You warm my heart! {Rachelle Anne Miller Creative Studios}

Hi, everyone! I’ve been wanting to try mini slimline cards for months, ever since Taylored Expressions introduced this new size back in August. I finally took the plunge and gave it a go, using the Penguin Hug image from Rachelle Anne Miller as my focal point.

My card measures 3 1/2 x 6 1/2″. I printed the image onto X-Press It blending card and colored it with my Copics. I was planning on doing a split complementary color scheme, but went with an analogous in the end, which is never a bad idea, in my opinion. I adhered the colored panel onto a card base I made from Soft Stone card stock from Papertrey Ink, adding two layers of cardstock behind the image for added dimension.

I wanted to create a proper embellishment cluster for this card. I love making these, and this card format really gave me lots of space to play with for a cluster, using die cut scraps of patterned paper from Maja Design, StudioLight, Imaginisce and My Mind’s Eye. I printed the sentiment that comes with the image onto a separate piece of X-Press It and die cut it using a fishtail flag banner die from My Favorite Things. I also added chipboard pieces from Snip Art and a couple of pieces of mini paper doilies from Doodlebug to build all my elements onto.

It’s no secret that I love enamel dots, and the Cool Summer Night enamel dots from Altenew were the *perfect* color to match my penguin. Since I didn’t have any envelopes in the right size for this card, I created my own using patterned paper from Papirdesign and my envelope punch board from WRMK.

I love this color palette. In addition to these colors, I also used BG71, which is a color I’ve created myself.

Bitty Bears phone cover {Hobbykunst}

Hi, everyone! I’m back today with a back cover for a phone. I’ve made a couple of these in the past (here and here), and I actually use them! Last week, my niece asked me if I could make one for her phone, too. She wanted brown bears on hers, and I *knew* that the Bitty Bears from My Favorite Things would be perfect.

I stamped the bears randomly across a piece of X-Press It blending card using Extreme Black ink from My Favorite Things. It’s a great all around ink that you can use for both watercolor and alcohol markers. I colored the bears and realized I needed some colors for the accessories. I didn’t want to mess up, so I called my niece. She didn’t hesitate for even a fraction of a second, she wanted red, blue and purple. I wish I could make decisions that quickly. She actually colored one of the cupcakes herself. I wasn’t done when it was time to head to dinner at my parents’, so I brought the markers and a few other bits with me so I could finish it there.

I think it looks kind of cool with the silicone cover on the back, all glittered up. 10 year olds like glitter, I suppose.

Given how small these bears are, it’s a wonder I was able to cram this many colors into them.

Wishing you a happy day {Lili of the Valley}

Hi, everyone! I’ve got a card to share today, featuring one of the super sweet images from the Lili of the Valley release that’s coming next Sunday (February 14th) and some faux watercolor.

Meet Grace. She comes in seven different poses, and each pose comes in a regular black lined version, and a more sketchy pencil style version, which is what I used for my card. I thought the sketchy look would be amazing with watercolor, but watercolor doesn’t play well with the ink in my printer, so I’ve totally cheated and used Copics. Well, Copic refills on watercolor paper, to be exact. Works like a charm and you get soft results, it’s fast to do and you don’t need a lot of colors. And for a sketchy style image like this, it doesn’t even matter if you go outside the lines a bit, it adds to that watercolor feel. I used this technique years ago (blog post here, written in Norwegian), it was fun to pull it back out and try it with a digital stamp.

I wanted all the focus to be on the image, and used the Fine Frames Cover die with some patterned paper from Papirdesign in a soft, matching purple, adding dimension behind every other frame (the wider ones), while gluing the others straight onto the card base.

I stamped and white heat embossed a sentiment from the Statement Flowers stamp set from Altenew, before adding a few sequins from the White Orchid Sequin Mix from Little Things from Lucy’s Cards.

Very limited color palette. I put a drop or two of color onto my glass work surface and picked up the color with a watercolor brush filled with blender solution instead of water. I have a watercolor brush just for blender solution.

Merry & Bright {Purple Onion Designs}

Hi, everyone! I know Christmas is far away, but somehow, I have another Christmas card to share anyway, featuring the adorable Jolly snowman from Purple Onion Designs. I love how happy he is looking up at the sky, and my initial plan was to turn him into a wintery birthday card, but plans change…

I didn’t have any birthday sentiment dies that fit my slimline plan, but this Stacked Merry die from My Favorite Things was perfect. I die cut four from white card stock and stacked them for a dimensional look, before adding embossing powder on top and heat embossing for a shine that matches the embossed snow in the background. I stamped “& bright” from the Holiday Messages sentiment set onto Blue Yonder card stock from My Favorite Things and white heat embossed. I added my colored piece with the sentiment onto a card base made from that same Blue Yonder card stock and added a few snowflake sprinkles from Little Things from Lucy’s Cards close to the snowman and the sentiment, finishing off the card with a trail of snowflakes.

