Thursday, November 14, 2019

Carolling Panda with Lovely Pandas and Carol Kittens

Hello, it's Karen from @karens_kardzz and I have an interactive Carolling Panda Christmas card to share with you today.  I've used images from Gerda Steiner’s Lovely Pandas stamp set and the Carol Kittens as well. Here's a look at the card.

I love how when you pull out the tab, the panda is singing along with the kittens, but is instead singing "Beary Christmas".  And it looks like the one kitten on the left is really giving him the stink eye!

I think it’s easiest to see the construction of this card on HD video, and you can see it HERE

If the link doesn't work, here's the address to copy and paste into your browser

I started my card by making masks of the kittens and the panda as well as the envelope that the panda is holding.  I also made a mask of a snowbank using Lawn Fawn's Hillside border dies.  For the evergreen trees in the background I used Newton's Nook Evergreen stencil and I made a mask of this as well.

I stamped out the kittens on the front of my card, using the masks for the center kitten.  I left room below the kittens to add my sentiment. Then I masked all the kittens and positioned the snow drift mask over the kittens.  I positioned the evergreen stencil over the snowbank and used Distress Oxide Evergreen Bough ink to fill in the trees.  I then applied Nuvo Glimmer paste in Moonstone over the trees.  Once the glimmer paste was dry, I used Copic markers to colour in the kittens.  I have listed the markers I used down below.

To create the tab, I cut a piece of 110# cardstock into a rectangle measuring 2 1/8" x 4 1/2".  I corner rounded 2 of the edges to create the pull part of the tab.  You also need a stopper at the other end, and I made this from a strip of cardstock that was 1/2" x 2 1/2".  I adhered it to the back edge of the tab with 1/8" double sided adhesive. 

Showing the pullout tab

I masked off the left, rounded edge of the tab where the word pull will go, approximately 3/8".  I then placed the tab in my stamp positioner and positioned the panda holding the envelope onto the left side of the tab. I used Gina K black amalgam ink to ink up my stamp and then used a baby wipe to remove the heart and inside lines of the envelope. I lightly stamped the image onto the tab and then placed the mask of the envelope over where it should be on the image on the tab.  I then stamped the image again to get a good impression.  I used a copic multiliner pen to go over the edges of the envelope where it hadn't transferred completely.  I then used the music sheet from one of the kittens to stamp onto the "envelope" the bear is holding so it would be a music sheet.  Again, I used a baby wipe to remove any unwanted lines or ink for this.

Removing unwanted lines from the music sheet stamp

 I stamped the word "Beary" from MFT's Polar Bear Pals stamp set, and the "Christmas" from Lawn Fawn's Here We Go A-Waddling set, just to the right of the bear.  I also used this Lawn Fawn set for the sentiment on the front of the card.  The next step was to mask off the bear and position the snowdrift mask.  Once they were in place I created the trees with the Evergreen stencil the same as was done on the front, and finally covered the trees with the Nuvo Glimmer paste. I coloured in the bear with copic markers, and they are listed below.

The last step for both the front of the card and the tab was to mask everything off, including the trees and then I ink blended the sky with Distress Oxide inks in the colours Picked Raspberry, Seedless Preserves, Wilted Violet and Chipped Sapphire.  I also ink blended these colours onto a scrap piece of cardstock that was big enough for my sentiment and to die cut the "Pull" letters from.  Once the sky was inked up, I applied Nuvo Shimmer pen to the snowbanks, and the trees.

I stamped "We wish you a merry Christmas" onto the piece of cardstock I had inked in the sky colours with Versafine ink and heat embossed it in white. I fussy cut this out and added fishtail edges to it.  I die cut the word "Pull" from Lawn Fawn's Picture Changer die set and adhered it to the tab, but you could easily stamp the word or place an arrow on the tab.

To assemble the card, you need to make a channel that the pull tab will run along so I positioned the tab where I wanted it to be seen on the front ( roughly parallel to the kittens) and marked this on the back in pencil.   I placed double sided foam adhesive along the top and bottom of the back of my card front, and another strip that would butt up to the stopper end of the pull tab.  I also placed foam tape along the stopper edge of the tab so it couldn't push through to the other side.  Finally, you need to place small pieces of foam tape on the left edge of the card so the tab cannot pull out of the card completely.  The picture below shows placement of the foam tape.

Placement of the foam tape - notice the stoppers at the front and back of the tab

Finally, I removed the backing on the foam tape and keeping the tab in position, turned it over and adhered it to the card front.

So here’s that list of copic markers that I used:

Panda - N6, N4, N2, N0, C2, C0, R00
Kitten on the left - E51, E53, E33, YR27 Scarf - G99, G94, G82
Middle kitten - N8, N6, N2, N0 Scarf - B04, B02, B00
Kitten on the right - N4, N2, N1, N0 Scarf - RV 25, RV 14, RV 21
Hats - R39, R29, R35
Music sheets - Y21
Sky “fill in” - V12

Whew!  I know that's a long post, but this is a fun card and I hope you’ll give it a try.  Truly, I think it's easiest to just watch the video for the best explanation of how to make this one.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Hope your Fall is Joyful

Hi there,

it's Tanja here and I created this sweet Reveal Wheel Card for you:

  • stamp the adorable little mouse, some pumpkins and corn from the Gerda Steiner Designs Fall Mice set with Lawn Fawn Crunchy Leaf - use the masking technique for the mouse with the pumpkin
  • color the images with Delta, Touch Twin Brush and Copic Markers and add extra shading with Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils
  • add highlights with a white gel pen
  • cut out the Lawn Fawn Reveal Wheel from patterned paper from the Lawn Fawn Fall Fling 6x6 paper pad and from kraft cardstock
  • add a grass border cut from green cardstock with the help of one of the Lawn Fawn Meadow Borders dies
  • stamp the first part of the sentiment from the Lawn Fawn Reveal Wheel Holiday Sentiments with Versamark onto a strip of kraft cardstock and heat-emboss it with WOW! Bright White Super Fine embossing powder
  • stamp the second part(s) of the sentiment from the same set directly onto the Reveal Wheel with Versafine Vintage Sepia - add some splatters to the wheel with watered-down Distress Ink Vintage Photo
  • assemble the card using double-sided adhesive and double-sided foam tape

Have a wonderful day.


Saturday, November 9, 2019

Quick & Easy Holiday Tags

Happy Saturday everyone!  I’m Allison Cope and I’m here to share a fun project that I created for a donation to my son’s school.

This is a brand new school for my son as we had moved in the summertime here to Southern Alberta so they have events different from other schools we’ve been in. So I found out last week that they need donations for their Christmas Market which allows the kids to shop for donated gifts for their loved ones for a small fee.

So I am going to donated some handmade items like some crocheted hats, packages of handmade cards. Plus, the school indicated they needed stuff like wrapping paper, tags and other wrapping supplies. So today I’m to start to make a cluster of tags to send for them to use.

I grabbed a few holiday digital images from the “November/December 2016 Digital Stamp Bundle” and also from the “December/January 2016/2017 Digital Stamp Bundle”.  Digital bundles are a great way to get a lot of fun images for one low price!!!

So grab a warm drink and join me at my crafty desk today…

So here’s another quick look at all the fun tags I made today…


Thanks for joining me!  I hope this inspires you to begin creating all kinds of fun goodies for the holidays today!

~ Ally ~