Let it snow {Mo’s Digital Pencil}

Hi, crafty friends. I have a super simple card to share with you today. I feel like I say that pretty often, but this IS simple. This is one of the penguin chicks from the 2 Penguin Chicks digi stamp set from Mo’s Digital Pencil. The chicks come with scarves, and this particular penguin comes with ear muffs. The scarf and ear muffs are separate from the penguin, so you can choose to add them or leave them off, which is what I did here. The stamp set also comes in a merged version, where the scarf and ear muffs aren’t separate from the rest. I prefer having the option, so I always choose the separated versions of Mo’s digis that come like this.

I colored the penguin very simply with my Copics, sprinkled on chunky white embossing enamel to my panel and added it to a top fold note card I created from Blue Breeze cardstock from My Favorite Things. I then die cut the Let it snow sentiment using a die from Mama Elephant. I die cut three layers of the same blue color cardstock and adhered them for a stacked look in the top center of the card before finishing off with a few snowdrift sprinkles from Little Things from Lucy’s Cards.

Very simple color palette for this one.

Boo! {Streamside Studios}

Hi, crafty friends. I have a fun Halloween card to share today featuring the Bewitching mice digi stamp set from Streamside Studios. This set was actually released last year, and it’s full of images to create a cute Halloween scene.

This set comes with sooo many images, and I’ve actually used 11 different ones for this card. I added the lines for the shelf with a black pen, but everything else in the scene comes in the one stamp set.

I’m known on the design team for occasionally printing my images very small. This time I might have set a new record, the mouse and the eyeballs in this scene were so small, they were tricky to color, but I really wanted them this size to fit the scene and the card design.

Once I finished the coloring, I trimmed the panel down to 3 1/4 x 4 1/2″, and put it aside while I worked on the rest of the card.

I created a card base from Cement Gray cardstock from My Favorite Things, added three 1/4″ strips of cardstock in colors that matched the scene (Royal Velvet from Papertrey Ink, Orange Zest from Papertrey Ink, Sour Apple from My Favorite Things), before I mounted the scene on top using plenty of foam tape.

I stamped and white heat embossed the sentiment from the Itty Bitty Boos stamp set from My Favorite Things, added a few more layers of cardstock behind it for stability and dimension and finished off the card with a trio of acetate ghosts from the Candy Corn mix from Little Things from Lucy’s Cards.

Lots of Copics for this little scene.

Merry Christmas {Lili of the Valley}

Hi, crafty friends. The new release from Lili of the Valley is just around the corner, and today I’ve played with another stamp set from the release. Last week I used the set with the wreath and the critters for this card, this week, I’m shaking things up with a snow globe.

As soon as I saw this stamp set, I knew these snow globes would make the perfect shaker cards. The stamp set comes with the snow globe and six different scenes you can stamp inside. I, of course, opted for the penguin, but there’s also a snowman, a car with a tree on the roof, a house, a tree with presents and a village, as well as a few sentiments.

I stamped and colored the empty snow globe on a quarter sheet of X-Press It blending card. I stamped the penguin on a separate piece of blending card and colored that for the inside of my snow globe. I glued a few Kort & Godt pearls around the penguin and put him aside while I worked on the rest of the card.

I cut the center out of the snow globe and adhered a piece of acetate to the back of the white cardstock, before adding foam tape on the back of the shaker area, making sure not to leave any gaps. With glitter inside the shaker window, you don’t want it to escape.

I put a mix of clear Distress glitter from Ranger and some micro beads inside the shaker area, before adding my colored penguin to the exposed adhesive of the foam tape to close the shaker.

I initially put too much inside (I always seem to put too much inside) and had to pour some out to get the perfect amount. I then adhered my popped up snow globe to a card base I created from Enchanted Evening cardstock from Papertrey Ink. I used the merry script die from Mama Elephant to cut the word merry three times from Blue Breeze cardstock from My Favorite Things, stacking the die cuts for a dimensional look. Near the bottom of the letters I softly ink blended a bit of Blueberry Sky ink from Papertrey Ink to add a little bit of a gradient. I stamped the word Christmas from the Snow Cute stamp set onto a separate piece of Blue Breeze cardstock using Blueberry Sky ink once again. I put a couple of additional layers of cardstock behind it for dimension and adhered it below the die cut word and finished the card with a few snowdrift sprinkles from Little Things from Lucy’s Cards.

This is a fairly simple looking card, but it’s got tons of dimension and a shaker card is always fun, right?

Not a whole lot of Copics for this one. I did also use B90, which is a color I made myself using an empty marker, some B91 refill and blender refill.

