Tuesday 28 February 2023

Lucky Gnome


Hello, this week I'musing one of the Lucky Gnomes in the same digi set from Whimsy Stamps, illustrated by Dustin Pike.

I printed the one with the balloon and colored it with Copic markers, then cut it out and mounted it with foamtape.

For the background I've made a mask with the Whimsy Stamps  Basic Boho Circles and applied Distress inks on the cardbase (Twisted Citron and Tumbled Glass, plus whatever was left on the blending brushes), I thought it could look like grass and sky.

I wanted to splatter it with some colored ink as if there's flowers, but I then decided I wanted my Gnome to be the focal point.

Also I haven't added a sentiment yet, I think it's of course supposed to be St. Patricks day Gnome, but we don't celebrate in the Netherlands and that's why I've used the balloon I thought it could be for a "Lucky Birthday"

Adhered the image on top of the cardbase.

Find the Lucky Gnome did set here: https://whimsystamps.com/collections/dustin-pike-digital-images/products/lucky-gnomes-set-digital-stamp

Bogo circle frames https://whimsystamps.com/products/boho-circles-die-set?_pos=1&_sid=03bf101d0&_ss=r

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Tuesday 21 February 2023

bite me

For my card image, I've used the Whimsy Stamps digi: Bath Time from th Dustin Pike Line, I printed it , cut it out with the Scan N Cut and lost some bubbles as the machine didn't recognize them, I think, so to remedy I've used the Whimsy Stamps Ocean Stencil,  and I applied bubbles with the blue that was left  on my inkblending brush.

I then colored the image and mounted it with foamtape and adhered it to the cardbase. I added the glitter with a Nuvo Shimmer pen on the water and bubbles.

The sentiment "Bite me"is from the Whimsy Clearstamp set Looking Shark, also from the Dustin Pike Line.

The other sentiment is from: Adopt don't shop dogs from the Deb Davis line.

I first stamped them with Versafine black ink, then sort of drew a speech bubble around them and cut them out with scissors. The dog speech bubble I tried to make it irregular and random, maybe like soapsuds but more like it's a dog talking/singing..

When I placed them on the card, they kind of disappeared, so I added more ink with the same inkblending brush, I felt they could be soap suds ;-)

Find the Bathtime digi here: https://whimsystamps.com/products/bath-time-digital-stamp?_pos=2&_sid=118029bc5&_ss=r

Ocean Stencil: https://whimsystamps.com/products/ocean-stencil?_pos=3&_sid=d9d38fdaf&_ss=r

Adopt Don't shop: https://whimsystamps.com/products/adopt-dont-shop-dogs-clear-stamps?_pos=2&_sid=9ef4efce9&_ss=r

Looking Sharp set: https://whimsystamps.com/products/lookin-shark-clear-stamps?_pos=1&_sid=c8042bb27&_ss=r

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Sunday 19 February 2023

AAA Card Challenges #234: Circles, with video

 This fortnight we're playing with circles as chosen by design team member Asa.

I've added a few ideas to the game badge, but whatever circles you think will work you may use.

I've gone for inkblended bubbles. For this I've used a stencil with circles I made with a nesting dieset of circles, easy to do.

For the inkblending I"ve used Distress inks always coming in from the edge and trying to leave the centre empty, so they look dimensional and transparent; making sure I use colors that mix and complement and not make mud.

Matted the panel and adhered it to the cardbase.

The sentiment is a stampset from Wow (Just saying/Stampset 41) I went with British Summer Grey embossing powder (also Wow) and stamped it with Wow embossing ink. I thought  Black would be too dark with these ethereal colors.

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Monday 13 February 2023

Hearts galore

 Hello, today I'm showing you my take on Valentine's day. 

But for those that do here's some inspiration that is cute as can be. I've used two digistamp sets from Whimsy Stamps: Heart Hugs and Candy Hearts; both from the Crissy Armstrong line.

At first I wanted to make the hearts looks like proper candy harts by printing them on different colored cardstock, or inkblending and them adding dimension by stacking them, there's many in the set and their all on their own, I just "stacked" them, but you don't have to; that's why I love digi stamps, so versatile and no masking to get them linked, no mess.

I decided to use Deco Foil instead, Whimsy carries  a selection and I thought red shimmer is just as special and more apt for a background. I am  one of those designers that likes to stick to one focal point if possible.

