Stamping thru stencils – STAMPlorations

Hello everyone, it´s again my turn to share another Mixed Media tutorial with you over at STAMPlorations blog. For today´s post I wanted to share another favorite stenciling technique with you – stamping thru stencils!!! It is so much fun – I really hope you give it a try!!

But first let me show you one card, created using this technique:

And here are the steps for this technique:

First take a few Distress Oxide inks (or spray inks/Distress Inks, paints etc.) and color a background piece. I used Distress Oxides, because I like to play with them very much at the moment. So I applied the inks first onto a non-sticky working surface very randomly.

Next I sprayed some water mist onto the surface. See the nice bubbles on the working surface? That is what you want to create.

Then I placed a white cardstock piece onto the wet surface and pressed here and there onto the paper with my hands. That way the wet ink spreads a little bit on the paper and creates these lovely patterns. After drying the first layer with a heat tool, there were still some ink droplets left on the working surface, so I pressed the paper into them again and again until I had every drop of color picked up from the surface. This is the end result.

After that I took the Senecio 1 stencil and attached it onto the inked paper with washi tape strips to keep it from moving around. Then I took the same brown Distress Oxide tone I had used to create the background and with a alphabet patterned stamp, started stamping thru the stencil onto the paper. The smaller the stamp image is (alphas, numbers and graphic patterns work well here), the better the results are. I continued to stamp until all the stencil areas were done.

Then I just outlined the stencil pattern around the edges with a thin black pen. After that I removed the stencil and this lovely stamped and stenciled pattern emerged. This is now good for using on any type of project and the stencil is very easy to clean, since I used a water soluble ink.

Now all I needed to do, was to create fussy cut banners for the sentiments. I stamped of white paper leftover pieces with a black waterproof ink.

Then I fussy cut the banners and inked them with the same ink colors I had used on the background previously.

 Finally I decorated the cards with some black ink droplets and some faux stitching around the edges.

The results are really interesting and this type of patterns so much fun to create!!!

 I also did a second background, this time using the grey stamp ink instead of the brown one.

Other than that I kept the design totally similar to my first card.

I hope you enjoyed this little stencil idea and give it a try yourself!!! See you next month with another mixed media tutorial!!

Happy stenciling,

xxx, Sanna

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Birthday invitation card

Hello everyone and happy Saturday!!! I am so much looking for the weekend and time for crarting and gardening. The tulips are just about to bloom :). I just love this season!!!

Sadly, I don´t have any new tulip photos to share quite yet, so instead I´ll share a custom birthday invitation card I created with you today:

For this card I used only white cardstock which I stamped in various colours using different  stamps from Stampin´ Up! The die cut piece in the middle is cut with a Tonic Studios die cut die. This is a very clean and simple card in style without any mixed media on it. I make CAS cards very seldom, but this turned out very much to my liking.

Wishing you all a lovely, crafty weekend,
xxx, Sanna

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One background, two cards – Elizabeth Craft Designs

Hello everyone, it´s time to share another guest post over at Elizabeth Craft Designs blog today. For today´s post, I´ve created two love themed cards that can be used for example for Mother´s Day.

What I did, is I created only one background piece with heat embossing and inking technique and with a clever trick I got two cards out of just one background piece. Here is what I did:

Step 1: Take a piece of Soft Finish White Cardstock and cut it into a card size. It can be slightly bigger, so you can adjust the size after finishing the background.
Step 2: Take the Love Sentiments clear stamp set and stamp with embossing ink onto the cardstock piece. Don´t worry, if the images are not perfectly aligned. That only makes the background look more interesting.
Step 3: Stamp 2-3 rows and then pause to apply white embossing powder over the stamped images. Apply the powder and heat set with a heat tool. Then repeat stamping and embossing, until you reach the bottom of the card.
Step 4: For additional fun interest, add also some crosswise stamping across the cardstock surface.

Step 5: Now take a Abandoned Coral Distress Oxide ink and apply it all over the cardstock piece with a blending tool.
Step 6: Next place the inked piece into your die cutting machine and die cut 15 little hearts with the Buttons die cut die from it. Make sure this time the die is aligned nicely to from 3 rows of hearts next to each other.
Step 7: Then take two white card bases and a sheet of Clear Double Sided Adhesive. Cut a slightly smaller piece of the adhesive than the size of the card to leave some white space around both edges. Cut two pieces in the same manner.
Step 8: Take the embossed and inked negative piece and adhere it onto a piece of adhesive, but don´t touch the adhesive areas. This way the glitter will better stick to the surface later.

Step 9: Remove the protective cover sheet of the adhesive and apply Light Brown Silk Microfine Glitter onto the open areas. Remove residue with the brush and polish the surface with your finger.
Step 10: Adhere this piece onto the card base. Then repeat the steps 8-10 with the die cut hearts and the Clear Double Sided Adhesive and the glitter.
Step 11: Finally, take a leftover piece of White Soft Finish Cardstock, the Love Sentiments stamp set and stamp sentiments using a black stamp ink. Cut into banners and adhere with a paper glue onto the cards. For detailed steps, see the attached video.

