Saturday, November 25, 2017

Happy Pawlidays and Striped Ombre Background

I have a new post for Anna's Craft Cupboard featuring My Favorite Things to share with you today.

I wanted to make some more Christmas cards for family and friends as I still don't have enough!
So I decided to use the cute Happy Pawlidays set again and combine it with the Santa's Elves stamp set.
I love how the MFT sets all work so well together!
The possibilities are endless really :)

I also decided to use a new (to me) MFT die-namics Die called Bold Stripes Cover Up with these stamps and talk a little about how I created these Christmas cards.

This first card was very simple and pretty quick too!

I coloured the image with copics and used a circle die to cut it out.
I used one of the sentiments from the Happy Pawlidays set but masked off the the bottom of the sentiment so that it just says "Santa Paws".  On the inside of the card I have stamped the "is coming to town" part of the sentiment.
I used the MFT Blueprints 5 Tag Builder Die to cut the sentiment out.

I used the Bold Stripes cover up to cut out the white background piece.
It will leave you with lots of white rectangular pieces, but don't throw these out!
They are perfect to save for later to use for sentiment strips :)

Then I used the die again to cut the coloured stripes from Lawn Fawn Watercolor Wishes papers.
I used 7 different colours to create a rainbow look.
If you were going to make a set of 7 backgrounds the same, for a set of cards, you could just use the whole die to cut the paper and you would have made 7 cards very quickly.
But I was just making 1 so I just used the die on the end of the paper so that I didn't waste any and only cut 1 stripe out.

I cut a piece of kraft card the same length as the die but slightly wider.
I glued the white die panel to the kraft card and then glued each coloured piece of paper into the die cut space.
I then attached this piece to the card base.

I think this made a lovely background and you could use it for so many occasions.
A rainbow pattern isn't even "Christmassy" but I thought it worked and looks cute too :)

For my second card I decided to use the die as a stencil and create an ombre background with Distress Inks. You could also use Distress Oxides for this.

I used the die to cut out a piece of card for the stencil.
I then put Tombow Mono Multi Liquid glue on the back of it and waited for it to "set" so that it would be repositional.

When ready, I attached it to the smooth side of some watercolour paper.

I then used Distress Inks and the Tim Holtz Mini Foam Ink Blending Tool to create an ombre background.

I started with the darker colours at the top and worked my way down to light.
I started sponging the ink in a circular manner which is the usual way of applying distress ink but I ended up kind of just swiping across the lines.
I put more ink on each side and kept the centre lighter.

At the very top it is a mix of the darkest blue I had with the purple.  And it made a great colour :)
Most of the background is done by doing 2 rows using the same ink colour but making one of the rows darker.
I did this by adding a little of the darker ink (from the row above it) to the new colour.

After I was satisfied with the look, I removed the stencil and I had my background piece.  It did look gorgeous with the dark stripe over the top but it just wouldn't have worked for the card I had in mind.
I will have to do it again that way another time :)

I then splashed some water on it and used paper towel to remove wetness.
I also added a few little splashes of  Dylusions white paint to the background.

I trimmed this piece to attach to some kraft card and then attached this to a Kaisercraft Square white card. I then rounded the corners of this.

On this card I used the dog and present from the Happy Pawlidays set and the tree and sentiment are from Santa's Elves.

I made a happy discovery when doing the sentiment :)
I realised I could use the Bold Stripes Cover Up die to cut it out.  Yay!
So I stamped it and cut it out using the smaller rectangular opening on the die.
And then I used the larger rectangular opening to cut a piece of black card for a perfect mat for it!!!

I will be using this all the time now for any narrower sentiments that I want to use :)

You can use this die in so many interesting ways

The stamps were coloured with copics and I added some glitter glue to the star on the tree for a little sparkle.
I also used the tag die again and some antique linen and walnut stain distress ink around the card's edge.

I love this die and both of these stamp sets from MFT!

You still have time to make some more Christmas cards too!
I would love to see what you create :)

Thanks for dropping by today


Thursday, November 9, 2017

Happy Pawlidays

I have a cute Christmas card for Anna's Craft Cupboard to share today.

