Happiness ATC set – STAMPlorations Stencil Sunday

Hello lovely people, it´s again time for another STAMPlorations Stencil Sunday. How about some „May Flowers“ themed ATC´s for this Sunday´s post? With lots of color, layers and happiness :). Remember, last month I did a set themed „April Showers“, so I thought I might as well add to the theme and do „May Flowers“ this month :). Here they are:

And this time I decided to make a little star-to-finish video to go with the set:

I really like how these artist trading cards turned out & I can´t wait for summer to finally arrive. I am missing sunshine, swimming, sitting in the garden and watching flowers bloom and just relaxing in the sun. Who´s with me? 😉

What I did is I first added a layer of Distress Paint, then some stamping and after that added a spray ink toned paste thru the Daisy Play (one of the newest stencils at the STAMPlorations store) stencil. Finally I added some product from my older stash to embellish the ATC´s.  Here are some close-ups of the ATC´s:

Here´s to a hopefully gorgeous and sunny June :). Hope you all have a lovely Sunday!!!
Just in case you feel the urge to shop some today, feel free to use this code at the STAMPlorations store: It´s good for all product – reduced and regular prized. Enjoy!!!
Happy crafting,
xxx, Sanna

Used product:
ARTplorations Daisy Play stencil
Distress Paint – pink, yellow, green
Elizabeth Craft Designs stamps
Glimmer Glaze Java
Ramblin´ Rose Pink spray ink
Nuvo Drops – Antique Rose
Modeling paste
Neon pink Mister Huey´s spray ink
Jet Black stamp ink
Sewing yearn, flowers, paper ribbon

Altered clothes tag „Fly“ – STAMPlorations

Hello everyone, it´s my turn again to share yet another Mixed Media tutorial with you over at the STAMPlorations blog today. Quite a while back I shared a clothes tag tutorial with you and today I´d like to share a second one. I always keep nice clothes when I spot them while shopping clothes for me and my boys and later incorporate those in various projects. They are great to alter and work perfect as as starting point for a mixed media project. Here is what I created this time:

Here is what I did:

1. The tag has a logo on it, so I first applied a thin layer of white gesso on top of that area.
2. After that I took old music note sheets and adhered small strips onto the gessoed area.
3. Next I took the Doily Squares stencil and placed it onto the tag. I applied a relatively thick layer of modeling paste with a palette knife thru the stencil onto the tag background and let that dry.
4. After the paste was dry I sprayed two tones of spray ink onto the surface and dried them with a heat gun. Next I added some white and red ink splatters for additional interest.
5. I then placed the butterflies into a misting box (cardboard box) and sprayed a light yellow spray ink layer onto them first.
6. After the first layer was dry, I placed the Super Bubbles stencil on top of the butterflies and sprayed a layer of apricot spray ink thru the stencil onto the butterflies. I carefully removed the wet, misted stencil and randomly pressed the residue ink onto a strip of white paper. That will work as a great starting point for another mixed media project. This way no ink goes to waste.
7. I then outlined the butterflies with a black pen to add more contrast and adhere them overlappingly onto the tag and added half pearls for detail. Finally I adhered a wood veneer piece and a ribbon for detail. This altered clothes tag will make a great present tag for a future present.

There is also a start-to-finish video I prepared for you to give you a better idea of the altering process. Hope you like it!!

I hope you get inspired to play with stencils and alter/recycle a clothes tag or two!! Have fun!!!

Don´t forget that there is a gift card code for you that will give you 20% off your order. Just add „STAMPGIRLSANNA“ upon checkout at the STAMPlorations store. It´s good for both reduced value product as well as regular prized ones. Here are some of the cool new products available. Happy shopping :).

& Happy crafting,
Sanna

Supplies:
ARTplorations – Doily Squares
ARTplorations – Super Bubbles

Hugs tag – Elizabeth Craft Designs

Hello there! And again I´d like to share another Tag Tuesday post with your shortly today. This is yet another tag I created for the Elizabeth Craft Designs booth to travel along from one show to another. I had so much fun creating these tags!!!

For this one, I´ve die cut the word hugs from a piece of felt. I love how it turned out. The felt is relatively thin, so the metal die actually did a great job cutting it. I also cut some Fitted Fishtails for the background and layered them on top of each other. I used patterned papers (older paperstock 🙂 ) from my stash for this purpose. There is a paper flower and a felt flower banner on the tag – also something from my older stash combined with the lovely Elizabeth Craft Designs product. The leaf is die cut from a Clear Double Sided Adhesive and then covered with Silk Microfine Glitter. Some faux stitching and a ribbon to finish the tag off. That´s pretty much it!

I just love making tags – they are great for destashing older goodies and trying out new ideas. And you can always attach them to gifts for friends and loved ones.

