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Hooray autumnal card

Hello. Today I am sharing a card with an autumnal rainbow for Time For Tea Designs.

To start the card I cut two rectangle card panels. To make the background panel I selected Distress Oxide inks in a rainbow of autumn shades and blended them across my card. I then took the Hooray die and run it through my die cutting machine on the centre of each of the panels.

I trimmed the white panel down smaller than the rainbow panel to leave a rainbow border when they are adhered together. I adhered my rainbow panel onto my card base. Using liquid glue I adhered the white letters into the coloured panel then placed the white panel on the top and inlay the coloured letters in place, each time making sure to add the little pieces inside the letters.

I stamped the black sentiment from the hooray hamsters stamp set and added some ink splatters to the white card.

I stamped the fox and squirrel and coloured them with my Copic markers. I then used the coordinating dies to cut them out. They are from the woodland critters stamp set and the bird from the moovellous stamp set. I adhered them to the card with foam pads. This completes the card.

Take care for now.

Katrina

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Cardmaking with Chalkola paint markers.

Hello I hope you are staying safe and well. The people at Chalkola kindly gifted me a set of their Acrylic paint markers to try. They have also given me a discunt code for you to use if yu like the product and would like to purchase from chalkola.com

I have a youtube video to show a close up look at the pens and how I made a card using them. Click here to watch the video

As a card maker I had to see how I could use these markers on card and this is the result.

The pens are acrylic fine tip marker pens in bright vivid colours. They are made to work on a variety of surfaces such as rocks, metal, plastic, glass, ceramics, porcelain and even fabric. They are non toxic and perfect to be used by all the family. After I made my card I let my children play with the pens too. They easily wipe off making them putrefy for rainy day activities with the kids. The marker easily wipes away for mess free fun. Alternatively you can apply a coat of varnish over the top to make the artwork permanent on items such as rocks.

Here my daughter age 7 drew on the window. She loved doing this

The pens are great value and Chalkola work hard to make art accessible to all and these pens are a perfect way to share art with the whole family.

Rock painting

Chalkola have provided an affiliate discount code for you to use should you wish to purchase them. Use code KATRINA10 at chalkola.com to get 10% discount.

Thanks for dropping by. I hope you are inspired to have a go with these pens and hope you enjoy them as much as we did. Take care for now.

Katrina

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Heffy Doodle And Time For Tea Designs Hop

Hi everyone and welcome to the Heffy Doodle and Time for Tea Designs Collaboration Blog Hop! Our design teams have come together to share some amazing inspiration featuring Heffy Doodle and Time for Tea Designs products, and there is a prize up for grabs, too!

When I heard about the collaboration of Heffy Doodle and Time For Tea Designs, straight away I had an idea in mind to combine images from both companies.

I used two stamp sets for this card, you’re weird from Heffy Doodle and baked with love from Time For Tea Designs.

To start the card I cut a slimline panel and used Distress Ink to blend a galaxy. To get a good galaxy it takes a bit of time and patience and lots of layers. It will look a bit of a mess to start with but just keep going, the end result is worth it.

Once I had my galaxy background ready I splattered some silver watercolour and some white gauche paint over the panel using a small paint brush and set it aside to dry.

Next I worked on the images. I stamped the images with Memento tuxedo black ink, on to Neenah 80lb classic crest card so I could colour with my Copics. to get the mouse inside the spaceship I made a mask for the main part of the vehicle, leaving a window for the glass area and stamped the image over the top.

I coloured my images and fussy cut them out. I was going to use the coordinating dies but decided there was better contrast with the dark background with no white border.

I heat embossed the sentiment with liquid platinum embossing powder from Ranger and adhered the images to the card with liquid glue. I added glossy accents on the window area of the ship and the little lights.

I adhered the panel to a white folded card base to complete the card. I hope you like it. It was such a fun card to make.

Giveaway – Heffy Doodle and Time for Tea Designs will each be giving away a £25 to their respective stores. Winners will be chosen randomly and announced onJuly 28th on the Heffy Doodle and Time for Tea Designs blogs.

