Card: Thinking of you

Hi friends, I’m here again today with another card to show you! I made this card in the same setting as the cards I made for the Danipeuss Card Challenge – here’s the link to card 1 and card 2 if you are interested in them. For anyone else who is interested to participate in the card challenge, there’s a new challenge up already, which you can check out here too!

This card started out as an experimentation of sorts, as I play around with supplies that I don’t usually use. I stamped the background with a striped border stamp using a red dye ink for some patterned background. It didn’t ink too well though, for some reason, and I can’t tell if it’s because I’m not using a mounting block or the stamp itself, because the results is the same when I use a pigment ink. Nonetheless, I went with it and took the splotchiness as a design feature as well by spritzing the whole panel with water mixed with perfect pearls. I got this idea from Jennifer McGuire, and it’s basically just filling a spray bottle with a spoonful of perfect pearls. You get a nice light shimmer coverage when you use this, which is really nice to add just a little something special to backgrounds. The light shimmer didn’t show up too well on the camera though, so I can’t show you how that actually looks, but it’s a really pretty and subtle shimmer.

I got some water on the card accidentally, and because I used dye ink on a super absorbent paper, there were some water splotches on the card as well. To cover up the mistake and to make it seem as though it is part of the plan, I dripped more of the perfect pearls water onto the water splotch and then elsewhere on the card. Some splotches are larger than others, and you get a nice pearly splotch if you drip enough on it, as it pushes the dye ink away. It’s also kind of meditative to watch the water push the ink away like a ripple effect. Here’s some close up look of the splotches:

You can see the slightly lighter colouring of the splotches, as well as a more concentrated dose of the shimmer.

The focal point of the card is this cute little ribbon that I’ve tied. While waiting for the background to dry, I came across this video on how to tie a ribbon in less than a minute, so of course I had to try it (and break out my stash of hardly ever used ribbons in the process). It turns out that the ribbon are really embellishment worthy if you have some nice coloured ribbons and the pink ribbon looked really nice when I auditioned it against the background. I glued the ribbon to the panel with some fabric glue, but any wet glue should work fine.

I decided to use the sentiment “Thinking of you”, which I thought would be a nice complement to the ribbon and the sweet colour scheme of the card. I wanted to keep the card basic and the focus on the ribbon, so I opted to write out the sentiment, rather than stamping it on. To echo the wide distance of the striped background, I first drafted out the sentiment on a grid paper, and then used it as a guide when I wrote out the sentiment on kraft cardstock. It’s not perfect placement, because I stumbled a little when I was writing it, but it’s close enough that I don’t scrutinise it – it’s alright to not be perfect in your projects! A tip if you like to hand-write sentiments or words like me: scrap pieces of cardstock are excellent for adding sentiment or word banners! You get to use up all the thinner scraps that don’t get much use otherwise and the thinner width makes it easier for you to align your writing or when trimming it. For the last finishing touches, I went over the entire banner with a Wink of Stella clear glitter pen, and coated it with a coat of Glossy Accents for an epoxy look.

Really like how that shimmer looks under a layer of Glossy Accents!

This is a really simple card put together with some basic supplies, and of course lots of play and experimentation. I hope you enjoy the various cards that I’ve shown you over the past week! If you made a card inspired by this card, share your card with me in the comments below! I would love to see what you made (:


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Danipeuss Kartenchallenge/Card Challenge #043: Card #2

Following up on yesterday’s post, here’s the second card I made for this Danipeuss Card Challenge!

Hallo! Ich bin hier mit meiner zweite Karte für diese Danipeuss Karten Challenge!

Here’s how the card look like:
Hier ist die Karte: 

You will notice that I used the same feather elements as the first card since I already have them out on the table. In this design, I laid the feathers overlapping each other to make it kind of floating/falling down. I didn’t mention this in the last post, but all of the feathers are made using this Crafter’s Workshop stencil and Distress inks in a variety of colours – they make really nice elements after cutting out. The background is just watered down dye inks – I stamped a red dye ink pad onto an acrylic block, add some water and then smoosh it to the paper. It creates this kind of painterly watercolour look, which is really nice while adding some colour to the panel.

In dieser Karten benutzte ich dieselbe Federn wie die erste Karte, weil sie schon am Tisch sind. Die Federn werden mit Distress Stempelkissen aus diese Schablone schabloniert, dann ausgeschneidet. Der Hintergrund wird mit einem roten Stempelkissen und Wasser (ähnlich wie Aquarell) gemacht. 

