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Embossed and coloured background

I’ve signed up for and participated in Online Card Classes’s latest class: Background Check which is all about creative ways of making backgrounds. Kristina Werner taught us how to add colours to embossed backgrounds and I must say that colouring really adds a lot to an embossed background. For my first attempt at this technique I used a Sizzix embossing folder and distress inks to colour the embossed areas. Initially, I used a dauber to add the colours but I quickly realised that I prefered using a q-tip because I felt it was easier to control.

When it came to designing the actual card, I took a cue from Kristina Werners design but took it in a slightly different direction. I added some rustic twine around the front of the card, a small stamped sentiment and some cobbery sequins.

I want my bows to have ends that look nice and this often leads me to glueing down a part of the ends of the bows. On this card I tucked one end under the sentiment and thereby keeping this end of the bow in place.

This background could look like it was just stamped (at least in photos) but the texture of the piece is really cool because of the embossing.

And just a final glimpse of the card where the sequins catch the light and show off their shine and shimmer.

I’ve added this card to Simon Says Stamp’s Wednesday Challenge: Anything goes!



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Trio of whales


I’ve made this trio of cards for a friend who’ll be using them at an auction benefitting Wylder Nation. The whale is a significant animal for the family behind Wylder Nation and that is why the cards sport this cool dude with a red balloon tied to his tail.

hval2The background dots were stamped using a Papertrey Ink background stamp and both the whale as well as the sentiment are from Papertrey Ink too. The little red balloon is from Mama Elephant and sadly it doesn’t have a matching die which would have been great when doing multiple little balloons. But it all worked out in the end, thankfully.

I’ve added this trio of cards to Simon Says Stamp’s Wednesday Challenge: We’re going dotty.



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Have a sweet birthday

I recently received Lawn Fawn’s adorable Baked with Love stamp set and I had to try my hand at colouring the images and using them for a card (or actually two). The images and the sentiments from this set are really really cute and they make it possible to make really lovely birthday cards.

Essentially, the two cards are the same but I changed up colours and the images I used for the main focus. The images are actually really easy to combine and use to built scenes with.

For the pink card I used more images than I did on the turqouise card. It is difficult to see on the photo but I’ve added Wink of Stella to the metallic parts on the machine, the bag and the butter.

I couldn’t manage to fit in the sentiment, I wanted to use without altering it slightly. But this is where using clear stamps is so cool: You can simply cut the stamp apart, stamp it in a new constellation or in the original one. Perfect!

It took me a few months to decide whether I wanted these stamps or not – now I don’t know why I was ever in doubt: They are so much fun and I can’t wait to make more cards using them.

I’ve added these cards to Simon Says Stamp’s Wednesday challenge and there are a few favourite techniques / products of mine going on here: colouring and blending with PrismaColor and gamsol, diecutting, Lawn Fawn stamps etc.



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Snail mail for you

I very recently received Lawn Fawn’s Gleeful Gardens in the mail and I had to try colouring some of the images from the set. Actually, it was K that insisted on me getting this set and I am happy he did because I can see myself using the images in combination with other Lawn Fawn stamp sets – and the sentiments are different and fun.

For the main image I went with sunflowers, toadstools, grass and a little mail-snail. I was inspired by Latisha Yoast to contain the images within a diecut circle letting the mail-snail slowly inch his way out of the circle. All the images were coloured using my PrismaColor pens and blended using gamsol. For the white on the toadstools and the little white cheek dots on the snail, I used a white ball pen. Since I don’t have the matching dies for this set I handcut around all the images leaving a little white outline.

For the background I chose a black cardstock but wanted to give it a little more pattern. I did this by stamping a polka dot pattern in VersaMark ink making the dots only slightly more black than the rest of the background. Before doing this I had heat embossed my sentiment using white embossing powder.

I’ve added this card to Simon Says Stamp’s Wednesday challenge and there are a few favourite techniques of mine going on here: colouring and blending with PrismaColor and gamsol, heat embossing, watermark stamping and diecutting.



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