Friday, September 20, 2019

Crafty Friends: Hero Arts


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Hi Everybody! It's the 20th of the month and you know what that means, right?! Crafty Friends Blog Hop day where we do our best to bring you a 20% discount to our featured company on the 20th of every month-otherwise know as Twenty on Twenty! This month our featured company is one of my favorite companies ever- Hero Arts! Yes, we have a discount code for you! 

Click this link to HERO ARTS and add code: Craftyfriends20 to receive 20% off of one order. 

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I love Hero Arts for so many reasons! The stamps are high quality, the company makes extraordinary efforts to be a green company, they support their local community and they are a top company in this industry! Aside from that, the people are what makes this company truly special. I've had multiple opportunities to meet and chat with Aaron Leventhal, owner of Hero Arts. He is so dang likable, down-to-earth and knowledgeable. I was at the Hero Arts warehouse for an event at the end of last month and took some video of Aaron while he was giving us a tour. I thought I'd share a little clip of it...



I've also got a video for the cards I'm making today so before I get too far into my post, here's that video too...







And, now onto the cards I've made today... All of the cards that I'm sharing today feature the Naughty Elves stamp set which I think is hilarious! There are quite a few fun images but I was instantly drawn to this little guy with his tongue out. I just had to stick him to a flag pole...
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I started this card out by foiling my white cardstock with the Snowflake Pattern Cover Plate. I love the way it looks foiled but it's quite a bit different from the equally gorgeous look you get when you die cut it. I share the die cut in my video so please check that out if you'd like to see it.
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Next I used the Layering Snow Globe Fancy Dies to cut the snow globe out and build a scene for this naughty little elf. I also stamped the elf and the flag pole in the new INTENS-ified black ink (great for both copic markers and watercoloring) and colored everything with copic markers.
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The background of my scene is ink blended with the Hero Hues Reactive Inks in Splash and Hawaii Blue. These inks blend so easily with a blending brush and if you haven't tried them yet, I highly recommend them. I adhered the scene to the background and filled my card with shaker guts (Hero Arts sequins). After putting acetate behind the front card panel I popped the whole front up on foam making sure to seal all of the sequins inside. I love the sentiment, "Naughty is the New Nice" and thought it fit this card perfectly. 
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My second card was inspired by the first card. When I built the scene I thought it was so pretty and almost didn't want to turn it into a shaker card... So, I decided to make a second card with a snowy, wintery background.
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Again I blended Splash and Blue Hawaii reactive inks. Then, I spritzed them with Hero Arts shimmer spray. I let it sit to dry for a second then used a paper towel to dab up the wet spots. This lifted some of the blue ink leaving me with a blizzardy look to my card. I added more sparkly snow with the White Glimmer Metallic Ink and then added even more with a white gel pen. 
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I'm not really sure that this elf can explain to Santa how he ended up in this predicament but I still think the sentiment suits the card well. I finished the card off with some of the new enamel dots from both the blues and neutrals collections.
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For my third card I went a little rogue... I wanted to find another way to use this naughty elf and just as I was about to cut his tongue off I realized he might want to use that tongue to catch some snowflakes. A while back I picked these snowflake sequins at Target for one dollar and they are the perfect size for this.
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Of course, catching snowflakes isn't naughty, so I had to have this elf push his buddy head first off of the sign into the snow. Speaking of snow-did you know that Hero Arts has puffy white embossing powder that looks like snow? They do! They also have a snow and frothing kit to make snow and things like lattes (I linked to it at the bottom of the post so you can check it out). 
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Oh! Did you notice that beautiful background stamp? That's the Handrawn Snowflakes Boldprints and I've stamped it in Soft Sky ink. It's such a subtle and beautiful winter color.
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Here's another look at my two non-shaker cards. These were really easy and really fun to make. If you have any questions please let me know in the comments below.
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Here's a last look at all three of my cards...
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Thank you so much for joining me today you guys! I hope you've enjoyed the video and cards I've shared. I want to remind you that for today and tomorrow only you can receive 20% Off of one order from Hero Arts by clicking this link to Hero Arts and adding the code: Craftyfriends20 There are some restrictions that apply to the discount (My Monthly Hero, Partner Stamps and Stamping Village Stamps) but the rest of the store is wide open for pillaging! I've added links to all of the products I've used today in the table below so please check them out if you are interested. 

Have an amazing day you all! You can continue on this hop by heading over to see what Becky has made to share with us today! You can also check out the full blog hop below.

