Made With Love – 5 Questions

Hi Everyone! Today I’m participating in a special Made With Love edition. All the design team members will be answering 5 questions. You can head over to Made With Love to check out the post by other design team members.

I’ll start by sharing a little card I’ve made for this post. This is one of my favourite ways to make a card.

Distress Inks, to me, are something you have to check out if you have not. I love using it in multiple ways but using it to create a watercolour look to my card is my top favourite. I love how different every card looks because I’m letting the water do it’s thing. You can, of course, use any watercolour medium you like but with Distress Inks, you can do more than just watercolouring.

I like to colour my image by watercolouring but I do love using white embossing powder and see the image comes to live after splashing vibrant colours over it. Anyone can do this!

I love enamel dots. Especially if it’s gold. Ranger Gold Stickles is a staple part of the tool because if I run out of enamel dots, I can create the same effect with the stickles.

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Now, let’s jump into some Q&A :
Who am I ?
I’m just your average Singaporean who is currently in Germany. I don’t major in Art or anything like that but I’ve always love papers, colours and just making things. I share a lot of cardmaking posts but I don’t limit myself to this. Besides making cards, I sew my notebooks, play with mix media on canvases and upcycling old boxes, etc. I’ve always connected with international crafters because I didn’t know any Singaporean crafts back  then. But being a part of Made With Love, it has given me the opportunity to, hopefully, encourage Singaporeans that handmade is awesome and with all the technology surrounding us, we should take a break from it once in a while and have fun with colours!

What is my creative style ?
This changed a few times in the past but in the recent years, I felt that I’ve found my “style”. Vibrancy. I love bright colours and I tend to go into the rainbow form even if I didn’t plan to. I do like to experiment with products and find more than the obvious way to use them.

What inspires me ?
People. Friends & family, especially, my husband. Of course inspiration comes from many places like products, clothes, pinterest and other crafters out there. But I love voicing out my ideas with my husband and he gives me that bit of motivation jolt that I need 🙂

What I love about being Singaporean ?
Since I’ve moved to Germany, I’ve come to realise more reasons why I love about being a Singaporean. Firstly, I love how normal I feel to be living amongst different races. Sounds strange? But there are people from other parts of the world who are only used to people who are of the same skin colour. I love that I grew up with people with different races and religion.

What do I wish for ?
If you asked me this months ago, my answer would have been very different. But since I’m in Germany and taking german lessons with refugees from Syria and meeting people from war-zone countries, I get to hear their heartbreaking stories and how they wish they could go home. So, I wish for all these nonsense to stop so my friends could go home and be with their family.

Oh and, the We R Memory Keeper typewriter 😉 Hehe.

 

Hope you’ve enjoyed this little Q&A and I hope to see you again soon!

Made With Love – One Stamp Set, Many Looks

Hi everyone! I’m excited to show you some cards I’ve made for the Made With Love Design Team. Made With Love is a craft store in Singapore. If you’re living in Singapore, drop by the store! It’s at a mall called Somerset 313. All products showcased are available at the Made With Love store.

 

Let’s face it. Crafting supplies might not be so cheap if you’re like me and you love to make cards or crafting in general, you might need to set a budget. I do that very often or I might not have enough to eat 😉
If I could, I would love to have all the stamp sets in the world. So when buying a stamp set, I will first think about at least 3 different looks I can do with it to see if I should buy that stamp set.
There are some designs that I would call it my “go-to” designs. Basically, I can reuse the technique with different stamp sets and change little things about it to make it a brand new design. And today, I would like to show you 5 cards using those designs.
All the 5 cards are using the Lawn Fawn – Pizza My Heart Stamp Set and Distress Inks for colourings. 
Click the Read More to see all 5 cards!

