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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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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Clean and simple teen boy birthday card – Tonic Studios

Hello lovelies, today I´d like to share a teen boy birthday card with a video tutorial  with you. For this card I´ve used mainly Tonic Studios product – starting from the paper cutter until the decorational elements, created with Nuvo Mousse.

Here is the card I created:

I used the Tonic Studios Verso Striped Number dies to create the focal point of this card and added a Tonic Studios German die cut sentiment to go with the card. There are now plenty of sentiments available also in German at Tonic Studios which is really great.

For decoration I added some Nuvo Mousse Teal droplets onto the background and finished the card off with some cork stars. All in all this Card is really easy (and quite fast) to make. I kept to a very clean and simple style, since the card IS created for a boy´s birthday.

To give you a better idea of the card creating process, I again recorded a video for you to watch – hope you like it:

There is a full set of number dies available, so you can basically create a card for any occation with them! I really enjoyed creating this card – I am going to need one for a 18th birthday very soon too and I already have the tools for that at home :).

Have a lovely, creative weekend, everyone!
xxx, Sanna

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Erosion bundle collaboration

Hello there! Last summer I joined a collaboration with a bunch of crafty friends to create erosion bundles. What are they, you ask? They are bundles of fabric, paper, bits and pieces you gather together from what you have at home and add all kinds of elements to the bundle that you think might erose and add „erosional details“ to the materials. So people put in thigs that develop rust and stains of all kinds.

So last July I gathered all kinds of bits and pieces together and made bundles out of them. I didn´t give the whole process that much thought, as I figured the weather and seasons around my area would take care of the rest. So I hung 2 bundles on our patio to get their portion of sunshine, rain, hail and cold on them and just waited 6 months. One last bundle I layed onto the ground (into a flower bed in our garden). Here is how they looked like when I started:

I wrapped lots of paper, music note paper, a notebook, metal pieces, wood veneer, ribbons and twine and so on in layers inside the bundles and wrapped pieces of the white Ikea curtain around the on top. Then I made tight bundles out of them to stand the tooth of time and weather and just waited.

Finally, end of January I opened the bundles and to my disappointment, there was not much going on in the bundles other than mold. So my first experiment really didn´t bring the results I was expecting to get. I recorded videos of the bundle opening process, for you to see how much „erosion“ 6 months in my region created. Here they are:

and the second one with the last two bundles:

And this is all I got out of the bundles to be used on projects:

I had to throw away most of the stuff, due to heavy molding, I don´t want to rist anything, since mold is quite unhealthy ;-). BUT, even though I didn´t get the results I wanted to have, I learned a lot from my mistakes. Besides, the bundle creating and opening after a long time is so much fun! I will definitely make new ones. I just need to wait a bit, since currently it is too cold here to dig the bundles in our garden (everythings frozen :-)…). See, I figured, if I bury them in dirt, I might get better results than when I just hang them outside. And I will be adding more bits with rust to them next time, also adding all kinds of things that create natural stains/dye effects. I had too little of those inside this time round. My collaboration partnes had much more luck here! Go and see their blog posts and results – start from here.

Finally, I used the bits and bobs I could save (at least most of them) for these 3 ATCs:

It´s all product from the bundles, except for the red thread, the brads and the word stickers. Those I added to finish the artist trading cards. This was still so much fun and I am so thankfull for having a crafty friend who always pushes me towards new areas of creativity and challenges me to experiment and develop and keeps me inspired! Thank you Tina, for organizing this collaboration, even though it was not a great success for me, I really, really enjoyed being part of it!

Happy crafting,
xxx, Sanna

Easel Butterfly cards – Tonic Craft Kit 06, project 02

Hello there, lovelies! Time for another Tonic Craft Kit 06 project share today. This is my very first ever easel card. I was a little scared to make an easel card (too many pieces to fold and adhere together and I thought I would for sure end with a big fail :-)…) BUT, I didn´t!

So while I was at it, I made two cards, the first one with the papers that were in the kit and a second card with cardstock from my stash. I love these butterflies! They are so very pretty and once I figured how to combine the dies to create the easel, it was really so much fun.

So this is the first card I created using the kit number 06. Everything, except the Antique Rose Novo Drops and the sentiment stickers are from the kit. I went a little overboard with the sparkliness of this card, but I really had a lot of fun playing and experimenting. And in the process I alse recorded a video for you to watch. It will give you a start-to-finish tutorial on how to build the single pieces together. So never mind the extremely over-colored and over-sprakled details on this card, it´s the building process I wanted to share with you.

And then for my second card – which in my opinon, is more me. I could not resist adding some glitter pen details on this one too, but I didn´t do as much as on the first one. Besides, adding the glitter pen detail onto a darker background creates a TOTALLY different look. I love how the glitter pen reacts with the darker paper!

I also stamped some mini butterflies onto the die cut pieces. The stamps also come in the kit, by the way.

I again added a motivational sticker sentiment to finish off this card. That and the cardstock papers I used, are not from this kit. I hope you enjoy watching the video. There will be more projects coming up soon again!

