Christmas Card Wednesday, No. 4

Hello and welcome to Christmas Card Wednesday number 4! Today I´ll be sharing two cards created using various STAMPlorations stamps and dies. I wanted to make something sweet and soft instead of the traditional colors this time:

For this card I´ve inked the solid background piece with Distress Ink tones of pink, blue and green. Then I die cut the cover plate piece from white cardstock and adhered it on top. For finishing touches I added a golden glitter sentiment, die cut with one of the CUTplorations Christmas sentiments die cut dies. For decorational elements I also added a few golden half pearls next to the sentiment. Really, really like this non-traditional toned card alot.

For my second card I´ve first stamped the Christmas flower repeatedly onto the background with embossing ink and then applied light gold embossing powder (Lindy´s) on top and heat set that with a heat gun. Next I wiped some green and blue Distress Ink onto the background very randomly, creating a two-toned look. For finishing touches I did the same with a Typografia Christmas sentiment, this time using only blue ink and adding some water splatters for interest. I´ve lifted the sentiment from the background with 3D foam and added Nuvo Crystal Drops to the corners for additional detail.

So this was this weeks Christmas card share from my part. I´d love to see if you case any of my cards – do leave a comment here to my blog and I´ll come over to take a look and leave some love :).

Happy crafting,
xxx, Sanna

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Layers after layers – The Crafter´s Workshop

Hi there lovelies, time for another The Crafter´s Workshop post and today I´d like to share 3 fall cards in fall tones with you. I´ve also taken some step-by-step photos while creating the cards. Lets start with card no. 1:

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First I inked the white card base with Wild Honey Distress Ink and then added some water splatters onto the surface.

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I then took the „Vineyard“ 12×12 inch stencil, placed in over the card and added some Barn Door and Ripe Persimmon Distress Ink thru the stencil onto the card.

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After that I used my all time favorite Hero Arts stamp Old Letter Writing and stamped with Forest Moss Distress Ink tone. This is how the card looks like:

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The sentiments are made with Tim Holtz Hashtag stamp set stamps and the butterflies are older product from my stash. Now onto the second card:

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I made this card background using the leftover ink that had stayed on the stencil after inking it for the first card. I first sprayed some water mist onto the inky area and then placed a piece of watercolour paper onto that area and rolled over it with a brayer. That way the end result will be nice and even. So these are actually the same colours as on the previous card, but in much lighter tone due to the water spray.

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This way I didn´t waste any ink and could create a nice negative stencil image background for my second card. I wanted to keep the main focus on the pretty background pattern and therefore just added some yarn, a pin, butterflies and a sentiment onto the card. Now let´s move to the third card:

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I again used the same Distress Ink tones like on my previous cards. This time I placed the stencil over a piece of white paper and just wiped the red Distress Ink onto the background thru the stencil. The stencil is again the 12×12 inch „Vineyard“ one.

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Next I went and wiped some Wild Honey Distress Ink over the stenciled image and then used the 6×6 inch „Vineyard“ stencil to add some light texture paste over the inked area.

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Before the paste was totally dry, I quickly added a layer of yellow Distress Glitter over the paste and let it dry. After it was totally dry I dabbed the residue off. It stayed put really well – you just need to work fast. If the paste has time to dry the glitter will not stick.

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And this is how the finished card looks like. I didn´t add a sentiment on the cover, as I found this card didn´t really need one. Depending on the occation, one can write the sentiment on to the inside later. Here are some closies of the cards.

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I had lots of fun creating these cards and layering the stencils, stamps and media over each other. Now it is your turn – have fun!!!

Sanna
The Crafter´s Workshop Design Team Member

Used products:
The Crafter´s Workshop Stencils – Vineyard 12×12 inch & Vineyard 6×6 inch
Distress Inks – wild honey, ripe persimmon, barn door and forest moss by Ranger Ind. Inc.
Distress Glitter – mustard seed by Ranger Ind. Inc.
Background stamp – Hero Arts Old Letter Writing, wood mounted
Sentiment stamp – Hashtag stamp set, Tim Holtz for Stampendous
Pearls – Kaisercraft
Butterflies – Making Memories
Other – water mist bottle, brayer, metal pin

Different Ways to Create Colour Spatters – OTRS tutorial

Hi there! Today I´d like to share with you a few ideas how you could create color splatters on your projects. 

You can use a watertank paint brush, regular paint brushes, spray inks, pigment inks, Distress inks and ink daubers for creating splatters. They all create a different look, so it is lots of fun to play with them all. Even PITT artist pens can be used to paint „splatters“ :). 

But first I wanted to create a watercolour background and used distress inks for that purpose. I first pressed some red, blue and yellowish ink onto a craft sheet and then sprayed some water over the area. 

