Let it snow {Mo’s Dream Team}

I’m one of those people crazy enough to make holiday cards all year. Today’s card is another one. A slimline, this time, measuring 8-1/8″ x 3-1/8″ focusing on Snowy House from Mo Manning. I colored an entire panel in blue Copics going from dark at the top to light at the bottom, then die cut that using a slimline die from Pinkfresh Studio.

I colored in my little scene using more Copics, die cut that using the same die, then fussy cut around the trees, snow and house. I added a sprinkling of snow by heat embossing chunky white embossing enamel on both panels. I glued my blue background to a cardbase I made from Pure Poppy cardstock from Papertrey Ink and added the rest of the scene on top using 1 mm foam squares – lots of them! I added a stacked die cut sentiment using a die from the So Many Snowmen die set from Mama Elephant.

Wishing you Christmas cheer

I did it. Very under the pump towards the end there, but I finished my entry into the Coloring Virtuoso category for the MFT Superstar contest. And I’m so happy with how it turned out. Looks like an ordinary landscape A2 card, but when you open it up, there’s more fun on the inside.

I stamped a couple of penguins running into the scene to assist the little mouse decorating the tree. The sky that you see at the top is actually the inside.

In this photo the card is half open. I used the die with the snowbanks and trees from a coordinating die set to cut the top of my front. I traced on the back and used a knife and scissors to fussy cut a mirrored version of the die cut line for the the inside.

And this is it. Another Christmas tree, a couple of bunnies, a few more penguins and the rest of the sentiment. I had so much fun coloring this, and kept everything else very simple. I used the new Sending Christmas Joy die to die cut the letters for Christmas twice from Blue Breeze card stock. I glued the two layers together for each of the letters and added it below my horizon line. I’d planned this out carefully so there would be room between the stack of presents on the penguin’s head and the bunny’s ear on the right. I stamped the word Cheer from the Christmas Cheer stamp set in light blue ink right over my coloring. I’m glad I didn’t mess that up!

I thought I’d include some close ups. I wasn’t sure which color to choose for the sweater on this little mouse. I didn’t want it green, because it was next to the tree, and I didn’t want red, because there’s already enough of that. I figured why not go for the same “gold” color as I used for the baubles and the string on the tree. I think it worked out pretty good. I also wanted the tree to be a different green than the green I used for the clothing on the other animals, so I added some YG90s to the tree as well as the BG90s I’ve used elsewhere.

I love adding textured fur to my penguins. Penguins are usually lighter towards the underside of their “arms” (Flaps? Wings? What are they, really?), so I tried to mimic that a little in these ones. A lot of them also have yellow on their bellies. I couldn’t decide between gray or orange feet and beaks, so I went gray with a hint of orange. I think it turned out pretty good.

More gold, red and green. I never thought I’d use these colors on a Christmas card, they’re so not me. Adding texture on the fur of that tiny penguin was a challenge, but you can definitely see it, at least on his head.

I had no idea which colors to choose for my little fox, there are so many to choose from. In the end I think I ended up with a total of 6 colors for his fur, 8 if you include the lighter parts. I went with a warm gray ribbon on his present. I obviously couldn’t choose red or green, I already had those right next to it. The same was true of the E40s (his belly). I used warm grays on the last bunny as well, so it all ties together.

Speaking of – here he is. Warm gray fur, with a hint of E43 here and there. He’s holding a tiny candy cane, and I somehow managed to get 5 different red shades in there. I wanted it to look like he was entering the card from the right, so I made footprints behind him in the snow.

I used three different stamp sets and two die sets for this card, as well as an obscene amount of Copics.

Sweet Holiday Penguins stamp set.

Merry Wishes stamp set

Christmas Cheer stamp set

Christmas Cheer die set

Sending Christmas Joy die

Blue Breeze card stock

A total of 57 Copics. It’s actually 58, because for the sky I also used B90, which is a color I’ve created myself.

Make a Wish

I’ve been waiting for the card design superstar contest from MFT for a while, and it’s here! The deadline is tonight, and here’s my first go. This is my entry into the Innovation Master category. I knew right away what I wanted to create.

This is a small, but mighty one. It may look very unassuming as a 2-3/4″ square shaker card, but there’s a secret. It opens up to be quite big in the end. The shaker itself is filled with sequins, gems and a few die cuts in colored cardstock die cut using one of the dies in the Tag Builder Blueprint 5 set. I cut them down a little with my scissors and cut the ends off so they wouldn’t get tangled inside the shaker.

The gorilla from the Picture Perfect Party Animals stamp set covers the entire front, but there’s a magnetic flap on the back, and once you undo that, more is revealed.

