Sunday, July 22, 2018

AAA Cards Challenge #120: Somewhere over the rainbow

This fortnight the challenge is: somewhere over the rainbow.
Our sponsor is Stamplorations.

For my cardbase I masked off the bottom and inkblended Distress inks with mini blending tools (candied apple, spiced marmalade, mustard seed, twisted citron, mowed lawn, mermaid lagoon, wilted violet and picked raspberry. I kind of eyeballed  how wide the colors needed to be to fill the whole bottom, so they're not all the same.
For my image and sentiment I used the Gerda Steiner Moody Unicorns set and I stamped the sentiment with Versafine onyx black ink and the unicorn with Simon Says Stamp intense black ink on the Crafter's Companion Marker paper and I colored him with Spectrum Noir markers.

I mounted the unicorn with some foam tape and adhered him onto the cardbase.

For more information, more examples from the DT member and or to play along the AAA cards Challenge, see this.

You are Jaws-ome..Shark week card, with video

July 22nd marks the start of the 30th  anniversary of Shark Week on Discovery.

I used a set from 2016 by Mary Radher, it's called Suzy 5 and it's still available here and there on Dutch webshops, the Cheapest I found was here. it doesn't say how many are left.

I loved the Craftin Desert Diva one, called Jawsome, which gave me the idea to make my own sentiment. I just placed an order with them and well to get just one more set, it's just too expensive, but you might liek to use it, you can find it here. I didn't remember the sentiment exactly, but the Jaws in it was key, it's so cheesy but so funny.

I stamped the shark on the Crafter's Companion Marker paper and colored her with Spectrum Noir and Illustrator markers.

For the porthole I couldn't use the My Favorite Things one, it was just a bit tight. So I made my own with two nesting dies. I considered using a hand punch to make holes, but I thought I wouldn't be  exact enough to get the spacing and positioning right, so I left that idea.

I also went through my stash in search of images and sentiments, I had some previously colored images like the Pirate girl from MFT and the Bucket with fishes, but I only used the bucket in the end and the proportions weren't right.

I love how the shark is clapping here hand  and it could be like she's happy getting fed those fishes or it's  one of those evil hand gestures, you decide. The shark has eye lashes so I thing it's a she ...
Mounted the panel with foamtape and adhered the colored panel, then adhered the panel to the cardbase.

Added the little bucket and porthole.

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Candy Cane Stripes

This fortnight the Less is More Challenge is: ONE layer and stripes.

For my card I used an old Hero Arts set ( Deer 4x6)and I stamped him first with Versamark ink on the cardbase. Then I used Wow! Embossing powder pale rich gold and heat set it.

I then placed a circular mask on top and stamped the stripes with Memento Lady bug ink.
Because of the mask it didn't stamp 100% around the edges, but I like the distressed look, so I left it.
Tried to wipe the red ink off the gold (emboss resist) bit I forgot the openings, so the white stripes went a little pink...but;s all good.

For more information on the Less is More Challenge, see this.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Craftin Desert divas- designer creative challenge: let's get coloring

Today’s card is all about adding color, with coloring. I used my alcohol markers and Distress Oxides for this.
I printed the digi I got as a freebie as I’m a subscriber to the digiclub. I then cut it out and colored her with my markers and mounted her with foamtape.
For the alcohol markers, my method is : laying down a nice juicy foundation all over the segment I'm coloring with the lightest color, then I add the shades with the darkest, blend those out with the middle color and the middle with the lightest again. Sometimes I only use two shades.
On the cardbase I made “waves” with the Sorted Shapes 1 stencil and Mermaid Lagoon, I wanted some sort of ombre effect, so it looks like shimmery water. The Sorted shapes 2 stencil has actual waves on it, but I didn’t buy it (yet).
I stamped the sentiment from Say it Big with Versafine onyx black ink.
Added a few sequins from the Bubblegum mix. Mounted the cupcake on top. I liked the idea of the flamingo on an island or a nest in the water, but if you prefer it could be a tablecloth lol.

