Edge-To-Edge Shaker Card and Solid Hot Foil Plate fun!

Hi guys!

It’s probably my last post before the end of 2021. Before I go into details about the card, I wanted to take this opportunity to say a big huge THANK YOU to Pinkfresh Studio, Kinnari, Lea and Heather for having had me on the Pinkfresh blog team for the last six months! I have absolutely LOVED it, and I hope I have brought some inspiration to you all during this time.

As there are only a few days left of 2021, and I did catastrophically badly with sending Christmas cards, I thought I’d focus on a New Year card today. With sparkles of course. I did turn my card into an edge-to-edge shaker and filled it with some flat-ish sequins, star shapes and glitter, but if you want to keep it simple, just add some Jewels. Or not. Not everyone is as obsessed with the bling and sparkle as I am.

First of all, you are going to want to grab a fun set of layering stencils, I picked the Layered Sunburst Stencils, and your fave colours of ink. I have, probably unsurprisingly, gone for a bit of a rainbow again, with the help of Sunshine, Bubble Gum, Candy Violet, Summer Showers and Aquamarine inks. With these five inks you can get the impression of even more colours, by blending them together.

With the first two layers of the stencils I have just gone around with the colours in the same spot, using blending brushes. With the last layer, I used an iridescent glitter gel to add some fun sparkle. While this was drying I got the Solid Hot Foil plate out and used one of the left over foils I had used with the Perfect Sentiments: Holiday hot foil plate. I couldn’t wait to give this a try, and oh boy, it did not disappoint!

I did the whole sheet while I was on a roll, and then used the coordinating diecut to cut them all out. With a bit of clever placing, I cut out another three pieces of the Happy New Year piece and layered these up. Then I popped the reversed hot foiled Happy New Year on top. This was adhered to the card smack in the middle.

I could have left it here, but did I? Nope. I decided to make it an edge-to-edge shaker and wrapped a Shaker Pocket, from Tonic Studios, around the card, added some chunky glitter, some flat sequins and silver star shapes from Studio Katia to it and sealed it up. The chunky glitter is really sticking to the pocket right over the Happy New Year, so it might be an idea to use an anti-static tool over the sentiment if you decide to try this.

Overall, I love how this turned out, and how fun it is with a shaker card. I don’t make that many, but who knows? Maybe that will change. Need to get my hands on more of those shaker pockets first though!

Thanks for stopping by the blog today, have a wonderful New Years Eve and here’s to a much better 2022!

Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

Ellen Hutson 12 Tags Of Christmas

Ho, ho, ho, my merry elves!

Today I’m guesting for the Ellen Hutson 12 Tags of Christmas event, and the Christmas carol that is designated for today is Christmas In A Coffee Shop. How perfect is that?? I mean, I am pretty much running on caffeine and sass, lol!

This event is a two-for-one, so one of the Ellen Hutson design team members are teamed up with a guest, and we each get a Christmas Carol to use as the inspiration for our tags. You can find Adelina’s blog post HERE, and also Ellen’s introductory blog post with her fabulously creative tag HERE!

Here is a photo of my tags, and I will tell you all about them a bit further down.

In all honesty, I haven’t started listening to Christmas music yet, as it’s still sunny and mild here on the Mediterranean coast of Valencia. In fact, only yesterday my Mamma and I spent a good chunk of the day at the beach basking in the sunshine!

However, colouring images is always fun and I do adore these bears from the Weather Weather In The Woods stamp set. I have done one as a polar bear and one as a brown bear, and matched up their sweaters to the rest of the tags.

The bears were cut out with the coordinating diecut and on the back, I added some foam squares, to add some height to the bears.

The polar bear got a nice blue sweater as well as a blue plaid tag, plus a galaxy blue-ish tag too. This is created by sprinkling Nuvo Shimmer Powder in Meteorite Shower on wet water colour paper. I didn’t mix it up a lot as I wanted the different colours to shine through.

I did a similar thing for the brown bear’s tag, only I used Golden Sparkler Nuvo Shimmer Powder. The colours in this fit better with his green sweater and green plaid tag. The tag die I have used for all of these pieces is actually a Combo Swatch die from Waffle Flower, it was the perfect size for my tags.

