Building a Snowman by Spellbinders

GOOD MORNING FRIENDS! Today I’m sharing one of the designs that I’m considering for this year’s holiday cards. I usually try to put together a few designs — often made from die cuts — that I can quickly put together in bulk. My husband seems to have an ever-growing holiday mailing list so I need to have designs that are easy to pull together to prevent a repeat of that year that he went out to Hallmark and bought cards. I’m experimenting with the Building a Snowman Shapeability die from Spellbinders. I love these dies because they are large, simple and perfect for scene building. Add a little ink blending and a sentiment and you have a card ready to go.

Rowhouse Greetings | Building a Snowman by Spellbinders

Creating the Background

For the background, I cut a piece of white card stock to 3.75″ x 4.25″ and masked off the bottom at 5/8″ for the sentiment. I used Distress Inks in Mustard Seed, Tumbled Glass, Broken China, and Chipped Sapphire to create an ink blended background. With the mask still in place, I splattered Nuvo Mica Mist in Nebula Blue and Antique Gold and let it dry. Then I removed the mask and stamped the sentiment using Versafine Clair in Blue Belle. For added stability and dimension, I glued a piece of craft foam to the back before adhering the background to the card base.

Rowhouse Greetings | Building a Snowman by Spellbinders

Putting It All Together!

I cut the image out twice from white card stock and glued them together. I put foam squares on the back of the die cut and adhered it to the background, placing it just above the stamped sentiment.

Rowhouse Greetings | Building a Snowman by Spellbinders

Fun, festive and husband approved!

Hope you got some inspiration. Thanks for stopping by and I’ll see you again soon!

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Supplies

Paper: Neenah Solar White 80# & 110#
Stamp: Christmas Sentiments by Penny Black
Die: Shapeability Dies – Building a Snowman by Spellbinders
Inks: Versafine Clair in Blue Belle by Tsukineko; Distress Inks in Mustard Seed, Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Chipped Sapphire
Embellishments: Nuvo Mica Mist in Nebula Blue and Antique Gold by Tonic Studios

Blooming Wonderful by Power Poppy

Just finished another class at The Queen’s Ink. This month we featured Bloomin’ Wonderful, another of the beautiful floral stamp sets by Power Poppy. Had a large class this time — 12 students plus me — but I think everyone had a good time and came away with some good techniques to practice.

Hope that you’ll join us next month at The Queen’s Ink. I’ll be offering a class on March 26 featuring three House Mouse Designs stamp sets. I’ll be posting the class announcement shortly so stayed tuned! Hope to see you there.

Below are the supplies I’ve used for today’s project. All items were personally purchased except those marked with an asterisk (*) . I never share a product I do not like. All opinions are my own. Read more.

Supplies

Rowhouse Greetings | Bloomin' Wonderful by Power Poppy

Paper: Neenah Solar White 110# & 80#
Stamp: Bloomin’ Wonderful by Power Poppy; Diagonal Stripes Background by My Favorite Things
Inks: Memento in Tuxedo Black; Delicata in Sapphire Blue
Dies: Matting Basics A by Spellbinders; Matting Basics B by Spellbinders
Embellishments: Nuvo Fine Detail Embossing Powder in Clear
Copics: W1, W3, YG21, BV20, BV23 (pussy willows); YG03, YG21, Y02, BV20, BV23 (snow drops); B60, B63, B66, BV23 (crocus); G21, G24, G28 (leaves)

Rowhouse Greetings | Bloomin' Wonderful by Power Poppy

Paper: Neenah Solar White 110# & 80#
Stamp: Bloomin’ Wonderful by Power Poppy; Honeycomb Background by My Favorite Things
Inks: Memento in Tuxedo Black; Delicata in Sapphire Blue; Versamark
Dies: Matting Basics A by Spellbinders; Matting Basics B by Spellbinders
Embellishments: Nuvo Fine Detail Embossing Powder in Clear; Ranger Embossing Powder in Marigold; Wink of Stella in Clear
Copics: B60, B63, W1 (pussy willows); Y02, YG03 (flowers); YG03, YG21, G24, G28 (moss); YG03 (leaves); YG03, G24 (inside nest); B60, B63, B66 (eggs); E31, E37 (nest)

