Winter Present gift tag {Mo’s Dream Team}

Hi, everyone! I’ve got a gift tag to share today, featuring Winter Present from Mo Manning. It’s such an easy image to color, and for this one I went with blue. A lot of blue. I’ll let you in on a little secret: the blues were already out on my desk after my last project, making them so convenient to reach for and use.

I colored in my image using Copics and used a stitched tag die from My Favorite Things to turn it into a tag. I die cut another tag from a scrap piece of patterned paper from last year’s Christmas collection from Maja Design and glued the two together, offset a little bit for the patterned paper one to show. I added a tiny bit of a scrap of a doily to the bottom right corner of my colored tag and a white heat embossed sentiment on top using 1 mm foam squares. I punched a hole near the top, added an eyelet and used some Blueberry Twine from Whisker Graphics that I threaded through the hole.

On the back I used a to/from stamp from Norsk Stempelblad AS that I white heat embossed on blue cardstock from Maja Design. I used my cut align tool to make sure I had an even 1/16″ border around the stamped image. I love that tool, it’s the best thing ever.

Lots of blues used for this one. Another one, too, actually, I’ve made myself a B90 that I also used. What can I say, I love those blues!

Oh so merry {Lili of the Valley}

Hi, everyone! I’ve got another Christmas card to share today, it’s even another red one, I don’t really know what’s going on with me with all these red Christmas cards, but I’ve got blue ones coming!

For today’s card, I used the image “A time for giving” from Lili of the Valley. Bears, bunnies and a cute little girl, I couldn’t resist. I printed the image onto X-Press It blending card and colored it with my Copics, before using a die from My Favorite Things to turn it into a panel with a nice faux stitched edge.

I die cut the words oh so merry from the Penguin’s Waddle die set from Mama Elephant a few times from white cardstock and stacked them for a dimensional look. I added chunky white embossing enamel to my scene, glued my panel onto a card base made from Pure Poppy cardstock from Papertrey Ink and glued my diecut words in the sky. I stamped and white heat embossed “& bright” from the Holiday messages stamp set from Mama Elephant onto a scrap of the same red cardstock and glued that below my diecut words. I added a few diecut snowflakes with pearls in the centers as my finishing touch.

Lots and lots of marker, many of them used on the snow, believe it or not.

Ho ho ho {Hobbykunst}

Hi, everyone! I’ve got a Christmas card to share with you today, this time a slimline one, featuring some adorable selfies from My Favorite Things. I colored these up for days 5, 7 and 11 of Kathy Racoosin’s 30 day coloring challenge back in July. I love no line coloring, and these were so much fun!

I used the slimline starter die from My Favorite Things to die cut a panel of Blue Breeze cardstock for my card front. I stamped the Paint Splatter background stamp (also from MFT) using VersaMark ink, and white heat embossed using Super Fine Detail embossing powder from Ranger. I think it looks like snow, and it adds a subtle interest to the background, without being too distracting from the images.

I didn’t want to add my colored pieces directly to the blue underneath. I decided to add a mat behind each of the images, and I cut them down to be slightly larger than the images themselves. We’re talking super thin frames, I think they wound up being about 1/32″ all around. They might be small, but it was enough that I didn’t have room for a sentiment between my images, so I cut apart the Ho ho ho sentiment from the Secret Santa stamp set (also MFT), stamped repeatedly and white heat embossed the one HO directly onto the panel with the elf. I added that panel to the blue cardstock using some 1 mm foam squares and made sure to center it on my card, before adding the other two images above and below, also using 1 mm foam squares.

Holiday wishes {Lili of the Valley}

Hi, everyone! I’ve got a simple Christmas card to share today, featuring this adorable Christmas Friends image from Lili of the Valley. The gray background with the white snow (at least I’m imagining that it’s snow) is also from Lili of the Valley.

Once I’d colored the image with Copics, I used the largest die in the A2 Stitched Rectangle STAX Set 2 from My Favorite Things to die cut a landscape oriented panel that would fit perfectly on my card base with a 1/16″ border around. I like the 1/16″ little frame, AND it’s the same width as the distance from the faux stitching to the cut line. I like having them the same. Little details like that matter, to paraphrase a famous German architect (Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, who coined the term “God is in the details”).