Bye for now!
Maria

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Monday, September 16, 2019

Watercoloring with Nuvo Aquaflow Pens and a Gatefold Card

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Hi everybody! Thanks for joining me here today. I'm excited to share something with you that's a little bit outside of what I normally make. It's a Gate Fold Card! Gate Fold cards have two front flaps that open forwards like two doors of a gate. This card is the same size as a normal A2 sized card but it's fun twist to have it open differently than a standard card. Guess what? I've got a video tutorial for you today-here it is...



I started out by heat embossing this gorgeous floral stamp from the Botanical Blooms set two times in gold onto watercolor paper. I needed two because I wanted to place one on each side of the card front.

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Then, I used Nuvo Aqua Flow Pens in a variety of colors to watercolor both of my images. I did this by squeezing a little bit of ink from my pens onto my Tim Holtz Glass Media Mat. Then I used a water brush to pick up the color and add it to my images.
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HERE'S A LIST OF THE NUVO AQUA FLOW COLORS THAT I USED:

  • Leaves: Sliced Kiwi, Empress Teal, Tomato Juice, True Turquoise and Azure Blue
  • Bulbs & Cattails: Mango Mimosa, Tomato Juice, Rustic Oak, Caramel Pecan
  • Flowers: Hawaiian Orchid, Indigo Dawn and Aqua Splash
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I decided that I wanted the front of my card to be super sparkly so I painted the front panels with Glacier Paste in Quiksilver. This paste is so cool! It goes on really smooth and doesn't have texture like the Embellishment and Expanding Pastes do. It dries quickly with a silky, smooth, sparkly finish. I added some splatters of white acrylic paint for a little more detail on the background.

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I heat embossed a banner with my sentiment inside and cut it out (I also cut out the floral images). 
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Using foam adhesive I adhered the floral images to each panel on my card front. The flowers interlock perfectly helping to keep the card closed. 

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Last of all I used foam tape to add the banner to the left side of the front of my card. When you do this it's really important to make sure that you only use adhesive on one side of the banner. If you adhere the banner to both sides of the card you will seal your card shut.
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The last helpful bit of information that I have for you is the size of the card base. It measures 5.5" tall, 8.5" wide and it is scored 2 1/8" from either side to create the front flaps. If this sounds confusing please do watch the video as I share the blank card base there.

That is all for today you guys. Thanks so much for stopping by and have a wonderful day!
Maria






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Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Copic Coloring a Magical Unicorn

Hey guys! Happy middle of the week to ya! Today's card is one I made a while back but never shared. Some of you may know that my family moved in June/July and my craft supplies were put away for far too long. When I finally had my desk set back up all I wanted to do was color! This gorgeous unicorn was perfect for what I wanted. It's from a set called Kylee's Unicorn from Picket Fence Studios and all of the images are sweet and filled with magic.
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I love coloring images like this unicorn where I can mix and match copic markers from different families until they just look like magic together. I will list the colors that I've used at the bottom of my post in case you'd like to try the combos out for yourself. I did add a little extra shading with my pencils as well as highlights with a white gel pen.
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After coloring the scene I stamped the sentiment in black and added some gray splatters. Then I took a sparkly Sakura gel roller in silver glitter and added some stars to the background. Sequins were the last magical touch to this card front.
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I added a strip of silver foil below the colored image piece. Then I foam mounted the whole thing onto a black card base. After having too much time off of crafting this card was so much fun to make. It's amazing how sitting back down at your craft desk can make you feel like you've come home (even in a new home).

Ok, that's all I've got for today but I'll be back soon with more crafty fun! I'm linking to the products that I've used below in case you'd like to check them out.

Have an amazing day!
Maria


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Monday, September 2, 2019

Handcrafted With Love Tags from STAMPtember Release!