The finishing touches were a few little snowflake dies, cut out with the adorable Winter Tiny Tags diecut from Lawn Fawn. I also heat embossed ‘do not open until the 25th’ on them with Rich Gold embossing powder, this is from the coordinating Tiny Tag Sayings stamp set. While I had the tag die out, I also cut out one silver and one gold snowflake out of glitter card stock, to layer up with the heat embossed one.

A bit of ribbon and a pompom later and the tags were done!

Thank you so much for stopping by today, I hope you have enjoyed this post. Don’t forget to check out Adelina’s post and the rest of the Ellen Hutson 12 Tags Of Christmas event!

Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

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Tonic Studio July Stamp Club: Patterns & Prints

Hello Friday!

It’s the last Friday of the month which means a new Stamp Club release from Tonic Studios! The next stop on the hop is Channin Pelletier and you should have come here from Janette, but if you get lost, the full hop lineup is at the bottom of this post and also over on Maria’s blog.

This month’s bundle is called Patterns & Prints, and you can get it both from US Tonic Studios and UK Tonic Studios.

Another big PLUS with this bundle is that it coordinates with the Backgrounds and Borders bundle! Well, it’s good for those of us who have it already, as it’s sold out… but hold up! This news just in: It’s being restocked today!!

The Stamp Club is not a subscription, it’s simply a small monthly release that contains stamps and dies. These can only be bought together, but there is no pressure to buy it every month, nor will you find money going out of your account automatically if you forget to cancel. You can pick and chose which ones you want to add to your collection.

Of course it wouldn’t be a celebration without a giveaway. One lucky winner will win a £50/$50 Giftcard to Tonic Studios and the Patterns & Prints bundle! All you have to do is leave a comment on the stops along the hop to be in with a chance to win. The more you comment, the better your chances!

As it’s Tonic´s birthday week, you will also get a free gift when you order the Patterns & Prints bundle! Quite appropriately it’s a Happy Birthday set, and this will go out with every order of the bundle, as long as there is stock. Make sure to order quickly if you want this fab set.

For my cards I have channeled my inner CardBomb aka Maria Willis herself! I got some Distress Oxide sprays out and made some colourful backgrounds to begin with. A couple of slim line panels of water colour card stock were placed inside an old box and sprayed with Mustard Seed, Crackling Campfire, Kitsch Flamingo, Salvaged Patina and Salty Ocean

The two panels are similar to each other, due to the colours and the order of adding them, but I finished them off in different ways. On one I used some Distress Micro Glaze to bring out the colours a bit, and on the other one I heat embossed Halo glitter over the entire thing. Because, you know, sparkles… 

Naturally I had to use word diecuts on the sparkly panel and the ones from the Prints & Patterns can spell out different sayings. The ones I picked, put together says You’re an amazing friend. The letters themselves I put aside, for another card.

On the back of this one I adhered a dark grey piece of card stock, this one is Storm Cloud from Lawn Fawn. It gives a softer look than black card stock, and I love it. 

Of course I did not waste the letters that were the “leftovers” from the first card, these I adhered to a card base I had used one of the pattern stamps with black ink on. Super simple, yet with that stamped background its so much more interesting that with a plain white card base, right? 

When I did the spraying for the backgrounds, I did actually do a really small piece first. Almost like a test-run, you know? It turned out fun too, so I did use that one for a third, bonus card. 

This was already the perfect size for an A2 card base, so I simply glued it to a white one. To finish off the sentiment, I popped up the ´amazing´ by cutting out three white pieces and layering these up, and topping it with an amazing cut out of black card stock. I did add a few sequins to this one. Even with the colourful panel, I did feel like it needed a little something else. What can I say? I’m a chronic over-sequinizer.

That’s it from me for today, but before I go I’ll just mention that I have used some compensated affiliate links in this post for your convenience. Shopping with affiliate links does not cost you anything extra ever, the company it’s affiliated to pays me a small commission directly, thank you so much if you chose to support me by shopping with these links! I really appreciate the support! 

Now it’s time to hop on and the full blog hop list can be found below, and the next stop on the hop is the utterly amazing Channin!

