MFT Stamps Sketch Challenge 501

Hi!

Today’s post is based on this week’s MFT Stamps Sketch Challenge #501 and I’ve not done one of these for a while, so I thought why not?

I really wanted to use the cute dragons from the BB Magical Dragons set. With that in mind, I stamped them up on Copic friendly card stock with the PFS Black Hybrid ink, set it with my WOW! heat tool and got to work with Copics. My first dragon was done in what I picture to be a natural colour for dragons: green!

My second dragon was done in more teal-like colours, maybe she’s a girl dragon? The tummies, horns, wings and back scales on both of them were done in lighter, but still matching colours.

There were two fire bursts stamped up too, so I did these in flame colours. Deep reds with some fiery yellow. I’m so glad this set comes with coordinating Dienamics as fussy cutting is not my jam.

The background I did with the Mini Cloud stencil, one of my favourite stencils ever. I wanted a really soft look, so I didn’t add any more ink to my Life Changing Blender Brushes, just used the blues left on them. It turned out fab!

One of my newest purchases is Sparkle Spray by Nuvo Tonic Studios, and I wanted to add some sparkle to the background with this. Buuuuut… I went a little overboard, which left the background COVERED in the sparkle spray. This one is Morning Fog, and wow! I think I will be adding a few more to my arsenal.

To finish off the card, I stamped up a couple of the sentiments from the BB Magical Dragons set with Black Hybrid ink. Then I adhered the dragons and the fire bursts with Lawn Fawn liquid glue, added a little bit of Wink Of Stella to the wings and horns, and with that, the card was done! I was originally only going to add one of the fire bursts but as I went overboard with the Sparkle Spray, and it kind of looked like ash in the air after the dragon had gone to town breathing fire, I added both.

Thanks so much for stopping by today, I hope you enjoyed this card and found some inspiration here with me. I have used some compensated affiliate links in this post, at no extra cost to you. If you shop via these links I get a small commission from the company directly. Any earnings I get from these go directly back into the running of my blog, YouTube and Instagram so thank you so much for supporting me by using these. I really appreciate it a lot!

Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

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Papercrafters Unite Against Racism Blog Hop | BFF My Tribe

Hi everyone!

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 have used the BFF My Tribe stamp, from Picket Fence Studios, for my card and I think it’s so perfect as you can basically go a rainbow of skin tones. A different one for each arm, to make sure all your friends are included. I have a YouTube video too.

To begin with, I stamped it up with Black Hybrid Ink and my Hero Arts MISTI on Copic friendly paper. I kept the image at the bottom of the card panel to keep the top free for the sentiment.

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.

The top part of the card I had kept free for a sentiment and I wanted to diecut letters in skin tones and pastels to spell out ‘Better Together’. I used my long-term fave Stitched Alphabet Die-Namics from MFT Stamps. I use these so often and have loved them from the start! I used a pastel card stock from a DCVW paper pack as well as coloured card stock from Lawn Fawn. The ones from Lawn Fawn are Vanilla Malt, Paper Bag, Chocolate Bar and Ground Coffee.

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.

Thanks for stopping by today, I hope you enjoyed this post and the rest of the hop. I have linked most of the products used for this card with compensated affiliate links for your convenience. If you shop using these links, I get a small commission from the company directly, at no extra cost to you.

Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

Celebrating YouTube Milestones with Friends!

Welcome to a video hop celebrating 3 of our friends – Ardyth, Kathya, and Jenny. They all recently reached 5k subscribers on YouTube, so they are co-hosting a hop full of happy cards to celebrate and I was lucky enough to get invited to the celebrations! This is the blog post for my video.

There is a link to my YouTube video HERE and you can also find the whole hop list of participants is on Ardyth, Kathya and Jenny’s blogs.

Ok, now I’m quickly show off my cards and I actually love them both!

We also have a number of fabulous sponsors and prizes that will be awarded randomly throughout the hop to commenters, so the more you hop and comment, the better your chance of winning a prize! Deadline for comments is June 5 and prizes will be announced on Ardyth, Jenny and Kathya’s blogs on June 6. Prizes must be claimed by June 30.

I have used the GOOOOORGEOUS Botan Peony stamp from Picket Fence Studios directly onto the card base. With the help of my MISTI and Copic friendly Blackout Detail Ink from Ink On 3, I stamped up the flower in one corner, turned it around and then stamped it in exactly the same spot on the other side.

