Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Christmas Card Series 2015 - Day Fourteen | Season's Greetings (Video)

Hello everyone! Welcome back to my Christmas Card Series for 2015 and today is the last day of the series. I've had such a great time this year making all these Christmas cards and will for sure do more series in the future!

Since this card is going up very close to Christmas time, I wanted it to be very simple. I thought up of this card for last minute cards, so if you had to give last minute cards to co-workers or what have you, this would be super simple and easy to make and you could even make it more of a complex card if it's too simple for your taste. Today I'm using one stamp and one ink pad to create this card and it literally took me 6 minutes to create 10 cards along with doing the video also.

So anyway, onto the card.


So, as I said before - very very simple card for today. I grabbed my MISTI stamping tool, 10 pre-made card bases, one stamp set (Season's Greetings by Mama Elephant) and a white pigment ink and then I was ready to begin stamping. I used my MISTI for this just to go a little faster, but honestly you could use a stamp press or an acrylic block to do this and it would be just as easy also. 

So I grabbed 10 card bases that were already pre-made out of some Neenah Desert Storm card stock. I put one of them in my MISTI tool and arranged all the stamps on top of the card base - the four snowflakes and the sentiment. Once I liked the placement I pressed down on the door of the MISTI and picked them all up - so now they're all in the spot I wanted them. I then inked up all the pieces with white pigment ink by Simon Says Stamp and stamped down onto my card base. I then replaced each piece as I went with a new card base and got to stamp down all the stamps in the exactly same place each time.


Once I stamped down all the ten card bases, I grabbed one of the smaller snowflakes, put it on an acrylic block and stamped it separately on each of the cards, getting it in approximately in the same spot each time. I could have used the MISTI, but sometimes a block is easier and that finished up all ten cards - super quick and easy and very quick to mass produce. Sometimes you just need a quick card!

The video is down below.

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/Ellaahrawr


Thanks for stopping by today, I hope you enjoyed the series as much as I did - even though I was sick a lot throughout it.
I'll catch you all again next time.
- Eloise

(I now try to link to products I use to Australian stores too. Most items I buy are from Simon Says Stamp which is located in America. But I know that not all people want to purchase overseas, so I now link to Scrapbook Boutique and Craft Online for Copic Markers so that you can buy here too. Not all products are linked to both stores because Australian stores don't always stock all the products I use. But hopefully this helps out a bit! SSS = Simon Says Stamp, SB = Scrapbook Boutique and CO = Craft Online) 


Saturday, December 19, 2015

Christmas Card Series 2015 - Day Thirteen | Merry Christmas (Video)

Hello everyone! Today I'm here with Day Thirteen of my Christmas Card Series for 2015. Today I'm using a lot of the same product I've used in previous days, so which means a lot of Mama Elephant, Copic Colouring and Distress Inks.


So basically I started off my card with stamping out all of my images with Memento Tuxedo Black ink onto my Neenah Solar White cardstock. I used the Arctic Penguins and Cozy Christmas by Mama Elephant for these. I then coloured them all in really simply with some Copic Markers - it didn't take as long this time as the penguins have very minimal colouring involved. Once they were all coloured in I then cut them out with my scissors and outlined them with a marker to make them look perfect.

Once they were coloured and cut I worked on the background. I pulled some more cardstock - this time it was Tim Holtz Watercolour Cardstock and I did some ink blending. I first masked off the top half and inked up the bottom using Tumbled Glass, Peacock Feathers and Salty Ocean and then worked backwards to blend them all together. I then masked off the bottom and inked the top half using Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Chipped Sapphire and Black Soot and again then worked backwards to get an even blend. I then took my favourite white mist and dropped some mist onto my background to make it look like snow. I then heat set this as I was then going to heat emboss my sentiment.

I grabbed the 'Merry Christmas' sentiment from Merry Greetings also by Mama Elephant, prepped my cardstock piece once it was dry with an antistatic bag and then stamped my sentiment with Versamark ink and coated it with White Embossing Powder and then melted the powder with a heat tool.


Then it was time to arrange my card, I first took all the pieces and put them onto my card to get a good idea of placement. Then for the two penguins 'swimming' I grabbed a pencil and a craft knife and just measured and put a mark with my pencil around there bellies and then I took my craft knife and cut a slit from each mark to create a slit. I then pushed each penguin through and taped them at the back.

I then adhered the rest of the penguins and accessories with foam tape. I then took some green cardstock, adhered it down flat to my card base and then foam mounted the main panel onto the card base as well and that basically finished my card.

