Loose watercolor background with Rowena

Hi friends!! It’s Rowena here I’m back with a simple card using ‘ You are Awesome‘ and ‘Spread Your Wings‘ stamps.

For my card today, I wanted to create a card using my favorite technique…a loose blended watercolor background!! It’s one of my go-to technique when I want to create that watercolor look.

Let’s get started shall we!!! 😊

I wanted to add interest onto my card panel and the ‘You are Awesome‘ is the perfect stamp for the job! This is such a awesome stamp(pun intended 😉) for making your own unique background or using it as a focal point on your projects.

To create my background, I white heat embossed the scribbly circles focusing mostly on top of my panel.

I did a bit of ink blending using mustard seed distress ink. I then lightly sprayed the panel with clean water and with the help of a waterbrush moved the colors even more to achive that loose watercolor look. I added a bit of wild honey distress ink just to brighten the yellows more. Sprinkled yellows and purple to add more interest to the card.

Next I simply colored the cute little butterflies from ‘Spread your Wings‘ stamp with watercolor. I kept the colors simple and fun. I added a bit of shimmer and foam tape to give the butterflies a bit of dimension. I added the sentiment from the same set to complete the card.

Hope you all like today’s post!!! Till next time and happy crafting everyone😘

Hugs,
Rowena

[ Supplies I used ]

You Are Awesome

Spread Your Wings

Birthday cards with Dana

Hello, Krumspring friends!

It’s Dana here coming back with two birthday cards to share with you. Let’s get started!

For my first card, I started by white heat embossing the triangle background from Awesome Triangle Wizard stamp. I ink blended it with dye inks using mini blending tool. I then die cut it with letter dies. At this time, I saved negative pieces for next card 🙂

I heat embossed again with butterfly image from Spread Your Wings stamp set using gold tinsel embossing powder on vellum paper. I fussy cut it with scissors.

Next, I trimmed black card stock as shown in the picture. I then adhered glittery papers matching with front panel’s colors.

To finish, I mounted triangle panel on the white card base using glue tape and foam mounted black panels, too. Lastly, I embellished gem stickers around butterfly.

 

For second card, I combined Tou-can do it! stamp set and Funky Pineapples stamp set.

To start, I stamped toucan images with distress ink, Antique Linen two times onto different papers. I colored them with alcohol markers using no line technique. I then fussy cut the one of their wings and adhered it to the other toucan. Do you remember my very first DT card I made for Krumspring stamps? I think I love flying toucan! Haha.

I then die cut hearts in two sizes from white card stock and yellow-green vellum paper. I stamped pineapples using masking technique with Versafine Onyx black (line image) and dye inks (solid image). To vellum heart, I applied Wink of Stella brush. And I glued them each other like gift packet for toucan’s friend.

Next, I adhered silver glittery washi tapes each side of A2 sized white card base. I mounted watercolor look paper on it and arranged all pieces where I wanted them using foam adhesive and glue. To finish, I embellished clear sequins here and there.

Hope you enjoyed these cards! Have a happy weekend!

Love,
Dana

[ Supplies I used today]

Awesome Triangle Wizard

Spread Your Wings

Tou-can Do It!

 

 

 

 

 

Funky Pineapples

 

CAS cards with Dana

Hi, Krumspring friends!
It’s Dana here. Today, I’d like to share CAS cards with you. Here are what I came up with.

To start, I tried no line flower coloring in my very first time. I stamped the flower image from *Dahlia* stamp set with Antique linen, distress ink. I then colored it from light to dark shades using Zig clean color real brush markers. At this time, I added petal shapes with free hand and dahlia turned out a little bit different from the original image.

All of the things I did to this dahlia is my first trying and it took more than 1.5 hours to finish coloring haha. So I’d like to give focus to my flower. I die cut elegant embellishment from Spellbinders using gold foil paper and mounted it on the white card base. I then adhered dahlia on the center of it using foam adhesive. With stamping the sentiment from the same stamp set, I finished off this card.

For my second card, I started by die cutting 3 circles in different sizes. I then sponged dye inks on a white card base which will be placed back side of circle die cut panel.

Next, I stamped butterflies from *Spread your wings* stamp set using Versamark ink onto vellum paper and heat embossed the images with gold tinsel embossing powder. Sentiments are also from *Spread your wings* stamp set and I white heat embossed them onto black card stock. To finish, I adhered butterflies using clear foam adhesive and mounted all elements where I wanted them.
Hope you enjoy these cards. Thank you so much for stopping by!

