Stitched Wreath by Poppy Stamps

Good morning everyone! Still working on simple holiday card designs. I had to sidetrack back to Halloween briefly – I received the new digital stamp release from Power Poppy and had to put my design team card together. More about that on Monday!

I was flipping through my die collection and came across this die from Poppy Stamps that I bought a few weeks ago at Photo Scraps. I liked it because it’s a great year round wreath – just change the colors and embellishments and you could have a wreath for any season.

I die cut the wreath image from Neenah 80# cardstock and kept all the die cut leaves so that I could color and inlay them back into the design. With some trial and error, I realized that the best way to do that would be to add a piece of double sided adhesive on the back of the die cut instead of using liquid glue to adhere each leaf. I used Easy-Cut Adhesive from iCraft (5 6×6 inch sheets per pack). I colored the leaves with a Copic marker and then picked each one up with a jewelry picker and placed the leaf back in place in the design. I added some pearl embellishments to mimic berries and paired the die cut with a red gingham design paper. The overall effect has a homespun appeal.

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. Read more.

Supplies

Paper: Neenah Solar White 110# & 80#; Justice from the Americana Collection by Pebbles; X-Press It Blending Card by Copic
Stamp: Wishing You Love by Neat & Tangled
Ink: Versafine in Satin Red by Tsukineko
Dies: Stitched Wreath by Poppy Stamps; Small Stitched Rectangle Stackables by Lawn Fawn; Zig Zag Rectangle Stackables by Lawn Fawn
Embellishments: Pearl Strips (Red & Denim) by Kaisercraft
Copics: YG07

Making Christmas Cards (Yes, It’s That Time Again!)

I decided two things about making Christmas cards this year. First, I would stop worrying about making each card unique and come up with some designs that could be massed produced. Second, I would start early so that I wouldn’t be frantically making cards as fast as my husband mails them out. Apparently this year, I’m defining mid-October as early. Since I have several holiday stamps, stencils and dies, it’s time to pull them out and start putting them to use for this year.

I love this snowflake background stamp from Hero Arts so I decided to make it the star of the show. I stamped the image on white card stock and heat embossed it with white embossing powder to create a resist pattern. I blended Distress Inks in Tumbled Glass and Blueprint Sketch over the embossing to make the design pop. I used the Country Landscape die from Memory Box to create the village scene in the foreground and added a sentiment from the Comfort & Joy stamp set by Avery Elle. For the inside, I added a bold sentiment from the Wishing You Love stamp set by Neat & Tangled.

Hand Drawn Snowflakes Bold Print by Hero Arts; Comfort & Joy by Avery Elle; Wishing You Love by Neat & Tangled
Hand Drawn Snowflakes Bold Print by Hero Arts; Comfort & Joy by Avery Elle (front sentiment); Wishing You Love by Neat & Tangled (inside sentiment)

I made all the individual component parts first. I cut the card bases from Neenah 110# card stock and stamped the inside sentiment using my Misti.  I cut all the bases for embossing and all of the village scenes from Neenah 80# card stock. Using my Misti, I stamped the sentiment on all of the village die cuts and stamped and heat embossed all of the snowflake backgrounds. Finally, I ink blended all of the snowflake backgrounds.

In a couple of hours, I had all of the component parts ready for assembly. At the moment, I have ten cards assembled and will finish the final five cards later today.

Rowhouse Greetings | Hand Drawn Snowflakes Bold Print by Hero Arts
Mass producing Christmas cards. 10 down – 5 to go!

While I love how these cards turned out, the design is still a little labor intensive. So hopefully my next design will have fewer moving parts!

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. Read more.

