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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)

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.

MFT Owls - Distress Oxides vs Distress Inks MFT Owls - Distress Oxides vs Distress Inks MFT Owls - Distress Oxides vs Distress Inks MFT Owls - Distress Oxides vs Distress Inks

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?

 

 

Cat-Ful of Thanks with Mama Elephant

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Catful of Thanks (Lawn Fawn, Mama Elephant)

It’s been a while since my last update, during which I have moved house and job. I am currently fighting with my ISP to actually provide me with a decent internet connection so am having to make do with 4G on my phone. It’s really like being back in the dark ages! 🙂

I wanted to say thank you to my neighbour in the flat I’ve just moved out of. She loves cats so what better way to say this than with a Lawn Fawn scripty thanks and the Mama Elephant Page Hugger cats? I love how this turned out, despite it probably being one of the most dull cards I’ve made in terms of colour!

I started out with a top folding A6 kraft cardstock card base and inked on some Walnut Stain Distress Ink over the MFT English Brick stencil. I left the bottom quarter of the background free of stencilling so that I could blend in some Vintage Photo Distress Ink to ground my cats.

I die cut the speech bubble from some Neenah Solar White using the Lawn Fawn Speech Bubble die along with the Lawn Fawn Scripty Thanks from some black cardstock. I stamped the ‘JUST A LITTLE’ sentiment from the Neat and Tangled Better Together set in Versafine Onyx Black Ink into the middle of the speech bubble and adhered the black thanks die cut just underneath. I added a little bit of Tea Dye Distress Ink to the bottom for some emphasis and I covered the thanks sentiment with Glossy Accents before setting aside to dry.

Next comes the cats! I’m not really a cat person so I had to Google different fur colours of cats in preparation of this card. I stamped out the cat from the Page Hugger set six times and coloured them with a variety of Copic markers. My neighbour used to have a cat called Foster so I had to include the black and white combo somewhere! I added some black Enamel Accents for the eyes and noses and some white gel pen for some dotty cheeks before die cutting them with the coordinating dies.

Catful of Thanks (Lawn Fawn, Mama Elephant)

To build the card, I adhered the speech bubble directly to the cardbase, centred at the top. For the cats I used a bit of foam tape to pop them up, arranging them as if they are standing on each others’ shoulders. I really love that the dies cut out their hands – it makes cards like this really easy!

Puuuurfect (haha) card for my neighbour of nearly four years!

Nutty Birthday with Neat & Tangled

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Nutty Birthday (Neat & Tangled)

These two cards have to be my favourites to date. I probably say this with every new card, but the bar is getting higher as I learn and improve! I love this set and was really happy to use it when Mum asked for a birthday card for my Aunt that featured squirrels. What better way to showcase the set but with watercolours and a little dimension?

Nutty Birthday (Neat & Tangled)

I started out with two pieces of watercolour cardstock and laying down some clean water focussed on the bottom bart of the card. I then used my Kuretakin Gansai Tambi watercolours (three shades of the blue and turquoise) to create a wash on the background. It took a couple of layers to get the intensity I wanted and I added some paint splatters in the same colours before drying.

Nutty Birthday (Neat & Tangled)

I then stamped the various characters and props from both the My Favorite Nut and Into the Woods sets from Neat & Tangled and the banner from the Avery Elle Woodland Fun set in some Versafine Onyx black ink onto some more watercolour cardstock. The Happy Birthday sentiment came from the Neat & Tangled Big Top Birthday set. I coloured them in using my watercolours and left to dry.

Nutty Birthday (Neat & Tangled)

Once dry, I cut them with the coordinating dies and mounted the main features and characters with some foam tape. The foliage, acorns and mushrooms I adhered directly on top of the background. I then mounted them onto some white A6 card bases.

Nutty Birthday (Neat & Tangled)

For some finishing touches I used a white gel pen to add some highlights to my characters, brightening up some of the places that got a little dark with the watercolours. I thought about adding some sequins but decided to let the watercolour shine as it was. I think I like the card with the two squirells hugging in the nut slightly more!