I coloured the first one with Copics with a flicking technique, leaving lots of white space. The markers used are RV69, RV09, RV04, RV52, Y17, Y13 and Y11.

To stick to the celebration theme of this hop, I have used the Celebrate word diecut from MFT Stamps. Many, many times in fact. I cut it out of white card stock first, and then once out of black card stock. These I layered up with my beloved liquid glue from Lawn Fawn. Sadly, this fan-tabulous die-namic is retired! Waaaaah!!

I did two while I was on a roll, one is finished with the black card stock and one with the white. Both have been doubly heat-embossed with clear embossing powder to create a nice, shiny puffy sticker look.

I finished the card off with a generous helping of Pretty Pink Posh sequins, adhered with Glossy Accents. The ones I have used are from their Sparkling Clear Mix and I love them. The Man thinks I over-sequinise (which is totally a word now, even though he’s wrong).

With this card done, I decided I loved it so much that I made another one! With a bit of a twist, of course. As I had the Peony stamp in my MISTI still, it was quick work stamping up another card panel. On this one I added more colour to the petals and also filled in the space behind the flowers with Cool Grays.

This feels a lot more dramatic than the white one! I did add some white details with a white Posca pen to bring more white into the panel, as I felt it was perhaps a little bit too colourful.

To add even more white, I used the white Celebrate word die and that was just the thing for it. This one also has clear embossing powder on it, two layers, to create that shiny look. Which has not been captured very well in the photos, sadly.

This one got sequins added too. In almost the same spots as the same white one.

Next to each other they look quite different, despite having the exact same layout. Isn’t it amazing to see how things can change just by adding dark spaces or keeping white ones? I absolutely love this dreamy Botan Peony stamp and have gotten so much use out of it. If you like big flowers (and you can not lie) this one is definitely one to add to your stash.

Well, that’s it from me for today but don’t forget to check out the video I made for these cards as well as the rest of the video hop! There are so many incredibly talented card makers lined up, you will be absolutely spoilt rotten with inspiration and gorgeous projects. Oh and prizes from these sponsors!

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Fake Resin Look Thank You Cards with YouTube Video!

Hi guys!

Today’s post is a quick one as it’s mostly about the YouTube video I made for it. I’m participating in a little video hop today with a twist! The participants are using a video of one of the fellow hoppers as inspiration and making projects with their take on it. The lady before me does a lot of work resin, which has been on my want-to-try-that list for ages as it looks like a lot of fun!

As I don’t have any resin, nor could I get any in time to make a video with it, I decided to do a fake resin look using Glossy Accents instead. I have seen loads of tutorials with alcohol ink tiles and coasters made with it, so my idea was basically to create alcohol ink pieces and turn them into cards as I am primarily a card maker.

On the first piece, I used some light blue and warm grey Copic refills to create a fun background. This is Yupo paper so the magic practically happens by itself. It’s so fun to do!

I cut the panel down using a stitched rectangle die from Lawn Fawn, and I also cut out the word Thanks using a die-namic from MFT Stamps. This exact one is retired but there is a very similar one from Flora & Fauna. I also cut out four more Thanks out of white card stock, and layered these all up with the glue tube adhesive from Lawn Fawn.

This whole shebang was added to a card base and a very generous layer of Glossy Accents was added to the Thanks. This was then set aside to dry overnight.

The second card is SUPER Clean And Simple. So much so I kind of feel it’s a bit naked!

I used the same Thanks and cut out loads of them out of white card stock and once out of a already made alcohol ink panel. This one is also made with Copic refills. B91 to B99, my favourite blue Copic combination.

These letters I adhered directly to a white card base, with the help of a ruled taped down to make sure they went on straight. Then another generous helping of the Glossy Accent. I tried making sure to pop all the bubbles in the Glossy Accent on both cards but a few managed to survive.

That is basically it for these! So simple but I’m rather pleased with my take on this challenge. Not to mention very proud of myself for not adding sequins to the white one! I almost had to sit on my hands to avoid it, lol!

You can find the video on my YouTube channel, by clicking HERE.

Thanks for stopping by today, I hope you get a chance to watch the video and found some inspiration here.

Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

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Picture Perfect Card for the MFT Stamps Sketch Challenge 443

Hi guys!

Today’s post is really short and sweet, just like the YouTube video that’s now up on my channel, for this card. It’s a really quick card and there is only so much jibber-jabbering one can do to fill out a blog post, right? Even me, lol!