Hey guys! I'm back with another post for Simon Says Stamp's STAMPtember celebration. I'm using the Handcrafted With Love stamp set again. This set has a little something cute for so many kinds of crafts. It's got scissors, pencils, markers, yarn with knitting needles, yarn with crochet hooks, paint brushes and more! It also has tiny little stamps with washing machines, iron, etc to show how to care properly for whatever crafty item you are making. Sooo, what I'm saying is that this set is perfect for making tags for your handcrafted gifts!
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I started out by cutting a bunch of tags out of watercolor paper. I used the infinity tag dies from Hero Arts and they made it so easy! I also used these dies to cut the black circles and tag toppers from black cardstock. I love those bits because they really finish the tags off well. 
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Next, I did a watercolor wash using Distress Oxide inks each of my tags. I used a variety of colors and love how they came out. Hot Tip: Wet your watercolor paper with water first if you want a smooth blend to your colors. This helps the colors to bleed together and eliminates hard edges and brush strokes.
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I stamped some of the images on the backgrounds using black ink (Hero Arts INTENS-ified). The scissors were heat embossed in silver
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I stamped out quit a few of the round "hand crafted" seals and popped them up on the tags with foam adhesive. I also colored and cut out one painters palette for the "stamped with love" tag. I love that you can stamp the images or cut them out to make 3D projects. This set does have coordinating dies but I don't have them so I just used my snips and it wasn't a big deal. 
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Here's a better look at the whole set of tags and the stamp set I've used. You can see how many stamps are in the set and how many I haven't even used yet. 
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That's all I've got for today you guys! I hope you'll pick this set up and have a little fun with it like I did. Please let me know if you have any questions. Feel free to email me or to comment below.

Have an amazing day!
Maria


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Saturday, August 31, 2019

Stamptember is Here!

Hey Everybody! Guess what time it is...? It's time for Stamptember! What is this you may ask? It's a one month stamping party put on by the fabulous Simon Says Stamp! All month long they will be offering discounts, exclusive stamp sets, collaborations with many wonderful stamp companies and giveaways!! The set I'm using today is called Handcrafted With Love and has a ton of teeny, tiny stamps that are perfect for all kinds of crafters.

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I decided to use the envelope stamp and stamp it repeatedly onto the background. Then, I colored them in with my copic markers and added a little shadow below each envelope to make them pop.
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I wanted a large sentiment to put in front of my tiny envelopes so I pulled out this I Love You die from Simon Says Stamp. It fit perfectly next to the gold embossed envelope in the center of my card. I added a thick, glossy layer to it with my Nuvo Crystal Glaze from Tonic Studios.
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I used the "hand crafted" circle stamp to emboss a matching envelope and finished up my card by adding some of the new embellishments from Hero Arts.
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That is it for tonight you guys because I need to run off to eat dinner. I will be back tomorrow with some more fun things that I've made with this stamp set.

Have a great night!
Maria


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Friday, August 30, 2019

Tonic Studios Flora Background colored with Nuvo Alcohol Markers

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Hello everybody! Today I am sharing some fun coloring with Nuvo Alcohol Markers. These markers come in sets of three which make it really easy to pick some great coloring combos. Personally, I love mixing and matching my own color combinations to try to achieve a dramatic look with my coloring.
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I started off by stamping the Flora Background stamp onto Craft Perfect Smooth White cardstock with Black Shadow Ink. This ink allows you to either watercolor or use alcohol inks without the risk of your stamped image smearing. This paper is one of my favorite papers for coloring with alcohol inks as it absorbs the ink and allows the colors to blend smoothly. 
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Next I colored in my image with a variety of Nuvo Alcohol Markers from five different sets. Here are the colors that I used:
  • Flowers: 373,374,375, 379
  • Leaves: 410, 412, 416, 417
  • Background: 360, 363
I colored one petal/leaf at a time starting with the lightest color. Then I added shading in getting progressively darker as I went along. I went back over my coloring again with the lighter colors to make sure my colors were smoothly blended.
#maria willis, #tonicstudios, #tonicstudiosusa, #tonicstudiosgardenparty, #nuvo, Flora background stamp, nuvoalchol markers, #flowers, #color, #stamp, #ink, #paper, #art, #diy, #handmade, #handmadecards,

When my whole image was colored I cut it out and adhered it my black card base with foam tape. I added a heat embossed sentiment from Celebrate Sentiments and popped that up too. To finish my card off I added Nuvo Crystal Drops in Metallic-Mustard Gold.
#maria willis, #tonicstudios, #tonicstudiosusa, #tonicstudiosgardenparty, #nuvo, Flora background stamp, nuvoalchol markers, #flowers, #color, #stamp, #ink, #paper, #art, #diy, #handmade, #handmadecards,

This background stamp is really amazing and can be colored in so many different ways. In case you missed it, here's another card I made with this set from a couple of weeks ago. Click HEREif you'd like to visit the post for details.
#maria willis, #tonicstudios, #tonicstudiosusa, #tonicstudiosgardenparty, #nuvo, Flora background stamp, nuvoalchol markers, #flowers, #color, #stamp, #ink, #paper, #art, #diy, #handmade, #handmadecards,


That's it for today you all. Thank you so much for joining me. If you have any questions please leave a comment below and I will get back to you as soon as possible As always, the links to the products that I've used today are linked below in case you'd like to take a closer look at them.

