Friday, August 29, 2014

"Dream" Birthday Card featuring Newton's Nook

I'm so happy it's Friday! I've been looking forward to this 3-day weekend and I hope everyone has some fun Labor Day plans this weekend!

For today's card, I made a birthday card for one of my dear friends. The word "dream" has always been one of her favorite words and she's also a big cat lover. So when I saw the new Newton's Nook "Newton's Day Dream" set, I immediately thought of her. 

I started off by cutting a piece of white cardstock to about 3" x 2 1/2" and stamped the main image from this set using Memento Tuxedo Black Ink. I colored Newton using my Copic Markers: T3, T5 and R20. For the grass, I used G41 and G45. I used R81 and R85 for the flowers and Y32 for the center of the flowers. I then used a really light blue, B000, to add a subtle outline around my colored image. I then matted the panel onto some textured yellow cardstock. 

I cut a pretty teal polka-dot banner strip from the Pink Paislee "Hello Sunshine" 6x6 paper pack. I also used a pretty flower pattern from the same 6x6 pack. I adhered both layers directly onto my Kraft cardbase and adhered the focal panel using foam squares. For the sentiment, I stamped the sentiment and little bee onto the speech bubble included in the same set. I colored the bee using Y11 and Y32 and then I fussy cut the entire speech bubble. I adhered the speech bubble onto the focal panel using some more foam squares. To finish the card, I applied some clear Wink of Stella glitter onto the little bee and flowers. 

I hope you liked this sweet and simple card! And if you haven't already done so, be sure to swing by Newton's Nook to take advantage of their summer sale! Hope you guys have a fun and safe Labor Day weekend, until next time! ♥

Copic Markers: T3, T5, G41, G45, R20, R81, R85, B000, Y32, Y11, Y13

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Lawnscaping Challenge #88: Texture - Dry Embossing & Sequins Backdrop

Hi folks! Today's post features my card entry to the latest Lawnscaping Challenge. This was such a fun card to make and I really enjoyed trying out some new techniques! Remember the challenge ends tomorrow, so be sure to swing by to play along!

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This card features the Lawn Fawn "Blue Skies" stamp set and coordinating dies. I die cut the clouds from a piece of cardstock I had previously die cut using the stitched rectangle die from the Mama Elephant "Femme Frames" set. Underneath the clouds, I stamped the sentiment from the "Up and Away" stamp set. 

Once my focal panel was prepped, I used a smaller piece of scrap cardstock for the sequins backdrop. With a pencil, I outlined where the clouds would be and used Glossy Accents to adhere several rows of Pretty Pink Posh "Cornflower" sequins, only focusing on the areas the clouds would lay over. One thing I would definitely recommend using is a clear, matte glue such as Ranger Multi Medium Matte glue instead of Glossy Accents. While Glossy Accents is a very strong adhesive, as the name implies, it dries glossy. So if the glue spills out from the edges of the sequins or the top little hole, you risk seeing the shiny adhesive. After making this card, I will definitely look into ordering some Ranger Multi Medium Matte glue for future projects. Once all of my sequins were adhered to the scrap piece of cardstock, I adhered my focal panel onto it using some foam squares. I then paper pieced the hot air balloon using pattern papers from the Lawn Fawn "Hello Sunshine" and "Let's Polka" collections. I adhered the hot air balloon onto the focal panel using foam squares as well.

For the cardbase, I dry embossed the front of the card using the chevron embossing folder from Darice. To create a little bit more contrast and emphasize the chevron pattern, I rubbed Simon Says Stamp "Sea Glass" over the raised areas. After that, I simply adhered my focal panel onto the card base with some more foam squares.

And that wraps up my card for today. I tried to keep this card relatively CAS to keep the focus primarily on the texture from the clouds and chevron backdrop. I really enjoyed using my sequins in a different way and hope this card has inspired you to experiment with your sequins!

Thanks again for stopping by and until next time! ♥


Friday, August 22, 2014

Birthday Koala Card featuring Lawn Fawn

Hello my crafty friends! Today's card was inspired by a card made by the very talented Nichol Magouirk. Her work never ceases to amaze and inspire me! I made this card for a dear friend of mine who absolutely loves koalas. To make this card, I used one of my favorite Lawn Fawn sets, "Critters Down Under." I finally picked up the coordinating dies for this set, and I cannot begin to tell you how much of a time-saver they are!

