You Are A Treasure – Stretch Your Stamps Card Series (ft. Create A Smile)

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Happy Friday!

I’ve just popped in for a quick post as I couldn’t resist to add more Halloween colors to my blog. This card is from my Stretch Your Supplies Card Series. So today I’m showcasing the idea how your can transform the summer feeling stamp set and interpret it like an autumn or Halloween one by simply changing the colors.
The stamp set I used on this particular card is All Hands On Deck from Create A Smile. Don’t you think that the cute little koalas in pirate’s costumes are perfect for this season? 

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Here’re some step by step instructions as well as some tips and tricks:

  • stamp the characters on a watercolor paper with a waterproof ink (I used Strathmore Cold Pressed Watercolor Paper and Versafine Onyx Black ink)
  • color them with a watercolor medium (I used Mijello Mission Gold watercolors) and fussy cut leaving a little white edge around
  • make a splotchy watercolor background on the other piece of watercolor paper, let it dry and die-cut a circle out of it. Tips & Tricks: don’t make your watercoloring look perfectly blended. Leave a typical splotchy look instead. Use a shimmer spray or dilute a little bit of Perfect Pearls in water to add on your background for some shine and variation in color.
  • cut and fold in half you card base (I used Simon Says Stamp’s Fog card stock)
  • die-cut a rectangle panel and adhere it directly on the card front
  • arrange your watercolor circle and the characters on the card front and adhere them. Tips & Tricks: pop up some elements on the card front with a foam adhesive to bring some dimension and add more interest to the card.
  • stamp you sentiment. Tips & Tricks: use the same black ink both for the characters and the sentiment for a more uniform look.
  • decorate your card with some matching sequins

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That is pretty much all for today. The last thing I’d like to mention is that this card is my entry to the Create A Smile October challenge – “Embellish”.

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Tatiana

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Hello Fall – Autumn & Halloween Card Series

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Happy Friday to everyone!

Today I’m sharing another autumn feeling watercolor card. The adorable bear is from the last Stamptember collaboration between Simon Says Stamp and Newton’s Nook Designs. Unfortunately this stamp set is not available any more, but I like it so much that I just couldn’t let it die in my stash.

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I broke down once more my Mijello Mission Gold watercolors, but after the initial layer of watercoloring, I added some details and shading with color pencils. The fish-tail banner was watercolored too so that it could match perfectly the red I used on some autumn leaves.

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As always I added some little extra accents to embellish my card: sequins, white gel pen details, color water splotches, Stickles Star Dust Glitter Glue.

That’s pretty much all for today! Hope this card will inspire you! And as always thanks so much for stopping by and leaving me sweet comments! I really appreciate your support!

Tatiana

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DIY Halloween Treats

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Hello guys!

I’m so excited to share with you a fun Halloween project I came up with. It’s super simple to do and you don’t need any fancy craft supplies to recreate it! So why not! Perhaps you can make it with your children as well!

I’d like to mention that this project was inspired by a talented paper crafter Anna Kossakovskaya. I made a girlish and a boyish version of chocolate boxes since I’m going to give the treats to my little niece and nephew, but you can personalize this project even more by adding a name, for example.

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First of all you gonna need a piece of card stock and a chocolate bar, of course. Take measures of your chocolate bar (width, length and heights), calculate the dimensions of the card stock you need for the project and mark the score lines on it:

Horizontally: half of your width – heights – width – heights – half of your width.

Vertically: any measure you like up to half of your length – heights – length – heights – any measure you like up to half of your length.

Make score lines as indicated on the picture below. If you don’t have a scoring board, use a simple ruler (anyone has a ruler at home, right!).halloween-box-1Now cut out 4 corners following the graphic below. And you DIY chocolate box is done.halloween-box-2Now all you have to do is to apply some embellishments and tied a twine around to close the box. On my projects I used digital stamps from Jess Crafts Digitals and a freebee digital sentiment from Newton’s Nook Designs as I could resize them to fit my box, but you definitely can use anything you have on hand: print and color any Halloween image from web, use some stickers or any other embellishment to suit your occasion.

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That’s all for today! If you have any question, leave it in the comment area below! And as always thanks so much for stopping by! Have a great day!

Tatiana

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Let’s Celebrate – Birthday Card Series (ft. Create A Smile)

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Happy Tuesday!

I’m stretching again my craft supplies making this birthday boy autumn feeling shaker card.

The cute little koalas from All Hands On Deck stamp set by Create A Smile are so versatile and can be easily transformed to suit your occasion. Basically on this card with no fancy techniques at all I interpreted the summer scheme stamp as an autumn one only by switching to the Halloween colors. Then I added a birthday sentiment from Mini Birthday stamp set that says “Let’s celebrate… Once again… It’s Your Birthday” (stamped inside the card) and finished to have a birthday card for my little nephew’s October birthday! Isn’t this card turned out super fun?!

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All the images were stamped with a waterproof ink, watercolored with Mijello Mission Gold watercolors and hand cut leaving a little white border around. I used the same circle die both for die-cutting the shaker area and shaping the sentiment so that it could match perfectly the circle part.

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This card is also my entry to the Create A Smile September challenge – “CIRCLE” since the whole scene were built around the circle shaker area.

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Hope that you like this project and the idea behind will give you some inspiration! Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving me nice comments! I really appreciate your support!

Tatiana

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Hello Fall – Autumn & Halloween Card Series

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Hello guys!

I’ve just popped in for a super quick post today. I was in the mood to play with my Mijello Mission Gold watercolors and totally inspired by the amazing gorgeous colors the nature brings us every autumn, made this colorful card.

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It’s quite simple and I used only “Small Hello” and “Leaf Wreath” dies both from Simon Says Stamp (can’t believe that I really used no stamps this time!). As watercolor paper I chose Canson Montval. I find that it goes very well with the Mijello watercolors. The die-cut sentiment was heat embossed with WOW Glitter Metallic Gold embossing powder to bring a little bit of sparkle and shine. Finally a few golden sequins were added as well.

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Tatiana

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