Circle of Hope Rachel Vass Release

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Today I am sharing a card I created using Rachel Vass release called circle of hope.

For this card I had this idea with a Lot of layers and lot of dimension.

The Focus

For the Main focus of the card the floral image was one layer matted with a golden card-stock layered with slightly bigger than the floral image itself.

I colored the flower with Coppic markers in the warm grays. The darkest shade was double five then W2 and then blended with W00. I wanted the flower to be a neutral shade because there was a lot going on on this card design already.

The center of the flower was colored using the COPIC marker that matches the background and dotted the stamen with a gel pen and embossed with gold embossing powder.

The Sentiment

The sentiment on this card was another layer again baked with a layer of golden card stock. The sentiment that says life is tough but so are you is converted into white on back black.

I have a video explaining how I do that.

The Background

For the background of this card I decided do use a stencil with distressed oxide ink. The stencil I picked for this was from Altenew and the ink I used was tumbled glass. My stencil had a little yellow from the last time I used which I forgot to clean. That made the stenciling a little bit greenish shade. Then I sprinkled some embossing powder with the help of my fingers. The embossing powder I used was Seaglass from Wow embossing.

The background piece was again layered with a gold card stock.

I usually design my card layout silhouette studio. That makes it easier for me to size the image perfectly and create cutlines around the images and matting layers which are slightly bigger than the images.

I then adhered everything on a top folding landscape A2 card base.

This completed my card. Hope this inspires you.

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Simple Copic Coloring and Rachel Vass Release

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Today I am sharing a trio of cards I created featuring the new release by Rachel Vass. This stamp set is a digital stamp called Glorious Geometry.

Coloring digital images are my favorite. I usually color them using Copic Markers. But to be able to use the digital images on your cards you don’t have to be perfect at using coloring mediums. Sometimes simple coloring can make beautiful cards.

First Card

My first card using the rachel vass Glorious geometry stamp set

For my first card I didn’t even use the image as it was supposed to be. The beauty of digital image is that you can modify the way you like. Almost like masking off the part of the physical stamp.

the simple copic coloring on digital stamp

On this card I only used the large cluster of floral image and quick colored them with Copics. With not much blending or shading it took me no time to color those.

digital stamp sentiments printed in white on black

I then foam mounted this image cut with the help of a pair of scissors on a black background I had created a couple of weeks ago. This background was created using the Nuvo Crackle Mousse in black on a black cardstock. The sentiment is from this same stamp set. Printed on white on black .

That finished my first card.

Second Card

second card using the glorious geometry stamo

Here this is how this image was supposed to be printed and used. So for my second card I kept it as is and colored with copics again. Simple coloring,nothing fancy.

rachel vass designs release June 20, 20

For this card, I printed the sentiment in white and filled the triangle with black before printing. That’s how I got the white on black sentiment in the middle.

A lot of people ask me how I change the digital sentiment from black in white to white on black. Here I am sharing a video explaining the technique .

You Tube Video explaining how to change the digital sentiment into white on black.
I admire your strength digital sentiment

I cut the printed and colored panel to slightly smaller than an A2 base, matted it with black cardstock and finally foam mounted on a card base. This finishes my second card.

The Third Card

card made using rachel vass release and alcohol ink background

My third card is even more simpler. As I just cut out some of the flowers in the design. Just gave it a hint of color.

sentiment strip on alcohol ink background

Then I foam mounted the flowers in an arrangement on an alcohol ink background I created a few weeks ago.

Again the sentiment is from this stamp set. Which I created in white on black, cut in a strip and added across the card.

Then the panel was added to an A2 base.

The versatility of digital stamp is endless. You don’t have to be an artist to color the images. Digital images can be resized and flipped. You can add images on top of each other or remove a part of the image.

Rachel Vass release her new stamps ever week. Her designs are one of a kind and beautifully drawn. I have been spending money on physical stamp less ever since I started using Digital Stamps.

Hopefully this will inspire you to create beautiful card like these with simple copic coloring and premade backgrounds.

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Alex Syberia Release June 20

Hello everyone!

Today I have sharing some cards I created using the Alex Syberia Release for June 20. This release so fun with all beautiful images.

First Card

This card is created using the Alex Syberia Sunflower digital stamp. I colored this image using copic markers in the shades:

YR04, Y17, Y15, and Y08

And the stem and the leaves in

YG67, YG63 YG17 and YG13

This image of sunflower was just so pretty I didn’t want any distractions on the background. The cover cutting file from Silhoutte Design Store. It is called Pebbles Overlay by Lizzie Mayne. was a perfect backdrop for this beautiful image.