Have an amazing weekend you all!

Maria


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Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Crafty Friends Blog Hop: Concord & Ninth

Hey you guys! Guess what? I've got some really exciting news for you... Today is the debut of a fantastic new blog hop called the Crafty Friends Blog Hop! This group of insanely talented crafters will be getting together on the 20th of each month to bring you all some crafty goodness. Every month we will be focusing on a different company and this month it is none other than the fabulous Concord & 9th which is perfect because they are having their Fourth Birthday this month! Happy Birthday Concord & 9th! They are celebrating their birthday with Giveaways, incentives and sales so be sure to head over there to join in the fun.

DISCOUNT: 

Concord & 9th is such an amazing company and they have generously given us a 20% Off Discount code to share with you! So, if you'd like to do a little crafty shopping head on over to  Concord & 9th and use discount code: CRAFTYFRIENDS20  to get 20% Off of your order between now and August 22nd. 
For today's cards I decided to pull out an old favorite of mine called Just Love from Concord & 9th. I've shared cards before using this gorgeous set but the possibilities for this stamp and die bundle are endless and I couldn't resist pulling it out again.  I made two cards. One card is bright and bold and the second is shimmery and soft. 
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This card is my favorite of the two as I love bright, happy colors. I used my Nuvo Shimmer Powders to watercolor my embossed image. Then I used the coordinating dies to cut out the floral image so that I could mount it onto some colored cardstock. I also die cut the large "Love" sentiment out of black cardstock three times and glued the layers together. After coating the top layer in a thick coat of Nuvo Crystal Glaze I adhered the dimensional sentiment to my card.
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On my second card I used the same image and heat embossed it in clear onto watercolor paper. This time I used a combination of my Daniel Smith watercolors and my Nuvo Shimmer Powders to watercolor the image. Again I tripled up my sentiment but this time I decided to keep it simple and I did not gloss it up.
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I finished off both of my cards by splattering the backgrounds with watercolor or gesso. Then I added embellishments to each of them as a final touch.
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This is such a great set for so many reasons but one of them is that it is great for beginning colorists. The small flowers and leaves on this set provide a great opportunity for learning to shade and to color blend no matter what your favorite medium is (Alcohol markers, pencils, watercolors, etc...). So, if you're looking for a great new set this might be the one you're looking for... and at 20% off remember to pick up the dies too!
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Click here to shop Concord & 9th at 20% Off until 8/22/2019.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope you will hop along with the rest of the hop to see all of the amazing Concord & 9th inspiration that we have for you today. If you're interested in checking out any of the products that I've used today I will link to them at the bottom of my post.

Next up on this hop is the amazing Becky Roberts!
Have a great day! See you back here soon,
Maria



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Friday, August 16, 2019

Coloring with Nuvo Watercolor Pencils and Shimmer Powders

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Hey everybody! I'm wondering if you've checked out the Garden Party Release that Tonic Studios launched this past weekend? If not I hope you'll check it out because the new stamp sets are amazing. I've also got a hot deal for you! If you'd like to shop the new release (and anything else at Tonic except kits and gift cards) at a great discount here are some 15% Off links for you:

Tonic Studios USA: 15% Off   

Tonic Studios UK: 15% Off

Just FYI, Tonic Studios UK ships internationally at a very affordable flat rate (approximately $8 USD). So, feel free to shop at either store. 

Ok, now let's get on to my card! Today I've decided to use the Flora Background set and the Celebrate Sentiments set.
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I started by stamping this gorgeous background stamp onto Craft Perfect Ultra Smooth Cardstock with Black Shadow ink. This is my go to ink because it's a hybrid ink that works with both water and alcohol based medium. I painted the first layer of this card with Nuvo Shimmer Powders. Then I layered colored pencils on top of the shimmer powders to add texture and shading.

