A little prince {Lili of the Valley}

Hi, again! Two posts in one day doesn’t happen very often, but I have a baby card to share, featuring Baby Cloud from Lili of the Valley. Baby sitting on a cloud, what’s not to love?

I had the beginnings of a plan before I started coloring this cutie, and knew that I wanted a window of sorts for the image to be sitting in. I traced a square die onto my panel before I started coloring, so I knew how large of an area I needed to fill in beyond the baby and the cloud.

Using the Star turnabout stamp from Concord & 9th along with Misty Morning and Cloudy Sky Ink from Altenew, I was able to create a quick panel of scattered stars in colors that matched my colored image. Using dies from two die sets from My Favorite Things, I turned my panel into one with a window and nice faux stitching along the edges. I really like the look of the faux stitch lines that many of the MFT dies have. Other companies have faux stitching dies too, but there’s something about the length of the stitches, the distance between them and the adjacency to the edge of the MFT ones that make them a favorite of mine. I put foam tape on the back of my stamped star panel, making sure to center my image in the window.

I didn’t have any card stock colors that fit my stamping and coloring perfectly, so I went direct to paper using the Cloudy Sky ink from Altenew onto a quarter piece of white lettersize card stock. I adhered that to a white top folding card base made out of Stamper’s Select White card stock from Papertrey Ink, which is the same card stock that I use throughout (except for the colored image, which is on X-Press It blending card, the only paper I use for Copic coloring). Using another die set from MFT, I die cut tiny little stars and stacked some scattered around on the stamped star panel. I stamped and white heat embossed a Norsk Stempelblad AS sentiment onto a scrap piece of my dyed card stock, before using a couple of additional dies from MFT to turn it into a banner. I love my MFT dies!

Limited color palette. For the sky, in addition to B21, I used B20, which is a color I’ve made myself. I also used BG71, another color I’ve made, for the clothing on the baby.

Hop, Skip and Jump {Hobbykunst}

I’ve got a simple slimline card to share today, featuring this cute Jungle Gym stamp set from My Favorite Things. I colored this about a year ago, but only now turned it into a card. Sometimes, I work at the speed of light to create my cards, other times, not so much.

I colored in all the critters using Copics, before masking them off and creating clouds behind them using a cloud stencil and various inks. Most of the colors were distress inks (I use the minis), but I’m thinking I probably used an Altenew ink at the very top, as I don’t have any purple distress inks. Using one of the dies from the slimline starter die set from My Favorite Things, I die cut the colored panel so it would have a nice finished edge and mounted it with foam tape onto a card base made from Stamper’s Select White card stock from Papertrey Ink. I also added a black glaze pen to the eyes and noses of these cute critters.

You’re even cuter on your birthday {Rachelle Anne Miller Creative Studios}

Hi, everyone! I’m one of the lucky ones to get to play with one of the new Rachelle Anne Miller stamps coming in the February release from My Favorite Things. Tomorrow (10 AM EST), this cute girl and the coordinating die are available for purchase over at the MFT store, so I thought I’d share my card today.

I don’t often purchase coordinating dies for stamp sets, but boy, they make it easy to add dimension. Once I’d colored up the little girl with the balloon, I die cut her and four additional pieces from white card stock to add dimension behind her. Way more sturdy than foam tape.

I wanted to use lots of other goodies from MFT on this card, so I used the cloud stencil with a very light blue ink (Iceberg from Altenew) to create a barely there puffy cloudy sky behind her. It’s really soft, but shows up better in real life than in photos. I used a couple of elements from the Scene Builder stamp set and stamped those near the bottom using Fadeout ink from Inkon3 for a little bit of no line coloring. I die cut the largest of the Stitched Rectangle Scallop Edge Frames four times from Peach Bellini card stock and glued them together for dimension.

I added clear Wink of Stella glitter and a thick layer of Glossy Accents on the balloon, before stamping and white heat embossing one of the sentiments in the Birthday Cutie stamp set onto Berry Sorbet card stock from Papertrey Ink. I die cut the sentiment using one of the Fishtail Flag Frames dies from MFT, and found some scraps in my stash that I’d already die cut using dies from the same set. I use that die set a lot. I added three green enamel dots from the Tropical Forest set from Altenew and my card was finished. I paired the card with a Persimmon envelope, also from MFT. I love their envelopes!

