Monday, September 1, 2014

Delicious Cupcake

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Afternoon everyone! Hope you are doing well on your Monday! Today i am here to share a birthday card using Gerda Steiner Digital Stamp. She has a series of mouse drawn and this mouse is the skinnier one. haha! i think it needs more cupcakes! I choose Amy R's birthday sentiments to go with this card because it has the words "layers" and "frosting"! Great match!

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Colored the image with copic markers and spammed Ranger stickles on the cupcake! It's a birthday cake, it deserves some sparkles! Even though this stamp is called "Extra Sweet Birthday Cupcake", i wanted to make it even sweeter! This picture doesn't do justice to what i have done. But you may try what i had used to create the above effect.

I used Marvy LIQUID APPLIQUE YELLOW and Marvy LIQUID APPLIQUE WHITE to create the puffiness on the cupcake with my heat gun. Then i added Ranger Diamond Stickles over it. Looks like some lemon vanilla cupcake, yea?

Hope you will try something like this and share with me your blog!

Saturday, August 30, 2014

The Girl By The Swing

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Have you seen her before? Her name is called Gorjuss Girl and she has been featured in alot of wallets, notebooks, mugs etc merchandises in gift stalls. Even though she doesn't have a smile on her face, but the person who drew her portrayed her expressions through her "posture". Even though the default colorings for her is always dark and gloomy, e.g. maroon, grey, black, dirty green etc, but i choose not to color her this way! i prefer my images to be in happy colors or should i say, brighter colors? :) Anyway, i couldn't think of a sentiment that matched her, so i decided to make this into a "thank you" = 10q card.

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Oh! And surprise surprise, she was watercolored! haha.. that explains why her face is so white and her clothes have not enough gradient. Got to keep practicing yea?

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Happy Birthday Virgos!

Hi everyone! It has been a productive week in my craft room! So much so that i had extra time to make a card for a challenge! Yes, as per the picture above, it's the Mama Elephant And Me August Challenge and i will be using the following card to enter it!

Since i was already in a watercoloring spirit when i made a card i posted a few days ago, i took the chance to make an additional watercolor background for the challenge card. And like i had mentioned earlier, i learnt my technique from a youtube video called "Bokeh Made Easy by Wplus9 Design". Instead of using watercolor palette, i used my Derwent Inktense Pencils which can be used for watercoloring too! So i used Teal Green, Apple Green and Sun Yellow for my background! I diecut a few circles onto a acetate sheet to create a DIY stencil for my Bokeh effect. Using a ink dauber and Colorbox Frost White Pigment ink to create the white spots, also known as the Bokeh spots. I also sprinkled a few drops of Hedi Swap Gold Color Shine on the background to create some fun!

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Proud to say that for this challenge, all the stamps that were used are from Mama Elephant! The shop/house is from the Mama Elephant "Toy Shop" stamp set. The sentiment is also found in that stamp set.

The balloons are are from the "Up and Away" stamp set and i popped it up with foam squares to let it appear to be "flying". Adding white lines to create the round reflection.

The girl is the Virgo from "Cosmic Stars". It is the Virgo birthdays now!! I am a Virgo too! ;) i mask of the star on her hand to make it appear that she is holding the balloons instead.

Lastly, to ground her, i stamped the flowers from the "Love from Above" stamp set.

All images are colored using copic markers and the shop/house was the hardest to color! But i am happier now because the card turn out to be just fine! 

Anyway, hope you enjoyed and visit back soon!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

The Bunny Ear

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As i have mentioned before, watercoloring is always a "Nahhhh...." for me. However, i recently watched a youtube video called "Bokeh Made Easy by Wplus9 Design" and i was so inspired and hyped to try this technique! Even though i do not have the traditional watercolor palettes, but i have Derwent Inktense Pencils which are used for watercoloring too!

So i used Poppy Red, Tangerine and Sun Yellow for my background! Instead of using circle stencils, i used the Tim Holtz Splatters Layering Stencil with Colorbox Frost White Pigment ink to create the white spots. Oh my my, i love this!

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If you know your Honey Bunny stamp set well, you will know that the bunnies are either both ears down or both ears standing up. So what i did was, i masked off one of the drooped ear of the bunny sitting down and stamped. And then i stamp a propped up ear from another standing bunny over the image. Next, i fussy cut the image out and place it over a vellum circle with carrots on the ground. The grass was also watercolored and diecut with MFT Grass die.

