Make a Wish {Rachelle Anne Miller Creative Studios}

Hi, and happy Monday. I’m starting the week with this very simple mini slimline card, featuring “Make a Wish” from Rachelle Anne Miller, which happens to be an image from the most recent release.

Rachelle Anne Miller Make a Wish flatlay skrå

I colored the image with my Copics and used partial die cutting with a faux stitch rectangle die from My Favorite Things to turn it into a panel that would fit a mini slimline well.

Rachelle Anne Miller Make a Wish flatlay høyre

I adhered my panel onto a card base made out of Something Blue cardstock from My Favorite Things, and finished the card with a few sequins from the White Orchid Sequin mix from Little Things from Lucy’s Cards. Super simple.

Rachelle Anne Miller Make a Wish Copics

Not a whole heap of colors for this one.

Hello {Streamside Studios}

Good morning! It’s the start of a new week, and if this green color doesn’t wake you up, nothing will. It’s bright!! It feels like summer’s finally on its way, and I spent a good chunk of yesterday hiking. Everything is so bright green now after what feels like the coldest, rainiest spring ever.

Streamside Studios Woodland Friends Owl front rett

I put together this little scene with an owl, a tire swing and a tree, all from the Woodland Friends digital stamp set from Streamside Studios. I did some simple Copic coloring and used a die from the A2 Stitched Rectangles STAX 2 set from My Favorite Things to turn it into a nice panel with faux stitching around the edge. I love these stitched rectangle dies, I use them so much!

Streamside Studios Woodland Friends Owl front skrått

I mounted the colored piece onto a card base made from Limelight cardstock from My Favorite Things. It’s a very bright green. I die cut some leaves from the Leafy Cover die from Mama Elephant and mounted those near the bottom left corner using some 1 mm foam squares.

Streamside Studios Woodland Friends Owl flatlay

On top of the die cut leaves I added a die cut “hallo” (hello in Norwegian) consisting of 3 white layers with the Limelight green on top, and a white shadow. I mounted this on foam squares, too, so this has a lot of dimension.

Streamside Studios Woodland Friends Owl flatlay høyre

A side view to show more of all the layers. I added some sequins from the White Orchid sequin mix from Little Things from Lucy’s Cards for a little bit of an extra detail near the die cuts.

Streamside Studios Woodland Friends ugle huske Copics

Last, but not least, the Copics I used to color my image.

Merry Christmas from me to you {Lili of the Valley}

Hi, there! You may think I’ve lost my mind making Christmas cards in May, but I actually enjoy making them all year. It saves me from having to scramble last minute in November to get them all done. It’s also been really wet and cold here lately, so it’s felt like we’re closer to Christmas than to summer. It’s sunny today, though, and tomorrow, the temperature’s supposed to creep over 20! Feels like spring is finally on its way now that it’s actually almost over.

Lili of the Valley Winter fun front rett

I colored Winter Fun with my Copics, trimmed off a little on the sides and adhered my panel onto a top fold white card base.

Lili of the Valley Winter fun front skrått

I don’t normally use red on my Christmas card, but when I can pair it with blue or grey, I can tolerate it. The coloring on this card is pretty busy (it’s all those stripes), so I needed my sentiment to stand out. I used a god jul die from Papirdesign, and in the sleeve with the die were 7 white die cuts that were apparently scrapped from a previous project. I glued them together for a stacked look, die cutting one more to put on top from Electric Red card stock from My Favorite Things. Sadly, they’ve discontinued this color. I’m super picky about my reds, and this one is nice and rich and dark. I heat embossed a sub sentiment from Norsk Stempelblad AS onto a strip of more of that red card stock, and mounted it on foam tape below my die cut. To finish off the card and add a little more dimension and interest, I sprinkled some snowdrift sprinkles from Little Things from Lucy’s Cards here and there. I love these little clay snowflakes.

Lili of the Valley Winter Fun Copics

Not a massive amount of colors for this. Everything left of E13 on the top row is used for the snow.

Mr. Fixit {Purple Onion Designs}

Hi, there! I’ve got a simple card with some dimension and fussy cutting to share today, featuring a couple of stamps from the latest release from Stacey Yacula and Purple Onion Designs.

I started by stamping Milton the bear and the ivy cottage in Extreme Black ink from My Favorite Things, coloring in both images with my Copics. I fussy cut both right up to the stamped lines, and used a die from the A2 Stitched Rectangles STAX 1 set from MFT to do some partial die cutting of the cottage. I wanted the foreground to have that nice stitched edge, but not cut off the tree – partial die cutting is great for that. 

