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.

Do you think Santa’s coming soon? {Mo’s Dream Team}

Hi, everyone!

Mo has drawn up some really cute penguins, and once again, I simply couldn’t resist. This time, I went for 2 Penguin Chicks and had a great time coloring them in, as always.

This was a bit of an experiment for me. I usually start with my background, I find that the easiest. For the background of this, I went way out of my comfort zone. I had planned on using these purples, pinks, oranges and yellows for no line coloring of some florals, but by the time I knew what exact marker colors I wanted, it was too late at night to start no line coloring, so I took the same markers and started on this sky instead.

Once the sky and ground were done, I colored my penguins. My last penguin coloring had very textured, fluffy penguins, and I wanted a different look on these and kept the coloring more flat and added white bellies with a little hint of yellow, and even some purple added in. I used the second largest die from the Stitched Rectangles STAX Set 2 from My Favorite Things to create a panel, before going in with a texture paste from Kreul and a stencil from Simon Says Stamp to create snow.

I mounted my panel onto my card base using lots of foam tape, and decided to diecut a speech bubble for my playful sentiment using a speech bubble die from Altenew. I mounted that on some 1 mm foam squares for a tiny bit of extra dimension, and my card was complete. I love the playful, cartoon-like look I ended up with.

I used quite a few Copics for this. The first 10 colors in this graphic were used on the sky, so maybe it’s not that weird.

Hooray, hooray, hooray!

Hi, everyone!

I have a fairly simple birthday card to share with you today, featuring this cutie pie from Tiddly Inks. I colored up this image for day 21 of Kathy Racoosin’s 30 day coloring challenge in April, so it was about time I turned it into a card (though to be honest, I have images that have been sitting colored and unused way longer than that).

I like printing (or stamping) my images close to one corner of a quarter sheet of X-Press It blending card. That way, I know I’ll have lots of white space to play with and for the final card to breathe, I don’t like cards that are too busy and “crowded”, if that makes sense. I die cut my panel using my favorite stitched rectangle die from My Favorite Things, then actually went in with Memento Dandelion ink over my Geometric Landscape stencil from Altenew using a blender brush from Taylored Expressions. I rarely use yellow, and I rarely use stencils, but I wanted something other than my regular half mini doily behind my cluster of diecut scraps, and one of the hedgehogs is carrying a yellow heart, so I thought it was only fitting.

For the actual cluster I used scraps, which is a great way to use up all that oooold patterned paper (some of this is ten years old) I have laying around. These pieces are small, so it’s going to take me a while to use everything in my stash, but I’m working on it, one die cut at a time. I used the XCut Happy Days Ticket Stubs die for my cluster pieces. It’s one die that cuts nine different sized tickets in varying shapes, and I use it a lot on my cards. The papers are from (bottom layer to top layer) Imaginisce, Kaisercraft, and StudioLight. The little swirly line at the bottom of the cluster is a piece of paper from Fancy Pants, diecut using a die in the Tag Builder Blueprint 5 die set from My Favorite Things, the banner with the sentiment is from the same die set. The sentiment itself is from Norsk Stempelblad AS, stamped in Memento Bamboo Leaves ink. I thought it matched perfectly with the cardstock from My Favorite Things that I used as my card base. Those enamel dots from Papirdesign matched also.

Green is not a color I use often as my main color, but I’m trying to be better at using the entire rainbow and not just those gorgeous blues that I love so much. Even though blue IS the color of the year. Beautiful color for a crappy year, how’s that fair? 😉

Wishing you a happy day {Hobbykunst}

Hi, everyone!

I’ve got some florals coming your way today.

The Statement Flowers from Altenew really do make a statement, and during the last round of Kathy Racoosin’s 30 day coloring challenge, I decided to stamp and color them using the no line technique. I inked up the stamp using fadeout ink from Inkon3 and colored with my Copics. I used my lightest BVs for the flowers.

I wanted something in the background, but nothing too distracting. White on white is such a classic look, and I diecut both the Layered Snowflake cover dies from Altenew (there’s an A die and a B die), stacked them on top of each other and glued them to my cardbase.

I fussy cut around my colored image and mounted it on foam tape. This image is quite large, and even though there’s a lot of detail in the image, it’s very easy to fussy cut. I mounted it on a bit of an angle, making the leaves stick out from both sides of the card. I also white heat embossed a sentiment from the same stamps set on black cardstock and added that to my design.

