Monday, August 18, 2014

Happy Birthday - Watercolor Flower + Faux Letterpress with Gold Ink

Today I am sharing a card I made a while ago. A nice bright floral card....

For the background I used the 'Lattice stencil by Tim Holtz', which I inked with 'Gold Galaxy Brilliance ink' and I run it with a piece of smooth white card stock through my 'Sizzix big shot machine'. I used the embossing folder tab, with an embossing mat. Magical! Reminds me of letterpress! 
The gorgeous flower is a stamp from 'Lil' Inker - Modern Mehndi Stamps' which I heat embossed in white and applied some distress inks using a little water to spread out the color and create a watercolor look. After cutting them, I stamped and heat embossed in white the greeting HAPPY BIRTHDAY  from ' My Favorite things - Airplane Greetings' (which is a set that I think it retired). 
I glued everything on a standard size card and I used some pearls and sequins for some added fun!

I hope you like it :-)


Sunday, May 11, 2014

Happy Mother's Day Card + Hello Card (Fast Watercoloring With Distress Inks)

Hi readers!
Today I have a very special mother's day card for my mom, that is easy and quick to make! Also I have another card to share, both are done with one of my favorite techniques: Fast Watercoloring With Distress Inks....

For that card, I used the Teresa Collins letter stencil (these stencils come in packs of 3 and are 8x10 - many designs in a very good price).

Of course, that technique woks with any stencil design or with negative die cut pieces.

I inked over the letters with my foam blending tools and distress inks, and then after I was done, I got my water brush (you can use any brush with water) and I blended out the color. For mothers day card, I used with water some Perfect Pearl Perfect Pearls that gives an incredible shimmer to the finish project.

Mom You Are The Best Card by George Panayiotou

The amazing shine you get with Perfect Pearls and Water.
Same technique here, I used a variety of bright distress inks and blended them out with plain water.
The technique looks so artistic, that you don't need much more for finishing the card.

Hello I Missed You Card by George Panayiotou

See you soon
George x

Friday, March 7, 2014

DoCrafts Goody Bag Jan2014 Inspiration !

Hello hello!
Here I am after a long time....!

I am back with few projects I created with the newest DoCrafts Goody Bag!

The newest DoCrafts goody bag includes:
-Sew Lovely 12x12 pattern paper pack
-Sew Lovely pin wheels
-Sew Lovely ribbons
-Sew Lovely die-cuts sheet
-Madame Payraud stickers
-Madame Payraud letter stickers
-Papermania capsule collection Parisienne Blue Notelets
-Papermania capsule collection Parisienne Blue buttons
-Papermania tall urban stamp

All products included in the goody bag are selected from their newest lines. They match perfectly! And you can use them not only for cards but for all your paper craft hobbies! And you save money with the goody bag instead of buying the products individually! :-)

Lets start with the projects....

First of all a small card set!
Here I simply cut a standard card in the middle ( for creating 2 top folded smaller ones) and is the perfect size for using them with small envelopes that are available in the market.
I used the ribbons from the Goody Bag that I glued on the bottom part of the card using some strong double sided tape.
Then I used a greeting from the free stamp set that come with the newest magazine. What I did besides that stamping it with black ink, is I cut the stamp and I lined up the words so I can have them stamped straight. 
By doing that, you get more out of your stamps and you can use them how they originally intended. 

I used a button for a finishing touch!

For that one, I used the new DoCrafts ARTISTE SPRITZING INK in white. This product is fantastic. It is a water based paint with a shimmer. It adds to the card a nice touch!
For the heart, I used a small square punch to punch out squares from the 'Sew lovely' 12x12 paper pack that is included in the goody bag.
Then I adhered all of the pieces onto a piece of typing paper that was large enough for die-cutting a heart from it. After die-curtting the heart from my 'new' pattern paper, I did the same from a square kraft card from Papermania. 
I adhered the heart on the inside of the card, and I finished the card with a dashed line around the heart and the sentiment which I heat embossed on a piece of vellum and I adhered it on the front of the card. For a finishing touch I added 2 stacked buttons from the new 'Sew Lovely' collection from Papermania.

This is the easiest of the projects! 
I started with a piece of the patterned paper which I used as my background. 
The red heart is heat embossed with white on some red paper from the 'Sew lovely' 12x12 paper pack that is included in the goody bag.
I scattered some of the buttons around the heart, also from the 'Sew Lovely' collection along with some white pearls and I put the whole piece in an IKEA frame! I heat embossed the 'You are sew lovely' greeting on some kraft paper and inked the edges with walnut stain distress ink.
All stamps used are also from the free set that comes with the newest magazine.
A great gift for everyone!

Nothing wow here, except these wonderful 'Sew Lovely pin wheel' that comes pre-made and it is included in the goody bag.
I covered the card completely with patter papers from the 'Sew lovely' 12x12 paper pack that is included in the goody bag. 
Then I adhered a circle that I die-cut from the new 'Papermania bare basics - canvas 8x8 squares'. On top I used the pin wheel, and then I adhered a banner on which I used the 'Madame Payraud' letter stickers that are included in the goody bag, for the word I LOVE YOU.
Simple as that!

Some of the products that I really liked are

The new Docrafts Artiste spritzing ink that comes in many colors....

The new 'Sew Lovely' buttons bag - great value for so many buttons! And so unique colors :-)

The new 'Madame Payraud' buttons ... great vintage buttons that are hard to find.

I hope it inspires you to create!
You can get your goody bag along with hundreds of other products for card making, scrapbooking and others, from DoCrafts official stockist in Cyprus, Stitches, stitching and craft supplies in Limassol Cyprus!

Get more inspiration by visiting the store or like Stitches, stitching and craft supplies on Facebook! 

George x