Get Cracking on Christmas – April {Purple Onion Designs}

Hi, crafty friends. We’ve reached the third Thursday of the month, which means it’s time to Get Cracking on Christmas.

This time, I have a fun slimline card to share featuring Cooper and Fiona from Purple Onion Designs. I actually created this card back in October, but ran out of time to share it before the holidays.

I used a couple of dies from My Favorite Things to create the window openings and the faux stitch edge around the white cardstock. I stamped the Snow Much Fun background stamp twice; once in gray ink on the white cardstock, and once in VersaMark ink that I white heat embossed on the red card base for a continuous look across the entire card. I also stamped and white heat embossed a sentiment from the Snow Much Fun sentiment set in the center of the card.

I colored both the images in greys and reds and mounted the white panel with the window openings using foam tape for dimension. This cat is like a grey version of Garfield, it’s too funny.

Fiona looks like she’s kind of done with Christmas, Shari creates so much personality in each of her critters.

I kept the card very simple, but did add a few snowdrift sprinkles from Little Things from Lucy’s Cards.

Especially for you {Purple Onion Designs}

Hi, crafty friends. I wanted to share this yesterday, because it was the 24th and nine months left until Christmas Eve, but I didn’t finish this before the sun set, and I’m no good at flat lay photography in the dark, so I’m sharing today instead.

I colored and fussy cut Especially for you from the 2021 I’ll Be Home for the Holidays collection illustrated by Stacey Yacula for Purple Onion Designs. I left a white trim around the edge to preserve the tail on the mouse and also have an easier time cutting the ribbon that adorns the present.

For the background I used the largest die in the Stitched Traditional Tag STAX die set from My Favorite Things and die cut two of these from Blue Breeze cardstock from My Favorite Things, before gluing them back to back. On the back I simply stamped a To/From stamp and on the front, I used the Falling Snow stencil from Simon Says Stamp along with some paste for a subtle snowy effect in the background.

I mounted the image on foam tape and added big die cut numbers above them using the By the numbers die set from Papertrey Ink. I die cut four of each number from Cornflower cardstock from My Favorite Things, and the top layer from the same cardstock I used for the background. I stamped a sentiment from a Norsk Stempelblad AS stamp set using Cornflower ink from MFT onto one of the numbers. I stacked the numbers, offsetting the top layer slightly and adhered them to the tag. I even put foam tape on the back of the number 4 to pop it up a little bit more and to add interest and dimension, before finishing off the tag with some ribbon of unknown origin, twine from Whisker Graphics in the color Blueberry and a snowflake charm.

I used quite a few colors for the fur on the squirrel, but the rest of the colors are pretty basic.

Get Cracking on Christmas – March

Hi, crafty friends. It’s the third Thursday of the month, which means it’s time to Get Cracking on Christmas. This is a series Jenn Shurkus created years ago. By creating holiday cards every month, there’s less stress when we reach the end of the year, because a bunch of cards are already ready to go. Also, stamp companies seem to have their best releases right when it’s crunch time for holiday cards. Get Cracking on Christmas is a great opportunity to use those holiday products that you love, but haven’t yet had a chance to use.

I actually created two cards this time. No Copic coloring on these, which is rare for me. I bought the Wreaths and Mulled Wine stamp set from Ciao Bella last year, but didn’t have time to use it. Get Cracking to the rescue. I took one of the wreaths in the stamp set, stamped it in VersaMark ink onto watercolor paper (I used Fabriano Artistico Extra White 140 lb hot pressed paper for this) and created two similar, yet different cards.

For this blue one I used Iridescent Sparkle embossing powder from JudiKins for my heat embossing. I used Prussian Blue paint from my Mijello Mission Gold watercolor set and watered it down quite a bit to get the light blue I was after. I used a 3/4″ flat  brush across the surface, and the heat embossing resisted the watercolor I put on top. I love the edges of watercolor, so I just walked away and let this air dry, I didn’t want to mess with it.

Using a more concentrated paint of the the same color, I did a flat wash on a scrap piece of watercolor paper that was big enough for me to die cut. I used the Merry Script die from Mama Elephant and die cut three layers of white and one layer from my painted blue piece and stacked them for dimension. I also white heat embossed part of a sentiment from the Itty Bitty Holiday stamp set from My Favorite Things and nestled that in below the merry using some clear foam tape.

