Cute Koala Birthday Greeting Card

Hello there,

August is a busy birthday card making month for me. I made this Koala card for one of my best friends. I thought the koala with the baby on the back suited very well as she recently had a baby boy, and the koala on the ground eating can be her other half! I can already say now if I was more talented (or more of a dare devil!) I would have put some rosy cheeks and eye lashes on the koala mum but as I didn’t do the best job with blending the background I thought I better stop before I mess the whole thing! ūüôā

Koala greeting card by Bobcrafts

Anyway, I found the cuddly koala stamp set online and had to get them for card making and scrapbooking. I’m using promarkers to colour with as they are good quality alcohol markers and they are very affordable compared to other brands on the marked. For a beginner like me they are great for testing the waters with.
I find promarkers blend very well and all you need is good quality paper so you avoid the colours “bleeding” on the paper. I find paper from Stampin’ Up! is high quality paper which is also thick and suitable for cards. I always do test-colouring by stamping the images I want on to cheaper colouring paper for alcohol markers first, to find out which colours I like to use. It helps me practising but this paper is also cheaper, also much thinner and not suitable for cardmaking.

After colouring the koalas I use scissors to cut them out with. I stamp the tree where I want it on my background, then used the mini cloud stencil to make clouds with. It’s very easy and went well! I didn’t bother masking tree off. I did mask off the sky and added green on the ground, then masked off the ground and finished the blue sky all the way down, and this is where I need to practise more!
I simply coloured in the tree after adding the background. I thought it would work as I was colouring the tree with darker colours and the alcohol won’t blend with distress inks.

I added the koalas with dimensional stickers and added some white accent to nose and ears with a gel pen. I carefully cut a small pocket to put the small branch in the sitting down koalas arms. I added glossy accent to the leaves to make them more interesting.

I embossed the sentiment with white embossing powder on to black cardstock. I just love the sentiment, it’s very cute! I made it into a little banner and tied on a bow.¬†On the inside of the card I stamped happy birthday.

I loved making this card and I have more koalas ready for more cards and will be continuing practising blending distress inks and making clouds like there is no tomorrow!

Thanks, and have a lovely day ūüôā

Supplies:
Stamps: Cuddly Koalas (My Favorite Things) (took 4-5 days to arrive)
Inks: Memento & Versamark (TSUKINEKO), Broken China & Bundled Sage (Tim Holtz Distress Inks, Ranger)
Cardstock: Basic Black and Whisper White (Stampin’ Up!)
ProMarkers: Walnut, Leaf Green, Forest Green, Pale Pink & Cool Grey 1-4 (Letraset / Winsor & Newton) (from Cowling and Wilcox art shop)
Tools: scissors, embossing buddy, ink blending tools, craft knife
Other items: White gel pen, glossy accent¬†(Ranger), dimensional stickers (Stampin’ Up!), white embossing powder (Stampin’ Up!), mini cloud stencil¬†(My Favorite Things), white baker’s twine¬†(Stampin’ Up!)

Card is from the 1st August 2017.

 

 

Congratulations Card using the Happy Birthday Gorgeous Stamp Set

Happy Birthday Gorgeous CardHello there!

My fiance’s sister recently got engaged and what better way to express your congratulations than by sending a card!

Firstly, I apologize for using a sentiment from the retired So in Love stamp set but I thought it was so pretty I had to use it! The flowers are from the Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set which I adore. It has so many pretty stamps in it.

I used a Misti tool and masks I cut out from post its to make sure the stamps weren’t overlapping each other. You can use a Stamp-ma-jig as well for this, I just found the Misti very helpful laying out and building up the image.

I used promarkers for colouring in with. You can also use watercolour pencils, other markers or inks. I just happen to have Promarkers from my mother and thought they would work well for this job.

I am no expert¬†colouring with promarkers, what I think helps is trying to imagine how I would like the flowers to look like before colouring, because if I just start colouring I just switch off my brain and it all becomes too random and it rarely ends up well for me! So I had a good idea about how I wanted the roses and leaves to look like and also the forget-me-not’s (or that’s what I turned them into!) and then I started colouring in.

