Christmas in July {Mo’s Dream Team}

Another Wednesday, which means it’s Mo Manning time, and it also happens to be July already. What happened to June? It really flew by faster than ever. I actually have a Christmas card to share today, nothing is as natural as Christmas in July, right?

I’ve featured Gingerbread Man! on this card. It happens to be a free digital image, and I’ve flipped it, repeated it and rotated it all across a background before using four different brown Copics (E27, 25, 23 and 21) in addition to T2 to color all of them. Some are more burnt than others, I didn’t want a uniform look.

Once my panel of gingerbread men was finished, I glued it straight to a cardbase made from Dark Chocolate cardstock from Papertrey Ink before adding a diecut sentiment heart with foam tape. I used Pure Poppy cardstock (also Papertrey Ink) and a Papirdesign die.

I scattered a few Papirdesign enamel dots for my finishing touch.

God jul {Mo’s Dream Team}

Is it Christmas yet? No? Really? Are you sure? Let’s just pretend for a quick minute, because I have a Christmas card to share today, featuring Katie and Bear from Mo’s Digital Pencil.

I had to use my favorite color combination for Christmas on this one. Blue, grey and brown. I made my greys very light, so they look more white than grey, and I have to admit I kind of love the look! I printed the image with 15 % opacity and did no line coloring. I love no line coloring!

This card is very “me”. The cardbase is made from Papertrey Ink Enchanted Evening cardstock, I used a die from My Favorite Things to add the faux stitching detail on the main panel, and I added a little cluster of diecut patterned paper scraps. I stamped and heat embossed a Norsk Stempelblad AS sentiment on one of the patterned paper pieces and added three snowdrift sprinkles from Little Things from Lucy’s Card as my finishing touch.

Clean and simple with cluster, these cards come together so easily once the image is colored.

I used quite a few colors for this simple image. Lots of different earth tones for different parts of the image, and two grey families.

Christmas hug {Mo’s Dream Team}

Hi, everyone!

I know it’s Easter, and normally I’d be at our family cabin in the mountains this time of year, soaking up sun, going skiing, drinking warm beverages and eating oranges and chocolate. This year is one for the ages, everything’s turned on its head. We’re not allowed to go to our cabin in the mountains, and I’m stuck in the city with no Easter spirit whatsoever. Hence, a Christmas card in April. The most natural thing in the world, right?

I colored up Fruitcake from Mo Manning during the last 30 day coloring challenge hosted by Kathy Racoosin, and I turned it into a very simple card using very few supplies. I diecut my panel using the largest of the stitched rectangle dies from My Favorite Things (the STAX 2 set) and glued it onto a top folding card base I made from Enchanted Evening cardstock from Papertrey Ink.

I used a Docrafts die to create those tickets from scraps of patterned paper from Maja Design, popping them up on foam squares from Gina K designs to give them a little bit of dimension. I white heat embossed a sentiment from Ladybug & Friends on one of the tickets and tucked a diecut pine branch behind it. I finished by adding a few red enamel dots from Papirdesign, tying in the red details from the colored image.

As usual, I finish with the Copic colors I used to color my image.

Juleklem {Mo’s Dream Team}

Another Wednesday means another Mo Manning project. I thought it was time for another Christmas card, this is my 6th this year, and it feels pretty good!

I colored up Hanging the Stockings for Kathy Racoosin’s 30 day coloring challenge earlier this month, and turned it into a very simple card by diecutting my panel, adding a heat embossed sentiment and some heart shaped raindrops.

I’ve had this image for so long, and it really felt good to finally color it up. I used the largest of the dies in the Stitched Rectangles STAX (2) set from My Favorite Things, before heat embossing a Norsk Stempelblad AS sentiment in white using super fine detail embossing powder from Ranger.

I love the look of those heart shaped raindrops from Little Things from Lucy’s Cards. They’re part of the crystal collection and add the perfect little touch to such a simple card.

Christmas in March?? {Mo’s Dream Team}

Hi, everyone! I’m still keeping up with making those Christmas cards, and I must admit, it feels pretty good. This is Going North, colored for day 5 of this run of the 30 day coloring challenge by Kathy Racoosin.

I turned my image into a card last night by stamping a sentiment, diecutting the entire panel with a faux stitch rectangle die, adding that to my card front and embellishing very sparingly with three clear crystals from the Ice Water mix from Little Things from Lucy’s Cards. That’s it.

The sentiment is from the B04 stamp set from Norsk Stempelblad AS. I love the stamps Åshild has designed and am so glad I have so many different sets from them. I used Enchanted Evening ink from Papertrey Ink. It’s a beautiful dark blue color.

Cards don’t get much simpler than this. And cards like this are so fun to make, too.

Would you believe I used 10 (yes, ten) different colors for the fur?? Am I crazy?

Falalala… {Mo’s Dream Team}

la la la laaaa!

Am I in a Christmas mood? Not really, but it might seem that way. Falalalala was next up on my alphabetic list of Mo Manning images I haven’t yet used, and it needed to go on a Christmas card. Another one done for this year, which admittedly feels pretty good.

I colored my image with Copics as usual. In a split complementary version this time. I’m not a fan of red (not even for Christmas), but when I can use it as an accent color along with blue greens and yellow greens, I feel it works better. I fussy cut my image right up to the black line and glued it to the front of my card.

I diecut a panel of Spring Rain cardstock from Papertrey Ink using the Snowfall Backdrop die from Lawn Fawn and ink blended over the top. I used Chipped Sapphire Distress ink, Faded Jeans Distress ink, Stormy Sky distress ink and Spring Rain dye ink working my way from top to bottom, dark to light. I glued the piece straight onto my white cardbase.

I used the Country Landscape die from Memory Box to diecut the background hills from Stamper’s Select White cardstock from Papertrey Ink. I used the same die to diecut the windows using Harvest Gold cardstock, also from PTI, and inlaid them. I popped the entire panel on low foam tape for a little bit of dimension. I then diecut my panel with the sentiment already printed using a die from the Stitched Hillside Borders die set from Lawn Fawn. I’m a huge fan of faux stitch dies, but since the Memory Box die doesn’t have the faux stitching, I didn’t want it on my top panel either, so I used the die upside down and glued this snow bank on with low foam tape. To ground my image I used snow paint just below it as snow, and sprinkled rock candy distress glitter on top while the snow paint was still wet.

I changed up the sentiment a little. There’s an exclamation mark at the end, but I wanted that to be on the inside, so I added three dots instead and printed the same sentiment on the inside with the three dots in the beginning and the exclamation mark at the end.

I was a little hesitant about using my blue background at first, because I didn’t think the image stood out enough against the blue. When I created the snow banks, the whole thing transformed, and I’m glad I stuck with the blue.

Not a lot of markers for this one.

Less than 11 months left… {Mo’s Dream Team}

… until Christmas. Call me crazy, but that won’t make it any less true. I’m doing my best to keep my Christmas card making going all through the year to avoid being swamped come November. I’m happy with how it’s going so far! For today’s card, I colored up the premerged version of Christmased in no lines. There’s also a version where the kid is a separate image from all that wrapping paper.

I colored my image before diecutting it with the largest of the dies in a stitched rectangle set from My Favorite Things.

I glued a fairly large scrap piece of patterned paper to my cardbase, popped my colored rectangle piece onto it using foam tape and added a piece of a paper doily, some diecut scraps of patterned paper in a cluster and a few sparkling clear sequins from Pretty Pink Posh. Easy peasy, right? Another Christmas card done, I can check it off my to do list and have one less card to make in the fall.

I love the little sentiment that comes with the image. I printed it, along with my image, from Photoshop, making sure that the color would be close my blue Copics. The color of the sentiment is actually B99, which I didn’t end up using to color my little guy.

Lots of little details in this image, requiring the use of lots of colors!

God jul {Mo’s Dream Team}

Anyone who knows me knows that I’m terrible at sticking to schedules. Seriously awful. And every year I tell myself to get started on Christmas cards early and make them throughout the year to avoid being swamped come November. Every year I’m swamped in November because I fail to make them throughout the year. I’m off to a good start this year though, I’m starting with this Candy Cane Bear from Mo Manning in the form of a shaker card (I’m not going to mention that I started off great last year, too, before I fractured my shoulder and didn’t create anything for months).

I printed my bear onto X-Press It blending card (the best paper for Copic coloring) and colored it with Copics. Normally, I probably would have made his hat blue, but I wanted a dark blue background, so I needed a color that would pop against it. Anyone who knows me would also know that I’m not a fan of red for Christmas cards, but in 2019 I made quite a few Christmas cards with red in them anyway, and I guess I’m starting the new year with it, too. Not to worry, though, I’ll get back to my regular blue eventually, it IS the color of the year, after all.

I diecut a front panel with faux stitching around the edges and a nice big window in the top center. I stamped a Norsk Stempelblad AS sentiment using Papertrey Ink Scarlet Jewel Ink, added acetate behind my window and glued it to the front of my card using two layers of craft foam to really make those sequins and other few elements inside the window shake!

I love the dimension you get on such a simple card by doubling up the foam, it makes a big difference, and everything inside the window moves more freely.

I’m a bit of a perfectionist, so I made sure all the sequins were turned the right way before I glued my shaker shut. I used a combination of two different mixes from Little Things from Lucy’s Cards. Most of the elements are from the Igloo mix, but I also added some from the Crystal Collection – Glass. I never know how much to put into my shakers and usually end up with way too much or not enough, but I think I added a perfect amount on this card. First time for everything, right?

Not a whole lot of colors on this image. I also used R52, which is a color I’ve made myself.

 

Julehilsen {Hobbykunst}

Jula var visst ikke over likevel. Den er jo det, men jeg har et julekort å dele uansett, laget for Hobbykunst, det er jo snart på tide å begynne på årets julekort om man ikke skal niscrappe de siste ukene før jul for å komme i mål.

Noen som husker kortet jeg delte før jul med julestjernemotiver fra Pretty Pink Posh? Vel, jeg hadde en blomst til overs etter det første kortet, så den måtte jeg nesten bruke opp med én gang (jeg er elendig på å bruke ferdig fargelagte motiver som har ligget en stund, så de må brukes så fort som mulig), og da ble dette kortet til.

Som på det forrige kortet har jeg brukt et hvitt ark med folierte gullprikker. Jeg syns den diskrete effekten er veldig fin, og det at prikkene er litt vilkårlig i arket gjør at det ikke blir altfor strukturert og strengt selv om jeg har mange rette linjer.

Julestjernen har jeg satt på 3D-puter, det samme har jeg gjort med teksten, som er et stempel fra Papirdesign. Gullfargen fra prikkene i arket og embossingen på blomstene har jeg plukket opp ved å bruke en stripe av gullkartong på hver side av det prikkede arket, i tillegg til den nederste matten under teksten min.

Siden kortbasen min er såpass mørk ville jeg sette på et eget panel på kortets innside til å skrive personlig hilsen på. Det ga meg en ypperlig anledning til å stemple blomsten på nytt, bare for å pynte litt opp. Maskerte blomsten og stemplet bladene også. Man trenger ikke engang å fargelegge, selve stempelet er pynt nok i seg selv.

Her er fargene jeg brukte på blomsten min. Når man skal embosse og bruke Copics er det viktig at man stempler som normalt og fargelegger først, så stempler på nytt og embosser. Du vil ikke fargelegge etter at du har embosset, det kan nemlig skade tuppen på tusjen. Ved å fargelegge først og embosse etterpå unngår du hele problematikken.

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.