Have a magical holiday {Purple Onion Designs}

Hi, crafty friends. I hope you’re not tired of all my holiday cards yet, because I have another one to share today. This time, it’s featuring Jolly the snowman from Purple Onion Designs. He’s got to be the cutest, happiest snowman ever, right? I know I say that about all the snowman stamps I use, but this guy is special.

I created a very simple scene for this card, stamping the snowman in Fadeout ink from Inkon3 before adding a mask, then stamping the snowballs using the same ink. I then added a mask to the snowballs and a curved mask on top to create a curved horizon line.

Every once in a while, I break out my airbrush system. I actually keep it out on my desk, but I have a big desk and don’t usually sit close to it. I love the airbrush system, it’s such an awesome way to get a layer of color quickly. Coloring an entire nighttime sky with Copics takes a while, airbrushing it is faster. Use colors that are darker than what you think you want, and make sure there’s enough ink in the marker before starting. I used B99 and B97 for this sky, and it’s wonderfully dark and the perfect backdrop for the lighter colors of the snowy scene in front.

Once I finished the airbrushing, I carefully removed the masks and did no line coloring of the rest of the scene. At this point, I’ve colored snow so often, I can do it in my sleep. This snowman is pretty easy to color too, most of the areas are pretty big surfaces, so it’s a very forgiving image.

After I finished my coloring, I stamped and white heat embossed a sentiment in the sky. The sentiment is actually from the Scripty Xmas stamp set from Mama Elephant, I kind of forgot for a second that I was creating a Purple Onion card, I was a little lost in a creative zone. After heat embossing the sentiment, I sprinkled on chunky white embossing enamel from Stampendous to create my super snowy scene, making sure to remove any granules that landed on top of the embossed letters before melting the granules from the back.

I trimmed 1/8″ off each side of my scene and adhered it to a white card base I created from white cardstock from Papertrey Ink, deciding not to add any embellishments. I figured there was enough going on already with all the snow.

As usual – lots of colors used for the snow. The two blues at the very bottom after the break are the colors I used for the airbrushed sky.

Merry Christmas {Purple Onion Designs}

Hi, crafty friends! Yes, I’m aware that we’ve still got three and a half months until Christmas, but I love creating Christmas cards and just can’t stop.

Old Betsy from Purple Onion Designs is such a great image. I love this pick up truck with the bear inside waving hello through the window. I’ve used it before on this card, which also featured lots of other images. This time, though, I only focused on this one image, and only used the front section of it too.

Using the Itsy Bitsy Polka Dot Backdrop die from Lawn Fawn, I die cut a panel of white cardstock from Papertrey Ink to add a little bit of texture to the front of my card. I adhered it to a quarter panel of Blue Breeze cardstock from My Favorite Things, before using the Selfie Square die, also from My Favorite Things, to die cut a window in the top center.

I put foam tape on the back of my polka dot panel and adhered it to my colored piece, making sure to line up the image so it would show trough the window the way I wanted it to. I then grabbed a quarter panel of Jalapeño Popper cardstock from My Favorite Things and used my G99 Copic marker and scribbled it close to the edge of the green cardstock to make the color match my car a little bit better. Green cardstock is tricky, and I don’t often find the right kind of green that I want for my projects. This was an easy hack, but if anyone out there has a suggestion for a green cardstock that is close in color to G99 (or G94), please let me know.

I adhered my improved green cardstock to an A2 top fold white note card and mounted the polka dot piece with the colored window using foam tape – lots of it. I then used the same Blue Breeze cardstock that I used previously to cut the word merry three times using the Merry Script die from Mama Elephant. I love their script dies! On the top layer I spritzed sheer shimmer craft spray from Imagine for a bit of sparkle to the letters. Unfortunately, details like that are tricky to photograph, but it’s definitely noticeable in real life, trust me 🙂

Onto a leftover scrap of X-Press It blending card, I scribbled an even layer of G99 to create a dark green cardstock that would match my colored image. Onto it, I white heat embossed the word Christmas from the Holiday Messages Sentiment Set from Purple Onion Designs. I love the classy script die cut with the more playful block lettering of the heat embossed word. I added a couple of cardstock strips behind my sentiment strip for dimension and finished the card with a few sequins from the White Orchid Sequin mix from Little Things from Lucy’s Cards.

I love my Copics and used quite a few for this rather simple image.

Your friendship means so much {Purple Onion Designs}

Hi, crafty friends. I have a card to share today featuring the two cutest bunnies you ever did see. April and Bella from Purple Onion Designs are actually both from the Spread Kindness collection from 2018, but the Purple Onion Designs images are timeless and will never get old. Purple Onion Designs is having their anniversary sale right now, too. We’re celebrating 19 years of beautiful rubber stamps and all Purple Onion Designs rubber stamps (with just a few exceptions) are 25% off until Sunday, so if you’ve had your eyes on some of the gorgeous new stamps from the latest “A Special Day” release or some older ones, like the one’s I’ve used for my card today, this is your chance to get a great deal. Saving 25% means you can buy more stamps, right?

