Winter wishes on your birthday {Purple Onion Designs}

Hi, crafty friends! I’m back today with another card I created for Purple Onion Designs. This time it’s a wintery birthday card featuring Nora & Butter. I love these two, and they can be used for Christmas, for Valentine’s Day, so many great uses for this super adorable image.

I wasn’t sure initially what colors to use on this, so I asked a friend for suggestions. Liz is my go to “color buddy”; if I don’t know what colors to choose for a project, she chooses the colors for me. It works the other way too, it’s a wonderful symbiosis.

She suggested purple. She knows I don’t color a lot with purple. It’s not that I don’t like purple, I think purple’s pretty, it’s just soooo hard to photograph well, so I tend to avoid it for that reason. This time I didn’t, though. I listened to her and chose a V combo with my Copics I thought worked well.

Once my coloring was complete, I die cut the Stitched Snowflake Circle Frame from Memory Box five times from white cardstock. I wanted to make a shaker card, and I find that stacking layers works better than foam tape. I eventually ditched my shaker idea, but still kept my stacked die cut window for a dimensional frame. I did layering of cardstock to the outside of the frame too, making the entire white front panel flush. I added more stitching detail using the largest die in the A2 Stitched Rectangles STAX 2 set from My Favorite Things and adhered all my layers onto a card base I created from Winter Wisteria cardstock from Papertrey Ink.

For my sentiment I die cut the wishes die from Mama Elephant twice from the same purple cardstock I used for my base, before stamping a sentiment from the Warming Winter Thoughts sentiment set from Purple Onion Designs. I used a combination of Lavender Fields ink from Altenew and Winter Wisteria ink from Papertrey Ink for my stamped sentiment, before I cut it down to manageable strips to add to my card. No embellishments on this card, I thought the snowflake frame and die cut sentiment were enough.

Very muted color palette for this one, but wintery cards tend to be somewhat muted.

Merry Christmas {Purple Onion Designs}

Hi! Today I’m sharing a Christmas card in a somewhat untraditional color scheme. Bright green and brown are not colors that come to mind when I hear the word Christmas. Let’s face it, I think of blue, white, silver and a touch of brown, but this combo felt fresh and unexpected, so I went with it.

I love Flannel the raccoon. This is such an awesome image, and it’s great for gift tags, as well. It doesn’t even have to be holiday related, he would also be great for a tag on a birthday present to someone born in the winter months.

I stamped Flannel using Extreme Black ink from My Favorite Things onto X-Press It blending card. It’s my favorite cardstock for coloring. It’s super bright white and the Copics blend very well on it. It’s no surprise, though, the paper is made especially for Copic use.

I die cut the panel using the largest of the dies in the Wonky Stitched Rectangles STAX set from My Favorite Things, which is one of the many things I purchased with the $250 gift card I won in this year’s Superstar contest. I love my MFT faux stitch dies, and this wonky one is a fun change from my regular faux stitched rectangles. I sprinkled on chunky white embossing enamel from Stampendous and melted the granules from the back of the cardstock, before adhering it to an A2 card base I created from Green Parakeet cardstock from Papertrey Ink.

Using the Very Merry and Bright die from My Favorite Things, I die cut the letters for the word Merry five times from the same green cardstock that I used for the card base. I glued them together for a stacked, dimensional look and adhered them to my colored panel using liquid glue. Onto a small strip of Cocoa Bean cardstock from Papertrey Ink, I stamped and white heat embossed part of a sentiment from the Holiday Messages Sentiment set, added two layers of brown cardstock behind it and glued it onto my die cut letters to complete the sentiment.

To finish off the card I added a few Snowdrift sprinkles from Little Things from Lucy’s Cards for a little bit of extra interest and dimension. I love these tiny clay snowflakes, I use them all the time.

Simple color palette. That bright green really is fun!

You’re chimply the best! {Purple Onion Designs}

Hi! Today I have a fun and festive, yet very simple card to share, featuring the Confetti Celebration stamp set from Purple Onion Designs, illustrated by Julian Charlton. I love Elliot and Marcel, they’re so fun and quirky. They’re also not super detailed in the linework, which gives me the opportunity to practice my watercoloring.

