Inktense pencils – winter scene

Hello Everyone,

I am popping in today with something new. In my latest order from Simon Says Stamp I had a pack of Suzy Plantamura’s watercolour prints with Winter Gnomes. I am fond of gnomes lately and I wanted to try to zone out and colour these with different mediums. The first one I coloured with Derwent Inktense pencils.

I started with the cap: I chose a darker red colour and drew some lines next to the outline. Then scribbled a little lighter one over it and spread the colours out with a wet paintbrush. Thanks to the pigments in this type of pencil the colours are really vibrant even with just a tiny scribble from the pencil.

I made sure to let it dry and meanwhile coloured another part of the image which was not connected to avoid mixing colours. For the snow I used light blue and for the background I mixed blues, violet and some darker purples.

I left the beard and moustache for the last: I tried to add light stokes with my pencils and then fade them out a bit with the waterbrush. It was fun and I like the result even though it was the first time!

When it was all dry I cut it down with a Wonky rectangle and stamped a sentiment (MFT stamps set) in black. I sprinkled white acrylic paint all over it with a toothbrush: it gives smaller dots than when I do this with a thin brush. I also added clear shimmer to the Moon, glossy accents to the skate and some fluffy texture to the cap and overall with my Marvy Snow Marker. It puffs up when I heat it up with my heat tool. So fun!

I hope you liked today’s inspiration, and will return soon for more!

See you,

Zsofi

Winter Birthday Wishes – Heffy Doodle

Hello Everyone,

I am back today with my Perfect Combos series for Heffy Doodle. As I need to boost up my birthday stash, I created a slimline winter birthday card mixing up a few stamps and dies and stencil. Let me guide you through the process.

First I stamped and coloured the images from Happy Yappy Mail and Wanna Build a Snowman. I used Copic markers and cut everything out with their coordinating dies.

I also die cut a white rectangle with a Slimline Stitched Trio die and another one from white glitter cardstock. Then I used the partial die cutting technique to cut a snowbank from this with the Breaking Waves Border dies. It is easy to line it up with the stitches so it works perfectly for slimline cards too.

On the white panel I applied Blueprint Sketch and Salty Ocean Distress Oxide inks fadin it out toward tthe bottom. I spritzed it with water, added some white acrylic paint splatters and let it dry. Ok I was impatient and helped a bit with my heat tool too. When it was dry enough not to smear it, I added white texture paste through the First Snow stencil. Even though it is 6 inches long only, I could simply move it where the pattern has finished and add more snow drops. With this stencil it is very easy, you do not need to line anything up!

While the paste was drying I die cut a scalloped slimline rectangle from Neenah Desert Storm cardstock and also the word Birthday from orange glitter cardstock. The rest of the sentiment I white heat embossed on black cardstock and cut it out with its coordinating die. I love the look of a stamped and die cut sentiment!

When it was all dry I assembled the winter scene popping up the dogs with thin 3D foam sqquares. I finished them off with a black glaze pen on the eyes, noses, buttons and the pipe and added a bit of shimmer to the scarves and collars before sealing it with glossy accents.

I hope you enjoyed today’s Perfect Combo and will check back later for more inspiration. If you like my cards, please make sure to follow me on Instagram where I share my happy creations! Thank you!

See you soon,

Zsofi

Happy Birthday to my boy!

Hello everyone,

It is my son’s 7th birthday and as he is fond of trains, I had to make him a train card of course.

I started with stamping and colouring the images from Avery Elle Christmas Train. I used Copic markers and because blue is my little boy’s favourite colour, I made the train and cart blue. I used the coordinting dies to cut all images out.

For the background I used Newton’s Nook Design’s Petite Snow stencil with white textured paste on light blue cardstock. I set it aside to dry until I was working on the sentiment.

I die cut the Happy and Birthday words from the Waffle Flower Year Round words set using black cardstock. I also die cut a balloon from MFT Balloon Numbers from red glitter cardstock and backed it with a white balloon.

To set the scene I needed a snowbank so I used Newton’s Nook Design’s Land border die and white glitter cardstock. The perfect railway I found in Mama Elephant’s Little Train Agenda.

After assembling the card I popped up the train and balloon with 3D foam squares and used a clear shimmer pen on the presents and glossy accents to emphasize some details.

I wish you like my card as much as my son does.

