Make a wish {Purple Onion Designs}

Hi! I’m sharing a card today that is near and dear to my heart. I shared the coloring of this Wishing mouse from Stacey Yacula and Purple Onion Designs back in July last year. It was the first Purple Onion Designs image that I ever colored.  A little over a year later, and I’m lucky enough to be on the Purple Onion design team, all because of this one image.

I colored the image using a very soft color palette with my Copics. I didn’t write the colors down, so unfortunately, I have no fancy graphic to show you at the end of this post. I wish I did, though, because I really like the colors I used for this.

I used the largest of the A2 Stitched Rectangles STAX 2 dies to turn my colored piece into a nice panel with the faux stitch edge I love so much. I decided to adhere it directly to my top fold card base, that I made from Berry Sorbet cardstock from Papertrey Ink. The color matches the darkest parts of her dress very well.

Onto a separate piece of Berry Sorbet, I stamped and white heat embossed part of a sentiment in the A Beautiful Day Sentiment Set from Purple Onion Designs, before cutting it down to a super small sentiment strip using a steel ruler and a craft knife. To me, it’s the best way to create sentiment strips, die cutting is more risky to me, this way, I know it’s straight.

I die cut part the word wish using a die from Mama Elephant. The die actually die cuts the word wishes, but I cut off the tail end of the word so I was left with just wish. I die cut four more from Grapefruit cardstock from Concord & 9th, and added them behind the top die cut for dimension. This makes the word lighter (and it makes it match the lighter parts of the dress) from the sides. I did the same with the sentiment strips above, making the strip and the stacked die cut flush.

I finished off the card by adding a few sparkling clear sequins from Pretty Pink Posh. I used my scissors to cut the largest sequin in half to tuck it behind the sentiment strip.

Have a great day {Purple Onion Designs}

Hi! Today, I’m sharing another simple card. As usual, it does involve something fiddly and somewhat time consuming, even though you can’t really tell from the end result.

Purple Onion Designs - Elin Venge - Together front

For this card, I’m using the Together stamp set from Purple Onion Designs, illustrated by Stacey Yacula. The stamp set comes with this cute image and five sentiments you can pair with it, and $10 from each set sold is donated to raise money for Covid-10 relief across the world.

Purple Onion Designs - Elin Venge - Together front angled

I stamped the critters in Extreme Black ink from My Favorite Things onto X-Press It blending card and colored in the image with my Copics. I kept the background white, but stamped and fussy cut a mask and ink blended clouds in the background using three stencils from My Favorite Things (Cloud, Rolling Clouds and Slimline Cloud Edges) and Lazy Day ink, also from MFT.

Purple Onion Designs - Elin Venge - Together flatlay straight

I die cut the largest of the dies in the Stitched Rectangle Scallop Edge Frames die set from My Favorite Things 4 times from Cement Gray cardstock from MFT, stacked them for dimension and adhered my frame to my colored piece, and then adhered all of it to an A2 landscape top fold card base I created from Stamper’s Select White cardstock from Papertrey Ink.

Purple Onion Designs - Elin Venge - Together flatlay angled

I tried several different things for my sentiment. First I die cut a banner with a fishtail shape at the end, but it kind of didn’t fit the card. I cut that down using a smaller fish frame die from MFT, but I wasn’t happy with how that looked either. In the end I used my craft knife to cut it down to a strip, which worked heaps better. I added a couple more layers of cardstock behind it for stability and dimension.

Purple Onion Designs - Elin Venge - Together flatlay angled2

I finished off the card very simply by adding three sequins from the Sparkling Clear sequins mix from Pretty Pink Posh. My baggie of these particular sequins is getting towards the end, they’re my most used sequins, they go with everything.

Purple Onion Designs Together Copics

Last, but not least, the Copics I used for the cute little critters.

Happy Wedding {Purple Onion Designs}

Hi! I have a card to share today with an image from Stacey Yacula and Purple Onion Designs that is a little bit different from the critters we’re used to seeing from Stacey.

Purple Onion Designs - Elin Venge - Large Floral Wreath front

I thought this Large Floral Wreath was so beautiful, and I wanted the focus to be on that. I decided to make my card super simple. Scratch that, I decided to make my card *look* super simple. Fussy cutting and putting tiny slivers of clear foam tape behind each of those leaves took a while.

