Hello friends! Today I'm sharing this card over on the Butterfly Reflections, Ink blog. Eek! I'll admit that I've been slow to make the jump from fall and Halloween to Christmas cards, because I'm certainly not ready for snow yet, but I also know that yes, Christmas IS coming. . . eventually! And, if I don't start making my Christmas cards now, then I'll never get them finished before I need to mail them.
Today's card features the North Pole Littles by Hello Bluebird. And yes, these "little" images are nearly as tiny as you think! Each elf and reindeer is probably only about 1" tall. This makes coloring real fun!
*Note to self - color BEFORE you die cut, not after. Lesson learned the hard way! : )
This slimline card measures 8 1/2" long x 3 1/2" wide. The great thing about slimline cards is that they will fit into a #10 business sized envelope, so you don't need to worry about additional postage. The base of my card is made from red cardstock. I matted the red cardstock with a 8 1/4" x 3 1/4" piece of Neenah Solar White Smooth cardstock. At the very top of this white piece of cardstock, I stamped the sentiment "Bring on the Merry" in red ink.
Using the WPlus9 Landscape border dies, I cut four layers out of Neenah Solar White smooth. I lined the top of each "snowbank" with a Lawn Fawn Glue Tube and added Lawn Fawn Chunky Glitter to create a division between snowbanks. I die cut the bare trees from grey cardstock using the Lawn Fawn Stitched Trees border dies. I tucked some of the trees behind the snowbanks. I die cut the mountains from the same grey cardstock using the Hello Sweetums Mountains of Fun dies. I cut the snow peaks from a white sparkle/glimmer cardstock.
I stamped all of the images from the Hello Bluebird North Pole Littles stamp set in Memento Tuxedo Black ink on Neenah Solar White Smooth cardstock and colored each image with Copic markers. I added highlights to each colored image using a Sakura White Gelly pen. I die cut all of the images using the coordinating Hello Bluebird North Pole Littles dies. Then I added all of the images to the card creating a layered scene from Santa and Mrs. Claus at the bottom of the card to the elves and reindeer in the middle and lastly the North Pole at the top!
I hope you have enjoyed today's card! Thank you for visiting!
Hello friends and TGIF! My weekend started a bit early last night as we traveled to Rutland, Vermont, for an annual craft retreat. Be sure to follow along on my Instastories as I share some behind-the-scenes photos. I promise nothing salacious or scandalous, we aren't big drinkers and most of us are in bed by midnight!! : )
Today I am sharing the first of my winter/holiday cards! I know, I know, some of you are like, girl hold off on the PSL bullcaca already. . . So, if snowy scenes and white tailed deer in September aren't your jam, sorry!
The base of this A2 sized card is made from Neenah Solar White Smooth cardstock. I cut a frame around the scene from Crumb Cake Cardstock. *Please continue reading below for more information about my alcohol ink background. I did add "snow" by simply drawing in dots using a white gel pen. Using the Heffy Doodle Stitched Slopey Joe border dies, I die cut the snowbank from white glimmer paper. I die cut the birch trees from the Lawn Fawn Birch Tree Lawn Cuts and white cardstock. The brown tree in the foreground I fussy cut by hand. I stamped each of the images in Memento Tuxedo Black ink on white cardstock and colored them with Spectrum Noir Alcohol Ink markers. I added highlights to each colored image with a Uniball White Gel pen. I adhered all of the images to the card using 3M foam adhesive for added dimension. Lastly, I stamped the sentiment Blushing Bride ink on a thin strip of white cardstock. I notched the right end and adhered it to the upper left corner of the card.
Because I am not currently creating video content and tutorials on my website, I highly recommend checking out this Easy Alcohol Ink Background Tutorial by Jennifer McGuire. She has created a very simple introduction to working with alcohol inks to create some basic backgrounds. This was the first video I watched after purchasing my alcohol inks and then I just spent time playing around with them! The great thing is there is no right or wrong when it comes to art. You just have fun (and usually make a mess) with it! *My only tip would be that you don't need to spend your money purchasing polysynthetic Yupo Paper at nearly $1.00 per sheet. You can use the reverse side of any high quality photo paper (like this one by Kirkland) and achieve the same results!
These adorable deer are from the Newton's Nook Deer Friend stamp set:
Have a great weekend, friends! I hope it is equal parts relaxing and enjoyable.
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