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These colored pencils are actually watercolor pencils but you can use them dry for a beautiful affect as well.
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After I finished coloring I used my Glitter Gloss Aquaflow Pen to add clear glitter to all of the flowers.You can see the glimmer catching the light on the photo below.
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After adding my heat embossed sentiment I embellished my card with Dream Drops in Indigo Eclipse. Then I mounted it onto a black card base with foam tape for some extra dimension.
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Ok, that is it for today! Thank you all so much for joining me today. I hope you love these new stamp sets as much as I do and I'll see you back here soon. In case you're interested in doing a little shopping I'm linking the products that I showcased today down below. Remember to use the 15% off links I shared if you'd like a great discount. Here they are again if you need them:

Tonic Studios USA: 15% Off   

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Have an awesome day you guys!
Maria



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Saturday, August 10, 2019

Tonic Studios Garden Party Release Blog Hop Day 2 + Giveaways + 15% Off!

Hello, you guys! Today is such an exciting day because it is day two of the Tonic Studios Garden Party Release Blog Hop (View Day One of the hop Here)! If you haven't heard yet, Tonic has just released eight new stamp sets that are absolutely fantastic. There's a sentiment set with 45 different stamps, a gorgeous floral background, multiple floral sets and critters with interchangeable (and totally adorable) outfits! I've got a video for you at the end of today's post so make sure stay tuned until the end.

GIVEAWAYS & DISCOUNTS!

For this hop Tonic Studios is generously gifting a $25 USD or 25 pound gift certificate (depending on your market) to one lucky commenter on every blog in this hop! So, please leave me a comment below and just keep commenting throughout the hop to increase your chances of winning! In addition, guess what I have for you... Yep, an epic discount! If you're interested in doing a little shopping please use these links for an automatic 15% Discount off of your purchase (Craft kits and Gift cards are the only exclusions)!



PEONY BLOOM & CELEBRATE SENTIMENTS

For my first card I decided to use the gorgous Peony Bloom stamp set. I heat embossed it in silver on watercolor cardstock. 
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Then I used my Nuvo Aquaflow Pens and a paint brush to watercolor the floral images and leaves. I love the combination of blues and pinks (which can make the most stunning purples) so that's what I decided to do here. I added some yellows and oranges to the center of the flower and a light shade of yellow to the tips of the petals. I will link to the sets that I've used at the bottom of my post but the exact colors that I've used are...
  • Flower: 900, 904n, 911, 918, 925, 926
  • Leaves: 904n, 927, 935

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After my watercoloring dried I fussy cut it out and adhered it with foam adhesive to a black background that had been brushed and splattered with Pure Platinum Embellishment Mousse. The camera didn't pick up the sheen but the background of this card has a nice, subtle shimmer to it. I heat embossed the sentiment in white. Seriously, this sentiment is one of the nicest things you can say to somebody and I love it!
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To finish the card off I added some gorgeous Dream Drops in Indigo Eclipse. These drops dried with a pearlescent, purplish hue and were the perfect final touch for this card.
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CELEBRATE FRIENDSHIP & CELEBRATE SENTIMENTS

For my second card I wanted to showcase some of the adorable new critter stamps. All of the stamps on this card (except for the sentiment) come from the Celebrate Friendship set. This is just one of three new stamp sets that feature fun animals. These sets coordinate and the sizes are matched perfectly which means you can mix and match the sets and swap all of the outfits around between the animals! These sets are also fantastic for scene building!
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I started this card by using my Tonic Stamping Platform and some masking paper to build my scene.  I used the Nuvo Black Shadow ink as it's safe to use with alchohol markers. It works well with watercolors as well so if you're looking for a great hybrid ink-this is it! If you're curious about how to build a scene and get the most out of your stamps please watch the video below as I share how to do this.
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I used my Nuvo Alcohol Markers (and a few Nuvo pencils) to color my card. The cow is so cute in her purple heart dress! But, there are so many clothes to choose from that I could easily have made this cow a boy too. 
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After coloring my card I put it back into my stamping platform and used it get my sentiment lined up straight. I stamped it in the Black Shadow ink and that finished off my card.
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If you would like to see how I made this card from start to finish here's a video for you:





That's all for today you guys. Thank you so much for joining us for this hop. You will be continuing on to see what the talented Zina Redo has to share with us today. Remember to leave a comment below to enter to win a gift certificate from Tonic Studios. I'm also linking to all of the products that I've used today (below the list of hoppers) so that you can check them out if you'd like. If you end up shopping remember to use the discount links I shared at the top of my post. If you prefer to use the links I'm sharing below then use code: CARDBOMB15 to make sure that you get your discount. 

Have an amazing day you guys!
Maria





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