Bring on the merry!

Hi, everyone! Today I have another square Christmas card to share, this time featuring Lee Holland’s Dragon with Candy Cane. I colored up this guy during Kathy Racoosin’s 30 day coloring challenge back in July, and it finally made its way to a card.

I love no line coloring, and this guy with the candy cane was so much fun to color up. I added snow flurries to the background with a gelly roll pen when I did my coloring, and once I’d die cut my colored piece I wanted even more snow, so I sprinkled on embossing enamel, as well, and melted that.

I even added a few snowdrift sprinkles from Little Things from Lucy’s Cards once my card was assembled. I love this look of snow on Christmas cards.

The sentiment is from the Scripty Xmas stamp set from Mama Elephant, stamped in Lady Bug ink from Memento. I added my panel onto a 4 1/4 x 4 1/4″ top folding card base I made from Electric Red card stock from My Favorite Things.

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 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.

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.

Let it snow {Mo’s Dream Team}

I’m one of those people crazy enough to make holiday cards all year. Today’s card is another one. A slimline, this time, measuring 8-1/8″ x 3-1/8″ focusing on Snowy House from Mo Manning. I colored an entire panel in blue Copics going from dark at the top to light at the bottom, then die cut that using a slimline die from Pinkfresh Studio.

I colored in my little scene using more Copics, die cut that using the same die, then fussy cut around the trees, snow and house. I added a sprinkling of snow by heat embossing chunky white embossing enamel on both panels. I glued my blue background to a cardbase I made from Pure Poppy cardstock from Papertrey Ink and added the rest of the scene on top using 1 mm foam squares – lots of them! I added a stacked die cut sentiment using a die from the So Many Snowmen die set from Mama Elephant and my card was done.

I didn’t use too many colors on this, and most of these were actually used on the sky and the snow.

Christmas hug from the heart {Rachelle Anne Miller Studios}

Hi, everyone! Sunday (or Saturday, depending on the time zone you’re in) and I have some serious card making plans today. I went to see Chess (the musical) last night in Oslo, and it was soooo good. But today, there are no singing Soviet Chess players around, just a couple of penguins floating on a sheet of ice in the ocean.

This is the Penguin image from Rachelle Anne Miller. It comes with a sentiment; Let’s chill soon, friend! In some ways, it would have been the perfect sentiment for the times we’re in, but I wanted to make a Christmas card from my two little penguins, so I removed the sentiment and printed the image alone.

I colored in the image using my Copics. I don’t think I’ve ever colored ocean before, and I was genuinely surprised by how easy it was. I even a little hint of blue to the ocean beneath the ice, giving the illusion of something more under water. 9/10 of an iceberg is under water, after all. It may seem weird that I chose yellow hearts for a Christmas card, but I have a very specific recipient in mind for this card, and she loves yellow 😉

I die cut my panel using the third largest die in the Stitched Rectangles STAX 2 set from My Favorite Things and stamped a sentiment that I made from two different Norsk Stempelblad AS stamp sets using Simon Says Stamp Audrey Blue ink. I sprinkled on some chunky white embossing enamel from Stampendous and heated it from behind, melting the granules. The last thing to do was add lots of foam tape to the back and attach it to my white card base. Couldn’t get much simpler than this, really.

Lots of blue and blue green Copics used on this image. Oh, and grays, quite a few of those, as well.

Happy, Merry, Joyful Christmas

Every year, it seems as if I have time to make ONE card that isn’t a design team assignment. This year, I had to stay away from card making for months due to a shoulder fracture, but I’ve still managed to make my one non DT card.

I have a soft spot for Stacey Yacula’s images, and the Sweet Holiday Penguins set from My Favorite Things was perfect for a quick, simple Christmas card. I’m normally not one for scene cards, but I thought these two deserved better than to just float around, so I added a night sky and some subtle hints of snow on the ground.