I'm also submitting this card for the Pretty Pink Posh "Cutting Edge Blop Hop." This exciting blog hop is open to everyone and ends August 25th. So be sure to swing by Paulina's blog to play along!

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To begin this card, I die cut the cloud pattern paper from the Pink Paislee "Hello Sunshine" 6x6 paper pack using the stitched rectangle die from Mama Elephant's "Femme Frames." I also went ahead and die cut 3 different shades of green cardstock using the same die. Already having the green cardstock cut from the stitched rectangle die really helped me gauge the height I wanted each layer of grass to be. I used the "Grassy Border" die from Lawn Fawn to cut my grass. I used liquid glue to adhere all of my grassy layers onto my cloud panel and then mounted my entire panel onto a brown matte. 

I used Copic Markers to color all of the stamped images. For the cute koala, I used R01, T3, T5 and T7. For the little kookaburra bird I used YR14, YR16, YR18, W2, W4, Y11, Y13, G82 and G85. I must say, the kookaburra bird is probably one of my favorite Lawn Fawn birds. He is just so cute and I love how you can color him in so many different ways. I used E44 and E47 for the trees and YG95, YG97 and YG99 for all of the leaves. This would be the point when I'd have to spend a bunch of extra time fussy cutting all of the images, however with the new coordinating dies, it only took a few minutes, yay!

I adhered all of the stamped images directly onto the card panel using my handy-dandy ZIG 2-way glue pen. This is such a great way to adhere smaller images without having to worry about glue spilling out from under the edges. Since I already had a lot going on, I thought it would look nice to have the sentiment stamped on vellum. I stamped the "happy birthday" sentiment from the Simon Says Stamp "Sketchy Banner Greetings" and the speech bubble from the Lawn Fawn "A Birdie Told Me" onto some vellum and heat embossed it with gold embossing powder. Once I made sure my vellum and embossing had completely cooled, I used the coordinating speech bubble die to cut it out. I added tiny little dots of glue from my ZIG 2-way glue pen behind the embossed portions and adhered the sentiment directly onto the card. 

For the cardbase, I used the "Stitched Scalloped Border" die from Lawn Fawn to die cut scalloped edges on either side of the card. This is so easy to do and it really adds a cute and unique look to your card. Because my focal panel was a little too short for my cardbase, I ended up trimming the cardbase by about 1/4" from the bottom. I adhered the focal panel onto the cardbase using foam tape and voila, my card was finished!

I hope you like today's card and thanks again for stopping by! Until next time ♥

Copic Markers: R01, T3, T5, T7, YG95, YG97, YG99, E44, E47, YR14, YR16, YR18, W2, W4, Y11, Y13, G82, G85.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

CAS Floral Wreath Window Cards featuring Mama Elephant

Happy Tuesday! I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend! Today I bring you not one, but two cards featuring the Mama Elephant "Bloosmies" stamp set. Both of today's cards were a homework assignment for the Stretch your Stamps 2 online card class. I still can't believe this class has come to an end. It's been an inspiring and amazing two weeks and I will surely miss it! If you haven't already joined, don't worry! You can always join the class at any time.

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Both of today's cards were inspired by the very talented Julie Ebersole. I absolutely love her CAS style and the great tips she always gives during her videos.

For the first card, I started off with a white cardbase. To make my own background, I used a ruler and the chisel tip of my W2 Copic Marker to draw some vertical lines. This is so quick and easy when you use a ruler and your grid mat to align the lines. I then die cut a circle out of the front of the card.

Now that I had prepped my cardbase, I die cut a bunch of the floral images from the Mama Elephant "Bloomsies" set. I find die cutting these itty-bitty little images first and then stamping onto them is so much easier than trying to do the reverse. I stamped the little flowers in Mama Elephant "Blush" pigment ink and Simon Says Stamp "Surf Blue" dye ink and the little stems using Hero Arts "Mint Julep" dye ink. I adhered all of the die cut pieces directly onto my cardbase using my ZIG 2-way glue pen. 

For the sentiment, I stamped the banner and sentiment in Hero Arts "Soft Granite" dye ink. I used my W0 Copic Marker to add some subtle shading to the banner. Although this particular ink is not meant to be used with Copic Markers, I found that I was ok as long as I avoided going over the lines. To finish the card, I used my We R Memory Keepers 1/2" corner chomper to round the bottom two corners.