I bought a 36 tube set of Mijello Mission Gold watercolors last September, and they’ve been sitting in their palette scaring me, but I’ve recently started dabbling a little bit. Images like this with big open areas are great for practice, and this is my third proper watercolor piece. Yes, I’m keeping track, haha. The previous two attempts were both noline. One was a background, and the other a digital stamp. My printer ink doesn’t play well (or at all, really) with water, so I had to opt for the noline look to prevent visible bleeding. I dove right into the deep end, hoping I could pull it off.

I stamped the image onto Fabriano Artistico Extra White watercolor paper using VersaFine Onyx Black ink. I’ve created a birthday card with these two once before (blog post here). Back then, I used blue, green and yellow, so I wanted a different palette for today’s card. Pink, orange and yellow is a palette I really love, and with the pink watercolor wash on the background, as well as the Poppin’ Pink cardstock from My Favorite Things that I chose to create my card base from, I think this is a really fun card.

For my last card with this image, I used my Copic BV20 series for a purply gray elephant. This time, I went for a bluer version to get a nice contrast. I actually decided to mute my pink a little before painting with it. The Bright Opera color from Mijello is a super bright pink, and I added a tiny bit of Hooker’s Green to dull it a little, it was just too bright a pink straight from the palette for what I wanted.

Once I’d painted my scene, I went back over with a black pen to trace the lines of the image. I would have restamped if I could, but I stamped the image weeks before I painted it and removed the stamp from my MISTI in the meantime. Black pen to the rescue. I just wanted crisp black lines. I stamped a sentiment from the stamp set using VersaFine Onyx Black ink and heat embossed that using clear embossing powder.

I cut down my colored panel slightly and adhered it to an A7 top fold card base I created from two pieces of Poppin’ Pink cardstock from Papertrey Ink. To finish the card I adhered sequins, beads, confetti and other various little bits from the Sweet Shop mix from Little Things from Lucy’s Cards. I don’t usually put this many sequins on my cards and scatter them like this, but I wanted to really keep the party vibe from these two going across the entire card front.

Have a sweet Halloween {Streamside Studios}

Hi! I don’t usually make Halloween cards, but last year I colored up these candies from the Halloween Fairy Fun stamp set from Streamside Studios, and I figured it was about time I created something from my colored panel. That something turned out to be a card. Maybe I’ll actually send this to someone.

In the stamp set, there are three fairies, a few ghosts, an adorable bat (yes, it’s adorable) and various accessories. Among them are different candies. I created a panel of these candies, and colored them in with my Copics using very Halloween-y colors. That was last year.

I wasn’t sure what to do with my colored background, but I didn’t want to cover too much of it, and opted for a very simple design. Using the largest die from the A2 Stitched Rectangles STAX 2 set from My Favorite Things, I turned my colored piece into a panel with a nice faux stitched edge. I love these faux stitch dies from MFT and use them for nearly every card I make. It adds such a wonderful detail. It’s all in the details, to paraphrase a famous German architect.

I adhered my die cut panel onto a card base I created from Royal Velvet cardstock from Papertrey Ink. It’s a deep purple that goes well with the coloring.

Using the Impact alphabet die set from My Favorite Things, I die cut the letters to spell SWEET four times from black cardstock and once from X-Press It blending card that I’d colored with Copics to create an ombré effect that would match the coloring of the candies. I stacked the die cut letters to create dimension and adhered them to my card.

I created the remainder of my sentiment in Photoshop and printed it, cut it down to two strips and added them on top of the letters with an extra strip of black cardstock behind for a little added dimension and stability. I added three enamel dots from Papirdesign (yellow and orange) and Altenew (purple) to finish my card.

Not a lot of colors for this one, and yet they’re very Halloween-y.

Have a holly jolly Christmas {Lili of the Valley}

Hi! After what feels like way too many red Christmas cards, I’ve moved on to other colors. Today I have a green one to share, featuring Snowman and Friends from Lili of the Valley. I actually watercolored this. I’m no watercolor expert, and this was only my second attempt at proper watercolor, but I find it’s not as scary as I first thought. Hard to relinquish control and go with the flow? Yes. Steep learning curve? Sure. Different from coloring with Copics? Worlds apart, not comparable at all. Am I having fun? You bet!!! I want to break out my watercolors more, I just need to find time to play.