I glued the die cut on a white panel using liquid glue.

There are options to cut the digital images using a few softwares like Silhouette Machine, Cricut Machine or Brother scan and cut. For this particular project I decided to fussy cut it using scissors. Sometimes I find it hard to cut using scissors but most of the time when the image is large enough to cut around it I find it therapeutic.

The sentiment was from the Taylored Expressions stamp and die set. With which you can stamp and cut a bunch of different sentiments at once so it is always ready when you want to create a card.

Finally Embellished with some Nuvo Jewel Drops in clear color as I wanted the focus on the sunflower image.

Second Card

I used the Dogrose flower from this latest release by Alex Syberia. For my second card I wanted some ombre sky background. When I was getting the image ready for printing I added the ombre background and then printed it.

Now the background was already done, all I had to do was color the image.

I again picked Copic Markers for the coloring. For the flower I used:

RV55, RV42 and R00

For the berries:

R29,R27,R24

And for the leaves and stem believe it or not I only used one color

YG67

I colored all the leaves and after the marker was dry I went back and darkened the shadow area with the same color.

About the word Happy, I had downloaded this font from Silhouette Design store and simply typed the word and cut it with gold foil paper. The black offset layer is also cut with the silhouette machine. It is just an offset image of the word happy which I cut out of the black card-stock. I added the Birthday to you underneath to complete the sentiment which was already stamped, embossed and cut in a strip.

I also cut the thin frame border around the image out of the same gold foil card-stock with the help of the silhouette machine. I think that tied in all my elements together.

For the final finishing touch, I added some white gel pen on the highlighted areas on the berries. I added some gel pen on the stamen of the flowers and before the gel pen dried added some gold sparkle embossing powder and heat set it. This way I was able to achieve the metallic look on the center of the flowers.

This completed my second card.

Third Card

This sea shell border on the slimline format was my favorite in this release. This image was the first one I printed in light ink and started coloring. I was actually going for a almost realistic look while coloring I used watercolor for this one.

I am just a beginner in watercoloring and I am still learning a lot. My weakness is impatience with watercoloring. I cannot wait between layers. I tried my best to achieve the “realistic” look. At one point I was already getting frustrated with the painting which is so not like me. But I kept going and finished it.

The final result was worth the hours I spent on water-coloring this image.

I printed the sentiment in another piece and layered both the sentiment and the watercolored panel onto a teal green card-stock and then mounted it on a slimline base made out of a heavyweight card-stock.

Finally added some flat back green jewels to embellish this card and call it done.

This completed my third and last card for this release. In near future I may want to make a few more cards with this release.

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Floral Burst Cards with sparkly doodles.

Today I am sharing this fun and sparkly cards featuring Floral Burst Digital stamp release by Rachel Vass.

I have made two cards using this latest release called Floral Burst.

The First Card

Here is my first card.

Floral Burst digital stamp release by Rachel vass

We’re used to making the standard A2 size cards and lately the slimline size is getting so popular. Since this image was somewhat more square I wanted to create a 6 by 6 card with it.

The Technique

Like my previous card I used the digital background for this card too. I really loved this pastel green background for my card. Rachel’s images has white fill to them so it’s nice to print over the digital pattern paper and still have some white space inside the image for coloring.

One of these days I will learn how to color the image digitally. I do not have softwares like Photoshop or Adobe Illustrator. I use my Sillhoutte cameo software to design my digital images and print them.

Rachel Vass Floral Burst

The Focus

After I printed the floral image along with the background, all I had left was to color the image. I chose Copic Color for my image. Reds I thought would compliment the pastel green background. The images don’t really show the true color of the background.

The flowers were colored with R24, R37, and R39. These colors blend so well. That’s my favorite red combination. I only colored the open spaces on the flowers with Copics, because I had this sparkly idea in my head.

Rachel Vass Floral Burst

The Accent

This picture may not be very good, but I wanted to capture the sparkle. Hope you can see them. I drew lines with a sparkly gel pen and filled some of the leaves with the sparkly pen too.

Then I cut this panel and matted with a red card-stock that matched with my Copic coloring perfectly. Then added that one a 6 by 6 top folding card base using foam tapes.

Rachel Vass Floral Burst

The Sentiment

I printed the sentiment that came with the Floral Burst stamp set. If you guys know how to do the reverse color with the sentiment, I did white on black. All I did was traced the sentiment, and changed the color of the sentiment to white then created a black background around it and printed. I love the look of the white on black sentiment better than black on white. The sentiment is cut in a strip and adhered with another layer of foam tape behind it.

