Made With Love – One Stamp Set, Many Looks

Hi everyone! I’m excited to show you some cards I’ve made for theΒ 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.Β 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 πŸ˜‰
If I could, I would love to have all the stamp sets in the world. So when buying a stamp set, IΒ will first think about at least 3 different looks I can do with it to see if I should buyΒ 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.Β 
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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 πŸ˜‰ . 
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 πŸ˜‰ 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! 

Create A Smile Stamps – Stack Those Die-Cuts!

Hey everyone! I’m sure many of us have those stackable dies. It might be of a square shaped, or circle, or a banner one like the one in my card. But I rarely use them all at the same time, so I thought why not try and do that now? πŸ˜€ 

Of course, I started the card with some die-cutting first. I started with the biggest & second biggest die. You can start in any order your prefer. I used some coloured paper I got from the bookstore. You can use, patterned paper or you can even create your own colours. 
When you position the dies like in the image above, you’ll get 2 die-cuts; one – a border (shown below) and the other is a solid cut of the banner. You can keep this for your next project πŸ™‚ 

Once I have the die-cuts, all I have to do is assemble them. They fit into each other like puzzles! Simple! πŸ™‚ Add a big bold sentiment like I did to complete the card.
Materials used 

Create A Smile – Kleine Worte  (Dies)
Create A Smile – Stacked Pierced Banners (Dies)
Create A Smile – Stickers (Enamel Dots)
Create A Smile – ein riesiges Danke (stamps)


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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! 

Create A Smile Stamps – I love Snowflakes!

Hey everyone! How’s your preparation for the holidays? I’ve been having some Christmas parties with friends in the last few weekends! It was fun and I’m excited for more wine and loads of food πŸ˜‰ If you’re like me and are still making Christmas cards, I hope this will give you more ideas.
Oh! Don’t forget, there’s a big discount on some of the products! Get them before they are gone! Click here to get to the store.

Firstly, I started by die cutting a white panel using the snowflake die from the Snow Dance kit. I love this die because it’s so big and it’s just a great center piece! On the card panel itself, I sponged it colours using Distress Ink. You can use ANYTHING you like πŸ™‚ Distress Ink, watercolour, patterned paper, possibilities are endless! You can even turn this into a shaker card!

Next, I added my sentiments and dots of Gold Stickles for some holiday touch πŸ˜‰ 
Materials used : 

Create A Smile Stamps – Snow Dance kit
Create A Smile Dies – zu Weihnachten
Ranger Gold Stickles
Distress Ink – Barn Door, Peeled Paint

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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 πŸ˜€
Have a great week!

Create A Smile Stamps – Using the new Snow Dance Kit

Hey! I’m extra excited to share this card today because I’m using several products from the brand new Snow Dance Kit. I hope you’ll enjoy this tutorial as well as the kit because I know I am πŸ™‚ Let me know what are you most excited about this kit? 

Firstly, I die-cut 7 pieces using the snowflake die but only keeping the circle in the middle. It looks like it has a mini snowflake in it. Brilliantly, design, I think πŸ˜€

I used just a plain circle punch to cut out a circle in my masking paper. I’m using it to mask the rest of the panel so that I could have a coloured circle using Distress Ink and ink blending tool. This helps to keep the rest of the panel clean and white.

If you don’t wish to use distress inks, you can use some patterend papers, solid coloured papers, markers, etc. The possibility is endless!
To finish the card, I  used a green-striped patterned paper (also from the kit) and the clear sequins (from the kit, by Pretty Pink Posh).
Materials used

Create A Smile Stamps – Snow Dance Kit
Create A Smile Stamps – SchΓΆne Bescherung
Distress Inks
Ink Blending Tool
Hero Arts White Embossing Powder

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Create A Smile Stamps – Using Inktense Pencils

Hey everyone!  I think it was a month ago where I just bought the Inktense watercolour pencils. I’m so in love with them and I’ve been trying to find different ways to use it.  Create A Smile stamps has the perfect stamps but this technique and you’ll see why πŸ™‚

I wanted the lines of the flowers to have the same colour as it’s insides. As I don’t have that many ink pads to match my pencils, I stamped it with Antique Linen first (just because it’s the lightest ink I have).
To make it look like I used a coloured ink (pink & purple), I took my pencil and trace out the image. This can be time consuming but I quite like doing this. You might not want to be too light-handed because when we add water to this, the line will fade if it’s too light.

I took my waterbrush and just quickly run through the whole image. I’m basically moving the pigments from the lines to colour the image. If you spend too much time on one spot you might lose the lines.

I used Antique Linen to colour the background because I didn’t like the stark white look for this card.

I wanted to layer the purple to match the flowers and this is an awesome way to do it without buying so many cardstock. I just “colour” on the sides of the paper and I used the waterbrush to pull the pigment of the lines as I did for the flowers πŸ™‚ 

Materials used : 

Create A Smile Stamps – Time To Say Thanks
Create A Smile Stamps – GlΓΌck Ist
Derwent Inktense Pencils


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Create A Smile Stamps – Cut That Background Stamp Apart!

Ok… Kidding! I didn’t actually cut the background stamp apart πŸ˜‰ Hope I didn’t scare you. But read on and see what I did πŸ™‚ I hope it will inspire you to look at your background stamps and find more ways to use it. I was inspired by my teammate, Anja Curvers’s card here

You know how I like to “stretch” my stamps right? I decided to find a different way to use the Letters  background stamp.

So firstly, I stamped the entire background using Memento Tuxedo Black ink (because I will be using Copic Markers) on just some left over white pieces of paper I have. 
Next, I coloured all the non-solid envelopes using my copic markers. I wasn’t being too careful to blend or have a gradient of dark to light colour because it’s such a small area.  After I’m done colouring, I did it crazy (but worth it) thing! Hehe. I cut all the envelopes out so that I could stick them one my card. 
Before I stick the envelopes, I did stamp 1/3 of the stamp on the bottom part of my card base. I did this so that I could have a starting point of where I will stick the cut out envelopes. Some are flat and some are on dimensional adhesive.

I had to use this adorable bear from the Poppin’ Over set and it looks like it’s coming out of the pile of envelopes πŸ™‚ Added some Pretty Pink Posh sequins and that’s it!
I don’t know about you but I love to keep gold embellishments in hand like sequins, stickles, embossing powders, stickers, etc. I find that they go well with any colour and they are amazing at brightening up your card πŸ™‚ 

Materials Used 
Create A Smile Stamps – Letters 
Create A Smile Stamps – Poppin’ Over
Pretty Pink Posh Gold Sequins
Copic Markers
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink

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Create A Smile Stamps – Playing with Light Colours

Hi everyone! πŸ™‚ To be very honest with you, as much as I love pastel colours, I am guilty of not using it much on my cards. So I thought I would use the opportunity to use it today. 
My first idea for the card was to combine two stamp sets because I find that when you do this, you are actually “extending” the life of your stamps. 
I’ve recently purchase the Intense pencils and I’m pretty excited! I really love them but I’m still very new with it. I started out by embossing the leaves and little animal with white embossing powder. 
I, then, coloured the darkest part of the image with the pencil. 
After that I simply took my water brush and start to pull the pigment to the rest of the images. This gives a smooth gradient of dark to light. 

If you find that the colour became too light after you’ve added water, you can use the water brush and take the colour directly from the pencil πŸ™‚ That’s all! I cut out all the images and made a scene on the card πŸ™‚ 
Materials used : 
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