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 😉

Christmas Cheer

Hi, everyone!

Last week’s sketch from MFT was such an amazing one, I really wanted to join in the sketch challenge. It’s been a minute since the last time I joined, but I had an idea for a fun shaker as soon as I saw the sketch. Then there was the issue of time… Technically not a lack of time, but I was so tired after my all nighter for the Superstar contest that nothing was getting done.

I did it today, though. It didn’t turn out exactly as I’d envisioned, but close enough.

I stamped, colored and diecut the bunny a couple of days ago, so he was ready to go. I wanted the background stamp from that same stamp set to be in the shaker, and also going across. The shaker portion was stamped using Extreme Black ink, then colored with Copics, while the parts on the outside were stamped and white heat embossed on vellum and colored on the back. You don’t want to ruin the tips of your Copics by touching the embossing, so the back’s a great option when using vellum, because it still shows through.

I like my shakers done a certain way. I use a die slightly bigger than my shaker window to die cut several times from white cardstock. I stack my negative die cuts (for this card it was 7), glue them together and glue a thin strip of cardstock to the inside of my negative diecut stack. That way, none of the sequins or other bits in the shaker get stuck anywhere, but can shake freely in their little confined space.

I used a sequin mix from Hero Arts for the inside of the shaker. It’s a mix of matte white sequins and clear sequins, as well as iridescent star confetti. I’m not usually a fan of iridescent elements on my cards, but for a night time Christmas shaker, I don’t mind.

Not too many Copics used for this one! And the red one that says B97 should say R27, I must have undone the correct one before I saved my graphic in Photoshop.

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

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.

Christmas blues

Hi, everyone!

I have another blue Christmas card to share today using the Little Snowman Agenda stamp set from Mama Elephant. These are tiny and oh, so adorable.

It’s no secret that I like a narrow border around my card, 1/16″ suits me perfectly. For this card, however, I changed things up a bit. I diecut the Snowflake Confetti die from Hero Arts from my beloved Enchanted Evening cardstock from Papertrey Ink, before going in with the largest of the stitched rectangles in Set 1 of the stitched rectangles die sets from My Favorite Things. I usually use Set 2 that has slightly larger dies (1/8″ larger in each direction for all dies in the set), but the largest of the dies in Set 1 creates a 1/8″ border around the entire front of the card. I wanted more white to show on this one, and this was perfect.

I had loads of diecut squares left over from my previous card, they were the interior pieces of the stacked frames I used. Instead of letting them go to waste, I thought I’d put them to good use. I took four squares and mounted them to my blue snowflake panel using 1 mm foam squares. Believe it or not, but this was the part that took the longest. Getting them centered perfectly near the top with equal spacing between them all and equal distances to both sides and the top of the panel took…. well, it felt like forever. With this kind of design, though, you have to get it just right, or it’ll throw off the balance of the entire card. They’re equally distanced down to 1/32″, that’s about as good as it gets.

I mounted four of my little fussy cut snowmen onto the squares using 1 mm foam squares and white heat embossed a tiny Norsk Stempelblad AS sentiment onto a strip of Enchanted Evening card stock and mounted that with a 1 mm foam square on the bottom right of my four squares.

Something a little bit different {Mo’s Dream Team}

Another Wednesday, and I have another “alphabet” card to share. I’m still on F, and Flower Frame from the Avril set was next up. It’s basically a circle image with flowers on the outside. To avoid having to color super tiny flowers I decided to use only a section of the circle, and made my little arch just large enough to fit the width of my card.

This is a lot more artsy than what I normally do. I printed the image with an opacity setting of 25%, colored it with Copics and then used a Copic multiliner to add back in some black lines in selected areas before fussy cutting my image with a thin, white border on the outside and straight up to the black line on the inside.

I used foam tape from Gina K to pop up my colored piece onto a cardbase I made from Spring Rain cardstock from Papertrey Ink.

I stamped a Norsk Stempelblad AS sentiment using VersaFine Onyx Black ink, and added splatters across the entire card with white liquid watercolor from Hero Arts and a watered down black ink.

Not exactly my usual style of card, this one. What do you think?

Happy, Merry, Joyful Christmas

Every year, it seems as if I have time to make ONE card that isn’t a design team assignment. This year, I had to stay away from card making for months due to a shoulder fracture, but I’ve still managed to make my one non DT card.

I have a soft spot for Stacey Yacula’s images, and the Sweet Holiday Penguins set from My Favorite Things was perfect for a quick, simple Christmas card. I’m normally not one for scene cards, but I thought these two deserved better than to just float around, so I added a night sky and some subtle hints of snow on the ground.

I colored my penguins during Kathy Racoosin’s 30 day challenge on Instagram, and asked my followers how to add snow. Someone suggested paint splatters and embossing powder, so that’s what I did. I used liquid watercolor from Hero Arts for the splatters, and lots and lots and lots of chunky white embossing enamel from Stampendous for the rest. It makes the card seem very wintry, and the embossing enamel adds a ton of texture to an otherwise very simple card.

I could have made it a one layer wonder, but I like the faux stitch look you get with the stitched rectangle STAX sets from My Favorite Things, and I love the 1/16″ frame of pure white around it. I even mounted my panel on foam tape for that extra bit of dimension.

