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Saturday, December 16, 2017

Beauty of the Season

I love the Hero Arts Peace Poinsettia so much that I had to make one of my Christmas cards with it. I made tags with it previously, and you can find that post here.


I am CASEing this tag from Loll Thompson here, which I absolutely love.

I have also been wanting to do a card with the Memory Box Distressed Snowflake Collage die, so here it is!

First, I die cut the main white panel of Neenah Solar White 80# cardstock with the Lawn Fawn LF768 Small Stitched Rectangle die set (the largest one). If you are a regular reader of my blog, you know that I use this die a lot. I like it because it cuts a panel to 3.75" x 5" with a nice stitched edge.

I then took the white panel and used one of the Memory Box 30061 Distressed Snowdrift Collage dies to cut a pattern into the left corner. This set actually has 4 different collage dies, and I love them all. Collage dies are ones that cut a hole in your paper, i.e. cut a negative of the shape.

I added Crystal Stickles to the center of each of the snowflakes and to the larger circle openings for a little bling.

I stamped the Hero Arts CL796 Peace Poinsettia stamp a couple of times onto Tim Holtz watercolor cardstock with Versamark ink, along with 2 leaves per flower. I embossed all of these images with JudiKins detail gold embossing powder to prepare them for coloring.


To color these, I wanted to watercolor with Distress ink, and like with the tags, I used Candied Apple Distress for the flowers, and a combination of Peeled Paint and Mowed Lawn for the leaves.  I put the ink on an acrylic block and spritzed it with pearly water (1/4 tsp of Perfect Pearls powder mixed with 2 oz of water in a spritzer bottle). Working with a petal at a time, I first painted with clear water and then with the ink.


I started painting at the center and let the ink flow to the tips of each petal. As long as the ink is wet you can still work it. I left some of the tips very light, and sometimes when a petal was getting too dark, I would blot with a paper towel. I love coloring like this, and find it fun and relaxing. I just put on some Christmas music and sat and painted!


For the next step I die cut the flowers and leaves.I attached two leaves to each flower with tape on the back.

I stamped each of the white panels that I had previously prepared with a sentiment from the Hero Arts CL722 Merry Christmas Messages stamp set using Versafine Onyx Black ink. The panels were then adhered to Stardream Jupiter cardstock cut to 4" x 5.25" and that was adhered to a base card of Neenah Solar White 110# cardstock.

The Poinsettia and leaves were attached to the front of the card using foam tape to pop it up a little (but not too much so that it would be hard to mail). I love how these turned out, and they were fun to make.

Products Used:
Memory Box 30061 Distressed Snowdrift Collage dies
Lawn Fawn FL768 Small Stitched Rectangle Stackables
Hero Arts CL796 Peace Poinsettias
Hero Arts DI108 Poinsettia Die Cuts
Hero Arts CL722 Merry Christmas Messages
Distress inks: Candied Apple; Peeled Paint; Mowed Lawn
Versamark ink
Versafine Onyx Black ink
JudiKins Detail Gold embossing powder
Stardream Jupiter cardstock
Neenah Solar White cardstock 80# & 110#


Thursday, December 14, 2017

Snowman Tags

I have another tag to show you, and this one is a little different. I wanted to put a topper on the money envelopes I'm giving my grandsons. They get aa few toys also, but I always like to give them a little money. They are good savers. There are 4 of them.


I love these cute little snowmen. They are from Penny Black, 2521K Snowy, and the die is 51-266 Frosty's Snow. I colored them with Tombow markers and a water brush. For their bodies, I highlighted the snow with a blue marker, 835; for the white part of their hats, I used a neutral gray N75. For the red scarf and hat I used 451, and a watered down bit of that for their noses and cheeks. For the green scarf and hat I used 195; for the blue one 476. Since I needed a 4th and couldn't decide on another color I liked, I decided to make his scarf striped, so I used the 195 green, plus 443 Teal.

