Trifecta December cards – STAMPlorations

Hello everyone!! It is again time to share some Trifecta cardmaking fun with you. I have a set of Christmas cards created with stamps, stencils & stsickers (=Trifecta) for you today:

For my December Trifecta card share I chose to do a seasonal card set, featuring the Christmas Tree 1 and the Snowflakes stencils, Art Marks 2, Sketchy Yule Trees, Yuletide Deer stamps, Merry and Simple Christmas clear stickers. 

For the first card I used the Snowflakes stencil with white embossing ink to create resist areas. Next I applied Brusho´s onto the paper in blue and purple tones. Since the surface was very damp, I quickly pressed a second paper on top of the inked area to lift the ink off for my second card. This way I could create two backgrounds with one step. All the lift-ink paper residues served as my deer and sentiment background for this card too. I simply adhered the clear sticker sentiment onto the inked lift-ink paper piece as well as fussy cut a small piece as a background for the deer.

The deer image is stamped and heat embossed with silver embossing ink, then fussy cut and adhered on top of a layer of yarn. This adds a nice texture to the card. I finished the deer off with a craft drop red nose. For a funny card I could even have applied wobbly eyes on the deer, but for this one, I didn´t. This image is so versatile, because it is so simple in design. That way it can be altered for whatever look you need. 

For my second card I used the “lift-off” ink background that resulted from my first card, then applied a DIY glitter paste thru the Snowflakes stencil on top. You can create the glitter paste from loose glitter and transparent texture paste really easy. Next I fussy cut a background paper piece to from a banner for the card and adhered the clear sticker onto it. Now to stamp and heat emboss a Sketchy Yule Tree for a focal point of the card and decorate with craft drops. This card has more texture due to the DIY glitter paste, but is still flat enough for easy postage. 

For the third card I created another Brusho background. This time in green, red and purple tones and applied white gesso on top thru the Christmas Tree 1 stencil. I could not resist adding a die cut winter scenery to the card, so I used the Stitched Winter Landscape die an a wintery patterned paper for this purpose. For stamped detais I used the Art Marks 2 stamp set. If you look closely, you can see the darker blue dots on the trees, outlined with a white gel pen. That is done with one of the stamp in the stsamp set. 

For the sentiment I chose the Merry clear sticker set, but cut the sentiment in half and used only the upper part of it. I also decorated the card with wood veneer stars and some glitter glue for additional detail. These are true mixed media Christmas cards this time. It was so much fun creating these and playing with colour, stamps, stencils and stickers! I hope this will inspire you to get your stash out and play a little yourself! If you do, please share with us at STAMPlorations, so we can come and admire your work. 

Wishing you all a wonderful day,
xxx, Sanna

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Set of mixed media cards – Elizabeth Craft Designs

Hello everyone and happy Wednesday! I am again up at the Elizabeth Craft Designs Blog with another guest design team card project share. Today I wanted to share a set of mixed media cards with plenty of white space on them – and colour. I love adding stenciling, droplets and a fun mixed media twist to cards and I tought I´d share one of those ideas today with you. Hope you like it!

And here is how created the cards:

Step 1: Take a small gelli plate and apply three colours of alcohol ink onto it. Then take a plain brayer and roll the colour onto the gelli plate to create a faded three-tone-look. After that take a mark making tool of some kind – I used a dotted and a striped brayer – and press it/roll it over the inked layer to create a pattern.

Step 2: Next apply a thin layer of white paint over the inked pattern and then place the pattern color down onto the paper and press a bit with your hands. Then remove the gelli plate and you have a nice pattern to use for your cards (if you haven´t done this technique before, go to YouTube for various tutorials – you just need to search for gelli printing and you will find plenty.

Repeat this step several times with various colours and mark making tools (you can use stamps, combs, printing tools or even items from your kitchen). Whatever you find that suits your project. Next die cut the created patterns into circles using the Fitted Circles die cut die and your die cutting machine.

Step 3: Next grab the Make Your Mark stencil and create patterns to white card backgrounds using the stencil with Distress Oxide tones and an ink blending tool/brush. On some backgrounds I used just one colour and pattern and on others I added two ink tones and the same pattern vertically and horizontally. You can do whatever you find attractive for your project.

