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

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 ūüôā

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

Have a surf day! – Newton’s Nook Designs

Hello Everyone,

I am on my well deserved holidays with my kids but I wanted to pop in with this fun card to wish you all a “surf” day. I used stamps/dies and stencils from the latest release of Newton’s Nook Designs.

First I stamped and coloured the car from the Beach Bound stamp set with Illustrator markers. I used scissors to cut it out and used a black Memento marker to run around the edges to correct imperfections.

Then I took a piece of white cardstock and stenciled 2 palm trees on it using the Palm Tree Line stencil set. It was very easy to stencil only two trees using a small blending brush. I used Distress Oxide inks but any inks can work. When it was done I used a die from the Circle Frames die set to cut it out and matted it with a slightly bigger green circle which I cut with a die set from Pink ad Main.

I stamped a sentiment from the Beach Bound set on the bottom of the scene, popped up the card with 3D foam squares ad embellished the trees with brown jewels which look like coconut.

For the background I used a pretty paper from the Summertime paper pad, added a green mat to it before adhering it to a kraft card base. I love the layered look. I used a little clear shimmer on the surf board and glossy accents on some parts of the card to make it fancy.

I wish you like my card and will pop in again soon for more. I will share a lot of summer cards after I am back from my holidays.

See you soon,

Zsofi

Aloha – Newton’s Nook Designs

Hello Everyone,

I am going on holiday in a few days and even though it is “just” our favorite hotel in Hungary, not a tropical beach, I am totally in vacation mood already which affects my cardmaking too. This little note is for all of you, who read me regularly, thank you so much for being part of my crafty journey. The stamps, dies and stencil I used on this card are all from Newton’s Nook Designs.

First I created the background using the Retro Sun & Palms stencil and Distress Oxide inks: Candied Apple, Spiced Marmalade, Saltwater Taffy. Then I used the second layer of the stencil with Gina K Glitz Glitter gel in black. I set it aside to dry until I worked on the rest of the card.

I stamped and coloured the kitty from Aloha Newton using Spectrum Noir Illustrator markers: TN8, T7, TN5, EB3, EB2, GB3, GB1, FS7, MG3, MG1, MG05, LY2. I cut it out with its coordinating die.

While I was die cutting I cut a piece of kraft cardstock with a Land border die and used a Tim Holtz Distress Embossing Dabber on the top of it. I poured Hero Arts Sand embossing powder on it and heated it with my heat gun. I added some more drops of the powder and melted it again until I was satisfied with the sandy look.

I also die cut the Aloha sentiment from sparkle cardstock and once from black to create a shadow. I assembled the card and stamped the rest of the sentiment under the die cut word from the Tropical Fringe stamp set.

As a finishing touch I used glossy accent on the guitar and a black glaze pen on the nose of the cat.

I wish you liked my card and will pop in again soon for more inspiration.

See you,

Zsofi

Newton’s Nook Designs June Release – Day 2

Hello Everyone,

Welcome to Day 2 of the June Release reveals of Newton’s Nook Designs. We have a great new Oval set to feature: Flamingo Oval. It coordinates perfectly with the previously released Oval Frames die set.

All products will be available on 17/06/2022!

For my card I stamped and coloured the image with Spectrum Noir Illustrator markers: AG5, AG3, AG1, AG05, JG7, JG5, CG3, CG2, CG1, PP5, PP4, PP2, GB4, CT4, CT2, CT1, CT05, BG10, BG8. I used scissors to cut the image out and used a black Memento marker on the edges to cover up any imperfections.

I also die cut a scalloped oval with the Oval Frames die set from pink cardstock ad a green thought bubble with the Speech Bubbles die set. I stamped the sentiment on this one and popped it up with 3D foam squares in the middle of the oval.

Then I worked on the background: on a piece of Bristol Smooth cardstock I did some ink blending with Mowed Lawn and Twisted Citron Distress Oxide inks. I added a lot of diluted paint and ink splatters and let it dry completely.

I wanted to try something new, so I used the Tropical Leaves stencil over the background with Thermoweb Transfer Gel. I set it aside to dry (I left it for a day) and used Green Flock sheets with my Minc machine to add a fantastic velvety feel to the stenciled leaves. It is jaw-dropping in real life, so nice to touch!

I popped up the focal panel on it using 3D foam squares, used glossy accents on the beaks and embellished the flowers with tiny gold pearls in the center.

GIVEAWAY

Would you like to win the ‚ÄúFlamingo Oval‚ÄĚ 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)!¬†Thewinner¬†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 June 16th at 9pm ET to comment¬†¬†— winners will be announced on the blog post on Friday June 17th.¬†

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

Newton’s Nook Designs

Donna Idlet

Ellen Haxelmans

Tina Herbeck

Larissa Heskett

Samantha Mann

Zsofia Molnar

Maria Russell

Farhana Sarker

Tatiana Trafimovich

Amanda Wilcox

I hope you enjoyed the second day of the new release reveals and you will pop in again tomorrow for more fun!

See you,

Zsofi

Newton’s Nook Designs June Release – Day 1

Hello Everyone,

I am thrilled to announce the summer release week at Newton’s Nook Designs! The June release is ful of adorable and very summery sets, today we are showcasing the super cool Beach Bound stamp/die set along with the Palm Tree stencil and a new paperpad!

All products will be available on 17/06/2022!

For my card I stamped and coloured the cars using Spectrum Noir Illustrator markers. The list of colours I used: BT9, BT7, BT5, BT2, BT1, BT05, LG3, LG1, LG05, CT4, CT2, GB4, BG10, BG8, BG3, BG1, LG5, AG5, AG3, AG05, OR3, OR1, OR05, RB2, RB1. Then I die cut everything with the coordinating dies.

Next step was to make the background: on a piece of Bristol Smooth cardstock I created the raw of Palm trees with the new layering stencil. I used Distress Oxide inks: Gathered Twigs, Ground Espresso, Mowed Lawn and Rustic Wilderness.

On the bottom of the panel I blended a bit of Scattered Straw for the sand, and on the top Tumbled Glass for the sky. I covered the upper part of the panel with a typing paper and added diluted brown ink and white gouache splatters to look like sand.

I popped up the cars with 3D foam squares and stamped a sentiment on the sky.

As a finishing touch I used a clear shimmer pen and glossy accents to emphasize some details on the cars.

GIVEAWAY

Would you like to win the ‚ÄúBeach Bound‚ÄĚ 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)!¬†Thewinner¬†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 June 16th at 9pm ET to comment¬†¬†— winners will be announced on the blog post on Friday June 17th.¬†

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

Newton’s Nook Designs

Donna Idlet

Ellen Haxelmans

Tina Herbeck

Larissa Heskett

Samantha Mann

Zsofia Molnar

Maria Russell

Farhana Sarker

Tatiana Trafimovich

Amanda Wilcox

I hope you enjoyed the first day of the new release reveals and you will pop in again tomorrow for more fun!

See you,

Zsofi