Falalala… {Mo’s Dream Team}

la la la laaaa!

Am I in a Christmas mood? Not really, but it might seem that way. Falalalala was next up on my alphabetic list of Mo Manning images I haven’t yet used, and it needed to go on a Christmas card. Another one done for this year, which admittedly feels pretty good.

I colored my image with Copics as usual. In a split complementary version this time. I’m not a fan of red (not even for Christmas), but when I can use it as an accent color along with blue greens and yellow greens, I feel it works better. I fussy cut my image right up to the black line and glued it to the front of my card.

I diecut a panel of Spring Rain cardstock from Papertrey Ink using the Snowfall Backdrop die from Lawn Fawn and ink blended over the top. I used Chipped Sapphire Distress ink, Faded Jeans Distress ink, Stormy Sky distress ink and Spring Rain dye ink working my way from top to bottom, dark to light. I glued the piece straight onto my white cardbase.

I used the Country Landscape die from Memory Box to diecut the background hills from Stamper’s Select White cardstock from Papertrey Ink. I used the same die to diecut the windows using Harvest Gold cardstock, also from PTI, and inlaid them. I popped the entire panel on low foam tape for a little bit of dimension. I then diecut my panel with the sentiment already printed using a die from the Stitched Hillside Borders die set from Lawn Fawn. I’m a huge fan of faux stitch dies, but since the Memory Box die doesn’t have the faux stitching, I didn’t want it on my top panel either, so I used the die upside down and glued this snow bank on with low foam tape. To ground my image I used snow paint just below it as snow, and sprinkled rock candy distress glitter on top while the snow paint was still wet.

I changed up the sentiment a little. There’s an exclamation mark at the end, but I wanted that to be on the inside, so I added three dots instead and printed the same sentiment on the inside with the three dots in the beginning and the exclamation mark at the end.

I was a little hesitant about using my blue background at first, because I didn’t think the image stood out enough against the blue. When I created the snow banks, the whole thing transformed, and I’m glad I stuck with the blue.

Not a lot of markers for this one.

Du fortjener det beste {Ett trykk}{Hobbykunst}

Hallo – du fortjener det beste! I det aller siste nummeret av Ett trykk var teknikkutfordringen at vi skulle bruke to eller flere dies som hovedmotiv. Jeg valgte en coverdie fra Neat & Tangled og en hallodie fra Papirdesign og lagde noe jeg egentlig vil kalle et typisk Elin-kort.

Jeg startet ved å sverte distress oxide-blekk (fargene Picked Raspberry, Salty Ocean, Peacock Feathers, Cracked Pistachio, Twisted Citron og Fossilized Amber ) over et panel stort nok til å dekke fronten av kortet mitt. Jeg sprutet over rent vann og tørket av med tørkepapir, før jeg sprutet over hvitt blekk i dråper og lot det tørke.

Jeg limte deretter Stick It bak hele panelet. Dette er en veldig tynn dobbeltsidig teip som er perfekt når du skal stanse ut dies der det blir litt pirkete.

Deretter skjærte jeg til en bit mosegummi like stort som panelet jeg skulle bruke.

Jeg stanset ut det svertede panelet først, og deretter mosegummien med samme die. Jeg tar dette i to runder. Hvis jeg stanser ut begge samtidig blir ikke kuttekantene på mosegummien jevne, og jeg kan få rynker i kartongen siden presset under dermed ikke er jevnt. Ved å stanse ut i to omganger holder alt seg mye penere.

Den neste delen av jobben er litt pirkete. Her tok jeg ut hver bit av den svertede biten, fjernet beskyttelsespapiret fra den dobbeltsidige teipen på baksiden og limte den på tilsvarende bit mosegummi. Da alle bitene var på plass tok jeg flytende lim på baksiden av hver mosegummibit (forsiktig, så jeg ikke fikk lim på rammen) og limte det på frontpanelet på kortet mitt. Jeg la noe tungt oppå og sørget for at alt tørket ordentlig.

Deretter kunne jeg fjerne mosegummirammen forsiktig fra resten av kortet, og bitene ligger igjen der de skal.

Jeg stanset ut en hallodie fra Papirdesign flere ganger i hvit kartong og limte dem oppå hverandre for dimensjon.

Da var det bare igjen å lime hallo på kortet, også her brukte jeg flytende lim, og lurte litt englehår fra Mester Grønn under for å lage litt mer liv i kortet.

