Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Happy Fall Mice with Sign

Hi there,

it's Tanja here and on today's card I am using one of the fabulous new Gerda Steiner Designs Digital Stamps:

  • color the Gerda Steiner Designs Two Mice with Sign with Delta and Touch Twin Brush Markers
  • add Wink of Stella Clear Glitter to the sign and add highlights with a white gel pen
  • cut the Lawn Fawn Stitched Journaling Card from watercolor paper and create a background by stamping pumpkins from the Gerda Steiner Designs Fall Mice set and leaves from the Gerda Steiner Designs Happy Fall set with Versafine (Vintage Sepia)
  • color the pumpkins and leaves with Daniel Smith Watercolors
  • run a stitched panel of kraft cardstock through your Big Shot inside a leaf embossing folder
  • adhere the different layers with foam tape and double-sided adhesive to the cardbase

I hope you have a wonderful day.


Monday, November 28, 2016

Magic Slider Card

Hi there everyone!

I'm Diana from Moments of Creativity and I'm back with another card that lots of people want to know how to make. You are definitely right, it's magic slider card, a card that will fascinate any child that receives one from you. Today, we'll try to pull back the shroud of secrecy on how to make such a breathtaking card:

To tell you the truth, the magic slider card is a very easy thing to make. You can find lots of video tutorials and written instructions on the Internet nowadays, but I would like to share with you the one that I came across a couple of weeks ago and loved how clearly everything was explained there.

So let's start with the link to this tutorial: http://sovushkaslavia.blogspot.si/2016/11/blog-post.html.
Although it's in Russian, the pictures will give you a clear idea of how the whole trick looks like.

So the main secret is to use two layers - stamp the same image on the acetate and on the cardstock and color it.

And now let's try to put the whole process into step-by-step instructions:
1. Stamp your chosen image once on the acetate and once onto the white cardstock/watercolor paper. Color in the image on the paper as you wish. Then put aside both images for a short time to dry.
2. Once the image on the acetate is dry, place it over the colored image so that it lines up precisely. Hold it in place with some washi tape, and trim the acetate to fit the card. Do this carefully so that the acetate doesn't move off the colored image. They need to be perfectly together.
3. When this part is done, apply Salty Ocean Distress Ink onto the frame and the background of the white cardstock and spritz some water on them.
4. It's now time to start to put the whole card together. Glue the colored image on the card base and the acetate on the frame. This should be done very carefully so that both images go perfectly together.
5. Once this is done, glue the frame on the card base leaving one side unglued/open for a piece of white paper to separate both images and work magic.

And now let's show everything in motion:)

You can see that the image is plain:

But when you slide it, it becomes colored: 

Magic? Definitely yes;)

I hope you liked my little inspiration.

Thanks for stopping by! See you next time!

Yours, Diana

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Happy Halloween Elephant

Hi there,

it's Tanja here again and I created this vibrant Halloween Card with one of the new Gerda Steiner Designs Digital Stamps:

  • color the Gerda Steiner Designs Halloween image with Delta and Touch Twin Brush Marker
  • add highlights with a white gel pen
  • cut out a stitched panel from watercolor paper and mask the whole panel leaving only a circle
  • create a Halloween background in that circle using Distress Inks (Mowed Lawn, Carved Pumpkin, Wilted Violet, Black Soot) and the Mini Ink Blending Tool
  • remove the mask and add splatters with black Kuretake Gansai Tambi Watercolors
  • stamp the sentiment from the Lawn Fawn Booyah! set with Versafine (Onyx Black)

Have a colorful day.


Monday, November 21, 2016

Juggling Santa

Hello everyone!

I'm Diana from Moments of Creativity and I'm back with another card featuring 2 very cute and fun stamp sets by Gerda Steiner Designs. Here is my juggling Santa to hopefully cheer you up and bring some more inspiration today:

I started off my card by stamping cheerful Santa from "Snow Angel" stamp set onto a piece of paper, colored him with my Copics and fussy cut him leaving snow angel part aside. Once this was done, I stamped 5 boxes of presents from "Up On the Housetop" clear stamp set, colored and fussy cut them as well.

And then comes the most interesting and important part of the whole card - the front panel. I first stamped and heat embossed the snowflakes and after that started to apply different Distress Inks onto the panel. Once finished, I spritzed some water on the panel and adhered the fussy-cut images to the foam for more dimension.

To finish off my card and to add some contrast to these vibrant colors, I decided to add "Merry Christmas" sentiment in black color. To be honest, I was very happy how everything turned out in the end.

