Rays of cuteness - WOW and Whimsy hop

Hello there and welcome to the collaboration hop between WOW! Embossing Powder (link) and Whimsy Stamps (link)! This hop starts today and runs until 5th of April. If you arrived via Iris Wiechmann, you are on the right track! If not, no worries, there's a list of the hop stops a bit further down! 

So, welcome again! My name is Riikka Kovasin and I'm a mixed media crafter from Finland. I make canvases, layouts and - as you can see - cards! I love to play with different mediums and usually go heavy with those, but this time I hold myself a little bit back with the layers of mediums. I used same layers in all of the cards, just changed the colors and patterns. There's even a step by step tutorial for these further down.

As the hop is with so many talented designers, it's split over two days. Today, on 30th March is the first day and tomorrow, 31st March is the second day. You can find the hop list on both days from the company blogs.

What would be a hop without some prizes! There's two prize packs which means there's going to be two winners. WOW! Embossing Powders will be giving away a prize pack containing 6 powders of the winner's choosing along with a WOW carry case to store your powders safely in. Whimsy Stamps is giving away a $25 gift certificate to their store. The winners will be chosen at random in the week of the of 8th of April from the comments left on the posts.

So, to join the giveaway in this hop you must leave a comment on the designer's blog posts. Each comment you leave is an entry for a chance at getting your hands on these prizes. This hop is open internationally.

Before the step by step, let's go through the hop order! 
Riikka Kovasin (you are here!)
Whimsy Stamps

Happy hopping!

Step 1. So, if you want to create something similar, start with a background piece. Take the "Sun Rays" stencil from Whimsy Stamps, ink through it using WOW! embossing ink and then emboss using your choice of embossing powder from WOW!. I picked the powders I used matching them to the colors of the patterned papers I used from Whimsy Stamps.

Step 2. Next, make your focal points. Stamp characters from the "Valentine Puns" stamp set with WOW! embossing ink and use different WOW! powders to emboss them. 

Step 3. Color the focal points using watercolor pencils and a water brush. Then cut them loose.

Step 4. Make layers for your cards using Whimsy Stamps patterned papers, the sun burst piece you did in the beginning and the focal point. Use a solid colored card as the base. To add more interest, cut the edge of the patterned paper using decorative scissors. 

Step 5. Layer and adhere everything together. Adhere the bigger pieces as the background, add some watercolor on top. Make a cluster using other pieces of patterned paper from the "Starring Hearts" pad and add the focal point on top using foam dots. Adhere the cluster to the background using double sided tape.

Step 6. Finish the card with a sentiment from the "Valentines Puns" set. Stamp using WOW! embossing ink and emboss using White Puff Ultra High powder. Add a couple of decorative epoxy dots as the last touch.

Thank you for stopping by today! Which one of the four cards is your favorite - the miso soup, the tea bags, the taco or the typewriter? Remember, that your next stop is Toni Maddox!

Products used from WOW!: 

Products used from Whimsy Stamps: 



Spring ladies - 7 Dots Studio

Hello there! Today I'm sharing some spring cards I created for 7 Dots Studio with you. These two cards were inspired by the beautiful ladies in the 7 Dots Studio papers. I steered away from the big 12x12 sheets this time and worked only using 6x6 sheets. 

I used happy colors combined to white in these cards. When I think about summer and spring I usually start thinking of yellow, pink and orange – happy, energetic colors. So I mixed several different collections in my cards keeping those colors in mind. If you want to see how I made the cards, please see the video underneath.

Even though I used papers from different collections and listed all of those separately underneath, you can also get a nice selection of different 6x6 papers from the new bundle! There’s 24 sheets of different papers with at least 6 different designs. If you want to try that out, here’s the link to the shop (link)

Thank you for stopping by today! Stay safe!

