Craftin Desert Divas – Donut Party Stamp Card

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Craftin Desert Divas – Donut Party Stamp Set @creativemuseatwork

Hello everyone. Thanks for stopping by. I am here to share another project for this week. In this card, I used Crafting Desert Divas’ Donut Party Stamps. I got this stamp last year and this is the first time I was able to use it in a project. I also made my own pattern paper using Adobe Illustrator. I enjoy creating patterns on my own instead of purchasing new pattern papers and Adobe Illustrator is a great tool in creating unique designs for your projects.

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The supplies that I used in this project are Cardstock (white, teal, yellow and pink). Donut Party Stamps, small rectangle stitched and lace trim dies, Winsor & Newton markers, Memento Tuxedo Dye Ink, Tsukineko Emboss Ink, Ranger White Embossing Powder, heat gun, Tim Holtz stamp platform, and WRMK score and trimmer board and other basic crafting supplies.

I prepare the base of the cards first by scoring and trimming my white cardstock into 4-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ then I fold it in half. I also scored and cut the teal cardstock into 4-1/8″ x 5-1/8″ and the polka dot pattern paper into 4″ x 5″.

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Lace trim and square stitched die cut. Sorry I forgot to include the yellow rectangle die cut and the teal belt cardstock in the picture @creativemuseatwork

To assemble the belt of the card, I used the lace trim die in the pink cardstock and die cut it twice and the stitched rectangle die on the teal paper and yellow cardstock. The yellow cardstock is 1/8″ of an inch bigger than the teal rectangle die cut. I only traced  I also cut a half an inch piece of teal cardstock for the belt. The papers I used are from my scrap stash. I always keep my scrap papers for future projects like this. I made a 1/4 allowance for the pink lace trims and glued both at the top and bottom of the half an inch teal cardstock.

In the stamp set, I choose the stamp with the bear and bunny eating donuts in a table. I am not sure if they are actually eating the donuts or selling them. The stamp reminded me of the time when my daughter and I went on a school field trip. We spend our time eating mini donuts while waiting for the theater to open to watch a play titled, Rapunzel! A Very Hairy Fairytale! We really had a great time. I digressed so let’s get back to card-making. I colored the stamp with my Winsor & Newton markers. I love these markers. They blend very well. Since the stamp does not come with a coordinating die, I fussy cut the stamp after I colored it.

I embossed the sentiment in the small teal rectangle stitched die cut paper using my Ranger White Embossing Powder and heat tool.

To put the card together, I adhered the pattern paper on top of the teal cardstock with a tape runner. Then I placed the belt half an inch away from the bottom of the card. I wrap it around the cardstock and used a scotch tape to secure the belt. I glued the sentiment and the stamp together with a tape runner. I decided to cover the table part of the stamp with the sentiment as it would not fit. With a foam tape, I adhered the stamps at the top of the belt to finish the card.

You can always recreate this card in different ways using different products. I hope you like this week’s card project and thank you once again for visiting. Till next time.

WATERCOLOR: PORTABLE NOMAD PALETTE

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WATERCOLOR: PORTABLE NOMAD PALETTE

Hello fellow crafters! I am back to share a watercolor I recently bought online. I have seen this product in social media sites and I just cannot resist the temptation on getting one for myself. I have to admit, I normally do not want to invest in too many watercolors. Among the coloring mediums available, I have always struggled with watercolors. I find that it is not as forgiving as color pencils and markers but I do love how it can achieve such wonderful artwork despite its delicacy and subtlety. I stick to my ever faithful Sakura Watercolors and Zig Clean Color Brush Markers and they always get the job done. Before I go on any further, I have a disclaimer, I am no watercolor expert. This blog is just for the purposes of sharing my thoughts and experience in using this product.

