Jula varer helt til påske {Hobbykunst}

Ok, så er ikke det helt sant, og det er mange rundt omkring som fjerner julepynten sin i dag, men jula varer teknisk sett en uke til. Men DA er det slutt 😉 Jeg har naturlig nok et julekort å vise frem i dag, det skulle egentlig ha vært med i adventskalenderen til Hobbykunst, men der ble det noe kluss, så da kommer det nå.

For en som stort sett lager veldig enkle kort er dette noe litt utenom normalen. Tro det eller ei, men bare selve shakerboksen tok et par timer å lage.

Jeg er i utgangspunktet ingen fan av rødt til jul, men jeg er glad i utfordringer. Ikke er jeg glad i gull heller, så man skulle tro at julearkene til Prima, som både hadde rødt og gull, ikke var noe for meg, men jeg er også sta, så jeg får til å bruke det meste likevel. Jeg valgte arket Most Wonderful Time of the Year for to av panelene på kortet mitt. Jeg målte og var nøye med at rutemønsteret skulle være sentrert på panelene. Utrolig nok funker rødt og svart til julekort! Teksten er fra den andre siden av det samme arket, den er stanset ut med en die fra My Favorite Things. Rammen rundt er stanset ut med samme die i gullkartong som matchet gullfargen i teksten.

Jeg brukte en die fra Rayher til å stanse ut motivet mitt, som kommer fra Spreading Christmas Magic-arket i julekolleksjonen til Prima. Dieen stanser ut noen hull som jeg måtte dekke til på baksiden for å kunne bruke den til en shakerboks, men det var lett å fikse. Jeg stanset ut den samme dieen tre ganger til – to i mosegummi og en i den samme gullkartongen som jeg brukte på rammen rundt teksten. En bit acetat mellom det øverste laget mosegummi og gullkartongen holder glitteret i shakerboksen på plass.

Bak shakerboksen har jeg enda et mønsterark, her ville jeg ha noe i kontrast til det røde, så da falt valget på Christmas Joy-arket. Jeg har også lurt på plass noen snøfnugg fra Rayher.

Her er omtrent alt på kortet limt på med dimensjon, så kortet er ganske tykt, selv om det kun er forsiden som er pyntet.

Is it summer yet? {Mo’s Dream Team}

Happy New Year! You know what happens when the year starts on a Wednesday, right? It’s Mo Manning time. And you know what happens when Christmas is nearly over?? I’m saying nearly because we technically have another 12 days to go, at least in my little corner of the globe. There’s a saying in Norwegian, though, about Christmas lasting till Easter. Me? I’m ready for summer!!

What’s more summery than peachy colors, flowers and butterflies? I colored up Peaches way back in early April, then managed to break my shoulder the following week, so this image and these patterned paper panels have been waiting patiently to be turned into a card. Better late than never, right?

I’ve sort of gone back to my roots with this card. Layers (though not many), colored Bazzill card base, Pion Design patterned papers, flowers and those little clear acrylic branches are all things I used to use a lot, but rarely use any more. It’s fun to shake things up every once in a while, especially after making so many clean and simple Christmas cards.

I don’t know what colors I used to color up my image, it’s been about eight months, after all. I may have written it down somewhere, but if I did, I don’t know where. I’m usually good at writing things down in a book, but I’m also known for some serious Post-it notes usage. I’m not sure where the Post-it went. Or even if there ever was a Post-it for this particular color combination on this particular image. What I do know is that it’s not in my book.

I glued all my cardstock and patterned paper panels down using double sided tape. For the diecut image, I used foam tape, and lots of it. I was not shy. A roll of foam tape lasts forever, so I like to cover the entire back for even dimension with no sag. I think I bought ten rolls a couple of years ago. I’ve given one away and am halfway through my second roll, so I still have seven sitting in a cabinet in my craft room.

I used a hot glue gun to attach my flowers and those acrylic branches. I have a low temp hot glue gun that I love for things like this. It dries instantly and stays put. For the butterflies and the pearl in the center of the largest flower, I used connect glue from Gina K. It’s the best liquid glue out there, those butterflies aren’t going anywhere!

I used the same design on the insides and on the back of my card. There’s no dimension to the circles on the inside of the card, but I used foam tape on the back circle as well. A sentiment from Norsk Stempelblad AS stamped in a combination of VersaMark and two different colors of Distress Ink (Worn Lipstick and Abandoned Coral). Normally, I’m not a fan of distress ink used with clear stamps, they tend to bead up on the surface of the stamp, and the result you get isn’t the best. I didn’t have a peachy ink pad, however, and if you use VersaMark on the stamp and then distress ink right on top of that, you can reduce the beading and get a better stamping. Not perfect, but better than distress ink on its own. And much better than having to compromise and use black or brown or another color that wouldn’t go as well with the rest of the card.

Merry Christmas {Mo’s Dream Team}

It’s Christmas!!! Dinner and lots of presents opened yesterday, and a new card today. A simple one this time too, featuring Little Elf Kippa from Mo Manning.

I’m still working through my Christmas images with no line coloring, and I adore this one, she’s so cute balancing those baubles!! Baubles are fun to color too, so all in all, this was a joy to make.

I ran out of my favorite white cardstock while working on my Christmas cards, so I had to get creative with card bases and patterned paper before I got a new shipment! For this one I used Olive cardstock from Simon Says Stamp, it matches perfectly with the greens in the patterned paper from Maja Design and my coloring.