Maria Willis
Ilda Dias
Jen Kray
Debi Adams
Kulbir Kirkland
Amber Rain Davis
Jannette Simmons
Erica Andersson Burke
Channin Pelletier
Sandi MacIver

Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

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Tonic Studios Stamp Club June Release and Blog Hop: Sunflowers & Sunshine

Hi and welcome back to my blog!

Today’s post is one of the stops for the June release of Tonic Studios Stamp Club blog hop! This month it’s all about Sunflowers & Sunshine and the next stop is the fab Emily Midgett, and you might have come here from the gorgeous Maria Willis!

You can find the Sunflowers & Sunshine bundle both in the UK Tonic shop, as well as the US shop. If you are in the US and can not wait to grab this fab bundle, CLICK HERE.

If you haven’t heard of the Stamp Club before, it’s a monthly kit, but it’s not a subscription so you can pick and choose which ones you want. Don’t fancy this month’s kit? Just skip it and check out next month’s one. Easy peasy, and no pressure, no membership and no automatic payments going out.

There is a release the last Friday of every month, except for some where holidays might fall on the last Friday. There is also a release blog hop every month, where you can win an entire release as well as a gift voucher, either $50 or 50 quid depending on where you are! All you have to do is leave comments along the blog hop before June 30th, 11.59pm PST/7.59am GST July 1st.

If you have missed a kit, check out the available ones in the UK Tonic Shop here, and the ones available in the US Tonic Shop here. Once they are gone, that’s it, they won’t be restocked so if you fancy one or two, grab them as soon as you can.

As mentioned, this month’s kit is called Sunflowers & Sunshine. In it you will find gorgeous sunflower stamps, and lots of coordinating dies, as well as standalone dies so you can make flowers without colouring a single one! So cool, this is definitely a must have kit!

For my card, I did do some colouring. Unsurprisingly, lol. I started with the cluster of sunflowers and stamped them up on Copic friendly card stock.

I have used quite a few Copics to colour this image in, but I think it was worth it. Next time I might go a bit darker yellow though, for these I tried keeping quite a lot of light on them for those sunshine highlights.

Once the colouring was done, I used one of the diecuts to cut this out, and then I trimmed it down a little bit more with my paper trimmer. The image fits nicely on the horizontal, on an A2/5,5”x4.25” panel.

Before I adhered the flower cluster, with foam tape of course, I stamped up on of the sentiments from the stamp set with black ink, on a slim strip of card stock. This one was adhered directly to the card base, and then the flowers on top of this.

I very nearly left it like that, but the lure of those gorgeous sequins proved to be too much. Eh, what can you do? To not overwhelm the card, I tucked a few of them in under the flowers, so they just peek out a little. It brings in the eye and doesn’t take over the whole card.

With that, I’m done and it’s time to hop on! The full hop list can be found below:

Maria Willis
Erica (that’s me, you are here)
Emily Midgett
Marie Heidescheit
Daniel West
Natasha Vacca
Channin Pelletier
Sandi MacIver
Seeka
Jen Kray
Ilda Dias

For extra chances to win the giveaway, the more comments you leave along the hop, the better the odds of you snagging next month’s kit as well as that $50 or £50 gift card!

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Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

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Tonic Studios Stamp Club Compassion & Poppies Blog Hop!

Hi everyone!

Today I’m delighted to be one of the stops on the Tonic Studios Stamp Club release blog hops. This month’s bundle is called Compassion & Poppies, and consists of a stamp set and coordinating diecuts. They will only be sold as a bundle, and are exclusive to Tonic Studios so grab them while you can! Once they are sold out, they are gone!

This is a monthly stamp release, and will be available the last Friday of every month (with exceptions made for holidays) It’s not a club or subscription based program, so there is no commitment or forced buying, it’s simply a small, but fabulous, stamp release.

You can get it both from the UK Tonic Studios shop and the US Tonic Studios shop, but if you want it, make sure to get it fast. Don’t dilly-dally, the last bundle sold out so fast, so better safe than sorry!

There is of course a prize to be won, a blog hop wouldn’t be complete without one, right? One lucky winner will win the entire bundle, as well as a £50/$50 Giftcard to Tonic Studios! How is that for awesome-sauce? Leave a comment on this blog to a chance to win, and the more you hop and comment, the bigger your chance to win. Comments can be made until March 3rd 11.59PM PST/7.59am GST March 4th, and winner will be announced on March 5th!

