April STAMPlorations challenge reveal

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

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

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

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

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

Here are the simple rules for the challenge:

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

Prizes:

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

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

Happy crafting,
xxx, Sanna

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Spring colored cards with stencils and Nuvo Mousse – STAMPlorations


Hi there, everyone! How ready are you for spring? I know I am more than ready (while I am writing this, snow keeps falling outside my window) and cannot wait for tulips, sunshine and nicer weather! For that reason, I made some happy colored cards with stencils and Nuvo Mousse for this month´s STAMPlorations Mixed Media tutorial.

Here are the steps:
First take a piece of watercolor paper or thicker drawing paper a Nuvo Mousse Citrus Green tone, a blender brush and a stencil of your choice. I used the Flowers 2 stencil on these cards.
Now grab some mousse (a fairly small amount is enough) from the jar with the brush and with a circular motion, apply it onto the paper.Next take a second tone of Nuvo Mousse of your choice (I used Pacific Teal) and place the stencil on top of the green toned surface (dries really quicly, by the way). Again apply the mousse onto the paper thru the stencil using the brush. If you want to more dimensional look, apply with a palette knife.For a second  version of the same technique, pick three matching colors of Nuvo Mousse (I used Pink Flambé, Persian Red and Burnished Bronze) and apply them from a lighter tone towards a darker tone to create an ombré look onto the background. Again apply in circular motion with the brush.After the surface is done, place the Flowers 2 stencil on top and apply white texture paste thru the stencil with a palette knife onto the surface. Let dry.This creates nice texture and a beautiful contrast onto the card background.Next apply some green and blue mousse, blending them together randomly, onto the cardstock piece and stamp flowers (I used the Buttercups & Butterflies stamp set) with a waterproof ink onto that area. Then fussy cut the flowers. Repeat the same stemps and create pink flowers with the pink mousse and the same stamp.Fussy cut the flowers. Create a stamped sentiment banner with the Fond Expressions 2 stamp set stamps and arrange all pieces onto a white card base. Finally, decorate the flower centers with Nuvo Glitter Drops to add some additonal shine and dimension. Here is how the finished cards look like:The Nuvo Mousse has a wax like, metallic look and feel to it when it´s dry, so it creates really beautiful shimmery backgrounds to these cards and can be used with stencils in so many ways.
I hope you enjoyed this spring card tutorial and get your stencils out and play some yourself!!! Have a great week everyone and

happy stenciling!
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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Be fearless – STAMPlorations Stencil Sunday

Hi there and welcome to another STAMPlorations Stencil Sunday! Today I´d like to share a Art Journal page with you again.

At the moment I am totally addicted to using Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists like watercolors and creating bold and colorful backgrounds with them as my starting point.
I then build my page from there using a Senecio 1 ARTplorations stencil (one of my own designs) with Peacock Feathers Distress Oxide ink on top of the „watercolor“ background. I love how there is that occational shine on the background and then lots of colors combined with a fun stencil image and of course, a quote! Cannot seem to be able to make a page without those anymore.
The word „fearless“ is a STAMPlorations stamp. The rest of the words are hand written using Posca pens. I am liking my handwriting on this piece again alot. So glad I am making progress with my writing and to have discovered the style that also pleases my own eye.
I´ve outlined the stencil images with a black pen to create a little more contrast to the apge and then added some white gel pen details onto them too. That creates a little more dimensional look to the images. That´s it for me today, hope you find some time to play along with the STAMPlorations January mixed media challenge! See you there!

Happy stenciling,
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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January Mixed Media Challenge reveal – STAMPlorations

Hi there, we are starting the new year off with a bunch of challenges at STAMPlorations. Today it´s time to share the January Mixed Media challenge with you.

Here is what I made for the challenge reveal – a art journal sheet with a motivational quote:

I´ve said it before, and I´m saying it again here. I LOVE QUOTES! My art journal features many quotes and I find that the pages I like the most are the ones with motivational quotes. I am also starting to like my handwriting a lot better. I´ve found a way to add it to my work in a way that is is pleasing to the eye. This has not always been the case. I´m glad that I´ve figured my type of lettering out for me :).

What I also love is color. So I´ve added plenty of that here. I added water to the background and then picked some Glimmer Mist spray inks with a paint brush from the spray bottles and let them spread into the wet page on their own. I REALLY LIKE the results. It´s a happy page that makes me feel really motivated and positive about the new year.

After the spray ink had dried, I added the stamped bird images (STAMPlorations stamp) onto the page and finally finished the page off with some stenciling. I draw the stencil pattern onto the page with a fine tip black pen, then inked the leaves with blue Glimmer Mist and after all the layers had dried properly, took a Posca pen and wrote the motivantional quote to the page. It´s easy to say that this is my fave page so far, as it happens to be my first AJ page this year. LOL! But I really, really like how it turned out. Note to self: create more pages!

OK, so now it´s again your turn to make some mixed media art and join our challenge with your projects! Read the rules on how to play along here and then submit your work! Would love to see you join in and play along with us! There are also prizes to be won, so go on and get your creativity mode on :). Have fun and see you at STAMPlorations!

xxx, Sanna

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All about winter – TAGplorations

Hello there, everyone and Happy New Year 2018!!!! I hope you had a lovely Christmas time and a nice New Years evening. Let´s start the new year with a creative TAGplorations tag challenge: create a project, featuring a tag around the theme: ALL ABOUT WINTER!

Here is my project for the reveal:
I first die cut a manila tag from black cardstock with the Manila Tags Nesting Dies by STAMPlorations. Then I die cut the second, smaller tag, from blue cardstock with the Tags 1 set. The snowflake is a lefover piece from another project and it perfectly goes with the winter theme, so I used it as a focal point on my tag.

