Trifecta cards – November

Hello everyone and happy Sunday!!! It´ s time for the STAMPlorations November Trifecta card share today and I have some fall colored cards to share with you – again with a step-by-step photo tutorial. Hope you enjoy!

Card 1:

Here is how I did the first card:

I started with the Radial Slimline Stencil on a piece of white cardstock and first applied yellow Distress Ink onto the background and then applied the red ink thru the stencil onto the paper. 

After that I took orange Distress Ink and applied it thru the stencil to the lower areas of the rays. 

And finally I used strong pink Distress Ink tone to apply to the upper areas. Now I was done with stenciling.

Next I stamped the Bloom Border #1 stamp and heat embossed the image with white embossing powder. After that I used watercolour pencils to color the image.

After coloring the image I applied white pearl-tinted watercolor splatters both on to the background as well as on to the colored flower border. Then I fussy cut the flower image with precision scissors.

For finishing touches I added some very tiny fabric flowers to go with the Inspirational #1 and Hey Sunshine Clear Stickers. I also added some Nuvo Drops for decor here and there.

Card 2: 


Here is how I did this card:

I started by using the same Radial Slimline Stencil, like on my first card, but in a different way. I applied “rays” in red, pink, orange and yellow Distress Ink tones to create an “ombre” look onto a slimline sized white cardstock piece.

Next I used the pearl-tinted watercolors to add highlights to the rays with a water tank brush.

After that I used the Hello You stamp set to add some stamping to the background with grey stamp ink.

Next I took a dark grey watercolour pencil and added droplets to the background for additional decor.

After that I stamped some Bloom Border #1 images onto white cardstock and fussy cut the images.

After adhering the stamped flower images on place I cut a a Good Things clear sticker sentiment into sections and adhred them next to the flower images onto the card.

Card 3:

This is how I created this card: 

I started by inking a white cardstock piece with light yellow Distress Ink.

Next I took an orange toned Distress Ink color and used the Radial slimline stencil to apply ink thru it onto the background. Note how I turned the rays to face each other on this card.

After that I inked a small residue piece of cardstock with the same light yellow tone as the background previously and added a Inspirational #1 clear sticker sentiment onto it and fussy cut it into a banner. I also used one leftover Bloom Border #1 image and fussy cut tiny bits of it to add next to the banner on the finished card.

Before adhering everything on place I added some stamping to the background using in red and grey tones using the Art Marks 2 stamp set. 
As you can see, these cards were all done using the exact same stencil and they still look very different, because I tilted and/or used the stencil in various ways. This way you can get the most out of a single stencil, by finding new ways to use it. I hope I could inspire you a little to use the 3 S´s  (stamps, stencils and stickers) in your next projects! They are the perfect match and you can use these same ideas not only on cards! Try the same techniques in your art journal, on artist trading cards, wall art projects and even scrapbook layouts. 


See you again next month with another Trifecta share! Have a great day and hope you can sneak in some creative time to make fun Trifecta cards!
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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Clean and simple card backgrunds with nesting dies – Elizabeth Craft Designs

Hello everyone and happy Wednesday!!! Today I´m again stopping by to share yet another card guest design team project with you, created with Elizabeth Craft Designs products. For today´s project I wanted to share a set of cards, created with basic nesting dies. I wanted to show you how easily you can make fun and colorful card backgrounds in clean and simple style.

You only need a selection of basic fitted dies (for exampe rectangles, stars, hexacons or squares), a stamp set and a selection of colored cardstock. I chose to do a more monochromatic pattern on the above cards, but you could do more variation by picking all colours of the rainbow for a background. Here is how these cards were done:

Step 1: Pick three colours of cardstock in similar tones (I used grey, teal and blue tones). Then pick three of the smaller sized nesting Stitched Rectangles and die cut two pieces each with the smaller dies from the cardstock and one bigger sized piece.

Step 2: Arrange the pieces onto a card base and adhere them on place with Clear Double Sided Tape. Flip the card over and cut any excess pieces with scissors.

