Happy holidays {Purple Onion Designs}

Hi, crafty friends. I’m back with another card I created using images from the new A Little Christmas Magic! collection from Purple Onion Designs, illustrated by Stacey Yacula.

Whenever the design team members get a glimpse of the new collection, I start my planning process. I sketch out very rough card ideas using the stamps I’d like to work with, send my stamp wish list off to Michele, the owner of Purple Onion Designs, and then wait patiently for the stamps to arrive.

Whenever there’s a new collection I like to create scenes to show off as many of the cute images as possible (without overcrowding the card), and for this card I stamped Cider (elf bunny in gift box), masked him, stamped Tristan (penguin soldier) and Graham (bear soldier), masked them, stamped the Holiday Arch, masked that, and finally stamped the Nordic Road background stamp. For the background, I used second generation stamping with Memento Espresso Truffle ink, the rest of the images are stamped using Extreme Black ink from My Favorite Things.

I always start by coloring the sky, and for this collection, I wanted each of my cards to have a different sky. I tend to go for all blues, but winter sunsets are explosions of color, so I was very conscious of that when I created my card. Once the sky was done, I colored the snow, followed by the trees and that cute fence, before starting with the rest of the scene.

I colored the critters, then the arch and finally all the red. I always leave the red details to the very end. It eliminates the chance of smearing and getting red ink where you don’t want it when you go in with another color right next to it. I wrote Happy Holidays with a black 0.35 Copic pen before coloring, but once the red was colored, you could hardly see the lettering, so I went back over with a white 05 Gelly Roll pen, and the text is much more visible now. My Ps are a little further apart than I’d like, and they’re also leaning a tiny bit to the right, but it’s a homemade card, it’s not supposed to be perfect, right?

Whenever I create these scene cards with Purple Onion images, I always let the stamping and the scene itself dictate the size of the finished card. This one wound up at 5 1/4 x 5 1/4″, which seemed pretty perfect. I haven’t made a square card in a while, so this was fun.

I used an obscene amount of Copics for this card.

Hello {Alex Syberia Designs}

Hi, crafty friends! Today I’m part of a major Instagram hop for the Alex Syberia Kickstarter campaign. If you want to hop along for the chance to win prizes, head over to Instagram – I would appreciate you reading this blog post before you do, though, I have a fun card to share.

I used the large flower from the Lovely hello stamp set for this card. This image is huge, and it covers most of an A2 card front. I colored the image with Copics and then fussy cut the whole thing. This image isn’t very detailed on the edges, so it was easy enough to fussy cut.

I mounted my fussy cut image to a card base I created from Rustic Cream cardstock from Papertrey Ink using the Double Thick Crystal Clear Foam Tape from the Rabbit Hole Designs. This tape is super thick and super sticky, and it adds a ton of dimension.

I used part of a sentiment from the same stamp set. It actually says Hello lovely, but I wanted the hello. I also fussy cut this, leaving a thin border around the black letters. There’s a coordinating die to go with this sentiment, but I don’t have it and don’t actually mind fussy cutting.

I popped up the sentiment with foam tape and added sequins here and there using the Rosy Glow mix from Little Things from Lucy’s Cards to finish the card.

This card has it all – dimension, shine and a gorgeous flower. What more could you possibly want?

I used very few Copics for this image, actually.

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.

Happy Christmas {Lili of the Valley}

There’s a brand new clear stamps release from Lili of the Valley right around the corner. It’s another holiday release, and there are some really cute critters involved. Lili of the Valley does the best critters.

There’s a stamp set in the release which includes a wreath and six different critters you can put inside, as well as a few individual stamps that go well with the wreath. I chose the wreath and the reindeer in the set for this card, making sure Rudolph was stamped a little crooked peeking into the front of the card from the side, I thought that made for a dynamic card design.

Using my Copics, I colored Rudolph and the wreath and also one of the smaller images, which I also fussy cut.

I trimmed my panel down so that it was 1/2″ more narrow than the card base and mounted it on foam tape onto a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2″ piece of Clover cardstock from Concord & 9th. They have the most gorgeous color range! Their cardstock isn’t very thick, so I don’t use it for card bases, but their colors are magical. This panel I adhered to a top fold card base I created from Stamper’s Select White cardstock from Papertrey Ink.

I stamped a sentiment from the Snow Cute stamp set from Lili of the Valley (released last month) near the top left of my panel using Evergreen ink from Altenew. I then added my fussy cut holly leaves next to it, making sure a little bit would hang off the edge of the white panel.

To finish off the card, I decided to add a layer of black glaze pen to Rudolph’s eyes. This makes them shiny and also adds a tiny bit of dimension. Once dry, I put a white dot in each eye using a 05 Gelly Roll pen. I also added Glossy Accents from Ranger to the berries and Rudolph’s nose for some extra shine.

Rudolph and his shiny nose say hi. It’s really shiny!

Fairly simple color palette. This card was so much fun to make, I love the playfulness of Rudolf with his head tilted in from the side of the card.

Hope your day is filled with sunshine {Streamside Studios}

Hi, crafty friends. I’m sharing a tri-fold card today, featuring one of the new Little Miss stamps from Streamside Studios.