Flip the gorilla over, and you’ve got more animals ready to join the party. I used the yellow polka dot pattern from the Party Patterns paper pad for even more fun and a way to get even more happy color into my card. These three panels are flaps that open to the sides (two to the right and one to the left) to reveal even more…

The last three (technically four, since there are two parrots in that one selfie) animals are ready to party. They’re tucked inside pockets, and I’ve stamped a couple of the sentiments that come with the stamp set onto Razzle Berry heavyweight cardstock from MFT and heat embossed them. That pink really packs a punch. I die cut my sentiments using the largest of the Fishtail Flag Frames dies, and cut down another patterned paper from the Party Patterns paper pad to strips that included the yellow, green and pink colors that I have throughout my card. I also added some die cut streamers from the Tag Builder Blueprint 5 die set using Razzle Berry, Pineapple and Limelight cardstock, all from MFT.

You can pull the selfies out of their pockets, and there’s room to write a personal message to the birthday boy or girl on the back of the selfies. The best thing about this card is that no specialty dies are required, this is all done with a paper trimmer, score board, bone folder, craft knife and a steel ruler. I prefer the craft knife and steel ruler over the paper trimmer, but that goes way back to my days of creating architectural models. Those knives are handy!

There you have it, my entry for the Innovation Master category for MFT’s annual superstar contest.

MFT products used:

Picture Perfect Party Animals stamp set

Birthday Chicks stamp set

Selfie Square die

Tag Builder Blueprint 5 die set

Fishtail Flag Frames die set

Razzle Berry Heavyweight card stock

Pineapple Prestige card stock

Limelight Prestige card stock

Party Patterns 6×6 paper pad

Happiness is being one year older! {Rachelle Anne Miller Creative Studios}

Hi, everyone! I’ve got a sweet, colorful, yet simple birthday card to share today, featuring the Fairy Party image from Rachelle Anne Miller. I wanted a soft color palette for my card, so I have no colors that are really dark in this image. The darkest marker I used is E57, and it’s contained to the hair on one of the fairies, the flower centers and the ladybug.

Once I’d colored the entire panel, I took the largest of the dies from the Stitched Rectangles STAX 1 set from My Favorite Things to turn it into a panel and create a nice border on the front of my card. I knew from the start that I wanted my sentiment inside the balloon, but I couldn’t decide on white or black. I thought the white might not pop enough against the yellow balloon, but I also knew that the end of the pigtail on the fairy would mess with any black stamping, making the letter illegible. In the end, I went with the white, but you can hardly see it in the photos against that lightest yellow. I might go in with a water brush and the refill for the darkest color I used on the balloon to darken it up later. I don’t want to ruin the nibs of my markers by touching the embossing, but refill and water brush with a little bit of blender solution will work without ruining anything.

I finished my card by adding some groupings of sequins and Jewels from Little Things from Lucy’s Cards. I used the Iced Sherbet mix for this card.

Last, but certainly not least, are the colors I used for my image.

Christmas hug from the heart {Rachelle Anne Miller Studios}

Hi, everyone! Sunday (or Saturday, depending on the time zone you’re in) and I have some serious card making plans today. I went to see Chess (the musical) last night in Oslo, and it was soooo good. But today, there are no singing Soviet Chess players around, just a couple of penguins floating on a sheet of ice in the ocean.

This is the Penguin image from Rachelle Anne Miller. It comes with a sentiment; Let’s chill soon, friend! In some ways, it would have been the perfect sentiment for the times we’re in, but I wanted to make a Christmas card from my two little penguins, so I removed the sentiment and printed the image alone.

I colored in the image using my Copics. I don’t think I’ve ever colored ocean before, and I was genuinely surprised by how easy it was. I even a little hint of blue to the ocean beneath the ice, giving the illusion of something more under water. 9/10 of an iceberg is under water, after all. It may seem weird that I chose yellow hearts for a Christmas card, but I have a very specific recipient in mind for this card, and she loves yellow 😉

I die cut my panel using the third largest die in the Stitched Rectangles STAX 2 set from My Favorite Things and stamped a sentiment that I made from two different Norsk Stempelblad AS stamp sets using Simon Says Stamp Audrey Blue ink. I sprinkled on some chunky white embossing enamel from Stampendous and heated it from behind, melting the granules. The last thing to do was add lots of foam tape to the back and attach it to my white card base. Couldn’t get much simpler than this, really.

Lots of blue and blue green Copics used on this image. Oh, and grays, quite a few of those, as well.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Hi, everyone!

I’ve got another blue Christmas card with the adorable snowmen from the Little Snowman Agenda stamp set from Mama Elephant.

