Ho ho ho {Hobbykunst}

Hi, everyone! I’ve got a Christmas card to share with you today, this time a slimline one, featuring some adorable selfies from My Favorite Things. I colored these up for days 5, 7 and 11 of Kathy Racoosin’s 30 day coloring challenge back in July. I love no line coloring, and these were so much fun!

I used the slimline starter die from My Favorite Things to die cut a panel of Blue Breeze cardstock for my card front. I stamped the Paint Splatter background stamp (also from MFT) using VersaMark ink, and white heat embossed using Super Fine Detail embossing powder from Ranger. I think it looks like snow, and it adds a subtle interest to the background, without being too distracting from the images.

I didn’t want to add my colored pieces directly to the blue underneath. I decided to add a mat behind each of the images, and I cut them down to be slightly larger than the images themselves. We’re talking super thin frames, I think they wound up being about 1/32″ all around. They might be small, but it was enough that I didn’t have room for a sentiment between my images, so I cut apart the Ho ho ho sentiment from the Secret Santa stamp set (also MFT), stamped repeatedly and white heat embossed the one HO directly onto the panel with the elf. I added that panel to the blue cardstock using some 1 mm foam squares and made sure to center it on my card, before adding the other two images above and below, also using 1 mm foam squares.

Holiday wishes {Lili of the Valley}

Hi, everyone! I’ve got a simple Christmas card to share today, featuring this adorable Christmas Friends image from Lili of the Valley. The gray background with the white snow (at least I’m imagining that it’s snow) is also from Lili of the Valley.

Once I’d colored the image with Copics, I used the largest die in the A2 Stitched Rectangle STAX Set 2 from My Favorite Things to die cut a landscape oriented panel that would fit perfectly on my card base with a 1/16″ border around. I like the 1/16″ little frame, AND it’s the same width as the distance from the faux stitching to the cut line. I like having them the same. Little details like that matter, to paraphrase a famous German architect (Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, who coined the term “God is in the details”).

I created a top fold card from Stormy Sea cardstock from Papertrey Ink. It’s a color that matches the BG90 family from Copic really really REALLY well. I need to order more, I only have half a sheet left of this color. I used the same color cardstock to diecut the word wishes using a die from Mama Elephant that was free with purchase if you spent a certain amount during their birthday extravaganza back in September. Normally I’d diecut the word several times in the color I wanted, but since I was running super low on this particular grayish green, I used a few layers of white diecut words, and only one layer of the colored cardstock on top. I stamped and white heat embossed the word “holiday” from the Iconic Ornament stamp set from Mama Elephant, also free with purchase over a certain amount on the Mama Elephant site back in September. I added a few more layers of cardstock behind it for dimension and glued it to my sky using Gina K liquid glue, which I also used for the die cut word.

I decided not to add any additional elements. No embellishments, no nothing, I didn’t want to distract too much from that adorable image.

Not a lot of Copics for this one, and 14 of these were used for the snow and polar bear.

Merry Christmouse {Mo’s Dream Team}

Hi, everyone. Another Wednesday has come around, and that means a Mo Manning creation around here. This time it’s a Christmas card featuring Merry Christmouse.

I used a very bright red for the hat and sweater on the mouse, and the only color that really goes with it, in my opinion, is gray. I found some red and gray die cut scraps from a couple of Maja Design collections (Fröjdefull Jul and Joyous Winterdays) and made a little mini cluster in the top right corner.

I started with a mini paper doily from Doodlebug Design, added a red fishtail flag frame die cut with a die from My Favorite Things, then a piece of a ticket die cut with a Docrafts die. I used some 1 mm foam squares for that. I added my sentiment at the end, which is from one of those strips at the bottom of the 12×12″ papers that you usually cut off. Maja Design has always had some kind of pattern on the back of theirs, which means that nothing needs to go to waste. This one was perfect in gray with a hint of red, and I used 1 mm foam squares to add it. I even doubled up on the foam on the left hand side of it.

I added some red enamel dots from Papirdesign to finish it off, and glued a leftover piece of the doily to the bottom left corner and an additional two dots. I added my panel to a top folding card base I made from Gravel Gray card stock from My Favorite Things.

This was a very simple image to color, so obviously I didn’t use a lot of colors.

Bring on the merry!

