Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Beauty in blue

I hope my floral lovers are here today because I've got a beauty to show you!  Today I am using an image from Polka Dot Orchard.  It is from the Flowers in Bloom set.


I do love me some florals!  Here is my card:



I began by printing the stamp out onto watercolor paper in more of a medium gray instead of black.  Then I started adding color with watercolor pencils.  I used a waterbrush to blend the pencil and spread out the color.  I went back a couple times to add more shadows in the darker areas.

After I was done with the coloring, I ran it through my Minc machine with silver foil.  Since the outline print image was so light, it only picked up some of the silver foil.  I love the look!  

I added white dots with a gel pen to the edge of some of the petals as well as the center of the flower.  I cut the watercolor panel down and added a layer of gray patterned paper behind it.  

For the card base I cut a piece of dark gray cardstock down to be a top fold, A2 sized base.  I cut a rectangle of blue patterned paper on the diagonal and glued a piece to two of the corners.  I added foam tape to the back of the watercolor & gray panel and glued it in place.

The sentiment comes from the It's Your Day set.  I printed it on white cardstock and ran it through my Minc with a teal colored foil.  It looks awesome in real life!  I cut a banner edge and then cut a gray piece of cardstock to match.  I added foam tape to the back and added it to the card.  For the final details I added Silver Moondust Nuvo drops.  There you have it.  A simple but lovely card!


Thanks for stopping by!
~Kristina



Thursday, September 12, 2019

In my thoughts

Is it Friday yet?  Have you ever noticed how long the first full week after a holiday feels?  LOL!  I'm struggling but I've almost made it to the weekend.  Go me!  Anywho...let's talk about a card!  I have been wanting to increase my stash of sympathy cards because I never seem to have any on hand when I need them.  I tend to use flowers as my go to images and the Spread Your Wings set from Polka Dot Orchard is just perfect!


Here is the card I created.


I started by printing the flowers out onto a piece of watercolor cardstock.  Then I used several different shades of watercolor pencisl and blender brush to color up the image.  I cut it out with a scalloped rectangle die

I added foam tape and adhered it to an olive green rectangle.  This was then glued directly to a gorgeous floral design paper from Simple Stories.  Then finally onto a natural ivory card base.

The sentiment comes from the Floral Flourish Background 4 set.  I printed it onto a rust piece of cardstock.  Then I ran it through my Minc with gold foil.  I added foam tape to the back of the strip before adding it to the card.  Now I needed some more sparkle so I added gold splatters over the entire card front.  Ta da!  All done!

I hope you will head over to the Polka Dot Orchard store HERE and check out all of the awesome stamp sets!



Smooches
~Kristina

Other supplies used:


Tombow Mono Multi Liquid glue
Tombow Mono Multi Liquid glue
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SBC | EH
Heidi Swapp MINC 6 inch Mini Foil Applicator
Heidi Swapp MINC 6 inch Mini Foil Applicator
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SBC
Therm O Web Foam Tape
Therm O Web Foam Tape
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SBC | EH
White Gelly Roll pen
White Gelly Roll pen
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SBC
Canson Watercolor paper
Canson Watercolor paper
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EH
Ranger Tim Holtz Water Brush - Fine Brush
Ranger Tim Holtz Water Brush - Fine Brush
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EH
Autumn Splendor - Simple Stories
Autumn Splendor - Simple Stories
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Dies R Us
Gold Foil - Heidi Swapp
Gold Foil - Heidi Swapp
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SBC

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Meow!

Happy Wednesday!  I'm over on the Dies R Us blog today sharing my very last post as part of the design team.  Here is the first card I created.


Now click right HERE to go to the Dies R Us blog to check out the second card I made and all of the details!

Hope to see you there!
~Kristina

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Flippin Fall fun

Hey there crafty friends!  After a bit of crafting drought, I'm back!  Today you will find me over on the Dies R Us blog trying out the fabulous Triple Flip die from Karen Burniston.

All you gotta do is click HERE!

Here is the front side of the card.  You'll have to head to the blog to see the back side!


Hope to see you there!

Monday, September 2, 2019

Stay Beautiful

It's a long holiday weekend so that means I had the opportunity to work on my next Altenew Educator Certification program project!  This class was called Polychromatic.  As you can imagine, this class focused on ways to use multiple colors on your projects.    The instructor is the fabulous Nina-Marie Trapani!

My favorite lesson was the one that did watercoloring with similar colors.  Plus, I recently got my hands on some black watercolor paper and I was itching to try it out!


Let me walk you through my process.

I chose to use the lovely Leaf Clusters set.  My watercolors are Finetec Mica watercolors.  These show up so well on the black watercolor paper.  I added small amounts of water to the paint pans.  Then I used a damp paint brush to pick up the color.  I dabbed the paint gently onto the stamp.  I stamped it onto the watercolor paper and held it in place for a bit.  This was so that the paints could absorb into the paper.

Once the images were dry, I cut them out using the matching dies.  Now that I could see the stamp outline clearly, I went back with some lighter, similar colors to add a bit of detail.


I cut another piece of the black watercolor paper and got to work on a background.  I used three of the same colors I had used on the stamps to create a wash background.  I then cut it out with a scalloped rectangle die.


I cut a scalloped white oval as a centerpiece for my card.  I played around with the layout until I was happy with it!


I adhered the watercolor wash panel onto a top fold, A2 white card base.  I added foam tape to the back of the white oval and glued it in place.  Then I used liquid glue to add the flowers.  I did trim off the leaves that hung over the edge of the card.

