Foiled Christmas card

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Hi everyone! It’s the 1st of October so a new challenge starts at the Merry Little Christmas challenge blog where its always Anything Goes, as long as it’s Christmas themed. This means you can join us with anything you made, be it a scrapbook, home decor, card… with a Christmas theme.

I just received my new Gemini foiling machine from Crafters Companion so I had to try it out, and it works like a breeze! And I got some Christmas cut and foil dies to try out. So once it foiled on my foiling machine, I just ran it through my Gemini and it cut out my sentiment with the foil on it! I made a video and you can see it here on my Instagram story.

I’m off to make some more foiled die cuts so thanks for stopping by and I hope you’ll join in the fun with your Christmas creations. I look forward to seeing them here. Don’t forget to pop over to my team mates blogs and leave them some love too!

Have a great October!

Warm hearts & Bright memories

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Hi all! It’s the first of September so time for another challenge over at the Merry Little Christmas challenge blog where the theme is “Anything Goes” with any crafty medium! You can create a card, like I did, do a scrapbooking page, journalling, house deco…as long as it’s Christmas themed.

My card was made in a minute as I used pieces that I found while clearing out my craft room to make room for another desk for my daughter. At their age, all my teenage kids want to do is to go out and see their friends, so I have to make it more interesting for them to stay home! As I know she loves drawing and painting, I thought it would be nice if we could do it together.

So I recycled a desk that belonged to my eldest son, which I used for my 2nd son, and now it’s for my daughter, so this cheap Ikea desk is now 22 years old!! I wish it was a much nicer desk so that I could call it a family heirloom. It’s now in a corner of my craft room so we can craft together! (All the art supplies in her drawer are my surplus art material…)

Anyway, back to my card, as mentioned, I found pieces of it in my piles of paper and just had to stamp the sentiment from Crafters Companion, and my card was done! The 3D embossing folder I used to emboss a red card stock is also from Crafters Companion, but I can’t remember where the diecut is from. I painted it with metallic pens from Spectrum Noir and I wish you could see the shine!

Well I hope you were inspired by my card to create something for Christmas and I look forward to seeing it in the link up here. Thanks for stopping by and have a great day, doing something you love!

Hugs,

5 months to Christmas

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Hi all! It’s already August! Where did half of this year go to already? Even though it’s scorching hot here in the little town of Ulm, Germany, it’s a good time to think of making Christmas cards so that there’s no rush during the busiest time of the year! And if you’ve made one, do show it to us at the Merry Little Christmas challenge blog as a new challenge starts today!

There was no water colouring with this card for a change for my double sided dies from Crafters Companion. What are 2 sided dies? You put your card stock on either side of the die and when you run it through your die cutter, it gives you 2 different dies! Saves a lot of time! the Merry Christmas die came from Crafters Companion too.

To make this card, I used an embossing folder from Crafters Companion, inked it and ran my card with it through my Gemini die cutting and embossing machine. It’s electric so my poor articulations don’t have to suffer anymore cranking the manual machine I had before! I then adhered my die cuts and sentiment and my card was done!

Well I hope you were inspired by my card to make one yourself and share it with us at the Merry Little Christmas challenge blog. I look forward to seeing your card there! Do pop by my fellow team mates blogs to admire the Christmas cards they made just to inspire you too!

Thanks for dropping by and have a great day doing something you love!

Hugs,

Sweet smell of roses

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Hi all! Today I have a video tutorial for you showing how I water coloured this gorgeous yellow and red rose, using only watercolour markers! I also have the drawing of this painting for you to download, if you don’t want to waste time drawing and go straight to the painting bit! There is also another gift for you at the end of this post.

I have these beautiful yellow and red roses in my garden for 2 years now and I have tried to paint them. I tried it a year ago with traditional watercolor paints, but could never control the watercolor enough for the red not to mix with the yellows and have an orange edge instead of red petal edges. I think it’s because the painting was not very big, an a5 size, so there was not alot of space on each petal to keep the yellow and red separate…and I’m not that good a painter too! But since having the Spectrum Noir Aqua markers, I have managed to paint on even smaller spaces so I thought I would try it again… and just look at the result! Even I was surprised at how good my painting came out! And so much easier than traditional watercolours too!

Now if you’re like me, and you’re not very good at sketching and prefer to spend the time watercolouring, use this “shortcut” to sketch the objects you want to paint. Take a photo of the subject you want to paint, print it on any paper, (print in colour and not grey like me as the outlines will be harder to see) and then use a pencil to cover the back of your printed image. Tape the top of this printed image, onto your watercolour paper. Now trace the image with a pencil or pen. Taping just the top of your image will enable you to lift the paper to see the progress of your tracing. The result should be an outline of your image. You can add as little or as much detail as you want, to help you with your painting. I just traced the outline. This is the result I got, a perfectly traced image of my flower!

Feel free to download my traced sketch if you want to. And now as promised, here is the video tutorial to show you how I watercoloured the rose with my Spectrum Noir Aqua markers.

Well I hope you enjoyed the video tutorial and saw how easy it is to create a beautiful painting with these watercolor markers. If you liked it, please subscribe to my Youtube channel to be informed of the next time I add another watercolour tutorial.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day doing something you love!

Hugs,

Watercolour bouquet using stamps

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Hi all! Do you love those watercolour floral bouquets and wished you could paint them, but like me, are terrible at it? I think it’s the lack of definition and looseness in the style that throws me off. Well than, today I’m really excited to show you how you can easily recreate that watercolour look without even knowing how to paint!undefined

All you need are the gorgeous “Garden of Love Floral Bouquet” stamps from Crafters Companion, water reactive inks and watercolour markers. I use Spectrum Noir for both. Then decide on the composition and colours you want. For that, you can start with just typing in your web browser, “watercolour floral bouquet composition”, or go onto my dedicated Pinterest board here. Once you have an idea of the composition of your flowers, choose the colours you want. I created a little colour combi chart, on Spectrum Noir 300g watercolour paper, so that I could easily see the results when I mixed my Spectrum Noir Aqua markers together with the Spectrum Noir water reactive inks. The first colour written is the water reactive ink pads and the following colours are the Aqua markers. In the middle is the 2nd generation stamping of the colours on the left. This is great if you just want to create a hint of a flower behind another one.

Try doing it yourself. Just stamp your floral stamp onto an inkpad, then use the Aqua markers to colour the middle of the flower. Give a light spritz of water on your stamp and stamp it onto your watercolour pad. More water will give a looser look, less water, a more defined look. This is also the method I used to create the bouquet on my card.

Above is a little process video of how I created my card. I first did a layout with my stamps and took a pic of it so I would remember where everything should be stamped. I then stamped my flowers using the method I mentioned above. Next I masked the flowers and stamped in the leaves and any other florals I wanted around. To have botanicals behind my leaves, I also masked my leaves with post-its. undefined

Once I finished all my watercolour stamping, I stamped in the sentiment from So Suzy stamps, don’t you just love the sentiment, with Spectrum Noir waterproof black ink.

Well, now you know how I easily created this beautiful watercolour floral bouquet card, I would love to see you try it too! Let me know in the comments if you do and I’ll pop over to have a look!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day doing something you love!

Hugs,