Copic Markers & Simon Birthday Farm Animals – Color Wednesday #53

Happy Wednesday, everyone!

Today’s Color Wednesday card and video features the Birthday Farm Animals stamp set from Simon and Copic Markers. I just love that piggy! He’s so happy and cute! :)

I planned to create a one-layer card and would be coloring the stamp with Copic Markers, so I used 120# Ultra Thick cardstock from Simon because it doesn’t bleed on the inside of the card. I also masked off a circle window around the pig and balloon and blended Distress Ink lightly in from the edges. The dots were stamped using My Favorite Things’ Bokeh Builder stamps and Simon Fog ink.

Hope you enjoy!

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When Life Gives You Lemons… – Make a Card Monday #260

Happy Monday!

The Lemonade stamp set from Simon that was released a little bit ago has been calling my name ever since it landed in my mailbox. “Hey you! Yeah, you! Kristina! You must stamp some lemon slices!!” ;) So I created a clean and simple card for Make a Card Monday using the Lemonade stamp set.

I stamped all the yellow bits with Simon Says Stamp Sunshine ink, which is a bit of an orange-y yellow so I think it would be perfect for orange slices, too! It dries to a nice, smooth sunshine color. (It’s so aptly named, yes?)

The tall greeting was stamped in Versafine Smokey Gray ink. I’ve always loved Smokey Gray’s older brother Black Onyx (he might be my first love for stamping text and greetings), but Smokey Gray is also an awesome ink color. I don’t always get a perfectly opaque and sharp stamping like I usually do with Black Onyx, but I think it might be the best gray ink out there for greeting stamps. Plus is looks awesome with Fog cardstock from Simon which I used for the card base.

Anyhow, enjoy today’s video! :)

NOTE: I’m trying out the closed captioning and subtitles option with this video. For those of you who speak a different language or prefer closed captioning on, please let me know if this is helpful. I don’t think I’ll be able to go back and add captions to older videos (I have over 700 videos!), but if it’s helpful I might be able to add them to videos moving forward. Thanks!

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Friday Focus – Distress Inks #3

Happy Friday, all!

To continue my Distress Ink miniseries, I thought I’d create an envelope to go with a card I made a few weeks ago using the Newton’s Summer Vacation stamp set. I just love that little kitty! :)

Because I knew that I would be adding quite a bit of water to the envelope design, I decided to not use a regular envelope (which couldn’t handle all the water) and use some thinner watercolor paper instead. I used 90 lb. watercolor paper and the Envelope Punch Board from We R Memory Keepers to create a custom 5×5 envelope to fit my card. The watercolor paper seemed to work really well as I added the Distress Inks and water.

I also used a bit of white gouache to add white onto the cat. Gouache is similar to watercolor paints in that you simply add water to get a consistency that you like. I generally use gouache for calligraphy, but it worked perfectly to paint the white areas on the cat. :)

NOTE: Distress Ink reactivates when it gets wet, so this card might not make it through the regular mail. If you make an envelope like this I would suggest either putting it into a plastic sleeve before mailing, or delivering the card and envelope in person.

Anyhow, I hope you enjoy the video! :)

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August 2014 Card Kit Giveaway Winner

The winner of the August 2014 Card Kit giveaway is PJ Brown! PJ, I’ve emailed you about claiming your prize so watch your inbox.

The poll included in the giveaway asked about card kits. Here are the results. Looks like if you’ve used a card kit, nearly all of you love it! :)

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