Guest Designer: Marika Rahtu

by jenniferrzasa

We have a lovely treat for you- our guest designer, Marika, is joining us once again with a stunning set of cards!

Hi, it is Marika from Me and Minime crafting again. Firstly, I would like to give my humble thank you for all the kind comments given to my last card set. I was so pleased to see that you liked my cards and shared you thoughts so openly – it made my day! Thank you.
Last time I made a set of three cards sharing a common theme. This time I created the cards  using craft cardstock and coloured pencils. Enjoy!
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 Stamps: Peony Scrolls, Halftone Hello, Painted Butterflies
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 Stamps: Whimsical Flowers, Painted Butterflies, Label Love
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Stamps: Lacy Scrolls, Label Love, Painted Butterflies
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Stamp sets used are Halftone Hello, Label Love, Lacy Scrolls, Painted Butterflies, Peony Scrolls and Whimsical flowers. I started with stamping the sentiments using either Versamark or a black pigment ink and then heat embossed them with either Vanilla White or Clear Matt Dull embossing power. Then the main images were stamped using either white pigment ink (Lacy Scrolls, solid image) or Memento Desert Sand (outline images) and then coloured with Derwent Coloursoft Pencils or Faber-Castell Polychromos Color Pencils (greens).
Since heat embossing resists the ink, I was able to stamp images after stamping the sentiment and still got the illusion that flowers and leaves are behind the sentiment. The “Love U”- card is made in different order: At first, I stamped the main images with white pigment ink and then the sentiment with black pigment in so the white shines through just a tiny bit.
Thank you Tasnim and Jennifer for this great opportunity to be your guest. It's been a wonderful experience. Thank you very much!
Thank you SO much for delighting us today with these cards! You are amazing, Marika!

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Rubeena January 11, 2015 - 10:14

WOW, Marika! These are incredibly beautiful and I’m amazed at your coloring!!!!

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Fran Gibson January 11, 2015 - 10:20

May I suggest you ask all your posters to provide links to the products they use in their cards and other projects?

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Anon January 11, 2015 - 20:17

That’s a good idea. But what did you think of the cards? :)

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Sharon Lones January 11, 2015 - 10:38

These are unbelievably beautiful. Thank you for sharing them with us.

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jintyoo7 January 11, 2015 - 10:48

OH!!!! I’m in absolute awe – these are phenomenal :-)

Beautiful work, Marika – please come back soon!!

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Celeste Goff January 11, 2015 - 10:58

Wow!!! Simply gorgeous!!!

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beaumama January 11, 2015 - 11:04

Sensational coloring. Marika has mad skills. Just beautiful.

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Pam January 11, 2015 - 11:57

STUNNING!

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Jamie Vanskiver January 11, 2015 - 12:02

Wow these are stunningly beautiful!

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Maureen Reiss January 11, 2015 - 12:30

These really are Gorgeous!!!

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Ange Bowie January 11, 2015 - 13:13

WoW!!! Absolutely stunning Marika! I need to go and pick my jaw up off the floor now :-)

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Ange Bowie January 11, 2015 - 13:27

Forgot to say, hämmästyttävä! Hope that’s right :-)

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Thordis January 11, 2015 - 13:58

Oh my! Your cards are truly breath taking :)
Thanks for sharing your talent with us!

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Laura Jane January 11, 2015 - 14:17

Marika compliments ALTENEW stamps so very well!!

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Amy McCue January 11, 2015 - 14:26

Your cards are works of art!

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Harriet January 11, 2015 - 14:59

Marika…..you are truly an artist….beautiful cards.

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ahappyscramper January 11, 2015 - 16:02

Wow they are absolutely stunning Marika – truly beautiful!

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sueymem January 11, 2015 - 16:07

There is just no end to your beautiful creativity.

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1Motherdearest January 11, 2015 - 16:25

These cards are absolutely gorgeous as were the last ones. You are truly gifted.

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Karen Walker January 11, 2015 - 20:59

These are simply stunning!

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susannev2014 January 11, 2015 - 21:04

Wow, your expert coloring skills really brought those flowers alive! So beautiful!

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Amante del Papel January 12, 2015 - 00:42

your work is stunning, you’re an amazing artist!

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Marlene B. January 12, 2015 - 03:57

Absolutely amazing!!!

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Hazel January 12, 2015 - 06:25

WOW wow wow, Marika , it’s incredible to think you did that amazing colouring with pencils! I am in awe!! Hazel x

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Kathy D January 12, 2015 - 08:44

Marika, AGAIN, these cards are absolutely beautiful!!

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LEELOOE January 12, 2015 - 13:39

Amazing card. Beautiful, colorful. These stamps provide great opportunities, but you still have talent, and you have great talent. Cute cards, amazing inspiration.
Regards,
Bozena

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Shona Chambers January 13, 2015 - 03:28

I just purchased my first set of colour pencils and if I can eventually be half as good as Marika (with probably 30 years of practice) I will be so happy. These cards are works of art and would love to see more of her work with your stamps. Maybe she can be a regular visitor??

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scrapscrapthat January 13, 2015 - 16:20

so pretty!!! Thanks for sharing Marika!! :D

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donna January 16, 2015 - 18:02

Magnificent! Altenew stamps are perfect for true artists like Marika. Your artistry and ability to work with colored pencils is flawless.

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craftingjess January 19, 2015 - 14:07

Oh my goodness!! This set of notecards is unbelievably GORGEOUS!!! Wish we could see a video of it in action!! I am stunned right now. You are one talented artist!!!

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Candy Bryant January 19, 2015 - 16:37

Beautiful – wish you had more frequent posts! Aloha!

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Ruth April 15, 2015 - 11:05

Beautiful coloring!

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