A couple of days later I've made up my mind to use the same technique and colors on another card of mine featuring "Naughty Puppy" - November's image for monthly progressive challenge over at gsd-stamps.com. So here is what I came up with:

Oh, these vibrant and contrast colors can really do their magic, don't you think?:)

I hope you liked my little wintry inspiration.

Thanks for stopping by! See you next time!

Yours, Diana

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Sportsy Santa Techniques with Guest Designer Justine Hovey

Hi Crafters,
It's Justine again guest designing today and I'm super excited to be showing off a video tutorial. Today I am using the Sportsy Santa stamp and I'm going to have a skating Santa losing his hat on the ice. I used several techniques on this card that you can see up close in the video: stencilling, masking and curving clear stamps to manipulate them exactly the way you need them.

For this card, I die cut a circle in white cardstock. I masked off a straight line at the bottom using 3M tape and laid my stencil overtop. I stencilled in the birch trees using Tumbled Glass ink. I then stamped the Santa and hat on a sheet of Neenah cardstock and I got to work with my Copic Markers. I put everything together and embellished with some Nuvo drops.

Copic Markers:

E000, E01, E11
N0, N4, N6
R29, R37, R59

I am delighted to have had the opportunity to guest design again and I will see in the new year. I wish all of you and your families a Merry Christmas or Happy Time-off this holiday season! Don't forget to subscribe to my YouTube channel for more videos!


Thursday, November 17, 2016

Video: Warm Winter Wishes

Hi guys! For today's video I made a Christmas card, perfect for all the coffee lovers. I hope you enjoy the video below! :)


Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Hello Cute Cat

Hi there,

it's Tanja here and I would like to show you this project using a super adorable cat Digital Stamp from Gerda Steiner Designs:

  • color the Gerda Steiner Designs Cat holding Sign image with Delta and Touch Twin Brush Markers
  • create the Hello sentiment with the help of a Dymo Label Maker
  • adhere the cat to a piece of patterned paper from the Pebbles Special Delievery Boy 6x6 paper pad
  • round the right corners with a 1'' corner rounder and die cut a line of tiny hearts from the left side
  • cut a stitched panel from watercolor paper and cover it with white gesso
  • apply Prima Markerting Light Paste through the ARTplorations Retro Circles stencil and let it dry thoroughly
  • add color using Dylusions Ink Sprays (London Blue, Vibrant Turquoise)
  • spritz the backgroud with Pearlized Water for extra shimmer

Thanks for stopping by.


Monday, November 14, 2016

Non Traditional Use Of Fall Stamp Sets

Hello everyone!

I'm Diana from Moments of Creativity and I have the huge honor of being a Guest Designer for this super talented team for the next couple of weeks.
I came across Gerda Steiner Designs stamps a year ago and immediately fell in love with them, so I was really happy when Gerda asked me if I wanted to do a guest spot.

Today I want to share with you 2 very wintery cards featuring the adorable "Cheerful Hedgehog" and "Fall Mice" stamp sets. You won't believe, but these stamp sets are so versatile that you can easily use them for your Christmas cards.

So, let's start ...

For my first card I chose 2 little cuties and asked them to trim a Christmas tree:)

I started off by creating ink blended sky with setting sun. After this I used texture paste and added some stars and falling snow to create a perfect winter scene.

While the background was drying, I stamped the hedgehogs onto a piece of paper and colored them with my Copics. Then I die cut the rest of the elements and colored some of them with Distress Inks.
The only thing which was left was to put all pieces together. Once it was done, a huge part of the work was finished.

Except for some last touches:)

The first and the main one was to draw a string of lights my hedgehogs are going to trim a Christmas tree with - checked;
Second - to draw some shadow under everything and everyone who is staying in the snow - checked;
And last but not least - to add some Wink of Stella to stars, street lamp light and snow - checked.
And that's how the first car was created. Easy peasy, isn't it?:)

Well, the second card was done by following the same steps, except this time I went for heat embossing instead of applying texture paste and replacing one hedgehog with a mouse.

I guess these are all tricks I was planning on sharing with you this time;)

I hope you liked my little inspiration.
Thanks for stopping by! See you next time!

Yours, Diana

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Christmas scene using Up on the Housetop stamp set

Hello there,

My name is Kamila Routsis and I have the honour to be guest video designing for Gerda Steiner Designs today! When I was asked I was super excited and could not wait to create with GDS stamps!

