Rainy Day Card making with a sketch

So it is summer here in Australia, which often means rain in January, at the moment we have heavy downpours & it has been like that all week. Although the last couple of days it has been broken up with humid sunshine. Plus we are still in a hotspot for Covid in my region – so my holiday leave is at home. What is a girl to do ? Well craft of course.

So I thought why not just create with the most recent Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #402

I stuck to the orientation of the sketch & used a tiny scallop stamp for the scallops & replace the Flowers with these Penguins to create this cute Birthday Card.

Happy Birthday Winter Penguins

I used Close To My Heart Party Time Paper for the main rectangle & the current Jan – Feb Mix-ins paper for the banner. I added stamped faux stitching to the banner to ground it a bit more as it is sits away from the edge. The Penguins are from the current Jan – Feb CTMH catalogue & are called Winter Penguins – I think they are so cute.

I hope you liked my idea & it has inspired you to try it out or even the sketch out for yourself.

If you are interested in any of the products I used & live in Australia you can order these on my website.

Edit

My card made the Top 3 designs from Sketch # 402. 

Til next time, see you soon & keep creating!
Maz

Crafting on World Cardmaking Day 2020

Some of us are still staying home in 2020, so what better way than to spend your time making & creating cards this World Cardmaing day. Although today we have a gorgeous spring day outside so a bit of it will be spent outdoors enjoying it.

I thought I start off my day by working off a sketch from the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #388 and I wanted to try out a mini slimline card & seeing it is a gorgeous spring day – I had to use flowers.

So this is the sketch I worked off from today.

And from that bit of inspiration I created this sweet mini slimline card.

You Make My Heart Happy Spring Mini Slimline Card

I used the Close To My Heart Operation Smile Every Bit of Wonderful stamp set for the flowers & sentiment. I cut the squares from the Woodgrain pattern paper using the smallest stitched square thin cut dies, kraft cardstock & some soft pink cardstock to create my mini slimline card.

I added some black shimmer brush splatters to represent the three dots at the top of the card.

The mini slimline card with a finished size of 6″ x 3.5″ was a fun slightly smaller surface to play with but I loved how it turned out.

I hope you liked my idea & it has inspired you to try it out or even the sketch out for yourself.

EDIT This card made the Top 3 from Sketch # 388

Til next time, Happy World Cardmaking Day, see you soon & keep creating!
Maz

Amazing ideas using Floral Details & Distress Oxide that you will want to try out.

Distress® Oxide® Inks are not new but they are to Close To My Heart & I thought it would be fun to play with these fun water-reactive dye & pigment ink fusion & use the Floral Details & Background stamp to showcase the different looks you can achieve Distress® Oxide® Inks with with one image.

What I love about Distress® Oxide® Inks is that they are easy to blend, if you had issues blending before, than try these inks. They help give you nice coverage with no lines. They create an oxidized effect when sprayed with water , the look is unique to these inks. But with these inks you can also stamp & emboss with them & there are soo many things you can do with them.

Distress Oxide Stamping & Embossing Resist

This is one of the simplest techniques, it really just embossing resist, but Distress Oxides blend so nicely & are easy to wipe off the embossed image.

Once I embossed the image, I added picked raspberry & candied apple. I buffed off the excess ink on top of the embossed image. The card design came into play due to the fact when I was covering the embossing there was just one part that didn’t emboss properly so I only had once nice area that I could use that I just did not want to toss after all the hard work, but wow I loved how this card came together from this mistake. I used the inside of the large stitched rectangle & cut out a piece using one of the Fancy Borders Thin Cuts & added foam tape to raise it above the background.

Distress Oxide Stamping & Water

When you add water to the inks they run which is great to create water colours but doing this directly on cardstock they do nor run or smudge much. To get that to occur you need a barrier like Gesso or even stamp onto watercolour cardstock, to stop the water from sinking straight into the cardstock.

Once the Gesso was dry I stamped the Floral Details & Background stamp onto it & then used a water brush to spread out & smudge the ink into the stamped images.

Once the background was done I cut it with the Stitched Rectangle Frames Thin Cuts & backed with Sapphire Cardstock & created a shaker on the front with Gold Star Confetti I loved how the background turned out it is so pretty.

For anyone wondering what else you can do if you do not have Gesso, in this card I used the Distress Watercolor Cardstock & stamped onto the smooth side & was still able to do the blending & smudging.

For this card I stamped the Floral Details & Background onto Distress Watercolor Cardstock with Peacock Feathers Distress Oxide™ Ink  onto the smooth side & smudged & blended the ink with the Round Waterbrush.

