Monday, December 28, 2015

Snowman Fun Happy New Year Card

Made for the ECD Susan Tierney-Cockburn Design Team

I wanted to make a Happy New Year card using Susan's snowman as the focal point. My idea was that he was going to spread magic in a whirlwind of good wishes, using his trusty broomstick as a wand. I know, it's kind of silly but kinda fun. The only thing that wasn't fun was gluing down the chunky glitter... a bit tedious that.

Making the Card

1. Cut blue cardstock 5 1/2 x 11 inches; fold in half to form a 5 1/2 inch square card base. Cut Soft Finish cream cardstock 4 3/4 x 4 3/4 inches; adhere to card base. Cut snowflake patterned paper, 4 1/2 x 4 1/2  inches; adhere to Soft Finish cream cardstock on card base.

2. Die cut snowman and accessories from Soft Finish cream cardstock. Note: I added transparent double sided adhesive to back of cardstock before cutting to make it easier to assemble later. Color with pencils (e.g. Prismacolor). I used mineral spirits (Sansodor) and blending stumps to blend the pencil, starting with a base color then adding color in layers (some without blending) for shading and detail. I colored the die cuts in place then removed them and added more pencil around the edges, matching the base colors I used before assembling (step 5). You may want to use black marker to color the eyes, mouth, and buttons plus a white gel pen to add specular highlights to the eyes.

3. Die cut light blue metallic Shimmer Sheetz and Soft Finish cream cardstock with Garden Patch grid. Adhere cream grid to card base angled as shown. Adhere Shimmer Sheetz squares as shown (fit one into the grid).

4. Stamp sentiment on a strip of Soft Finish cream cardstock as shown (mask "and" from "and Happy New Year" before inking; pull off mask before stamping). Cut a "V" tail into the right end. Adhere to card using dimensional tape.

5. Assemble and adhere snowman as shown. Add sequins and chunky glitter in a trail around snowman.


ECD Supplies
Other Supplies
  • Cardstock: Blue
  • Patterned Paper: Snowflake Paper (Festivus, Recollections 6x6 Paper Pad 243184)
  • Colored Pencils (e.g. Prismacolor) Optional: Black Marker, White Gel Pen
  • Sequins: White, Blue, Iridescent
  • Chunky Glitter: Blue
  • Dimensional Tape
  • Optional: Mineral Spirits, Blending Stumps
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Monday, December 21, 2015

Copic Colored Boy with Ornament Christmas Card

Made for the Oak Tree Stamps Design Team

This is my last card for the Oak Tree Stamps design team. I'm a bit sad to say goodbye but I'm excited to be moving on to my new new design team at Imagine Crafts featuring Tsukineko. I found this cute tree background paper in my stash and decided to color the boy in the same colors.

Making the Card

1. Cut dark brown cardstock 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches; fold in half for a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inch card base. Cut red cardstock with the 5 inch stitched rectangle die (long side dimensions used). Cut the tree patterned paper with the 4 1/2 inch stitched rectangle die. Adhere as shown.

2. Stamp sentiment and boy on alcohol friendly cardstock with alcohol friendly black ink. Optional: draw line for ground on each side of boy's feet. Color boy with alcohol markers.

3. Die cut boy using 3 1/4 inch stitched rectangle die. Cut red cardstock 1/8 inch larger in each dimension (1/16 inch will show around). Adhere together. Die cut sentiment with 2 1/2 inch stitched rectangle. Cut red cardstock 1/8 inch larger. Adhere together. Adhere these to card as shown.

4. Tie bow with red ribbon. Adhere buttons and bow where shown.

  • Cardstock: Dark Brown, Red
  • Patterned Paper: Festivus 6x6 Pad by Michaels Recollections
  • Oak Tree Stamps: All I Want for Christmas
  • Alcohol Friendly Black Ink (e.g. Memento Tuxedo Black)
  • Alcohol Markers (e.g. Copic)
  • Alcohol Friendly Cardstock (e.g. X-Press It Blending Card)
  • Black Pen (e.g. Copic Multiliner)
  • Lawn Fawn: Large Stitched Rectangles Stackables, Small Stitched Rectangle Stackables
  • Embellishments: Red Ribbon, Tiny Buttons
Copic Colors Used:
Skin: E0000, E000, E00 Shading E11, E13
Cheeks: E01, E93
Eyes/Background: B41, B45
Hair: E53, E55, E57, E59
Ornament: R22, R27, R29 Top C03, C06
Ornament Top/Ground: N02, N04, N06
Pajamas: YG06, YG07, YG09

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Monday, December 14, 2015

Rudy the Reindeer Christmas Scene Card

Made for the Susan Tierney-Cockburn Design Team

I wanted to make a winter scene for Rudy with some traditional holiday elements: snow, poinsettias, garlands, holly and berries. Susan's CountryScapes dies easily create the perfect backdrop for holiday scenes.

Making the Card

1. Cut white cardstock 7 x 10 inches; fold in half for a card base. Cut blue snowflake patterned paper 4 3/4 x 6 3/4 inches (DCWV The Christmas & Winter 180 Stack). Adhere to card base.