I colored my scene with Copics on X-Press It cardstock and fussy cut right up against the black lines. This image has very simple outlines, making fussy cutting a cinch.

I covered the entire colored panel with sheer sparkle craft spray from Imagine, it adds so much sparkle, which unfortunately is hard to capture in photos. It’s there in real life, though, trust me. I glued my colored piece onto a thicker white cardstock, both for a bit of stability and to hide the back of the colored panel. Copics bleed through to the back (you want that, it’s actually a sign that you’re using a good cardstock for Copic coloring), and I usually add my panels to card bases, but this one was different. I scored the white cardstock at the bottom and glued the back flap to the back bottom of an A2 card base I created from Lovely Lady cardstock from Papertrey Ink. With hidden magnets between the layers of the card, it stays shut and doesn’t fall open.

You can see some of the shimmer in this photo, a couple of big droplets fell on the mushroom and the rainbow. I added pearls from the Igloo mix from Little Things from Lucy’s Cards for the mushroom, and used a black glaze pen from Sakura to make the eyes stand out.

Lots of Copics for this one.

Get Cracking on Christmas – August

Hi, crafty friends. It’s the third Thursday of the month, and that means it’s time to Get Cracking on Christmas. This is a series Jenn Shurkus created a few years back, aimed at creating holiday cards all year to make you less stressed come November and to also use those supplies you bought, but didn’t have to use last year. We all do that, right? It’s not just me? It’s also a great opportunity to play with techniques and different card designs. I love creating Christmas cards all year, so this is right up my alley.

For this card, I’m once again focusing on the Snow Cute stamp set Lili of the Valley released earlier this month. It’s such a cute stamp set (aptly named), and I just can’t resist when there’s a penguin to color. I colored the penguin with Copics, cut my panel down to a strip and put it aside while I worked on the rest of my card.

I created a top fold card base from Enchanted Evening cardstock from Papertrey Ink. This is one of my all time favorite cardstock colors, and I hoard it, always afraid I’m going to run out even though I have several packs of it. I die cut the lighter blue panel from Blue Breeze cardstock from My Favorite Things using the Stitched Snowflake Backdrop die from Lawn Fawn. The die cuts a full size panel for an A2 card, I trimmed mine down slightly to have the darker blue border showing around the edges.

I added a few extra white pieces of cardstock behind my colored panel to make it stand out a little more against the background. I like the dimension it adds.

I used a few words from the Christmas Greetings stamp set from Lili of the Valley, cut them down to strips and added a few more cardstock layers behind them for additional dimension.

To finish the card I added a few sequins from the White Orchid sequin mix from Little Things from Lucy’s Cards. I also added a bit of black glaze pen to the penguin’s eyes, and then a white dot of Gelly Roll 05 on top once the black had dried. This makes the eyes stand out a little against the rest, and the shine looks great in real life. It’s hard to photograph, though, so you’ll just have to trust me.

Simple color palette for this one, these penguins don’t require a lot.

Merry Christmas {Lili of the Valley}

Hi, crafty friends. I’m back today with another card featuring the new stamp sets from Lili of the Valley, which are now available on Etsy.

I can’t resist a good penguin, and the Snow Cute stamp set has many of them, I love this little guy with reindeer antlers. I colored him with Copics and fussy cut right up against the stamped lines and put him aside while I worked on the rest of my card.

Last fall, I made a bunch of snowy backgrounds using an old Falling Snow stencil from Simon Says Stamp, some modeling paste from The Crafters Workshop and Rock Candy Distress Glitter for some sparkle. If you sprinkle on the glitter while the paste is still wet, it will adhere nicely. I didn’t use all my backgrounds last year, and dug this one out of a drawer in my craft room. The cardstock is Rustic Cream from Papertrey Ink, which is a nice cream color. It’s got the right amount of color to let the falling snow show without being too distracting. It also has these little flecks of darker color here and there, giving it a rustic feel, it’s really nice.

I adhered my snowy background to a top fold card base I created from Amarena Cherry cardstock from My Favorite Things, before die cutting the word MERRY (Stacked Merry die from My Favorite Things) four times from Classic Kraft cardstock from Papertrey Ink, which I stacked and then adhered to the snowy background using liquid glue.

I put foam tape behind the penguin and added him to the card, before using one of the words from the Christmas Greetings stamp set to complete my sentiment. This greetings stamp set has every sentiment you could possibly want for the holiday season. It includes 26 small sentiments, 6 large words with a handwritten look (Christmas, Hugs, Merry, Snow, Wishes, Winter) and 14 smaller words to create all kinds of Christmas greetings. I’ve been on the lookout for a good sentiment stamp set for Christmas, and this set has everything, I don’t need to look any further.

I used a black glaze pen to add shine and dimension to the penguin’s eyes. Once the black was dry, I added a dot of white Gelly Roll 05 over the top.

These penguins are quick and easy to color and don’t require a whole lot of markers.

