The Coloring Challenge Day 4 – Sea – a masculine card

Making a men’s card is not always easy, but sometimes an idea comes up and everything works. And that happened with this card.

I started with a white piece of cardstock to blend with different blue Distress colours the sky and the ocean.

While the panel was drying I die cut my ocean set and rope.
With different colours of ink I shaded my die cuts and coloured with Zig markers some parts of the boat.
I cut a card base from blue cardstock and placed my die cuts on top to see where and how I would stamp the fishnet on to my background panel. I used the acetate front that’s in the package when you buy your stamp, as a guide.

I made a slit in the background just big enough to insert a small portion of the bottom of the boat. This way the boat appears to be sailing in the water instead of on it.
I glued the boat, seagull and pole to the background panel with 3D glue for dimension. After this I stamped the fishnet on the panel over the pole, as if it is hanging in front of it.
After the ink was dry I placed the panel on top of my card base en glued, again with my 3D glue, the rope to my card. 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

Blue Linen cardstock for the card base
White Velvet Cardstock, this is similar to Elizabeth Crafts Soft Finish cardstock
Different shades of Blue Distress Ink for the sky and ocean
Tim Holtz Blending brush
Marianne Design Die set CR1279 Tiny’s Ocean Set
Marianne Design Die set LR0418 Rope
Scraps of different colours cardstock for die cutting
Different shades of Distress Ink and Oxide to colour and highlight some areas of the die cuts
Zig markers to colour some part of the die cut boat
Marianne Design Stamp TC0839 Tiny’s Fishnet
Distress Oxide Hickory Smoke to stamp the Fishnet
Olba 3D glue, this is a odourless glue specially for dimension

Kerst 2020 – Christmas 2020

I have to post this now, otherwise it will be Spring and Christmas will be even further behind us.
A Christmas that we will all remember around the world because we couldn’t celebrate the way we are used to.
Here in the Netherlands we went into lockdown again the week before Christmas.
When I picked up the paper napkins to set the Christmas table, I immediately put one aside because I had an idea to turn it into an art journal page.
It has become a simple page but it is how we celebrated Christmas 2020.

The paper napkin had the image on one side and upside down on the opposite site.
First I peeled the top layer from the other layers and then I tore the napkin above the trees from the right to the left. I put matt medium all over the page and carefully I put my napkin down to the page.
I also brushed matt medium over the napkin and with the leftover I enlarged the trees and covered the rest of the page that way. I put that aside to dry.

In the meanwhile I die cut the word Christmas in Dutch 4 times as well as my numbers and glued them on top of each other, this gave me dimension in my word and numbers. After they where dry I covered them with VersaMark ink and heat embossed them with gold.
After they cooled, I repeated the process.

I drew my mask on some scrap paper and after some adjustments in the size I transferred this pattern to my cardstock. With some coloured pencil I did some shading and with a pattern stamp and Distress Ink I made it look a little bit more like a real mask.
I printed some Dutch keywords in red related on the situation and fussy cut them to stick on my mask, in the middle the word Corona, clockwise started at the word upper right they translate in Pandemic – Mask – One and a half meter (social distance) – Lockdown.
I had some elastic straps from a real unused mask and glued them on the backside of my mask but only on the top corners.

I splattered some white splashes on to my page, you hardly see them but they are there.
I glued my word and numbers to the page after I had passed my elastic strap through the first letter and the last number. I didn’t put any glue near the place where the strap was. I let that dry overnight with a heavy book on top.
To finish the page I put my mask with some foam tape to the page.

To be able to close the page I stuck a ruler on top of the mask with the thinnest side tight to the middle of the journal the first time I closed it. So now there is a valley fold into my mask while closing the journal.

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

Used materials

Moleskine Art Sketchbook, Hard Cover, Large (5″ x 8.25″) Plain/Blank, Scarlet Red
Paper napkin from the supermarket
Deco Art Matt Medium
White Gouache
VersaMark ink
Ranger Super Fine Embossing Powder Gold  
Marianne Design Stamp and Die set Col1338
Joy Crafts Die set Jubileum Cijfers (numbers)
White cardstock
Distress Oxide Hickory Smoke
Joy Crafts Stamp set Memo Writting
Elastic straps
Foam tape

Zie de maan schijnt door de bomen….. (See the moon shining through the trees)

I love the awesome art journal/mixed media projects made by Vicky Papaioannou,
you can check out her blog if you want,
And after I got a Moleskin journal she used at that time from Sinterklaas I wanted to make the stunning page on her blog. The page was called Dear Santa ( I got this Moleskin diary from Sinterklaas, so decided the first page I made in this diary would be one that would represent that. The page is from 2017 as well as the Sinterklaas present, health and other issues came in between but l still had in mind that I wanted to make that page
Sinterklaas is mainly a celebration for children, even though the adults are not forgotten either, and is celebrated on December 5th in the Netherlands. He’s a bit like Santa, he also brings presents at night, there are songs and special treats. The big difference is that Sinterklaas rides a horse on the roofs and comes from Spain.