The video is down below.

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/Ellaahrawr


Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you enjoyed. I'll be back soon with Day Fourteen which will be my last video in this series. :)
- Eloise

(I now try to link to products I use to Australian stores too. Most items I buy are from Simon Says Stamp which is located in America. But I know that not all people want to purchase overseas, so I now link to Scrapbook Boutique and Craft Online for Copic Markers so that you can buy here too. Not all products are linked to both stores because Australian stores don't always stock all the products I use. But hopefully this helps out a bit! SSS = Simon Says Stamp, SB = Scrapbook Boutique and CO = Craft Online) 



Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Christmas Card Series 2015 - Day Twelve | Merry Christmas (Video)

Hello everyone, today is Day Twelve and were getting closer to the end of this series for the year as well as super close to christmas, 9 days I can't believe it!

Anyway, today I have another card that features a colourful background. I'm using a bunch of little images out of two Mama Elephant stamp sets. I also pulled in a Lawn Fawn set at the last minute of stamping due to not having a small enough stamp in the sets I was using. For the colouring portion of this card - I'm going to be using the Kuretake Gansai Watercolours as I find them very quick and easy to use.


So to begin my card I started with stamping out the background. For backgrounds like this I find it way easier to use a ton of acrylic blocks and stamp individually rather than using my MISTI tool. Just because I don't like to clean my stamps in-between use and with the MISTI since you lay then on your cardstock and then pick them up - you would need to clean them, so that's why I use acrylic blocks over the MISTI for small stamp backgrounds. So to stamp out my background I used three stamp sets, Cozy Christmas and Christmas Spirit by Mama Elephant and then at the last minute I brought in Holiday Party Animal by Lawn Fawn - just for the little music note. I stamped out all of these images using Versafine Onyx Black Ink, one because it's my favourite and two because it stays wet long enough to clear emboss over it - which I did today. I like to do this because it keeps my watercolour contained within the stamped lines of the image. Once I stamped them all and coated them in clear embossing powder, I heat set all the powder with my heat tool.

I then taped down my piece to a board and watercolored my images. I used various colours from the Kuretake Gansai 36 Watercolour set and I like to put my colour into a palette so I can water down the colour a little as I find these colours really rich and thick, so I like to water them down a little in a palette before I use them. So I coloured in the images all in really colourful colours - so not traditional at all but sometimes I like to mix it up a little.


Once all the colouring was done I tried it with my heat tool and cut down the panel a little so it would fit my card better. I then took a piece of red cardstock from my stash and  adhered it down to my card base which is made from Neenah Solar White Cardstock - cut down to 4" x 11", scored at 5 1/2" to make a 4" x 5 1/2" cardbase, which is my favourite card base to make, I like the skinner look to my cards. I then foam mounted that colourful background piece to my card.

For the sentiment I wanted a simple greeting in a simple font and since I thought everyone would get sick of that 'Season's Greeting' sentiment that I've used a ton in this series I would do some masking and use this sentiment from the 'Cozy Christmas' set by Mama Elephant. So I took some washi tape and used a strip first to cover the bottom half of the sentiment and then used corners of washi tape to get up in between the 'Merry Christmas' of the top line. I then used some Versamark ink to ink up my stamp and then removed the washi tape and then stamped it down onto some black cardstock. Then when I poured the white embossing powder over it it just left the 'Merry Christmas" part of the sentiment, all nice and clean. I then cut down the strip, cut the left end at a angle and then adhered it onto my card also using foam adhesive. I then took some old gold glitter enamel dots by SEI and adhered 3 of them down to my card. Which I thought was the perfect finishing touch.

The video for the card is linked down below.

https://www.youtube.com/user/Ellaahrawr


Thanks for stopping by today and I'll be back soon for Day Thirteen!
See you all next time.
- Eloise

(I now try to link to products I use to Australian stores too. Most items I buy are from Simon Says Stamp which is located in America. But I know that not all people want to purchase overseas, so I now link to Scrapbook Boutique and Craft Online for Copic Markers so that you can buy here too. Not all products are linked to both stores because Australian stores don't always stock all the products I use. But hopefully this helps out a bit! SSS = Simon Says Stamp, SB = Scrapbook Boutique and CO = Craft Online) 


Sunday, December 13, 2015

Christmas Card Series 2015 - Day Eleven | Merry Christmas (Video)

Hello everyone. Today I'm here with Day Eleven of my Christmas Card Series of 2015.

