Watercolor Happy Birthday Card


 

Watercolor Birthday Card
Created by Sophia Vida

I made this card using a cute stamp I bought at a craft show a few years ago. I stamped the image on 140 lb, cold press, watercolor paper using gray, Staz-On ink. Once that dried I added color to the image with watercolor markers and used a Niji water brush to spread the paint.

I then wet the edges around the image with water and let it sit for a minute before carefully tearing them.  The blue/green background was made from a hand wipe I previously used to clean up some paints from my work area. It looked really cool so I flattened it, let it dry and figured I could use it one day and I did!

I used Aleene’s tacky glue to adhere the background and image onto the premade card.  I also added a little Stardust Stickles to the edges of the background for a little bling. Last, I printed a birthday tag from my computer,  distressed the edges and adhered it to the card. And Voila! I had a unique and cute birthday card!

Hope you enjoy!

 

 

 

 

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Valentine’s Day Cards Mixed Media


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“Valentine’s Day Cards – Mixed Media”
Created by Sophia Vida

 

I was inspired by a pin I saw on Pinterest so I started this project with a watercolor wash on a 9″ x 12″ piece of 140 lb, cold press watercolor paper. Once that was dry, I added more color by distressing different areas with Distress Inks in Fired Brick, Mustard Seed, Picked Raspberry and Spiced Marmalade. Next, I used a stencil with Walnut Distress Ink. I also stamped several Valentine’s images with Memento Rich Cocoa Dye Ink.

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I let everything dry well and traced a few different sized hearts onto my paper with a Dark Brown Sharpie Marker. I wanted the hearts to be semi-transparent so I painted them with FolkArt Metallic White Pearl Paint mixed with FolkArt Floating Medium. I used this same technique with the leaves in my journal that I blogged about here: Mixed Media Art Journal – Take 4. Then I added highlights and trimmed off the top edge from the spiral pad and cut the remaining paper into 4 equal parts.

 

For the next step, I created tags on the computer that I punched and distressed. I had bought these small 1.75″ red satin hearts on clearance last year and was thrilled to put them to good use.

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I adhered my watercolor backgrounds to 4 cards measuring 4.5″ x 6.25″. The last step was to glue the tags and hearts to the fronts of the cards and  Voila! I had 4 unique Valentine’s Day Cards!

Enjoy!

Supplies Use:

  • Strathmore 9″ x 12″ Watercolor Paper, 140 lb, Cold Press
  • Assorted Watercolor Paints: Fuchsia, Yellow, Red, Orange
  • Distress Inks: Fired Brick, Mustard Seed, Picked Raspberry, Spiced Marmalade, Walnut
  • Memento Rich Cocoa Dye Ink
  • FolkArt Metallic White Pearl Paint
  • FolkArt Floating Medium
  • Dark Brown Sharpie Fine Point Marker
  • Assorted Valentine’s Day Rubber Stamps
  • Stencil of your choice
  • Tag Punch
  • 4 Red Satin Hearts – 1.75″
  • 4 Pre-made Cards with envelopes: 4.5″ x 6.25″
  • Dry Adhesive
  • Watercolor brush

Alcohol Ink Coffee Filter Cards


 

 

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Alcohol Ink Coffee Filter Cards
Created by Sophia Vida

I found this wonderful little book at the craft store “Creative Colors for Paper Arts with Markers & Alcohol Inks” by Barbara Buechley, Jen Del Muro, Donna Goss, Paula Phillips. It’s a 27 page book filled with beautiful inspirational ideas.

One of my favorites was the coffee filter cards by Barbara Beuchley. Since I love working with watercolors, Barbara’s technique gave me the same look. I had fun experimenting with color combinations and using Ranger liquid alcohol inks as well as alcohol ink markers. The results were bold, vibrant colors that really popped!

The blending solution for alcohol ink can get pricey, especially when you use a lot. So to blend the colors, I used rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle and it worked beautifully. To accent the inks I used puff paints and Angel Glimmer Mist. I printed different birthday fonts on my computer which I punched with a tag punch. Last, I distressed the edges of the 4″ x 8″ card and tag with Ranger Tea Dye Ink and that was it!