Hugs {Lee Holland Designs}

Hi, crafty friends! I have a super clean and simple card to share today, featuring the Polar bear and penguin image from Lee Holland Designs. The coloring took a while, but the rest of the card only took a few minutes.

I printed the image with a 10% opacity onto X-Press It blending card before coloring. Whenever I want to color things that are supposed to look close to white (ice, snow, polar bears +++), I prefer doing a no line version. To me, there’s something very distracting about black lines on an image that’s supposed to look white, so I prefer the softer no line version. I colored the image with Copics, starting with the sky, then ocean, ice floe, polar bear and finally the penguin and his little scarf. I prefer doing the black towards the end, it’s just good practice to avoid getting it into nearby areas where you don’t want it.

Once I finished the coloring, I die cut the panel using the second largest die in the A2 Stitched Rectangles STAX 1 set from My Favorite Things, before mounting it on foam tape onto a white card base I created from white cardstock from Papertrey Ink. I die cut the word klem (hug) twice from white cardstock using a die from Kort & Godt. It’s actually a Christmas die that says juleklem (Christmas hug), but by using only the latter part of the word, I have a completely different use for the die, which I love. That’s the whole card, I decided not to add any embellishments, I wanted to keep the focus on the image.

Loooots of Copics for this deceptively simple scene.

Merry Christmas {Purple Onion Designs}

Hi, crafty friends! Yes, I’m aware that we’ve still got three and a half months until Christmas, but I love creating Christmas cards and just can’t stop.

Old Betsy from Purple Onion Designs is such a great image. I love this pick up truck with the bear inside waving hello through the window. I’ve used it before on this card, which also featured lots of other images. This time, though, I only focused on this one image, and only used the front section of it too.

Using the Itsy Bitsy Polka Dot Backdrop die from Lawn Fawn, I die cut a panel of white cardstock from Papertrey Ink to add a little bit of texture to the front of my card. I adhered it to a quarter panel of Blue Breeze cardstock from My Favorite Things, before using the Selfie Square die, also from My Favorite Things, to die cut a window in the top center.

I put foam tape on the back of my polka dot panel and adhered it to my colored piece, making sure to line up the image so it would show trough the window the way I wanted it to. I then grabbed a quarter panel of Jalapeño Popper cardstock from My Favorite Things and used my G99 Copic marker and scribbled it close to the edge of the green cardstock to make the color match my car a little bit better. Green cardstock is tricky, and I don’t often find the right kind of green that I want for my projects. This was an easy hack, but if anyone out there has a suggestion for a green cardstock that is close in color to G99 (or G94), please let me know.

I adhered my improved green cardstock to an A2 top fold white note card and mounted the polka dot piece with the colored window using foam tape – lots of it. I then used the same Blue Breeze cardstock that I used previously to cut the word merry three times using the Merry Script die from Mama Elephant. I love their script dies! On the top layer I spritzed sheer shimmer craft spray from Imagine for a bit of sparkle to the letters. Unfortunately, details like that are tricky to photograph, but it’s definitely noticeable in real life, trust me 🙂

Onto a leftover scrap of X-Press It blending card, I scribbled an even layer of G99 to create a dark green cardstock that would match my colored image. Onto it, I white heat embossed the word Christmas from the Holiday Messages Sentiment Set from Purple Onion Designs. I love the classy script die cut with the more playful block lettering of the heat embossed word. I added a couple of cardstock strips behind my sentiment strip for dimension and finished the card with a few sequins from the White Orchid Sequin mix from Little Things from Lucy’s Cards.

I love my Copics and used quite a few for this rather simple image.

Treat yourself {Mo’s Digital Pencil}

Hi, crafty friends. I’m sharing another birthday card today. Somehow I seem to be able to create birthday cards from pretty much every image I color. Birthday cards and holiday cards are my favorite cards to make, though, so I really don’t mind.

I colored up The Sweetest from Mo Manning for this card. It’s one of her newer images, and it’s so cool. I went for a bit of an unusual color combination for me, starting with the BG90s which were already out on my desk after my previous project. Less markers to clean once done, that way – I always try to clean my markers after each image.

Once the coloring was complete, I used the largest die in the A2 Double Stitched Rectangles STAX die set from My Favorite Things to turn my panel into a rectangle with a nice faux stitch around the edges. I then added a thick layer of Glossy Accents to the heart and let that dry.