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Superior Watercolor Palette @creativemuseatwork

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Superior Watercolor Palette description at the back @creativemuseatwork

The product is called Superior Watercolor but it is advertised as NomadArt Premium Portable Watercolor in Giftzania, the online store where I got this on Facebook. I cannot figure out the name of the manufacturer as everything in the front and back label are all in Chinese or Japanese characters. I also tried searching online for any website that manufactured this product but all I found are resellers and no company of origin. It was actually on sale and I got it 50% less than it’s actual price. It does not have a box but it is placed inside a thick plastic container covered in a bubble wrap. So without further ado, here is the low-down of this cutie:

 

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Superior Watercolor Palette 42 vibrant colors @creativemuseatwork

It comes in 18, 25, 32 and 42 color sets. I got the 42 colors as I am a lousy color mixer. I also found out that this also comes in a pastel set of 18 colors and cocktail set of 25 colors. I would love to get my hands on the pastel set in the future.

It comes with a refillable water brush placed on the side, a foam on top with a velcro attached for brush cleaning as well as three small mixing pans.

It has color labels stickers at the bottom of each swivel containers ranging from C1 – C43. It is quite odd though that they skipped C41.

The watercolor set is quite handy and perfect for traveling. I can imagine myself using this in an airplane or in a coffee shop. The color pans are placed in a swivel container that swings when you choose the color you need. I was at first disappointed on how thin the color pans are, but then, I remembered that portability is the concept of this product. So yeah, I think I am fine with that. To put it on a dry run, I made a swatch of each of the colors in a watercolor paper, and here are my observations:

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Superior Watercolor Palette swatches @creativemuseatwork

The colors are bright and transparent and it layers well. I was actually surprised how nice the color payout was. It did not bleed and you can control the movement of the color in the paper. However, there are three colors that I struggled to work with: the colors black, C18-violet and C29-blue. The color black is not as intense as I wanted it to be. I am not sure if it’s just me or if they were not pigmented enough. Some of the colors also granulate, but this happens in some watercolors. I also struggled with the water brush included in the set. It is meant for big illustrations to color. It was too thick that it soaked in too much water and I can hardly get enough concentrated color. I wanted my swatch to show the color from its full strength and when it is saturated with water.

I also noticed that the colors in the pan are darker than it’s actual colors and the color labels do not match as well, so it is important that you make swatches that you can refer to when you are doing your coloring and make sure to mark them with their corresponding color codes. I also feel like the labels might come off when it comes in contact with water. It does not look like it’s laminated or has anything protecting it from moisture. I only use the sponge once I completely clean the brush. I don’t think they are refillable.

As I was swatching each color, I also noticed that it’s difficult to access the colors near the hinges. You have to swing the panels all the way up to access the colors otherwise you can only reach the sides of the color pans. The palette looks sturdy however, you may need a rubber band to hold the containers together.

Despite all these minor observations, I had fun using this palette. The colors are vibrant and easy to work with for a novice like me. I also think that once this palette is empty, I can use the container as a mixing pan or I can refill it with other watercolors. This is perfect for journaling, card-making and small illustrations and if you are into-adult-coloring books. 

I hope you have found my observations helpful! Till next time and happy crafting!

 

 

 

Valentine Glitter Card

Hi! I’m here once again to share another card for Valentines. This will be the last of the Valentines inspired cards that I will be posting for this year. The last card I made was colorful and wacky not your typical mushy Valentines card so I decided to create a simple and back to traditional lovey-dovey Valentine card. In this project, I went back to basics, of course, there won’t be a Valentine card without a heart design so that would be the centerpiece of this project but I wanted to make it more interesting by using a red glitter adhesive foam sheet. (of course, it has to be red lol)

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Valentines Glitter Card @creativemuseatwork

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In this project, I used the following materials: Concord and 9th Cuddles & Hugs Stamps. I used the big heart with sentiments. For the card base, I used a red cardstock measuring 4 1/4″ x 11″ and I fold it in half.  3 7/8″ x 5 1/4″ light pink cardstock , light grey cardstock in 1 1/2″ x 4 1×4″, heart background embossing folder, red glitter foam adhesive sheet, heart shade cutting die with lace trimmings, Lawn Fawn White Pigment Ink, Ranger White Embossing Powder, heat gun and other basic crafting tools.