Materials used:
Craftin Desert Diva
Flamingo Cupcake: freebie with Digi Club Subscription
Stencil Sorted Shapes 1:
Digi club a monthly subscription :

Spectrum Noir markers and paper

Partial diecutting letter dies and making your own patterned paper, with videos in Dutch and English

Today's card is the third version, I had Versafine accidents...a lot!
I started my card by tracing a pencil line on a piece of card, it was white first, but I swapped it for a shimmery brown as I thought it would stand out much better, and it did.
I put the cutting plate on the part I want to cut up to the pencil line. I made sure the letters stick out under the pencil line a little, so that part wouldn't cut.
Then I used my craft knife to cut out the bits in between the letters, see video, it's easier to see than to explain ;-).

For the background I put all the word stamps from the Karin Joan set KJ1721 onto the lid of my Stamping tool. I used the angle of the ruler to get the angle consistent. I stamped it Versafine Onyx black ink, but you can use any color you like of course. My intention was a more masculine card and B&W seemed to fit, but the brown also seems manly to me, even with the shimmer.

I mounted the panel with taper runner and the sentiment bit with foamtape. Added a few matching enamel dots.

Voor mijn kaart van vandaag heb ik gebruikt de letters van Marianne Design col1449 en alle woorden uit de Gefeliciteerd set van Karin Joan KJ1721.

Ik was begonnen met witte letters, maar na wat ongelukjes met mijn Versafine, ben ik opnieuw begonnen en heb ik een  glimmend bruin stuk karton gebruikt.
Voor de partial diecutting trek ik een lijn op het bruine karton en zorg dat een stukje van mijn letters onder de lijn uitsteken. Dan plaats ik de snijplaat op het bovenste gedeelte tot aan de lijn. Alles waar geen plaat boven zit, krijgt geen druk en zal dus niet snijden.
Zie de video, dat is makkelijker dan uitleggen haha.

Voor de achtergrond heb ik alle woorden onder een hoek op mijn stampingtool geplaatst, daarvoor gebruik ik een linaal en met Versafine Onyx black inkt gestempeld op  een paneel, je kunt ook direct op de achtergrond stempelen, maar gezien dat dit versie 4 is, is een enkel velletje handiger dan een dubbele. Ik moest drie keer stempelen om de hele kaart te vullen, steeds het papier verschuiven i.p.v. de stempels. Je kun elke kleur inkt gebruiken natuurlijk, ik ging voor een mannen kaart. Hey heb ik omhoog geplaatst met foamtape en daarna wat enamel dots geplakt waar nog wat gaten zaten.

Craftin Desert Divas treatbag add ons

To go  with their die set CDD periodically  makes add ons, so you can customize and embellish your treatbags.

This one's the Birthday Critters add on. And I simply printed them and cut them out, including the little handle.

Then I raised the add on with foamtape in a U shape, making sure my giftcard fits in the nook.
Added a piece of colored card matching the image and then added it to a cardbase.

I've stamped the sentiments with Versafine onyx black ink and the "Treat Yourself" is a printed sentiment.
I've used the Say it Big stampset.

Added some white gel pen to their eyes, for extra shimmer.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

First look and try of the BeCreative Whizzy inkblending tool, with video

Today I tried the BeCreative! Whizzy tool for inkblending.
I know how you all have the arm workout from Hell, especially with big adreas to inkblend.

The Whizzy tool is battery operated (not included) and has an off, low and high setting.
Without any pressure I found it applies the ink wonderfully on the paper, if you press too hard it will stop turning.
I like the high setting, I don't think it makes any difference, but I like "to get on with it" ;-)

The box only has one blending foam, but there are replacements available, either on the BeCreative website, or Hochanda, possibly elsewhere also.
There's also two brush tool, for paint and two sanding pads for fine and coarse sanding.

I've tried the same inks, and I used Distress inks on purpose as we all know how it is more difficult to blend than say Oxides, Versamagic and Memento inks I use a lot also.

I've used one of my favorite recipes: Mermaid Lagoon, Peacock feathers and Cracked Pistachio, but with only one foam it all got a bit  samey.

I've used a variety of papers, my normals cardstock Canon DCP paper , but also:  Bristol smooth, Kippers Waterart, Schut Classic water color paper, Schut hotpressed watercolor paper, Talens Ecoline printable paper, Crafter's Companion Neenah paper.
The results are the same on all watercolor and Bristol paper, much more muted than on the Canon DCP paper and the Neenah paper, but also a bit more splotchy. As with normal inkblending tools it's best to start off the paper and I forgot to do that on occasion, remember it's the first time I use this Whizzy tool, but I already love it.
I will get more foams, say one per color family and one per ink brand/kind.