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.

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.

Colouring with ProMarkers

Christmas is all done and dusted for most, but I thought I would like to share some of the bulk card making I did during that period. This is a simple, fun and easy card to make.
The angel comes from Stampin’ Up!’s “Wonder of Christmas” stamp set. The cardstock I am using (from Amazon) is not specifically made for alcohol markers you can get better quality paper/cardstock where the colors blend easier and better.
For colouring the wings I used three shades of the same colour for the rest I used one or two shades of the same colours. All the angels and wings are different. I either blended the colour slightly different or used different colours.
For this type of cardstock I used the darkest shade first. On paper dedicated for alcohol markers, colours mix well if you start with the lightest shade first, but as this cardstock and not designed to be saturated I found it easier to get a good blend by using darkest shade first. You just have to be aware by starting with the darkest shade first it is easy to over colour i.e. make shades larger than intended.
On the wings I colour one line with the darkest shade then I colour with the next darkest shade. I colour one line over the darkest then I colour a line beneath. Finally I use the lightest colour to go over what I just coloured with the second colour and colours the rest of the area with that colour.
Do small areas at a time and be fairly quick you don’t want the colours to dry unless you don’t want to blend.
Also you might notice that the colours on the bottom right angel isn’t great, but that is how it looks on this paper when it is not completely dry. Letting it dry makes it easier to see the final result.
For the hair I used two colours, yellow and orange. I coloured with yellow first, I then made highlights with the orange and I then went over with the yellow again to take some of the edge of the orange and make it blend.
The picture below shows the final Christmas cards. Normally I like when everything matches that’s why I love Stampin’ Up! They make sure everything goes together. But with that said on a simple white card like this you can do as you want and it still looks great!

Cards are from 5th December 2016.

Winnie the Pooh b-day card

This card was made for my danish niece’s birthday. I used a stamp with Winnie the Pooh, ProMarkers by Letraset and broken china distress ink by Tim Holz.
I used white cardstock I found on¬†Amazon, it’s good quality paper and pro marker’s blends nicely and doesn’t bleed.
I am not experienced with using alcohol markers in any way. I used the pictures on the packaging of the stamp as guidance and I watched a few youtube video’s about using pro markers, and it is surprisingly easy. ProMarkers are quite cheap too. I would recommend using¬†Cowling & Wilcox¬†to buy ProMarkers because they have the best offers.
I found the edging of the image was too crisp so I gently circled a sponge with a bit of broken china distress ink on around the edge. I stamped the sentiment (happy birthday in danish) with distress ink too.
To make the card more fun I stamped Winnie twice, cut out the ballon and stuck it on with dimensional stickers.
I love this card and will definitely be making it again!

Card is from 17th November 2016.