My last finishing touch was a few sparkling clear sequins from Pretty Pink Posh. Some of them tucked, in true Laura Bassen style, and I even used my scissors on one.

Enjoy the moment {Hobbykunst}

Hi!

I’ve got a colorful card to share today, featuring an adorable fox from My Favorite Things.

This little fox scene is from the Always Bring a Smile set, designed for My Favorite Things by Stacey Yacula. I really love her characters, they’re so full of life, and this little guy looks like he’s taking a well deserved nap against the stem of that big mushroom. I actually stamped this on Stamper’s Select White cardstock from Papertrey Ink and pulled out my Prismacolor pencils to color him in for day 2 of the current round of Kathy Racoosin’s 30 day coloring challenge.

I found some scraps of patterned paper in my stash (the red is from Pion Design, the tealy blue from Maja Design and the yellow from Chatterbox) and added them here and there on my card, before propping my panel with the cute fox onto the card front using foam tape. Lots of foam tape, I wasn’t shy! I stamped and white heat embossed a sentiment from Inky Wings onto one of my patterned paper scraps and mounted it on foam tape.

I added a few raindrops from Little Things from Lucy’s Cards around my sentiment and near those small yellow bits, and called it done. I had enough of those Maja Design scraps to make a matching envelope using the A2 V flap envelope dies from Simon Says Stamp.

I don’t usually do anything to the back of my clean and simple (it’s somewhat clean and simple, this one?), but I recently bought this sentiment set from hÄnglar & Wings with lots of small, awesome sentiments like this one, so I just had to use it. I stamped it in Shadow Creek ink from Altenew, which matches the grass and the butterfly on the front of the card.

Tenker på deg {Ett trykk}

I fjorårets aprilnummer av Ett trykk (som dessverre ble det aller siste og kun kom ut i nettutgave) hadde vi oppmuntring som tema for Helt enkelt-artikkelen. Hva er mer oppmuntrende enn et “tenker på deg”-kort?

Jeg stemplet blomsterstempler fra Larger Than Life-settet til Papertrey Ink rett på kortbasen med rosafargene som er i Rose Petal-settet med stempelputer fra Altenew (fargene Cosmic Berry, Purple Wine, Puffy Heart og Rose Quartz).

Jeg stanset ut et hvitt panel med juksesøm ved hjelp av en die fra My Favorite Things, og stanset ut et vindu fra dette panelet, også med en die fra My Favorite Things. Til slutt stemplet jeg en tekst fra Huldra designstudio med en av fargene jeg brukte på blomstene mine, limte hele panelet på kortets front med 3D-teip og kortet var ferdig. Enkelt, ikke sant?

Gratulerer {Ett trykk}

Hei og hopp. I aprilnummeret av Ett trykk hadde vi en artikkel med fokus på alternative oppsett på kort. Artikkelen var inspirert av et kort jeg hadde laget som Annie likte. Dette kortet hadde visstnok en litt annen layout enn det som er vanlig, men det er visst normalt for meg, selv om jeg fortsatt ikke helt skjønner hva jeg gjør som er så annerledes. 😉 Dagens kort ble til i et forsøk på å lage noe alternativt, men det ble aldri alternativt nok. Kortene jeg endte opp med å lage til artikkelen er visstnok mer alternative.

Jeg har brukt stempler fra Vintage Roses-settet til Altenew, stemplet i farger av Rose Petal og Tropical Forest-settene til Altenew. Jeg stanset ut rosene og bladene med matchende dies.

Jeg har limt blomstene og bladene på kortbasen min med forskjellige dimensjoner bak for å få litt liv i et veldig enkelt oppsett. Jeg stemplet også en gratulerer-tekst på en hvit kartongstripe i samme farge som kortbasen og embosset den.

Jeg lagde tekststripen min litt lengre enn bredden på kortet, så den stikker litt ut på hver ende. Den siste rosen limte jeg over tekststripen min.

God jul {Mo’s Dream Team}

Another Wednesday, another Mo day. Today I’ve got a Christmas card to share with you. Is modern vintage a style? I think it looks kind of vintage, yet modern, but I’ll let you decide. I chose Winter Present, colored her up with Copics and turned her into a fairly clean and simple card.

I chose muted colors with lots of grays in them, diecut my colored panel with a stitched rectangle die from My Favorite Things and sprinkled on chunky white embossing enamel from Stampendous which I heat embossed. It gives the look of falling snow, which I really love for Christmas cards. No pattern, completely random, which really is how snow falls in real life.