Rowhouse Greetings | Bloomin' Wonderful by Power Poppy

Paper: Neenah Solar White 110# & 80#
Stamp: Bloomin’ Wonderful by Power Poppy; Gingham Background by Whimsy Stamps
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; Delicata in Sapphire Blue; Ranger Archival Ink in Coffee
Dies: Scalloped Rectangle Frames by Lawn Fawn; Small Stitched Rectangle Stackables by Lawn Fawn; Floral Ovals by Spellbinders
Embellishments: Nuvo Fine Detail Embossing Powder in Clear
Copics: W1, W3, YG21, BV20, BV23 (pussy willows); YG03, YG21, Y02, BV20, BV23 (snow drops); B60, B63, B66, BV23 (crocus); G21, G24, G28 (leaves)

Frozen Fellowship by Newton’s Nook

Just finished another wild, crazy and slightly chaotic class at Photo Scraps. Did we go into overtime? Well of course we did! But as one of my students noted, at least I finished before the store closed!

We covered a lot of techniques and hopefully I gave you a lot to think about. I want to pause for a moment here to talk about marker selection. When you are just starting out, the array of Copic colors is overwhelming. Before you go shopping, take a moment to get a basic understanding of the Copic color system. Then think about what you want to color. If you’re going to be coloring flowers, you’ll need at least one green or yellow/green combination for leaves and foliage as well as yellow, pink and/or red combinations for the flowers. If you going to color people, you’ll need markers for skin tones, hair color, and clothing. I started off with the intent of making Christmas cards, so my initial collection included lots of reds, greens, and yellows.

When you first start out, everyone buys all the pretty colors and if you look at your markers, I bet you have a lot of pretty pinks, blues, and greens. But if you want to have some depth in your coloring, you need to buy the muddy colors, the colors that you think that you might never use.

To get you started, I’m going to make it easy for you by telling you flat out that if you don’t own Copic markers BV20 and BV23, you need to drop everything right now and go out and buy them. These markers magically add depth and dimension to your coloring and you need to have them in your collection. If you don’t believe me, take another look at those snowman in the first card. They’re not all standing shoulder to shoulder. Some are stepped a little forward and some are stepped slightly back. To be honest, I used BV20, but I could have added BV23 for a more dramatic effect.

(P.S.: I don’t work for Copic – I just love these markers!).

Just a note: The supplies listed below reflect those used for the original class models. In class, we substituted Nuvo Glimmer paste in Moonstone in place Tacky-When-Dry Gel Medium and Tim Holtz Distress Stickles in Clear Rock Candy.

Below are the supplies I’ve used for today’s project. All items were personally purchased except those marked with an asterisk (*) . I never share a product I do not like. All opinions are my own. Read more.

Supplies

Frozen Fellowship by Newtons Nook Design

Paper: Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Cardstock; Bazzill Cardstock in Blackbird
Stamp: Frozen Fellowship by Newton’s Nook
Inks: Memento in Tuxedo Black; Versamark; Distress Oxides in Salty Ocean, Peacock Feathers, and Cracked Pistachio
Stencil: Snow Flurry by Taylored Expressions
Embellishments: Embossing Powder in White by Lawn Fawn; Ranger / Tim Holtz Distress Stickles – Clear Rock Candy; Tacky When Dry Gel Medium by The Crafters Workshop; Nuvo Glitter Drops in White Blizzard; Wink of Stella in Clear
Copics: BV000, BV20, RV14, RV17, RV19, Y38, YR09, R59, BG0000, BG000, BG11, BG15, BG32, C1 C3, C5, C7

Paper: Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Cardstock; Bazzill Cardstock in Blackbird
Stamp: Frozen Fellowship by Newton’s Nook
Inks: Memento in Tuxedo Black; Versamark; Distress Oxides in Salty Ocean, Peacock Feathers, and Cracked Pistachio
Stencil: Snow Flurry by Taylored Expressions
Embellishments: Embossing Powder in White by Lawn Fawn; Ranger / Tim Holtz Distress Stickles – Clear Rock Candy; Tacky When Dry Gel Medium by The Crafters Workshop; Nuvo Glitter Drops in White Blizzard; Wink of Stella in Clear
Copics: BV000, BV20, RV14, RV17, RV19, Y38, YR09, R59, BG0000, BG000, BG11, BG15, BG32, C1 C3, C5, C7