I stamped April (the bunny on the swing), masked off the rope of the swing, stamped the Perch from the A Sweet Summer collection from 2013, and then stamped Bella (bunny holding flower) to the right of April. I also masked part of the branch before stamping the Countryside horizon stamp from the A Happy Little Place collection that came out in 2021. I used Fadeout ink from Inkon3 for a soft noline look in the background. The different collections from Purple Onion work so seamlessly together, the possibilities are endless.

When I color full panels like this, I usually color the sky blue, but I wanted to shake things up a little for this card and gave it a soft sunset vibe instead. I live far enough north that the sun doesn’t really set until really late at night in the summer, but a girl can pretend, right? Anything goes when it’s a card, it doesn’t have to be very realistic – not that a bunny on a swing (or one holding a flower for that matter) is very realistic to begin with.

I lost track of how many layers of green I added for the grass. I wanted it to be light and soft looking almost fading into white in the background to make the foreground stand out, and darker in the foreground so the critters would look like they belonged to the scene. I started with the lighter colors for my blends, then kept introducing darker greens towards the bottom and fading up into the background until I found the intensity I was after.

Once I finished coloring in the scene, I added a sentiment from the Together stamp set. The sentiment comes in one line, but I wanted a stacked look for this card and cut it in half to make it fit the space I had in the scene. I used VersaFine Onyx Black ink to get crisp dark lines. The bottom half looks a little bolder than the top because I needed to stamp it twice. I probably should have let it air dry between the two stampings, but I was impatient and used my heat tool to speed along the drying, which seems to also have made the stamping bleed a little. Note to self for next time, I guess.

I trimmed off 1/16″ on all four sides of my colored panel and adhered it to a white card base I created from Stamper’s Select White cardstock from Papertrey Ink. I thought about leaving the panel a full size, but I really like the border the white cardstock gives, it’s a nice little frame.

I find it odd that I rarely use more colors for full panels like this than just a simple image, but that tends to be how it is around here.

Hello friend {Mo’s Digital Pencil}

Hi, crafty friends! I have one of my “clean and simple cluster” cards to share today, featuring Tweetie from Mo Manning. I think this image is so sweet, and not only is it the perfect friendship image, it’s also perfect for the summer season.

I colored the image with Copics and die cut the panel using the largest die in the A2 Stitched Rectangles STAX 1 die set from My Favorite Things, before adhering it to a card base I created from Sour Apple cardstock, also from My Favorite Things.

On my cluster cards, I usually choose two to three colors from the image to create scraps from. This time I chose green and yellow with a little bit of gray. Neutrals are always a good thing to add. I keep die cut scraps in stamp storage pockets on my desk, sorted by color. Whenever I want to create a cluster, I choose the storage pockets with the colors I want, dump the contents on my desk and start PLAYING.

For this card I wound up using scraps from 3ndypapir, Karen Foster, Sunny Studio, P13, Magnolia and Papirdesign. By limiting the size and colors of my clusters, the design stays harmonious and you can’t tell that I’ve used patterned paper from 6 different companies. I adhere some directly to the layer below, some using foam squares. As a base, I used half a doily from Doodlebug Design that I had in a drawer. I love these tiny paper doilies, they’re perfect for this.

Using VersaFine Onyx Black ink, I stamped a sentiment from the Sweet Summer Sentiment Set from Purple Onion Designs onto a strip of patterned paper from Papirdesign. I finished off the card by adding a few enamel dots from the Pocketful of Sunshine pack of enamel dots from Altenew.

These cluster cards are so fun to make. They make my piles of scraps shrink EVER so slightly, but anything’s better than nothing, and I love the dimension they add to the card.

I used quite a few colors for this one.

Have a bright sunshiny day {Purple Onion Designs}

Hi, crafty friends. I have what’s basically a one layer card to share with you today, featuring a couple of stamps from the newest release from Purple Onion Designs, as well as a couple of older ones.

I stamped Delilah and the butterflies from the Flora & Fauna set using Extreme Black ink from My Favorite Things, before creating masks to put on top and stamping the older Birch Tree Background in Fadeout ink from Inkon3 for a soft, no line look in the background.

I colored the entire panel with Copics, deciding to add a few clouds in the sky as well as some visible blades of grass near the trees.

I adhered my colored panel onto a top fold landscape A2 card base I created from Stamper’s Select White cardstock from Papertrey Ink. I stamped a sentiment from the Sunshiny Sentiment Set using Sour Apple ink from My Favorite Things for a subtle tone on tone effect, I wanted the main focus to be on the squirrel and the butterflies.

