We have a lovely treat for you- our guest designer, Marika, is joining us once again with a stunning set of cards!
We have a lovely treat for you- our guest designer, Marika, is joining us once again with a stunning set of cards!
We have an amazingly talented guest designer with us today. Her work will simply take your breath away!
Hi, this is Marika from Me and Minime Crafting. I was so thrilled and honoured when Tasnim asked me to Guest Design for Altenew – one of my favourite stamp companies. I really love their stamps, especially flower stamps; they are so gorgeous and perfect for watercoloring. And here are what I have created – flowers and butterflies with water colours.
The pleasure is all ours! Thank you very much for creating tehse stunning cards!
We have an amazing guest designer with us today. The first time I saw her work, I knew I had just discovered a gem! Her unique style at design has never ceased to impress me. Let’s get some inspiration form Yana today :)
If you are looking for some last minute Holiday stamping ideas I’ve got a few of those to share with you today.
Each of the 3 cards I have here took me less than 5 minutes to make! All you need for these is a stamp, two colors of ink and a tiny bit of patterned paper. Embellish these with a few black gems and you are all set!
If you are over the Holiday cardmaking madness and are looking for non holiday projects I’ve got one of those as well. My Best Friends card features the oh so beautiful Painted Poppy stamp which I used to create a background for a simple one layer card.
thank you for inviting me to be a guest! Its always a pleasure to work with your stamps.
Well, aren’t these cards simply fabulous?! I love a design that is quick and easy to execute. Thank you Yana for designing these beautiful cards!
Today we are focusing on the Whimsical Flowers set.
This set was inspired by a number of elements from nature:
Trumpet Creepers – took this picture during a morning run
Cotton Plants – image source
Amoeba – image source
Each image in this set has a solid and an outline part. They can be used together or separately, giving more options for designs.
In the following two cards, only the solid images were used:
For this card, the three large solid flowers were stamped on a 4″ x 5.5″ white card base to create a background pattern. The centers of the flowers were colored with a Copic marker. A piece of vellum, patterned paper, creame card stock, and silver glitter paper were then layered on top of the card base. The sentiment is from our ‘Many Thanks‘ set.
Once again, the solid images were used to stamp a floral ensemble on a 4″ x 5.5″ white card base. Two shades of pink and purple were used to get a gradient look. The centers were filled in with a Versamark pen and then embossed with gold embossing powder. The sentiment, from ‘halftone Hello‘ was also embossed in gold.
In the following two cards, only the outline images were used along with two different coloring techniques:
The three large outline flowers were embossed in white on water color paper, then colored with three shades of yellow Peerless water colors. The leaves were stamped with two shades of green ink. A diagonal pattern was created on a white card base using the chisel nip of a W3 Copic marker. The sentiment is from our Faux Veneer set, and a strip of black card stock was used to ground the design.
Here the outline flowers were first embossed in gold on white card stock, then sprayed generously with Heidi Swapp Coral Color Shine. Once dry, the flowers were trimmed and arranged around the ‘hello’ sentiment. The sentiment (Halftone Hello) was also embossed in gold and trimmer using a pair of micro-tip scissors and a craft knife. To finish the card, a few drops of gold glitter were added in a random pattern, and to the center of the flowers.
And finally, a traditional use of the stamp set using both the outline and solid images:
Before this card was stamped, all the floral images and leaves were first stamped on masking paper and trimmed. As you can see, this is a one-layer card, and a lot of masking was done to achieve this look. Three drops of silver glitter and a few strips of white card stock were adhered to add an interesting element to the card. The sentiment is from our Scribbled Flowers set.
I hope these examples will inspire you to get creative with your stamps. Don’t forget to add your projects to out flickr gallery.
Have a great holiday!
Would you believe it? We almost forgot to announce November challenge’s winners!
As a reward for your patience, we have decided to increase the prize amount to a $25 gift certificate for each winner :)
The three lucky winners are:
We love Heather’s ‘water’ panel! Together with the New York city skyline in the background, it is the perfect match! The layered shadow skyline is definitely a creative touch.
The blue background looks heavenly! and we love the floral arrangement ant the fact that it is a shaker card! Brilliantly interpreted.
We love the artistic touch on this card! Kelly’s coloring is amazing, however, the shabby golden frame is what makes this card so unique!
Lastly, our random winner (drawn from random.org) is:
Well, isn’t this card beautifully stamped! We love the design and the fact that it is all one-layer! Well done, Rema!
Winners, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with the address line ‘November Challenge Winner’, and we will set you up with a $25 store credit.
Now let us introduce our December Challenge:
This month’s theme: From the Craft Room: Warm Sunshine
For some of us, it is Winter and most days are cloudy and cold. Hence, it is nice to dream of warm sunny days :)
The reindeer silhouette, the ornament, and the word ‘joy’ are from our Festive silhouette stamp set. The rest of the items were simply pulled out of a scraps box to match theme of the inspiration.
