Card | I Sea it’s Your Birthday

Hi everyone! Today’s card is featuring little stamps from Lawn Fawn from 2 different sets: Seahorsin’ Around and Keep on Swimming. As you can see, the stamp sets go perfectly together. I wanted to create a simple card, really focusing on the little critters.

I started by stamping the critters with Memento Tuxedo Black ink which is a copic friendly ink. I colored everything with my Copic Sketch markers and used coordinating dies to die cut the critters. The seawead I stamped with Distress Ink Peacock Feathers and Mowed Lawn. To give them a nice shine, I coated them with shimmer from Wink of Stella and Glossy Accents.

For the background I sprinkled Nuvo Shimmer Powder Atlantis Burst on watercolor paper and sprayed it with water to activate. This powder is perfect when you want to have a quick shimmering watercolor background without needing watercoloring skills. To frame the card I die cut 2 paper strips with the Stitched Hillside die from Lawn Fawn and popped them up with foam tape.

For the sentiment I chose the ‘i sea it’s your birthday’ from the Seahorsin’ Around stamp set and also stamped bubbles next to it. And that finishes the card! I hope you like it and it gave you inspiration. Thanks for stopping by and see you next time!

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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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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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Card | Mandala Part 1

Hi! I hope you’re having a great day. Today I’m back with 2 cards made with the same stamp and Nuvo Shimmer Powder, but a different design. When I saw this Mandala stamp from Woodware I immediately fell in love with it and so I made multiple cards, hence the part 1 in the blog title.

To start, I prepped watercolor paper with an anti static powder tool. This prevents embossing powder to stick in places you don’t want. With my stamping tool, I stamped the image on the paper with VersaMark clear ink. As it was watercolor paper, I stamped it twice to make sure I got a good impression. Then I coated the cards with white pearl embossing powder and heat set it.

And now the magic starts. Of course since the embossing was white on white, you couldn’t really see the design. I started distributing the Nuvo Shimmer Powder over the paper and activated it by spraying water over it. This revealed the stamped image beautifully.

For the first card, I kept the design quite simple as I really liked the fully stamped image. So for this one, I only added red colored cardstock to the card base on which I adhered my watercolor piece with foam tape. For the sentiment, I white heat embossed it on a piece of vellum and glued in on the card with mat medium.

For the second card, I die cut the center of the card, glued it on a red colored cardstock and popped it up with some foam tape. To finish it, I die cut ‘hello’ from the same red colored cardstock and from white 2 times as well. I glued them on top of each other to create some dimension. And that finishes the card!

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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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Card | Starburst Flower

For these cards I was inspired by a challenge by a Dutch shop called ‘De Egel’ and a youtube video I watched a long time ago. Instead of creating a starburst with pattern paper, I decided to create a background myself with a flower stamp en color it with Nuvo Shimmer Powder Violet Brocade.

Card 1: White embossing, black background

Card 2: Gold embossing, light purple background

Process

First I stamped the image with Versamark, coated it in the embossing powder, and heat set it. Then I carefully distributed the shimmer powder over the image by lightly tapping the back. I actived the powder by spraying it with water, but not too much because then the colors all mix and all you get is purple.

After it dried, I made markings on the back where I wanted to cut the image. I used a ruler to get them 20 degrees apart.

Now comes the scary part, cutting the image into pieces.

I taped the background paper to the card base and with foam tape I adhered the paper pieces to the card. Then I die cut a circle and heat embossed a sentiment on top. With some glue I adhered it in the corner to also hide all the pieces coming together.

And that’s it! I had a lot of fun making the cards and I’m happy with the end results.

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