Happy crafting,
xxx, Sanna

Supplies:
Elizabeth Craft Designs – Leafy Branch 3
Elizabeth Craft Desings – Love Sentiments
Elizabeth Craft Designs – Fitted Fishtails
Elizabeth Craft Designs – Silk Microfine Glitter
Elizabeth Craft Designs – Clear Double Sided Adhesive
Patterned Paper
Ribbon
Paper flower
Felt
Felt flower ribbon

DIY die cut foam stamps and cards – Elizabeth Craft Designs

Hello everyone, it´s my turn to post a tutorial for the  Elizabeth Craft Designs Die Cut Design Team today. I decided to share a DIY foam stamp idea with you. Sometimes when you look at the die, you wish there would be a stamp like that available too. That is what I thought when I saw the new ModaScrap die cut dies! They can be used to create gorgeous stamps and today I´d like to show you how I made some DIY foam stamps with those die cut dies and how I used the stamps for card backgrounds.

Here is how to make the stamps:

1. Take a piece of adhesive back foam (appr. 2 mm´s thick) and run the foam with a chosen die cut die thru a die cutting machine.
2. Take a piece of thicker foam – I saved mine from parcels I received – and adhere the die cut piece onto the foam.
3. Remove the small, negative, die cut pieces with tweezers. You can even adhere some of the negative pieces along the edges for additional pattern.
4. Take a precision knife and cut with foam carefully along the edges to match the form of the die cut piece. That´s all!

Here is a start-to-finish video on how I created the stamps:

And then for the fun part – here are two cards I created using the DIY stamps:


1. Take a piece of white Soft Finish Cardstock and a VersaMark/embossing ink. Apply ink onto the foam stamp and press the stamp onto the white precut paper.
2. Pour clear embossing powder over the stamped surface, dab the residue off with your finger and heat set with a heat gun.
3. Take Distress Inks and apply color onto the background with an ink blending tool. The embossed areas will resist the ink and this way the stamped background pattern will show.
4. Adhere to a card base and decorate with banners, doilie corners, die cut words and/or stamped and die cut images. Whatever you prefer!

Here is a start to finish video on the green „Hello“ card, I hope you get inspired to make some stamps of your own!

This is quite fun and actually very addictive. I could not stop creating my own stamps, once I was finished with the first one! The dragonfly die cut die, for example creates a lovely background stamp and you can vary the size by just using one piece or adhering several dragonflies next to each other onto a bigger foam piece. Oh, the possibilities are almost endless!! Have fun and
happy crafting,
xxx, Sanna

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Supplies: 
Elizabeth Craft Designs
Dragonfly
Flower Lace 2
Flower Lace 1
Romantic corner
Flower Power clear stamps
Flower Power die set
A way with words – Hello
Soft Finish Cardstock, white
Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape

Other:
Distress Ink
Clear embossing powder
Heat gun
Glossy Accents
Dimensional pearls
Waterproof stamp ink
VersaMark ink
Posca pen, black

Soar – STAMPlorations Stencil Sunday

Hello lovelies!! It is again time for STAMPlorations Stencil Sunday and MAY MIXED MEDIA CHALLENGE REVEAL. Today I´d like to share a art journal page with you.

Here is what I created:

The page had some leftover gesso wiped onto it already. I then went and sprayed a layer of blue spray ink onto it and let that dry properly. It created a really nice background to start with. I then started by adding Dina Wakley heavy body Magenta toned paint with a palette knife thru a stencil onto the backgrond. For stencil details see the end of this post. I let the paint air dry before moving to the next step.

Next I added a stamp image (Dina Wakley stamp) onto the left side of the stenciled paint and took a bird stencil and started applying waterproof ink with a foam piece thru the stencil onto the upper part of the page. I used water proof media, so that I could add more layers later on top.

Then I went and added some stamped words (STAMPlorations clear stamp set) and finally added some raindrops on top of it all. The paint I used is again Dina Wakley heavy body paint Tangerine and the stencil is by STAMPlorations. In the end I inked the edges of the page with black ink and added some white Liquitex Ink! droplets on top of it all. I think the bird stencil and stamp is one of my all time favorite sets from the STAMPlorations store. I use them really often :).

Now hop over to the STAMPlorations blog to see more inspirational projects designed by my team colleagues. And do join in with us!!! The rules are easy to follow and there are nice prizes to be won!! If you want to grab yourself those cute birdie themed sets, feel free to use this discount code to get 20% off your order at the store!! 🙂

Let´s stay creative,
xxx, Sanna

Supplies:
ARTplorations – Mini Droplets stencil
ARTplorations – Brackets stencil
ARTplorations – Some Birds stencil
STAMPlorations – Trendy Birds stamp set
Dina Wakley heavy body paint – magenta & tangerine
Liquitex Ink! Titanium white
White gesso
Blue spray ink – Tattered Angels
Black stamp ink – Hero Arts
Dina Wakley stamp set – Silhouetted Women

Being negative – Elizabeth Craft Designs Die Cut Team May Challenge

Hello there lovelies! It is again time for another Die Cut Design Team challenge over at the Elizabeth Craft Desings blog!! This month´s theme given for us to tackle was: „Being Negative“.

