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.

 

Enjoy your day {Mo’s Dream Team}

It’s Mo day (aka Wednesday). One of the last things I did in 2019 was to clear away all the jars of flowers from the desk in my craft room (I had about 50 of them). I figured I don’t really use flowers all that much on my cards anymore, so I didn’t need them to be easily accessible and take up space on my desk. I put them in a cabinet right below the ceiling, I was able to cram all of them into one single cabinet. The last card I made in 2019 had flowers on it. We’re barely two weeks into the new year, and I’ve made another one with flowers. For both cards I had to climb on a ladder and pull out a bunch of jars to get to the flowers I wanted. Maybe removing those jars wasn’t such a good idea after all?

Good idea or not, this was the card I made. I colored up Mo’s Bubble Love with my Copics (did some editing of the image in Photoshop so I could color the bubble in no lines with the rest of the lines black). I’ve added lots of flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts, bling and a pearl from Kort & Godt, sentiment from Norsk Stempelblad AS and that lacy ribbon going across is also from Kort & Godt.

I partially die cut my image with some of the bubble hanging out, and glued it to my card using lots of foam tape. I haven’t used my frame dies from GoKreate in a while, so I thought I’d break them out for this one. I usually make my card from the third largest die in the set (the XXL Square Frilly Frames #10 set), but I want to see how far into 2020 I can get with using just scraps, and the third largest die in the set requires a full sheet of paper to die cut two pieces (front and back of the card). The next size down was the perfect size for this scrap of Maja Design patterned paper, and it was also a good size for the green patterned paper from Papirdesign that I used behind my image and on the insides of the card.

Speaking of insides – I diecut an eyelet circle with a Cottage Cutz die, stamped a Norsk Stempelblad AS sentiment using Memento Sweet Plum ink and again used lots of foam tape. I even diecut a scrap strip of another purple piece of Maja Design patterned paper to go across.

The second inside has plenty of space for a personal message, and I diecut another eyelet circle from patterned paper and added a couple of diecut numbers from Scrapmagasinet to my circle. I thought this card would be the perfect birthday card for my niece, she turns 10 in June!!

I used the same design on the back, but used a green strip instead of a purple one. Another NSB sentiment, once again stamped in Memento Sweet Plum ink, and once again glued on with lots of foam tape.

There’s quite a bit of dimension in this card, and with that great image as the focal point, I think this will be perfect for my niece!

Lots and lots of Copics used for this one, but there are 15 colors in the heart bubble alone.

Blue {Mo’s Dream Team}

When I first heard that Pantone chose blue as the color of the year for 2020, I almost did a little happy dance. My favorite color!! The color is 19-4052 TCX Classic Blue, to be exact, and it is a gorgeous, fairly dark blue. I can finally be on trend with all my blue creations.

I’ve got Tall Cake coming at you today, and what better way to kick off the new year than with blue, and lots of it? I’ve set myself a goal (not a new year’s resolution, I hate those, they set you up to fail) to use more of my scraps. I dug through my blue patterned paper scraps (of which I have many) and found a floral one and a darker, more solid one that was perfect for white heat embossing.

I quickly found out that the closest Copic color to that specific Pantone color is B99. How perfect is that, the B90s are my favorite blues in all the land. I colored my image and glued it to my card base with lots of foam tape. All I did embellishment wise was add a couple of those little diecut banners (they’re so wide you can hardly see the V shape) and enamel dots from Papirdesign. The white heat embossed sentiment is from Norsk Stempelblad AS.

I love anything and everything blue – expect to be bombarded with lots of blue this year!

Is it summer yet? {Mo’s Dream Team}

Happy New Year! You know what happens when the year starts on a Wednesday, right? It’s Mo Manning time. And you know what happens when Christmas is nearly over?? I’m saying nearly because we technically have another 12 days to go, at least in my little corner of the globe. There’s a saying in Norwegian, though, about Christmas lasting till Easter. Me? I’m ready for summer!!

What’s more summery than peachy colors, flowers and butterflies? I colored up Peaches way back in early April, then managed to break my shoulder the following week, so this image and these patterned paper panels have been waiting patiently to be turned into a card. Better late than never, right?

I’ve sort of gone back to my roots with this card. Layers (though not many), colored Bazzill card base, Pion Design patterned papers, flowers and those little clear acrylic branches are all things I used to use a lot, but rarely use any more. It’s fun to shake things up every once in a while, especially after making so many clean and simple Christmas cards.