Using the Geometric Landscape stencil from Altenew, I ink blended a bit of yellow in the top right corner using Distress Inks in the colors Mustard Seed and Squeezed Lemonade, letting the lighter shade of the two fade to white. I then adhered my panel onto a top fold card base I created from Stormy Sea cardstock from Papertrey Ink.

I die cut the word wishes four times from the same color cardstock using a die from Mama Elephant. I stacked the die cuts for a dimensional look and adhered them on top of my ink blended section.

Using two stamp sets from My Favorite Things (Bitty Birthday Wishes and Itty Bitty Gifting), I heat embossed sub sentiments onto strips of Canyon Clay cardstock from Papertrey Ink. I die cut those using the Itty Bitty Strips dies, also from My Favorite Things, before finishing off the card with a few yellow enamel dots from the Pocketful of Sunshine pack of enamel dots from Altenew.

This was a fun color palette to work with, and I think the finished card echoes that. I’d say it’s my usual style of card, just not my usual color palette. I need to branch out more often, I had a blast using these colors.

Happy Christmas {Lili of the Valley}

There’s a brand new clear stamps release from Lili of the Valley right around the corner. It’s another holiday release, and there are some really cute critters involved. Lili of the Valley does the best critters.

There’s a stamp set in the release which includes a wreath and six different critters you can put inside, as well as a few individual stamps that go well with the wreath. I chose the wreath and the reindeer in the set for this card, making sure Rudolph was stamped a little crooked peeking into the front of the card from the side, I thought that made for a dynamic card design.

Using my Copics, I colored Rudolph and the wreath and also one of the smaller images, which I also fussy cut.

I trimmed my panel down so that it was 1/2″ more narrow than the card base and mounted it on foam tape onto a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2″ piece of Clover cardstock from Concord & 9th. They have the most gorgeous color range! Their cardstock isn’t very thick, so I don’t use it for card bases, but their colors are magical. This panel I adhered to a top fold card base I created from Stamper’s Select White cardstock from Papertrey Ink.

I stamped a sentiment from the Snow Cute stamp set from Lili of the Valley (released last month) near the top left of my panel using Evergreen ink from Altenew. I then added my fussy cut holly leaves next to it, making sure a little bit would hang off the edge of the white panel.

To finish off the card, I decided to add a layer of black glaze pen to Rudolph’s eyes. This makes them shiny and also adds a tiny bit of dimension. Once dry, I put a white dot in each eye using a 05 Gelly Roll pen. I also added Glossy Accents from Ranger to the berries and Rudolph’s nose for some extra shine.

Rudolph and his shiny nose say hi. It’s really shiny!

Fairly simple color palette. This card was so much fun to make, I love the playfulness of Rudolf with his head tilted in from the side of the card.

Grateful for friends like you {Rachelle Anne Miller Creative Studios}

Hi, crafty friends! I’m sharing a sneak peek today at one of the new images coming from Rachelle Anne Miller. This is Autumn Friends. Personally, I’d like to hang on to summer for as long as humanly possible, but even though I’m not a fan of the cold, I love the vibe in this particular image.

The sentiment comes with the image. You can omit it if you want to, but I really like both the placement and the mix of the handwritten style with the playful print style. I decided to also add a few additional leaves above their heads. Aside from the green leaf to the left of the bird and the one leaf that’s landed on the hat, all the leaves above their heads are ones I added. I did that by copying the leaves already in the image and placing them where I wanted them; it’s one of the many advantages of working with digital stamps.

I colored everything with my Copics and went for a much warmer color palette than I usually choose. Their clothes are cool tones, but everything else is in warm tones.

I used one of the dies in the Stitched Borders set from Lawn Fawn to create the faux stitching on the sides of my colored piece, before I adhered it to a top fold card base I created from Jalapeño Popper cardstock from My Favorite Things. I did add a few additional layers of cardstock behind the panel for dimension, though.

I wanted to keep the focus on this cute image, and scattered a few iridescent gems from the Glass Crystal collection from Little Things from Lucy’s Cards to finish it off.

The gems catch the light and add to the warm feel of the card.

I used quite a bit of Copics for this card, even though my coloring is pretty simple.

Gift tag trio {Lili of the Valley}

Hi, crafty friends. I’m usually pretty good at making Christmas cards all year. What I’m not usually so good at is creating Christmas tags to go on presents. It’s often one of those things I do last minute, even after the gifts are wrapped. I’m trying to be better, though, and today I have three tags to share featuring the Snow Cute stamp set from Lili of the Valley, I just can’t get enough of this set.

