Elves for Preschoolers

My Mom is a preschool teacher and I offered to make all of her students’ families cards. I thought these elves were the sweetest! It took me about three hours to create 16 cards (4 of each design) because I used a card making workshop from Close to My Heart.

Elf Cards

How to Color An Elf

There are several different ways to color in the sweet elves. I decided to use the Tri Blend Spectrum Noir Markers in Tan, Dark Red, Green, and Fair Skin Tone. I like these because they are matched perfectly for flawless shading. It is like getting three alcohol markers in one for a fraction of the price.

Here is a video tutorial on how to use them and color in the elves:

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Home Spun Christmas Card

The sweet little icons on the Christmas stamp set from the CTMH bundle I have been working out of are so cute, but nothing to me is more iconic than Christmas trees.

How to Make It

Select two different shades of green and stamp the trees alternating between the two. Use kraft paper as your base to give it that home spun feel. Bazzil dot card stock is a wonderful card front that compliments the images. Use a circle that you die cut from the card front for the sentiment. Simply swipe your lighter ink over it and stamp it with the darker. To finish the card add a few Nuvo Drops.

To add a little more dimension use pop dots to adhere the card front to the base.

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Black and Gold Cheer

The star icon from the CTMH bundle caught my eye. I knew I wanted to create an elegant gold card featuring it.

How It Came Together

This card is also extremely easy to create. Just swap a white card base out for a black one. Emboss gold stars and add a gem to the center of each. Use the same gold embossing powder for the sentiment on black paper and back it with a little pattern paper. The gold paper is from an 8.5 by 11 inch paper pack I found on sale.

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Red Nosed

A red nose is better than a brown nose. These sweet little icons need a card all for themselves. To keep it simple use kraft paper and one color ink. A little pop or red adds just a touch of personality.

I really wanted a sentiment on the front, but could not figure out where to put it. So, I pulled out the bag of circles that were cut from the card front die. I stamped it with one of the background icons, inked the edges and stamped the sentiment.

To finish off the card a pretty little bow from twine and glitter drops were all that was needed.

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Red and White Christmas Card

I have been itching to make a striking two colored card for some time. What better holiday than Christmas than to make a red and white card for?!?

At First

My first inclination was to make it simple. I was just going to stamp the icons from the new CTMH bundle in red and pop dot the circle card front over it and call it good.

Then

I thought it would be so cute with the little peppermint shaker bits and red bling. Instead of combining all of it in one big shaker front, I decided to section it off into fourths and alternate my shaker fillings.

Before I added the shaker guts I used a piece of glitter foil on the card base where I stamped the images. A little red and white twine in a bow was the perfect finishing touch!

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Christmas in July – Layered Stamp

Today I am combining the old with the new! Layering stamps are totally underrated. If you are like me and not a huge fan of coloring these little gems help us create amazing art! Hero Arts has some of the best layering stamps around. The Christmas tree used on this card is one I have had in my stash for awhile. By pairing it with the new Catherine Pooler ink I was able to create a funky bright off the beaten path Christmas card.

The only Christmas product on this card is the stamp set. The pattern paper is Pink and Main Beach Babe. Once again, it is from my stash. To create the sentiment I did not have matching carstock and did not want to use white. SO, I swiped my Catherine Pooler ink over it, let it dry and stamped on top of it.

Personally, I love to use the non traditional Christmas products and things not meant for a season to create a seasonal project. Usually it turns out striking and memorable.

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Christmas In July — Ombre

I found a cute stamp set and matching die set on the Picket Fence Studio website. It stumped me when at first. I did not know how to incorporate the die and sentiment because they are both large and do not fit on a standard card front. So, I created this:

I created an ombre effect in green using Distress Oxide ink and a little mist of water. The image on the die cut was stamped in Candy Apple red Distress Oxide ink. I embossed with clear embossing powder. Pop dots were used to adhere to the card front. I heat embossed the sentiment in gold. To make sure the gold only embossed on the sentiment I ran some cornstarch over the sentiment spot before I embossed it. It was still looking a little on the boring side. I finished it off with a few Nuvo drops in gold.

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!