The sentiment for this card is a mix of stamping and handwriting. I stamped them on a scrap piece of paper first to make sure they would fit and look right before I did it on the panel, because I wanted the sentiment to be on top of the pink of the background, and didn’t want to make any mistake to cover it up. Admittedly, the handwriting part isn’t perfect, but it looked alright so oh well.

Das sentiment wird mit sowohl Alphabet Stempel als auch Handschrift gebaut. Aber zuerst zeichnete ich das Sentiment-Design auf ein Scrappapier, damit alles perfekt an der Kartetafel sind. Das Handschrift fallen nicht so perfekt aus, aber es sieht nicht so schlecht aus, so alles sind gut 😉 

Again, a really simple card, but I put this one together much quicker than the first card because of momentum. The placement probably helps too because the elements filled up quite a lot of space that there isn’t a lot of empty space that I feel like I need to fill up.

Wie die erste Karte, diese Karte ist auch super einfach. Aber diese Karten brauchte weiniger Zeit zu machen, weil ich schon Momentum hatte. 

A look at the details of this card:
Mehr Fotos von die Karte: 

A look at the feathers. / Die Federn.
A look at the sentiment. / Das Sentiment.

And that’s all I have for this Card Challenge! Hope you enjoyed looking at the cards I’ve made. It’s quite a challenge to do a write up in both English and German, but it was a good exercise and a good chance for me to practise my German again. I have one more card I made in the same setting that isn’t related to the challenge, so if you like to see that, check back again in a couple of days!

Und das ist alles für die Kartenchallenge! Ich hoffe, dass Sie für beide Karten Gefallen finden. Mein Deutsch ist nicht perfekt und Schreiben auf Deutsch ist eine Herausforderung aber ich hoffe, dass es nicht so schlecht ist! Ich habe noch eine andere Karte gemacht, doch sie ist nicht für die Challenge. Ich werde in ein paar Tagen die Karte bloggen, wenn Sie sich für das interessieren. Bis nächstes Mal, tschüss!


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Danipeuss Kartenchallenge/Card Challenge #043: Card #1

I’m participating in the Danipeuss Card Challenge for the very first time and I’m here to share with you the cards that I’ve made for the challenge. This time’s theme is “Happy Birthday”, and I have made two cards, which I will share in this blog post and another post tomorrow. Danipeuss is a new blog that I’ve found and started following recently, because it’s in German, and I really need to make sure I don’t forget the German I’ve learnt, and I quite like the content they produce. I’m also going to blog in German for the first time, so good luck to me!

Hallo zusammen, heute zeige ich Ihnen meine Karte für Danipeuss Kartenchallenge #43, zum Thema „Happy Birthday”. Ich machte zwei Karten für diese Kartenchallenge, und morgen werde ich Ihnen die zweite Karte zeigen, denn ich muss die Karten in verschiedenen Posts zeigen, gemäß den Regeln der Kartenchallenge. Es ist mein erstes Mal auf Deutsch bloggen, und ich bin leider ein bisschen eingerostet. Entschuldigen Sie mich wenn mein Deutsch falsch ist! 

Here’s the first card I made for this challenge:
Hier is die erste Karte für diese Challenge:

Danipeuss Kartenchallenge #23, Card 1

This is a simple card, but it took me a while to put it together because I was really uninspired when I started out. I knew I wanted to to use those feathers that I stenciled and fussy cut out but and it took me a while before I found a placement that I like, along with choosing the right colours for the feathers.

Eine einfache Karte, aber am Anfang habe ich Probleme zu beginnen, weil ich ideenlos war. Ich weiß, dass ich die Federn benutzen wolle, und brauchte ein bisschen Zeit, um ein angenehmes Design zu bekommen. 

I started out with a blank piece of white panel for the card front and I didn’t like the bright white, so I grabbed my gouache that was beside me on the table and just swished some neutral colour down. It was still a little too plain, so I took a textured stamp and randomly stamped it on the background with an ink pad matching the background to give it some interest.

Ich malte die weiße Tafel mit einen neutralen Farbe meiner Gouache und danach stempelte ich mit einen dessinierten Stempel für manchen Interessen. 

For the sentiment, I wrote out “Happy Birthday” on a strip of blue textured cardstock with a black pen, plus a white pen for some shadow. I then matted it with black cardstock, stamped the empty space with a border stamp and stuck it down across the panel. For the finishing touches, I inked the edges of the panel and the sentiment strip with a gold ink pad for some definition, and added some pearls for a more elegant look.

