Today’s post is the corresponding blog post for a YouTube video that’s up on my channel today. I’m collaborating with Courtney Kroeber for her 25 Days Of Christmas Cards series and we decided on Copic coloring for our cards.
Now, this might come as a shock as colouring is basically the theme of this card, but I have not used a single stamp set here!! Not a one! Say whaaaaat? I decided to use the Strings Of Lights diecuts from Lawn Fawn and cut out lots of the baubles out of Copic friendly card stock, and these I have coloured.
To get these looking as lifelike as possible, I have used quite a few markers on each one. Going from dark at the edges and lighter and lighter towards the middle.
The screw tops I had to play around with several tries before I was happy with the look. I thought blending the colours would give the most realistic look, but I was so wrong! In the end, what I liked best was using C4 with light flicks, and then going in with C5 to add depth and the illusion of the curve.
With a huge selection of baubles coloured, it was time to think about the actual card base. I had an idea in my head, and went about trying to make it come to life but man… it was a bit more trouble than I thought! The idea was to use the Take A Bough Encore dies from Concord & 9th and create a Christmas tree look. Sounds cool, right? Whilst I got there in the end, it ended up being a very heavy card! This is not one to be sent in the mail, unless you are happy to pay a lot extra for postage.
When the edges glued down, I just had to cover the middle with the larger boughs. To make sure the tree looks lifelike, I didn’t cover the backs of the bough dies with glue, only the middle part.
With my “tree” done, I could start the decorating with the baubles! I cut out lots of extra string from the diecut set and then got puzzling. What I realised here though, is that I should have coloured up more of the smaller baubles, instead of going to town with the bigger ones. Admittedly they were easier to colour.
As it’s pretty obvious what occasion this card is for, I didn’t add a sentiment to the front of it. The Man actually said ‘Nobody is going to look at that and think Happy Easter’, lol!
Today’s cards are another couple of slim line cards. It seems I can’t stop, and won’t stop, with these for a while. Oh well, things could be worse, right?
To make these I started out by cutting panels of white card stock with the Slim Line Diecutting System from Picket Fence Studios. On the smaller rectangles, I adhered strips of coloured cardstock to create rainbows. The card stock I’ve used for these is from Lawn Fawn, and you can get it in a handy Rainbow Pack if you don’t want to invest in 10 sheets of each colour.
I’ve used a few different diecuts to make the sentiments, and the big Hi Die and Friend Die, are from The Stamp Market. The Happy Birthday is from MFT Stamps. Both the Friend and the Happy Birthday have been cut out of white card stock a few times and layered up.
The Happy Birthday one was then heat embossed with Glisten Changer to make it sparkly. This particular one has been retired, but HERE you can find a really good alternative.
The Friend one I heat embossed with Clear Gloss to create that puffy sticker look. I love doing my word diecuts like this, it just adds something extra!
These I have jazzed up by heat embossing them with the WOW! Changers Texture and Glisten. The way these powders work is that you can change your embossing powder to either be sheen, glittery or texture. All you have to do is mix your choice of powder with whatever effect you want.
I haven’t used the Texture one before so I decided to use it for one of the cards! For the second one I used Glisten, which I am obsessed with. Both powders are mixed with Clear Gloss and the pieces were dabbed with the Embossing Pad, covered in the powder mix and then set with the Heat Tool.
With these cloud bits done, I glued them to the rainbow panels. I did have to use both tape runner and Lawn Fawn glue because of the heat embossing, and I also left them under flat weights to make sure they dried flat.
On the first one I glued down the Happy Birthday with Glossy Accents, as I ran out of my Lawn Fawn Glue Tubes!! SEND MORE STAT!!!!
The second card was finished with the big Hi and the Friend diecuts. The Hi I layered up with fun foam, cut with the diecut, to add height. The Friend I added on top of the Hi and with that, the card was done.
I actually managed to make a bonus card with the outline from the Hi die too. It seemed a shame to waste it, when I had a load of rainbow card bases done already.
Using a Nuvo fine tip glue pen, I adhered the outline Hi to a card base and ta-da! Another card done!!
On my YouTube channel you can also find a video of the making of the slim line cards, if you fancy seeing the Changer powders in action.
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I was contemplating to only use one of them, but heck, I’m not one to back down from layers. The smaller one got a solid layer of foam tape on the back, and the bigger one was adhered directly to a white card base.
I love the big Happy so that was the ones I chose for this card. It’s also coloured in with Copics. I used one colour, in three different shades, for each letter.
With all the bits and pieces done, I took some time to try out different layouts and this is the one I settled on. Everything is adhered with liquid glue. I did use all the images from the Dandy Day set and think it turned out adorable!
So that’s it, the card is all done. What do you think? Have you tried slimline cards yet? Is the craze here to stay?
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It is a NO STAMPING card, if you can believe it!! I don’t do those very often, no Siree. I started by using the die on five different pieces of coloured card stock. Because it’s a fall theme, I kept it to yellows, oranges and raspberry pink. I have used Lawn Fawn card stock in Sticky Note, Sunflower, Fake Tan, Canned Pumpkin and Raspberry.
