Feature Friday: Samantha Mann
Welcome to the second edition of Feature Friday! If you missed last week's initial Feature Friday with the talented Tatiana Trafimovich, please click here. This new weekly series will feature fellow cardmakers and paper artists whose work I admire. When I'm not physically in my craft room creating, you can often find me on Pinterest or Instagram just oohing and aahing over the works and talents of other artists in this industry. I can sit for hours "pinning" and "liking" images and daydreaming about all the cards they have inspired ME to create. I have formed friendships with many of these wonderful people and it's their constant support, encouragement and sharing that reminds me of how much I love this hobby. I hope by starting this new series that you will appreciate the wide variety of talent in this field and that I can introduce you to some of the designers that I continuously fangirl over.
Today's Feature Friday artist is Samantha Mann. What initially attracted me about Samantha's cards were her vibrant backgrounds using oxide/distress oxide inks and stencils. But, the second thing I noticed about her cards was that she regularly combines those colorful backgrounds with a lot of white space. This white space helps to ground the card and provide for a lot of visual interest from stark clean white to colorful artsy works!
Here are some examples of Sam's work with stencils and distress/oxide inks that I admire:
And here are some great examples of how Sam uses color combined with a lot of white space on her cards:
If you love a lot of white space, you will enjoy next week's Feature Friday artist!
Samantha is just one of the many artists whom I admire and with this new weekly series, I look forward to sharing more of the people who inspire ME and why. Please click on the images above for more details or visit Samantha on her blog, Facebook and Instagram.
Thanks for visiting and have a wonderfully creative weekend!
Hello readers! Last week I shared with you that I began teaching classes at the Butterfly Reflections Ink store in Kingston, New Hampshire. Today I am sharing one of the cards we made at the "Watercolor Wonder" class. For this class I taught a couple different ways that you can watercolor because I have found that with any new technique you learn, you have to find what works for you. Maybe you don't like the freedom of watercolor palettes, but you like more precise watercolor pens instead. Or maybe, you find that you don't even like to watercolor at all, which is perfectly okay too! At least by investing a little money in a class then you will save yourself money in the long run by not investing in products that won't be used! That's the great thing about taking a class in person, you can try a variety of different techniques and see what you like and even what you don't! In this class we experimented with Distress Oxide Inks, Zig Clean Real Color Brush Markers, Kuretaki Ganzai Tambei watercolor palettes and Spectrum Noir Sparkle Brushes.
The base of this A2 sized card is made from 80 lb. Neenah Solar White Smooth cardstock. Using the Altenew Watercolor Stripes Card Panel die, I created the striped frame also from white cardstock. Underneath the frame I placed a 5 1/4" x 4" piece of Orange Woodgrain paper from Lawn Fawn. I die cut a diamond from gold glitter paper. I stamped the orange blossoms from the Reverse Confetti Orange Blossoms stamp set in Versamark ink and heat embossed the orange blossoms outline with gold embossing powder. I colored the oranges and leaves with watercolor using the Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers. I die cut the orange blossoms using the coordinating die and adhered the image to the card. Lastly, I stamped the sentiment "hi friend" in Memento Tuxedo black ink on a thin strip of white cardstock and added it to the card.
Thanks for visiting and have a wonderfully creative day!
You might also enjoy:
Tranquility Layering Set
Hello friends and happy Monday! I hope you had a pleasant weekend. We finally had some decent weather here in New England after weeks of relentless rain and humidity, so it was nice to see the sun! Today I am on the Birch Press Design blog sharing a card using the beautiful new Tranquility Layering Set.
The base of this A2 sized card is made from 80 lb. Neenah Solar White Smooth cardstock. I cut a 5 1/4" x 4" piece of Bermuda Bay cardstock as the first mat. I used the Pinpoint Radial Plate to die cut a piece of white cardstock that I adhered directly to that Bermuda Bay cardstock. I die cut the three layers of the beautiful Tranquility Layering Set using the Fresh Aqua 6 x 6" paper pack. The top layer, Layer A was die cut from a light blue-green color. Layer B, the middle layer, was cut from a turquoise piece of cardstock from the Twinkling Jewel Glitter Pad. Layer C, the bottom layer, was also cut from the Fresh Aqua paper pack.
