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   

Tonic Studios UK: 15% Off


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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Thursday, August 1, 2019

Encouragement Card Blog Hop

Hey you guys! How are you? I hope you're having a fantastic day and enjoying your summer (if you're in my hemisphere anyway). Today I'm taking part in a special blog hop that is showcasing cardmakers in a variety of different ways. Some cardmakers mailed their cards in, some are participating via blog (like me) and others are participating via youtube video. So, I hope you will  join us for this fun and unique hop! You will find yourself jumping back and forth between blogs and youtube videos which should provide for some great entertainment and inspiring ideas.

I decided to make a card for a friend who could use a little pick me up. She's a really lovely person and life has been a bit tough on her. I want her to know that she is loved... 
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I decided to use bright, happy colors for this card so I busted out my Tonic Nuvo Shimmer Powders and watercolored a rainbow background. 
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This big You Are Loved Die sentiment from Altenew was just perfect for this card. I die cut it three times then glued the layers together. After that I used my Nuvo Crystal Glaze to cover the whole die cut sentiment in a thick, glossy sheen. 
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After I adhered the sentiment I decided this card needed a rainbow of sequins, rhinestones and other fun embellishments. I dug out shiny things from lots of different companies. Then, glued them down until I had what looked like a rainbow jewel encrusted card. It might be hard to see in the picture but this card catches the light like something else and flashes all kinds of shimmery, glittery goodness back at you. I hope it will bring a smile to my friend's face.

If you're curious about the Nuvo Shimmer Powders here's a video I made a while back showcasing ten different ways to use them. I hope you might find it helpful. 




If you are interested in checking out any of the products that I've used today I've linked them all at the bottom of this post. 

Thanks so much for joining me today! I hope you have an amazing day and enjoy the rest of the hop!


Next, you are off to visit Jessica Shier on Youtube! 


Have an awesome day you all!
Maria

PS: For some added fun I'm entering this card into this week's Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge:  Bright and Cheerful! 



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Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Shaker Card vs. Mixed Media Card for Tonic Studios

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Hey, everyone! It's Maria from Cardbomb here to share two totally different cards made from the same layout. In fact, not only did I use the same layout but I even used the same die. One of my favorite things about Tonic Studios is the diverse range of products they carry. Whether you want gorgeous paper, pens, pencils, watercolors, alcohol markers, mousses, drops, embellishments, etc. Tonic Studios has it! Today I've decided to share how you can make your cards dramatically different just by switching out your papers and art mediums.

CARD #1: MERMAID SHAKER CARD

For my first card I decided to do a clean and simple shaker card...

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SHAKER CARD HOW TO:
  • Start with a piece of watercolor paper cut to 4.25" x 5.5"
  • Use Nuvo Aqua Flow Pens and a wet paint brush to watercolor the background
  • Cut the "Mermaid to Be Friends" die out of the watercolored background. You will use the background for this card. Save the die cut for card #2.
  • Then, put double sided adhesive sheet onto the back of a piece of glossy black cardstock. Cut the "Mermaid to Be Friends" die out of this piece too.
  • Cut a piece of Holo Waves Mirror Cardstock to fill the front of a white card base and adhere it. Set this aside.
  • Adhere a piece of clear acetate to the backside of your watercolored background.
  • Peel the backing off of your black, glossy die cut and fit it into the watercolored background and adhering it to the acetate.
  • Flip the watercolor background over and add foam adhesive. Make sure that it is not visible through the acetate window. Also make sure that you create a foam barrier around the die cut sentiment so that your sequins cannot fall out of the shaker.
  • Add as many sequins and embellishments as you want to in a pile in the center of the Holo Waves cardstock. Make sure to use thin embellishments like glitter and sequins so that they will slide easily in your shaker card.
  • Stick the watercolored piece onto the card base trapping the embellishments behind the acetate window and within the foam adhesive barrier you created earlier.
  • Splatter the front of the card with Glitter Gloss sparkle!
  • Embellish with Dream Drops in Cloud 9
  • Shake the card and smile!

CARD #2: MIXED MEDIA MERMAID CARD

For my second card I decided to go for a completely different look. I used Nuvo Aqua Flow Pens, Embellishment Mousse, Expanding Mousse and Nuvo Drops to get a tarnished, under the sea, mixed media look...

