See through bottles - FB live recording

Hi there and happy new week! It's just a couple of days left of May and then it's June time. That's a summer month and vacation month, but at least June seems to be quite normal here in the blog. The only exception is near Midsummer when there's not going to be a process video published. But other wise there should be project on Tuesday and Wednesday and then a process videos on Fridays.

But let's stay in May still. Today I'm blogging the Facebook live recording. I kept this some weeks ago and in my mother tongue, Finnish. I made some transparent ATCs using acetate (an overhead projector transparency) as my base. As you can hear from  the recording underneath, I mainly babbled in Finnish, but perhaps the images say a thousand words! In case they don't, please ask for clarifications! 

I was playing with the idea of transparency a little in these. As I made ATCs I needed to have a solid layer as well so the info could be added behind the card. But I used the acetate as the background and added another layer on top as well. As it's plastic, I needed to use a medium fitting such an nonabsorbing surface. As you could see from the recording, I used alcohol inks but you could use liquid acrylics as well or them alcohol based markers and blending solution! In case you want to check the used materials, here's the link to the announcement post (link), where I've included the complete list. 

Thank you so much for stopping by today! Wishing you a splendid week! Oh and like always, these cards are available for swaps or just to be sent out should you want one! Please send me an email or a DM in Instagram in that case!

Materials: Sizzix, PaperArtsy, Ranger, Tim Holtz


The heartbeat of soul - A.B.Studio

It's almost June! Oh my. I feel it was just turn of the year and now it's almost half way gone. I really enjoy the light season here in Finland as it's daylight trough the night in places. That also means that my energy levels are up, a bit different to the "no light at all" winter. But still, I need the both ends of the spectrum. The joy I experience each year when light starts to increase easily surpasses the discomfort of the gloomy days. 

Although it's the season of color and light, I made some quite monochromatic cards for A.B.Studio this time. My inspiration were those beautiful moths in one of the 12x12 sheets. They are cut from "Love love love" of the "Rustical Time" collection. If you wish to see how I made the cards, please see the process video below.

As you can see and hear from the video, I used the same steps and elements in each but still each card is unique. That's partly due to the focal points and gears being different. Each card has a moth and a gear but they are not all of the same gear and moth design wise. 

I really enjoyed making these cards! I hope you enjoy watching the video and maybe pick a tip or two or some inspiration out of it!

Thank you for stopping by today! Wishing you a wonderful start to the weekend! And please join me tomorrow for a Facebook live at my blog's Facebook page!

Materials from A.B.Studio:

Ranger - Archival Ink Jet Black
Ranger - Distress Ink Chipped sapphire, Vintage photo, Hickory smoke
Ranger - Distress embossing glace Vintage photo
Ranger - Distress powder Pumice stone
Ranger - Gold embossing powder
Posca - PC-1M black marker
heavy gesso black
circle template


Nothing is impossible - FB live announcement

Hiya people! I might have hinted about it already, but this coming Saturday is time for another FB live and this time it's in English! I'm re-doing this art journal spread.

I'm using both dye and pigment inks while making this page and throw also a ball point pen in the mix. I'm coloring using the ink besides stamping and shall add some tapes to the page as well. Should you wish to create alongside me, please see the materials list a bit further down the post. That list is out of products I used to make the sample spread, but of course you can choose other colors or even other brands! The links in the list go to the manufacturer sites. 

The inspiration for this spread came actually from an older project where I used a hand written letter as the background layer. I just loved the look of it and decided to re-create something inspired by that page. Like I shall say during the live, here the background is written by me and could be a great way to add journaling to the page, but in the inspiration piece it was actually letter I'd received. A totally different way to keep the memories and memorabilia! 

Thank you so much for stopping by today! Wishing to see you on Saturday!


Everything but the kitchen sink - mixed media tags

Hi there and happy new week! I named these tags "everything but the kitchen sink" as I rummaged through my drawer of ephemera. They are left overs from previous projects, items I've received through swaps or just found things. 

