Cards · Gerda Steiner

Easy Watercolor Background feat. Gerda Steiner Designs

Hi everyone! Today I’m sharing this card with you featuring the Happy Mail stamp set from Gerda Steiner Designs. It is a stamp set I received as part of my prize a while back. Unfortunately it seems this set is not available anymore, you got it for free a while back with orders at their shop. But they have a lot of these cute stamp sets which are worth checking out.

For this card I created an easy watercolor background with my Mijello Mission Gold watercolor set. Check out the video to see how anyone, even without watercoloring skills, can do his. So in case you would like to try out this idea as well, make sure to check out the video on my channel.

Here are some close up photos of the card. The envelopes are stamped with white pearl embossing powder which gives them a nice shine in the right light.

I hope you liked this card 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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Cards · Gerda Steiner

Card | Frog Selfie!

Hi Everyone! I’m back with another frog card! The stamps used are from Gerda Steiner Designs and I thought they would be perfect for a fun frog selfie card.

I stamped the frogs with VersaMark Onyx Black Ink and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder. This makes watercoloring very easy as it traps the several parts of the frog. I colored the frogs with my ZIG brushes and added small spots on the frogs with a dark brown color and white gel pen.

For the background I blended Distress Ink Mustard Seed on smooth Mixed Media paper. To create the leaves, I blended Mowed Lawn over a leaf stencil ‘Ornament Bladeren‘ from a brand called CraftEmotions. To add a lot of shimmer, I applied Nuvo Glimmer Paste through the stencil as well.

As I don’t have a picture frame die, I created one myself by die cutting a square from a piece of paper and trimming of the edges so it looks like a picture frame. For the background on the card base I chose pattern paper from the Spring Fling pack from Lawn Fawn.

I added the picture frame with the frogs on top in an angle to make the card more dynamic. For the sentiment I used a Wavy Sayings stamp from Lawn Fawn and stamped it on a Wavy Banner from Lawn Fawn as well.

And that finishes up the card! I hope you liked it and it gave you inspiration.

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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 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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Cards · Other

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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