Thursday, March 15, 2018

Birthday Flowers - Magenta Spring/Summer 2018 Release

Today, I have a Magenta watercolour card made from a silhouette image. I am very excited about many of the new products as part of the Spring/Summer 2018 release. I am especially loving the new silhouette images and the possibilities that they possess. For my first creation from the collection, I made this birthday card with the Spring Silhouette Flowers using a MISTI and Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers on 4" x 6" 140 lb cold press watercolour paper.

I began by using the markers to individually colour sections and then spritz them with water before stamping onto the paper. That is the beauty of using a stamp positioning tool as you can do things with your stamped images that would be virtually impossible to do without them. I started with the yellow flowers. Then, I did the pink flowers. Next, the blue flowers and lastly, all the greens. As I transitioned between colours, I would clean off the stamp so as to not get mud. You can always go back in and repeat stamp a section until you are pleased with the colouring. I did go in and add a little brown to the echinachia centre in the end.

Once dry, I ran the green marker over a small patch of my craft mat and added some water and then used a watercolour brush to add splatters. While it was drying, I cut a piece of kraft scrap paper to 1 1/2" x 6". Using the MISTI, I stamped the Happy Birthday sentiment. Again, this was made possible because of utilizing a stamp positioning tool. I had cut the sentiment apart to that I could have the sentiment run horizontally verses its original stacked vertical positioning. I doodled in the diamonds between the sentiment repetitions.

Now, I was ready to assemble the card. On a 4 1/2" x 6" cardbase, I adhered the kraft sentiment section to the bottom and then used a 4 1/4" x 5 3/4" piece of fun foam to adhere the watercolour panel at the top. Next, I adhered the two stripes of twine with one on the lower section and the other on the top edge. Lastly, I used the Flying Butterflies stencil and chose three of the smaller butterfly sizes to add the butterflies using a Stardust Gelly Roll pen to add a bit of sparkle.

I hope this tutorial gives you some ideas to expand your thinking around silhouette images and their potential for beautiful colourful creations. You can check out my post on the Magenta blog here.


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Monday, February 26, 2018

Sending a Blizzard

Hello friends! I am off at Scrapbook and Cards Today's Crop & Create today and I am sending a little Magenta love your way with this snowflakes inspired card. 

I started with 140 lb cold press watercolour paper and used the snowflakes mask with Cerulean Blue and Wisteria Nuance powders along with texture paste (on the first) and gel medium (on the last two) to create four panels in differing hues. Once dry, I tore the end 1 1/2" strip off, worked the raw edges to give them some curl and glued them to a base card. Next, I stamped the sentiment with white pigment ink onto a piece of black cardstock and adhered it with foam tape for more dimension.


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Friday, February 16, 2018

With Great Love

I am up on the Magenta blog today with this Clean and Simple style card featuring a heart created using a stencil, ink and doodling.

I started by securing the Happy Heart stencil to the cardbase and crafting mat to ensure that it would not shift as I blended Distress Oxide inks on in an ombre fashion. Before removing the stencil, I added a spritz of water to activate the ink and provide more textural interest. After removing the stencil, I added the doodling along the edges and stamped the Do Small Things With Great Love sentiment and the Cross Hatched Heart using black ink. Then, I added some Wink of Stella to the two black hearts to provide some shimmer. Lastly, I added some sequins, to the circle areas.


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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Magenta Team Tues Current Favourite Stamp

On one Tuesday each month, Magenta features DT member's tips and/or tricks in regards to a crafty topic. This month, the team is sharing projects made with their favourite Magenta stamp. 

I have many favourite Magenta stamps but my current favourite stamp is the large Zen Sunflower Bird (yes.. this little beauty even comes in a smaller version). On this shaker card, I heat embossed the Zen Sunflower Bird on watercolour paper, coloured it with Distress inks, and fuzzy cut it out when dry before adhering it to the heat embossed Leafy Branch foliage on the acetate. I heat emboss stamped the Sending You Sunshine stamp on the die cut stitched rectangle window frame. It is such a cheery bird that it brings a smile to my face.

You can see other ways that I have used the bird...

here I used it on vellum...

and here, you can learn how to reverse or mirror stamp the image.


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You can check out my fellow Magenta DT members' faves in the blog post here.


Sunday, January 21, 2018

Give Wings To Your Passion

Hi All!