Friends like you are hard to find {Rachelle Anne Miller Creative Studios}

Hi, crafty friends. I have a card to share today that isn’t holiday related. I know I’ve made a lot of Christmas cards lately (I love making them), but I’m shaking things up today with this adorable new Owl Find You! image from Rachelle Anne Miller.

As usual, I colored the image with Copics. I didn’t use very dark colors for this one, because I wanted the coloring to look soft. I purposely colored the owl in colors that wouldn’t stand out. By using the same colors that I used for the tree, they’re somewhat hidden and go well with the sentiment, which was my plan.

I created a top fold A2 card base from Jalapeño Popper cardstock from My Favorite Things, cut down my colored panel to 3 5/8 x 4 7/8″ and mounted it on foam tape in the center of my card.

From the same color cardstock, I used the Connected alphabet die set from My Favorite Things to die cut the letters to spell the word FRIENDS. I die cut each of the letters three times and stacked them for a dimensional look. Using Jalapeño Popper ink from My Favorite Things, I stamped the rest of the sentiment using the Bella Letters stamp set from Mama Elephant onto a strip of white cardstock from Papertrey Ink. I took my time stamping, I wanted this to look pretty straight, and if you’ve ever stamped a sentiment with individual letter stamps, you know that you just can’t rush it.

I added an additional two layers of white cardstock strips behind my stamped sentiment. I added my dimensional white strip onto a slightly wider green strip, before adhering it directly to the colored image, before finishing up the card with some sparkly sequins from the Seaglass mix from Simon Says Stamp.

Lots of dimension going on here. Dimension is life, after all 🙂 I added a tiny dot of black to their eyes with a Glaze pen to make them pop.

Very simple color palette for this one.

Snow cute {Lili of the Valley}

Hi, crafty friends! There’s a brand new release from Lili of the Valley right around the corner, and it’s a good one. It’s a beautiful Christmas collection of six different photopolymer stamp sets. There are penguins, polar bears, reindeer, a santa, some gnomes, snowflakes and a separate sentiment set. You know I can’t resist a cute penguin, and I thought I’d share a peek today.

This cute image with the penguin, reindeer and bear peeking up from behind something stole my heart. It’s from the Snow Cute set, which includes another one of these peeking images and six individual penguins. I colored a winter sunset behind them before coloring the critters, used a black Glaze pen to make their eyes extra black and shiny and also put a dash of Glossy Accents to Rudolph’s nose. Once the layer of Glaze was dry, I added white dots using a 05 Gelly Roll pen.

I fussy cut the image at the bottom and added my narrow panel to a white cardstock panel. At the bottom of the panel I stamped the word Christmas from the sentiment set using Ocean Tides ink from Papertrey Ink. I adhered the white panel to a top fold landscape card base I created from Ocean Tides cardstock, also from Papertrey Ink.

I white heat embossed a sub sentiment from the sentiment set onto Ocean Tides cardstock, cut it down to a strip and adhered it to the card with a few extra layers of cardstock behind it for dimension.

I decided to keep the card very simple and added a few snowdrift sprinkles from Little Things from Lucy’s Cards to finish.

The sprinkles add a little bit of dimension to the card. So does the sub sentiment. In this photo you can even see that Rudolph’s nose sticks out a little because of the Glossy Accents.

I used a lot of Copic colors for this image.

These stamps (and the other four sets in this release) will be launched on Create and Craft at 12 noon (UK time) on Tuesday 2nd August – You can watch in the UK on Sky 683, Freeview 85 or watch online anywhere at https://createandcraft.com/. You can even watch later online if you miss it! They will launch on the Lili of the Valley website a week later on Tuesday 9th August – as polymer stamps only – so if you want them you need to get them as A5 stamp sets.

Have an ice day! {Purple Onion Designs}

Hi, crafty friends! Today I’m sharing with you a fun, wintery card with the quirkiest moose and giraffe you ever did see. They’re both skating, and I thought they were brilliant to pair together on this card.

Meet Murray and Muriel, aren’t they fun? I stamped them using Extreme Black ink from My Favorite Things, masked them both and then stamped the Snow Much Fun background stamp behind them, using the same ink.

I’ve probably mentioned this in a previous post, but I love the quality of rubber stamps and their ability to include very thin, detailed linework. The lines in these images are all very thin, and they stamp so beautifully in a way only rubber can. I love it.

I colored my scene with Copics, then stamped a sentiment from the Snow Much Fun sentiment set onto the ice using Jalapeño Popper ink from My Favorite Things, before adhering my panel onto a card base made from Jalapeño Popper cardstock, also from My Favorite Things.

I wanted some sparkle to my ice, and added Stickles. I didn’t like the look of the Stickles, so I scraped most of it off and switched to liquid glue with a sprinkling of Distress Glitter Rock Candy instead. I made sure not to spread it perfectly, but to create streaks to emphasize the streaky look of the ice I created with my markers.

I added a dot of a black glaze pen to their eyes to make them pop, and I love that this card is versatile enough to work as a general card in the winter months or even a birthday card. It’s a bit of an odd size, about 5 7/8 x 4 1/2″, but I made the size of the card fit my scene, not the other way around. I’ll create a custom envelope for this, and it’ll be good to go in the mail.

Lots of Copics used for this one!