Guest Designer Niki – Part 1

Hi peeps!
Today I am excited to introduce this months guest designer Niki from Niki Bee Handmade πŸ™‚ I love the simple elegance that Niki’s cards always contains! It requires a great sense of design to use whitespace and colours like she does – so I was thrilled when she accepted the invitation to become this months guest designer!

Making cards is a wonderful hobby, sharing them with others is where I find the most joy. I’m a 34yr old wife and mother to a sweet 5 yr old boy. When I started making cards a couple years ago, I did so as a way to connect with my friends and family who I lived a long way away from. It all started with Pinterest, cheap cardstock and buttons… so many buttons. I have zero artistic talent, so when I discovered stamping, a whole new world opened up to me. I finally found myself, I could be creative using other talented people’s designs and I could both share and be inspired by others using similar supplies. The community and friends I have made are what has made this hobby the joy it is now. People from all over the world creating and sharing kindness. This is my happy place.

I must admit, I was beyond chuffed when the owner of Krumspring Stamps asked me to do a Guest Design spot. Maria has grown a business that is so authentically her. Those triangles, geometry and clean lines are quintessentially what she was creating herself with a pen. I’m so honored to be able to create with her stamps.

As its Mothers Days this weekend, I instantly knew that I wanted to create with the Adventures Ahead stamp set with a bold background.
So I started off by creating two backgrounds, one a sun set scene and one a day time blue sky.
I masked two panels off and started ink blending. For the Blue background I used three blues inks to create an ombre effect, I masked this one off at three equal spaces and softly pounced the ink onto the cardstock.

After I ink blended the sunset panel, I took a stencil, spritz some water onto the rays and used a paper towel to dry off the excess followed by glossy texture paste to create sun rays.

Next I stamped out the hot air balloons from the Adventures Ahead set with my MISTI using versamark and heat embossed some platinum embossing powder.

Using the Distress Oxides I blended two to three colours on each Balloon. This is a super quick way to colour and its one of my most favorite. I spritz both with a shimmery mist. Once they were dry I fussy cut them out.

Once cut, I put them to the side while I stamped out the sentiment from The Necessary One set (brillant name!) on to both panels.

I used foam tape to mount the Hot air balloons to the background and finished up with a sprinkling of clear sequins and drops.

I loved creating these cards, these balloons will certainly be getting a work out in my craft stash as they are super versatile. Oh and of course I had to stamp a matching envelope!

I hope you enjoyed the making of these cards and happy crafting to you!
Cheers, Niki

[ Supplies I used : ]

Adventures Ahead

The Necessary One

2 thoughts on “Guest Designer Niki – Part 1

  1. Maria Peters says:

    One of my favorite cardmaker and a lovely friend too. Both cards are so beautiful colored. Gorgeous! πŸ’›πŸ’–πŸ’œ

  2. Rosali says:

    Such great cards, Niki!! I expected nothing less!! :))
    So happy for that you are a GD this month!!! Love what both you and Maria wrote in this blog post! πŸ’›πŸ’–πŸ’›πŸ’–

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