Let’s get started.
I followed the video made by Vicky for the page, mainly because it was my first page in this book and with products I never used in this way.
Started by covering the whole page with black gesso, when the gesso was dry I added some crackle paint over it. I let this dry overnight. Afterwards I didn’t see a lot of crackles maybe I’d been too careful and didn’t apply enough or you don’t see them well because of the other dark colours on top. But it gave good texture on the page and that was enough for me.

I used different colours of blue paint to make the background, I didn’t make a milky way like Vicky because Sinterklaas is riding on the roof and not in the sky.
After I was happy with the sky I used some white gesso for the shine behind the moon and I made white splatters with acrylic paint.

I put the book aside to dry while I worked on my moon.
Using Fossilized Amber, Vintage Photo and some water to give the moon colour and to give the moon texture I used a stamp. I stuck the moon on the page with medium.

Time to make the elements for the page.
The Sinterklaas and his helpers where die cut from black cardstock as well as the trees.
I have several die sets for houses but none fit, they where too large or too small. Google was the solution,
I found a page with a border of Dutch houses that matched the page so well. I printed them a little larger and used them as guide to cut them from black cardstock. I glued some light yellow cardstock behind the windows.
I used Fossilized Amber to highlight all the elements on the side that faces the moon before I stuck them to my page.

Everything was drying on the page and in the meanwhile I printed the first four lines of a well-known Sinterklaas song that starts with See the Moon Shining Through the Trees. I printed yellow letters and a black background because when printing the yellow letters directly on black, the letters did not stand out enough. I also highlighted the strips I cut with Fossilized amber and then adhered them with 0.5 mm. foam tape to my page.

To finish the page I used a white gel pen to highlight the sides of every element even more and I put the date on the page.
This was so much fun to make, thank you so much Vicky for your inspiration.

Unfortunately the moon looks lighter on the pictures than it is in real life and when I compare the sky with my journal, than I have the same problem. Although I  made a bunch of photo’s on different times and different rooms, it didn’t matter, the moon and sky stayed lighter in every picture.
The used materials are under the image and if you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask

Used materials

Moleskine Art Sketchbook, Hard Cover, Large (5″ x 8.25″) Plain/Blank, Scarlet Red.
Deco Art Media Gesso Black
Ranger Distress crackle paint
Ranger Adirondack Acrylic paint Cloudy Blue, Sail Boat Blue and Snow Cap
Ranger Dylusions Acrylic Paint After Midnight
White Gesso
Claudine Hellmuth Studio Multi Medium Matte
A left over piece of off white cardstock
Circle die
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Fossilized Amber and Vintage Photo
Ranger Distress Sprayer
Viva Grunge Backgrounds stamp set

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

Another CAS card.

Normally I almost never make CAS cards but this is the second one in a short time.
I didn’t had a lot of time, so what’s better than nothing, clean and simple is the answer!

I started with a panel of white cardstock, a stencil and Bundled Sage Oxide ink.
I taped the stencil with some painters tape to the cardstock and used a round blending tool to add the ink.
After removing the stencil I used the same blending tool and with a light hand I coloured over the whole panel. When that was done I finished the panel by adding ink to the edges.

Time to get my dies and Vagabond. From white cardstock I die cut and dry embost the orchids and branch.
With the petals still in the die I ink through the die opening with only Wilted Violet for the flower itself, and added also Candied Apple for the stamen.
I also die cut and dry embossed the branch from white cardstock and coloured it with Vintage Photo.
After that I did the branch back in to the die so that I could give the buds only on the embost (raised) areas some extra colour with Wilted Violet and Candied Apple.

My stencilled panel was dry and I adhered it to a slightly bigger white base card.

I then used a ball shaped embossing tool to give the petals and stamen there shape and dimension and glued them into a flower. After some shifting back and forth with the branch and flowers I was satisfied with the place where and how I would adhere them. But before I did that I stamped first my sentiment.
I already put my selected stamp on to an acrylic block and I stamped the sentiment with Wilted Violet.
The sentiment is Dutch for Have a nice day.
After that was dry I glued the branch on to the panel and with some 3D glue I adhered the flowers on top of the branch.
I finished my card by adding some violet and purple sequins.

It is a pity that the Bundled Sage coloured background appears more brown in the photo than the beautiful soft green in reality.

