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.
Washed Gansai TambiBlue Gold over a sheet of textured paper.
Images and Background
Mouse image from Penny BlackCritter Love.
Coloured with Derwent Inktense pencils which act like watercolours but when dry are permanent.
Mice – Willow 1900, Baked Earth 1800 and Cherry 0510
Moon – Iris Blue 0900 and Bright Blue 1000
Heart – Cherry 0510
Using Bright BlueInktense Pencil I washed colour over a piece of cardstock and dried it with a heat gun.
Washed Gamsai TambiWhite Gold over the top of the blue and dried it again.
Die cut using the stars from the My Favorite ThingsTag Builder Blueprint 6 set.
Using the Cherry Inktense Pencil washed a small amount over a piece of cardstock and dried it.
Washed Gamsai TambiWhite Gold over the top of the red and dried it again.
Die cut with the larger heart from the My Favorite ThingsTag 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.
Using the left over blue coloured cardstock from the stars I stamped Birthday Hugs from the My Favorite ThingsLabel 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.
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.
Excited to be guest designing for the fabulous Uniquely Creative Stamp company and having a play with the Sloth Pals StampMini Kit that was released recently. Decided to pull out my Prismacolor Coloured Pencils for this card.
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.
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.
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.
Using Distress OxideLucky 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 GlitterKaisercraft 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.
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.
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.
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).
I used an image from one of the challenge sponsors A Day for Daisies – Potted Gerber Daisies and coloured it with Copics.
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 StudioSliding Window Die and Memory Box – Stitched Rectangle Layers.
‘Thanks‘ die 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.
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.
Stamped AltenewLayered Cupcake images onto Neenah Solar White cardstock. As there are 2-3 layers for each part of the image I used AltenewGreen Meadows,Cherry Blossom and Coffee Break mini ink cubes – Ombre element 1.
Diecut with matching die.
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 & 9thBags and Tags die set, diecut edge of each of the pieces of cardstock.
Cut down to size for your card base.
Stamp out the banner and sentiment using Concord & 9thHere’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.
Stamped Penny BlackJazzy Cats image onto paper appropriate to use with coloured pencils with VersafineNocturne 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.
Using Lawn FawnLittle 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
Place the cardbase (kraft cardstock) in a Mini Misti.
Temporarily place the image and die cuts on the cardbase.
Position the Uniquely CreativeBlock 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 VersafineNocturne ink.
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.
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.
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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