I absolutely fell in love with this set called Happy Pawlidays from MFT!

How cute is this puppy?!!!

There are 3 other dogs in the set and a lot of punny canine Christmas greetings as well :)

I love the cute sentiments in this set almost as much as the puppies!

And I just HAD to have it!!!

So I was looking through all the pretty papers Anna's has in store when I spied this one.
Could it be, that I'd found the perfect doggy Christmas paper?

It really reminded me of Christmas paper with it's traditional colours of red, green and gold.
And at first I thought they were red and gold circles too (that could be Christmas baubles perhaps) but no, even better, they were tennis balls! AND the background pattern was made up of dog bones!
Exactly what every puppy would want for Christmas :)

This Go Fetch paper from the Cooper and Friends Collection by Photoplay probably isn't meant to be doggy Christmas paper but I think it is pawsitively perfect anyway:)

I'd like to enter my card in the following challenges :
Send a Smile for Kids - Happy Holidays
Mod Squad Challenge - Cut it out (no white)

Thanks for dropping by today :)


Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Little Elf

I have another gorgeous stamp from CC Designs to share with you today.
This is Little Elf and I think he is adorable.

I painted a background sky using London Blue, Grape and Turquoise Dylusions paints and then used white to stencil on some stars.

I used an older CC Designs sentiment and ripped the paper to create a snow hill.
I used antique linen and walnut stain around the tag edge and coloured him with copics and popped him up with dimensionals.

The background is soft sky Core'dinations card which was embossed with Nordic Sweater by Sizzix.

I'd like to enter my card in the following challenge :

Just Keep On Creating - anything goes
Simon Says Stamp - anything goes

Thanks for dropping by today :)


Tuesday, October 24, 2017

3 Reindeers

I have a cute Christmas card to share today using the adorable new CC Designs stamp set called
3 Reindeers.

There are 3 reindeers in the set and all are gorgeous, but this one is my favourite because of the cute little puppy reindeer :)

I created a background with paints and a snowflake stencil on watercolour paper.
I also flicked some white paint over the top of it.
I tore a snow hill and used versafine sepia instead of black for the sentiment so that it would coordinate better with the brown reindeer.
Then I added some diecut snowflakes to the scene.

I'd like to enter my card in the following challenges :

Cute Card Thursday - Snowflakes
Southern Girls - Crazy for Critters

Thanks for dropping by today :)


Friday, October 20, 2017

Santa's Elves and Dylusions

I have had lots of fun this month, creating Christmas cards for Anna's Craft Cupboard :)

I have loved colouring the gorgeous elves in the MFT  Santa's Elves set and I have also loved creating backgrounds for them using Dylusions Paints.

I thought I would do a little tutorial on how I created my card.

I used the smooth side of some watercolour paper for the painted panel.
You can also use other types of heavyweight card.

I had done a little reading about using these paints and found that some people use baby wipes to spread it on to the card and to blend it.
It was actually one of the reasons I got the courage to buy the paint, as I'm not a painter.  It just seemed so easy, less messy and there were no brushes etc required either.
But after having tried it, I must say I'm not a fan of this technique.
Although the colours are lovely, it just doesn't have the depth and richness I want.

I used my Tim Holtz Mini Foam Ink Blending Tool to apply the paint instead and I was much happier with it.

This photo shows the difference between using a baby wipe (left) and blending tool (right).
I might try the baby wipe again, perhaps I just need more practice :)

You can also see in the photos that I don't own a craft mat :(
I guess I'll buy one someday, but in the meantime I just use a plastic bag as a work surface.
I use my blending tool to get a small amount of paint out of the lid of the paint pot.
You really only need a tiny amount!
Then I swirl it onto the plastic bag, which blends it into the foam and then it blends onto the card more evenly. You just use the plastic bag as a kind of paint palette!

To the smooth side of some watercolour paper I added circles of Dylusions Vibrant Turquoise paint.
I usually apply 3 areas of a colour to start with.