I created a top fold card from Stormy Sea cardstock from Papertrey Ink. It’s a color that matches the BG90 family from Copic really really REALLY well. I need to order more, I only have half a sheet left of this color. I used the same color cardstock to diecut the word wishes using a die from Mama Elephant that was free with purchase if you spent a certain amount during their birthday extravaganza back in September. Normally I’d diecut the word several times in the color I wanted, but since I was running super low on this particular grayish green, I used a few layers of white diecut words, and only one layer of the colored cardstock on top. I stamped and white heat embossed the word “holiday” from the Iconic Ornament stamp set from Mama Elephant, also free with purchase over a certain amount on the Mama Elephant site back in September. I added a few more layers of cardstock behind it for dimension and glued it to my sky using Gina K liquid glue, which I also used for the die cut word.

I decided not to add any additional elements. No embellishments, no nothing, I didn’t want to distract too much from that adorable image.

Not a lot of Copics for this one, and 14 of these were used for the snow and polar bear.

Winter birthday {Rachelle Anne Miller Creative Studios}

Hi, everyone! I’ve got another card to share today featuring an adorable Rachelle Anne Miller digital stamp. This time, I used Snowman Hug and turned it into a wintery birthday card.

I started by coloring my little snowman and his friend using my Copics. I went with a bit of a split complementary color scheme on this one. I’m no fan of complementary colors, but split complementary are infinitely better, and blue green (which I used for the snow on the snowman), purple and orange are split complementary colors. I didn’t want a bright orange, though, so I went more coral, and I love how it turned out.

I used a faux stitch rectangle die from My Favorite Things to turn my colored piece into a nice panel. I love these dies, they add such a finished look. I sprinkled on a moderate amount of chunky white embossing enamel from Stampendous and melted the powder. I love the snowy look this gives.

I mounted my die cut piece onto a card base made from Lavender Fields cardstock from My Favorite Things using plenty of foam tape. This color perfectly matched the purple in my image, something I always try to accomplish in my cards for a nice, cohesive design. I die cut and stacked four Hurra from Melon Berry cardstock from Papertrey Ink using a Kort & Godt die. I love stacking die cuts, it adds a super nice look of dimension. I also white heat embossed a sub sentiment from Norsk Stempelblad AS onto more of that Lavender Fields cardstock, and stacked that, as well, making it flush with the die cut word.

I added a couple of sparkling clear sequins from Pretty Pink Posh and my card was complete. I cut a little bit off the largest one with my scissors to make it look like it’s tucked behind that sentiment strip.

Last, but not least, the Copic markers I used to color my image. I also used B40 and BG71, which are colors I’ve made myself.

Christmas snowman… and owl!

Hi, everyone! I’ve got a fairly simple, square Christmas card to share today, featuring this fun (and funny) image from Kinda Cute by Patricia.

I colored up this image for day 27 of Kathy Racoosin’s 30 day coloring challenge back in May. Yes, I colored a winter scene in May… BUT I wanted to feature as many different companies as possible during the coloring challenge, and the only ones I have from Kinda Cute are winter ones. I love making Christmas cards, so I really didn’t mind.

I had initially planned on making an A2 landscape card, but it just wasn’t working, there was no natural place to put the sentiment. After I’d added the iridescent glitter paste over a Simon Says Stamp falling snow stencil and glued my panel to my cardbase, I chopped off 1-1/4″ on the right hand side of the card and then carefully went in with a craft knife to cut off an additional 1/16″ from my top layer. It works if you use a fresh blade and cut multiple times using very light pressure.

I stamped and white heat embossed a Norsk Stempelblad AS sentiment onto more of that same Dark Indigo cardstock from Papertrey Ink that I used for my card front, before using a speech bubble die from Altenew to die cut. I mounted my speech bubble using some foam tape, and my card was finished.

Christmas mail {Rachelle Anne Miller Creative Studios}

Hi, everyone! I’ve got another Christmas card to share today, this time featuring Letter to Santa from Rachelle Anne Miller.

