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


Day 22 – Power Poppy

When I saw this awesome image by Kathy Racoosin aka The Daily Marker I Immediately fell in love with it. I’m talking about the awesome Dahlia XL stamp set from Power Poppy this stamp set can be bought in clear as well as digital.
And if you hurry you can get these and other stamps (clear and digital) on a massive sale right now!!

I start stamping the clear stamp with Distress Spun Sugar because I wanted a no line colouring look, also I wanted a light under layer with the same ink. Therefore I first stamped the Dahlia on masking paper and carefully cut it out.
I placed my panel in to my stamping tool and I used the flower mask as a guide of where to place my stamp, closed my stamping tool and picked up the stamp with my door for later.
After that I placed the outline mask on top of my panel and with a blending brush I lightly gave the flower some pink colour, it’s hard to see in the picture right below. I placed the picture again on it’s own, so you can see it a little better. After that was dry, which was almost immediately, I stamped the flower.

Distress inkt aangebracht
I started colouring with my Polychromos pencils.
I had found an amazing picture of a pink with purple Dahlia on Internet and although it was a different Dahlia I used the same colour scheme.
I never had coloured a no line image before and the light in my craft room is not that good, so I decided that I only would colour this image by daylight and that amounted to one or two leaves a day.

After one and a half week I got an inflammation in my thumb joint. The inflammation wasn’t from the colouring but prevented me from colouring and it took a few weeks before I could colour again.
Although I had a deadline because I wanted to make this flower into a card for my sister’s birthday, I kept colouring slow but steady.
I loved colouring this beautiful image and saw it come to life under my hands, colouring petal by petal.

wip klaar

When the flower was coloured I wanted to make a very simple background and thought of stamping wooden planks behind the flower in a blue colour. Fortunately I tried it first on a scrap piece of paper, neither the stamp, nor the colour I had in mind suited the flower.
After trying out several things on scrap I decided to just make some simple stripes with Distress ink on the background. Therefore I needed my Dahlia mask again.
Although I was scared that I would ruin my image I used painters tape, Blueprint Sketch ink and a blending tool to make the broad stripes.

Of course it’s always better to make your background before colouring. I think I would have gone mad if something went wrong with my coloured flower, it took me so much time and effort to colour it.
But in this case I didn’t know exactly what kind of colour I wanted for my background, that’s the reason I did it after colouring.

And then I had to decide what to do with my sentiment. Nothing I tried was great, luckily on the same time I got a post from the Power Poppy website with their weekly challenge, this time they had two sketches and on one of them I found the solution. I made two strips with a fishtail for the top of the card with
stickers in Dutch which translates into Happy Birthday.

I adhered my panel to a slightly bigger card base from dark blue cardstock with 1 mm. foam tape and with 0.5 mm. foam tape I adhered the two sentiment strips on to the panel.
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.


Used Materials

Neenah Classic Crest Solar White
Power Poppy Clear Stamp Dahlia XL (also available as digital stamp set)
Masking paper
Distress Ink Spun Sugar
Distress Blending Brushes
Polychromos Pencils 101 White – 119 Light Magenta – 125 Middle Purple Pink – 133 Magenta – 194 Red Violet – 129 Pink Madder Lake – 123 Fuchsia – 127 Pink Carmine – 225 Dark Red– 263 Caput Mortuum Violet – 109 Dark Chrome Yellow
Caran D’ache Luminance 001 White
Tombow Mono Zero Eraser
Kum Automatic Long Point pencil sharpener
Ranger Craft Sheet
TH Stamping tool
Distress Ink Blueprint Sketch
Distress Ink Blending Tool
Painters tape
Dark blue cardstock base card
Doodey Text Sticker DD1422 (Dutch)

Day 15 – Thank you Laurafadora

The moment I saw the awesome card on her blog I knew I would love to make one similar.
I’m talking about the colourful Bold Hello card by Laura Bassen aka Laurafadora.
I never done it before but this time I copied the card, sorry Laura but I thought it was such a great idea and I needed an idea for a men’s card. The only thing I changed was the Hello in to Gefeliciteerd, that’s Dutch for Congratulations.
Although it isn’t a card that I coloured with any medium, I made this also because I participate in The 30 Day Coloring Challenge. It’s already day 15, time goes fast when you are having fun!

I pull out my scraps to die cut the word Gefeliciteerd 16 times. Because I was afraid that the words wouldn’t pop up enough I glued two pieces of the same colour cardstock together with my tape runner before die cutting.
Unfortunately I forgot to put Stick It on the back site before die cutting.


I used white cardstock to fold a base card and a piece of grey for the panels on top of the card.
After some fitting and measuring I knew how to glue the panels and words on to the card.
I adhered the panels on to the base card and then I placed the words in between.
The first two I did with a ruler and then I eyeballed the rest. I did some glue on my craft mat and with a toothpick I made little tiny dots on the backside of the words to adhere them on the right place.
Life had been much easier when I had used Stick It on the backside, than I only had to peel off the protective sheet of the word and could adhere it right away to the card.

I glued 16 times the word to the card and let it dry well.
After drying I cut off the excess of the words on the top and bottom.
And that finished the card.
It was a fun card to make and I know the recipient loved it and called it a very happy coloured card.
With thanks to Laura Bassen aka Laurafafora.

