Friday, December 22, 2017

Winter Peace

This is the last Christmas card for 2017, and I think it's my favorite one; although I do like the other cards I did this year. I think this one is simple and elegant and could probably fall into my Upcycle Your Scraps category. The backgrounds are from alcohol ink on Yupo paper that I previously made, plus a couple using Nuance backgrounds that I already had.

For this card, I first cut panels from Neenah Solar White 80# cardstock, using the largest die in the Lawn Fawn LF768 Small Stitched Rectangle Stackables die set. This cuts a rectangle that is 3.75" x 5" with a nice stitched edge.

I then used the Memory Box 99843 Stitched Circle Trees die to cut out the top center of the panel. I knew I wanted this die the moment I saw it. It's a collage type die, which I like, and I love the stitched circle that defines the trees and sloping hills that could be snow. This little scene reminds me of where we live.

I stamped the Peace on Earth sentiment (Magenta 07.457.H) with Versafine Onyx Black ink toward the bottom of the panel. I love the script of this stamp, and also the message behind the sentiment.

For the backgrounds I added Ranger alcohol inks to Tim Holtz Yupo paper. For each of these cards I only needed 1/4 piece of each of the 5" x 7" pieces of Yupo paper, so they are fairly economical. I used a number of different colors on these, including blues, greens, pinks, oranges and some of the silver mixative, which ended up looking like snow. I really like the ones that I used greens and pinks in because they remind me of the Northern Lights. 

I already had these Yupo pieces hanging around, and I grabbed all I had that were predominantly blue. I cut them into 2.5" x 3.5" pieces and mounted each one to the back of a die-cut panel. Since these cards were relatively easy to make, I made 15 of them.

I mounted the panel to Malmero Perle Abysse cardstock and then to a base card of Neenah Solar White 110#.

Since I didn't have enough of the already colored pieces of Yupo paper, I pulled out a panel of watercolor cardstock that I had worked with Nuance. I think I like this card even better than the alcohol ink ones, although only 2 were made with Nuance. Since the colors in the Nuance ones are a little different, I matted them with So Silk Fair Blue cardstock instead of the darker Malmero.

This one REALLY looks like the Aurora to me. I first saw the Northern Lights in Iceland on Christmas Eve 3 years ago. I was standing on the balcony of my Son-in-Law's Mother's house. It was such a perfect moment. A good friend has since taken us out to see the Northern Lights a number of times, and each time it's like the first.

These were taken from a rooftop in Southeast Iceland on a memorable trip with our good friends Jón Eldon Logason and Inga Olsen. I took these photos with my phone! Photos with real cameras on a tripod are better, but this experience is etched in my mind forever.

Some of the Lights were shimmering and moving, and some had pinks and purples in them.

So I want to say Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all of you. When I look at the Northern Lights, I have hope that things will be better next year. They are so beautiful and ethereal, and seem to be full of promise. All the best to you, and thank you for following me and looking at my blog!

Products Used:

Magenta Peace on Earth 07.457.H
Magenta Nuance
Memory Box 99843 Stitched Circle Trees
Lawn Fawn LF768 Small Stitched Rectangle Stackables
Ranger Alcohol Inks
Tim Holtz Yupo paper
Tim Holtz Watercolor cardstock
Versafine Onyx Black ink
Neenah Solar White 80# & 110# cardstock
Malmero Perle Abysse cardstock
So Silk Fair Blue cardstock

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Upcycle Your Scraps: Snowflake Tag

I have this one last tag for you. Remember the post where I made snowflake tags by cutting the Poppy Snowflake Ribbon out of tags colored with blue Nuance? I then inserted white glitter Snowflake Ribbons into them, and had the blue ones left over. You can see that post here.

Here is where I used the blue Snowflake Ribbons. First I have to tell you how we tag presents that go under our tree. I find photos of our kids, preferably from the past year. My husband then shrinks them down in Photoshop and cuts out just the faces and prints them in multiples. I take them and use a 1.5" punch on them and put scor-tape on the backs. When we wrap presents, I make tags for each present, and the photo of the recipient is stuck onto the front of the tag. That way everyone knows who it's for, and who it's from, and we don't have to have a place to write "to and from".

I cut the tag out of Stardream Opal cardstock with the MFT-525 Die-Namics Stitched Traditional Tag Stax (The second largest tag). I made ten of these at once to use with all of the leftover snowflakes. I took the tags and snowflakes out to the (very cold) garage and three at a time, used spray glue on the backs and stuck them to tags. I brought them in and used Sea Glass Stickles on the snowflakes.

I didn't punch a hole in the top of the tags or add ribbon, but it would be easy enough to do. These tags get stuck to the top of a present, and a little bow at the top would be pretty.

Since this one has my picture, maybe it will go on a present for me from my husband.. some new RubberMoon inks perhaps? Some Arteza pens? Hmmmmm....

I will have one more card to show you, and then I will take a break until after Christmas. Stay tuned!

Products Used:
Poppy Snowflake Ribbon die
MFT-525 Die-Namics Stitched Traditional Tag Stax
Tim Holtz watercolor cardstock
Stardream Opal cardstock
Sea Glass Stickles
Magenta Nuance

Monday, December 18, 2017

Upcycle Your Scraps: Snowflake Peace

Now and then I'm going to try to post a card using bits and pieces left over from other cards or projects. I don't save EVERYTHING, but I do save a lot. This is a clean and simple card that makes a very nice Christmas card, and all of the parts of it were saved from other projects.

The snowflake ribbon is leftover from making the tags in this post here. I made 10 snowflake tags in which I cut out these snowflake ribbons out of watercolor cardstock which I had covered with different shades of blue, purple and green Nuance. I inserted snowflake ribbons die cut from white glitter paper, so I had 10 of these blue snowflake ribbon cutouts left over.

It was easy enough to add these to a white panel and add some Stickles to the snowflake for sparkle. The Peace sentiment was die cut from another piece of cardstock covered with blue Nuance. All of these pieces were spritzed with pearly water, so they are shiny. You can see a post where I play with Nuance here, and here. Unfortunately this Peace die (Memory Box 99236 Sketchbook Peace) is no longer available from Memory Box, but you could use any similar sentiment you have, including a stamped sentiment.

Magenta Nuance powdered colors are now available in a range of 30 beautiful colors. They can be purchased in sets or individually and very reasonable prices. I'm providing a link below to the Magenta site.

The mat for this card is a piece that was created with Stencil Stamping using Distress inks. You can see a post where I show you this technique here. For whatever reason, this piece did not make it into a previous project, but I really like it here for this mat.

Products Used:
Nuance by Magenta
Poppy 1249 Snowflake Ribbon die
Memory Box 99236 Sketchbook Peace die (disc)
Tim Holtz watercolor cardstock
Neenah Solar White cardstock 80# & 110#
Distress inks: Peacock Feathers; Picked Raspberry

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