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

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

Smile – Elizabeth Craft Designs

Hello there everyone, it´s again time for another Die Cut Design Team Challenge over at the Elizabeth Craft Desings blog. Every month the Die Cut Desing Team members are challenged to with a different task and this months theme is „Glittery Backgrounds„.

Since it is spring, I tried to make a soft toned card. Here is my take:

And here is how I created this card:
I took a light yellow card base and some pearlescent white cardstock and die cut the Dancing Butterflies from the white cardstock. I also adhered a strip of Clear Double Sided Adhesive onto the card base and left just a tiny strip of the cardstock on both sizes free of the adhesive.

Then I placed the die cut butteflies onto the adhesive surface. I attachted the butterflies with the adhesive surface using the protective cover sheet of the adhesive. This way there are no fingerprints on the adhesive and everything stays on place. If I would touch the adhesive surface with my fingers, the glitter would not stick to those areas that well. So make sure you are careful not to touch it during this step.
Next I took a coffee filter and placed it under my card. I then poured some Warm Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter onto the adhesive and carfully brushed away the residue. The glitter that is in the coffee filter can be re-used. Just carefully pour it back to the jar from the filter. If you get glitter onto your fingers and working surface, use a Swiffer dust cloth to remove it. Polish the glitter with your finger by moving into one direction and gently pressing your finger against the glittered surface. This will result a fabulous shiny background!
Here is a close-up of the finished, polished background to give you an idea on how much difference it makes to polish the surface. And don´t be scared about getting your fingers dirty. Hardly any glitter comes off during this step if you have wiped the residue off with the brush. (There is a video on how to do this over here, if you are interested to see the step-by-step and how it´s done).

Next I die cut a Small Butterfly from the same paper. Again adding a layer of Clear Double Sided Adhesive onto the base part. Next I removed the loose pieces from the upper part of the butterfly and adhered the pieces together. There is also a Dancing Butterfly piece that I die cut from golden vellum on this photo. However I chose not use use that on my finished card. Instead I used a white one.  After adhering the upper and lower part of the Small Butterfly together, I added a layer of Fire Opal Silk Microfine Glitter onto the open areas. I repeated the same steps here as I did with the background earlier.
Finally I wanted to add a dimensional word/sentiment to my card, so I took some adhesive foam and die cut the word Smile from it. Even though the foam is relatively thick,the die cut cut all the way thru. This way you can also create your own foam alphabets ;-).. !

Now all I needed to do was to decorate the card and it was done. I added two strips of adhesive patterened paper and a pink tulle ribbon to the card, then layered the butterflies and added some half pearls into the middle to match the tulle ribbon.

Here are some close-ups of the finished card:

Now hop over to the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog to see the projects my Die Cut Design Team colleagues have created for this challenge!! There are so many great ways to use this fabulous glitter on your projects. I love this glitter!! Come back in a few days and I might be sharing one or two other glitter projects here on my blog :).

Hope you get inspired to try out this great product!!
Let´s stay creative!
xxx, Sanna

Supplies:
Elizabeth Craft Designs:
Dancing Butterflies
Small Butterfly
Smile
Clear Double Sided Adhesive Sheets
Clear Double Sided Adhesive 3 mm
Silk Microfine Glitter – Fire Opal
Silk Microfine Glitter – Warm Diamond
Brushes

Other:
Big Shot
Yellow card base
Half pearls
Pearlescent white cardstock
Tulle ribbon
Adhesive paper
Adhesive foam

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

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

Coffee themed bag – Coffee Lovers blog hop

Hello there again, everyone! Time to share another Spring Coffee Lovers blog hop project with you today.

I could not stop with the ATC cards, but had to make another project :). This time, I altered a fabric bag to a customized present bag. Here is what it looks like:

I can fill it with goodies and give it away on a suitable occation. Here is what I did:

I first took a waterproof black ink and applied ink onto the STAMPlorations „A Cup of Roses“ clear stamp. I love this stamp!!! It is soooo pretty!!! Then I took some markers – both water soluble and permanent ones, as I am not going to add anything wet inside this bag, so it does not matter which ones I use. When coloring, I added a piece of thick cardstock inside the bag to keep the marker color from seeping all the way thru the bag and leaving ugly color spots on the backside of the bag. I also stamped a sentiment from the same stamp set on the bottom of the bag.

