Monday, January 20, 2020

{Evelin T Designs Video} Chinese New Year Card

I'm on the Evelin T Designs blog with this Chinese New Year card and video tutorial. I love making Chinese New Year cards every year, especially if I have the appropriate animal stamps for that zodiac year. As it turns out, this Saturday, January 25, 2020 is the start of the Rat Year and I'm a rat! My husband and son are also rats so this is a big year for us.

I used three stamp sets, including Good Tidings To You (also available at EH | SSS), All Hallow's Cuteness (also available at EH | SSS) and All Is Calm (also available at EH | SSS). The two mice are from Good Tidings To You, the mushrooms are from All Hallow's Cuteness and the sentiment is from All Is Calm.

I stamped the images on to a watercolour panel. I also created masks for them so I could sponge the background before watercoloring the images with distress inks. After all the colouring was done and the panel dried, I heat embossed the sentiment with gold tinsel embossing powder.

To finish, I embellished the card with a strip of patterned paper, a strip of gold glitter cardstock and gold star sequins. I hope you enjoyed this out-of-the-box project using Christmas and Halloween stamps to create a Chinese New Year card!

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Monday, January 13, 2020

{Simon Hurley create. Video} Underwater Seascape Card featuring Mythical Mermaids & Sea Floor

It feels so good to be back making videos! It's been too long so it's no surprise that I'm using Simon Hurley create. products. I have a lot to catch up on! As you know, Simon just had a new release on January 10th and I look forward to showcasing those products as well. For now, I'm starting with his second release.

There are a lot of photos in this post so I won't bore you with too many details since my video is a step-by-step of how I made this card.

I created a watercolored background with the Sea Floor (available at Ranger | rubber cling background stamp. I inked it up with four ink colours and misted it with water before stamping.

Then I stamped and watercolored four images from the Mythical Mermaids (available at Ranger | clear stamp set, using Simon Hurley create. inks. I used all but one of the inks from Simon's first release and you can find the entire list of colours in the supply links below.

I used Simon Hurley create. stark white cardstock (available at Ranger |, which is a beautiful, bright white cardstock that is smooth on both sides and holds water extremely well. The fact that it's smooth makes it so easy to stamp on.

Thanks so much for stopping by! See you again soon. :)


Saturday, January 11, 2020

{Essentials by Ellen} Travel Notecards

Last week, I posted a crafty haul on Instagram and my boys got right into some of the supplies to make travel notecards for each other since my husband was travelling. It has been our tradition for many years to exchange little cards ahead of each trip.

Damian combined three Essentials by Ellen stamp sets to make his card: Bear Ware 3, Bear Ware 4 and Backyard Party. He coloured them with Prismacolor Pencils before using the coordinating dies (links below) to die cut the images.

He used a My Favorite Things A2 Rectangle STAX die and masking paper to blend distress inks for the background. I love how it turned out!

Chris used Background Party for his card, which is hilarious. He coloured his card with Copic markers and added action lines with a Copic multiliner. The scene reflects the antics of our outdoor pets and perhaps the stuffed animals in Damian's collection. 😂

The notecard die is from the Hero Arts My Monthly Hero Kit from May 2016 and it's one of our most-used dies! These kits are limited edition and once they sell out, they are no longer available. However, there are constantly new, exciting and unique dies in every monthly kit so be sure to check it out.

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