Mother’s Day with MFT Owls

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Mother's Day Owls (MFT)

It’s Mother’s Day today here in the UK and this card is for my own mother. She loves owls so this set from My Favorite Things was perfect for her. Coloured with my Zig brush markers with a few additional stamps and dies from Lawn Fawn.

Mother's Day Owls (MFT)

I started out by stamping two of the owls from the MFT I’m Owl Yours set in MFT Black Hybrid Ink onto some Bristol Smooth cardstock. I then coloured these in with my Zig Clean Colour Real Brush markers in shades of brown, green and purple with a little orange for their beaks. I cut them out with the coordinating dies. I die cut a stitched circle die from MFT from some white cardstock and scribbled on some blue and green ink, blending out with my water brush to create a background. I stamped the sentiment in black ink from the Lawn Fawn Mum + Me set and adhered the owls to the background with foam tape for a bit of dimension.

Mother's Day Owls (MFT)

Using an A2 Neenah Desert Storm side folding card base, I used the Lawn Fawn Woodgrain Backdrops stamp set to add a subtle background with some Versamark ink. I adhered the panel to the card with some double sided tape and added a scattering of sequins from the Neat & Tangled Festive Fall mix.

Of course, I had to finish the inside of the card with one more owl from the set!

Mother's Day Owls (MFT)


Out of this World Birthday with MFT

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Out of this World (MFT)

This has to be one of my favourite cards I have made this year. I love bright colours on a white background and I really love the cute space stamp sets that all the companies seem to be coming out with recently. This card features the new MFT Space Explorer set with a sentiment from the Out of this World set from Lawn Fawn. I have to give credit where it is due by stating that this birthday card is inspired by Ashley Marcu (see her design team blog post here). I loved how she had the spaceman rocketing up into space and had to try my own version of this.

I started out by masking a slice out with some post-it tape on some smooth white card stock. I blended Squeezed Lemonade with some Wild Honey Distress Inks to make the rocket blast. I then switched the masking so I could ink up the rest of the night sky using Peacock Feathers, Salty Ocean and Seedless Preserves. I used my Kuretaki Gansai Tambi watercolours (white, black and silver) to add some splatter to the background for a starry effect. Using an MFT die, I cut out a circle for the focal point background.

Out of this World (MFT)

On some Neenah Solar White cardstock I stamped out the astronaut and three of the planets. I coloured them in with my Copic markers using some reds, blues, greens and cool greys. I added some pale yellow to the reflective parts of his suit to tie in the yellow of his rocket blast. I had originally intended to use the coordinating dies but felt that the white border would detract from the scene I had created in the background, so I fussy cut out the pieces and went around the edges with a black Memento marker. I added a layer of Spectrum Noir Sparkle to the pieces before adding some Glossy Accents to the astronaut’s visor and control panel.

On the front panel of the A2 smooth white card base I white heat embossed some stars to give some subtle interest to the background. From the same card, I white heat embossed the sentiment and ink blended some Peacock Feathers and Salty Ocean Distress Inks for a matching birthday sentiment banner. I cut the ends on one side to make a banner and trimmed it to the width of my card.

Out of this World (MFT)

To assemble, I used my tape runner to adhere the background sky to the base before using some foam tape to pop up the astronaut, planets and sentiment.

It’s been a while since I was able to bring out my Copics to experiment but I think I need to do it more often! I really like the reflection effect and it warms up the scene nicely. I am sure this template will be used to create many more birthday cards in the future!

Space Birthday with Create a Smile

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Space Birthday (Create a Smile)

It is my Dad’s birthday today and I made this wonderful space birthday card for him. When I was about 8 years old I learnt a little song in school and I came across it again a couple of months ago. I think the real words are ‘My friend’s orange with a big bald head’, but of course I had to change to ‘My Dad’s orange with a big bald head’. It gave me a chance to bring out the numerous space themed sets I have from Gerda Steiner and Clearly Besotted, and make use of the wonderful stamps I won from Tara Sell and Christine at Create a Smile. I coloured these with a mixture of Copic markers and Distress Inks. Happy Birthday, Dad!