Love,
Dana

[ Supplies I used ]

Dahlia

Spread Your Wings

Rainbow Cards with Maria

Hello Crafty Friends and Krumspring Fans, Maria here.

Today is a good day because I’m back at the Krumspring Blog with three new cards.
But today is also a sad day, because it’s my last post as a Krumspring Dream Team Member.
I leave the team because I have too much work in my real job the next time…

For my first card, I used the beautiful “Star Power” Stamp Set.
I took the big star Stamp to create my own background using a Copic friendly dye Ink, then clear heat embossed. Then I colored all stars with my Copic Markers.
I stamped the Sentiment on a piece of black Cardstock, then heat white embossed and diecutted.
Then I mounted the background on a black cardbase using dimensional foam tape and added the Sentiment. I embellished the card with some little wooden stars.

For my second card, I used three different Stamp Sets = “You pixelate me”, “You rock!” and “Spread your wings
First I stamped the “You pixelate me” Stamp on a piece of white cardstock, then heat white embossed and colored with Copic Markers in all rainbow colors.
Then I stamped three Sentiments in a piece of black cardstock, then heat white embossed.
After fussy cutted the pixelate me image I mounted it on a black cardfront using dimensional foam tape.
Then I mounted the Cardfront on the black cardbase using dimensional foam tape too.
I added lots of sequins in all rainbow colors to finish the card

For my third card I combined the “Dahlia” and the “Spread your wings” Stamp Sets. First I stamped the Dahlia Stamp randomly on a piece of white cardstock then heat white embossed. I colored all blossoms and the background with Copic markers. Then I mounted the background on a black cardbase using dimensional foam tape and added the Sentiment. I stamped three little butterflies, colored them with Copic Markers and fussy cut them. I embellished the card with the butterflies and some clear sparkling sequins.

I would love to say a big Thank you to my “boss” Maria for her caring and thoughtful leadership of this awesome design team. I had so much fun and leave the team with a heavy heart.
A big Thank you to my lovely team mates too. Girls you are absolutely awesome and I love you.
Thank you for this great time!!!

Enjoy your day!

Love, Maria

[ Supplies I used ]

Star Power

You Pixelate Me

You Rock!

Spread Your Wings

Dahlia

Blended Watercolor with Rowena

Hello again! Rowena here.

For today’s projects I will be doing a fun technique. I will transform an ink-blended panel into a pretty-looking loose watercoloring. Watercoloring can sometimes be intimidating. So, here’s my easy version of achieving that watercolor look.

I have created two watercolor cards with the help of ‘Dahlia‘ and ‘Spread your Wings‘ stamp sets and distress inks. So let’s get started!!

I first white embossed the flower from ‘Dahlia‘ stamp set. With a blending tool, I blended moved lawn, peacock feathers, wilted violet, and warm sunshine. I sprayed the panel with clean water and with a brush move the colors around.

Once the panel was dry I added additional colors (with the same distress inks) to brighten the images and to add more interest.

The second card is done the same way. I used mustard seed, seedless preserves, picked raspberry, and squeeze lemonade distress inks. Make sure to clean your brush everytime you add a new a color to your panel. This will avoid your colors on getting too muddy.

To finish the cards I chose sentiments from ‘The Necessary One‘ stamp set. This set is so awesome, it has everything you need to create a card for any occasions. Definitely check it out 😉 I added a few sequins and that finishes the cards for today.

I hope you guys had fun and learned something new. Thank you for stopping by!!!

Crafty hugs,
Rowena

Dahlia

Spread Your Wings

The Necessary One

Release 5 stampbundle

Cutlery Holders with Rosali

Hi, Rosali here!

Today I have a special project to show you! As you might know I am mainly a cardmaker when it comes to crafting but once in a while I can’t resist to make something else out of pretty stamps and paper! ☺ And since Easter is coming up very fast with family gatherings and dinners I decided to make a little table decoration, cutlery holders to be specific!

Download this tutorial as a PDF, by clicking here.

This is the design I came up with:

I am gonna try and guide you through the process of making these step by step.