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MIXED MEDIA CARD HOW TO:

  • Cut a piece of watercolor paper to 4.25" x 5.5"
  • Watercolor wash the background using Nuvo Aqua Flow Pens and a wet paintbrush.
  • Using a dry paint brush, brush some Nuvo Embellishment Mousse over the watercolor background. This will add color, texture and a sparkly sheen.
  • Grab a palette knife and use it to smear some Nuvo Expanding Mousse onto the background. Heat the mousse with a heat tool until it expands.
  • After you've gone crazy with your mousses on top of the watercolor background grab the leftover sentiment die from the first card. Add mousse and texture as you like.
  • It's important that the die will stand out on the background so add extra color using the Aqua Flow Pens if needed.
  • Cut two more "Mermaid to Be Friends" pieces out of black cardstock. Adhere these pieces together adding the colorful one on top.
  • Glue the tripled up die cut to the front of the card.
  • Splatter the card with Midas Touch Aqua Flow Pen.
  • Embellish the card with Nuvo Drops in Dirty Bronze and Mustard Gold.

HOT TIPS FOR USING NUVO MOUSSES:

  • HOT TIP #1: The more Expanding Mousse that you add (I am referring to thickness), the more the product will expand and give you incredible texture as you heat it. Thinly applied Expanding Mousse will not give you the same result.
  • HOT TIP #2: As the Expanding Mousse reacts to heat it will lose its sheen and have a more matte finish. This provides a wonderful contrast between the Expanding Mousse and the shinier Embellishment Mousse.
  • HOT TIP #3: You can brush either Embellishment or Expanding Mousse over the top of the heated Embellishment Mousse. This will not just add color but will add sheen as well.


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That is it for today you guys. I hope you're feeling inspired to break out all of your Tonic products and have a good play. There will be a video sharing how I made both of these cards. So, if you're interested please be on the lookout for that. Thank you for your patience with this as I've just moved and am not properly set up yet so everything is taking just a bit longer than normal. In the meantime I would love to hear which card you like better? Are you more of a clean and simple cardmaker? Or, do you like get messy and slap down layers of product onto your projects? Please leave a comment below and let me know!

Have an amazing day you all! Thanks so much for checking out today's projects and we will see you back here soon!

Maria


PS: These Mermaid dies are not available in the Tonic USA shop but you can still have them! No matter where you might be in the world you can order from the Tonic UK shop. Tonic UK offers affordable, fast shipping for international customers making it easy for you to purchase whatever you want from the UK shop!

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Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Cardmaking with Hexagon Dies and Tonic Nuvo Shimmer Powders


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Hey everybody! I'm so happy to be here today sharing a fun way to use your dies and art supplies as the focal point of your cards. Although, I chose to use hexagons for my cards, you can use any shape that you like. I started out with a large piece of watercolor paper. Then, I used my Nuvo Shimmer Powders and Nuvo Aqua Flow Pens to watercolor the entire paper. After that, I used a stencil and Nuvo Expanding Mousse to add texture on top of the color.

 Card #1: Blues & Purples

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In the picture below you can see the embossing mousse and how much texture it adds. You can use it both with, and without, a stencil for different looks.


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Next, I used my Hexagon dies to cut out as many hexagons as I could. Each hexagon was beautiful in a unique way. This shimmery one below was one of my favorites. Because of that, I popped it up on foam adhesive and made it the focal point of my first card.

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After filling my card with hexagons I cut off any over hanging edges. Next, I added a die cut, "hooray," sentiment. That gold foil really pops off of the black cardstock.


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Card #2: Pinks & Yellows

For my first card I paired blues, purples and even some greens together. However, for the second card I wanted a different color scheme. So, I went with pinks and yellows. The black background provides a great contrast for the brightly colored hexagons. After adhering the hexagons I decided to fill in some of the black space by drawing with a gel pen. I liked the way it looked. Therefore, I decided to do the same thing on my first card.


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It was difficult to capture how shimmery these cards are in my pictures. Here's a close up that shows the sparkle from the Shimmer Powders.


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This picture (below) shows smooth watercoloring (Aqua Flow Pens). On top of that you can see both Embellishment and Expanding Mousses.


