honey bee stamps

More Watercolored Tulips | Honeybee Stamps

Happy Monday! Hope your start to the week was as productive as you needed it to be! I’m hopping in today to share details of a card that I shared on Instagram, but never got to blogging!

I colored the bouquet from the Spring Joy Bouquet stamp set using Koi Watercolors, just like the image in this card. Then I die cut it using the coordinating die.

I assembled this card a little differently, using the Floral Bouquet Wrap, but instead of die cutting it from vellum (like I did here), I used some tissue paper (yes I saved it from a gift!). I dry embossed the Quatrefoil A2 Cover Plate – Top from a sheet of pattern paper from the Playful Pastels paper pad. and used the scrap from it the same sheet to heat emboss a sentiment, die cut and place it on top of the bouquet. And done!

Thanks for stopping by!

Happy Crafting!
Farhana

honey bee stamps

Watercolored tulips | Honeybee Stamps

Happy Thursday! Well it’s almost Friday, so basically happy weekend! I posted this card as part of Honey Bee Stamps Instagram Spring Bliss Release Hop, but never got around to blogging about it! So here we are 🙂

To create this card, I started by heat embossing (in black) the bouquet from the Spring Joy Bouquet stamp set. I watercolored it VERY SLOWLY using Koi watercolors. I’m a totally newbie so it took me a really long time to finish the inage. Then I die cut it using the coordinating die.

To assemble the card, I die cut the Quatrefoil A2 Cover Plate – Top from a sheet of pattern paper from the Playful Pastels paper pad. I added the bouquet image with some foam tape along with a sentiment embossed in gold from the Pickup Lines stamp set.

What coloring medium would you use to color this image? I usually default to copics but decided to try something a little different this time!

Happy Crafting!
Farhana

inky paws challenge, Newtons Nook Designs

DIY Watercolor Background | Inky Paws Challenge #142

Hi me again! Yup, third time today! Guess I can say it’s been a good day! I just wanted to pop in here with a last minute entry to the Inky Paws Challenge #142.

I love splotchy watercolors, not only are the really quick and easy to make, they look so good!

To create this card, I started by die cutting a scallop heart from watercolor paper, using the Heart Frames Die Set. Then I embossed (in white) the little paw from the Smitten Kittens stamp set to create a background. After heat setting it, I smooshed distress ink (in worn lipstick, dried marigold, crushed olive and tumbled glass) on to some acetate. I sprayed it with water and ‘rubbed’ the heart die cut on to it. After carefully flipping it, I heat dried it to make sure that all the colors don’t mix together to become a mucky brown! Lastly I stamped a sentiment with dye inks to create a rainbow look. I used a sentiment from the Heartfelt Love stamp set, stamp on a banner trio die cut.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!

Happy Crafting!
Farhana

Evelin T Designs

Snowball Fight | Evelin T Designs

Happy Friday! For the first time in a long time I have a to do list for today including writing up a bunch of blogpost cause I’ve got a ton of fun stuff to share next week! Stay tuned for lots of cute inspiration! Speaking of cute, how adorable are these little critters from Evelin T Designs!

I colored the two little animals from the Baby, it’s Cold Outside stamp set with Zig Real Brush Markers and fussy cut them. To create the scene, I die cut both the scallop and the stitched rectangle along with the hill from the Slim Card Basics Creative Cuts. I stamped and embossed the entire stitched rectangle with the snowflake image with white embossing powder. Then I ink blended over it using some distress oxide ink in Tumbled Glass. Lastly I smooshed some glue on to the ‘hill’ piece and covered it with chunky glitter after stamping the sentiment from the same stamp set.

To assemble the card, I layered the die cuts, with some foam under the hill to add dimension. Then added the critters along with their snowballs (that I covered with glossy accents after sticking them to the card).

I hope this inspires you to create more thank just holiday card with our winter stamps! This card is part of my #ammismakecards on Instagram, be sure to hop on over and see what my friends have made with me!

(this card was originally created for Create and Inkspire)

Thanks for stopping by! Till the next time, take care, stay safe and keep crafting!
Farhana

Joy Clair Designs

Rainbow Mandalas (with Joy Clair Designs)

Y’all have probably figured out by now that I’m obsessed with rainbows! I also have a thing for mandalas, so of course I had to use the Mandala Love stamp set from the Joy Clair designs August release.

I recently started using digital stamps, and slowly learning to resize/edit them, there are so many possibilities for using them! For this set of cards, I started by resizing the images from the Mandala Love stamp set to fit into a 4 x 4 inch square. I then printed, colored (details below) to create a rainbow and fussy cut them (you can use a scan and cut, but I don’t have one of those yet!). To assemble the cards, I used A2 sized kraft card bases, which I dry embossed using the xyz stencil. I then adhered the images from the Mandala Love set to the card fronts, and added a thank you die cut sentiment to finish the card.