I added my panel to my card base using dimensional adhesive without too much dimension. The card base is Classic Kraft cardstock from Papertrey Ink. I stamped a pinstripe stamp from Altenew across it in Scarlet Jewel ink, also from Papertrey Ink.

I tend to add little embellishment clusters on my simple cards, and this one is no different. Part of a mini doily from Doodlebug, some patterned paper diecut with a Docrafts die, a ticket with a white heat embossed sentiment from Papirdesign, and diecut pine branches from patterned paper. I added three Papirdesign crystals as a finishing touch.

Inspirert {Ett trykk}

Hei og hopp! Til hvert nummer av Ett trykk lar vi i designteamet oss inspirere av en annen scrapper og lager to prosjekter inspirert av denne scrapperen. I augustnummeret lot jeg meg inspirere av Marika Rahtu, hun er den råeste jeg vet om når det gjelder fargelegging. Kortene hennes er stort sett enkle, så motivene kommer virkelig i fokus. Planen min var egentlig å la meg inspirere av henne for juninummeret, men en betennelse i et muskelfeste satte en stopper for planene mine i februar, så da måtte jeg endre planen min til betennelsen gikk over.

Jeg har laget et OLC denne gangen, eller one layer card, som det heter på godt norsk. Jeg stemplet først motivene mine fra Altenew med blekkfarger som ville forsvinne når fargeleggingen kom over. Jeg brukte Memento Angel Pink for blomstene, og annengenerasjonsstempling med Memento Bamboo Leaves for det grønne.

Det neste trinnet mitt var å fargelegge med Copics. Jeg brukte tre tusjer for det rosa, tre for det grønne og tre for det gule. For meg er ni tusjer på et motiv veldig lite, men det skulle bare være underlaget til blyantene jeg skulle bruke over.

Jeg brukte ikke mange fargeblyanter heller, men det tok litt tid. Jeg hadde ikke brukt fargeblyanter over Copic-tusjer før, så jeg lærte underveis. Det siste jeg gjorde var å stemple en tekst fra Gratulerer-platen til Norsk Stempelblad AS med svart blekk og lime på tre hvite halvperler fra Papirdesign, og det er hele kortet. Enkelt i utseende, men tidkrevende å fargelegge, så det er ikke masseproduksjonsvennlig akkurat, men det er vanligvis ikke kortene mine likevel, det er ikke noe mål.

Blomsterdilla {Ett trykk}

Ok, så har jeg egentlig ikke blomsterdilla. Hvertfall ikke sånn HELT blomsterdilla. Men da vi skulle lage helt enkle kort til augustnummeret av Ett trykk med blomster i fokus var ideen der med en gang. Jeg syns stemplene fra Altenew er kjempefine, og settet Beautiful Day, som er det eneste jeg har foreløpig (i skrivende stund i april) har blitt brukt masse siden jeg kjøpte det hos Papiria på Stempelscrapmessa i fjor høst.

Jeg stemplet blomsten min på Strathmore Bristol Smooth-ark med blekk fra Papertrey Ink i fargen Autumn Rose og bladene med Ripe Avocado, også fra PTI. Rosen er farget med Zig-tusj i fargen Pale Rose, og bladene er farget med Pale Dawn Gray. Jeg har brukt en bitteliten pensel i størrelse 2 med litt vann for å spre fargen utover. Jeg stanset ut både rose og blader med dies som passer til stemplene.

Jeg stanset ut en sirkel av det grå panelet mitt (Soft Stone kartong fra Papertrey Ink) og limte hele panelet på kortbasen (Stamper’s Select White kartong fra PTI) med 3D-teip. Bladene er limt rett på den grå kartongen, mens rosen er løftet enda litt høyere opp med lave 3D-puter. Teksten fra Norsk Stempelblad AS (Livet) er stemplet med Autumn Rose blekk.

Jeg fargela i utgangspunktet to blomster. Jeg hadde aldri prøvd Zig-tusjene på Bristol Smooth før, så jeg trengte en prøverunde. Den første blomsten jeg fargela delte jeg i tre og satte på innsidene av kortet. Det er litt mer farge – og sånn sett også litt mer liv – på denne, men jeg ville ha et veldig dust uttrykk på forsiden av kortet, derfor havnet den lyse varianten på fronten.