Then I applied Dylusions London Blue paint.

Then I applied Dylusions Crushed Grape paint.
You can see how the colours blend together to create new, deeper colours.

I then added more London Blue and Vibrant Turquoise over the top of these circles of colour.
I still applied it with the blending tool, but I also got messy.
I used my fingers to blend the paint out.  I didn't really think I would like doing this but it was actually fun!!! :)
This blending was just done randomly over the top of the paint circles.  And I mostly blended with my fingers, moving the paint out in all directions.
So that was like a topcoat of paint and the undercoat can still be seen through it.
This adds depth to the background.

There is no right or wrong way of applying this paint.
You can just keep applying more over the top until you're happy with it.

And if you're like me, this takes a while and you'll get pretty messy.
Make sure you have lots of baby wipes at the ready to clean your hands!!!

After I had created the painted background I applied some Tombow Mono Multi Glue to the back and waited for it to set so that it would be repositional.

I then applied it to a piece of black card.
(You'll notice this is longer than my watercolour piece. I used a smaller piece of watercolour paper that I had because I knew I would be covering up the bottom of it anyway).

I sponged Dylusions White Linen paint onto the Kaisercraft Ornamental Template.
I didn't use the entire design, but chose certain areas to sponge.  Placing some on the black card as well as the painted panel.

I used some of the white linen paint again on a wet paint brush and flicked the paint over the card in a diagonal direction.

When this had dried, I removed the panel and added a white mat behind it.
Then I glued it to the card, lining up the snowflakes again.

I stamped the sentiment onto white cardstock and tore the top to resemble a snow mound.
And I added a couple of small strips of white card to either side of the panel before attaching the sentiment so that it would sit flatter.

Then I attached the elf to the snow with X-Press It Foam Mounting Squares and adhered the whole piece to a white card base.

Using these paints is so much fun and each background you create is unique and beautiful.
I hope you give them a try too :)

Thanks for dropping by today :)


Monday, October 16, 2017

Christmas Rose

I have a card for CC Designs to share today.
They have released so many cute Christmas stamps this month and Christmas cards are my favourite things to make, so I'm happy :)
This one is called Christmas Rose.

I decided to make a bokeh background with distress inks and white paint.
And I coloured her with copics to coordinate.
I used unconventional Christmas colours I know, but I think it works .
And if not, at least it's unique :)

I'd like to enter my card in the following challenges :
ABC Christmas challenge : U for unlimited and V for vibrant
Word Art Wednesday : Anything goes with a sentiment

Thanks for dropping by today :)


Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Santa's Elves

I have a card to share for Anna's Craft Cupboard today.

I was lucky enough to get this MFT stamp called Santa's Elves!
Yippee!!! I was so excited because I have wanted this one for so long.

He was so much fun to colour in and he's absolutely adorable isn't he?!

As well as colouring fun, I also had some "messy" fun with this card :)

I used some Dylusions paints for the first time.
I fell in love with their colours and decided to take a chance and buy a few in the hope that I could create some beautiful backgrounds.

I used London Blue, Vibrant Turquoise, Crushed Grape and White Linen.
I love this colour combination and I think it works well for a Christmas card.

I used 2 stencils for the painted background.
A Kaisercraft template called Ornamental
and a Crafter's Workshop one called Confetti for the white elements on top.

I painted onto the smooth side of some watercolour paper.

The panel was then mounted onto a Kaisercraft C6 white card.

And I popped the elf up on some x-press it foam mounting squares for some added dimension.

I decided to use some Doodlebug Designs Candy Shoppe alpha stickers for the sentiment.
It is a bit hard to see in the photo, but this is sparkly and looks so good against the painted background without drawing too much attention away from the elf.
After all, that elf deserves all of it ! :)

Copics used :
BG 0000, 01,02,05,09,10,11, 13, 15, 49
BV 02, 04, 13
E 000, 00, 04, 11, 21

I love making Christmas cards!
I hope you get some crafty time to make some too :)

Thanks for dropping by today