Supplies

Paper: Neenah Solar White #110; Neenah Solar White #80
Stamps: Hand Drawn Snowflakes Bold Print by Hero Arts; Comfort & Joy by Avery Elle; Wishing You Love by Neat & Tangled
Inks: Midnight Blue Premium Ink by Dare 2B Artzy; Versamark by Tsukineko; Tim Holtz Distress Inks in Tumbled Glass and Blueprint Sketch
Dies: Country Landscape by Memory Box; Large Stitched Rectangle Stackables by Lawn Fawn

Winter 2018: Garland Pixie by Penny Black

Rowhouse Greetings | Garland Pixie by Penny BlackOn a hot summer day, it’s hard to believe that it’s time to start thinking about holiday cards, but here I am with my first of the season! A few years ago, I didn’t make enough and my husband secretly bought a box of cards at Hallmark to send to everyone on his list. Last year, I made sure that he had enough cards to send to his family and friends, but mine got shortchanged. It’s time to get rolling so that we have enough to send out this year.

I’ve loved this image ever since I first saw it as a digital stamp by Maurie Manning. It’s now available as a rubber stamp from Penny Black and that’s the version shown here.

I really experimented here with coloring her skin, layering a lot of different tones to create highlights as well as depth. After watching Sandy Allnock, I started adding violet to my skin tones (usually V20, BV00, or BV01). While Sandy starts with the violet tones, I added them a little further on in the layering because I found that works best for me.

The background combination of BG70, G20, G21 and V20 was mostly a happy accident. I started with BG70 and G20, but as I colored, I found that I needed to deepen the background in order to push it further behind the pixie. I also dabbed it with a piece of terry cloth dampened with colorless blender to add some texture and blend the colors further.

OK – one down. I don’t want to think about how many I have left to go!

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. Read more.

Supplies

Paper: Neenah Solar White #110; X-Press It Blending Card by Copics
Stamps: Garland Pixie by Penny Black
Ink: Black Amalgam by Gina K. Designs
Dies: Small Stitched Rectangle Stackables by Lawn Fawn; Scalloped Stitched Rectangle Stackables by Lawn Fawn
Embellishments: Wink of Stella in Clear
Copics: E000, E00, E11, E21, R20, V20, Y21 (skin); R35, R46 (garland); G20, G21, G46 (clothing); C1, C7 (sash); C1, C3, BG70, G20, V20 (fur) BG10, BG70, V20 (wings); G20, G21, G46 (leaves); BG70, G20, G21, V20, 0 (background)

More Holiday Cards featuring Jingle All the Way by My Favorite Things Stamps

Here’s a few more cards from the holiday, all featuring the Jingle All the Way stamp set by My Favorite Things. I prepared these cards for a Copic class at Photo Scraps and card kits are still available – call the store at 410-549-5187 to get yours!

Already have the stamp set but stuck on what to do with it? Here’s some inspiration to get you started!

Below are the supplies I’ve used for today’s project. Items marked with an asterisk (*) were provided by a store or the manufacturer for free or at a discount. All other items were personally purchased. Read more.