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

Used Materials

White cardstock for the base card.
Different colours cardstock scraps
Tonic Funky tape runner
Crealies Die CLTS01 Gefeliciteerd
Tacky Glue
Joy Crafts Double end pick 6200/0025
Sizzix Die Brush & Foam Pad for Wafer-Thin Dies


Day 8 of The 30 Day Coloring Challenge – Lovely Moments

The technique I used today is one that’s based on a technique Kathy Racoosin aka The Daily Marker uses al lot. (She is also the one who organises The 30 Day Coloring Challenge.)
You use a base layer of alcohol markers (or water colouring) and on top of that you use coloured pencils.
I used only one layer of pencil, enough to make shadows and give depth to the flowers..
In her post today ( March 8, 2020) she calls it underpinning and you can see that she used more than one layer of coloured pencil.
I used it to quickly and easily colour small flowers.
I have some unbranded cheap alcohol markers and used a pink and a green one for the base layer on the petals and leaves. I hardly use alcohol markers that’s why I don’t have the more expensive ones.
I also decided to give the background of the flowers a very light colour; this was done with a lavender coloured marker. You almost can’t see it on the photos but it made the flowers just pop up more from the white card.
I had stamped my image twice and on the second one I only coloured the flowers, first with the pink marker and then I added some shadow with a pink and blue coloured pencil. I used a blending stump to blend out any hard lines.
I wanted to give the heart of the flower a different colour and made them a more purple hue; I tried this first on one of the flowers on the first panel to see if I liked that. I picked the correct colour and made all the hearts and stamen of the second flowers purple with a marker.
On my first stamped panel I coloured the flowers and leaves only with the markers and used on the leaves also a bit of green pencil for my shadows. I fussy cut the image with a border and from the second stamped image I only fussy cut the flowers, without any border.

I die cut the background with a die by Cheery Lynn from the same cardstock as my card base.
Then I adhered it to my slightly larger card base with some liquid glue.

I shaped the cut out flowers a little with a stylus with a big ball and a shaping mat.
After that I adhered them with 3D glue on to the first layer, put some Glossy Accents in the flower hearts and let it dry overnight. I used the 3D glue for dimension and to hold the slight shapes I made.
The next morning I adhered them to my card with 0.5 mm. foam tape.

I stamped my sentiment in Dutch which translates into “not a Year but a Day older than yesterday”, with VersaMark ink and heat embossed it with purple embossing powder.
I cut it on to the right size and punched the corners with a corner punch. I also adhered this with 0.5 mm. foam tape to my card.
I finished my card by adding some light purple gems from a little bag of shaker collection by Lucy’s Cards.

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

Used Materials

Neenah Classic Crest white cardstock
Spectrum Noir Finesse ink pad Noir Black
Studio Light Clear Stamp set 387 Lovely Moments
Unbranded Twin Markers
Polychromos Pencil Middle Purple Pink 125 – Chrome Oxide Green 278 – Delft Blue 141
Joy Crafts Flower Shaping Tool Kit and Mat
Olba kit 3D glue
Ranger Glossy Accent
White cardstock for die cut and base card  ( unbranded thinner version than the Neenah)
Cheery Lynn Designs  Die FRM132 French Lattice
VersaMark ink
Mboss Embossing powder Purple
Marianne Design Stamp set CS0987 Felicitaties
EK Mini Corner punch Concave
Little Things from Lucy’s Cards – Frozen shaker selection

The 30 Day Coloring Challenge – Specially for you


Years ago I saw a card on the internet that was the inspiration for this card.
I honestly don’t know who de card made because in those days I saved things I liked on my computer, I don’t think Pinterest existed then.  And there was no name on it.

I needed a birthday card for a friend and I know she loves getting handmade cards, she makes cards as well but she never with ink. That’s why I decided to make this card.
For the background I used watercolour paper and three colours of Distress ink.
I taped my watercolour paper on to a board to minimize warping because I used quite a bit of water.
First I added water to my panel with a wide paintbrush, so the panel was lightly wet. Then I put my inks on to my craft sheet and diluted them with a mix of water and Perfect Pearls. Unfortunately you don’t see the beautiful soft shimmer of the Perfect Pearls on the photo.
With a paintbrush I made my background by starting with the darkest colour on the bottom left side and ending with the lightest colour on the top right side. Taking care that all blends nicely, I worked wet in wet so that there would be no hard lines between colours.
When the panel was finished I put it aside to dry.

In the meanwhile I stamped on a piece of copy paper the lay out I wanted with my stamp.
It’s a smaller stamp and I needed to know where I wanted to stamp and where it would be overlapping  so I could use a piece of paper or wipe of the ink on the stamp to prevent stamping on top of each other.
When the panel was dry I put it in my TH stamping tool. The copy paper, that was the same size as the panel, I put on top of the panel and adhered it with a piece of purple tape only on the top so that I made a hinge. This way I could place my stamp on the exact place on the copy paper, close my door of the stamping tool, open the door, picking up my stamp and fold the copy paper upwards.
I stamped with VersaMark, put my embossing powder over it and heat embossed the first flower branch.
Then I lay my panel back in my stamping tool, fold the copy paper again over it and place my stamp again on the paper, close the stamping tool picking up my stamp and fold the copy paper upwards. Stamped and embossed the second flower branch.
I repeated the process of stamping and embossing until my lay out was finished.

I die cut the butterfly and coloured the body of the butterfly with Chipped Sapphire.
I also used this colour to stamp my sentiment, it says “Especially for you” in Dutch.
After the ink was dry I cut it with my scissors in to a strip with a fishtail.

I adhered the panel with double sided adhesive to a folded base card.
Both the butterfly as the sentiment strip I adhered on to the panel with 1 mm. foam tape for some dimension.
And that finished the card I enjoy making this very much.

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

Kaart Lia
Used Materials

WaterArt watercolour paper
Distress Ink Tumbled Glass – Broken China – Chipped Sapphire
Ranger Perfect Pearls – Pearl
Joy Crafts 6410-0091 Silhouette Flowers Love Stamp set
Tim Holtz Stamping Tool
Studio Light Sentiment stamp
Elizabeth Craft Design. 713 Small Butterfly Die