Cheers!

If you, just like me, have quite a large stash of pretty papers and
don’t have always the time to make a complicated card?
Take than a look at the Gentleman’s Crafter’s blog.
John Bloodworth (aka Gentleman Crafter) has started a series of gorgeous lay-outs with beautiful example cards and a how-to YouTube video. He already made 57 (yes you read it correctly 57) lay-outs!

My card is made with one of these lay-outs with my own twist because my image looked better on a square card. These lay-outs are great for masculine cards. The card was made in no time and looks great. I’ll be using my paper pads and these lay-outs more often, that’s for sure!
The used materials are under the image and if you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask

Used Materials

This is the link to the Gentleman Crafter’s Blog:
https://gentlemancrafter.com/
Gentleman Crafter lay-out number 4
Medium Bleu Pearlescent Cardstock
Joy Crafts Design Papers from my stash
Studio Light Design Papers from my stash
Marianne Design 3D Decoupage sheet EWK1228 –  I’s a Men’s World
Hobbydots Alphabet Stickers Copper

Winter Fun

Yesterday, March 21, our spring started but the weather didn’t seem to get the notification.
So in the hope the cold weather will disappear I will say goodbye to it by posting my winter art journal page.

Before playing in my art journal I die cut a bunch of snowflakes in different sizes.
I also die cut all my pieces for the rest of the layout. I die cut most of them multiple times from different colours so I could give them some dimension and interest by adding them together with glue and where needed foam tape. The icicle rim I cut out of TH frosted sheets and the words I cut out 4 times each.

I used white gesso all over my pages, on some places more than other places, to add texture. When the pages were dry I used the negatives from my snowflake die cuts as a stencil for adding some Distress Micro Glaze in different places. This was an experiment, I never tried it before.
I wanted to get several layers on my background without making it all bulky or too much in the foreground.
I glued some snowflakes to the background as well.

After that had dried overnight I dabbed carefully with a towel on the places I put the micro glaze on, I didn’t want to smear out the snowflakes. I played with some Distress inks by putting reinker in a minimister and added water to it, then sprayed them on to the page. The ink coloured the white snowflakes I glued to the page but didn’t colour the snowflakes I stencilled with micro glaze, just as I hoped. When this was dry, I added ink with my blending brush so I got a slight variation of blue on the background.

After I put all of the die cut pieces together I placed them on my page to see where I wanted to put them and where I could glue some white snowflakes. Before I adhered everything I made my snowy hill and a little snow pile for the snowman. I pushed the snowman, skis, ski poles and the sled into the still wet snow, so it looks like they are actually in it and adhered them on at the same time with foam tape for dimension.
All the other pieces I adhered to the page with foam tape as well, aside from the words, icicle rim and the white snowflakes, they are glued.

I had so much fun creating this page that I had in my head for so long and finally took the time to make.
I hope you like it too.

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

Used Materials

Ranger Dylusions Large Creative Journal
Distress Ink Tumbled Glass – Speckled Egg and Stormy Sky
Ranger Minimister
Tim Holtz Blending Brushes
Distress Micro Glaze
Varies colours of cardstock
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Frosted Sheets THTH937153
Varies Marianne Design Snowflake dies, different in shape and size
The following  Marianne Design Dies
CR1252 Ski’s and Snowflake
LR0247 Figure Skates
CR1255 Tiny’s Mittens
CR1257 Tiny’s Sled
LR0246 Snowman
LR0392 Snowy Icicles
Amy Design die Skates  ADD10003
Joy Crafts Die Winter 6002/2033 – The word Fun I draw myself with help of the negative of the word Winter. Cut multiple layers with the Scan & Cut.
Red/White yarn
Aleene’s Glitter Snow

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.

stansen
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.

losse onderdelen

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.

alles geplakt
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.

Kaart

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

Glad to be back!

After an absence on my blog of almost three months, in which I was hospitalized and was in rehab, I finally sit down in my own little craftroom and did what I enjoy, craft! See the result below.

Our best friends are going to be grandparents and of course  I wanted to make a card for their pregnant daughter.
I used a beautiful embroidery template from Joy Crafts designed by Chrissie.
After I pricked the pattern in the paper I embroidered it with thread from the same designer.
I used two slightly different colours.

After I finished the embroidery I closed the small holes on the back as much as possible by pushing them with the convex side of a teaspoon.

In my paper stash I had some gorgeous plaid papers in pink and blue. I cut a square slightly bigger than my panel from both colours and cut them diagonal in half.
I adhered a blue part and a pink part with some tape on the backside together, to make it a square again.

I folded a base card as big as my plaid panel and adhered the panel on top of it.
The panel with the embroidery I adhered with 0.5 mm. foam tape on top of the plaid panel.

I die cut a heart and stamped the sentiment on it, the sentiment says
‘Pregnant… congratulations’ in Dutch.
I stamped the text half in blue and half in pink, they overlap in the middle creating a third colour, lilac. Because the thread has some sparkle I used my Wink of Stella Brush on the heart to give it a bit of sparkle as well. It’s hard to see in the picture.
And by adhering the heart with some 1 mm. foam tape, I finished this lovely card.

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

Kaart
Used Materials

Papicolor White Cardstock
Joy Crafts Embroidery Template designed by Chrissie 6001/1016
Joy Crafts /Chrissie Embroidery Thread 101 – 106 and 161 – 166
Marianne Design Pattern Paper
Marianne Design Clear Stamp Baby Sentiments 2 – EC0138
Memento Ink MD404 Angel Pink and MD604 Summer Sky
Zig Wink of Stella Clear Glitter

 

Him and Her

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

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

Henk 2

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

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

Trees 2

Used Materials

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

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

 

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.

