Create A Smile Stamps – Ink Blending Part 2

Hi everyone! Welcome to my new craft home!  There is still some more details that I need to add so, this site isn’t 100% complete. There will be plenty of features and tutorials up on this site. You can think of it as me giving a facelift to my blog 🙂 Stay tune!

Let’s get to today’s card :

I finally dug out my ink blending tool and start to ink blend again and now I’m on a ink blending buzz 😀 So hope you’ll enjoy this and come back next week for another ink blending card.

I usually try to make a batch of thank you cards to give to friends or family member and today I would like to share with you a batch of cards I’ve made.

 

 

I die cut some squares and started to ink blend using various Distress Inks. For these four cards, I used Cracked Pistachio, Fossilized Amber, Worn Lipstick and Shaded Lilac. As you can see, I’ve only ink blended the bottom half of the panel. I like how it looks soft and I added some water splatters on the card. to get some extra texture.
Next, I used My Favourite Things Hybrid black ink to stamp the flower from the Crokisses Set. I tried to paint it to match the colour of the ink blend  but I wanted the flower to stand out so I decided to paint all of it brown.

 

 

To add the sentiment, instead of stamping, I used the Alphabet Stickers and used the colours to match the ink blended colour. I used a grid paper and Create A Smile long acrylic block with grids to help me position the stickers as straight as possible. Tip : Stick the last letter first, that way you don’t have to remove it again if you underestimate the length. 

 

To add some shimmer to the flower, I used the Winsor & Newton Iridescent Medium. It gives the same effect as the Wink of Stella (Clear) but it contains more in a bottle and more cost efficient. If you have a Wink of Stella, try this to refill your Wink of Stella pen 😉

 

Here’s a close up to show you the shimmers …
 Supplies : 
All Create A Smile products : 
Non-Create A Smile products : 
Distress Ink Pads – Cracked Pistachio, Fossilized Amber, Worn Lipstick and Shaded Lilac
Winsor & Newton Iridescent Medium
Gold Sequins (my own)
Watercolour Paper
Follow Create A Smile on Facebook keep yourself updates on all the happenings and if you’re an Instagram addict like I am, you can follow Create A Smile using this name : @createasmilestamps ! 🙂
Thanks for stopping by!

Create A Smile – Challenge of the Month – Blog Hop

Welcome to Create A Smile first Challenge of the Month! This month, the theme is Favourite. You can interpret it however you like. I choose to pick my favourite type of stamps. Of course, there are countless of stamps that I love but florals are weakness 😉 

For this hop, the winner will receive a 15€ gift from Create A Smile and there’s also a hop-giveaway on the Create A Smile main blog

Here you can see a one layer card I’ve made using the floral sets from Create A Smile called Crokisses and a bunch of Distress Ink Markers.



Hope you like my card as much I love making it!

Here is the order of the blog hop. 
Head over to the next blog or you can go to the blogs that you might have missed. 
Their instagram name are next to their blog links for you to support and follow them on instagram as well!

Create A Smile – @createasmilestamps
Sonja K. – @sonjakstampart
Francine – @francinevuilleme
Anika – @annikarten
Birka – @biiirka
Keeway – @kiwi.koncepts
Justine – @justinehovey
Amy – @thecraftbunny
Samantha – @sammann11
Marina (You are here) – @mjeggtofu
Marika – @mispasttimes
Anja – @anjacurvers

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.

Create A Smile Stamps – White on White

Hi Everyone! Did you order the new kit? If you have not, what are you waiting for? Head over to the store because there’s a limited amount of kits available.

White on White. I have not done this in a while and I don’t even know why because I absolutely love the result. This card is simple to do and you can do it with anything you have or you can get the same materials that I use with the links at the end of the post.

Very easily, to start, I did a bunch of die cutting. I used the tree die from the Beach Part Kit and cut 5 pieces. Tip : To make the white on white quite seemlessly, it’s best to use the same white paper for die cutting and as your card base. The whiteness of the papers will be the same which I think makes it look good. 
I attached the trunk and the top of the tree together with some liquid glue. This really helps me, when I’m trying to position the die cut on my case base, because then you basically only have to move one die cut at a time and not the leaves and trunk separately 😉 

I attached the die cuts to the base with some liquid glue and making sure that I have some die-cut hanging off the card base. 