The entire line-up can be found at the bottom of this post, and you next stop is my talented friend Janette Kausen!

So, full disclosure, my goodies only arrived 24hrs ago, so it has been a bit of a scramble. I only finished one full card but if I manage to make more, I will share them over on my Instagram.

I started by stamping the big flower image with Black Hybrid ink on Neenah paper with my MISTI, as I wanted to do some Copic colouring. I started out with reds, greens and cool greys, but decided to skip out on the greens in favour of colouring the leaves grey for a dramatic look.

A bit of masking here and there protected my flowers, and I heat embossed the two leaves from the stamp set in Platinum from WOW! Embossing powder. It goes so well with the grey on the leaves, and adds that gorgeous shine to the card. I made sure to use my anti-static tool generously before, as the paper was still a bit wet from the colouring.

I used my WOW! heat tool to set the powder. I love this tool, thanks to the dual settings you have so much more control over the heat and that’s always a good thing.

To add some drama to the card, I ink blended some Hickory Smoke and Black Soot around the edges, using my Blender Brushes. This not only adds drama, but also draws the eye in to the star of the show: the poppies.

The final touch was to heat emboss one of the sentiments onto black card stock. I used Platinum again, for a cohesive look, and trimmed it down to a slim banner before adhering it with liquid glue.

Well, that’s it from me for now, and it’s time to hop on. Or get your shop on! I have used some compensated affiliate links in this post, for your convenience. These links do not cost you anything extra at all, however if you use them I get a small commission from the company directly. Any earnings I get from these links go directly back into the running of my blog, YouTube channel and Instagram. I am so grateful for the support, and can’t do it without you so thank you from the bottom of my heart.

BLOG HOP LIST: 

Channin Pelletier

Dilay Nacar

Emily Midgett

Erica Andersson Burke

Janette Kausen

Jen Kray

Kelly Taylor

Maria Willis

Mindy Eggen

Seeka

MFT Stamps Sketch Challenge 501

Hi!

Today’s post is based on this week’s MFT Stamps Sketch Challenge #501 and I’ve not done one of these for a while, so I thought why not?

I really wanted to use the cute dragons from the BB Magical Dragons set. With that in mind, I stamped them up on Copic friendly card stock with the PFS Black Hybrid ink, set it with my WOW! heat tool and got to work with Copics. My first dragon was done in what I picture to be a natural colour for dragons: green!

My second dragon was done in more teal-like colours, maybe she’s a girl dragon? The tummies, horns, wings and back scales on both of them were done in lighter, but still matching colours.

There were two fire bursts stamped up too, so I did these in flame colours. Deep reds with some fiery yellow. I’m so glad this set comes with coordinating Dienamics as fussy cutting is not my jam.

The background I did with the Mini Cloud stencil, one of my favourite stencils ever. I wanted a really soft look, so I didn’t add any more ink to my Life Changing Blender Brushes, just used the blues left on them. It turned out fab!

One of my newest purchases is Sparkle Spray by Nuvo Tonic Studios, and I wanted to add some sparkle to the background with this. Buuuuut… I went a little overboard, which left the background COVERED in the sparkle spray. This one is Morning Fog, and wow! I think I will be adding a few more to my arsenal.

To finish off the card, I stamped up a couple of the sentiments from the BB Magical Dragons set with Black Hybrid ink. Then I adhered the dragons and the fire bursts with Lawn Fawn liquid glue, added a little bit of Wink Of Stella to the wings and horns, and with that, the card was done! I was originally only going to add one of the fire bursts but as I went overboard with the Sparkle Spray, and it kind of looked like ash in the air after the dragon had gone to town breathing fire, I added both.

Thanks so much for stopping by today, I hope you enjoyed this card and found some inspiration here with me. I have used some compensated affiliate links in this post, at no extra cost to you. If you shop via these links I get a small commission from the company directly. Any earnings I get from these go directly back into the running of my blog, YouTube and Instagram so thank you so much for supporting me by using these. I really appreciate it a lot!

Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

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Card for MFT Stamps Camp Create Day 1: Wonderful Watercolor

Hi, hi, hello!