Purple Onion Designs - Elin Venge - Large Floral Wreath front angled

I created a top fold white card base from Stampers Select White cardstock from Papertrey Ink and added a smaller gray panel made from Soft Stone cardstock, also from Papertrey Ink. I popped the gray panel up using lots of foam tape.

Purple Onion Designs - Elin Venge - Large Floral Wreath flatlay angled2

I wanted an elegant sentiment, and most of the sentiments I have from Purple Onion Designs didn’t really fit, so I wound up using a sentiment from the Vintage Roses stamp set from Altenew, and stamped that using Gravel Gray ink from My Favorite Things.

Purple Onion Designs - Elin Venge - Large Floral Wreath flatlay angled

I added lots of sequins from Pretty Pink Posh around the entire wreath on this one. It adds a little bit of interest to what is a very simple looking card.

Purple Onion Designs Large Floral Wreath Copics

Super simple use of Copics for this card.

Hello friend! {Purple Onion Designs}

Hi, there! I have a fun slimline card to share today, featuring the Up and Away stamp from Purple Onion Designs. Photographing slimline cards is still something I find very tricky, but this image was begging for a slimline design, and if I don’t practice taking photos of slimline cards, I’ll never get better at it, right?

Purple Onion Designs - Elin Venge - Up and Away + Sweet SUMMER Sentiment Set

I stamped the image using Extreme Black ink from My Favorite Things onto X-Press It blending card and colored it with my Copics before fussy cutting right up against the black lines. I even cut off the strings of the image, but I made little marks on the back of where they were, so I could add some black sewing thread as strings instead.

Purple Onion Designs - Elin Venge - Up and Away + Sweet SUMMER Sentiment Set angled

I used the Slim Film City die set from Mama Elephant to create my background. I die cut the sky from Blue Breeze cardstock and used the Slimline Cloud Edges stencil and the Rolling Clouds stencil, both from MFT, along with some Lazy Day ink, also from MFT, to create my clouds. I even splattered a little bit of the ink on top for added interest. For the skyline I die cut three layers from Gravel Gray cardstock from My Favorite Things. I heat embossed a sentiment from the Sweet SUMMER Sentiment Set from Purple Onion onto the top layer of my skyline and added a few sparkling clear sequins around it.

Purple Onion Designs - Elin Venge - Up and Away + Sweet SUMMER Sentiment Set angled2

I used 1 mm foam squares behind my hot air balloon, and decided I wanted even more dimension and interest, so I die cut a couple of clouds from vellum, using a set of dies from Papertrey Ink. I glued the vellum clouds onto my card in very strategic spots, and used more sequins to cover up the glue. Little trick of the trade.

Purple Onion Designs Up and Away Copics

I used a lot of colors for this balloon!

Your friendship is the cherry on top {Streamside Studios}

Hi! I’m sharing a fun card today, featuring the Cherry-ific mouse from Streamside Studios. I colored up this image last year, but sometimes, images simply take their sweet time making it onto cards.

Streamside Studios Cherry-ific mouse front rett

I rarely use my red Copics (and most of the Rs aren’t really red, they lean either pink or orange, making red super tricky with Copics), but with these cherries I really didn’t have much of an alternative. Maybe I should have even made them darker, if you look at the cherries I used for props, they’re darker than the ones I colored.

Streamside Studios Cherry-ific mouse front skrått

I used an impression plate from Papertrey Ink to create some texture on a piece of Stampers Select White cardstock from Papertrey Ink. I adhered it directly onto my cardbase, which is made from the same white cardstock.

Streamside Studios Cherry-ific mouse flatlay skrått

Using a die from the Scallop Frames die set from Pretty Pink Posh, I die cut four frames from Amarena Cherry cardstock from Papertrey Ink and stacked them for a dimensional look. I adhered the stacked frame to my colored piece and then centered that on my card front.

Streamside Studios Cherry-ific mouse flatlay høyre

I stamped a sentiment from the Mice Day to Celebrate stamp set from My Favorite Things using Amarena Cherry ink, and die cut that using the largest of the dies in the Fishtail Flag Frames die set, also from My Favorite Things. It’s adhered directly to the red frame, and popped up using foam tape on both sides for even dimension.

Streamside Studios Cherry-ific mouse Copics

Simple color palette.

Let the good times roll {Rachelle Anne Miller Creative Studios}

Hi! I’m sharing a new card with another image from the July release from Rachelle Anne Miller. This is Animal Train. I love those cute little critters hitching a ride behind the locomotive.