Step 3: Take a piece of black cardstock and stamp a sentiment with the “Build Your Own Sentiment 1” stamp set using embossing ink and fine white embossing powder. Heat set the powder with a heat tool and adhere the sentiment onto the card with 3D foam pads. For additional detail you can add some embossed stars around the sentiment and a few Craft Drops, if you want to.

I´ve also recorded a video step-by-step for you to watch to give a better idea on each step. Hope you like it!

And as you can see, by changing the dies and cardstock colours as well as varying the sentiments, you can create cards for various occations using the same basic idea.

I hope you get inspired by these cards and give all your basic nesting die cut dies a try with various cardstock combinations. This is also so much fun, because you can make several at once and depending on colour and chosen sentiment, they go for so many occations.

See you again with another tutorial next month!! Until then, happy crafting!!
xxx, Sanna

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#finishedinfeb – final set of cards

Hello and happy Sunday! Today I´m sharing my very final set of cards, created for the #finishedinfeb challenge with my pre-selected stash of product.

Here is the last set of two cards:

For the very last card (the one on the right) I cheated just a tag and used embossing powder instead of stamp ink and also added a tiny bit of embossing enamel to the background. I tried very hard to use only the products chosen, but by the last card I just could not resist adding that tiny touch of mixed media look.

And now to what is left!! I used up all the washi tape, all heart stickers, all puffy stickers and all premade tags. I have only 3 pieces of PL cards left, a few banners (mostly because my StazOn dried up and I could not stamp the shiny surface with a regular stamp ink, otherwise I would have used them more). AND I used almost all of the Studio Calico paper – only 3 sheets of paper left in the end. What´s left is plenty of the Carta Bella paper, because there is quite much inside such a paper pack. It´s amazing that his tiny pack of product produced a total of 25 cards in one month!!! Here is what I am left with after this challenge:

When I started this challenge, I figured I´d do maybe 5-6 cards and look where I am now! 25 clean and simple cards done in one month with this tiny product stash (see photo below)!

I am pretty proud of myself and would like to say a big thank you to Donna for bringing this challenge to life! I have enjoyed doing it and noticed that I work really well, when I set myself daily challenges/goals. This will for sure not be my last challenge to myself. I have had a great time doing it! Done good stash busting, filled my card box up and enjoyed every minute of it.

Hope you enjoyed seeing these posts and watch me do CAS cards!!! Let´s see what I do next. I think I need a new challenge :).

Wishing you all a fabulous Sunday and a good start into March! Only approximately two weeks to go and we have been dealing with Covid for a WHOLE YEAR now. A full year! And who knows how long this will continue.. how are you guys doing? I am slowly but surely turning into a grumpy person ;-). I think I´ve just reached that point of emotional scale that grumpyness is my fave option. Trying to be cheerful and positive is not on my list anymore ;-). I just wish there would be something positive to look forward to, that might lift the spirits. But when there is no visible end to a situation, how do you keep positive?

Anyways, thank goodness there is crafting. I´d go nuts without it! Hoping you guys are coping better!!
xxx, Sanna

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Congratulations card

Hello everyone! I´ve still got one more card created with the residues of the card I shared yesterday.

On this card, instead of using texture/modeling paste with a stencil on the background, I used a embossing folder to create a pattern. Similar look, different technique.

Other that that it´s the exactly same idea and product. So if you missed yeterday´s video, go here, to see it. Just instead of applying paste, run a piece of white cardstock thru your die cutting machine with an embossing folder.

I am not a great coloring person. I think it´s because I don´t have the patience to color layers and shadows and shading. So I do this type of coloring. And it´s ok for me :). So if you are a really talented colorer (is that a word?), feel free to do some amazing coloring work on the flowers. I bet they´d look amazing that way too. I didn´t do it, because I can´t :). That simple.

Wishing you a fabulous, creative day!
xxx, Sanna

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