With Christmas in your heart {Mo’s Dream Team}

I love Giggling Snowman from Mo’s Digital Pencil. I have lost track of how many times I’ve colored this image, let’s just say it’s a whole lot. On today’s card, I’ve colored him using blues, once again. I love blue for Christmas, I can’t help it.

I fussy cut my little snowman and stamped a Norsk Stempelblad AS sentiment on a diecut banner. I’ve dry embossed the bacground using a cover plate die from Neat and Tangled.

I’ve added a few Papirdesign dots, mounted my dry embossed panel on foam tape and added a diagonally striped patterned paper from Papirdesign behind it. That’s it. Very clean and simple, and this time even fairly quick to make. My cards tend to be clean and time consuming, but this was clean and simple, it took me less than two hours from start to finish, including coloring.

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Noen blå bølger {Ett trykk}


Hei og hopp. I dag er det bølger som gjelder. Bølger var nemlig formen vi hadde fokus på i Helt enkelt-artikkelen i juninummeret av Ett trykk i fjor, og dette var mitt bidrag.

Jeg stanset ut en kantdie fra Magnolia og  brukte den negative diecuten som en maske og fargela med Copictusjer i forskjellige blåfarger oppover på kortet. Øverst maskerte jeg en rett linje og stemplet et tekststempel fra Norsk Stempelblad AS med svart blekk og pyntet meget enkelt med en bit blå twine akkurat i overgangen øverst på bølgene.

Happy birthday! {Mo’s Dream Team}{Ett trykk}

Hi everyone! Another Wednesday, and another Mo make. This time I’ve used More Tulips on this pretty simple card, published in the August issue of Ett trykk. We each chose one crafter as the source of out inspiration for an “Inspired by” article, and my choice was the über talented Marika Rahtu. Her coloring is like no one else’s, she rocks.

Marika’s cards are always very simple, keeping the focus on her gorgeous coloring. I’ve tried doing the same, but I’ve got a long way to go before I’m able to keep up with her level. I still had fun, though.

I printed my image with a very low opacity setting in Photoshop onto a piece of 4 1/4 x 5 1/2″ X-Press It blending card. I diecut the center of my image with a stitched reclangle die from My Favorite Things before I started coloring.

I colored the center panel with Copics before going over it with Derwent Artists colored pencils for details. The combination of Copics and pencils is a really fun one, even though I still need heaps of practice.

I stamped a Norsk Stempelblad AS sentiment over the vase and mounted my panel with a lot of foam tape for dimension. And that finishes the card. Simple, keeping all the focus on the coloring.

Velkommen til verden {Ett trykk}

Hei og hopp! I dag har jeg en eske å vise frem, publisert i babyshowerartikkelen i augustnummeret av Ett trykk. Hun som lagde esken opprinnelig lagde den stor nok til å romme et slips i farsdagsgave, men med babytema passer den ypperlig til et par hjemmestrikkede babysokker eller kanskje også en lue.

Esken var overraskende enkel å lage. Jeg valgte ikke å ta mønsterark på de korte endene, men det kan du selvsagt gjøre.

Jeg har brukt ark fra Vintage Baby-serien til Maja Design for denne esken. Vimplene med sømkant er stanset ut med en die fra Rayher, og jeg har tegnet rundt kanten av dieen på den hvite kartongen jeg har brukt som matte bak vimplene og skjært til for hånd med en liten tapetkniv. Teksten kommer fra Småtekster-platen til Norsk Stempelblad AS, og jeg har stemplet den med Spring Rain blekk fra Papertrey Ink.

Jeg har ikke pyntet voldsomt mye. Jeg startet med en minikakeserviett fra Doodlebug og har limt blomster fra North Star Design, Wild Orchid Crafts og kort & Godt oppå. Pyntegrenene og de små blå diamantene kommer også fra Kort & Godt.

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.

Santa hug {Mo’s Dream Team}

Once again, we’ve reached Wednesday, which means coloring around here. Specifically, coloring of Mo Manning’s adorable digital stamps. This time, I chose Kayla with gingerbread and turned her into a gift tag for Christmas. You can never have too many gift tags.

I’ve colored her up before. A couple of years ago I colored her with reds and turned her into a Christmas card. This time, though, I just had to go for the blues. I love blue for Christmas. Well, I love blue all year, but especially at Christmas time. There’s just something about it that screams Christmas to me, way more than red ever will.

I wanted to make her hair golden blonde. Well, this is more in the area of light redish brown, but she’s so darn cute, I really don’t mind. The bench, her pants, and her little winter boots are actually all colored with the same color family, I just didn’t use the lighter ones for the bench, and similarly, I didn’t use the dark ones for her boots. Skipped both the lightest and the darkest for her pants. I did the same thing with my blues, I went very light with the scarf, and darker on everything else.

I found a tiny little gingerbread man in my stash, I just had to include him. I used some lacy ribbon from Papirdesign in the perfect blue color to match my coloring, and tied the gingerbread man to the ribbon with some warp thread from my grandmother’s loom stash. Added a tiny bit of strong liquid glue to my knot, so that it wouldn’t come undone.

The sentiment is made from two stamps from the B04 stamp set from Norsk Stempelblad AS. I stamped Nisseklem first, in Enchanted Evening ink from Papertrey Ink, then the smaller bit right below using the same ink. I wanted the two lines to be fairly close together, otherwise I would have stamped them both at the same time.

On the back I used another Norsk Stempelblad AS stamp, stamped it in the same blue color, then started on my background. I started with my tree and the little kid tobogganing by stamping them both in white hybrid ink from Papertrey Ink. I did this in my Misti, making sure I got good coverage over the entire surface of both stamps. I then went in with an acrylic block and a tiny snowflake stamp from the same stamp set, rotating between each stamping to create a random snowflake border along the top. When I was sure my hybrid ink was dry (I used a heat tool to help speed up the drying process), I went in with a mini ink blending tool and blue inks (Spring Rain and Blueberry Sky from Papertrey Ink), trying to make an even blend across the rest of the background. The hybrid ink somewhat resists anything you put on top, but not completely, resulting in a much softer look than if I were to heat emboss the images, then ink blend on top. I really like this soft look, it won’t distract from the names I’m putting on my gift tag, and everyone will be able to read it on Christmas Eve when it’s time to open presents, even with dim lights.