And as I have a laser printer I just took a few of the hearts from the Candy Heart set and made them into a banner of sorts. Then I added the "you're so "above one. Passed it through my foiling machine, then mounted it with foam and adhered it to the cardbase.

The bear is also from the Crissy Armstrong collection and is also available at Whimsy Stamps, it's called Heart Hugs and I also printed it  with my laser printer, then colored it with Copic Markers, cut him out, or her, I thought a Polar bear would be "fresher" than a dark brown on a Valentine's day card, but you can do whatever you like, if you say it's a stuffed toy your can pretty much do the bear any color. I liked it as he/she is hugging a hear and that was just perfect for this time of year.

Mounted the bar also with foamtape and adhered the image on top.

Find everything in the Whimsy Store:

Heart Hugs: https://whimsystamps.com/collections/love-valentines-wedding-digital/products/heart-hugs-digital-stamp

Candy Hearts: https://whimsystamps.com/collections/love-valentines-wedding-digital/products/candy-hearts-digital-stamp

Decofoil: https://whimsystamps.com/collections/deco-foils

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Tuesday 7 February 2023

Enjoy the Journey


Hello this week I've made a card with Whimsy Stamps Digi: Balloon Bunny from the Some Odd Girl Line.

I don't really send Valentine day cards, but a birthday card or this one: Enjoy the Journey, seems more me.

The sentiment is from another Whimsy clear set:  Camp Critters.

There's also a"See you soon" sentiment in that set and that might be cool too, or miss you , heartfelt thanks? Anything would work, including, you know, Valentine ha.

I prepped the image in photoshop, and printed many  of the images, I think 6 times and then cut the balloons from 5 images and stuck them behind this one, just because I felt three wasn't enough to lift a bunny  and I wanted a rainbow and three is not enough .

I've colored the image with Copic Markers and added the shine with a white Gel pen.

I cut some curved clouds from masking paper and applied a hint of blue (what ever was left o my inkblending brushes

for the Balloon Bunny digi see this: https://whimsystamps.com/products/balloon-bunny-digital-stamp?_pos=2&_sid=f48876617&_ss=r

For the Sentiment see this: https://whimsystamps.com/products/camp-critters-clear-stamps?_pos=1&_sid=a93c1a81e&_ss=r

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Sunday 5 February 2023

AAA Card Challenges #233: Teal and Gold, with video

 This fortnight we challenge you to use Teal and gold on your CAS card.

I've used a combination of Peacock Feathers and Uncharted Mariner for my teal and Wow embossing powders Metallic Gold Rich and Metallic Gold Sparkle.

It started out completely different but this card was a work in progress.

I've used the Sizzix Tim Holtz leaf thinlits (665559) cut them from white cardstock and then

applied Peacock feathers. them smooshed the Wow embossing ink over the leafs and sprinkled on said embossing powders.

Didn't like the Peacock feathers anymore so I tried to darken it with a second layer, then decided to pull out the Uncharted Mariner and applied it on top.Combined they've made a pretty teal color.

I've done the same with a strip on the slimline cardbase. I did start with a normal 10x15cm card, but the leafs are rather big and I wanted three on my card, so a bigger card leaves more empty/white space.

Sentiment is from Whimsy Stamps (Simple sentiment strips) and I've used the Wow embossing as well. Mounted everything on the cardbase either flush or raised with foam tape.

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Wednesday 1 February 2023

AAA Birthday Cards February Challenge: #46 Use a Stencil(s), with video

 Hello, this month we're all about using Stencil or Stencils.

For my card I've used the Create a Smile Bubble Circle and my Favourite  Distress inks: Wilted Violet, Mermaid Lagoon, Twisted Citron, Mustard Seed, Carved Pumpkin, Candied Apple and Picked Raspberry.

I applied them with blending brushes on a cardpanel.

The image and sentiment are from Your Next Stamp: One in a Chameleon, I have had it for a  few years, so I'm not sure it's still available.

I've stamped the sentiment and image with Versafine ink and cut the Chameleon out, mounted it with foamtape and adhered it on top.

I thought it was funny the Chameleon is Black and white against the colourful background, otherwise I feel it would be too busy and I like the gag.

To play along the AAA Birthday Cards Challenge, see this.