The Mandala Love stamp set has three lovely images, and since I couldn’t just chose one, I made three cards! I used different types of coloring mediums and have listed them along with colors I used below!

Coloring medium: Copic Markers  –  Colors used: V12, B34, YG23, Y13, YR 18, R14, RV13
Coloring medium: Derwant Inktense Colored Pencils – Colors used: Fushia (0700), Sea Blue (1200), Apple Green (1400), Sherbet Lemon (0100), Tangerine (0300), Poppy Red (0400)
Coloring Medium: Distress Oxide Inks – Colors used: Seedless Preserves, Salty Ocean, Twisted Citron, Squeezed Lemon, Candied Apple

Thank you for stopping by and as always here’s a list of products I used :

Mandala Love stamp set
Triangles Stencil
Hello Gorgeous Words Honey Cuts Dies
Distress Oxides
Derwant Inktense Colored Pencils
Copics
Spellbinders Embossing Pad
Neenah desert storm
White card stock

Till the next time, stay sane, safe and craft!
Farhana

Gina K Designs, Guest Post

Watercolor floral card (with Gina K designs)

Ever color a stamped image and just can’t decide how to use it? Well I was really stumped with this floral image from the latest Gina K designs Nature’s Touch card kit from their June release. After a lot of back and forth and input from a friend I came up with this card. Not my best work in my opinion, what do you think?

To create this card I started by stamping and embossing the large flower and the leaves from The Best Flowers stamp set on water color paper. I then water colored it using Gansai Tambi watercolors. I die cut them once they dried. To assemble the card I used the Ornamental Fans stencil also included in the kit, and ink blended the background using Distress Oxides Inks (in spun sugar) using Taylored Expression blending brushes. I embossed the sentiment on to some black card stock and trimmed it down. I adhered the sentiment and floral image to the card front and added some Nuvo Drops as a finishing touch.

Thanks for stopping by and as always here’s a list of products I used :

Gina K designs Nature’s Touch card kit
Distress Oxides Inks (in spun sugar)
Taylored Expression blending brushes
VersaMark Watermark Ink Pad
RANGER: Embossing Powder | Gold
White card stock, Black card stock
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor Cardstock
Gansai Tambi watercolors
Nuvo Drops

Till the next time, stay safe, sane and crafty!
Farhana

Facebook Weekly Card Sketch, Pink Fresh Studios

Pink Fresh Studios Weekly Card Sketch (#11)

As usual I finished making my card right before the deadline for this challenge! Well I made one of my two cards, a while back but wasn’t completely satisfied with the result, so made a second one in the middle of the night yesterday! I’m still sharing the first card I made as some told me, ‘we are our worst critics’!

This was the inspiration for the Pink Fresh Studio Facebook group’s Card Sketch Challenge, and here’s what I came up with!

Which one do you I made first and wasn’t satisfied with?

This was the first one! It definitely looked better in my head! I started with inking up two pieces of yupo paper using alcohol pearl inks in tranqil and sublime. Once they they dried, I die cut the inked pieces using the LOVE with botanicals die. I stamped and embossed the sentiment from the Thanks word series stamp set, and adhered the diecuts to look like a bunch of branches.

For my second card I stamp and watercolored some floral images from the Fleur 1 stamp set using Derwant Inktense pencils, and then die cut them using the coordinating dies. I stamped the same sentiment as the first card with black ink. Before adhering the stamped images to the card base, I ink blended a blue circle to highlight the images.

That’s it! Easy peasy! Thanks for stopping by and as always here is a list of supplies I used :

Fleur 1 stamp set
Thanks word series stamp set
LOVE with botanicals die set
yupo paper
alcohol pearl inks in tranqil and sublime
Derwant Inktense pencils
Copic friendly black ink
VersaMark Watermark Ink Pad
RANGER: Embossing Powder | Gold
White card stock, Black card stock

Till the next time, stay safe, sane and crafty!
Farhana

Facebook Weekly Card Sketch, Pink Fresh Studios

Pink Fresh Studios Weekly Card Sketch (#10)

Hey, I shared these cards on the Pink Fresh Studio Facebook group’s Card Sketch Challenge, but I didn’t get a chance to share on the blog or my Instagram, and thought I’d put up a quick post since its a perfect time to share as the Daily Marker 30 challenge is going on!

Using the above sketch I made these two cards.