Now to add the final touches!  I stamped the sentiment using Stay Beautiful from Geometric Flowers and Friend from Frosted Garden.  I then glued the sentiment rectangle onto a piece of vellum just slightly larger.  I also added foam tape to the back of it before adhering it on top of the flowers.  And last, but not least, I added a sprinkling of sparkling clear sequins.


I hope you have enjoyed my project today!

~Kristina

Supplies used:


Geometric Flowers - Altenew
Geometric Flowers - Altenew
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Altenew
Tombow Mono Multi Liquid glue
Tombow Mono Multi Liquid glue
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SBC | EH
Therm O Web Foam Tape
Therm O Web Foam Tape
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SBC | EH
Frosted Garden - Altenew
Frosted Garden - Altenew
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Altenew
Leaf Clusters Stamps - Altenew
Leaf Clusters Stamps - Altenew
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Altenew
Leaf Clusters Dies - Altenew
Leaf Clusters Dies - Altenew
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Altenew
4mm Sparkling Clear sequins
4mm Sparkling Clear sequins
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EH
6mm Sparkling clear sequins
6mm Sparkling clear sequins
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EH

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Faux Floating Frame

Hiya friends!  Ever started to do a technique card and realized it wasn't going to work out?  That's what happened to me so I improvised and created a new (to me anyways) technique!  You can find all of the details on the Dies R Us blog right HERE

I'll tease you with the first card but you'll have to come on over to see the second one!  Sneaky aren't I?



Toodles!
~Kristina

Friday, August 9, 2019

Petals for the Pittmans--take three

Good afternoon!  I am back today with another card created with one of the limited time only Petals for the Pittmans stamp sets.   Time is running out to grab this mini set and the two other sets!  Plus you have until August 14th to link up your floral creation to be in the running to win one of MANY prizes.

You can find the linky party HERE.  Come and play a long!

I also wanted to remind you that these gorgeous collaboration sets are being sold as a fundraiser to help our own design team member Larissa Pittman and her husband.  You can read all about them at the linky party post as well.

Ok, how about that card??


I printed the image and sentiment out on Copic friendly cardstock.  The stem wasn't as long as I wanted so I just drew it in with a Copic friendly black marker.  The green layer and the pink layer were created by just scribbling with the matching Copic marker.  This way I could make sure everything matched perfectly!

List of Copics used:

Butterfly YR09, YR16, YR15
Flower RV06, Y38, Y11
Flower center RV09,RV04, RV02
Stem G09, YG07, YG05
Shadow around flower V01, V000, V0000 and 0

Here is a look at the mini stamp set which you can find HERE in the Polka Dot Orchard Etsy store.


Come on over today and link up your floral creation or purchase these stamps today!

Have an awesome Friday!
~Kristina

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Choose to Shine

Hi my crafting friends!  It's Wednesday and that means it is my turn to host the blog post for Dies R Us.  Here's a little peek.



You find all the details for this card and TWO more right HERE.  Hurry on over and check it out!

Toodles!
~Kristina


Friday, July 26, 2019

Sip Happens

Hello my friends!  Popping in for a quick post to share my latest floral card.  It features two digital stamps from Polka Dot Orchard.  They are Sip Happens and Its Your Day.  I combined the flower image with the wine glass.  The stems aren't long enough to go inside the wine glass so I just added them with a fine line marker and a pencil.


I printed it out onto Bristol Smooth cardstock.  I then used Zig Clean Color real brush markers and a water brush to color the images.  I cut it out using my Brother Scan & Cut before adding it to the card.  The papers are from the BoBunny Bee-utiful You paper pad.  I added foam tape to the back of the flower before putting it on the die cut oval.

For a few final touches I added Wink of Stella Glitter Gloss and Midas Touch.  I also added some enamel dots in coordinating colors.  That's it!  

I am adding this to the linky Petals for the Pittman's party over at Polka Dot Orchard.  You can find the link up HERE.  There are tons of prizes to be won and it's all for a great fundraiser!


I tried to capture the sparkle in the sunshine!


Have a fabulous crafty day!
~Kristina

Supplies used:

Bee-utiful You - BoBunny
Bee-utiful You - BoBunny
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EH
Primary Sprinkles - Doodlebug
Primary Sprinkles - Doodlebug
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EH
Midas Touch - Tonic Nuvo Shimmer
Midas Touch - Tonic Nuvo Shimmer
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EH
Shadow Mauve 303 - Zig Clean Color
Shadow Mauve 303 - Zig Clean Color
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EH
Ochre 63 - Zig Clean Color
Ochre 63 - Zig Clean Color
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EH
Green 40 - Zig Clean Color
Green 40 - Zig Clean Color
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EH
Lemon Yellow 51 - Zig Clean Color
Lemon Yellow 51 - Zig Clean Color
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EH
Its Your Day - Polka Dot Orchard digi stamp
Its Your Day - Polka Dot Orchard digi stamp
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PDO
Sip Happens - Polka Dot Orchard digi stamp
Sip Happens - Polka Dot Orchard digi stamp
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PDO
Tombow Mono Multi Liquid glue
Tombow Mono Multi Liquid glue
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SBC | EH
Wink of Stella - Glitter Clear
Wink of Stella - Glitter Clear
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SBC | EH
Strathmore Bristol Smooth paper
Strathmore Bristol Smooth paper
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EH
May Green 47 Zig Clean Color Real Brush Marker
May Green 47 Zig Clean Color Real Brush Marker
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EH