On a piece of white cardstock, I used the cloud stencil from My Favorite Things to ink blend some puffy clouds with Iceberg ink from Altenew. I die cut this panel with that same die that I used for the ivy cottage, adhered it directly onto a white top fold card base, and mounted the ivy cottage onto that using 1 mm foam squares. I added Milton on top with more 1 mm foam squares, stamped a sentiment from the Around the Town sentiment set using Soft Granite ink from Hero Arts, and added the sentiment towards the top of the card using foam tape. I adhered a few sequins from the white orchid sequin mix from Little Things from Lucy’s Cards to finish my card. I need to create a slightly bigger envelope than usual for this card. The tree hanging out from the edge means it won’t fit in a standard envelope for A2 cards.

Not a whole lot of Copics for this one. Lots of green, though.

You deserve flowers {Rachelle Anne Miller Creative Studios}

Hi, there! I have a super simple card to share today, featuring the Little Fairy image from Rachelle Anne Miller.

Rachelle Anne Miller Little Fairy front skrått

I colored my image with Copics and die cut it using a die from My Favorite Things and adhered it to a top fold card base I made from Bright Buttercup cardstock from Papertrey Ink.

Rachelle Anne Miller Little Fairy flatlay venstre

Using VersaMark ink, I stamped a sentiment from Norsk Stempelblad AS onto a scrap piece of Raspberry Fizz cardstock from Papertrey Ink. I turned it into a strip using one of the dies in the Fishtail Flag Frames die set from My Favorite Things, mounted it on foam tape and adhered it to the card.

Rachelle Anne Miller Little Fairy flatlay høyre

I finished off the card with some white sequins from Little Things from Lucy’s Cards.

Rachelle Anne Miller Little Fairy Copics

As usual, a graphic of the Copics I used.

Sending hugs {Streamside Studios}

Hi, there! I have a super colorful shaker card to share today, featuring a cute raccoon from Streamside Studios. Now, the raccoon isn’t particularly colorful, but I did some colorful ink blending of the background, making the raccoon stand out against the background.

Streamside Studios Woodland Friends Raccoon shaker front skrått

I colored the raccoon from the Woodland Friends stamp set using my Copics. Just grays and a little R21 for the cheeks and the inside of the ears. Super simple coloring. I fussy cut the raccoon, leaving a thin white border, before I started on my background.

Streamside Studios Woodland Friends Raccoon shaker front rett

I pulled out a piece of Bristol Smooth card stock and my Distress Oxide inks for my background. I only have 8 oxides, and I used 6 of them for this, they make a nice rainbow. From the top left corner going clockwise they are Cracked Pistachio, Twisted Citron, Fossilized Amber, Picked Raspberry, Salty Ocean and Peacock Feathers. Where the colors overlap, new colors are created.

Streamside Studios Woodland Friends Raccoon shaker flatlay

I splattered some drops of a shimmer sparkle spray onto the ink blended panel, blotting it off with a dry paper towel to create the oxidized look in the background. I then took the largest of my A2 Stitched Rectangles dies from My Favorite Things, along with the Say Hello die, also from My Favorite Things, to die cut the background. I made sure to keep the internal negative pieces from the Say Hello die to puzzle piece them onto the card base.

Streamside Studios Woodland Friends Raccoon shaker flatlay skrått

I die cut the Say Hello die an additional 8 times from white card stock, stacking all but 2 of them to form the shaker area. I removed the internal part of the stacked die cuts, creating a nice frame for my sequins to shake around in. I glued one of the remaining two die cuts onto the card base to fill in the word between the colorful negative die cuts. After filling the shaker area with white orchid sequins from Little Things from Lucy’s Cards, I put acetate on top to close the shaker area and the last white die cut on top, inlaid and flush with the colorful background mounted on foam tape for dimension.

Streamside Studios Woodland Friends Raccoon shaker flatlay venstre

I stamped a sentiment from the Simon Says Stamp/Concord & 9th stamp set Monster Hugs using VersaMark ink onto Steel Gray card stock from My Favorite Things, before white heat embossing it, cutting it down to a strip and adding it to the acetate window using foam tape. The last thing was to add 1 mm foam squares behind the raccoon, and my card was complete.

Birthday card galore {Hobbykunst}

Hi, there! Remember the 4 bar birthday cards I shared a couple of weeks ago? Well, I have another batch today. Still using the Happy birthday collection from P13, still all 4 bar cards.

HK P13 Happy Birthday kanin med hatt front

I’m starting with what’s probably the simplest one, certainly the cleanest one. I die cut a wonky grid from white card stock and adhered it directly to the card base, before adding the fussy cut bunny with foam tape.

