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Birthday Parade with Winnie & Walter

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Birthday Parade (Winnie & Walter)

I’m on the Seven Hills Crafts Blog today keeping it simple with a one layer card featuring Winnie & Walter’s Party On stamp set. I’ve been getting back into practicing with my Copic markers so I really wanted the colouring to shine through on this one. Besides, who doesn’t deserve a birthday parade of musical animals on their special day?

I started out by stamping all four of the musical animals in the set onto an A6 side folding white card base using some MFT Black Licorice Hybrid Ink, stamping the two outer animals first and masking them off to give the impression that they are in front of the others. I then masked off the ground just above their feet and blended on some turquoise ink in a gradient, before reversing the mask and inking on some brown to ground the animals. To give that added bit of texture I flicked on some clean water and dabbed the drops off with some kitchen towel.

Birthday Parade (Winnie & Walter)

Once dry I removed the masks and coloured in the animal musicians with my alcohol markers. I kept to the same colour scheme of teals, browns, reds and warm grays and then added a layer of Clear Wink of Stella over the animals. To give some more movement to the card, I stamped out several of the musical notes included in the set in some teal ink. To finish off, I stamped the sentiment in black ink underneath the musical parade.

Birthday Parade (Winnie & Walter)

Cute little birthday parade! Which animal is your favourite? I love foxes and I used to play the flute so I’m picking little Mr Fox on the end there.

Merry and Bright with Winnie & Walter

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Merry and Bright (Winnie & Walter)

Each year, Christmas always comes upon me in a rush and I find myself dedicating one weekend sometime around November to pumping out at least fifty Christmas cards. This year I am determined to be more organised and so I am starting early! I’m on the Seven Hills Crafts Blog this week with this card featuring the Happy Owlidays set from Winnie & Walter. It’s a very simple design that can be replicated very easily. In fact, I made several at once and made a good start to my Christmas card supply!

Merry and Bright (Winnie & Walter)

I started with an A6 card base of Clare Fontane 300gsm DCP paper. I used my MISTI to stamp both the dove and the sentiment from the Happy Owlidays set in some MFT Black Licorice Hybrid Ink. I used four different Copic markers in shades of cool grey and orange to colour in the dove before covering the whole bird in some Nuvo Crystal Glaze. I wanted a strong background without the hassle of keeping in the lines and the glazed area will resist any non-permanent ink. Once completely dry (I left overnight) I blended on some Salty Ocean Distress Ink, focusing it so that it is was brightest around the edges of the bird. After buffing off the ink trapped on the glaze, I added a trio of Crystal Clear Sequins.

Merry and Bright (Winnie & Walter)

Simple, elegant and very easy to reproduce!

Rainbow Birthday Hugs with HeffyDoodle

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Unbearable Birthday (Heffy Doodle)

The Unbearable Without You set is my second favourite set from the new HeffyDoodle release. Paired with a rainbow and some clouds, I think it makes a bright and colourful birthday card!

Unbearable Birthday (Heffy Doodle)

I stamped the adorable bear and the clouds onto some ClareFontane 210gsm DCP Paper using some Copic friendly MFT Black Licorice Hybrid Ink. I coloured them in using some E30/50 Copic markers and die cut them with the coordinating dies. I used the Rainbow dies from Paper Smooches to cut out a rainbow and again used some Copics in rainbow shades to colour in the rainbow stripes.

Unbearable Birthday (Heffy Doodle)

On a top folding A6 card base I blended some Distress Oxide ink in Broken China in the top two thirds. I then adhered the die cuts over the background with some liquid glue, stamped a sentiment from the set and covered the pieces in some Wink of Stella.

Clean, simple, but sure to put a smile on any recipient’s face!

SHC Design Team: MFT Birthday Gnome

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Birthday Gnomes (MFT)

Some eagle eyed viewers may have noticed from my post on Wednesday that I have joined the Seven Hills Crafts design team. I’m excited to join Tara and the other fantastic DT members! My posts will be scheduled every Wednesday so keep a lookout. 🙂

This week my first post featured the MFT You Gnome Me and Spotlight Sentiments sets. I have had the Gnome set for a while, in fact purchasing it because I have some friends who love their gnomes with the intention that every Christmas, Birthday and Anniversary card will feature these little guys. I just love their little ears and faces!

Birthday Gnomes (MFT)

I stamped this little guy out using some MFT Black Licorice Hybrid Ink and coloured him in using my Copic markers. I wanted to avoid a Christmassy vibe so I chose some BG markers to partner the Rs. I then cut him out with the coordinating dies.

I needed a bold background for him to stand against so I chose the MFT Spotlight Sentiments set. I stamped it repeatedly on a white card panel in a gradient pattern using the Merman, Peacock, Tea Dye and Walnut inks from the Lawn Fawn GazeboCandy Store and Tea Party Ink Cubes. Once dry, I die cut it using the largest frame from the Wonky Stitches Elle-ments dies and adhered some teal ribbon from my stash to break up the border between the brown and teals.

