Brush Markers to colour the image. To make it interesting, I drew 2 lines using a T-ruler across the image, creating a 2 inch gap. I then cut along the line and along the picture to create a partial die cut look.
For the card base, I made a 4.25 by 5.5 inch card, then used the lines on the image to cut out matching horizontal lines on the card. After that, I used Gina K's Liquid glue to adhere the top part of the image while lining it up to the cut lines on the card base. Then for the bottom part of the card base, I adhered the remaining cardstock to ensure the feet area of the image is sturdy. I then cut the excess cardstock off.
To finish off the card, I used 2 sentiments from You got this from Simon Says Stamp. To add some bling, I used a two -way glue pen to add glue to the harness and allowed it to dry. When dried, the glue is tacky, I then used Heidi Swapp gold foil to complete the card.
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Layered Pink Flamingo
Hello happy crafters, hope you are all having a wonderful day thus far. Today I wanted to show you another simple card using essential just 3 supplies. All you need will be a layer stamp, perfect pearls or any other fine mica powders & an embossing pad, I used a clear VERSAMARK ink.
The main principle is to chose which part of the layered image you would like to have bedazzled, this part should not have any other layers topped on to it (preferably). For the flamingo, I chose the legs and it's beak. Next, I used an anti-static powder to prep the area where the legs were going to go.
I used clear VERSAMARK ink and a stamp positioner to get the water ripples and the legs where I wanted them. I stamped a few times just to make sure I had full coverage. I then used Confetti White PERFECT PEARLS to lightly dust over the stamped area. I used a Swiffer cloth for a quick clean up.
I then did the body with DISTRESS INK - Raspberry for each layer. I made sure each layer had a few minutes to dry before during the next layer. When I did the third layer, the colour difference was not obvious, so I dried the surface with my RANGER heat gun and then added another layer of Raspberry ink with my third layer of the stamp.
I let my flamingo dry for half a day while I did other things and then heat dried it with my heat gun before dusting it with my anti-static powder. I wanted the beak and eyes of the flamingo to match its legs. Again, I used my clear VERSAMARK ink and a stamp positioner to stamp the beak. I triple stamped it just to have full coverage but was sure not to press the stamp down too hard which will cause the loss of detail. Then I dusted the area with White Confetti and cleaned up with a Swiffer.
I cut the panel down to 3.5 x 5 inches, then mounted it on black cardstock with dry adhesive. I stamped the sentiment on the same cardstock as the panel and cut it out in the shape of a banner. I used Raspberry to stamp the sentiment and dusted it with White Confetti to give it some sparkle. I used some foam tape to adhere it to the top left corner of the card.
Inside the card, I die cut a piece of light pink paper to allow for some place to write a greeting.
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Two colour cards
I kept my supplies simple recalling back to when I first started making cards as I entered university. To emphasize on the design, keep the focus on the cute critter, I kept the colour to 2 colours with an exception of black for outline and sentiment.
I also used a water brush and the cute little octopus from Australia's owned KaiserCraft. Disclaimer: these are very very simple cards, they are meant for beginner card makers so my descriptions might seem unnecessarily lengthy for experienced crafters. If you fall in the latter category, please feel free to browse through the rest of my collections instead. Thank you.
I made 2 cards to show how the colouring and placement of the sentiment alone can make cards look different.
I began with the image, I stamped it with Distress Ink - Hickory Smoke on a regular smooth 80lb cardstock and let it dry completely. I did have to stamp the image a few times as the distress inks are not the best for stamping.
Next, I squishing my Abandon Coral Distress Ink Pad to a slick surface, I used a Glass Media mat, but a simple acetate sheet will work too, just remember to tape it down so it does not move as you are trying to pick up the colour or your paper. Then using a fine tip aqua brush/ water brush, pick up some colour using the tip and practice making some heat shapes on a scrap piece of paper. Make sure not to squeeze the brush, if the brush tip gets too dry, squeeze a drop of water out on the slick surface and reuse that drop every time the tip gets a little dry or if you need to dilute your ink.
when you are ready, draw your hearts on your card. I drew the hearts in a pattern that it was leading away from the little octopus.
then I squished the Hickory Smoke to the slick surface, using just water I wet each tentacle before introducing the Hickory Smoke to the water. I made sure the surface of the paper was only shiny wet and not dome wet. A paper towel is really handy in such situations. I coloured the rest of the octopus the same way, to make him happy, I added some Abandon Coral to his cheeks.
Lastly, since there is no matching distress cardstock, I made mine by squishing the ink pad on a white piece of paper and let it dry for about 15 mins, I also heat set it just to be safe. I then used a 1.0 black gel pen to write "I love u" and 0.5 black gel pen to write "today, tomorrow, always" on a thin stript of paper which I had lying around.
I cut a banner tail for the "I love you" by marking the centre and making another horizontal line touching both edges, then I cut from that lined edge to the marked centre.
to adhere all of it, I used a mixture of wet and dry adhesive. I used foam to pop up the banner, glue dots for the small sentiments and liquid glue for the panel which I mounted on a Fog cardstock from SIMON SAYS STAMP.
I started this one similar to the last one, I stamped the image first but I used a water-resistant black ink, Blackout from INK on 3. Then I used the Abandon Coral to make a fog like a background around the octopus. I cut out some hearts from the strip of cardstock I had coloured to make the banner piece for the previous card. I coloured the octopus using the wet on wet method where I wet the image first with clean water then add liquid in this case ink to it and let the water do its magic. It gives a really organic and soft look don't you think?
The sentiments were all done the same way, except I changed this one to say "4ever...". When I placed the panel on my card I felt like it didn't stand out enough even with my usual form backing, so I took a radical step and cut myself come cardboard, about a 1 cm thick piece. I cut the piece a little smaller than my panel and curled the edges of my paper to accentuate the lift as well as hid the cardboard. The shadow gives it a well-defined edge which was what I intended.
After adhering everything in place, I used some Glossy Accents on the hearts to give them a little shine.
That's it for this post, stay tune for more minimalist cards. If you like what you have read, consider subscribing to get notifications when I post new materials. Happy crafting.
I started with the pretty Japanese paper which was originally intended for origami. I paired that with an soft pink embossed background using a fan patterned embossing folder. I then stamped and colored the geisha in red and coral tones to match the paper. I used a snowflake stamp to emulate sakura flowers falling from the top left corner. I embossed 'sending you' using white embossing powder on black card stock and trimmed it to resemble a banner. For the 'xoxo' I used thick enamel embossing power and embosses two layers on a black card stock. After assembling all the element on a rectangle panel, I used a corner puncher to round out the top corner. Before adhering the panel to the embossed background, I added some yellow satin ribbon to the bottom part and tucked the ribbon behind the embossed piece. I used some foam to help the panel stand out from the background. Finally, the embossed piece was added to a 4.25 x 5 inch white card.
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