If you, just like me, have quite a large stash of pretty papers and don’t have always the time to make a complicated card? Take than a look at the Gentleman’s Crafter’s blog. John Bloodworth (aka Gentleman Crafter) has started a series of gorgeous lay-outs with beautiful example cards and a how-to YouTube video. He already made 57 (yes you read it correctly 57) lay-outs!
My card is made with one of these lay-outs with my own twist because my image looked better on a square card. These lay-outs are great for masculine cards. The card was made in no time and looks great. I’ll be using my paper pads and these lay-outs more often, that’s for sure! The used materials are under the image and if you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask
This is the link to the Gentleman Crafter’s Blog: https://gentlemancrafter.com/ Gentleman Crafter lay-out number 4 Medium Bleu Pearlescent Cardstock Joy Crafts Design Papers from my stash Studio Light Design Papers from my stash Marianne Design 3D Decoupage sheet EWK1228 – I’s a Men’s World Hobbydots Alphabet Stickers Copper
On the front of this card I used the Giraffe image I coloured a while ago, see the post about this here. I mentioned in the post that the marker ink had bled outside the lines and that I would fussy cut the image. Because the tufts on top of his head are difficult to cut out properly I cut them off and stamped them on a new panel, which I also did with the fringes. Before I fussy cut the image I placed the panel on top of the new panel in to my TH stamping tool to position my stamp precisely and picked it up with my tool door. I removed the image and inked only the upper part of the stamp to stamp the tuffs. After the ink was dry I placed the coloured image back on top to position the scarf for the missing fringes. I inked only the small parts I needed and stamped it on my uncoloured panel. This are the times I’m so glad I have a stamping tool. While the panel was drying I fussy cut the image and made all the cut edges black with a marker. I glued the giraffe on top of the stamped parts and it fitted like a glove. If you don’t know it you will never see that it is stamped twice. I put this aside for now together with a black panel that I cut slightly bigger and my folded base card.
If you have read the earlier posts then you know that this giraffe was intended to be for the pop-up 18th birthday card (see here) but I couldn’t match it with the cupcakes inside. So I used it on today’s card which is also a pop-up card but of a whole different kind. The pop-up inside is a flower bouquet and instead of writing down how to make it I will reference to a great post on Jennifer McGuire’s blog where Rina Krupsky (daughter of Gina K) was guest designer and made the pop-up flowers, on the blog you can find also a video how to make them. It’s easy and fun to make.
I did a few things a little different, instead of fussy cutting the leaves I used the top of a wavy die, if you want to do this also a tip: use thin paper. My paper was a little thicker than normal paper, 180 gr., and I had to run the die with the paper 10-12 times trough the machine for each flower before it cut through all the folded layers. I also cut the stamen with a die from the same colour as the folded card. I glued the stamen in the middle of the flower before I followed the instruction Rina gives on how to assemble the bouquet. When this was finished I put my bouquet aside.
The evening before I put some Tombow Multi Mono Glue on the back of my stencil and let that dry overnight, this way the glue is repositionable. I positioned the stencil in the lower left corner and used a blending brush and Picket Fence to colour. When finished I put the stencil in the same way to the upper right corner and repeated the process. I put it aside to dry. That didn’t take long because it was a thin layer.
In the meanwhile I cut a strip of black cardstock and stamped my sentiment with VersaMark before adding white embossing powder on top of that. After I heat embossed the sentiment I let it cool down for a few moments and cut the strip in the right size and on both sides I cut a fishtail.
When all parts where finished I assembled the card. First I glued the black and giraffe panel on to the front of the card. Then the pop-up flower bouquet was adhered as shown in Rina’s video in the inside of the card. And the last part was the sentiment strip that I adhered with some foam tape also in the inside. I was so very happy with this card, I love how it turned out and hope the birthday girl will love it to.
The used materials are under the image and if you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask.