I don´t have much practise at coloring, so I went for a more „artistic“ look instead of trying to get a realistic result :). Finally after finishing the coloring, I added white gel pen dots onto the coffee cup and added some Frosted Lace Stickles around the rose petals for additional detail and the bag was finished. Here is a close-up of the finished project. I really like how it turned out. I have a few more bags in my stash, so I might make some more to give away :). And now, hop over to the STAMPlorations blog to read more about this fun coffee themed spring hop!! Do join in the fun!!!

Let´s stay creative,
xxx, Sanna

Supplies:
STAMPlorations A Cup Of Roses clear stamp set
Copic markers
Faber-Castell markers
Signo uni-ball white pen
Stampin´ Up! markers
Archival Ink jet black stamp ink
Fabric bag
Frosted Lace Stickles

Coffee themed ATC set – Coffee lovers blog hop

Hello there, everyone and welcome to the Spring Coffee Lovers blog hop. This hop is a sponsored by STAMPlorations (among many other amazing super sponsors).

There are some really great coffee themed products available at the STAMPloratios store and as an coffee addict, I could not pass this hop. Here is my project and a few details on how I created it:

This is a set of 3 Artist Trading Cards and I´ve used the „Bloomin´ Spring Coffee Basket“ clear stamp set on this set of ATCs. My first stemp was to cut vanilla toned cardstock into ATC size (….) and add some patterned papers onto the background. I used 7gypsies Ordre Du Jour papers as I found they would match the blog hop theme very well. And they remind me of old cáfe wallpaper decor somehow :). After cutting the papers into righ size I took a piece of vellum and black waterproof ink and stamped the Coffee Basket onto the vellum. Once dry, the ink does not smear.

Next I fussy cut the stamped baskets and flipped them upside down and started coloring from the backside (just to make sure my alcohol markers would not smear the stamped image – this way nothing can happen!). I used browns, pink, blue and yellow Copic marker tones. After coloring the images I only had to adhere them onto their places with clear double sided adhesive and  add stamped, fussy cut sentiments on top. The words are from the same set. I just used them partially.

For decoration I added some sewing yarn and a button on each ATC. Also there is some glitter glue here and there for additional shine. Finally I wiped some black ink around the ATC edges. These are the finished ATCs and here is a close-up of one of them: 

And now hop over to the STAMPlorations blog to find out more about this hop (there are also prizes to be won, so make sure you join in the fun!!!). Have fun!!!

Let´s stay creative,
xxx, Sanna

Supplies:
STAMPlorations Blooming Spring Coffee Basket clear stamp set
7gypsies Ordre Du Jour 8×8 paper pack
Copic markers
Hero Arts black stamp ink
Archival jet black stamp ink
Vanilla cardstock
Stickles Glitter Glue (Rose Gold and Star Dust)

Distress Glitter ATC set – STAMPlorations

Hello there lovelies, another Stencil Sunday is here!! I hope you are enjoying the inspiration delivered by us STAMPlorations girls :). Every Sunday either all or part of the team share an inspirational project created using at least one STAMPlorations stencil. Today is my turn again and here is what I did:

This is how I created the ATCs. My starting point was a piece of plain white cardstock – everything in color is added details :).

Step 1: I cut the plain white cardstock into ATC sized pieces (2 1⁄2 by 3 1⁄2 inches (64 mm × 89 mm)) and added green and blue spray ink onto the background. Next I used a heat gun for drying the ink.

Step 2: Then I place a misted piece under the ARTplorations Square City stencil and adhered the stencil onto the working surface with washi tape. That keeps the pieces from moving around. Next I applied a layer of transparent texture paste thru the stencil with a palette knife onto the surface.

Step 3: For the first ATC I then poured loose Distress Glitter onto the wet texture paste surface and dabbed the residue off with my finger. I let the piece air dry. Using the glitter this way it will stick to the paste when dry and stay shiny.

