Not one but two masculine cards.

Sometimes you want to use a bright colour for a man’s birthday card because it suits him better than the more ” masculine ” colours.
I had an idea in my head and it took a few days before I transformed it to something I could make.

I wanted to die cut the word gefeliciteerd ( Dutch for congratulations) out of a yellow panel and put a water coloured panel underneath. Unfortunately my alphabet dies were too big, the word didn’t fit the panel.
I decided to use my Brother Scan ‘N Cut and used the Brother Canvas Workspace to design my panel with the word. Once I had that saved to my usb stick it was a piece of cake to cut it.
Thinking ahead I also let the machine cut my Eva Foam, this is a 1 mm. thick craft foam. I wanted to use this to put behind my panel. I cut it twice for dimension.

I didn’t know exactly how to cut the foam so I asked John Bloodworth (Gentleman Crafter) who does a lot with the Scan N Cut and makes great tutorials for it, if he could help me. He couldn’t but gave me the link to Julie Fei-Fan Balzer (Balzer Design), she also makes great Scan N Cut tutorials. I watched a video on her YouTube channel where she uses foam but much thicker than mine and I also don’t have the deep cut blade she uses. So I tried different settings to cut and after trying a few times it cut perfectly.

scan n cut
I took my watercolour paper and taped it on to a piece of board because I wanted to use a lot of water. This way it doesn’t warp. After wetting the whole paper a few times I started to add colour with my Oxide inks.
The inks I put on a craft mat and with a big watercolour brush I added water to the inks and picked colour for colour up and painted it on my paper. By holding the board high on one site the ink runs in the next colour, just a little. I didn’t want to make other colours, just a nice transition between the colours without hard lines.
I put this aside to dry.

Watercolour background
I took my panel with the letters still inside and used purple tape on the back so they would stay on place.
On that moment I thought it would be great to use the letters for another card. I had the letters also of foam, so I could make a second card and add on that card the letters with dimension. But I wanted to stamp my panel with my letters inside. So I made a second panel out of white cardstock and put both of the panels in my Stamping Tool.
Because I let the letters in my yellow panel, the letters were also stamped and because I used my Stamping Tool I could stamp on exact the same place on the white panel.
I used my Crealies stamp and the same three Oxide inks as I used for the watercolour panel, only I didn’t use any water this time. I stamped the colours randomly and every time I stamped on my yellow panel I also stamped on the same place on my white panel.
I put the both panels aside to try.

panel stempelen
I first assembled the white card using the yellow panel as a guide to place the yellow letters on the right spot, so the stamping had a continuous pattern. I had already put the foam letters from the foam panels behind the yellow letters for dimension.
After gluing the letters on top of the white panel I die cut the word Hartelijk (Happy) twice out of red cardstock. I first put some StickIt to my red cardstock so I could easily adhere the word on top of each other after die cutting. By using two layers on top of each other the word wouldn’t be to flat in comparison with the yellow letters. I adhered the word on the white panel and the panel on a yellow base card.
Finished this one, on to the next one.

I glued both of the foam panels on top of each other and on top of that I glued my yellow panel.
I put this aside with a not too heavy book on top so it could dry but not pressing down my foam.
In the meanwhile I cut and folded my blue base card and die cut also for this card the word Hartelijk (Happy) twice out of red cardstock where I had adhered StickIt on the backside. I adhered the words on top of each other and on top of the yellow panel.
I hold my piece of watercoloured panel behind the opening of the yellow panel and I thought something was missing. I decided that I would splatter some ink drops on top of the panel without diluting the colours too much. That was better. I used the same Oxide ink colours as before.

spetter achtergrond
After this was dry I glued the watercoloured panel behind the yellow panel. I then used double sided adhesive to adhere the completed panel onto the blue base card. And that finished my card.

And instead of having the one card that I had in mind, I had two!  Just because I used the “leftovers” from the original card. The completed text on both cards says Happy birthday.

The used materials are under the image and if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask. I am sorry that the image of the cards is a bit too light, I can’t change that anymore
because the cards are already send.

