Thursday, September 11, 2014

cupcakes and markers and glitter oh my it's nonni's birthday (STAMPlorations)

Cupcakes and birthdays. They go together, right? Well my teamie, the oh-so-talented Nonni, of Korttikarkuri had a birthday and this is the cupcake I made for her. Nonni, hope you had a wonderful day. There is a linky party over at teamie, Sandie's blog if you'd like to share a card for Nonni, too.

And since I missed the post where my teamies shared photos of their pets for Nonni who has a new fur baby herself, here's a recent shot of Miss Ellie needing a grooming.

And it just so happens that this month over at STAMPlorations it's all about "Stamps and Markers" and what a fun combination that can be. Talk about getting extra mileage from your stamps. Color 'em up with markers and stamp. Or color then spritz with water and stamp like I did here. And your color choices are only as limited as your collection of water-based markers ;)

For this card I decided to showcase the unique advantage to coloring stamps with markers. Can you guess what I'm talking about? Notice the chevron border. See how it looks 3D? If I had inked it up with one ink pad I wouldn't get that effect. But I colored the sides of the chevron pattern with two different colored markers and voila! 3D. I used the same two-tone coloring on the arrows at the top and the sentiment too.  I even colored my toothpick purple to hold the sentiment. It's much easier to color small areas with a marker tip than to selectively ink them!

I also used marker scribbles on my craft mat misted with water to watercolor the cupcake and then picked up the excess to make the splatters. Added some clear glitter embossing powder to the watercolored frosting while it was still wet and heated it from beneath. It sticks enough to the wet area to work. And in a nod to another teamie, Shirley B., I gave her credit card swipe technique a try. Um, I obviously need more practice ;)

Thanks for looking. I'm between vacay and our big "161" party at the moment, so things are kinda quiet around here. CU with the regular programming again soon :)

Supplies for hb2u:
Paper:  CS Bringmann
Stamps: STAMPlorations
Ink : Memento and markers
Tools: waterbrush, die Spellbinders
Other: embossing powder, toothpick


  1. Miss Ellie is adorable and I love your delish card!

  2. Woot! Love this card - it's so fun and different! Thanks for the trick how to create dimension on the chevrons - I hope to be trying to copy that technique later today! Hugs!

  3. Cake, splatters, and credit card swipes, fantastic! Neat trick with the two-tone colouring of the chevrons for the 3D effect too.

  4. Wow, those chevrons are so cool, Maria ... well, your whole card is actually ... gorgeous cupcake ... and fab splatters and swipes! Not been in blogland hardly over the last week or so, and have just enjoyed catching up with all your amazing cards ... awesome, as ever! Anita :)

  5. Love your cupcake card - the shape is very cool! Your fur baby's face reminds me of one of our's.

  6. wow Maria, this is such a cool idea for the chevrons and they really do look so 3D. I know Nonni will love that cake and naturally I love all that purple!

  7. A sampling of some fabulous techniques here, with results that are absolutely stunning! Love the cupcake, the 3D stamping effect, the glittery icing...I know Nonni will love this, as do I. How cute is your Ellie! Pass along a big hug to her, from me!!

  8. You are so right ... the markers are perfect for getting some extra interest through basic coloring! I really need to play around with that. I love your cards with that cupcake stamp!

  9. I love the 3D - thank you for the fun idea!!

  10. Love the shape and shades of this card! And splotches too! What a fun card!

  11. cooler Effekt beim Chevron Muster, sieht super aus


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