Sunday, June 16, 2019

Bubbles - Miss Ink Stamps

I have a new card for Miss Ink Stamps today since I was invited back to guest design again, this time for their June 19th release ..... warning ..... it's pretty cute!!  This card features 'Bubbles' one of the new stamp sets.



I ink blended a panel of cardstock using Distress Inks in Tumbled Glass and Mowed Lawn, I splashed this up with some water droplets and blotted them up after a few seconds.  Next, I stamped and embossed the sentiment using Versamark Ink and silver embossing powder.   To finish the background I stamped some of the bubble images lightly with pale blue Memento ink so that they just blended nicely into the background.



I found some toning cardstock and die cut a simple frame that would nicely finish out the scene I was about to create.  I backed it with dimensional foam tape and applied it to the panel which in turn was adhered to a sturdy 110lb white cardstock base.



On Strathmore Bristol Smooth I stamped my images from Bubbles using Ranger Archival Ink in Potting Soil.  I watercolour painted everything using the following colour palette.  Kuretake Zigs in Natural Gray, Mid Gray, Beige, Light Gray, Light Pink and Haze Blue.  I also used a Tombow ABT in shade 800.

Each image was fussy cut, backed with more foam tape and applied to the scene.



A few finishing touches to complete the card.  Firstly I highlighted a few points with a white gel pen.  I glued pale blue jewels from Pretty Pink Posh into the sky amongst the bubbles and finally I used Nuvo Crystal Glaze to gloss up the bubbles with the mice, as seen in this final image.

I appreciate you stopping by to read about this card and hope you enjoyed it and that you now feel the need to treat yourself to something from the new release!

See you next time!

Nicky x







Saturday, June 15, 2019

Punny Farm Pigs and Hay There - Miss Ink Stamps

Hi!  I'm delighted to be guest designing once more for Miss Ink Stamps who have an exciting and seriously cute new release that will be available to buy June 19th.  My card today uses Punny Farm Pigs and Hay There background stamp.



To make this card I first stamped a panel of white cardstock using dark grey Archival Ink by Ranger.  Once I was confident this was dry I ink blended Distress Inks In Tumbled Glass and Cracked Pistachio using Clarity Stencil Brushes.    I die cut the Lawn Fawn frame from coloured cardstock, backed it with foam tape and applied it to the panel which in turn was applied to a 110lb white cardstock base.  I set this to one side.



On Strathmore Bristol Smooth I stamped my images from Punny Farm Pigs using Ranger Archival Ink in Potting Soil.  I fussy cut the images then watercolour painted them using the following Kuretake Zigs - Flesh Colour, Pale Pink, Light Pink, Lemon Yellow, Yellow, Oatmeal, Light Blue and Scarlet Red.  Some points were highlighted with a Uniball Signo White gel pen and then I applied more foam tape to the back and adhered them in position.

The sentiment was stamped on cardstock that matched the frame and applied.



I decided that the only embellishment required was the application of a few sparkling clear sequins by Pretty Pink Posh, so as to not distract from those adorable piglets!

I really appreciate you coming to read about this card and new release and I hope you support this fun new company by placing an order with them!  I have another project for Miss Ink coming soon, so stay tuned!

Nicky x

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Summer Surfboards - Pretty Pink Posh




Hello and thank you so much for joining us on this big Pretty Pink Posh hot summer release blog hop.   Before I share my card I want to remind you of what you've probably already read  -  there are 4 x $25 gift certificates up for grabs (two winners each day of our blog hop today and tomorrow). Winners will be picked randomly along the blog hop. Comments must be left by 11:59 PM PST on 6/17/2019. Winners will be announced on the Pretty Pink Posh blog.

For those of you who love Summer you are going to love the brand new Pretty Pink Posh summer release which became available to purchase May 10th.  Here, I'm sharing a card made with two of the new stamp sets by combining Summer Surfboards with the palm tree from Tropical Birds.



I masked off the edges of an A2 panel and then ink blended using Distress Oxides in Peacock Feathers and Fossilized Amber.  I then used a little Brushed Corduroy loosened with water to splash some texture on the sand portion and I used white acrylic paint loosened with water to spritz over both sand and sea.  The mask was carefully removed and the panel set to one side to fully dry.



On Strathmore Bristol Smooth I stamped my palm tree and surfboard images using Ranger Archival Ink in Potting Soil.  I watercolour painted the images using the following palette of Kuretake Zigs.  Beige, Mid Gray, May Green, Persian Green, Orange and Yellow.  Points were highlighted with a white gel pen and the images were die cut and backed with either a single or double layer of foam tape.



I adhered the images to the background panel.  I used a pale gold gel pen to dot in some twinkle into the sand.  I then used my embossing buddy to prepare the corner of the panel where my sentiment would go.  Next, I stamped the sentiments with Versamark Ink and heat embossed in white.



I adhered the decorative panel to a 110lb white cardstock base and then I used jewels from the brand new and gorgeous Citrus Mix by Pretty Pink Posh to embellish the card.  You can see the mix in the storage 'box' and sprinkled around the card in my images too!

Aloha everybody!

Nicky x

Monday, June 10, 2019

Tropical Birds & Beach Scene Die - Pretty Pink Posh

Hello, it's release day at Pretty Pink Posh and I'm sharing a card made using the new Tropical Birds stamp set and the new Beach Scene Die.



To make this card I took a panel of white cardstock and I used the Wide Stripes stencil from the previous release and using Distress Oxides and my Clarity Stencil Brushes I brushed on Peacock Feathers and Fossilized Amber inks.  The stencil was removed and the panel die cut slightly smaller than A2.  I set this to one side.