Distress Oxide Inks + Water Stamping

With this technique you cover cardstock with Distress® Oxide® Inks & then cover your stamp with water & stamp – thats right stamp the image with with water. Make sure you let the stamp sit for a bit on the ink before removing & dry with a heat gun to speed up the oxide reaction.

For this one I cover white daisy cardstock with candied apple before I stamped over with the Floral Details & Background stamp in water. I cut the cardstock down & added a thin strip of black cardstock & silver shimmer trim. I really like how subtle the stamp image is.

Now I also tried this technique with Black cardstock – one of the things with Distress® Oxide® Inks is due to their pigment properties they sit on top of the cardstock showing the colour.

I covered the black cardstock with seedless preserves before I stamped over with the Floral Details & Background stamp in water. I die cut the Thanks Thin Cuts I added some White Opal Pearls to the Thanks image & extra flowers. It is amazing how the water stamped image stands out so much more on the black cardstock than the white.

Distress Oxide & Waterpainting or Watercolour lifting technique

For this technique I used water in a water brush to colour in images. I started with the Distress Oxide Stamping & Embossing Resist techniques first described in this post. I covered the entire piece of cardstock with mowed lawn Distress® Oxide® Inks & buffed off the excess. I then went back with the water colour brush & painted the flowers & leaves with water & let it dry. To remove more colour you can dab off the excess water & add more water. The whiter/lighter colour intensifies over time as it dries.

Once I was happy how the leaves & flowers were lighter, I stamped, die cut & coloured the fawn from the Woodland Friends image. Added the stitched rectangle die layered a few times & a Merry Christmas cut using the Cricut.

Iron Off Transfer

For this technique I started with the Distress Oxide Stamping & Embossing Resist techniques first described in this post. I then used the Distress Oxide & Waterpainting or Watercolour lifting technique as above. Then I covered the cardstock with another piece of cardstock & ironed over it – only the embossing powder will transfer, unless you did not buff off the excess ink off the embossed image. It makes the cardstock flat so you no longer see the embossing & on the transfer piece the embossed image is a little more smooshed, not as fine lined & crisp.

I then covered the iron off transfer with more distress oxide inks & it looks more softer way than before.

You can see the two pieces before I created into cards side by side. The left side is the embossed image that I covered with Mustard Seed & Spiced Marmalade & the right side is where I have ironed off the embossing powder & then covered with Abandoned coral, Mustard Seed & Spiced Marmalade.

Painting with Distress Oxide Inks

So we know we can create a water colour like paint with the distress oxide inks, so I thought it be good to do some painting/colouring with the watercolours I created with them. To create the watercolours I smooshed some ink onto the All-purpose Mat & mixed with some water & picked up the colours with the water brush to paint onto the images.

The gold embossing kept the paint in the lines & adding more layers of paint over the dried areas helped create shades.

On this card I stepped up this technique a notch & coloured over back soot with the watercolours I created on the All-purpose Mat and wow I loved how this turned out.

I white embossed onto white daisy cards stock & then covered the embossed image in black soot distress oxide ink. I then smooshed some ink onto the All-purpose Mat & mixed with some water. I picked up the colour with the water colour brush & coloured the leaves & flowers in with the Distress® Oxide® Inks & then on the flowers I added some Clear Shimmer Brush for some extra sparkle.

The ink mixed with water not only oxidized the black soot, but also allowed me to layer the colour on top of the black soot background. They are soft & pretty over the black soot.

Specials

Make sure you check out our other great promotions including Got Candy? & National Stamping Day Creativity in Motion And don’t forget you can sign up any time to our Craft with Heart™ – Scrapbooking or Cardmaking Subscriptions with Heart. With new designs that have started this month.

I hope you liked my ideas & it has inspired you to try some of these out for yourself. Til next time, see you soon & keep creating!
Maz

A Wild Bunch of Card Ideas

The stamp set A Wild Bunch is a very cute stamp set & I had fun creating lots of ideas with it as I just could not resist trying out a bunch of Wild card ideas with it

This fun card I wanted the animals to float with their balloons with a coloured sky.

I cut each piece of white cardstock using the Fancy Borders Thin Cuts & coloured in each piece with Distress® Oxide® Inks, some I added water to oxidise it others I just blended colour from the next piece. I fussy cut out the penguin & koala with their balloons & added some clear shimmer brush to the balloons.

I thought that I would create some balloons using the cricut This made the card super simple to pull together.

