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

6 thoughts on “Release 5 – Inspiration with Erica

  1. Mary-Anne V says:

    Wow these cards are amazing especially the foil cards and the Beautiful water coloring you did on the butterflies. You story about all your little failures on your hot air balloon card made me laugh but I’m glad you stuck with it because it turned out wonderfully!

  2. Denise Bryant says:

    Beautiful cards! I love the butterflies and your coloring! I have been using the Zig markers too, so I was interested to read your technique of using Memento ink and embossing over it. Pretty color combos on the hot air balloons too, and fun cloud backgroundl

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