Wednesday, November 30, 2016

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

The last couple of days have brought snow to my new home and it's actually starting to feel like Christmas! After living in the desert for 3 years, the snow is welcome sight! In the spirit of Christmas, I'm working on some holiday cards.

I'm still loving my newest Neat & Tangled purchase and so it was handily sitting on my desk for this card. I simply stamped my images and sentiment in Memento Tuxedo Black ink and then masked my penguin and Santa with some masking paper. I cut a piece of masking paper with an A2 curved edge die to create my snowy landscape and then blended some blue ink into the sky line to create the horizon line. I removed all of my masks and then used my Copics to color my images. I added small shadows below my images to ground them a bit and then finished it off with some clear Wink of Stella on the star and the lights. I adhered my panel to a Fog Gray card base and it was finished!

I'm entering this card into two challenges. The Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - O Christmas Tree and Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes.


Tuesday, November 29, 2016

CASology Guest Designer

Hello! I recently won a CASology challenge and they invited me back to be a guest designer for week 226. This week's cue is:

At first I started thinking birthday candles, but then inspiration hit and I came up with this Christmas card instead!

I used my MISTI to help me position the single candle image three times in a row. I swear that little tool is a lifesaver! I stamped my sentiment in a bold, black ink below my candles and then colored them in with my Copics. I used R35, R37, and R39 for my reds and YR04, Y08, Y04, and Y00 for my flames. When everything was colored, I added a little clear Wink of Stella over the top of the flames to give it some subtle shine. I adhered my panel to a red card base to give it a little bit more color and it was done!

It's so hard to get a good picture of the shine from the Wink of Stella, but this gives you a closer look at the coloring, too!

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Kennedy Grace Creations Post

Hello! I'm back over on the Kennedy Grace Creations blog today with another "Thankful" card! Go take a look for all the details!

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Tis the Season

I got a small package in the mail yesterday and I just knew I needed to use this sweet little reindeer from Neat & Tangled's newest set Santa's Wonderland. He's just so cute!

This little guy looks so soft and fluffy that I thought he'd be perfect for the current CASology challenge - soft.

I stamped him in my lower right corner and then masked him off so I could stamp the snowdrift behind him and the sentiment following the flow of the background. I cut another mask to cover the bottom of the card and then used Broken China and Tumbled Glass distress inks to create a soft sky in the background. After removing my masks, I colored my image with my Copics and added a small shadow below it. I attached my panel to a card base and added a little bit of  Clear Wink of Stella to my snowman for just a hint of shine.

I'm also going to be entering this card into this month's Little Tangles Challenge - Clean and Simple.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Thanks a Bushel

Today's card was created for the current Lawnscaping Challenge - give thanks. I love apple images for some unknown reason and so I thought the Thanks a Bushel set would be perfect for this challenge, but I also wanted to do something unexpected, so I turned it into a shaker!

I started by die cutting the pieces to create my shaker. I stamped my focal image on the background piece and then colored it with my Copics. I finished the front piece by stamping my sentiment on the base of the snowglobe and then created a wood pattern with my Copics to mirror the future base of the card. I added an acetate window to the back of the front piece and then used foam tape to create space between the pieces. The sequins are from the Sparkling Clear mix from Pretty Pink Posh.

I wanted to keep the focus of the piece the shaker, so I stamped my base with Versamark ink and then heat embossed in clear to add a subtle pattern and texture. I used Be Creative Double Sided tape to adhere my shaker on top of the texture on the base (it's super strong!).

I didn't want to obscure the image too much, so I didn't add too many sequins to the shaker in order for the picture to be clear when the sequins were at the bottom of the globe. It still looks pretty when you shake it though!