I don’t know what colors I used to color up my image, it’s been about eight months, after all. I may have written it down somewhere, but if I did, I don’t know where. I’m usually good at writing things down in a book, but I’m also known for some serious Post-it notes usage. I’m not sure where the Post-it went. Or even if there ever was a Post-it for this particular color combination on this particular image. What I do know is that it’s not in my book.

I glued all my cardstock and patterned paper panels down using double sided tape. For the diecut image, I used foam tape, and lots of it. I was not shy. A roll of foam tape lasts forever, so I like to cover the entire back for even dimension with no sag. I think I bought ten rolls a couple of years ago. I’ve given one away and am halfway through my second roll, so I still have seven sitting in a cabinet in my craft room.

I used a hot glue gun to attach my flowers and those acrylic branches. I have a low temp hot glue gun that I love for things like this. It dries instantly and stays put. For the butterflies and the pearl in the center of the largest flower, I used connect glue from Gina K. It’s the best liquid glue out there, those butterflies aren’t going anywhere!

I used the same design on the insides and on the back of my card. There’s no dimension to the circles on the inside of the card, but I used foam tape on the back circle as well. A sentiment from Norsk Stempelblad AS stamped in a combination of VersaMark and two different colors of Distress Ink (Worn Lipstick and Abandoned Coral). Normally, I’m not a fan of distress ink used with clear stamps, they tend to bead up on the surface of the stamp, and the result you get isn’t the best. I didn’t have a peachy ink pad, however, and if you use VersaMark on the stamp and then distress ink right on top of that, you can reduce the beading and get a better stamping. Not perfect, but better than distress ink on its own. And much better than having to compromise and use black or brown or another color that wouldn’t go as well with the rest of the card.

Merry Christmas {Mo’s Dream Team}

It’s Christmas!!! Dinner and lots of presents opened yesterday, and a new card today. A simple one this time too, featuring Little Elf Kippa from Mo Manning.

I’m still working through my Christmas images with no line coloring, and I adore this one, she’s so cute balancing those baubles!! Baubles are fun to color too, so all in all, this was a joy to make.

I ran out of my favorite white cardstock while working on my Christmas cards, so I had to get creative with card bases and patterned paper before I got a new shipment! For this one I used Olive cardstock from Simon Says Stamp, it matches perfectly with the greens in the patterned paper from Maja Design and my coloring.

I diecut the panel with my little elf using the larges of the faux stitch rectangle dies from My Favorite Things and glued it straight to a piece of Maja Design patterned paper the same size as my card base. I added a piece of a Doodlebug Design mini doily and a couple of banners made from patterned paper scraps. I diecut both banners with dies from the Fishtail Flag Frames set from My Favorite Things, stamped a Huldra designstudio sentiment on one of them and white heat embossed it. As a last finishing touch, I added a few crystal to draw the eye to the sentiment.

The banner with the sentiment is mounted with 1 mm foam tape, everything else is glued flat, making this a card that will have no trouble going through the mail.

I managed to include BG90 twice in my little Copic chart, maybe I shouldn’t make my charts when it’s way past bed time??

Nisseklem {Mo’s Dream Team}

Another Wednesday, and another Mo Manning creation. Another simple Christmas card, this time featuring Stocking Elf.

I love coloring Mo’s images using the no line technique, and this one was no exception. I don’t remember what my initial plan was, but I printed the image in the top left corner of a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2″ panel, something I pretty much always do with my images. This time I struggled to come up with a card design that worked, so I wound up chopping off everything below the stocking, so I could use it along with pieces of patterned paper on the front of my card.

I try using scraps for my cards, and the plaid patterned paper scrap from Maja Design was exactly 4 1/8″ long. I placed it carefully in the largest of the faux stitch rectangle dies from My Favorite Things for a nicely finished edge, and did the same for all the other pieces of paper, creating a seamless seam along all the edges.

I stamped a sentiment from the B04 stamp set from Norsk Stempelblad AS using Papertrey Ink Scarlet Jewel ink and added a couple of Papirdesign enamel dots as a finishing touch.

I mailed my card along with a small Christmas present for my secret Santa contribution at Copic Norge. I used another Norsk Stempelblad AS stamp set to stamp GOD JUL on the gift tag. Very simple.

You’d think I’d use very few colors on such a small image, but no 😉 Considering 7 of these are for the skin alone, it’s no wonder I always use lots of markers!