Sea themed card set – Pretty Pink Posh

Hello Everyone,

It is the last day of July and it is time for a goodbye. I have enjoyed so much to be a Guest Designer for Pretty Pink Posh, their designs are adorable and so easy to mix ad match, which is my favourite way of creating. I promise you that I will bring more and more cute scene cards in the future as you love them the most too. For my last post I saved a personal favourite, a sea themed card set. Perfect as home decor too as these are little mixed media arts.

As always I started with stamping and colouring the images from Sea Friends. That is one of my most loved stamp sets. I used Spectrum Noir Illustrator markers:

  • sea horse: BP7, PV4, PV3, PV2, PV1, PV05,
  • dolphin: BT7, BT5, BT2, BT05,
  • fish: JG5, JG4, JG2, AB3, AB1, AB05,
  • other fish: BO4, BO3, BO2, BO1, GY2, CT3, CT1,
  • octopus and coral: PP6, PP4, PP2, PP1
  • crab: DR4, DR2, DR05,
  • shells: GY5, GY2, GY1, GY05, EB4
  • starfish: MG5, MG3, MG1, MG05
  • seaweeds: AG5, LG4, LG2

I added dots to each fish for texture, I love this technique. Then I cut everything out with the coordinating dies.

For the background I used Distress Oxide inks on Bristol Smooth cardstock: Scattered Straw for the sand, Blueprint Sketch, Peacock Feathers and Salty Ocean for the water. I was generous with the splatters: first a spritz of water, which I dabbed off with a dry paper towel after 30 seconds. Then I added diluted ink splatters too. While I was working on the sea, I covered the sand and the other way around. In this way I did not end up with brown splatters in the water.

When the backgrounds were dry, I heat embossed the sentiments from the Everyday Greetings stamp set.

Then I took the Waves stencil and added Gina K Glitz Glitter gel to certain parts, just randomly. I didn’t mind that the paste sipped a bit under the stencil, it just added to the messy ocean look.

I assembled the cards and it was time for the finishing touches: glossy accents on the shells and fins, and black glaze pen on the eyes.

I hope you liked my cards, and will continue to follow my crafty journey.

See you soon,

Zsofi

Happy Anniversary – Pretty Pink Posh

Hello Everyone,

July is almost over and I still have cards to share which I made as a Guest Designer for Pretty Pink Posh. Today I show you a whimsical and super cute tropical anniversary card.

First I stamped and coloured the cats and fish from the Cuddly cats stamp set, lemonade from the Summer friends set and the palm trees from Tropical Birds. I used Spectrum Noir Illustrator markers: EB7, EB5, EB3, EB2, AG5, AG3, AG1, AG05, BG9, BG7, BG5, BG3, BG1, BG05, GB4, CT4, CT1, OR3, OR1, OR05, FS7, FS4, TB2. I cut them all out with their coordinating dies.

Then I used the Scallop Frames (exclusively available at the PPP store) with white heavy weight cardstock, cut it 3 times and layered them on top of each other. I used the Sea borders die from Newton’s Nook Designs to cut the waves from turquoise glitter cardstock and the Land border die to cut the sand dunes from kraft cardstock which I have previously covered with Stick It adhesive.

I wanted to try using real sand for the dunes, so I removed the backing paper ad poured very fine sand over the whole kraft panel. It looks so cool in real life! I added a few darker dots with some brown – looks so realistic!

I assembled the scene on a piece of Watercolour Wishes patterned paper from Lawn Fawn and heat embossed two sentiments on very thin black cardstock from the Simple sentiments set.

As a finishing touch I used a black glaze pen on the eyes and glossy accents on the noses and ice cubes.

I wish you like my card inspiration today and will come back tomorrow for my last Guest Designer post. I promise you, I saved the best for last!

See you,

Zsofi

Just saying hello – Pretty Pink Posh

Hello Everyone,

I am back today with another cute and very summery card which I made with Pretty Pink Posh stamps, dies and stencils. Even if it looks complicated, it is a very simple design, let me show you the steps how I made it.

I started with stamping and colouring the images from the Crafty Critters and Hibiscus flowers stamp sets. I used Spectrum Noir Illustrator markers: BG8, BG6, BG4, BG2, BG1, FS7, FS4, AG5, AG3, AG1, CG3, CG2, CG05, GY3, CT3, MG5, MG3, MG1, MG05. Then I cut everything out with the coordinating dies.