This stamp comes only on wood, so I converted it to cling. I stamped all four snowmen out onto Tim Holtz watercolor cardstock using my MISTI tool and Versafine Onyx Black ink. I embossed them with clear embossing powder before coloring.


Since I was going to die cut them out, I didn't need to worry about positioning, so I stamped 2 to a page.


The coloring was fast and easy

For the envelopes, I chose the Lawn Fawn LF1284 Small Stitched Envelope for the 3 youngest boys. I made a pillow box for the older boy.


I'm in the middle of making more cards, and I will show you another card soon!

Products Used
Penny Black 2521K Snowy
Penny Black 51-266 Frosty's Snow
Lawn Fawn LF1284 Small Stitched Envelope
Tim Holtz Watercolor cardstock
Tombow Markers: 835, N75, 451, 195, 476, 443
Niji Water Brush
Tim Holtz Watercolor cardstock
Versafine Onyx Black ink
JudiKins clear detail embossing powder


Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Snowflake Tag

I love this Snowflake Ribbon die from Poppy. It looks great in a tag or a card. For these tags, I gathered up all of the watercolor paper that I had put blue Nuance color on. I'm trying to use things I already had made; time is getting short!


I used the My Favorite Things MFT-525 Die-Namics Stitched Traditional Tag Set to cut these tags out of watercolor paper that I had already colored with Nuance. 

Nuance is a water soluble powdered dye from Magenta. For posts about using Nuance, you can go here, here, and here, plus a lot of other posts on my blog. For the tags I made, I used a couple of the blue colors, raspberry, grass green and jade green.

After cutting the tags, I die cut the Poppy Snowflake Ribbon diagonally across it. I also die cut the Snowflake ribbon out of white glitter paper. I pieced the glitter snowflake into the Nuance tag and taped it all together on the back with transparent Scotch tape. I have a lot of pretty blue snowflake ribbons to use on another project.

To finish the tags, I die cut another tag out of Neenah Solar White 80# cardstock and adhered it to the back of the colored tag. I added a ribbon and applied some Sea Glass Stickles to the snowflake.

I love how these turned out, and they were pretty easy and quick to make! Quick is getting to be a good thing about now! 

I just wrote the "to" and "from" on the back at the bottom and taped the tags to packages by the ribbon. 


Products Used:

Nuance from Magenta
MFT-525 Die-Namics Stitched Traditional Tag set
Poppy 1249 Snowflake Ribbon
Tim Holtz Watercolor cardstock
White Glitter paper from Simon Says Stamp
Sea Glass Stickles
Neenah Solar White 80# Cardstock


Monday, December 11, 2017

Poinsettia Tag

I had to stop making cards and make some tags to go on out of town gifts so they could be mailed away. I'm going to share a few that I really liked.

I think this Poinsettia tag is my favorite of the bunch. I will definitely make more for my in-town packages.


This was actually super easy to make. I die cut tags out of watercolor cardstock (I used Tim Holtz cardstock because I like it to be white) using the Sizzix 38-0945 Scallop Steel Rule die. You could use any tag die you prefer, or you could just use a rectangular piece of cardstock, rounding the corners or not, as you wish.

This die cuts a tag that is a bit larger than I wanted. I wanted to be able to cut 2 tags out of one piece of 5.5" x 4.25" TH watercolor cardstock, so I made sure the top was within the die, but the bottom was chopped off. This was easily remedied with a corner rounder punch at both corners on the bottom.

Using my mini MISTI, I stamped the Poinsettia with Versamark ink and embossed it with JudiKins Fine Detail Gold embossing powder. I then stamped and embossed the sentiment the same way. The Poinsettia is from Hero Arts CL796 Peace Poinsettias, and the sentiment is from Hero Arts CL722 Merry Christmas Messages.


To color the Poinsettias, I put some Candied Apple Distress ink onto an acrylic block and spritzed it with pearly water (1/4 teaspoon of Perfect Pearls powder to 2 oz water). Working with just a few petals of the flower at a time, I first painted them with clear water and then added the ink at the inside of the petal and let it flow out.