For the second card, I stamped the floral images from the same stamp set directly onto the cardbase. I used the Mama Elephant pigment inks to randomly stamp the little floral images. Once my wreath was complete, I used my craft knife to cut into the center of the wreath. This allowed me to use my scissors to cut into the center of the wreath and fussy cut around the flowers. I finished the card by stamped a sentiment from the Avery Elle "Petals and Stems" stamp set. 

And there you go, two CAS floral wreath window cards! Both cards feature the same stamp set and similar technique, however by just changing a few little things, I ended up with two completely different cards!

I would love to see what you've created from the online card class! Just leave a comment below with a link to your blog. Thanks again for stopping by! ♥

Mama Elephant Pigment Inks: Blush, Lollipop, Orangeade, Mojito, Winter, Eggplant.
Copic Markers: W0, W2

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Newton's Nook: "Relax, It's Your Birthday!" Card

We've made it another week! I hope your week wasn't too long and arduous, and if it was, well look on the bright side... it's Friday! And to celebrate this wonderful Friday, I bring you a summer-time card featuring the new Newton's Nook "Newton's Summer Vacation" stamp set.

Doesn't Newton look so cool with shades on? This is the perfect summer-time birthday card for someone who's always on the go and needs a little reminder to sit back, relax and enjoy their birthday. I'm sure we all know a few people that fit that description! 

To start things off, I colored Newton in with Copic Markers. I colored him in with E42, E44, E47, R01. I colored in the umbrella and towel using B24, B26, G02, G05, T3, T5 and T7. I fussy cut the entire image out and used a black brush-tip marker to line the edges. Doing this gives a nice polished look to your cut out image and covers up any imperfections. I die cut a white piece of cardstock using the stitched journal die from Lawn Fawn and used Faded Jeans Distress Ink for the sky and Antique Linen Distress Ink for the sand. 

For the sentiment, I thought it'd look cool to break up the sentiment and incorporate some kraft cardstock to match the kraft card base. I stamped the "Relax" sentiment from the same set onto kraft cardstock and adhered the small banner strip using dimensional foam tape. Underneath the banner, I stamped the "it's your birthday!" sentiment from the "Newton's Birthday Bash" stamp set. I cut a piece of blue cardstock to mat my focal panel. I used the Paper Smooches "Borders 2" postage border die to die cut a border on each end of the blue cardstock. I layered my focal panel onto two layers of pattern paper from the American Craft "Everyday" 6x6 paper pad. I thought the star pattern had such a patriotic/4th of July feel...just perfect for summer. To finish the card, I applied some clear Wink of Stella glitter onto the umbrella and a thick layer of Glossy Accents onto the umbrella and sunglasses. Don't they just look so cool and shiny?

I hope you enjoyed this card and have an awesome weekend! Until next time! ♥

Copic Markers: T3, T5, T7, R01, E42, E44, E47, B24, B26, G02, G05

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Mama Elephant August Challenge: Watercolor + Birthdays

Hello everyone! I can't believe we're already half way through the week! For this month's Mama Elephant card challenge, I made this fun watercolor card using techniques I learned from the Stretch Your Stamps 2 Online Card Class. If you aren't already enrolled in this class, I highly recommend you do! This is the first online card class I've ever enrolled in and it's been amazing! Everyday they showcase so many awesome techniques and provide so much inspiration. 
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To start this card off, I started with a sheet of watercolor paper. While normally I use the Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor Cardstock, I recently used up my last sheet. So for this card I used watercolor paper I purchased from Blick called Fluid Watercolor Paper. I must say, I actually really like this paper. It's 140 lbs and absorbs water beautifully. It's also quite affordable, which is always a plus in my book. I heat embossed the triangles from the Mama Elephant "On Point Borders" set with clear embossing powder. I then smooshed Peacock Feathers and Seedless Preserves onto my craft mat and used a paint brush with water to apply my watercolor background. I chose to use this method instead of "smooshing" my paper directly onto the ink to have a little bit more control of the blending and colors.

Once the background was completely dry, I die cut the large gift tag from the Lawn Fawn "Tag, You're It" die set directly from the watercolor background. I made sure to hold onto all of the pieces for later. I also die cut the gift tag 6 additional times from black cardstock. 

For my focal point, I used the Mama Elephant "Pandamonium" stamp set to stamp the cute little panda and the balloons from the "Up and Away" set. I colored the balloons using coordinating Copic Markers (B02, B04, V15, V17) and then I fussy cut both of the images. 

