AAA Birthday Design Team

I’m very excited to announce I am joining the Design Team at AAA Birthday Challenge. I still can’t quite believe I was selected and they have an amazing team of designers to give you inspiration for each monthly challenge. There is still time to play along with the June Challenge “Use Water Colours”.

This months challenge is Using Watercolours so I had a play with some metallic watercolours and Inktense Pencils which you can use like watercolours.

background

  • Washed Gansai Tambi Blue Gold over a sheet of textured paper.

Images and Background

  • Mouse image from Penny Black Critter Love.
  • Coloured with Derwent Inktense pencils which act like watercolours but when dry are permanent.
    • MiceWillow 1900, Baked Earth 1800 and Cherry 0510
    • Moon Iris Blue 0900 and Bright Blue 1000
    • Heart Cherry 0510

Other items

Stars

  • Using Bright Blue Inktense Pencil I washed colour over a piece of cardstock and dried it with a heat gun.
  • Washed Gamsai Tambi White Gold over the top of the blue and dried it again.
  • Die cut using the stars from the My Favorite Things Tag Builder Blueprint 6 set.

hearts

  • Using the Cherry Inktense Pencil washed a small amount over a piece of cardstock and dried it.
  • Washed Gamsai Tambi White Gold over the top of the red and dried it again.
  • Die cut with the larger heart from the My Favorite Things Tag Builder Blueprint 6 set.
  • I ended up adding some more of the Cherry colour over the top of the white gold to add a bit more depth of colour.

sentiment

  • Using the left over blue coloured cardstock from the stars I stamped Birthday Hugs from the My Favorite Things Label Maker Sentiments with Delicata Golden Glitz Ink.
  • I used my Mini Misti to do the stamping so I could stamp 3 times to build up the golden ink colour.

fINISHING

  • I decided I didn’t want to but down the background to make a normal size card so I make it into an A5 size. Simply folded A4 cardstock in half.
  • To add a it more interest behind the main panel I cut down some gold patterned vellum from Rosies Vellum and Foil paper pack.
  • I wanted different layers of dimension on the card so I adhered the stars with Multi Matt Medium directly to the background. The star and mice were adhered with 1mm thick adhesive foam pads and the sentiment with thicker foam tape.

Thanks for stopping by and have a good day.

Handmade by Pip


Sloffee

Excited to be guest designing for the fabulous Uniquely Creative Stamp company and having a play with the Sloth Pals Stamp Mini Kit that was released recently. Decided to pull out my Prismacolor Coloured Pencils for this card.

Images

  • The stamp set is Sloth Pals. I stamped them on paper suitable for using coloured pencils using Versafine Onyx Black ink. Cut out with matching dies.

Prismacolor colours used: Scarlet Lake/Crimson Lake, Orange/Poppy Red, Deco Yellow/Canary Yelloe, Yellow Chartreuse/Apple Green/Olive Green, Light Cerulean Blue/True Blue, Violet Blue/Ultramarine, Parma Violet/Lilac

Background

  • Dry embossed the natural cardstock with the Sprinkles stencil (included in the mini kit).
  • I left the stencil in place and spread Heavy Gel Gloss medium over the stencil with a spatula. This is a white gel that drys transparent so it gives a subtle background to keep the focus on the coloured images.

Other items

  • I cut down some Uniquely Creative patterned paper for the banner and applied a strip of green foil tape at the bottom.
  • Using some of the same patterned paper behind the background layer of the card unifies the colour scheme.

Thanks for stopping by and have a good day.

Handmade by Pip


Smile…it’s your birthday

Still playing with the Sloth Pals Stamp Mini Kit from Uniquely Creative but this time using copics. I added the Wreath Builder Elements stamp set also from Uniquely Creative.

Images

  • The stamp set is Sloth Pals. I stamped them on cardstock suitable for copics using Momento Rich Cocoa. It’s a gorgeous brown, one of my favourites. Images cut out with the matching dies.

Copic colours used: W0, W1, W3, W5, E00, E11, E23, E33, E57, E59

Background

  • Using Distress Oxide Lucky Clover and Cracked Pistachio I blended the colours in a circle.
  • I laid out the sloth images so I knew roughly where I wanted to stamp the leaves from the Wreath Builder Elements stamp set. I used Altenew Crisp Dye Ink in Just Green for the leaves.
  • The berry images were stamped in Versamark Ink and embossed with Zing Rouge embossing powder.
  • With the sloths laid temporarily in their final position, I selected a circle die that was just smaller than the outer edge of the blended green background. Holding the die in place I drew random lines and dots around the edge with a Red Glitter Kaisercraft Gel Pen.

