Cute critter card

Cards, Spectrum noir, Versafine Inks, Watercolor

I’m not a “cute” type of person. I preferred climbing trees when I was younger instead of playing with dolls, although I did love those paper dolls you dressed up by changing the paper dresses that stayed on when you folded the tabs…remember those? I don’t remember fawning over cute animal images and I had posters of footballers on my wall  instead of cute Japanese/Asian pop stars. I do admit to maybe having a poster of Barry Manilow on my wall but I don’t think anyone would consider that as cute! Lol!

Anyway, with age, I’ve gone a little soft I guess and I’m starting to appreciate cute animals, cute babies… and cute critter cards! Problem is, I’m not very comfortable with making them. Unlike water colouring flowers which I just threw myself into and now feel very at ease with, I’m still struggling with making cute cards, but I refuse to give up! Why, you ask, do I persist then? Only because I LOVE a challenge! Speaking of which, I made this card for the Aubergine colour challenge going on at Imagine until the end of night sky.jpg

So, here’s what’s supposedly a cute critter card… except its not exactly oozing with cuteness, is it… but I think its cute in a not terribly cute kind of way! ;))

 Anyway, here’s how I made the card. I first cut out a scallop on one of my scraps (i.e failed 1st attempt to make this card…) using a Sizzix scallop die, and used it to mask the rest of my card. I then sponged in Versafine’s Imperial Purple into the scallop circle.

Side note: I used Clairefontaine 250gm multi technique paper as my card stock. I ALWAYS use this paper when I want to blend watercolours or inks with water as its the best ratio quality price I’ve tested. Using the right paper is VITAL if you want your inks to blend well.


I spritzed some water onto it and used my Spectrum Noir clear sparkle pen to blend the ink and give it that extra shimmer! I could have just sprayed glimmer mist but I didn’t have one the right colour.


Once it was dry, I stamped in the trees from Inkadinkado using Versafine black Onyx ink. To create the shadows of the trees, I first inked up my stamp, stamped it on the card and without re-inking, stamped it again on my card behind the first row of trees. Its called 2nd generation stamping and is a great way to create interesting effects.

fox night sky 1

I added the wrong ink in my photo above but I wanted to use it anyway to show you the shine created with the Spectrum noir sparkle pen! Now onto the little fox from Create A Smile’s “Clear Friends in the Woods” stamp set, which I first stamped with Versafine Onyx ink on a piece of scrap, and coloured him in with my Zigs clean color real Brushes.  I gave him a nice reddish colour so he would blend with my Aubergine sky.

fox night sky cu

I fussy cut a snow hill, placed it on my sponged panel, and die cut the whole panel with Sue Wilson’s rectangle stitched die, so that the stitching would be on the feet of the hills too. I added my little fox on a “hill”, and added a little grey shadow around his feet to add some dimension to him. I stamped in the sentiment from Stamplorations using Momento’s Rose Bud dew drop ink, as I felt the card was a little on the “dark” side as opposed to being cute so I wanted to lighten it a little. I carded up my panel onto a light salmon card base and my card was done!

fox night sky main

I hope you liked the card and enjoyed my post. I’m curious to know if you think this card is cute or not!


I’m sharing this card over at:

casologyCASology – Odd. I think my little fox is kinda odd just sitting there looking at us! LoL!

aurora.pngAurora Wings Challenge – Clean and Simple

create and makesCreate and Makes – Anything Goes

allsortsAllsorts challenge – Trees & leaves





Vielen Dank

Cards, Colour pencils, Heat embossing, Stamplorations, WoW embossing powder

While I was away, my kind neighbours looked after some Roses I recently bought when I was at a recent Rose fair here in Ulm, so I made a card with a rose on it to thank them for taking care of them so well.

Thats the Ulmer Munster in the background, the cathedral which has the tallest steeple in the world! The yellow and pink rose in the photo gave me the inspiration to colour my roses for this card.

Stamplorations rose on red

The beautiful stamped rose comes from Stamploration’s “About a Rose” set, and its surprisingly the first time I’ve used it! As I was inspired by the challenges at AAA Cards and Less Is More to create a one layer card on a coloured card base, I wanted everything I stamped on it to stand out. So I first stamped the rose with Versamark clear ink, sprinkled Wow embossing powder over it and then melted it with my heat gun. I coloured in the rose with my Prisamacolor pencils as I knew they work well on the dark base. You have to use a sharp pencil though to really get in right beside the embossed areas but as my eyesight isn’t that good, I still missed some areas! Lol! But don’t those colour pencils just pop?!

