Day 29 – Hello Gorgeous

I loved this stunning IO stamp set from the first time I saw it and thanks to the outstanding video(s) from Sandy Allnock I have coloured the giraffe with cheap alcohol markers and it really looks like a giraffe.
Oké, a special one that’s true because this is a giraffe with a scarf, LOL.
Also a big thanks to Heidi,, for sending me the great SN acohol marker proof ink pad.

I first stamped the scarf and then masked that off with masking paper to stamp the giraffe. I also extended the giraffe on the bottom, like Sandy did in her video, with a black artist marker.

Because the colours Sandy has used go together so well I decided to keep the same colour palette.
Then the colouring started and I noticed very quickly that I had to do it in smaller parts otherwise the markers wouldn’t blend very well. I have to say that while using them the flow of the ink went better and also the blending. It’s by far not perfect because I hardly use the markers, so I don’t know them well but it was fun to use them.
If you don’t know Sandy Alnock and her great art, you would be very surprised to read that my shadow colour was a purple hue. She uses that often and I must say, scary as it was, it is great shadowing with purple!

Giraffe met tools
When the colouring of the giraffe was finished I noticed that my colours bled beyond the stamping lines.
I know that you can use a colourless blender to fix that but it didn’t work here. So I decided that I would colour the scarf first and then I would fussy cut my giraffe.
Because the tufts on top of his head are difficult to cut out proper I will cut them off and stamp them on the panel first before I adhere the cut out giraffe on it.
The few fringes that hang outside the image I will draw by hand.

This is going to be the front of a pop up card, so in a later post you can see the finishing of the front and the inside. Stay safe and happy colouring!

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

Used Materials

Sandy Allnock blog:
Sandy Allnock blog post Baby Giraffe :
Sandy Allnock YouTube video Baby Giraffe:
Alcohol marker friendly paper
Impression Obsession stamp set. Baby Giraffe
Spectrum Noir Finesse Noir Black ink, this is a alcohol proof dye ink.
Faber Castell Pitt Artist Marker S Black
Unbranded Alcohol Markers
Uniball Signo White gel pen


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

Inspiring background

I made a card for a friend’s birthday and for the background of this card I was inspired by the gorgeous fabric of a silk bathrobe.

I used a Lily stamp from a stamp set by Kanban Crafts, that flower was most like the flower of the fabric.
I stamped flowers randomly with Memento black ink on a piece of white Neenah cardstock.

zw w achtergrond
After stamping I added dots with a black marker and I wanted to add some dots in  a coral hue but didn’t have a marker in that colour. So I took two markers, one in pink and one in orange and used them together to get the hue I wanted.

My friend loves butterflies so I wanted to have some on her card.
I used two beautiful dies from Joy Crafts and die cut them out of turquoise metallic cardstock.
Because the die cut butterflies are open I wanted to put some cardstock behind them. I didn’t have the right colour, I wanted to use coral, so I made it myself with the pink and orange marker.
I traced the outline of the butterflies and cut them with my scissors. Then I adhered them with glue behind the turquoise butterflies.

Alle onderdelen
I stamped my sentiment ( Happy Birthday in Dutch) with VersaMark ink onto vellum and heat embossed it with white embossing powder. Unfortunately the white text didn’t stand out on the background so I made a new one with silver embossing powder instead. That was much better.

I wrapped the vellum around my background panel and adhered it on the backside with double-sided tape.
I glued my background panel to a metallic turquoise base card.
After that I folded the wings of the butterflies up a bit, put the body on the card with some glue and the wings with foam tape for some dimension.
And so I finished this card for my friend.

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

Kaart met houten achtergrond

Used Materials

Neenah Classic Crest Solar White cardstock
Kanban Crafts Fair Lady Stamp Set (Lily)
Memento Dew Drop Tuxedo Black
Markers Pink and Orange brand unknown
Joy Crafts Die 6003/0006 Floral Flourishes Butterfly
Joy Crafts Die 6003/0023 Vintage Flourishes Butterfly
Metallic cardstock Turquoise
Vellum White
VersaMark Ink
Marianne Design Stamp set Text CS0987 Felicitaties
Ranger Embossing Powder Extra Fine Detail Silver


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


2 Stamps + a Light pad = 1 Image

This card I made for a friend who I wanted to give a big hug because she is always thinking of others.
But she lives too far away for a physical one so I send her a mail hug.

I thought I had a critter  stamp with a bouquet of flowers behind his back, I didn’t. What I had in mind was a embossing folder I used to have.
So I had to look through my stamps where I found this lovely shy mouse from Docrafts and a Magnolia Tilda stamp with a gorgeous bouquet of flowers. I decided to make from these two stamps one image.

I first stamped the mouse and Tilda on a piece of copy paper. I had in mind to put them on the lightpad so I could trace them, copy the image and print it with my laser printer on to some watercolour paper.
After stamping both I realised that I could do it much easier by stamping my  mouse on my watercolour paper directly en than trace the bouquet with a lead pencil on to my paper using my lightpad.

Muis lightpad
When I was satisfied, I added more flowers than in the original bouquet, I traced them with my  Pit Artist Pens.
I also drew a little tag on the bouquet with my pencil with the word Zomaar (Dutch for Just Because) on it and traced this as well with my Pit Artist Pen.
I let the pen dry well, although I didn’t plan to use a lot of water with my colouring. Better on the safe side.