This way you have just created a positive and negative card using the exact same technique and still you have two slightly different cards as an end result. Also now you can give one card to your Mum and the second one to your Mother-in-law or your Grandmother. I hope you have enjoyed this months card idea and the video.

Wishing you a great time crafting & see you next month!
xxx, Sanna

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April STAMPlorations challenge reveal

Hi there, another month, another challenge! This months STAMPlorations challenge is called: Focus on the Sentiments.

Like mentioned in my last months challenge post, while STAMPlorations is taking a short break from the regular challenges until beginning of May, there will only be one big monthly challenge over at their blog every month until May. The lovely owner of STAMPlorations, Shery, welcomed an addition to her family in December and while she is getting settled with baby Winter and planning new product and reveals, a little break from the regular blog shedule is urgently needed. So therefore there will be only one monthly challenge at the blog during that time. The usual challenges will return in May again.

And here is what I created for this months challenge reveal:
For this tag I first misted the Hearts all over stencil with pink Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist and used it as a printing plate/stamp to create the background pattern onto a piece of white cardstock. Then I die cut it with the Nesting Luggage Tag die cut die. I also die cut a smaller luggage tag from Pink Paislee´s Moonstruck papers and added a hand cut banner from the same collections papers as an additional detail. I next stamped a sentiment with partial stamping and the Fond Expressions 2 stamp set and adhered it onto the smaller tag.

I outlined the smaller tag with faux stitching and the banner with a black pen. For decoration I added a wood veneer heart, covered with pink glitter glue. Then I added some fussy cut hearts from the Pink Paislee papers as a cluster and added some details to them with a white gel pen. Finalyl I decorated the tag with two paper flowers and added pink glitter glue into the centre of the flower for decor. Finally, finished the tag with twine and ribbon. I didn´t use any cupcakes, since I didin´t have any :).

Now it´s your turn – go to the STAMPlorations blog and join this months challenge with us. Have fun!! Looking forward to seeing your sentiment focused creations!!

Here are the simple rules for the challenge:

1) You may create any type of project — cards (any style), mixed media, tags, layout, etc — as long as it follows our theme
2) STAMPlorations product is not required though we’d love to see it
3) You may enter as many times as you want – as long as each project has its own blog post
4) You must display the challenge graphic + link back to the challenge page to qualify for the prizes
5) You must comment on the entry before yours in the gallery – lets spread the love
6) For an extra chance, comment on the challenge post and the designers’ blog posts throughout the month

Prizes:

a) TWO (2) winners of a $25 gift certificate – randomly drawn from all entries
b) ONE (1) winner of a $25 gift certificate – randomly drawn from all comments left on the designers‘ blogs throughout the month

PLUS: Shery is offering a generous 10% (no coupon code needed) off all stamps, stencils, and dies in the store from Feb through April.

Happy crafting,
xxx, Sanna

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Glückwunsch – Tonic Studios

So I have been creating with the Tonic Craft Kit 07 abit during Easter and today I´m sharing a card that resulted from my playtime.

For this card I used a white card base and a raspberry pink cardstock from Tonic Studios. The lovely stamp image is from the Tonic Craft Kit 07 and I´ve stamped it with embossing ink and heat embossed with white embossing powder. After heat embossing I colored the image with the Nuvo Watercolour pens (blue tones) and Nuvo Alcohol Markes (in pink tones) and also with the Shimmer Powder (green tones). Finally I die cut this image with the die cut dies that came with the Kit 07. Also the German sentiment is by Tonic Studios (available at QVC) and it is also colored with the Shimmer Powder. In the end I just added a faux stitching around the edges to highlight the card a little bit more.

I am not much of a colorer, but I still liked playing around with the different pens, I am thinking, the more I practise, the better the results will get in time. Oh, I also sneaked some Nuvo Glitter Drops to the flowers to add a slight sparckle here and there.

That´s it from me for today, see you around with more projects soon,
happy crafting,
Sanna

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Kids crafts Easter decor

Hi there, I´m quickly stopping by today to share a fun and easy to make Easter decor with you that you can easily create with your kids. First off is a birdie, attached to a barbeque bamboo stick:

These are so easy to make. Just draw a birdie onto a patterned paper with a pencil, then fussy cut it and adhere to a bamboo barbeque stick. Take the Flower Power stamps by Elizabeth Craft Designs and stamp some smaller flowers with a waterproof black ink onto white cardstock. Then take the Nuvo Brilliantly Vibrant watercolour pencils and a waterbrush pen and color the stamped images with the pencils. Now fussy cut and adhere to the birdie. Add a sequin as an eye and decorate the flowers with Nuvo Glitter and Crystal drops. Here is a close-up. These a fun to make with kids and keep them busy, while they are waiting for the Easter bunny to arrive :).
Second option is a bunny, attached to a bamboo stick. The steps are the same as with the birdie. After finishing, stick them as decoration to flower pots in the house.
  That´s it from me for today. Happy crafting,
xxx, Sanna

