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Wild For You Birthday with Lawn Fawn

Handmade Cards, Paper Crafts
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

Handmade Cards
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)

 

 

 

Happy Birthday Roses

Handmade Cards, Paper Crafts
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!

Handmade Cards, Paper Crafts
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?

 

 

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!

Fairy Happy Birthday with Avery Elle and Altenew

Handmade Cards
Fairy Birthday (Altenew, Avery Elle)

I’ve had both the Pixie Dust Fairy Stamp set from Avery Elle and the Hello Sunshine floral set from Altenew for a while now and not had a chance to use them. When I needed a card for my Aunt’s birthday, this was the perfect chance to combine them both. Coloured using a mixture of Copic markers and Zig Clean Colour Real Brush Markers, this card could be for girls of any age!

Starting with a piece of Bristol Smooth cardstock I stamped a whole bunch of the florals in some MFT Black Hybrid Ink, focusing mainly on the bottom and sides of the card. Using two to three markers for each shade I coloured the leaves and flowers in with my Zig Clean Colour Real Brush Markers. I added in some blues and purples to match the copic markers I had picked out for the fairies. I stamped the sentiment in some Delicata Silver Ink and added some silver dots to the background with a gel pen.

Fairy Birthday (Altenew, Avery Elle)

I then stamped two of the fairies, a wand and three of the smaller flowers with some MFT Black Hybrid Ink onto some Neenah Solar White cardstock. I coloured them with Copic markers and die cut them with the coordinating dies. I popped them up with some foam tape and adhered them to the card panel. I adhered the panel to an A2 white cardbase and covered the fairies with some Spectrum Noir sparkle for a little pixie dust.

A fun little birthday card that I’m also entering into the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.


Out of this World Birthday with MFT

Handmade Cards
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!

Out of This World Birthday with 2CuteInk

Handmade Cards
Out of this World (2CuteInk)

I haven’t had a chance to use many digital stamps recently, sadly enough. I am a member of 2CuteInk‘s monthly stamp club and I knew that as soon as I saw this cutie included in this month’s goodies I had to colour him! This brightly coloured birthday card can be for a male or female recipient and will be going to my brother later on this month.

Out of this World (2CuteInk)

I started by printing two copies of the digital stamp onto Neenah Solar White cardstock with my laserjet printer. I positioned the little guy slightly right of centre on an A2 card, leaving enough space for a sentiment below. On one of the copies, I used my Copic markers in shades of blue-green, red and cool grey to colour in the monster before fussy cutting out. I used a white gel pen to go over the eyes and teeth where my marker had bled and added some Glossy Accents to the eye on the balloon.

With the other copy, I blended some Squeezed Lemonade, Wild Honey and Spiced Marmalade Distress Inks radiating out from the monster. To ground him, I used some warm grey Copic markers and added some shadows underneath the monster.

Out of this World (2CuteInk)

I mounted the monster and balloon with some foam tape and adhered in the correct place on the inked background. I felt it needed some glitter so added some Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen over the top. The sentiment is from the new Lawn Fawn Out of This World set and is white heat embossed onto some black cardstock. Some red, white and clear sequins finish off this colourful birthday card that I am sure will put a smile on the recipient’s face!

I have been playing about with the settings on my camera and swapping different backgrounds for taking pictures of my cards. I am hoping that these showcase my cards much more clearly now!

Take It Easy Sloth Birthday with Lawn Fawn

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Take it Easy Sloth (Lawn Fawn)

I’ve seen some wonderful cards made with the new sloth set Hang In There from Lawn Fawn and I knew it had to be the basis of my entry for this month’s Seven Hills Crafts Challenge. The tic-tac-toe prompt for this month was:

I chose the top line: Animals – Watercolour – Bold Shades.

Of all of them, I think this fits my style the most. Also, who doesn’t like Sid the Sloth from Ice Age? *dances the sloth dance*

I actually made two cards: one using Distress Inks (left) and the other with Kuretaki Gansai Tambi watercolours (right). I like them both equally and I managed to get two different effects out of them. I like the vibrant blue on the water colour version perhaps a little more and it is this version that I entered into the challenge.