Rowhouse Greetings | Jingle All the Way by My Favorite Things Stamps (MFT Stamps) Papers: Neenah Solar White 110#; X-Press It Blending Card by Copic; Tree Festival from the Milk & Cookies Collection by Doodlebug
Stamps: Jingle All the Way (plus coordinating dies) by My Favorite Things; Hand-Lettered Christmas by My Favorite Things
Inks: Memento by Tsukeniko in Tuxedo Black; Versafine by Tsukeniko in Onyx Black
Copics: E000, E00, E97 (skin); C0, C1 (beard & fur trim); R22, R24, R29 (suit); C2, C4, C6 (belt, gloves & boots); R22, R24, R29, Y15, Y19, YG06, YG09 G9 (gifts & tree)
Rowhouse Greetings | Jingle All the Way by My Favorite Things Stamps (MFT Stamps) Papers: Neenah Solar White 110#; X-Press It Blending Card by Copic; Jolly Christmas One by Authentique
Stamps: Jingle All the Way (plus coordinating dies) by My Favorite Things; Hand-Lettered Christmas by My Favorite Things
Inks: Memento by Tsukeniko in Tuxedo Black; Versafine by Tsukeniko in Onyx Black
Copics: E000, E00, E97 (skin); C0, C1 (beard & fur trim); R22, R24, R29 (suit); C2, C4, C6 (belt, gloves & boots)
Rowhouse Greetings | Jingle All the Way by My Favorite Things Stamps (MFT Stamps) Papers: Neenah Solar White 110#; X-Press It Blending Card by Copic; Jolly Christmas Two by Authentique
Stamp: Jingle All the Way (plus coordinating dies) by My Favorite Things
Inks: Memento by Tsukeniko in Tuxedo Black; Versafine by Tsukeniko in Onyx Black
Copics: E000, E00, E97 (skin); C0, C1 (beard & fur trim); R22, R24, R29 (suit); C2, C4, C6 (belt, gloves & boots); R22, R24, R29, Y15, Y19, YG06, YG09, G9 (gifts)
Rowhouse Greetings | Jingle All the Way by My Favorite Things Stamps (MFT Stamps) Papers: Neenah Solar White 110#; X-Press It Blending Card by Copic; Jolly Christmas One by Authentique
Stamp: Jingle All the Way (plus coordinating dies) by My Favorite Things
Inks: Memento by Tsukeniko in Tuxedo Black; Versafine by Tsukeniko in Onyx Black
Copics: E000, E00, E97 (skin); C0, C1 (beard & fur trim); R22, R24, R29 (suit); C2, C4, C6 (belt, gloves & boots); R22, R24, R29, Y15, Y19, YG06, YG09, G9 (gifts)

Artic Antics by Penny Black

Saturday was our first snowfall of the season. Not really much accumulation, but enough to remind me that winter is here. Despite a major kitchen renovation a couple of years ago, we still have issues with freezing pipes. So dipping temperatures means pulling out the space heater and letting the kitchen faucet drip to prevent any catastrophes. Although the snow is lovely, we’re also on high alert to make sure that our pipes stay intact.

We’ve started decorating the house for the holidays- lights in the flower box, candles in the windows, and a big, beautiful wreath on the door – but unlike many of our neighbors, we have yet to put up the tree. Our living room is small, but somehow we’ll fit a fully decorated tree and fourteen people in here for Christmas Eve dinner. However, some decluttering needs to happen before the tree comes up from the basement and I have to finish up coloring projects for that to happen.

In the meantime, I’ve been coloring snow and polar bears for holiday cards – part of getting into the Christmas spirit. You may have noticed that I’m teaching a class next week that features the Polar Bear Pals stamp set by My Favorite Things. Polar bears are quick and easy to color and can be done with a limited number of markers. Obviously, there’s no white Copic marker, so you “color” white by coloring the shadows, emphasizing contours and depth. I start with the lightest warm gray to map out the shadows and then add layers of the darker grays to create the contours. I completed the shadows with a light wash of E30 to make the grays even warmer. Throw in some miscellaneous colors for the packages and you have another holiday card ready to cheer someone’s day.

What’s on your craft table today?

SUPPLIES

Below are the supplies I’ve used for today’s project. Items marked with an asterisk (*) were provided by a store or the manufacturer for free or at a discount. All other items were personally purchased. Read more.

Paper: Neenah Solar White 110#; X-Press It Blending Card by Copic; Holiday 6×6 paper pad by American Crafts; Scarlett Red Dot by Authentique (I used scraps of the solid red side of the paper).
Stamps: Artic Antics (*) by Penny Black; Boxed Greetings (*) by Paper Smooches; Believe by Penny Black (inside sentiment, not shown)
Inks: Memento in Tuxedo Black by Tsukineko; Versafine in Onyx Black by Tsukineko
Dies: Stitched Rectangles by Simon Says Stamp
Copics: W0, W1, W3, E30, 0 (bear); C0, C1, C3, R35, R46, R56, R59 (scarf); YG03, YG05, YG09, Y02, Y15, Y19, B24, B28, R35, R46, R56 (gifts); BV000, BG0000, BG10, B000 (snow/shadow)