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

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

HERE IS A DIRECT LINK TO THE NEW PRODUCT RELEASE!!!

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

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

 

Teen boy birthday card – Elizabeth Craft Designs

Hi everyone, today is again my turn to post a tutorial for the  Elizabeth Craft Designs Die Cut Design Team. I decided to share with you a teen boy birthday card idea. My son recently celebrated his birthday and this is the card I made for him. This card is fairly easy to make and by changing the colors you can easily create a card for a teen girl using the same idea too.

Here is how I created the card: 


Step 1: The materials you need are a card base, a piece of Soft Finish cardstock for die cutting, Clear Double Sided Adhesive sheet, Words die cut dies, spray inks and another piece of cardstock to work as a background piece for the card.


Step 2: First you will need to cut a piece of white Soft Finish Cardstock into a right size (slightly smaller than your card base). Then place that piece into spraying box and add both red and blue spray ink (or whatever color you prefer!) to the cardstock piece and dry with a heat gun. Next adhere the long strip of Soft Finish Cardstock onto the Clear Double Sided Adhesive strip. Then place the piece into your die cutting machine and cut words. Use the whole piece, whatever is left over, can be used on further projects.


Step 3: Then remove the die cut words from the adhesive back cardstock and adhere in random order onto the misted piece. Cut along the edges with scissors to remove any overlapping pieces. Adhere to the cardbase.


Step 4: Next cut a Stitched Circle from a white Soft Finish Cardstock piece and add some foam stickers into the middle. I added the number 14, since it´s was his 14th birthday. Use 3D-foam to adhere the circle onto the card base to give it even more dimension.



Step 5: Finally take a piece of adhesive back black foam and die cut the word Birthday from it. This way you can create your own DIY foam sentiments, words and alphas. Adhere the word underneath the circle. The card is done.

Here is one more card, created using the exactly same idea. I just changed the background colors a little bit and used a Fishtail Banner for the sentiment instead of a circle. I hope you enjoyed this little step-by-step tutorial and got inspired to use word die cut dies for creating fun card backgrounds.

Happy crafting,
Sanna

Supplies: 
Elizabeth Craft Desings
Stitched Circles
Thinking of you
Party
Thanks
Smile
Celebrate
Happy Birthday
Stitched Fishtail Banners
White Soft Finish Cardstock
Clear Double Sided Adhesive Sheet

Other:
Card base
Spray inks by Tattered Angels
Foam alpha stickers
Adhesive back foam sheet
3D foam pads

Stenciled canvas bag – STAMPlorations

Hello lovelies, it is time for another Stencil Sunday and this time I´m sharing a fun and easy to make stenciled canvas bag.

This is what my finished canvas bag looks like:

And this is how I created it:

First gather the materials together. You will need a canvas/fabric zipper bag, a foam brush, a stencil and some paints. I picked two colours and chose to use the green one, since this tone of green is one of the Pantone colors for 2017.

The steps are really easy. Place the stencil onto the canvas bag – if the fabric is thinner, you might want to place a cardboard piece inside the bag to keep the paint from seeping thru the surface all the way to the backside of the bag. I didn´t have to, as the canvas this piece is made of, is quite thick material. Next make sure you keep the bag steadily on one place – I kept it from moving around simply with my fingers. You can wash your hands afterwards :). Then apply some paint onto a painters tray and dab the color onto the surface with the foam brush. If you are uncertain, practise on a piece of fabric first. The trick is to keep the stencil from moving around to get an even image. There are no other tricks to getting a clean image than that. When you are done, carefully remove the stencil. Rinse both the stencil and the foam brush and let the surface dry.

Next I applied some texture spray splattrers onto the bag and let those dry. I just wanted to add an artistic element to the surface. If you don´t like splatters, you don´t have to make any :).

Finally I outlined the stenciled sentiment with a black pen to add a little more contrast. That´s it. Easy and fast to do. The paint I used is not meant for fabric which means that I cannot wash this piece in a washing machine. But there are also paints out in the market meant for fabrics. If you want a permanent result, use such paints. My bag is going to be in my studio and I will store my paint pens inside it, so I didn´t need the result to be permanent.

Imagine using another of the great sentiment stencils at the STAMPlorations store with another color – the result will be totally different! You can also use this technique for art pieces, wall hangings etc. Paint, stencils and fabric work really well together. Hope you get inspired!!! Oh, and don´t forget to hop over to the blog to see more inspirational projects and tutorials! There is plenty up over at the STAMPlorations blog. And join our monthly challenge there too! For more info, GO HERE :). See you around,

Also feel free to use my discount code (STAMPGIRLSANNA) at the STAMPlorations store. It is valid for regular prized and sale items:

Let´s stay creative,
xxx, Sanna

Supplies:
ARTplorations My Sunshine stencil by STAMPlorations
Tattered Angels Decor & DIY paint
Irresistible texture spray by Imagine Crafts
Black pen
Canvas Zipper Bag – Canvas Corp Brands

April showers ATC set – STAMPlorations

Hello lovelies, it is again time for another Mixed Media challenge!!! New month always means new challenge, so here goes:

My take for this months reveal is a set of Artist Trading Cards. The theme I went with is April showers :)… very suitable, eh?

