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The best mama I know

Hello friends.

I thought I would pop in and show you this sweet card I made using Uniquely creative April stamp and colour kit . If you haven’t seen the New release yet be sure to check it out. It’s jam packed with adorable images!

I also made the background with Distress Ink. The sentiment was heat embossed with white embossing powder and the images I coloured in with my Uniquely creative watercolour paints .

Thanks for stopping by today!

Vic

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Boo-yah it’s your birthday

Hello! I am up today on the papermilldirect blog with a fun bright monster card.

I love making bright and colourful cards and today we have this adorable monster birthday card.

The products I used are:

You will also need:

  • Monster stamp ( Out of this world Uniquely Creative)
  • White Embossing Powder (WOW)
  • Copic Markers
  • Distress Ink 
  • Sponge

Monster Card

To start with I used a piece of White Card Super Smooth 300gsm which I trimmed down, scored and folded in half for my card base. I then trimmed down another piece of White Card Super Smooth 250gsm that will be used for the ink blending.

I used some bright distress inks for the background and I started by gently adding the colours and then blending them together with the sponge. Its very easy to do using White Card Super Smooth 250gsm as it blends like butter.

After this was dry I heat embossed the sentiment using white embossing powder and adhered this to my card base using Stick it! 3D Foam Tape 9mm.

I then stamped and coloured my images onto some more White Card Super Smooth 250gsmand cut them out. I then placed them onto my card using some Stick it! 3D Foam Tape 9mm.

Don’t be afraid to try different coloured inks when making your background. The White Card Super Smooth 250gsm is fantastic for blending inks and pigment inks are also a dream to blend.

I hope you have fun making a bright card and use any colour you like for the backgrounds. Its so fun and easy to do.

Thanks for stopping by

Vic

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A critter birthday

Hello! I hope you are enjoying your bank holiday weekend! Today I am up on the Papermilldirect blog showing you how to make this sweet critter card.

Products I used:

White Card Plain 250gsm

Raspberry Pink Plain Card 240gsm

Apple Green Card Plain 240gsm

Black Plain Card 250gsm

Anita’s PVA Tacky Glue 60ml

Stick it! 3D Foam Squares (940 pcs)

Stick it! Double Sided Tape 6mm

• pigment inks

• ink blending tool or sponge

• stamps

• markers

• embossing powder

• heat gun

• Dies/ cricut machine

To start with I made my card base using White Card Plain 250gsm which I scored and folded in half to make my card base. I then cut down a piece of White Card Super Smooth 300gsm, which is my favourite cardstock to craft with as its so versatile. I then used some pigment inks and my sponge to make a blended background. You can use whatever colours you like for your card, I used some pinks and yellows for my background.  I then added this to the front of my card base using Stick it! Double Sided Tape 6mm.

I then used another piece of White Card Super Smooth 300gsm to stamp my images and colour them in. I used copic markers for this as this card is absolutely perfect for using your alcohol markers on. Once all my images were coloured and cut I really wanted to add some more bright colours to my card.  I used a die to cut the grass and I used this lovely card Apple Green Card Plain 240gsm which is perfect for adding some grass or hills to your creation. I then die cut the words happy using Raspberry Pink Plain Card 240gsm which is another favourite of mine.

I then added all my elements to the card front. For the die cut Happy letters I used Anita’s PVA Tacky Glue 60ml to stick the letters down which is great as it sticks really well. I added some of this to grass die and placed the grass at the bottom of my card. I then stuck down the animals with some Stick it! 3D Foam Squares (940 pcs).  To finish the card off I stamped the word birthday and heat embossed this onto some Black Plain Card 250gsm (another favourite). I then added some Stick it! 3D Foam Squares (940 pcs) to the back of this and added this just under the die cut words happy.

I think adding some bright colours of cardstock to your card really adds fun and it will certainly make someone smile.

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Exciting news

Hello! I hope your having a lovely start to your weekend. I have some really exciting news. I am now on the design team for Papermill direct. I am so honoured and lucky that they asked me they have the best card stock and paper! The quality is amazing and is perfect for crafts.

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I have a tutorial up on the Papermill direct blog on how I made this card. I thought with spring hopefully on the way it would be nice to add some bright colours and of course a hedgehog on a bike!

Products used:

Papermilldirect raspberry card stock

Papermilldirect white hammered card stock

penny black clear stamps

distress ink

derwent inktense pencils

I would love you to check out my post and tutorial, thank you so much!

Vic

 

 

 

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Catching up

Hello! I hope your having a lovely Friday, sorry it’s been quiet over here on my blog I have moved and finally getting everything unpacked.

I have been making cards some evenings so here’s my most recent makes:

I made this shaker card and used the sweet squirrel from my favourite things. I coloured her in with distress inks and I love the glitter paper from papermill direct it doesn’t shed woohoo!!!

Another card made using my favourite things stamps these bears are so fun for birthday cards. I coloured these with my copics.

This cute little bear is perfect for a masculine card and I have to admit men cards aren’t my thing I find them really hard to make and they usually end up in the bin! This stamp set is by Newton’s nook and is great if your struggling like me with a man card.

Here’s a peek into my card stock I am trying to use up more coloured card as again I sometimes find it a challenge to use them. I usually stick to white and make my own colour backgrounds, but I’m going to challenge myself to use the bright card.

Thank you so much for stopping by I will be back soon with a super exciting post!

Vic

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Today is a good day to be happy

Hi! I love this quote from waffle flower crafts “today is a good day to be happy”. It’s so true isn’t it we often wake up feeling the opposite so I am going to keep this quote with me. It’s so important to wake up feeling positive.

I recently got this cute stamp set and wanted to make something straight away.

I love this cute bear on the bike along with the quote so here is the card I made I hope it cheers you up.

I stamped all the images with versamark ink and coloured them in with copics. I also used a metal die to emboss the square which is great as now I can use my dies to emboss along with embossing folders!

This bestie card is made using mama elephant stamps, again I coloured them in with my copic markers. This card took a long time to make but I really enjoyed it, I started with my distress inks to blend the background and die cut the words bestie. I was going to leave it there but I thought it would be fun to turn this into a shaker card, as you know I love a shaker!

I then added all the pieces together and ended up with this as the finished result.

Thank you so much for stopping by today I hope you have a great 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