To finish off the card I added a few pearls from Kort & Godt in three different sizes (2 mm, 2.5 mm, 3 mm). Adding the pearls was actually my niece’s idea. I tend to go for sequins myself, but I love pearls too and hadn’t used these in a while, so it was good to break them out.

The lack of dimension makes this a very thin, lightweight card compared to my normal cards, which means this won’t have any problems going through the mail.

Not a lot of colors given that the entire card front is colored.

Waving hello {Streamside Studios}

Hi, crafty friends! If you’ve been here before, it won’t come as a surprise that I love coloring dragons. Today I have a cute dragon card to share, featuring the Flying Dragon from a digi stamp set from Streamside Studios released last month.

I colored the dragon with my Copics and fussy cut him right up against the black lines of the image. I put him aside while I worked on the rest of the card.

Onto a top fold white A2 card base I created from Stamper’s Select White cardstock from Papertrey Ink, I ink blended Azurite, Ultramarine and Eastern Sky inks (all from Altenew) towards the top of the card, fading to white near the bottom. I splashed some water droplets on top for a cool effect. Dye inks are water based and react with water, so this works with most inks you probably have. The darker the color, the bigger the impact.

From Cement Gray cardstock from My Favorite Things, I die cut two layers of the skyscraper skyline in the Slim Film City die set from Mama Elephant and adhered them at the bottom of my card. Using the cloud die in the Slim Basics die set, also from Mama Elephant, I die cut the cloud shape three times from Stamper’s Select White cardstock, stacked them and adhered them to the top of the card.

Onto the card base, I stamped a sentiment from the Journey Sentiment Set from Purple Onion Designs using more of the Azurite ink from Altenew that I used for the ink blending. I thought the blue on blue would be a better fit for the card than a black sentiment.

I adhered the dragon partially on top of the clouds, using foam squares behind the parts hanging off the clouds for even dimension, and sprinkled a few gems and sequins from the Seashore mix from Little Things from Lucy’s Cards around the dragon and sentiment to finish the card.

Suuuuper simple color palette for this dragon.

Merry & Bright {Rachelle Anne Miller Creative Studios}

Hi, crafty friends! There’s a brand new release out from Rachelle Anne Miller, and it’s all about our new bunny and guinea pig friends – they’re getting ready for the holidays. July is right around the corner, and we all love Christmas in July, right?

The image is called Bunny & Guinea: Snowman, and you’ll find it over in Rachelle’s shop here. I decided to go for a winter sunset look with my sky for this card and used fairly soft colors throughout.

I used the Mega Snowflakes Cover die from Mama Elephant to die cut my frame. I stacked three for dimension and adhered it to my colored image, then adhered the whole thing to a top fold card base I created from Stamper’s Select White cardstock from Papertrey Ink.

Using the Merry Script die from Mama Elephant, I die cut three from Hawaiian Shores cardstock from Papertrey Ink, and another three from the same white cardstock that I used elsewhere on the card. I stacked the colored die cuts and the white ones separately so that I could put the white ones behind the parts of the colored ones that aren’t on top of the white stacked die cut frame at the bottom.

Onto a strip of Hawaiian Shores cardstock, I white heat embossed part of a sentiment from Purple Onion Designs and cut it down to fit my card, adding two more strips behind it so that the stamped part of the sentiment would be flush with the die cut part.

I added a few snowdrift sprinkles from Little Things from Lucy’s Cards to finish the card.

Simple color palette.

Cheers! {Purple Onion Designs}

Hi, crafty friends! I have another card to share featuring stamps from the newly released A Special Day collection illustrated by Stacey Yacula for Purple Onion Designs.

This time I’m keeping the focus on Cecil, a cute tortoise with a party balloon in his hand an a party hat on his head. I stamped him in Extreme Black ink from My Favorite Things, created a mask for him and stamped the older The Perfect Spot background stamp using Fadeout ink from Inkon3. I also stamped a tree stump from the Woodland Floor Set, which is also another new one with the A Special Day release.

I used a lot of green for this card. Not too many markers, but I feel like most of the card is green. I actually had to refill all the greens I used for the fields and trees halfway through. They hadn’t been refilled in a couple of years, so it was about time, I use these greens a lot.

I needed a pop of color to counteract all the green and decided on a corally pink color combination that I used for the party hat and balloon. I dug through my colored cardstock looking for a match, and wound up with Fire Coral cardstock from My Favorite Things. I created a top fold A2 card base from it and adhered my colored panel onto it to the left side, it wasn’t wide enough to cover the entire card front.

In the fall of 2020 I was running seriously low on X-Press It blending card, which is the only cardstock I use for my Copic coloring. It was hard to get hold of back then, but I lucked out and got a pack from Amazon UK. It was A4, which kind of blew my mind a little bit. Up until that point, I didn’t even know A4 X-Press It existed, I’ve always bought letter size. A4 is less wide and taller than letter size, which means I only get two panels that cover an A2 card front from one sheet. I used one of the narrower pieces on this card, which left me with about 1/4″ extra width on the card base. I debated cutting it off, but I feel like the pink strip on the right provides a little bit of balance, the card would be very green without it.

