The 30 Day Coloring Challenge!

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One of my favourites is The 30 Day Coloring Challenge organised by Kathy Racoosin aka The Daily Marker.
In very short words: everyday a little ” me time”  to spend on your colouring/craft.
That’s it!
You can do what you want, when you want, as long as you want and if you only want to look at the beautiful things everyone makes and leave a little love in the comments then it’s also oké.
You can read all about it on The Daily Marker website. Click on the logo above to go there.

I will participate again this year, just because I love it and learn a lot on the way from Kathy.
I hope you all join in and have fun.

 

 

Another CAS card.

Normally I almost never make CAS cards but this is the second one in a short time.
I didn’t had a lot of time, so what’s better than nothing, clean and simple is the answer!

I started with a panel of white cardstock, a stencil and Bundled Sage Oxide ink.
I taped the stencil with some painters tape to the cardstock and used a round blending tool to add the ink.
After removing the stencil I used the same blending tool and with a light hand I coloured over the whole panel. When that was done I finished the panel by adding ink to the edges.

Time to get my dies and Vagabond. From white cardstock I die cut and dry embost the orchids and branch.
With the petals still in the die I ink through the die opening with only Wilted Violet for the flower itself, and added also Candied Apple for the stamen.
I also die cut and dry embossed the branch from white cardstock and coloured it with Vintage Photo.
After that I did the branch back in to the die so that I could give the buds only on the embost (raised) areas some extra colour with Wilted Violet and Candied Apple.

My stencilled panel was dry and I adhered it to a slightly bigger white base card.

I then used a ball shaped embossing tool to give the petals and stamen there shape and dimension and glued them into a flower. After some shifting back and forth with the branch and flowers I was satisfied with the place where and how I would adhere them. But before I did that I stamped first my sentiment.
I already put my selected stamp on to an acrylic block and I stamped the sentiment with Wilted Violet.
The sentiment is Dutch for Have a nice day.
After that was dry I glued the branch on to the panel and with some 3D glue I adhered the flowers on top of the branch.
I finished my card by adding some violet and purple sequins.

It is a pity that the Bundled Sage coloured background appears more brown in the photo than the beautiful soft green in reality.

The used materials are under the image and if you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask.

Kaart

Used Materials

White Cardstock
Leaf Stencil (unbranded)
Distress Oxide Bundled Sage – Wilted Violet – Candied Apple and Vintage Photo
Marianne Design Collectables Die set COL1379 Orchid
Tim Holtz Vagabond die cutting machine
Ranger Blending Tool Round
Marianne Design Sentiment Stamp set CS0821
Little Things from Lucy’s Cards sequins

 

 

 

World Card Making Day

The 5th of October was World Card Making Day and here I quote the SSS blog post*;
World Card Making Day was created in 2006, and the original purpose was to kick-start the holiday card making season.” And so I did, I made my first Christmas card of this year. I used a challenge sketch from the WCMD challenge blog post by Sandy Alnock.

I stamped a Christmas image from Find It Trading. I coloured the image in with my Zig markers and the Zig blender. I used the blender instead of water because I stamped my image on Canson Bristol paper and I think this paper blends not as smooth with water than the Strathmore Bristol.

When the colouring was finished I put the image aside to dry well and in the meanwhile I cut the different pieces of cardstock and patterned paper in to the right size. The paper is from the same collection as the stamped image. Although the collection is from a few years ago it still is gorgeous.

For my base card I used a dark blue cardstock as well as for the little strip where I put the sentiment on. The sentiment is a Dutch text sticker and it says Happy Holidays.
I glued the patterned papers on top of the small red cardstock rectangles and the larger piece for the image panel. For my image panel I used foam tape to put it on top of that.

First I glued the rectangles of red cardstock/patterned papers on the base card and then on top of them the stacked panel with the image.
And to finish my first Christmas card  I put my sentiment strip on top of the panel with foam tape.
I love how the card turns out, this is also a great way to use your leftover pieces of cardstock or patterned paper.

The used materials are under the image and if you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask.

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Used Materials

* SSS blog is Simon Says Stamp Blog

Canson Bristol cardstock
Papicolor Dark Blue and Red Cardstock
Find It Trading Christmas Sensation Paper pack CDPP10005
Find It Trading Christmas Sensation Stamp CDST10021
Zig Markers in the following colours: Olive Green – Deep Green – Red – Deep Red – Orange –
Cool Gray 1 – Pale Dawn Gray – Haze Blue – Shadow Mauve – Gray – Brick Beige – Dark Oatmeal – Vanilla – Pale Yellow and the Zig Blender
Dutch Text Sticker White

Cas masculine card

Because of inflammations in my wrists I couldn’t craft for a while and was there nothing to post. But it’s going much better, I’ve to be still careful so I didn’t make a card with an image that is coloured in.

