Wednesday, 22 May 2019

Jawsome Birthday Tank Card

Hello, Tallie here.

I'm back today with a fun underwater scene card combining two Lawn Fawn stamp sets: Duh Nuh and You Are Sublime. An extra layer of acetate makes it more tank-like!

I started out by stamping the characters from both sets in some MFT Extreme Black ink onto some blending cardstock. I then coloured them in with my alcohol markers, keeping to bright greens, oranges and yellows, aware that these would contrast with the blue background. I cut these out with the coordinating dies.

I then coloured two A6 card panels with some Distress Oxide Inks, one in Faded Jeans/Mermaid Lagoon/Broken China and the other in Vintage Photo/Ground Expresso. The blue one I flicked on some water to give the impression of bubbles, blotting it off to get some brighter blobs. The other, I cut twice with a Lawn Fawn Stitched Hillside Border die. I adhered these pieces together, layering on the coloured die cuts with some foam tape for some dimension. I also added some spots of Glossy Accents to the blue background for some more interest.

To give the impression of looking into a tank, I cut down some acetate so it was 4 cm (just over 1.5 inches) larger than a landscape A6 card base. I scored this so there would be a 1 cm standout when wrapped around the background panel. To secure, I adhered the acetate between the background panel and the card base.

To finish, I combined sentiments from both sets, white heat embossing them onto some black banner strips cut with the Lawn Fawn Everyday Sentiment Banner dies.

Thanks for reading, catch you next week.



Tuesday, 21 May 2019

Little Mermaiden Agenda

Today I’m sharing a card featuring the fabulous Little Mermaiden Agenda from Mama Elephant. I created a underwater scene, adapting another set from Mama Elephant for one of the scene elements.

I began with the background. I die cut the Mama Elephant Hillside Cover die from white card, masked off the border, then added a blend of distress oxide ink. I used picked raspberry, wilted violet, broken china and peacock feathers for the ocean. For the sea bed, I used antique linen and frayed burlap.

I flicked the background to get some droplet texture, and added some more texture to the sand bank by adding dots of brown alcohol marker ink.

Mama Elephant have some other sea sets which would work really well with the mermaids. As I don’t have these, I decided to create some sea grass myself by drawing on card with my alcohol markers. I trimmed them out and adhered them to the scene.

Next, I stamped and coloured some Little Mermaiden Agenda images. I had fun using different colours for their hair. Can you spot Ariel and Flounder? 

I had an idea to create a large clam shell for the mermaids to sit in - a bit like the opening scene of Ariel's sisters singing in The Little Mermaid. To create my shell, I used the oval and circle frames from Little Agenda Frames. I coloured the frames to look like a shell, trimming the bottom off the circle frame before adhering on top of the oval frame. 

I added two of the mermaids on to the shell with foam tape, making sure to hide the edges where the frames meet. 

I adhered the shell and mermaids to my card, using foam tape for dimension. I then added some tone on tone stamped fish to the background, using the two small fish included in Little Mermaiden Agenda

I finished with a stamped sentiment from the Mama Elephant Birthday Messages stamp set, some white and glitter gel pen accents, and some clear jewels for bubbles.

Have a lovely day,
ME Birthday Messages
ME Little Mermaiden Agenda

ME Little Agenda Frames
ME Hillside Cover

Monday, 20 May 2019

A Birthday Caution

Ello, Ello, Ello...... what do we have 'ere then? It looks like a card for a Big Birthday!

I couldn't resist when I saw the policeman in the Oyez! set from Waffleflower.
I've coloured him in and trimmed him out with scissors, although matching dies 
are available, so he could stand and watch over the Big Birthday....

Do you like the warning tape? It's made by cutting strips of yellow paper and stamped using 
the Lots of Letters alphabet from Mama Elephant and the stripes are stamped using the pattern 
from Waffleflower's Go Girl set. I wove one of the tapes through the letters so it 
was easier to read the word. 

I searched for a traffic cone stamp or something I could adapt in my stash but drew a 
blank so had to hand cut one, it's just two simple shapes so wasn't to difficult.

The space above the lettering looked a little bare so I used the cut-out cloud lines from Mama Elephants Cloudy Day Cover Die to add some subtle detail... I think it worked quite well.