These penguins are about 4 cm tall, which makes them the perfect size to create gift tags from. By stamping them on a sheet of X-Press It blending card (or your cardstock of choice) with a little bit of space between them, you can die cut some and fussy cut the remaining ones. I decided to fussy cut the one in the center, while using dies for the other two.

I colored all the penguins with Copics and used a black glaze pen to create a little bit of shine and dimension to their eyes. Once the black was dry, which didn’t take long, I used a white Gelly Roll 05 on top of the black to put the white back into their eyes.

I’m starting with this fussy cut penguin. In a drawer, I had a scrap of a snowy background that I created last fall using Rustic Cream cardstock from Papertrey Ink, the Falling Snow stencil from Simon Says Stamp, modeling paste from The Crafter’s Workshop and Rock Candy distress glitter from Ranger. I decided to put it to use and die cut it using the 210 die from Kort & Godt, I really like the heart shaped hole it creates at the top. I mounted the penguin using foam tape and added a sentiment strip below. The sentiment is from the Christmas Greetings stamp set from Lili of the Valley, it’s got heaps of great sentiments for the holidays. I used a bit of red lace ribbon, a couple of bells and a piece of thread to the top of the tag to embellish it a little.

On the back, I added die cut letters to spell the words to and from. The words are from the Tag Builder Blueprints 6 die set from My Favorite Things, die cut from Amarena Cherry cardstock, also from MFT.

Simple color palette for this one.

Next up is the circular tag. I used the Tag Builder Blueprints 6 die set for this one as well, as well as another sentiment from the Christmas Greetings stamp set from LOTV. I added Divine Twine in the color Cherry to the top, a bell charm and a few red enamel dots from Papirdesign to finish it off.

On the back, I used the to/from circle die that I used for the first tag, but for this one, I used the negative of the die cut, popping in the centers of the o’s to complete the look. I figured it would be easier to see the writing on white cardstock instead of the red in the dim light on Christmas Eve when we open our presents, so this is meant to be practical too.

A few additional colors for this one, I wanted to ground my penguin and also needed some color on that candy cane.

For the blue one, I used the Fold-Up Tags die set from My Favorite Things to create my tag. I made sure not to cut off his scarf by fussy cutting that and putting it behind the die as I ran it through my die cutting machine. I used a piece of Blue Breeze cardstock from My Favorite Things to create the reinforcing element near the top, added some Divine Twine in the color Blueberry, a couple of white bells from UiT Hobby and some thread that’s actually meant to use with a loom (it’s super strong). Once again, I used the Christmas Greetings stamp set for the sentiment, and scattered a few snowdrift sprinkles from Little Things from Lucy’s Cards to finish.

On the back, I used that same die from the Tag Builder Blueprints 6 die set from My Favorite Things that I used for the other two tags, this time die cut from Enchanted Evening cardstock from Papertrey Ink.

Once again, simple color palette. These were such fun to make. I want to make more, and have a bunch on hand when it’s time to wrap Christmas presents, so I’m not rushing last minute to get the tags done.

Believe in the magic of Christmas {Rachelle Anne Miller Creative Studios}

Hi, crafty friends! Another day, another Christmas card. As you may have guessed, I love creating holiday cards all year, and this card might be the quickest one I’ve made this year.

I colored up A Special Gift using Copics on a quarter piece of X-Press It blending card, using colors that you probably don’t associate with the holidays. I don’t like red and green, so I avoid the combination like the plague, but I’m all in for a peachy pink with green.

The ribbon on the present went through a few changes as I was coloring. I started with the peachy pinks, but it didn’t really work, I had so many small things already with these colors, so I went over the pink with green. That didn’t really work either, it turned into mud (which I kind of knew upfront, but somehow I did it anyway), so to finish, I added the browns I used for the hair, which turned out okay. I didn’t have time to start over, so I worked the problem until I found a solution. The greenish brown or brownish green works. 

I decided to lean into the brown by softly ink blending Classic Kraft ink from Papertrey Ink onto the panel using the Watercolor Wash Free Form stencil from My Favorite Things. I then stamped a sentiment from the Holiday Messages stamp set from Mama Elephant using the same ink.

I trimmed my panel down slightly before adhering it to a card base I created from Classic Kraft cardstock from Papertrey Ink, added a few sequins and confetti stars from the Icicle sequin mix from Hero Arts, and my card was complete.

All in all, this card only took me a little over an hour to make, including the coloring. That’s warp speed for me, I rarely create cards this quickly.

Not a whole heap of colors for this one, even if the ribbon went through three iterations (I used the same colors for the different elements in this image as I did for by all those ribbon layers).