The tag bases were made, or started, during a workshop where I was showing some painty things. I liked the color combos so much that I wanted to use the tags to something and decided to decorate them with a selection of ephemera. I rummaged through the drawer, picked some items and chose a little Tim Holtz paper doll as my focal point. I really like how these turned out! 

Thank you so much for stopping by today! Hopefully you've had a great start to the week!

Materials: PaperArtsy, Tim Holtz, Ranger, Sizzix


Migratory birds - a set of ATCs

Tweet, tweet! The spring always means flocks of birds arriving to Finland. There's big migratory routes near my parent's place and it's always fun to watch different species arrive. An old Finnish saying mentions lark, finch, wagtail and sparrow as the heralds of summer. As the climate is getting warmer, there's more birds wintering also in Finland, but still I'm eager to see the flocks arrive. 

I used dies to create these ATCs inspired by the migratory birds. Although I have to say that the Finnish birds are hardly this colorful. I think the European goldfinch or the common kingfisher are the most colorful ones in here. But I wanted the birds to be a pop of color on top of a black and white background. You can see how I made the cards in the process video underneath. 

As you could see and hear from the video, the initial contrast between the background and foreground didn't work quite as planned. So, in order to highlight the birds a bit more I added some orange ink there. That seemed to make things a bit better, although thinking now maybe I should have used negative space around the birdies and concentrate the visual texture more to the sides and underneath the swirls. Oh well, next time! 

As always, should you want any of these, please send me an email or contact me via Instagram. I post anywhere in the world. 

Thank you for stopping by today! Wishing you a great day and good start to the weekend! Remember the FB live tomorrow! 


A.B.Studio - ATC chipboard bases
PaperArtsy- Fresco Finish acrylic paint Snowflake, Midnight, China
PaperArtsy - TS065 stamp set
PaperArtsy - MN23 rubber stamp
Ranger - Distress collage medium
Ranger - Archival Ink Jet Black
Ranger - embossing powder gold
Ranger - Distress Ink Wild Honey
Sizzix - Thinlits die set Media Marks 664436
Sizzix - Texture Fades embossing folder Woven
Sizzix -  Thinlits die set Silhouette Birds 665861 
Sizzix - Thinlits die set Adorned 664176 
Tim Holtz Idea-ology - Chitchat sticker book (TH92998)
Wennström - Oil pastels
Tsukineko - VersaMark ink pad
black cardstock


Lost, found, bottled - FB live announcement

Moikka moi! Today I again have a Finnish post to share as it's about a Facebook live I'm keeping this coming Saturday. As always, you're welcomed to join and ask questions in English as well! I'm doing some transparent ATCs this time. The time is 6 pm CET.

Heippa! Lauantaina liveillään taasen suomeksi! Tällä kertaa teen läpinäkyviä ATC kortteja. Päälle tulee alkoholimusteita, leimailua ja kohojauheita. Katsotaan mitä liven aikana näistä aineksista oikein syntyykään! 

Tervetuloa siis seuraamaan tulevana lauantaina 20. toukokuuta klo 19 Suomen aikaa Paperiliittimen Facebook-sivuille (linkki). Tuossa alla on vielä materiaalilista, jos haluat jonkun tuotteen kurkata ennakkoon. Linkit menevät Korttipajan sivuille.

Toivottavasti lauantaina nähdään! Kiitos, kun vierailit blogissani tänään!

(linkit Korttipajaan, links to Finnish online craft store)

Sizzix - Bigz die Bottled Up 664408
Ranger - Distress Powder Pumice Stone
Ranger - Embossing powder white
Ranger - Distress Archival ink Vintage Photo
Ranger - Archival ink Carnation Red
Ranger - Alcohol ink blending solution
Ranger - Alcohol ink Espresso
Ranger - Alcohol ink Rust
Ranger - Alcohol ink Butterscotch
Ranger - Alcohol ink Lettuce
Ranger - Alcohol ink Stonewashed
PaperArtsy - LPC056 stamp set
PaperArtsy - MN23 rubber stamp
Tim Holtz Idea-ology - Halloween tokens
old book page
cotton fabric
double sided adhesive

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