Monday, April 23, 2018

Hi guys!

Erica back on the BRI blog today, with my penultimate blog post as part of the Design Team here at Butterfly Reflections Ink. I can’t believe how quickly these 4 months have gone and I have so enjoyed my time here, I can only hope I have provided some inspiration for you all.

Right, before I get too soppy and emotional I am going to get on with today’s card. I have used a flower stamp from Studio Katia called ‘Thank You Very Much’, which I heat embossed with Gold Tinsel embossing powder from Ranger Ink. I stamped this up with VersaMark directly onto my Canson XL watercolour pad four times and sprinkled the embossing powder directly onto it. This was NOT a good idea by the way. DO not attemp this yourself. Save yourself the hassle of getting embossing powder all over your craft room and pull the sheet off the pad before stamping!

We had glorious sunshine weather here in Poland over the weekend so I took my heat embossed flowers and 36-pack Gansai Tambi water colour pack outside in the sunshine for some colouring. Once it got too hot (yes, really!!) I took the lot back inside and curled up on the sofa and some The Good Wife as I’m currently man-free.

These water colours are gorgeously creamy and rich, I really enjoy working with them and tried out a couple of different techniques whilst colouring each flower. One is loosely coloured, a few are done with some shading and the last one just kind of happened because I liked the colour. Water colouring is such a soothing way to colour, I just adore it and how gorgeous is that heat embossing?

Once the flowers were dry, I decided to use the yellow one and used the coordinating diecut to cut it out. Next step was to settle on background and sentiment. I just happened to have a green-gold watercolour background done and it was even on a card base so that was easy enough. Then I thought I’d add some green and gold leaves around the flower to add some texture. I used Wild Greenery from MFT Stamps but that’s not available from the BRI shop, however these Flora & Fauna, these MFT Stamps Layered Leaves and these Falling Leaves are. I cut some leaves out of Gold Mirror card stock as well as water colour paper. The ones out of water colour paper I swooshed some ZIG Clean Color Light Green on and with a water colour brush, diluted the colour a bit.

On the back of my flower I added foam tape and then after arranging the leaves around it, pressed it down to make sure the leaves were all adhered too.

Using the same Gold Mirror card stock, I also cut out the ‘Thank you’ sentiment that is part of the coordinating diecut for the flower. I also did one in black matte card stock and layered these to slightly off-set to create a shadow. This was then added to the flower and the card was done!

I’m sure I will use the rest of the flowers for something else soon. Or at least soon-ish...

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you enjoyed the card!

Lots of love from Erica

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Hello bluebird trio of cards, featuring no-line coloring

Hello crafty friends!  It's Jung here, and today I am sharing a trio of cards featuring the cutest bunnies from Hello Bluebird stamps.

Are you guys comfortable with no-line coloring?  I've only attempted no-line coloring a couple of times, so I decided to practice.  I ended up trying it with 3 different mediums: color pencils, watercolor, and Copic markers.  Funnily enough, the medium I am most comfortable with turned out to be the hardest: Copic markers, and the medium that I have the least experience using turned out to be my favorite: Prismacolor color pencils.  I think it's probably because I can sharpen the color pencils to be super sharp, and can fit in these tiny images.  

To make my card:

  1. I stamped some of the images from the Hello Bluebird McGregor's Garden stamp set onto white cardstock.  I used Lawn Fawn Manatee ink for the images I was going to use the Copic Markers and Prismacolors, and I used Distress Ink in shaded lilac for the image I was going to watercolor.  
  2. I colored my images.  (Below each card picture I will share what I used.)  Then I fussy cut the images, but you could use the coordinating dies.
  3. I die cut a stitched rectangle, and one of the ovals from the Avery Elle Sweet Scallops Elle-ments die set from white cardstock. 
  4. Next I worked on the background panels.  I stamped some sentiments from the Hello Bluebird Spring Script stamp set with Versamark Ink, and heat set it with Ranger super fine white embossing powder.  
  5. I watercolored right over the top of 2 of the sentiment backgrounds using Distress inks in spun sugar, picked raspberry, and seedless preserves.  On the 3rd sentiment background, I used Distress inks in picked raspberry and shaded lilac with an ink blending tool for a softer look. 
  6. For a little extra sparkle, I spritzed the sentiment backgrounds with a mixture of Perfect Pearls powder and water. 
  7. I assembled my cards by adhering the oval die cut panel onto the sentiment panel using foam tape.  Next, I adhered the bunnies onto the oval panel with a mixture of glue and foam tape.  I attached the bird onto the sentiment panel with glue.
  8. To ground the bunnies, I colored a little shadow using a cool grey Copic marker.  
  9. To finish my cards, I added some Nuvo Crystal morning dew drops.   