This card was a bit of an evolution. Things really didn’t go my way, but I was able to fix it all in the end. The piece of Papertrey Ink Stormy Sea card stock I was planning to use was a teeny tiny bit smaller than I needed to be (and I’m running seriously low on that particular color), so I used a die from Waffle Flower to cut it down a little, and it’s now 4-1/8 x 5-3/8″. I cut the center portion out to use for later, no one will ever know that there’s a whole in the center of it. I glued it to a top folding white card base, creating a nice 1/16″ border around the perimeter. Problem number 1 solved.

Problem number 2: My hair was wet from showering when I started assembling this card, and there was a drop of water that fell on the bear’s head. Solution: Sprinkle on chunky white embossing powder from Stampendous and melt the powder with my heat gun…

… which led me to problem number 3. My heat gun was too hot and I burned the panel. It’s not super visible in the photo, but it tuned the piece yellowish right underneath the pole. Solution: use Copics to color the snow under the bear in a similar color, making everything look intentional.

My final struggle was figuring out where to put the sentiment from Norsk Stempelblad AS. I wanted it on the right side of the card, but it just wasn’t working, so I stamped and heat embossed it a second time with the fishtail end on the right and put it on foam tape on the left side of the front instead. I think it worked pretty well. I added a few snowdrift sprinkles from Little Things From Lucy’s Cards as my final touches.

Simple slimline {Hobbykunst}

I’ve got a couple of super simple slimline cards to share today.

This first one might not even technically be a proper slimline card. It’s about 7-3/4 x 3-3/4″. I’ve used beautiful patterned paper from P13 for both my cards. I wanted the paper to be the hero, so I didn’t do too much to it. The sheet I used for this card is #06 from the Spring collection from P13. That tiny bit of green with the heat embossed sub sentiment is from #04

I used a faux stitch slimline die from Pinkfresh Studio to die cut my panel and a die from Papirdesign for the sentiment. I die cut five layers from white cardstock that I stacked and one layer from the patterned paper that I glued on top. There are plenty of open areas in the center of these sheets of patterned paper, die cutting from those makes my white match. I stamped a sub sentiment from Papirdesign onto that little bit of green paper and heat embossed using Super Fine Detail embossing powder from Ranger before finishing off my card with a couple of sequins from the Mint Gold mix from Little Things from Lucy’s Cards. 

My second card uses a different part of that same sheet of patterned paper, as well as the same slimline die from Pinkfresh Studio. The sentiment is even die cut using a die from the same set as the sentiment on my first card. 

On this one I have four layers stacked on top of each other, then a vellum circle, then another four layers of the negative word die, making this sentiment really stand out as a statement on my card. 

 

 

Pretty snowmen in pink {Lili of the Valley}

Hi! There’s a new Halloween release out today from Lili of the Valley. So many cute images, and I definitely plan on doing some coloring later today, but for now, I have a slimline Christmas card to share, featuring the Friendly Snowmen digital stamp that came out a few weeks ago.

This color palette is definitely not the norm for me, but I was surprised at how much I like it. I think the secret was finding a pink combo I liked that wasn’t a screaming hot pink, and that also had a bit of contrast within it. Even better – my pink color combo matches the Autumn Rose color from Papertrey Ink, so I created my cardbase from a sheet of Autumn Rose cardstock and even stamped a few snowflakes from an old Simon Says Stamp stamp set (Holiday Envelope Sentiments) on the envelope using Autumn Rose ink. The envelope itself is a Deluxe white slimline envelope from My Favorite Things.

After coloring all my snowmen with Copics, I added a sprinkling of chunky white embossing enamel from Stampendous and heated my panel from the back until all the granules had melted. It warped quite a bit, so I ran the panel through my Gemini Jr without any dies, just sandwiching the panel between my cutting plates. That took care of the warping, and I could continue by gluing the panel of snowmen to the cardbase, before popping up a Norsk Stempelblad AS heart sentiment that I stamped using Autumn Rose ink. I also added a few Crafty Moly snowflakes that I covered in three layers of white embossing powder.

RV99, R56, RV34 and RV32 – who would have guessed that it made such a pretty pink? Not me, that’s for sure, but I’m glad I stumbled upon this combo.

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.