Birthday Gnomes (MFT)

With a little bit of foam tape on the back of the little gnome I popped him up on the front panel, which I then adhered to an A2 side folding kraft card base. I felt like it needed a little something else so I stamped an additional sentiment from the MFT Things With Wings stamp set, coloured with the same red Copic markers and made into a banner. That and a few clear sequins finishes it off nicely, I think.

Look out every Wednesday for my DT posts!

Thanks for reading.

Tallie

      

  

Happy Snappy Birthday with Heffy Doodles

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Happy Snappy Crocs (Heffy Doodle)

Of all the sets in Heffy Doodle‘s first release, the crocs in the Happy Snappy Crocs set are my absolute favourite. I have big plans for this stamp set for future cards, so watch this space! Green is my favourite colour and I got to practice my Copic colouring from my unfinished All About Animals Kit and Clowder Colouring Technique Class.

I stamped two of the crocs onto some ClareFontane 210gsm DCP Paper using some MFT Black Hybrid Copic friendly ink and used a variety of shades of G and YG Copic markers to colour them in. I also stamped and colouring in a few props: the wine bottle, the glass and a birthday present. Using the coordinating dies, I cut them out with my Big Shot.

Happy Snappy Crocs (Heffy Doodle)

I used the MFT Bold Diagonal Stripes Background stamp and some Versafine Onyx Black ink to create the background panel, cutting this just shy of the A6 side-folding white card base. Next, I cut the largest photo frame from the Lawn Fawn Say Cheese, Again die set from some white cardstock and stamped the Happy Birthday sentiment from the Heffy Doodle Happy Snappy Crocs set along the bottom. It didn’t stamp as bright as I liked so I went over it with my Sakura gel pen to make it stand out. I coloured the middle square of the frame using two Distress Oxide colours: Faded Jeans and Broken China. I cut another square from some white cardstock, inking it with some Distress Inks in Twisted Citron and Mowed Lawn, then die cutting with one of the Lawn Fawn Stitched Hillside Borders.

I adhered these to some Lawn Fawn Cilantro cardstock (my favourite colour of them all!) and stuck to the background panel.

Of course, I had to include this happy little croc who’s hogging the wine bottle on the inside. This is a completely appropriate card for its intended recipient!

Happy Snappy Crocs (Heffy Doodle)

I have to say that I’m impressed with the quality of the Heffy Doodle stamps. They stamp and die cut beautifully and, best of all, the stamp and their inner cards fit into an Avery Elle stamp pocket without hassle. It’s the small things that count! Thank you, Lesley, for thinking of these things!

Wild For You Birthday with Lawn Fawn

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Wild For You Copic Scene (Lawn Fawn)

I absolutely love the animal critter sets from Lawn Fawn and when I saw Sandy Allnock’s video, I had to give something similar a try. I haven’t had time to sit down and work on my Copic colouring for a while so this gave me the perfect opportunity!

Wild For You Copic Scene (Lawn Fawn)

I started out by stamping some of the animals from Lawn Fawn’s Elphie Selphie and Wild For You sets on some Clairefontaine DCP 210gsm paper. It’s a change for me paper wise as I usually use Neenah, but on Lesley Oman and Snow’s suggestion I am trying out this paper. I have to say that it is just as good and blends wonderfully, and it’s much cheaper than Neenah here in the UK. It makes your Copics squeak as you go along but it seems to use up the same amount of ink with no bleeding as the Neenah does. I was impressed with the red balloon – normally that would have bled, even on Neenah, but it stayed within the lines. I’ll do more experimenting but I think this will be my favourite paper from now on.

I started with the background, using all of my YG and darker green markers to make leaf like shapes. I then coloured the ground with some E markers, using the dotting technique to give some texture. Once dry, I used bold, bright colours to help distinguish the animals from the background. I found I had to go over the background leaves a couple of times to tone it down and help the animals stand out more. A couple of dots and lines with a white gel pen and some Glossy Accents for the balloon finished it off.

Wild For You Copic Scene (Lawn Fawn)

Thank you, Sandy, for the fabulous prompt, even if I didn’t include the city scene as you did. My animals obviously aren’t as crazy as yours!

Big Top Birthday with Neat & Tangled and MFT

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Big Top Birthday (Neat & Tangled)

It’s been a while since I’ve entered a card challenge. I saw the gorgeous colour prompts in the August 2017 colour challenge over at the Seven Hills Crafts blog and immediately went and made two cards using two out of the three prompts (the first and third). I need some more birthday cards so I brought out the Neat and Tangled Big Top Birthday and MFT Spotlight Sentiments stamp sets to create these two cards.

These are the colour prompts:

I started out with an A2 cardbase, arranging the Happy Birthday sentiment from the MFT Spotlight Sentiments stamp set on the lower third of the card. I used a MISTI as I had to stamp it multiple times using a gradient of Lawn Fawn inks in Sunflower, Wild Rose and Sugar Plum. I love that the yellow and pink, when combined, make that gorgeous orange colour. I let it dry for a couple of minutes before stamping again in VersaMark ink so I could clear heat emboss and give the shiny, raised effect.

