Saturday, 1 October 2016

World Card Making Day Blog Hop - Places You'll Go





Welcome to our World Card Making Day Blog Hop using current Stampin' Up!® Products. This is such a fantastic way to celebrate this event with lots of amazing inspiration for you. You are currently visiting my blog - Juana Ambida in Australia and you will be visiting lots of different places in your hop today. There is a list at the end of the page which will help you to move along from blog to blog so you see all the amazing projects.



This happens to be my second blog hop today, as I just couldn't contain the excitement for this special day. To celebrate, I have used the Places You'll Go set - the globe image just seemed very fitting. 







I have made three cards to show how wonderful and versatile this set can be and using this set alone with a few added embellishments. Here they are...






I wanted to create something simple yet artistic and a watercolour background wash was a great way to highlight the globe. I have used Gansai Tambi Watercolors in Yellow, Aqua and Blue as they give such a vibrant finish.

The ink wash is created by wetting the watercolour paper and just liberally dropping in the watercolor and let the water do all the work. I have heat dried each colour before adding the next  one so that the colours don't get muddy when wet. There's no rhyme or reason to adding the colours, just have fun and go with the flow.  I just love how each card is unique in the end, as you can see in the variations.

I have paired each sentiment with a copper embossed image that matches and they are, the heart in Missing you, the plane in Adventures Awaits and the star in Welcome. 

The Globe and Wreath has been white heat embossed for that embossed ink resist effect with watercolouring as well as ink blending on the inside of the card.

All the cards have been mounted on an A2 top folding basic black cardstock, as it not only frames each card front but also helps make the colours pop. Arches watercolour paper has been used for the watercolour card fronts.


Missing You Card






Embossed resist ink blending using Pool Party. Sentiment has been stamped over the top in black Stazon ink. 


Welcome Card




I have used painters tape to create a mask/strip for the watercolour panel. 
I have used the Layering Circles framelits to cut out the wreath/globe and mounted this on fun foam for an even raise.


Adventure Awaits Card



To give the globe another dimension, I have cut a window using the layering circles framelits. The sentiment has then been stamped on a window sheet that has been adhered in the between the card front panels. It's a great way to have the sentiment floating in between. 





The globe is white heat embossed and ink blending has been used. 



I hope you have enjoyed my project and found inspiration. Thanks for visiting my blog today, there are so many amazing ideas and inspiration you don't want to miss. Remember that currently you are at my blog - JUANA AMBIDA, so check the blog hop line up list to see who is next in the list.


World Card Making Day Blog Hop - In This World





Welcome to our World Card Making Day Blog Hop using current Stampin' Up!® Products. This is such a fantastic way to celebrate this event with lots of amazing inspiration for you. You are currently visiting my blog - Juana Ambida in Australia and you will be visiting lots of different places in your hop today. There is a list at the end of the page which will help you to move along from blog to blog so you see 20 amazing projects all up.


IN THIS WORLD by Stampin' Up!® - Clear Mount - 142652

To celebrate World Card Making Day, I have made three cards to show the versatility of this fabulous set and the title of the set is just fitting for this event.

The door and butterfly resemble blue print sketches and have created a kind of mini art journal utilising all the images and sentiments from the set. 

Here they are...



1. How Do You Accomplish Anything In This Life? By CRAFT.

This card has become a mini art journal as the images from the set are like blue prints. As a result, the sentiment came about as it's all intrinsic of designing and the planning process hence Craft. To achieve mastery in the craft.

I have also been wanting to use the Labeler  Alphabet set and this was the perfect opportunity to create a custom made sentiment. I love Graphic Design and Typography and this card shows all those influences and created handmade craftiness with the help of this set.

The images have been coloured in using an Aqua Painted and I then went over with coloured pencils to compliment the sketched look especially the door. They have also been fussy cut out. I have added glossy accents over the images to give it the extra dimension and also adds depth.

The keys have been tied with the basic black baker's twine.







The white heat emboss just gives another design feature and creates interest.




Inside the card I have added 'Craft' in gold heat emboss complimenting the beautifully crafted chair.



 2. You're The Kind of Person Who Makes A Positive Difference In This World...


The sentiment used is from the set and I have white heat embossed this on vellum, as I love the sheer overlayed look. The door panel is a left over piece of the ink blended Aurora from the Santa's Sleigh pop and twist card I made previously. Fortunately, it was just the right size and a great way to use up the leftover. The door has been white heat embossed over the top and has been fussy cut and then mounted on Stampin' dimensionals to give it that raise.