Today's card features Mama Elephants Reindeer Games stamp set along with some Distress Inks for a water-coloured background and Zig Clean Colour Real Brush Pens for the colouring.


So to begin my card today I just stamped out all of my images from the Reindeer Games set by Mama Elephant with some Versafine Onyx Black Ink and then coated the images with some Clear Embossing Powder. I do this because then when I go to watercolour the lines are raised and my colour stays within the image easier. I then heat set the powder with my heat tool and I was ready to watercolour.

For my water-colouring today I decided to go with my Zig Clean Colour Real Brush Markers again to do some quick colouring, because these markers are quite easy to use and are quick. All the colours used will be listed below and in the video during my colouring process by the way. The best way I've found for me personally to use these markers is to work fast and in small sections. So you'll see in the video I work in little sections and that's the way I get the best results. I use the Tim Holtz Watercolour Cardstock - which I love because it's a bright white, not cream. But I find you have to work a little harder at these markers to get them to blend nicely, so then the way I do that is to use the steps I mentioned before and to use a damp normal paint brush, not a super wet one or a water brush (the ones that hold water within the pen). I honestly don't like water brushes anyway, so I generally just use a normal paint brush for all my watercoloring anyway. But that's just personally a way that works well for me.

So, back to the card. Once all my water-colouring was done I dried my images with my heat tool and then die cut them all out. Once they were all die cut I moved onto my background.


For my background panel I used another piece of Tim Holtz Watercolour Cardstock and used Distress Inks as watercolours. I started off with three colours - Cracked Pistachio, Peacock Feathers and Salty Ocean. For my watercolour backgrounds I like to do lots of layers and they progressively get darker and darker each time I do the layers. So I start off super light and messy, dry it. Do another layer, getting darker and filling in more gaps and so on until I get a look I like. Once the background was complete I then used some white mist for the look of snow. When the background was dry I trimmed it down to fit my card base and then stuck it down using a ton of adhesive, since it warped quite a bit.

For the border around my card I used a die by Mama Elephant from the Index Card set and used a piece of Neenah Solar White Cardstock, cut down to 4" by 5 1/2" and then centred the die within that piece and ran it through my Big Shot. I then used some foam adhesive doubled up and adhered that all around the edge of the frame. I then pulled out my Big Shot once again and I cut out two landscape pieces out of Neenah Solar White Cardstock one again and I used the Landscape Trio dies by Mama Elephant for that. Once they were cut out I adhered them on top of each other at different heights to create two snow hills. I then adhered the frame down over the card also.

I then arranged my reindeer, trees and accessories onto my card base also. Using foam adhesive and flat adhesive to create dimension. For the sentiment I went with a simple 'merry christmas' from an old Studio Calico stamp set called Cool Yule and stamped that on some Red Cardstock in some Versafine Onyx Black Ink and in hindsight I would have rathered heat emboss it in white, but I have no fine detail and it would have looked messy, so I went with a simple black. I then adhered that onto my card with foam adhesive also. As a last finishing touch I took my Wink of Stella Clear Pen and put that over top on some of the images and the card was complete.

The video is linked down below.



Thanks all for stopping by today and I hope you enjoyed my card.
I'll see you all next time for Day Twelve.
- Eloise

(I now try to link to products I use to Australian stores too. Most items I buy are from Simon Says Stamp which is located in America. But I know that not all people want to purchase overseas, so I now link to Scrapbook Boutique and Craft Online for Copic Markers so that you can buy here too. Not all products are linked to both stores because Australian stores don't always stock all the products I use. But hopefully this helps out a bit! SSS = Simon Says Stamp, SB = Scrapbook Boutique and CO = Craft Online) 


Friday, December 11, 2015

Christmas Card Series 2015 - Day Ten | Happy Christmas (Video)

Hi everyone, today I'm here with a card inspired by a post I made on my Instagram account for the 30 Day Colouring Challenge hosted by Kathy Racoosin and it featured the little gingerbread men from the Oh Snap set by Lawn Fawn (I'll post a photo below) and I'm also going to be using the Zig Clean Colour Real Brush Pens for some water colouring.


This is the card I made for today. So to begin my card today I pulled out some Tim Holtz Watercolour Cardstock and treated both pieces with an Anti-static Powder Bag. I then began stamping out my background and gingerbread men. All three sets are from Lawn Fawn - Baaah Humbug, Oh Snap and Holiday Party Animal. I used some Versafine Onyx Black ink to stamp out all my images today because I'm going to be doing some water colouring and this is an ink I can clear emboss over top and I like that just so I can keep my water colour contained. Once they were all stamped out I coated the pieces with Clear Embossing Powder and then melted the powder with my heat tool.