Ich schrieb die Sentiment mit einem schwarzen Kuli, und dann markierte einen Schatten mit einen weißen Kuli. Zu der Feinarbeit machen, färbte ich die Panel und der Sentiment-Papierstreifen mit goldenen Stempelkissen ein und klebte einige Perlen an der Karte, damit alles ein elegantes Aussehen gibt. 

Some close-up photos of the card details:
Manchen Nahaufnahmen von der Karte:

Pearl dimensions and really wonky handwriting of “Happy Birthday”. / Perlen und „Happy Birthday” von meinem Handschrift. 
Inked edges with gold pigment ink pad. / Eingefärbten Ränder mit goldenen Stempelkissen. 

Hope you enjoy this little card that I made for the challenge. Admittedly, I don’t create cards often unless I am inspired by cards that I’ve seen other people make. In fact, this is the first time I’m making a card with a blank mind, and it’s a lot harder than I expected. But practice makes perfect, no? I’ll post the second card I made for the challenge tomorrow, and then one more card I’ve made in the same setting the day after so look out for that (:

Und das ist alles! Ich hoffe, dass Sie an diesen Karte Gefallen finden. Die zweite Karte finden Sie morgen in einem anderen Eintrag. Tchüss! 


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Shadow stamping technique

I’m back again with a mini tutorial after my exams have ended! Today, I’m going to show you how to obtain a shadow using your stamps, as seen in the featured photo above. This is a very simple technique, and all you need is:

  • A clear stamp of your choice, to allow proper positioning
  • 2 ink pads of your choice, one lighter and one darker
  • Surface you want to stamp on

I am working on a small note card here, stamping the “hello you” sentiment onto the card front. The colours I picked for this project are tone on tone, i.e. they are different shades of the same colour but you can pick any combination of colours you wish.

Step 1: Stamp down your first ink layer. I’m working with the lighter colour first because I find it easier to align the stamp when I layer down the second ink layer (it’s less distracting!).

First layer of shadow stamping

Here’s a closer view of the light stamping. If you find the light colours difficult to see, you can enlarge the photo by clicking on it.

light stamping

Stamp 2: Stamp down your second layer of ink with a little bit of offset by looking through the stamp and stamping block to achieve the desired amount of offset. You can choose to offset left/right, up/down, or both. I did different combinations of offset in the photo below. You don’t need to be too particular about the placement of your stamps because it will turn out great in the end.

second layer of ink

Here’s a closer look at the offset:

shadow stamping closeup

Hope you enjoy this mini tutorial! This simple technique added some much needed oomph to my little note cards and now they are ready to be written in and given to others!

Supplies used: paper – drawing block, cut to size | stamp – Technique Tuesday Pure Magic by Ali Edwards | ink pads – Versacolour seafoam (138), indigo (27), sky gray (81), black (82), bisque (182); Versafine vintage sepia |

Challenge galore!

As you might know, last Saturday was World Card Making Day (WCMD) and I spent the weekends whipping up a couple of cards by joining Studio Calico’s WCMD challenges. Recently I found that I am liking challenges a lot because it provides a guideline for me to start something, and I don’t need to think too much on what I should do or where I should start. This is a prime example of thinking inside the box! It makes things much easier, because you don’t get paralysed from the many ideas that run through your head, and dispels any “What should I do?” wonderings.

So here are the cards I made for the challenge (click on the picture to be read in detail about the cards):

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So that’s all for a quick sharing! Hope you enjoy the cards and feel more courageous to partake in challenges!

 

Making a card series: acrylic gold paint

Nowadays, I like to sit at my craft table and be spontaneous, perhaps what people would call to go with the flow. So whenever an idea hits, I try to go along with it immediately to keep the idea fresh and alive. I also found that this make crafting more fun for me, and even if the project don’t turn out like how I imagine it to be, I found myself still liking the final product because I had so much fun immersing myself in the spontaneity. Often though, there isn’t any expectations of an end, so I live the end product anyway because it’s always a surprise.

I wanted to play with a bottle of acrylic gold paint that I had lying around for more than a year but haven’t actually used it much because I was disappointed with it – it looked so dull and un-gold like. But when I started playing with it I found a surprise almost like magic:

It turns out that I just needed to get the paint to reflect off light for it to turn into a beautiful metallic gold. And hence I decided to make a whole set of cards using just gold paint as the card focal. Here are the cards I made:

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The pictures were taken with their matching colourful envelopes. As you can see, I tried a variety of techniques and designs. Some used brush strokes while others with a stippling effect. The paint was a little thin so for some of the designs which I wanted to stand out I added in multiple layers of paints.

Hope you enjoyed this gold card series feature!