The Second Card

Rachel Vass Floral Burst

This one I created an A2 card but with the split image. Looks like I printed one image and cut it in half. But in fact I printed it that way. I left the background plain this time.

The Focus

copic coloring on digital image

For this one I colored in two colors. Yellow and blue has been one of my favorite combo.The open petals I colored in shades of yellow but the lined petals was only one shade of blue.

I used Y08, YR12, Y17 and YR15. I know it sounds like a weird combination but it gave me the look that I was going for. The blue I used is B04.

The Accent

Doodle design on digital image

I colored the open spaces in the smaller flowers with the sparkly gel pen. The yellow petals were a little too big to just fill with the gel pen so I doodled some swirly circles on them to fill the space. I loved how this one turned out.

In fact this is my favorite among these two cards.

The Sentiment

Reverse print sentiment

Again for this card too I created the white on black thank you sentiment and cut that in a strip and adhered with foam tape.

I then matted this panel on a slightly bigger blue card-stock panel that matched with my coloring to make a 4 and a quarter by 5 and a half card front. This was added on a A2 size card-base using foam tape.

Finally added some blue Nuvo Jewel Drops to fill the empty white space and complete the card.

I hope this inspires you to use whatever you have in your stash to create this fun sparkly effect on your card.

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Using Digital Paper With Digital Stamps

Rachel Vass digital stamp

Hello everyone!

Today I am sharing a fun way to create an instant background with your digital images. I used Digital Paper with my digital stamps.

There are lots of free digital prints and pattern papers online. You can download any of those nowadays.

Along with the technique this project features the latest release digital stamp by Rachel Vass. This stamp is called Joyous Moments.

digital pattern paper background and rachel vass stamp

This is a beautiful stamp with a flower cluster of three fluffy flowers and some sentiments in beautiful fonts.

I usually design my card using the silhouette cameo software whenever i am using digital stamps. I had this beautiful pater paper in teal saved in my library. You can also purchase a digital pattern paper from the silhouette design store.

The Design

I brought this patter paper to my silhoutte design page and then added the digital stamps from Rachel Vass to alighn in a way that two floral clusters would face away from eachother leaving a space for sentiments along the middle of the card panel.

I love how Rachel Vass Digital stamps are made with a white background to the images so you are able to layer them on top of each-other or on top of pattern paper like I did for this project.

copic colored Rachel Vass Joyous moments digital stamp

It looks like a dimensional card but it is really just one layer besides the sentiment which is another piece of cardstock. The sentiment came from the same stamp set.

After I printed out my flowers with the pattern already done for the background, all I had to do was color the image and the card would be done.

The Focus

Rachel vass digital stamp Joyous moments

The main focus of this card is this beautiful digital stamp from Rachel Vass. I really love how well illustrated Rachel’s images are. They are so fun to color. Of course there are other ways to use these lovely images but I love to color them with my Copic Markers.

Copic Colors

For the flowers I chose shades of orange to go with the teal background.

YR04, YR07, Y17 and YR09

I also added a little bit of highlights to some areas using prismacolor pencil in yellow for extra dimension.

For the leaves I picked

G99, YG67, G17 and YG17

For the center of the flower

E39 E49

Digital Paper with digital stamps

Once the coloring was finished which didn’t take a long time, I adhered this panel on an A2 size white card base made of heavyweight card-stock.

For the final touch I added some yellow gelly roll dots on the stamens of the flowers.

I hope this inspires you to use varieties of digital papers available online. I just downloaded some free digital papers from this website for future projects.

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Sunshine Daisies Against Black Background

Today I am sharing this blank card I made using the Sunshine Daisies digital stamp released today by Rachel Vass Designs. These are white Sunshine Daisies against black background. This stamp set is available to purchase at her Etsy store.

Sunshine Daisies by Rachel Vass Designs White daisies against black background

I wanted these daisies to be white but even white flowers have shadows and highlights and some shades of purples and yellows in them.

I sat down with some Prismacolor pencils and some Polychromos to color these beautiful flowers. I used warm grey for the shadow and some light yellow, purple, and green on the highlighted areas of the petals.

Sunshine Daisies by Rachel Vass Designs pencil colored with black background

For the centers of the flowers I picked some yellows, oranges, and browns. I added some texture using the little strokes of Prismacolor pencils in the darker shade all over these center.

Sunshine Daisies by Rachel Vass Designs pencil coloring

After I finished coloring with the pencil colors, I decided to go for really dark background. Started tracing the outlines with Micron Pen and also filling the small areas between the petals with the same pen. The rest of the background I colored with black Copic marker.