I then decided to colour in all my images with my Zig Clean Colour Real Brush Pens and the best way I've found to use these pens personally is to use a damp regular paint brush to move the colour, to move fast and to work in sections. With smaller images it seems to be okay but it still works better to work in little bits and pieces on each image as then the colour won't try and the colour will move easily. So anyway, that is just my personal opinion to how to use these markers for watercoloring and the best way I have found for me.

Now, back to the card. Once I finished colouring in all these images I used the coordinating dies for the gingerbread men to cut them all out and then also the hat. I then used the smaller frame from the Sew Fancy set by Mama Elephant to cut out the background piece. I then took some vellum from Bazzill to cut out the same frame so I could cover my background piece to dull down all the colour and so I could let the gingerbread men shine.

Now it's time to adhere all the pieces together. For the inspiration on the gingerbread men, as I said before it was inspired by a post I made on Instagram - so here is the picture I posted for the colouring challenge.


I loved the look of the ginger bread men stacked like a pyramid so I knew I wanted to create a card with that look.


So to adhere all these pieces together I started off with adhering down all the gingerbread men with foam adhesive to just the vellum piece. Then I adhered the vellum piece so I could strategically place the runner adhesive behind the gingerbread pyramid. I really like how this looks with the dulled down colourful background at the back. I then pulled a piece of patterned paper by October Afternoon's Silent Night collected and just cut that down a little smaller than my card base - which is Neenah Desert Storm Cardstock and adhered that flat down onto my card. I then used foam adhesive to adhere down the main panel on top of that patterned paper.

For the senitment I used the 'Happy Christmas' sentiment from the Oh Snap set by Lawn Fawn and I cut off the brackets on that stamp since I know I'll never use it with the brackets on. I stamped that down onto some Black Cardstock and white heat embossed it. I used an old die by Studio Calico that came out of an old card kit to cut out my sentiment into a banner shape. I then adhered that onto my card under the ginegrread men also with some foam adhesive. For a final touch I used my Clear Wink of Stella pen to add some glitter to the Santa hat and that finished up the card for today.

The video is linked down below.

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/Ellaahrawr



Thanks for stopping by today, I hope you enjoyed the card and got inspired.
I'll be back soon with Day Eleven.
- Eloise

(I now try to link to products I use to Australian stores too. Most items I buy are from Simon Says Stamp which is located in America. But I know that not all people want to purchase overseas, so I now link to Scrapbook Boutique and Craft Online for Copic Markers so that you can buy here too. Not all products are linked to both stores because Australian stores don't always stock all the products I use. But hopefully this helps out a bit! SSS = Simon Says Stamp, SB = Scrapbook Boutique and CO = Craft Online) 



Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Christmas Card Series 2015 - Day Nine | Festive Holiday Wishes (Video)

Hello everyone! Today I'm here for Day Nine of my Christmas Card Series for 2015. I'm gonna be pumping out cards with videos over the next week and a bit as I've filmed so many videos over the past two months for this series and have fallen behind with uploading them, so here we are now two or whatever weeks till Christmas and I have a ton of uploading to do!

So anyway, onto the card. For today's card I'm going to be using some Mama Elephant stamps along with Copic Markers and Distress Inks.


So to start off my card today I stamped out all of the images from the Cozy Christmas, Christmas Spirit and Reindeer Games sets by Mama Elephant and coloured them all in with Copic Markers. I generally either move from light to medium to dark and then backwards or light to dark to medium to light, depending on my mood really. Once they were all coloured in I die cut all of my images out and then the tree with my Brother Scan and Cut Machine - I love this baby and will be doing a review on it in the near future. I just want to get my Christmas Card Series over and done with first - so it will probably happen in the new year. 

Anyhow, once they were all cut out I worked on the background panel. I cut down a piece of Neenah Solar White Cardstock and ink blended in some Distress Ink. I started off with Evergreen Bough then Pine Needles then Chipped Sapphire and ended with Black Soot then worked in reverse to smooth out all those colours and get more of a blended look. Once that was done I grabbed some White Mist by Mister Hueys and dropped on some white paint to look like snow. I then heat dried my panel with my heat tool so I could move onto stamping my sentiment. I white heat embossed a sentiment from the Jingle Greetings set by Mama Elephant.