Here is the watercolor card:

For the bunny on the watercolor card, I used Distress inks in a mix of Iced Spruce and Hickory Smoke, and Tattered Rose.

Here is the color pencil card:

For the bunny on the color pencil card, I used Prismacolors in 50% cool grey, black, and white.

Here is the Copic card:

 For the bunny on the Copic card, I used warm grays, W00, W1, W3, W5, and R00.

I definitely got some practice no-line coloring these tiny images!  Ha!  I loved making and sharing these cards.  I hope you were inspired to get crafty!  Have a lovely day!

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Rain or Shine

Hello crafty friends! I hope you are having a wonderful weekend. Gladys here and I'm sharing this two scene in one card today. I have quite a few steps to cover so let's get started shall we.

So the weather where I live has been bonkers lately. In one week we've had rain, wind, sunshine, and winter temperature...I'm so confused sometimes I don't know what to wear for the day. (Ok I lied that's pretty much everyday for me, the struggle is real people!) Well today my card is all about weather and I'm sure I'm not the only one who is ready for warmer temps and to see all the pretty flowers in full bloom.Yes bring on the sunshine because I sure need some Vitamin D.
 For my card I used a lot of MFT products. I adore their new stamp set called Rain or Shine from the amazing Birdie Brown collection. The stamp set come with two girl images, four adorable little ducklings, sun, clouds and a puddle to create the perfect rain or shine scene.
I colored all the images with copic markers and cut them using the coordinating dienamics. Next I inked up my card panel using mowed lawn, twisted citron and broken china. For the grass I used the drifts and hills stencil. Then I die cut the center of the panel using the girl dienamics as seen in the picture. I also did the same thing to one side of my top folding card base.  

For the rain I wanted to add texture so I used embossing paste on top of the mini raindrop stencil.

I set the panel to dry and started working on the inside of the card. For the sky I used mini cloud edges stencil and for the grass I used drifts and hills stencil using the same distress inks. 
Once the embossing paste was completely dry I adhered it onto my card base. The girl cut outs should line up perfectly. I added foam tape on the girl image and placed it in the die cut, basically doing an inlay technique. I adhered the rest of the images and die cut the cloud border so I could add my sentiment. Lastly I added some white details using a gelly roll pen.
Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed this card. Thanks Vanessa for having me back on your blog today. I hope you're enjoying a much needed vacation!
Happy crafting everyone!!

Friday, April 20, 2018

Layered Roses....

Sorry guys, that's the lamest of blog titles, but it was the best my poor, tired brain could come up with!

Norine from The Velvet Lemon, back with you today with some pretty layered stamping floral cards. I got to use a fun variety of products this week, to create these cards and I'm going to share them all with you here.

To start with, I wanted to play with my new Altenew Crisp Dye Inks, to get a feel for the various color combinations.  So I used the floral stamp from the Story of Us floral layering stamp set from Altenew to try the various ink combinations and the flower I used on the gingham card is the Red Cosmos series, while the one on the quilted background card below uses the Tea Party ink set.  The leaves are a mix of Frayed Leaf for the base with a tad of Minty Mint thrown in here and there, and then layered, or actually just restamped with darker shades around the edges using Forest Glade, and Moss.

The gingham card uses the Many Thanks stamp set from The Stamp Market and I stamped it first on the patterned paper card panel and again on the stamped flower.  The flower is popped up with foam tape so the dimension of the sentiment looks really cool!  I used patterned paper from the Lawn Fawn Gingham paper pack as well as a scrap from my cut-offs stash.  Finally a machine stitched partial line around 3 edges and some black enamel dots to finish.

For the card below, I die cut some white card stock with the gorgeous Quilted Backdrop die from Lawn Fawn and layered it overtop of some coordinating pink card stock to show through the holes.  I die cut the Thinking of You sentiment by Altenew, 4 times from black card stock and adhered the layers to create a nice dimensional piece.  Again, the flower is stamped, then fussy cut and layered with the leaves, then tucked under the sentiment and glued in place.  I added a couple of stitched lines at the bottom and some enamel dots to finish it off.

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day!

Thursday, April 19, 2018


Hello Crafty Friends!
 I was joining in the Altenew blog hop this week and was inspired by Laura Jane (mamacooksalot) with her colouring of flower images - I decided to take my polychromos to my Wings of Hope stamp set and do some no-line colouring.  It does help you look at solid stamps in a different way - you could do your own shading for any solid stamp - increasing it's versatility.