Snapshot of Happy Birthday Gorgeous card

Of course, after almost being done, I mess up my nicely stamped and coloured image. I decided to cut the image out using scissors. It was not possible for me to save it with any framelits ūüė¶
With that said I think placing it on top of the DSP and copper thread makes it looks very nice! I wish I had used more copper thread to make it looking like a birds nest. I think that would have looked very cool, but also more like a spring card. I am very pleased with my card and I hope the receiver enjoys it as well!

Enjoy and have a nice day!

Supplies:
Stamp sets: Happy Birthday Gorgeous and So in Love (Retired) (both Stampin up)
Inks: Memento
Paper: Very Vanilla, Whole lot of lovely DSP
Promarkers: Arctic Blue, Sky Blue, China Blue, Rose Pink, Berry Red, Leaf Green, Forrest Green, Coral.
Tools: Misti (My Sweet Petunia) (took about 10 days to arrive from ordering)
Other: Post it notes (for masks), Pearl embellishments, Dimensionals, Copper Thread

Card is from the 20th July 2017.

Flower shop card

Flower Shop card by Bobcrafts by Stampin UpHello!

I’m in love with the Flower Shop stamp set from Stampin Up, which has been around for some time and proves over and over to be very versatile!

Today I made a card for a colleague who is leaving soon. I like to give the card a few days in advance and not exactly on the last day. I think it’s just nice catching them alone, having a chat, give the card and they can enjoy it until they leave.

This card is very fun to make and there is no pressure of getting everything right. My original idea was layering the coloured flowers straight on top of the black and white ones, but I thought it looked kind of cool letting it peak through.

Flower Shop Card by BobcraftsI coloured the flowers¬†with watercolour pencils and a blender pen. My colouring is far from perfect, but it’s all about having fun! I used the Pansy Punch to punch the flowers out very quick. You can also cut them out with scissors.

The sentiment I white heat embossed on black paper to make it stand out and with all those flowers I thought it needed some green and I decided to go with a green cardbase. I used a white gel pen just to add some white to the center of the flowers, it’s not necessary to do. I also covered the flowers in glitter with a wink of stella, unfortunately this doesn’t show on any of the photos ūüė¶

I put the coloured flowers on with dimensionals and I used scissors to cut the overhanging flower bits off with. Later I decided to add some glossy accent to the center of the flowers and it worked very well.

I’m very happy with the turn out of this card and I will be making more of it for other occasions. ‚̧ In Fact here a couple of similar cards I made. All ready to get a sentiment attached.

Flower Shop Card by Bobcrafts

Enjoy and have a nice day!

Supply list (all from Stampin’ Up! unless other specified)
Stamp sets: Flower Shop and Better Together
Inks: Memento and Versamark
Paper: Whisper White, Basic Black, Old Olive
Tools: Heating tool, Scissors, Embossing buddy, Pansy Punch
Other stuff: Watercolour pencils, Blender pen, Gold and White embossing powder, Gel pen, Dimensionals, Glossy accent (Ranger)

Card is from the 23rd July 2017.

Made with Love Baby Girl Card

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Hello,

One of my dearest friends recently gave birth to a beautiful baby girl and I wanted to send her a card to congratulate.

Unfortunately, I find it difficult making baby cards. I always feel I never get them as cute or pretty as I want them to be, so this card took me a long time to make.

To make things more complicated I wanted to try new colour blending techniques. This is my first time using blending tools. I have seen many crafters using blending tools and make it look so easy. I didn’t find it easy at all, but it was a lot of fun! I used a die from the So Detailed framelits to cut out a stencil. The pink and purple was easy to blend, but i had difficulties getting an even blend with the green. I’m sure I just need a lot more practise! But overall I am very pleased with my background, which I also spitzed with some copper glitter. It’s difficult to see in any of the photos but it has a suttle copper shine to it.
I love the sentiment, it says: “ba-by (n) a little bit of heaven sent down to earth”. It’s so adorable!