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Made With Love – Distress Crayons

Hi everyone! I’m excited to show you some card I’ve made for the Made With Love Design Team. Made With Love is a craft store in Singapore. If you’re living in Singapore, drop by the store! It’s at a mall called Somerset 313. All products showcased are available at the Made With Love store.
Today, I’m sharing 4 cards that uses Distress Crayons in different ways. I’m very new to Distress Crayons and I would like to share with you what I’ve found out.
Distress Crayons, like most of the products in the Distress line, reacts with water. It feels like wax crayons but it’s not waterproof unless you leave it aside to dry or use a heat tool.
For the all the cards, I’m using a pack of 6 crayons (picked raspberry, spiced marmalade, mustard seed, twisted citron, mermaid lagoon, peacock feathers). Here’s a bit of an example on how it works.
On the left, I’ve scribbled the crayons directly on watercolour paper and on the right is how it looks when I use a wet brush to give it a watercolour look.
Here, I wanted to show that there are easily blended together even when you did not use any water.

 

 

Of course, with one crayon you can make a gradient of the same colour. When you scribbled the crayon with a bit more pressure, there will be more pigment and you can pull the colour more with a wet brush than if you scribbled it lightly (as shown on the right).
Here are some looks that I got using Distress Crayons in different ways.
Look #1 
I used mermaid lagoon and peacock feathers to rub through a stencil (Tim Holtz Dots Stencil). As this is a thicker stencil, I had to put a bit more pressure on the crayon.

 

As you can see below, it gives a cool, raised texture to your card. This is a way to achieve this results if you don’t have texture paste to play with. Then, I set it a side to dry before continuing.

 

And here’s the final product. The umbrella stamp is from (Echo Park Paper – Sunshine Stamp) and the bunnies are from (Avery Elle – Make A Wish Stamp). I’ve also used the crayon to add the yellow  patch down below.

 

Look #2
 
This card plays with the fact that the crayon reacts with water. I’ve stamped a little scene with a die-cut piece of watercolour paper. The circle die is from Lawn Fawn. I’ve used a Staz On permanent black ink to stamp down my images. This is a great ink pad whenever you’re working with water as it doesn’t bleed any black ink to the rest of the paper.
To colour the background, I’ve scribbled the crayons directly on the paper and used a wet paint brush to pull the colours. You can keep adding more scribbles to give the right shade of colour.

 

 

 

Look #3
 
This is the simplest way of using the crayon. Basically, you just use it like a wax crayon but with the benefits of having your favourite Distress Ink colour! 😉 This is a quick and simple one layer card which I love to make.
I’ve made some circles on the card while leaving a space for my sentiments.
You can wait for the crayons to dry or you can stamp over it right away. I just went a head and stamped over it without waiting for it to dry (for next time, I would wait hehe.). You can stamp over it just fine but, be careful, as it feels a bit slippery. All stamps are from Echo Park Paper – Sunshine Stamp.

 

Look #4
 
I’m quite unsure about this last card and if I like it but I wanted to share how I did it. I’m pretty sure you can do it better than me 😀 Do share!
Anways, again, I’ve scribbled the crayon on the paper but this time, I did not use any water to pull the colours. I used my fingers! It’s really smooth and I didn’t find it too hard to get the colours running. If you find that it has set, just add more colour to it and it you can pull it further.
 
 Used the frame stamps from Lawn Fawn to add a non-distracting images in the corner because I wanted the colours to stand out.
 
I hope you have enjoyed my samples! Stop by Made With Love to get quality supplies. Remember, you can recreate all the looks using anything you prefer.

Made With Love – Watercolour + Cardmaking

Hi everyone! I’m excited to show you some card I’ve made for the Made With Love Design Team. Made With Love is a craft store in Singapore. If you’re living in Singapore, drop by the store! It’s at a mall called Somerset 313. All products showcased are available at the Made With Love store.
This isn’t new but including some form of watercolour medium into cardmaking has been popular for a while now. I find myself reaching for my Distress Inks / other watercolour medium to play with colour and make watercolour background and to colour the stamped images. 
So, today, I’m sharing with you a few of my projects that shows some ways I incorporated watercolouring to my cards along with some mini tips. Hope you’ll enjoy them! 
Look #1
For this simple card, it’s perfect if you any bold and big sentiment that doesn’t need any images. Lay on some colours and the sentiment right in the middle and you’re good. I’m not an expert in any way when it comes to watercolour but I like to play with it and do what works for me 🙂 
I layered the yellow and orange until I get the colours I want. When the colours are still wet and you add in a new layer, it will mix so you’ll need to make sure that the colours you mix will not turn “muddy”.

