Non Solo Natale con Impronte d'Autore


Ciao a tutti! E' con immensa felicità che torno oggi sul blog per presentarvi due card realizzate in occasione della mia collaborazione con Impronte d'Autore! Si, proprio così! 😊 Non credo ci sia bisogno di dirvi quanto sia entusiasta ed emozionata per questa opportunità! E' un privilegio enorme, per il quale sono infinitamente grata! Perciò la prima cosa che voglio dire oggi è: grazie. 💗

Hi everyone! Today I am super thrilled to be back on the blog with two cards I made for my collaboration with Impronte d'Autore! Impronte d'Autore is one of the leading brands in the Italian stamping industry, and I am extremely excited for this opportunity! It is a privilege, for which I am very grateful. So today I want to start my post by saying thank you.




In questo post vi mostrerò come utilizzare timbri a tema natalizio per card che possono essere donate in ogni occasione. A tale proposito ho combinato i dolcissimi bimbi delle plate Natale Insieme e Tutti i Sogni ai meravigliosi sentiment stamps Le Cose Belle e Oggi è un Bel Giorno
Le immagini in queste plate si prestano benissimo anche a biglietti di compleanno, ma, per stavolta, ho voluto provare a creare delle card che andassero bene per qualsiasi evenienza; quelle che vi mostro oggi sarebbero perfette per incoraggiare una persona cara in un momento difficile, o anche solo per far sapere a qualcuno che lo stiamo pensando. A me, quando le guardo, viene il sorriso. 😊

In this post I will show you how to use Christmas themed stamps to design all-year-around cards. To that purpose I combined the adorable children images in the sets Natale Insieme (Christmas Together) and Tutti i Sogni  (All Dreams) with the gorgeous sentiments Oggi è un Bel Giorno and  Le Cose Belle. The sentiments respectively read "today is a good day to smile" and "good things happen to those who smile". 
The stamp sets I used today would work well on birthday cards as well, but this time I wanted to try to create cards that would fit any occasion - these ones would be perfect to give to a loved one as an encouragement during a hard time, or simply to let them know that we are thinking about them. Personally, just by looking at them, I feel like smiling. 😊


Ma veniamo alla costruzione della card. 
Per iniziare ho timbrato le immagini su del cartoncino Neenah Solar White con il tampone Memento Tuxedo Black e le ho colorate con pennarelli Copic e Spectrum Noir. Le ho poi ritagliate con le forbici Cutterbee, lasciando un po' di margine tutto intorno per riprodurre l'effetto del taglio con le fustelle. 
Mi sono poi dedicata agli sfondi. Per prima cosa ho timbrato i sentiment con il Versafine Onyx Black su del cartoncino da acquerelli Windsor and Newton Cotman. Li ho poi embossati con polvere clear. Ho aggiunto colore agli sfondi utilizzando la tecnica dell'ink smooshing coi Distress Ink; per ottenere maggiore contrasto ho scelto colori complementari a quelli utilizzati sulle immagini.
Per la card con la bimba, il cui vestito è verde, ho utilizzato Distress Ink in Festive Berries, Picked Raspberry e Worn Lipstick:

But let's have a look at how I made this card.
As a first step I stamped my images on some Neenah Solar White cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black ink, and I colored them with Copic and Spectrum Noir markers. I then fussy cut them using my Cutterbee scissors, leaving a white border all around, to mimic the effect of die cutting.
I then started working on my background. I stamped the sentiments on some Windsor and Newton Cotman watercolor cardstock with Versafine Onyx Black ink, and then heat embossed them with clear embossing powder. I then added color to the backgrounds using the ink smooshing technique with Distress Inks. I picked colors that are complementary to the ones I had used for my images, in order to achieve more contrast.
For the card with the baby girl, whose clother are green, I used Distress Inks in Festive Berries, Picked Raspberry and Worn Lipstick:



Per la card con il bimbo, i cui vestiti ho colorato in tonalità di blu e grigio freddo, ho utilizzato Abandoned Coral, Carved Pumpkin e Mustard Seed: 

On the card with the baby boy, whose clothes are colored in shades of blue and cool grey, I used  Abandoned Coral, Carved Pumpkin e Mustard Seed: 


