Good morning! This month we’re collaborating with Studio Katia and some of her fabulous design team members have decided to play along with us! First up is Anna Kossakovskaya with a stunning duo of cards for the Bling it Up theme! Here’s a sneak peek at one card but I hope you’ll head over to Anna’s blog and check out both cards!!
I began with a piece of watercolour cardstock, onto which I stamped the Hero Arts fresh cut raindrops background stamp, and embossed with white embossing powder, but not over the entire piece – I left the bottom left empty. (This stamp is unfortunately now discontinued, but the Rainy Day Bold Prints stamp would work just as well.) I then added a little bit of Distress Ink in various blues, and sprayed the panel with water.
I then stamped the little girl with her umbrella from Studio Katia‘s “Hello Alice” onto some white cardstock, fussy cut and coloured her with Copic markers, then added a spot of white to her eyes. I then decided she looked a little lonely all by herself, so I also stamped and coloured the cute little kitty in the set.
Before assembling the card, I coloured a strip on the left side of the card with the same Copic marker I used for her jeans. I cut the watercolour card down so that it was a smidgeon narrower than the card front, and adhered it down to show some of the blue stripe. I used some grey Copics to make a shadow underneath the girl, before adhering her and her little cat to the card. I then used my MISTI to stamp the sentiment from Hero Arts “Thoughtful Messages” (This is also discontinued, unfortunately, but Hero Arts has so many wonderful sentiment stamps, and there are lots of sentiments that would work equally well on this card). By the way, the Copic colours I used are B37, B45, C3, C5, C7, C9, E00, E02, E08, E53, R20, R22, R24, R29, YR14 and YR27.
If you’ve seen the challenge theme for this month, you would know that it is the finishing touches that I added to this card that make all the difference! I added some Wink of Stella to the umbrella and to the blue strip on the left. I added some Star Dust Stickles to some of the raindrops, and I added some of Studio Katia‘s fabulous clear rain drops. These seriously look like drops of water on the card!
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I hope you all had a nice weekend ? This month we are collaborating with the lovely Studio Katia for our Bling It up Challenge. If you haven’t checked out her amazing products I highly recommend them…especially if you are a total sucker for sequins and embellishments.
Those who know me know I often go for softer tones, mainly watercoloring but for this card I wanted to go full on rainbow.
I used the beautiful Brush Strokes stamp set from Studio Katia along with my Hero Arts Shadow Inks and Clarity Stencil brushes (If you haven’t tried these yet then I HIGHLY encourage you too, especially with Hero Arts inks).
I stamped the brush heart from the stamp set randomly onto some card stock using clear ink and then heat embossed using Hero Arts White Embossing powder.
Then using a selection of Hero Arts Inks (all are listed in the supplies below) I created a rainbow effect going down the page. With the brushes you build the colour up so it was perfect for this effect.
Once this was dry I buffed over the heat embossing using a cloth and using two circle dies I taped them together and die cut a circle section out of the cars stock off to one side, I discarded the small inner section so I would be left with a frame around the circle.
I heat embossed I Miss You sentiment onto some vellum using Hero Arts Embossing powder and adhered this to the circle.
I then adhered everything onto a light grey card base, the circle piece I popped up using some foam tape. And the perfect finishing touch was some of the beautiful Crystal Sequins from Studio Katia.
That is it from me today. I do hope you have an amazing week and get plenty of crafty time.
Thanks for stopping by.
Happy Friday to you! This month we are so lucky to be collaborating with Studio Katia. Haven’t heard of them? Well, just click on that link and go exploring, because her stuff is amazing, and you must get some. The products are not only beautiful to look at, but work beautifully. Stamp perfectly the first time, every time. And if you know me, that’s basically how I judge a stamp company. I need all the help I can get when I craft, so I need the product to work as designed, and Studio Katia does not disappoint!
Our challenge theme this month is “Bling It Up“, which means get out your glitter, your sparkles, your sequins, anything that shines, we want to see it. You could win a gift certificate to Studio Katia! So please enter our challenge. Make sure to read the rules. We like rules.
Here’s my card using many of the new products from Studio Katia. First, this amazing die called Darling Ribbon & Dotted Frames. For me, this is a must have. I am in need of more frame dies, and I love how this has the dotted details along the edge. I used a new background stamp from Hero Arts, the Wallpaper Pattern, and stamped that onto a piece of watercolor paper using distress inks. I wanted a very muted, not perfect, impression. Once that was dry, I ran in through my die cutting machine.
For my main floral image I used the new Artistic Dahlia stamp from Hero Arts and heat embossed it with Hero Arts platinum embossing powder onto watercolor paper. Note to self, I need those matching dies. You do too, if you get this stamp. It’s amazing, and I would love to make card sets with it, but will definitely need the die for that. It’s not hard to cut out, but let’s just say that (as I’ve mentioned before), I’m getting “older” and my eyes want more dies.
I colored the dahlia with zig markers. I googled dahlia photos and saw that many had concentrated color in the center that faded out to white, so I went with that as my coloring inspiration. It’s just so lovely of an image, I think it would be hard to mess it up no matter how you colored it.
I used a leaf image from the Studio Katia Together We Bloom stamp set to clear emboss some images on the card front. Just a little something something to bring the card together, and also, I wanted to be able to add some shimmer to them.
Speaking of shimmer, here’s a closeup of the flower showing all of the Spectrum Noir clear overlay that I put on it, and also on the leaves in the background. I am not a big fan of sparkle, shimmer or shine, but these pens are just right. They’re the Goldilocks of shimmer pens!
That’s it from me today. I hope you have a wonderful weekend. Make sure to take some time to get your craft on! Oh, and P.S. I stamped the “from us” on the inside of the card, hence the title of this blog post. I just forgot to take a picture of that, and this card is already on the way to it’s recipient.
Coralynn here with a card for our current challenge with our March sponsor, Studio Katia. The theme this month is Bling It Up and it isn’t hard to do with all the wonderful embellishments that she has in her shop.
I started out stamping the flower image all over the panel from the Thank you So much set with white Hero Arts white embossing power and heat set it.
I then took the ombre ink light purple to grape juice and blended it more on one side than the other to give the panel an ombre look. I then took the beautiful dotted frame die and cut out the middle and to switch things up and turned it around 180 degrees and glued it to the panel through the opening.
I took the outside panel and added it to the card base with foam tape and to finish off the card and added a ton of sequins to “Bling it Up”!
I really like how this turned out and I hope you do too. Thanks so much for stopping by, see you again soon!!