MFT Card Design Superstar – Coloring Virtuoso

Well, I’ll be honest – I wasn’t sure whether to enter this card in the competition at all, because some of the entries are just crazy good. However, I did take a lot of care over colouring my characters and I like how the card turned out, so if nothing else, I could end up being the winner picked at random 😉

I made this card for my little girl who is turning 5 in a few weeks. She has asked for a Disney Princess party so I thought the Cinderella theming would be perfect for her!

To start, I stamped (with MFT Extreme Black ink), coloured and fussy cut the images from the Pretty Princess stamp set. The Copics I used for the fairy godmother and the princess are:

Fairy godmother: Hair: E49, E18, E09, E17 / Dress: B04, B01, B000 / Skin: E53, E51, E50, R01 / Wings: G00, G000 / Wand: Y13

Princess: Hair: Y15, Y11, Y00, Y000 / Dress: RV17, RV14, RV13, RV11 / Skin: R01, E50, E000, R20

Next, I used the Watercolor Wash Free Form stencil, and lay it down over my card panel to help me work out where to place the different elements of the scene. I stamped the carriage inside the stencil, then stamped it again on masking paper. I cut out the mask and placed it over the stamped carriage. I then tore some scrap paper to make a stencil for my ground, and lay it down on the page. Above the ground, I ink blended a night sky using blueprint sketch, chipped sapphire and black soot distress oxides. For the ground, I used antique linen and and frayed burlap distress oxides.

I wanted to add some stars to my night sky, so I kept the carriage and the ground covered up, and watered down some white paint onto an acrylic block, which I flicked on to the background with a paintbrush.

Next, I removed the mask and coloured the carriage. The colours I used were: RV14, RV13 and RV11 (rooftop and curtains), C3, C1 and C0 (carriage), W3 and W1 (inside the windows) and gold pen for the trims and wheels.

There were some small places in the carriage that were covered by the mask during the ink blending, so I checked my Copic Hex chart to find the colour that closest matched the background (which was B28 for the sky and E71 for the ground), and coloured those areas to match.

I added white gel pen highlights to each of my images, then added the fairy godmother and the princess to the card using foam dots. I then heat embossed my sentiment on to some black card and also added this with foam dots. Finally, I added some pink moonstone sequins from Lucy’s cards to finish.

Good luck to everyone who has entered the competition so far, I’ve loved seeing everyone’s entries and I can’t wait to find out who the winners are!

MFT Stamps 2022 Card Design Superstar: Clean and Simple Genius

Do you love CAS (clean and simple) cards, or are you scared of them? I LOVE them but I find them so hard to pull off! Nonetheless, I decided to give it a go for the MFT Card Design Superstar: CAS Genius category. For some reason, I thought it would be a good idea to do some no-line colouring on kraft cardstock, despite the fact that I’ve never done it before (and I’ve only used my coloured pencils a couple of times!). Still, I had a clear idea of what I wanted to do, so sometimes you just have to go for it!

I cut a panel of kraft cardstock using MFT’s Wonky Stitched Rectangle Die-Namics, and stamped one of the Yetis from MFT’s Beast Friends stamp set, using Antique Linen distress ink.

I used Arteza coloured pencils to colour the Yeti. I added pale blues and greys to create shadows on the white fur, and some soft pink blush to his pale brown skin. I used a rainbow of colours for the string of lights, then added a soft application of the same colours around the light bulbs, to create a “glow”. I finished the lights with white gel pen highlights.

I added some “ground” with greys, and a pale blue sky with some snow – just a small amount around the Yeti to give it some context, but hopefully little enough to keep it CAS!

To finish, I stamped the sentiment directly below the Yeti, and that was my card done! Very hard to walk away and not add anything else! I can’t wait to see what you all come up with!

MFT Stamps Card Design Superstar 2022 – Box Card Master

Hi friends! For anyone that has been following me for a while, they’ll know that I am a big fan of MFT Stamps, so I was super excited when they announced their Card Design Superstar competition recently. I didn’t get time to take part last year, so I really wanted to get involved this year!

 

So, today I’m sharing my entry for the Box Card Master category. I had tonnes of fun making this card! I knew that I wanted to use the Beast Friends stamp set and the Christmas Cheer paper pad, so I decided to colour up my images to match the colour palette in the pad.

 

I stamped out all the images from the stamp set in MFT Extreme Black ink (which is Copic-friendly), and coloured them with the following Copic colours:

 

Yetis: W3, W1, W0.