Per mettere in risalto il pannello frontale l'ho incorniciato con del cartoncino nero, creando un bordo sottile. Ho dato continuità al design sporcando la base della card con gli stessi Distress Ink utilizzati sugli sfondi con i sentiment e ho incollato tutti gli elementi tra di loro.
Poi ho guardato le card e ho sorriso. 😊

In order to make the front panel pop, I framed it with some black cardstock, leaving a thin border all around. I  added some splashes with Distress Inks on the card base, to give my design some continuity, and I adhered all the elements together. 
I then looked at the cards and smiled. 😊


Un ultimo sguardo alle card prima di salutarvi...

One last look at these cards before saying bye...


...questi timbri sono favolosi!

...these stamps are fabulous!


E questo è tutto per il post di oggi! Ringrazio davvero di cuore Impronte d'Autore per questa meravigliosa opportunità e vi invito a guardare ai vostri timbri in maniera creativa, in modo da poterli sfruttare al massimo!
Tornerò presto sul blog con un nuovo progetto carino, e nel frattempo ricordate: le cose belle accadono a chi sorride! 😊

And that's it for today's post! I want to thank again Impronte d'Autore for this marvelous opportunity, and I invite you to creatively look at your stash, so that you can stretch your supplies and maximize their use! 
I will be back soon with another fun project, and in the meantime remember: good things happen to those who smile! 😊


Lista dei Prodotti

Plate Impronte d'Autore Natale Insieme
Plate Impronte d'Autore Tutti i Sogni
Timbro SoloGomma Impronte d'Autore Le Cose Belle
Timbro SoloGomma Impronte d'Autore Oggi è un Bel Giorno.
Tampone Memento Tuxedo Black
Tampone Versafine Onyx Black
Polvere da embossing clear Crelando
Embosser Crelando
Pennarelli Spectrum Noir
Tack n Peel
Base Acrilica Knorr&Prandel
Cartoncino Neenah Solar White 110lb
Cartoncino per acquerelli Windsor and Newton Cotman
Cartoncino nero liscio Core'dinations
Colla Tombow Mono Multi
Nastro biadesivo
Forbici Cutterbee EK Success
Tagliacarte a ghigliottina Tonic Studios

List of Supplies

Plate Impronte d'Autore Natale Insieme 
Plate Impronte d'Autore Tutti i Sogni 
Impronte d'Autore SoloGomma stamp*: Le Cose Belle
Impronte d'Autore SoloGomma stamp*: Oggi è un Bel Giorno.
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Versafine Onyx Black Ink
Crelando clear embossing powder
Crelando heat gun
Spectrum Noir markers
Tack n Peel
Knorr&Prandel acrylic block
Neenah Solar White 110lb Cardstock 
Windsor and Newton Cotman watercolor cardstock
Core'dinations smooth black cardstock
Tombow Mono Multi glue
Double-sided tape
EK Success Cutterbee Scissors
Tonic Studios guillotine trimmer

*unmounted rubber stamps

Alice in Wonderland Woodland Scene feat Impronte d'Autore | Card Making Video Tutorial


Hi everyone! Today I am back with a card and a video showing how to create a woodland scene with some gorgeous Alice in Wonderland stamps by Impronte d'Autore.
I shared this card on my Instagram profile last fall, and I finally managed to edit and upload the video! I decided to create a mini series, so one video will be focused on the scene building process, with a bit of coloring included, and the second video will be a speed coloring video of all the images in this card (except for the kitten...thank you so much, camera, for switching off! 😞).
But let's have a look at the card making process.

To start off this card I stamped all my images on some Neenah Solar White 110lb cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black ink, and I colored them with my Spectrum Noir markers. These stamps come with coordinating dies, but I don't have them (yet), so I cut them using my Silhouette Portrait and the Pix Scan Mat.


I have quite a few elements on my background scene, and I created all of them by ink blending Distress Inks on Strathmore Bristol Smooth cardstock. I also used a bunch of different dies to create each element.