I created a bunch of different sized balloons using the Cricut® You Are Here Digital Collection. Once I cut them out I position them on the card I stamped. coloured & fussy cut out the koala & position him attached to a balloon. To finish off I found that the Surprise word from the Border Tab Stamp Set that is part of the Creativity in Motion Bundle

This fun idea has a fun fold at the front & instead of holding a balloon I thought the croc’s hands positions were perfect to hold a banner.

I used the Bloom with Grace Paper for the card base & the fussy cut sunflowers. I created string using the Fancy Borders Thin Cuts & the stamped & fussy cut out happy from the Wishing You Everything stamp set.

For this little croc card it all started out with me trying to make a night sky & playing with stickles glitter gel and wasn’t sure what I do, next thing I know I made a shaker card with it

I added the shaker on top of some Party Time Paper as the dark background matched in with the background I made. I finished off by fussy cutting clouds, the gator & balloons to the card.

On this one I used the the Cricut Balloon from Blue Belle Cardstock (the colour of the Year) & turned it into a shaker.

I used the Gold Star Confetti & on the front I sponged some blue ink & stamped over the clouds with white pigment ink to blend into the background. The penguin was stamped & fussy cut out & I stamped the balloon string for the penguin to hang onto it.

From The Close To My Heart Art Department

The Art Department did a fab Job with this stamp set, I love the cloud background behind the Koala & check out the sequins mixed with the splatters on the Croc/Gator card.

Specials

Make sure you check out our other great promotions including Got Candy? & National Stamping Day Creativity in Motion And don’t forget you can sign up any time to our Craft with Heart™ – Scrapbooking or Cardmaking Subscriptions with Heart. With new designs that have started this month.

I hope you liked my ideas & it has inspired you to try some of these out for yourself. Til next time, see you soon & keep creating!
Maz

Close To My Heart Stitched Together Australasian Blog Hop

Australasian Blog Hop

A Happy Hello and welcome aboard our Stitched Together Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop.

If you have arrived here from Danielle Edwards – Scrappychicks then you are in the right place. If you landed here by accident, no problem, please join in by following the link at the end of this post.

The Stitched Together Paper Collection is a mix of floral images that can easily be used for quilting or sewing themed scrapbook layouts. It has pops of bright colours such Candy Apple & Sapphire with the softer colours of Peach & Mint.

My first project is a 12″ x 12″ Scrapbook Layout, based off the a scrapbook layout that Close To My Heart done for a virtual event for Mothers Day.

I used a a mixed of fussy cutting the floral paper of flowers & butterflies with the sticker sheet for more flowers & leaves.

I added some some stamped stitches to the layout & created some watercolour effects with the Strokes of an Artist using Mink Ink. To create my Title I used a sentiment from the Stitched Together Cardmaking to go with the Good Times sticker sheet & added some markers to the white foam alphabet stickers. I replaced the dot in the i with a flower bud sticker.I softened the lighter side of the Lemonade cardstock by adding a layer of vellum, which was also used as part of a cluster under the photo mat.

To get more photos & extra journalling space I added a Flip Flap.

I had lots of fun creating this layout with Stitched Together Paper Collection and I would love you to leave a comment before heading off to the next stop, Doreen Watkins

Enjoy the hop & thanks so much for taking the time to check out these ideas with this month’s feature.

Til next time, see you soon & keep creating!
Maz

Close To My Heart Aurora Australasian Blog Hop

Australasian Blog Hop

A Happy Hello and welcome aboard our Aurora Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop.

If you have arrived here from Danielle Edwards – ScrappyChick then you are in the right place. If you landed here by accident, no problem, please join in by following the link at the end of this post.

The colour combination in the Aurora Paper Collection is so pretty & while this is perfect for outdoors due to the sticker collection, I have had fun creating with this paper in different ways too.

My first project is a 8½” x 11″ scrapbook Layout. I loved the lurples & dark blues that were in one of the pattern papers, but I knew I did not want the pine trees.

I created these flowers a while back to have some fun with mixed media & when I seen them next to the paper I knew I had to create a layout with them. See close up of the texture on the flowers & well they work with the papers

I added some stickers from the sticker sheet & some hearts from the Aurora Acrylic Shapes to tie it all together – I loved how it all came together & looks.

My next project I decided to make a card & well seeing it is an outdoorsy type paper & about nature, why not use the Sweet Hummingbird.

I used both sides of the paper & a zip strip & coloured the bird in markers to match & co-ordinate & added Best Wishes from the Stamp of the Month time to Celebrate.

I had lots of fun creating with Aurora Paper Collection and I would love you to leave a comment before heading off to the next stop, Doreen Watkins

Enjoy the hop & thanks so much for taking the time to check out these ideas with this month’s feature.

Til next time, see you soon & keep creating!
Maz