Lots of colors for this one! I was going for a peachy pink jacket and leggings, but it was too close to the pink I’d used for the rest of her, so I added some yellows on top. I also decided to go for a brighter green on the grass than her little stuffie.

You warm my heart! {Rachelle Anne Miller Creative Studios}

Hi, everyone! I’ve been wanting to try mini slimline cards for months, ever since Taylored Expressions introduced this new size back in August. I finally took the plunge and gave it a go, using the Penguin Hug image from Rachelle Anne Miller as my focal point.

My card measures 3 1/2 x 6 1/2″. I printed the image onto X-Press It blending card and colored it with my Copics. I was planning on doing a split complementary color scheme, but went with an analogous in the end, which is never a bad idea, in my opinion. I adhered the colored panel onto a card base I made from Soft Stone card stock from Papertrey Ink, adding two layers of cardstock behind the image for added dimension.

I wanted to create a proper embellishment cluster for this card. I love making these, and this card format really gave me lots of space to play with for a cluster, using die cut scraps of patterned paper from Maja Design, StudioLight, Imaginisce and My Mind’s Eye. I printed the sentiment that comes with the image onto a separate piece of X-Press It and die cut it using a fishtail flag banner die from My Favorite Things. I also added chipboard pieces from Snip Art and a couple of pieces of mini paper doilies from Doodlebug to build all my elements onto.

It’s no secret that I love enamel dots, and the Cool Summer Night enamel dots from Altenew were the *perfect* color to match my penguin. Since I didn’t have any envelopes in the right size for this card, I created my own using patterned paper from Papirdesign and my envelope punch board from WRMK.

I love this color palette. In addition to these colors, I also used BG71, which is a color I’ve created myself.

Wishing you a happy day {Lili of the Valley}

Hi, everyone! I’ve got a card to share today, featuring one of the super sweet images from the Lili of the Valley release that’s coming next Sunday (February 14th) and some faux watercolor.

Meet Grace. She comes in seven different poses, and each pose comes in a regular black lined version, and a more sketchy pencil style version, which is what I used for my card. I thought the sketchy look would be amazing with watercolor, but watercolor doesn’t play well with the ink in my printer, so I’ve totally cheated and used Copics. Well, Copic refills on watercolor paper, to be exact. Works like a charm and you get soft results, it’s fast to do and you don’t need a lot of colors. And for a sketchy style image like this, it doesn’t even matter if you go outside the lines a bit, it adds to that watercolor feel. I used this technique years ago (blog post here, written in Norwegian), it was fun to pull it back out and try it with a digital stamp.

I wanted all the focus to be on the image, and used the Fine Frames Cover die with some patterned paper from Papirdesign in a soft, matching purple, adding dimension behind every other frame (the wider ones), while gluing the others straight onto the card base.

I stamped and white heat embossed a sentiment from the Statement Flowers stamp set from Altenew, before adding a few sequins from the White Orchid Sequin Mix from Little Things from Lucy’s Cards.

Very limited color palette. I put a drop or two of color onto my glass work surface and picked up the color with a watercolor brush filled with blender solution instead of water. I have a watercolor brush just for blender solution.

You rule {Hobbykunst}

Hi, everyone! I’ve got a fairly simple card to share today, featuring a skateboard boy from hÄnglar & Wings.

I colored the skater boy using Copics, then fussy cut him right up against the black stamped lines.

I don’t often use green as my main color in my cards, but on boy cards, I think it’s one of the best colors out there, even better than blue. And coming from me, that’s saying a lot. For this one, I used the Geometric Landscape stencil from Altenew, along with five different colors of Altenew ink for my background; Bamboo, Parrot, Grass Field, Shadow Creek and Evergreen. I smooshed the Grass Field onto an acrylic block and added some water to it, before using a paint brush to create green paint splatter in the background. I also pulled out my Black Marble ink spray from Ranger (Dylusions) and did the same with that.

I mounted my ink blended background to a white card base using lots of foam tape, before adding the skater boy on top using some 1 mm foam squares. I stamped and white heat embossed “you rule” from the same stamp set onto True Black card stock from Papertrey Ink and added a couple of more black card stock strips behind it for dimension. To finish off the card I added three black dots from Papirdesign.