The next stop on the hop is the very talented Tallie Clewley

The previous stop on the hop Laura Sterckx

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Here is the blog hop line up. Make sure to hop along for a chance to win.

Heffy Doodle Blog

Shabneez Khan-Muztar

Amanda Fitterer

Natalie Seddons

Cassie Trask

Catrin Goodwin

Laura Sterckx

Katrina Howe

Tallie Clewley

Sharon Nettleship

Amy Gould

Laura Volpes

Time for Tea Designs Blog

Take care for now

Katrina

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Unity In Diversity. Paper Crafters Unite Against Racism.

Hello today I am sharing a card using a wonderful stamp set from Altenew called Better Together. Perfect during these challenging times we are currently facing.

Justine Hovey invited crafters to take part in an instagram hop to unite us and show our support for the never ending fight for equality all over the world. I decided to create a card using florals incorporating skin tone colours

I started by stamping out floral images from the Altenew Poppy Garden stamp set. I used Memento Tuxedo black ink and Neenah classic crest solar white card which is great from Copics. Using my markers I coloured the floral images using different combinations of browns to create different he different skin tones for the flowers. I used cool greys for the leaves. I recently took the Altenew class ‘Creative Coloring With Artist Markers’ as part of the Altenew Educator Certification Programme I am currently working towards. This is a great class for beginners and the more experienced and the perfect time to use what I had learnt in class. Once I was happy with my colouring I die cut the images out with the coordinating dies.

Next I worked in the background . I die cut a panel with a stitched rectangle die from white card.

I selected Distress Oxide inks in Tea Dye and Ground Espresso. For each colour I smudged some ink on to my glass matt and sprayed some water on top then mixed with a paintbrush. I then took a piece of cellophane to transfer the ink mix on to my card by pressing the cellophane down where I wanted the ink to go, mixing where I placed the ink and how much I transferred. You will get a different result every time. I love this look on backgrounds. I used a brush to splatter some of the ink on top and set aside to dry.

I spent time working out where I wanted my flowers to go and adhered them with liquid glue once I was happy with the placement.

For the sentiment I took a piece of black card and heat embossed the sentiment using white embossing powder and my heat gun. I added a thin strip of striped card along the bottom for some added interest. I then attached it to the card.

I added some pearls from Little Things by Lucy’s Cards and splattered some gold and silver watercolour over the flowers for some sparkle and shine.

I attached the panel to a card base to complete the card.

I hope you like it.

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Focus on you card

Hello. I hope you are well. Today I am sharing another card for the Altenew Educator Certification Programme.

The most recent class I took was by the talented Laura Bassen. It was called Clean, simple and Colourful techniques. I was particularly struck by the masking and blending and wanted incorporate this into my card.

To start the card I die cut a stitched panel, A6 in size. I then too Distress Oxide inks in Barn Door, Rusty Hinge, Ripe Persimmon, Carved Pumpkin, Mustard Seed and Squeezed Lemonade.

I placed a piece of wide masking tape on to my card at an angle starting in the middle then used a blending brush to add ink along the line of the tape edge

I started in the middle but you could start at the top or bottom. Each stripe I added I moved the tape along then added a different colour ink, leaving some white space between each colour. I changed to a fresh piece of tape as I got to the lighter colours to stop too much contamination from darker inks. I wiped my blending brush in a micro fibre cloth between each colour change.

Once the blending was done I took one of the images from the Altenew Flower Garden stank set and used Versafine black ink to stamp the image of the edge of the card. I then took the focus on you sentiment from the stamp set of the same name and stamped this between the flowers.

I took a grey coloured pencil and added some subtle shading to the flowers and leaves, then used a glitter pen over the top to add some sparkle which you can’t really see in the photo but it is there!

I added a few sequins and adhered the panel to a white card base to complete the card.

Take care for now.

Katrina.