See you soon,

Zsofi

Newton’s Nook Designs Winter Release – Day 3

Hello Everyone,

We are halfway through the Newton’s Nook Designs Winter Release reveals and we continue the winter theme with another round set: Snowman Roundabout stamp set. It is so cute and could work so well for kids’ crafts as well! I plan to colour these with my son too who is not as crafty as my daughter. All the new products will be available on 20/11.

As all roundabout sets this one also coordinates well with the previously released Circle Frames and Banner Trio dies.

I started with silver heat embossing the snowman stamp on Bristol Smooth cardstock and cut it out with a Circle Frames die. I used my Karin Brush markers for a quick watercolouring: I didn’t add any shading to the snowmen to show you how nice it looks with just a touch of colour!

For the background I chose a purple patterned paper from Doodlebug Designs and used 3D foam tape to pop up the focal panel.

The sentiment I white heat embossed on a purple banner (Banner Trio) and added a very thin strip blue violet cardstock under it before attaching it to the embossed snowmen.

GIVEAWAY

Would you like to win the “Snowman Roundabout” Stamp Set? This stamp set will be given away to ONE lucky winner! Here’s how to win: comment on the NND blog and Design Team blogs (see list below)! The winner will be chosen at random from the collective reveal posts. Make sure to check out each of their blogs and comment for your chance to win. You will not know which blog has been chosen so the more you comment on the better your chances are of winning! You have until Thursday November 19th at 9pm EST to comment  — winners will be announced on the blog post on Friday, November 20th. 

Check out all the awesome Design Team Blogs below to enter:

Newton’s Nook Designs

Ellen Haxelmans

Larissa Heskett

Samantha Mann

Zsofia Molnar

Maria Russell

Andrea Shell

Tatiana Trafimovich

Amy Tsuruta

Amanda Wilcox

I hope you enjoyed the third day of the winter release and you will pop in again tomorrow for the last day of the reveals!

See you,

Zsofi

Beary happy birthday – Heffy Doodle

Hello Everyone,

It is Zsofi here, welcome to another edition of my Perfect Combos series. I always find it difficult to create masculine cards so I brought you an idea using the little bear die from the Heffy Doodle Mini Die Cutting Machine freebies mixed with other stamps and dies. Let’s dive in the details!

I started with the background: on a piece of watercolour paper I put a few tiny drops of Nuvo Shimmer Powder and spritzed it with water generously. I was very impatient to let it dry on its own so I helped it with my heat tool. When it was completely dry I used the new Mini Essentials die set and cut the biggest rectangle.

While I was at die cutting I also cut the bear (freebie with the Mini Die Cutting Machine) from white cardstock and applied Gathered Twigs Distress Oxide ink with a brush. I also cut some canopy using the Forest Builder die set from watercolour paper and sponged Black Soot Distress Oxide on them. I added water droplets and also sprinkled it with diluted black ink and white acrylic paint. I just love to have some texture. The tree trunks are cut from black cardstock. I used a Slopey Joes border die to cut the ground from a leftover piece of the watercolour paper and added Hickory Smoke Distress Oxide ink.

I assembled the scene and popped up the bear with the new thick 3D foam tape. It is still quite basic but I needed a birthday card for a friend of mine so I looked for some accessories and found the perfectly matching ones in Happy Snappy Crocs. I quickly coloured the bottle and the glass with Copics, and cut them all out with the coordinating dies.

For the sentiment I used the same stamp set, I really love the playful fonts. I stamped both lines with Catherine Pooler inks. They give such a crisp and bright result!

As a finishing touch I added a few black jewels to the trees and glossy accents to the nose of the bear.

I hope you enjoyed today’s Perfect Combo and will check back later for more inspiration. If you like my cards, please make sure to follow me on Instagram where I share my happy creations! Thank you!

See you soon,

Zsofi

Squirrels’ party – Lawn Fawn

Hello Everyone,

It has been a while since I last played along the Lawnfawnatics Challenges and the same with Simon Says Stamp IG challenges. I felt it was high time for some crafty fun and as the theme is Fall on both, I used my brand new squirrels from Lawn Fawn’s latest release.

I stamped the little cuties from Let’s go nuts, the branch from a retired set called Home sweet home. I used a brown hybrid ink from Scrapbook.com, which is Copic marker friendly. Then I used different brown shades to colour them and cut them all out with their coordinating dies.