I needed a birthday card for my nephew, besides his study he is in training at the voluntary fire department.
I knew I had a set of vintage scrapbook papers that is fire brigade themed. The papers are unbranded and I’ve had this for so long that I don’t know if there was any brand on the plastic that it came in.

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I didn’t like the vintage colour for this card so I scanned my paper, watching that the piece I wanted was on the scanner. The paper is 12” x 12” and I have an A4 scanner.
After scanning I opened an image editing program on my computer ( PSP 8, a very old program) and made the piece I wanted in a square that was two sizes smaller than my folded base card.
I made the colours also lighter by adding a white wash.
Then I printed it on white vellum.
Off course you can skip the part of scanning and printing on vellum and use a piece of scrapbook paper right on to a top panel.

Vellum
After printing I put it temporarily with some purple tape on to a white panel that is one size smaller than the folded base card.
I punched with my Big Bite in each corner a hole true both the vellum and cardstock and with the same Big Bite I set the eyelets in this panel.
With red wax cord I finished the panel.

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I die cut a tag from red cardstock and with VersaMark I stamped the sentiment that says It’s your birthday in Dutch.  I heat embossed this with gold embossing powder.

From red cardstock I folded a base card and with 1 mm. foam tape I stick the panel on top of this.
With 0.5 mm. foam tape I stick the tag on to the panel and that finished the card.
As you see, clean and simple.

The used materials are under the image and if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask.

Kaart
Used Materials

Papicolor Red and White Cardstock
Pergamano White Vellum
Scrapbook paper Fire Brigade
We R Memory Keepers Big Bite
Docrafts/Papermania Eyelets
May Arts Wax cord Red
Marianne Design Craftables Die set CR1212 Tags & Ticket
Marianne Design Stamp set EC0096 Eline’s Vintage Text 2
VersaMark ink
Ranger Extra Fine Detail Embossing Powder Gold
Heat tool

 

Rose All Day card

I finally finished my card with this beautiful Power Poppy image and
can post it now the birthday girl received it.

I used a blue metallic cardstock for my base card and cut it slightly bigger
than the panel with the image. But only on the sides .
I glued the panel on top of this.

With a Dutch text stamp, which means a nice day, I added my sentiment.
I stamped it with Distress Oxide Salty Ocean, what is the same colour as the
Pencil, although I coloured that one with Distress Ink Salty Ocean.
The Oxide ink gives a better  stamping result than the regular Distress inks.
I used this Oxide colour to make it look like the text was written with the coloured pencil.

That’s it, I so love this beautiful image and I know for sure that I will use it often.
The used materials are under the image and if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask.

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Used Materials

Canson Mixed Media Paper 98 lb
Power Poppy Digital Stamp Set Rose All Day
Distress Inks:
Abandoned Coral – Squeezed Lemonade – Worn Lipstick – Wilted Violet – Twisted Citron – Mowed Lawn – Grand Espresso – Peeled Paint – Forest Moss – Pine Needles – Tea Dye – Hickory Smoke –  Black Soot – Fossilized Amber and Salty Ocean.
Derwent Coloursoft pencils for the image; I used colours out of the same colour group and/or a shade darker than the ink.
Polychromos coloured pencils for the shadow around the image, I used 235 Cold Grey VI and 233 Cold Grey IV
Faber Castell Pitt Artist pens black fineliner XS
Metallic Blue Cardstock
Distress Oxide Salty Ocean
Marianne Design Stamp set EC0096 Eline’s Vintage Text NL.

80! A special card for a special lady.

For this card I took a 27 x 13.5 cm. piece of cardstock and folded it in half.
On the left side of the fold I masked the left side of the card, what will be the back,
with some painters tape. I then used the brick stencil with my Distress ink Tea Dye
to make the stone wall.
I die cut the door twice. I glued them together with a little piece of vellum in between as
glass in the windows. I glued the door on to the front of the card.
After this was dry I made cut with my craft knife in the middle of the door, taking care not to cut trough the door frame. On the inside of the door I made a loop of gold thread to open the door on the front I made a door knob and glued that on top of the little piece of thread that shows from the loop at the back.
Then I wrote the housnumber of the recipient  on a little piece of cardstock and glued it beside the door.

Time to make use of this great stamp from Art Impressions.
I stamped my lady twice so I could use the arm and cake to layer the stamp.
The face side of the lady I only stamped once.
I coloured the images with my Zig markers and when I was finished I fussy cut them.
I didn’t use the dies because I didn’t want a white border around the images.
Then I used a die to cut the numbers 8 and 0 for the cake and glued them a little behind the toplayer.
then I adhered the arm with the cake with some foam tape on top of the image.
On the back of the image I glued the partial lady.

