Saturday, February 16, 2019

Party Parade - Hello Bluebird

Hello everybody, I am sharing a card I made recently featuring the new Party Parade stamp set.  This is the second time I have made a card with this stamp set .... basically, I adore it!
To make this card I took an A2 panel of Bristol Smooth cardstock and I masked off a line above which I ink blended Distress Oxide in Worn Lipstick.  I then moved the mask to above the original line and masked again only this time I used Fossilized Amber Distress Oxide.  I flicked some water splashes over the coloured panel and blotted them up a few seconds later to distress it.  I framed out the panel using the Gallery Frame #2 Die (just the outer part of the cut), applying it with dimensional foam tape to lift it up.
On Bristol Smooth cardstock I used Ranger Archival Ink in Potting Soil to stamp all the images from Party Parade.  I watercolour painted everything using the following Kuretake Zig colours – Light Pink 026, Haze Blue 302, Beige 072, Lemon Yellow 051, Green Shadow 049, Pale Orange 054, Blue Gray 092 and Brown 060.  I highlighted a few points with a white gel pen and die cut each element and arranged and adhered them to the scene using either a single piece of foam tape or for the foreground images on a double layer.
My card was finished out with a selection of different sized sparkling clear flat-cup sequins.
Many thanks for coming by the blog today to read, I do hope you are enjoying the new release and buying up all the goodies!
See you next time!
Nicky x

Friday, February 15, 2019

Banner Buddies and Hello Friend Word Die - Hello Bluebird Stamps

Hi guys!  I'm sharing a card where I'm once again using the new Banner Buddies by Hello Bluebird Stamps but this time I'm using the new Hello Friend Word Die too.



To make this card I first ink blended an A2 panel using Distress Oxides in Wilted Violet, Seedless Preserves and Aged Mahogany and also splattered some of the ink (loosened with water) to soften and distress the appearance.  This panel was die cut to give it the faux stitched edge.



I die cut the Hello Friend word die 3 times and adhered each letter to the next and glued it into the scene.

On Bristol Smooth cardstock I stamped my images from Banner Buddies using my favourite Ranger Archival Ink in Potting Soil.  I watercolour painted the images using Kuretake Zigs in the following colours:- Brown 060, Beige 072, Mid Gray 096, Cobalt Blue 031, Yellow 050, Light Pink 026, May Green 047, Orange 070.  The images were die cut and adhered either directly or with foam tape to lift them up and build dimension.



3 simple sparkling clear sequins by Pretty Pink Posh finish out this sweet scene and the panel was adhered to a 110lb white cardstock base.

Thanks for coming by to read how I made this card, I hope to see you next time!

Nicky x

Sparkle Dots & Cupcake Critters - Pretty Pink Posh

Hi!  I wonder if you treated yourself to the Sparkle Dot Patterns 2 stamp set by Pretty Pink Posh yet?  Maybe this card can tempt you?



I've used one of the border patterns for this card, but you've got balloons and even eggs (for Easter) among other designs.  Great way to use up your jewels from Pretty Pink Posh!

So this card started with an A2 white panel which is die cut using Stitched Borders 4 to give it the decorative edge top and bottom.  I then stamped the Sparkle Dots stamp in my Misti and then flipped the panel the other way and stamped it a second time.  I chose my jewels and adhered them with Ranger Multi Medium Matte adhesive.  Sequins would work equally as well.

I masked a line and above it I gently ink blended Distress Oxide in Spun Sugar, then I moved the mask and ink blended in Distress Oxide in Cracked Pistachio.

I stamped the sentiment from Fly Away Friends and then on Bristol Smooth cardstock I used Ranger Archival Ink in Potting Soil to stamp my Cupcake Critters, they were die cut and watercolour painted using the following colours - Tombow ABT 020 and Kuretake Zigs in Beige 072,  Mid Gray 096, Light Pink 026, Green Shadow 049 and Bright Yellow 052.  Points were highlighted with a white gel pen.  They were backed with foam tape and applied.



I was really pleased with the blingy border and felt no other additional embellishment was required for this card.  The panel was adhered to a sturdy white card base.  Project complete!

Thanks for coming by the blog today.

Nicky x

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Portrait Pals - Hello Bluebird Stamps

It's our 4th and final day of previews at Hello Bluebird Stamps and this slimline card uses several new products starting with the Portrait Pals stamp set, Typed Everyday sentiment set and Photo Stack dies for the frames.



My card dimensions are 8 1/2 inches x 3 1/2 inches and fits a Size 9 envelope.   A panel was masked at the edges then was ink blended with Distress Inks in Mowed Lawn and Twisted Citron then splashed with some Mowed Lawn that was loosened up with a drop of water.  The mask was removed when dry.



I die cut several of photo frames from Photo Stack and arranged them on the panel and adhered them at playful angles using dimensional foam tape.

On Bristol Smooth cardstock all of the images were stamped with Archival Ink in Potting Soil and watercolour painted using the following colours - Tombow 020, Artezas in Pea Green A150 and Moss Green A122 and then rest were Kuretake Zigs in Mid Gray 096 Light Gray 091, Dark Gray 095, Dark Brown 062, Deep Green 044 and Olive Green 043.

All images were die cut and adhered into position with yet more foam tape.  I also used some of the speech bubbles included in Photo Stack and used a little masking and stamping magic to stamp the sentiments just as I wanted them from the new and very useful Typed Everyday sentiment set.  The decorative panel was applied to a 110lb white cardstock base.