Blues, greens, gray and a little bit of skin and hair.

Triangle love {Hobbykunst}

Hi, everyone! Today, I have no less than three cards to share, and they all share bold, geometric card stock backgrounds. It all started with the über talented Laura Bassen, and a die set she designed for the Stamptember release from Simon Says Stamp that came out a few months ago. It’s the Geometric Builder Squares die set (there’s also the Geometric Builder Circles set, but I haven’t had time to play with that yet). In the set there are eight square dies of the same size. One of them is solid, but the remaining 7 die cut smaller squares, triangles and some other fun shapes that you can use to build up a cool, geometric pattern. I focused all my efforts for these cards on the die that cuts out eight triangles.

I have this throw pillow on my couch that jump started my inspiration. It’s got a nice geometric look, but it’s not too colorful (I prefer a neutral interior to a super busy colorful one, I put all my color into my cards), and the best thing is those blue triangles (it’s a darker blue in real life than in the photo, I need to compensate for bad winter lighting these days). I love blue (as evidenced by the blue throw pillow behind it, the blanket on the left that has lots of blue in it and the light blue walls in the background)!

My first card uses the exact same pattern as the one that’s on the pillow, but in other colors. I used the After Midnight color from My Favorite Things, Tickled Pink and Grout Gray, also from My Favorite Things, along with Berry Sorbet and Stamper’s Select White from Papertrey Ink for the vibrant pink and white, respectively.

I popped my panel of triangles onto a 4 3/4″ square card base using lots of foam tape. On a die cut circle I stamped and gold heat embossed a sentiment from the Courageous You stamp set from Altenew, before finishing off the card with a few matte gold sequins from the Mint Gold mix from Little Things from Lucy’s Cards.

Being told “you are great” is something we all could use at times, right?

My next card features basically the same pattern, but I changed up the colors and extended the pattern to make it a rectangle. I wish I hadn’t cut the top part off, or cut even more off to make the pattern end in a full size or half size rectangle instead of what I ended up with, but it’s the sacrifice I made to make my card an A2 size with 1/4″ border around the triangles.

The card stock colors I chose for this card are Orange Zest, Summer Sunrise, Lemon Tart, True Black, and Rustic White, all from Papertrey Ink, as well as Blue Breeze from My Favorite Things. The Rustic White is more of a grungy white (is that a thing? It’s not bright white) with dark speckles here and there, it’s really cool. I used the Sweet Hello die from My Favorite Things to die cut hello six times from the Rustic White card stock, and the shadow once from the True Black. I stacked three of the hellos on top of each other, glued the shadow on top of that, and then another three hellos on top. It’s very substantial! With the stacked hello die cut and the the panel of triangles on foam tape, the card is about 3/8″ thick. I love dimension, even though the added weight of all those layers requires extra postage.

Below the die cut hello, I added a sub sentiment from the Leaf Clusters stamp set from Altenew. I stamped it in VersaMark onto black card stock and added super fine detail embossing powder from Ranger before heat setting it. I then took my cut-align ruler from Misti to turn it into a small strip, before gluing three more black strips of cardstock behind it and adding it below the hello. I finished off the card by adding a few sparkling clear sequins from Pretty Pink Posh.

For my last card I decided to go rainbow. No chunky 1/4″ frame, I wanted the colorful triangles to go all the way to the edge in this one. The card measures about 4 1/4 x 5 1/4 (I learned from last card and didn’t want any weird looking shapes). The card stock colors (except for the white, which is Stamper’s Select White from Papertrey Ink) are all from My Favorite Things. They are, from top to bottom, Blue Yonder, After Midnight, Field Day, Limelight, Pineapple, Orange Zest, Red Hot, Razzle Berry, Grape Jelly and Wild Wisteria.

I didn’t want to cover up too much of the background, so I took out my Impact Alphabet die set from My Favorite Things and die cut the letters H and I six times from white card stock. I stacked two of each letter, added two layers of vellum on top, then the remaining four layers of the letters on top for a dimensional look. By having a couple of layers of the letters behind the vellum, it makes the vellum float. I added a few raindrops from Little Things from Lucy’s Cards for a finishing touch.

This one is definitely less dimensional than the other two cards, but the colors and the stacked sentiment still make it pop.