Today’s card is a quick one I made for the very fun Camp Create event MFT Stamps are hosting on the MFT Stamps blog. I’m way behind but Day 1’s prompt is Wonderful Watercolor and I do love a little bit of water colouring so I decided to jump on the fun-waggon!

I’ve also made a YouTube video for this card, so if you want to skip ahead to that, click on the highlighted link which will take you to my channel.

On a panel of water colour card stock, which I had taped down to an old cutting plate with masking tape, I swirled around lots of Gansai Tambi water colours. The object was to create a galaxy background.

When that was done and dried with my heat gun, I used the Shining Stars dienamic (which is apparently discontinued, wahhh), one of my favourites from MFT Stamps, to cut out one each of black card stock and gold mirror card stock. The one I find myself reaching for over and over is Honey Gold from Tonic Studios and the black one I use is Black Licorice from Lawn Fawn. These I layered up with Lawn Fawn gluetube and set aside.

On black card stock I stamped a few sentiments from the Written In The Stars stamp set, another MFT Stamps goodie which has been discontinued, with VersaMark ink and heat embossed them with Metallic Gold Rich from WOW! Embossing. I can’t do any stamping with my MISTI so of course I used that for this part. I also cut out the ‘Good Friends Are Like’ sentiment part out with the Essentials Fishtail Sentiment Strips dienamics. I have so many goodies from MFT Stamps, I’m a proper dienamics fan. Lol!

With all my bits and pieces ready, it was time to assemble the card! After adhering the background panel to the card base, I added the other pieces and finished it off with a very generous helping of Nuvo Drops in Banana Split, from Tonic Studios. They glow in the dark and add such a fun twist to the card!

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Thanks for stopping by today. Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

 

Going ‘dotty’ over the Neat & Tangled Falling Circles cover plate

Hi guys!

Today I’m popping in quickly with some fun cards made with one of my favourite cover plates, Falling Circles, from Neat & Tangled.

These cards are not over worked, or over-thought out, just put together with the focus on the colours I picked. Navy, white and gold is a classic combination and I love how they came out.

The white and navy card stock was sent to me by Paper Mill Direct UK, without expectation to promote them, but I love how sturdy they are. Perfect for die cutting and card bases.

The gold card stock is from Tonic Studios, and this one is called Honey Gold. It’s a satin effect mirror card stock and comes in a variety of goooooorgeous colours!

After using the Falling Circles cover plate on all the card stocks, it was time to start puzzling. On the back off each panel I adhered foam tape so it was easy to get each dot to stick. This was done quite randomly. None of the three are exactly the same, which I really like.

Once all the panels were filled, I adhered them all to white card bases and set aside for now. As I’m running low on birthday cards, I decided to turn them all into birthday cards. For this I have used some other Neat & Tangled goodies: the Hooray diecut and a sentiment from the Celebrate stamp set.

On banners cut out of the same colour card stock as the backgrounds, I stamped and heat embossed ‘it’s your birthday’. These banners are Everyday Sentiment Banners from Lawn Fawn and the embossing powder is Antique Gold from Altenew.

All the ‘Hooray’s are diecut out of the same navy and gold card stocks too. After matching these up, I glued these together with my Lawn Fawn glue tube.

This is a fabulous liquid glue and so useful when you need to make sure things are lined up in the proper place.

I used the same glue to adhere the ‘Hooray’s to the cards and double sided tape to adhere the banners and with that the cards were done!

This design can be switched up so easily by changing the colour of the card stocks you use. In fact, I have done quite a few in the past myself. Click here to check another trio out!

Before I go, I have got to mention that I have used some compensated affiliate links in this post. What that means is I have linked all the products I have used for these cards, and if you click on one of these and end up buying something for yourself, I will get a small commission from the company directly. At absolutely ZERO extra cost to you! I really appreciate the support and any money I make will go towards the running of my blog and to keep bringing you fun, crafty content.

Thanks for stopping by, and see you all soon again!

Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

Concord & 9th Triple-Step Thank You Feature Friday

Hi guys!

Today’s post is all about the Triple-Step Thank You stamp and diecut set from Concord & 9th.