This card is based on the current MFT Stamps Sketch Challenge, go to mftstamps.com and click on ‘Join an MFT Challenge’ to see more challenges and to join in yourself!

My interpretation is pretty loose here but that’s ok. The good peeps at MFT Stamps just want us to get going with card making and inspire us. If you link up your card however, you can win a $50 gift card to the shop!

I’ve used the super fun and adorable Picture Perfect stamp set, and inked up the kitties with Ink On 3 Blackout Detail Ink on copic friendly card stock. With the help of my Mini MISTI of course!

The kitties themselves are coloured in with Warm and Cold Gray Copics in a dotting technique. There is probably a proper name for this but I call it dotting. I like doing this when I want to add texture to images and who doesn’t want that when you are colouring fur?

When it was all done, I cut it out with scissors and set aside. Using my Gemini Go diecutting machine I cut out a white Polaroid Shaker Frame and I also cut out one glitter gold ‘Celebrate‘ word, as well as one in a light gray card stock. That one is Narwhal from Lawn Fawn. The gold glitter card stock is from a shop in Denmark and I’m running low! I am definitely on the lookout for a new one. If you have a good tip on glitter gold card stock, I’d love to hear about it!

The two Celebrate dienamics I layered up, slightly off to create that lovely shadow effect, with the help of the Gluetube from Lawn Fawn. The Polaroid and the kitties got layered up as well and then adhered to a card base made out of Fog card stock from Simon Says Stamp.

One final touch was to add a sentiment strip saying ‘May Your Birthday Be As Awesome As You Are!’ It’s from a Studio Katia set called Birthday Greetings. This was heatembossed in white embossing powder on black card stock (Licorice from Lawn Fawn) and then adhered with the gluetube as well.

As usual I have used some affiliate links in this post, but not to worry, using these links doesn’t cost you anything extra at all. I get a small commission from the company directly if you choose to use these to treat yourself to something.

Thank you so much for stopping by and I’d love it if you checked out my YouTube video too!

Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

A card making fail and remake with Picture Perfect stamps from MFT Stamps

Hi guys!

How are we all? I hope you are better than I am. I’m battling a cold that has given me a red raw nose, wiped me out and left me feeling really quite sorry for myself. My little chicas aren’t being the best nurse maids either. I catch them sleeping on the job several times a day.

For my birthday this year I got some lovely goodies from MFT Stamps, courtesy of The Man. One of the sets I got was Picture Perfect and I loved it from the minute I saw sneak peeks of it. It’s full of funny selfie looking images featuring animals and I have such a soft spot for cute critters. I also got the Polaroid Shaker Frame and #Captions dienamic.

The first card I made with the set, was full of rookie mistakes… I forgot to colour in the entire image and the background. I also messed up the first Polaroid dienamic cutout I made with the help of #Captions dienamic. Also, the Polaroid was put on wrongly too and ended up covering too much of the doggies. Oh well. Things happen and doesn’t always go the way you plan but I think it’s important to show the fails along with the winners. Just in case someone gets discouraged with their own work and thinks ‘oh, she never messes up’. Oh yes, I do.

As I liked the idea I had in my head for this card, I decided to redo it from scratch and fix all the mistakes I made.

First things first, and I started with the Polaroid Shaker Frame and the #Captions dienamics. This time I did it the right way, i.e. did it the way I had intended to before I messed up. In the photo you can see the failed one (the left) but the bit that’s messed up, is actually under the dienamic here so you can’t see it. I only changed up the colours a little.

Next step was to stamp up the image from Picture Perfect and colour it in. I use Ink On 3 Blackout Ink for most of my Copic colouring these days and Neenah Solar White 110# card stock. It’s a brilliant ink. The amount of Copics it took to colour this tiny image is almost laughable, the number is up there in the 30+ figures.

Another product I have recently gotten my hands on is Pixie Spray from Therm O Web. Something that has always annoyed me is getting smudged lines when doing inkblending and using embellishment mousses and I have been dreaming of a product like this for a long time! The trick to using this is patience. Spray the stencil, and then let it sit for at least a couple of minutes before adding it to the thing you want to stencil. It’s very important to let it dry out for a little bit to let the tack develop. If you use it too soon, it won’t stick to your project. Go on, ask me how I know this! *slaps forehead*

This stencil is also new, it’s called Lots Of Hearts, another MFT Stamps knock out! Anything with cute critters and hearts = I’m sold. Oh and ombré or rainbows. Because of the colouring of the image, I decided to use yellow, through greens to blue on it. I usually use masking tape when it comes to masking off things but here I’ve used Post-It tape.