I could fiddle with placement of embellishments all day long. Color, size, I wanted everything to be just right, and wound up using a combination of the Igloo mix from Little Things from Lucy’s Cards (pearls and iridescent sparkle sequins), the Crystal Collection – Glass mix, also from Little Things from Lucy’s Cards (clear jewels), and a few blue diamonds from Kort & Godt to fill in the rest.

I used a die from Waffle Flower to create a rectangle from the watercolored piece and mounted in on foam tape on a card base I created from Spring Rain cardstock from Papertrey Ink. It’s no secret that I love blue for Christmas cards, and I thought this soft background with the wreath and the embellishments was a nice combo.

For my second card I used the same wreath stamp that I stamped in VersaMark ink. This time I embossed it in silver, painted the background with Van Dyke Green (also watered down quite a bit) and flipped the panel upside down to have the snowflake in the bottom right “corner” of the wreath instead of the top left.

I used the same Waffle Flower die to create my rectangle from the watercolor piece and was a little unsure of what to do for a card base. I didn’t have any green cardstocks that matched my watercoloring, and I didn’t feel like pulling my paints back out to create a green wash that I could use (although that would have been pretty). I rummaged through my silver cardstocks, but none of them matched the silver heat embossing very well, so I wound up creating my own using the same silver embossing powder that I used for the wreath. I squished my VersaMark pad onto the edges of a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2″ piece of white cardstock, sprinkled on the embossing powder and repeated the process until the embossing was even and covered everything. I adhered my embossed panel onto a white top fold card base and mounted my watercolor cardstock on top using foam tape.

Using the Hjerte 3 die set from Papirdesign, I die cut the words God jul three times and stacked them for a dimensional look. I made sure to cut the top layer from the watercolor paper I’d already used so that the whites would match. I adhered my die cut words to the center of the wreath using liquid glue.

To finish off the card I added Kort & Godt diamonds in three different sizes in clusters around the wreath. They act as little berries and add a little bit of sparkle and shine.

I made quite a few green Christmas cards last year. It’s a color that’s growing on me, and this Van Dyke Green from Mijello is the most perfect green ever.

I had so much fun creating these cards. They’re very different from what I usually create, that might be part of the reason why. The simplicity of this design makes it easy to mass produce, too, if that’s your jam. Break out your embossing powders, different colors of paint and go to town.

Get Cracking on Christmas – February

Hi, crafty friends. It’s the third Thursday of the month, which means it’s time for Get Cracking on Christmas. Jenn Shurkus started the Get Cracking on Christmas series years ago, and it’s an awesome way to get started on holiday cards early and not be swamped come November. It’s also a great opportunity to use stamps and dies that you may have purchased for last year’s holiday season, and never got around to using, because time simply ran out. That’s what I’m doing today, keeping the focus entirely on a stack of critters from the No One Stacks Up stamp set illustrated by Stacey Yacula for My Favorite Things.

I stamped my critters onto a piece of X-Press It blending card, which is the paper I prefer for all my Copic coloring. I colored the image, then restamped it using VersaFine Onyx Black to get super crisp black lines in the image. This needs to be done after coloring, Copics and VersaFine don’t play well together.

I used a die from Kort & Godt to create the torn page edge at the top of my panel, before trimming the rest of it down to fit on the front of a mini slimline card. I stamped a sentiment from the Scripty Xmas stamp set from Mama Elephant using Jalapeño Popper ink from My Favorite Things, added another three layers of cardstock behind my panel and adhered it to a card base I created from Jalapeño Popper cardstock from My Favorite Things.

To finish the card I scattered a few snowdrift sprinkles from Little Things From Lucy’s Cards around the image and sentiment.

I love this little stack of critters, and the tall, narrow design is the perfect kind of image for a mini slimline card.

You’d think my color palette wouldn’t have this many colors in it, but I tend to go overboard on the snow. I do the same with the green, I love this green combo.

Enjoy the traditions of the season {Purple Onion Designs}

Hi, crafty friends! Guess what? I have another holiday card to share, this time featuring the train and train tracks from the I’ll Be Home for Christmas collection illustrated by Stacey Yacula for Purple Onion Designs.

As soon as I saw this train, I immediately thought of the movie The Polar Express, which happens to be my favorite animated Christmas movie. I colored my train in similar colors to the one in the movie, and I put a mask on top when my coloring was done and airbrushed the sky, moon and glow coming from the headlight.

My best friend and I have a tradition where we sit down and watch this movie every year, and I thought the sentiment from the Home for the Holidays sentiment set was the perfect one to add to this card.