I diecut the panel with my little elf using the larges of the faux stitch rectangle dies from My Favorite Things and glued it straight to a piece of Maja Design patterned paper the same size as my card base. I added a piece of a Doodlebug Design mini doily and a couple of banners made from patterned paper scraps. I diecut both banners with dies from the Fishtail Flag Frames set from My Favorite Things, stamped a Huldra designstudio sentiment on one of them and white heat embossed it. As a last finishing touch, I added a few crystal to draw the eye to the sentiment.

The banner with the sentiment is mounted with 1 mm foam tape, everything else is glued flat, making this a card that will have no trouble going through the mail.

I managed to include BG90 twice in my little Copic chart, maybe I shouldn’t make my charts when it’s way past bed time??

God jul {Hobbykunst}

Når man er sent ute med vertinnegaver trenger man noe som går kjapt. Denne posen lager du superkjapt av ett mønsterark, og du trenger ikke å pynte superkomplisert heller. Legg i noe hjemmelaget å spise på som du allerede har ferdig (jeg lagde fugde til min pose), og vips, så er du ute av døra på null komma niks. Hvis du vil ha litt mer fremgangsmetode enn bare selve malen, finner du detaljert beskrivelse i fjorårets desembernummer av Ett trykk.

Jeg brukte dette arket fra Holiday in the Alps-kolleksjonen til Maja Design og brettet i vei. Da jeg var ferdig med å lage alle brettelinjene stanset jeg ut en sirkel i front til et vindu og dekket over innsiden med acetat, før jeg stemplet god jul (fra fleksi JUL-platen til Huldra designstudio) i mørkeblått og limte på et par av disse snøfnuggene fra Rayher.

Siden man kun bruker 9″ av bredden på arket er det greit å velge seg ut en bit som gjør seg fin både på for- og bakside av posen. Disse hjortebukkene gjør seg veldig fint på baksiden (og litt siden) av posen, man trenger ikke mer pynt enn det.

Da gjenstår kun å ønske god jul fra meg. Håper du går en fin julefeiring i møte!

Nisseklem {Mo’s Dream Team}

Another Wednesday, and another Mo Manning creation. Another simple Christmas card, this time featuring Stocking Elf.

I love coloring Mo’s images using the no line technique, and this one was no exception. I don’t remember what my initial plan was, but I printed the image in the top left corner of a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2″ panel, something I pretty much always do with my images. This time I struggled to come up with a card design that worked, so I wound up chopping off everything below the stocking, so I could use it along with pieces of patterned paper on the front of my card.

I try using scraps for my cards, and the plaid patterned paper scrap from Maja Design was exactly 4 1/8″ long. I placed it carefully in the largest of the faux stitch rectangle dies from My Favorite Things for a nicely finished edge, and did the same for all the other pieces of paper, creating a seamless seam along all the edges.

I stamped a sentiment from the B04 stamp set from Norsk Stempelblad AS using Papertrey Ink Scarlet Jewel ink and added a couple of Papirdesign enamel dots as a finishing touch.

I mailed my card along with a small Christmas present for my secret Santa contribution at Copic Norge. I used another Norsk Stempelblad AS stamp set to stamp GOD JUL on the gift tag. Very simple.

You’d think I’d use very few colors on such a small image, but no 😉 Considering 7 of these are for the skin alone, it’s no wonder I always use lots of markers!

Happy, Merry, Joyful Christmas

Every year, it seems as if I have time to make ONE card that isn’t a design team assignment. This year, I had to stay away from card making for months due to a shoulder fracture, but I’ve still managed to make my one non DT card.

I have a soft spot for Stacey Yacula’s images, and the Sweet Holiday Penguins set from My Favorite Things was perfect for a quick, simple Christmas card. I’m normally not one for scene cards, but I thought these two deserved better than to just float around, so I added a night sky and some subtle hints of snow on the ground.

I colored my penguins during Kathy Racoosin’s 30 day challenge on Instagram, and asked my followers how to add snow. Someone suggested paint splatters and embossing powder, so that’s what I did. I used liquid watercolor from Hero Arts for the splatters, and lots and lots and lots of chunky white embossing enamel from Stampendous for the rest. It makes the card seem very wintry, and the embossing enamel adds a ton of texture to an otherwise very simple card.

I could have made it a one layer wonder, but I like the faux stitch look you get with the stitched rectangle STAX sets from My Favorite Things, and I love the 1/16″ frame of pure white around it. I even mounted my panel on foam tape for that extra bit of dimension.

Simple, yet dimensional from that foam tape, with lots of texture from the embossing enamel. Maybe I should start making scene cards more often?

I can’t believe I’ve nearly used all the different gray families on one card, all I’m missing are the Ws.

Merry Christmas! {Mo’s Dream Team}

Hi, everyone! Another Wednesday, another Mo Manning creation. This time, it’s a simple Christmas card, featuring the adorable Little Elf Tippi. He’s so cute tangled up in those lights, I couldn’t resist coloring him!

I went for a no lines version, which is my preferred Copic technique, it makes the image come to life much more than a black lined version ever could.

I die cut my colored piece with a faux stitch rectangle die from My Favorite Things. I added a red piece of Maja Design patterned paper to my card front and glued my elf panel on top, effectively creating a 1/16″ red frame around my image.

I wanted to keep the focus on the cute little elf. The best way to do that is to keep it super simple and subtle. I added a piece of a Doodlebug Design mini doily before gluing on a Papirdesign button that says Merry Christmas in Norwegian. That’s it.

This is a pretty mail friendly card, the only thing that adds a little bulk is that button, everything else is glued on without any dimension.

I try being good at showing the Copics I used, but sometimes I forget. This time I didn’t.