Blue toned butterfly art journal page

Hello lovelies, it is again time for another Mixed Media tutorial over at the STAMPlorations blog. This time I created an art journal page using various STAMPlorations stencils with acrylic paints.

Here is the finished piece:

It started off totally different as I wanted to play with color and stencils and just randomly added them onto the page. I build a focal point around the beautiful STAMPlorations butterfly stamps and colored them with POSCA pens.

Then I felt that the backgrond was too strong in color in combination with the butterflies, so I did a little trick and added two tones of blue acrylic paint onto the page leaving just tiny peeks into the original background visible thru the random circles. This way the butterflies stood out better from the background and the title/quote would be more visible also.

Here are some detail shots of the page and in the end you will find a start-to-finish video to watch! I hope you enjoy my tutorial and get inspired to play freely in your own art journal!!

and to the video:

Have fun with your stamps and stencils – see you soon with another mixed media tutorial!
Happy stenciling,


Use your wings – STAMPlorations Stencil Sunday

Hello everyone and welcome to another STAMPlorations Stencil Sunday! Following this months blog theme, I created two Artist Trading Cards. Here they are:

Here they are:

I didn´t use wings in particular for this project – instead I concentrated on a sentiment that would highlight the monthly theme. I took some step-by-step photos, while I was creating, too:
First I applied some Clear Granular Gel (Golden) onto some diary pages that I had left over from this project. I used the Happy Flowers stencil thru which the gel was applied.
Next (when the granular gel had dried a little) I played the pieces into a misting box and sprayed them with Simply Sheer spray ink to add a light shade onto the background.
After the gel and the mist were completely dry, I started decorating the ATC´s. I added some faux stitching around the edges, and matted the pieces onto white cardstock, but before adhering, I added some twine around the diary page piece for decoration. Then I took a Dresden Paper piece (Relics & Artifacts) I had misted with Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists (see the Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist video series for more details on my YouTube channel!). After that I added the chipboard sentiment and the Tim Holtz word stickers and some Tonic Studio glitter glue. In the end I took a piece of foam and applied some golden Nuvo Mousse with the foam on top of the granulate gel areas to highlight the texture a little more.
On the second piece I used pretty much the same elements, except for the centerpiece which is a resin frame, misted with Glimmer Mists (more on that on this video about Glimmer Mists and resin). I also added a misted fabric piece underneath the frame and adhered them together. In the middle there is a tiny silver star, decorated with Tonic Studio glitter glue. I really like how these ATC´s turned out!! Now hop over to the STAMPlorations blog to see what my design team colleagues created!!!

Happy stenciling,


Alles Liebe – Tonic Studios

Hello lovelies, today I´d like to share another Tonic Studio project with you. I wanted to create something sunny, bright and happy, so this is what I ended up creating:
I had some stamped backgrounds left over from my stamp masking technique cards, I shared here. So I took one of those pieces and colored it with the Nuvo Watercolor Pens and blended the colors with the Nuvo Water Tank Brush.
After that I applied some golden Nuvo Mousse onto the working surface and diluted the mousse with water and then dabbed the golden „liquid“ with the water tank brush onto the colored flower pattern piece. This created beautiful, random golden splatters on top of the flowers.
Now all I needed to do was to add some ink around the edges to add some contrast to the piece. Then I die cut one frame from yellow cardstock and one from golden cardstock (see material list underneath for product info and links). After that I die cut another piece with the border die cut from the beautiful yellow toned cardstock.

Then I adhered all pieces on top of each other to a white card base. For finishing touches I added a die cut sentiment and Tonic Nuvo Drops for decor. Here is the card once more:
I really love the sunny feel this card has! Wishing you a lovely day and a great weekend!

Happy crafting,


Things with wings 2 – TAGplorations

Hello there, today it´s time to share yet another TAGplorations challenge project for the May challenge, THINGS WITH WINGS! So without further ado, here is my second take for this month:

For this tag I used the same stitched tag nesting die like on my first project, this time however, I chose to use another stamp and took the Bloomtangled ATC #1 stamp and created the focal point with that. I again did some heat embossing with white embossing ink, only this time I colored the image from the backside with acrylic markers only. That created a much stronger color to the image than the stamp inks did on my first tag.

I really like both images alot, depending on if you want to create a softer or a stronger image, you can vary between both media.

Other than the stamp, everything else I´ve used on this tag, is pretty much the same to the first one. Except the birdie is looking into another direction and the feathers on top are smaller this time.

Can you see I really enjoyed creating these vellum pieces for the tags? 🙂  So now is your turn to celebrate Spring and create a wings themed project for this challenge!!! See you at STAMPlorations blog, lovelies!

Happy crafting,
xxx, Sanna


Stamped flower background cards – Elizabeth Craft Designs

Hello everyone, it´s again my turn to share another guest blog post and step-by-step over at the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog today. For today´s post I created a set of flower cards using a stamp masking technique. By adding a different sentiment, this basic card idea can be used for almost any occasion.

Here is how I created the cards:
Step 1: Take a big piece of white cardstock (at least 12×12 inch size) and choose a selection of your favorite Distress Oxide inks. Build color combinations of 3-4 ink colors and start applying the first set of tones onto the kraft sheet.
Step 2: Then spritz the inked area with water spray, until the ink builds nice bubbles on the kraft sheet. Now place the white cardstock (one corner of it) onto the wet ink area and let the color soak into the paper.

Step 3: Dry with a heat tool and if you are happy with the result, leave it as it is. Optional, you can press the paper once more onto the leftover ink splatters to create a more layered and detailed look.
Step 4: Repeat these steps with every „free/open“ area of the paper with different color combination sets until the whole paper piece is treated. Now cut the paper into right sized pieces that match your card bases.
Step 5: Take the Flower Power clear stamp set and stamp a flower onto a a piece of paper (a post-it note or a notebook paper will do for this purpose). Fussy cut the image and take the first precut background piece and a black stamp ink out.
Step 6: Now start by stamping one flower image on a preferred area of the background. Then place the fussy cut „flower mask“ on top of the stamped image and stamp a second image slightly overlappingly next to the previous image onto the background piece.

Step 7: Repeat until you are happy with the DIY background flower pattern on that piece. Now take a selection of other stamp ink tones (I used shadow inks for a lighter result on my other backgrounds) and by repeating the same technique on all of the backgrounds, create fun DIY background pieces for your cards.
Step 8: After all the backgrounds are done, take the Sentiments 1 and 2 stamps and dies and create sentiments for the cards. You can either leave them white or color them to match the background colors with the Distress Oxide inks used previously.

Step 9: If you want to, add colored details to the flower backgrounds with the Distress Oxide inks and a water tank brush. Then adhere the background piece and the sentiment onto a card base and for finishing touches add some glitter glue details here and there. If you prefer a cleaner look, you can skip the glitter glue part.

For more details on how I created these cards, there is also a start-to-finish video available for you to watch:

I hope you give this technique a try and create interesting, personalized card backgrounds with this stamp image masking technique yourself!
Have fun stamping and inking and see you next month for another tutorial!!!
xxx, Sanna