To assemble my focal point, I adhered the first tag I die cut from black cardstock. This allowed me to easily adhere the little hole punch from the watercolor background. I then glued the remaining 6 layers to each other and then onto the card. Since I didn't fussy cut the strings from the balloons, I re-stamped the image directly onto the gift tag. I then adhered the panda and balloons directly onto the gift tag. 

For the sentiment, I thought it would be so cool to use the "Sketchy Letters" alphabet set to create a custom sentiment and have each letter individually popped up. I used an extra strip of watercolor paper and used the same technique as the watercolor background. I then cut out each individual letter and adhered them onto the card using foam adhesive. I thought this gave such a unique and fun look to the card. 

To tie in the birthday theme, I stamped a second panda onto the inside of the card. I stamped a speech bubble from the Lawn Fawn "A Birdie Told Me" set and the birthday sentiment from Newton's Nook "Newton's Birthday Bash" set. 

I then decided my card needed a few extra details, so I applied clear Wink of Stella glitter to the balloons along with a thick coating of Glossy Accents.Even though I had already adhered the tag down, I decided I did in fact want to have a little bow. So I tied a bow using some spare bakers twine and adhered it to the tag using a glue dot. To finish the card I also applied some matching sequins from Pretty Pink Posh and Lawn Fawn.

And that's my card for today! I hope you enjoyed this card and thanks again for stopping by! ♥

Mama Elephant "Pandamonium"
Mama Elephant "Up and Away"
Mama Elephant "Sketchy Letters"
Mama Elephant "On Point Borders"
Lawn Fawn "Tag, You're It"
Lawn Fawn "A Birdie Told Me"
Newton's Nook "Newtons' Birthday Bash"
Tim Holtz Peacock Feathers Distress Ink
Tim Holtz Seedless Preserves Distress Ink
Hero Arts Ultra Fine Clear Embossing Powder
Ranger Archival Jet Black Dye Ink
Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black Dye Ink
Fluid Easy-Block Watercolor Paper Blocks
Bazzill Card Shoppe Cardstock
Ranger Glossy Accents
Pretty Pink Posh 6MM Amethyst Sequins
Pretty Pink Posh 6MM Sweetheart Sequins Mix
Pretty Pink Posh 4MM Sparkling Clear Sequins
Lawn Fawn "Into the Woods" Sequins
Copic Markers: B02, B04, V15, V17

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Mama Elephant Pigment Ink Review

Hello my craft friends! I would usually post a card, however today's post is a little different. I recently purchased my very first set of pigment inks and I thought it would be a great idea to share them with you! I am by no means an ink expert and if you'd like to learn more about the different types of inks, Jennifer Mcguire has an excellent video that explains the different types in more detail (link to blog post).

Although I've started to accumulate quite the dye ink collection, I was always intimidated to take the plunge into pigment inks. While the vibrant, bold colors are gorgeous, between selecting the brand and determining if I really needed pigment inks, I was a little overwhelmed... to say the least. I spent a lot of time trying to decide between my top three choices: Mama Elephant, Avery Elle and Memento Luxe pigment inks. After scouring the internet and trying find every ink comparison post out there, I ultimately chose the Mama Elephant set based on the color palette and as Jennifer Mcguire mentioned, they're a lot less "juicy" than the Memento Luxe pigment inks. While pigment inks are slower drying inks in general, one of my biggest concerns was getting pigment inks that took ages to dry. I'm not the most patient crafter and I'm quite clumsy, so I could totally see myself smearing and smudging ink all over my projects lol.

So I hope you enjoy this post and at the very least, get a little bit more insight into the ME elephant pigment inks!

Now onto the ink pads! I purchased the entire set directly from Mama Elephant for $65 (USD). I threw in an extra stamp set I've been wanting (On Point Borders) to qualify for the free shipping. Like I previously mentioned, one of the biggest reasons I chose this ink bundle over my other top choices (Avery Elle and Memento Luxe) was the color palette. I absolutely love these colors!

Now before I began stamping all of the colors, I made sure I had my favorite stamp cleaner (Hero Arts Ultra Clean Stamp Cleaner) and scrubbing pad (Double Stamp Scrubber) on hand. You definitely want to make sure you clean your stamp well in between stamping. One thing I did really like about the pigment inks, is that unlike dye inks, they didn't stain my stamps at all.