I think I am going to send the first, extremely sparkly card to my goddaughter – she loves sparkle and butterflies, so I am hoping that card will make her day :).

Happy crafting,
xxx, Sanna

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Learn to rest Art Journal page – STAMPlorations mixed media tutorial

Hello everyone, it´s my turn again today to share another mixed media tutorial over at the STAMPlorations blog! Are you ready for the weekend and some creative time? I am! I love creating pages for my art journal lately, so I am always very much looking forward to weekend and crafty time. Today I´d like to share another art journal page with a motivational quote with you. Here it is:

I played with my stencils again and this time, instead of using spray inks to create the background, I used Distress Paints. I love how they also react with water  and create lovely blendings onto the background.

After creating the first layer, I went and added paint directly to the stencil, then pressed the stencil onto the page to make „letterpress“ patterns on top the first layer. Also I saved all the residue ink from the kraft sheet and the stencils by wiping and dabbing it onto a spare sheet of white cardstock. I always keep one around for paint residues like this. These random pieces can be added as bits or as a background to a future project.

Next I placed the stencil onto the page and dabbed some pink paint thru the flower stencil directly onto the page, creating flowers. I also started with the lightest tones of paint and gradually added darker shades to create more depth and contrast.

 One of the stencil got used as a doodling guide to create the leaf patterns here and there. Then I just simply colored (very randomly) them with a darker green tone of paint and a water tank brush.

 In the end I added several tones of spray inks as splatters onto the page and also drew some additional patterns with paint pens here and there.

Finally, all I needed to do, was to add the quote. I just first made sure the paint layers were all dry. Otherwise I´d ruin my pen with the wet paint. If you have tried to write on wet paint once or twice, you learn to be patient  :-). I´ve again recorded a start-to-finish for you to watch! Hope you enjoy the video!

Happy stenciling!!
xxx, Sanna

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You fill my heart – Elizabeth Craft Designs

Hello there everyone, it´s my turn to share another tutorial over at the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog today. This time I again created a scrapbook layout and a set of cards. For this month´s tutorial I´ve also recorded a start-to-finish video for you to watch. But first, let me show you the layout.

Valentine´s Day being just around the corner, I wanted to create something love theme related, so I made a scrapbook page about my younger son and a set of love themed clean and simple cards with the new dies. Here is what I created:

Create this layout with following steps:
1) First take a patterned paper from the Fly & Scrap paper collection by Moda Scrap and a sheet of watercolor paper and white Soft Finish Cardstock.
2) Cut several Moda Scrap Leafy Branch die cut dies and cut the branches from the Soft Finish Cardstock with your die cutting machine. Also die cut a few heart forms with the new Buttons die cut die.
3) Take spray inks in purple and blue tones – try to get similar colors to match the patterned paper tones – and spray the die cut branches with the spray inks on a kraft sheet.
4) Now take a watercolor paper and a water mist bottle. There is plenty of residue spray ink on the kraft sheet from misting the branches. Apply some water mist onto the residue spray ink areas on your kraft sheet and then press the watercolor paper onto the wet ink areas to pick up the color with the paper. Dry the layer with a heat tool, then repeat the procedure until you are happy with the result.
5) Now cut the DIY watercolor paper and the Moda Scrap patterned paper in a manner that they together build a full 12×12 inch page. Adhere together.
6) Add ink splatters onto the DIY watercolor paper piece with the same spray inks you used to mist the die cut branches with. This is to mimic the ink splatters on the patterned paper. That way they will better match together.
7) Now start building your page together by adhering the die cut branches on top of the patterned paper feathers pattern and also some towards the DIY watercolor paper strip. Then add the photos in place and decorate the page with a sentiment and some sticker words.
8) Finally embellish with eyelets, liquid pearls and wood veneer hearts. In the end add a stamped sentiment with the Love Sentiments clear stamp set and black stamp ink.

Since there is plenty of DIY watercolor paper left over from the layout process, use those pieces for a set of cards.

Here is how to make the cards:
1) Take the Heart Cutouts die cut die and cut a heart from the DIY watercolor paper first.
2) Next take a residue piece of the Moda Scrap patterned paper and die cut two heart cutout pieces with it from that paper.
3) Take a spray ink and a water tank brush and color all the little hearts with dark purple spray ink. Leave to dry.
4) Adhere the full watercolor paper heart onto a white card base and embellish with the small colored heart pieces. Add a stamped sentiment from the Love Sentiments stamp set. Decorate with liquid pearls and a black pen.
5) For the last card, use the cutout heart die cut piece and a big piece of the DIY watercolor paper to adhere the heart onto. Fill all the open areas of the cutout heart piece with the purple colored small heart pieces. Adhere on place and decorate with liquid pearls.
6) Add a stamped sentiment from the Love Sentiments set and outline with a black pen.

I´ve again recorded a video for you to watch, to give you a better idea of each and every step of the creating process. Hope you enjoy watching the video and get inspired to create some purple toned projects for Valentine´s Day. Have fun and see you in March again,

Happy crafting,
Sanna

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Tonic Craft Kit 06 – project 01

Hello there, everybody and welcome to the first project share, created with the Tonic Craft Kit 06. Without further ado, I´m going to share the finished set of 3 cards with you:

I´ve created the cards using mainly the kit contents, except for the stencil, embossing powders and the word sentiments – they are from my previous stash. I´ve incorporated products from my stash to go with the kit, as I am assuming that would be something we all do when we buy a kit.