Below are a few images of other designs I created. These cards are great for birthdays or pretty much any occasion. Hope you enjoy!!

 

Simply Elegant Birthday Card


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Simply Elegant Birthday Card
(Created by Sophia Vida)

Sometimes I get so caught up in the creative process that I burn a fuse trying  to decide where to start. So I referred to one of my favorite books “Card Sketches for Paper Crafters” by Leisure Arts. This is such a fantastic book filled with over 145 card sketches and over 500 projects to fuel your creativity.

I found a sketch designed by Stephanie Halinski on page 46 and just loved it. There are several variations shown in the book using this design. I used one of the alternate layouts for this card because of the writing on the birthday cardstock. The possibilities for a single sketch are endless. This is one of the many reasons I refer to this book again and again. Plus this is a great card you can make with minimal supplies. Enjoy!!

For this card you will need:

– Cardstock: Blue Bell by Core’dinations, Happy Birthday Cream Green by DCWV
– Light Lavender Ribbon by Berwick Offray
– 1 Silver buckle by Favorite Findings (a pendant or button will also work)
– Glue Dots
– Aleene’s Tacky Glue

  1. Cut a 5″ x 10″ rectangle from Blue Bell cardstock. Fold in half. This will be your card base.
  2. Cut a 5″ circle from the Happy Birthday cardstock. Then cut the circle in half.
  3. Adhere half of the circle to the top and bottom edges of the card base.
  4. Cut 5″ of ribbon. Adhere to center of card in between the two semi-circles.
  5. Cut 4″ of ribbon and attach the buckle through the center. Trim edges as desired. Adhere to center of ribbon in step 4. Voila! You have a beautiful, elegant card that was a cinch to make.

Thanks for looking and have lots of fun making this Simply Elegant Birthday Card!!

For those interested, this is the book “Card Sketches for Paper Crafters” by Leisure Arts that was the inspiration for this card:

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For more Crafting Tips and Techniques visit our main website at Just4Crafters.com

Owl Zentangle


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“Owl Zentangle”
Created by Sophia Vida

For this Project you will need:

– Sakura Micron Pens in varying sizes
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– Sakura Jelly Roll Pens in assorted colors
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– Derwent Inktense Pencils
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– Strathmore 400 Series, Watercolor Cold Press 140 lb Paper, 6″ x 12″
– Stickles: Assorted Colors
– Round Watercolor Brush
– Clean water and paper towels

What in the world is Zentangle? Zentangle is a form of art where you use repetitive lines and patterns to create your image. You can Zentangle just about anything anywhere. The great part about Zentangle is anyone can do it, even kids! You only need minimal supplies such as a few pens and paper. Most of all, it’s a great stress reliever.

I purchased quite a few books on Zentangle. My first and favorite book is Zenspirations Letters & Patterning by Joanne Fink. It gives you a good start but you can also visit http://www.sakuraofamerica.com/zenspirations and get some of the same information that’s in her book. To be honest, there is so much information on the internet that you really don’t need to buy any books at all. I’m a bit old fashioned and still like to have an actual book with pages in my hand especially when I travel.

I was inspired by a Zentangle I saw on Pinterest.  I love owls and thought this would be fun. I started with a pencil sketch and went over it with the Micron Pens in varying sizes. Keep in mind that you can Zentangle anything. All you need to start with is a basic square, circle or a free form shape. Then divide it into sections and fill each section with a different design and pattern. You can also Zentangle stamped images which are great for cards.

Coloring your Zentangle is optional. They are just as beautiful in black and white as they are in color. However, since I love vibrant colors I couldn’t resist coloring my design with Inktense Pencils. I then used water to activate the colors. After it was dry, I embellished it with my Sakura Jelly Roll Pens and Stickles. And Voila! You have a one of a kind work of art!

Thanks for looking and have lots of fun creating your own Zentangle designs!

