Hi crafty friends! What to do with leftovers? I had quite a few florals left over from another project and of course I didn’t want to throw them out after all the work I had put into creating them – mainly cutting them out!
Hello crafters! I had a craving for a card with many layers after keeping it pretty one-layer recently. Paulina from Pretty Pink Posh is an amazing crafter and she excels at adding lots of layers to cards but still keep them clean and simple and I am constantly thriving to emulate her style because I like it so VERY much. I am the proud recipient of some her cards, and I constantly refer to them for inspiration and to learn how to improve my own crafting. Today’s card was inspired by Paulina’s style:
As you can see, I tried to keep my overall design very clean and simple looking, despite all the layers. It was clear to me that I needed to stick to a simple color scheme as to not overwhelm myself and the recipient and the cute bunny from Purple Onion Designs just needed some pink. Well, lots of pink! It contrasts nicely with the yellow-green on the bunny and who doesn’t love a pink accent on their card?
Hi crafty friends! Today I have a card that was heavily inspired by the amazing Marika Rahtu. If you’ve never heard of her – gasp!! Something you should correct immediately, since her colorations, especially for Altenew, are breathtaking and real works of art. I keep struggling to copy her techniques, but I’m having a really hard time to get similar results to hers. Practice makes perfect, so I keep trying 🙂
This card, and the coloring on it, was inspired by this project Marika shared recently. I watched fascinated as she built up color and created such a realistic and dynamic flower. I have given this technique a few tries since then and failed until now. I usually used too much color, had too few highlights, or didn’t dare to go dark enough in my shadows. Two nights ago, I decided to go for it again and this time it worked!
I started out by stamping the outline of the flower in a light yellow distress ink and used a water brush to pull in the color from the stamped line into the shadow areas. I made sure to leave white areas on the petals where the highlights would be. That first step took me about twenty minutes, and then I added some distress ink in an orange hue to some plastic and picked it up with my water brush. I added that color to the shadow areas, again making sure to not extend it too far so I’d have space for the highlights.
I repeated this process with two brown distress inks – the first one wasn’t dark enough to emphasize the shadows, and the second one was super dark and I had to be careful to not overdo it. I actually added a bit of the first ink (a light yellow) after everything else had dried to warm up the image again. I strongly recommend watching Marika’s video to get a better understanding of the process, and I can only impart on you how important it is to not work in neighboring areas since colors will bleed into each other when wet.
Lastly, I grabbed my Inktense pencils and added some details to the petals of the flower, leaves, and berries – you can use any colored pencils you like! I didn’t active the Inktense with water, just used them for details. As for the berries – I stamped the image in a very light distress ink, and then added some half-circle lines with a darker distress ink and my brush to create the illusion of round berries. Took a leaf out of Dawn’s (Wplus9) book because she excels at that and keeps me amazed at her techniques.
I finished the card off by lightly spritzing the painting with Perfect Pearls – from a distance, and then moving my painting through the mist in the air! If you are too close, you will re-activate the water color and make it run! I die cut a border with a border die set by Pretty Pink Posh, and then added a few sequins, droplets, and a sentiment (also by Pretty Pink Posh) to finish off the card.
I hope you enjoyed the card as much as I did making it! My respect for Marika has now reached immeasurable heights as I only starting to grasp the intricacies of painting the way she does.
I’m sending this card off to the following challenges: Time Out #51 since I used both masking (covered up the petals to stamp the leaves) as well a spring theme (flowers!!); this card is also going to the Stempelküche #39 challenge “Stitched” since I used those gorgeous Pretty Pink Posh dies with a stitched border.
I’ve listed the products used for this project below. If possible, I link to Seven Hills Crafts for all European Crafters. Alternative shopping outlets linked to are Amazon US and Simon Says Stamp. Click here to learn more about which companies I am affiliated with.
Hi crafters! Today’s card combines Distress Ink backgrounds with a clean and simple style. Yeah, I know; I didn’t think at first this would work out, but amazingly, it did 🙂
I started out by creating my distressed background using colors which are next to each other on the color wheel to ensure I wouldn’t end up with strange blending effects. I did the enter card base, even though I knew I would only see it at the top and towards the bottom. It was just easier that way.
On my front panel, I stamped the sentiment by CAS-ual Fridays in Versafine black ink. I used my heat gun to make sure it wouldn’t smear, then used my paper trimmer to cut a slice out of the panel so the background would be visible through it.
For some additional interest, I added a few Droplets by Pretty Pink Posh and enhanced the borders of my panel with my Stardust gel pen.
Cheers and catch you again soon! I’m sending this card off to CASology “Distress”, using the technique of enhancing the focal point of my card with distress colors in the background.
Lovely greetings, crafty friends! Valentine’s day is filling the air with love and hearts, and so I thought it would just be fitting to have a card to celebrate the occasion. I decided to go with stamps and dies by Pretty Pink Posh today and to join the festivities over at Pretty Pink Posh:
I got inspired by the card on the very left – I just love the idea of the little windows that show something underneath. In my case, I decided to keep it clean and simple.
I wanted to keep the card design overall very clean and simple to make the colors in my little round windows pop. It’s amazing that blending pink and red distress ink together looks so lovely, who’d have thought? And the little kraft mat behind my front panel is just perfect to set it off against the white card base, but without distracting at all.
You could stamp the little hearts with gold pigment ink, or heat emboss them with embossing powder. I decided to break out my gilding flakes again since I hadn’t used them in ages and I wanted the texture that only gilding can give you. It’s a bit messy and an exercise in not-breathing (as exhaling can cause your flakes to fly around the room), but I love the results:
Hi crafty friends! Tomorrow is christmas here in Germany. I am home with my family already, decking out the tree and wrapping presents, and this is my second to last christmas card to share during this holiday season with you.
I masked off portions of my card with masking paper (or you can use post it notes, much cheaper) and then used Distress Ink to create my background. I just love peeling back the masking paper afterwards and admiring the crisp lines of the colored area. Little things, much joy 😉
Since the Distress Ink was still a bit moist, I used my antistatic powder before stamping the flake and sentiment by CAS-ual Fridays with Versamark ink and pouring my embossing powder on top. Thanks to the antistatic, it worked perfectly.
That was a really quick and easy card to make, and I just love the shimmer and glitter from the embossing powder, especially on the gorgeous font of the sentiment.
Thanks for stopping by today, and see you tomorrow for my last christmas card!