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Happy Easter – Tonic Studios

Happy Easter Sunday everyone! Yesterday evening I was still creating this little Easter present – nothing like last minute pressure, eh? Well, I finished it in time, so all is good. What would you give a friend for Easter, who is trying to avoid sugar? A chocolate egg will not be appreciated by such a person, so I thought I´d just decorate a chocolate egg packaging and fill it with something else than chocolate eggs. Hope she likes it!
Here is what I did: First take a Indian Gold Nuvo Embellishment Mousse and apply it thru a stencil (this one happens to be one of my designs) with a palette knife/credit card onto the lid of a chocolage egg packaging.
Next add Nuvo Crushed Grape Crystal Drops and Sherbet Shimmer Drops randomly onto the cover.
While those layers on the lid are drying, take a piece of chipboard and Nuvo Glitter Pens (Northern Lights and Morning Moss) and color the chipboard with the pens. Then add some Nuvo Drops onto the „berry“ parts of the chipboard.
Next arrange the chipboard pieces onto the lid, then add a butterfly and some paper roses for additional decoration. Adhere everything with a strong paper glue.
Finally, add a stamped sentiment banner on top of the roses and decorate the rose petals with a pink Nuvo Gitter Marker. This is what the finished piece looks like:

I simply replaced the chocolate eggs with egg candles 🙂 – no sugar added 🙂

The chocolates in the photo are just for decoration – I might have eaten them myself, since my friend will not appreciate receiving them ;-).

Hope you have a lovely day with your loved ones,
Happy crafting,
Sanna

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Congrats – Tonic Studios

Hello there, everyone and happy Easter!! I recently received the Tonic Studios Craft Kit 07 and did a little play with the Shimmer Powder that was in the kit. I recorded a short video with some ideas, how this product can be used, so I am sharing it here with you today:

Also, after editing the video, I used some of the bits and pieces of paper I had created during testing the product, and created a set of cards. I really, really adore the green tones of this powder! And the best part, it comes with lots of shimmer too! If you haven´t tried the kits and the powders yet, you are missing out in my opinion :). Besides, this green toned powder works sooo well in combination with pink. It creates a perfect spring color tone combo:

I´ve also used some delicate butterflies on some of the cards – these are from the Tonic Craft Kit 06. I love how the stencil image turned out with the powder!

On this card I used the negative stencil image (from the video) and added some color to that piece using the pink Nuvo Glitter Marker from the Northern Lights Glitter Marker set. This also came with the Tonic Craft Kit 06, but is also available separately at the Tonic Studios store, if you are interested. I´ve added all the links to the used product at the end of this post, if you are interested on a particular product.

Here I used the powder with the stencil and embossing powder to create a fun resist background with it.

Finally, on my last card I used the light green background piece from the video and applied some Pink Opal Glimmer Paste thru the same stencil onto the surface for more interest and texture. There are also tiny dots here and there to decorate each card. I just cannot get enough of the Nuvo Drops  – <3 them!!!

Wishing you all a lovely Easter time with you loved ones!!!
Happy crafting,
xxx, Sanna

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What is inside the Tonic Craft Kit 07

Hi there lovelies! Even though the Tonic Craft Kit 07 (March kit) sold out veeery quickly, I´d still like to show you, what was inside the kit by sharing an unboxing video with you again in English, Finnish and German. Why share, if it´s not availabe anymore? Well, because I think it is still worth sharing to give you an idea what you get for your money, if you decide to subscribe to these kits at some point. Also I´d like to first show you what is inside the kit, before I start creating projects with it :). So here goes:

For more details about the kits, go to the Tonic Craft Kit website (HERE). You will find all details and plenty of inspration around the kits over there. Also details about shipping and different subscription options are all listed there, too.

Hope to see you soon over at my YouTube channel and here on my blog, as I will be sharing projects, created with this kit again!!

By the way, the next kit (number 09) will be out in approximately 10 days time! So go and subscribe if you want one – they sell out really fast!

Happy crafting,
xxx, Sanna

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Clean and simple birthday card – Tonic Studios

Hi there, everyone, today I´d like to share a pinkish clean and simple birthday card with you. For this card I used plenty of Tonic Studios product.

Here is what I did:
1. Take a stencil of your choice and place it onto a white card base.
2. Apply Nuvo Embellishment Mousse Pink Flambé thru the stencil, using a palette knife, onto the card base.
3. Remove the stencil and clean under running water. Let the paste air dry.
4. Adhere a pink polka dot banner to the card. Decorate the banner with Sherbert Shimmer Nuvo Crystal Drops. Let air dry.
5. Add faux stitching with a black pen around the edges.
6. Decorate with a pink paper flower and silver glitter paper dots.
7. Add black Glimmer Glaze droplets on three areas to create a visual triangle onto the card (this makes the card more interesting to look at).
8. Finish the card off with a sticker sentiment.   This is what the finished card looks like. By changing the colors of the card you can create several similar once while you are at it and use them for various purposes, depending on the occation.

Wishing you all a lovely Sunday and a great new week!
xxx, Sanna

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