Alphabet Jazz

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Elina Strömberg is here with some Jazzy inspiration this evening…

Hi and Happy Thursday!

Today I’m sharing with you a birthday card I made using stamps from three Visible Image stamp sets:

I started the project with inking the background with a few shades of pink/red Distress inks, using darker tones on the edges and lighter in the middle.

Once the background was ready I stamped and heat embossed the saxophone player on the card. Love his cool silhouette!

The musical bubbles are stamped and heat embossed too. I used the double circle stamp from the ‘Rays of Light’ set, as the large circle was just the right size to fit the letter stamps from the new ‘Alphabetical’ set.

Before stamping the letters into the circles I removed the ink from the heat embossed bubbles: Distress inks react well with water, so I brushed plain water on the circles, let it react for a few seconds, and then picked up the ink by pressing it with a paper towel. The little white spots were done the same way; using a small brush I put drops of water on the inked surface, let it sit for a while, and pressed with a paper towel. Works like magic!

For more information on the stamp sets I used, please click on the pictures below:


Wishing you a wonderful evening.

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Awesome card Elina and a great discovery that the letters fit into those orbs! Love it! ♡
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We will be back tomorrow with something really cool from Teresa, and something fabulous from Pauline too!

Mark & Helen xx


Music Soothes The Soul

Hello! Thank you for coming to check out today’s post.

Elina Strömberg is here with some awesome music themed inspiration…

Artist trading cards (ATC) provide the perfect size for a miniature collage. One could think that creating a small ATC would take much less time than making a standard sized card, but often that’s not the case for me. When there isn’t too much space to play around I tend to spend more time on the card design and on selecting just the right elements for my project; the card must not get too busy but then again it should not be too simplified, empty nor boring.

When I have collected the elements for my collage project I may realize that I’m not able fit all the planned fun things on a single ATC. The solution is to create a series of ATC’s, in which the cards are connected to the ATC set by a common theme, technique and/or colour palette.

When creating these musical ATC’s I first stamped and heat embossed the B&W main images. The images were too big to fit on one or even two cards so I made three backgrounds with Distress paints. I decorated the backgrounds with white acrylic paint dots and stamped music patterns, and before gluing down the main images I attached the colourful backgrounds on white ATC card bases (size 2,5″x3,5″).

2017-01-26 Visible Image - stamps - music - Elina Stromberg

I really like my ATC trio! The cards are similar but yet unique 🙂

Here are pictures of the Visible Image products I used (click on the pictures for more info):

 visible-image-sing-singer-col-stamp-set     visible-image-music-speaks-guitar-soundwave-col-stamp-set     visible-image-jazz-it-up-sax-trumpet-col-stamp-set

Wishing you a wonderful week!

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