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


Used Materials

White Cardstock
Leaf Stencil (unbranded)
Distress Oxide Bundled Sage – Wilted Violet – Candied Apple and Vintage Photo
Marianne Design Collectables Die set COL1379 Orchid
Tim Holtz Vagabond die cutting machine
Ranger Blending Tool Round
Marianne Design Sentiment Stamp set CS0821
Little Things from Lucy’s Cards sequins




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.

Kaart van de image
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.

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

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 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

Pop-Up Flowers

The first week of January Rina Krupsky was a guest designer by Jennifer McGuire.
When I saw the card she was making, I knew immediately that this should be the card for a friend’s birthday.
You can find the link to the post with the video under this text.
There be a few blurs on the photo’s, that’s done because of privacy reasons.

I also knew that I wanted to make the card with the Pantone Colour of the Year 2019 Living Coral.
I looked true my paper stash for paper in that colour scheme. I found it in the gorgeous background papers by Nellie Snellen.
From these paper I cut 7 pieces of 4”x 4”.
Then I used a Crealies stamp and Distress Oxide to stamp the heart of the flower. I used my TH Stamping Platform  that way I only have to position my stamp once and can stamp all the papers one after the other . Afterwards I was so glad I did this because after the first few papers where dry I noticed that I had to stamp them again to make them darker.  I even put some Distress Oxide in the middle of the heart with a small brush to darken it. I then put the papers aside to dry well.

I couldn’t find any stamp that would fit what I had in mind, so I made them myself.
I used Eva foam, a thin craft foam,  a die and double sided adhesive sheets. I adhere a piece of adhesive sheet on one side of the foam, then I die cut it on the other side .
I removed the other layer of  protective sheet from the foam so I could stick the die cut on to a piece of acetate. By trying the stamp I noticed that the foam was much too thin.
I decided to cut two new layers, the same way I did before ( two layers at once won’t work). I cleaned the foam stamp that I already tried out with a baby wipe. Which was easy because I used Distress Ink.
I then adhered both layers on top of the first one and my new stamp was ready.
Because I also like to have a opposite stamp, I repeated the process as before with the difference that I now had the side where I put the adhesive sheet on the foam at the upper side when I die cut.
To stamp you can adhere your acetate to a acrylic block with some painters tape.
After you used the stamp, you can clean it and use it again later. Always try before you use it with another colour if the stamp is really clean.

stempel 1

I started my front panel ( 3.9 “x 5.6”) with white Neenah cardstock, a Joy Crafts stencil and Distress Oxide Abandoned Coral. I put the stencil down on the paper in different angles with space in between, because I didn’t want a full background. The Oxide gave a soft look so I could stamp over it with my home made stamps and Distress Ink Abandoned Coral, what is a more bright ink but the same colour.
Used a Marianne Design stamp for the Sentiment, it’s Dutch for Have a nice day.
Put  this a side to dry.

In the mean while I cut a base card (folded 4.1 “x 5.8”) from Turquoise glossy cardstock on the outside and white on the inside. I used the same Joy Craft stencil inside but this time with Distress Oxide Peacock Feathers.
Stamp the sentiment in the upper corner, this is Dutch for Congratulations.
Put this also aside.

Time to make the flower bouquet, I folded, cut and glued the square papers I made before, as shown in the video by Rina.
And glued the bouquet into the inside of the base card.

open kaart

Glued the front panel to to base card and finishing the card off with pearls and sequins in a matching tint. And that completed the card.

But I was enjoying myself so much I wanted to make more. So I decided to stencil also the envelop to match the card. I did this with the Distress Oxide Abandoned Coral and after drying I put some Distress Glaze over it to seal the ink. I don’t want rain to ruin my envelope and so I know that will not happen now.

Used materials are under the picture.

kaart met envelop

Used Materials

I used the following Nellie Snellen Background Papers, they are double sided and I used both sides.
Neva044 Salmon Flowers 2
Neva043 Salmon RetroNeva042 Salmon Dahlia
Crealies Bits & Pieces 29 Stamp set Sunburst
Distress Oxide Peacock Feathers
Eva Foam, Craft foam 1 mm.
Double sided adhesive sheets
Marianne Design Creatables LR Branch Garden to make the stamp
Distress Oxide Abandoned Coral
Distress Ink Abandoned Coral
Neenah Classic Crest solar white cardstock
Joy Crafts Stencil 6002/0608  Swirl A6
Metallic cardstock Turquoise this is white inside, brand unknown
Marianne Design Stamp CS0917 Gefeliciteerd (Dutch for Congratulations)
Little Things from Lucy’s cards Snowfall
Joy Crafts Decorative Pearls 6020/0008
Distress Micro Glaze