The theme for this month is Use Your latest Stamps or dies.
Today I am sharing this card I created featuring this beautiful Iris stamp called Care and Hope Iris from Unity Stamps Company. This stamp is special for me as it was designed by my talented friend Sandhya Iyer.
The main focus of this card is this beautiful iris stamp. I have colored this image using copic markers. As copic markers are alchohol based it is important that you stamp the image with compatible ink. I have used Memento Tuxedo Black ink for this image.
The colors I have used for the flowers are V28, V25 and V22. The leaves are colored with YG67, YG17 and YG13.
Hello Everyone it’s been a while I updated my blog post. Today I have this fun technique to share with you which a lot of card-makers already know but maybe haven’t used in a while. But for someone new into card-making this can be a totally new technique. The technique of embossing with cover die. I am guest designing for The Flower Challenge #52 for the month of January and this month’s theme is Embossing.
And here is my card.
I got super excited when Simon Says Stamps released the Diecember Release this December. Yes I spelled it right it’s Diecember. So, Diecember is the release of all these beautiful dies from different companies. I picked a few fun ones. To create a fun background I used Chunky Hearts Cover die. this project to cis called
The technique is using your metal cutting dies with the embossing sandwich in your die cutting machine. That is using the soft squishy mat instead of your regular cutting plates. With this technique the die does not cut through the card stock but just leaves an impression on it. I then cut the panel to be 3 and a quarter by 4 and a half inches.
I then added color on the raised hearts with the help of Distressed Oxide ink in Spun Sugar and blending brush from Taylored Expression.
Even though the background was extra special, I still wanted the focus of this card to be my floral clusters.
I stamped the two flowers from the Maker Forte stamp set designed by talented Alex Syberia on watercolored cardstock using Versamark Clear watermark in and embossed with Wow White Embossing Powder. This beautidul flowers are watercolored using Karin marker in color Cherise.
Then I stamped the leaves on vellum using the same sticky ink and embossed using wow gold embossing powder. I then fussy cut the flowers and the leaves with the help of scissors.
Since I love dimension on my cards, I popped some flowers using foam tape and some directly on the panel with liquid glue. Same with the leaves.
For the sentiment of this card, I stamped one of the sentiment that reads “You’re the best ” which is included in the stamp set on a matching color card stock strip and embossed with the same gold embossing powder.
For the final finishing touch I added some pale pink sequins from my stash in the card.
I added this panel on an A2 card base using strips of 3M foam tape at the back.
This finishes my card. Hope this inspires you to create projects using your cover dies.
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Started by printing this stamp set in a floral arrangement on a mixed media paper.
I wanted to create a 5 by 7 card because I preferred to paint a bigger flower not tiny floral clusters.
I printed the image in light beige color so I could create a no line coloring effect.
Started water coloring the flower using Karin Watercolor Markers. Pale pink concentrating on the base of the petals and fading towards the tip, leaving a pale wash of color for highlights. After two layers of pink I added a little olive green to the base of some petals and added a light wash of gold on the highlighted areas for a warmth. Finally, I added warm grey wherever it is supposed to be shaded.
The leaves on the top are colored with olive green and the leaves on the bottom are colored with curry.
I added some splatters of white acrylic paint and some gold watercolor paint.
And then, I used the sentiment from Wplus 9. It is a very old set of sentiment stamp. I stamped the sentiment directly on top of the colored image with Versamark ink and embossed using wow gold embossing powder.
For embellishment, I added a few gold sequins from my stash. I then layered this panel on a gold foiled cardstock and then adhered it to a 5 by 7 side folding cardbase made of heavyweight cardstock.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 .
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.
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.
ThenI 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.
Today I have sharing some cards I created using the Alex Syberia Release for June 20. This release so fun with all beautiful images.
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.
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:
And for the leaves and stem believe it or not I only used one color
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.