I coloured the baby body suit straight forward with promarkers and didn’t worry much about shading or anything (as you can see I used the wrong type of ink for alcohol markers. I put the correct type of ink under supplies!). I just wanted to give it some colour to stand out from the background. I thought the safety pin was fun and added an extra element to the card.

Here is the final result after I decided to add some glassy accent to the body suit to finish it off with. All in all, I am very happy with the card. It’s very different from what I have previous made and I hope my friend likes it too!

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Supplies:
Stamp sets: Made with Love (retired) & Better Together (Stampin’ Up!) and Little You (Crate paper)
Dies: Stitched framelits & So detailed (retired) (Stampin’ Up!)
Cardstock: Whisper white and Wisteria Wonder (Stampin’ Up!)
Inks: Bundled Sage* & Milled Lavender* (distress ink.), Memento, Pink pirouette & Cherry Cobbler (Stampin’ Up!) and Versamark
Promarkers: Rose Pink & Pale Pink
Tools: heating tool, embossing buddy, blending tools, scissors
Other: lace doilies (retired, Stampin’ Up!), dimensionals, Glossy accent (Ranger), Bronze Glimmer Mist (Tattered Angels)

*I buy distress inks from oysterstamps.co.uk. They often have a good deal where you can buy 4 distress inks for ¬£12. It’s cheaper than amazon and most craft stores. Make sure you check spam filter if you use this company. All my emails from them ended there!

Card is from the 8th July 2017.

 

Adorable Viking Birthday Card

Hello,

Colouring Viking from Avery Elle

I was cruising around on Amazon the other day as you do every once and a while, just looking at random things. After some time I found this cute little Viking stamp from Avery Elle, now being from Scandinavia I just had to get this stamp! I ordered the stamp immediately and got it with next day delivery!

With a stamp like this, which needs colouring I always stamp on proper colouring paper first before making a card, so I can practice and try out different colours and see what combinations I like the best.

I preferred the ginger Viking, I also like the golden helmet, but it wouldn’t really work with the ginger beard. The grey bearded Viking is kinda cool too. I think the brown Viking is a bit too lumber jack like. And I think I need to work a bit more on the blonde Viking’s beard, maybe add another shade to it.

The background I made by blending distress inks and sprayed some water on it and dapped it off, which gave me an awesome pixelled look. I used a textured stamp around the edge and sprayed a few mists of bronze glimmer mist over it, just to give it a nice finish. The sentiment is embossed using white embossing powder.

Viking Birthday Card using Avery Elle by Bobcrafts

To make the card more fun I decided to add some balloons and I also put a layer of glossy accent on my little Viking to make him pop out.

I think the card is brilliant and what is more awesome than getting a Viking for your birthday?!!

Supplies:
Stamp sets: Viking (Avery Elle), Balloon celebrations, Timeless textures & Better Together (Stampin Up!)
Inks: Broken China, Faded Jeans (distress ink), Daffodil delight & Cherry Cobbler (Stampin’ Up!), Memento and Versamark
Dies: Stitched framelits (Stampin’ Up!)
Cardstock: Whisper white (Stampin’ Up!)
Promarkers: Gold, Bright Orange, grey 3+4+5, Satin, Arctic blue, China Blue, Amaranth Red, Ruby, Coral, Henna, Almond, Pale Pink, Soft Peach, Putty
Tools: Heating tool, Embossing buddy, scissors
Other items: Balloon punch, dimensionals & white embossing powder (Stampin’ Up!), Bronze Glimmer Mist (Tattered Angels)

Card is from the 11th July 2017.

A Parade of Balloon Celebration Cards

Balloon Celebration card

Hello,

This time I thought I would mix & match new and old Stampin’ Up! together.

I used the 5 new in colours (2017-2019) and I used the Balloon Celebration stamp set which is still current. The new in colours are perfect for birthday cards and I hope my parade of them inspires you to make a bunch as well.

On purpose I made each card differently; different backgrounds, types of balloons and attached ribbon differently. Some things remain identical as in where sentiment, balloons and rhinestones are placed.