The sentiment is actually one long line, but I did some masking to create a staggered one, which I thought fit my card better. I stamped the sentiment in VersaMark ink and heat embossed it in white using Super fine detail embossing powder from Ranger.

I created the moon by first masking off a circle as I airbrushed the sky, then I used the moon mask that was part of the Tim Holtz/Simon Says Stamp collaboration set for Stamptember 2021 to create my moon.

Once I’d created my moon I covered the circle opening again with VersaMark ink and sprinkled on Iridescent Sparkle embossing powder from Judikins, which I then melted. It gives the moon a nice sparkly glow. I thought that would be a nice detail to add to what is otherwise a very simple card. I adhered the colored scene to a white top fold card base and decided not to embellish, I wanted the image to be the focal point on this card.

Lots of Copics for this one. The ones after the white gap are the ones I used to airbrush the sky, moon and the glow from the headlight.

A kookaburra and koala for Christmas {Rachelle Anne Miller Creative Studios}

Hi, crafty friends. I have a Christmas card to share today, featuring this adorable kookaburra and koala image from Rachelle Anne Miller. Yes, it’s February, and I’m creating holiday cards. This will be very handy in November, and I won’t have to scramble last minute to get my cards finished in time. Also, it’s definitely still winter here, slippery as an ice rink and no fun outside, so card making is a safer option.

I colored the cute little scene with Copics and put it aside while I worked on the rest of my card. On a separate piece of X-Press It blending card I blended the same three blueish teal colors that I used for the kookaburra and the ornaments to create an ombré effect, and used the Merry Script die from Mama Elephant to create part of a sentiment that would match my coloring. I added three white die cuts behind it for dimension to make it stand out on my card.

I used the largest die in the A2 Stitched Rectangles STAX 2 set from My Favorite Things along with the Selfie Square die, also from MFT, and die cut both from a piece of Stamper’s Select White cardstock from Papertrey Ink. I then used the Watercolor Stripes stencil from Altenew and ink blended Jalapeño Popper ink from MFT very softly onto the white cardstock for a subtle background.

For the word christmas I used part of a sentiment from the Itty Bitty Holiday stamp set from MFT and stamped that using Jalapeño Popper ink. It’s hard to believe it’s the same color that I used for the ink blending, right?

I put foam tape behind my ink blended background and adhered everything to a cardbase I created from Jalapeño Popper cardstock from MFT, before scattering a few sequins from the White Orchid Sequin Mix from Little Things from Lucy’s Cards to finish my card. I used the stencil from Altenew to add a little interest to the envelope, as well.

Simple color palette. A little unusual for a Christmas card, but I really wanted those blues from the kookaburra to stand out.

Have a very crafty Christmas {Purple Onion Designs}

Hi, crafty friends! You know I can’t resist creating Christmas cards, and today’s card happens to be one with a crafty theme. I actually made this in 2021 in time to mail it to a crafty friend, but time ran out to share before the new year, so here we are. I used lots of cute images from the 2021 I’ll be home for the holidays collection from Purple Onion Designs, illustrated by Stacey Yacula.

I stamped and masked Lori & Marc, then stamped The Crafters behind them for a fun scene where they’re all sitting around the table having a crafty good time.

I colored in the scene using my Copics, and I actually used all the gray families for this, something that rarely happens. I tend to stick to one or maaaaybe two, but using all four made sense for this card.

On a piece of Berry Sorbet cardstock from Papertrey Ink, I stamped the craft accessories repeatedly with Berry Sorbet ink for a tone on tone effect. I then ran my stamped panel through my die cutting machine twice; once using the largest of the dies in the A2 Stitched Rectangles STAX Set 1 from My Favorite Things and then again using the Watercolor Wash Free Form die to create the opening for my scene to peek through. I added two more layers behind my pieces for a dimensional look.

The sentiment is a mix of a stamp from the Home For the Holidays sentiment set and individual letter die cuts. I did the stamping with Berry Sorbet ink, and used the In Stitches Lowercase Alphabet set from My Favorite Things for the die cuts. I die cut three of each letter and stacked them for dimension. I added additional pieces of letters where they hang over the edge of the colored cardstock.

To finish the card I added a few Sparkling Clear sequins from Pretty Pink Posh around the sentiment.

Lots of Copics for this one, but not a lot of color. Like I mentioned, I used all the gray families for this card.

Believe in the magic {Lili of the Valley}

Hi, crafty friends. I’m sharing another Christmas card with you today. Ideally, this should have gone up yesterday, because there were exactly 11 months until Christmas Eve yesterday. A mixup at work meant I had to go to work, however, which meant no time to write blog posts.

Anyway, this cute Cosy Bear from Lili of the Valley takes center stage on this card. I paired it with a digital watercolor background, also from Lili of the Valley and colored it in with my Copics, before sprinkling on Chunky White embossing enamel from Stampendous and melting the granules from the back for a snowy look.

I created a 4 1/2 x 4 1/2″ card base from Stamper’s Select White cardstock from Papertrey Ink and used an impression plate, also from PTI, to create subtle texture to the base. I put a few extra layers of cardstock behind my image and adhered it in the center of the card. I die cut the word believe using an older die from Simon Says Stamp four times from white cardstock and glued them together for a stacked, dimensional look in the sky above the bear. I finished off with a sentiment from Mama Elephant that I white heat embossed onto a strip of Autumn Rose cardstock from Papertrey Ink and embellished with a couple of Sparkling Clear sequins from Pretty Pink Posh.

Super simple color palette. I don’t usually do reds or pinks for my holiday cards, but this muted pink combo has become a favorite of mine.

I hope you have a great day, whether you have time to be creative or not 😊

Yeti or not… {Streamside Studios}

Hi, crafty friends! Today I’m sharing a fun Christmas card. Yes, I’m still making holiday cards. It’s been a foggy day today, the fog is so thick I can barely see across the street, and the all white outside kind of matches a Christmas card making session, I think.

To me, this card is different. Not just because of the colors, but I usually create a panel from my coloring and go from there. For this card, I fussy cut the yeti from the Yeti Yeti Yeti stamp set from Streamside Studios, and built a scene and part of the sentiment from die cuts.

I created a top fold landscape cardbase from Stamper’s Select White cardstock from Papertrey Ink, die cut the Snowfall Background: Landscape die from Lawn Fawn out of Sno Cone cardstock from My Favorite Things and adhered the die cut panel to the cardbase. I die cut the Country Landscape die from Memory Box using more white cardstock, and put tiny pieced of yellow cardstock behind the window openings for a little pop of color.

I stamped the sentiment from the Holiday messages stamp set from Mama Elephant using Sno Cone ink from My Favorite Things right onto my die cut horizon piece, before adding three additional layers of cardstock behind it for dimension, and then adhering it to the card. Using the Connected die set from My Favorite Things, I die cut the letters to spell out OR NOT three times from white cardstock, stamped the letters from the coordinating stamp set in Sno Cone ink and adhered my three layers together for a stacked, dimensional look.

For the word YETI, I used the Impact Alphabet die set from MFT and die cut three layers of white cardstock and the top letters from X-Press It that I’d colored with Copics to match my yeti. I didn’t have the right shade of purple cardstock in my stash to match, so I created my own. The ombré effect is a nice bonus. I glued all my stacked die cut letters to the card, put three layers of cardstock behind the yeti’s head to add some stability and adhered the yeti to the card using liquid glue, before finishing off with a few snowflakes I die cut using the Snowflake Confetti fancy die from Hero Arts. I also glued a few snowflakes to my matching envelope, which is an envelope from MFT in the color Summer Splash. It goes really well with the Sno Cone color.

Simple color palette for my little yeti.

We swish you a merry Christmas {Purple Onion Designs}

Hi, crafty friends. I know it seems like Christmas is an eternity from now, but time really flies, it’ll be November before we can blink. These dogs from Purple Onion Designs are kind of flying too, at the very least they’re hurrying home to get their tree up.

For this slightly larger than normal slimline card, I stamped the 3 Dog Holiday stamp on one piece of X-Press It blending card, and the Snow Capped Evergreen Tree and the Duo Snow Capped Trees on another. I took a think Copic friendly marker and drew in a horizon line between my trees and colored everything with my Copics.

I cut down my background so that it would fit on my cardbase, which I created from Sprout cardstock from Concord & 9th. I stamped a sentiment from the Snow Much Fun Sentiment set using Jalapeño Popper ink from My Favorite Things, fussy cut the image with the dogs carrying the tree and adhered them to my background using foam squares that are pretty thin.

It shows better in this photo that the dogs are slightly raised off the background. It adds a fun detail to an otherwise very simple card. This is the point where I’d normally share the Copics I used, but I seem to have misplaced my post-it note where I’d written it down. Things were kind of hectic before the holidays when I made this.