Below are all of the pigment ink colors stamped out. I would have to say my favorite colors so far are Sunshine and Eggplant. I don't have a comparable yellow ink, and this yellow is so vibrant. And the Eggplant is such a pretty purple! I was happy to see that for the most part, all of the inks stamped true to color and provided nice, even coverage. The ink pads were not too "juicy" and you could apply moderate pressure to the ink pad without having to worry about ink smearing all over your stamp.

Drying Time
Once I had stamped all of my colors, the next thing I wanted to test was the drying time. I used Apple and Eggplant as my test colors since they're both pretty bold and any smearing would be more obvious. One thing I noticed is that Eggplant seemed to dry slower than Apple. This may be due to the actual color composition of the ink. I checked the drying time at 0 sec, 30 sec, 1 min, 2 min and 5 min intervals. I observed smearing for both colors up until the 1 minute interval. However, by 1 minute, the image stamped in Eggplant still had noticeable smearing, whereas the image stamped in Apple had subtle smearing. By 2 minutes, the image stamped in Apple was completely dry with no visible smearing. The Eggplant was visibly dry by the 5 minute interval. Overall, I would say the drying time is extremely reasonable. If I were in an absolute hurry, I could probably dry the inks much faster with my heat gun. But like I said, the drying times seem very reasonable. 

Stamping on Colored Cardstock
My next test was to stamp the pigment inks on to colored cardstock. For this test, I used Blush and Eggplant (I told you I just love this color lol). I started off by stamping both colors onto Neenah Desert Storm Kraft cardstock. Even though the Blush is such a light color, I was really impressed to see the level of coverage achieved on darker cardstock. The Eggplant looked absolutely gorgeous on the Kraft cardstock and stayed true to color.

I then stamped the same two colors onto some black cardstock. And in my opinion, this is where pigment inks really stand out! Because pigment ink sits on top of the paper, it still provides excellent coverage and beautiful color even on black cardstock. 

Heat Embossing
Perhaps one of my favorite qualities of pigment inks in general, is the ability to heat emboss them. While I have a few different colors of embossing powders, I don't always like the way they come out. They're not always true to color and with darker embossing powders, I tend to have an issue with strays. I was extremely pleased to see that the Mama Elephant pigment inks heat emboss beautifully. I was able to heat emboss the image below in Apple without having to rush. I used my favorite clear embossing powder: Hero Arts Ultra Fine Embossing Powder for a crisp, detailed embossed image.

Overall I'm extremely pleased with my purchase. I feel like this ink bundle is a great value if you want a set of pigment inks to start off with. They're high quality ink pads and include all of the basic colors you'd need to start off with. I do hope Mama Elephant eventually decides to expand their color selection in the future, I would love to see a pretty navy or forest green!

Thanks again for stopping by and until next time! ♥

Monday, August 11, 2014

Lawn Fawn "Hello Little Prince" Baby Card

I can't believe it's already Monday, it feels like the weekend flew by! I know I just talked about how I don't get to make baby cards too often, but I seem to have jinxed myself because I have yet another baby card today lol! This upcoming weekend I'll be attending a baby baptism and I thought it would be so cute to use the little froggy from the Lawn Fawn "Hello Baby" stamp set. Unlike last week's baby card, this one is much more masculine and is perfect for any little baby boy.

I started off by die cutting my focal point using a Sizzix circle die. I stamped the little frog with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored him in with Copic Markers. I added little white dots to the frog using my Saukra white gel pen and added some glitter to the crown using my clear Wink of Stella pen.  I created a mask out of a post-it note and covered up the frog. I stamped the lily pad using Hero Arts Forever Green dye ink and masked that as well. I used a larger post-it note to mask the horizon and used Tumbled Glass for the sky and Broken China for the water. To finish my scene, I stamped the cattails with Colorbox Chestnut Roan and the little leaves with the same green ink as the lily pad. I used Archival Jet Black ink to stamp the sentiment.

To assemble the card, I die cut a larger circle out of yellow/gold cardstock to act as a border for my focal point. I also cut a thin strip and a 4" x 5 1/4" panel from the same cardstock. I used pattern paper from the Fancy Pants "Happy-Go-Lucky!" 6x6 pad. I thought this paper pad coordinated perfectly with the rest of the card and really tied all of the colors together just perfectly!