Let me explain: it´s not about us being all negative obviously – but using the negative pieces when die cutting! Every time when we die cut with a die, we get both a positive (the actual die cut die piece) and a negative piece (the leftover part). Many of these negative pieces are very much usable on their own and make interesting cards. This technique is called Negative Die Cutting. I´ve done this quite often actually. I love using both pieces, so not much goes to waste. This time, however, I only used the negative pieces 🙂 – and of course saved the positives ones, but those will be used on other projects later on :). So here are my cards:

Card 1:

First cut butterflies from white cardstock with the Small Butterfly die cut die. Save the positive pieces for another project and use the negative strip. I also cut some alphas for another project while I was at it.

Take the negative piece and place it into a misting box (to protect your work area) and spray with Tattered Angels Vanilla Breeze Glimmer Mist. Let dry or dry with a heat gun.

Mark the areas on the card base where the open butterfly areas are and adhere pink/red washi tapes onto the background. Adhere the misted piece on top.

Stamp a „xoxo“ sentiment with black stamp ink onto the left side for additional decoration and add dark rhinestones onto the butterflies for detail.

Second card:

This card is very similar in technique, I just replaced the washi tape with a gelli plate acrylic paint piece. This is a leftover piece from gelli printing onto which I´ve added layers and layers of paint and saved for a later project.

So you just again die cut die Lovebirds piece from a white cardstock, save for a later project and take the negative piece, adhere that onto the card base and then adhere the negative die cut piece on top. For decoration add faux stitching along the edges of the card and stamp a sentiment with black stamp ink. That´s it.

Card 3:

Again this card was created using the exact same idea. I just this time added a patterned paper onto the background. Some dark rhinestones, faux stitching and a stamped sentiment for decoration.

Card 4:
For this card I´ve combined similar ideas again, except the negative Hello sentiment is made out of Silk Microfine Glitter. I´ve first die cut the piece and added a layer of Clear Double Sided Adhesive onto the back. Then I added a layer of Speckled Indigo Silk Microfine Glitter to fill the negative areas. Then I added die cut Corners and a stamped sentiment.

The background paper is from the Through the Lens, Stone paper pack. If you are looking for some more ideas on how to use the negative pieces, here, here, here,  here , here and here is another tutorial to take a look at. And now hop over to the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog to see what my design team colleagues created!

Like every month, there are also prizes to be won. For today’s challenge Elizabeth Craft Designs are giving away a Background Die Prize pack which includes: heart background; circles background; chevron background and diamond background to 3 winners.

To enter simply leave a comment on the Elizabeth Craft Designs Challenge post and tell „What are some project ideas you would use scrap pieces for when crafting?”

3 lucky winners will be selected in a random drawing. The winners will be announced on Friday, May 5 on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog.

Happy crafting,
xxx, Sanna

Supplies:
Elizabeth Craft Designs:
Lovebirds
Corners 1
Small butterfly
Peacock Feather
A Way With Words, Hello
Silk Microfine Glitter, Speckled Indigo
Soft Finish Cardstock, White
Through the Lens, Wood, Stone
Dream Sentiments Clear Stamps
General Sentiments Clear Stamps
Clear Double Sided Adhesive

Other:
White gel pen
Black stamp ink
Black pen
Rhinestones
Gelli plate, acrylic paints
Liquid pearls
Washi Tape
Vanilla Breeze Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist
Card bases

Congrats card – Elizabeth Craft Designs

Hello there lovelies and happy 1st of May!!! I hope you have all found some time for creating on this long weekend? I had planned on creating plenty, but then somehow I/we ended doing everythig else, but that. But it has still been a nice, relaxing weekend, so it is all good!

Today I´m quickly sharing a birthday card I created with Elizabeth Craft Desings products. This one went to my husbands gradma with flowers. She just celebrated her birthday recently.

I´ve first misted the background with Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist, then die cut the speech bubble form and used an embossing folder to create the pattern to it. Then I die cut several pieces of the word „Congrats“, adhered those on top of each other to create more depth and then decorated the card with some liquid pearls, twine, flowers and finished the sentiment with a layer of Glossy Accents for more dimension.