Look 2
This is great for anyone who doesn’t have a lot of stamp sets to play with. I purchased the Prima Watercoloring Book and cut out the flowers from the book and used it as an embellishment.
I didn’t want to fussy cut every tiny detail. So if you’re like me, what you can do it colour in the white space with the same colour as your background.

Look 3
You can use watercolours to give a quick and random colours to your die cut. I just made a blob of colours first and then do the die cutting (Lawn Fawn). This way is easier than trying to colour those tiny die cuts individually.

Look #4
For this card, I just wanted to show you that you don’t have to add a big background. You can have the colours coming in from the corners to create some interest like what I’ve done here.

I hope you have enjoyed my samples! Stop by Made With Love to get quality supplies. Remember, you can recreate all the looks using anything you prefer. 

Made With Love – Making Your Own Backgrounds

Hi everyone! I’m excited to show you some card I’ve made for the Made With Love Design Team. Made With Love is a craft store in Singapore. If you’re living in Singapore, drop by the store! It’s at a mall called Somerset 313. All products showcased are available at the Made With Love store.
Today I will share three cards today and I’m showing 3 different ways of making your own background. 
Don’t get me wrong, I am a big fan of background stamps but sometimes, making your own custom background is kind of fun too! Literally, any stamp set you have can be used to create your own custom background/patterned paper. Here are some samples that I’ve done for today’s post.
Look #1 

This is probably my favourite way of doing it because I used the rainbow colour scheme. I love it. It makes a card bright and cheerful, and you can’t go wrong with rainbows 😉 . 
I started out by stamping that somewhat heart shaped stamp (from the Basic Grey Hero Arts J’adora Hello Stamp Set) all around the Ranger Watercolour Paper. I tried to stamp it in different directions to create some variety. You can stamp it any way you prefer. And then, just go nuts with your watercolour. I used various Distress Inks for this but you can use anything you want.
To add you sentiment, choose a dark bold colour because it could get lost in all those colours. I chose to use a black heart that I just cut out by hand and added a birthday sentiment from the  Lawn Fawn Year Two mini stamp set.


Look #2

I used the flower  (from the Basic Grey Hero Arts J’adora Hello Stamp Set) and stamp it with the Ranger Distress Ink in Antique Linen. I like to use Antique Linen when I’m doing a “no-line” look on the image. This makes it look like I’ve drawn the image myself 😉 This takes a longer time to colour (at least for me) but I do love the look a lot. So, I just watercoloured in the images using Distress Inks as well. I tried to be as careful as I can to colour within the lines. 
Instead of leaving the rest of the background stark white, I coloured the spaces with Antique Linen to give a subtle colour. A simple bold sentiment will do and you’re done! 
Look #3

This method is super simple and I’m sure you can get very creative with it. I used my washi tape and randomly tape some geometric shapes. The washi tape will protect the paper from the watercolour and gives clean white lines between the shapes and colours. You can use thick or thin washi tape or even make you own shapes with some masking paper / post its. Just remember that if you’re using watercolour, try not to add too much water or it might spread underneath the washi tape. 
I choose washi tape because the adhesive is not too strong that it will tear the paper but strong enough to stick until I’m done. 
I hope you’ll find this sharing session fun and useful! 

Made With Love – A Set of Dies, 3 Looks

Hi everyone! I’m excited to show you some card I’ve made for the Made With Love Design Team. Made With Love is a craft store in Singapore. If you’re living in Singapore, drop by the store! It’s at a mall called Somerset 313. All products showcased are available at the Made With Love store.
Today I will share three cards today and I’m showing 3 different ways of using your a set of dies. I’m featuring this Silhouette Die by Echo Park Paper Co. I must admit, dies can be expensive but they last forever (unless you break them hehe) and you can use them with various looks. 
Look #1 
I die cut the dies using a watercolour paper and as you can see below, I’ve used the ZIG Clean Color Real Brush marker. I started by colouring only the bottom part of the image.
Then, I took a wet brush and “pull” the colour upwards. This will create a quick and easy gradient look. This is my first time using the markers and I must say, it’s extremely pigmented and easy to work with. If you like Distress Markers like I do, you will LOVE this. 