I then die cut a snow drift from the Landscape Trio set also by Mama Elephant out of another piece of Neenah White Cardstock and adhered it flat onto my background panel. I then attached the tree flat onto the background also. I then used 3M Foam Adhesive to put onto all the backs of the images and then adhered them all onto the panel. I wanted to stack those reindeer on top of each other on the sled, since that one that's sitting just seemed perfect for the type of scene. I then mounted that background panel onto some red cardstock and then put the red cardstock onto a cardbase I made myself cut to 4" x 11" and scored at 5 1/2" to create a 4" x 5 1/2" cardbase - which is a little smaller than an A2 card, but I do prefer the skinner look on the card. I then added a few hints of sparkle with my Wink of Stella pen and the card was complete.

The video is linked down below.

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/Ellaahrawr



Thanks all for stopping by today and I hope you enjoyed the card for today.
I'll be back again real soon.
- Eloise

(I now try to link to products I use to Australian stores too. Most items I buy are from Simon Says Stamp which is located in America. But I know that not all people want to purchase overseas, so I now link to Scrapbook Boutique and Craft Online for Copic Markers so that you can buy here too. Not all products are linked to both stores because Australian stores don't always stock all the products I use. But hopefully this helps out a bit! SSS = Simon Says Stamp, SB = Scrapbook Boutique and CO = Craft Online) 


Monday, December 7, 2015

Christmas Card Series 2015 - Day Eight | Season's Greetings (Video)

Hello everyone. I'm finally back with Day Eight of the Christmas Card Series 2015. Today is a super quick card and video and would be easily mass produced and actually after I filmed and did this video I actually did mass produce some of these to give away.

So onto the card, todays card features WPlus9 stamps, Simon Says Stamp inks and the MISTI.


So to start off with todays card I just took a piece of Neenah Solar White Cardstock and cut it down to approx 3 1/4" by 5 1/2". I then used my MISTI tool to stamp down the images from the Woodland Wreath stamp set by WPlus9. I first started off with the 2nd layer stamp - which was a mistake, but honestly it doesn't really matter, so I stamped that layer in some Green Leaf Ink by Simon Says Stamp. I then took the first layer stamp and stamped that down in Jellybean Ink by Simon Says Stamp. For the third layer stamp, which is the branches and I stamped that down in Dark Chocolate Ink also by Simon Says Stamp. Then the last layer is the berries and I stamped those down in some Lipstick Red ink by Simon Says Stamp. That finished off the colour stamping portion, so now I moved onto the sentiment. I took the Season's Greetings sentiment that has been a favourite throughout this series so far, stamped that onto some scrap Black Cardstock by Simon Says Stamp with some Versamark Ink and heat embossed it with white and then cut it down to size and that finished off basically the card.

All I did next was cut down two little scraps of Red and Gold Foil Card stock stuck them onto my cardbase (you could even leave out this step if you wanted to make it even more simple to mass produce), which measures 4" x 5 1/2" and then adhered down the stamped panel flat onto the card base. So that finishes up my super simple card for today - even the video is only like 3 minutes long!

The link for the video is down below.

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/Ellaahrawr


I hope you enjoyed the card and video today and I would love to hear your thoughts on todays card!

Thanks for stopping by today and I'll catch you all soon.
- Eloise

(I now try to link to products I use to Australian stores too. Most items I buy are from Simon Says Stamp which is located in America. But I know that not all people want to purchase overseas, so I now link to Scrapbook Boutique and Craft Online for Copic Markers so that you can buy here too. Not all products are linked to both stores because Australian stores don't always stock all the products I use. But hopefully this helps out a bit! SSS = Simon Says Stamp, SB = Scrapbook Boutique and CO = Craft Online) 


Monday, November 30, 2015

Christmas Card Series 2015 - Day Seven | Merry and Bright (Video)

Hello everyone! Today I'm here with Day Seven of my Christmas Card series of this year.

Today I'm doing some watercoloring with Distress Inks and Zig Clean Colour Real Brush Pens along with some newer stamps by Mama Elephant.


So to start off my card I started off with a piece of Watercolour Cardstock by Tim Holtz and stamped out my leaves from the Mama Elephant - Twinkle Towns set using my MISTI tool and my Distress Ink in the colour Twisted Citron. Once that was stamped out, I taped my watercolour piece to a hard surface (I use a cheap chopping board from Kmart). 

