Hello! How is your December going? We are cruising right along to another year done. Since we had Thanksgiving so late this year things are sneaking up on me.
Today I have a cute little animal Christmas card. I made this to enter over at A Blog Named Hero for the November challenge. The theme is muted tones which is kind of a challenge I would say. Hopefully this is muted enough.
To start my card I stamped the cute animals and colored them with Copics. I was lucky to win the Hero Arts Warm Animals set at a Hero Arts crafty event. I stamped the present a bunch of times and colored with Wink of Stella gold and silver pens and then used a color from each of the animals for the bows. You don’t want to get the gifts mixed up.
I used a stencil to add snowflakes to the background using silver pigment ink.
The hill I had in my stash and it was die cut. I sprayed it with Shimmer spritz which is hard to see in the photo.
The sentiment was die cut and colored with a color that I used on the bear.
The presents have a thick glue dot under each one for some dimension which kind of makes them look like they are floating.
- Hero Arts Warm Animals stamp set
- Hero Arts Warm Animals die set
- My Favorite Things Merry Christmas die
- Memory Box Tiny Snowflakes stencil
- Encore silver pigment ink
- Copic Markers
- Wink of Stella pens
- Shimmer Spritz Frost spray
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When thinking about what I could create I pulled out this fun Rubbernecker Stamp set. When I saw the cat I decided to create a card for a friend who has two cats. I love it when you start out not really knowing what to make and then the ideas start flowing.
I die cut the tag and stamped the cats and colored them with Copics. One has silver on the scarf fringe and the coffee cup and the other gold. I added the washi tape to ground the cats. Then sentiment is from a Simon Says Stamp set.
Then I dug around in my stash to find some fun papers. The red is a sparkly paper not glitter paper really. The plaid is from a paper pad.
- Rubbernecker Stamps – Coffee Blanket stamp set
- Copic Pens
- Simon Says Stamp – Retro Christmas stamp set
- Wink of Stella Pens – gold and silver
- Washi Tape
- DCWV Mat Stack – Very Merry
- Bakers Twine
- Stamp of Approval – Tags, Etc. Dies set
This was fun to make! I was excited since I was going to send it to my Dad and his girlfriend and they both love the ocean. It was a late thank you for Christmas and me staying with them. I really enjoy hanging with my Dad and getting to know his girlfriend better.
The background panel I made some time ago. I am trying to use up some things in my boxes and containers of all kinds of panels and images. So the background is made with Distress Oxide inks and really fit in with the ocean look. I was excited at the end to use Nuvo drops in clear to make some bubbles. I thought about sequins or something but no it needed the clear bubbles.
The seahorses, shells and coral are all from Hero Arts sets. The seahorses are from a set called Color Layering Seahorse (CL956). I stamped with a few inks and then hand cut the seahorses. I also decided I needed the dies for this set so they are in my stash now. I put some touches of blue Wink of Stella on the seahorses. The shells are from the same set. I stamped and embossed them with Hero Arts White Satin Pearl powder on a tan color of paper. I hand cut the shells also. I like how they turned out. The coral or seaweed I stamped on green papers then die cut them. I went over them some with Wink of Stella also.
For the white panel I used the Hero Arts background stamp Waves (CG660). Somehow I made that somewhat shimmery so I stamped with some white ink and then probably sprayed over it with either Perfect Pearls or Shimmer Spray. I keep thinking I should take notes about what I used while creating but I just like rolling with the creation when the ideas come.
I have been sitting on this colored image for quite awhile. Finally here is the card. I just love this image and it was fun to color. Somewhere I found some suggested colors each of the specific mice. I don’t think I had as many browns so the two on the left are very close in color. They have names but I don’t remember them. Anyway… The stamp is by Stampendous. It is a House Mouse stamp called Dragonfly Kites (HMCP25). I colored with Copics and this is one of my first times coloring all the background like that. At this point I am not really sure how I did the background. I am pretty pleased with how it turned out though. The dragonflies have either Wink of Stella or Spectrum Noir on the wings. I mean you have to.. The sentiment is from the Altenew set Painted Greetings.
When I started making this I was planning to send it to someone who used to live across the street from me and is having some health issues. She loves critters and feeds some in her backyard in Oregon. Probably not mice. Ha! I just need to get this in the mail now.
The image – Elizabeth Craft Designs Cardinal (RS021). I colored the image with Copics and went over the bells with a Wink of Stella pen.