2. Cut white cardstock into two strips about 1 1/2 x 5 inches. Use Outdoor Edges hills die to create snow hills. Adhere to bottom of card as shown - use dimensional tape for the bottom hills to pop them up.

3. Watch this video for cutting the cardstock and assembling one of Karen Burniston's characters - you will make Rudy the Reindeer in a similar manner.

Measure and cut off amounts of cardstock in each color for the appropriate parts: black - reindeer base and hooves, dark brown - reindeer face/body, white -reindeer eyes and fence snow (CountryScapes Backyard 4 - Snow Décor), kraft - Country Fence 1, cream - reindeer antlers and flower pot (CountryScapes - Backyard 1), red - reindeer nose, green - poinsettia leaves (2 sets) and garlands. Add these to double sided adhesive. (I used the large roll.) Die cut. Assemble Rudy the Reindeer.

4. Die cut poinsettia flowers from red cardstock (8 total, cut 4 times). Shape petals by rubbing small stylus down each and rubbing in the middle to form a slight cup shape. Die cut holly leaves (Garden Notes - Holiday Holly & Berries) from green cardstock, 3 sets (15 total). Draw a line down the middle of each with the pointed leaf tool.

5. Make a wreath from the holly leaves around the reindeer's neck by gluing each in place by one end.  To add berries, use a toothpick to apply Rouge Liquid Pearls but do not add more than one in each place at a time, letting them dry in between, otherwise they will merge together.

6. Adhere each of the 5 petal poinsettia layers to 6 petal poinsettia layers, offsetting them. Add Liquid Pearls Avocado and Buttercup to centers with toothpick, a few dots (not touching) at a time, letting them dry in between applications.

7. Adhere fence, snow on fence, garlands, and Rudy as shown (optional: add dimensional tape behind Rudy's head and flower pot to pop them up). Adhere pot, poinsettias, and leaves as shown.

8. Stamp Merry Christmas sentiment in green ink where shown. Adhere snowflake embellishments where shown.


Elizabeth Craft Designs Supplies

Other Supplies

  • Cardstock: White, Black, Dark Brown, Kraft, Cream, Green, Red
  • Patterned Paper: DCWV The Christmas & Winter 180 Stack (CP-002-00817)
  • Dimensional Tape
  • Glossy Accents
  • Optional: Clear Wink of Stella
  • Liquid Pearls: Buttercup, Avocdo, Rouge
  • Ink: Olympia Green (VersaFine)
  • Embellishments: Snowflakes

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Monday, December 7, 2015

Oak Tree Stamps Bear Holiday Card

Made for the Oak Tree Stamps Design Team

I combined two of the stamp sets from Oak Tree Stamps to create this little scene that's perfect for the holidays. The simple outlines of the bear and tree make them easy to fussy cut around to obtain this patterned layer effect.

Making the Card

1.  Cut green cardstock 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches. Fold in half to create a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inch base. Cut black cardstock 3 7/8 x 5 1/8 inches. Adhere to green base as shown.

2. With black ink, stamp tree (Bear Hugs) on tree patterned paper (Magical Collection by Studio Calico); fussy cut around tree. Stamp bear on brown patterned paper (I found this sheet in my stash but don't know where it came from - one of my 6x6 pads... use any medium brown lightly patterned paper for this). Fussy cut around bear. Stamp stump of tree on same brown patterned paper; fussy cut. Stamp bear on light brown patterned paper (Far and Away FA1010). Fussy cut muzzle, tummy, feet, and inside ears.

3.  Go around each cut piece with a black marker to cover white edges. Adhere parts of bear where they belong; glue stump on tree. Optional: add some pink chalk to bear's cheeks, ears, and pads of feet.

4. Cut blue snow patterned paper (Magical Collection by Studio Calico) 3 3/4 x 5 inches. Randomly stamp snowflakes (All I Want for Christmas) in embossing ink. Emboss with Silver Pearl embossing powder.

5. Cut white cardstock with snow edge (Outdoor Edges). Line up on blue snowflake paper as shown and trim from back. Stamp Merry Christmas sentiment (All I Want for Christmas) where shown.

6. Adhere to card front. Adhere tree where shown. Use dimensional tape to adhere bear. Tie bow with white ribbon. Adhere bow and button as shown.

  • Cardstock: Green, Black, White
  • Ink: Black (Versafine Onyx Black)
  • Oak Tree Stamp Sets: Bear Hugs, All I Want for Christmas
  • Patterned Paper 6x6 Pads: Magical Collection (Studio Calico) 331570, Far and Away FA1010
  • Black Marker (e.g. Memento Marker Tuxedo Black)
  • Optional: Pink Chalk
  • Embossing Ink (e.g. VersaMark)
  • Embossing Powder: Silver Pearl (Ranger)
  • Elizabeth Craft Designs 914 Outdoor Edges
  • Dimensional Tape
  • Embellishments: Button with Snowflake, White Ribbon
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