Hi, everyone! Today I have another square Christmas card to share, this time featuring Lee Holland’s Dragon with Candy Cane. I colored up this guy during Kathy Racoosin’s 30 day coloring challenge back in July, and it finally made its way to a card.

I love no line coloring, and this guy with the candy cane was so much fun to color up. I added snow flurries to the background with a gelly roll pen when I did my coloring, and once I’d die cut my colored piece I wanted even more snow, so I sprinkled on embossing enamel, as well, and melted that.

I even added a few snowdrift sprinkles from Little Things from Lucy’s Cards once my card was assembled. I love this look of snow on Christmas cards.

The sentiment is from the Scripty Xmas stamp set from Mama Elephant, stamped in Lady Bug ink from Memento. I added my panel onto a 4 1/4 x 4 1/4″ top folding card base I made from Electric Red card stock from My Favorite Things.

Winter birthday {Rachelle Anne Miller Creative Studios}

Hi, everyone! I’ve got another card to share today featuring an adorable Rachelle Anne Miller digital stamp. This time, I used Snowman Hug and turned it into a wintery birthday card.

I started by coloring my little snowman and his friend using my Copics. I went with a bit of a split complementary color scheme on this one. I’m no fan of complementary colors, but split complementary are infinitely better, and blue green (which I used for the snow on the snowman), purple and orange are split complementary colors. I didn’t want a bright orange, though, so I went more coral, and I love how it turned out.

I used a faux stitch rectangle die from My Favorite Things to turn my colored piece into a nice panel. I love these dies, they add such a finished look. I sprinkled on a moderate amount of chunky white embossing enamel from Stampendous and melted the powder. I love the snowy look this gives.

I mounted my die cut piece onto a card base made from Lavender Fields cardstock from My Favorite Things using plenty of foam tape. This color perfectly matched the purple in my image, something I always try to accomplish in my cards for a nice, cohesive design. I die cut and stacked four Hurra from Melon Berry cardstock from Papertrey Ink using a Kort & Godt die. I love stacking die cuts, it adds a super nice look of dimension. I also white heat embossed a sub sentiment from Norsk Stempelblad AS onto more of that Lavender Fields cardstock, and stacked that, as well, making it flush with the die cut word.

I added a couple of sparkling clear sequins from Pretty Pink Posh and my card was complete. I cut a little bit off the largest one with my scissors to make it look like it’s tucked behind that sentiment strip.

Last, but not least, the Copic markers I used to color my image. I also used B40 and BG71, which are colors I’ve made myself.

Tis the season to be jolly {Hobbykunst}

Hi, everyone! I’ve got another square Christmas card to share. This time it’s Ellie the Elf from Stamping Bella that I finally put to use. I colored this image for day 18 of Kathy Racoosin’s 30 day coloring challenge back in July, and thankfully, I’ve gotten better at turning those colored images into cards instead of having them just lay there in an ever growing pile.

I used a square die from Lifestyle Crafts to die cut my elf down to the size I wanted, in this case 4″.

I then stamped a sentiment from the Scripty Xmas stamp set from Mama Elephant using Enchanted Evening ink from Papertrey Ink, before gluing my panel to a 4 1/4″ square card base made from Dark Indigo cardstock, also from Papertrey Ink. I finished off my card by gluing on some stars from a sequin mix from Hero Arts. They’re iridescent, which I’m normally not a big fan of, but it worked on this card.

I love the ease of clear stamps, but rubber stamps like this one have much finer lines, and they stamp beautifully every single time, I love that. I also love blue for Christmas, but that’s hardly a secret 😉

The Little Match Girl {Mo’s Dream Team}

Have you heard the fairy tale “The Little Match Girl” from Danish author Hans Christian Andersen? Last year, Mo made Match Girl, which is an image so representative of that story. I’ve wanted to color it for so long, and finally had time last week.

I couldn’t have kept this card any simpler. I used the largest of the A2 stitched rectangle dies from My Favorite Things to die cut the image and glued it to a white card base. That’s it, I didn’t add a sentiment or any embellishments.

The story is about a little girl, barefoot and cold, out in the streets on New Year’s Eve trying to sell matches. Afraid to go home thinking her father will beat her for not selling any matches, she huddles in between two houses and lights the matches to warm herself.