Materials from 7 Dots Studio: 

Garden Party: 6x6 Pad 
Paint chips: 6x6 Pad
Writer’s Block: 6x6 Pad
Fortune-teller: 6x6 Pad 
Homegrown: 6x6 Pad
Hazy Days: Clear Stamps
Cotton Candy Dreams: Clear Stamps 
Homegrown: Clear Stamps
Paint chips: Hatched stencil

Materials: 7 Dots Studio, Sizzix, Prima Marketing, A Flair for Buttons, Sinelli, Ranger


Spend More Time Exploring - Prima Marketing

Moikka! If you’ve followed my projects along the years, you’ve probably noticed that I love my black gesso! But every now and then I enjoy working on lighter color schemes as well. So, when I read the pastel theme for Prima Marketing blog post, I decided to go for it! I chose to work with Capri collection as it comes with pretty pastels but also has some darker tones that I could add into the project to spice things up.

For this project I started with a beautiful turquoise and white background from the Capri 12x12 pad in order to fit in the pastel theme. I loved the beautiful color and also the wonderful texture the barnacles have. When going through the Capri papers to find more inspiration I had my eye fixated to the pile of suitcases in one of the sheets. I decided to do a travel inspired layout and searched for a photo to go with the theme. Instead of a travel photo I found a photo of my girls climbing on a rock and remembered the storybook like layouts of Brit Sviggum. Inspired by her, I cut my girls out of the photo and made a pile of suitcases for them to be climbing on to. 

To me adding something light and something darker to a project adds the both ends of the scale – white and light colors to bring in the light and darker tones to add contrast and order. So, even though this project was done for a pastel themed post, I used some darker tones as well.

Thank you for stopping by today! 



Beautiful - Prima Marketing Facebook live

Hello there! A new week but something a bit older in the blog as I just realized I've forgotten to share the live recording, again! This one was done in the beginning of the month. The topic was stencils and techniques with those. You can see the recording below.

I used the stencils several ways, first creating some samples using those and then continuing to use those samples to make the art journal page. If you wish to see the list of the materials I used, please head over to the announcement post (link) here

Thank you for stopping by! Wishing you a creative day!

Materials: Prima Marketing, Sinelli


Quilt cards - Sizzix

Friday! It's been a beautiful spring day today. I'm also loving all the distraction that creative people are doing amid this special occasion. I'm working normally for the time being, naturally being cautious and keeping that safety distance to everyone. 

But today I'm sharing a couple of cards using Sizzix dies and I recorded a video while working on these! Hopefully you like it! 

The idea to these cards came from the Thinlits "Stacked Tiles Hexagons" die set. I thought those hexagons looked exactly like pieces of fabric, like a quilt. So I created a mixed media sheet first using monoprinting for example and then cut that in pieces with the dies. 

For the other one I stacked the tiles on top of each other and for the other I just adhered them next to each other, using just one of the sizes in the set. Which one you prefer? 

If you are at home I guess a short video like this won't keep you entertained for long. So, you can naturally browse my YouTube channel (link), if there's something other you haven't seen before or then head over to Sizzix site to see what's new. There's for example "Craft Month Promotions" (link) going on with different discounts each day, a spring sale (link) and a competition (link)

Thank you for stopping by today! Stay safe, everyone! 

Ps. Oh gosh, I should update the channel introduction video!

Sizzix products used: 

662668 -  Thinlits Sentiments die set

Materials: Sizzix, GelliArts, Prima Marketing, Sinelli, Carabelle Studio, Posca, Ranger


Look for the magic - Prima Marketing

Hi there! How are you holding up in this special situation? Here in Finland the borders are closing on Thursday and schools shut down today. Social distancing is asked for and libraries, museums and such are closed. Even though much would be cancelled, you can still craft!

This tag is made for a lace themed post at Prima Marketing blog (link). I wanted to take a little bit different approach to the lace theme and instead of fabric lace I chose to do my tag using paper lace. I cut those strips of lace from the pink shades of the Surboard 4x6 journaling cards and added in some pieces of the gorgeous anemone print from the Midnight Garden journaling cards. I collaged everything onto a tag base using Soft Matte Gel. 

I also used the strips in the paper layers I raised from the mixed media influenced background. The darker tones of Midnight Garden create a great backdrop for the soft pastels of the Surfboard!

Thank you for stopping by today! Stay safe everyone! 

Materials: Prima Marketing, Sizzix, Paper Garden

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