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Tim Holtz Floral Bouquet Card

Hello gorgeous Lulu Art fans!  Today I’m going to show you how to make this super pretty card that uses just one stamp, plus a bunch of beautiful products and techniques to really turn it into something special.   I’ll be combining products from Ranger, Tim Holtz (Stampers Anonymous) and Jane Davenport and I can’t wait to show you how to make this for yourself.

I’ll show you quickly how I coloured the flowers, but what I really want to show you is how to create that yummy vintage toned background!  Start by stamping the large Glorious Bouquet stamp onto XPress-It Blending card using Paris Dusk Memento ink – stamp 2 images – one as the base and one to cut up.

Color Images using Alcohol ink markers I used colors from Jane Davenport.  Keep the coloring simple, the stamp is very busy so you will need to use what’s already there color-wise as a guide and leave lots of white space on the flowers.  I used a very simple beginners technique – layering colours.  Start with the lightest colour all over, then add mid tones and finally your darkest colour just where it’s darkest on the original stamped image.  You can see this in the video below.

 

Now to create that super yummy vintage toned background for the card

This is the step where your card becomes to come together and take on a real old world vintage feel.

Begin by cutting the card background to size and then create a border by adding Archival ink in Pale Ochre over a stencil – just around the edges – using archival ink means this particular colour and design won’t budge!

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Add Antique Linen Distress Oxide ink over all the white areas of the background card using a foam applicator – you can even add this over the smaller flowers (very lightly), then add a little of the Antique Linen Distress Ink (just to darken the colour), once the white space is filled in then use a darker Distress ink (gathered Twigs) to edge the card.

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Add a little colour to the background using Distress Oxides in Seedless Preserves, Peeled Paint, Antique Linen and Shaded Lilac through the splatter stencil – add one colour at a time.

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Spritz the music note stencil with water and then press the wet stencil over your coloured card background, leave for a few seconds.

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Then blot the card with a paper towel to remove the water and reveal the bleached design.

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Next use Jane Davenport Magic Wand pencils to add depth and dimension to your stamped and coloured images by adding color to the white areas and black (or dark blue) to the shadows.  This will help lift some of the designs from the background and make other sections fade to the back.  Use double-sided foam tape to add the cut out flowers and leaves on top of the stamped background.

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Finish the card by mounting onto coordinating colours of backing card, add mini beads and a little glitter (stickles or Finnabair) and add an embossed chipboard word.  When the stamped design is this busy it’s best to keep the embellishments simple.IMG_4550

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SUPPLIES

All from Lulu Art of course!

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Three Techniques with Dye-na Flow for Cardmakers

Hi gorgeous people, today I’m going to be making some fast fun cards with Dye-na flow inks from Lulu Art!   Now Dye-na flow is not something I’ve used a lot so I’m going to have a play with 3 different techniques to create three different but equally beautiful cards.

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Begin by prepping your watercolour card – cut it to size and add some clear embossed images to 2 card pieces.

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Drops

Spray water over watercolour cardstock and drip on a rainbow of Dye-na flow, begin with one drop of each colour and only add more if needed.  Splatter with gold Gansai Tambi paint and leave to dry

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Painting

Add Dye-na flow to a paint palette and use a dry brush to add to dry watercolour paper, previously embossed.  This gives a quite varied and tonal effect and looks really pretty.  I used a single colour – Periwinkle.

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Pressing

Add a rainbow of Dye-na flow drops to a non-stick craft mat – I added the colours in the order of the rainbow so I didn’t make a muddy mess.  Then spritz lightly with water and press dry watercolour card (previously embossed) into the colour pool.  Press down with fingers to make sure all of the card has contacted the surface and then gently peel up and allow to dry.

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Now it’s time to finish the cards!

Begin by adding embossing powder to chipboard elements – I used Obviously Black and Caesar’s Gold.

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Add stamping to some of the card backgrounds.

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Wrap each background in gold twine.

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Add stickers or glitter.

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Mount card fronts onto coordinating backing card and adhere embellishments and we are finished!

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And of course, so you can watch and play-a-long I’ve filmed a process video for you, focussed on how to make those yummy Dye-na flow backgrounds!

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I hope you’ve enjoyed these 3 simple ideas for using Dye-na Flow for your cards oxox

Kate

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Card with Jane Davenport INKredible Inks

Want to make a beautiful background that practically leaps off the paper?  Then let me show you how amazing Jane Davenport’s INKredible inks look on Yupo and you will be racing to the store to grab the supplies and try this yourself.