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I have had so much fun with this stamp combo I ended up with 10 projects to show you today. WAIT!! Don’t run away!! I will try and keep it short and sweet. Or at least short-ish…

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Let’s just dive right in, shall we? My first four cards are stamped in the same way, and with the same Distress Oxide inks but on different coloured card bases to switch things up a little bit. I really like how different Distress Oxide inks look depending on the colour of the card stock so here are some close ups of the differences.

White card stock.

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Light grey card stock.

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Dark grey card stock

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and finally, black card stock.

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Using my MISTI for accuracy, I placed the ‘thanks‘ stamp in and started stamping with Squeezed Lemonade. Going slightly diagonally, I stamped the whole row with the yellow ink and then on the sides I used different coloured Distress Oxide inks for each row.

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On the right side, I used yellows, through orange to red and from top to bottom is Fossilized Amber, Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade, Carved Pumpkin, Abandoned Coral and Candied Apple.

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On the left side I’ve done pinks through reds, from the top to the bottom it’s Antique Linen, Tattered Rose, Worn Lipstick, Picked Raspberry, Abandoned Coral, Candied Apple and Fired Brick. For the little gap left in the left hand bottom corner, I used Aged Mahogany on the white card base and Spiced Marmalade for the others as the dark red ink barely showed up on the darker card bases.

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This sort of stamping is so soothing and is great for those times when you feel like your mojo is on vacation as it’s pretty mind-less but so productive, if you get what I’m trying to say? Why not make some fun and colourful backgrounds if you don’t feel inspired to do anything else but still want to craft.

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To finish these cards off I stamped ‘Thank you so much‘ on thin strips of white card stock,  in two colours on each one to create an ombré effect. These strips were then added to the cards using foam tape. I’m still debating whether they need a few sparkly clear sequins or not but I’m trying to not put sequins on everything. The struggle is real, let me tell you, because I find simple designs quite hard to do and not overwork.

While I had all my Distress Oxide inks out I decided to do another panel, only this one is slightly bigger than an A2 sized card and here I used a different colour for each one of the ‘thanks‘. The inks used are Antique Linen, Squeezed Lemonade, Wild Honey, Carved Pumpkin, Spiced Marmalade, Abandoned Coral, Candied Apple, Fired Brick, Aged Mahogany, Seedless Preserve, Wilted Violet, Shaded Lilac, Broken China, Salty Ocean, Blueprint Sketch, Faded Jeans, Iced Spruce, Hickory Smoke and Black Soot.

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It turned out so bright and cheerful I haven’t been able to bring myself to cover it up with a sentiment or anything yet. I might just keep it as it is as it makes me really happy to see all the colours.

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With more Distress Oxide inks and the heart stamps and diecuts from the Triple-Step Thank You set, I stamped up lots of hearts and cut them out. Then I stamped more hearts onto a white card base and in the gaps between these hearts I added the ones I had cut out previously, using foam tape. This one I haven’t done anything else with either. I don’t know what’s wrong with me… I find it so hard to cover up a cute background…!

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My next two cards were made quite quickly as I had two ombré water coloured backgrounds already made from ages ago. One is black with gold shimmer and the other one is blue with white shimmer. I used Gansai Tambi 36-pack water colours for these.

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Using the Triple-Step diecut, I cut both the panels and set the cutout aside. Out of white card stock and foam sheets, I cut a piece each for each card and then stamped the Triple-Step Thank You in black/grey Distress Oxide inks on one and blues on the other one.

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I have used white card bases for these two as well. As the ombré panel is slightly smaller than the card base, it creates a thin white border around it, which adds so much interest with very little effort. The panel was added to the card using foam sheet pieces cut to size and then it was quick work puzzling the ‘thank you’ pieces together and the cards were done.

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The next card is a bit of a fire hazard to be honest. Not once it’s finished but the making of it can take a bad turn quickly as it is a mix of alcohol inks, Yupo paper and heat embossing. This technique requires lots of caution and patience!

To start out with, I got a sheet of translucent Yupo paper out and used purple alcohol ink and silver mixative on it. Once it was fully dry, I dusted it with my anti-static tool and stamped the stripes from Stripes & Sayings in VersaMark ink on it. I decided to use Platinum embossing powder from Altenew on it.