Step 4: For the next two pieces I mixed the transparent texture paste and the Distress Glitter with a palette knife together and first then applied the paste onto the tag like explained on Step 2. When you use the Distress Glitter this way, it will not result in a soft and shiny surface. It is more a grainy texture with color than a shine surface. If you would use a regular glitter, the result would still stay shiny when dry. That is the difference between Distress and regular Glitter and this technique.

Step 5: I took a piece of patterned paper and a STAMPlorations Trendy Feathers 2 clear stamp set and stamped feathers onto the paper with black ink.

Step 6: Next I took a STAMPlorations Fond Expressions 2 clear stamp set and stamped a sentiment onto a piece of vanilla cardstock. I then fussy cut the stamped sentiments.

Step 7: Now all I needed to do was to decorate the ATC background. I adhered the feather, some pink yarn, a button and the sentiment onto the tag. You cannot see it here, but I also added some white ink splatters in the end for additional detail. Those can be seen on the finished ATC´s.

Hope you have enjoyed today´s Stencil Sunday inspiration by the design team girls!!! Remember you can also join in the fun with us by submitting your mixed media stencil project (any brand goes!!!) to the monthly challenge!!! Just remember, NO CARDS allowed :). For details, go HERE :).

I for myself am submitting this project to the Simon Says Stamp Challenge Blog´s: Bit O´ Green challenge.

Let´s stay creative,
xxx, Sanna

Supplies:
ARTplorations Square City stencil
STAMPlorations Fond Expressions 2 clear stamp set
STAMPlorations Trendy Feathers 2 clear stamp set
Distress Glitter – Ranger
Transparent Texture Paste – Ranger
Stamp ink – Hero Arts

Altered present box – STAMPlorations

Hello lovelies! Time to share the STAMPlorations March Mixed Media Challenge with you today!!!

The weather has been lovely here the past days and it is slowly starting to feel like spring. I love the fact that the days get longer and the birds are starting to sing. Immediately lifts my spirits!! I might have been inspired by spring on my March reveal mixed media piece :)…. there is a little birdie sitting on top of my altered box. And the happy, bright colours might also have something to do with my anticipation for spring :)…

Here is what I did:
And this is how I altered the wooden box:

I first applied a layer of gesso onto the box. Then went over all sides, besides the bottom, obviously, with the „Ethnic Organic Two“ STAMPlorations stencil and applied modeling paste thru the stencil onto the surface. This took a while, as I always had to let 1-2 sides dry properly before moving over to the next one.   After finishing all sides I placed the wooden box into a misting box (I made myself one, after spraying my keyboard and my working area several times with various spray colours…) and misted the box – both inside and outside – with blue Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist tone „Jack Frost“. Then I decorated the lid with a little bird and two paper flowers. I misted those again with purple and yellow Glimmer Mist tones and added glitter glue here and there for additional interest.

Finally I stamped a Dina Wakley stamp sentiment on a sheet of old book paper and fussy cut that into stripes and adhered them onto the lid.

As you can see, the box is misted both outside and inside.

I can either use this box as a decorational piece or give it away as a present. Just add the present inside and it is ready to go :).

This is a very tiny box. It only measures 10 x 6 x 5 centimeters. I have been thinking of adding a bigger and a smaller one to go with it. That away they would look pretty nice together as a group.

Now it is your turn to create and link up non-card mixed media projects. The theme is always anything mixed media, except a card and you are asked to use at least one stencil (any brand!!!) on your project. The Linky closes at the end of the month. And there are prizes to be won:

– $10 gift certificate to the winner voted by the Mixed Media team
– $5 gift certificate each to the 2 top picks
– AND If there are 25 or more entries: 1 random winner wins any 2 standard sized stencils from the store

so what are you waiting for? Hop over HERE and get inspired by the design team samples and join in with us!!!

Annnddd….just a kind reminder, in case you are in need of stamps, stencils and/or die cut dies, you just might want to add this code upon checkout for 20% off your order at STAMPlorations store 🙂

xxx, Sanna

Used product:
ARTplorations: Ethnic Organic Two stencil
Tattered Angels – Jack Frost
Simply Sheer – Strong Pink
Tattered Angels – Summer Glow
Modeling paste
Dina Wakley – Scribbly Birds stamp set
Gesso