HK P13 Happy Birthday kanin med hatt front skrått

I stamped and white heat embossed a sentiment from the Bitty Bears stamp set from My Favorite Things and popped it up using foam tape, before adding some clear crystals from Little Things from Lucy’s Cards in clusters to the background. I even fussy cut another, smaller bunny and glued him to the inside of the card, which you can sort of see in this photo.

HK P13 It's Pawty Time panda med cupcake front

This card looks a little bit busier, simply because I added some patterned paper to the background. Once again I adhered the fussy cut image using foam tape.

HK P13 It's Pawty Time panda med cupcake front skrått

I white heat embossed a sentiment from the Pawty Time stamp set from My Favorite Things, added it with foam tape and finished off with a few clear crystals from Little Things from Lucy’s Cards.

HK P13 Sjonglerende mus front

This is probably the most involved of the cards, simply because I created a faux stitch rectangle from the patterned paper in the background, instead of just leaving it plain and letting it cover the entire card base.

HK P13 Sjonglerende mus front skrått

I used a Papirdesign die to create the white die cut going across the center of the card, and added my fussy cut piece using foam tape. The sequins used for this card are from the White Orchid Sequin mix from Little Things from Lucy’s Cards.

HK P13 It's Time to Party elefant med ballonger front

An elephant with some balloons, ready to party is next up. I used part of a die cut to span across the card for a little texture in the background, before adding the elephant with foam tape.

HK P13 It's Time to Party elefant med ballonger front skrått

The sentiment is from the Bitty Bears stamp set from My Favorite Things, and I added a few pearl white crystals from Pretty Pink Posh for a finishing touch.

HK P13 Happy Birthday katt tiger med vimpler front

Die cut patterned paper in the background for this one, with that faux stitching I love so much. Once again, lots of foam tape behind the image.

HK P13 Happy Birthday katt tiger med vimpler front skrått

Sentiment from the Bitty Bears stamp set added using 1 mm foam squares, with a few Papirdesign enamel dots to finish.

Precious baby boy {Lili of the Valley}

Hi, there! I have a baby card to share today, featuring the Baby Swing image from Lili of the Valley.

Lili of the Valley Baby Swing front rett

I colored in the image with Copics and put it aside while I worked on the rest of the card. I had an old discarded panel of Aqua Mist card stock from Papertrey Ink that I’d already dry embossed using the Quilted Backdrop die from Lawn Fawn, and decided it would be perfect for this card. I used the largest of the A2 Stitched Rectangles STAX dies from My Favorite Things to turn it into a panel with a nice edge, and I used the Selfie Square die, also from My Favorite Things, to create my window.

Lili of the Valley Baby Swing front skrått

Using a craft knife, I cut into my colored panel so I could get the legs of the bunny on the outside of my window panel, which I added to my card base using lots and lots and lots of foam tape. Dimension is life!

Lili of the Valley Baby Swing flatlay venstre

I die cut a few clouds from white card stock using a die set from Papertrey Ink, and stamped a sentiment from Norsk Stempelblad AS onto one of the clouds in Hawaiian Shores ink, also from Papertrey Ink.

Lili of the Valley Baby Swing flatlay høyre

I added the clouds using foam squares, and embellished ever so slightly with sequins and confetti stars from the Sea Glass mix from Little Things from Lucy’s Cards to finish my card.

Lili of the Valley Baby Swing Copics

Simple color palette for this one.

Quick, simple birthday cards {Hobbykunst}

Hi, everyone! I have a few cards to share today, mostly focusing on patterned paper from P13 and their Happy birthday collection. All the cards are 4 bar size, and they’re all pretty similar, using sheets 1-6 from the collection from P13. They number their patterned papers, they don’t name them.

HK P13 Go BIG on your birthday front

My first card is the only landscape one. I covered the card base with that yellow patterned paper and added a white die cut on top. I fussy cut the boy with the present and mounted the image on foam tape, before adding a sentiment strip with additional pieces of foam tape for even more dimension. The sentiment is from the Pawty Time stamp set from My Favorite Things. I finished off the card with a few sequins from the White Orchid Sequin mix from Little Things from Lucy’s Cards.

HK P13 Gratulerer med dagen cupcake med banner front

Card number 2. Covered up the card base again, this time with a patterned paper that barely even has a pattern on it. It’s white with a dotted grid printed in yellow. I die cut the wonky square grid pattern from some of the red patterned paper and adhered it in the center of the card.