Jeg stemplet også en undertittel på svart kartong og embosset i hvitt. Det blir et ordentlig blikkfang på et såpass fargerikt kort. Jeg satte på tekststripen min med 3D-teip.

Noen paljetter fra Pretty Pink Posh er siste lille finish.

Takket være at jeg limte alle bitene på kortet mens jeg fortsatt hadde rammen rundt er de nå perfekt plassert, og kortet er veldig rent selv om jeg har brukt mange farger.

Det er ingen hemmelighet at jeg digger å fargelegge, men jeg digger også å lage kort som dette, selv om det er litt pirk å lime alle bitene sammen. Jeg er faktisk ganske glad i pirk også!

Blue {Mo’s Dream Team}

When I first heard that Pantone chose blue as the color of the year for 2020, I almost did a little happy dance. My favorite color!! The color is 19-4052 TCX Classic Blue, to be exact, and it is a gorgeous, fairly dark blue. I can finally be on trend with all my blue creations.

I’ve got Tall Cake coming at you today, and what better way to kick off the new year than with blue, and lots of it? I’ve set myself a goal (not a new year’s resolution, I hate those, they set you up to fail) to use more of my scraps. I dug through my blue patterned paper scraps (of which I have many) and found a floral one and a darker, more solid one that was perfect for white heat embossing.

I quickly found out that the closest Copic color to that specific Pantone color is B99. How perfect is that, the B90s are my favorite blues in all the land. I colored my image and glued it to my card base with lots of foam tape. All I did embellishment wise was add a couple of those little diecut banners (they’re so wide you can hardly see the V shape) and enamel dots from Papirdesign. The white heat embossed sentiment is from Norsk Stempelblad AS.

I love anything and everything blue – expect to be bombarded with lots of blue this year!

Is it summer yet? {Mo’s Dream Team}

Happy New Year! You know what happens when the year starts on a Wednesday, right? It’s Mo Manning time. And you know what happens when Christmas is nearly over?? I’m saying nearly because we technically have another 12 days to go, at least in my little corner of the globe. There’s a saying in Norwegian, though, about Christmas lasting till Easter. Me? I’m ready for summer!!

What’s more summery than peachy colors, flowers and butterflies? I colored up Peaches way back in early April, then managed to break my shoulder the following week, so this image and these patterned paper panels have been waiting patiently to be turned into a card. Better late than never, right?

I’ve sort of gone back to my roots with this card. Layers (though not many), colored Bazzill card base, Pion Design patterned papers, flowers and those little clear acrylic branches are all things I used to use a lot, but rarely use any more. It’s fun to shake things up every once in a while, especially after making so many clean and simple Christmas cards.

I don’t know what colors I used to color up my image, it’s been about eight months, after all. I may have written it down somewhere, but if I did, I don’t know where. I’m usually good at writing things down in a book, but I’m also known for some serious Post-it notes usage. I’m not sure where the Post-it went. Or even if there ever was a Post-it for this particular color combination on this particular image. What I do know is that it’s not in my book.

I glued all my cardstock and patterned paper panels down using double sided tape. For the diecut image, I used foam tape, and lots of it. I was not shy. A roll of foam tape lasts forever, so I like to cover the entire back for even dimension with no sag. I think I bought ten rolls a couple of years ago. I’ve given one away and am halfway through my second roll, so I still have seven sitting in a cabinet in my craft room.

I used a hot glue gun to attach my flowers and those acrylic branches. I have a low temp hot glue gun that I love for things like this. It dries instantly and stays put. For the butterflies and the pearl in the center of the largest flower, I used connect glue from Gina K. It’s the best liquid glue out there, those butterflies aren’t going anywhere!

I used the same design on the insides and on the back of my card. There’s no dimension to the circles on the inside of the card, but I used foam tape on the back circle as well. A sentiment from Norsk Stempelblad AS stamped in a combination of VersaMark and two different colors of Distress Ink (Worn Lipstick and Abandoned Coral). Normally, I’m not a fan of distress ink used with clear stamps, they tend to bead up on the surface of the stamp, and the result you get isn’t the best. I didn’t have a peachy ink pad, however, and if you use VersaMark on the stamp and then distress ink right on top of that, you can reduce the beading and get a better stamping. Not perfect, but better than distress ink on its own. And much better than having to compromise and use black or brown or another color that wouldn’t go as well with the rest of the card.