Today I am sharing an upcycled tag with a bird theme inspiration by Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Birds of a Feather.

The tag is from a beautiful cozy Christmas present throw from Indigo/Chapters. It is a great cardstock weight and had a gorgeous gold foiled border. I partially covered the wording by using Whipped Spackle through the Magenta Square Centred Overlapping Circles stencil. Once dry, I wet the area and added Mango Tango Nuance powder. Once it started to activate, I picked up some colour with a small brush and splattered a bit onto the white areas of the tag. I then, set it aside and let the powder water mix do its thing. After it was thoroughly dried, I used a Sakura Quickie Glue pen to add gold foil to some areas and black acrylic paint splatters. Love the way it turned out. You can still somewhat see the item identifying description through the media but that just adds to the layering.

Next, I stamped the Zen Sunflower Bird onto vellum with Jet Black Archival Ink and coloured it using Zig Clean Color Brush Markers first and then going back in with a fine water brush for a watercolour effect. This was my colouring for Day 6 of Kathy Racoosin's 30 Day Coloring Challenge. After fussy cutting it out, it was too flimsy and did not pop enough off the background so I adhered it to cardstock with Glossy Accents and then fussy cut it again.

Then, I stamped the Give WIngs to Your Passion sentiment with VersaMark on black cardstock and heat embossed it with Simon Says Stamp Fine White embossing powder. I trimmed it down and cut in the ends. Next, I used the Quickie Glue pen on the edge and to create a few splatter spots and adhered some gold foil.

Now the tag was ready to assemble. I glued down a few scrap distressed and die punched flowers, added some gold thread, foam taped the bird and sentiment, tied on some glass bead trim, and lastly, added some black glitter glue to the flower centres. There you have it!

Be sure to check out the Simon Says Stamp Monday Birds of a Feather Challenge here for more feather friendly inspired entries.


gold foiled cardstock tag from Indigo/Chapters Cozy Faux Fur Throw, Zen Sunflower Bird stamp, Give Wings to Your Passion stamp, Overlapping Circles stencil, Mango Tango Nuance powder, patterned paper (Magenta), Whipped Spackle (Faber-Castell), Zig Clean Colour Real Brush markers [Cobalt Blue, Pink, Yellow, Orange, Light Green](Kuretake), Quickie glue pen (Sakura), gold foil (Therm-o-Web), VersaMark ink (Tsukineko), Fine White embossing powder (Simon Says Stamp), Jet Black Archival ink, Glossy Accents, Black Soot Acrylic Distress Paint (Ranger), Vellum (The paper Company), black cardstock (Bazzill), white cardstock (CTMH), black glitter glue (Hampton Arts), gold thread and glass bead garland (Dollarama)

Saturday, January 13, 2018

What a Wonderful World!

Today, I am sharing a little 4 1/8 x 4 5/8 " (10.5 x 11.5 cm) sparkly stencilled card coloured with alcohol inks that I have up on the Magenta blog. It is really a challenge to show the amazing look of this card as it is hard to capture the effect it has in real life with a photo.

Supplies: Bird stencil and sentiment stamp (Magenta), Tim Holtz Alcohol inks [Citrus, Espresso, Sunshine Yellow, Pink Sherbet, Sailboat Blue], Distress Clear Rock Candy Glitter, Peeled Paint and Forest Moss Distress inks, Black Soot Archival ink, Matte Gel (Ranger), 130 lb cardstock (Creative Scrapbooker Super Stock)

For this card, I started on a 130lb cardstock and stenciled the Bird on a branch with a mix of matte gel and Distress Clear Rock Candy Glitter. After I removed the stencil, I sprinkled more glitter on top and let it dry. 

Once it was thoroughly dry, I tapped off the excess glitter and then used a variety of alcohol inks to paint the glitter. The leaves are painted with different concentrations of Citrus with blending solution and same for the branches using Espresso. The bird is painted with Sunshine Yellow, Pink Sherbet, with a touch of Sailboat Blue to darken the pink in spots. Next, I stamped the What a Wonderful World sentiment in black ink and added a little splatter with Peeled Paint and Forest Moss Distress inks. Lastly, I matted the piece on a cardstock cardbase.

Colouring with the alcohol inks on the glitter gel was surprisingly fast and easy because there is such little dry time for the inks. Start with a light hand as you add colour and build as you go. This technique creates a unique glitter stencilled card with dimension. I hope you give it a try.


