Life is What You Make it

Hi there! We have stempelfrida here on the blog today with the kind of card that would brighten anyone’s day…

Life is what you make it. Wow, that’s another killer statement, huh? I had this idea some time ago with the hearts, which I would arrange like this on a canvas and then place a saying at the bottom right. The ones who know me, are aware that this happens rather rarely with me. I usually do not know beforehand how my card will look like in the end. But you can be sure, even with this project it wasn’t clear before how it will look in detail afterwards. 

happy bright card | hearts | ink splats | life is what you make it

Each of these hearts makes its life as it pleases. And look how beautiful this variety is! Yes, I have consciously chosen something very beautiful for each individual heart. And look at what’s going on around the hearts! But also here: these are splotches and doodle circles, but how great and beautiful is this interaction? Life is what you make of it – look around you!

Life is what you make it – and indeed, isn´t that, what we should always remind us of? Yes, it might be hard sometimes, when you are feeling miserable because life gave you a hard time or you need to deal with a tough task. But in the end it is about YOU! You hold the strings in your hands. Your eyes can make the world grey or bright.

I wish you all have the power to realize this every day and especially when you are down.

I started to paint hearts with my LYRA chalks, which I have used so rarely until now. But I wanted something with great bright colours and actually the result is so wonderfully shiny. Thanks to the clearstamps I was always able to estimate the size I needed to paint, because I wanted to stamp the hearts in black on the edges later. I took the colours of the rainbow for my project.

In a second step I mixed the colours with a brush and water and added light and darker areas. I let them dry well and then stamped the hearts on them with Versafine and fussy-cut them.

Afterwards I made light spots with water and darker spots by spraying paint on the hearts with a brush. On the again dried hearts I set white and black accents with acrylic pencils. I bent the hearts a little bit up at the edges and fixed them with spacer pads of different thicknesses.

For my background I have combined the stamps from several sets of Visible Image stamps. I always call this kind of stamps “grubby maker”. Many stampers use them for mixed media techniques and often they are used in dark colours. But I wanted to use them in the right happy colours to set a perfect scene for my hearts and let them feel good. The lines at the bottom of the square are again painted with an acrylic pencil.

The whole picture is quite very big: 21×21 cm, if you want to make it yourself.


Stamps: Visible Image

Don´t Judge

mental health awareness | stamps | don't judge | healing takes time

No Regrets

sentiment stamps | no regrets | love yourself | life is what you make it

Ink splats

ink splats stamps


cosmic background stamps | star | galaxy | scribble circles

Stamp pads: Versafine onyx black; Distress Oxides wilted violet, salty ocean, broken china, twisted citron, mustard seed, wild honey, carved pumpkin, barn door, black soot
Lyra Artists’ crayons
Sakura 1.0 
POSCA pen – white

This card really makes us smile!  The hearts look wonderful coloured with crayons, and the ink splats stamps and scribbled circles behind them look awesome! Great choice of quote too! Thank you stempelfrida ♡

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Birthday Balloons | Rainbow Card

Hello! We are back with our second dose of gorgeous inspiration here on the blog today. Sharon Traynor has made the perfect card for a summer Birthday, featuring the little balloon stamp and flower pot from our ‘Stay Weird’ set…

balloon stamp | handmade | Birthday card | Rainbow

Pretty, pretty, pretty! I just adore pretty rainbow colours, don’t you? There is something so happy and summery about them. As the temperatures are soaring over here in Portugal and all the summer flowers are starting to bloom, it was right that these gorgeous colours just had to come out to play.

I was feeling in a bit more of an inky mood when I made this card so that meant making some background paper with smooshing inks and adding a few stamps, as well as doing some simple ink blending. Those are 2 techniques that are incredibly easy to do, but it can sometimes be difficult to incorporate them into my usual ‘white space’ filled CAS cards. However, it is great to go back to my ‘roots’ every once in a while to have fun and just play with colours like this.

Today I’m showcasing all of the accessory stamps in the ‘Stay Weird’ stamp set by  Visible Image. The card has been left without a sentiment because it will fit so many different occasions and it is good to have ‘blank’ cards like this in your arsenal.

Here’s how I made it:

Add a small amount of distress ink onto a craft mat, spritz with water and press some white card onto the droplets. Dry with a heat gun and repeat until you have several layers of ink. Drying between each layer and using small amounts of ink helps to keep that pretty, airy look.

Randomly stamp the tiny circles and the rings onto the panel with the same colours of distress inks.

Stamp and heat emboss the balloons using a clear glossy embossing powder. When inking up the balloon, try to concentrate a bit more ink to one side (or the bottom as I have here) to help with the 3D look, and remember to ‘huff’ on the stamp just before stamping it.

Stamp the flower pot and water colour it with distress inks. Fussy cut the balloons and the flower pot.

Blend a rainbow ombré background onto another piece of white card.

Attach the pretty panel to the centre of a card blank and then take two strips of the ombré blended panel and stick those to each side of the central panel. If you cut them slightly wider than they need to be you can attach them to the card blank and trim the excess away with large scissors (cutting from the back of the card). Attach some bakers twine to the balloons and add different heights of foam pads to the back of them.

Add the flower pot and the balloons to the central panel and the card is complete.


And the bonus is, I still have the central part of the ombré panel that can be used in another card!

Stamps Used:

quirky quote stamps | balloons | flower pot | circles

Other Supplies:

White card, Distress Inks (picked raspberry, carved pumpkin, mustard seed, twisted citron, cracked pistachio, peacock feathers), craft sheet, spritzer, WOW! clear embossing powder, water brush, Versafine onyx black ink, scissors, bakers twine, 3dfoam pads.

That’s it from me for now. Thanks for stopping by and I really hope to see you again soon.

Sharon xx

This is such a happy card! We too love rainbow colours! Love your design and the inky panel, and the balloons look fabulous on the twine! Thank you Sharon ♡

You will find more of Sharon’s fabulous cards and projects over on her blog.


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