Cards · Gerda Steiner

Card | Lettuce celebrate!

Hi! Lettuce celebrate! My card for today features guinea pigs and lettuce confetti. I think they are adorable and funny pets. Lucky for me, I found a guinea pig stampset.

To make the card, I started by blending Distress Inks over a stencil for the background. I used the colors Mowed Lawn, Mustard Seed, and Spiced Marmalade. For the main front of the card, I die cut 3 circles where you would be able to see the background and guinea pigs peeking through. Now that I knew where my circle windows would be, I could stamp the sentiments in place.

Then I started working on the guinea pigs themselves. I stamped them on watercolor paper and colored them with Distress Inks Antique Linen, Vintage Photo, and the noses with Worn Lipstick. Now it was time to assemble the whole card front. I first placed the guinea pigs with foam tape at the back, and then positioned the white front with the circles, also with foam tape. To finish the card front, I added sequins to make it pop a bit more.

For the inside of the card, I colored pieces of lettuce in confetti colors and adhered them with tacky glue. For the sentiment I wrote ‘Celebrate’ myself. So the sentiment as a whole reads ‘Wheek! Lettuce celebrate’.

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Art Journal | Time to switch gears

Hello everyone! I thought it was time for another art journal page.

First I prepared craft cardstock with gesso and after it dried I applied green acrylic paint with a brayer. To add more interest, I grabbed my Time Warp stencil and blended black soot and vintage photo Distress Ink over it. To give the page a bit more texture, I mixed black acrylic paint with modeling paste and applied it through a stencil.

For the gears, I first blended the Distress Crayons Ground Espresso and Black Soot over heavy weight cardstock. In order to give it a metalic look, I dabbed Distress Spray Antiqued Bronze on my finger and gently rubbed it over the cardstock. After everything dried, I die cut all the gears out of the metalic cardstock and 2 times out of black cardstock. I wanted to give the gears more dimension, and that is why I stacked them on black cardstock. It really made them stand out more from the background of the page.

After adhering all the gears to the background with foam tape, it was time to add the sentiment. For this I printed out a sentiment I liked, grabbed black dotted packaging, glued that on the background with gel medium, and then the sentiment. To give it a more distressed look, I went over it with the Distress Crayon Ground Espresso.

And that finishes the page! Half way through making the art journal page I did feel a bit lost, but I’m happy with how it turned out in the end.

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  • Artiste Acrylic Paint – Spring Green | AMZ US
  • Artiste Acrylic Paint – Noir | AMZ US
  • Foam Tape | AMZ US
  • Craft Emotions Gears Die
  • Dutch Doobadoo Stencil Burlap
  • DecoArt Time Warp Stencil

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Cards · Gerda Steiner

Card | Cat Birthday Card

Hi! Today I’m sharing a cat birthday card. It was made with one of the digital stamps from Gerda Steiner. As I’m a big fan of cats (have 2 myself) I sometimes just have to make a card featuring a cat.

I started by masking of the card, just leaving an open circle in the center. With a blending brush I applied distress Ink Cracked Pistachio and Peacock Feathers. I think they really go well together and it creates a subtle gradient. For the circles, I used a stencil, applied some more Peacock Feathers through it, and covered it with Nuvo Shimmer paste. This really brightens the page and brings a lot of sparkle to it.

I colored the cat with a ZIG clean color real brush pens and the baloons with the Distress Inks to make it match with the background. I fuzzy cut the cat and balloons, leaving a small white border around them. To add some extra interest to the card, I decided I wanted a real string going from the balloons to the cat. So I cut 3 pieces of string, wrapped them around the cats tail and glued it behind the cat and balloons.

For the sentiment, I die cut ‘Happy Birthday’ out of some matching cardstock. I used the same cardstock to act as a border around the card. And that finishes up the card!

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Card | So Mushroom

Hi! Today I have another card for you, this time it is with a stamp from Woodware. Normally a mushroom has a fall feeling, but I think with this one that is not the case. I watercolored the stamped image with some vibrant reds and greens to make it really pop.

To finish the card, I stamped the sentiment with some Versafine Onyx Black ink and added a die cut heart which I covered in glossy accents.

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Card | Happy Easter

Happy Easter everyone! Today I’m sharing a cute Easter card made with a digital stamp from Gerda Steiner. Unfortunately, my printer wouldn’t accept the watercolor paper so I had to trace the lines in an old fashioned way: holding it up against the window 😀

I watercolored the bunnies with my watercolor brushes. For the background, I made a very simple design with acrylic paints and my new Gelli plate. You could also easily do this with for instance distress inks and blending.

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Card | Watercolor Sketched Flowers

The base of this card is very similar to the ‘Starburst’ card I made previously: It is the same stamp and the background is created with Nuvo Shimmer Powder. However, instead of cutting the image into pieces, like with the Starburst card, I kept it whole.

To make the flowers stand out more from the background, I decided to color them in with brush pens that are water soluble. As they work as watercolors, you can still see the background shine through which gives a really nice effect.

To finish the card, I added a die cut thanks glued on vellum and added a couple of white pearls.

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Art Journal | Bloom

For this art journal page I digged up my gelatos and choose some vibrant happy colors.

First I prepped my page with gesso, this helps with distributing the gelatos. With a stencil and baby wipe, I removed some of the gelato from the background to create some interest. For the border, I used modeling paste and a stencil.

The flowers I stamped on a separate piece of paper, colored them, and cut them out. With a Posca Paint pen I added some white details to the flowers. I glued the flowers to the page with some gel medium.

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