Thrill of Hope Wreath by PinkFresh Studio

HEY FRIENDS! I’m back today with a new card featuring the Thrill of Hope Stencil and other products by PinkFresh Studio. I’m always looking for ways to create holiday cards quickly and layering stencils make it easy to make perfectly blended cards. As always, I’ve linked the supplies below with compensated affiliate links used where possible at no cost to you.

Rowhouse Greetings | Thrill of Hope Wreath by PinkFresh Studio

Today’s project features:

I like using the layering stencils because I can put a card together quickly without worrying about blending or even coloring inside the lines. The Thrill of Hope Wreath Layering Stencil has five layers and I used Distress Inks in Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn, Rustic Wilderness, Peacock Feathers, and Festive Berries.

For ink blending, I used domed foam applicators to apply the ink. You’ll see from the handles that I have blenders from Ranger and Scrapbook.com. I’m using domed applicators from Scrapbook.com since that’s what I have on hand, but Ranger makes a similar product that will work just as well.

I start a piece of 110 pound Hammermill Premium Color Copy Cover cut to 4.25” x 5.5” or A2 size. I like this paper because it’s a nice weight and has a smooth finish. It has the added advantage of being suitable for Copic markers so I don’t have to keep multiple brands of white card stock on hand. It comes in other weights, but I prefer the 110 pound weight for my cards.

To make the stenciling easier, I’m going to use my Wendy Vecchi Make Art STAY-tion – this is the smaller 7” version. I love these huge magnets which are easy to pick up and do not snap together or pinch your fingers. And it’s perfect for layering stencils because it will hold your paper and stencil firmly and makes alignment easier.

Having said that, I’m going to use Mint low tack repositionable tape from Scrapbook.com to hold my cardstock in place. You don’t really have to do this since the magnets will hold everything in place, but I found that using tape was a quick and easy way to align each stencil. The paper then stays in place and I just switch out the stencils for each layer.

Each of the stencils are numbered in the upper left corner and there are alignment marks in each corner. You’ll want to make sure that you orient each layer of the stencil correctly with the print side facing up and the number in the upper left corner. Once it’s lined up, place the magnets in each corner to hold it in place and begin blending.

Here is the order of the colors:

  • Stencil 1: Twisted Citron with accents of Peacock Feathers
  • Stencil 2: Rustic Wilderness
  • Stencil 3: Festive Berries
  • Stencil 4: Mowed Lawn
  • Stencil 5: Peacock Feathers

And when I remove the last stencil, you can see the final image – a beautifully colored holiday wreath. I stuck to traditional holiday colors, but this would be just as lovely in monochromatic shades of blue. You can adjust the colors even further and create a lovely fall wreath!

I trimmed the image with the with the Diagonal Slant Rectangle die set by Pink Fresh Studio. I could have just trim 1/8” from each side, but I like the stitched detail created by the die.

I also cut a piece of craft foam to adhere to the back of the stenciled layer. I know that craft foam has kind of fallen a bit out of favor, but I still use it. I’ve heard that some people have had issues with their cards coming apart. My secret weapon is Beacon’s 3-in-1 Craft Adhesive. It dries quickly, but I still have time to move a layer if I don’t get it straight on the first try. It also doesn’t wrinkle the paper which can happen with other glues. It runs about $8.00 for a 4 ounce bottle and it lasts a long time especially if you keep it tightly closed between uses. For me it has been a lot cheaper than using tape runners. Best of all, I haven’t had a single card fall apart since I’ve been using it.

My card base is a piece of Neenah Classic Crest 110 pound card stock, not to be confused with Neenah Exact Index which is also 110 pound. This is the paper that you want for card bases. I cut it as 4.25” x 11 and scored it 5.5 inches to create a top folding card.

For the sentiment, I used the coordinating dies from the Thrill of Hope stamp set to cut two blanks out of Neenah 110 pound white cardstock for the Happy Holidays sentiment. I stamped the sentiment on one of the blanks using Versafine Claire in Nocturne, cover it with clear embossing powder, and heat set the powder and ink. I glued the two die cuts together to add dimension to the sentiment once it’s adhered to the card.

To finish off the card, I’ve added a few metallic pearls in silver from PinkFresh Studio. I used Ranger Multi Medium Matte which I transferred to a fine tipped applicator bottle. There are lots of white glues on the market, but I keep coming back to Multi Medium Matte which is a gel medium made by Ranger that can be used as a glue or a  sealer. It’s non-yellowing and it dries clear so it’s perfect for people like me who tend to squeeze out too much glue when adhering embellishments like pearls or sequins.

Rowhouse Greetings | Thrill of Hope Wreath by PinkFresh Studio

That’s all for me today! Hope you enjoyed today’s project and I’ll see you again soon!

Rowhouse Greetings | Nancy Sheads

Supplies

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Happy Holiday Circle Frame – PinkFresh Studio

GOOD MORNING FRIENDS! Just a quick post to show you a recent project featuring the Happy Holiday Circle Frame stamp set and coordinating dies. I love making holiday cards in non-traditional colors so I skipped the usual green holly leaves and stuck to rich shades of blue for an unexpected but elegant twist.

Rowhouse Greetings | Happy Holidays Circle Frame by PinkFresh Studio

[All supplies are linked to multiple sources in the thumbnails at the end of this post. Compensated affiliate links  may be used at no cost to you.]