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Thanks Friend Card

Hello. Today I am sharing a card I made as part of the Altenew Educator Certification Programme.

The class was all about sentiments. I learnt lots about placement of sentiments and loved the look of stamping sentiments in different colours.

To start the card I stamped a large floral image and some leaves from the Altenew stamp set Poppy Garden. I coloured them with my Copic markers and added some extra shading with my Polychromos coloured pencils. I then die cut them with the coordinating dies.

Next I worked on the background. I took the Altenew watercolor stripes stencil and atyached it to my card base with washi tape. I used a blending brush to apply Bundled Sage Distress Oxide ink working from the bottom left corner. I applied the ink heavier at the bottom then worked out to a lighter covering leaving lots of white space towards the top of the card.

For my sentiment I used the Fancy Thanks word die, which I die cut from some green card I had in my stash. I cut it twice to give some dimension, adhering one on top of the other.

Now to put the card together. I layed out my stamped images and thanks sentiment to work out the exact placement of the word friend which is from the Half Tone Hello stamp set. I stamped this in red ink. I then adhered the leaves, flower and thanks word.

I added a few sequins to complete the card.

Thanks for dropping by.

Katrina.

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Dream Big Card

Hello.

Today I am sharing a card for Time For Tea Designs featuring some of the brand new release.

To start the card I used a blender brush and Distress Oxide Inks. I blended Wild Honey directly on to my A6 card base. I then took a piece of white A6 sized card and applied Mustard Seed and blended it up in to Squeezed Lemonade.

Once my panel was dry I placed the say cheese cover plate die over the top and run it through my die cutting machine. I also die cut the dream big sentiment from some shiny bronze cardstock I had in my stash and the shadow die in black card.

I then worked on my mouse image. I stamped the little mouse and cheese from the baked with love stamp set in Copic safe ink and coloured them with my Copic markers. I then die cut them with the coordinating dies.

To put the card together I adhered the panel die cut on to my card base with a tape runner. I used liquid glue to adhere the sentiment die together then attached it to my card. I took my mouse and cheese and used liquid glue to sit him on the sentiment. This completes the card.

Thanks for dropping by. Take Care for now.

Katrina.

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Watercolour Thanks Card

Hello. Today I am sharing a card I made as part of the Altenew Educator Certification Programme.

This card was made as part of the ‘artists watercolor 101 for paper crafters’ class. The class was all about watercolour techniques and how to get the best results.

I love watercolour and I don’t get my paints out as often as I should so this class was the perfect opportunity for some practice.

To start the card I selected the Altenew Happy Pomegranates stamp set. I took a piece of Arches cold pressed watercolour card cut to the same size as my A6 card base. I selected my Versafine onyx black ink and using my Misti stamping too stamped the pomegranates at the top centre of the card. I used the Misti to allow me to stamp the image twice as watercolour card has a texture and although my images stamped perfectly it can be stamped again if needed.

I stamped the pomegranates image again on to a piece of masking paper and cut this out to make a mask. I placed the mask over the top of the image then stamped the other leaf images around this.

Once the ink was dry I started watercoloring. I used the new Altenew watercolors

I added a layer of paint at a time, Making sure each layer was dry before adding the next. Once I was happy with my painting I worked on the sentiment.

I die cut the thanks from card three times and stacked them with liquid glue. I took the rest of the sentiment from the Altenew ‘Paint a flower – rose’ stamp set and stamped it below where the thanks die cut would be placed. I then adhered the die. To finish off I added some sequins and cut down the panel and adhered it to my card base.

Take care for now.

Katrina.

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Floral One Layer Birthday card

Hello. I hope you are all well and staying safe and well during these difficult times we are facing.

Today I am sharing a card I made for the One Layer Wonders class from Altenew Academy. The class was led by the amazing Kelly Latevola. One of my favourite crafters. She is an amazing colourist and so inspiring.

To start my card I took the Flower Garden stamp set from Altenew and selected some of the stamps. I took a piece Neenah 80lb classic crest card, die cut to the same size as my A6 card base, and placed it in my Misti stamping tool.