Then I die cut the different pieces of the Acorn house from kraft and brown cardstock, and some accessories from the new metallic gold cardstock.

The smaller leave from the set I cut from coloured cardstock scraps several times. For the grass I used a grassy border die.

For the background of my scene I chose a cloudy patterned paper from the new Into the woods remix paper pad. I assembled the scene using liquid glue and 3D foam squares to add dimension. The sentiments I white heat embossed on thin brown cardstock strips. I used the same cardstock to add a thin mat around my scene.

I finished it off with a black glaze pen on the eyes and noses and made the acorn hats shiny with glossy accents. Such a cheerful scene, don’t you think? Will be a perfect gift for my daughter’s friend, who is turning 10 soon.

I will upload this card to the Lawnfawnatics Challenge #86 and the SSSIG Challenge Fall theme too.

I hope you enjoyed my card design and will pop in again soon for more fun!

See you,

Zsofi

STAMPtember Exclusive with Newton’s Nook Designs

Hello Everyone,

I am thrilled to take part in Simon Says Stamp’s STAMPtember event with this adorable exclusive set designed by Newton’s Nook Designs. It is only available at Simon Says Stamp and only while supplies last – so if you like this set it is better to hurry and get it quickly.

For my card I stamped the images and coloured them with Copic markers. I used my scissors to fussy cut them out and ran a black Memento marker on the edges so the little cutting imperfections are not visible. Easy trick but makes the images look more finished.

I knew I wanted to use all the three cuties and they could fit an A2 sized card too, but I am absolutely on a slimline hype now so I used a premade cardbase from Simon Says Stamp. I cut a patterned paper to be slightly smaller than the front panel and die cut a piece of vellum too with the Slimline Frames and Portholes die from Newton’s Nook Designs.

While I was at die cutting I also cut 3 frames from pink cardstock using the Slimline Frames and Windows die set. I layered them on top of each other on the vellum piece. It mutes the background a bit and gives it a soft feel.

I stamped three sentiments on three stitched anners from the Banner Trio die set and adhered each of them under a pocket. I popped up the images with 3D foam squares. I used glossy accents on the noses, a black glaze pen on the eyes and a few satin confetti from Studio Katia in coordinating colours.

I hope you liked my inspiration and will pop in again soon for more fun projects. You can follow me on Instagram too where I share my happy creations.

Until next time, take care of yourself!

Zsofi

Summer birthday card – Newton’s Nook Designs

Hello Everyone,

I have a super cool ice cream card for you today which is perfect for all the summer birhdays! I love ice-cream and I was longing to use the Summer Scoops set from Newton’s Nook Designs for a long time. Here is what I came up with.

I usually love the black outline when stamping images but this time I wanted something different so I white heat embossed the images on Bristol Smooth cardstock. I used my Karin Brushmarkers to paint them and when they were dry I cut them out with their coordinating dies.

Then I created my shaped card base using the Circle Frames die set: I cut two of the biggest scalloped circle die from white cardstock, scored one of them like 1/4 of an inch from the top and adhered the little flap to the other scalloped circle. In this way I got a scalloped circle card base, so fun!

I used the next circle die in the set to cut a light blue circle and adhered it to the card base. I arranged the ice creams and used liquid glue and 3D foam squares to pop them up.

The sentiment I white heat embossed on a dimensional black banner from the Banner trio die set and used doubled up 3D foam squares to adhere it on top of the ice creams.

As a finishing touch I used a clear shimmer pen on the yellow parts and added glossy accents to the hearts, waffle and the lime slice.

I hope you enjoyed this little summer inspiration today and you will pop in again soon for more fun projects!

See you,

Zsofi

Go cray cray! – Heffy Doodle

Hello Everyone,

Welcome to another edition of my Perfect Combos series for Heffy Doodle. For this cheerful slimline birthday card I chose to feature the newly released A Little Shellfish stamp set paired with the current freebie Lil’ Lighthouse along with a new stencil stand alone dies. Let’s dive in the details!

First I stamped the critters in black and used my Copics to bring these cuties alive. Then I used the coordinating dies to cut them all out. When building a scene I alwasy colour more of each image to make sure I have enough to fill the space.