I used quite a few colors for this very simple image. Building color to create contrast is key when doing no line coloring, and the first 7 markers in this graphic were all used for the snow. It might be difficult to tell from the photo, but the orange combo I used for carrot is  different than the combo I used for the scarf and pocket, which isn’t as bright a combo in real life.

Happy birthday {Streamside Studios}

Hi, everyone! I’ve got a bright, cheerful, very blinged out birthday card to share today, featuring the candle border from the Designer Birthday Cake stamp set from Streamside Studios.

I colored in the candles using a rainbow color palette. Using the largest die in the Slimline Scallop Frame die set from Simon Says Stamp, I die cut six frames from white card stock and glued them together in a stack to form the walls for my shaker card. Into the shaker, I put some micro beads, some flat, iridescent sequins and quite a few “diamonds” from Kort & Godt, before adding a piece of acetate to seal the shaker. I die cut one last scallop frame to put on top, this time from a super glittery silver card stock from Kort & Godt. It’s very sparkly, and the glitter doesn’t rub off, I love it. I die cut Happy birthday from the same cardstock and adhered the letters onto the acetate to finish the card.

Lots of colors for this one. That happens with rainbows 🙂

Winter wishes on your birthday {Purple Onion Designs}

Hi, everyone! It’s the coldest time of year. The sun’s out, but the high pressure makes it even colder. I’m staying warm by not venturing out too much to actually FEEL the cold, but creating cards in the comfort of my craft room. I have a wintery birthday card to share today, using a couple of stamps from Purple Onion Designs.

I stamped Birch using Memento Rich Cocoa ink and colored him with my Copics, before doing some fussy cutting. I knew I was going to have the blue polaroid frame behind him, so I did my best to leave a slim white border around him. I don’t know about you, but when I fussy cut, I find it much easier to cut right up against the line than to leave a white border. I even prefer the look of fussy cutting against the edge, but for him to stand out against the blue behind him, I needed that white. I actually used a pencil to trace around the bunny before cutting, so I didn’t accidentally cut off too much white or create an uneven trim.

I used one of the Precious Polaroids dies from My Favorite Things, as well as a wishes die from Mama Elephant. I die cut both four times from Blue Yonder card stock from My Favorite Things and stacked them for a dimensional look. Directly onto the card base, I used a blender brush from Taylored Expressions with Classic Kraft ink from Papertrey Ink over a Tim Holtz mini layering stencil to create some interest in the background. I stamped selected words from two sentiments from the Warming Winter Thoughts stamp set from Purple Onion Designs using Papertrey Ink Blueberry Sky ink, and turned them into strips using my Cut-align ruler from Misti. That’s my favorite tool for creating perfect little sentiment strips. I glued an additional three layers of card stock strips behind each of the stamped strips, and glued them all on to the front of the card at various angles, to create a full sentence sentiment along with the stacked die cut, which is also adhered at a bit of an angle for a playful look. I finished with a couple of enamel dots from Papirdesign.

I’m woefully short on envelopes to fit A2 cards, and definitely didn’t have any blue, kraft or white ones to go with my card, so I pulled out my A2 V Flap Envelope dies from Simon Says Stamp and created one using scraps of patterned paper from Papirdesign. Blue with snowflakes, can you get any better for a blue, wintery birthday card?

Very limited color palette this time, but it’s no wonder given the size of the image. I also used B90 for the hat, which is a color I’ve made myself.

Christmas joy {Mo’s Dream Team}

Hi, everyone! Another Wednesday, another Mo Manning creation and another Christmas card. That’s right, this is my second Christmas card for 2021. Solid start, I’d say. Since I’ve been working my way through the alphabet of unused Mo digis that I have in my Dropbox, I just color and create something with whatever’s next on my list. Ragged Martha was waiting for me, and I just had to turn her into a Christmas card. I love all of Mo’s Ragged images, so it took me by surprise that I hadn’t colored this one before.

Once I’d colored the image with my Copics on X-Press It blending card, I used the largest of the A2 Stitched Rectangles STAX dies from My Favorite Things to turn it into a panel with faux stitching, a look I still love after years and years. I grabbed some various green scraps of patterned paper from various Christmas collections from Maja Design to embellish my card. Some were already die cut using the Fishtail Flag Frames dies from My Favorite Things and the Happy Days Ticket Stubs die from XCut, but I also die cut a scrap using a doily die from Prima.

I adhered everything to my die cut panel, some directly, and some with a couple of more layers of paper behind them for added dimension. I added a couple of veneer snowflakes from Crafty Moly that I’d already white heat embossed with three layers of super detail embossing powder from Ranger. I used a piece of the strip of 12×12″ paper that has the barcode on it from Papirdesign. Their barcode strips are awesome. One side has the barcode and all the information, the other side of the strip actually has a design on it, so nothing needs to go to waste.