Wishing you all a lovely evening and a creative week!
xxx, Sanna

Supplies:
Elizabeth Craft Designs:
A Way With Words – Congrats
Swirly curves embossing folder
Other:
Liquid pearls
Paper flowers
Twine
Patterned paper
Tattered Angels pink Glimmer Mist
Glossy Accents

Happy Anniversary tag – Elizabeth Craft Designs

Hello there, everyone and happy Tuesday!! Yes, I have another Tag Tuesday project share prepared for today :). And no, I am probably not going to be able to make them for every Tuesday, but I try to post at least one or two a month. Here is a anniversary tag I made:

This one is again one of the projects that travel with the Elizabeth Craft Designs booth from show to show. I´ve used a stencil, a heart and a word die from the Elizabeth Craft Designs product line on this tag. And some Silk Microfine Glitter to spark the heart up a little bit. Other than that there is some white gel pen „faux stitching“ along the edges, a Happy Anniversary sticker sentiment, some white texture paste and wood veneer as well as ribbons from my stash. Tag are great for using up ribbons – from which I own  a few big boxes, so I can make plenty of tags, before I run out of ribbons…

I hope your week has started smoothly, have a great day!!!
Happy crafting,
xxx, Sanna

Supplies:
Elizabeth Craft Designs – Lace Heart
Elizabeth Craft Designs – Love Sentiments
Elizabeth Craft Designs – Feathers Stencil
Elizabeth Craft Designs – Silk Microfine Glitter
White gel pen
Wood veneer
Ribbons
3D foam
Patterned Paper
Rhinestones
Glossy Accents
Texture paste
White tag

Valentine tag

Hello everyone, it´s time for another Tag Tuesday :). This time I would like to share a Valentine´s day tag I made a while back. This again is one of the projects travelling with the Elizabeth Craft Designs booth.

I´ve used a grungy black and white paper on the Background and die cut the arrow, the word Valentine and the feathers from patterned paper. Then I added a layer of Glossy Accents on top of those elements to create some dimension.

Quickly before the Glossy Accents dried up, I poured some Silk Microfine Glitter on top of the feathers for additional shine and let that layer dry. A ribbon and some gems for decoration and this tag was done in no time. In the end I also added a faux stitching along the edges for more detail. That´s it!

Happy creating,
xxx, Sanna

Supplies:
Elizabeth Craft Designs:
Love Sentiments
Feathers
Arrows
Silk Microfine Glitter Warm Diamond

Other:
Glossy Accents
Ribbon
Gems
White gel pen
Patterned paper

 

Stenciled, gel press background – STAMPlorations

Hello there everyone, here comes my STAMPlorations mixed media tutorial and start-to-finish video. I thought I´d create a scrapbook layout this time for a change. This is the layout I created using various ARTplorations stencils:

Here is how I created the layout:

1. Take a piece of residue paper and a piece of white cardstock, some acrylic paints in your favorite colours and a small Gelli plate and a brayer.

2. Add a few drops (very little paint goes a long way here!) of acrylic paint onto the Gelli plate, spread onto the surface with a brayer. See the video on more details!

3. Press the Gelli plate surface onto the cardstock and press lightly. Remove plate and you have a lovely paint press image on the paper.

4. Change the color and apply the paint like explained in the steps before. Next place a stencil over the acrylic paint area and roll over gently with the brayer. Next remove the stencil and press the image onto the cardstock piece. This time you will see a pattern in the finished image. Repeat and experiment with various colours and stencil patterns.

5. Take a patterned paper and the „X marks the Spot“ stencil and start applying some modeling paste onto the background thru the stencil with a palette knife. Let dry.

6. Cut the Gelli Plate images into triangles in various sizes. Arrange onto the background, take a photo with your mobile phone to make sure you don´t forget the order. Remove the triangles and apply spray ink splatters onto the background. Let dry.

7. Take „Trendy Feathers 2“ clear stamp set and stamp words onto the background with a gray and black stamp ink very randomly. Stamp more words and a sentiment onto white paper and fussy cut the pieces along the edges. Now adhere the triangles back to the patterned paper surface, add more stamping onto the background, if necessary.

8. Apply some modeling paste with the same „X marks the Spot“ stencil over the triangles for a fun detail. Let dry.

9. Embellish with stickers, wood veneer, puffy stickers and add a alpha sticker title. Adhere the fussy cut words onto the background with the photos. Add a date stamp and write the journaling for the page.

10. Finally add some black texture splatters here and there for additional detail.

Here is the video for more details and step-by-step. All used products are listed on the video. Hope you enjoy!

I hope you get inspired to try out your own gel press, stenciled images and maybe even a fun scrapbook layout with them! Have fun!

Happy scrapping,

xxx, Sanna

Supplies:

ARTplorations stencil – X marks the Spot

ARTplorations stencil – Hidden Hearts

ARTplorations stencil – Broken Glass

ARTplorations stencil – Plaid Maker

STAMPlorations clear stamp set – Trendy Feathers 2