The card panel has been trimmed to show the texture image on both the left and bottom edges in Smoky Slate and coordinates with the card panel.

I have fussy cut out the butterfly in vellum and placed on the door so that the colours underneath can show through.

The card layout has been inspired by Stamp Ink and Paper Challenge #67 - Sketch Challenge. The stamped door and sentiment on vellum was my take using the Sketch below and this follows through to the inside of the card. 



Please be sure to check out the creative projects from both  the design team and the entries and hopefully you'll be inspired to join in the fun too.







The same layout from the front has been followed through to the inside of the card. Using the other sentiment and chair image.



3. Happiness

This card sums up this whole set - giving me Happiness in using it. 

The layout once again is a mini art journal using the butterfly sketch.

The front card panel has a window die cut using the Tags and Labels framelits, so that the stamped butterfly inside can be seen.

The Happiness sentiment has been stamped on Silver foil sheet using Black Stazon ink and is on a die cut tag using the Bunch of Banner framelits. It gives it that perfect frame.

Another embellishments used on the panel is the Smoky Slate Stitched Ribbon and coordinately perfectly with the cardstock.






I hope you have enjoyed my project and found inspiration. Thanks for visiting my blog today, there are so many amazing ideas and inspiration you don't want to miss. Remember that currently you are at my blog - JUANA AMBIDA, so check the blog hop line up list to see who is next in the list.


Monday, 26 September 2016

Butterfly Basics watercolour - Case This Card Challenge #CTC004


Hello and welcome back. I thought I would share this card made specially for a customer order.  It's a separate Birthday card to go with the Retirement card I made previously and it follows on from the same floral theme. Here are the two cards.




This card has also been entered in Jessie Holton's Case This Card Challenge #CTC004. 
Please check out the other creative entries  and hopefully you'll join in too! :)

Andrea's gorgeous card below is the card we're Caseing. CASE is to Copy and Selectively Edit any inspiration from the card and make it your own. I have taken Emerald Envy and the string/twine from Andrea's gorgeous card. 




I decided to use a previous card layout I have done before using the Butterfly Basics set. The card below is the one I made for GDP040 - Case the Designer. You can check  the post here. I felt this was a perfect layout to go with the Retirement card and just needed to change the colours so  that it coordinated. The use of the twine on this card suited the Case the Card challenge as well. 




I have used Zig Kuretaki Gansai Tambi watercolors again as it's a delight to use and love the vibrant colours. 

The images from Butterfly Basics set has been stamped with Versamark and white heat embossed on Arches watercolour paper. 

The embossed ink resist is one of my favourite techniques and is perfect for watercolouring. It makes watercolouring so much easier and love the white outlines it leaves in the end. 

Here's a closer look at the card with a new colour scheme to suit.





The theme carries on inside the card leaving enough space to write a personal message.

I hope you have enjoyed this second take on my previous card. Just by changing the colours can give a whole new look. The Butterfly Basic set is such a wonderful and versatile set. 

Thanks you so much for stopping by and hope to see you next time. Happy Crafting! :)


Products Used.







Sunday, 25 September 2016

Crazy Crafters September Blog Hop with Special Guest Paula Dobson





Hello and welcome to the September Crazy Crafters Blog Hop! I'm so excited to be taking part in this hop as we have a very special guest and dear friend - the amazing and super talented Paula Dobson. Her body of work is just stunning and love all her designs. Paula so creative and full of inspiration and cannot wait to meet her at Onstage in Novermber! It's such a privilege and an honour to be Case'ing her work. To CASE is to Copy and Selectively Edit - that is, taking any inspiration from her card/projects and making it something of your own.  
The hard part was choosing which one to case as they are all so beautiful and captivating! Make sure to visit her blog and you will be blown away by her stunning cards.






I fell in love with her breathtaking Christmas Aurora card pictured below. It's a masterpiece! - every detail is perfection. Paula is also an amazing colourist and wanted to try this Ink blending technique of creating the Aurora Australis or Southern Lights. 





I have used the "Santa's Sleigh" set from the Holiday catalogue to substitute the reindeer used in Paula's card. I also love the panoramic view that Paula has created and have emulated that with the Santa's Sleigh. To add even more interest,  I have made a Twist  Pop card, that gives a panoramic view as the card is opened up. I learnt to make this card through Twist & Pop Card Video by Collette Mitrega. It's an excellent and helpful video tutorial to learn this wonderful card fold. Here's the card...