I have used this set a lot lately - love the sentiments and the images now have taken on a new perspecive!  I began the card by stamping out the flower images and leaves with light coloured ink (I used a light pink and light green altenew ink). I then used my polychromos to colour the flowers - just using my imagination to distinguish the flower petals and leaf shapes. I used colour that will enable me to enter my card in the Aletnew Inspiration Challenge for April. I used a flicking stroke of the pencils and started in the centre of the flower, moving out.

I fussy cut the flowers (really wish I had the dies for this set now!!).  On a white card base, I stamped out some of the other images in the set (2nd generation stamping so it was just light in colour). I stamped the Hope sentiment from the set with versafine ink onto the front of the card.

I adhered the flowers and leaves around the sentiment and that completed the card! Actually quite a simple card but with lots of colouring detail! Hope this inspires you to try solid stamps if you don't have any and to use them in different ways!
Until next time,

Ali xx

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Birthday Shadow Box Card

Happy Wednesday, BRI friends!

Today, I have a box card featuring lots of MFT products to share with you. I love making box card and shared two box cards in previous DT posts, but I made box card template by myself for today's one. Here is what I came up with.

To start, I began by creating two box card templates. I trimmed down kraft paper by 4 1/4" x 6 3/4" and scored it at 5 1/2" and 6 1/2" as shown in the picture.

For the front, I stamped MFT Whimsical Woodgrain Background Stamp onto one of the templates with MFT Milk Chocolate Dye Ink using masking technique.

I die cut it with MFT Die-namics Linked Chain Oval Frames. I then ink blended back of the chain with Peeled Paint Distress Oxide Ink using Mini Blending Tool. To complete the front, I taped chain frame as shown using paper tape which is similar to 3M Mircopore Tape. I didn't want add an acetate sheet to the back of chain and used paper tape and really love the result!

I stamped images from MFT Town Bear Stamp Set and gift box & cone hat images from MFT Beary Special Birthday Stamp Set with Altenew Permanent Black. I colored trees using Altenew Artist Markers and the others using Copics.

I drew cart image as shown using Copic Multiliner Black 0.1 and fussy cut all images with scissors. I then added highlights using Signo White here and there. 

I pulled out bristol papers and started to make hills and cloudy background. After die cutting hillsides using MFT Die-namics Grassy Hills, I ink blended them with Mowed Lawn Distress Ink and Peeled Paint Distress Oxide Ink using Mini Blending Tool.

For background, I stenciled clouds using MFT Mini Cloud Edges with Worn Lipstick, Dried Marigold Distress Inks. I then stamped sentiment from MFT Town Bear Stamp Set with Versafine Onyx Black.

I then assembled box card elements as shown. I glued each edges together using double-sided tape and paper tape. It will be never demounted from box card haha. I also mounted stamped images where I wanted them using glue tape.

I hope you enjoyed this card. Happy crafting!



Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Birthday Wishes from out of this world

Happy Tuesday,

Alix here introducing my card for this week's Team Project using Lawn Fawn Beam me up stamp set.  To continue talking about scene building from last week, I searched on google by using key word "alien scene cartoon" , and tons of reference photos popped up for me to gather some ideas. I want to build a scene with all aliens living in their happy planet and the whole universe is their sky. So I started to put pieces together. 

First of all, I colored all images from Lawn Fawn Beam me up stamp set using Copic markers and set aside. I grabbed a piece of Tim Holtz Distress watercolor paper to start create universe background. I ink blended using Tim Holtz distress ink in Mustard Seed, Picked Raspberry, Chipped Sapphire and Tim holtz distress oxide ink in Black soot. Then I splattered some white acrylic paint by flicking a paint brush bristle.

Now let's create the planet. The surface of planet should not be flat. So I cut some hills using Lawn Fawn Stitched Mountain borders die. I ink blended the hills with Tim holtz distress oxide ink in Gathered Twigs and Black soot to make it look like its covered with soils.I also cut some individual hills and randomly placed on the card with foam tapes attached to create some 3D dimensions.

We get to my favorite part now- Assembling! I adhered colored images either using Multi Medium Matte or foam tape onto the card front.I used copic marker to draw a little shadow underneath each alien so they don't look like they are floating (and of course they could if they want to.) I used Uniball white gel pen to decorate aliens, draw beam for flying saucer and create some stars.

I stamped the "happy birthday" sentiment that comes with this stamp set using VersaMark and embossed with WOW Opaque bright white embossing powder. At last, I glued some Pretty Pink Posh Iridescent mini star confetti for my twinkle twinkle little stars.

Thanks for sharing my card making journey. I am looking forward to bring you more inspirations next week!