Take it Easy Sloth (Lawn Fawn)

I started with two pieces of watercolour cardstock sized to an A2 panel. I followed the same process for both backgrounds: pad or brush some ink/paint down onto a piece of acetate or packaging, spray with some water, ‘smoosh’ the paper onto the acetate and then dry with a heat tool to prevent the colours from mixing too much. I repeated this several times to build up the layers until I was happy with the result.

Take it Easy Sloth (Lawn Fawn)

On some more water colour cardstock, I then stamped out some foliage from the Blissful Botanicals and Critters in the Jungle sets, along with the hanging sloth from the new Hang in There set. I used Versafine Black Onyx ink and stamped it several times in my MISTI to get solid, thick black lines. I coloured in the elements with my Kuretaki Gansai Tambi water colours, using Sid as a model for the colouring. Once dry, I die cut them out with the coordinating dies.

Take it Easy Sloth (Lawn Fawn)

I adhered some of the foliage directly to the background with some Multi Medium Matte, popping up the sloths and a few leaves using some foam tape to give a bit of dimension.

The sentiment banners were white heat embossed onto black card stock and adhered beneath the sloths.

Wonderfully colourful cards that, for once, did not need any further embellishing.

Take it Easy Sloth (Lawn Fawn)

UPDATE: Thanks to Tara and the DT who picked me as the Challenge Winner! I can now proudly display the winners badge on my sidebar!

 

 


Birthday Hugs with Neat & Tangled

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Birthday Hugs (Neat & Tangled)

This set of Birthday Hugs cards was inspired by a set Tara Sell made (see her blog post and video) and the colouring genious of Laura Bassen (see her blog post and video). I love the Neat & Tangled stamp sets and I had a lot of fund combining the Better Together set with a few Avery Elle products to create this set of three colourful cards. The characters are coloured with Copic markers and the background is a custom water coloured background. I made an extra background in pink but haven’t yet worked out exactly how I’m going to use it, given that pink is not really my colour!

Birthday Hugs (Neat & Tangled)

I started out with four pieces of Tim Holtz watercolour cardstock, washing the background with some clean water and then dropping on one of the four colours from the Kuretaki Gansai Tambi watercolours: pink, green, purple and blue. I built up the layers, drying them in between with a heat tool to retain the colour. After leaving to dry completely, I splattered on some clean water with my Ranger Mister and then picked up some of the colour with a kitchen towel. I also splattered on some more of the colour I used in the background, along with some white and silver. I left this to dry and cut it out with the smaller of the Wonky Stitches dies from Avery Elle. I cut a coordinating black panel using the larger Wonky Stitches die and mounted them onto an A2 top folding card base in Neenah Desert Storm.

I stamped out the three characters from the set using MFT Hybrid ink on some Neenah Solar White cardstock and coloured them with Copic markers (colours listed below). I chose coordinating colours in brighter hues to match the background.

Birthday Hugs (Neat & Tangled)

After cutting these out with the coordinating dies, I also cut two sets of black and white banners from the Neat and Tangled Scalloped dies and white heat embossed two birthday and one general hugs sentiments. For two of the cards I clear heat embossed some Versafine Onyx Black ink on the background using sentiments from the Avery Elle Skating By and Neat and Tangled Better Together. I adhered the banners directly onto the panel using some Ranger Multi Medium Matte and popped up the characters with a bit of Foam Tape to give some dimension.

For the purple card, I coloured a heart from the set and adhered it to a scrap of the banner I had previously cut off before covering it with some Glossy Accents. I added some clear sequins to the background of all the cards along with some Spectrum Noir clear sparkle over parts of the characters.

Birthday Hugs (Neat & Tangled)

I like them all but I think the purple one is my favourite because of the cute little owl. Definitely think I will make more with this set!

Thanks for reading and happy crafting!

Copic Markers

Skin: E04 E11 E21 E00 E000 R20
Hair: C3 C5 C7 100, Y21 Y17 E08, Y21 Y17 E59
Clothes: BV00 V04 V09 V15 V17, YG03 YG23 YG17 G28, B12 B24, E04 E15 E18
Animals: E08 E15 E18 E43 W5 W7