The used materials for the Giraffe panel you can find here
Papicolor Cardstock Mustard Yellow and Black Papicolor Paper Black, Mustard Yellow and White Marker Friendly White cardstock Sentiment stamps by Nicole Verkooijen (Hello Gorgeous) Nellie Snellen Die set Wavy Ovals for the petal outline of the flowers Marianne Design Die set LR0111 Frame for the stamen Studio Katia Mandala Stencil Distress Ink Picked Fence Blending Brush Marianne Design Stamp CS0960 Gefeliciteerd, this is Dutch which translates into Congratulations VersaMark (sticky ink for embossing) Ranger Embossing powder Superfine Detail White Heat tool
Finally finished my Faber Castell Polychromos pencils Hex Charts. I started this project, you won’t believe it, in April 2020 during the 16th 30 Day Coloring Challenge. The (empty) Chart is made by Sandy Allnock. Here you can find her blog: http://sandyallnock.com/ and this is the site where you can purchase this and other Hex Charts: https://art-classes.com/product-category/color-charts/
I learned during colouring these that some colours really turned out different on the different colours of paper. So it wasn’t a waste of time colouring on other papers too. What I also learned was that the Kraft and Black coloured paper from my stash are not papers I love to work on with my coloured pencils. I didn’t love how the colours turned out on the paper and on the black paper it looks like I used chalk instead of coloured pencil. Something I will keep in mind in case I wanted a chalky look (LOL). What I will do is when I want to use another brand of paper with my pencils I will print a Hex Chart on the same paper and will fill it only with the colours I use on that moment or wanted to use. That takes a lot less time and I will see immediately how the colours are on that specific paper.
In one of the earlier videos (I even think the video is from a few years ago.) made by Kathy Racoosin (aka The Daily Marker and organizer of the Challenges) I noticed that she had coloured strips in her tin/case with pencils. I loved that idea and made them for in my Faber Castell Polychromos Colour Pencil wooden case. So much easier to find my pencils in this way and to put them back at the right spot after using them
Although you didn’t mention it in the video because it wasn’t about that, I only saw it, I wanted to say thank you so much Kathy for this great idea!
Making a men’s card is not always easy, but sometimes an idea comes up and everything works. And that happened with this card.
I started with a white piece of cardstock to blend with different blue Distress colours the sky and the ocean.
While the panel was drying I die cut my ocean set and rope. With different colours of ink I shaded my die cuts and coloured with Zig markers some parts of the boat. I cut a card base from blue cardstock and placed my die cuts on top to see where and how I would stamp the fishnet on to my background panel. I used the acetate front that’s in the package when you buy your stamp, as a guide.
I made a slit in the background just big enough to insert a small portion of the bottom of the boat. This way the boat appears to be sailing in the water instead of on it. I glued the boat, seagull and pole to the background panel with 3D glue for dimension. After this I stamped the fishnet on the panel over the pole, as if it is hanging in front of it. After the ink was dry I placed the panel on top of my card base en glued, again with my 3D glue, the rope to my card. And that finished this card and I totally love how this card turned out.
The used materials are under the image and if you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask.
Blue Linen cardstock for the card base White Velvet Cardstock, this is similar to Elizabeth Crafts Soft Finish cardstock Different shades of Blue Distress Ink for the sky and ocean Tim Holtz Blending brush Marianne Design Die set CR1279 Tiny’s Ocean Set Marianne Design Die set LR0418 Rope Scraps of different colours cardstock for die cutting Different shades of Distress Ink and Oxide to colour and highlight some areas of the die cuts Zig markers to colour some part of the die cut boat Marianne Design Stamp TC0839 Tiny’s Fishnet Distress Oxide Hickory Smoke to stamp the Fishnet Olba 3D glue, this is a odourless glue specially for dimension
Yesterday the Coloring Challenge by Kathy Racoosin aka The Daily Marker started. Usually it’s a challenge that takes 30 days but this time a shorter one, 10 days. This is my first post for the challenge.
I blended with a stencil and two colours Distress ink a background. Die cut the flowers from white and made the stems yellow with ink to make sure I had the same yellow colour. Cut a strip for my sentiment from blue cardstock and made a card base from the same colour. I stuck my sentiment on to the strip with alphabet stickers in Dutch which translates into Congratulations.
I glued the stencilled background to the blue card base and for the flowers and sentiment strip I used foam tape for dimension.
That’s my card for this day, which was fun and easy to make. Hopefully this will give the birthday girl a sunny feeling even though it is still cold here. The used materials are under the image and if you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask.
White cardstock, brand unknown Clarity Stamps Art Stencil Abstract Squares 2 TH Distress Ink Squeezed Lemonade and Salty Ocean TH Distress Blending Brushes Leane Creatief Multi Die Flowers 008 Blue cardstock for my card base and the sentiment strip Alphabet stickers for the sentiment.
Yesterday, March 21, our spring started but the weather didn’t seem to get the notification. So in the hope the cold weather will disappear I will say goodbye to it by posting my winter art journal page.
Before playing in my art journal I die cut a bunch of snowflakes in different sizes. I also die cut all my pieces for the rest of the layout. I die cut most of them multiple times from different colours so I could give them some dimension and interest by adding them together with glue and where needed foam tape. The icicle rim I cut out of TH frosted sheets and the words I cut out 4 times each.
