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.

1 - voor de deur
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.

2 deur dicht
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.

3 deur open
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.

Tweede plaatsing
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.

+ potlood
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.



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


Him and Her

Henk en Trees
In between colouring for the challenge I also needed two small cards, one for a bottle of rosé and the other for a bouquet of flowers. Instead of two small cards I decided to make two tags.
I have a Marianne Design Die that makes a bottle tag, it cuts an opening on the top so you can hang it on a bottle. In the same set there is also a die for the  wine glass I used.
I die cut the tag out of white paper and with some painters tape I masked some areas to make with some stripes my Distress Inks for some interest.
The glass is cut out of a piece of acetate. I coloured a little piece of white cardstock with a pink pencil.
I put this little piece of cardstock in my Xyron sticker maker with the wrong side up, so the glue went onto the coloured side. I then adhered this behind my glass, (after finishing my tag and hanging it onto my bottle I noticed that the rosé colour was a little too pink but I didn’t have time to change it).
To decorate the tag I die cut and dry embossed a grape vine and the grapes twice, from 1 die cut I only used the bunch of grapes. This one I cut out of purple cardstock and the first one out of light green.

Henk 1
With my coloured pencils I add some shadow and highlights to the grapes.
The grape vine I coloured with some shades of green and a brown.
After colouring I glued the grapes on top of the grape vine and adhered them with some foam tape onto the tag.
Then I adhered the glass on to the tag with a small piece of foam tape only behind the rosé.
With sticker letters I made the word Proost, that is Dutch for Cheers and so I finished the tag for him.
The used materials are under the last image and if you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask.

Henk 2

For her I wanted a tag with the colours of the bouquet of flowers, the flowers were yellow and in the bouquet there where branches with berries in red/yellow. I used a piece of white cardstock to die cut the tag and then I taped it together with a Joy Crafts stencil on to my craft mat.
With a small ink brush and three colours of Distress Ink I made the pattern on my tag.
I put that aside to dry and in the meantime I die cut flowers from yellow, light yellow and a light green.

Trees 1
I die cut and dry embossed six of the great petals, three of the smaller one and three times the heart of the flower.
While the petals where still in the die, after embossing, I used a finger sponge dauber and the Squeezed Lemonade Distress Ink to colour the petal veins. When they were all dry I glued them only in the middle together, this way I can curl the edges slightly up. I adhered them on to my tag.
I die cut the word Gefeliciteerd, Dutch for Congratulations, and adhered that above the flowers on the tag.
With a red and yellow waxed cord I finished her tag.
The used materials are under the image and if you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask.

Trees 2

Used Materials

White cardstock
Marianne Design Die set Creatables LR0367 Bottle Label & Wine Glass
Distress Ink Seedles Preserves and Dusty Concord
Light Green and Purple scraps of cardstock
Marianne Design Die Creatables LR0316 Petra’s Grapes
Some coloured pencils
Xyron Create – a – Sticker 150
Alphabet Stickers  light green

White cardstock
Marianne Design Die Craftables CR1352 basic shapes Labels
Joy Crafts Stencil A6 – Bubbles
Distress Ink Fired Brick – Candied Apple – Squeezed Lemonade
Yellow, Light Yellow and Light Green scraps of cardstock
Creative Expression CED1458 Exquisite Poppy
Marianne Design Die Creatables LR220 Gefeliciteerd


The 30 Day Coloring Challenge – Work in progress, a little bit further.

The Coloring Challenge is all about taking a little time each day for yourself to colour.
And that is what I do and enjoy! So still colouring the awesome Power Poppy digi with Distress Inks.
When this image is finished and I post it, I will also post the used materials.
If you have any questions in the meanwhile, don’t hesitate to ask.

Tweede plaatsing

The 30 Day Coloring Challenge – Work in progress

Unfortunately  I can’t colour long each day because of slight inflammation in both my wrists.
Hereby my work in progress, it’s a awesome Power Poppy digi and I am colouring with Distress Inks.
When this image is finished and I post it, I will also post the used materials.
If you have any questions in the meanwhile, don’t hesitate to ask.

Unfortunately the daylight did not really cooperate when I took this photo and I can’t change this anymore.

Happy birthday to you

this time I made a one layer birthday card, the first colouring for The Daily Marker 30 Day Coloring Challenge.
I wanted to make my background with Distress Oxide and a stencil but I didn’t had any stencils that fit what I had in mind. I decided to design it myself using the Brother Canvas Workspace so I could, after designing it, cut it with my Scan ‘N Cut. I designed a heart stencil and cut it out of acetate because it is a stencil design you can always use.
For the photo I placed a white piece of paper underneath it.

Small Heart Stencil
I cut a panel from 15 x 15 cm. from Neenah Classic Crest Solar White cardstock. Using my big brush (in the photo in the upper right corner) and Distress Oxide Wilted Violet I coloured the background lightly, just enough to have a hint of colour here and there, not the same amount everywhere. This brush is my favourite when I want just a hint or a very light variation of colour.
After that I used another brush to darken the outer edges.
When that was dry I put my stencil on top of it, adhering it with some purple painters tape.
Using a tiny brush I coloured the hearts with different amounts of ink and pressure, this way you get different hearts and it even looks as if you used more than one colour ink.
With my inkpad I coloured a piece of Neenah to use it later on for die cutting letters.

Achtergrond klaar
After drying, I put the background into my TH stamping tool and stamped the biggest stamp from the Joy Crafts  Dance to the Music stamp set with Stazon Jet Black ink. Because this is a kind of grunge stamp ( see the last photo) and I didn’t like that for what I had in mind, I filled in the spots where there was no ink with my FC Black fineliner.

STamping tool
I let that dry and placed some single music notes from that same stamp set in the stamping tool and stamped them randomly to finish.

I wanted to die cut letters so I could make the first sentence of the song “happy birthday to you”.
I wanted to cut them not only from the piece of cardstock I coloured but also from craft foam to give the letters more dimension. After I die cut the letters with the Joy Crafts Alphabet & Numbers die, I laid them on my background and I didn’t liked it! But I laid the purple foam letters down and they look great on the background. So I decided that I would use the foam letters without any cardstock on top. I glued them on to my background and the background panel to a white folded base card and that finished my card.

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

Used Materials

Brother Canvas Workspace
Scan ‘N Cut
Neenah Classic Crest Solar White cardstock
Ranger Distress Oxide ink Wilted Violet
Tim Holtz Stamping Tool
Joy Crafts stamp set 6410-0068 Dance to the Music
Stazon Jet Black ink
Faber Castell Pitt Artist pen Black fineliners S and F
Purple Craft Foam
Joy Crafts Die 6002-0139 Alphabet & Numbers nr.1