With a Find It Trading die I cut some Ivy, coloured a little on top of the leaves and by adding glue to only a few places, I glued them on to the card.
With a 2 cm. strip of cardstock that I coloured with Distress ink Hickory smoke I made a sidewalk and adhered that on the bottom of the card.
Then I placed my lady on the front with some foam tape.

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On the lefthand side in the card I made with a pencil wooden panelling on both sides of the door.
I also coloured the floor with a pencil. I used a little amount of pressure on to the pencil, this way you still see the texture of the paper, this way it looks more like carpet.
Above the panelling I stamped with Memento and a very small flower from the Kanban stamp set. I didn’t inked the whole stem and placed them randomly.
I made a wallhanger and placed it with foam tape beside the door so the recipient would know that she had to open the door.

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When you open the door you see the lady calling happy birthday. I placed this sign exactly on the same place as the face and it is a little smaller than the face, so when the door is shut you won’t see it on the front.
I enjoyed making the scenes (front and inside) to fit this great stamp and am very pleased with how everything turned out, although it was a very time consuming card.

The used materials are under the image and if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask.

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Used Materials

Papicolor Original Cardstock White
Dutch Doobadoo Stencil Bricks A5
Distress Ink Hickory Smoke, Tea Dye and Peeled Paint
Strathmore Bristol Smooth cardstock
ArtImpression 4828 – Eat Itself Stamp + Dies Set
Zig Clean Colour Real Brush Markers :
Skin – 073 – 076 – 028
Sweater – 021 – 022 – 029
Trouser  –  303 – 024
Hair – 062 – 072 – 074
Cake – 065 – Blender 999 – 073
Cake dish – 099
Shoes – 303 – 034 – 093
Candles – 021 – 037 – 050 – 042 – 023 – 055 – 054
Party Hat  062 – 072 – 074
Cheeks 130
Door handle 061
Doorstep 901
Lips Polychromos pencil 219
Nellie Snellen Die SD0064 Text and Numbers
Marianne Design Die Creatable LR0313 Door
Vellum White
Find It Trading Die PM10008 Ivy
Kanban Fair Lady Stamp set
Memento Dandelion
Dutch Doobadoo stencil Bricks A5
Sticker Sheet Numbers and Letters Copper

A little Kathy magic and some shadows.

I finally finished the beautiful Power Poppy image, it took longer than I hoped but life and very warm weather got in the way.

As I mentioned before, (see here and here) this is a digital stamp set by Power Poppy and I have printed it on Canson Mixed Media Paper with a laser printer. If you print with a laser printer you are sure that the lines won’t bleed when you use Distress Ink and water, like I did for this image.

Working in several layers requires some patience because the previous one has to be dry before starting the next layer.
If there is anything I learned from Tim Holtz about Distress Ink it is that “wet on wet blends and wet on dry layers”, what is also true for most other mediums used with water. Therefore I worked on several flowers at the same time. With such small flowers and the way I coloured them the drying time is not very long.
When I wrote this post I noticed that I had forgotten to take a photo when I finished using the Distress ink. Hence a photo where I am half done, so that you can still compare it with the next photo.

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After finishing all the colouring with my Distress Inks, I used what I call the Kathy Magic.
From Kathy Racoosin, @kathyrac or The Daily Marker, I learned to darken the nooks and crannies and to use coloured pencil to add more depth in the flowers (or any other image).
Kathy uses a black marker for the nooks and crannies most of the time, but that is something I didn’t dare. So I used dark pencil colours that matched my flowers or colours in the same colour group.

And then came the scary part, adding shadows around the whole image. I used pencils for that because I didn’t want to do it with my Distress ink. I was to scared that the dark ink would bleed into my image and   ruin it. Instead of black I used two of my darkest cold grey pencils.

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When I finished the shadows I didn’t see them much and decided that I would go over my image lines with a XS black fineliner. And then my bouquet of flowers came to life again and I did see a hint of the shadow, just enough to give it a little dimension.
Next time I will colour the shadow before I colour the image, just like a possible background. This way I can’t ruin the colouring of my image.

The photos below are the same but with different light.
The used materials are under the photos and if you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask.

Klaar

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Used Materials

Canson Mixed Media Paper 98 lb
Power Poppy Digital Stamp Set Rose All Day
Distress Inks:
Abandoned Coral – Squeezed Lemonade – Worn Lipstick – Wilted Violet – Twisted Citron – Mowed Lawn – Grand Espresso – Peeled Paint – Forest Moss – Pine Needles – Tea Dye – Hickory Smoke –  Black Soot – Fossilized Amber and Salty Ocean.
Derwent Coloursoft pencils for the image; I used colours out of the same colour group and/or a shade darker than the ink.
Polychromos coloured pencils for the shadow around the image, I used 235 Cold Grey VI and 233 Cold Grey IV
Faber Castell Pitt Artist pens black fineliner XS