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To get the ombre look for the sentiment from Efco, which means “Thank you very much”, I stamped it in Versamark too, then first poured the white Wow Embossing powder on the bottom half, heated it, then poured the gold embossing powder over the top half. To make it pop even more, I added Spectrum Noir clear sparkle brush over the rose. See how it shines in the light!

Stamplorations rose on red shine

I added a few clear sequins to it and the card was finished. I do hope you liked it and I would love to hear what you think of my card!

Thanks for stopping by and Have a Great Weekend!


I’m also playing along at:

stamplorations CAS.png Stamplorations CAS – Its an “Anything CAS Goes” while they’re on Summer

the flower challenge The Flower Challenge – My 2nd entry to their Embossing heat/dry challenge and I’m going with heat embossing again!

Wow Embossing Powder – Multicolour embossing



Grey & Yellow

Cards, Die cuts, stamping, Watercolor

Heres another CAS card I made especially for a challenge. This time its for Less Is More who’s theme is… Grey & Yellow.

gey n yellow hydrangea card

I used Hero Arts Color layering Hydrangea bundle and stamped the base layer with Stampin up Daffodil Delight and the second layer with Momento London Fog. I went over with my Zig clean color real brush to create more detail and added a little sparkle with my Spectrum noir transparent brush.

gey n yellow hydrangea cu

See how they shine… ( I’m singing this bit in my head, can’t remember which song its from… ). The sentiment from Stamplorations was stamped with Versafine. I added the leaves while masking the Hydrangea from light to dark grey, with my Misiti to help achieve the build up of colour.

gey n yellow hydrangea

Another really short post, but I’m actually writing this while on my road trip to Denmark… no I’m not the driver this time.

Thanks for stopping by and do leave me some comments to read while I’m on the road.


I’m also playing at:

a2za2Zscrapbooking challenge – Sentiment as a focus

the flower challenge The Flower Challenge – I’m casing Ruth’s beautiful cardruth.JPG in her use of grey and yellow.

No line with line colouring

Cards, stamping, Watercolor

Is it no line colouring if I draw a line around it after I’m finished? Ok for all those who follow my blog who don’t make cards and have no idea what I’m talking about, just skip to the nice pictures below! 😉 For those who do make cards and want to know what no line colouring is, its just a term thats used for a technique when you stamp an image with such soft colours, that the lines around and within your image disappears as you colour over it. This technique is used to create a softer more natural looking image. Heres a link to Kristina Werner’s blog where you can find different techniques of no line colouring. Or just look at my last few posts. This technique can be done with copics, colour pencils, distress inks, watercolour…

hero arts hibiscus zigs 1

Today’s card was done with my Zig Clean color real brushes to simply colour my Hero Arts color layering Hibiscus. (Yes another flower card to add to my #2017flowercards series!) Except there was no layering involved. I just stamped/masked/stamped the largest hibiscus stamp in a soft pink using Momento’s Angel pink, brushed some strokes of Zig 025 light pink in the middle and blended it with my water pen.  I then stamped the stigma in the hibiscus and went over it with my purple Sakura gelly roll pen to give it some sparkle but you can’t really see it in the photo. I then decided to outline the hibiscus with the same Zig brush. So is it still called no line colouring? 😉

hero arts hibiscus zigs cu

The leaves were stamped using Momento “New Sprout” and I also doodled some darker green lines with my Zigs. I went over the leaves with my Spectrum noir clear pen to give it some shine, but you can’t see that either! 😦

I fussy cut the whole arrangement (which I forgot to say was water coloured on Clairefontaine Paint On 250g paper) and adhered it with Uhu glu stick on an embossed card stock, which was cut with My Favourite Thing’s scalloped rectangle from their Blueprint 20 set. The embossed card was given to me by my friend Monika (thanks again dear!) so I don’t know what the brand of the embossing folder is.

hero arts hibiscus zigs

The sentiment from Stamplorations was first stamped with Versamark, on a strip of the same card stock, and heat embossed using Wow white embossing powder. I then added it over the embossed panel, stuck two sequins and the card was finished!

