Happy Mother’s Day

Normally I never make a card for Mother’s Day because we always visited our mothers.
Now in times of social distance, a mother in law who is 94  and myself in a high risk group we don’t go anywhere. So I made a card for her. My own mother passed away years ago. she is always in my heart.

I started by putting Tombow Multi Mono Glue on the backside of my stencil the evening before I made my card. The glue is permanent when you adhere something when it’s still wet or removable when it is completely dry before sticking it to something.
I saw it used by Kelly Latevola and tried it a few times now and it works great, here is a link to a YouTube video where she is a guest by Hero Arts and shows you how it’s used.:

I temporarily adhered the stencil to my cardstock and first put the Squeezed Lemonade with my Blending Brush on the inner areas of the roses. Then I used Abandoned Coral with a second Blending Brush started on the outside of the roses, working to the yellow and blending the two colours together.
I put it aside to dry and in the meanwhile I looked for a heart die.

I die cut the heart out of my stencilled cardstock, put some repositionable E-Z Dots behind the heart and temporarily adhered it to my craft sheet. I temporarily adhered my stencil on top of that, paying attention that the stencil is positioned in the same place as the first time.
With my palette knife I spread some Nuvo Glimmer Paste through the openings in the stencil, this way I only have paste on the roses when finished.
Immediately after I was done, I removed the stencil and cleaned it with water and did the same with my palette knife. I let the paste dry overnight.

The next day I cut a base card out of linen textured cardstock in a matching colour.
And glued the panel on to my base card.
I saw some particles of the glimmer paste sticking outside of the heart and thought I could sand it off. That was a mistake, don’t do that!!  The paste is a hard layer and as a result a piece broke off that covered part of a rose and I had to repair it. Perhaps carefully cutting it will do the job or remove it when it is still wet.
Before I repaired the heart I put some 1 mm. foam tape on the backside, then repaired the little area by using a toothpick to spread a little bit of paste on to the place it broke off. Glad it was a small area.
Carefully not to touch the wet paste I peeled off the backing of the foam and placed the heart back in to the opening of the panel.

I didn’t had a stamp that says Moederdag, that’s Dutch which translates into Mother’s Day, so I decided to print one and printed as white letters on a black background.
After printing I cut it in a strip and adhered it with 0.5 mm. foam tape onto the heart.
I finished the card by gluing some Jewels from Lucy’s  onto my card.

It’s a large card, almost 6” x 6”, and a large card requires a large envelope. I only have these large envelopes in white so I thought I would use the stencil partly on it. I didn’t like that so I went through my stamp map on the computer to search for a rose stamp that looks similar to the roses from the stencil.

I have all my stamps in a map on my computer, the images sorted by category. The most images are the front of the packages they are sold in and found easily on the internet by my favourite stores or brands. The ones I didn’t find an image from I scanned in a stamped image or the package they came in. This way I can quickly find what I have and can use. This way I also have made maps for my stencils and dies.
I found a pair of roses, not as big as the stencil roses, but that didn’t matter. I only used one of them because I didn’t like the other one after a try out. I only stamped the little rose once on the front and once on the closing flap on the back, simple but just that little bit extra to make it pop. I stamped the roses with Distress Oxide, the regular Distress Ink didn’t give me the same colours as on the card because the envelope was a different kind of paper.
After both the roses were completely dry I added Micro Glaze on top of the roses to prevent smudging.
This way I made a fitting envelope by the card and I am very happy with this set.

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


Used Materials

Viva Decor Designo Papier
Rose Stencil unbranded
Tombow Multi Mono Glue
Distress Ink Abandoned Coral and Squeezed Lemonade
Tim Holtz Distress Blending Brushes
Tim Holtz Vagabond
Nellie Snellen Die set MFD060 Straight Heart
E-Z Dots Repositional
Nuvo Glimmer Paste Moonstone
Palet knife
Linen Textured Cardstock Flamingo for the card base
Little Things from Lucy’s Cards – Jewels Clear Iridescent Mix
Sentiment is made with the computer
Little rose stamp, unbranded
Distress Oxide Abandoned Coral, Squeezed Lemonade and Peeled Paint
Distress Micro Glaze

Day 27 of The 30 Day Coloring Challenge – Happy Birthday

This is a birthday card for a little boy next door. During the Covid-19 social distance he can’t have a party nor have any visitors, so I hope the card and a little present that I will hang on the door, will give him a birthday feeling.

I started by scanning my stencil because I thought it was too small for the card I wanted to make.
After scanning and printing in the size I wanted the stencil to be, I cut the paper to the right size as well as my cardstock panel.
I adhered my panel on top of the print and laid it on my light pad so I could trace the confetti with a gold and silver gel pen. And put this aside to dry.
I put the print on a piece of cardstock that was the same size as my panel and cut the balloons out of both layers. This way I made my own stencil in the size I wanted.

