Distress Oxide background cards – Elizabeth Craft Designs

Hello lovelies, today it is my turn again to share a little step-by-step tutorial with you over at Elizabeth Craft Designs blog. Here is what I created – a set of Distress Oxide, die cut background cards:

I had been going in circles for a while and avoiding ordering the Distress Oxides. Why, you think? Well, because I knew that the minute I get them into my hands, I will be hooked. Finally I gave in as I saw so many of my team colleagues having a ball with them. So I bought a set of 6.

Needless to say the six colors are definitely not going to be enough. Might as well have ordered the full set all at once *rollingeyes*. Anyways, here are the cards I created with the Oxides and the lovely Elizabeth Craft Designs die cut dies.

I´ve used both the positive and some of the negative parts on my cards as well as the DIY die cut foam stamp (see tutorial here) on these. Added some bits and bobs from my stash and just had a great time creating!! I do love color, so how on earth did I manage to get by so long without buying these inks *laughs*.

For more details do see my original post over at the Elizabeth Craft Desings blog (HERE). And to get you hooked too, here are the inks in action – enjoy the video:

Happy crafting,
xxx, Sanna

Supplies:

Mixed media tag – STAMPlorations

Hello everyone! I am very excited to share my first STAMPlorations/ARTplorations mixed media tutorial with you. Tags are so much fun to create and they make a great addition to a nicely wrapped present, for example. They are also very fast to create. So next time you prepare a present for someone, why not add a DIY, personalized tag to it, to give it a very special touch?

This is my tag, and here is what I did:

1. Take a white tag and a piece of old book paper. Apply paper glue onto the tag and adhere the book paper piece onto it. Cut the residue paper off with scissors.

2. Mix transparent embossing paste/texture paste with turquoise acrylic paint and place the ARTplorations „Bold Florals“ stencil on top of the old book paper part. Take a palette knife and apply the paste through the stencil onto the background. Carefully lift the stencil, rinse it with water and leave the surface to dry. You can also use a heat gun to dry the paste, but be careful that it does not overheat as it starts to form bubbles.

3. Take a strip of the leftover book paper and fold it into a fan. Use light blue/turquoise spray ink to color it. Dry with a heat gun.

4. Next adhere a piece of gold doilie onto the background with paper glue. Then adhere the folded „fan“ piece.

5. Now take yet onother piece of old book paper and use the STAMPlorations „CREATE“ stamp to stamp a sentiment with black ink. Fussy cut the words along the edges and glue them onto the tag. Outline the „without fear“ piece with a black pen.

6. Next fussy cut a few to the theme matching words from a patterened paper. I used 7gypsies „Ordre du Jour“ paper for this purpose. The sentiments work great with the CREATE stamp set.

7. Finally, adhere a piece of green felt – cut in a leaf form – on top of the „fan“ piece and then adhere a turquoise resin flower on top. If you don´t have resin flowers, buttons and paper flowers will also do the trick. Whatever you have at hand. Tags are also a good way of using up the stash, by the way.

8. Attach green and blue fiber/ribbon to the tag and put a few enamel dots for additional interest. Now the tag is finished.

I also created a little start-to-finish video for you to watch. Hope you get inspired!!!

Happy crafting!!
xxx, Sanna

Supplies:
STAMPlorations – Create clear stamp

ARTplorations – Bold Florals stencil

Card set – clean & simple

So these cards started off as a challenge under friends. Some Skyping was involved, as well as lots of good laughs and lovely chatting! And a card recipe of course! We were to use (I hope I get this right): black and/or white, plus one extra color (and/or shades of that color), enamel dots, shapes, stamp. Here is what I did:

Sanna LippertNow I still have several Studio Calico kits from previous years which urgently need to get scrapped/used, so I dug through them and found all these lovely bits and pieces. Only the felt bow is by Bella Blvd and quite new, everything else is from kits I used to order „back then“. Oh, and the black paper is by SODALICIUOS. Sanna Lippert

The 3 cards with pink, yellow and blue color I did according to the recipe (we were only to do one, but I could not stop there). And the last one is mainly in black and white – this one I kept for later, all the others are in the mail, or were delivered personally to my scrappy friends :-). Sanna LippertAnd what did I notice, I quite enjoyed creating after a recipe for a change. Someone else giving orders and making plans and me just following those. So much fun! And another surprise – I really, really like my clean & simple style cards!!! Quite much actually. I hope that the recipients will like them too.

