Birthday card.

It’s hard to make someone’s birthday card if you’ve been giving her handmade cards for more than 40 years. Today I made a card using Zig markers and embossing powder, something I didn’t use earlier for one of her cards. It’s easy and not time consuming, just what I needed.

I started by stamping my Asters to a piece of copy paper in the size I wanted to make my panel. By using the copy paper I can see where I want to place my stamps, which one I have to mask and most important if what I have in mind is looking good on paper.
When I was satisfied with the test panel, I stamped my flowers on some masking paper and cut them out with my scissors.

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I used a piece of coloured cardstock for my panel, it is not something I use often but because I wanted to heat emboss the stamp with white I thought it would be nice. I used my TH stamping tool and the copy paper as guide to stamp the flowers on the place I wanted them using VersaMark ink. I didn’t stamp one of the partial flowers on the right side, as you can see on the finished card
I stamped and heat embossed the flowers one by one, letting them cool down before I stamped the next one. After the flowers I also stamped some leaves. I stamped them behind the flower on the upper right side and the one on the left,  using my masks.
When everything was cold I used my Zig marker Violet on the leaves with a hint of English Lavender.
For the flowers I used the English Lavender and a little bit of Lilac. After drying I put some extra English Lavender in the shadow areas. You can only build the colour when the first layer is dry, if the ink isn’t dry it will blend in with the first layer.

I put the panel aside and cut my white base card in to the right size and went looking for the sentiment I wanted to stamp. I used a Marianne Design sentiment,  it says congratulations in Dutch.
I stamped this with VersaMark on a piece of white cardstock, the same as my base card.
I used purple embossing powder to match with the panel colours.

I glued the panel directly on to my base card while I used for the sentiment strip, 0.5 mm. foam tape.
To finish the card I used some Marianne Design pearl butterflies ( that’s how they are cold but I think their dragonflies) and some matching open circles out of a shaker collection from Lucy’s cards.
And this is what the finished birthday card looks like.

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


Used Materials

Papicolor Original Cardstock White for the basecard
Papicolor Original Cardstock Lilac for the panel
Masking paper
Altenew Layered Stamp set Aster
VersaMark ink
Tim Holtz Stamping Tool
Ranger Fine Detail Embossing powder White
MBoss Embossing Powder Purple
Zig CCRB markers 803 English Lavender, 083 Lila and 080 Violet
Marianne Design Clear Stamp set CS0987 Felicitaties
Marianne Design Embellishments CA3116 Butterflies
Little Things From Lucy’s Cards Shaker collection Frozen



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.

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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

2 Stamps + a Light pad = 1 Image

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Used Materials

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




Feel better soon.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Used Materials

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

Finished card The Daily Marker Challenge

As promised yesterday hereby the finished card.
After stamping and colouring I die cut the word “hoera”, which is Dutch for hooray,
with my Marianne Design Alphabet dies out of the panel. I took care not to lose the little inner parts of the letters, because I have to put them back when I place my stacked letters on the card.
Then I die cut the same letters each 3 times out of cardstock and glued them on
top of each other. The letters from the panel at the top of the stack.
I glued my panel on the blue metallic base card. After this I glued the stacked letters in the right place on the card and also the little inner parts from the panel letters.
I thought the card wasn’t finished but I couldn’t find anything that fitted with the little images.
After looking around and thinking I realized that my gel pens would offer a solution.
I have different kinds and the 3D Rollers where the answer. I used the same colours as I used with my Zig markers and made an all-over pattern of tree little dots.
As with my stamps, I also let the dots run off the paper so that it appears as the pattern continues.
And that finished my card, it’s a simple but cheerful card for a birthday.

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

Used Materials

WaterArt paper Kippers Hobby ( a Dutch wholesaler brand)
Docrafts Forever Friends Stamp set Black & Gold
Stazon Ink Jet Black
Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers, for a used colour list please
ask in your comment so I can sent it to you.
Marianne Design Collectables Die set Alphabet Col1449
Scrap piece of White cardstock
Joy Crafts Metallic cardstock Blue
Sakura Glaze 3D Roller pens

Last day The Daily Marker Challenge

It’s the last day of The Daily Marker Coloring Challenge and I am glad that I finished my colouring on time.
I stamped a background with several little stamps from a Forever Friends stamp set, to make a birthday card. I coloured them with my Zig markers.
I will finish it by die cutting “hoera” (Dutch for hooray) out of the panel and will adhere it to a blue basecard.
I hope to do that this weekend and to post it on Sunday evening.

I want to thank Kathy Racoosin, The Daily Marker, for organize this great event for the 12th time and I hope that she will do it again later in the year.
I also want to thank the Good Will Ambassadors for all their work and support.

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


Used Materials

WaterArt paper Kippers Hobby ( a Dutch wholesaler brand)
Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers, for a used colour list please
ask in your comment so I can sent it to you.
Docrafts Forever Friends Stamp set Black & Gold


My last Christmas cards/tag

As promised my last Christmas cards, I only made a few this year and didn’t had time to post them, my healt issues made that not possible.
Underneath the photo’s there is a short description. If you specific want to know what I have used or how I have done something for a card, don’t hesitate to ask. I will always answer.

MD stempels
These four cards I made with a Marianne Design Stamp set, CS0880 Christmas Around the World.
I heat embost the stamps and fussy cut them or used a die that fits the ornament. There are no dies available for the stamp set. The ornaments that beside the text ornaments are made the same way.
The stamped text is Merry Christmas in different languages.


This tag is made with a Sizzix 658526 Labels Elise Big Die, die cut twice from different metallic cardstock.
The FindIt Trading Die ADD10069 Reindeer Ornament was die cut also twice and stuck together for dimension. I bend it some and adhere it with foamtape for more dimension. On the second tag I wrote my wishes.


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These three cards ( slide show above) are made with a gorgeous Mariann Design Cutting and Embossing Die LR0445 Anja’s Circle XL.
Simply by using different colours, design papers and other decorations the cards don’t look similar..

I know these cards are a little to late for this year but perhaps you get inspired for next year.