I usually score and cut the base of the card first using my WRMK scoring board. I cut the other end of the grey cardstock into a fishtail banner. With the heart background embossing folder, I run the light pink cardstock in my Big Shot Machine. I made two die cuts of the heart-shaped die, one in the red glitter adhesive foam sheet and one in a piece of white card stock. The white die cut will serve as a stiff base for the glitter adhesive foam. I used the lace trimming of the die cut. I kept the scrap heart-shaped foam for future ideas. (Always  keep your scrap paper)

I stamped the heart shape sentiment in a red cardstock using Lawn Fawn White Pigment Ink using my Tim Holtz Stamp Platform. I let it dry for a while then I heat emboss the sentiment “Happy Valentines Day” from the stamps I previously used from Art Impressions Valentine Bear Stamp Set in a small red cardstock. I did some masking when I stamped the sentiment with my Tsukineko Emboss Stamp Pad. The sentiment was not aligned so I masked the sentiment below and stamped the first word “Happy” and then heat embossed it. Then I masked the first word “Happy” and did the same thing with the rest of the stamp to make a one-line sentiment. Once the pigment ink dried, I die cut it using the same heart die for the centerpiece.

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To assemble the card, I adhered the light pink cardstock on top-center of the red base of the card. I glued the grey banner in the middle. I positioned and glued the red heart centerpiece an inch lower from the top part of the card. Next, I used a fine tip glue and placed the red glitter foam sheet around the heart centerpiece. I had to make sure that there are no white spaces peeking on any side of the centerpiece. To finish the card, I used my Scotch foam double-sided tape to glue the sentiment below the heart centerpiece.

 

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Finished project Valentine Glitter Card @creativemuseatwork

Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog and Happy Valentines Day to everyone! Till next time. Cheer!

 

Valentines Day Bear Card

Hi there! I’m back with a new card to share with everyone. It’s a Valentines Day card we can give to our family and friends to express our love and appreciation.

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Valentines Day Bear Card @creativemuseatwork

In this project, I used my Valentines Bear Set Stamps from Art Impressions which is perfect for the occasion. I also used a few love-inspired stamps from my collection. The materials I used are the following: Cardstocks (white, black and red), American Crafts pattern paper from their Hip Hip Hooray Paper Pad, Winsor and Newtown Markers, Memento Ink in Tuxedo Black, Tsukineko Embossing Stamp Pad, Ranger White Embossing Powder, Heat Gun, and other basic crafting tools.

For starters, I cannot find a good Valentine message on my stamp collection that I could I use for the card so I decided to print one using Adobe Illustrator. You can always opt to do a handwritten message. I got the message from a Facebook post of a dear friend of mine.

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Using my WRMK Scoring Board, I scored and cut my cardstock. The measurements that I used: ( I sort of made some allowances in case I need to trim it down) White: 5 1/2″ x 10″ then I fold it in half,  Black: 5 1/4″ x 4 7/8″, Yellow pattern paper: 5 1/8 x 2″ and a white strip in the middle: 5 1/8 x 5/8 of an inch. I used a non-Valentine inspired pattern paper as I wanted to make the message and the decorations standout.

I used my Tim Holtz Stamp Platform to stamp the bears. This tool is quite helpful when you have to stamp over and over again to make a good impression most especially on big stamps like what I used in this project. I also colored them using my Winsor and Newton Marker. I do not have a coordinating die for these stamps so I had to fuzzy cut each one. I heat emboss the sentiment on a piece of red cardstock with a white embossing powder from Ranger then cut it using my paper guillotine.

To assemble the card, I glued the two pattern papers first in the black cardstock and then the small white piece in the center before I adhere it on top of the white cardstock which will be the base of the card. Next, I put all the stamps together in the center. I used a Scotch foam adhesive for the sentiment to pop-up. I stamped an extra bear with a string of hearts inside the card right next to the message and colored it as well to complete the project.

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Valentines Day Card finished project @creativemustatwork

I really had fun working on this card and I hope everyone would also be inspired to create their own. Till next time and happy crafting!