The best part? The chatting and giggling with like minded people! Always the best bit!! Have missed that recently. It has been too long since the last time. And again I have to say that this hobby would be only half as fun without all the friends I´ve gotten through it!

Happy crafting, lovelies!!!
xxxx, Sanna

Invitation

Today I´d like to share with you a graduation party invitation card. The graduate had wishes about the colors and the style. It should reflect her personality and have lots of pink, silver and glitter on it. So I first created a few samples and this was the one they went for in the end.

I first created the background with a „faux watercolor“ technique on relatively thick watercolor paper. Here is a process photo. I love, love, love to create this kind of backgrounds! They are so much fun to do!

Next I added some silver texture paste (Imagine Crafts) thru a Tim Holtz stencil.

Next I added droplets of my all time favorite black Glimmer Glaze (by Tattered Angels) here and there. After that I just needed to use my Silhouette to cut the sentiments from black cardstock and add some glitter cardstock flowers here and there (punched with a Martha Stewart hydrangea craft punch). Finally I just outlined the watercolor paper pieces with black ink for additional contrast and then glued them on white card bases.

Here is a close-up of the finished card:

and one more shot of the full card:

I think it was a little bit over 80 cards in the end, when I finished creating. I kept only one for myself as a sample and sent all the others on their way to their new owner. Both the mother and her daughter had been very thrilled about the cards which is the best kind of thank you I can imagine getting! I must say I enjoyed this commission work very much and it made me feel very special that someone wanted to have handmade invitation cards for her graduation party created by me!

Happy crafting,
xxx, Sanna

Hohe Wand – hybrid layout step-by-step

Happy Tuesday! I know I promised to share a step-by-step for my „Hohe Wand“ layout a while back and it actually took me much longer than planned to post it here, but better late than never.

This is the layout once again:

and it is made with this kit:

I am using the digital kits designed by The Nifty Pixel to create hybrid layouts and I love the process. Well, it is kind of a mixture this time again, as I first combined various elements from the kit to create my own background paper to start with.

So as you can see I´ve first created my own background paper from various elements of the kit/collection on the grid background paper pattern and then printed that piece with my Epson color printer. I use A3 paper for this purpose and the paper is just a little bit too small on one side, but it does not bother me at all, as you can hardly tell the difference. So we are not talking about quite a true 12×12 inch sized paper here.

And while I was at it, I also printed out more papers and designs. The papers get printed as they are, but the little design elements and bits get arranged on a A3 sized paper and first then printed. In the end the printed piece looks like this:

..and then I usually just fussy cut those pieces I want to use for the particular layout that is under contruction. This time I chose to use a yellow cardstock (from my own stash) underneath the hybrid background paper (this is a great way to use those cardstock pieces that have been hiding in a drawer for a long time..). AND this way no one will notice that the hybrid paper size is slightly smaller than 12×12 inch :-)…

I then added some black ink splatters to go with the background. Again using my all time favorite black ink by Tattered Angels.

Next I used a white marker to draw some „droplets“ onto the background. This adds even more texture and interest.

Finally I grabbed my dearly beloved  The Crafter´s Workshop stencils to add some golden texture paste thru here and there. This adds even more interest and texture to the background.

Next I stamped some circles onto the background using Finnabair´s stamps with black stamp ink.

Then I added a fussy cut sentiment (from the collection) – just a little piece of it to go with every single photo. That should add to the journaling of the page and guides the eye along the page and photos nicely.

After that I wanted to add a date stamp to go with the photos. I´ve noticed it very usefull :-). That way I can later remember which year we went hiking… in a couple of years time it will be hard to remember the exact time and date.

Finally, I outlined the grid paper with a black pen and highlighted the title using the same pen. This way the title stands out more from the background and the black outline adds a nice contrast to the page.

I really enjoy creating these hybrid layouts!
Hope you will give Em´s kits a try – I promise you will not regret it!

Happy (hybrid) scrapbooking,
xxx, Sanna