Today’s project features:

You’ll be amazed to know that I was actually able to create a card using just three Copic markers! The coloring is simple and something that you could do while sitting in front of the TV watching holiday movies. But Copic coloring is not your thing, there is also a coordinating layering stencil that I’ll link below that you could use with your Distress Inks to speed things along.

I’m running off to finish last minute holiday errands. Hope that you have a safe and happy Thanksgiving holiday!

Rowhouse Greetings | Nancy Sheads

Supplies

COPICS: B02, B66 (leaves); R46 (berries)

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Flurries of Fun by Colorado Craft Company

HEY FRIENDS! I have lots of new stamps in my stash – of course, don’t we all! – so I’ve been sitting down and coloring so that I can stop feeling guilty about having a backlog. And since most of them are holiday stamps, now’s the time to be coloring!

So this post is short and to the point! New Copic coloring video below. And as always, I’ve linked the supplies below with compensated affiliate links used where possible at no cost to you.

Today’s project features:

  • Flurries of Fun by Colorado Craft Company
  • Teamwork by Colorado Craft Company (sentiment)
  • Copic coloring (see marker list below)
  • Additional supplies linked in thumbnails below.
Rowhouse Greetings | Flurries of Fun by Colorado Craft Company

I was trying to get a watercolor look from my markers. I used the Flurries of Fun stamp set from Colorado Craft Company and paired it with a sentiment from the Teamwork stamp set (also from CCC).

Have you noticed lately that Penny Black has been releasing rectangular die sets with a variety of unique edges? This one is the Semi-Circle Stackers set, which I love because it’s a step beyond the using stitched edge.

And here’s the promised video!

That’s all for today! Enjoy!

Rowhouse Greetings | Nancy Sheads

Supplies

COPICS: B0000, B21, B45 (snowman); B0000, BG10 (snow); BV00, BV01, YG68 (bird); W1, W3, W5 (rabbits); BG72, BG75 (mittens & scarf)

Rowhouse Greetings | Flurries of Fun by Colorado Craft Company Color Strip

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Nostalgic Season by Catherine Pooler Designs

HEY FRIENDS! So today I have some crafting news as well as a new card!

ScrapbookPal Design Team Member

So my news is that I applied and was accepted as a new Design Team member over at ScrapbookPal.com, an online craft supply store located here in the United States. They carry a wide variety of the latest stamps, dies, and inks. If you are a Copic marker enthusiast, they have great prices on the markers AND the refills. So take a look, especially if you need Copic supplies.

Saturday was my first project and blog post for ScrapbookPal.com and my project featured the Nostalgic Season stamp set by Catherine Pooler Designs. For that project, I used the coordinating dies and the coloring was all done using Catherine Pooler inks. Since the stamps were still sitting on my crafting table, I decided to make another card, this time using my Copic markers to color the outline images. As always, I’ve linked the supplies below with compensated affiliate links used where possible at no cost to you.

Today’s project features:

Rowhouse Greetings | Nostalgic Season by Catherine Pooler Designs

This was one of those late night projects that just sort of evolved along the way. I started by stamping the border from the Garland Borders stamp set across the top of my card with Amalagm Ink in Obsidian by Gina K. Designs. I colored the border image with Copic markers (see list below). I was going to use the multi-layered stamps in the Nostalgic Season set for the stockings, but realized that I didn’t have any ink pads that would coordinate with the colors I used in the border. At that point I decided to just use the outline stamp and color the stocking with the same pattern that I would have gotten if I had used the layering stamps.

Those of you who have been with me for awhile know that I can’t draw a straight line with a ruler, so I was a little apprehensive about coloring the stockings freehand. But to be honest, it’s not a difficult pattern to replicate and I think I pulled it off pretty well! I used a white gel pen to complete the design.

I knew I wanted to color the sentiment so I had to use a Copic safe ink rather than Versafine, which is my usual go-to for stamping sentiments. I created a gradient effect on the letters by shading from dark (at the base of the letters) to light using R14, R24, and R46.

Rowhouse Greetings | Nostalgic Season by Catherine Pooler Designs

Hope you enjoyed today’s project!

Rowhouse Greetings | Nancy Sheads

Supplies

COPICS: YG03, YG17, YG67 (leaves); BG72, BG75 (holly leaves); R14, R24, R46 (berries); Y32, Y35, Y38 (flowers); BG72, BG75, YG03, YG17, YG67, R14, R24, R46 (stockings); R14, R24, R46 (sentiment)

Rowhouse Greetings | Nostalgic Season by Catherine Pooler Designs - Color Swatch

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Demo Day and ANOTHER Copic Coloring Video

HEY FRIENDS! I was on a roll yesterday and created another Copic coloring video using the Holiday Happy stamp set by Stampendous! I don’t think I’ve ever created two videos on one day, but these images are quick and easy to color so you can work through them pretty fast.

Just an FYI – this card will also be available as a card kit for Demo Day at Photo Scraps.. So if you’re interested, mark your calendar for Saturday, November 20th and call Lisa or Tracy at 410-549-5187 if you want to purchase a card kit.

So here it is!

And just like the previous card, the card kit does not contain red cardstock to back the image. I used white cardstock and used my R46 Copic marker to colored a border top and bottom.

Enjoy!

Rowhouse Greetings | Nancy Sheads