Merry Making: Die-Cut Camouflage

Hello! Today will post about another card that I submitted earlier this month for Online Card Classes: Merry Making via my Flickr page:

I made the background by using my blending tool and my Distress Oxide Inks (colours: Iced Spruce and Peacock Feathers). With a clean paintbrush and some water, I painted some circles to create a Bokeh effect. After it had dried, I took the letter dies Quinn’s ABCs by Lawn Fawn, spelled the word “holidays” on the card and ran the whole panel through my die-cutting machine. I made sure that all insert pieces were saved.

I stamped one of the “Happy” sentiments from Lawn Fawn’s Happy Happy Happy above the die-cut “holidays” with Versamark ink, poured Lawn Fawn Silver embossing powder over it and heat embossed it with my heat tool. I adhered the panel onto a white cardbase.

I die-cut the word “holidays” from regular white cardstock about four or five times and stacked the resepctive letters on top of each other – this way I can create some dimension for the letters. On the very top of each letter, I put the letter that was die-cut from the panel.

I nested the stacked letters with liquid glue into the corresponding openings of the panel. The insert pieces were carefully adhered using a glue pen.

This card is actually quite simple to make, yet looks so elaborate and very elegant.
I hope you like it. Thank you for stopping by! See you soon!


Merry Making: Scoring Cards

Hello! Today, I will briefly describe another card that I made for the Online Card Class: Merry Making. I had previously posted this card on my Flickr account in order to submit this “homework” in time.

For this card, I took a (European) standard sized card panel and scored evenly spaced lines using my bone folder and a scoring board (mine is from Martha Stewart Crafts). I then stamped the biggest poinsettia from Holiday Bouquet by Avery Elle onto the scored area – making sure that the ink would not go into the crevices. I used Memento ink in the colour Tuxedo Black and coloured the image with my Copic markers. The colours are R24 (for the berries), R27, R29, Y35, and YG17.

The sentiment was taken from Lawn Fawn‘s Merry Messages and was stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black ink to coordinate with the poinsettia.

It was difficult to colour the image without accidentally going into the crevices. I had a Post-It taped to the edge of the crevice – which worked fine to some extent – but at a closer look, you can see that the colouring is not very neat next to a scored line. In addition – and I think that this is due to the fibres of the paper – the colour “bled” a little into the crevices…

To finish the card, I trimmed the panel a little bit (I took off about 1mm of each side) and adhered it onto a red cardbase. For a little sparkle, I added some gold sequins and used some ZIG Wink of Stella Glitter Brush Pen (in clear) and added some glitter onto the middle section of the poinsettia.

It was fun to make this card and I think the scored lines make the card look funky :-). Unfortunately, the “3D effect” of the scoring cannot be seen on the picture… I like the card nevertheless.

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Merry Making: Paint Resist

Hello everyone! Since the student galleries for the Online Card Classes are open for a limited period of time only, I had to hurry to submit them and only published them on my Flickr accunt so far. Now that I have more time, I am able to describe to you in more detail how I made them. First up is the Merry Making card with the paint resist technique:

For this card, I used the background stamp Romatic Script from My Favorite Things and covered it with Distress Paint (colour: Peacock Feathers) in random places. I stamped the image as I would any stamp but I did not bother to have a crisp impression. After the paint had dried, I took some Distress Oxide Inks (colours: Iced Spruce, Peacock Feathers) and my ink blending tool and created the background. The edges of the paper are blended with the “regular” Distress Ink in colour Walnut Stain.

The images on the card front are from different sets by Lawn Fawn: Winter Penguin (the penguin, obviously), Toboggan Together (large tree and the sentiment) and Mom + Me (small tree). I stamped them with Lawn Fawn inks: the penguin is stamped in the colour Hippo, the trees in the colours Hippo and Doe. The penguin was, then, coloured with Copic Markers (N2 and BG 72). The ground for the penguin and the trees to stand on is die-cut from vellum with one of the Stitched Hillside Borders by Lawn Fawn.

I have to admit, I was too afraid to stamp the sentiment directly onto the panel (I did not want to mess up the beautiful background…) so I decided to stamp the sentiment on vellum, also. For this, I used one of the sentiments from Toboggan Together, stamped it in Versamark ink, poured Lawn Fawn’s new Silver Embossing Powder on it and heat embossed it.

Everything was adhered together using liquid glue by Tombow; the penguin was adhered with foam tape. This finishes the card. I hope you like it.

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Have a nice day!