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Gingerbread Christmas!

Saturday, November 15th, 2014

   I’m very excited to share this card today! This stamp set has been on my “To Do List” since I first saw it! I LOVE gingerbread! My whole theme for Christmas is gingerbread!

   I used the Sweet Christmas stamp set & coordinating dies from Lawn Fawn. You can actually build your own little gingerbread house with this set! OMGoodness, it is so adorable!!! First, I decided I wanted to use the 6×6 paper pad from Doodlebug called “Santa Express”. I decided this was the perfect color palette for my card! Other than a small piece on the inside, I only used this pad for the colors. I stamped out all the images using MFT black hybrid ink. I figured if I was going to make an educated opinion on this ink vs memento tuxedo black, I needed to actually use it. Next, I colored them up and used the coordinating dies to cut them out. Things like the windows and peppermints on the house looked funny to me with the little white border, so I just fussy cut those. Then, I added glossy accents to the candy, and some Doodlebug Lily White Sugar Coating glitter to the gumdrops on the house (also the ones on the inside), and the bows. The red bow looked more pink, so I decided to add the Doodlebug metallic red glitter to it. I also put liquid applique on the white parts of the gingerbread people. The next day, I made it puffy by hitting it with my heat tool. Once I did all this, the hard part began. I decided I wanted a scene card. I don’t normally do scene cards, so this was a challenge. I used Tumbled Glass distress ink for the mounting cardstock, then used the stitched hillside dies for the snowy hills. The hills are popped up on foam tape to give it dimension. Some of the different elemtents are also popped up on glue dots to add some different layers. I adhered the candy with rolled up glue dots.

   For the sentiment, I used Claire’s ABC’s (also by Lawn Fawn) and made my own. Of course, me being me, I didn’t decide to do this until after everything was adhered down, so some touch ups were made with a black marker.

   Here, you can see the details of the gingerbread people and the hearts. Before putting glossy accents on the hearts, I went over them with the clear wink of stella marker. The glossy accents just enhances the sparkle when it’s dry. You can also see that I added glossy accents to the green card base and the trees. With all the gloss & sparkle, the card base looked plain. In this picture, you can also see the little white dots I added as snow with a stylus and some opaque white.

   On this side, you can see the extra details on the house. I didn’t like the door just colored in, so I decided to use one of my coveted enamel dots. I really like the little difference it made. I like how the peppermints turned out, but I don’t like when I use glossy accents it seems to make the stuff under it darker. So, my “white” doesn’t look white.

   I didn’t have anyone in mind when making this card, but I knew I’d probably want to write a message. To give me space, I shifted the sentiment to the left side of the card. This adds interest and leaves me room for a message. 🙂

   That’s it for my card today, I don’t think I left out any details. The copic list and all the products I used are listed below.

Copics Used:

Brown: E34, E35, E37, E39
Reds: R17, R27; R37, R59, R89
Green: YG21, YG11, YG13, YG17
Yellow: Y13, Y17
Pink: RV14, RV17
Blue: BG53, BG57
White: 0, C00, C1, C3
Window Glow: Y21, Y23, Y26


Holiday Hamster

Monday, November 10th, 2014

   Today I’m showing off a card that I’m pretty proud of. Well, I’m proud of how the image came out. 😉 I used XMas Hamster from Wee Stamps. Another one of those intimidating images. You’d never think by looking at this little guy that he could be so intimidating! I totally would’ve called my post Christmas Hamster, but I like the alliteration of “Holiday Hamster”. As you can see, I drew in the background. Totally had no idea what I was going to do, just knew I wanted him in a Christmas tree and I wanted his cheeks FULL! Recently, I watched a water coloring video by Dawn of WPlus9 and in it she was talking about the arrogance of the human race and how if we start to see something that looks kind of like something we know that our minds will fill in the blanks with the rest. Kind of like how we can see shapes in clouds. So, I went for this effect in the tree. I really like how it turned out. After coloring the whole thing and making the card, I had to ask myself. What’s in his mouth? I totally didn’t color something he’d been eating! If I were to color it again, I’d add in a popcorn string.

