“How runs it at you?”

Hello and happy Monday! Are you familiar with “Denglish”? It´ s German phrases translated into english basically word for word. So it probably sounds very horrible for a native English speaking person, but German native speakers find them quite funny and they have become very trendy. Well, I now own a Denglish stamp set that I absolutely love 🙂 – thus this card:

I got mine from Dani Peuss – it´ s one of the Klartext stamp sets. This particular sentiment, translated into proper English means: “How are you doing?”. I´ ve also used the “Scribble Kreise” stamp set and the “Mixed Media Christmas” stamp set on this card with “Deglish 2” stamp set. I used watercolour paper on the background and inked the circle image with Distress Oxide ink tones and misted the ink before stamping. That created a “watercolour” image. After the background was dry, I added some patterns with yellow oxide ink and finished the card off with black stamped sentiments and a few enamel dots.

It´ s a special card that will need a recipient who “gets” the denglish expression :-). I hope all is good at your end and your week started in a nice way. Fall is here, so I´ m a bit sad, like every year, because I already miss summer. But I will just have to craft the sadness away.

Have a great week,
xxx, Sanna


Stamped flower background cards – Elizabeth Craft Designs

Hello everyone, it´s again my turn to share another guest blog post and step-by-step over at the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog today. For today´s post I created a set of flower cards using a stamp masking technique. By adding a different sentiment, this basic card idea can be used for almost any occasion.

Here is how I created the cards:
Step 1: Take a big piece of white cardstock (at least 12×12 inch size) and choose a selection of your favorite Distress Oxide inks. Build color combinations of 3-4 ink colors and start applying the first set of tones onto the kraft sheet.
Step 2: Then spritz the inked area with water spray, until the ink builds nice bubbles on the kraft sheet. Now place the white cardstock (one corner of it) onto the wet ink area and let the color soak into the paper.

Step 3: Dry with a heat tool and if you are happy with the result, leave it as it is. Optional, you can press the paper once more onto the leftover ink splatters to create a more layered and detailed look.
Step 4: Repeat these steps with every “free/open” area of the paper with different color combination sets until the whole paper piece is treated. Now cut the paper into right sized pieces that match your card bases.
Step 5: Take the Flower Power clear stamp set and stamp a flower onto a a piece of paper (a post-it note or a notebook paper will do for this purpose). Fussy cut the image and take the first precut background piece and a black stamp ink out.
Step 6: Now start by stamping one flower image on a preferred area of the background. Then place the fussy cut “flower mask” on top of the stamped image and stamp a second image slightly overlappingly next to the previous image onto the background piece.

Step 7: Repeat until you are happy with the DIY background flower pattern on that piece. Now take a selection of other stamp ink tones (I used shadow inks for a lighter result on my other backgrounds) and by repeating the same technique on all of the backgrounds, create fun DIY background pieces for your cards.
Step 8: After all the backgrounds are done, take the Sentiments 1 and 2 stamps and dies and create sentiments for the cards. You can either leave them white or color them to match the background colors with the Distress Oxide inks used previously.

Step 9: If you want to, add colored details to the flower backgrounds with the Distress Oxide inks and a water tank brush. Then adhere the background piece and the sentiment onto a card base and for finishing touches add some glitter glue details here and there. If you prefer a cleaner look, you can skip the glitter glue part.

For more details on how I created these cards, there is also a start-to-finish video available for you to watch:

I hope you give this technique a try and create interesting, personalized card backgrounds with this stamp image masking technique yourself!
Have fun stamping and inking and see you next month for another tutorial!!!
xxx, Sanna