I think this card would bring a smile to the face of any recipient, whatever the 
Big Birthday age be !!


Thanks for stopping by :)
Jenny x

Sunday, 19 May 2019

Inking and Floral Gifting

We've had lots of questions about our new pigment inks this week - Versafine Clair from Tsukineko - and what to use them for.  If you've not used a versafine pigment ink pad before, then let me introduce you to fine detail perfection!  I've used Versafine Onxy Black for my sentiment stamping for years - I really don't think you can beat it for solid colour and detail, so when they brought out this new range of "Clair" pads in 24 gorgeous colours, I knew they were coming to store as I wanted ALL the colours!

So today I've picked 6 colours in a rough rainbow so play with to make a set of floral cards to make a little gift set.  I think it can be fun to theme a set of cards if you're making them as sets - here the one floral stamp - Vintage Flowers from Concord and 9th has been used in a variety of ways and just paired with different sentiments to bring the set together.   I picked this floral because well, its beautiful, but also because it has lots of fine line detail and I wanted to show how Clair picks that out with one single impression.

I used the Hero Arts side fold A2 cards and matching envelopes so I could easily make a set of 6 cards to tie in a nice bow to make a good little gift pack for a friend - packs like this with mixed sentiments are great gifts as then non-card makers have cards on hand when they need them.

For my rainbow I selected Versafine Clair in Glamorous, Summertime, Golden Meadown, Verdant, Shady Lane and Warm Breeze.

For my first card I went with Glamorous, a dark pink, and simply stamped the flower in the top corner and stamped a sentiment in the same colour at the bottom.   The second card I used Summertime which is a peachy-orange and this time I just repeat stamped the flower in all four corners leaving a deliberate white space in the middle for the sentiment which was stamped in onyx black.

The sentiment  for both cards comes from MFT's Anything But Basic Encouragement stamp set.

Next came Golden Meadow and I went with a single bloom again but paired with some stitched detail using the Just Stitching Double Rectangles from the new Lawn Fawn Release.   I wanted a get well card in the set, but didn't want anything too mushy so paired the floral image with a snarky sentiment from Lil' Inker Designs Sassy Pants stamp set.

For the birthday card I stamped the flower twice in opposite corners using Verdant ink.   One of my favourite things to do with pigment inks is to use the straight to paper technique to get exact match card stock strips for adding sentiments to.  I just cut a strip of white to the width I wanted but longer than I needed so I could hold a clean bit and then just stroked the ink pad across til I got a wide enough length to fit across the card.  I stamped the sentiment from Anything But Basic Birthday Wishes on top using another Clair Ink in Shady Lanes.

I wanted to include more birthday cards in my set as they are the ones we send the most.  As much as I love floral images though, floral cards aren't for everyone, so I wanted to go sassy again and make a bold statement.  I used Hero Arts wooden stamp - Snarky Birthday stamped onto some Hero Arts card stock this time and once I had that I marked off where it would sit in the middle of the card and masked off the area so I could stamp the floral image at top and bottom and not have the leaves crossing over each other.   I used Shady Lane ink on this one (the bottom image has a spot in the middle that's not crisp - that was because my mask creased so I didn't get a good impression and I didn't want to risk lining it up again so left it slightly imperfect!)

Finally I went with the gorgeous teal (who me lol!) that is Warm Breeze and similar to the orange filled the whole card but this time without any gaps.  I used the leaves and buds to fill in the edges.   The sentiment is another from Anything But Basic Birthday Wishes stamped onto more Hero Arts card stock which does co-ordinate well with the tones of the inks.

The details on the inks say they are perfect for using with pencils and watercolour but do not mention copics so lots of you asked if they could be used with copics.   Normally the answer is a resounding no, but ever the maverick, I wanted to give it a try (let me ruin my stuff so you don't have to!)

Here I used Golden Meadow Versafine Clair and LEFT IT TO DRY OVERNIGHT.  I do not know what the drying time is for the inks.  If you want to try this I would leave them for a least 3-4 hours or heat set them and test before doing a full on colour.   However after 24 hours I found NO ISSUES at all using my copics - I deliberately used some 00 colours to see if the inks damaged the tips but there was no bleeding of the ink and no colour transfer.   PLEASE CHECK YOUR MATERIALS FIRST though - I used a papermania ready made 300gsm card to stamp on.  Other papers may affect the ink.   TEST, TEST, TEST - but I think as long as it is FULLY DRY, there shouldn't be an issue.