I really love how this card came out. It's still cute, but masculine for a baby boy. I hope you like this card and if you haven't already picked up the "Hello Baby" stamp set, I highly recommend you do! Even if you don't make baby cards too often, it's an extremely versatile stamp set with wonderful sentiments and images. 

Thanks again for swinging by and until next time! ♥

Tim Holtz Distress Inks: Tumbled Glass & Broken China
Copic Markers: Y11, Y13, Y19, YG13, YG17

Friday, August 8, 2014

Lawn Fawn Baby Shower Card and Gift Tag

Hello my crafty friends! Two of my dear friends are having a baby and their baby shower is this weekend. And of course you know what this mean, time to get craftin'!

I don't make baby cards too often, so it's always a treat to put some of my baby stamps to good use. For today's post, I'm sharing a baby shower card and gift tag.

Since my friend isn't too much of a "girly-girl," I decided to keep it relatively clean and simple with just a touch of girliness. I thought the "Hello Baby" stamp set by Lawn Fawn would be perfect. I colored the cute little bunny and umbrella using Copic Markers and die cut both images with the coordinating dies. I also die cut a cloud out of white cardstock. 

For the background, I used Tumbled Glass to make a soft blue sky. I thought it would look so cute to have the cloud raining hearts over the little bunny. I stamped the straight rain drops and hearts in Simon Says Stamp Surf Blue ink. To make the sentiment standout from the background, I mounted it onto a strip of pattern paper from the "Hello Sunshine" collection. I then layered my panel onto two layers of pattern paper from the "Hello Sunshine" and "Let's Polka" collection. To finish off the card and add a little extra pizzazz, I added some clear Wink of Stella glitter to the cloud, raindrops and umbrella. And I topped it all off with a thick coating of glossy accents to the cute little umbrella.

For the gift tag, I used the "Tag, You're It" die set and coordinating birthday tag stamp set. I stamped the tag outline onto vellum and using Milo's ABCs, I stamped our names. I also decided to stamp the little heart in the lower right-hand corner and adhere the little rattle from the "Hello Baby" set. I mounted my vellum tag onto another tag I had die cut from the "Let's Polka" paper pad. And using my Zig 2-way glue pen, I carefully concealed my adhesive behind the white heat embossing. And voila, a cute CAS gift tag!

Thanks again for stopping by and hope you have a wonderful weekend! See you soon! ♥

Copic Markers: W0, W02, R01, R20, R22, R81, R85, Y11, Y13

Monday, August 4, 2014

Inky Paws Challenge #12 - Beach Theme Challenge

Hello! I know it's back to the usual grind, however to make your Monday a little brighter, I made a summer-themed card using the new Newton's Summer Vacation stamp set. This is just such an adorable and fun set, I was so excited to finally use it!
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To begin, I die cut the small banner from the Lawn Fawn "Stitched Party Banner" Dies from some light blue cardstock. I used the chisel end of a B21 Copic Marker to draw the tone-on-tone diagonal lines. This is a great way to get more out of your Copics and put the chisel ends to good use. To make the waves, I die cut some vellum using the medium stitched scalloped border die from Lawn Fawn. I used the negative portion and colored the backside with B24. This is my first attempt at coloring vellum with Copics and it'll definitely take some practice. I had to go over it with several layer to smooth out the hard streaks. But once the vellum had dried, I thought the streaks added some fun texture to the water.

For Newton, I colored him in using some warm grays and colored the inner tube using B24, B26, Y11 and Y13. I added some Clear Wink of Stella to the inner tube and tucked him in between the 2 layers of vellum. I thought the sentiment "you're a cool cat" was such an adorable and versatile sentiment. It could definitely be used for a multitude of occasions and it's pretty gender-neutral. To add a little extra touch of detail to the banner, I tied a nautical knot using some twine. I actually used the same twine my Newton's Nook stamps came wrapped in. I always love saving and recycling cute packaging whenever I can. 

For the background, I used 2 pattern papers from the Lawn Fawn "Hello Sunshine" 6x6 paper pad. I added some faux stitching using my white gel pen and adhered them onto a regular A2 cardbase. 

This was a super fun card to make and I had a lot of fun trying out some new techniques. I think this card is the perfect summer-time card for any guy or girl! Thanks again for stopping by and see you soon! ♥

Copic Markers: Y11, Y13, B21, B24, B26, W0, W2, W4, W6, R01, T5, T7.