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Seeing stars

Hi!

If I see any craft bits with stars I automatically think of Christmas so what better way to use this background stamp than on a Christmas card. I used a grey tone paper and heat embossed white embossing powder onto it, the stamp is by hero arts and I absolutely love it.

I then stamped these my favourite things stamps and coloured them in with my copic markers.

I have so many more cards to make it’s crazy!!!

I did make another card too! I used these adorable mama elephant stamps.

Okay so this doesn’t have stars as a background but it’s got polka dots…

I used some embossing paste for this one which looks like giant snow ha ha! I’ve actually really been enjoying my embossing powders and paste lately and I treated myself to some new bright colours which I will share on another card.

Thanks so much for popping by today I will be back soon!

Have a wonderful day

Vic

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Sweet deer

Hello! I hope you are having a lovely day. I made this Christmas card last night and really wanted to do some embossing so of course I had to bring out the gold embossing powder it’s nearly Christmas after all!

I had no idea what card I wanted to make so I just went with the flow and ended up using this adorable deer stamp from neat and tangled. I think he’s just perfect for Christmas.

I coloured him with copic markers and added a few more details. The circle is vellum which I used a background stamp then added the gold embossing powder I absolutely love embossing onto vellum so I’m sure there will be more cards like this. Thinking about it I maybe should of made some batches of Christmas cards….

I added a few sequins to finish off the card, and embossed the greeting. I bought these greeting stamps from my favourite things and I think they will be used on most of my Christmas cards this year I just love them.

Thanks so much for stopping by I hope you have a lovely day!!!

Vic

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The start of Christmas cards

Hello!

How are you getting on with your Christmas cards this year? I’ve only made about 5….. every year I always think I will start sooner but it never happens and I never have enough for friends and family…..

I saw these cute mama elephant stamps and I had to have them, actually I don’t own many Christmas stamps so I’m going to have to work on that πŸ˜‰

I made this card earlier and started by stamping the trees and images. I used my copic markers for this and added some snowy hills using my die cuts. It actually took me ages after stamping and colouring to get the finished result.

I added a heat embossed sentiment to finish the card off.

Thank you so much for stopping by I’m hoping to get a few more cards made this week.

Have a lovely day!

Vic

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Ink blending on cards

Hello! Lots of people have asked me about ink blending on cards so I thought I would share what inks I use.

I love using Tim holtz distress ink but you can use any pigment ink, the only difference is distress ink will react with water leaving a lighter distressed result. Personally I have found they are not great for stamping images but fantastic for blending and building background colours.

On this card I used distress ink to make the background to the window but I didn’t add water or splotches of water, I used a sponge to blend the ink.

On this card you can see the distressed effect when water is added. This is super fun and you can make all different types of background images. This needs a few different colours of ink and lots of blending so be prepared for an achy arm afterwards…

Here’s a closer look at how you can add water for a fun effect.

For this card I used pigment ink and blended the cloud background with some softer colours. You can’t get the same effect with pigment as you can when using distress ink and adding water but I love using them for a nice background plus you can stamp images and greetings with pigment ink. Totally worth investing a few different colours into your collection and they will last a long time.

How do I blend the ink?

You will need a scrap piece of paper, your inks and sponges and place your card on the paper. Dab the sponge into the ink and don’t add it to the card straight away. Start by adding the ink onto the scrap piece of paper and gently work towards the edge of your card. Keep repeating until you have your background covered. If using distress ink add your other colours. Now you need to add a few splotches of water, wait a few seconds and you should see your ink start to soak into the water. If you need too use a paper towel to pick up the remaining water. Hey presto you have a distressed background that looks pretty cool.

Pigment ink is used exactly the same way but no water is needed. This is great for adding colour to card and stencils will be your best friend.

I find using a small circular motion is the best way to blend the inks.

I hope this was helpful to some of you that are new to cardmaking. If you give this a go don’t forget to comment or tag me on Instagram.

Have a great weekend!

Vic

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Bright baby card

Hello!! It’s a cold and dark day today in the UK so I thought I better make something bright and colourful! 

I used some distress ink for the background and watercolored these images, I haven’t done much watercolour lately so I thought it would be a nice change. 

I used some stamps from my favourite things, paper smooches and your next stamp. 

I added some grass and sequins to finish the card off. 

Now to find someone who’s recently had a baby…….

I have also made a start on some Christmas cards so here’s a little peek at a recent one. 

Thanks for stopping by I hope you have a great weekend! I can’t believe we’re in November already!!! 

See you soon

Vic

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Mft superstar card contest

Hello friends! Thank you for visiting my blog, my favourite things stamps are back with their superstar card contest 2017 so I thought as I love their products so much I will enter it this year. You can enter the exciting challenge Here

I love these cute bunnies they are just lovely and I had so much fun making this card!

So here is the three cards I made for the colouring challenge and I had a blast doing it. All the products I used are by my favourite things. These dragons are so cute and so much fun to play with I added a die border and of course made this into a shaker card.

For this card I stamped these absolutely adorable cats and coloured them in with copics, I thought it would be fun to have a matching envelope too! I added some die cut banners and some vellum that I ran through my die cutting machine with the stitched embossing die to add some fun texture.

Thanks so much for stopping by I hope you enjoyed the cards and don’t forget to enter the challenge too!

Vic

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Cards and colouring

Howdy! Hope your keeping well I can’t believe it’s the end of summer already! It’s been disappointing this summer I think we have had more rain than sun!

Anywhoo I have managed to escape to the craft room some nights and managed some cards and colouring.

I love these woodland animals they are so cute and I coloured these in with distress ink. The background is a grid stamp embossed with white embossing powder.

This little cute mouse took centre stage on this card, he’s so sweet.

These little images were coloured in with copic markers. I am still getting used to using these markers but I absolutely love them and the colours.

This shaker card was coloured using primsacolor pencils, this troll is just adorable and I know my girls will be fighting each other to use these stamps!

Thanks so much for stopping by I hope you have a great day!

Vic

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Spooky πŸ‘»

Hi! I thought I would share this Halloween card I made last night, it took absolutely ages for some reason.

I made the background with distress inks and stamped these cute little spooky images and coloured them in with copic markers.

I then stamped some bats and a spider onto the card and then heat embossed the sentiment.

Thanks for stopping by have a great weekend!

Vic

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Happy birthday

Hello! I made this sweet card for my mums birthday and she absolutely loved it, all the products are from My Favourite Things.

I used a background die for the background but added the pieces of dies back into the background which really makes a lovely finish. The cute girls are coloured in with copic markers and I added a fringed banner at the top.

Thanks so much for stopping by have a great day!

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Seaside fun

Hi hope your having a lovely afternoon!

I got some new stamps from my favourite things and made this shaker card, I thought it would be nice to add two shaker elements to this.


How sweet is that frog ha ha! It took ages to colour them all in but that’s the fun bit right? I definitely need to stock up on some more sequins though….

Have a fab weekend guys see you soon!

Vic