Thursday, 17 September 2015

My Favorite Things' Superstar Card Contest

Good Afternoon my dear friends,

Today I'm here to share a card that I made for My Favorite Things Superstar Card Contest. If you haven't seen it yet, I highly encourage you to go and check it out. There's still time to participate.. gallery closes tomorrow. There are awesome set of prizes to win but moreover there are such a wonderful gallery of cards for your inspiration. What a eye candy for sure! 

There's a story behind this card. I made this card for my husband - who is the best husband ever of course but I wanted to make him a card since he's been very supportive with me with this wonderful hobby of mine. Although, it is mainly fun of course, but there's times that you'll feel frustrated when nothing works and the deadline is tomorrow. He's been wonderful in those situations and I wanted to say thank you. 

For those of you who doesn't know, but we went to Hawaii on our honeymoon. What a wonderful place - just loved it there. My hubby also loves maps (God knows how many we have of those..) so I wanted to make a map that reminds him of our honeymoon. That's the inspiration behind this card and here it is:

Firstly, I stamped the flower images with light pink ink and added the base layer of color with copic markers. I love details and sometimes with images this small, details are hard to do with copics so this time I added them with pencils on top of my copic coloured base layer. Found while doing this that polychromos work so much better than coloursofts which blend very well but are so soft that those tiny details where hard to add with them as well. I die cut the flowers and used partly die cutting technique for one of the flowers (second to lowest on right.) Then I inked up my background with Distress inks and added Shimmer mist onto it to give a feel of an ocean. I stamped the sentiment with black pigment ink to the bottom left corner. Before putting my card together I figured the background needed some interest so I cut it to stripes and popped up three of the stripes to get some dimension to my background. Flowers are added with foam tape and liquid glue - as well as the tiny sequins.

Stamps: Polynesian Paradise by My Favorite Things
Dies: Polynesian Paradise by My Favorite Things
Inks: Versafine Onyx Black, Spung Sugar, Peacock Feathers, Broken China Distress Ink, Milled Lavender Distress Marker, 
Paper: Canson Bristol 250mgs (flowers), Neenah Solar White 80lb (the see)
Sequins: Simon Says Stamp White Iris

Copic Markers
Flowers: RV00 - RV11 - RV32 - YG21 - Y15 - YR18
Leaves: YG11 - YG03

Derwent Coloursoft Pencils: Pink (C190), Blush Pink (C180), Orange (C070)
Faber-Castell Polychromos: Green Opaque (174), Green Yellowish (168)

Thank you so much for stopping by! I appreciate everytime. Enjoy your day.



  1. That's a beautiful card, and the story behind it is beautiful too. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Ihana kortti ja inspiraatio sen takana! Tuo "kukkakartta" on aivan mielettömän hieno idea. Ja värit ja sun väritys on taas ihan omaa luokkaansa. Pidän peukkuja, toivottavasti pääset palkinnoille - ansaitset sen tällä kortilla :)

  3. Gorgeous and heartfelt card. Your husband is sure to love the skill and sentiment that went into creating this beauty!

  4. Brilliant card and a beautiful story, I know he is going to love it Marika!

  5. Absolutely stunning as always and with such a beautiful story behind your card. He's going to love it! It's our wedding anniversary on Saturday and I've made my husband card too - not quite as spectacular, but with the same heartfelt thanks. It's so lovely having such support, isn't it. Xx

  6. Brilliant idea behind your card. He'll recognize it immediately and I'm sure he will be touched by the thought. The card itself is absolutely beautiful. From the amazingly colored flowers to the design (those strips of paper are genius) this one looks like a winner to me.

  7. Lovely Hawaiian Islands! Beautiful blue ocean. Your design is rockstat quality:)

  8. Marika, what a stunning card! You are so lucky to have a husband who loves and supports you in all that you do and he definitely deserves this lovely card. I love how the flowers represent the Hawaiian Islands. A gorgeous design and so beautifully colored.

  9. Wow! Stunning card! We just returned from an awesome vacation in Hawaii, so your card just popped right out at me! Absolutely love it!
    <3 Emily L.

  10. Totally CLEVER well as being a beautiful card! Bet he was impressed - I know I am!!!
    Paper Hugs,

  11. A beautiful and sentimental card! Love the story behind it!
    Good luck for the MFT Sperstar challenge, Marika!

  12. The card is beautiful I can totally see Hawaii such a cool idea

  13. Marika, your card is beautiful. I would love to be able to Copic colour like that some day, do you have any how to videos to share about Copic colouring for us beginners?

    1. Hello, Theresa. Thank you for your lovely comment. I used copics combined with pencils to colour these flowers, I'll make a video soon how I made these. Have a great day!

  14. Such a beautiful card - your colouring is amazing. Love the sentiment behind the card, I know your hubby will love it!

  15. SUCH a lovely card!! I love how you did the flowers - very beautiful :)

  16. Stunning from first glance, but love it even more knowing how, why, where, and who it is for ... such a darling card, Marika!!! One day, I'd love to go to Hawaii, too! BEst of luck to you, Marika!
    =] Michele

  17. Lovely story and beautiful card, I'm sure he loves it ;-)

  18. The colours are fabulous Marika and definitely makes you think of somewhere hot like Hawaii. How great your husband is so supportive of your creativity and a lovely idea to make this card for him. With a talent like yours you certainly should be using it and it helps when family are encouraging. x

  19. Oh my gosh!! stunning card Marika, just gloriously beautiful!!! Love the story behind this card, it's certainly wonderful when our families support us in what we do. My husband of 42 years has been there for me in all of my endeavors, from competitive swimming to Iron Man Triathlons to this card making hobby of mine. Sometimes he asks me: "So.....what are you up to today?" LOL!! when he sees me in my craft room up to my neck in paper, stamps, ink pads, etc.
    Thank you so much for sharing this sweet story behind your gorgeous card, as always, your talent and creativity inspires me.
    This card is a winner!!!!!
    Maria Rodriguez.
    PS. I'm going to go check out this contest blog, maybe there is still time to enter in this contest.

  20. This card is so beautiful. The dimension you achieved both on the flowers as well as the background is remarkable.

  21. Oh Marika!! I LOVE THIS CARD! The map idea is genius. The story behind this card to make that map is so out of the box and fabulous. I wish my mind worked that way. Stunning, stunning, stunning!!

  22. such COOL inspiration!! I love the design, and the coloring of the flowers is AMAZING!

  23. A map of Hawaii made from flowers. Just about the most creative thing I've ever seen, Marika. And you definitely are a superstar when it comes to coloring.

  24. Beauty yet again... Your creations leave me in awe :)