These luscious inks are from Catherine Pooler. Not only do they stamp beautifully, they work for ink blending and water colouring! From top to bottom is Something Borrowed, Aquatini, Lime Rickey, Garden Party, Tiara and Limoncello.

I use the Life Changing Blender Brushes, from Picket Fence Studios, pretty much exclusively these days. I get much better results with these brushes than I ever did using the foam pad ink blending tools. I still have them, but I reach for my brushes 9 times out of 10.

One little tip I have for adding foam to an intricate diecut, such as the ‘Friend Duodienamic I used for this card, is one I use a lot. It takes out some of the fiddly work and makes things a lot easier. So step one is to cut it out of the foam but leave it in the negative bits. Cut the same shape out of your choice of card stock. Then pull off the cover from the self-adhesive foam and layer the card stock over the foam one.

This little trick has saved my sanity many a times when I have tried to layer up the pieces and they have been separated. Now, this looks very almost black here but it’s actually dark gray. It’s a Lawn Fawn card stock called Narwhal.

Before putting all the pieces together on the card, I took a moment to make sure I didn’t repeat the same mistakes I made on the first card.

I really like how this came out! But then it has doggies and bright colours. LOL! I can see myself using this Picture Perfect set a lot. MFT Stamps does it again!

I hope you like the card as much I do. I have used some compensated affiliate links in this post. What that means is I get a small commission from the company directly, one of them being MFT Stamps, at no extra cost to yourself, if you click on any of these links and end up getting a little something-something for yourself.

Don’t you think the two doggies to the left look like my little chicas by the way? That one in the front looks like Gem-Gem to me and the little one in the corner has that same ‘what??’ look on her face, is Mar-Mar to a T. They just crack me up!

Thank you so much for stopping by today! If you want to see more of my daily crafting shenanigans, follow me on Instagram. That’s where I share most of projects, cards and little Insta stories. If you are a dog person, those little sass monsters The Cheeky Chicas have their own page. Yep, I’m one of those dog moms! 🙋‍♀️

Dino-mite card with Miss Ink Stamps

Hi guys!

I’m popping in with another card, using Miss Ink Stamps again, today. This time I’ve used the Unstoppable set and coloured in one of the fun dinos. As usual I used my fave Copic friendly ink Blackout Detail Ink, which is from Ink On 3. And obviously Neenah card stock.

He was coloured in with green Copics and then fussy cut him out. To make him stand out a little bit more I used a black Copic around the edges of him too.

For the background I wanted to use the volcano, because it’s so fun to colour. I also added a palm tree. Because I wanted to do some ink blending on the back ground I also stamped up and cut out masks for the volcano and the palm tree.

One of my fave stencils ever is the Mini Cloud from My Favorite Things. Another essential for me when it comes to ink blending is the Life Changing Blender Brushes from Picked Fence Studios. They have been such a game changer for me when it comes to getting a light blend, because I had such a hard time getting a soft blend before. I used Something Borrowed and It’s A Boy, from Catherine Pooler, and alternated them.

When it came to finishing the card I thought I’d add some grass for the dino to stand on. I cut it out using another My Favorite Things dienamic, Grassy Edges, out of two different shades of green card stock. I layered these up and set aside.

I also wanted to use a couple of the sentiments from the stamp set for a encouragement card. On white card stock I stamped up ‘Don’t be a nervous Rex, You’ve got this!’ by using these separate sentiments. Then I cut this out using a speech bubble diecut, this is from Altenew.

I had all these bits and pieces ready when I realised that the palm tree and the volcano didn’t reach down far enough. By adding the grass to the card, these were both almost covered up. With a black fine-tipped Copic pen, I drew extra lines from both of them and then coloured in the extra spaces.

With all this ready, it was a quick job of putting it all together and adding it to a card base. The speech bubble and the dino were added to the card with foam tape to add some dimension. I also added Glossy Accents to the lava part and the dino eyes to extra details.