This was actually very fun, easy and quick to do, and I made quite a few almost before I knew it. This technique would work well with almost any open stamp, and I may try to find an evergreen tree image that I can use the same way.

I just added some gold ribbon at the top. I wrote the "to, from" at the bottom of the back of the tag and taped the top of the gold ribbon to the package. This way the tag can easily be flipped up to identify the recipient.

Products Used:
Sizzix 38-0945 Scallop Steel Rule die
Hero Arts CL796 Peace Poinsettias
Hero Arts CL722 Merry Christmas Messages
Candied Apple Distress ink
Versamark ink
JudiKins Detail Gold embossing powder
Tim Holtz watercolor cardstock
gold ribbon
corner rounder

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Peace Mini Masterpiece

This is the third Mini Masterpiece post. The design and calligraphy for these cards is by Sally Penley. The mini masterpiece is mine. Please see my first post here. Also please be sure to check out Sally's website here to get on her mailing list and to view her beautiful art for sale.



I think this one is my favorite of those I have done this year. The Mini Masterpieces I did for this series have the colors blue and purple instead of red and green. I love blues in a Christmas card.

The matting panels for this card are cut from Malmero Perle Abysse cardstock, which has a little sparkle to it. The white panel is cut from Neenah Solar White 80# cardstock using the largest die from the Lawn Fawn LF768 Small Stitched Rectangle die set.

I hope you enjoyed these! I have more Christmas cards to make, but for now I have to stop and make tags for the out of town packages. I will share a couple of those with you also.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Merry Christmas Mini Masterpiece

This is the second Mini Masterpiece post. The design and calligraphy for these cards is by Sally Penley. The mini masterpiece is mine. Please see my first post here. Also please be sure to check out Sally's website here to get on her mailing list and to view her beautiful art for sale.


The green mats are made from Emerald Green Linen 80# cardstock from The Paper Cut. The white panel was die cut from Neenah Solar White 80# cardstock using the Lawn Fawn LF768 Small Stitched Rectangle Stackables die (the largest die in the set). The base card is Neenah Solar White 110# cardstock.

I'll return soon with one more Mini Masterpiece!

Friday, December 8, 2017

Christmas Mini Masterpieces

I have taken a number of classes from the amazing Sally Penley, and my favorites are still the Mini Masterpiece classes. The short description of the Mini Masterpieces is that you create a master sheet of artwork, using several mediums (these were done primarily with acrylics and a sharpie on watercolor paper) and then you cut it up into 2" squares. If you take Sally's class, she gives you some cards onto which she has already penned some of her amazing calligraphy. When we took the Christmas class, she said that we could reproduce her images to make our Christmas cards. It is my very great hope that someday Sally's beautiful calligraphy will be available in stamps.

If you are local, I highly recommend taking a class with Sally - honestly all of her classes are amazing and you will learn so much. You can access her website here to sign up for her email list and also to purchase some of her beautiful work.



The 2" square mini masterpiece was mounted onto a 2.25" square of Hopsack Red 90# paper from The Paper Cut. The squares were mounted onto a white panel of 80# Neenah Solar White cardstock on which the Joy image was printed. The white panel was die cut with Lawn Fawn die LF768 Small Stitched Rectangle Stackables which makes a nice stitched rectangle that is 3.75" x 5". The white panel was mounted onto the Hopsack Red cardstock that was cut to 4" x 5.25", and that was mounted onto a base card of Neenah Solar White 110".

Although the Mini Masterpieces are my work, I give credit to Sally for the card designs and of course the calligraphy. If you are not local, you can still make similar cards and use a pretty sentiment stamp that you may already have. I have often thought that the Magenta Merry Christmas stamp 07.462.I would look good on this card design. You can link to the Magenta store by clicking on this image.


I made 3 Mini Masterpiece Christmas cards this year. I will post more soon!