I layed my stamps out to work out roughly where I wanted them. Using Memento Tuxedo black ink I stamped my first image in the top left corner. I stamped the same image on some masking paper, fussy cut it out then placed it over my image ready to stamp my next image.

The trick to this technique is to stamp the images you want at the front first and work backwards.

I continued to stamp and mask my images. I was able to work with only a handful of masks by moving them along where I could.

Once all the stamping was done it was time to remove all the masks and start colouring. 

To start I outlined the individual flowers with a N0 Copic marker which makes the colouring feel less intimidating, allowing me to focus on one flower at a time. I used Copic markers then highlighted some of the darker areas with Polychromos coloured pencils.

Once the colouring was complete I took the sentiment from the Altenew stamp set Happy Pomegranates and stamped in black ink.

To complete the card I added some sequins from Little Things by Lucy’s Cards.

I hope you like the card.

Take care for now.

Katrina

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Altenew Academy level 2 challenge.

Hello. Today I am sharing four cards and a gift box I made for the Altenew Educator Certification Programme level 2 challenge.

The specifications for this challenge were to make four masculine cards, one for each category- Birthday, Anniversary, Thinking Of You and Encouragement. Alongside this make an upcycled project. The focus should be on three components covered in the Altenew Academy classes.

I chose the following three components; let it shine – adding shine and sparkle to all my projects. For the guys – focusing on making sure the card are suitable for the males in our lives and In the mood for color – focusing on the mood created by using certain colours.

First up is my Anniversary card. I focused on the colour blue to create a sense of calm and tranquility which I felt worked perfectly with the sentiment. Giving the card a masculine feel while also using floral images.

To start the card I first worked on my background panel. I used a stitched border die to cut a panel out of white cardstock I selected three shades of brown Distress Oxide inks and using a blending brush worked from the lightest colour in the centre blending to the darkest around the edges, adding layers to darken the colour until I was happy with how it looked. To add some texture I splattered some water from the edge of a paintbrush over the ink and soaked it up with a paper towel and set the panel aside to dry.

Next I worked on the floral images. I stamped three of the flowers and some leaves from the Altenew Poppy Garden stamp set on to Neenah solar white classic crest 80lb white card, using Memento Tuxedo black ink. I then coloured them with my Copic markers and die cut them using the coordinating dies.

Now my background panel was dry it was time to add some shine. I took my Altenew metallic watercolours. I added a little water to each of the pans of gold and silver colours then took a small paintbrush and splattered the colours randomly over the background. This adds a lovely shine which is really hard to see in the photos.

Once this was dry I took my sentiment which is from the Altenew Heartfelt Sentiments stamp set and stamped it at the bottom of the panel with an embossing pad. I then took white Ranger embossing powder, sprinkled it over and heat set with my heat gun.

Now to put the card together. I used a tape runner to adhere the background panel to a 6×6 inch with card base. I then arranged and adhered the flowers and leaves using a liquid glue to allow a little time to move them around to the perfect position. This completes my Anniversary card.

My second card is a thinking of you card. I used yellow of the focus of the card for optimism, cheer and energy

I used an image from the Altenew Get Well Soon stamp set. I stamped the image on Neenah 80lb Cardstock and used my Copics to colour it in. I then fussy cut the image out and set it aside.

Next I worked on the background. I took a card panel the same size as my A6 sized card blank and used Distress Oxide inks in Squeezed Lemonade, Mustard Seed and Ground Espresso and used a blending brush to apply the ink. I love how smooth Distress Oxide inks blend. If you are struggling to blend well I recommend using a good amount of ink on a bright coloured background like this. Once the background ink was dry I adhered the focal image with a tape runner. I then stamped the sentiments using Altenew Obsidian black ink. Thinking of you is from the Heartfelt Sentiments set.

To add some shine to this card I took a strip of gold mirror card and cut a thin strip which I adhered to the bottom of the card using liquid glue. I then added some sequins from Neat and Tangled. I adhered the card panel on to my card blank to complete the card.

