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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!

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Happy Joyful Cheerful

The next Christmas card I want to share is actually the first one I did. I got the idea for it from Marj Marion, and Marj said she got it from Loll Thompson. I searched for the post and found this one here. I think Loll Thompson used inkers, and I used ink pads pressed on an acrylic block, but either way you get a similar technique.


I pressed 4 colors of ink onto an acrylic block: Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Peacock Feathers, Chipped Sapphire. I spritzed the colors with pearly water (1/4 tsp of Perfect Pearls powder to 2 oz water). I picked up each color in turn with a round watercolor brush and painted them from light to dark onto a piece of Tim Holtz watercolor cardstock.

After letting the panel dry, I die cut it using Lawn Fawn LF 768 Small Stitched Rectangle Stackables, which cut the panel to 3.75" x 5"

I stamped the panel with the gorgeous Impression Obsession stamp D14458 Happy Joyful, using Versafine Onyx Black ink. Love this sentiment!

I die cut the Memory Box die 99605 Quiet Cabin Landscape from white cardstock, and saved the window openings in a dish. Since the die is long enough to fit across the long axis of a 5.5" card, I cut it to fit the short axis of my panel. There were 2 trees in the cut off portion, and I mounted them to the back to fill in the trees. I adhered the die cut to the panel, making sure the stitched edge still showed at the bottom.

I also made sure there was scor tape adhered behind the house. This stuck the house down well, and also there was scor tape showing behind each window. I colored the little window cut outs that I saved with Copic Y35 Maize and stuck one in each window opening.

I sprinkled Stampendous Deep Impression Chunky White embossing enamel onto the front of the panel and heated it from beneath to give a snowy look.

The panel was mounted onto a piece of Stardream Blue Steel cardstock cut to 4" x 5.5" and then adhered to a base card of Neenah Solar White 110#.

I love that this card was pretty simple to make, and yet the watercolored background has a big impact. I hope you like it. I'll be back soon with some Mini Masterpiece cards!

Products Used:
Memory Box die 99605 Quiet Cabin Landscape
Lawn Fawn LF768 Small Stitched Rectangle Stackables
Distress ink Tumbled Glass, Broken China,
Peacock Feathers, Chipped Sapphire
Versafine Onyx Black ink
Stampendous Deep Impression Chunky White embossing powder
Copic Y35 Maize
Perfect Pearls powder
Tim Holtz watercolor cardstock
Stardream Blue Steel cardstock
Neenah Solar White 80# & 110# cardstock