Cheeks: RV11

Face/ears: YR20, YR000

Scarf: BG18, BG15, BG32, BG10

Mug: BG18, BG15, BG32

String of lights: RV17, BG10, BG23, YG03

Pink present: RV17, RV14, RV13, RV11

Teal present: BG18, BG15, BG32, BG10

Santa hat: R29, R27, R24, R22

Trees: YG67, YG17, YG03

 

I used a white Gelli Roll pen to add highlights to the images, then die cut.

I had a set of the Outside the Box mini slimline dies patiently waiting to be used, so they got their debut today! They were really easy to figure out, I didn’t follow any instructions – I cut the back panel and two side panels in white, as well as three inserts. I decided on the pale blue snowy paper for my background, so cut the layered stitched panels from this. The box came together really easily – I’ll upload a video if you want to see the process in action!

 

Once the box was assembled, I took some time to figure out the layout I wanted for my scene. I adhered the trees to the back panel – some with liquid glue and others with foam dots for some dimension. I glued the Yeti with the lights to the front (left), the Santa Yeti to the third insert, the Yeti with the scarf to the second insert, and some presents to the first, so there was an even spread / depth of images across the scene.

 

I stamped my sentiment on to some white card and trimmed it down, the added this to the front panel. Finally, I added a couple more presents with foam dots.

 

To finish the card, I added some Stickles (Frosted Lace) to the tops of the trees and some Glossy Accents to the string of lights.

 

I really love how this turned out, even though it was a completely different card to the one I had planned – I’ll have to save that one for another day!

Happy birthday – New Wow Trio

I love a Wow Trio, do you? Today they’ve released two new ones, and they’re lovely- to me, they feel very autumnal and rich!

For today’s card, I’ve used the Ancient Orient Trio (Tarnished Brass, Vintage Turquoise and Turkish Coffee). I’ve been wanting to try a new-to-me Stamp Your Life project kit from Altenew called Dynamic Blossoms for a while and I thought this would make a lovely colour combination.

Have you ever used the Craft Your Life kits? I’ll admit, it took me a while to work out how all the bits fitted together, but once I’d got that nailed, it came together really easily.

I stamped the outline image in black ink, then added colour to the petals with the layering stamps. The colours I used were Concord and 9ths Sea Glass and Oceanside. For the final detailed stamp, I used Wow embossing ink and added the Vintage Turquoise powder, which I then heat set.

I coloured the leaves using the coordinating stencil. I think I used Parsley, Clover and Evergreen. Again, for the final detailed layer, I added the embossing ink and this time Tarnished Brass powder. I love how the embossing adds shine and depth to the flowers!

After die cutting the flower, I also die cut two Garden Trellis background dies (again Altenew), glued together for dimension and added to an A2 card base. I added the flower on top and a pre-made sentiment from Simon Says Stamp, before finishing with a few enamel dots by Hero Arts.

I hope you love this card, it pushed me outside my comfort zone, and I’m pleased with the result!

The new Trios can be found at: http://www.wowembossingpowder.co.uk and http://www.wowembossingpowder.com

You are one in a million

Hey crafty friends, how are you? Today I’m sharing a sweet little card, perfect for a new baby or a special friend.

I started out with a panel of watercolour paper, and masked off the third to the left. On the right, I wet my paper and applied various shades of blue watercolour paint, from lightest at the bottom, to darkest at the top, finishing with a small amount of black to intensify the night sky.

I removed the masking tape and left the panel to dry thoroughly. Once dry, I dusted it with anti static powder and stamped several stars from Mama Elephant’s Wish Upon a Star stamp set in Wow! embossing ink. I applied Antique Silver embossing glitter and heat set, before repositioning the stars and repeating with both Antique Gold and Antique Rose powders.

I stamped my sentiment to the left using Versafine Onyx Black ink.

I then stamped, fussy cut and copic coloured the bunny on the moon, and added to my background with foam tape.

I hope you like! Wishing you all sweet dreams ✨️✨️✨️

Hooray!

I love this super bright and cheerful little celebration card! I made it for my lovely friend, who just aced the first year of her nursing course.

I started out by die cutting a panel of white card using my favourite Pink & Main stitched rectangle dies, then die cut the giant “Hooray” sentiment (by Lawn Fawn) from the centre.

I glued some acetate to the reverse of the panel, then added foam tape around the sentiment to create the shaker window, and the rest of the panel, so there would be no sagging.

Next, I cut down to A2 size one of the gorgeous patterned papers from the JJ’s Rainbows paper pad by Waffle Flower. I glued it to an A2 card base, then added clear sequins from Lucys Cards in the centre, before placing my shaker panel over the top.

To finish, I stamped, Copic coloured and fussy cut one of the little chicks from Mama Elephant’s Party Animals set and added him on with foam tape. The colours I used were:

Bird/star: Y17, Y15, Y11

Hat: B02, B01, B00

Supplies used:

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Have a wonderful crafty day!