As for the sentiment, i choose "I'll be here if you need a hug" from In My Heart Stamp set and mask off the word "hug" before stamping. Then i mask off all the alphabets, leaving the letter "n" to stamp after the "a" to make it "an". Lastly, i took the sentiment "I'm all ears!" from Honey Bunny Stamp set and mask all the lettering leaving the word "ear" only. Stamped it and got my custom-made sentiment!

So now, the bunny has a listening ear for someone who is feeling down!

Ice Skating Mouse

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Hello everyone! Welcome back to my blog to check out what i have done up with another Gerda Steiner digital stamp! This ice skating mouse doesn't have to be turned into a Christmas card but a Winter card is possible too! However for myself, there is no winter in Singapore and I can't ice skate for nuts! I really tried...... I tried like 10 times when I was back in Secondary school but I still can't get a hang of it, so I've concluded - I have no talent in this sport!

So for today's card, i colored the mouse with copics and used the Lawn Fawn's star diecut to cut the image out. In order not to make the star look so plain, i used Ranger's Gold Stickles to outline the outside of the stars to make it look like it is sparkling!

Next, i dug out some of my older Christmas collections (have not stock up on any new christmas packs!) and found some papers from last year's Lawn Fawn pad.

Then i chose the Lawn Fawn's Peace Joy Love stamp to use as this card's sentiment. I wanted it to look like the mouse is holding the word "Joy" and skating around with it.

Lastly, i punch 3 snowflakes using a Martha Stewart punch and place one sequins on each of the snowflake so it looks like it is sparkling from the middle!

Hope you enjoyed and you can purchase the image here: LINK.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Twins Pumpkin Boy

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Here's another card using Gerda Steiner Design's Pumpkin Boy digital stamp. And the beauty of digital stamps is that you can inverse them and of course, scale them to be bigger or smaller! For this halloween card, i inverse them so it looks like a scene whereby 2 kids are at your door step asking for Trick or Treat.

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Colored the image using copics and lay ranger stickles over the pumpkin costume. Added googly eyes to make them "come alive" and die-cutted a cat from Impression Obsession Cat Dies. Added black wink-a-stella over the cat first followed by coating with a layer of glossy accent over it.

Link to purchasing this digital stamp and all other Halloween Digital Stamp set: LINK

Hope you will find some inspiration when you are creating your next Halloween card!

Start Every Morning With A Smile

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Another stamped image by Karber Stamp. Told you they have very cute girls!

As I colored this image with color pencils and blended with mineral spirits, I imagined her having hot chocolate drink and hotcakes for her breakfast! Sounds like something you can get from Mcdonald's yea?

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I used papers from Carta Bella Hello Again and a breakfast sentiment from Lawn Fawn with sequins from my LSS and Pretty Pink Posh. I love Pretty Pink Posh 4mm sequins because they are really small and pretty. Their quality is hard and sturdy so it doesn't making handling the small sequins difficult to deal with. Would certainly recommend you to try it! 

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Bubbles Birthday

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Not alot of people know about the brand Karber Rubber Stamps (not too sure why when they are so cute!) but i got to know them when they were on clearance at Papermarket's sale. So here's a girl blowing bubbles. Have you played with this soap bubbles before? I believe young or old will love blowing this bubbles because somehow it makes you giggle after you the bubbles come out and burst in the air. Best used for weddings too! Hmmm.. maybe i should have it during my wedding?

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Image colored with color pencils, blended with Mineral Spirits. I also used glossy accents to go over the bubbles to let it have the extra shine and watery look. Sentiment from Amy R collection, embossed with gold embossing powder. The blue circle background was created by spreading Textured paste over the Tim Holtz circle stencil and then sprayed with Dylusions London Blue on a piece of watercolor paper.

I wish will incorporate more mixed media art in my cards in future because i feel my mix media stash turning into a white elephant.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Sweet Birthday Wishes

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A couple of posts ago, i posted a card with this same image and the cat was colored with color pencils and blended with Gamsol Mineral Spirit. But for today's card, the image is colored with copic markers! Can you tell the difference?

I will always stamp the same image 2 to 3 times before working on it because i am afraid i will color them wrongly or I can make use of the chance to create 2 cards at one go to save time! And in this case,  I whooped out 2 cards at one go and posted them separately so you won't get bored.

To me, copics have a more "solid" color and the shadows and highlights are more obvious. For color pencils, they always appear more subtle and faint.