I adhered everything onto a card base I made from Classic Kraft card stock from Papertrey Ink. I didn’t have any colored envelopes to match (and I’ve run out of white envelopes for A2 sized cards), so I used the A2 V Flap Envelope dies from Simon Says Stamp to create an envelope from some larger scraps of Maja Design patterned paper.

As usual, I leave you with the Copics I used. In addition to B0000 and the blender, I also used B90, which is a color I’ve made myself, for the sky.

You rule {Hobbykunst}

Hi, everyone! I’ve got a fairly simple card to share today, featuring a skateboard boy from hÄnglar & Wings.

I colored the skater boy using Copics, then fussy cut him right up against the black stamped lines.

I don’t often use green as my main color in my cards, but on boy cards, I think it’s one of the best colors out there, even better than blue. And coming from me, that’s saying a lot. For this one, I used the Geometric Landscape stencil from Altenew, along with five different colors of Altenew ink for my background; Bamboo, Parrot, Grass Field, Shadow Creek and Evergreen. I smooshed the Grass Field onto an acrylic block and added some water to it, before using a paint brush to create green paint splatter in the background. I also pulled out my Black Marble ink spray from Ranger (Dylusions) and did the same with that.

I mounted my ink blended background to a white card base using lots of foam tape, before adding the skater boy on top using some 1 mm foam squares. I stamped and white heat embossed “you rule” from the same stamp set onto True Black card stock from Papertrey Ink and added a couple of more black card stock strips behind it for dimension. To finish off the card I added three black dots from Papirdesign.

Blues, greens, gray and a little bit of skin and hair.

Sending warm wishes {Mo’s Dream Team}

Hi, everyone! I have a Christmas card to share today, featuring Ragged Maggie from Mo’s Digital Pencil. Technically, it could be used as a general winter card, but I love making Christmas cards, so I’ll probably put it in my Christmas 2021 card pile. It’s snowed pretty much all day every day for the last week or so, and I find it fitting for Christmas card making. I’m also a week late in taking down the Christmas tree and the rest of the Christmas decorations, but I’m crossing my fingers hoping it’ll happen tonight.

Once I’d finished coloring my image, I used the largest of the dies in the A2 Stitched Rectangles STAX 2 set (man, that’s a mouthful) from My Favorite Things and turned it into a nice panel with a little bit of detail around the edge. I adhered it onto a card base made from Blue Yonder card stock from My Favorite Things.

I realized I hadn’t done my signature cluster in quite some time, so I found a few scraps of patterned paper from the Home for the holidays collection from Maja Design and die cut a couple of tickets from the scraps using my Happy Days Ticket Stubs die from XCut. I adhered them to the top right of the card and cut off the excess, before white heat embossing a couple of snowflakes from Crafty Moly. I white heat embossed part of a sentiment from the Oh penguin tree stamp set from Mama Elephant onto a scrap piece of blue patterned paper, before die cutting it into a banner using one of the fishtail flag frames dies from My Favorite Things. I added that to my cluster with a little bit of dimension behind it, glued a snowflake on top and finished off the card with three blue enamel dots from Papirdesign.

Kind of a muted color palette for this one. I tried to keep it to a minimum, because there’s a lot going on in that image, and I didn’t want the end result to feel cluttered.

Welcome to the world, little one {Rachelle Anne Miller Creative Studios}

Hi, everyone! I’ve got a sweet baby card to share today, featuring Friendship Bunnies from Rachelle Anne Miller. As the title of the image suggests, it’s not actually a baby image, but once I started coloring it in pinks and peaches, I couldn’t help it.

After coloring the image, I used a die from the nested stitched doily set from Cottage Cuts to turn my colored piece into a circle with some nice detailing along the edge. I die cut two more from white cardstock and added them to the back for a little bit more strength and stability.

Using the Detail Ringlet Plate from Simon Says Stamp, I created a white panel with subtle texture. I wanted something that wasn’t too plain while at the same time not being too distracting from the image. I cut down four more pieces of white card stock, added them to the back of the die cut one and adhered it to a card base I made from Berry Sorbet card stock from Papertrey Ink.

A stacked die cut sentiment (die from Papirdesign) and a heat embossed sub sentiment from Norsk Stempelblad AS were added to the front, and finally a couple of matte gold sequins from Little Things From Lucy’s Cards. Before adhering it to the card, I used a shimmer spray on my colored piece, you can sort of see it in this photo, but it’s a lot more sparkly in person.

I used a very limited color palette for this one. One color for the sky, three for the ground, and four for each of the bunnies. That’s it.