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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 ๐Ÿ˜‰

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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Spooky ๐Ÿ‘ป

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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Your Next Stamp Feature Day

Hi!

Its feature day at Your Next Stampย and we are creating a card that is inspired by a famous painting.ย  You can also win a stamp set of your choice by leaving a comment here on the YNS blog.

I thought about a famous painting and there is so many to choose from but I decided to go with Van Gough starry night over:

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I really loved the night time theme with all the pretty starsย and it inspired me to make this card:

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I used the gorgeous stamp set Fairytale Friends and Iย  made the night sky with distress ink. I am seriously in love with this stamp set.

Karen who is the owner at Your Next Stampย is celebrating her son Brandon’s 9th birthday and they are having a FLASH SALE! There is a whooping 22% off your purchase for 3 days only! Be sure to stock up on all you favourite stamps.

Sadly this is my last post a guest designer for Your Next Stamp. I have had such a blast and absolutely loved all the gorgeous new products, and meeting new people. You ladies are awesome! Thank you so much to Karen and Julie for having me I am truly honoured.

 

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Your Next Stamp Design Team Dare

Hi! Your Next Stampย are having a design team dare and this time it’s using their gorgeous gumdrops! Yippee!!! I just absolutely love these!

Here is the sweet card I made, and I had to stop myself completely covering it with gumdrops ha ha!!

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Here is the newest arrival of the gumdrops aren’t they just gorgeous!!!!! You can buy them right HERE

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Also this is the sweet stamp set I used to create this card of course she is called total sweetness which is available HERE

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Now here is the really fun part where you can win a stamp set yay!!!! All you have to do is head on over to your next stamp blog and leave a comment to win a stamp set of your choice, that’s it!!!

All comments must be left by the 12th of May and the winner will be announced on the 14th of May.

Good luck!!!!!

Vic