   The only thing Sylvia drew in the background were those circles. I saw them as out of focus Christmas lights. That’s the cool thing about artists! I’ve seen some who have colored it like they were snow. If you were to give the same materials to 30 different crafters, you’d have 30 different creations! Each with their own flair added to it.

   Okay, back to the card. On top of the bulbs, I added glossy accents. You can’t see it or any of the other sparkle I added into the image in either of the photos. To the ornament, I used a silver Spica pen to go over the black stripes I made. On the little green leaves, I added the Melon Spica Pen. On the little swirls in between the leaves, I used the Clear Spica pen, but later went over it with a clear stardust gel pen. I also used the gel pen on his whiskers after adding white gel pen and then coloring over it with a gray. They were getting lost in the tree and if you look at them in real life, they’re traslucent, so I wanted to show them but not have them overpower him.

    I decided he needed to pop, and it needed to be a fancy, non glittery holiday pop. So, I pulled out my black flocking (I’m having so much fun with this stuff!) and 1″ Scor Tape. I just made a rough guess at how far out I may go and put the adhesive around the four sides of a piece of black cardstock. I learned this trick from doing glitter on fingernails. Put the same color base as you are with your top (glitter or flocking), then if you have a bare spot, you can’t tell because it’s all the same color. 😉 Once I had my fun with the flocking, I used my Perfect Layers Rulers to make a 3/8″ border. So now that layer is on a velvet feeling layer. Pretty cool. For the card base, I didn’t know what size I wanted it, but I knew I wanted the image to be centered and the main focus, so I took a sheet of cardstock and scored and folded it in half. Then, once my image was on the velvet layer, I used temporary adhesive to put it down on the card and used a 1/2″ ruler width to make the card shape. After this, I pulled away the velvet panel and popped it up on some foam tape. It’s definitely not a normal size card, but if anyone pulls out a ruler to measure my card, they won’t get another. EVER! I felt the card base needed something because it was looking really plain. So, I pulled out my Boutique Borders by Mama Elephant and stamped the candy cane stripe around the edge. Yes, I was making this card up as I went along and already had the main piece attached. I had to use another piece of cardstock to mask off the image and velvet layer when I was sprinkling the embossing powder because it was wanting to stick to the velvet. Once this was set, I went over all the little spaces that weren’t filled in (this happens when you stamp on textured cardstock) with a white gel pen. Easy peasy, no more little dots. I also didn’t like the corners as they didn’t line up perfectly, so I used a photo corner punch and punched some gold metallic paper, then placed it in the corners. I really think this “finished” it off. Oh, I also used the Jolly & Merry stamp set from Mama Elephant to stamp the first part of my sentiment on the front of my card. On the set, the sentiment reads “May your holidays be” and I wanted Christmas in there instead. Some selective inking of the stamp and then lining up the replacement word meant it would look like that was how it came. 🙂

   For the inside, I continued the sentiment and used “Merry” from the same set and “and bright” as well. For “Merry”, I stamped it using Simon Says Stamp White pigment ink. I have a love/hate relationship with pigment ink. It never comes out looking as nice as everyone else’s. So I had to tinker with it. I went over it with a white Sharpie Marker, and then used a technique I got from Nichol Magouirk where she accents certain parts of the word with a different color.

That’s my card. I’m really booking it this year, but I still have quite a bit to do. But, I’m having a lot of fun. I’ve always tried to make multiples of one card to send to everyone and that just seems to overwhelm me. This way I can make what I want and then send it to the person I feel the card best fits. 🙂

Copics Used

   Face: E40, E41, E42, E43, E44
   Cheeks: R00, R02
   Ears, Feet, & Hands: R0000, R000, E00, E11
   Fur: E42, E43, E44, E47, E49
   Coat: 0, W00, W1, W3; R24, R27, R29, R59, R89
   Red: R24, R27, R29, R59, R89
   Black: 100, W9, W7
   White: 0, T0, T2, T4
   Green: YG13
   Topper: Y15, Y26, Y28
   Greens: YG11, YG13, YG23, YG61, YG63, YG67, YG93, YG97, YG99, G21, G24, G29, G43, G46, G82, G85, G94, G99
   Lights:(one color each) RV52, Y11, YG01, B000