Rachelle Anne Miller Animal Train front rett

I feel like I’ve been doing pretty good lately about using lots of different colors, and not stick to the same ones each time. This, however, has made me neglect my favorite blues. I haven’t used them since early May(!) and desperately needed to change that.

Rachelle Anne Miller Animal Train front skrått

I paired my blue with a pinky peach and a soft, pale yellow, and once I added the blue (which was the last thing I colored), I realized that the colors kind of look like the UniSA colors. Not intentional at all; maybe I miss Australia even more than I thought I did.

Rachelle Anne Miller Animal Train flatlay rett

I was going to use Fire Coral cardstock from My Favorite Things for my base and also have some peeking out behind the image, but I put a panel of Coral Crush cardstock on top, which fit most of my coloring better. I decided to use Fire Coral for the banner.

Rachelle Anne Miller Animal Train flatlay skrått

The banner itself is die cut using the Elegant Folded Banner die from My Favorite Things. Onto that I white heat embossed a sentiment from the Pawty Time stamp set, also from MFT. It’s fairly easy to curve clear stamps to fit whatever shape you’re stamping on, and this was a breeze. I used the largest die in the Double Stitched Rectangle STAX die set from My Favorite Things, which was a brand new die set in their July release. I love the STAX dies from MFT, so I was very excited about this set. I finished off the card by adding three sparkling clear sequins from Pretty Pink Posh.

Rachelle Anne Miller Animal Train Copics

Pinks, yellows and blues. And a few neutrals thrown in for good measure. I also used B90, which is a color I’ve made myself. And believe it or not, but I used four different color families for the peach – R, RV, E and YR. Who says you have to stick to one color?

It’s a mice day {Streamside Studios}

… to celebrate! I have some cute mice from Streamside Studios to share today. One of these is eating a cheese, which inspired the yellow and the circles. Sometimes it doesn’t take much.

Streamside Studios A Mice Day flatlay rett

I colored the mice with Copics and adhered them behind a panel of Lemon Drop card stock from My Favorite Things, which I die cut using a die from the Slimline Starter die set and also the Slimline Stitched Circle Trio set. I thought the plain yellow cardstock looked a little plain, and stamped some streamers from the Mice Day to Celebrate stamp set from My Favorite Things using Distress Oxide ink in the color Fossilized Amber.

Streamside Studios A Mice Day flatlay skrått

I created my sentiment by heat embossing parts of sentiments from two different stamp sets from My Favorite Things (Always Bring a Smile and Pawty Time) on Gravel Gray cardstock, and added three extra strips of cardstock behind them for dimension. I die cut the word mice using the In Stitches Lowercase alphabet set from My Favorite Things. I initially planned on doing it in yellow, so I die cut four layers of Pineapple cardstock and stacked together. The yellow word kind of got lost, so I die cut an additional layer in gray and added that on top, which makes it stand out more. I finished off the card with some pearl white crystals from Pretty Pink Posh.

Streamside Studios A Mice Day Copics

Lots of gray and hardly anything else for the coloring on this card.

You make me smile {hÄnglar & Wings}

Hi there! I’m back with the second card I made as a guest designer for hÄnglar & Wings (you’ll find my first card here). This time it’s even simpler than the last.

hÄnglar & Wings - Bästa Vänner you make me smile front

The stamp is from the Bästa Vänner stamp set (same as the first card), and I fussy cut this one leaving a thin white border on the outside edge once I’d colored the image with my Copics.

hÄnglar & Wings - Bästa Vänner you make me smile front skrått

Using the Detail Ringlet Plate die from Simon Says Stamp AND one of the dies in the A2 Stitched Rectangles STAX 1 set from My Favorite Things onto a piece of Aqua card stock from Maja Design, I was able to create a little bit of texture and interest in the background. I added my die cut panel onto a white top fold card base using lots of foam tape.

hÄnglar & Wings - Bästa Vänner you make me smile flatlay

On a die cut ticket (die from XCut), I stamped a sentiment from the Bästa Vänner stamp set using Audrey Blue ink from Simon Says Stamp. I added the ticket to the bottom center of my card using foam tape, letting the girl sit on top of the tag with foam tape behind her in the parts that were hanging off the sides of the ticket.

hÄnglar & Wings - Bästa Vänner you make me smile flatlay høyre

I added a couple of sparkling clear sequins from Pretty Pink Posh to the bottom left of the ticket for a finishing touch.

hÄnglar & Wings - Bästa Vänner you make me smile Copics

Simple color palette of pink, teal and yellow for this girl. Teal’s my favorite color of the three, which is why I chose to do the sentiment and background in teal.