That’s it from me for today! I have used a few affiliate links in this post, which means that I will get a small commission from the companies directly at no extra cost to you, if you click on one of them and end up buying a thing or five. I was sent these stamp sets from Miss Ink Stamps for free in exchange for some blog posts but I only use products I love, and will never recommend something I don’t like. If you are going to shop and get yourself a few little things, I hope you will consider using affiliate links, not just mine, but other crafters you admire and love. We all appreciate it a lot!

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you think the card is ‘rawr-some’!

Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

Fleece Navidad for MFT Sketch Challenge 409

Hi everyone!

Today is my last post as a guest designer for the MFT Stamps Wednesday Sketch Challenge. Whilst it’s bitter-sweet to say bye for now, I have had such a great time and I wanted to say a big huge Thank You to MFT Stamps for giving me this opportunity. It’s been amazing and by far the biggest thing that’s happened to me in my crafting journey!

Right, before I turn into a right old Soppy Poppy, I’m going to get to the card and the sketch itself. This week it looks like this:

I wanted to use the llamas from Happy Llamadays as I have not used them yet. I also wanted to include felt again, as I did for Sketch 407 which you can find HERE.

In the end, I used quite a few sets for this card! Apart from the Happy Llamadays, and it’s coordinating die-namic (I love me a coordinating diecut, ain’t nobody got time for fussy cutting!) I also used the Fa La La die-namic for the first time, the Snow Flurry stencil and the standalone hills die-namic.

The Snow Flurry  stencilled piece I did for another card, but didn’t end up using it so I thought, why not use it now? Piece of cake, it’s already done! As it was all white, I decided to use the Fa La La die-namic on it and either ink blend something on the background or maybe do something with alcohol inks.

A light bulb went off when I had cut the panel and I grabbed my stash of felt! I thought it would look fab with some of it peeking through the holes but what colour to choose? Instead of picking just one, I cut strips of it using a Fiskars circle… knife?… blade thingy…  (I have no idea what it is called but it is a genius tool!) in five different shades of blue and green.

After prepping a white card base with double sided tape, it was a quick job of adhering the strips of felt in alternating colours to create a fun pattern.

Once it was covered in felt, I adhered the stencilled piece on top and added the little cutouts from the Fa La La letters.

While I had my felt out, I started cutting out pieces using the hills die-namic. Lots and lots of them! These I layered up on a piece of card stock I had trimmed down to roughly the size of the bottom panel of the sketch. The look I was after was a very fluffy snow scene for my llamas.

Speaking of the llamas, they are coloured using Copics and diecut with the coordinating die-namic. I’ve gone for quite a muted colour scheme for them but couldn’t resist adding some stars to the present using a gold gel pen.

To finish off the card it needed more of a sentiment than the ‘Fa La La ‘ and to go with the felt and soft, tactile look of the card, I used ‘Fleece Navidad’ from the Happy Llamadays. This is stamped on a strip of white card stock and trimmed down a bit. It’s not as big as in the sketch but it just didn’t look right to leave it too long.

This card is very thick and chunky, so it’s probably best to give this to someone in person. Or mail it in a box! It’s nearly 1/3 of an inch/1cm thick in places. But it sure is fun and I had a great time making it!

This post is littered with affiliate links to all the MFT Stamps products I have used for this card. I would be so grateful if you would consider using these when you treat yo’self/stock up/get life-essential crafting goodies as I get a small commission from MFT Stamps directly, at no cost to you whatsoever. It all helps, no matter how small an order and I really appreciate the support.

Thanks again for stopping by! Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

Happy Pawlidays + MFT Stamps Sketch Challenge #408

Hi guys!

Today’s card is for this week’s Sketch Challenge over at MFT Stamps. We are already on Sketch #408 and my fourth, and penultimate, post as a guest designer. The sketch looks like this:

I am a certified CDL (Crazy Dog Lady) and I have two little cheeky doggies at home. I just love dogs and couldn’t go the whole spell as a guest designer without using some kind of doggo on a card, now could I? As Christmas is looming closer and closer it’s starting to become crunch time making Christmas cards but doggos… awww *insert soppy sounds here* Problem solved by using the adorable Happy Pawlidays stamp set!

The little cheeky rascal all tangled up in the Christmas lights remind me of my little doggies so I decided to use him. I used so many Copics to colour this one tiny image but he came out quite cute in the end.

I also stamped up some baubles for the small dots element on the sketch. These I coloured with Copics first and then heat embossed a snowflake on them with white WOW embossing powder.