Our Favorite Santa

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

   Remember how I’m coloring all the images that use to intimidate me? Well, with this one I added an extra challenge… I also did the “no lines” coloring technique. I’m LOVING how this came out! The image is by Whiff of Joy and it’s called “On Santa’s Knee”. I’ve had it for a couple years and never colored it because it intimidated me. I was afraid I would get it wrong. Silly girl!!! If I never color it, then I’ll definitely get it wrong!

    This image taught me a TON about coloring white. Here’s a tip I learned. If the color next to the white is going to be dark, then you need to deepen your grays. Also, to keep the “white” parts looking white, have it be the lightest color on the image. See how I made the walls a cream color? Well, since there’s no other white on the image, your mind registers the beard and parts of his suit as white because they’re “supposed” to be white and there’s no other white to compare it to. I actually had to darken my whites to get them to look right. Never thought I’d ever have that phrase come out of my mouth. Actually, I used W6 as the deepest shade for my whites. Definitely not my first pick for coloring white! The black layer behind the green layer was going to be white except with it being pure white, it made my Santa’s white look gray. So, I colored it with N6 to make the boots and other black touches pop from the image, thus bringing out the white.

   I also decided to do something else new for me. I made a shaped card. I love this die set from Lifestyle crafts! It looks a lot like Labels 1 from Spellbinders, but they are larger and the shape varies. 🙂 Only problem I have with them is that you need to make sure your cut pieces line up before arranging everything because they are not perfectly symmetrical. Now, those poinsettias are another thing I LOVE about this card. They are made using a die from Simon Says Stamp.

   This die is called Poinsettia Parade. These are tiny little poinsettias. I think the largest is about 1.25″ square. Do you see the detail that is put in? The die does all of that! All I did was cut 3 of the die. 2 from SSS Schoolhouse Red cardstock and 1 from SSS Midnight Green cardstock. Then I flipped over each layer and ran an embossing stylus up the middle of each petal. This made them have some extra dimension. To finish them off, I used clear rhinestones that I colored with a copic marker. I didn’t have the different sizes in that color, so I just made my own. To adhere the flowers to the card, I used glue dots, rolled glue dots, and 3D glue dots to give them different heights.

   I opted to not put a sentiment on the front because I spent so much time coloring this image that I wanted to make it the focal point.

    I decided the best sentiment for the inside was this sweet one from Paper Smooches. Kids believe in Santa because they still believe in the magic of Christmas. I didn’t want it to just be black, I wanted to bring some of that red from the outside, so I stamped it in Simon Says Stamp Schoolhouse Red ink.

   Oh! Before I forget… Because this is a shaped card with rounded sides, it’s not very stable when you open it. I cut about 1/8″ off the back of the card so that it would rest on that and not be so tipsy.

   I think that was all I was going to tell you about this card. I’d love to put up all the “in progress” photos I have of the coloring. You can really see the white turn white. So very cool!

Copics Used:

Beard & White trim:0, W00, W1, W3, W6
Skin: E0000, E000, E00, E11; R00, R02
Boots, belt, & shoes: N5, N7, N9, 110
Gold Chair Detail: YR24, Y17, Y21, Y26
Chair: E43, E44, E47, E49
Chair Padding: G24, G28, G29, G46
Suit: R37, R39, R59, R89, W6
Boy’s Pants: E40, E41, E43, E44
Bear: E23, E25, E27
Kids’ Hair: YR31, YR23, Y23, E21, E25
Boy’s Boots: W5, W7, W9, 100
Shirt & Dress: R24, R27, R29, R39
Background: (Floor)E33, E35, E37; (Baseboard) E25, E27, E29; (Wall) E50, E51

Supplies Used