Paper: Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Cardstock; Bazzill Cardstock in Blackbird; POW Glitter Paper in Silver by American Crafts
Stamp: Frozen Fellowship by Newton’s Nook; Hand Drawn Snowflakes Bold by Hero Arts
Inks: Memento in Tuxedo Black; Versamark; Distress Oxides in Salty Ocean, Peacock Feathers, and Cracked Pistachio
Dies: Triple Tear Die by Spellbinders; Standard Circles Large by Spellbinders
Embellishments: Embossing Powder in White by Lawn Fawn; Wink of Stella in Clear
Copics: BG0000, BG000, BV000 (snow); BG11, BG32, BG15 (vest); C1, C3, C5, C7, RV14, RV17, RV19, R59 (hat); Y38, YR09 (carrot); BV20 (shadows)

New Digital Image! Mittens and Merriment by Power Poppy

GOOD MORNING FRIENDS! Yesterday, Power Poppy released TEN new digital stamps for images that were previously available only in clear format. I’ve been on a coloring frenzy the past few days, making up for lost time when I had to limit Copic time due to tendinitis in my elbow.

I’m back today with a familiar image. I recently taught a class at the Queen’s Ink featuring an image from the Bough Wow Wow stamp set which featured non-traditional holiday colors. So when Marcella released the same image as a digital stamp (this time as Mittens and Merriment), I decided to make another card, this time using more traditional Christmas colors.

Rowhouse Greetings | Mittens & Merriment by Power Poppy

I rummaged through my stash of holiday themed paper and found that I still had a sheet of Vintage Christmas Three by Authentique which mimicked the snowflake pattern on the mitten. By using the digital version, I was able to scale the image as necessary so that I could also incorporate one of my lesser used dies for something different.

Rowhouse Greetings | Mittens & Merriment by Power Poppy

Below are the supplies I’ve used for today’s project. All items were personally purchased except those marked with an asterisk (*) . I never share a product I do not like. All opinions are my own. Read more.

Supplies

Paper: Neenah Solar White 110#; Ultra Smooth Premium White Cardstock by Spectrum Noir; Vintage Christmas Three by Authentique
Stamp: Mittens and Merriment (*) by Power Poppy
Inks: Distress Ink in Antique Linen
Dies
: Labels Eighteen by Spellbinders; Madison Lace Edge by Paper Roses
Embellishments: Wink of Stella in clear by ZIG-Kuretake
Copics: R32, R35, R39 (ribbon); YG61, YG63 (greenery); R32, R35, R39 (heart); R35, YG01, YG03, Y02, C1, C3 (mittens); YG01, YG03, Y02 (fuzzy snow puffs)

Hand Lettered Jolly Good by Power Poppy

GOOD MORNING FRIENDS! Hope you had a great Thanksgiving holiday. I spent the day with my husband and parents. I decided that I was not going to cook so I had all the dinner fixings catered — turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes & gravy, and mixed vegetables followed by pumpkin pie and ice cream. My mother loves jigsaw puzzles so we brought three new ones over to the house with us and spent the day working on puzzles in between bouts of watching football and holiday eating.

But now it’s on to the next holiday, which in my case is Christmas! So I’m back today with a relatively simple card featuring one of the new digital stamps by Power Poppy – Hand Lettered Jolly Good.

Rowhouse Greetings | Hand Lettered Jolly Good by Power Poppy
Rowhouse Greetings | Hand Lettered Jolly Good by Power Poppy

Now as you know, today is Cyber Monday and Marcella is having a digital blitz over at Power Poppy. She is releasing TEN digital stamps today that were previously available in clear format only.

In addition, she’s offering 20% OFF your entire order with code CYBER20. This offer starts Monday, November 26 at 12:01 AM CST and ends Tuesday, November 27 at midnight CST and includes in-stock stamps, dies, and digital images – including brand new digis. Time to stock up!

Below are the supplies I’ve used for today’s project. All items were personally purchased except those marked with an asterisk (*) . I never share a product I do not like. All opinions are my own. Read more.

Supplies

Paper: Neenah Solar White 110#; X-Press It Blending Card by Copic; Grasshopper Line Dance by Lawn Fawn
Stamp: Hand Lettered Jolly Good (*) by Power Poppy; Snowdrops and Tea Roses (*) by Power Poppy
Dies: Marvelous Squares by Spellbinders
Embellishments: Oceanside Dew Drops by Honey Bee Stamps
Copics: RV19, RV19, BG45, BG57 (letterings); Y32, Y35, Y38, E35 (banner); E31, E35 (pinecones); YG03, G05 (greenery); Y38, YR68 (fruit)