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The sentiment was heat embossed in white on black cardstock. Then, it was popped up on foam adhesive for dimension.

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Overall, I'm really happy with the way these cards came out. I had fun making a mess with my watercolor supplies. Then, I got to puzzle piece it all together to make the finished card. I enjoyed the whole process.

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How to make these cards:

  • Watercolor a big sheet of paper with both Shimmer Powders and Aqua Flow Pens.
  • Add texture with Embellishment and Expanding Mousse. Stencils are optional.
  • Use Hexagon dies to cut out shapes from the decorated paper.
  • Adhere the hexagons to your card using liquid and foam adhesive.
  • Add details with a gel pen.
  • Die cut or heat emboss a sentiment.
  • Embellish your card with sequins or Nuvo Drops.


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That's all for today folks! I hope my projects have inspired you to go have some crafty fun! I am adding links to the products I've used today in case you'd like to check any of them out.

Have an amazing day!
Maria



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Monday, July 1, 2019

Altenew Build-A-Flower: Camellia Japonica Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hey Everybody, happy Monday! I hope your week is off to a great start. Today I'm excited because Altenew is releasing the new Build-a-Flower: Camelia Japonica set and it is gorgeous! Something fun to know is that you have the option to get this BAF set alone, or, to get it bundled with ink cubes at a 5% discount (click here to check out the ink bundle). You can also subscribe to Altenew's Build-A-Flower Montly Subscription Plan for an even larger discount and receive a set every month. I love that there are so many options to meet everyone's needs. Before I get too far into my post I want to make sure you know that this post is part of a big blog hop hosted by Altenew. Not only will many talented designers be sharing their ideas for this set but there will be prizes too! So, I hope you will hop along with us, get inspired to create with this new set, and enter to win some fabulous prizes (prize info at bottom of post). 

For my card I decided to go for a mixed media look and I had a ton of fun coming up with this. I started out by blending my background in shades of blue with my Distress Oxide inks. I left the center lighter so that my flower would stand out a bit more. Then I used embossing paste and the Aztec Motif stencil to add some texture to the background. I used one of the detail stamps from the leaves to stamp in black around the edges. Then I splattered the heck out of the whole background and added some bronze Nuvo drops for good measure.

The flower and leaves were colored by ink smooshing them with Distress Oxide inks in reds and greens. After the flower dried I stamped the detail in with black ink (I only used one of the detail stamps). This set doesn't have a stem so I made my own. I just used the same color greens that I did for the leaves on a piece of white cardstock. Then I cut a long strip out with scissors. After that I added details to all of the flower pieces with a black sharpie and a white gel pen. 

I heat embossed the sentiment in white onto black cardstock. Next, I cut it all out and popped it up on my card using foam adhesive for dimension. The flower and parts of the leaves are popped up as well. 



Thanks so much for stopping by today! If you'd like a chance to win a $15 gift certificate from Altenew all you need to do is leave a comment below. More info about prizes can be found below along with links to the products I've used today. 

Now you are off to visit the fabulous Maryam Perez to see what she has created to share with us today.

Have an amazing day you guys!
Maria




Prizes:
To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $30 gift certificate to 6 lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or Altenew Scrapbook Blog for a chance to win.

We’ll also draw a winner to receive a $15 gift certificate from the comments left on each designer’s blog on the blog hop list below. All winners will be announced on the Altenew blogs on 7/7/2019.

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Please add a link to the person before and after you in your post. You are encouraged to include the full list as well.



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Thursday, June 13, 2019

Mixing Stamp Sets to Get More Out of Them



Hi everybody! I'm here today with a post on mixing and matching stamps from different sets so you can get more out of them. For today's card I mixed two unlikely stamp sets to make a sweet card with a message of support. I used a floral spray stamp from the Magnificent Magnolia set. Then, I found a flower and a sentiment from the Sammy Takes It Easy set.


I used my stamping platform to stamp the floral spray repeatedly onto my card front. Powdered Peach  and Lotus Flower inks blended together beautifully to give this stamp a soft look. Next, I blended the background with Mint Macaroon to make it look like a sky. After that I stamped the flower multiple times in Black Shadow ink and watercolored them with Nuvo Shimmer Powders. I cut them out and popped them up on the card with foam adhesive.