  • For the grassy borders I used the My Favorite Things Grassy Fields Die-Namics to create two panels that I layered on top of each other. I blended Distress Inks in Bundled Sage and Shabby Shutters on the one that was going to go in the front, and Bundled Sage, Shabby Shutters and Peeled Paint on the one that I wanted to place in the back. 
  • For the trees I used the Craftin Desert Divas Outdoor Landscape 2 dies and Distress Inks in Tea Dye and Vintage Photo.
  • I cut the sky panel using the Dotted Patterns - Set 1 Creative Dies by Studio Katia, and blended Distress Inks in Broken China and Stormy Sky.
  • For the foliage on the trees I used the Lawn Fawn Puffy Clouds dies and I ink blended them as follows: on the smallest die cuts I used Shabby Shutters and Bundled Sage, on the medium ones I used Bundled Sage and Peeled Paint, and on the largest ones I used Peeled Paint and Forest Moss.
I then assembled the woodland scene: I first glued the grassy borders to the sky, then added the tree trunks, and finally the foliage on the trees. I used liquid glue and a fine tip applicator, to be able to control the amount of adhesive I was putting down.

I mounted the scene on a white panel that I cut using one of the dies in the Studio Katia Darling Ribbon and Dotted Frames Creative Dies, and finally I adhered my characters.

And that's it for today's card! Here is the mini series I uploaded on my YouTube channel, starting from the step by step card making tutorial, and continuing with the speed coloring video. And if you enjoy this series, you can let me know by leaving a comment on my YouTube channel, liking my videos, and subscribing to my channel! I really appreciate your support!






And that's it for today! I really hope you like this card and enjoyed the video! Thank you all so much for stopping by and have a great day!

List of Supplies

Impronte d'Autore Paese delle Meraviglie clear stamp set (available in English as red rubber stamp)
Impronte d'Autore Brucaliffo clear stamp set (available in English as red rubber stamp)
Studio Katia Darling Ribbon and Dotted Frames Creative Dies
Studio Katia Dotted Patterns - Set 1 Creative Dies
My Favorite Things Grassy Fields Die-Namics
Craftin Desert Divas Outdoor Landscape 2 Dies
Lawn Fawn Puffy Clouds dies
Neenah Solar White 110 lb cardstock
Strathmore Bristol Smooth cardstock
Color Copy 300 gsm cardstock
Spectrum Noir Markers
Distress Inks
Ranger Mini Ink Blender
Big Shot Express Die cutting machine
Silhouette Portrait
Pix Scan Mat

Quick Prismacolor Shading - Floral Card feat Studio Katia Floral Trimmings



Hi everyone! Today I am back with a card I made for the Studio Katia blog using the gorgeous Floral Trimmings stamp set.
To start off this card I embossed the two stamps that come in the set with rose gold embossing powder on some Strathmore Toned Gray paper. I then colored the images with a white prismacolor in the shadow areas.  I trimmed the two panels with my scissors and with the rectangle die in the Dotted Patterns: Darling Ribbon Creative Dies set.



I created my card base from some white cardstock using the same rectangle die from the Dotted Patterns: Darling Ribbon Creative Dies, and I stamped the images in the Floral Trimmings  set with Versamark Ink, in order to create a subtle background. I then popped the two embossed panels on top of my card base with foam tape.



For my sentiment I used the Best Ever | Clear Stamp Set and coordinating dies. I created my own rose gold cardstock using the embossing powder I had used for my stamps, and I used that cardstock for the outline of the words "best" and "ever". The word "mom" is embossed with white embossing powder over some Strathmore Toned Gray cardstock.

And that's it for today! I really hope you like this card, and I hope I inspired you to create with the beautiful Floral Trimmings stamp set. Thank you all so much for stopping by, and have a great day!


SUPPLIES

Floral Trimmings | Clear Stamp Set
Dotted Patterns: Darling Ribbon | Creative Dies
Best Ever | Clear Stamp Set
Best Ever | Coordinating Dies

Painting Florals with the Ink Smooshing Technique | Create a Smile Stamps Challenge - Splatters | Card making Video Tutorial



Hi everyone! Today I am back with a card and a video I made for the new Create a Smile Stamps challenge. We had some wonderful entries for the last challenge, and we can’t wait to see what you  create for this one! 


Inspired by the theme of the challenge, I decided to experiment with Distress Inks and the gorgeous florals in the In Bloom stamp set, and to create my splatters by painting the flowers with the ink smooshing technique. This is a great way to easily add a fun watercolor look to your cards, without necessarily being super skilled at watercoloring.
As a first step I stamped my images on some Canson XL watercolor cardstock using Versafine Onyx Black ink and I heat embossed them with clear embossing powder. I then fussy cut everything with my EK Success Cutterbee scissors.


In order to add color to the flowers I proceeded as follows. I first took Distress Inks in Seedless Preserves, Milled Lavender and worn Lipstick, and I pressed them onto my Tonic Studios Easy Clean Mat. I activated the inks with water, and then I placed the flowers face down onto the inks. I repeated the process several times, always drying the flowers with my heat tool in between layers. To differentiate the flowers from one another I added some Wilted Violet to the middle sized ones, and some Picked Raspberry to the smallest ones. 
I repeated the same technique on the leaves as well, for which I used Twisted Citron, Cracked Pistachio, Evergreen Bough, Peacock Feathers and Mermaid Lagoon. 


To give an extra touch to the flowers I added some highlights with a white gel pen.
For the sentiment I used the Create a Smile Stamps Just Because set. I cut some Canson XL watercolor cardstock with the Avery Elle Wonky Stitches Elle-ments die, stamped the sentiment with Versafine Onyx Black ink, and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder. I mounted this panel on an A2 base that I cut from some more Canson watercolor cardstock, and then I assembled my floral composition. 
To finish off the card I added some Nuvo Drops in Morning Dew to the center of the flowers, and some more Drops in Ebony Black on my card base.

I also created a step-by step tutorial for this card - you can watch it below. If you like it, you can let me know by leaving a comment or a thumbs up on my YouTube channel :) And if you want to see more from me, you can subscribe to my channel by clicking on the button below :) Thank you so much! :)






And that’s it for today! I really hope you liked this card and enjoyed the video! Don’t forget that you can enter your projects for a chance to win a 25€ gift certificate to the Create a Smile Stamps Shop. The projects need to follow the challenge theme and to feature at least one product by Create a Smile Stamps as the main focal point (check out their freebies in case you’d like to play along and you don’t own any of their products...yet :P ). 
You can visit the Create a Smile Stamps blog for more info and tons of inspiration from the design team. And if you haven’t yet, you can join the Create a Smile Stamps Friends and Family Facebook group - I hope to see you there!

List of supplies

Create a Smile Stamps In Bloom Clear Stamp Set
Create a Smile Stamps Just Because Stamp Set
Avery Elle Wonky Stitches Elle-ments die
Canson XL Watercolor cardstock
Versafine Onyx Black ink
Distress Inks - Seedless Preserves, Milled Lavender, Worn Lipstick, Picked Raspberry, Wilted Violet, Cracked Pistachio, Evergreen Bough,
EK Success Cutterbee scissors
Crelando Clear Embossing Powder
Crelando Heat Gun
Mini MISTI
Tonic Studios Easy Clean Mat
Tonic Studios Maxi Guillotine Trimmer
Big Shot Express


How to Incorporate Die-Cut Sentiments in Scene Cards - Save the Crafty YouTuber Blog Hop




Hi everyone! Today I am extremely thrilled to be back with a card I made for the Save the Crafty YouTuber video hop! This hop was initiated by the marvelous Justine Hovey, and immediately joined by many other big names in the crafty world as well as by some very generous companies. The aim is to try to support those channels who will be affected by the changes in the YouTube Partner program, taking effect on February 20th*. There will be prizes to be won at each stop in the hop, for a total of over 120 (you heard me - one-hundred-and-twenty)!!! Plus, you will get the opportunity to discover new crafty channels - cause there are never too many card making videos to watch, right? :)


Excited? I surely am! I will tell you more about the hop at the end of this post, but for now let’s focus on today’s card.
I decided to create a scene card, and to show how to incorporate a die cut sentiment so that it looks like it's part of the scene.
To start off I stamped some of the images in the MFT Adorable Elephants on a piece of Neenah Solar White 110lb cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black ink, and I used Copics and Spectrum Noir markers to color them in.


The landscape elements were created using Distress Inks over some Bristol Smooth cardstock by Strathmore. For the sky I used Tumbled Glass and Salty Ocean. For the grassy hill, which I die cut using the Lawn Fawn Grassy Hills Borders, I used Twisted Citron and Mowed Lawn. I used the Darling Ribbon and Dotted Frames die by Studio Katia to cut both panels down, so that they would fit on an A2 card base.
For the sentiment I used the My Favorite Things Big Thanks die. I first did some ink blending with Distress Inks in Mustard Seed, Dried Marigold and Carved Pumpkin over some Bristol Smooth cardstock, and then die cut the sentiment. I added some white drop shadows to each letter, in order to add dimension and separate them from the background. I then went ahead and die cut some clouds using the Lawn Fawn Puffy Clouds dies.


At this point I had everything ready to start creating my scene. I first adhered the grassy hill to the sky, and then placed the elephant, so that I’d have a reference point for my sentiment. 
In order for it to look as if it’s part of the landscape, I decided to have the sentiment follow the curve of the hill, and to add one of the clouds right behind it. The butterflies look like they are flying around the sentiment, driving the viewer’s eye towards it, and making it look as if it belongs to the scene even more.
A few white highlights with a gel pen and some sparkle with a Spectrum Noir clear overlay pen finish off the front of my card.


For the inside I used a couple more images from the MFT Adorable Elephants set, and a sentiment from the MFT More Essential Sentiments stamp set.
This card is my way to say thanks to the amazing Justine Hovey, who initiated and organized the hop, and to all the other big names and the companies who decided to join the hop to help out smaller channels like mine. This community is really the best!

And now onto the hop! As I mentioned there will be prizes at each stop, and you can comment under each video to enter for a chance to win. The more videos you watch and comment, the more chances you have!
For this video you can win a 25$ gift certificate to the Simon Says Stamp store, and two inks by Catherine Pooler. Shipping for the inks is only available within the US, so make sure to specify in your comments weather you live in the States or you are international. You need to leave a comment under my video on YouTube, not this post, in order to enter. Winners will be selected on February, 26th and they will have time until March, 10th to claim their prizes.
And, finally, here is my video for the hop! If you like it and would like to support my channel, please leave a like and subscribe, there are more tutorials there waiting for you, and even more to come! 





And now it’s time to hop over to the next stop! —> https://youtu.be/QwcjXQZwzTw
Remember that the more videos you watch and comment, the higher are your chances to win! If you get lost along the way or if you want even more information on the hop, you can visit Justine’s website.
And that’s it for today! I really hope you liked this card and enjoyed the video - I had lots of fun creating both and was really honored to be part of such a huge event! Thank you all so much for stopping by! Have a great day!


List of Supplies

My Favorite Things Adorable Elephants Clear Stamps
My Favorite Things Adorable Elephants Coordinating Dies
My Favorite Things More Essential Elements Clear Stamps
Studio Katia Darling Ribbon and Dotted Frames Creative Dies
My Favorite Things Big Thanks Die-Namics
Lawn Fawn Grassy Hillside Borders
Lawn Fawn Puffy Clouds
Neenah Solar White 100lb cardstock
Strathmore Bristol Smooth cardstock
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Copic Markers
Spectrum Noir Markers
Ranger Mini Ink Blender
Distress Inks - Twisted Citron, Mawed Lawn, Tumbled Glass, Salty Ocean
Tombow Mono Multi Glue
Spectrum Noir Clear Overlay Pen
Uni-Ball Signo White Gel Pen
Sizzix Big Shot Express
Tonic Studios Guillotine Trimmer



*starting February 20th, channels with less than 1000 subscribers or 4000 hours of viewed content will no longer have access to monetization on their channel, or the possibility to access the YouTube Partner program if they are not members yet. 

Friendship Card for Studio Katia


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Hi everyone! Today I am back to show you a friendship card I made for the Studio Katia blog using the Hello Alice stamp set and the Dotted Patterns Fancy Squares Creative dies. Because the kitty image in this set is so cute - and because I am a bit of a cat lady 😉 - I thought it would be fun to create a card with a crowd of sweet cats. So I stamped a bunch of kittens as well as the little girl in the set on some Neenah Solar White cardstock and colored them with Spectrum Noir and Copic markers. I used the coordinating dies to cut out all the images.


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I then cut some watercolor cardstock using the Dotted Patterns Fancy Squares Creative dies. I blended Distress Oxides in Faded Jeans and Salty Ocean on the inside panel, and for some extra interest I added some water splashes and some white droplets.
For the outside frame I used Distress Oxides in Worn Lipstick, Picked Raspberry and Seedless Preserves. In order to add some fun details I repeatedly stamped the hearts trio in the Hello Alice stamp set using Seedless Preserves.

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Finally, I heat embossed the sentiment with white embossing powder on some black cardstock and adhered everything on a square card base.
And that's it for today! I really hope you liked this card, and I hope I inspired you to create using the sweet Hello Alice stamp set. Thank you all so much for stopping by, and have a great day!


List of Supplies

Studio Katia Hello Alice | Clear Stamp Set
Studio Katia Hello Alice | Coordinating Die Set
Studio Katia Dotted Patterns: Fancy Square | Creative Dies
Studio Katia Round Stamping Block
Neenah Solar White 110 lb cardstock
Windsor and Newton Cotman watercolor cardstock
Core'dination Smooth Black Cardstock
Spectrum Noir Markers
Copic Markers
Distress Oxides - Worn Lipstick, Picked Raspberry, Seedless Preserves, Faded Jeans, Salty Ocean
White Acrylic Paint
Ranger White Embossing Powder
Crelando Heat Gun
Tonic Studios Guillotine Trimmer
Sizzix Big Shot Express die cutting machine

Valentine 2018 Card Making Series - Simple Card feat Stamping Bella and Doodlebug

 

Hi everyone! Today I am back with a card and a video showing how to make a quick and simple Valentine’s day card using one main image as focal point. For this card I chose the Love Chicks set by Stamping Bella: besides the fact that it is super adorable, it immediately sets the scene on its own, and it allows ot create a very cute card in little time. The patterned paper and the decorative borders provide those extra touches that give a finished look to the card.


To start off this card I stamped my image on Strathmore Bristol Smooth cardstock with Versafine Onyx Black ink and embossed it with clear embossing powder. I then colored it with my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers.
I trimmed down the panel to 5.5” by 2.5” and I added stitching on the long sides using the Lawn Fawn Stitched Borders. I then cut two 1.5” strips from two different designs in  the Doodlebug 6x6” Hello Sunshine paper pad (four in total). I created a scalloped edge to two of them using the Lawn Fawn Stitched Scalloped Borders. For the other two I used the Lawn Fawn Valentine Borders to add some arrows along the outer edges. I adhered everything flat to my card base. 


To finish off the card I added shimmer to the love letters, some white gel pen detail to all the images, and a bit of dimension to the heart and the chicks’ beaks using Nuvo Drops in morning dew.
If you’d like to see the step by step video tutorial for this card you can watch the video below. If you like it, I would love if you let me know by leaving a comment or a thumbs up on my YouTube channel :) And if you want to see more from me you can subscribe to my channel by clicking on the button below :)




And that’s it for today’s video! I really hope you guys enjoyed it and you like today’s card. I will be back soon with another fun project, and in the meantime I wish you all a great day!


List of Supplies 

Stamping Bella Love Chicks
Lawn Fawn Valentine Borders
Lawn Fawn 
Lawn Fawn
Versafine Onyx Black ink
Strathmore Bristol Smooth Cardstock
Doodlebug 6x6” Hello Sunshine paper pad
Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers
Lukas brushes
Spectrum Noir Clear Overlay pen
Uniball Signo White Gel Pen
Nuvo Drops - Morning Dew
Crelando Clear Embossing Powder
Crelando Heat Gun
Tonic Studios Guillotine Trimmer
Mini MISTI
Sizzix Big Shot Express