Create your own Yupo Background Step-by-Step

  1. Spray Yupo with water and drip on a little of each colour of Incredible ink
  2. Spritz with water from a height to create a pattern – the pattern will be more prominent on areas that have begun to dry
  3. Add a few spots of pearlescent acrylic paint and spray with water to make the color wick
  4. Spritz with alcohol blender from a height of approx. 30cm to create additional patterns
  5. Dry carefully with a heat gun – too close and your Yupo will buckle or warp – be careful
  6. Allow any remaining areas to air dry.
  7. Mount on a backing card (to keep it flat) and spray with an acrylic sealer (eg Crystal Clear)

Just look how beautiful this is – simply amazing.

To create the card

  1. Trim Washi Girls Washi sheet into separate images
  2. Add stamping to the background using Archival inks
  3. Cut shapes using Spellbinders dies and emboss using Lindy’s Embossing powder
  4. Add ribbon, washi girl and embossed die cute to background
  5. Add color to washi image using Paint Over Pens
  6. Add a little sparkle using Mermaid Markers
  7. Outline image using block acrylic in a fine liner bottle
  8. Mount onto base-card to finish

Watch this card come together and see this amazing INKredible Ink on Yupo right here in this video.

 

SUPPLIES

all from Lulu Art of course!

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Bright and Beautiful Mixed Media Card

Hello beautiful Lulu Art fans, Kate here today with a bright and beautiful mixed media card to tempt you to get those stamps and inks out of the cupboard.

While there are a few steps, none of them are complicated, but just in case you need a little extra information I’ve filmed the whole process step-by-step.

Start by stamping the gorgeous stamp Woman with Birds from Carabelle Studio onto smooth card, using black Versafine ink.  Because there is such a large area of bold image (the hair) it’s likely that at least some port of this will not stamp perfectly!  Use the Jane Davenport Mermaid Marker in Shark’s Eye to color in any imperfections, and I’ve gone over the whole area of hair just to make it nice and dark.

Start working on the base card, I wanted something bright and pretty to offset the dark stamp so I’ve used a piece of Ranger Specialty Stamping Paper (where I was testing out the stamp) and colored this using Distress Oxide Inks swirled on using a small Tim Holtz Mini Ink Blending Tool.

Once the background is colored the way you like flick some water over the ink and watch the magic happen – for a softer bleaching effect blot the water with paper towel after about a minute.

Use Jane Davenport Magic Wand pencils to color your image going heavy on the shadows to create a high contrast face.

Water down AquaPastels and add a hint of colour to the area around the stamped image – just so the surroundings aren’t totally white, keep it light and bright.

Embellish image with Glitz Sea markers to add a little sparkle.

Color film strip ribbon with alcohol markers (I used Copics) so that it better matches your image and attach to card front using Glossy Accents – the ribbon is very twisty, so make sure to clamp with bulldog clips until the glue is dry or risk it springing off the card and rolling up!

Add ‘Be Brave’ word embellishment and mount card front onto coloured base layer and then mount onto folded card stock.

Attach a few small coordinating flat backed gems and the card is complete.

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Have fun creating your own card using these ideas,

Kate

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Watercolor Christmas Card

Can you all tell I’ve been having a complete blast making Christmas projects lately!  It seems everywhere I turn there is another idea for a new project – must be the Christmas sparkles inspiring me.  Today I’ve created a simple Christmas card with a water coloured background, a little stamping and a foiled Christmas sentiment.  You can grab the yummy goodies I’ve used from Lulu Art of course!  The steps are fairly simple, so let me show you how to create this pretty card.

Tape off the edges of your watercolour paper and then use masking ink to draw on some snowdrift shapes.

Use watercolours and create a wash for the snow drifts and a darker wash for the sky.

Once the background is dry, remove the masking ink and stamp some trees using watercolour paint as the ink for the stamps – let this dry thoroughly.

Add opaque molding paste through a stencil and leave to dry.

Use a Sharpie pen to splatter white paint over the sky for stars and then add a second layer of splatters using the Pearl color from the Gansai Tambi pearl paints.

Paint adhesive size over the molding paste and wait for it to become tacky, then add silver foil over the size.

Brush off any excess foil and trim and scruff up those edges with a distressing tool, before mounting onto some backing card.

Your finished card is elegant and ready to send.

I’ve also recorded every step so you can watch and create your very own Watercolour Christmas Card.

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Grab those watercolours and make your own simple and elegant watercolour Christmas card oxoxo

Kate