I’ve added the sentiment from Technique Tuesdays Very Real stamp set by heat embossing it in Ranger White Embossing Powder. You noticed that I’ve added a circle cut patterned paper for the images to sit on. That’s from Allison Kraft Designs – Recorded. I love the soft confetti look. Of course, I had to add some sequins. They are Doodlebugs Designs Sequins in Limeade.

Look #2
For this, I started out by just heat embossing in Ranger Gold Embossing Powder to a paper before die-cutting the images. I find it easier to do this, than to heat embossed after cutting out the image because you can hold the paper properly while you heat embossed. 
I’ve created a raised banner with the sentiment from Lawn Fawn Penelope’s Blossom set. As you can see, I’ve scored to lines on the banner. Do this on both sides, and then fold it. I’ve, then, added dimensional stickle below the words and not the tail ends of the banner. This will give a nice 3D look to your banner.

Completed the card with Allison Kraft Designs – Recorded patterned paper, Ranger Pink Stickles to create hearts and some enamel dots from My Mind’s Eye.
Look #3

This takes a bit more time to do but I find it quite soothing. A lot of Distress Inks were used here to create a bunch of rainbow colours. I’ve used the Distress Form to my papers, making sure that it goes from dark to light. 

Because the background is so busy with colours, I’ve purposely used a bold black and white sentiment using Technique Tuesdays Very Real stamp set. Black cardstock is so useful to have a stack in your stash because it pulls together a very busy background.
I hope you’ll find this sharing session fun and useful! 

Made With Love – Background Stamps

Hi everyone! I’m excited to show you some card I’ve made for the Made With Love Design Team. Made With Love is a craft store in Singapore. If you’re living in Singapore, drop by the store! It’s at a mall called Somerset 313. Today I will share three cards today and I’m showing 3 different ways of using your background stamps.
Card #1
Starting of by directly stamping the background stamp (Hero Arts Basic Grey) on a watercolour paper using VersaMark Ink & heat embossing it with Ranger Clear Embossing Powder.
To add some colour to the stamp, I took the Mermaid Lagoon Distress Ink Marker and add some colour to my acrylic block. You can also do it with your ink pad if you have one. I used my paint brush (loaded with water) and started to colour it some parts of the background paper with the colour. 
To finish the card, I’ve die cut the sentiment using the Lawn Fawn Happy Birthday Die cut, added orange Ranger Stickles and the background paper is from Doodlebug Fall Friends.

Card #2
I used this the same background stamp as above but achieving different card look. I embossed it with Ranger Gold Embossing powder on a kraft paper. This gives a tone-on-tone look but with a bit of shine. I cut the background panel into two to have a white separation and I find that this gives the card a bit of character and dimension. 
To use the flowers from the Echo Park Paper Designer Stamps, I took my distress ink Markers in Abandoned Coral, Festive Berries, Spiced Marmalade, Cracked Pistachio &  Mermaid Lagoon and used the markers to add colour directly onto the stamp. This allows you to put down the colour exactly where you want it.
I stamped it on a watercolour piece so that I could then pull the colours from the outline using a clean waterbrush into the white space of the image.
To finish the card, I added the sentiment from the same set and heat embossed it in white. Added the enamel dots from My Mind’s Eye and of course, added the flowers. In the close-up below, I’ve added a wash of the clear glitter Wink Of Stella pen over the flowers to add some glam to the flowers hehe.
Card #3 
For my last card, I used a floral background stamp instead. But you can achieve the same look with any background stamp you have. I started by placing a circle paper in the middle of the card because I wanted to keep the middle part clean from the background stamp. This is what you call “masking”. You masked the area that you want to keep “clean”. This is a good technique to use if you like to make a one-layer card.
As normal, I stamped the background stamp directly on to the panel and then peel off the circle before putting my white embossing powder. I choose to use Distress Inks in Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade, Pickled Raspberry, Barn Door, Dusty Concord, Broken China & Peeled Paint to achieve this rainbow look.  
To finish off, I added a black bold sentiment from Avery Elle Many Thanks set and added the glitter enamel dots, from the same My Mind’s Eye pack I used in Card #2
I hope you’ve enjoyed this and is inspired to run to Made With Love to get some background stamps! 
If you have an questions, please leave a comment or if you have an tutorial request 😀
Have a great week!

