Alcohol ink ATC cards for Couture Creations

Hi everyone, today on the Couture Creations blog we have another fun challenge for you. This month Adriana challenges us to create some ATC cards. I created my ATC cards using a fun Alcohol Ink background and the gorgeous butterfly stamp. If you haven’t played with the new Couture Creations alcohol inks yet you are seriously missing out. I have a short little video on how I created the background in a few easy steps.

Hop on over to the Couture Creations blog to see what the rest of the design team created with the challenge.
After I created the backgrounds, and the gold was really shiny, I used my sanding block to add some scratches to the surface. It leaves a nice texture in the gold alcohol inked areas creating lots of interest.
We hope you enjoy this little tutorial and play along with us to create your own little amazing works of art. Until next time – happy creating!

Tropical Vibes Single Page Layout Kaisercraft Sunissed Range

It’s been a while since I have blogged – yes, sometimes you just have to step away and breathe. And that’s what I did for a while, but I am happy to say that I am back and hoping to give the blog a little make-over and dust off the spiderwebs and dust – so hang in there.

Today on the Kaisercraft blog I am sharing this single page layout using the gorgeous Kaisercraft Sunkissed range.
Inspired by a photo taken by my cousin while on an island holiday, this layout came together easily – of course the paper was perfect for the photo and things just well into place.
I love cutting out all the beautiful elements from the papers and layering them to create dimension and add interest. Some elements sits under the photo matt and others are layered on top to add interest.
Don’t forget to adhere some of your elements using foam tape for dimension.
Gold splats using Kaisermists and rhinestones finish off this layout beautifully.
I can’t wait to create some more gorgeous projects using this range – even though an island holiday is not on the cards yet – this paper brings warmth and happiness no matter what.
Until next time – happy crafting!

Creating a Colorful 2020 Planner Page with Memento Markers

After taking a little break over the holidays it’s back into full swing over on the blog and at my craft table. A little bit of exciting news too is that I finally got my Youtube channel up and running and now you can see my creative process in short little videos, I will be sharing these on my channel as well as all the amazing companies I love and design for this year. So watch this space – please like and support my little venture if you so desire. It will mean the world to me 🙂

Today I am sharing how I am planning out my year month by month using stamps and various inks. Using my wooden number stamps to add the dates to each month and I am also showing you how I am creating inspirational words for each month as a reminder of my goals for the year. I incorporate Gold as an accent to add some shine to my planner pages too.
Watch the video here
Supplies
Imagine
VersaFine Clair Inkpad – Nocturne 
Delicata Inker – Golden Glitz
Memento Dual Tip Marker – Teal Zeal, Summer Sky, Gray Flannel, Bamboo Leaves
Empty Bottle 2 oz Spray
Other
Planner Stamps: Heidi Swapp
Stamps: Art by Marlene
Planner: Kaisercraft
White Cardstock: Technique
Faith Sticker: Silhouette

Denim and Diamonds Insdpired Card

Layers of ink are my favourite way of using them. All Purpose ink especially is so versatile and layering them together can be amazing, but as soon as you layer them with other products they simply shine

For this card I teamed them together with Sparkle Paste to create a gorgeous effect
Mist a piece of watercolour paper with water. Then lift some API with a paint brush and paint the entire surface until fully covered. Leave to dry or use a heat gun to dry
Once dry, stencil a pattern onto the paper using Silver Sparkle Paste. I used this gorgeous star design that lends itself so well to this design and sparkle theme
Stamp a sentiment using VersaFine Clair Nocturne onto white cardstock and trim to size. Adhere the sentiment and add finishing touches using diamante and sequins

Products used
LBCR73839 Sparkle Paste – Shimmer Cloud (50g)
C8 SM4612 Celebr8 Mask – Wish Upon a Star
TAPI-093 All-Purpose Ink – Blue Bayou
DDOA551003 Watercolour Paint Brush Set (10 Pack)
TVF-CLA-351 VersaFine Clair Ink Pad – Nocturne
Other: Palette knife, water misting bottle

Season’s Greetings – stamped card background

Welcome to another blog post featuring some of the amazing Christmas themed goodies available now. I love the Mini Stamps from the Naughty or Nice Collection – simple to use and easy to make a statement with on your next project. This stamp is the one I might just chose to use for all my Christmas Cards this year – gorgeous and elegant.

step 1 – Stamp the images repeatedly onto smooth white cardstock using black ink.
step 2 – Add colour using whatever medium you prefer – I used my watercolour paints to add colour.
step 3 – Trim your background to fit onto the front of a folded card. Then use Liquid Pearls to add some dots in between the stamped images. Leave to dry.
step 4 – Grab some elements to use form your Ephemera packet to use on your card.
step 5 – Adhere the ephemera to your card and finish off with some embellishments.
I love how elegant and simple this card looks – just perfect for the festive season.
Products used:
Mini Stamp – Naughty or Nice – Mistletoe (1pc)
Ephemera – Naughty or Nice Die cut Ephemera Set
Adhesive Pearls – Deep Red (2mm- 424pc)
Adhesive Pearls – Emerald Green (3mm – 206pcs)
Adhesive – 3D Foam – White – Strips (3mm Wide)
Double Sided Tape – Bulk 12mm (12 Pieces)
Liquid Drops 3D Pearls – Rouge
Water colour paint, smooth white cardstock
Until next time – I hope you have started your Christmas cards already!