Sunshine Daisies by Rachel Vass Designs handmade blank card

I cut the colored panel with the Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangle die and attached it to a white card-base made with Neenah Solar White Card-stock.

I hope this will inspire you to create projects like this with dark background.

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Vibrant Watercolor Card

Hello there, friends! Welcome to my blog.

I have a fun vibrant watercolor card to share with you today. This card features the latest release by Rachel Vass.

Watercolors are supposed to be soft and delicate, but I like to exaggerate them to make the colors more vibrant. That really satisfies my taste.

The Card

Vibrant Watercolor card using summer blood stamp by Rachel Vass Designs

This is what I’m talking about. This card features the latest release by Rachel Vass Designs called Summer Bloom. I printed this beautiful flower image on a Mixed Media Paper in light cream ink because I was going for a no-line watercoloring.

No line vibrant watercolor card featuring summer bloom by rachel vass designs

Watercoloring Process

I picked up my beloved Peerless Watercolor Sheets for this project. I’ve painted watercolored flowers with just one color, darker tone for the shadows and pale tone for the highlighted areas in the past. For this particular project, I wanted the red to fade into yellow.

vibrant summer blood watercolor card

I used Royal Crimson and Deep Yellow for the petals. I started with one petal at a time using these two colors trying to blend the colors in the middle of the petals. Then, I added a little bit of Sepia Brown to my Royal Crimson for the darkest corners of the petals. After the first layer was dry, I went with the second more intense coloring. There I achieved my vibrant watercolor card look i was going for.

watercolor card featuring rachel vass release

Background

Finally, for the background I used a light wash of clean water first and then picked up Pearl Gray and painted the area concentrating more towards the flowers and fading away from the flowers.

Once the painting was dry, I used white and black gouache and spattered it all over the painting. How fun!

celebrating you today watercolor card

Sentiment

The sentiment “Celebrating You Today” felt like a perfect match for this card. I stamped this Versamark Watermark Ink and embossed using white embossing powder.

handmade card using no-line watercolor technique.

Diecutting the watercolor piece using the stitched rectangle from Mama Elephant was the next step which then was adhered on to a top folding landscape card made out of Recollections Heavy Wight Cardstock in white.

Final Touch

For embellishment I used some sequins from my stash in silver and clear.

I hope this inspires you to go bold with watercolors and play around to get a vibrant look like this one.

https://www.etsy.com/shop/RachelVassDesigns

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EDS/HSD AWARENESS MONTH AND HOP

Hello Everyone! May is EDS/HSD awareness month.

Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS) is a disease that weakens the connective tissues of your body. Connective tissues are tendons and ligaments that hold parts of your body together. EDS can make your joints loose and your skin thin and easily bruised. It also can weaken blood vessels and organs.

There’s no cure for EDS, but the symptoms can often be treated and managed only if it is diagnosed.

I feel so proud to be a part of this special event where a bunch of card-makers and crafters join hands to raise awareness about EDS/HSD DESEASE.

Our card-maker friend Natasha Davies who suffers from this illness herself also found out about this disease from an awareness campaign on a radio.That is why she wanted to give back to the community by raising awareness to other people who may be suffering from this illness and do not know about it.

We,

Natasha Davies

Natasha Vacca

Sandhya Iyer

Coleen Balija

Deborah

Amanda

and I

are teaming up and hosting this event where a lot of Card-makers and crafters are joining hands to spread this awareness among the crafting community.

The Card

Here is my special card I made for this event.

This beautiful digital image is by Alex Syberia. And here is a link to where you can purchase this image:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/793379658/almond-blossoms-digi-stamp-set?ref=shop_home_feat_2

For this card I colored this image using copic markers in pinks and greens.

handmade card using digital image

The background is created using Cover Die from Neat and Tangled. I love how this creates texture but the white on white is still not taking away from the beautiful floral image.

Stay strong sentiment

The floral image is adhered on foam tape for extra dimension. I added this to an A2 size top folding card base made of heavyweight white card stock.

Copic coloring on digital stamp by Alex Syeria

I finally added some silver sparkling Stickles on the stamens of the flowers.

This completes the card. Here are some other images of the card.

Card featuring digital image by Alex Syberia

Related Links

Here are some links that are related to this hop and may be interesting to you

The Ribbon

Let me share this Ribbon I drew with black and white to represent the EDS/HSD awareness month with some fun intricate henna patterns. I used Micron pen in Pt3 to draw and fill inside this ribbon.