After stamping the sentiment in Black Shadow ink I adhered the card face to some gray cardstock foam adhesive because I wanted to add extra dimension to my card. Then, I added Silver Rain sequins and Nuvo Dream Drops in Fairy Wings to finish the card off. Now I'm curious to know how often you find yourself looking for different ways to use or combine your stamp sets? Do you tend to use them as intended? Or, are you a rebel who likes to mix and match? I'd love to hear from you in the comments below!

Have an amazing day you all! See you back here soon!
Maria

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Thursday, June 6, 2019

Watercoloring with Nuvo Shimmer Powders on Black Cardstock


Hey Everybody! It's Maria (Cardbomb) here today with a fun way to use your Nuvo Shimmer Powders. I love using my Shimmer Powders to watercolor and wanted to share how I used them to watercolor on black cardstock. They look so metallic and vibrant against the black that you can achieve quite a different look than you do on white cardstock. I've made a video tutorial sharing how to do this so be sure to check that out if you are interested (the video is at the bottom of the post).
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I started out by heat embossing the sentiment from Little Something for Harry in white, then masking the sentiment off using a post it note that I cut out with my rectangle dies. Then, using my stamping platform and this gorgeous floral stamp from the Dainty Daisies set I repeatedly stamped the flower in Clear Mark ink and heat embossed the images in Clear Embossing Powder. After that I put little puffs of Shimmer Powder onto the surface of my work space. I added drops of rubbing alcohol/surgical spirits to the powder and mixed until it was a consistency that I could paint with. I started out using a brush with a thicker tip and quickly decided to switch to a number 2 round brush so that I could easily stay within the lines.
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After I finished watercoloring the floral images I used a white gel pen to outline the rectangle defining the sentiment. In hindsight I realize that it would've been much easier to stamp the sentiment onto a rectangle die cut and pop it up as it would've allowed me to be a bit less careful when I embossed the images. Anyhow, that's something for me to try next time. Then I used some white acrylic paint, and the leftover shimmer powders to splatter the background. I added Nuvo Crystal Drops in Neptune Turquoise to finish it off and mounted the card front onto some gorgeous Pearlescent Card from the Craft Perfect line (Fresh Mint). This cardstock is textured and shimmery and was the perfect compliment to the card front. After that I mounted the whole thing onto a black card base using foam adhesive to give the card a bit of dimension.
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Here's that video I promised you...






Well, that's it for today you guys! It's late and I am wicked tired so I'm heading off to bed. I'm adding product links below in case you are interested in checking out anything that I've used for today's project. There are links to both the UK and USA Tonic stores (just scroll until you find your preferred shop). Thank you!

Have an amazing day!
Maria




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Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Copic Coloring with Waffle Flowers Gorgeous Magnolia

Hi everybody! I hope you had a great weekend filled with relaxation and crafty time. I spent most of my weekend sifting through our house and packing boxes as we are getting ready to move. Moving is a lot of work but it feels so good to purge and get rid of things that we don't need. That being said, I am looking forward to when I can spend my free time getting crafty again! 

I bought this Magnolia stamp from Waffle Flower quite some time ago and hadn't had time to have fun with it. I finally busted it out along with my copics for some coloring.
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First, I'm going to have to apologize because I can't tell you exactly which color markers I used for this. Since we are moving I am making a huge effort to keep organized and put things away. Unfortunately, I put the markers that I used away before I could make note of which ones they were. I can tell you that I used a mix of V's, B's, BG's, and R's for the flowers... I love mixing unexpected color combos to see if I can get them to blend well.
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After coloring the flowers and leaves I used the coordinating dies to cut them out and adhere them to my card base which was blended with Distress Oxides. I popped some of them up on foam adhesive to give the card more dimension. I also popped the sentiment up on foam tape.
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To finish my card off and give it some sparkle I used my Glitter Gloss pen from Tonic Studios to color in the flower petals. You can just barely see the sparkle in the picture below but in real life the shimmer is fantastic. I also added some sequins from Simon Says Stamp (Moonshine) to give it a little bit more magic.
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That's it for today you guys! It's late here in California and I've got to get to work in the morning so I'm off to bed now. I hope you all have a fantastic day and I'll be back here soon with another card. Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Maria


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