Trifold Christmas card {Purple Onion Designs}

Hi, everyone! I’ve got a Christmas card to share today. I know it’s Easter time, but there’s a line of lyrics in a Norwegian Christmas song that says Christmas lasts till Easter, and I’m sticking to it. The next line in the song states that it’s not true, but that’s beside the point 😉

This started out as an idea of a fairly simple card with a window on the front so you could see inside, but evolved fairly quickly into a trifold card. A heavy one at that, even though it looks simple, there are a lot of layers, and the card actually weighs in at 28 g.

I started by coloring the polar bear (Icicle) and fussy cutting him, leaving a thin white border around him. I’m not good at leaving a white trim when I fussy cut (my scissors naturally gravitate towards the stamped lines), but I get around that by drawing an outline about 1 mm outside the stamped line with a mechanical pencil, and then cut along that.

I love the snowflake circle die from Hero Arts and have used it many times before. I die cut a window into the center of the front of my card base, and at first thought that would be it. Once it morphed into a trifold, though, it was so back heavy that I needed an additional two die cut windows on top of the card base for some strength and stability. I used the largest of the A2 Stitched Rectangles from My Favorite Things to create a nice finished edge to the top layer.

For the inside panel that you can see from the front, I stamped the Frozen Pond using fadeout ink from Inkon3 and colored in the entire panel, before using the same stitched rectangle die that I used for the front for a nice finished edge. This entire panel flips down, leaving lots of space on the inside for a personal message.

I stamped a sentiment from the Holiday Messages Sentiment set straight onto my card using Ocean Tides ink from Papertrey Ink, before adding the polar bear with 1 mm foam squares.

In this photo it’s pretty evident that the three layers of panels with die cut windows add a nice bit of dimension, as well as stability to what would otherwise be a pretty floppy card front, since the window is so big. I use 110 lb white card stock (Stamper’s Select White from Papertrey Ink), which is a nice, sturdy card stock, but with that big of a window, the only thing that will work is using several layers.

I added white pearls from Kort & Godt to the center of the snowflakes. 3 mm pearls for the largest snowflakes, 2.5 mm pearls for all the others.

Lots and lots of Copics for this one. I used 20 markers to color just the bear, 10 for his fur alone, which is a little bit crazy.

Delivering a little holiday cheer! {Purple Onion Designs}

Hi, everyone! I’ve got a tri-fold card to share with you today, featuring many of the adorable stamps from The Sweetest Little Town collection from Purple Onion Designs, illustrated by Stacey Yacula. I wanted to create a scene with a couple of the cute critters (Chestnut the bear and Tinsel the squirrel) decorating the tree (Sparkle) and a couple of others (Flannel the racoon and Timothy the hedgehog) meeting to exchange gifts. I stamped the church horizon with fadeout ink, colored in the entire panel with my Copics and used a craft knife to cut everything above the horizon line.

When you open the card, the sky’s still there, but below it are the snow crooners and the snowy fence from a previous collection, stamped again using no line ink. I like using no line ink for the background elements, it makes the focal images really stand out. Open this panel to the right, and there’s lots of room on the inside of the card to write a personal greeting.

I also stamped a sentiment from the new sentiment set between the hedgehog and the raccoon, using Blueberry Sky ink from Papertrey Ink.

In this photo, you can see that there’s another layer of the card behind this panel with the singing critters.

A lot of Copics used for this one, and even 3 out of the 4 different gray families.

Lykken er å bli ett år eldre {Ett trykk}{Mo’s Dream Team}

En ny onsdag, og et nytt inspirasjonsbidrag for Dream Team-bloggen til Mo Manning. Dagens kort er publisert i augustnummeret av Ett trykk, der alle i designteamet lagde hvert sitt “flappekort”. Dette var mitt. Veldig enkelt, med kun mønsterark og fargelegging, men det er jo ikke så ulikt meg.

Kortet mitt er omtrent i A2-størrelse, og jeg har brukt Say it ain’t so!, fargelagt som vanlig med Copics. Det som kanskje ikke er fullt så vanlig, er at motivet er på innsiden av kortet.

Hvis jeg ikke husker helt feil hadde jeg akkurat gått til innkjøp av utvalgte ark fra Summertime-kolleksjonen til Maja Design, og disse arkene bare ropte etter å bli brukt – de er jo tross alt blå.

I bunn og grunn er jo dette et tri fold-kort, men det doble vinduet gjør selve mekkingen litt mer innviklet. Og jeg fant fort ut at det er viktig å være nøye. Nå er jo jeg stort sett alltid nøye, men hvis du ikke er det er nok ikke dette kortet for deg.

Når kortet åpnes kommer hele motivet til syne. Jeg ville ikke ødelegge med tekster eller pynt på innsidene, så jeg lot det være HELT enkelt.

Det ville jo ikke ha vært et Elin-kort uten plass til å skrive en hilsen, og siden jeg ikke hadde plass til skrivefelt inni måtte jeg komme opp med en annen løsning. Jeg endte opp med å lage en lomme av det ene mønsterarket med plass til skrivefelt nedi. Satte på en liten 1″ sirkel med stemplet tekst fra Norsk Stempelblad AS som pynt. Og det er faktisk hele kortet.