Big Top Birthday (Neat & Tangled)

Once the background was done, I stamped the cute little clown, her hat and the birthday cake onto some ClareFontaine 210gsm DCP paper with some Copic friendly MFT Black Licorice Hybrid Ink. I then used my copics (at least three of each shade) to colour them in. I’ve been trying to practice my Skin and Hair techniques from the Kit and Clowder Copic class and this was a great chance to try out some curly hair. I think I actually used five or six shades in the hair to get that dept of colour around the face. With just this project I ended up with Copics covering the desk! Once I’d coloured them all in, I die cut them with the coordinating dies.

Big Top Birthday (Neat & Tangled)

I adhered the birthday cake directly to the back of the card and then popped up the clown with some 3M foam tape. The hat I had to use a mixture of Multi-Medium Matte and foam tape. A covering of Wink of Stella, a few highlights in white gel pen and some Glossy Accents on the candles, buttons, nose and balloon finishes it off!

Though I love the bright, warm colours of this card, I had to try out the cooler colour combination. I followed the same process, though I used some Distress Oxide Inks in Cracked Pistachio and Faded Jeans to stamp the gradient background sentiment.

Big Top Birthday (Neat & Tangled)

I can’t decide which one I like best. Which is your favourite? Definitely a design that I will try out again and again!

Big Top Birthday (Neat & Tangled)

 

 

 

Sunflower Sympathy with Lawn Fawn

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Sunflower Sympathy (Lawn Fawn)

Nobody likes to make sympathy cards but I hope that a handmade card will at least help to show the recipient is in your thoughts at the time. We lost my Great Uncle not so long ago and I made this card especially to send to his daughter. This card was made using the Lawn Fawn Our Friendship Grows set and coloured with Copics.

I stamped out a bunch of sunflowers and leaves from the set in some MFT Black Licorice Hybrid Ink on some Neenah Solar White cardstock. I used my Copics to colour in the flowers and leaves before cutting out with the coordinating dies.

On an A2 white card base I lightly blended some Broken China Distress Ink radiating from the centre and splattered some silver watercolour paint over the background. I clear heat embossed the sentiment from the MFT All Occasion Sentiments stamp set.

I adhered the leaves directly to the card base and used some foam tape to give some dimension to the flowers.

Sunflower Sympathy (Lawn Fawn)

Happy Birthday Roses

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Amazing You Birthday (Altenew)

The end of last month marked my Grandad’s 93rd birthday. He’s not doing too well so I made him a special card to cheer him up and remember when he used to watercolour. I used the Amazing You stamp set from Altenew, watercoloured with my Kuretaki Gansai Tambi paints.

Amazing You Birthday (Altenew)

I started out with some Daler Rowney Aquarelle coldpressed watercolour cardstock and stamped a flower arrangement using stamps from the Altenew Amazing You stamp set and some Versafine Onyx Black Ink. I had to do a bit of creative masking with some post it notes in places but it didn’t take too long. I made sure the ink was dry before bringing out the watercolours and painting in some vibrant colour.

Amazing You Birthday (Altenew)

When done, I gold heat embossed the sentiment from Lawn Fawn’s Ahoy, Matey stamp set. I felt it needed a little more so flicked some gold, green and blue paint flecks onto the background. Mounted on some Lawn Fawn Chilli Pepper cardstock, this card was a wonderful gift for my Grandad.

 

MFT I’m Owl Yours – One Stamp Set, Many Cards!

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MFT Owls - Distress Oxides vs Distress Inks

I saw the technique showcased in this next set of cards in one of Vicky Papaioannou’s videos. It was so simple and I’d just got my Distress Oxides, so I thought I’d have a bit of a play. I don’t have the stamp set she used but I do have the older MFT I’m Owl Yours set which worked perfectly. As it turns out it was a good chance to see what the differences are between Distress Inks and Distress Oxides. I also managed to add about 20 cards to my stash.

I started out by stamping out several sets of six owls in the MFT I’m Owl Yours stamp set in MFT Black Hybrid Ink on some Bristol Smooth Cardstock and Neenah Desert Storm. I then took some Glossy Accents, coloured in the open eyes of the owls and left to completely dry. I then took out my Distress Inks and Distress Oxides and, using at least two shades on every owl, inked in the owls. I have more Distress Inks and only 7 of the Distress Oxides so you will see more depth in the colours for these. After they were dry, I then used my distress sprayer to spritz some water and activate the inks.

MFT Owls - Distress Oxides vs Distress Inks

As you can see, the Distress Inks came out brighter and more vibrant.

MFT Owls - Distress Oxides vs Distress Inks

The Distress Oxides were duller but have that fabulous chalky oxide look. It’s a shame that the colour seeped underneath the Glossy Accents (I think I need to try this with watercolour paper next time to see if it makes a difference) but I love how they turned out.

MFT Owls - Distress Oxides vs Distress Inks

I then die cut all of the owls out with the coordinating dies. I managed to make about 20 cards, using up my cardstock scraps and some DIY black and white striped patterned paper.

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I can’t decide which ones I like best, though I really do love the vibrancy of the Distress Inks. Which ones do you like?