Simple, yet dimensional from that foam tape, with lots of texture from the embossing enamel. Maybe I should start making scene cards more often?

I can’t believe I’ve nearly used all the different gray families on one card, all I’m missing are the Ws.

Kraft + hvitt = lykke {Hobbykunst}

Hei og hopp og god lørdag!

Kanskje litt skummelt å si det, men det er under to måneder igjen til jul! Jeg er langt fra ferdig, men har et julekort til i boks. Hvis du husker det forrige julekortet mitt fargela jeg julestjernemotiv fra Pretty Pink Posh. Denne gangen har jeg brukt det samme stempelsettet, men i en helt annen variant av et julekort.

Kraft og hvitt syns jeg funker veldig bra til julekort, det gir et mye roligere utseende enn rødt. Jeg stanset ut en Pretty Pink Posh ramme flere ganger i kraftfarget kartong og en gang i hvit kartong. Jeg limte alle sammen så rammen min fikk dimensjon, og stemplet en tekst fra Papirdesign i midten av rammen.

Rammen fungerer også fint som et holdepunkt for blomsten min. Jeg stemplet blomsten med kraftfarget blekk, fargela veldig enkelt med en hvit blyant, og stemplet og embosset over i hvitt. Dette gjorde jeg på flere blomster, og til slutt klippet jeg dem så jeg fikk laget en lag på lag-blomst med lave 3D-puter mellom lagene. Til slutt sprutet jeg flytende hvit vannmaling fra Hero Arts over kortet mitt, men maskerte rammen og blomsten, så disse ikke fikk maling på seg. Jeg laget en klynge med mikroperler i midten av blomsten, og pyntet ellers meget enkelt med hvite krystaller.

Flere apestreker {Huldra designstudio}

Hei og hopp!

Jeg er tilbake med flere apestreker for Huldra designstudio. Etter tirsdagens kort hadde jeg mange bananer til overs. Jeg ville ikke kaste dem, og jeg er elendig på å bruke motiver jeg har liggende, så de må brukes med én gang om jeg skal ha noen mulighet til å få brukt dem i det hele tatt. Derfor lagde jeg et shakerkort til med bananer, og da måtte jeg jo bruke apekattene også.

Jeg stanset ut et vindu med en die fra My Favorite Things til å ha alle bananene mine i. Det hvite panelet er satt på mosegummi, så bananene har litt spillerom. Jeg svertet Distress Oxide blekk i fargen Tumbled glass på en hvit bit kartong med hjelp av en skystensil (også fra My Favorite Things), så bananene ikke skulle flyte i hvitt tomrom. Under vinduet stemplet jeg en av tekstene fra Apestreker-platen til Huldra designstudio med VersaFine Onyx Black blekk.

Her syns det godt at det er god plass til bananene i vinduet, dybden på mosegummien gjorde dette shakervinduet veldig enkelt å lage.

Den lille apekatten er stemplet med svart blekk (Extreme Black fra My Favorite Things), farget med Copics og så stemplet enda en gang, denne gangen med VersaFine Onyx Black. VersaFine Onyx Black er et supert blekk, det blir ordentlig svart når du stempler, men det kan ikke brukes med Copics. Ved å fargelegge først og stemple med VersaFine etterpå får jeg fine, svarte linjer. Det hvite panelet er limt på en kortbase jeg har laget av kartong fra Hero Arts i fargen Periwinkle.

Enda en nærtitt på shakervinduet med bananene. Ved å farge noen bananer gule og noen grønne får man litt liv i shakerområdet også. Og alle bananer er jo ikke like, eller hva?

Jeg følte behovet for en apekatt inni kortet også. På samme måte som med apekatten på fronten ble den stemplet, farget med Copics, stemplet på nytt og så skjært/klippet ut og limt på med flytende lim.

Helt bananas {Huldra designstudio}

Hei og hopp!

Jeg skadet høyrearmen min i påsken og har ikke rørt scrappesakene mine på en måned, men nå har jeg gått helt bananas. Det klødde i fingrene etter å gjøre noe kreativt, så jeg fant frem en ubrukt stempelplate og lekte meg frem til et typisk Elin-kort. Det er et tilsynelatende enkelt kort, men jaggu tar det tid å lage disse, og definitivt når man har en arm som fungerer litt på halv tolv.

Jeg startet med å stemple og maskere apekattene fra Apestreker-platen til Huldra designstudio, før jeg gikk over med Distress Oxide blekk i fargen Tumbled Glass og en skystensil, så apekattene fikk himmel bak seg. Jeg tok maskene forsiktig av og fargela apekattene og en haug med bananer med Copics.

Jeg klippet ut bananene og lagde en haug med polaroidrammer til både bananene og apekattene. Jeg tør nesten ikke å tenke på hvor mange rammer jeg har limt oppå hverandre for å få dimensjon. På rammen med bananene brukte jeg også en bit acetat for å lage shakerboks. Den øverste rammen på apekatten som er oppned ble stemplet med en tekst fra stempelplaten som passet perfekt både til apekatten, til bananene og også til rammen – størrelsen kunne ikke ha vært mer perfekt.

Jeg stemplet så mange bananer at jeg hadde en del til overs, så jeg stemplet enda en tekst, denne gangen på kortets innside, og limte på noen flere bananer som pynt.

Håper du svinger innom en senere dag også, jeg har flere kort på lur.