Saturday, October 8, 2016

October Leading Lady Maya Isaksson | Take Two


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Our October Leading Lady, Maya Isaksson, is back for her sensational second performance!  If you missed her smashing debut you must see it...CLICK HERE.  Maya's ability to add unexpected elements to create beautiful cards will truly inspire you today!

Ladies and gentlemen, Maya....

I'm so happy for the warm welcome I got last week when I did my first post here in the Winnie & Walter blog. Now I'm back for my second post and I hope you will be inspired to create something. Today I have used book paper for my cards. I have an old book that got damaged in a move so pages was missing and I keep it close to use for mixed media projects and other crafty things. I love the texture the printed text gives to everything. For my projects today I used Gesso to cover the pages first to make sure the water would not damage the pages, and I also like it when just some of the structure of the text is visible under the color. And I adore the look of watercolor on top of Gesso, it gives it a whole new look compared to regular watercolor paper. It also behaves a bit differently so try it on some extra paper before doing it on your project to make sure you don't get any surprises. 
 
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For my first card I used black ink on book paper to stamp the birches in Scenery: Into the Woods. I am not lying when I say I squealed when I saw the result and took pictures to send to crafty friends. I loved the uneven stamping on the book print. I had the stamped image laying out for a week wondering what to do with it until I decided to keep it simple and just add a greeting from Happiest of Holidays with Evelin T Designs and a red heart for a pop of color.

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For my second card I used In Bloom: Renee's Leaves and stamped the images in black and heat embossed the images before coloring them with watercolors. The book paper is super thin so I attached my paper to a sturdier sheet of cardstock using Stick it adhesive first. This made sure all of the book paper was adhered and wouldn't bubble up when I colored it. I then fussy cut the images. I used the Essentials: Audrey Cutaways to cut out a white piece of cardstock and stamped the text from Wishing You with Evelin T Designs and gold embossed it. I adhered all my colored elements around the text for a clean and simple autumn themed card for a friend.

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For my last card I really needed to use the pretty birds from the LS Exclusives: So Tweet with Evelin T Designs set. I stamped a bunch of birds to have some to pick from, and also the balloon. I colored them using watercolor markers, the matching cutaways makes it easy to die cut them after you are done. I used some watercolor markers to make a really quick background by just drawing on one of the packages for the stamps and then spritzing water on it and smooching it on the paper, drying and repeating until I was happy. I cut it out with Essentials: Audrey Cutaways to use on the card base.

I stamped the sentiment from Happiest of Holidays with Evelin T Designs and a stem from one of the flower sets for the bird to sit on. I also stamped an extra balloon right to the cardfront because I wanted it to go around the line that the bird sat on. So I cut off the line of my stamped and diecut balloon and added it with foam adhesive on top of the stamped one. I also popped up the little bird on the line. I added some Sparkle Pen on the balloon for some shimmer and my card was done.

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Thank you for all the sweet comments and to Shay for inviting me to the Winnie & Walter blog. If you click on the link to hop over to my own blog Little Outbursts of Creativity and comment on any of my Leading Lady posts there this month you will be in the drawing of a gift card for the Winnie & Walter shop that I will give away after my last post for the month is up. I hope you got inspired to use some old book that you have laying around, I had so much fun making these cards for you. See you again next week!


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15 comments:

  1. Love that book paper idea too! Wow! That's almost genius!!! Lol. Your creations are lovely! I love each of these cards. Thank you for sharing!

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  2. I agree with Christy! What a neat idea. The subtleness of the book paper just adds to the simpleness of the designs.

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  3. Very pretty effect! I love the subtle design it adds!

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  4. Wonderful cards ,I too was attracted towards the stamped birch tree ,they look interesting ! last one is very pretty ! I never tried stamping on pp ,must try after seeing yours !

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  5. I love how you used the book print on your cards, they're all delightful!!!

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  6. Absolutely cool cards, such a variety!

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  7. Now why haven't I ever thought to stamp on patterned paper? This book print really looks fantastic, Maya! LOve the pastel colors this week, too!
    =] Michele

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  8. Awesome cards. I adore the bird cards you have done, one each week. I love your work.

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  9. Love the stamping of the bird and balloon over words!

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  10. Wonderful cards. My favorite is the first one.

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  11. Just love the bits of text showing through... the first card is gorgeous!

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