Since the card is so lush with greenery and detail I decided no further embellishment was necessary - another card complete!

Hope you like the card and feel inspired.  See you soon!

Nicky x

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Easter Egg Hunt & Spring Gatherings - Hello Bluebird Stamps

Hi!  We're on Day 3 of Previews for the new Hello Bluebird Release (February 15th).  My card today combines two new stamp sets that work as well together as they do separately.  They are called Easter Egg Hunt and Spring Gatherings.



Kicking off I ink blended the background panel using Distress Oxides in Tumbled Glass, Spun Sugar and Spiced Marmalade.  I also die cut a panel using Grassy Knoll and ink blended that with Cracked Pistachio.  Both pieces were die cut to provide the simple pierced edge and the grassy panel was  adhered to the main panel with foam tape to lift it up and in turn the whole panel attached to a prepared A2 110lb sturdy white cardstock base, perfect for weighty and dimensional cards like this.



On Bristol Smooth cardstock my images from both new stamp sets were stamped with Archival Ink in Potting Soil.  Everything was watercolour painted using the following colours - Tombow ABTs in 020 and 451.  Arteza in Sea Foam Green A158.   Kuretake Zigs in Brown 060, Mid Gray 096, Dark Brown 062, Cool Gray(1) 099, Dark Brown 062, Light Gray 091, Oatmeal 064, Bright Yellow 052, Orange 070, Light Pink 026, Flesh Colour 071 and Pale Pink 028.  Phew!!!!!!!

All images were die cut and adhered either directly or with foam tape.  Points were highlighted with a white gel pen.



Finishing touches were to stamp the sentiment onto the wavy tag from the Stitched Tag Builder Die, applying it with foam tape and a few sparkling clear sequins were glued in too.

Another card complete and I'll be back for another day of previews tomorrow!  See you then I hope.

Nicky x

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Party Parade - Hello Bluebird Stamps

Hi!  I'm back for the second day running revealing all new products to you from the February 15th Hello Bluebird Stamps release.  This is Party Parade together with the new Happy Birthday Die and Basic Borders Die.



This is a slimline card (use the search function on this blog to find more of my slimline cards) but I can tell you the finished dimensions of this card are 8 1/2 inches by 3 1/2 inches and you can find standard envelopes for cards with these dimensions by searching for Slimline Envelopes, Invitation Envelopes, #9 or Size 9 envelopes.



Firstly I ink blended a background panel using Clarity Stencil Brushes (seen in photo) and Distress Inks in Twisted Citron, Spun Sugar and Tumbled Glass.  I then took one of the dies from Basic Borders and centred it at the bottom of the panel and cut and then I cut again with the same die from some pink cardstock and for purely decorative purposes,  I inserted the pink cut into the panel space and taped it together on the reverse.  At this point I applied the panel to the 110lb sturdy white cardstock base.



I die cut the Happy Birthday die several times from white cardstock and once more from cardstock that I had ink blended with pastel colours.  I glued each letter to the next and finished with the coloured die cuts and then glued them to the panel.

On Bristol Smooth cardstock all of the images from Party Parade were stamped using Archival Ink in Potting Soil then watercolour painted using the following colours - Arteza in Green Tea A154.  Tombow ABT in 451 and 020.  Kuretake Zigs in Oatmeal 064, Mid Gray 096, Warm Gray (2) 900, Light Gray 091, Brown 060, Bright Yellow 052 and Light Pink 026.  Points were highlighted with a white gel pen.  All images were die cut and applied with dimensional foam tape.



Final touches were to dot in a little textured 'ground' and a few sparkling clear sequins were adhered for a festive flourish.

Tomorrow I will be back with another new card featuring the new release from Hello Bluebird and I thank you for visiting my blog today!

Nicky x

Monday, February 11, 2019

Banner Buddies - Hello Bluebird Stamps

Hello!  Today is a GOOD day because I get to reveal the first of the new stamp sets from Hello Bluebird stamps for the February 15th release.  This is Banner Buddies!



You are also seeing the new Vertical Banner Die and the sentiment is from Spring Banner Script sentiment stamp set.

To make this card I firstly stencil ink blended the cloud background using Distress Ink in Tattered Rose.  I also die cut a grass edge from the Grassy Knoll die set and ink blended that with Cracked Pistachio and adhered this piece to the cloudy background popped up on dimensional foam tape.

Next task was to use the banner stamp from Banner Buddies and stamp the image using Versamark Ink and heat embossed in silver.  I then stamped the sentiment the same way and I used the Vertical Banner Die to die cut the image which had been stamped onto Insulation Pink cardstock by MFT.  I found a scrap of grey cardstock and die cut the 'rod' from which it hangs.  I adhered them together and applied it to the scene again with foam tape.



Now for the cute stuff!  I stamped my images from Banner Buddies onto Bristol Smooth cardstock using Ranger Archival Ink in Potting Soil.  I watercolour painted all images using the following colours -  Tombow ABTs in 761, 243, 942.  Kuretake Zigs in Oatmeal 064, Beige 072, Mid Gray 096, Light Gray 091, Dark Gray 095 and Light Green 041.  Certain points were highlighted with Uni-Ball Signo White gel pen and all images were die cut, arranged and adhered either directly or with foam tape to build depth.



The decorative panel was added to a 110lb white cardstock base which is nice and sturdy for such a dimensional card and that was it!

I thank you for coming by my blog today to read today  .... I'll be back tomorrow with another new release card for Hello Bluebird - I hope you join me!

Happy crafting!

Nicky x