I used white gesso all over my pages, on some places more than other places, to add texture. When the pages were dry I used the negatives from my snowflake die cuts as a stencil for adding some Distress Micro Glaze in different places. This was an experiment, I never tried it before. I wanted to get several layers on my background without making it all bulky or too much in the foreground. I glued some snowflakes to the background as well.
After that had dried overnight I dabbed carefully with a towel on the places I put the micro glaze on, I didn’t want to smear out the snowflakes. I played with some Distress inks by putting reinker in a minimister and added water to it, then sprayed them on to the page. The ink coloured the white snowflakes I glued to the page but didn’t colour the snowflakes I stencilled with micro glaze, just as I hoped. When this was dry, I added ink with my blending brush so I got a slight variation of blue on the background.
After I put all of the die cut pieces together I placed them on my page to see where I wanted to put them and where I could glue some white snowflakes. Before I adhered everything I made my snowy hill and a little snow pile for the snowman. I pushed the snowman, skis, ski poles and the sled into the still wet snow, so it looks like they are actually in it and adhered them on at the same time with foam tape for dimension. All the other pieces I adhered to the page with foam tape as well, aside from the words, icicle rim and the white snowflakes, they are glued.
I had so much fun creating this page that I had in my head for so long and finally took the time to make. I hope you like it too.
The used materials are under the images and if you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask.
Ranger Dylusions Large Creative Journal Distress Ink Tumbled Glass – Speckled Egg and Stormy Sky Ranger Minimister Tim Holtz Blending Brushes Distress Micro Glaze Varies colours of cardstock Tim Holtz Idea-ology Frosted Sheets THTH937153 Varies Marianne Design Snowflake dies, different in shape and size The following Marianne Design Dies CR1252 Ski’s and Snowflake LR0247 Figure Skates CR1255 Tiny’s Mittens CR1257 Tiny’s Sled LR0246 Snowman LR0392 Snowy Icicles Amy Design die Skates ADD10003 Joy Crafts Die Winter 6002/2033 – The word Fun I draw myself with help of the negative of the word Winter. Cut multiple layers with the Scan & Cut. Red/White yarn Aleene’s Glitter Snow
I have to post this now, otherwise it will be Spring and Christmas will be even further behind us. A Christmas that we will all remember around the world because we couldn’t celebrate the way we are used to. Here in the Netherlands we went into lockdown again the week before Christmas. When I picked up the paper napkins to set the Christmas table, I immediately put one aside because I had an idea to turn it into an art journal page. It has become a simple page but it is how we celebrated Christmas 2020.
The paper napkin had the image on one side and upside down on the opposite site. First I peeled the top layer from the other layers and then I tore the napkin above the trees from the right to the left. I put matt medium all over the page and carefully I put my napkin down to the page. I also brushed matt medium over the napkin and with the leftover I enlarged the trees and covered the rest of the page that way. I put that aside to dry.
In the meanwhile I die cut the word Christmas in Dutch 4 times as well as my numbers and glued them on top of each other, this gave me dimension in my word and numbers. After they where dry I covered them with VersaMark ink and heat embossed them with gold. After they cooled, I repeated the process.
I drew my mask on some scrap paper and after some adjustments in the size I transferred this pattern to my cardstock. With some coloured pencil I did some shading and with a pattern stamp and Distress Ink I made it look a little bit more like a real mask. I printed some Dutch keywords in red related on the situation and fussy cut them to stick on my mask, in the middle the word Corona, clockwise started at the word upper right they translate in Pandemic – Mask – One and a half meter (social distance) – Lockdown. I had some elastic straps from a real unused mask and glued them on the backside of my mask but only on the top corners.
I splattered some white splashes on to my page, you hardly see them but they are there. I glued my word and numbers to the page after I had passed my elastic strap through the first letter and the last number. I didn’t put any glue near the place where the strap was. I let that dry overnight with a heavy book on top. To finish the page I put my mask with some foam tape to the page.
To be able to close the page I stuck a ruler on top of the mask with the thinnest side tight to the middle of the journal the first time I closed it. So now there is a valley fold into my mask while closing the journal.
The used materials are under the image and if you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask.