I adhered the three layers of the die together using Lineco Neutral ph bookbinding glue ,my go-to liquid adhesive. I adhered the three layers to the card using 3M foam adhesive for added dimension. I die cut the word "hugs" using the Hugs Honey Script dies. I die cut the bottom shadow layer from black cardstock and the top layer from white cardstock. I adhered both layers together before adhering them to the card. Lastly I stamped the sentiment "you are awesome" in Bermuda Bay ink from the Ticker Tape stamp set. I cut out the sentiment and adhered it just below the word "hugs."
I hope you have enjoyed today's card. I simply love using the layering dies from Birch Press Design because they are so unique! Thank you for visiting and have a wonderfully creative day.
You might also enjoy:
Hello readers and happy Friday! Today I am beginning a new series on my blog called "Feature Friday." This weekly series will feature fellow cardmakers and paper artists whose work I admire. Let's talk card eye candy! When I'm not physically in my craft room creating, you can often find me on Pinterest or Instagram just oohing and aahing over the works and talents of other artists in this industry. I can sit for hours "pinning" and "liking" images and daydreaming about all the cards they have inspired ME to create. I have formed friendships with many of these wonderful people and it's their constant support, encouragement and sharing that reminds me of how much I love this hobby. I hope by starting this new series that you will appreciate the wide variety of talent in this field and that I can introduce you to some of the designers that I continuously fangirl over.
Today's Feature Friday artist is Tatiana Trafimovich. I have long followed Tatiana on her blog, Facebook and Instagram and am always completely blown away by her creations. What I like particularly about Tatiana's style is her use of pastel colors, her innovative layouts and her creativity with stencils. These are all techniques that often intimidate me, yet I aspire to incorporate on some of my cards.
When I first "discovered" Tatiana, I was amazed by how she colored all the adorable kitties from Newton's Nook. And even though I have tried to mimic a similar look as hers, it's seemingly impossible to achieve (unless you are Tatiana). I tried to create Siamese cats a la Tatiana, but mine resulted in looking like my cats had entered a mud wresting competition! Just trust me, it was nowhere near this kind of sweet adorable kitty face perfection:
These dreamy cards show Tatiana's skill at using soft pastel colors in her color palette. It is cards like these that inspire me to use softer hues more often in my own work.
Tatiana also creates elegant floral cards, such as these which are among some of my favorites:
Tatiana is a master of stencils and textured products that result in fun and vibrant backgrounds that really add dimension to her cards:
If you really like the latter few photos using stenciled backgrounds and oxide inks, you are going to LOVE next week's Featured Friday artist!
Tatiana is just one of the many artists whom I admire and with this new weekly series, I look forward to sharing more of the people who inspire ME and why. Please click on the images above for more details or visit Tatiana on her blog, Facebook and Instagram.
Thanks for visiting and have a wonderfully creative weekend!
Butterfly Reflections Ink Classes
In April of this year, I began teaching in-person classes at the Butterfly Reflections Ink store in Kingston, New Hampshire. Kingston is just under a 2 1/2 hour drive from my house, so while it's a longer drive, it is doable over a weekend, or maybe a fun overnight road trip. But, let me just tell you, it is worth every single minute of the drive because when you see the amazing inventory, samples and stock that owner Vanessa Middleton has in store, you will be amazed! You can spend an entire day in the store and still not see everything! The shop itself is light and bright, clean and fresh and practically begs for you to spend all your money.
Yes, there really is a heaven on Earth and you will find it here at Butterfly Reflections Ink!
It was on my first visit to the store in 2019 when I spoke with Vanessa about the opportunity to teach classes. I have been teaching in my own home studio for the past 8 years and she had mentioned wanting to offer her customers the ability to take in-store classes, but she didn't have the time to both run a store AND teach. It was a match made in stamp heaven!