On a white card base I used the Tropical Background stencil with Saltwater Taffy Distress Oxide ink and a blending brush. For me these brushes are perfect for subtle ink blending and it is so easy to fade out the colour towards the edge of the cardstock.

Then I adhered the flowers and leaves as a base for my little koala to stand on. The big leaves I adhered to the paws and used 3D foam squares to pop up that cute critter on the bed of hibiscus.

For the sentiment I chose a die cut one: I cut the “friend” from the Hello Friend Script die set from black cardstock three times. I stacked them together to get a chipboard-like dimensional word. The rest of the sentiment I stamped above it from the Simple sentiments stamp set – it is my absolute favourite, it has so many sentiments for all occasions.

As a finishing touch I added some white gel pen highlights and used a black glaze pen on the nose and eyes of the koala. I also scattered a few Sparkling clear jewels around, just because 🙂

I hope you liked my card inspiration today and it made you smile. Please pop in soon again for more cute cards! This week I have a lot to share!

See you,

Zsofi

Aloha – Pretty Pink Posh

Hello Everyone,

I am back today with another summer card I made as Guest Designer for Pretty Pink Posh. When we were at the Balaton with my kids and the weather was a bit colder and not suitable for them to swim in the lake, my boy loved to spend time with playing in the sand. He rather builds pyramids than castles but I love to sit next to him and work on tunnels or just decorate his buildings. This memory inspired my card.

First I stamped and coloured the images from Summer Friends. I used Spectrum Noir Triblend markers: Fair Skin Blend, Earth Brown Shades, Earth Brown Blend, Ice Blue Blend, Citrus Blend, Gold Brown Blend, Gold Brown Shades. I used some lighter markers from the Spectrum Noir Classique range: CT05 and IB05. I love that with these shades I can get lighter colours. I cut the images with the coordinating dies.

I love to make tags and place them on cards, and the Birthday Circles die set has such a lovely tag which I just simply had to use. I cut it from white cardstock and backed it with a light blue rectangle sandwiching the sand castle in between the layers. I popped up the boy with 3D foam squares and added black and white twine.

For the sentiment I chose the Aloha Shaker die, cut it from gold metallic cardstock and trimmed the words out. It is a way to get more out of your dies. Lovely, isn’t it?

I adhered it at an angle to make it more playful and embellished the tag with some jewels from Citrus Mix.

For the background I cut patterned paper from Craft Consortium Watercolours paper pad, backed it with dark grey cardstock and adhered it to an A2 sized top folding kraft card base. As a finishing touch I used glossy accents on the sunglasses and parts of the T-shirt.

I wish you enjoyed this little cutie and will return next week for more. I also share extra tips on Instagram, which you might want to check out as well.

See you soon,

Zsofi

Surfing cats – Pretty Pink Posh

Hello Everyone,

Being back from a short getaway still finds me in vacation mood which you can clearly feel on my cards. I enjoy the freedom of not waking up the kids for school every day and the weather being super hot to enjoy lake time (we do not have seashores in Hungary). My card for today is a happy celebration of summer, made with goodies from Pretty Pink Posh.

First I stamped and coloured the images from Cuddly cats and Summer surfboards using Spectrum Noir Illustrator markers: BG9, BG7, BG5, BG3, BG1, BG05, GB4, CT4, CT1, OR3, OR1, OR05, DR4, DR3, DR1, DR05, FS7, FS6, FS4, LG5, LG3, LG1, TB4, TB2, TB1, AB3, AB2, AB1, AB05. I used the coordinating dies to cut them all out.

To set the scene I used my poorly abandoned Tombow Dual Tip markers. These are water based markers and I found them working perfectly on Bristol, Smooth cardstock. I just added scribbles and used a wet paintbrush to move the colours. For the sky I used 062 and 090, for the water 296, 373 and 451 and for the sand I used 942. I also went over the sea with a clear shimmer pen to add some sparkle. When it was all dry I used a white gel pen to add waves and a Marvy Snow marker to add seafoam. It is my favourite way to add texture to sea cards as it bubbles up if you heat it with a heat tool. So cool!

Then I die cut the word “summer” from the Happy Summer Script die set using glitter cardstock and stamped the rest of the sentiment around it from the Crafty Critters ad Simple Sentiment sets.

A drop of glossy accents on the noses and a black gel pen on the eyes finished off my cute summer card. I hope it will make my friend smile.

Thanks for stopping by and wish to see you soon!