2 kaarten
Used Materials

Papicolor Smart Cardstock Skyblue for the basecard
Papicolor Smart Cardstock Kingcup Yellow for the panel
Papicolor Smart Cardstock Kingcup Yellow for the second basecard
Papicolor Smart Cardstock  White for the second panel
Scan ‘N Cut
Eva Foam
Crealies Bits & Pieces Clear Stamp 11 Sparkle
Distress Oxide Lucky Clover, Salty Ocean and Candied Apple
Water colour Cardstock
Marianne Design Creatable LR0221
A scrap piece of Red Cardstock


Birthday card.

It’s hard to make someone’s birthday card if you’ve been giving her handmade cards for more than 40 years. Today I made a card using Zig markers and embossing powder, something I didn’t use earlier for one of her cards. It’s easy and not time consuming, just what I needed.

I started by stamping my Asters to a piece of copy paper in the size I wanted to make my panel. By using the copy paper I can see where I want to place my stamps, which one I have to mask and most important if what I have in mind is looking good on paper.
When I was satisfied with the test panel, I stamped my flowers on some masking paper and cut them out with my scissors.

Ma 2

I used a piece of coloured cardstock for my panel, it is not something I use often but because I wanted to heat emboss the stamp with white I thought it would be nice. I used my TH stamping tool and the copy paper as guide to stamp the flowers on the place I wanted them using VersaMark ink. I didn’t stamp one of the partial flowers on the right side, as you can see on the finished card
I stamped and heat embossed the flowers one by one, letting them cool down before I stamped the next one. After the flowers I also stamped some leaves. I stamped them behind the flower on the upper right side and the one on the left,  using my masks.
When everything was cold I used my Zig marker Violet on the leaves with a hint of English Lavender.
For the flowers I used the English Lavender and a little bit of Lilac. After drying I put some extra English Lavender in the shadow areas. You can only build the colour when the first layer is dry, if the ink isn’t dry it will blend in with the first layer.

I put the panel aside and cut my white base card in to the right size and went looking for the sentiment I wanted to stamp. I used a Marianne Design sentiment,  it says congratulations in Dutch.
I stamped this with VersaMark on a piece of white cardstock, the same as my base card.
I used purple embossing powder to match with the panel colours.

I glued the panel directly on to my base card while I used for the sentiment strip, 0.5 mm. foam tape.
To finish the card I used some Marianne Design pearl butterflies ( that’s how they are cold but I think their dragonflies) and some matching open circles out of a shaker collection from Lucy’s cards.
And this is what the finished birthday card looks like.

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


Used Materials

Papicolor Original Cardstock White for the basecard
Papicolor Original Cardstock Lilac for the panel
Masking paper
Altenew Layered Stamp set Aster
VersaMark ink
Tim Holtz Stamping Tool
Ranger Fine Detail Embossing powder White
MBoss Embossing Powder Purple
Zig CCRB markers 803 English Lavender, 083 Lila and 080 Violet
Marianne Design Clear Stamp set CS0987 Felicitaties
Marianne Design Embellishments CA3116 Butterflies
Little Things From Lucy’s Cards Shaker collection Frozen


Blame it on Spring!

Today a different post than usual, it’s about tidy up things and finding a good storage solution for my markers.

There are a few things that irritated me in my craft room, one of those things are my Zig Markers.
It’s a very tiny room that I share with my daughter and sometimes I need to re-organise/tidy the place up. Blame it on Spring although I never do Spring cleaning.

I have all 90 Zig Clean Colour Real Brush Markers and they were laying on some flat lids of hobby boxes. I don’t use the lids because I stacked the boxes together, that saved space. The lids with their small raised edge, were the perfect storage for my markers at that time. But I’ve used them a lot lately and it became annoying that I couldn’t find the right colours quickly.

The end of March was my birthday and I had already looked around for a good storage solution. I also asked on a blog how people store them, I thought I had to store them laying down. But the people that answered my question about the markers all stored them point up. Because of this I found the affordable  storage solution in the Tombow ABT Dual Brush Pen Desk Stand, it can hold 96 markers/pens.
I have requested and received this for my birthday.
ABS-700x700I need glasses to read, without glasses I have trouble reading the small numbers on the markers so I decided that I would label them.  I used my Dymo Label maker (any label maker will do) and made number labels for the markers. The labels are self adhesive and I stuck them on the end of the marker where there was empty space. After that I put tape over it because I use sometimes water with my Zigs and I don’t want all the work of labeling to be ruined.