I colored my penguins during Kathy Racoosin’s 30 day challenge on Instagram, and asked my followers how to add snow. Someone suggested paint splatters and embossing powder, so that’s what I did. I used liquid watercolor from Hero Arts for the splatters, and lots and lots and lots of chunky white embossing enamel from Stampendous for the rest. It makes the card seem very wintry, and the embossing enamel adds a ton of texture to an otherwise very simple card.

I could have made it a one layer wonder, but I like the faux stitch look you get with the stitched rectangle STAX sets from My Favorite Things, and I love the 1/16″ frame of pure white around it. I even mounted my panel on foam tape for that extra bit of dimension.

Simple, yet dimensional from that foam tape, with lots of texture from the embossing enamel. Maybe I should start making scene cards more often?

I can’t believe I’ve nearly used all the different gray families on one card, all I’m missing are the Ws.

God jul {Mo’s Dream Team}

We’ve reached another Wednesday, and you know what that means – it’s Mo Manning time! I’ve really gotten into the swing of making Christmas cards, and so far this year, they’re all blue. I’m a sucker for blue Christmas cards, and they’re so much fun to make!

I colored up a nolines version of Happiness is and diecut my panel down to a scalloped square with a Lifestyle Crafts die, before adding lots of Chunky White embossing enamel from Stampendous as snow.

I added my panel to a piece of patterned paper from Maja Design using some dimensional adhesive. Matted it with blue Maja Design cardstock, then glued everything to my cardbase. I’m not a fan of big borders around my panels on my cards, but 1/16″ is perfect!

I diecut god jul using a Papirdesign die four times with the same blue cardstock, stacked them together, glued them to a vellum shadow and glued that directly to my image for a quick, easy sentiment.

Julehilsen {Mo’s Dream Team}

Hi, everyone! Another Wednesday means another Mo Manning creation around here. I’m still on a blue Christmas kick (there really is no better color for Christmas), and I’ve used the Ragged Angel image I colored up for Kathy Racoosin’s 30 day challenge earlier in the week.

I printed my image in soft gray and colored her in with Copics, before using a die from My Favorite Things to turn her into a nice panel. I then made snow by sprinkling on chunky white embossing enamel and heating it from underneath the panel.

I absolutely love the effect you get by adding this particular embossing powder.

I just got my hands on this year’s Christmas collection from Maja Design, and couldn’t pass up the opportunity to use some of them on this very simple card. The one in the bakground is Let it snow, so is the vertical blue on the left (it’s the back), the darker blue is called Snowflakes. I’ve also used the Frost Monochrome paper for the sentiment, which is a Norsk Stempelblad AS sentiment that I white heat embossed and diecut with another MFT die. It’s a fishtail flag frame die, and you can just see the frame of it on the inside of the card at the bottom right.

I glued my Ragged Angel to the patterned paper with lots of foam tape, and added some snowflake sprinkles from Little Things by Lucy’s Cards to finish it off.

In addition to these colors (and yes, that really is B45 amongst all the 90s), I also used B90, which is a color I’ve made myself.

Blowing in the wind {Mo’s Dream Team}

We’ve reached the middle of the week (middle of the work week, anyway), and that means a Mo Manning creation in this little corner of the web.

I’ve made a tag for a Christmas present with the adorable Season’s Greetings image. The tag is 3″ tall, so I printed my image really tiny and colored her up with my Copics. This image isn’t a very detailed one, so shrinking it works fine, and extending the candy cane by adding a few extra lines is also pretty easy.

I added snow with chunky white embossing powder, glued on the corner of a small paper doily and a diecut ticket stub from patterned paper on top of that with some 1 mm foam tape. I stamped a tiny Norsk Stempelblad AS sentiment with Scarlet Jewel ink from Papertrey Ink and decided to also add a few snowdrift sprinkles by Little Things from Lucy’s Cards. I love these tiny white clay snowflakes.

Gift tags, by nature, need space for names. I stamped another Norsk Stempelblad AS stamp on another patterned paper ticket stub and mounted it to the back my tag using more of that 1 mm foam tape.

For such a small image, I kind of used a lot of Copics. I didn’t use the BV23 at full strength, however, I used the tip to tip technique with BV20 to add a little extra shading in the corners of the white.