Zsofi

Summer is better with you – Pretty Pink Posh

Hello Everyone,

I am back with my second card as Guest Designer for Pretty Pink Posh. This one shouts summer too and I made it for my lovely husband who just returned from work (he works abroad) to enjoy a few weeks off with us. I wanted to make our reunion unique, and knowing that he loves cheerful and dimensional cards, I chose the PPP Beach Scene die as the background of my little scene.

I die cut it several times from white and colourful cardstocks and also cut a tiny bigger circle from aqua cardstock to hold my scene. I used a light blue layer as my base, it helped me to place all the colourful elements and also ensured the instant dimension. Some parts of the design I doubled up (sand, sea and treetrunk) and some others I even tripled (sun, palm and surfboard). After I had all elements in place, I leveled the frame too, so it has equal height as the sun. I used a clear shimmer pen and white gel pen to add highlights and also used a couple of brown markers to add dots to the sand.

It all looked so cool on its own, but I could not resist adding a sweet critter to it. I chose the small koala from the PPP Koala Friends stamp set, coloured it with Spectrum Noir Illustrator markers: EB4, MB4, MB2, MB1, MB05, FS4, FS7. I used the coordinating dies to cut him out and popped him up with 3D foam squares. I used a black gel pen on his eyes and nose to make them shiny and also added glossy accents to the surfboard. I love how it looks!

For the background of my focal scene I chose a delightful paper from the Lawn Fawn Hello Sunshine Remix paper pad, matted it with the same aqua cardstock and adhered it all to an A2 sized white top folding card base.

I die cut the PPP Happy Summer script from aqua cardstock 3 times, adhered them on top of each other and used my Spectrum Noir Shimmer pen to make it sparkly. Then I dipped it in clear embossing ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder. I repeated the dipping and powdering parts 3 times to achieve a really smooth and very shiny, thick sentiment. I adhered it in place with liquid glue and stamped the rest of the sentiment under it from the PPP Thoughtful greetings stamp set. I finished off the card with some Lawn Fawn twine.

I wish you enjoyed this cheerful project and will check back later. Next week will be very busy here, with lots of inspiration!

See you soon,

Zsofi

Summer balloons with some great news

Hello Everyone,

I am jumping from joy and excitement to tell you that I have the honor to guest design for Pretty Pink Posh in July. I still have to pinch myself to believe it is true.

As my first card I created a summer birthday one with a twist on how to make balloons unique. Let me guide you through the process.

First I stamped and coloured the dogs from Playful Puppies and the word “summer” from the Balloon Alphabet stamp sets. I used Spectrum Noir Illustrator markers: CR11, CR9, CR7, OR3, OR1, OR05, CT4, CT3, CT1, GY2, GY1, GY05, AG5, AG4, LG4, AG2, AG1, AG05, BG10, BG8, BG7, BG5, BG2, BG05. I cut the out with their coordinating dies.

I had an idea of using the cute clay fruits from the Clay Confetti Wheel #3 on each balloon so I chose the marker colours to match the fruits. I adhered them with a tiny drop of liquid glue, they look absolutely gorgeous and so fresh and yummy in real! I love how it turned out!

For the background I used the Layered Clouds stencils on a light blue cardstock. The first layer I ink blended with Tumbled Glass Distress Oxide ink, for the second layer I used Ranger White Texture Paste. I set it aside to dry meanwhile I worked on the rest of the card.

I die cut grass with a Land border die from Newton’s Nook Designs from green cardstock and added a little inkblending on the top with a blending brush and Mowed Lawn Distress Oxide ink. I also added natural twine to each balloon securing it with liquid glue on the back.

When the background was dry I assembled the scene using 3D foam squares to pop up the grass, puppies and balloons. I adhered the balloon strings in bunch of threes to the back of the paws of the puppies with liquid glue, it looks so cute!

I white heat embossed a sentiment from the Simple sentiments stamp set on a thin black cardstock and popped it up with 3D foam squares too, right under the balloons. I used a black glaze pen on the nose and eyes of the dogs to make them shiny.

I hope you enjoyed my special summer card today and will pop in again soon for more!

See you,

Zsofi

Happy Mother’s Day – Pretty Pink Posh

Hello Everyone,

We celebrate Mother’s Day on the first Sunday in May so it is today! I had the best treat in the morning: a Lego heart and a small letter waited for me in the bedroom when I woke up. My kids put it there at night while I was asleep – I wonder how come they woke up in the middle of the night just to put it there. They are so sweet! The card I brought you today is the one I am giving to my mother. I used stamps and dies from Pretty Pink Posh.

