Cards · Lawn Fawn

Card | No-line watercoloring with Butterfly Kisses

Hi Everyone! I have always loved the look of no-line watercoloring and I really wanted to give it a try. My greatest inspiration and no-line watercolor teacher is Kristina Werner. I watched a lot of her videos and finally had enough confidence to give it a try myself.

If you are interested in how to do no-line watercoloring, it is easiest to watch the video:

I started by stamping all the images from the Butterfly Kisses set with Distress Ink Antique Linen as it is water soluble. Then I choose a number of Distress Inks to color all the images. All the colors I chose are down below in the supply list.

For the background I blended Distress Ink on smooth Mixed Media paper. To add interest to the background I sprayed it with pearlescent water. This is a mixture of water with Perfect Pearls. I stamped the sentiment with VersaMark ink, coated it with white embossing powder and heat set it. Always make sure to prep the surface first with an anti-static powder tool! That way you will only get the powder in the places you want.

For the images I chose to adhere them with either tacky glue or with different heights of foam squares to add more interest and dimension. To frame the focal point I die cut a white border out of heavy weight cardstock. On the card base I adhered the grey flower pattern paper from the Lawn Fawn Spring Fling pack. To make the focal point stand out even more, I adhered it with creative foam and double sided tape at the back.

I’ve had a lot of fun creating this card and will definitely keep practicing the no-line watercolor technique.

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Cards · My Favorite Things

Card | MFT Fairy Tale Unicorn

Hi everyone! In a previous post I also made a card with the MFT Magical Unicorns stamp set and there I choose non-traditional colors. For this card I did the opposite and chose pink and blue as the main colors.

To watch the whole card making process, watch the video:

I started with creating the background by blending Distress Ink Worn Lipstick and Peacock Feathers over the MFT Cloud Stencil. After the background was completely dry, I cut it in the shape I wanted and stamped the sentiment on top with VersaFine Onyx Black ink. To add shine to the sentiment, I heat embossed it with clear embossing powder.

For the unicorn I decided to stick with the colors I used for the background as well. That way it is all tied together. To add a bit more pop of color, I used Distress Ink Mustard Seed as well for the unicorn hair. To make him all sparkly, I went over the hair with Wink of Stella. For the unicorn’s horn I chose to put Stickles Stardust on top as that sparkles even more.

To finish up the card, I drew stitch lines with a micron pen around the border. So which card do you like better? Pink or orange?

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Cards · Gerda Steiner

Card | Hi There Frog!

Hi everyone! About a week ago I received a prize from Gerda Steiner for winning the April Challenge. My prize included the Frogs clear stamp with coordinating dies and a Happy Mail stamp set, which you currently get for free when you buy over 35 dollars at their store.

Both stamps are really cute, but for this card I decided to go with the frogs as I had a cool idea. When I saw this set I thought it would be funny to make it look as if the frog is going to eat the mosquito.

I managed to create this scene by first stamping the water lillie leaf. I was careful not to stamp the frog that originally sits on it. Then I stamped the kissing frog and drew any missing lines with a micron pen. I also drew a tongue coming out of the frogs mouth. After stamping all the images, I colored them with Mijello Mission Gold watercolors.

For the background I blended Distress Ink Peacock Feathers on smooth Mixed Media paper. To make the backgr0und more interesting, I sprayed water over it with the Distress Sprayer and dabbed off the excess water. This creates small water spots which matches the theme perfectly.

I stamped the sentiment with Versafine Onyx Black ink and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder which gives it a nice shine. On the wings of the mosquito, I applied glitter with a Wink of Stella pen and put Glossy Accents on top for dimension and even more shine.

And that finishes up the page! I hope you liked it and gave you some inspiration on what you can do with this awesome stamp set!

Note: Gerda Steiner Designs did not ask me to write this blog post. This was my own initiative. I just received the stamps because I won their April Designer Challenge.

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Cards · Lawn Fawn

Card | Fluttering by… with the Center Picture Window die

Hi Everyone! When I saw the new summer release of Lawn Fawn I was so excited! One of the things I just had to have was the center picture window die. As soon as I could, I got my hands on it and created this beautiful card in combination with the Butterfly Kisses stamp set.

One of the things I love about the window card is that it is so versatile: you can use it with stamps you already have, and you can be creative with the layout like I did!