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Then came the tricky part: using the heat gun to melt the embossing powder without warping the Yupo too much or setting fire to it! Make sure your heat gun is really hot and then work in small sections very quickly. And be extra careful! My Yupo warped a little bit despite the caution I exercised so I placed it under some heavy stuff to flatten before adding it to a card base and trimming off the excess. It’s not entirely flat on the card but oh well, you win some, you loose some.

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Sentiment wise I use the Triple-Step Thank you stamp and diecut set again, and I used pink inks for this. Once it was cut out, I added it to the card with foam tape and it was done.

The final card is super simple but has a fun twist to it! I stamped up the Triple-Step Thank you in pink Distress Oxide inks, Picked Raspberry, Worn Lipstick and Tattered Rose, and then I covered the letters with Nuvo Glow Drops Neon in Shocking Pink. These glow in the dark!! It doesn’t show very well in photos though so I will post a little video of it on my Instagram page for those of you who want to see it in action.

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Phew… ok, that’s it for today. Yes, really. Oh… no, actually. Ok, my bad, I’m pretty much all done. All I have left to mention is that I have used compensated affiliate links in this post, which means I get a small commission from the company directly, at no cost whatsoever to you, if you click on one of these links and buy a thing or two. Or five. No judgements from this one! If you choose to support me by using these links, thank you so much in advance, I really, really appreciate it a lot.

Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting from Erica

 

 

 

Friendship cards with Altenew’s Mega Succulent, two different looks!

Hello friends!

I recently got my greedy little hands on the absolutely gorgeous Mega Succulent from Altenew and I couldn’t wait to ink it up! I started out by stamping it directly onto a card base of Neenah Classic Crest 110 card stock, with Memento Tuxedo Black ink. After consulting my Sandy Allnock Copic hex chart I grabbed V17, V25, BV11, G21, G43, G82 and YG91.

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It took me quite a while to get the whole thing coloured, shaded and highlighted where I wanted it. It is a labour of love to colour this stamp with Copics but I’m really pleased with how it came out and as I really like colouring it’s no biggie that it takes two days to do one image. If you want to see more progress pictures like this one, hop on over to my Instagram feed HERE and have a look/browse/get inspired or avoid a mistake I have just made.

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As I had coloured the stamp directly onto my card base I decided to just add a big impact diecut sentiment wise. I got another new one in the same Altenew craft haul as the stamp, the ‘thinking of you’ and it was perfect for this. I cut it out of both foam sheet and Black Velvet card stock from Tonic Studios, layered them up and added them to the card front.

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I could have left it there but nooooooo…. I looked through my selection of Nuvo Jewel Drops, also from Tonic Studios, and after deciding on Key Lime, I added lots of little dots along the petals of the succulent and set the card aside to dry.

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As it was a beautiful sunny day, I decided to do another one, only in water colours this time. On Canson XL water colour card stock, which I first used my anti-static tool on, I stamped the Mega Succulent again, in VersaMark ink this time. The embossing powder I decided on, after at the last minute switching from white, was Antique Gold. This one is from Altenew and I really, really like their embossing powders. They melt beautifully and come in a great selection of colours.

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After rummaging around in my little box of Daniel Smith water colour tubes and consulting my colour swatch (if you want a little peek, click HERE), I settled for Spring Green, Undersea Green, Cascade Green and Phthalo Turquoise. Once I had dabbed a small blob of each one on my palette, I got all my supplies together and headed on outside to bask in the glorious sunshine whilst colouring.

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The finished flower ended up quite light and it looks lovely with the gold embossing as a contrast. Because I didn’t want to cover it up, I used the same ‘thinking of you’ diecut and cut it out of the panel. I did another one out of foam sheet (of course) and puzzled it all together onto a card base, to raise the sentiment up.

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For this card I resisted the temptation to add anything else, as I try to challenge myself to make very different cards using the same supplies. Some days it’s easier than others…

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I’ve used compensated affiliate links in this post, which means that I get a small commission directly from the company (Altenew, TonicStudios and Scrapbook.com) if you click on one of these links and end up buying something. At no extra cost to you! If you choose to support me like this, please know it really means the world to me and every little helps.

Well, that’s enough jibber-jabbering from me today, I’m off to watch Sweden destroy England in the World Cup quarter final now (that had better happen or I will never hear the end of it from The Man!) Thanks for stopping by!

Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica