Merry Christmas {Rachelle Anne Miller Creative Studios}

Hi! I’m back today with a Christmas card that is much more my speed than many of the ones I’ve been sharing lately. The reason? It’s blue!!! Nothing beats a blue Christmas card. Except maybe one that’s white on white, but those are notoriously difficult to photograph.

This cute image is called Snowman’s Gift, and it’s from the upcoming release from Rachelle Anne Miller, which will be available later this week (Thursday). I love coloring snowmen, and there’s more to this snowman than the tiny bit you can see through this window on the front of the card.

I actually turned this into a trifold card. I used the largest of the A2 Stitched Rectangles STAX 2 dies from My Favorite Things, as well as the Square Peek-a-Boo Window die to die cut from this panel of Lazy Day cardstock, also from My Favorite Things.

I heat embossed a sentiment from the Scripty Xmas set from Mama Elephant beneath the window and scattered white snowflakes here and there. The snowflakes are die cut using the Snowflake Confetti Fancy die from Hero Arts.

When you open the card, the rest of the image is revealed, and that cute snowman isn’t alone. He has a little friend giving him a present. Below the image I stamped a sentiment from the Holiday Messages stamp set from Mama Elephant using Lazy Day ink from My Favorite Things. This panel is also die cut using that die from the Stitched Rectangles STAX set from MFT. I love these faux stitch rectangle dies, they’re my most used dies by far. I sprinkled on chunky white embossing enamel from Stampendous and heated the panel from the back to melt the granules before adhering it to my card. This opens up to reveal ample space to write a personal message to the recipient.

Have a wonderful day {Purple Onion Designs}

Hi, there. I have a tri-fold window card to share today, featuring some cuties from the latest release from Purple Onion Designs.

Purple Onion Designs - Elin Venge - Junie Flower Shop tri-fold front straight

For the front of the card, I colored Junie and fussy cut her, mounting her on foam tape in the bottom right corner of the card, right in front of a circle window I created. I wanted a card base other than white for this card, and chose Hawaiian Shores from Papertrey Ink, which is a beautiful teal color. I used the largest of my A2 Stitched Rectangles STAX dies from My Favorite Things to die cut a white panel to go on top. I stamped one of the sentiments from the Around the Town sentiment set using Hawaiian Shores ink to match the card base.

Purple Onion Designs - Elin Venge - Junie Flower Shop tri-fold front angled

A bit of a side angle. You can see the flower shop on the inside of the card a little bit better, and even that there is another layer of card behind there, which folds down.

Purple Onion Designs - Elin Venge - Junie Flower Shop tri-fold inside

This flower shop is a fairly large stamp, and it juuuust fit the panel I was working on. Before I started coloring, I left the stamp in my MISTI, so I could go back in once the coloring was complete and stamp and heat emboss the letters in the sign. You don’t want to color with Copics on a heat embossed image, it will ruin your marker nibs, but by doing the embossing last, you avoid that problem altogether. This panel flips down, revealing plenty of room for a personal message.

Purple Onion Designs Junie Flower Shop Copics

Last, but not least, the Copics I used. Lots of different grey families in this one.

Hope your day is peachy keen! {Purple Onion Designs}

Hi, everyone! I have a peachy keen card to share today, using a few of the stamps from the most recent release from Purple Onion Designs. You can still purchase the entire collection in a bundle at a 30 % discount, an offer that expires at midnight tonight EST.

Purple Onion Designs - Elin Venge - Produce Stand Fruit Crates Jane Alice trifold front

My card is actually a tri-fold card. My original plan was a regular card with a window on the front and the remainder of the scene on the inside, but I really wanted to use William the owl for this card while still keeping it an A2 size, and there just wasn’t room for him, so I opted for a tri-fold design. I started by stamping and masking Alice the squirrel and the crate of apples from the fruit crates set, and then stamping the produce stand. I colored everything with my Copics, used the largest of the A2 Stitched Rectangles dies from My Favorite Things to turn it into a nice panel and adhered it to the front of a sidefold A2 card card base. Using a craft knife, I cut the opening in the fruit stand through both layers of paper, making sure to be very careful around those garlics so I didn’t chop them off.

Purple Onion designs - Elin Venge - Jane Fruit Crates tri-fold insid

On a separate piece of X-Press It blending card, I stamped the remaining two fruit crates, masking the one with the lemons and adding Jane the fox behind it, stamping her so she’d be perfectly placed in the window on the front of the card when it’s closed. You can see the back of the window on the left in this photo. I used the same die from MFT to die cut this panel too, and added a sentiment from the Around the Town sentiment set above the cute fox. I adhered the panel on the back of another sidefold card and glued the two cards together to make my tri-fold.

Purple Onion Designs - Elin Venge - William tri-fold inside

William gets to steal the show on the middle inside of the card. The front is to his left (you can see the window there) and the panel with the fox and the two fruit crates on the back of the part you can see to his right. He might look a little mis-placed since he’s not tucked in a corner, but it’s with good reason. The panel on the right (which is the back of the one with the fox) has plenty of room for a personal message.

Purple Onion Designs - Elin Venge - William tri-fold inside detail

Here’s a bit of a close up. I prefer not to color with my Copics on regular card stock, so I stamped him on X-Press It, colored him with Copics, fussy cut him and glued him to the card base, using a think black pen to draw his feet back in and some gray colored pencils on the card base to ground him.

Purple Onion Designs - Elin Venge - Produce Stand Fruit Crates Alice William tri-fold half open

If you close the front of the card without folding the panel with the fox back where it belongs, it looks like William is the one standing behind the produce stand. This was my reason for placing him where I did, I wanted to have the option of keeping the card half open, so he’d appear in the window instead of Jane.

Purple Onion Designs Produce stand Fruit crates Jane Alice William Copics

I used a ton of Copics for this card.

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.