For my encouragement card I focused on using green as my main colour representing soothing, growth and natural thoughts. Perfect tfor this occasion.

I took one of the leaf stamps from the Altenew Wallpaper Art stamp set. I took a piece of A6 sized white card and rubbed my anti static powder bag over the top. This will stop embossing powder sticking where I don’t want it. I used my Misti stamping tool here to help me do some repeat stamping.

Using Altenew Forest Glade ink I stamped the leaves on the top left of my card panel. I stamped this twice to get good coverage as this is a solid image. I then wiped off any excess green ink and took my Wow embossing pad. I randomly pressed it on to various parts of the stamp but not covering the whole image. I then stamped this back in the same position over the leaves. I sprinkled Ranger Princess Gold embossing powder over the top then used a heat gun to melt the powder.

This is the result. A lovely gold shimmer on the leaves. I repeated the above steps, each time rotating the card to stamp the leaves coming from each corner.

Once I had the background complete I added a sentiment banner to the centre of the card panel. I took a piece of brown card and cut it down to a strip the perfect size to fit my sentiment. I chose ‘you are capable of amazing things’ from the Altenew Focus On You stamp set. I used Altenew Enchanted Gold Pigment ink to stamp the sentiment. Once it was dry I adhered the strip to the card with liquid adhesive. I love the look of the gold embossing on the leaves.

Next is my Birthday card. Although mainly white has a small splash of rainbow perfect for a Birthday card to bring feelings of all the colours together.

I love the controller image which is from the Altenew Best Dad stamp set. I decided to do some repeat stamping and heat emboss to add the shine. I took an A6 side stitched rectangle die and die cut a panel to work on. I love the look of a stitched border. I treated my card panel with my anti static powder bag then using an embossing pad stamped an image on to the card. Because this is clear I find it easier to stamp one image, then sprinkle with embossing powder which makes it easier to see the placement for the next image. Once I had three images stamped and covered in powder I used my heat gun to melt the powder before moving on. I find this makes it less likely to knock any of the powder off while I am stamping but also allows my to clearly see the pattern I am creating.

Once my background was complete I took my Faber Castell Polychromos coloured pencils and added colour to the buttons on the controller. Although this is a simple step it really adds to the look of the card. As I was happy with the look of the card I decided to keep it one layer and simply stamp the sentiment in black ink before adhering the panel to my card base to complete the card. The card inside reads Happy Birthday

The final part of the challenge was my upcycled project I chose to make a masculine gift box. Perfect for a piece of jewellery, a watch or other small gift. I found the box that my smart watch came in some time ago. I thought this would be the perfect base for my gift box.

To start the project I looked through my patterned papers and found some light blue paperr with a small pattern on. This would be perfect as it adds colour but does not distract from the images I planned to use.

I covered the box with the paper by glueing the top of the box to the centre of the sheet of paper. I then drew lines of where I planned to cut the paper to create flaps. I then cut and folded each flap before adhering it to the inside of the box. I did this for the upper and lower pieces of the box. If you are new to doing this there are some great videos on youtube on how to cover a box.

Once the lower portion of the box is covered in paper this part was complete. Next I worked on decorating the top portion. I used Distress Oxide inks to make a blue background, blending Salty Ocean and broken China. I then cut this panel in to two three portions. One for the top of the box and two for the front and back sides.

I stamped Happy Fathers Day on the two smaller pieces and once dry adhered them to the front and back sides with a tape runner. This sentiment is from the Altenew Best Dad stamp set. You could add any sentiment for any type of occasion.

Next I took some images from the Altenew Garden Grow stamp set and stamped them on to the remaining panel. I used my Polychromos to add some colour to the images. To add some shine I used a stardust glitter pen on the leaves. I then adhered the panel to the top of my box.

This completes my challenge. I hope you like my projects and are inspired to give some of them a try.

Take Care for now.

Katrina

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