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Bearful of Holiday Happiness

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Bearful Holiday Happiness (Neat & Tangled)

Hello crafters, I am back today with another Christmas card for you. I’m definitely making a dent in the stack of cards I need to send this year so I hope you’re not too sick just yet of my festive sharings!

My card today features two stamps that seem to be a favourite of my muse this year: Neat & Tangled Beary Merry and MFT’s Bold Diagonal Stripes Background. The background stamp is so versatile – stamp it in black for a backer for almost any card panel, or stamp it in red to replicate a candy cane! It was the latter that inspired me today. I started out with an A6 top-folding card base on which I stamped the striped background in some Lawn Fawn Lobster ink. I also cut a snowy hill out of some white cardstock with one of the Lawn Fawn Stitched Hillside Borders dies, adhering this to the bottom of the card base.

I stamped out the bear and the cute little Santa mug from the Neat & Tangled Beary Merry set with some MFT Black Licorice Hybrid Ink, colouring them in with my alcohol markers in some traditionally festive colours. One of my favourite things about this set is that the coordinating dies cut out the bear’s hands so you can adhere items like the mug to make it look like he’s holding on to it. After adhering the bear with some foam tape over the snowy hill, I added some trees I had leftover from a previous project using the Mama Elephant Me and My Yeti set.

Bearful Holiday Happiness (Neat & Tangled)

The sentiments from this set are fabulous so I felt I had to make it a little more special. I gold heat embossed the ‘wishing you Holiday Happiness‘ sentiment from the set on some green card stock before poking a hole on either side and threading through some Lawn Fawn Lime Twine. I adhered this with some foam tape centered on the striped panel and tied off the twine on the inside.

A little Wink of Stella to give it some shine and I think this makes a bright and cheery Christmas card!

Thanks for reading. I’ll catch you next week with something a little less festive!


Scandinavian Print Christmas with Neat & Tangled

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Scandinavian Print Christmas (Neat & Tangled)

Hello and happy Wednesday. Today I’m returning to the Christmas theme with this card that would be an easy one to replicate for multiples. 

I started out with a top-folding A6 cardbase, inking up the MFT Bold Diagonal Stripes Background stamp with some Lawn Fawn Lobster ink so that one side was completely covered. I hit it with a heat gun to ensure the ink was completely dry before using my Versamark Ink Pad to roughly coat the edges. I then heat embossed this with some gold embossing powder.

For the main panel, I stamped the largest solid simple tree from the Neat & Tangled Scandinavian Prints Christmas set using two shades of Lawn Fawn Ink: Noble Fir and Freshly Cut Grass. I hit it with a heat gun again to insure the ink was dry and gold heat embossed the coordinating horizontal lines stamp over the top. I also gold heat embossed a sentiment from the set under the tree and repeated the golden edges so the panel would match the background.

Scandinavian Print Christmas (Neat & Tangled)

I love the bright colours on this card and it’s definitely a design that you could mix and match with the other great sentiments from the set!


MFT Bold Diagonal Stripes

Crazy Croc Christmas with HeffyDoodle

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Crazy Christmas Crocs (Heffy Doodles)

I think you all know by now that my favourite set in the HeffyDoodle first release are the crazy crocs – I could make cards with these guys all day long. I made an extra background when I made the last card so I thought the green crocs would look fantastic.

I watercoloured the background with my Kuretaki Gansai Tambi paints in exactly the same way as I did for the Beary Merry Christmas card, only I left out the darker shade of purple. I then die cut this with an Avery Elle Wonky Stitches rectangle die and adhered to a white top folding A6 cardbase.

The croc is from the Happy Snappy Crocs set and I stamped the craziest pose and wine bottle with some Copic friendly MFT Black Licorice Hybrid Ink on some ClareFontaine 210gsm DCP Paper. I chose some YG Copics to contrast with the warmer background and coloured him in. I’ve had the Santa hat lying around on my desk for a week or so (I think it’s from the MFT Beast Friends set) and it was a perfect size for the crazy croc.

Crazy Christmas Crocs (Heffy Doodles)

I gold heat embossed the sentiment from the Neat and Tangled Beary Merry set on some white cardstock and found I needed some more gold to balance it all out. I don’t actually have any gold metallic cardstock (something I will definitely have to resolve for the festive season!) so I made a strip with the watercolour paints and layered the sentiment over the top. I then adhered the croc and his festive accessories on top and just had to add these crazy googly eyes to make him a little more crazy!

Some Wink of Stella and a few white gel pen touches and this card will be one I send to a crazy friend! 🙂

Stand by for more projects featuring these guys!

Beary Merry Christmas with Neat & Tangled

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Beary Merry Christmas (Neat & Tangled)

Hello and happy Wednesday! I’m going all Christmassy again this week on the Seven Hills Crafts blog with this cute little bear from the Beary Merry Neat & Tangled stamp set. I bought this set last year and didn’t get much of a chance to use it so I’m glad this came together today.

I started out with a piece of watercolour cardstock and used my Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolours to create a bright and vibrant background. I used a few different layers to build up the colour, drying between each layer and then splattered on a mixture of clean water and white paint to give a snowy effect. I love these watercolours because of their vibrancy.

Whilst I let that dry, I stamped out the bear, penguin, gingerbread man and candy cane with my MFT Black Licorice Hybrid Ink, coloured in with my Copic markers and cut them out with the coordinating dies.

Beary Merry Christmas (Neat & Tangled)

Next, I gold heat embossed one of the sentiments from the stamp set on some black cardstock and adhered it to my background panel. As I was adhering the die cuts I noticed the white border around the die cut pieces was a little too harsh in comparison to the background so I took out a gold marker and coloured in the white edges. This matched the sentiment and balanced out the amount of gold on the card.

A little Wink of Stella clear glitter over the die cuts and that finishes off a cute, bright and colourful Christmas card!



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.

Simple, elegant and very easy to reproduce!