I love the way the cards look alike but aren’t quite the same. It’s great to have a bunch like this stashed away for any sudden birthdays!

Balloon Celebration cards

Here are the individual cards nicely spread out so you can have a closer look.

Supplies:
Stamp set: Balloon Celebrations (Stampin’ Up!)
Ink: 2017-2019 in colours: Fresh Fig, Lemon Lime Twist, Powdered Pink, Berry Burst & Tranquil Tide (Stampin’ Up!)
Cardstock: Whisper White &¬†2017-2019 in colours: Fresh Fig, Lemon Lime Twist, Powdered Pink, Berry Burst & Tranquil Tide (Stampin’ Up!)
Other items: Balloon punch, Dimensionals, Rhinestones, Bakers’ twine

Cards are from 26th June 2017.

Background bits cards

Background bits is definitely my first pick among Stampin’ Up’s host rewards. Here I made two very similar cards with the stamps in two different colours, Marina Mist and Tranquil Tide with a bit of a Moroccan feel to it.

Background Bits from stamping up

I used following items for these cards:

The background is straight forward stamping. I didn’t’t do it very carefully, but it was very easy and looks great. Cards are very quick and fun to make. I like the white border around the stamped background. It just adds a bit more of dimension. The tag and banner I stuck on with dimensionals. the bow can be a bit tricky to tie on the Tranquil Tide card I did add a glue dot just to hold the Burlap ribbon in place.

Cards are from the 27th of June 2017.

Flower Shop birthday card

I had sooo much fun making this card. I absolutely love the new in colours from Stampin’ Up!. Here I used Fresh Fig, Lemon Lime Twist and a dash of copper embossing powder!

Flower Shop Birthday card

I used following items:

I used a mix of the dots and the splats from the Timeless Textures stamp set to make the background with Lemon Lime Twist. I used the Versamark ink pad to “glue” around the edge of the background whisper white piece, then copper embossing powder and heating eat. The embossing buddy is used prior to make sure the embossing powder only sticks where versamark is applied.
Flowers are stamped on scrap Whisper white with Fresh Fig, then Punched out, added gems and stuck on with dimensionals.

The results is a quick and easy awesome birthday card. I love doing embossing, it just adds that little bit extra to your card!

Card is from the 25th June 2017.

Fun surfing pineapple card

I recently used the Pop of Paradise stamp set by Stampin’ Up! to make some flamingo cards. The stamp set is really great and I decided to use it for some quick and easy thank you cards.

Pop of Paradise by Stampin' Up!

For these fun cards I used following items:

I did straight forward stamping on scrap whisper white and then I fussy cut out the leaves and the copper embossed pineapples with scissors.
I did the copper embossing same way as with the flamingo cards (please click here to see).

I had lots of fun making these simple cards and will definitely be making a few more – thank you cards are always very handy to have at hand.

After started making my own cards, I realise how many occasions you can give a card for and I give many more cards now than I used to when I didn’t craft! My friends and family love getting cards from me, and I feel honoured when they let me know they kept the card. Something I didn’t expect. ūüôā

Cards are from the 8th June 2017.

A whole lot of lovely butterfly cards!

I recently received the watercolor butterfly stamp set, and I love working with it. It’s very easy to stamp beautiful and unique butterflies. In this post I stick to a few colours and copper embossing to keep it simple but there are endless possibilities with this stamp set.

Watercolor Wings

Card made for a family member

For the stripey card I used following:

Watercolor wings

Birthday card to my Danish Grandmother

 

 

 

 

For the dotey card I used:

 

 

When embossing I find it much easier to use the embossing buddy to make sure the embossing powder only sticks where you want it. I like the embossing on the designer paper it gives it a feel of being like Stampin’ up!’s new specialty designer paper, if you haven’t seen it check it out here,¬†here¬†and here. It has some embossing on it and is slightly thicker than normal designer paper. ūüôā
I used scissors to cut the butterflies out with and stuck them on with glue dots. The sentiment i stuck on with dimentionals to make it pop out.

Cards are from the 7th of June 2017.