Create interest using layered stencils in red and metallic

Create some fun and interesting layered effects using stencils and color for your next project. Combine bright and bold colours like shades of red with metallic for a striking effect. Take a look at how I created this background.

Layering different stencil patterns over each other can create a really interesting effect on your backgrounds. Layer them by using inks or combining different mediums together like I did here.
Trim a piece of smooth white cardstock to fit the front of your card base. Tape stencil to the back and start blending using Memento Luxe Love Letter in. Leave some areas open
Next blend in the open areas using VersaMagic Red Magic and also overlap onto the Memento Luxe blended areas to create a seamless look.
TIP: Remember that you can also use your Versamagic Dew Drop ink pads for blending – you don’t always need Large ink pads
Stamp a sentiment onto white cardstock using VersaMagic Dew Drop ink pad in Red Magic and trim to size
Over stencil some silver glitter crosses to break the red color and add some interest to the background.
Finish off your card by adding the sentiment, diamanté and a wooden flower element

Products used imagine Crafts
Craft Mat
VersaMagic Dew Drop Red Magic
VersaMagic Red Magic
Memento Luxe Love Letter
Other: Stamps: Joy Clair; Foam tape; Cardstock: Antalis; Wooden element: Prima Stencils: Celebr8Crafts

Mixing it up, Lady Pattern Paper and Kaisercraft

Mixing it up again this time around and still very much in love with the Kaisercraft Magenta paper range for its pretty flowers, and Lady Pattern Paper for its basic essentials paper that works with anything.

A spunky layout filled with personality, colour and charm yet grounded – just like my beautiful niece. This is a fun layout, with all the elements that I love thrown together.
I started by adding some colour to my background paper used.
Mix tuxedo black and Paris Dusk Memento ink on a plastic packet. Then mist the ink with water until it forms coloured drops. Lift the packet and stamp the colour onto the background. Make sure some colour will be visible from behind your photo and elements. Leave to dry.
Adhere the patterned background to a sheet of cardstock to firm it up
Adhere the pink card cut from the bonus sheet from the Essentials V3 pack. Then adhere your photo, followed by the tag, flowers and other elements
Finish off your layout with some embellishments, brads and ink splats.
A quick and colourful layout perfect for any occasion, young and old. Just have fun with it – and don’t forget to mix those gorgeous paper ranges together for a unique look

Products used
KCPK607 Magenta 12×12 Paper Pack
LPPB0029 Basic Essentials V3 Pack (36 Includes Cut Out & 3 FREE Sheets)
TMD-608 Memento Dew Drop Ink Pad – Paris Dusk
TMD-900 Memento Dew Drop Ink Pad – Tuxedo Black

Art by Marlene Art Journaling Page

Each month I teach an Art Journaling Class and the Art by Marlene stamps and products has quickly become a firm favorite in these classes. This month we used the beautiful crab stamp – and it was a huge hit with everyone!

The base was created with watercolour paint [my first love] some of my stencils and of course lots of stamping to create the different layers.
These guys are so cute – we used watercolour paint to add layers of colours to the crabs giving them such unique personalities – each one looking amazing.
Rainbow colours for the win!
Stunning effects on the background using DecoArt paint and Glamour Dust for the coolest resist technique!
Why not join me for class next month at Short Cuts Crafts.

Products used
Art by Marlene stamp #18 Crab
Art by Marlene stamp # 38 Little Ladies
Background Flocons stamp Carabelle
VersaFine Clair Nocturne
Jow’s Mandala stencil
Americana White
DecoArt Glamour Dust Black iris

Make a rainbow coloured décor piece using flowers

With Spring looming and the days starting to warm up what better way than to celebrate with a rainbow of spring flowers décor block. Just a fun way of creating something meaningful, bright and happy.

I love how these All-Purpose Inks make colouring your mixed media projects so easy.
I used a selection of colours to create a rainbow effect colouring the gorgeous little birdie flowers.
I added a cute little handle on top of the wooden block – so it can be hung, but also just be purely decorative.
And did you spot the amazing stenciled effect on the background – using Little Birdie Mixed Media Paste and a Celebr8 stencil. The chipboard swirls are also from the Celebr8 range – and look how amazing they look. This is just the end result of letting the ink run into the chipboard and doing its thing naturally.
Until next time – time to get colourful and use that stash to add some colour into your life!
For a full step x step you can head on over to The Wholesaler’s blog

A mixture of Scrapbooking paper ranges

There is no denying that I love mixing up paper ranges together for added interest. I love a good range, but if I can combine all that gorgeous goodness together using bits and pieces then I am as happy as pie.

For this layout I combined 3 ranges of paper together for a result that even I absolutely loved!
I combined 2 Celebr8 paper ranges together with Kaisercraft for a surprising outcome – one that is bright and beautiful with a touch of vintage and fun at the same time.
You can see all those different paper ranges and elements peeking out from the side of the photo.
The Magenta flowers raised across the layout for added dimension makes for an amazing statement against the grey background.
The grey background is from the Magenta Paper Pack and works so well for adding gorgeous paint and ink splats like I did here using the Gold Shimmer KAISERmists.
I cut out all the elements from the papers that I wanted to use. Then grouped them together building layers of pattern for my photo matt to sit on.
Combining different colours of splats adds lots of interest against the background and repeats colours used throughout the layout.
So amazing what gorgeous paper ranges can do for a quick snapshot taken from social media – making memories so much more special – perfectly imperfect in every way.
Thanks for Stopping by today! Jow

Products Used