Moleskine Art Sketchbook, Hard Cover, Large (5″ x 8.25″) Plain/Blank, Scarlet Red Paper napkin from the supermarket Deco Art Matt Medium White Gouache VersaMark ink Ranger Super Fine Embossing Powder Gold Marianne Design Stamp and Die set Col1338 Joy Crafts Die set Jubileum Cijfers (numbers) White cardstock Distress Oxide Hickory Smoke Joy Crafts Stamp set Memo Writting Elastic straps Foam tape
I love the awesome art journal/mixed media projects made by Vicky Papaioannou, you can check out her blog if you want, http://www.clips-n-cuts.com. And after I got a Moleskin journal she used at that time from Sinterklaas I wanted to make the stunning page on her blog. The page was called Dear Santa (http://www.clips-n-cuts.com/2017/11/art-journal-dear-santa/). I got this Moleskin diary from Sinterklaas, so decided the first page I made in this diary would be one that would represent that. The page is from 2017 as well as the Sinterklaas present, health and other issues came in between but l still had in mind that I wanted to make that page Sinterklaas is mainly a celebration for children, even though the adults are not forgotten either, and is celebrated on December 5th in the Netherlands. He’s a bit like Santa, he also brings presents at night, there are songs and special treats. The big difference is that Sinterklaas rides a horse on the roofs and comes from Spain.
Let’s get started. I followed the video made by Vicky for the page, mainly because it was my first page in this book and with products I never used in this way. Started by covering the whole page with black gesso, when the gesso was dry I added some crackle paint over it. I let this dry overnight. Afterwards I didn’t see a lot of crackles maybe I’d been too careful and didn’t apply enough or you don’t see them well because of the other dark colours on top. But it gave good texture on the page and that was enough for me.
I used different colours of blue paint to make the background, I didn’t make a milky way like Vicky because Sinterklaas is riding on the roof and not in the sky. After I was happy with the sky I used some white gesso for the shine behind the moon and I made white splatters with acrylic paint.
I put the book aside to dry while I worked on my moon. Using Fossilized Amber, Vintage Photo and some water to give the moon colour and to give the moon texture I used a stamp. I stuck the moon on the page with medium.
Time to make the elements for the page. The Sinterklaas and his helpers where die cut from black cardstock as well as the trees. I have several die sets for houses but none fit, they where too large or too small. Google was the solution, I found a page with a border of Dutch houses that matched the page so well. I printed them a little larger and used them as guide to cut them from black cardstock. I glued some light yellow cardstock behind the windows. I used Fossilized Amber to highlight all the elements on the side that faces the moon before I stuck them to my page.
Everything was drying on the page and in the meanwhile I printed the first four lines of a well-known Sinterklaas song that starts with See the Moon Shining Through the Trees. I printed yellow letters and a black background because when printing the yellow letters directly on black, the letters did not stand out enough. I also highlighted the strips I cut with Fossilized amber and then adhered them with 0.5 mm. foam tape to my page.
To finish the page I used a white gel pen to highlight the sides of every element even more and I put the date on the page. This was so much fun to make, thank you so much Vicky for your inspiration.
Unfortunately the moon looks lighter on the pictures than it is in real life and when I compare the sky with my journal, than I have the same problem. Although I made a bunch of photo’s on different times and different rooms, it didn’t matter, the moon and sky stayed lighter in every picture. The used materials are under the image and if you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask
Moleskine Art Sketchbook, Hard Cover, Large (5″ x 8.25″) Plain/Blank, Scarlet Red. Deco Art Media Gesso Black Ranger Distress crackle paint Ranger Adirondack Acrylic paint Cloudy Blue, Sail Boat Blue and Snow Cap Ranger Dylusions Acrylic Paint After Midnight White Gesso Claudine Hellmuth Studio Multi Medium Matte A left over piece of off white cardstock Circle die Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Fossilized Amber and Vintage Photo Ranger Distress Sprayer Viva Grunge Backgrounds stamp set
I had a hard time getting to craft again after my long stay in hospital last summer but I wanted to make at least a few Christmas cards, only how to start again? Then I remembered the gorgeous Shari Caroll card I had saved at my Pinterest page. I started by playing with my inks and the cards below are the result.
I also had problems with my camera, I couldn’t download my photos from it (glad it’s fixed now). that’s why the cards were all posted long after Christmas. But maybe there are people who are thinking about starting to make Christmas cards already and this could be an inspiration.
I have so many beautiful cards on my Pinterest page for inspiration but some I fell complete in love with and wanted to copy how they are. That has even a name; CASE, Copy And Steal. Althoug it’s called Copy and Steal, don’t forget to refer back on the original maker/post. Two of my Christmas cards are Case cards.
Here you see the card without the sentiment, the leftover backgrounds and what I already did with some leftovers.