Next I worked on the background: I die cut a stitched rectangle from white cardstock using the new Stitched Slimline Trio dies and blended Tumbled Glass Distress Oxide ink very gently. Then I added clouds using the Head in the clouds stencil and Salty Ocean Distress Oxide ink. Even though the stecil is just 6×6 inches, it was so easy to fill a longer panel.

I also used the Breaking waves border dies to cut 2 long pieces from another white slimline rectangle: as the die gives double stitching I could use both sides to add interest. I blended Blueprint Sketch and Mermaid Lagoon Distress Oxides on both and added some blue splatters and also some sparkly ones using Liquid Stardust from Inkon3.

I needed a little island for the lighthouse and the birthday crab, so I cut a Stitched oval and blended it with Antique Linen Distress Oxide ink. I splattered it with Walnut Stain Oxide ink and white acrylic paint.

Then I assembled the scene alternating 3D foam squares and liquid glue for more dimension.

I heat embossed the sentiment in white on black cardstock and popped it up in the upper left corner. I used the Slimline Pull Tab dies to cut a white scalloped rectagle mat for the whole scene and popped it up on a kraft cardbase measuring 8,5*3,5 inches.

As a finishing touch I used a black glaze pen on the eyes of the critters and glossy accents on the stars, ribbon, party hats and the lighthouse too.

I hope you enjoyed today’s Perfect Combo and will check back later for more inspiration. If you like my cards, please make sure to follow me on Instagram where I share my happy creations! Thank you!

“Sea” you soon,

Zsofi

Newton’s Nook Designs 7 year Blog Hop

Hello Everyone,

I am thrilled to join the Newton’s Nook Designs team in celebrating their 7th Anniversary with an amazing Blog Hop. There are 7 prizes to win and a fantastic weekend sale, scroll down for the details!

As slimline cards are oh so popular now I wanted to make a rainbow on using the new Slimline Frames and Windows and the Slimline Frames and Porthole dies. They layer on top of each other fantastically!

I started with a piece of Bristol Smooth cardstock which was 8,5 * 3,5 inches and blended Distress Oxide inks at a diagonal in rainbow order: Picked Raspberry, Spiced Marmelade, Mustard Seed, Twisted Citron, Peacock Feathers, Salty Ocean, Blueprint Sketch and Wilted Violet. I used blending brushes, I find them easier to get a smooth blend. I sprinkled the panel with water droplets and also added a bit of Tsukineko Shimmer Spritz for a subtle sparkle. When it was all dry I die cut it with the scalloped rectangle from Slimline Frames and Portholes.

I also cut the porthole die from white cardstock and a black frame using the other slimline die set. I layered them on top o each other using liquid glue.

Then I stamped two glasses from the Cocktail Mixer stamp set on Bristol Smooth Cardstock with Versafine Onyx Black ink and used clear embossing powder to heat emboss them. Then I added colour with my new favourite Karin Brush markers. I love how strong the pigment is in these markers and the tip of it is not flimsy but rather firm. I used the coordinating die to cut them out.

In the middle hole I stamped two sentiments with Stazon Black Pigment ink and popped up the glasses with 3D foam squares.

I finished the cards with tiny clear jewels from Studio Katia.

Celebrate with us and enter to win!

To celebrate 7 years, Newton’s Nook Designs is giving away a $20 store credit to spend in their online shop to 7 lucky winners! YAY!

Here’s how to win: comment on the NND Design Team blogs (see list below)! The winner will be chosen at random from the collective blog hop posts. Make sure to check out each of their blogs and comment for your chance to win. You will not know which blog has been chosen so the more you comment on the better your chances are of winning! You have until Monday, July 20 at 9pm EST to comment. Winners will be announced on NND blog post on Tuesday, July 21 and will need to contact us to claim their prize so make sure you check back to see if you’ve won!

Check out all the awesome Design Team Blogs below to enter:

Newton’s Nook Designs

Ellen Haxelmans

Larissa Heskett

Samantha Mann

Zsofia Molnar – you are here

Maria Russell

Andrea Shell

Tatiana Trafimovich

Amanda Wilcox

I hope you enjoyed today’s project and you will return tomorrow for another fun Blog Hop! If you like my cards, make sure to subscribe to my blog and follow me in Instagram where I hare my happy creations!

See you,

Zsofi