The colours used to create the Aurora Australis are, Daffodil Delight, Tempting Turquoise, Rich Razzleberry, Night of Navy and Memento Black. I had fun creating this background and it's all in the blending and using a soft touch with minimal ink on the sponge helps the colours to blend easily. 

The little stars came from another Christmas set - Holly Jolly Greetings  and the outline star is from Santa's Sleigh. These are both white heat embossed over the background. 

The Santa Sleigh with presents and teddy bear have been gold heat embossed and die cut using the coordinating Santa Sleigh framelits.

The black strip panel underneath emulates the shiloutte landscape and have white heat embossed the sentiment from Santa Sleigh, 'Merry Christmas Wishes'.






This is my version of the Aurora Australis using the Santa Sleigh set emulating the Paula's gorgeous card. The trees have been recreated to give the silhouette look which gives it that nature look and completes the scenery. 


Here's the how the card looks as it's opened up:



The pop and twist centre panel is the panoramioc view displaying the wonderful Santa Sleigh and Reindeers in procession and behind them is the Aura Australis. 

Here's a short video of the card in action. :) 





I do hope this card has done Paula proud in Caseing her stunning Chrismas Aurora card. I had so much fun making this card from creating the unique background as well as trying out this new card fold. The Santa Sleigh bundle is just the best - the images and framelits are so fun and easy to use and the framelits are so precise when they are cut out - Love it! 

Make sure you continue to hop all the way around and see all the amazing inspiration from the Crazy Crafters team. You are going to love what our team have come up with using Paula's cards. Currently you are at my blog - Juana Ambida - so check the list to see who is up next. Enjoy!




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Friday, 23 September 2016

Wild About Flowers - New Adventures


Happy Friday! Thank goodness it's Friday! Today I'm showing a custom made card for a customer order. It's a two in one card, marking two events - a retirement and a birthday for her friend. The finished card ended up looking like a mini book combining these two occasions. 

The card is literally three card bases - an A2 side folding portrait, nested inside each other and held together by the Emerald Envy ribbon. You'll see by the photos as it's opened up.
The front base card panel is Emeral Envy and the inside inserts are Whisper White.

The sets I have used are Wild About Flowers - perfect for Retirement and Butterfly Basics and coordinating thinlits for the birthday. These two sets just compliment each other in the similar imagery of leaves and flowers.

Thank goodness also for this week's Pals Paper Arts PPA319 Colour challenge by Peggy Noe. The colours greatly helped get this card rolling and perfectly defined the leaves and flowers used from the sets. 



Please be sure to check out the creative projects by the design team using this lovely colour palette and hopefully you'll be inspired to join in too. :)

The card front has been multi-stamped using the two flower varieties from Wild About Flowers. The first one is the carnation like flowers in Mint Macaron as it's the lightest of  the greens in the background. 

The second foliage/flowers in Emerald Envy in the foreground. I then did an ink blending in both Mint Macaron and Emerald Envy to help add depth to the composition.

The corresponding flowers has been stamped in Flirty Flamingo for the carnation and decided to use Emerald Envy for the petals to help get that shading and fullness in the bottom layer.

The sentiments has been stamped in black Stazon ink, then applied versamark ink and clear heat embossed, to help give it that pop. The same was applied with the Flirty Flamingo inked flowers.

I have also added a small tag using the Tags and labels framelits and white heat embossed the sentiment, "You'll be missed" on top. This has then been tied on using a linen thread and attached to the Emerald Envy bow/ribbon.

The images and ink blending are kept in line to the Pals Paper Arts colour palette.

This is how the card looks opened out in order.











By adding these additional pages with enough white space also allows for the recipient's colleagues to sign inside. I hope you have enjoyed this project and found inspiration. If there's anything you would like to know please leave a comment below or send me a message. Thanks. :) 

I have also entered this card in Kylie's Crazy Crafter's team project highlights

Be sure to check out the creative projects and vote for your favourites.



Thank you so much for stopping by and hope to see you next time. Happy Crafting! :) 


Products Used:

• Wild About Flowers (Photopolymer) - 138728
• Butterfly Basics (Photopolymer) - 137154
• Butterfly Thinlits Dies - 137360
• Tags and Labels Framelits Dies - 138282
• Bitty Butterfly Punch - 129406