For these cards I´ve used heat embossing, stamping and stenciling as techniques.

I immediately wanted to try out the glitter with transparent texture paste to see how it works with stencils. And it does! Besides, I like the idea of mixing the glitter with a paste – that way my surroundings stay much cleaner than if I´d be using loose glitter. I really like these little butterflie dies and the matching stamps that come in the kit.  There are just so many possibilities to use them. For now I´ll leave you with the start-to-finish video and will be back with more projects very soon:

Thanks for stopping by and hope you will come back soon to see what else I did with this kit. Also, keep an eye on the Tonic Studios website and Facebook page for sneaks and inspiration – there is just so much going on there on very regular basis!!!

Happy crafting,
xxx, Sanna

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Mistakes Art Journal page – STAMPlorations

Hi there and happy Monday! Today it is again my turn to share a STAMplorations mixed media tutorial with you. For this times tutorial I chose to make another art journal page for a change – it has been a while I shared an Art Journal video with you all…

Here is what I did:
I´ve been making these „faux watercolor“ background art journal pages this month and I am so much enjoying creating them! So I thought, I´d share with you a short start-to-finish video with you guys on how I create them.
Basically, all you need is some Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist, a paint brush, water, a stencil, a Distress Oxide ink, a stamp and a black and white pen. I know it sounds like a lot, but normally I use much more product on an art journal page than I did here. I first mist the paper with a water mist quite wet, then start adding the Glimmer Mist tones to the page and let them spread freely. I also did not treat the surface with any kind of primer (gesso etc.), because I wanted to have the paper react with the spray ink and water and create fun patterns and color mixtures onto the surface. I always applied one color, then dried the page with a heat gun before moving to the next tone. After the background was done, I added stenciled images with one of my STAMPlorations stencils (Evolution) and brown Distress Oxide ink. I wanted to add a frame around the edges, so I did that with the stencil. Then I outlined the patterns with a black pen to make them stand out from the bold color background a little better.  I also played with a white gel pen and added fun details to the stencil patterns with it. Next I used a STAMPlorations motivational stamp for partial stamping – only stamped a word from the sentiment stamp with black ink. Then I added a hand written quote to the page with a black POSCA pen and highlighted the letters by adding depth to them with the same pen and later with a white gel pen. For finishing touches I added some ink droplets with the Icicle Blue Tattered Angels Glimmer MIst. I love the glimmer and shine they add to the page!! Cannot get enough of that :). And finally, here is the start-to-finish video for you to watch! I hope you like it!!!

For more information and fun challenges, hop over to the STAMPlorations blog HERE. And if you would like to buy a stamp and stencil or two, HERE is where to do that :). There is also the first set of my very own stencils available at th store – see HERE. And if you would like to get 20% off your order, use the gift card code STAMPGIRLSANNA upon checkout!!!
Happy stenciling,
xxx, Sanna

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Blue hour – Elizabeth Craft Designs

Like I told you previously, I´ll be doing guest design team posts for Elizabeth Craft Designs starting from January and today is my turn to share my first project with you. I´ve created a scrapbook page and then after finishing it, had plenty on product left, so I created a total of three cards with the leftover pieces. Both the layout and the cards have a start-to-finish video to watch. Hope you enjoy it!

This is the layout I created:
It has been almost ten years since I last was in Finland during winter. That is so long ago – I definitely need to go more often! This picture was taken during my last winter visit there and it reminds me of the cold weather. When it is really cold, the snow makes noises under your feet, it crunches. Then there is the blue hour, sligthly after sundown, when everything around you turns a blue shade. I love that moment. This picture was taken during the blue hour and it reminds me of all the things I am familiar from winter. Funny, I´d never think I´d miss that, actually. That is what this layout is about.

Then I made a couple of cards with all the pieces left over from the layout: For the first one I used the leftover 3D foam adhesive sheet from Scrapbook Adhesives. I covered it with Warm Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter and then added some stamped and die cut, colored trees and a stamped and die cut sentiment to it.

For the second card I used the dotted paper strip – which I cut out from the layout background to save some paper for later – as my card background and added a leftover snowflake as a centerpiece on it. I stamped and die cut sentiment which I inked iwth blue Distress Ink to make it stand out from the bakground, finishes the card off.

And for the third card I used the negative glitter foam piece, from which I die cut the alphas for the layout title, as my focal point of the card. The fun part of this piece is the red matted word „Hi“ on the right upper corner. I only needed to add the leftover tree and some die cut and stamped stars, a small hand drawn heart and the stamped and die cut word on top. As a base I again used a piece of the dotted blue paper. I´ve prepared a video for you to watch, to give you a better idea of all the product used and step I did. Hope you like it!

 So next month is February which means Valentine´s Day – I have a feeling you will be seeing something love themed next month from me :).

Until then, have fun crafting!!!
xxx, Sanna

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