Now let’s dive in the card making process. For the assembly of the card I advise you to watch the youtube video as it is much easier to show how it works in a video than in writing.

I stamped all the images with VersaFine Onyx Black ink on Strathmore paper and colored them with my Mijello Mission Gold watercolors. Since I wanted to use the Spring Fling paper, I choose coordinating colors: blue, yellow, green, and pink. For the background of the scene, I ink blended Distress Ink Tumbled Glass over an MFT cloud stencil.

After the coloring, it was time for a lot of die cutting. I die cut all the images and elements for the center picture window card. For the center of the card I decided I did not want the standard oval shape, but I wanted it to be open. That is why I die cut 3 pieces of grass for the base. For the sentiment I used the wavy banners set.

With the net the fox is holding I combined the stamped image with a die cut net from vellum. Behind the vellum I glued a butterfly. Now it looks as if the fox has caught it!

Now all the little pieces for the card where done and it was assembly time! I adhered all the background pieces with double sided tape, the sentiment with foam tape, and the images with tacky glue.

And that finishes the card! I had so much fun creating it and can’t wait for another round. I hope you liked it and it gave you inspiration!

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The stores are: Amazon US [AMZ US], Scrapbook.com [S US], Craftstash UK [CS UK], Cloud9 Crafts [C9 NL]

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Cards · My Favorite Things

Card | MFT You are Magical

Hi everyone! I hope you’re having a great weekend. Today I’m back with a unicorn card and I thought it would be fun to make it in ‘non-traditional’ unicorn colors.

The stamps used are from the MFT Magical Unicorns set. I stamped them with Archival Ink Jet Black on Mixed Media paper from Strathmore. This paper has a smooth vellum surface which makes it easy to spread watercolors. I colored all the images and background with Mijello Mission Gold watercolors. For the main colors I choose shades of red, orange, and yellow.

After coloring everything, I die cut the images with the coordinating dies and adhered them with either tacky glue or foam squares for some dimension. As a finishing touch, I went over the hair of the unicorn with Wink of Stella, because what is a unicorn card without some glitter and shine? To give it even more shine and dimension, I added glossy accents on the unicorn’s horn, the star, and the castle flags.

To finish up the card I stamped the sentiment on a wavy banner from Lawn Fawn and adhered the card on orange cardstock to compliment the colors in the card itself.

I hope you like this card in these colors and it gave you some inspiration.

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The stores are: Amazon US [AMZ US], Scrapbook.com [S US], Craftstash UK [CS UK], Cloud9 Crafts [C9 NL]

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Cards · Gerda Steiner

Card | Geeky Cat Graduation

Hello everyone! If you have been following me for a longer time, you know I’m a big fan of cats. This stamp set of Gerda Steiner contains really cute cats, and one of them is geeky! I thought this one would be perfect for a graduation card.

Watch the video below to see the card making process:

I stamped the cat and books with VersaFine Onyx Black Ink and colored them with Distress Inks. For the background I created my own pattern paper with a brick stencil from Tim Holtz and blending Distress Inks over it.

As I don’t have a bookmark die, I cut it to this design myself. On the top half I glued the cat, and on the bottom half I stamped the sentiment which is from Lawn Fawn. To add some dimension, I adhered the bookmark with foam tape to the flower pattern paper. Then with double sided adhesive I adhered the whole to the card base. And that finishes up the card! Hope you like it!

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Cards · Other

Card | Mandala Part 2

Hi Everyone! Welcome to part 2 of the Mandala cards. If you missed part 1, you can read it here.

For these cards I used different colors of Nuvo Shimmer Powders (Violet Brocade, and Atlantis Burst) but with the same design. I really like using the shimmer powders because it is really easy ‘watercoloring’ and you never really know what you are going to get.

The basics of these cards are the same as described in Part 1. I heat embossed the stamped image with white pearl embossing powder and watercolored the piece with the Nuvo Shimmer Powders. Difference is, this time I cut off the right part of the card, around the mandala. On the card base I adhered colored cardstock in a matching color with double sided tape. With foam tape I adhered the watercolored piece on top to give it some dimension.

For the purple card I die cut ‘Hugs’ 3 times out of white cardstock and glued it on the card with tacky glue. For the green card, I white heat embossed a sentiment on vellum.

I hope you like these cards! I’m curious to see what design and colors you like best.

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