The circles were cut with Spellbinders dies.
The background paper is from one of the most awesome paper pads by Lawn Fawn. They have several plaid pads called Perfectly Plaid. I have a couple different ones and this one is Perfectly Plaid Fall.
The sentiment – Finding It Trading die called Merry Christmas. I cut it out of black cardstock.
Here is another situation when I pulled out a background that I had for some time and did something with it. So the background is probably ink on a craft mat and probably Distress inks but not Oxides this time. I did this before Oxides were out at least I think that is how it went.
I colored one or two of these butterflies with Copics some time ago and then the additional ones when I decided to make this card. I added some Nuvo Crystal Drops in Morning Dew to highlight some spots on the butterflies and went over them with a clear Wink of Stella pen. The butterflies are from Hero Arts set Antique Engravings (CL383).
The sentiment is from a Clearly Besotted set called Say What?.
This one is also fairly bright colors for me. This one caught my son’s eye. He is 26 and sees many of the cards I make. My husband thought it looked kind of retro maybe a 60’s look.
Cindy hosted the Hero Arts Scramble today. Her theme was use an oval.
I wanted to make an Easter card and I liked her large ovals that were part of her cards. I don’t use this oval die very much so it was an opportunity to use it.
Background Paper – Lawn Fawn Perfectly Plaid – Rainbow. I love their plaid paper pads. I have two different ones.
- Tulips – Hero Arts Tulips (F895). I think these are from a thrift store also.
- The other two flowers are from a Hero Arts set I found at a thrift store. I don’t have the name but they are from 2004. All of the flowers are colored with Copics except the purple one which is colored with a Violet Wink of Stella pen. I added Clear Wink of Stella over the yellow flower.
- The grass is a stamp from Avocado Arts. I stamped it several times and then ink blended over it.
- The bunny is a La-La Land Crafts – I colored the bunny with Copics. It is hard to see but there is Wink of Stella on the bottom part of the dress.
- The sentiment is from Hero Arts set Celebrate Everyday (CL498)
Finally I got one in for the Merry Monday Challenge #240 with the theme of bells. I just got this stamp at Stamp & Scrapbook Expo a couple of weeks ago so I enjoyed being able to use it.
Background – Darice embossing folder Sheet Music.
The mats & image die cut – Spellbinder die Label One (S4-161).
The sentiment – Finding It Trading die. I cut it out of watercolor paper and colored it with a silver Wink of Stella pen. It doesn’t quite look like the bells which are also colored with Wink of Stella so I am thinking it was a different watercolor paper.
The image – Elizabeth Craft Designs Cardinal (RS021). Colored with Zig Clean Color pens and the silver Wink of Stella pen.
Merry Monday’s Challenge was to create a card with a snowman. Twist my arm. I love snowman cards.
So I got a card to the challenge again this week. Yeah! This was fun because I finally used an embossing diffuser that I have had sitting around forever. I have six of them and have never used any of them. Well now I know more about using them. I chose one that has a round circle in the middle. I used a snowflake embossing folder with the diffuser outer frame part. So there is a blank (no embossing) spot in the middle. I added some Nuvo Glitter Drops to the embossed snowflakes. I masked off the snowflake area and blended some blue ink for the snowman scene. I used an Altenew stamp with embossing powder to create snow falling in the scene. I hand cut the snow piece on the bottom. I covered it with glue and microfine glitter. The snowman is colored with Copics and hand cut. He is raised up with foam tape. I added some enamel accents in black to the hat. The buttons are colored with silver Wink of Stella and there is some Wink of Stella on the scarf. The sentiment is stamped with blue ink.
Background – Darice Snowflake embossing folder, Nuvo Silver Moondust Glitter Drops, Circle #1 Embossing Diffuser
Snowman Background – Altenew Snowing stamp with Versamark and Judikins Iridescent Sparkle powder, Hero Arts Pastel Blue ink, Elizabeth Crafts Cool Diamond Microfine Glitter, Hero Arts sentiment from Peace & Joy set (CL880), Hero Arts Navy ink
Snowman – colored with Copics, silver Wink of Stella, black enamel accents, clear Wink of Stella, Hero Arts stamp Let It Snow (CG233)
WHEW! I finally got all my cards on my blog. I have to hand it to all of you that do a lot of blogging. It is time consuming.