I used the Christmas Tree 1 (my stencil series at STAMPlorations) and misted some trees with Sandy Beach Tattered Angels Chalkboard ink onto the background. The snowflake was originally white. I used a Chalkboard spray ink to color the snowflake blue (Wave tone). Then I added some faux stitching around the edges with a white gel pen and decorated the snowflake with some rhinestones. The little white snowflakes are hand drawn on the background. And finally I added a stamped sentiment to the tag and finished the tag off with a piece of ribbon.

Now it´s your turn to join the challenge. TAGplorations CHALLENGE GUIDELINES:

  • Create a project based on the theme with or without the twist.
  • Your project(s) can be anything but it must have a tag (or tags) in it.
  • Link up as many projects as you wish as long as they are in separate blog posts.
  • Your project photo must be posted in full in your blog post! Please don’t link up to our challenge if you’re only showing a sneak peek of it (as is the case when you made it as a design team project for another company). In the same vein, please do not link up your project if it’s solely to promote another company.
  • You must display the challenge graphic in your post and link back to the challenge post post (not just the main blog) in order to be eligible to win (and receive the corresponding prize).
  • Link up by the last day of the month, 11:55 p.m. Pacific.

Prizes

– $10 gift certificate to the winner voted by the TAGplorations team
– $5 gift certificate each to the 2 top picks
– If there are 50 or more entries: 1 random winner of CUTplorations dies worth up to $20

Hope you´ll play along with us! Happy and creative January 2018!!!!
xxx, Sanna

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TAGplorations December challenge REMINDER

Hi there, everyone! Today I´d like to share another TAGplorations December challenge project with you. With this project I´d like to remind you to join our monthly challenge over at the STAMPlorations blog. This one is all about tags and this months challenge is „All about Christmas“.

Here is my second project for this months challenge reveal:

For this tag I first inked the blue cardstock with a Distress Ink blue tone that is slightly darker than the background. Then I used a white gel pen to draw around the inked stencil image. This way the pattern stands out better from the same toned background and makes it look more interesting. I had already punched the snowflakes from the paper, so I just applied a double sided adhesive underneath and then added some Silk Microfine Glitter on top. It sticks to the surface and creates lovely, shimmery snowflakes as a centerpieces to the tag.

After that I just needed to add some faux stitching, a darker cardstock piece onto the background and some half pearls for decoration. The sentiment  in the middle is a leftover piece from a project I did for Canvas Corp – it actually is a piece from the paper collection name I just fussy cut to work as a sentiment for this particular tag.

Finally I just added a strip of ribbon on top and this tag was all done. This will make yet another nice present tag for my Christmas presents this year. Now is your turn, if you haven´t played along with us already, here is where you will find all the details about the challenge (also read the rules over here).

See you at TAGplorations,
xxx, Sanna

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Altered 2018 notebook cover – STAMPlorations Stencil Sunday

Hello there everyone and happy December!! Today it´s again time to share some STAMPlorations stencil love with you. For this months Stencil Sunday I´ve altered a notebook cover with lots of little bits and bobs and some of my new stencils.

I´ve first added orange acrylic paint thru the Evolution stencil onto the background. Next I used a piece of leftover patterned paper as a base for the 2018 glitter stickers. But before adhering them on their place, I first applied some white modeling paste thru the Flowers 2 stencil here and there.

When the paste was dry, I added some Trees 1 pasted images on top too. Next I added border stickers elements here and there (these are from older stash – good to get that used again here!!). then I just added random details, like liquid pearls, white gel pen circles and Glimmer Glaze droplets here and there.

In the end I outlined the patterend paper with a black gel pen and also added „faux stitching“ around the book cover edges with a white gel pen. The book cover was finished in no time. It is full of empty pages inside that just need to be filled with lots of ideas during the coming year. I don´t know about you, but I am eagerly waiting for the new year to start. This year had more downs than ups, so I am happy to say goodbye to it soon. And start filling this book with new ideas!!!

Hope you will be joining the Mixed media and Tagploration challenge over at STAMPlorations blog with us!!! Oh, and don´t miss the projects my creative design team colleagues have made for your inspiration!!

I am also adding my 20 % off gift card code for you as a reminder here:
Feel free to add the „STAMPGIRLSANNA“ code to your order upon checkout to get 20% off your order :-D!!!!!

Happy crafting,
xxx, Sanna

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Monochromatic tag tutorial – STAMPlorations

Hello there lovelies, it is again time to share yet another STAMPlorations mixed media tutorial with you guys today. This time I created a monochromatic stenciled and stamped tag with a start-to-finish video.

Here is the tag I created:

For this tag I´ve used one of my new stencils (Leaves 1) on a green toned patterned paper. I´ve added a stamped sentiment (STAMPlorations) and used two tones of green Distress Ink to color the background and to create the leaves pattern onto the background.

I wanted to make the pattern stand out a little bit stronger, so I used a simple trick and added white gel pen outlining to the stenciled images. This way there is more contrast between the same toned paper and the inked leaves. I really like this look alot.

For additional decor I´ve added a DIY dimentional paper flower and some glitter glue as well as the stamped sentiment. This tag is very easy to make! If you use different colours and a different stencil pattern and outline with a black pen, then the result will again be totally different. So many possibilities to use this technique on various projects!! Hope you give it a try!

Here is the video for you to watch:

I hope you enjoyed this little tag idea and get inspired to create something fun with stencil and stamps yourself!!! For more insportation, stop by the STAMPlorations blog – my design team colleagues create lots of lovely projects too that are very much worth seeing!!! And while you are there, join us for a fun challenge or two, too!!!

Happy crafting,
xxx, Sanna

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