To make the hat appear a bit more furry, I drew on lots of different sized dots using a white gel pen. To make the christmas lights pop, I used some Glossy Accents on them, after cutting the doggie out with the coordinating die-namic.

On a card base I stuck down two 1″ wide strips of stripy patterned paper, one along the top and one along the bottom, using double sided tape. Genius stuff that!

As this is a Christmas card, I decided to use the Christmas Background stamp for this card too. Only for this one, I heat embossed it with WOW Rich Gold embossing powder. It’s a gorgeous shade of gold this one. While I had my heatgun out and hot, I also heat embossed ‘Merry Christmas’ on a banner. The sentiment is from the Trio Of Trees stamp set and fits perfectly on the banner.

To bring in the circle element, I cut one out of vellum to adhered behind the dog. Kind of like an aura on innocence, despite the clear evidence he’s been rather naughty, lol!

The dog and the baubles are all adhered using foam tape, but the vellum and the sentiment banner are adhered using double sided tape to keep them flat.

That’s it for this card! It wasn’t as smooth sailing as it may appear, there was a lot of over-thinking and changing things around as I went along, which seems to be my usual MO. The finished card came out quite sweet in the end and that’s all that matters.

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Thanks for stopping by today, lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

MFT Sketch Challenge #407

Hello, hello! It’s Wednesday, which means a new Sketch Challenge over at MFT Stamps!

Today’s card is based on Sketch #407, which looks like this:

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I was torn between sticking to the sketch pedantically and use a star diecut and the Written in the Stars stamp set, for a star studded sky background. However, the sketch challenge isn’t about who can stick the the sketch the closest, is it? (And in fairness, I have been a bit of a stickler so far, right?) It’s about using your imagination so with that in mind, I decided to use the Perfect Poinsettia die-namic for the star shape.

Instead of using traditional colours for the flower, I went with dramatic teal and blues! Fun right? Oh and I used felt instead of paper too! There is an amazing selection of felt available from MFT Stamps and naturally I want all the colours. Full Set Syndrome strikes again.

To start with, I cut all the bits I needed out of the felt, using the Poinsettia die-namic and set those aside for assembly later.

As I was using non traditional colours for the flowers I decided to stick with the blues for the background too. For this I heat embossed the brand new BG Christmas Background stamp with WOW! Silver Pearl embossing powder, on a piece of Strathmore Bristol Vellum cardstock.

I used my anti-static tool generously on this before stamping it with VersaMark ink. When you have small text or intricate details, it’s a good idea to re-ink your VersaMark pad before stamping. It’s amazing what a difference it makes to the stickiness for the embossing powder!

With Distress Oxide inks, Tumbled Glass and Mermaid Lagoon, I did some light inkblending on this piece to add an ombré blue look. Once I was done with the ink blending I gently rubbed a cotton towel over the heat embossing to wipe off the ink and make the silvery look of it shine. This is a great little trick and will make your embossing pop!

Blue and white look lovely together, but it can all kind of fade into each other if it’s not balanced right. To avoid this and to add some contrast and highlights, I decided on some gold accents for this card. Sentiments in an accent colour is a great look, I think.

The sentiment I chose is from another new MFT Stamps set: Hand-Lettering Holiday Greetings and I have heat embossed it in Ranger Ink Gold Tinsel embossing powder on a strip of vellum. This strip is wrapped around the card and secured with double sided tape on the back. It simply says ‘Merry Christmas’.

It was a great start but I did feel like it needed a bit more gold so I got my fave MFT Stamps card stock out: Brushed Gold! It’s the most gorgeous gold card stock and the fact it’s brushed as opposed to mirror shine is just the icing on the cake. If you are looking for a go-to gold card stock, look no further. Right-y-o, what I was getting to is that I cut some of the Poinsettia leaves out of this card stock and added to the stack of bits to go on the card.

While I was at it, I also cut out the two stamens from the die-namic too. These two I layered up, gently bent the stamens upwards and set aside while I worked on adding the Poinsettia layers to the card.

First of all, I added all the Poinsettia layers together, without glue, to use as a guide for the leaves were going to go. Then I removed the flower and glued the leaves down. For the actual flower itself, I have done the biggest flower petal bit once in each colour and the smallest one I did two in the lightest colour and only one in the teal.

Starting with the darkest one, I layered these up on the card, making it a nice and big Perfect Poinsettia. The final flourish was to add the gold stamens to the middle and the card was done.

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Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica