Hi Everyone, Mirella here. I'm so excited about finally being able to share my first post under the Mudra badge with you!
A few words of introduction - I am Polish, married to an Irish man, and - together with our little 1.5 year old daughter - we currently live in Finland. Talk about diversity! :o) I have been hooked on card-making since late 2011, which is when I needed a wedding card for a friend - I browsed through a few YouTube videos looking for inspiration, and it all snowballed from there! Creating is my hobby, but it is also my personal therapist - it keeps me relatively sane, and very very happy. My professional life evolves around foreign languages, which are also my big passion.
Three out of the four cards I am going to share with you today were made with the amazing Dreamcatcher stamp set - this set is the reason I got to know about Mudra Stamps (and it was love at first sight!), so I thought it was only appropriate to use it for my debut post.
1. I started by stamping the dreamcatcher with Versafine Onyx Black ink, then covered the stamped image with clear embossing powder whilst the ink was still wet, and I heat set it using my heat gun
TIP: Do remember to use an "embossing buddy", powder tool or even kitchen flour on your card base before stamping & heat embossing - this will ensure that the embossing powder will only stick to the areas you want it to
2. I coloured the image and the background very loosely - I used Distress Inks for colouring (Peacock Feathers, Mustard Seed & Hickory Smoke)
3. I sprayed the whole front panel with water mixed with Ranger Perfect Pearls - you can see the shimmer in the close up photo. This also made the Distress Inks move around some more
4. I added random splatters with my paintbrush, using the same colours of Distress Inks
5. I stamped the sentiment with the same black ink I used for the dreamcatcher
6. I die cut the front panel and mounted it on a turquoise base (my cards almost always measure 4.25'' by 5.5'')
7. I added a few little gems in a matching colour for additional interest and texture
1. I randomly stamped the circular doily shape on a white card panel. I used Versamark Ink, covered the stamped images with super fine white embossing powder & I heat set it using my heat tool
2. I covered the whole panel with Distress Inks (Twisted Citron, Mustard Seed and Peacock Feathers), using my blending tool
3. I used clean water to add some splatters to the blended background - this gave the background a bit more interest
4. I took a strip of vellum and stamped the sentiment from the Floral Fantasy #1 stamp set using StazOn black ink - I find that it gives me great results when stamping on vellum
5. I trimmed the card panel slightly and mounted it on a piece of black cardstock. I wrapped the vellum strip with the sentiment around that whole panel, and adhered it to a top folding white card base
6. I added some enamel dots in matching colours to the center of each circular shape
1. This card was made pretty much in the same way as the second card, however I took it a step further
2. Here, I used the following Distress Ink colours: Spun Sugar, Picked Raspberry and Wilted Violet
3. Before stamping the sentiment, I covered my front panel with white copy paper and ironed it - this removed the embossing powder from my panel & left if totally smooth again! It feels like a magic trick :o) TIP: if you have never done this before, I suggest trying with a smaller heat embossed image first, to test out your settings. With my iron, I use the highest temperature setting, with the steam off, and I iron through an A4 piece of copy paper folded in half - that way the embossing powder melts into the two layers of paper and doesn't ruin my iron
4. Since my front panel was completely smooth again, I was able to stamp my sentiment on it with no problems - I used Versamark Onyx Black ink, and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder
5. After slightly trimming the panel, mounting it on a piece of black cardstock and adhering the whole lot to my card base, I added some sequins in matching colours
1. My final card will hopefully give you some inspiration for our current challenge - LOVE
2. I die cut a piece of white cardstock, to have the nice stitching around it
3. I then used the Geo Pattern stencil and blended on some Distress Inks (I used Spun Sugar and Picked Raspberry) - note that I have then blended a bit of Spun Sugar all over the panel, so that I didn't have any purely white spaces left
4. I then mounted the pink panel on a piece of black cardstock, and adhered them to my red side folding card base
5. The hearts and "Love" Sentiment were heat embossed on vellum, using gold embossing powder. I fussy cut them (leaving a small border around each image) and adhered them to my pink panel
6. The "you always" part of the sentiment was heat embossed with super fine white embossing powder on a strip of black cardstock, and I used foam tape underneath it for some dimension
7. Finally, I added a few sequins in matching colours
Stamps & stencils used:
I hope you enjoyed these - if you have any questions, please leave them in the comments, and I'll do my best to assist.
Our current challenge is "LOVE" - we hope you can join us & enter your creations!
Mudra stamps are now available at the following Retailers:
Art and Craft Store - Noida
Hindustan Trading Company, Chennai
The Craft Store, Srilanka
Have a fantastic day,