With a bit of cutting and glueing, I layered these up, slightly smaller than the previous frame, so that they overlap and create a very dimensional panel.
These letters are cut out of gold glitter card stock, and then adhered to the leaves, rather than the background itself. Doing it this way makes it look like the letters are floating and is a bit different from what I usually do.
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Today I’m participating in a very special blog, YouTube and Instagram hop, organised by the fabulous Justine Hovey, you can find more information on her blog. The goal of this hop is to come together to stand in union with our black and brown friends to show solidarity and stamp out racism. Not just for crafters, but for everyone who’s experienced racism. The fight to end racism and bring equality to every aspect of life is so important and we can not stop until it is reality!
I used sooooo many Copics to colour in the image, to make sure I covered as many skin tones as possible. I’m not very good at skin tones with Copics, I definitely need to practice a lot more with that. Time to crack open the Human Rainbow colouring chart from Sandy Allnock and get it down.
To line up the letters straight, I used the grids on my work mat, a ruler and PostIt Tape, or use purple tape or even washi. I also have a magnetic work mat that comes in handy for this sort of thing. Then I glued them down with the glue tube from Lawn Fawn. I also added some gold details with a gold gel pen, to things like brackets and rings.
I almost left it like that but then I had a last-minute idea! I added a black heart with BLM, for Black Lives Matter, heat embossed in white, on top of the hands. Sort of like an extra strong message of unity.
Now it’s time to hop along, and the next stop is Angie! The full list of the hop can be found on Justine’s blog RIGHT HERE.
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Hi guys! Today’s post is showing off some dies from a brand new company called Everyday Crafting Co. You can find the shop on Etsy and there are four different dies to choose from or grab a discounted bundle.
In order to be totally transparent, I was sent these dies free of charge and have been paid for this blog post. However, I want to reassure everyone that I only ever use products that inspire me. If I try creating with things I feel ‘meh’ about, my mojo packs up and goes on vacation.
I am running low on birthday cards so I decided to use the Happy Birthday dies. First I tried the diecuts on different paper a few times, to get a feel for them, and see what kind of spacing I wanted. The ‘Happy’ and ‘Birthday’ are separate so you can use them however you like!
After playing around for a bit, this was the spacing that I was happiest with. I like that it leaves enough room for a sentiment banner or stamp set to finish off the Happy Birthday.
These I adhered to a couple of my rainbow backgrounds, that I made out of strips of Lawn Fawncoloured card stock. This is a fun way to add colour to a background without having to colour, ink blend or do anything but stick strips of card stock down. So easy and so fun, great to do while binge watching something!
I was a bit worried that the black one would be too harsh but I think it makes the background, and the letters, really pop! On this one I added lots of Colour Wheels (no longer available) and Candy Lane Canes embellishments from Trinity Stamps.
On another black one, I added Wink Of Stella to the background part. It didn’t look overly sparkly when I did it so I was a bit disappointed. At the time, it didn’t feel like it was worth the time invested in doing it. Which was at least a Modern Family episode, lol!
I needed have worried. Once that was totally dry and I took it out into the sunshine, I was nearly blinded!! It looks super cool!
The final card had the white diecut piece added to a rainbow background panel too, but this one is angled. I’m not sure which way I prefer, to be honest. Maybe the vertical ones… This white one also got a HUGE amount of sequins added to it, it felt like it needed it and it’s a birthday card after all.
Perfect for quick cards to send to your friends in these weird times. Plus Trinity Stamps is a small, family owned business so we definitely want to support them during this pandemic, where every little sale counts.
Once I had done a bright rainbow wash over the heat embossed image, I helped the drying process by using my heat tool on it. Both the front and the back.
With this done, it was time for my usual card-putting-together-faffing process. I toyed with several different colours of card stock, cut out in different sizes of Lawn FawnStitched Rectangle dies and some of my ready-made rainbow backgrounds. These are done with Lawn Fawn card stock, cut into slim strips and adhered to 5.5″x4.25″ panels. I have quite a few of these already made!
Once I settled on the layout, I put the whole thing together and that was it! So easy and so fast.
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Well, that’s it from me for today. I hope you will get a chance to stop by my YouTube channel and check out the video.
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Anyway, on my first card I decided to use one. With the help of my MISTI, I simply stamped ‘Thanks for being you, you’re amazing’ in black ink. This sentiment I put together using the words that come in the Forever Flower stamp set.
I also added the heart from the set, and to finish it off, I added some Sparkling Clear sequins from Pretty Pink Posh.
In order to make the colours really pop, I decided to stamp up the Brushed Stripes background with black ink, directly onto a card base. It took a couple of turns with the MISTI to get a good coverage, but that’s the beauty of the MISTI, right?
The next couple of cards have used the same diecuts, from the Modern Frame dies, but in different ways. The frame die itself cuts out an actual frame, and then also the shape inside the frame. Does that make sense? I hope once you see the cards it will become clearer.
I started out by cutting out the Modern Frame out of linen textured card stock, in a range from light grey, to black, to dark blue and light blue. It doesn’t photograph very well, but the texture really gives it a luxury feel.