In the flames of the matches, she sees wonderful imagery; food, warmth, happy families. But the images all disappear as soon as the flame dies. When she sees her late grandmother, she begs her to take her to Heaven. In an attempt to keep the visions of her grandmother, she keeps lighting the matches, until there’s only one left. When the flame of that one goes out, too, her grandmother takes her hand and they fly to Heaven.

The next morning, the little girl is found frozen to death on the street, her cheeks red and with a smile on her lips. Everyone thinks it’s a tragedy, but no one understands the joy she felt right before she died.

A few Copic colors to finish off today’s story time. I also used BV27, which is a color I’ve made myself.

Christmas snowman… and owl!

Hi, everyone! I’ve got a fairly simple, square Christmas card to share today, featuring this fun (and funny) image from Kinda Cute by Patricia.

I colored up this image for day 27 of Kathy Racoosin’s 30 day coloring challenge back in May. Yes, I colored a winter scene in May… BUT I wanted to feature as many different companies as possible during the coloring challenge, and the only ones I have from Kinda Cute are winter ones. I love making Christmas cards, so I really didn’t mind.

I had initially planned on making an A2 landscape card, but it just wasn’t working, there was no natural place to put the sentiment. After I’d added the iridescent glitter paste over a Simon Says Stamp falling snow stencil and glued my panel to my cardbase, I chopped off 1-1/4″ on the right hand side of the card and then carefully went in with a craft knife to cut off an additional 1/16″ from my top layer. It works if you use a fresh blade and cut multiple times using very light pressure.

I stamped and white heat embossed a Norsk Stempelblad AS sentiment onto more of that same Dark Indigo cardstock from Papertrey Ink that I used for my card front, before using a speech bubble die from Altenew to die cut. I mounted my speech bubble using some foam tape, and my card was finished.

Christmas mail {Rachelle Anne Miller Creative Studios}

Hi, everyone! I’ve got another Christmas card to share today, this time featuring Letter to Santa from Rachelle Anne Miller.

This card was a bit of an evolution. Things really didn’t go my way, but I was able to fix it all in the end. The piece of Papertrey Ink Stormy Sea card stock I was planning to use was a teeny tiny bit smaller than I needed to be (and I’m running seriously low on that particular color), so I used a die from Waffle Flower to cut it down a little, and it’s now 4-1/8 x 5-3/8″. I cut the center portion out to use for later, no one will ever know that there’s a whole in the center of it. I glued it to a top folding white card base, creating a nice 1/16″ border around the perimeter. Problem number 1 solved.

Problem number 2: My hair was wet from showering when I started assembling this card, and there was a drop of water that fell on the bear’s head. Solution: Sprinkle on chunky white embossing powder from Stampendous and melt the powder with my heat gun…

… which led me to problem number 3. My heat gun was too hot and I burned the panel. It’s not super visible in the photo, but it tuned the piece yellowish right underneath the pole. Solution: use Copics to color the snow under the bear in a similar color, making everything look intentional.

My final struggle was figuring out where to put the sentiment from Norsk Stempelblad AS. I wanted it on the right side of the card, but it just wasn’t working, so I stamped and heat embossed it a second time with the fishtail end on the right and put it on foam tape on the left side of the front instead. I think it worked pretty well. I added a few snowdrift sprinkles from Little Things From Lucy’s Cards as my final touches.

The best Christmas gift {Lili of the Valley}

Hi, everyone! I’ve got a sweet, simple Christmas card to share today, featuring A Christmas Hug from Lili of the Valley.

I colored this image a while back, but only now had time to turn it into a card. I considered using a red card base for this, but really wanted the girl to pop, so I went with my trusty blue. This time I chose Blue Yonder card stock from My Favorite Things.

I die cut the panel with the girl and the polar bear with the largest faux stitch rectangle die from My Favorite Things from their Stitched Rectangles STAX 2 set of dies.

I used another faux stitch die to create the little circle for my sentiment, which is a stamp from Norsk Stempelblad AS. I stamped the sentiment in VersaMark ink and sprinkled on super fine detail embossing powder from Ranger before heating that until it melted.

I mounted my little circle sentiment with foam tape and had planned to leave it at that, but I managed to spill a drop of coffee on the snow portion of my image and needed to cover that up. One single sequin would look silly, so I added a few more to make it look intentional. No one will ever know that there’s a coffee stain under that smallest one. The sequins are sparkling clear from Pretty Pink Posh.

I use a crazy amount of markers to color snow…