This is how it looks after I’ve attached them and cut off the access.

To finish the card, I die cut the sentiment and attached some sequins and a banner. 
All Create A Smile products : 
Beach Party Kit (used the Dies, patterned paper, sequins) 
Follow Create A Smile on Facebook keep yourself updates on all the happenings and if you’re an Instagram addict like I am, you can follow Create A Smile using this name : @createasmilestamps ! 🙂
Thanks for stopping by,

Create A Smile Stamps – Beach Party Kit

Hi Everyone! Did you order the new kit? If you have not, what are you waiting for? Head over to the store because there’s a limited amount of kits available. But if you still need more convincing, I’m using a few of the products from the kit in my card below.

Enjoy!

To be very honest, I don’t know how I wanted the card to look. 
I just started with taking a watercolour paper and swipe a layer of white gesso over the stencil, but only on one side of the paper. Why? I don’t know haha. I just wanted to test out how it would turn out and didn’t want to waste a whole piece of watercolour paper.
While I let the gesso air dry, I stamped the images (also on a watercolour paper with Distress Ink – Walnut Stain) and use my Inktense Watercolour Pencils to colour the images. I usually start by direct colouring on the areas that should come out darker. 


The pencils are highly pigmented, a little goes a long way. As you can see below, I’m using a wet brush and “pull” the colour to the rest of the white space. If the colour isn’t vibrant enough, you can get the colour directly from the pencil with a wet brush.

To add colour to the gesso-ed stencil, I used my very wet brush to pick up colour directly from the pencil. If you’ve never done this before, no worries, this does not ruin your pencil. At least not for me. 

Anyways, all I wanted to create is a gradient of light to dark blue.

Materials Used
All Create A Smile products : 
Beach Party Kit (used the Stencil, Stamp and Enamel Dots) 
Happy Days (Birthday Sentiment)
Non-Create A Smile Products : 
Derwent Inktense Watercolour Pencils
Ranger Glossy Accents
Clear Wink of Stella
Follow Create A Smile on Facebook keep yourself updates on all the happenings and if you’re an Instagram addict like I am, you can follow Create A Smile using this name : @createasmilestamps ! 🙂
Thanks for stopping by,

Create A Smile Stamps – More Masking!

Hi Everyone! Happy Mothers’ Day to all mothers out there! 🙂 

As much as I love adding dimensional stickers to my images to have it overlap images and overall, looking more fun and interesting, I do enjoy the planning and carefully stamping all images in one flat layer. Also, I find that masking technique also kind of helps you save some money on buying truck loads of dimensional stickers.

This might not be new to some of you but I would like to share more masking ideas and tips along the way. I hope you’ll enjoy today’s card and I would like to see what you’ve come up with.

I am a clumsy crafter. Almost all the time, I managed to ruin my project mid-way or when it’s almost done, so eventhough, I usually create a card with spontaneous ideas, in this case I’ve made a plan on where I want the flowers and leaves to be. 
But first, let’s cut the paper. I wanted to die-cut the border using Pretty Pink Posh’s Stitched Dies but my new die-cut machine isn’t wide enough so I traced the die on my panel and just hand cut it. If anyone has any tips on how I can use border dies on my cardbase using cuttlebug, that would be awesome!
Time to start stamping and masking! General rule for masking is : The image that you want to have it on the front, has to be the one that you stamp first. I want all the flowers to be on top of the leaves, so they get stamped first. I stamped it again on a thin typing paper and carefully cut it out and use a temporary adhesive. I’ve also made a mask for my leaves 🙂

This is how it looks after being stamped. It looks a bit chaotic but take your time to colour and it will come out great! I used Antique Linen Distress ink to stamp the images and Prime Watercolour to colour in the images. Since I’m watercolour, I coloured all the flowers first. This allows the flowers to dry before I start colouring the leaves. 

To add something that would pop out of the images, I used a White Gel Pen to add some dots to the flowers. 
All Create A Smile products : 
Non-Create A Smile Products : 
Follow Create A Smile on Facebook keep yourself updates on all the happenings and if you’re an Instagram addict like I am, you can follow Create A Smile using this name : @createasmilestamps ! 🙂
Thanks for stopping by,

Create A Smile Stamps – Creative Stamping!