EDS/HSD AWARENESS ribbon filled with henna patterns

I feel so proud and honored for my friends wanted to use this design as their logo in this hop.

I am very thankful for my friends and I will always cherish them. The saying CRAFTY FRIENDS ARE THE BEST proved itself to be true.

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Thank You Teacher Card And RV Release

Hello Everyone!

Today I am sharing this Thank You Teacher card featuring Rachel Vass Designs release called Piglets in School.

Schools are almost over for a long summer break here in United States. Due to the Covid19 kids here in New York are doing online classes. Amidst all these uncertainties and chaos we still need to be thankful to all the teachers that have dedicated their lives to these little kids.

This card is to express gratitude to those teachers.

Here’s my card for today

This is a handmade card made using Rachel Vass digital stamp called Piglets in school. This stamp is printed and colored in copic markers

This release consists of these cute piglets and some beautiful sentiments unlike the usual floral stamp releases. I have always loved coloring floral images and making cards with them but these piglets are so adorable. I enjoyed coloring them with Copic Markers.

girl piglet from the digital stamp by Rachel Vass colored in copic marker

The girl piglet I colored with a lighter skin color and a little blush on her cheeks.

The boy had a little darker skin. I colored their clothes in colors that match with this polka dot patter paper I picked for the background.

polka dot pattern paper and thank you teacher card.

The piglets are adhered on the background with foam tapes for dimension.

The sentiment ‘Thank You Teacher’ is also from the same digital stamp which is printed and cut in a strip.

This kind of brings some of the memories of my elemnetary school days with me and my twin brother going to shcool .

I hope you liked this cute and colorful card I made. Hope this will enspire you.

Here is another cards featuring releases by Rachel vass.

http://www.cardsncraftsnyc.com/blog/

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Pencil Coloring With Alex Syberia May 20 Release

Pencil coloring digital stamps is something I’ve been doing a lot lately.

Hello everyone and welcome to my blog.

I am definitely a beginner in pencil coloring but I am learning as I’m coloring.

I have a few cards to share with you today.

First card

My first card can be a little bit more masculine card I think because it’s not floral. This is a very neatly illustrated Aloe Closeup digital stamp by Alex Syberia.

I printed this image on a 60lb weight white card stock and cut it to 4 inches by 5 and a quarter inches.

I then started coloring using my color pencils. I picked all the green color pencils I own by Prosmacoloror and Polychromos. A reference photo of an aloe plant is what I thought would be helpful to use to color this .

I then started coloring the image accordingly picking light or dark shades of green. I then blended the color using prismacolor colorless blender pencil. I added some dark green to the shadowed areas.

The sentiment is from one of the Hero Arts stamp set stamped and embossed on a dark gray cardstock. I then matted this on another piece of dark gray cardstock cut slightly bigger than it.

Then to finish it off I mounted it on a A2 size top folding card base made with heavyweight 110 lb white cardstock.

Second Card

My second card features this beautiful succulent illustration by Alex Syberia. I am so impressed by how beautifully this image is drawn.

I colored this image in purples and blues. I wanted to mimic the look of this bluish/purplish succulent I found an image online.

This image is a little bit elongated than a regular card size so I wanted to create a slimline card with it. But since I didn’t measure the image before printing I ended up getting smaller image to cover the whole slimline card front. The colored piece was matted with black cardstocks slightly bigger than it. Adhered this is using foam tape.

So I added the sentiment on the bottom to cover for the mistake I made. The sentiment is from Altenew stamp, stamped and embossed in white on black . The word die is also from Altenew Scripty Words.

I finished off this card with some black flat sequins added with the help of art glitter glue.

The Third Card

Here’s the third card I created using Sweet Gardenia digital stamp by Alex Syberia. I printed this fussy cut it out using scissors. I colored this image in a little different style than the first two cards.

Using the pink shades of sharp polychromos pencils. I colored the shadow parts of this flowers to create depth and dimension to this beautiful flower image. Leaving a lot of white areas for highlights. This flower is added on the card using foam tapes.

The background is an embossed piece using spellbinders embossing folder. Matted with pink cardstock that matches the color of the flower.

I layered a small piece of ink blended cardstock cut with scallop border die from MFT stamps. A strip of glitter cardstock added to decorate the strip.

The sentiment hello is a word die from MFT stamps. It is cut with a pink cardstock dipped in embossing ink and embossed using sparking clear embossing powder and then added on it’s background die cut.

This card has already a lot going on so I feel like it didn’t need any embellishments.

I hope you liked these cards I created mainly focusing on pencil coloring techniques and Alex Syberia digital Release from May 2020.

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