Versafine inks would be good for solid stamps too - they would be great on Turnabouts - crisp detail, solid pattern stamps, as colour under clear embossing.  Anything where you want a really bold strong colour - they're your ink!

Hope that answered all of your questions but leave me a comment below if you want me to try out something else for you with them.


This week we will have the May stamp and die release from Altenew in store

The big summer release from Avery Elle is on Thursday and we hope to have it in store for release day customs willing.

We will be ordering the latest release from Lil' Inker Designs too so should have that this week or next.

Catch you later


Saturday, 18 May 2019

Three Amigos

Hey stampers, Anni here!

One of my all time favorite stamp sets is Mama Elephant's Three Amigos. It was one of my first Mama Elephant Sets and I still love it so much.

For today's card I combined the super cute racoon from this set with a sentiment die by My Favorite Things called Birthday Wishes. This is a very delicate die and it was not so easy to stack up. But when I added a layer of Stick It! Adhesive to the back of my cardstock before die cutting it worked out fine.

I stamped and coloured the racoon with alcohol markers. And because I already had decided to go with the die cut sentiment I stamped a little heart on the signs instead of one of the sentiments in the set.

To create the background I added some ink blending through Altenew's Feeling Dotty stencil. The background turned out a little bit busy so I added another layer of ink blending without the stencil.
From the background I created I die cut one of Lil'Inker Designs' Stitched Mats: Rounded Rectangles.

All there was left to do was to assemble the card.

I love this set because the critters work for both, male and female and it gives you a big variety of sentiments. Do you habe a stamp set in you stash that you had for a long time and still love very much?

Thanks for stopping by and have a crafty weekend.


Friday, 17 May 2019

Found on Friday

It's time for our mid-month edition of "Found on Friday" featuring the fabulous makes from our VIP's group on Facebook.

I'm starting with this super fun reveal wheel card from Parmi.  You can combine the Lawn Fawn wheel with other stamps to make really fun and interesting interactive cards and here Parmi used Edna The Everything Fairy from Stamping Bella to perfection with all the things a girl could wish for on her birthday!

Kitty's magical scene featuring Neat and Tangled's Dream Big stamp really reminded me of children's book illustrations - its bold and graphic layout and pastel colours are just perfect!

Vanessa really blew my mind with this piece - she stamped Altenew's Needlework Motif onto material and then embroidered the whole thing.  wow, WOW, W-O-W!!!

Liz has paired Altenew's Weekend Doodles stamp with the perfect background paper in soft greys and sages - super on trend colours.

Karen's card really caught my eye - I love how she used the Ray of Light Stencil to create the sunlight in the water and her frame filled with sea creatures really highlights the name - personalised cards are such a great bonus!

Finally in this issue we wanted to share Claire's amazing collection of selfie cards featuring MFT's Picture Perfect stamps (hoping to have those back in stock soon)   What a fun and happy collection they are!

Hope our VIP's are inspiring you to get your stash out and get crafting this weekend - you can join our VIP group and share your makes too but it's strictly customers only so you'll need a valid order number to gain entry!

We'll be back in a couple of weeks with more makes from May.


Thursday, 16 May 2019

Someone Wonderful

I've got a simple card to share today using one of the awesome new floral designs from Danielle Donaldson at Stamping Bella - in this instance Tumble Blossom Cluster which is such a fun design to colour.

I stamped it with versamark ink onto smooth heavyweight cartridge paper and embossed it with gold and then used my Altenew water colours to paint it very loosely (I am not the greatest with paints so love that embossing holds it in the lines for you and you can just flood each area with colours nice an easy!)

Altenew paints are so heavily pigmented that I found the water I washed the blue off with had enough colour in it to paint a soft fade out background around it (waste not want not right!) so I used that and then finished with another waste not product - the frame came from the "waste" between the frames I cut using the MFT A2 Frame dies without cutting them apart.

The sentiment was stamped and embossed onto the central panel from the same die cut sheet and comes from the Friendly Foxes stamp from MFT.

If you've not checked out Danielle's Collection then head to our Stamping Bella page for a browse.