Hi Everyone! A month break from crafting has made me a bit rusty. I’ve finally migrated to Germany! 🙂 Still getting used to the idea but getting there. Anyways, I’m just really happy to be crafting again and sharing my projects with you. Today, I would like to share a way to “edit” your stamp. 

A good tip I learn while doing this sort of stamping method is that try it on a regular typing paper first if you’re doing it for the first time. It helps and avoid wasting your precious cardstock 🙂 And always make sure your fingers stays clean from the black it. I’m always having this issue -.- Somehow black ink finds it’s way to my fingers no matter how careful I try to be. 
The image that you want to have it on the front, has to be the one that you stamp first. And I wanted a second stamp behind it but the image was a bit larger so I had to extend the height of the shelter. To do this, I masked off the top part (the shelter) and a bit of the two bars and stamp the rest of the image as usual. Remember to take off the tape before stamping! 
This is how it should look like when you masked off the top part. 

Next, I masked off the bottom area and the hippo and only inked up what I had masked off earlier and  carefully stamp it so that the bar would look kind of straight. Lol, it’s a bit slanted 😀 As you can see below, it’s a bit taller than the original.

More masking! I used pieces of post it to masked of the area where I will stamp the next hippo so that it won’t overlap. 

Once, all the stamping is over, I took my Copics and colour 🙂 Added the sentiments and ta-da! Hope you like it and let me know if you have any questions / comments!
All Create A Smile products : 
Non-Create A Smile Products : 
Copics
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Follow Create A Smile on Facebook keep yourself updates on all the happenings and if you’re an Instagram addict like I am, you can follow Create A Smile using this name : @createasmilestamps ! 🙂

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. 

Create A Smile Stamps – Let’s Celebrate

Hi Everyone! Last week, I did some masking on the little envelopes. Today, I used masking again for a different stamp set and not for a one layer card. I usually like using masking technique when I need to make a one-layer card but it can be used to make your own customised embellishment / image.

This is a very simple care to make. The stamp set (Message in A Bottle) basically did most of the job for me! I prepared a masking for the bottle. Just one and that’s all you need. I stamped the middle bottle first and then, the other two. I did not use any masking when I stamped the straws. I used watercolouring to colour the image. I just thought watercolouring might be a nice option to use since I’m trying to portray liquid anyways 😀 
Add some glitters to the straw and that’s it! I love you love it as much as I do.Oh and that pretty striped paper at the back is also from Create A Smile 😉 
Follow Create A Smile on Facebook keep yourself updates on all the happenings and if you’re an Instagram addict like I am, you can follow Create A Smile using this name : @createasmilestamps ! 🙂
Thanks for stopping by,

Create A smile Stamps – Tags!

Hi everyone! Adding a simple tag to a small gift is always a great idea, don’t you think? Sometimes, when I need to give a gift to a friend or just a little pick-me-up and I have no cards in hand, I’ll add a little tag to the gift. Here are some tag ideas you can recreate using only ONE stamp set.

I started by cutting myself some tag shapes with my watercolour paper. You can buy some watercolour tags but I find that when I cut them myself, I can get the size and shape that I want.

I used Distress Ink Walnut Stain to stamp all my images. I had no intention of doing a no-line colouring but I didn’t want the lines to turn out too sharp like if I use black ink. And I kind of like the vintage look that brown outline gives.
You notice that I did not stamp any of the images right in the middle. I wanted to give the tag a big of “movement” and some added interest without adding layers to the tag. Try doing this to add image you have for your next project and I bet you’ll like it 😉
Once your image is dry, all plenty of clean water around the image and drop some colours and let the water spread the pigment out. You can help it by using just a clean wet brush to push the colours away. This gives a soft “halo” to the image. 
Stamps : 

Create A Smile Stamps – Doctor’s Helpers


Follow Create A Smile on Facebook keep yourself updates on all the happenings and if you’re an Instagram addict like I am, you can follow Create A Smile using this name : @createasmilestamps ! 🙂
Thanks for stopping by,