  1.  Cut down a piece of paper in the size of 7 1/8” x 7 1/8” (square). I would recommend picking a sturdier paper (min 160 lb) as people are gonna wanna pick the holders up and take the cutlery out. I knew I wanted to watercolour on mine so I used a mixed media paper (300 g/qm, equals 200 lb).
  2. You need to make three score lines on your square. One at the bottom, 2” from the corner. The other two scores lines need to be 3 1/4 “ from the left respectively right corner. I took a picture of the measurements for you to make it clear:
  3. After the scoring you can decorate your paper however you like! I heat embossed some stamped images on the backside of the paper (I used the backside of my mixed media paper because it had a smoother surface, which makes heat embossing easier). I mainly stamped on the three scored flaps and left the backside rather plain. I used “One Triangle at a Time” for two cutlery holders and a dot stamp from “Happiness Overload” two create a Polka Dot pattern on two other holders.

    After heat embossing everything in white I used spring-y yellow and light green watercolour paints to colour the whole outside part and also the visible inside part of the cutlery holders. On the backside I added a triangle heart from “Happiness Overload” and a sentiment from “The Necessary One” in green metallic embossing powder.
  4. If you use a bone folder to round the three flaps a little bit towards the inside you get more room “inside” the holder for the cutlery to be in. Don’t glue the right and left flap together too tight. You won’t need any glue on the bottom flap if you stuck it under the other two flaps.
  5. Now you can put pretty stamped images on top of the cutlery holders. I chose the beautiful flower from “For My Sunflower”. I colored each with Copic markers using Y21, Y26 and YR24 for the petals and some green shades for the middle part. I also added highlights with a white gel pen.
  6. To finish my design off, I put a circle of vellum behind each sunflower and heat embossed “celebrate” from the “Spread Your Wings” stamp set in white on black cardstock and mounted everything together with foam tape for a bit of dimension.

Here are the finished cutlery holders-with enough room in them to put a small paper napkin inside as well!

Happy spring! ♥
Rosali

[ Supplies I used ]

One Triangle at a Time

Happiness Overload

The Necessary One

For My Sunflower

Spread Your Wings

Guest Designer Natalie – Part 1

Happy friyay all!
Wow, am I excited to share the first post from April’s Guest Designer Natalie Elphinstone! Natalie has the happiest crafting style. Every time I see one of her fabulous projects, I feel just a little happier 🙂

Take it away Natalie!


Hello, it’s Natalie here from One Scrappy Doctor and I’m so happy to be joining you as a Guest Designer this month.

A little bit about me to begin with…. I live in Melbourne, Australia with my ever-supportive husband (he refers to himself as The Trophy Husband!), and my three Elphie Kids – Bethany is 10, Moriah is 7 and Judah is 2. They often join in with my creative adventures and you’ll see them make regular appearances in my videos on YouTube. We’re expecting our third girl in June this year and we’re all very excited! I’m currently working full time as an Obstetrician and Gynaecologist in my beachside hospital, so all this keeps me quite busy. I love my craft time though, and I find it quite relaxing. I currently design for Sizzix, Jot Magazine and Neat & Tangled, and regularly contribute to Studio Calico and Big Picture Classes. I’m most active on my Instagram account, and you can find me there with the username ‘natalieelph’.

Now lets get on with sharing some of my recent craftiness!

When I saw this month’s newest releases I was quite excited by the Spread Your Wings set. I think everyone needs a good butterfly stamp in their stash and this set gives you two of them!


I’m a huge fan of bright colours and I often can’t resist adding the whole rainbow to any of my projects, so that’s what I did here. I sponged ink of various colours along a strip of vellum before stamping the larger butterfly onto it 3 times, embossing it with white embossing powder. I then cut them out and used my sewing machine to attach them to the card so I could gently fold their wings up for extra dimension.

The rainbow butterflies on the simple white cardstock were so striking that I didn’t want too much more to distract from them. I added a simple sentiment from The Necessary One stamp set, embossing it in black directly onto the background. And I finished it off by sewing on a thin strip of the same rainbow vellum I had created for the butterflies.


The second card I want to share with you today features the new Dahlia stamp set. The idea behind this design was to create a monochrome background, and then have one brightly coloured focal image to capture your attention.

For my background I stamped and embossed onto watercolour paper a random pattern of the large flower, using a mask where the images would otherwise overlap. I coloured these in with various shades of grey Zig markers so that they almost look black and white.


I also stamped and embossed the flower on a separate scrap of paper and used this as my opportunity to add lots of bright fun colours in tones of pink and yellow. When this dried I cut it out and adhered it with foam tape on top of one of my other flowers so that it almost jumps out at you!