Merry Christmas {Mo’s Dream Team}

It’s Christmas!!! Dinner and lots of presents opened yesterday, and a new card today. A simple one this time too, featuring Little Elf Kippa from Mo Manning.

I’m still working through my Christmas images with no line coloring, and I adore this one, she’s so cute balancing those baubles!! Baubles are fun to color too, so all in all, this was a joy to make.

I ran out of my favorite white cardstock while working on my Christmas cards, so I had to get creative with card bases and patterned paper before I got a new shipment! For this one I used Olive cardstock from Simon Says Stamp, it matches perfectly with the greens in the patterned paper from Maja Design and my coloring.

I diecut the panel with my little elf using the larges of the faux stitch rectangle dies from My Favorite Things and glued it straight to a piece of Maja Design patterned paper the same size as my card base. I added a piece of a Doodlebug Design mini doily and a couple of banners made from patterned paper scraps. I diecut both banners with dies from the Fishtail Flag Frames set from My Favorite Things, stamped a Huldra designstudio sentiment on one of them and white heat embossed it. As a last finishing touch, I added a few crystal to draw the eye to the sentiment.

The banner with the sentiment is mounted with 1 mm foam tape, everything else is glued flat, making this a card that will have no trouble going through the mail.

I managed to include BG90 twice in my little Copic chart, maybe I shouldn’t make my charts when it’s way past bed time??

Med jul i hjertet {Mo’s Dream Team}

Christmas is less than three weeks away, and I’m actually ahead of schedule Christmas card wise. I colored up Got the Wreath from Mo Manning during the 30 day coloring challenge and turned it into a quick, simple card with a few pieces of Maja Design patterned paper from the Joyous Winterdays collection.

I used the largest of the dies from the Stitched Rectangles STAX 2 set from My Favorite Things to diecut the panel with my little guy, just for some subtle detail.

I covered the front of my card panel with a green piece of patterned paper and mounted my faux stitches colored panel with some low foam tape.

In the top left corner I made a very typical Elin cluster. I started with a Doodlebug Design mini doily for some softness, and made sure I didn’t glue it down completely. The little lift you get by not glueing it down is just enough. I diecut a few branches from that green patterned paper with a couple of CraftEmotions dies, a few banners with a die set from My Favorite Things and stamped a sentiment from Norsk Stempelblad AS that I white heat embossed. I finished with a few raindrops from Little Things from Lucy’s Cards.

Mostly green and white, with a little hint of red. I’m not a huge fan of red for Christmas, but the combo of this deep brown based red and this grayish, blueish green works for me.

Grattis – Det er bursdagen din {Ett trykk}{Hobbykunst}

Hei og hopp! I dag har jeg et enkelt kort å dele igjen. Kortet ble laget til en artikkel i Ett trykk om alternative layouter på kort. Om det er så veldig alternativt vet jeg ikke, men gøy å lage var det i det minste.

Jeg stemplet et av monstrene fra Monster Sized-platen til My Favorite Things med MFT Extreme Black blekk i Mistien min. Jeg fargela monsteret med Copics, stemplet over på det samme stedet med VersaFine Onyx Black for å få ordentlig svarte linjer og stanset ut med tilhørende die.

Jeg svertet Distress Oxide-blekk i fargen Twisted Citron på en relativt stor bit kartong og sprutet noen vanndråper over for å få den litt oksiderte effekten. På en annen bit kartong brukte jeg en stensil (Modern Radio Waves) fra Memory Box med mer Distress Oxide blekk til å få litt interesse på bakgrunnen. Jeg brukte fargene Salty Ocean, Peacock Feathers og Twisted Citron. Panelet limte jeg på kortbasen min med 3D-teip, så det har litt dimensjon.

Jeg stemplet en tekst fra Monster-platen til Huldra designstudio med VersaMark på svart kartong og embosset i hvitt, før jeg kuttet det ned til en strimmel og limte på kortet med 3D-teip. Jeg stanset ut ordet grattis fem ganger med en die fra Papirdesign og svertet det øverste laget.

Til slutt pyntet jeg enkelt ved å legge på noen dråper Nuvo Jewel Drops i fargen Key Lime rundt teksten. Jeg liker veldig godt å lage kort der alle elementene på kortet er samlet på ett sted. Da får man enkelt fokus på riktig sted, man får masse ledig plass som gjør at kortet får et rent og enkelt uttrykk, og man sprer ikke møkka, som jeg så fint pleier å si 😉