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Monday, January 1, 2018

Celebrating a New Year!

Happy New Year!

Here's a festive Cheers toast to 2018 card. I went with a retro feel for this Magenta celebration card both in colour and design.

I started by cutting a piece of Ingrid pattern paper into a 4 1/4" x 5 1/2 " panel, adhered it to a cardbase, and using the Stars stencil, I inked it with Gold Glitz Delicata ink and then slightly offset with Tuxedo Black Memento ink. Then, I cut a champagne glass out of Canson XL watercolour paper using a Silhouette cut file. I also cut out the "cheers" sentiment from cardstock at the same time. I covered the glass shape with a very watery watercolour using Golden Yellow Nuance. Once dry, I added more Golden Yellow powder to the water and a tiny touch of Ocean Nuance powder to create a champagne colour. Then, I dabbed it in to create the look of bubbly liquid being sure to leave a highlight area. Once that was completely dry, I used Gold Glitz Delicata ink to stamp the Script and Postmark script sections onto the entire shape. While that was drying, I used a black Sharpie marker to colour the vinyl Retro Alphabet Peel Off numbers for 2018 and covered the cheers die cut with VersaMark ink and heat embossed it with Vegas Gold embossing powder. Next, I used the small Bubble Path Duo stencil and Unicorn pigment ink with a stub to add in bubbles on the glass and background along with a circle outline with a Stardust Gelly pen. Once I adhered all the pieces to the background, I added the teeniest sequins from the Simon Says Stamp Moonshine sequins to give it the finishing bubbly touch.

So to start the year off in a festive manner, I am entering this celebratory card into the Simon Says Stamp Monday Party Challenge.

Hope you have a happy, healthy and creative 2018!


Supplies: Ingrid patterned paper, Stars and Bubble Duo stencils, Nuance powders [Golden Yellow & Ocean], Script and Postmark stamp, & Retro Alphabet Vinyl stickers (Magenta), Gold Glitz Delicata, Black Tuxedo Momento and VersaMark ink (Tsukineko), Vegas Gold embossing powder (Emerald Creek), Unicorn white pigment ink (Hero Arts), Canson XL watercolour paper, cheers and glass cut file (Silhouette store), Stardust Gelly Roll pen (Sakura), black marker (Sharpie), assorted Moonshine sequins (Simon Says Stamp)


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Produits Magenta utilisés:
ME234 INGRID - 10 Sheets
TM179 Bubble Path Duo

Script and Postmark
Nuance - MNU008 - Golden Yellow
Nuance - MNU025 - Ocean
Retro Alphabet


Sunday, December 31, 2017

Birthday Girl

I have been finishing off the year, spending some time in my craft room, puttering away at organizing supplies and using up found items that I had laying around over the last couple of days. 

Supplies: Maggie Holmes Confetti Collection patterned papers, stickers, emboss folder (Crate Paper), baker's twine (MME), adhesive (Xyron), foam tape (Dollarama), black packaging insert (misc.)

For my last card of 2017, I made a quick fun and easy birthday girl party card. The black base for this card is made from an upcycled packaging insert that I embossed with the Maggie Holmes Birthday Song emboss folder and then sanded a bit before adhering bits and pieces from Maggie Holmes Crate Paper Confetti collection.

It will be the perfect card to celebrate a family member's birthday upcoming birthday next week as well as for entering it into Simon Says Stamps Monday Party Challenge.


Saturday, December 30, 2017

Winter Magic

Today, I am up on the Magenta blog with a simple wintery magic card. It has been so frigid, where I live of late, that my card was inspired by the beautiful effect of frosted snow crystals creeping up the corner of the window pane in my craft room.

Supplies: Snowflakes mask, magic sentiment and Cerulean Blue Nuance powder (Magenta), texture paste, watercolour paper, Jet Black Archival ink (Ranger), Sparkle Sheer Shimmer Spritz (Imagine Crafts), vellum (The Paper Company)

While it is hard to see in the photo, I just love the beautiful sparkle effect of the Imagine Crafts Sparkle Sheer Shimmer Spritz on top of the texture paste. Pure magic!

If you would like to learn how to make this card, a simple step-by-step can be found by visiting the Magenta blog here.

I am entering this card into the More Than Words December "Us" Mini Challenge. Details on the challenge can be found here.

Wherever you are this holiday season, I hope you are enjoying some wintery magic!



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