Treat yourself! {Purple Onion Designs}

Hi, there! I’m back with another card where it’s pretty much all about the coloring. As a Stacey Yacula fan, getting the chance to play with her images is a dream, and today I dreamt up a very summery birthday card… with a sundae. Can’t beat a sundae!

Purple Onion Designs - Elin Venge - Juliet Tree Line Horizon Sunshiny Sentiment set front straight

I stamped Juliet, masked the umbrella and stamped the Tree Line Horizon before removing the mask and coloring in my scene using Copics. I usually color the whole panel, but this time I left the sky white.

Purple Onion Designs - Elin Venge - Juliet Tree Line Horizon Sunshiny Sentiment set front angled

To add color to the sky I once again placed a mask on the umbrella, masked off the trees and the horizon line and put a piece of printer paper at the bottom to protect the rest of the scene before using a blender brush from Taylored Expressions and inks from Altenew. I wanted a darker blue towards the grass, going lighter further up. I used Eastern Sky at the bottom and Iceberg towards the top.

Purple Onion Designs - Elin Venge - Juliet Tree Line Horizon Sunshiny Sentiment set flatlay

I wanted a little bit of extra interest in the sky, and decided to add some ink splatters. I added a spritz of sheer shimmer spray to an acrylic block along with Eastern Sky ink for a sparkly blue. I liked it, but thought it needed a little more contrast, and went one shade darker with Ultramarine mixed with a little bit of water and added that too.

Purple Onion Designs - Elin Venge - Juliet Tree Line Horizon Sunshiny Sentiment set flatlay angled

I stamped and white heat embossed a sentiment from the Sunshiny Sentiment set onto a piece of Gravel Gray card stock from My Favorite Things and die cut it using the largest of the three dies in the Fishtail Flag Frames die set, also from MFT. I added a couple of more strips of card stock behind the banner for a little bit of lift, and tucked a couple of sparkling clear sequins from Pretty Pink Posh under for a little bit of embellishment.

Purple Onion Designs - Elin Venge - Juliet Tree Line Horizon Sunshiny Sentiment set angled

I really really really love Stacey’s images, and they’re so much fun to create dreamy scenes from.

Purple Onion Designs Juliet Tree Line Horizon

I want to say I didn’t go overboard with my Copics on this one, but there were a lot of greens used for this card. I just can’t help myself.

Happy birthday to you!

A certain someone nudged me to play along with this week’s sketch at My Favorite Things. Little challenges like that really drive me, and using a stamp set from the July release, which came out earlier this week, I made a colorful birthday card with a party penguin!

My Favorite Things Penguin Party sketch 549 front rett

I wanted the focus to be on the party penguin carrying the balloon, and colored him before turning him into a stacked die cut (3 layers behind the colored one). I stamped and die cut the bunting from another stamp in the stamp set, but only added one layer behind each of these, they’re in the background, after all. On a piece of white cardstock, I stamped the Scattered Triangles background stamp using Picked Raspberry and Squeezed Lemonade distress inks. I thought the triangles went well with the bunting, and wanted an ombré effect from the hot pink up to the yellow. I’ve come up with a great trick for achieving this: ink blending on the stamp. By using blender brushes and ink blending onto the actual stamp, I get a really nice gradient in my stamping. It’s a little tough on my blender brushes, and a couple of the bristles have fallen off, but I don’t mind, I don’t normally ink blend that much anyway, a missing bristle or five is a nice trade off for the effect I get – I’ll take it.

My Favorite Things Penguin Party sketch 549 front skrått

I die cut the background using the largest die in the A2 Stitched Rectangles STAX 2 set and adhered it directly to a top fold card base made out of Ripe Raspberry cardstock. I die cut a stitched circle from the same color cardstock for the penguin to stand on, and mounted it using foam tape in the center of the card. I added a white heat embossed sentiment strip below, with lots of extra strips of cardstock behind it, so it would be flush with the penguin. I finished off the card by adding Glossy Accents to the balloon and a few Sparkling Clear sequins from Pretty Pink Posh, and glued what was left of the bunting on the inside of the card for added detail.

My Favorite Things Penguin Party skisse 549 Copics

Not a whole heap of Copics for such a small image.