Onto a separate piece of Fire Coral cardstock, I stamped and white heat embossed a sentiment from the Til mannen stamp set from Norsk Stempelblad AS, before die cutting it using a speech bubble die from Altenew. I popped it up on 1/16″ foam squares from Gina K for a tiny bit of dimension.

You’d think that with a close to full panel of coloring that I’d use a lot more colors than this, but the four greens near the left end of this graphic were all I used for the grass and the trees, which covers most of the card.

Happy birthday {Purple Onion Designs}

Hi, crafty friends. Popping by today with a fun birthday card featuring a couple of cuties from the newest A Special Day release from Purple Onion Designs, illustrated by Stacey Yacula.

I really wanted to create a birthday card with Bugsy (what a great name for a bunny, btw) and Jessie. They’re on their way to a birthday party and I stamped them using Extreme Black ink from My Favorite Things, making sure to stamp Bugsy in a way that made part of the balloon hang off the edge of the panel, creating the illusion that the scene extends beyond the card to other partygoers and the birthday boy or girl. I did a teeny tiny masking on top of the balloon to stamp the Tree Line stamp from a previous release using Fadeout ink from Inkon3 for a soft no line look on the horizon.

I colored in my scene using Copics. I started with the sky (I don’t even remember what color I used there, sorry), before coloring the trees, the ground, then the critters. I struggled with my colors on this one. I wanted the trees to be a muted green way back in the distance, but the colors I used felt too gray, so I added a couple of more vibrant greens to make them come alive a little bit more.

I managed to make the same mistake with the ground. I originally wanted a muted green, because most of the green backgrounds I’ve colored using stamps from this release have been very vibrant. As it turns out, I’m not as big a fan of the muted green look when it’s down on paper as opposed to what I envision in my head before I start. I was originally only going to use three green markers for the ground, I ended up with eight, and I’m still not entirely happy with it. It’s messier than what I’m used to, and I struggled with the blending.

I used the largest die from the A2 Stitched Rectangles STAX 1 set from My Favorite Things to turn my colored panel into one with a nice faux stitch edge, and adhered it to a top fold A2 card base I created from Stamper’s Select White cardstock from Papertrey Ink. I love the look of the faux stitch with that thin white border going around the edge. For my sentiment I die cut the Happy Birthday Brush Script die from Simon Says Stamp four times from white cardstock and glued them together for a stacked, dimensional look, and I had just the right spot to adhere it to the card.

At that point I thought the card was a little plain and decided to add some “flowers” by drawing in white dots in a few clusters on the green grass. This adds a little bit of interest, but I still didn’t think it was enough, so I pulled out my Frosted Lace Stickles and added a thick layer to the balloon, before deciding to also add it to the die cut letters. This helped a little more, but I felt like I needed another element in the sky, it was still pretty plain. Using the Cloud 1 & 2 die set from Papertrey Ink, I die cut four small clouds from vellum. I glued two and two together and adhered them to the sky, which really helped pull the entire design together. This was an evolution of a card (I also colored the bird yellow to begin with, but decided I wanted it red and colored red over the yellow), but it came together in the end.

I used quite a few Copics for this one. I have a feeling I may have used B00 for the sky, but I’m not entirely sure.

Today is the last day for the 30% discount off the entire A Special Day release bundle, and also the last day to get 10% off the individual stamps in this release, so if you want them and have been on the fence, now is the time to get them and save.

Hip hip hooray! {Purple Onion Designs}

Hi, crafty friends. I’m back with another card featuring stamps from the newly released A Special Day collection, illustrated by Stacey Yacula for Purple Onion Designs. This time it’s one with lots of the cute critters in the collection.

I stamped and masked all these critters. From left to right we have Bonnie, Bernard, Petunia, Gillian and Faye. The tree stump is from the woodland floor set, also new in this collection, and once I’d colored all my images, I even masked off the tree stump so I could airbrush a blue sky behind them all.

There are two sentiments that come with Petunia that you can stamp in the banner. One is the hip hip hooray!, which I white heat embossed, the other says Happy birthday! This card is a bit of an odd size. I needed it big to fit all my images, and it measures 7 1/4 x 5 1/16″. I probably could have trimmed off a little bit on the sides and on the bottom (or top) to make it an even A7 size, but this is what I wound up with. I’ll probably make my own envelope to fit anyway.

Lots of Copics used for this one. I tried to make the colors of the critters different even though I have two brown ones and two gray ones. I love the Copic range of earth tones and gray tones, it really does allow you the option to create different colors within the same color family.