Tip: As Distress Oxide Inks don’t dry instantly I needed to check that the embossing powder was only going to stick to the stamped images and not to the rest of the background. To check if it’s dry sprinkle some embossing ink over the cardstock and tap off. If it sticks to the background it’s not dry enough yet.

Sentiment

  • The Sloth Pals Mini Kit comes with four laser cut words. I stamped on top of the word with Versamark Ink and heat embossed with Zing Metallic Copper Embossing Powder. I did this twice to give a thicker and smoother finish.
  • I love to place a stamped sentiment in an interesting position so using my Mini Misti I curved the Happy Birthday around the edge of the circle. It is stamped in Altenew Velvet ink.

Thanks for stopping by and have a good day.

Handmade by Pip


Love…Happy…Yay

YAY…I’m HAPPY in LOVE with this one layer card. This is my second card I’ll be entering in the current AAA Birthday Card Challenge. I decided to leave “BIRTHDAY” off the front of the card so this could be used for celebrations other than birthdays. Just add the occasion sentiment on the inside of the card.

Images and Background

  • The stamp set is Party Pals from Avery Elle. I stamped them on Copic friendly cardstock as I knew I particularly wanted to colour a background.
  • The words are coloured using 2-3 colours but I left the stars just one colour.
  • I ruled the lines with a copic friendly thin black marker and used the Warm Greys from the copic range to add depth to the background panelling.
  • I also used the Neutral greys to add drop shadows behind the words and the stars.

Other items

  • I used some brads to imitate the banner being attached to the wall. I’ve had them for ages and they happened to match my colour scheme perfectly.
  • To finish off I added Glossy Accents to the words to give an extra bit of dimension (see photos below).

Thanks for stopping by and have a good day.

Handmade by Pip


Rawr-some

Ready for another box card? This time I used Uniquely Creative Stamps and Dies and Crafters Choice Minerals patterned paper.

Images

  • All the images are from Uniquely Creative stamp set – Dino Pals and are coloured with copic markers. Cut out with matching dies. I particularly love how the dies cut the lava as well as the volcano.

Other items

  • Box Card template is Lawn Fawn Scalloped Box Card Pop Up. I cut the front panel down slightly so I could layer the inserts with more depth. This makes the images easier to see
  • Tag for writing message on (see very last photo) made with the Mama Elephant Tags Alot and Lawn Fawn Stitched Gift Card Pocket.

Sentiment

  • Front sentiment – hand cut tag, stamped sentiment from Uniquely Creative Block Outline Sentiments in Versamark and heat embossed with Hero Arts White embossing powder.
  • Back Sentiments – Die cut speech bubbles with Uniquely Creative Selfie Frames Dies and stamped with the sentiments from the Dino Pals set and heat embossed.

Thanks for stopping by and have a good day.

Handmade by Pip


Aloha…ready for a party?

Box cards are a great way to use up patterened paper, expecially those gorgeous double sided paper pads. I’ll be entering this card in the current AAA Birthday Card Challenge.

Images

  • All the images are from Avery Elle stamp sets – Tropics, Tweet Tweet and Market Stand.
  • The leaves and flowers are stamped with Altenew Inks, a little bit of copic colouring and Nuvo Crystal Drops in White for the centres of the flowers. All the other images are copic coloured.
  • The overlay for the front of the Tiki Bar is a Kaisercraft Texture Woven die, coloured with copics and cut down to fit.

Other items

  • Patterned paper is from DCWV Tropicana.
  • Box Card template is Lawn Fawn Scalloped Box Card Pop Up.
  • Tag for writing message on (see very last photo) made with the Mama Elephant Tags Alot and Lawn Fawn Stitched Gift Card Pocket.
  • Highlights to images drawn with Signo Gel Pen in White.

Sentiment

  • Die cut tags out of patterned paper and translucent vellum with Sizzix Triplits Banner dies, stamp sentiment in Versafine Claire Nocturne, layered and stapled to font.

Thanks for stopping by and have a good day.

Handmade by Pip


Thanks for Everything

I’ll be entering this card in the current Southern Girls Challenge – Someone Special.

Images

  • I used an image from one of the challenge sponsors A Day for DaisiesPotted Gerber Daisies and coloured it with Copics.