I hope you’ve enjoyed my cards today, and maybe inspired you to try out some different techniques. I’m going to be back again next week to share what I’ve been creating with the Adventures Ahead Set and the Avocado Family Set. I’ll see you then!

Natalie

Find Natalie on social media:

[ Supplies I used ]

Spread Your Wings

The Necessary One

Dahlia

Release 5 stampbundle

Releaseweek wrap up post and giveaway winner!

  • First of all – THANK YOU so much for all the amazing feedback for the new release. I am blown away ! 🙂 You are amazing.

We had a giveaway on out kick off post, and the winner is this comment:

Winner has been found via random number generator. Kristina, please e-mail me at info@krumspringshop.dk within 48 hours to claim your prize.

And now for the full reveal:

The Necessary One

Avocado Family

Adventures ahead

Dahlia

Spread your wings

Release 5 stampbundle

Save 10 % on the entire release by purchasing the stamp bundle

All stamps will be for sale tomorrow morning at 9am – UTC+01 / Central European Time

Happy shopping 🙂
Maria

Release 5 – Inspiration with Rosali

Hi, Rosali here! Welcome to another day full of inspiration with Krumspring Stamps’ new release which will be available from April 1st!

As many of you know, I had a challenge up on Krumspring’s blog during “Spring Festival” with a rainbow colours theme. And what can I say, apparently I am still hooked on rainbows, hah! They just make me happy!

For this first card I made, I used some colourful ink pads and stamped the beautiful hand-lettered “Congratulations” sentiment repeatedly on white cardstock. The sentiment is from the new stamp set called “The Necessary One”-you know, because it really has all the most necessary sentiments in it! ☺
To make the card really cheerful I wanted to put this cute guy putting his hands in the air from “Avocado Family” on top of my stamped background. I know it’s technically an Avocado but I think it can be whatever you want depending on how you color it! To me it is just a happy round critter with a cute belly, hehe! I stamped the image on vellum, heat embossed it in black and added very little colour with Copic Markers.
On the second card I made, I created a rainbow of colours by applying Distress Inks on some inexpensive watercolour paper with a round blending tool. I masked of a diagonal line each time and used five different colours of Distress Inks. This was totally inspired by Laura Bassen who is the queen of rainbow ink blending to me! ☺

For the sentiment, I used “The Necessary One” again, stamped the “Happy” with Versafine Onyx Black Ink and put some black embossing powder on top for a little bit of dimension.
For the butterfly I used white embossing powder and double heat embossed the image. Which means I stamped it with Versamark and after the heat embossing I stamped the image again on the exact same position as before (on top of the embossed image) and then sprinkled on another layer of embossing powder.

To give the butterfly some depth on my card, I glued the middle part down with liquid glue and popped the border of it’s wings up with foam tape. To finish the card off I added some sparkling clear sequins in various sizes.

I hope you like the cards I have shown you today and I can’t wait to see what all of you will be creating with this release! See you next time! ♥
Rosali

Release 5 – Inspiration with Erica

Hi there, Erica here! Today it’s my turn on the blog to show you what I have done with the newest release from Krumspring Stamps. I was so excited when I opened the package with these and immediately I fell in love with the Dahlia stamp! Hardly a surprise, I guess. Anyone who knows me crafty wise knows that I love flowers and I bet you thought I’d go for that Dahlia stamp first. Hmm? Who did? Come on, show of hands. I know there must have been at least one! I was one of those so you aren’t alone, lol.

Well, I thought I’d try and not be totally obvious and a one-trick-pony, so I decided to forgo the flower stamp for my first card no matter how much I wanted to use it. Instead I went for the BUTTERFLY. Something I couldn’t resist doing still is making a few cards with the same design, just different colours or techniques. I think that is such a great way to show the versatility of a stamp. There have been many, many times where I have seen someone use a stamp set in a totally unexpected way and it’s really blown my mind so I try my best to show each stamp from many different perspectives and using different techniques myself. You never know who it might inspire and that’s the whole point, isn’t it?