I pulled out my Distress Inks, waterbrush, a paint brush and some water and started water colouring my image.
I had almost forgotten how I love to watercolour with my Distress Inks, lately I used only my coloured pencils and Zig markers.
To make the stripes on the mouse’s shirt I coloured them first with Peacock Feathers, let them dry and then I coloured the whole shirt using the same colour. This way, the stripes get a second layer and are darker than the rest of the shirt.After finishing the colouring, I put the image aside to dry.

I took a other piece of watercolour cardstock and put some Aged Mahogany and Rusty Hinge on my craft mat and sprayed it with some water with my Distress Sprayer. I dragged my paper through the ink to make a background. When I was satisfied I put this aside to dry.

My image was dry and I die cut it in to a panel with a Nellie Snellen Dotted Rectagle die.I used my Dark Red pencil to shade the flowers a little more. And to make the flowers a bit more of interest I used my white gel pen to make some dots. This I had seen Kelly Latevola do ( and loved it.

My background was also dry and I used the same die to cut this in a panel as well.
To incorporate the Peacock Feathers also on the background I added splashes with a small paint brush and did the same with Aged Mahogany and Rusty Hinge. When I was satisfied I put this aside to dry.

I took a piece of white cardstock for my base card, I glued a panel that was a bit smaller from turquoise cardstock.
Then I added my background panel with 0.5 mm. foam tape on top of the turquoise panel.
After that I placed my panel with the mouse on top of this, using 0.5 mm foam tape where the panel was on top of the background panel and 1 mm. foam tape where it hits the turquoise panel.
And with some writing and a big hug inside I finished this card.

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

Used Materials

WaterArt paper
Stazon Ink Jet Black
Faber Castell Pit Artist Pen Black Fineliner
Docraft Stamp PMA CCP907201 Mouse
Magnolia Stamp – Tilda with Helleborus
Light Pad
Distress Ink – Aged Mahoganie, Rusty Hinge, Peacock Feathers and Pumic Stone
Waterbrush and a small paint brush
Ranger Craft mat
Ranger Distress Sprayer
Nellie Snellen Die set MFD088  Straight Dotted Rectangle ( Dutch brand)
Faber Castell Polychromos 225 Dark Red
Sakura Gelly Roll pen White
Turkoois and White Cardstock




Feel better soon.

I have made this card  for a friend who just finished radiation therapy.
I stamped the whole scene first on a piece of copy paper so I could see which parts I had to mask. Then I made my masks by stamping them on some masking paper.
I also used the piece of copy paper in my TH Stamping Tool to place the stamps on the right place.
I stamped using my masks the whole scene on to Bristol Smooth paper except the “jumping in the air” frog, the sitting frog and the two Water Lilies. Those I stamped on a other piece of Bristol because I wanted them to fussy cut and place them with foam on the card.
I stamped everything with Stazon Ink because I wanted to use my Zig markers and I know for sure this ink won’t bleed together with my markers or with water.

After stamping the scene on my panel I used a blending brush, Distress Ink Tumbled Glass and a stencil I made a while ago with a Leane Creatief Cloud die, to make my sky. You can also use the Marianne Design Wave and Cloud Die Set to make such stencil. Stencils are easily to make from a piece of scrap cardstock and you can use them multiple times.
I also used my blending brush and Distress Ink Salty Ocean to give the water some colour, I masked off the parts that are in the water.

Time to colour everything. I used my Zig markers to colour with no water, sometimes I used the blender marker. The only time I used water and a paintbrush was when I add colour to the water wrinkles, this way I faded out the colour.

While the images where drying I die cut with my Marianne Design Wave and Cloud Die a wave.
For the waves strip I put  some Zig Dule Blue marker on a acrylic block, adding water and then with a paintbrush I coloured the whole piece lightly. After that was dry I stamped some water wrinkles and coloured them the same way I did with the panel.

When everything was dry I glued the panel on a folded base card.
After that I adhered the “jumping in the air” frog and the sitting frog with 1 mm foam tape on to my card. I wrote the word Yeah! on the card first with pencil and then with my black FC Pitt Artist fine liner. After drying well, I erased possible pencil lines.
The strip with the waves I adhered with 0.5 mm. foam tape to the front and placed the Water Lillie with 1.5 mm. tape on such way to the card that it overlapped the wave strip a little.
I used 1 mm. foam tape to adhere the second Water Lillie on the card and a little behind the wave strip.
And that finished my card. Although masking is time consuming, it is great to see the result.
Stamping images behind each other gives such a dimension. And if you adhere also images with different thicknesses of foam tape on your card you even have more dimension.

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 Bristol Smooth Cardstock
Marianne Design Stamp Set HT1616 Hetty’s Pond and HT1617 Hetty’s Frogs
TH Stamping Tool
Stazon Ink Jet Black
Masking paper
Distress Ink Tumbled Glass and Salty Ocean
Leane Creatief Lea’bilitie 459012 Houses for the clouds stencil
Big Brush, brand unknown
Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers, If you want a list of used colours please let me know in your comment.
Marianne Design Die CR1361 Stitched Waves & Clouds
Faber Castell Pit Artist Fineliners