I adhered the self made stencil to the panel where I had already coloured the confetti and coloured my balloons with my Distress blending brushes and Distress inks.
When finished I put the panel aside to dry.
In the meanwhile I cut my frame and acetate sheet in the right size and adhered them together. Next I die cut the word Hoera, what is Dutch for Hooray, out of white and out of black cardstock.  The white word I glued slightly to the right on top of my black which is my shadow layer.
Putting 3 mm foam on the backside edges of the frame for my shaker window.
I peeled off the backing of the foam except the one on top of the frame, that piece I only bent a little so I could easily remove it later on when the frame  was adhered to the panel.

I always want to see where I put my frame so I put my balloon panel on my table, balloons facing up, on top of that I put my roll of purple tape and I poured the tiny beads in the middle of the roll. Making sure the beads don’t roll away before I remove the roll. The roll was only to kept the beads from rolling everywhere.
Then I carefully adhere the frame to the panel. I was so glad I didn’t adhere the top of the frame yet because I had way to much beads in my panel, I just poured out some beads until I was satisfied with the amount. I don’t like to much because you wouldn’t see the balloons anymore.  Then I pulled the last strip of backing from the foam  to close the shaker window complete.
I glued the shaker part on to a base card.
I then glued the word on the shaker window and that way I finished my card.
I totally love it and I hope the little boy will also.

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

Used Materials

Canson Bristol cardstock
SSS Stencil Celebrate
Distress Ink Festive Berries, Salty Ocean, Carved Pumpkin, Mowed Lawn, Wilted Violet and Peacock Feathers.
Blending Brushes
Gold and Silver gel pen
Acetate sheet
Mini beads without a hole in rainbow colours (any shaker products will do)
Marianne Design Die and Stamp set COL1348 Hoera
A scrap piece of black cardstock

Masculine card

I started my masculine card by die cut the motorbike 4 times. One out of black paper, one from black mirror cardstock, one from silver mirror cardstock and the last one from green metallic carstock.
This will be a birthday card for a nephew who has a green motorbike.
I also die cut an oval out of my patterned paper.

Time to find a few colours ink. I used two Distress inks to colour the edges of my card, very minimal and a little over each other so that it fits in with the oval panel.
Then I took my TH stamping tool and put my base card in the tool. With help of the oval panel and one of the die cut motors I positioned my stamp to stamp the tire track under the motor.
I had to move the cardstock to the right because my stamp is a small one and I wanted a long track.
Moving it to the right allows the stamp to stay in place and remain at the same height as the image I already stamped. I placed a left over piece of acetate on to the place I thought I must stamp and stamped the image, this way I can see if I have placed my card underneath in the right place. If not, I can change the placement of my card, it’s a guide for positioning the second stamping.
When the stamping was done I put it aside because I didn’t know for sure if I would stamp also in the left upper corner as I originally had in mind.

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Next  I fussy cut several pieces out of the coloured motorbikes to assemble one bike that was coloured as I wanted it to be.
Tips for layering your die cut with different colours:
Colour with pencils a single white die cut to see where you want which colour.
Fussy cut all the pieces first and lay them on top of where they have to go, this way you can see what layer or what colour you have to glue first.
Take a picture with your phone when you have laid down the layers on top of each other, so you know where to place it again.

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I added some silver lines on two little pieces of black so these pieces stand out a little more.
I glued some pieces to the motorbike and some I adhered with 0.5 mm. foam tape for dimension.

I decided to die cut a small oval panel and stamped my sentiment in Dutch which translates into Congratulations.

I glued the big oval panel direct on to the card base and the small oval I adhered with 0.5 mm. foam tape. And by adhering the motorbike with 1 mm. foam tape I finished my card.
I love how this card turned out and I know it will be right up my nephew’s alley.

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


Used Materials

Papicolor Carnation White Cardstock
Marianne Design Die LR0287 Motorbike
Papicolor Black paper 105 gr.
Joy Crafts Mirror  cardstock set, I used the black and silver
Joy Crafts Metallic cardstock Dark Green
Gel pen Silver
Joy Crafts Design Paper bloc Earth
Nellie Snellen Die set MFD057 Straight Dotted Oval
Distress Ink Peeled Paint en Pumic Stone
Memento Ink Northern Pine
Viva Stamp set Grunge Hintergründ (Backgrounds)
Nellie Snellen Stamp set APST003 Text

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



Rose All Day card

I finally finished my card with this beautiful Power Poppy image and
can post it now the birthday girl received it.

I used a blue metallic cardstock for my base card and cut it slightly bigger
than the panel with the image. But only on the sides .
I glued the panel on top of this.

With a Dutch text stamp, which means a nice day, I added my sentiment.
I stamped it with Distress Oxide Salty Ocean, what is the same colour as the
Pencil, although I coloured that one with Distress Ink Salty Ocean.
The Oxide ink gives a better  stamping result than the regular Distress inks.
I used this Oxide colour to make it look like the text was written with the coloured pencil.

That’s it, I so love this beautiful image and I know for sure that I will use it often.
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 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
Metallic Blue Cardstock
Distress Oxide Salty Ocean
Marianne Design Stamp set EC0096 Eline’s Vintage Text NL.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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


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.

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 (http://www.kellylatevola.com/) 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