I colored up these snowmen for Kathy Racoosin’s 30 day coloring challenge in June of last year, so it felt good to finally put them to use. Another thing I put to use? Those die cut squares. They were left over from this card where I stacked die cut frames for a dimensional look. I used a little bit of a trick with graph paper and Press’n Seal to make sure my squares were straight, evenly spaced and centered. Worked like a charm, it’s a trick I’ll definitely use again in the future!

I had 12 snowmen, but I needed room for a sentiment, so I stamped one from Norsk Stempelblad AS onto one of the die cut white squares using Papertrey Ink Enchanted Evening ink and glued the last snowman to the inside of the card instead.

I used the largest die in the Stitched Rectangles Stax Set 1 from My Favorite Things on some Enchanted evening card stock, and glued it to my Stamper’s Select White card base before adding all the squares with 1 mm foam squares. I then used more 1 mm foam squares on the back of the snowmen. Dimension is life, as Laura Bassen says. I didn’t want this card to be too thick, though, so I stuck with the 1 mm. Added some snowflakes die cut with the Hero Arts Snowflake Confetti die, and my card was finished.

Big birthday wishes {Mo’s Dream Team}

Hi, everyone!

I’ve got a seemingly simple card to share with you today, but looks can be deceiving. Those letters? They’re stacked six tall. There are 17 of them. You do the math. Lets just say it was a lot, and definitely a labor of love.

I needed to make a quick card last night, and decided to color up three of the small monsters from the Cupcake Monster set from Mo Manning (I have the separated version, there’s also a merged version, which you can find here). I made them super tiny, they’re about 1/2″ tall. Small surfaces, quick to color, right? Right! However, I didn’t take into account the fact that the rest of the idea I had for this card would be way more time consuming.

When my little monsters were all colored in with my Copics, I pulled out the Big Balloon stencil from My Favorite Things along with four different colors of distress ink. I created three balloons that overlap. All the balloons are ink blended using two colors. The yellow one is Squeezed Lemonade with Spiced Marmalade toward the base of the balloon, the orange one is Spiced Marmalade with Worn Lipstick at the base, and the top one is Worn Lipstick with Picked Raspberry at the base.

I die cut the Big Birthday Wishes die from My Favorite Things five times from Stamper’s Select White card stock from Papertrey Ink, as well as from the blended piece, which is also Stamper’s Select White. It’s my favorite white card stock, I haven’t found one that’s more white than this, and it’s also wonderfully sturdy at 110 lb. I did a layered inlay, then fussy cut my monsters and placed them strategically on my card. I love that the top one looks like he’s balancing on the top of the H, and the one on the right is leaning on the E while dangling his feet from the top of the S.

God jul fra meg til deg {Lili of the Valley}

Hi, everyone!

I’m still working on my holiday card, and this time it’s all about penguins AND a snowman.

This image was part of the Christmas release from Lili of the Valley that came out a few weeks ago, you can find the stamp here on Etsy. There’s a new release coming tomorrow, and it’s full of more Christmas goodness. And they’re png, which makes them so easy to mask and layer. I’ve shared my coloring of one of the new images over on Instagram. It was a polar bear, I couldn’t help myself. For this one, however, I colored up my little scene with my Copics and added white flock to the hats of the penguins for a little bit of fluffy texture.

I diecut my panel using the largest die from the second of the two sets of Stitched rectangles from My Favorite Things and glued my card to a top folding card base I made from Enchanted Evening cardstock from Papertrey Ink. It’s my favorite dark blue cardstock, and that was the last little bit that I had, I’m now out of pieces large enough for cardbases. I used scraps of the same color cardstock to diecut my sentiment three times and stack them. The die I used is from Papirdesign. I added a stamped sub sentiment stamped in the same color ink and finished off my card with a few diecut snowflakes that I made using a die from Marianne Design.

And last, but not least, the Copics I used on this image. I’ve also made myself a BG71 that I used on the snowman in addition to the BG70.

Gratulerer med dagen {Hobbykunst}

Hi, everyone! I have a super simple card to share today, featuring patterned paper from a new (to me) company.

This beautiful floral piece is part of a 12×12″ patterned paper from P13, which is a Polish brand. I have to admit I was pleasantly surprised by the quality. I find that most patterned papers are very thin, but this is right up there with Maja Design, which has long been a favorite of mine because of their colors and their quality. I didn’t want to do too much to this, so I used a slimline die from Pinkfresh Studio to diecut the panel.

I used a die from Papirdesign to diecut my word from several pieces of white cardstock that I stacked together. I added some Copic coloring with my RV95 to the top diecut, then put a sticker (also from Papirdesign) on some foam tape and added it below the word, before finishing off with a couple of enamel dots. Super simple, right?

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.