Afbeelding1
Used Materials

Brother Canvas Workspace
Scan ‘N Cut
Acetate
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

Age is just a number – The 30 Day Coloring Challenge

It’s the last day of The 30 Day Coloring Challenge. Due to health problems this time not many colouring done. But every day I have taken me-time to read on the blog and look at all the beautiful things that were made. Kathy (The Daily Marker) it was great again, thank you so much and I hope next year an other Coloring Challenge.

This week I made a shaker card, it’s a birthday card for a friend. It’s often difficult to make up a male card  especially if you made every year for the same person a birthday card. But a shaker card I never made for him, so this time I did.
I used a stencil and three colours of Distress Oxide to blend numbers on the front panel.
Then I die cutted a heart out of that panel and with the same die and a smaller piece out if the die cutting nest, I cutted  a frame.
Out of three different colours of cardstock I die cutted numbers for the shaker part.
I glued the heart on to my base card and put  2 mm foam tape around it, that is my shaker part. Then I put the numbers in that heart.
Behind the heart opening that I die cut in the front panel I glued some transparent sheet, then I glued this part on top of my base card in such a manner that the transparent closes the shaker part.
To finish the shaker part I adhered the frame on top of the transparent.
The sentiment, Age is just a number in Dutch, I made on my computer, I cut it to the right size and finished my card by putting the sentiment with some foam tape on the card.
You can find the use materials under the images.

Leeftijd is maar een getal
Used Materials

Canson Bristol Smooth Cardstock
Joy Crafts Poly Besa Stencil Numbers
Distress Oxide Candied Apple – Salty Ocean – Black Soot.
Nellie Snellen Multi Frame Die MFD060 Straight Heart
Papicolor Original Cardstock 906
Nellie Snellen Die SD064 Text and Numbers

De tijd vliegt/Time flies

You can find the English translation of the text under the image.

Niets leuker dan spelen met inkt, ditmaal een vintage verjaardagkaart.
Ik heb op een vierkante oplegkaart de achtergrond geblend met Distress Oxides, hierna een stencil licht met water besproeid en deze op mijn achtergrond gelegd. Even het water in laten werken en daarna het stencil verwijderd. Wat achtergebleven druppels drooggedept .
Op de achtergrond gespetterd met Distress Stain Antique Bronze en Distress ink Vintage Photo.
De randen bewerkt met D.I Vintage Photo en daarna met Walnut Stain.
In de linkerbovenhoek een vliegtuigje gestempeld met Stazon Timber Brown.
Hierna  Oxides en Stain op mijn craftmat gedrukt en besproeid met water. Een rest stukje karton hier doorheen gehaald, droog geblazen met de heat tool en net zo lang herhaald tot ik tevreden was. Na drogen de tandwielenrand en losse tandwielen hieruit uitgestanst. Deze bewerkt met VersaMark en Distress Embossingpoeder Vintage Photo voor een roestige/vintage look.
Op een stukje bruin karton, dezelfde kleur als waar de kaart van gemaakt is, de tekst met VersaMark gestempeld en met Embossingpoeder  en mijn heattool ge-embost.
Tag uitgestanst en bewerkt met Distress Oxides.
De achtergrond op een kaart geplakt en de kaart afgemaakt door de tandwielen en tag met 3D kit verhoogt op de achtergrond te plakken.
De gebruikte materialen staan onderaan de post.

De tijd vliegt
Nothing more enjoyable than playing with inks, this time a vintage birthday card.
On a square piece of cardstock I blended the background panel with Distress Oxides, then I sprayed a stencil light with water and placed this on my background. Left that for a few moment and lift it gently up. Any residue of water I dabbed away.
Splattered with Distress Stain Antique Bronze and Distress ink Vintage Photo.
Edited the edges with D.I Vintage Photo and then with Walnut Stain.
In the left corner I stamped a little airplane with Stazon Timber Brown.
I put some Oxides and Stain on my craft mat and sprayed some water on top. I pullet a left over piece of cardstock through the ink, dried it with my heat tool and repeated it again until I was satisfied with the result.
When this piece of cardstock was completely dry I die cut my gear border and loose cogs out of this. After die cutting I used some VeraMark and Distress Embossing powder Vintage Photo to give it a rusted/vintage look.
On a piece of brown cardstock I stamped with VersaMark my sentiment and heat embossed it with Sea Foam embossing powder. Die cut this piece and edited it with Distress Oxides.
I put the background with double sided adhesive to my card base.
I finished the card by using 3D Kit for the gear border, tag and cogs to glue them with dimension on my background.

The used materials:
Neena Classic Crest Solar White cardstock
Papicolor Original 919 Chocolate brown
Distress Oxide Peacock Feathers – Spiced Marmalade
Tim Holtz Layering Stencil Clockwork
Distress Ink Vintage Photo – Walnut Stain
Distress Stain Antique Bronze
Stazon Ink Timber Brown
EK Success Powder Tool Applicator
VersaMark
Ranger Distress Embossing Powder Vintage Photo
Ranger Embossing Powder Sea Foam
Marianne Design Die Cut LR0327 Anja’s Circle
Joy Crafts 6002/0288 Gears Border Die
Xcut Chronology Dies – Cogs
Joy Crafts Clear Stamps 6410/0022 Time
Little Airplain Stamp