Because the shape of the Modern Frame isn’t a perfectly angled hexagon, but rather slightly wonky, I had to layer the pieces up on the card stock with some white space between them. Originally I wanted them to be touching and completely covering the card base but I actually really like how it turned out!
The final touch for this one was to cut out the ‘Hello’ from the Forever Flower diecuts. Once in gold mirror card stock and three times in white card stock. These are then layered up and simply added to the card and it was done.
This card came together easily with the leftover Frames from the last card. I just arranged them in colour order, placed them on top of the card base, then covered the whole thing with Press’n’Seal to keep the pieces in place. After turning the whole thing over, I added some liquid glue, Lawn Fawn’s glue tube, to the pieces and then pressed it back onto the card base.
A simple ‘Happy Birthday’ in black ink on white card stock, trimmed down to a slim banner was the only other thing I added. So easy, right? This would work well as a masculine birthday card, I think.
The next card is also using one of my striped background pieces and the entire Modern Frame bundle.
This time I cut out the Modern Frame diecut out of gold mirror card stock, twice. I also did a lot of the foliage in the same card stock. The flowers are from the same colour card stock as the background has in it.
I should perhaps have used a background with lighter colours in the middle, as that’s where my sentiment was going to go. Memo to self for future use! This sentiment is from the Modern Frame stamp set.
After faffing about with the layout for this one, I did the Press’n’Seal trick again and turned it over to add the liquid glue. This trick works so well, and saves so much time!
I also cut the ‘dear’ out of Sticky Note, Sunflower, Mermaid and Peacock card stock. With the extra colours I paper pieced the letters in to make it colourful. The ‘hello’ is cut out of Mermaid and Peacock and layered up slightly off-centre and then adhered at an angle above the ‘dear’.
With that, I’m all done here today and with this month’s Concord & 9th Feature Friday posts! Thank you so much for stopping by and spending some time with me. I hope you enjoyed this post and found some inspiration here.
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Thanks again for stopping by. Have a Happy Friday and weekend! Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica
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It’s Valentine’s Day, which is the 14th, which means release day from Picket Fence Studios! This is one out of three blog posts here today, my apologies for bombarding you but sometimes such is life. Can you relate? Days go by without anything much happening and then all of a sudden it is like rush hour, clocks changing and you overslept all in one go.
For these card I have gone slightly rainbow crazy. I know.. not like me at all, right? *snickers to myself*
With all the strips ready, I added adhesive to card bases and puzzled and puzzled and puzzled. It got a bit additive actually and I ended up with loads of fun backgrounds!
On the two above I used the Happy Birthday sentiment from Fancy Sentiments. Easy and straight to the point! Plus, look at that font. Gorgeous, isn’t it? The top one has the sentiment heat embossed on vellum and the bottom one it’s stamped directly on it. Make sure you use a stamping tool when you do it this way though as it doesn’t always stamp very well on the background.
If you are on the market for some fun sentiments you should definitely look at the Favorite Notifications stamp set. It’s got something for everyone in your life.
If you just want to play with the card stock and make loads of backgrounds for simple Hello cards, like I did here, do it! It’s very relaxing and you can do so many different ones.
On this one I did a little bit of ombré Copic colouring on white card stock before cutting out the shadow bit of the Hello, before layering it up with white.
This Hello is layered with dark grey and black card stock. I can’t decide which one I like better…
This masculine one I did without the shadow part of the Hello. The dark blue strips frames it pretty nicely.
This one is done with all the Hello’s cut out of the coloured card stock, directly on a white card base.
The thing I love about coloured card stock is that it is so easy to make really colourful cards with very little stamping and colouring!
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Today’s card is especially made for a 20th wedding anniversary. It was requested to incorporate purple as the recipient loves it, as well as other bright colours. Yay for me as I like bright colours too!
I immediately decided to make a huge card for this as it’s a very special occasion. The card base is 8.5″x5.5″, basically a whole sheet of card stock just folded in half. Go big or go home, right?
On the first flower I went quite dark and intense, with lots of highlights and lowlights. The second flower got a much softer look. The basic colour I used on both was no139 in the Gansai Tambi pack. I took my time colouring these as I wanted to have fun, as well as make them as lovely as I could.
I also stamped up the rest of the flowers, as well as loads of leaves, with the same ink and clear embossing powder. The leaves I used green no53 and a little bit of yellow no40 to give as natural a look as possible.
On the smaller peony, as well as the round one and the bud, I used a mix of no34, no35, no 36 and no37. I have a short little time-lapse video on my Instagram, showing part of the colouring I did on these flowers. It’s not showing the entire colouring though, I added lots more colouring after the video finished. In all honestly, it was a loud call of nature that could not be ignored, that stopped the filming. TMI, I know, sorry!
That gold peeking out from behind the flowers and leaves just adds a little bit of decadence. It’s not so much that it takes away from the overall effect, but it’s one of my fave ways of adding a little something extra.
When everything was dry and cut out using the coordinating diecuts, I used the card base as a guide where everything was going to go. Then using Post-It tape, I covered the flowers and leaves to keep everything in place. Once secured, I turned it over and covered the whole thing in foam tape. I do love that stuff!