Made With Love – Cards & Inks

Hi everyone! I’m excited to show you some card I’ve made for the Made With Love Design Team. Made With Love is a craft store in Singapore. If you’re living in Singapore, drop by the store! It’s at a mall called Somerset 313. Today I will share three cards and all of them feature Distress Inks / Markers.
The first card is my favourite out of the three for today. I used Lawn Fawn – Flutter By stamp set & distress inks to colour it. To layer the flowers on top of each other without using any dimensional adhesive, I’ve used a post-it note to mask off some parts 🙂 
The second card was inspired when my friends and I were talking about magic. I like to look at stamps and use them in more than one way. This hat was probably just to add on little accessories on your existing Lawn Fawn sets but I thought it’ll be fun to turn it upside down and have stars coming out of it like magic! The stars are little die cuts from Lawn Fawn.
Last and final card for today, comes with a little tutorial on how you can achieve this mirror image stamping with any stamp you have.


First, you have, of course, choose the stamp image that you want to “mirror” then choose another stamp that is bigger than your choice of image. I used this house image. I stuck my house image to my block but the other way. Meaning, the flat side (the non-stamping) will be facing up. You can see it in the image below.

Next, I stamped my gnome on to the flat side of the flhouse stamp. You have to take note that it will feel “slippery” so do not press too hard. 


And lastly, I stamp it on my paper and you will have a mirror image of your stamp. 

OF course, it will not come out perfect. I used a black marker to make the lines as perfect as I can.

The last part of my blog is to share my thought on some black inks you can find in Made With Love. I will write them in point form as it’s easier for you to refer in the future 🙂 I have all of these black inks because I can use them for different usage.
Distress Ink ( Black Soot )
– It’s not permanent on it’s own. It will turn to “watercolour” when it’s wet.
– It’s great to use as a black watercolour ink. 
– Not great for solid or sentiment stamping as it won’t give you the crisp results.
-Does not stain your stamps
– It stays wet long enough for us to use as a base for embossing powder.
Staz On (Black)
– Permanent (stain your stamps but doesn’t transfer)
– You can’t use it for alcohol markers but you can use for watercolours
– Great for stamping any images & sentiments. It gives sharp results.
Ranger Archival Black Ink
– Permanent (stain your stamps but doesn’t transfer)
– You can use it for alcohol markers or watercolours
– Great for stamping any images & sentiments. It gives sharp results.
– Recommend to use if you want ton stamp on acetate or other slick surfaces.
Memento Black Ink 
– Permanent (may stain your stamps but doesn’t transfer)
– You can use it for alcohol markers but not for watercolours. I find that it runs when I use it for watercoloring technique
– Great for stamping any images & sentiments. It gives sharp results.
Versa fine Black
– Permanent (may stain your stamps but doesn’t transfer)
– I only keep this ink for my sentiment or detailed images as it gives the best and sharpest results. 
– It stays wet long enough for us to use as a base for embossing powder.
Hope these are helpful!

Made With Love – 3 Cards with Distress Inks

Hi everyone! I’m excited to show my first batch of card for the Made With Love Design Team. Made With Love is a craft store in Singapore. If you’re living in Singapore, drop by the store! It’s at a mall called Somerset 313. Today I will share three cards and all of them feature Distress Inks / Markers.
The first card, I used the Ranger Watercolour Cardstock and made stripes using the distress markers.

Then, I took a wet brush and start to “paint”. This removes any harsh lines, blending the neighbouring colours and to give that watercolour look.

The next card, I started by heat embossing the background stamp with Ranger Clear embossing powder. I smooshed some ink on a slick surface so that I want directly use my cardstock and pick up the colours. This gives me a more sponteneous but organic look 🙂 You can always tap it more to get more colours.

The last card, I started by making stripes using some washi tape to masked off the white parts and I used the black soot distress ink to make the stripes.

I didn’t make it all the way through because it will be covered.