Other items

  • I created the base to be a sliding window card. I used the outside frame from the Mama Elephant Fancy Door Frame die set, parts of the Sunny Studio Sliding Window Die and Memory BoxStitched Rectangle Layers.

Sentiment

  • Thanksdie is from Birch Press which has the coordinating shadow. The word was cut out of white glitter paper and coloured with copics. The shadow was cut out of Lawn Fawn cardstock.
  • For Everything‘ was from the Altenew Inked Rose stamp set.

Tip: If you don’t have the right colour glitter card you can colour white or pearl glitter with copic markers. It will then coordinate with the rest of the card and still sparkle.

Video

Thanks for stopping by and have a good day.

Handmade by Pip


SOSS Ombre Challenge – Guest Designer

I’m thrilled to be a guest designer for the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers latest Challenge #130 – Ombre. How many Ombre elements can I fit on one card? At least four as it turns out.

Images

  • Stamped Altenew Layered Cupcake images onto Neenah Solar White cardstock. As there are 2-3 layers for each part of the image I used Altenew Green Meadows, Cherry Blossom and Coffee Break mini ink cubes – Ombre element 1.
  • Diecut with matching die.

Other items

  • Ink blend the three lightest Cherry Blossom inks over three pieces of Strathmore Bristol Smooth Cardstock (super easy to blend on) – Ombre element 2.
  • Using Concord & 9th Bags and Tags die set, diecut edge of each of the pieces of cardstock.
  • Cut down to size for your card base.

Sentiment

  • Stamp out the banner and sentiment using Concord & 9th Here’s the Scoop stamp set.
  • The pole for the banners is the straw stamp in the same set and watercoloured using the same Altenew Inks listed in Image section. Perfect to add Ombre element – Ombre element 3.

Background

  • Ink blend Distress Oxide Ink Tea Dye over Strathmore Bristol Smooth cardstock.
  • Using the circle stamps in the Layered Cupcake stamp set randomly stamp over background in the Coffee Break ink cube colours to create an ombre look – Ombre element 4.

FINISHING

  • Using ATG adhere background to card base.
  • Adhere pink tablecloth cardstock in layers with foam tape.
  • Adhere cupcakes and banners with foam tape to add dimension (see closeup above).
  • Using darkest of the pink inks ink blend around the bottom edge of the card base.

Thanks for stopping by and have a good day.

Handmade by Pip


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Musical twist challenge

I’m really enjoying entering more card challenges this year. This card is for the current AAA Cards Case Game #134.

Images

  • Stamped Penny Black Jazzy Cats image onto paper appropriate to use with coloured pencils with Versafine Nocturne ink.
  • Colour with Prismacolor coloured pencils. Cat – 945 Sienna Brown, 997 Beige, 944, Terra Cotta, 937 Tuscan Red, 928 Blush Pink, 1014 Deco Pink. Cello – 941 Light Umber, 946 Dark Brown, 947 Dark Umber, Black.
  • Fussy cut by hand.

Tip 1: When fussy cutting image by hand you can be left with the white core of the cardstock showing around the edge. Run a black marker around the outside edge of the image to hide the white. This can hide some not so perfect cutting as well.

Other items

  • Using Lawn Fawn Little Music Notes die set, diecut the notes out of glitter cardstock.
  • Diecut the music paper lines out of foiled cardstock.
  • Adhere the notes to the music lines with liquid glue

Sentiment

  • Place the cardbase (kraft cardstock) in a Mini Misti.
  • Temporarily place the image and die cuts on the cardbase.
  • Position the Uniquely Creative Block Outline sentiment where you wish to stamp it and pick up with the misti door (see Tip 2 below)
  • Remove image and die cuts and stamp with Versafine Nocturne ink.
  • Coloured with Prismacolor coloured pencils – 905 Aquamarine, 1027 Peacock Blue.

Tip 2: The sentiment was orignally “You Totally Rock” but this was too long for what I wanted so I cut it apart and justs used the “You Rock”. Don’t panic too much doing this…you can still use the entire original sentiment another time – the cut ends will match up.

Background

  • When I fussy cut the cat image I cut off the whiskers as they would have been fiddly to cut around. To add them back into the image I just restamped the cat onto the background kraft cardstock and will adhere cutout image over the top.

Finishing

  • Using ATG adhere background to card base.
  • Adhere music notes to cardbase using liquid glue.
  • Adhere cat over prestamped image with dimensional foam.

Thanks for stopping by and have a good day.

Handmade by Pip


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