For the first card, I stamped part of the image from the Fleur 1 stamp set on two corners of the a A2 piece of heavy weight white card stock, with watercolor friendly black ink along with the sentiment from the Thanks word series stamp set. I then colored in the images using Nuvo watercolor pencils for a ‘messy’ look. Once the panel dried I added some silver Nuvo drops and added it to a card base.

For the second card, I stamped the same image and sentiment, this time using versamark watermark ink and embossed in gold. I ‘colored’ in the flowers using a Nuvo Aqua flow pen in glitter gloss. It’s hard to see in the picture but it adds a little shine to the image. As a finishing touch I added some gold Nuvo drops.

Thanks for stopping by and as always here’s a list of the products I used

Fleur 1 stamp set (retired)
Thanks word series stamp set (retired)
Nuvo watercolor pencils
Nuvo drops
VersaMark Watermark Ink Pad
RANGER: Embossing Powder | Gold
White card stock, Black card stock

Till the next time; stay safe, sane and crafty!
Farhana

inky paws challenge, Newtons Nook Designs

Inky Paws Challenge #125

In case you missed my little announcement, you can read about it here. And that’s the reason that these were never posted on time! But I enjoyed making them and loved the results I figured I’d share anyways! Maybe inspire you to make some summer themed cards. I used the color scheme from the Ink Paws Challenge over at Newton’s Nook Designs.

I got a little excited, and ended up making three cards. Believe it or not, I’d had these sets for years and they were brand new, proof that I need to buy less and use more!

I found the perfect paper pad from Doodlebug Designs in my stash that matched the color scheme, so I used that to make some CAS cards, and one detailed one, cause if you know me, then you know I need to go a little extra on my cards!

For the first and also most detailed card, I started by stamping ALL the images from the Summer Scoops stamp set in watercolor friendly black ink on to heavy weight white card stock. I used my derwant inktense colored pencils to color in the images, trying to stick with the color scheme. Once the images were dry, I fussy cut them. To assemble the card, I started to create the background with some ink blending using a strips stencil. You can always use pattern paper, but I have been enjoying practicing my ink blending lately. To finish the card I adhered the fussy cut images using foam tape and glue to add layers to create dimension. Finally stamped a sentiment from the same set in black ink and added a few nuvo drops.

For the second card I used the Party Pops set (which is retired), and stamped and fussy cut the images. Using some pattern paper I created a card front and foam mounted the stamped images. I finished off with a sentiment from the same set along with some nuvo drops.

For the last card, I only stamped the sentiment! The rest is just diecutting, very unusual for me, right? I used the same pattern paper pack for the card front, and also die cut the balloons from the Balloon Shaker Die Set, I left one as it, and made the second one a shaker with the help of some foam tape and acetate. I stamped the sentiment on the back of the shaker from the Uplifting Wishes and filled it with Summer Sequin Mix from Pretty Pink Posh. After I adhered the balloons to the the card front I added the string die cut along with a few more sequins.

And that’s it’s! Thanks for stopping by and as always, here’s a list of products I used:

Newton’s Nook Designs Summer Scoops
Newton’s Nook Designs Balloon Shaker Die Set
Newton’s Nook Designs Uplifting Wishes
Derwant Inktense colored pencils
Pretty Pink Posh Summer Sequin Mix
Gina K Inks
VersaFine Pigment Ink Pad (Onyx Black)
Acetate
NUVO: Crystal Drops in Morning Dew
Hammermill heavy weight white card stock

Till the next time, stay safe, sane and crafty!
Farhana

inky paws challenge, Newtons Nook Designs

Inky Paws Challenge #124 (3)

Confession : 90% of my stamp collection is floral! I finally figured out how to shade and color them, and I am obsessed, I have a handful of critters and should probably challenge myself with those BUT florals are so much more fun! What are your favorite type of stamps to use?

That being said, with the current Newtons Nook Design challenge, I had to sneak in one last card before it closed as the theme was perfect for me!

I decided to try out the new trend of slimline cards using my new dies from Mama Elephant, which make layering so much easier! I stamped the floral wreath from the Happy Little Thoughts stamp set three times with embossing ink and heat embossed with white embossing powder on watercolor paper. Then I (practiced) watercoloring using my gansai tambi watercolors. After the coloring dried I embossed a sentiment from the Floral Fringe stamp set in middle of card.

As usually, here’s a list of products that I used;

Happy Little Thoughts stamp set
Floral Fringe stamp set
Gansai Tambi watercolor
Watercolor cardstock
RANGER: Embossing Powder | Gold
RANGER: Embossing Powder | White
VersaMark Watermark Ink Pad
White card stock, Gold paper
Party Jewels Mix

Thanks for stopping by, till the next time; stay safe, stay sane and keep crafting!
Farhana