After that was finished I wanted also label them  with the colour on top. I had done this in the past and added Glossy Accents on top of the label circles, but that changed the colours, so I removed them.
I put the colours on to a piece of water colour cardstock, the same as my colour chart and put tape over it. Well rubbed so that it would not let go during punching.
Than I used a small circle hand punch to punch them out of the cardstock and glued them on to the top of my markers.

When that was finished I put them in to my desk stand in the same order as on my colour chart.

Should it be necessary to lay down the markers in the long run, then that is also possible with this stand.

It looks great all those colours on top and most important it’s tidied up!




Birthday card with a blended Oxide background

Inspired by the awesome Distress Oxide Ink Blending Combinations series by Kristina Werner
I wanted to make a birthday card with such background.
Although all her backgrounds are awesome, I made my own combination. And that because I don’t have all the colours. First I tried some combination on several small pieces of Neenah Classic cardstock.

I was totally happy with a combination from Fossilized Amber, Spiced Marmalade and Candied Apple.
Gorgeous warm colours.
I cut a 6” x 6” panel from Neenah Classic cardstock and blended those three colours on this panel.
I had to let it completely dry before I could go further because I wanted to head emboss on top of this.
When the ink isn’t completely dry you embossing powder will stick on to it and comes on places where you don’t want to have it.
Because I wasn’t in a hurry, I let it air dry overnight.

Ank- blending

The next day I stamped the SSS Ornate Background with VersaMark ink on my panel, using the Tim Holtz Stamping Tool. I was glad I did that because the background stamp is large and didn’t stamp completely in one time.
In the meanwhile that I was stamping my heat tool was already warming up.
I sprinkled my Ranger embossing powder over my ink and after tapping the excess of I melted the powder with my heat tool.

While the panel was cooling down I searched for a sentiment that would fit in to the opening I wanted to make in my panel. I found it in one of the Marianne Design stamp sets.
I stamped it on a piece of copy paper so that I could use it as a stamping guide later on.

When the panel was cooled down, I cut it smaller to 5.7 “x 5.7” so that I could place it later on to a 6 “x 6” base card.
I cut with my craft knife a opening by tracing the embossed lines of a particular part. Then I took a piece of Eva Foam, cut it a little smaller than my panel  placed it temporarily behind the panel and traced with a pencil the opening. I removed the panel from the foam and cut the opening out of the foam by following the pencil lines. I put this a side.

I took my base card and placed it in my Stamping Tool. I took the copy paper with the text I stamped earlier and placed this on top of my base card as a guide. Then I placed my panel over it and moved the copy paper until the text was visible in the opening. When I was satisfied I removed the panel, placed my stamp on top of the copy paper and closed my tool so my door could pick up the stamp on the right place.
I removed the copy paper, inked the top line of the text with Fossilized Amber and stamped it, the second line I stamped with Spiced Marmalade and the last line with Candied Apple. I put it aside to dry.

I glued the Eva Foam  behind the panel and let this also dry.

In the meanwhile I die cut and embossed two butterflies from the small piece of cardstock on which I had tried out my colour combination.

Time to put the card together.
I glued the panel with the Eva Foam on top of my base card.
With foam tape I adhered my butterflies on top of the card, I fussy cut for both of the butterflies antenna and glued them on the right place.
I used for a little bit of sparkle on the butterflies my Nuvo Shimmer pen and that finishes my card.

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

Ank- kaart
Used Materials

Neenah Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock
Distress Oxide Ink Fossilized Amber – Spiced Marmalade – Candied Apple
Simon Says Stamp Ornate Background Stamp
VersaMark ink
Ranger Embossing Powder Fine Detail White
Heat Tool
Eva Foam
Sizzix Die Set 661802 Butterflies
Marianne Design Stamp set EC0138 Eline’s Sentiments
Nuvo Aqua Shimmer Pen Glitter Gloss Clear