HK P13 Gratulerer med dagen cupcake med banner front skrått

I mounted a fussy cut image onto foam tape in the center of the card, and a sentiment strip on top of that with even more foam. The sentiment is from Mathia, heat embossed in white on a piece of red pattened paper. I added a few Pearl White crystals from Pretty Pink Posh to finish the card.

HK P13 Happy Birthday barn med krone front

This one is pretty similar to the last one. I die cut the wonky grid from yellow patterned paper, and adhered it directly to the card base on the left hand side of the card, before adding the fussy cut image with foam tape.

HK P13 Happy Birthday barn med krone front skrått

I stamped and white heat embossed a sentiment from the Bitty Bears stamp set from My Favorite Things and added it with foam tape on top of the image, before finishing off with some raindrops from the Crystal Collection from Little Things from Lucy’s Cards.

HK P13 Happy Birthday elefant med is front

How festive is this elephant balancing an ice cream cone? I used the white patterned paper with the yellow dotted grid lines for this one as well as a die cut hole pattern that I tore at the egdes.

HK P13 Happy Birthday elefant med is front skrått

I adhered the fussy cut elephant using foam tape, and a sentiment strip using some 1 mm foam squares, before finishing off with a few sequins from the White Orchid Sequin mix from Little Things from Lucy’s Cards.

HK P13 Happy Birthday kanin med ballong front skrått

This last one also has the hole pattern with torn edges, I think it adds a little more playfulness and interest to these very simple cards. I adhered the fussy cut image with foam tape for this one too. I like that little bit of dimension. I even used my thick foam tape for the sentiment on this one, so this card is extra dimensional.

HK P13 Happy Birthday kanin med ballong front

Heat embossed sentiment strip once again, and as with so many of the other cards, I used the Bitty Bears stamp set for that. Finished off with a few Pearl White crystals from Pretty Pink Posh.

I adore you {Lili of the Valley}

Hi, there! I have a simple card with a fun technique to share today, featuring the pencil sketch version of Grace Beauty from Lili of the Valley. I love the pencil sketch versions of these images, and I’ve done some faux watercoloring for this one.

Lili of the Valley Grace Beauty front rett

I printed the image onto Fabriano Artistico Extra White watercolor paper and did some Copic coloring. Yes, this is done with Copics, but not with the markers. Copic markers and watercolor paper are a bad match, the paper will ruin the nibs. I thought these sketchy images would be perfect with watercolor, but my printer and watercolor aren’t a good match either. That, and my watercolors still scare me. What never scares me are my Copics, so I filled a little bit of Copic blender solution into a water brush (one that I’ve designated for use with Copics) and used that as my paint brush, picking up drops of refill in various colors from a smooth, slick surface.

Lili of the Valley Grace Beauty front skrått

It’s not as precise as regular Copic coloring, but it’s a pretty fast, forgiving technique, and it’s a lot of fun to get more uses out of the markers (and the refills). It ticks all the boxes for me. I get the watercolor look that I like, without having to wait for things to dry (because the alcohol in the Copics evaporates a lot faster than water does), I can “watercolor” digital images with Copics because the ink won’t bleed. You don’t need a lot of colors either, and if you don’t have the refills, you can use the actual marker to scribble onto an acrylic block or another slick, non absorbent surface. One of these days I’ll practice coloring regular stamps with my actual watercolors, I just have to carve out the time. Even though they scare me, my watercolors don’t deserve to just be sitting unused in their palette, that’s not the reason I bought them.

Lili of the Valley Grace Beauty flatlay venstre

I wanted to let the image shine and kept the card pretty simple. I used a rectangle die to cut a window in the center of a panel, mounting the negative on foam tape to frame the image.

Lili of the Valley Grace Beauty flatlay høyre

I glued a couple of pieces of a mini doily from Doodlebug into the corners of my colored piece. I just wanted a little something. These go well with the soft look I was going for. I stamped a sentiment from the Leaf Clusters stamp set from Altenew in Soft Granite ink from Hero Arts onto a scrap piece of Sweet Blush card stock from Papertrey Ink, and added it in the top left corner, along with some pearls from Little Things from Lucy’s Cards. The pearls are the perfect matching color, they were a sampler pack in a big order I placed from her a while back, so unfortunately, I don’t know the color name.

Lili of the Valley Grace Beauty Copics

When I do normal Copic coloring I tend to go overboard and use a ton of colors to achieve the look I’m after. With faux watercolor, it’s the opposite, the color palette is always very limited, because I can get a lot of gradient with just one color, depending on how much I dilute it with the blender solution in the water brush. The pink on her dress, the bows in her hair and the flowers is all made with just R43, I’d never be able to achieve this ombré effect using just one color with the markers themselves.