Space Birthday (Create a Smile)

I started out with the background, using a handful of brightly coloured distress inks on some Tim Holtz water colour cardstock. I then worked in some Black Soot Distress Ink over the top of the colours and sprinkled some water over the top to get that distress look. I used the white and gold from the Kuretaki Gansai Tambi watercolours to add some splatters to get that star galaxy effect. When it was dry, I heat embossed some gold stars on the background. I trimmed it down to just under A2 card size and mounted it on an A2 sized side folding base of Neenah Desert Storm.

I stamped the three alien guys from the Gerda Steiner designs stamp sets with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and coloured them with my Copic markers. I chose bright colours and used at least three colours in each group to get a good contrasting blend. I fussy cut them out and went around the edges with a black marker to hide my cutting imperfections. I stamped the ground from the Clearly Besotted Out of this Word set on some Neenah Desert Storm and added some shading with some warm grey Copics. I trimmed this out and mounted it on the card panel with some foam tape, along with the aliens, for a bit of dimension.

Space Birthday (Create a Smile)

The sentiment comes from the Gerda Steiner Moody Unicorns Set, which I white heat embossed on some black card stock. I cut this out using a Lawn Fawn banner die and foam mounted it over the ground below the aliens. Some Glossy Accents, Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen, white gel pen and clear sequins finished off the front of the card.

I had to include the song inside the card, decorated with some stamps from the sets and the remaining alien I coloured. I covered the eyeballs, alien and speech bubble with Glossy Accents, though in future I will have to make sure that the Glossy Accents pieces don’t fall in the same place. Even though I left it overnight to dry, the tail fell inline with one of the eyeballs and I ended up ripping the card slightly opening it later.

Space Birthday (Create a Smile)

Thanks for reading and happy crafting!

 


Christmas Tags with Neat & Tangled

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Xmas Tags (Neat & Tangled)

This year I spent Christmas and New Year’s away from my family over the other side of the world, so I had to make my Christmas cards and tags a lot earlier than usual. I really love the Neat & Tangled Santa’s Wonderland and made up about 20 gift tags for my family and I to attach to our presents. I’m still fighting the jet lag so it is a perfect time to catch up on posting all the cards I missed!

These tags, and the coordinating cards I posted before Christmas were somewhat inspired by the bright and beautiful colourings of Laura Bassen when the stamps were released.

I started off with stamping the MFT Pinstripe Background with Versamark Ink on some kraft cardstock. I then die cut these with one of the MFT pierced tags, along with some white cardstock so I could make some snow banks. I only have the Lawn Fawn Stitched Hillside Borders and although they don’t quite match the pierced detail on the tags, I cut these at varying heights and adhered to the tags cut from kraft to ground my characters. I stamped ‘Happy Christmas’ in Lawn Fawn Lobster ink on a small selection of the snowbanks, and for the others I gold heat embossed the sentiment onto red cardstock and die cut it using a Lawn Fawn Banner die.

Next, I stamped a bunch of characters from the Neat & Tangled Santa’s Wonderland stamp set (I ended up making about 25 tags so it felt like I was colouring these for days!) onto some Bristol Smooth paper and coloured them in with my Zig Clean Colour Real Brush Markers. If I was doing this again I might use another type of paper or colouring medium as the Bristol paper is not as bright white as the cardstock. Still, I think they look really cute after I cut out the characters with the coordinating dies and adhered them to the snowbanks.

Xmas Tags (Neat & Tangled)

To finish, I punched a hole in the top of the tags and used the small circle reinforcements from the Lawn Fawn Tag, You’re It dies. Some Lawn Fawn twine in coordinating festive red and green colours helped to finish them off. Of course, I had to add a bit of Spectrum Noir Sparkle over the accessories to finish off these cute tags.

Thanks for reading and happy crafting!