I die cut white cardstock with the Beach Scene Die.  When you die cut it falls apart into all different little sections and I chose to ink blend these pieces and then I reassembled it like a jigsaw puzzle onto a backing of Stick It paper and then this was adhered to the panel.



On Bristol Smooth cardstock I stamped my flamingo images from Tropical Birds using Ranger Archival Ink in Potting Soil.  I watercolour painted them using Kuretake Zigs in Light Carmine, Bright Yellow and Dark Gray.  The images were die cut using the coordinating dies and I then flipped them over on to a firm rubber mat and using a blunt stylus and circular movements with medium pressure I made the image rounded (don't do this near the edges of the image).  When happy I backed them with dimensional foam tape and applied them to scene.  Rounding your images, especially animals and people gives them a 3D look and has the benefit of hiding the foam tape when viewed from an angle.



To finish the card, I popped the panel in my Misti and stamped the sentiment which is from Tropical Birds.  I also used 3 different sizes of sparkling clear sequins by Pretty Pink Posh to add a necessary sparkle.  The panel was backed with white craft foam which in turn was applied to a 110lb white cardstock base.

Card complete!

Many thanks for coming by to read about the card today and I wish you all a very happy summer of fun.

Nicky x

Saturday, June 8, 2019

Farmyard Little Bits - Hello Bluebird Stamps

I have a sweet new CAS card to share with you today that uses Farmyard Little Bits and the openings/windows were made using the Stitched Tag Builder Die all by Hello Bluebird Stamps.



I die cut a panel of 110lb weight white cardstock which gave the panel a faux stitched edge.  I then used several of the shapes from the Stitched Tag Builder Die to make four window openings in the panel and I planned in advance where my sentiment would go and so I stamped that right after.  The sentiment is from Pig Day.



Next job was to ink blend the negative cuts which I did using Distress Oxide Inks in Spun Sugar and Crushed Olive.   I backed the main white panel with dimensional foam tape and applied it to my sturdy white card base and then I applied glue to the back of the negative, ink blended cuts and recessed them back through the openings.



On Strathmore Bristol Smooth cardstock I stamped my Farmyard Little Bits ... just the piglets for this project!  I watercolour painted them using Kuretake Zigs in the following colour palette - Flesh Colour, Pale Pink, Light Pink, Yellow and Oatmeal.

Each piglet or other image was backed with dimensional foam tape and applied to the scene - each little window is like a different story but all birthday and celebration themed.

I then carefully stamped the little words around the piglets and finally I highlighted a few points with a white gel pen and adhered a few of my favourite sparkling clear sequins by Pretty Pink Posh.

Hope to see you here next time I have a card to share - happy crafting!

Nicky x

Friday, June 7, 2019

Tropical Toucans - Pretty Pink Posh

Hello!  As promised I'm back with another sneak peek project using product from the June 10th Pretty Pink Posh summer release.  This card highlights a mini stamp set called Tropical Toucans.



This is a slimline card with finished dimensions of 8 1/2 inches x 3 1/2 inches.   Cards of these dimensions perfectly fit a standard Size 9 envelope.  I created a panel and masked off the edges and then used Distress Oxide Ink in Spiced Marmalade to ink blend the background using a little more intensity at the top and bottom.  I did a fine spritz of water over it (with a toothbrush) and dabbed it dry and then carefully removed the mask and set this panel to one side for the time being.



On Strathmore Bristol Smooth I stamped my Toucan images and Plumeria boughs using Ranger Archival Ink in Potting Soil.   I watercolour painted everything using Kuretake Zigs in the following colour palette - Fl. Green, May Green, Mid Brown, Pink, Yellow, Orange, Cobalt Blue, Dark Gray and Black.  Images were then die cut, backed with craft foam and applied to the scene.

I popped the panel into my Misti and stamped the sentiment from the new Summer Surfboards stamp set and then adhered the panel to the 110lb white cardstock base.



Finishing touch was to adhere a few jewels from a new mix which is part of this release called 'Luau Mix' .... it's super pretty and you can see it in the storage box and sprinkled around in the images above.

Thanks for stopping by, see you soon I hope!

Nicky x

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Sunny Meadow Fair - Purple Onion

I appreciate you stopping by my blog today.  I have a new card for Purple Onion Designs to share with you featuring stamps from the Sunny Meadow Fair stamp collection as illustrated by Stacey Yacula.



This card features an ink blended background using Distress Inks in Spun Sugar and Cracked Pistachio.   The main fairground background image was stamped with Memento Ink in Fog.  This panel was applied to the 110lb sturdy white cardstock base.



On Bristol Smooth cardstock I stamped all of my Sunny Meadow Fair images using Ranger Archival Ink in Potting Soil.  These images were then watercolour painted using the following colour palette.

Kuretake Zigs in .... Oatmeal, Mid Gray, Haze Blue, Green Shadow, Cool Gray (1), Pale Pink,  Flesh Colour and Light Pink.  I also used a Tombow ABT in 020.



All watercolour images were fussy cut. I flipped them upside down onto a firm rubber mat and using a stylus and small rotating movements and light pressure, I began to flex the cardstock so that it curve outwards.  This gives everything a lovely 3D look ... just avoid the edges.  If you haven't done this technique before I suggest you practice several times on images when it doesn't really matter!  You'll learn how much is enough and what is too much that way.



All images were backed with one or two layers of dimensional foam tape and applied to the scene.  Points were highlighted with a white gel pen and the sentiment was stamped again using Memento Ink in Fog.

Many, many thanks for coming to read about this card, I will be back before you know it with something new! 

Happy crafting!

Nicky x