Merry Making: Die-Cut Camouflage

Hello! Today will post about another card that I submitted earlier this month for Online Card Classes: Merry Making via my Flickr page:

I made the background by using my blending tool and my Distress Oxide Inks (colours: Iced Spruce and Peacock Feathers). With a clean paintbrush and some water, I painted some circles to create a Bokeh effect. After it had dried, I took the letter dies Quinn’s ABCs by Lawn Fawn, spelled the word “holidays” on the card and ran the whole panel through my die-cutting machine. I made sure that all insert pieces were saved.

I stamped one of the “Happy” sentiments from Lawn Fawn’s Happy Happy Happy above the die-cut “holidays” with Versamark ink, poured Lawn Fawn Silver embossing powder over it and heat embossed it with my heat tool. I adhered the panel onto a white cardbase.

I die-cut the word “holidays” from regular white cardstock about four or five times and stacked the resepctive letters on top of each other – this way I can create some dimension for the letters. On the very top of each letter, I put the letter that was die-cut from the panel.

I nested the stacked letters with liquid glue into the corresponding openings of the panel. The insert pieces were carefully adhered using a glue pen.

This card is actually quite simple to make, yet looks so elaborate and very elegant.
I hope you like it. Thank you for stopping by! See you soon!


Hello from the Mountains

Hello! I have finally been on summer holiday :-). I spent some time in the countryside of Austria and visited the mountain range Hohe Tauern (High Tauern). Inspired by the hikes in the mountains I made these cards:

From watercolour paper (Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor Cardstock) I die cut the Mountain Borders by Lawn Fawn. I coloured them using my Distress Inks as watercolours. The colours I used are: Tumbled Glass (sky), Pumice Stone (mountains in the back), Shabby Shutters, Crushed Olive, and Mowed Lawn. (For the “Hello” card, I mixed Pumice Stone with Crushed Olive.) The snowcaps are die-cut from plain white cardstock.
I took the tree images from the stamp sets Tobaggan Together and Mom + Me (both from Lawn Fawn) and stamped them with Lawn Fawn ink – the colours are Freshly Cut Grass, Jalapeno, and Noble Fir. From red cardstock (by American Crafts) I die-cut the sentiments using Lawn Fawn Quinn’s ABC and Scripty Hello.
I adhered everything together with Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue – only the sentiment “Danke” (German: thank you) was adhered with foam tape.

I liked the design so much that I made a couple more cards. I intend to use them for the InCoWriMo challenge, which I hope will take place again in February 2018…

I hope you like the cards, too. Thank you very much for stopping by!

Homework for “Sparkle & Shine”

Hello! Today I want to share with you the “homework” that I did for the Online Card Class “Sparkle & Shine”.

On Day 1, class was all about glitter. I made a Mother’s Day card for homework:

For this card, I used the Scripty Happy-die from Lawn Fawn, placed it onto a piece of white cardstock and ran it through my die-cutting machine. I took a piece of double-sided adhesive of the same size, and glued the panel with the “happy” die-cut on it. Now the “happy”-part exposed the adhesive and I sprinkled glitter on it (I used Martha Stewart Crafts Glitter in the colours kunzite and tourmaline). To make the glitter stick, I also gently rubbed it onto the adhesive.

The flowers are from the stamp set and coordinating die set Penelope’s Blossoms by Lawn Fawn. I stamped the images in Lawn Fawn Mermaid, Peacock and Freshly Cut Grass ink. For the sentiment, I used the “Mother’s Day” stamp from Lawn Fawn’s Happy Happy Happy and inked it with Versafine (Onyx Black) ink.

On Day 2, foiling was on the curriculum. I have tried foiling before and after this homework, I must admit that I do not like foiling at all! I have been trying to do foiling without the machine (you know, to keep things simple) by inking with Versamark ink and heat embossing Sticky Embossing Powder by Ranger or by using the Deco Foil Adhesive Pen. I struggle with foiling a lot and the time invested in this technique is, at least for me, just not worth it (sigh). I somehow made this card work and I would like to share it with you:

I used the stamp set You’re Koalafied from Gerda Steiner Designs. I made the background with Distress Inks (Scattered Straw, Antique Linen) and some water. I stamped the koala in Versafine ink (because it is waterproof) and coloured the koala with Distress Ink (Pumice Stone) and some water. The sentiment was also inked in Versafine (Onyx Black).

The word “hug” was created with Lawn Fawn’s Quinn’s ABC, double-sided tape and with Deco Foil Transfer Sheet in colour Teal. I adhered double-sided tape on a piece of cardstock, I cut the foiling sheet about the same size and glued it onto the adhesive. I gently rubbed the foil on the adhesive to make sure that it sticks and gently peeled off the backing sheet. I took the letters that I needed from Lawn Fawn’s Quinn’s ABC die set, placed them onto the foil and ran them through my die-cutting machine. To make it stand out more, I put foam tape on the back of the letters and adhered that to the panel.

I would also like to mention that this card has different dimensions than I usually work with. The main panel is cut to 4×4 inches, the card base is 4.25 by 8.5 inches (scored at 4.25 inches).

I hope you enjoy these cards! Thank you for stopping by! See you soon!