Rainbow pawprints

A new crafty friend of mine is going through a tough time as her fur baby needs a lot of medical attention, so I wanted to make an encouragement card to let her know I was thinking of her.

I used a rainbow of distress oxide colours (crackling campfire, scattered straw, salvaged patina, tumbled glass, wilted violet) to blend a colourful background through the Pawsome Prints stencil by Time for Tea Designs. I used their mini stackable blending brushes which were perfect for this project.

I then applied some Nuvo Shimmer paste through the stencil, with a spatula and left the panel to dry for a few minutes.

While it was drying, I die cut the paw shape from black card using the Pawsome Dies (also T4TD). To create the sentiment, i used the new Simple Sentiments stamp set. I took the “never not thinking of you” sentiment, covered the first two words with masking tape, and stamped the rest with embossing ink on to some black cardstock. I then heat embossed with Wow’s super fine bright white powder. I added the paw and the sentiment with foam tape.

I popped my finished panel on to an A2 card base to finish. Love the rainbow sparkly paws!

If you’re inspired by this card, feel free to use discount code T4TJAYNE10 to get 10% off at the Time for Tea online store!

If Teachers were Apples…

I can’t actually believe it, but it’s my oldest daughter’s last day at nursery today! She starts primary school on Monday, so she’s gone in with presents for her teachers today. And of course, I had to make some handmade gifts, right? This bookmark was made for her key worker, who has been such a positive influence on her young life!

To make the bookmark, I die cut two of the smallest slimline die from the Slimline Scalloped Trio Circle Nesting Dies by Time for Tea Designs. I secured the add-on die with the three scalloped circles into the centre of the slimline die with washi tape, so that both of my panels had the circles cut in the exact same position.

I then added some acetate to the reverse of each of the panels with liquid glue. I added some foam tape around the edges of the panel, and around the three scalloped circles, then filled each circle with some clay hearts. I placed one of the panels over the other to seal in the shaker contents, and I stamped the sentiment from the School Days Sentiment set by Clearly Besotted on the front.

Next, I stamped, coloured and fussy cut several of the images from the same set. I chose rainbow colours to complement the clay hearts, and I attached them in rainbow order down the bookmark. And that’s it done – actually pretty simple, but I love that you can see all the way through the bookmark, it looks so effective!

Have a wonderful, crafty day! xoxo

Rediscovery hop – Beach theme

Today I’m taking part in an Instagram Hop that is designed to encourage you to dig into that stash you’ve got sitting in your craft room, waiting to be used! It’s about using your existing supplies rather than buying new, which is something I’ve been trying to do a lot more this year!

This month’s theme is Beach. I had a rummage through my stamp bins and found this amazing Lazy Dayzzz set from Clearly Besotted that I haven’t had chance to use yet!

To make my background, I masked off the top section of my A2 white card panel, and applied some Wow embossing ink below it. I added some Wow Clear Ocean embossing powder and heat set to make the ocean. I then masked off the bottom section of the card and added some Wow Cake embossing powder between the masking paper and slightly overlapping the ocean, then heat set to make the sandy beach.

I then added some Frosted Lace Stickles between the ocean and beach to make it look like the foam on the shore! Using my MISTI, I stamped the sentiment underneath the scene in Versafine black ink.

I stamped, Copic coloured and fussy cut my images, and added them with foam tape for some dimension, and that finished up today’s card! I’m quite pleased with how it turned out, especially as the background was a total experiment!!

I hope this encourages you to take another look at your existing supplies and give them a new lease of life!

Charlotte’s Naming Day

It was our youngest daughter’s naming day at the weekend, and of course I had to make a card to mark it!

I thought it would be appropriate to make a card with Charlotte’s name on it, so I used the Lea’s Ornate lower case alpha dies from Pinkfresh Studio to cut the letters from sparkly gold cardstock. I cut them again from foam and glued the gold cardstock over the top for some nice dimension.

For the background, I used the Folk Art slimline layering stencils, also from PFS, The colours I used were Concord and 9th: Parsley, Evergreen, Sorbet, Grapefruit and Honeysuckle.

I created the cardbase by die cutting two of the largest die in the Slimline Scallop Nesting Dies by T4TD, scoring one near the top and gluing the other on top. I then die cut another from the sparkly gold cardstock, glued the stencilled background to it, then added it to the cardbase.

I glued the letters over the background, then added a few raindrop jewels to finish.

I’ll also be entering this card in this month’s Simon Says Challenge (layering)!

Have a great, crafty day ❤