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Window Peekers!!!

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

All products I’ve used in this post are linked at the bottom.

   Hey y’all! I’m running behind on blog posts! That could be a good thing, though. You know, I’m creating!!! I even have made DUPLICATES of cards! Well, not total duplicates, just same layout with different colors or papers. 🙂

   Shaker cards have been all the rage recently. I made my first shaker box about 10 years ago. These are my first shaker “cards” though. Same principle, just on a different type of project.

   Jennifer McGuire & Kristina Werner have recently done some tips and tricks on shaker boxes on their YouTube channels. Yes, shaker boxes are easy, but they had a few tips and tricks to make it easier! I definitely recommend watching them. Yes, I learned something new from each of them!

Jennifer McGuire’s video
Kristina Werner’s video


   I’ve been kicking myself that I have SO MANY cute Christmas sets and I haven’t been using them all! Plus, I have 36 people/families on my card list and I’ve made 11. Insert mean voice in my head “If you’d done 1 card a week this whole year, you’d be done by now.” Yes, my head tells me “I told you so”. Quite frequently…

   Okay, so back to the adorable little shakers! I decided to use the “No Peeking” set from Mama Elephant. Nichol Magouirk recently did a card that I got the idea from. Hers wasn’t a shaker card, and it didn’t use this stamp set, but she had Santa peeking in a window. 🙂 Y’all know me… I have to tweak everything!

   I cut out the window from the Peek-A-Frames die set, by Mama Elephant as well, in both Neenah Cream 80# cardstock and PTI Kraft cardstock. I also cut a piece of a transparency to a little larger than the whole window and adhered this to the window. Next, I took some stickles and made ice on the window panes. You can’t feel it because I put it on the outside of the windows, which is really the inside of the shaker part. I added 2 layers of foam tape around the window. I didn’t put it in between the panes. Then, I stamped the tree line from Lawn Fawn’s Snow Day stamp set, using SSS Olive ink, on some XPress-It cardstock. I made some masks using the white post-it tape and placed those as snow banks. After that, I used the inking tool and Tumbled Glass distress ink to make my sky and then made little dot with opaque white using a stylus. I stamped each of the critters from the set in a ink that would blend in. For the polar bear I did double stamping with Tuxedo Black ink. For the fox, I did double stamping with Rice Cocoa ink. The reindeer was going to be dark enough that I could just use the rich cocoa. I colored these in with my Copics and added some finishing touches like black glaze on their eyes and white glints after.

   


   I have 1 wish list thing for stamp and die manufacturers! Know how we have all these confetti dies? How about we get a snowflake confetti die where there are teeny tiny little snow flakes (about 3/8″ wide) and each one is different??? Would make for some GORGEOUS Christmas/Winter shaker cards! Okay, so I used my Martha Stewart border punch on some thin vellum and also some copy paper to make little shaker fillers. A die would have been so much easier as this paper punch is not working very well any more.

   I put my fillers on the colored panel and then lined my shaker front on top of it. After this, I stamped my greeting using SSS Lipstick Red ink. Please do this BEFORE putting foam tape. It would be so much easier! Before adhering this to the card front, I tied some Doodlebug Christmas twine into a bow. I cut and scored my cards from SSS Lipstick Red cardstock to be A4 (I know, shocker!!! I haven’t made a card this size in a LONG time!) top-folding cards. I’m trying to use up this twine because I have a roll of Lawn Fawn’s mistletoe twine coming. 🙂 I also went over the sentiment using the clear wink of stella pen.


   For the inside, I kept it nice and simple with some room for writing. 🙂 I stamped the sentiment in VersaMark ink and then Embossed it with Ranger Superfine White Embossing Powder.

   That’s it for my card! If you have any questions, please feel free to put them in the comments below. Also, if you’d like, I can make an instructional video on how I did these. 🙂


Copics Used:

Scarves: R27, R59, R89
Deer:
   Antlers: E44, E47, E49
   Fur: E23, E25, E57, E59
Fox:
   Fur: YR27, E07, E09; E50, E51, E55
Bear:
   Fur: W00, W1, W3, 0


Supplies Used:


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


Copic Markers for Cardmakers

Monday, September 22nd, 2014

Hey, guys! I decided to learn some more tips and tricks with Copics. So I’m taking a class, Copic Markers for Cardmakers.

No, I am not a beginner, but you can always learn something new from everyone, and a little practice never hurts…

The teachers are Jennifer McGuire, Kristina Werner, and Sandy Allnock. All 3 are amazing card makers/copic users and I really admire their work!

Before class, they asked us to upload a pre-class image that we have colored to see where our starting off point would be. I decided to upload my no lines coloring of Bella Sleeping from Wild Rose Studio. Scanning really brings out the faults in the coloring, but this is my favorite image I have colored. 🙂

sleepingbella_nolines

This was my first time coloring using the no lines coloring technique. It took quite a while, but I’m happy with the outcome. It’s not even purr-fect. 😉

Now, you might be asking… Why isn’t that on a card??? My daughter asked me to frame it for her. 🙂