Here is what I did:
First take a piece of dark blue cardstock and but into the right (ATC) size. The take a piece of leftover, misted, stenciled paper (my piece is from this project) and some wood veneer clouds.

Punch flowers from the leftover music note paper with a flower punch (or use a die cut die).

Take a raindrop stencil and draw along the raindrops with a white gel pen onto the background.

Remove stencil and add some additional effects with the pen for a more interesting look.

Embellish! Use pieces of ribbon/burlap, the wood veneer pieces and the punched flowers to decorate the ATCs. Add red liquid pearl dots into the middle of the flowers for dimension.

Take a piece of old paper and add handwritten sentiments to the ATCs. Outline along the edges and glue on place. That´s it. Very easy to do. Here is the finished set:

Now is again your turn to get started! Hope you will find the time to play along and join in on the April challenge with us! Remember, anything mixed media, but cards, is allowed. Use at least one stencil (any brand) and follow the linky rules. That´s it! And you can again win some STAMPloration product goodness!!! And you can always use my discount code when shopping at the store, too :)! Have fun!!

See you at STAMPlorations blog,
Let´s stay creative,
xxx, Sanna

STAMPlorations supplies:
ARTplorations – Droplets mini stencil
ARTplorations – Leaf Prints 2

Other:
Blue cardstock
Wood veneer clouds
Teal burlap
Tattered Angels spray inks
White acrylic paint
White gel pen
Black pen
Flower punch
Golden yarn
Aleene´s Tacky Glue
Red liquid pearls

Butterfly tag – Elizabeth Craft Designs

Hello there lovelies!!!  Time for „Tag Tuesday„. That just came to my mind when preparing this post, but would be kinda fun to try and post a tag every Tuesday, wouldn´t it? However, I am afraid I will not be able to make one EVERY Tuesday, so these „Tag Tuesday“ posts will be somewhat random in the beginning. But it is a start :).

This tag is one of my projects that is travelling around with Elizabeth Craft Designs booth atm. I made a few cards and tags for shows and this is one of those. There is plenty of things on this tag I really like: Silk Microfine Glitter, Moda Scrap line die cut dies and spray inks by Tattered Angels. I love this combination – happy spray ink colours mixed together with shiny glitter and combined with lovely die cut butterflies. There is lots and lots of spring feel to this tag. Happy spring everyone!!!

Happy creating,
xxx, Sanna

Supplies:
Dancing Butterflies
Fire Opal Silk Microfine Glitter
Clear Double Sided Adhesive
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists
Pearls & gems
Black pen
Ribbons

Coffee themed tag – Coffee Lovers blog hop

Hi there everyone, I am up today with one last – although I could go on and on with these coffee themed projects, as I AM a coffee addict 😉 – project for the  Spring Coffee Lovers blog hop.

This time I ended up creating a coffee themed tag. Here it is:
And this is how I created it:

First I took a plain white tag and misted it with a Tattered Angels Cardboard toned Chalkboard spray ink. I sprayed the tag really wet so that the color would start „running“ on the tag surface and then quickly dried the surface with a heat gun. That way I got this really cool background look. Looks like spilled coffee :)..! And next I stamped the A Cup Of Roses clear stamp image onto a piece of beige patterned paper. The paper had platters on it, which makes it look like it has been stained by coffee/tea. Perfect for this theme then! I colored the image with markers again – using mainly Copic markers and adding white dots with a white gel pen. Finally I decorated the rose petals and the coffee cup with Rose Gold and Stardust Sticles to add some sparckle to the image. Next I took the Bloomin´ Spring Coffee Basket stamp set and used the sentiment stamps with black ink for the tag background. I repeatedly stamped the images next to each other mainly concentrating on getting the coffee name parts visible on the tag. Then all I did was to fussy cut the Cup of Roses image and adhere it onto the tag. I also stamped a sentiment onto a white paper and inked it with darkish yellow spray ink tone to match the tag colors and adhered the stamped sentiment underneath the rose image. Finally I added some ribbons to the tag and the project was done. I really like the colors on this tag. I am not that big a fan of brown but when I see it on a project, it gets me every time – maybe it´s because it reminds me of coffee 😉 ….

And now hop over to the STAMPlorations blog to read more about this hop! Have fun!!! And do join in too!!!

Let´s stay creative,
xxx, Sanna

Supplies:
STAMPlorations A Cup Of Roses clear stamp set
STAMPlorations Bloomin´ Spring Coffee Basket clear stamp set
Tattered Angels Baseboard spray ink – Cardboard tone
Archival jet black stamp ink
Stickels Rose Gold and Stardust
7gypsies Ordre Du Jour 8×8 paper collection
Ribbons
Copic markers
Signo uni-ball white