Ok, enough jibber-jabbering about things not card-making related now. Let’s dive into the cards I have got to share with you today, shall we? I started by cutting out two stitched rectangle panels in Strathmore Bristol Vellum cardstock, I always use this when I’m going to watercolour with my Zig markers which is what I planned on doing here. Placing the butterfly where I wanted it on the panel I also added the sentiment ‘Happy Birthday’ using THE NECESSARY ONE. Before stamping anything, I dusted my panels with my anti-static tool, then I grabbed my very old and not very juicy Memento Black Tuxedo ink. I had to stamp three times to get a solid black outline, thank goodness for the MISTI!! I really need to either get a re-inker or a new ink pad, stat. Once I had the image and the text nice and solid, I quickly stamped the same thing once more time with the VersaMark ink and I used clear embossing powder, which I set with the heat gun.

These two panels looked exactly the same at this point and I decided to do one in yellow/teal/green shades and one with pink/magenta/purple. I find it so relaxing to colour with Zig markers and water colours in general. Swish, swish, swoosh.. bliss! Once I was happy with the colouring, I set them aside to dry. Which took no time at all as the sun was out! Yay!

I decided to add some gold splatters on both panels using the Champagne Gold colour in the Gansai Tambi Starry Color palette. On the green one I managed to make a big blob boo-boo and then the colours ran from the butterfly when I tried to fix it… gah!! I toyed with the idea of adding a few sequins to hide the glaring blob but re-considered as it really did just draw the eye to the mistake as it’s in an awkward place.

Once all the colouring and splatters were dry, I mounted the panels on a lovely linen textured card stock which I tried colour matching as close to one of the butterfly colours as possible. The card base I cut to leave around 1/2cm frame on each side, what’s the point of using nice card stock if it doesn’t show, right?

The third card is a bit different technique wise as I had to stamp the butterfly and sentiment on a piece of paper, scan it in and then print it on card stock with my laser printer so I could foil it. I chose to do the panel in black to really make the foiling stand out. The foil I decided to use is a gold and pink ombré one from Heidi Swapp and I ran this through my Minc machine but unfortunately the foil didn’t go on completely flat and as a result, it looks a bit cracked in places.

This panel I also mounted on a linen textured card stock, in light pink for this one to soften up the look a bit. For this card I did get a few sequins out as there was too much black space. Splattering gold water colour on this felt like too much of a gamble as the card stock is plain card stock and not water colour paper. I used Metallic Rose Gold from Pretty Pink Posh sequins in three different sizes and adhered these with glossy accents.


For this card I decided to use the smaller of the two hot air balloons from ADVENTURES AHEAD stamp set and create a cloudy sky where they were floating away.

My first idea was to heat emboss the balloons and then do ink blending over them with one colour and add a second colour by dotting it on using an ink blending brush. I started with yellow distress ink and so far so good. Then it all went downhill… I thought purple would be a nice contrasting colour over the yellow but it just made it look dirty and horrible. #EpicFail.

I tried saving it by adding Zig markers over this and it actually worked, not perfectly but good enough to save the balloon from the bin. The underlying distress inks blended out a bit when I was colouring over it with the markers so it is darker than it would be without the first layer. I will not be doing this again, it will either be ink blending OR Zig markers… Well, anyway, after having had a rather steep learning curve with the first one, the second balloon was an absolute breeze.

Fussy cutting images that are heat embossed is tricky, it’s easy to break the embossing lines or get really sharp angels that don’t look quite right. I tried filing these down a bit with a nail file but it didn’t work that well. I know, right? This card was giving me all sorts of attitude!

My trials were not over either, no ma’am. Deciding to do a blue distress ink blended background which I was then going to cut out the cloudy sky with using an MFT cover die, I had another ‘oh, you have GOT to be kidding me!’ moment. Yep, it was so not my day. I lost control over my brush I was using to splatter water over my finished background piece and it got soaked! It was a good job I had my towel on hand to basically throw on it and desperately dabbing up the excess water! Honestly, I was close to giving up on this altogether at this point.

Once the background had been diecut, it didn’t look terribly awful after all, so I went ahead and assembled the card. For the card base I used bright white linen textured card stock to give the clouds a bit of interest. The balloons got adhered using different height foam tape and then I stamped the sentiment ‘Let’s fly away’ from the YOU MAKE ME FLY stamp set on a small banner and adhered that too.

For finishing touches I added sky blue sequins a little bit all over the place.

And that, my friends, was it! Ok, so it was a bit of a drama getting all the bits and pieces done and avoiding craft-astophies (craft related catastrophes) took more time that I wanted but next time I’m sure this card won’t take all that long. If it does, I will take it as a sign from the cosmos that it’s not that great of a card and I shouldn’t make any more! LOL!

Happy crafting and I hope you like the cards!

Hugs from Erica