Make a card, a tag, a layout or any other project based on the inspiration photo above. You may use either the colors, the composition, the elements, the texture or any combination to create your project.
After the challenge closes, Three winners will be selected, and one random winner will be drawn. Each will receive a $30 store credit at www.altenew.com. Winners will be announced at the beginning of the next month.
We can not wait to see where this month’s inspiration takes you!
Today we have one very talented card maker guest designing for us. She is one my favorite card makers! Everything she makes has a unique touch to them. Just check out the gorgeous projects Aga has made for today:
Stamp set: Poinsettia & Pine
For this green card, I stamped the holly leaves in dark green on bright green card stock.
On these circle tags the mistletoe and a fern were stamped with green ink and some gold glitter was added.
The mistletoe is stamped in black on grey card stock and I added some bright green and white water colour paint to the leaves and berries.
The pine cone on small tag is stamped in green and water colored.
Well, aren’t these tag and cards beautifully coordinated! Aga, thank you very much for sharing your talents here today.
Today we are looking in depth at Vintage Roses:
In this card, a lot of masking was done to achieve a one-layer pattern. You can use the base layers of each flower to create the masks. The Roses and the leaves were stamped with three/four different inks. A few pearls were scattered to complete the look.
In this card, the word ‘thank you’ was stamped in second and third generations to create a subtle background. The Roses and the leaves were stamped separately, trimmed, and adhered on to the card base. A label maker was used for the sentiment.
Once again, a subtle backdrop was created by stamping a background stamp with Versamark ink on to a pool colored card base. A lot of roses and leaves were stamped and trimmed to create a pattern covering the entire card base. The sentiment, from Persian Motifs set, was embossed in gold on a strip of white card stock whose corners were rounded using a corner punch.
Here the design was kept simple by stamping a pattern on the card base using stamps from the Lacy Scrolls set, then adhering a single Rose with foam tape. The sentiment is from our Many Thanks set, and it was stamped on a strip of white card stock.
Here, the Roses were stamped a little differently. Instead of using monochromatic colors, contrasting colors were used. For the large pink Rose, after stamping the third layer in light brown, the base layer was stamped in very light pink, then colored with a darker Copic marker.
This card was shared last week, but I wanted to show it again, as it shows that the roses can be stamped with just one ink. First, second, and third generations were used for the three-layer roses. If your ink doesn’t make much of an impression at the fourth-generation, you can stamp each layer twice, and end with a third-generation for the fourth layer.
The guide below shows the areas that match between the layers. You may save and print it for reference. It is also available on the Vintage Roses product page.
Here is a video showing how to stamp the Roses in order to achieve the best result possible.
We would love to see what you create with this set! Don’t forget to share your projects with us at our flick group.
Some of you have asked about the inks that I used to stamp the Roses, so here is the list of inks. However, I must inform you that some of these colors are retired.
Pink Roses: Close to My Heart (CTMH) Vineyard Berry. Stampin’ Up! (SU!) Rose Red, Regal Rose, Pretty in Pink
Blue Roses: CTMH Moonstruck
The paper crafts community has come together to give one last cheer to the magazine which has provided us with tons of inspiration and encouragement over the years. Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking, you will be sorely missed, but thank you for all the hard work you have done for our community. We appreciate you!
Today we are sharing some projects featuring Lyrical Script:
Design Inspiration: Brush script, Christmas carols
This card features a sheet music banner layered with one made from a gold metal sheet (Add a Little Dazzle), each mounted to a card base which has been splattered with shiny gold ink. The sentiment was stamped in black ink, and the finishing touches are two leaf branches from our Doodle Blooms set which were embossed onto vellum.
Sometimes simple is best! The card base was inked in yellow Distress Ink and blended to create a lovely glow. The sentiment was then stamped onto a die cut town and adhered to the card with foam tape.
This fun card started out with a card base splattered with silver ink. The sentiment was stamped in black, and then stars (which have been die cut from coordinating papers) were layered on top. Scattered rhinestones and a crochet thread bow finish off the card!
In this card, the ornament from our Festive Silhouettes was stamped in a random arrangement in light yellow and mint colors. Once the stamped images were completely, the sentiment was embossed in gold. A very simple and easy-to-execute card.
Last but not least, an ‘ornament wreath’ made out of metal sheets and glitter paper. Circle punches of two sizes were used to punch out many metal and silver glitter circles, and then arranged on a circular ring (not visible). The ring was die cut from two nesting circle dies. A good amount of glossy accent was used to adhere everything in place.
Thanks for stopping by today! We can’t wait to see what you create with Lyrical Script!