I die cut the Heart Vines cover plate die 3 times from green cardstock and layered them on top of each other.

I stamped a few flower heads and little bees from the Bee friends stamp set and coloured them with Spectrum Noir Illustrator markers: BG10, BG7, MG3, MG1, GB4, CT3, CT1, IB1. I used the coordinating dies to cut them out.

On a white card base I lightly blended Spun Sugar Distress Oxide ink. I made it lighter towards the middle, where I stamped the Mother’s Day sentiment. I covered it with the heart from the green die cut until I added splatters: water droplets and Finetec Metallic Watercolours in pink and pearl.

After assembling the card, I adhered the bees and flowers and added glossy accents to their centers. I also used a clear shimmer pen on the bees’ wings.

I also added bees inside the card and stamped another sentiment from the Bee Friends stamp set.

I wish you liked my card inspiration today and will check back soon. I share some extra tips on Instagram, so it is worth to check it out. Your support means a lot to me, thank you!

See you soon,

Zsofi

Merry Christmas to all!

Hello Everyone,

I know I am late but wanted to wish all of you who celebrate a very Merry Christmas! For this occasion I made a cute little reinderr scee using Pretty Pink Posh products from my stash.

I stamped and colured the reindeer from the PPP Reindeer friends stamp set. I used Spectrum Noir Illustrator markers: EB7, EB5, EB3, RB2, RB1, MG5. I cut him out with the coordinating die.

Then I used the PPP Winter Scene die to create the backgound. I cut it out from gold glitter cardstock (only for the frame) and from white cardstock. I used Blueprint Sketch Distress Oxide ink with a blending prush to add colour to the sky and used some markers to colour the pine trees: AG5, AG3, EB7, EB5. I added a little shading to the snow with a BG1 marker.

I die cut a stitched circle from Blue Violet cardstock and assembled the scene. I used 3D foam squares to pop up Rudolph. For the background I used patterned paper from the Let it shine Snowflake paper pad from Lawn Fawn, cut it down with a SSS Stitched rectangle die and added a blue violet mat to it.

The sentiment I die cut from green cardstock with the PPP Merry Christmas die set and stamped the rest of it from the PPP Holiday signs stamp set with Blue Violet ink. As a finishing touch I used a black glaze pen on the hooves and eyes and glossy accents on the nose of Rudolph. I also used a white pencil to add some highlights.

I hope you enjoyed my card today, I will try to post a few more fun cards in the winter break.

See you,

Zsofi

Stencilled flowers for Mom – Pretty Pink Posh

Hello Everyone,

I am back again with my last Mother’s Day card this year dedicating this one to ALL supermoms out there. Being a mother is the biggest blessing and the best gift which comes with an emotional extra package (expanding with the years). I am grateful every single day to have my kids and experiencing the unconditional love which I feel for them and they feel for me.

For my card today I used the pretty Peonies stencil from Pretty Pink Posh: on a piece of Bristol Smooth cardstock I inkblended Kitch Flamingo Distress Oxide ink for the flowers first. I simply turned the stencil around and masked off the leaves with post it tape to make sure I dont accidentaly go over the unnecessary open areas.

When I was happy with the arrangemet of the flowers I created masks for them from Masking Paper and covered each flower. Now it was time to add leaves with Mowed Lawn Distress Oxide ink. After removing the masks I added some splatters with my Finetec Mica Pearlescent Watercolours, I chose the dark pink and black this time.

When the panel was dry I cut it down a bit and added a vivid green mat under it. I also die cut a skinny gold frame with my old favourite Frames die set from Simon Says Stamp. I adhered it i place with drops of liquid glue. I usually use Ranger Multi Matte Medium with a precision tip for this.

The sentiment I die cut from pink cardstock with the Pretty Pink Posh Mother’s Day die. I added a white heat embossed “happy” on a tiny piece of black cardstock to it using 3D foam squares.

As a finishing touch I added dots with a black glaze pen to the flower centers, it makes them really pop!

I will upload this card to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Feminine and to the Simon Says Stamp IG Challenge Favourite Technique (stenciling is also a favourite technique of mine).

I hope you enjoyed this floral inspiration and will pop in again soon for more cheerful designs.

See you,

Zsofi