Hope you like the card and thanks so much for taking the time to leave me such kind comments, they really make my day!


This card wants to play at:

CAS Watercolour Card – my second entry CAS Watercolour

A blog names Heroa blog named heroalso my 2nd entry to their Anything Goes challenge

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge – Spring Color inspiration ssswchallenge.jpg

Addicted to CAS – Smile – Not really sure if my card qualifies as CAS enough… addicted to CAS

Craft Stamper Magazine – Take it make it Anything Goes challenge CRAFT STAMPER_TIMI CHALLENGE

Spring is here!

Cards, Heat embossing, stamping, Watercolor

Everyone is yelling it at their top of their voices here in Germany, and everywhere else where they might be lucky enough not to have anymore snow. There’s a great Spring coloured post by my friend Dalit over at her blog My Piece of Craft where she showcases some ways to decorate a Spring table with paper, cork, yarn… and highlight some delicious vegetarian recipes! Its in Hebrew but with google translate…and its really worth the visit.

Anyway back to me, I personally don’t mind Winter as I do prefer the cold to the heat! You might think thats strange coming from a tropical country like Singapore, but I realise that most people I meet who come from colder countries love the heat and those that come from warmer climates prefer the cold! And when its cold and rainy, I have an excuse to stay in and craft, instead of feeling guilty I should be outside enjoying the beautiful day instead.

blending with spectrum noir

I do love all the Spring flowers that are popping up in my garden though, especially when I don’t have to do anything for them! I don’t trim them, replant or even water them, yet those tulips and narcissus and other flowers I don’t know the names of, seem to actually double their production each Spring. And so influenced by them that I have been doubling my production of flower cards! If you’ve noticed, my last few cards all have flowers…and gold panels on them.  I’m crazy about using gold strips at the moment but I think this will be my last one for awhile, as I just finished cannibalising the gold card I was using as panels for my sentiments!

Zigs & sparkle stampers anonymous

I made this very quick and simple to do card for a friend who just received some bad news. I’m keeping my fingers crossed for you Alexandra that everything will turn out fine in the end.

I stamped 3 of the flowers from Tim Holtz’s Flower Garden set in Versamark, a clear ink that acts like a glue, and sprinkled some clear Wow embossing powder on it before using my heat gun to melt the powders and leave just a transparent outline that will act as a resist when I paint. I used only three of my Zig clean color real brushes today, 041 Light green, 052 Bright yellow and 025 Light pink, to colour the flowers.

zig bunch of flowers closer

I took each brush and smeared some colour in the middle of the flower, then with my Spectrum noir clear sparkle pen, I spread the colour onto the rest of the flower. And thats it! No thinking about shading or perspective or anything, just had fun. And I love the sparkle on my flowers, don’t you? For the stems, I mixed the green and yellow together to create some detail. To stamp the sentiment from The Ton, I used my Versamark again and heat embossed it with black Wow embossing powder. I cut the gold sentiment panel with my fancy scissors and adhered it across the card.

Zigs & sparkle stampers anonymous cu

 I should have just left it at that, but I wanted to create a shadow around the flowers to accentuate the light colours on the flowers…but I just ended up with a grey smear. Sorry, I now know I should have first put the grey on an acrylic block and picked it up with my water brush, instead of drawing a line around the flowers and trying to blend it around…well no pain no gain I always say! I added a few rhinestones to distract you from it and the card was finished.

I’m really crazy about how the Spectrum Noir blends with the Zigs though and gives it such shine at the same time. I learnt this blending technique from Jennifer McGuire’s post here where she shows you all the different ways to use the Zigs. I also followed her advice and labelled them and created a colour swatch. This has helped me a lot to know what the colours actually look like once dry and mixed with other colours…and what colours I am missing in order to get more! 😉

Thanks for stopping by and I always love to know what you think of my card!


I’m playing along with:

CropStop challenge –  cropstop A new to me challenge blog where you just have to use any of the products from their store, even if you didn’t buy it from them!

Less is More – Use 3 pastel colours less is more

AAA Cards challenge – My 2nd entry for their Shiny spring theme AAAcards

Happy Little Stampers CAS Challenge – Blend HLS CAS.png

Addicted to Stamps and More – Anything Goes addicted to stamps n more anything goes