I have been in a crafty world for a few years now, I have a cardmaking blog  - Life In Moments and a YouTube channel, where I share my projects but if you prefer you can also find me on Instagram. I am Polish, living in Denmark. I am a mother of 6 months old boy - Sammy, a wife to Stephen and an avid crafter. I studied film and sound but since a few years it's cardmaking that caught my heart for good and that is what I do now, being a stay at home mom.

Today I have for you a card with a Christmas scene using the Up on the House Top stamp set with ink blended night sky and some fancy texture here and there using Tsukineko Amplify water based pigment ink! For more details check out the video below!

Supplies used:
Distress inks: Tumbled Glass, Salty Ocean, Blueprint Sketch & Chipped Sapphire
ProMarkers & Copics (Moon Y02, reindeers - E35, E25, E29)
puffy snow - Tsukineko - Neon Amplify white

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Happy Fall Squirrel

Hi there,

it's Tanja here and I would like to show you a fun Fall Card using a Gerda Steiner Designs Digital Stamp as focal image:

  • color the Gerda Steiner Designs Lots of Nuts image with Delta and Touch Twin Brush Markers
  • add details with a white gel pen
  • cut out a stitched panel from watercolor paper
  • stamp leaves and acorns from the Gerda Steiner Designs Happy Fall set with Versamark and heat-emboss the little images with WOW! Metallic Gold Rich Super Fine
  • color the leaves, acorns and the background with Jaxon Aquarelle watercolors
  • adhere the squirrel to the panel with the help of an Action Wobbler
  • add a strip of kraft cardstock and a strip of brown glitter cardstock to the left side of the card before adhering it to a cardbase
  • cut out the first part of the sentiment from brown glitter carstock using the CUTplorations Happy word die
  • create the second part of the sentiment with the help of a strip of kraft cardstock, the Gerda Steiner Designs Happy Fall stamp set, Versamark and WOW! Metallic Gold Rich Super Fine
  • continue the stitching on the sentiment banner with a golden gel pen

Hope to see you again soon.


Sunday, November 6, 2016

GSD on the 12 Days of Christmas!

Hi Crafters,
I’m Justine and I’m here guest designing again today. I am so excited to have the opportunity to work with GSD stamps again! For those of you that don’t know me, I am from Canada and I’m a teacher. I have a YouTube channel and love crafting. I have been cardmaking for over 10 years. I am doing a series currently on YouTube and it is my third year doing it. I do a minimum of 12 Christmas tutorials for my 12 Days of Christmas series. Today, I am featuring the Up on the Housetop stamp and die set to create this adorable scene! 

To create this card, I die cut the frame for my scene so I knew the exact size I was going to work with. I masked off a snowbank using some masking tape and inked up a night sky. I used distress inks: Chipped Sapphire, Salty Ocean and Blueprint Sketch. I then stamped and coloured some of the images from the Up on the Housetop stamp set with Copic markers. I finally put everything together and I think it turned out so cute!

Markers Used:
R14, R39, R37
N2, N6
E13, E15, E17, E33, E55

Thanks for watching! I will be Guest Designing on November 19th for GSD Stamps as well so be sure to join me next time! Be sure to follow me on Intagram @justinehovey to keep up what I'm up to!


Thursday, November 3, 2016

Video: DIY Double Pop-Up Panel

Hello guys! For today's video I made another pop-up card, this time using two panels instead of just one. Also, I used the new coordinating dies from GSD for which I'm really excited!! I apologize for not having a voice over throughout the video since I'm currently under the weather and my voice is pretty much gone! I hope you can still enjoy the video tutorial and get some inspiration from it!! :)

https://gsd-stamps.com/collections/fall-winter-clear-stamps/products/508-snowangel-clear-stamp-set    https://gsd-stamps.com/collections/fall-winter-clear-stamps/products/snow-angel-4x6-die-set

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

So glad we met on the Web

Hi there,

it's Tanja here with another Halloween project:

  • cover a stitched panel of watercolor paper with Distress Ink (Hickory Smoke)
  • apply more Distress Ink (Black Soot, Dusty Concord) through the Tim Holtz Layering Stencil Shattered
  • spritz the panel with Pearlized Water for extra sparkle
  • color the cute spider from the Gerda Steiner Designs Bats stamp set with Delta, Touch Twin Brush Markers and a white gel pen
  • add googly eyes as an interactive element
  • adhere the sentiment from the same stamp set with foam tape
  • mat the panel onto a piece of green patterned paper from the Graphic 45 An Eerie Tale Patterns and Solids 6x6 paper pad
  • add some sequins from the Pretty Pink Posh 4mm Trick or Treat Mix as final embellishments

I hope you got inspired.