Because this is a digital stamp, I had to get creative. The ink in my printer smears when it comes into contact with water, and I’ve found that heat setting doesn’t help prevent bleeding once I start painting. My solution was to print the image at 10% opacity for a no line look. That way the bleeding wasn’t visible when I added water and paint. It’s kind of crazy to try no line watercoloring before you’ve done any watercoloring with black lines, but this is kind of how I roll. I think it worked out okay, and the image isn’t super detailed either, which certainly helps a newbie just a little bit.

I used a rectangle die from Waffle Flower to die cut my panel. This also helped flatten out the warping. I created a dark green card base to match the tie and the band on the hat using Pinefeather cardstock from Papertrey Ink. I white heat embossed a sentiment from the Itty Bitty Holiday stamp set from My Favorite Things onto a separate piece of Pinefeather cardstock, cut it down to a strip and adhered two more layers behind it, before adhering it to the bottom center of my snowman scene, and my card was complete. I debated adding some sort of embellishments, but sometimes you just have to walk away.

Happy Halloween {Streamside Studios}

Hi! I’m sharing a Halloween card today, featuring the Patchpals Halloween digi stamp set from Streamside Studios. The set comes with a couple of tombstones, two bats, two cats, two pumpkins, two cute ghosts, a cute Frankenstein and various sentiments. I used the bats, one of the cats, a tombstone, pumpkin and both ghost for this card.

I wanted a really dark, intense moon to illuminate and cast shadows in my scene. Once I’d placed all the different images where I wanted them in Photoshop, I drew a large circle to create the edges of my moon. I set the opacity very low, so I could use it as a guide when I did the actual coloring to get a perfect circle and not have any black lines around the edges.

My original plan when I colored this scene (which was actually last year) was to create a shaker card where the tombstone was the actual shaker recessed into the card, while everything else was popped up. Plans change, though, and when I sat down to actually make the card I decided to go for a very simple approach. I glued my colored panel onto a card base made from Sour Apple cardstock from My Favorite Things, and that was it. No embellishments, no nothing. Some people might call this a one layer card, but to me, a one layer card is one where everything is done on the card base. This is adhered to the card base, so I wouldn’t technically call it a one layer card. What do you think? One layer or not? What’s your definition of a one layer card?

Not a whole lot of Copics, given the fact that the entire front panel is colored in.

Merry Christmas {Rachelle Anne Miller Creative Studios}

Hi! I’m back today with a Christmas card that is much more my speed than many of the ones I’ve been sharing lately. The reason? It’s blue!!! Nothing beats a blue Christmas card. Except maybe one that’s white on white, but those are notoriously difficult to photograph.

This cute image is called Snowman’s Gift, and it’s from the upcoming release from Rachelle Anne Miller, which will be available later this week (Thursday). I love coloring snowmen, and there’s more to this snowman than the tiny bit you can see through this window on the front of the card.

I actually turned this into a trifold card. I used the largest of the A2 Stitched Rectangles STAX 2 dies from My Favorite Things, as well as the Square Peek-a-Boo Window die to die cut from this panel of Lazy Day cardstock, also from My Favorite Things.

I heat embossed a sentiment from the Scripty Xmas set from Mama Elephant beneath the window and scattered white snowflakes here and there. The snowflakes are die cut using the Snowflake Confetti Fancy die from Hero Arts.

When you open the card, the rest of the image is revealed, and that cute snowman isn’t alone. He has a little friend giving him a present. Below the image I stamped a sentiment from the Holiday Messages stamp set from Mama Elephant using Lazy Day ink from My Favorite Things. This panel is also die cut using that die from the Stitched Rectangles STAX set from MFT. I love these faux stitch rectangle dies, they’re my most used dies by far. I sprinkled on chunky white embossing enamel from Stampendous and heated the panel from the back to melt the granules before adhering it to my card. This opens up to reveal ample space to write a personal message to the recipient.

Merry Christmas to the entire family {Lili of the Valley}

Hi! I’m back today with another red Christmas card. For someone who claims not to like red cards for Christmas, I’ve sure made a lot of them this year. I might need an intervention.

I colored up these Christmas Kids from Lili of the Valley with my Copics, and used the largest die from the A2 Stitched Rectangles STAX dies from My Favorite Things to turn it into a panel with nice faux stitching around the edge. I sprinkled on chunky white embossing enamel from Stampendous, before heating the panel from the back to melt the granules. I adhered my panel to a top fold card base I made from Red Hot cardstock from My Favorite Things.