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For those of you who are interested, this is the book by Joanne Fink:

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For more Crafting Tips and Techniques visit our main website at Just4Crafters.com

Martha Stewart Stamp Around Page Butterfly Card


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Martha Stewart Stamp Around the Page Butterfly Card
(Created by Sophia Vida)

I purchased a Martha Stewart Stamp Around the Page Starter Kit at my craft store. The kit includes a stamp base, clear mounting block, butterflies, fern and floral branch design templates, 6 stamps consisting of 3 corner and 3 border stamps for each design.

I wasn’t sure how this would work and I wanted to make a quick card so I copied Martha’s example on the cover of the box.  Once the card was done, I added a few embellishments and that was it! It was super easy and quick.

What makes this so fantastic is there are so many things you can create using the 3 designs included in this kit (additional designs are sold separately). Plus not only can you make gorgeous cards but you can create fabulous scrapbook pages too!

For this card you will need:

– Cardstock: White and Pink
– Color Box Pigment Ink: Pink and Lime Green
– Stardust Stickles
– 10 Small Pearls
– Scissors
– Foam Squares
– Glue Stick
– Martha Stewart Stamp Around the Page Starter Kit

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  1. Cut a 8″ x 6″ rectangle from the white cardstock. Fold in half (This will be the base of your card). Note: you can use different sized cards but you must keep the dimensions in 2″ increments. For example 6″ x 6″, 4″ x 8″ or 10″ x 12.”
  2. Follow package instructions and stamp corners with flowers using the lime ink on the base of your card from step 1. Continue to by stamping the borders.
  3. Following package instructions stamp corners with butterflies using the pink ink on the base of your card from step 1. Continue to stamp borders. Your butterflies should line up perfectly in the empty spaces left by the flower stamps.
  4. On a scrap piece of white cardstock stamp the butterfly border with the pink ink. Cut out 2 of the butterflies.
  5. Cut a 1.25″ x 2.5″ rectangle from the pink cardstock.
  6. Cut a 1″ x 2.25″ rectangle from the white cardstock. Glue the white rectangle onto pink rectangle from step 5. Use foam squares to adhere the 2 butterflies in the center of layered rectangle. Next, glue this to the center of the card.
  7. Adhere 5 small pearls to the top left and bottom right corners of the rectangle. Accent the butterflies on the border with Stardust Stickles. Let dry. Voila! You have a beautiful handmade card.

Thanks for looking and have lots of fun making this Martha Steward Stamp Around the Page Butterfly Card!

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Clean & Simple Tulip Card


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Clean and Simple Tulip Card
(created by Sophia Vida)

I made this for the Clean and Simple Card challenge over at Addicted to Stamps & More but unfortunately I missed the deadline. In any case, this was a really quick and easy card to do with minimal supplies.

For this card you will need:

– Premade 4.5″ x 6.25″ Olive Green Card & Envelope
– Cardstock: Red and White
– Hero Arts Watercolor Tulip Stamp H3834
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– Fiskars Home Sweet Home Stamp Set 136840-1001
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– Stardust Stickles
– Colored Markers: Red, Grass Green
– Color Box Black Pigment Ink
– Ranger Clear Embossing Powder
– Glue Stick
– Scissors
– Heat Gun
  

  1. Cut a 3-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ rectangle from the red cardstock and glue to the center of the premade olive green card.
  2. Cut a 3-1/8″ x 5-3/8″ rectangle from the white cardstock.
  3. Color the stem on the tulip stamp with the green marker. Color the flower part of the stamp with the red marker. Blow moist breath over the stamp to activate the markers and stamp your image on the center of the white card stock.
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  4. Ink your “Best Wishes” stamp with the pigment ink. Stamp the sentiment on the bottom left corner of the white cardstock. Sprinkle with embossing powder. Tap off any excess and use the heat gun to set.
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  5. Glue the white cardstock to the center of the red cardstock. Highlight the stem and flower with the Stardust Stickles. Let dry.  Voila! You have a beautiful handmade card.
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Thanks for looking and have lots of fun making this Clean and Simple Tulip Card!

For more Crafting Tips and Techniques visit our main website at Just4Crafters.com