We are so excited to announce our 2nd guest designer of the month, Rubeena, and share the amazing projects she has created for you today!! But first, how about we get to know her a little better?
I have been papercrafting on and off since 2014, and I love being able to express myself through what I create. My style continues to develop as I learn new things and am inspired by other artists and creative people. I love to play with cute critter stamps, florals, and all kinds of sentiments that uplift! I have an obsession with watercolor, paint splatters, word diecuts, heat embossing sentiments on black cardstock, and dimensional cards.
What inspired you to start paper crafting?
I discovered it accidentally and was excited about being able to create art without having to know how to sketch or draw. I was able to grow and trust in my inner artist.
What best describes your paper crafting style?
Bright and bold colors mostly but I like trying various looks from clean and simple to bold and layered. I love to play with different mediums like pencils, markers, watercolors, inks, etc.
What draws you to Pinkfresh Studio products?
The images are delicate and fresh and work with many styles. The sentiments are sweet and useful for many occasions.
Please list your top 5 current Pinkfresh Studio Products.
Hello with Botanicals
Escape the Ordinary
What is your very favorite color combo?
Pink, gold, black, and white
What is one tip you have for someone just getting started in paper crafting?
It is easy to compare yourself to others, but remember everyone is at a different point in their journeys. Keep creating and you’ll find your own way.
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Rubeena created GORGEOUS projects for her guest design post, which you are going to just love! You can read more about Rubeena's projects in her own words.
Hi, craft friends! This is Rubeena from A Rare Ruby, thrilled to be guest designing for Pinkfresh Studio! I had the pleasure of meeting Kinnari at the Pinkfresh Studio booth at Creativation 2018 in Phoenix earlier this year and could not wait to try some of her products! I had a long break from crafting so I am quite new to working with their stamps and dies.
I decided to create a set of cards that showed a few things that I love doing when crafting.
One of my favorite kind of products to work with are word dies so I used stand alone cuts from the latest release: Love with Botanicals, Smile with Botanicals, and Hello with Botanicals. I love that the word dies are large and come with botanical dies as well. This made me think of doing some loose watercoloring. I started by taking three watercolor sheets and watercolored each one a separate color: blue, pink, and green. I started light and added more strokes on the entire panels to get bright shades. I set those aside to dry.
I trimmed down three sheets of white cardstock to 4"x5.25" and rounded off the corners. I die-cut each one with a word die (smile, love, hello) from the stand alone cuts. I took all the botanical dies and die-cut them three times from watercolor cardstock. I watercolored them loosely and set them with the watercolored panels to dry.
After they all dried, I added splatters with black and white paint and gave them more time to dry. I picked out sentiments from various sets: Fruitastic, Folk Tree, and Bird with Flowers. I stamped them onto black cardstock with clear embossing ink and then heat embossed with white embossing powder. I trimmed down the sentiments using a paper trimmer.
When I craft, I like to work in such a manner where I can create in bits and pieces and then finalize the cards in one setting. Originally, I thought I'd end up with just three cards. I started by mounting the white panels over the watercolor bases with double foam tape for dimension. I cut off the excess with scissors. I glued those panels to white card bases. I glued the watercolored botanical cuts around the words with multi-medium matte, which dries clear. Finally, I added the embossed sentiments with foam tape. I realized I had some botanical pieces left over since I didn't want to overcrowd all the cards so I ended up taking a black card base and gluing the pieces there. Every time I heat emboss sentiments, I end up with extras "just in case." So I added three of the sentiments to the last card.
Sometimes I start off with a plan and end up with something else. These cards represent the style that I most lean towards and techniques that I enjoy: loose watercoloring, paint splatters, white heat-embossed sentiments on black cardstock, botanical die-cuts, word dies, and dimensional layers. I hope you enjoyed my work as much as I enjoyed working with Pinkfresh Studio products. Thanks so much for stopping by and to Pinkfresh Studio for having me today!
We asked Rubeena one final question, which we think is super fun to include in her guest design post!
Do you have a past favorite project you've created with Pinkfresh Studio product that you'd like to share? Why is it your favorite?
I love this card and stamp set because you can color each flower in or you can do loose watercoloring or use ink sprays like I did on this one!
Rubeena has a GIVEAWAY going on right now on Instagram! Find the post on her feed, and follow all the prompts:
One lucky winner will receive a $25 gift card to shop with in the Pinkfresh Studio shop!! Best of luck...now get to commenting!! You have until Sunday, June 3rd to leave a comment. Rubeena will draw & post the winner in the same giveaway post, so be sure to check back!
Thank you for all the amazing projects & inspiration today, Rubeena! We are so honored to have you on as our guest designer today!