September 18, 2020

Hello Beautiful * for Reverse Confetti

Hi there, today I have a happy rainbow card for you. 

I'm thrilled to be a Guest Designer for Reverse Confetti and share some of their wonderful products with you. The Over the Rainbow die set totally was a must-have for me. This is such a fun set which not only can be used for rainbow skies (like on this card) but you can also use it to complete your scenes with adorable critters and more. 


I started by die cutting the rainbow from seven different pieces of card stock. Sadly, the lime green looks like yellow on the photo, I should have used more like a grass green. I also die cut three clouds and two yellow pieces for the sun. 


My next step was creating the background. I wanted something soft and easy, so I went for a simple watercolor wash. I "painted" a loose oval shape on watercolor paper, using a clean water brush, just using water, so the ink would later stay in this area and I would have a clean white border around the sky. Now, I added blue watercolor to the wet area with a paint brush and tried to create an ombré look (lighter at the top and darker at the bottom). Then, I dried the background with a heating tool and added some splatters of watercolor after the drying process.

Now, all that was left to do was glueing everything in place. I started with the rainbow and glued down piece by piece. Then, I added the clouds and the sun using foam tape. I stamped the sentiment in black and added some Icy Sparkle Crystals (by Studio Katia) as raindrops.

 

I had some leftover pieces from my die cutting for the card, so I used them to make a shaker tag as well. I did some more die cutting (sun and cloud) to complete my little sky. I also die cut the beautiful Scallop Window Tag twice, once with and once without the window part. It was super easy to make a shaker tag with this die set. I simply had to add some acetate for the window, foam tape at the back for some dimension and beads for the rainy shaker part. This would make a great tag to go along with the card and a happy colorful gift. For both creations I used the fun and versatile This Says It All  stamp set. 


I hope you got inspired to create something happy and colorful today. Find more inspiration on the Reverse Confetti Blog, the Designers have some awesome creations to share with you. 

Thanks for stopping by!
Have a happy fall day,
Nicole


Products used:
Over the Rainbow - Reverse Confetti

September 17, 2020

Fun for Kids * Birthday Challenge

Hi there, welcome to a new Birthday Project by My Favorite Things. This month topic is Fun for Kids!

When my six year old son saw the Outside the Box card I made for the MFT September release, he was like "wow, that's so cool" and I immediately knew, I wanted to make one for him. He's totally into knights, underwater adventures and space, so I picked one of his favorite topics for my project. His Birthday was actually a month ago but he was so happy getting this anyway. 


I started by creating the box out of white card stock. Check out the YouTube Video on the MFT channel on how to assemble the Outside the Box card. It is super simple and so so much fun.


Then, I took a (large enough) piece of watercolor paper to create all the space pieces. I made sure that my background die, the front rectangle and the four wavy pieces in the middle would easily fit on my paper later. This way, I only had to create one large space panel to use with all my dies. And that's exactly what I did. I ink blended four Distress Inks onto my paper, starting with the first layer using turquoise and purple. Then I added dark blue and black on top for the second layer. I spritzed some water on it with a brush and dabbed it dry with a paper towel. Then, I added some white paint splatters and let it dry completely before I die cut all the pieces I needed.


I glued all the space pieces to my box (see how to assemble in the video - link above). Now, I stamped, colored and die cut the images. I stamped them all on alcohol marker friendly ink using Memento Tuxedo Black ink which is an alcohol marker friendly ink. I used again turquoise and purple to color my images and used pops of yellow here and there. After the coloring was done, I die cut some clear stripes from a plastic sheet and glued all the images to my box.


The last thing to do was adding the sentiments. I heat embossed two of them onto heavyweight vellum using white embossing powder and a clear sticky ink. I die cut both of them with stitched dies and added them to my project. The one in the back is adhered with a tiny staple. The one in the front is glued to the background using glue only in the hidden placed behind the stars and the planet.

If you liked this, maybe you would like to see the bookmarks I made for my son as well. Check out the blogpost Galaxy Bookmarks.



Now, we would love to see your fun project for a child or a child at heart :-) You can find more inspiration and all the information on how to play along on the MFT Blog! So hop over and join the fun!

Thanks for stopping by!
Have an wonderful day,
Nicole


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September 16, 2020

Halloween/Fall Fun * Stock Your Stash Challenge

Hello and welcome to the newest Stock Your Stash Challenge by Reverse Confetti. This monthly challenge is a fun way to get inspired by a topic and the Design Teams projects. We would love to see your Halloween and/or Fall Fun cards. Play along for a chance to win! 

My card features Nuts About You  one of my favorite stamp sets by RC. I love squirrels and this one is just super cute and so is the adorable hedgehog. 

 

I started by stamping the critters, the leaves, the mushroom and the acorns onto watercolor paper using a water resistant ink (Versafine Onyx Black). To make the squirrel look like he's sitting on the stump, I had to stamp him first and then mask him off. This way, I could stamp the stump and after removing the masking paper, I had the perfect little scene. Then, I painted a very light wash of yellow and light brown for the first layer of the background. I tried to stay very light in the center and get a little darker towards the edges of my panel. 


Next, I used my Faber Castell Watercolor Markers to color all the stamped images. I put down a bit color where I wanted the image to be the darkest and spread the color with a water brush. After coloring all the images, I let them dry and went in with some colored pencils for details (a.g. stripes on the log) and darker shadows (a.g. on the squirrel). 


Then, I went back to my background. I mixed some very light brown with my watercolors and painted some tree shapes by hand. I added some slightly darker trees for another layer. Next, I used a green watercolor marker and drew two little hill shapes for the squirrel and the hedgehog to stand on. I used my water brush to spread the green color and added shadows too. 

As everything was completely dry, I went back in with green colored pencils and drew some grass to complete my scene. I added some light brown Distress Ink to the edge of my panel to create a little more glow in the center. I could have left it as is but I wanted to add a little bit of bling, so I glued down some warm yellow and green sequins. To finish up my card, I cut my panel to size, glued it to my card base and stamped the greeting. 


We would love to see what you create! Visit the Reverse Confetti Blog to get all the information on how to play along and get inspired by the Team!


Thanks for stopping by!
Have a happy fall day,
Nicole


Products used:
Mouse Mail (sentiment)