There you have it – 3 same but different cards using one fabulous geometric builder die. Obviously you could create triangles on your own without the die, but the die makes it so much easier and more accurate than I could ever hope to do on my own. And I’m super detail oriented and a bit of a perfectionist, so I’d definitely use the die!

Welcome {Lili of the Valley}

Hi, everyone! I have a baby card to share today, featuring Baby Hammock from Lili of the Valley, which is one of the images from their latest release, which you can find here.

I had trouble deciding whether to make a card for a baby girl or for a baby boy, so I decided to go somewhat neutral with a combo of yellow and green. I colored the image with my Copics, added a clear coat of glitter on the green areas using a Wink of Stella glitter brush.

I stamped a sentiment from Norsk Stempelblad AS using Fresh Leaf ink from Altenew, and decided to even add some clear crystals of various sizes from the Crystal Collection from Little Things from Lucy’s Cards.

I used a frame die from Mama Elephant and die cut 3 frames; two from white card stock and one from Lemon Tart card stock from Papertrey Ink, which is a very nice soft yellow. I glued all three frames together for a stacked look and spritzed the frame with a sheer shimmer spray from Imagine, before adhering the frame onto the colored piece, and then onto a white card base. I paired it with a Lemon Chiffon envelope from My Favorite Things. It’s not a perfect match, but it’s close enough.

Very limited use of colors for this card.

Big birthday wishes {Hobbykunst}

Hi, everyone! This is my second post of the day. If you came here to see my Mo Manning post, you will find that here. This one’s a bit of a twofer, focusing on the big birthday wishes die from My Favorite Things, along with the Big Balloon stencil, also from MFT.

I have a great crafty friend who suggested I play along with the current color challenge over at MFT. The color palette for the challenge was Blueberry, Berrylicious, Grout Gray and Sweet Tooth, and it’s a palette I find very appealing! I’ve done a raised diecut inlay using the big birthday wishes die and big balloon stencil once before, but it was with warmer tones (it’s this card) and some birthday monsters.

Starting with the raised die cut inlay card, I did some serious ink blending. I love the look of ink blending, but I have a shoulder that protests every time I do it, meaning it doesn’t happen every day. I don’t have colored inks from MFT, so I used the brands I have and made it work. I used Hero Arts Wet Cement and Papertrey Ink Soft Stone inks for the gray balloon, Papertrey Ink Hawaiian Shores and Distress Ink Speckled Egg for the teal balloon, and Altenew Dark Night, Azurite, Ultramarine and Eastern Sky for the blue balloon.

Once the panel was inked, I used the Big Birthday Wishes die to die cut the panel, making sure to keep all the little pieces for the stacked inlay technique. I die cut five more pieces from white card stock and stacked all the individual letters, putting the inked piece on top, giving me a total of six layers for each letter. I no line colored a few of the bears from the Bitty Bears stamp set to look like polar bears, and added them to the big letters at the top.

For the second card I used the same color inks to ink blend the balloons, cut off the edges to make it a smaller panel and used the negative of a die cut for the shaker window. I built up the walls of the shaker using thin strips of white card stock. I’m not a fan of foam tape for shaker windows, I prefer to take the extra time and effort to build dimension with cardstock. It’s fiddly and time consuming, but I love it!

I glued the negative die cut onto a piece of acetate, and filled the shaker with the Starry Sky Mix of jewels from Pretty Pink Posh before adding the piece of acetate and negative die cut on top, sealing in the jewels. The colors of the jewels are perfect for the color palette I was going for. I glued the finished shaker piece onto a top fold card base I made from Berrylicious card stock, and my card was finished.

I had so much fun creating these two cards, but will admit that I struggled with which bears to use, I’d colored all but one bear from the stamp set. Indecisive is my middle name. So is procrastinator, perfectionist and a whole bunch of other descriptors.

All the bears (except for the one that couldn’t fit on this panel) all colored up like polar bears. While the stamps were still in my Misti, I used a Memento Rich Cocoa dual marker on the eyes, noses and mouths and stamped them on top of the fadeout ink from Inkon3 I’d already used. This is a trick I like to use, and it saves me from having to draw eyes and mouths in after my coloring and risk ruining my images.

Last, but not least, the colors I used. Not a lot, but enough to make these cute bears look like polar bears and for them to match the color palette for the MFT color challenge.

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.