I’m usually good at using scraps of patterned paper and rarely use a brand new sheet. Today was the day, though. I thought this patterned paper from the I wish collection from Maja Design went really well with my coloring, and I didn’t have a single scrap of this particular paper. Using the same die that I used on the white panel, I die cut my patterned paper before cutting up my die cut into pieces I could use on my card. I added two layers of cardstock behind both pieces and glued them to my card. I now have a continuous stitched border, even though some of it is my colored panel and some is patterned paper. I love little details like that. I die cut three of the god jul die from Papirdesign from red cardstock and glued them together for a stacked look. I glued my die cut to the center of the wide patterned paper before adding a sub sentiment. The sub sentiment is from Norsk Stempelblad AS, white heat embossed on the same color red cardstock and cut down to a strip, with two additional pieces of cardstock behind it to make it flush with the die cut. I added three snowdrift sprinkles from Little Things from Lucy’s Cards to the patterned paper, and my card was finished.

Not a whole lot of colors for this one. Soft colors too (except for the darkest green, I wanted a little bit of contrast there), which is rare for me.

Hooray {Mo’s Digital Pencil}

Hi. I’m back with another Mo Manning creation. This time I colored up Tall Cake using my Prismacolor pencils and created a fairly simple birthday card. This is one of my most used images from Mo. It’s so fun with those cake layers and it’s easy and pretty quick to color, even for a slow colorer like me.

I actually colored this in May last year. I keep my colored image in stamp storage sleeves from Tim Holtz. They’re super sturdy and you can put a lot of colored images in one pocket. They come five in a pack, which is perfect for me, that way I can dedicate each sleeve to one design team, since I’m currently on five design teams. Sometimes, I just want to color without having to turn it into a card right away, and sometimes I just want to make a card, but don’t feel like coloring, or simply don’t have time to do both. Compartmental crafting for the win.

Onto a piece of Blueberry Sky cardstock from Papertrey Ink, I stamped the Happy Birthday Background stamp from My Favorite Things using VersaMark ink and dusted it with Perfect Pearls powder, before misting it with water to fix the powder to the cardstock. It doesn’t really show in the photos, but it has a wonderful shine when you tilt it in the light. I used a double stitch rectangle die from My Favorite Things to turn it into a nice panel and adhered it onto a cardbase made from Stamper’s Select White cardstock from Papertrey Ink.

I mounted my colored panel using foam tape and adhered it to the center of the card. I felt like it was missing something and needed a little bit extra. Mini paper doilies from Doodlebug Design to the rescue. I love these mini doilies, I use them often. And you don’t need the whole doily, either, I just used two small pieces for this card, and there are 75 doilies in one pack, they last forever. Onto a piece of Blue Breeze cardstock from MFT I stamped a Norsk Stempelblad AS sentiment using Blueberry Sky ink from Papertrey Ink. I cut it down to a 1″ circle using a circle punch from EK Success, added it to my card using foam tape and finished the card with a few pink enamel dots from Papirdesign.

Bøø {Streamside Studios}

Hi! We’ve got a fun spook-tacular Instagram hop happening today for Streamside Studios, but I thought I’d share my project here as well.

This cute vampire is from the My Little Pet Ghost stamp set. There’s also a witch in the same set that I used for a similar treat bag, which you can read all about in this blog post. For today’s treat bag, I colored the vampire with Copics, fussy cut him and added him onto my treat bag using 1 mm foam squares for a tiny bit of dimension. On the treat bag itself, I used a mini layering stencil from Tim Holtz along with Eiffel Tower ink from My Favorite Things to create the brick pattern on the front. On the inside, I glued a piece of patterned paper from My Favorite Things to get a little more orange in there. I colored some white letter stickers from Papirdesign with Copics (E08, YR07 and Y38 for an ombré look) and adhered the letters next to my little vampire. I created a hole near the top with the smallest die in the Labels Trio set from Spellbinders, added some orange ribbon and tied a bow around it using Black Licorice Divine Twine from Whisker Graphics.

I colored this vampire on the same day that I colored the witch, and I used the exact same colors.