So, in April of 2021, I held my first two classes at the store - "Fabulous Florals" and "Springtime with Newton's Nook." In June, I held two additional classes - "Interactive Lawn Fawn" and "Watercolor Wonder."
Here are some photos taken from the two classes we held at the store in June:
I couldn't be more grateful and thankful to Vanessa for allowing me the opportunity to teach classes in her store! She has allowed me the freedom to design my classes using a variety of products that she carries. While we've struggled a bit with attendance for the first two classes, we are hoping for the word to spread, and as COVID vaccinations increase, that people will begin venturing out for fun events such as these in the future.
You can visit the Butterfly Reflections Ink store at:
53 Church Street, Kingston, New Hampshire
Follow Vanessa for the latest information on upcoming classes and you can always support her small business by shopping online anytime HERE.
July 5 for $5
Did you know that each month 88 and Clear offers a "5 for $5" workshop? For just $5.00 you can watch a Facebook Live cardmaking workshop with 88 and Clear owner and designer extraordinaire Richard Garay, aka "RG." You receive step-by-step instructions and a link to create five projects along with RG and the team. This months' "5 for $5" workshop features the digital stamp set "Best Day."
You might also enjoy:
You're A Gem
For this first card, I created the alcohol ink background by "ink blowing" Ranger Adirondack Alcohol Inks in Sailboat Blue, Denim and Silver Mixative. Once this background dried, I matted it with a piece of silver foil cardstock and adhered both to the card base. I die cut a diamond from royal blue cardstock and heat embossed the sentiment "You're a real gem" in white embossing powder. I stamped several of the gems and geodes in Versamark ink on vellum cardstock. I heat embossed the images with white embossing powder and fussy cut each image out. I adhered the cut images to the card using vellum adhesive.
Farmhouse Christmas Workshop
However, today I do have a fabulous opportunity to create with RG and the team at 88 and Clear. Read below for all the fun details:
- one pack of 12 x 12 printed paper and ephemera
- Kits to create 4 mini slim cards and a mini book using a Build an album kit by PhotoPlay
- You will also receive an email to download a digital pack of 6×6 prints and sentiments
This workshop will be held live on Facebook on Saturday, July 24, 2021 at 10am PST. However, don't worry, if you can't attend the "live event," you can always catch a replay on the 88 and Clear Facebook page!
So sign up for this fabulous offer today! Click HERE to register.
- I participate in several affiliate programs. This means I earn a small commission when products are purchased using my links (at no additional cost to you).
- I do not work for any companies.
- I buy all of my own supplies, unless where mentioned in a post that a product has been gifted, or if I am supplied products in exchange for being on a company's Design Team.
- I do not do sponsored posts (where a company pays me to talk about a product).
- I do not place ads on my blog. Ever. I hate them and I know you do too!
Hi, I'm Crystal!
25 Days Of Christmas Tags
4th Of July
5 For $5
88 And Clear
Alex Syberia Designs
A Muse Studio
Behind The Scenes
Birch Press Design
Birch Press Designs
Butterfly Reflections Ink
Cards For A Cause
Classy & Elegant
Coffee Loving Cardmakers
Concord & 9th
Create W/ Crystal
Distress Oxide Inks
Fun Stamper's Journey
Get Well Soon
Gina Marie Designs
Honey Bee Stamps
Inky Paws Challenge Team
Inside Shadow Box
Joy Clair Designs
Make Art Stay-tion
Making Cards & Papercraft Magazine
My Favorite Things
Neat & Tangled
Picket Fence Studios
Pink & Main
Rachel Vass Designs
Richard Garay Designs
Shadow Box Card
Simon Says Stamp
Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers
Spectrum Noir Sparkle
St. Patrick's Day
Zig Clean Color Brushes
If you use one of my posts, images, classes or designs please be sure to give credit where it is due. Thank you!
Whether gifted, or from my own supply, all of my recommendations are based on items that I use and truly love, and I think you will too.