Step 4: Now apply a Clear Double Sided Adhesive Sheet onto a piece of Soft Finish Cardstock and die cut the leaves for each card using the Sidekick Essentials 7 die set. After that stamp sentiments using embossing ink and the Build Your Own Sentiments 1 stamp set onto black cardstock. Then add white embossing powder onto the stamped areas, dabb the residue off and heat set the powder with a heat tool. Now adhere the leaves onto the card base. I arranged them around the circle piece to create a cluster.

Then adhere the circle using 3D foam to create a bit more texture and interest to the card. After that grab some water colours (I used black here) and add droplets to the cards. Let the droplets dry properly and then finish the card off by adding the embossed sentiment on top of the circle piece and if you want, add a few buttons for additional decor. I adhered them with Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape to the card. For additional decor you can also add some Craft Drops to the card in various colours.

Here are the finished cards:

When creating cards like this, I like to use the same basic idea, but do slight variations. That way every card is still unique, but since I already have all the tools out, I get more cards done at once. You never know when you need one!

I hope you enjoyed this idea and give it a try yourself. You can also replace the alcohol ink with paint, if you don´t happen to own alcohol inks. Also if you don´t own a gelli plate (or you are not that much a mixed media kind of person), replace the step by just die cutting a fun patterned paper for the circle piece. You can always start mixed media with small steps and do just the droplets and the stenciling :).

See you again next month with another card tutorial. Wishing you all a fabulous August!!
xxx, Sanna

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Happy Birthday!, Vol. 4.0

Hello and happy Firday! I´m stopping by to share a very simple card, created with a very, very old flower as a focal point. Do you remember these big Heidi Swapp flowers? They are fabric and I have been hoarding the last three ones for YEARS!

Why, you ask? Well, I honestly don´t know. I have been waiting to put them into a perfect project to showcase them, but then I figured, that might never happen. So I just used one here. What better way to create an impactfull card, than to add a huge flower as a focal point.

Works well for a birthday theme and looks great on the black and white paper on the background. The paper is from my time at The Wild Hare Kits design team and I am using the leftover bits and bobs on cards, because I have some lovely residue papers from them and they make for great card backgrounds. What do you do with your residues and how big has a piece have to be until you toss it? Back in the day I used to save EVERYTHING! Now, well, if it´s smaller than 3×2 inch, it can go :).

I hope you have a gorgeous weekend! We have our 23rd wedding anniversary this weekend – titanium ;-). And now I have the song playing in my head as an “earworm”. Oh well… :). Have a great one!
xxx, Sanna

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Choose to shine!

Hello and happy Thursday! Today I´m sharing my second card project for the new paper goods STAMPlorations reveal with the Carpe Diem Ephemera Tiles set. Are you ready for some more reveal goodness?

This time I did a shaker card. I “hid” the Carpe Diem tiles behind the confetti and the patterned paper “windows”. When the confetti moves around, you are able to read all the tile texts. A fun card to send to someone who loves confetti and shaker cards :).

After die-cutting the circles and adhering the acetate on place with the confetti and tiles underneath, I then decorated the card with some punched butterflies to add even more texture and interest to the card. Next I inked a white cardstock piece with Distress Ink in orange and added a STAMPlorations clear sticker on top. A button for decor and the card was done. The confetti, by the way, is by Tonic Studios (Nuvo).

It has been so much fun using these tiles on card projects. I still have two bonus cards to share, but that will have to wait until next week. So make sure you come back next week for a bit more Ephemera tile fun.

Have a great day and see you soon!
xxx, Sanna

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Happy Birthday!, Vol. 3.0

Hello and happy Wednesday! Today I´ve got another birthday card share for you. For this card I´ve used tiny leftover pieces from my previous Elizabeth Craft Designs card project and arranged them as my background to the card.

So everything get´s used around here at the moment. For decor I got some lovely chocolate packaging paper from my son´s girlfriend (see the gorg green bits) and I added some beautiful Sassafras stickers as a cluster to the card.

Also some Nuvo Drops for decor and a stamped sentiment with a Stampin´Up! stamp on top. I really like the pastel toned background with the sticker cluster. A fun on to do, too!

Wishing you a gorgeous mid-week! xxx, Sanna

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