Tuesday, November 19, 2019

How old?

Hi there,

it's Tanja here and before I start showcasing some Christmas cards, I wanted to show you that you can use the Gerda Steiner Designs Ghosts set all year 'round:

  • stamp one of the ghosts from the Gerda Steiner Designs Ghosts set with Lawn Fawn River Rock and mask the image
  • create a background with Distress Oxide Ink (Black Soot, Evergreen Bough, Old Paper) and a Blending Brush
  • cut the panel in half
  • add some splatters to the lower part and stamp the sentiment from the same set on the upper part with Versafine Onyx Black
  • color the image with Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils
  • add a strip of turquoise glitter paper between the two parts and assemble the card


Thanks for stopping by.

Hugs,



Sunday, November 17, 2019

Sparkly snow angels....!!

Hey my crafty friends...

It's Ashlee here and I have a brand new card to share with you today using the super fun set "Snow angel"...

I couldn't wait to colour up these snow cuties and add them to a sparkly card!!

To start the card I created a super, super sparkly card base using a brand new sparkle from WOW! embossing called Starlight and boy oh boy is it beautiful!!

To do this I just covered a piece of cardstock in double sided adhesive, removed the adhesive cover and then tipped on the sparkles over the whole piece. I then tipped off the excess and burnished it in with a bone folder. 


It's so hard to capture in the photos just how sparkly this is IRL...

Using a die from Catherine Pooler called "Chalkboard frames" I cut out one of each frame in a silver shimmer card and layered them on different angles on the base...


Using the Merry from the snow angels set I stamped that with tuxedo black memento ink, fussy cut around it and then added a larger christmas sentiment from Create a smile called Christmas x3....


I coloured up the adorable snowman and santa using copics, cut them out and then added them onto my base with some foam tape for dimension....

I just love these Christmas cuties...

Because you can never have too much sparkle I finished the card off with a few CP Tinseltown sequins!!

I hope you enjoy my new card, I will be back with some more inspiration for you later in the month!! 

Happy crafting everyone, Hugs Ashlee. 

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  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0pLkPd7xGzY

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.