Now all I needed to do was to press the paper onto the colored craft sheet and lift it up. I just love this look. It is so easy to make and the results are always a surprise. I then sprayed the craft sheet with some more water mist and lifted it up and let the residue color drop onto the background. As the ink is mixed with water, it will immediately soak into the paper and create watercolour looking splatters. 

Next I took some Hero Arts ink daubers and dabbed some color into an acrylic stamping block. Then I applied some water mist over the color. 

Now all I needed to do was to lift the acrylic block over the background paper and let the wet color drop randomly onto the paper. This being a dye ink, it did not soak into the paper that much and therefore created stronger and more vibrant splatters. 

Another possibility to use the ink daubers is to pick up the color with a water tank paint brush and and then by dabbing the paint brush you can create very fine small color splatters. 

Another possibility is just to directly paint „splatters“ onto the paper. This way you get a more controlled look as you can freely choose the place and size of the splatter you want to create. 

Acrylic paints are also great for creating splatters. You can create a much more „bulky“/raised color splatters depending on how thick you leave the paint. I used a golden acrylic paint and mixed it with some water to make it slightly more fluid. Then I just grabbed a regular paint brush (well, actually two) and dabbed the paint brushes onto each other over the paper. 

I really like the look of these golden textured splatters in between the watery splatters. It created a nice contrast. 

You can even use paint markers to create a splattery look on your layout. I added some random blue and pink „splatters“ here and there with a PITT artist pen (Faber-Castell). 

Then there are many sorts of spray inks and pigment ink on the market that can also be used to create color splatters. My all time favorite one for black spaltters is Glimmer Glaze „oil slick“ by Tattered Angels. I just love the nail polish kind of shiny, sharp look it creates on a layout. My favorite white color is the Liquitex Ink! Titanium white. 

This is only a small selection of products, just something I had at home. There are naturally many more product possibilities out there in the market that can be used for the same purpose. 

This is how my finished layout looks like. 

 And here are some close-up photos of the splatters I created. By the way, the stencil I´ve used on this page is by The Crafter´s Workshop (Retrobursts).

 I hope you have enjoyed this little step-by-step and will take a second look at your products and try out some color splatters on your next artwork :).


Happy scrapping!
xoxo, Sanna

Jewelry box – Frog Dog Studio

Hello there! I am really proud to be able to be a part of the Frog Dog Studio team, and today I have the pleasure of sharing with you my very first kit projects. I will start with a jewelry box tutorial.

I started with the foil tape and first glued it on a piece of cardtock and then treated it with alcohol inks (Meadow, Currant and Mountain Rose). I let it dry before going over to the next step.


After the ink was all dry, I cut the excess paper off and placed the foil into a dry embossing folder and ran it thru my Big Shot machine.

After that I went and wiped the surface with black Archival ink for additional detail and let the piece dry.

I wanted to have a similar look on the metal box, so I treated both the lid and the box with the same Alcohol ink colors.
After that I took out the rusting powder and some Glue n´ Seal, applied some white winegar in a spray bottle and started to treat corrugated cardboard and some metal and chipboard elements with it.

First I applied the Glue n´ Seal with a paintbrush onto the metal pieces and before it was totally dry, poured some Rusting powder over the surfaces.


Next I dabbed off the residue powder and sprayed the surfaces with white winegar.
Now all I had to do was to leave it all to do its magic on its own – the instruction says it takes about 15 Minutes, until you start to see effects. I noticed that the parts with the thinner powder layer started rusting faster.  You don´t need to apply that much powder at all – a thin layer is enough.

I then repeated the same procedure with the chipboard elements and the corrugated cardboard.

I really liked the fact that the rust „bleeded“ onto the paper underneath and actually used that paper on an other project later :).

After the pieces were ready to be used, I started to decorate the box. I first cut the dry embossed foil tape piece to match the lid size, then glued a piece of corrugated cardboard over it and applied some Mantilla black over the surface for additional interest.

Next I selected a clock sticker from the Tim Holtz Sticker book as a centerpiece for the lid, glued it onto a piece of cardstock to make it more stable, inked around the edges with black ink and added the big metal clip on the top.

I then glued the clip onto the lid with tacky tape.


After that I just added some chipboard that I had treated with Lindy´s Stamp Gang mists, rusting powder and the paint dabber that was in the kit (Pebble) and glued them on their places. There is also a little sticker ticket and some silver yarn as additional decoration. And finally the sentiment metal labelon the top of it all.

Here are some detail photos:


As you can see, I placed a thick foam piece into the box. It will hold the jewelry in place and keep it from getting scratched.

Love the kits as much as I do, then you definitely should read how you can subscribe and while there, check out the shop for some additional goodies :).

Happy crafting,
xoxo, Sanna

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