I then smooshed my Twisted Citron and Mowed Lawn Distress Inks onto a slick surface and began to watercolour over the leaves. I did a wash of the Twisted Citron first and then darkened it up a little bit making some shadows with the Mowed Lawn. Once that was done, I dried it off with my heat tool and then stamped out the branches using the Antique Linen ink. I again repeated the same steps but instead smooshing out Gathered Twigs and Walnut Stain from the Distress Ink line. I then quickly watercoloured over the branches using Gathered Twigs as the lightest and Walnut Stain as the darkest. I then dried that completely using my heat tool and moved on. I then stamped out the Merry and Bright sentiment from the Jingle Greetings stamp set with some Versafine Onyx Black Ink also.


For the ornament I stamped that out and the scene inside using Versafine Onyx Black Ink again, but since I was going to watercolour over it I poured over Clear Embossing Powder by Simon Says Stamp and heat set it with my heat tool. I coloured this image in with my Zig Clean Colour Real Brush Pens - all the colours will be linked below, by the way. My favourite way to use them pens is to use a damp brush to spread the colour and to work in small sections to be able to work faster. That's one of the best ways personally for me to use them. So anyways, once it was all coloured in I just used my heat tool once again to dry it completely. I then was going to use the die to cut it out but used my scissors instead since the die moved as I ran it through my die cut machine.

I then stamped out the line that comes in the stamp set twice onto my card to make the string for the ornament. I then used some 3M Foam Adhesive to adhere the ornament onto my card. I then grabbed some Fun Foam to adhere to the back of my panel to make it nice and sturdy. I then grabbed a card base which is made out of Neenah cardstock and is cut to 4" x 11" and scored at 5 1/2" to make a 4" x 5 1/2" card. I then cut a piece of Lipstick Red Cardstock by Simon Says Stamp to 4" x 5 1/2" as well and cut out the middle section (just to save on cardstock) and then adhered it to my cardbase. I then adhered my panel onto the cardbase as well and that finished up my card.

The video is linked down below.

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/Ellaahrawr


I hope you enjoyed the video and card for today. I'd love to know what you thought of the card today either here or at Youtube - I really love to hear your feedback!
- Eloise

(I now try to link to products I use to Australian stores too. Most items I buy are from Simon Says Stamp which is located in America. But I know that not all people want to purchase overseas, so I now link to Scrapbook Boutique and Craft Online for Copic Markers so that you can buy here too. Not all products are linked to both stores because Australian stores don't always stock all the products I use. But hopefully this helps out a bit! SSS = Simon Says Stamp, SB = Scrapbook Boutique and CO = Craft Online) 




Monday, November 23, 2015

Christmas Card Series 2015 - Day Six | Happy Holidays (Video)

Hey everyone, today I'm here for Day Six of my Christmas card series for this year.

For todays card I'm just creating a little scene using a Neat and Tangled stamp along with some trees from a Mama Elephant set also.


So to start off the card I stamped out all the images using my MISTI stamping tool on Neenah Solar White 80# Cardstock, which is my absolute favourite cardstock. I also used Memento Tuxedo Black Ink as thats a copic friendly ink. I then began colouring my trees, because there were 3 of them and I didn't want to use a lot of copic marker ink, I used my distress inks to colour them in. Also, I knew I was going to fussy cut these to the line, so it was easy enough to go over the lines. It would have been a lot harder if I had used dies or something. Anyway, I used Twisted Citron and Mowed Lawn to colour those in - I did mask over the top of the middle tree as I wanted to colour the stand and star in with copics. Because I had my distress inks and craft sheet out, I decided to colour in the background before putting the items away.

For the background, I just used a large sticky note and cut a hill to create a mask. I masked off the bottom portion of the card and inked the top half using Tumbled Glass distress ink. I then removed the mask and went to ink the bottom of the card - but it didn't work too well so I just cut an additional piece of Neenah cardstock and cut a hill with my scissors - you could use a die to create this if you're not comfortable free hand cutting it. I then used Pumice Stone on the additional piece of cardstock to make it look more like snow. I then adhered that piece to the bottom of the blue piece.


I then moved on to colouring the girl. For the little girl I used various copic markers and they are all listed below in the links. I then fussy cut out all the images. Before moving on to adhering them onto my card, I took out some white mist and tapped it on all over the background to make it look like snow is falling. I then dried it with my heat tool so I could begin adhering the images on top. I used 3M Foam adhesive to adhere all the images down onto the background for some dimension. I then stamped out the sentiment. I used a scrap of Banana Split Cardstock by Bazzil and stamped out the sentiment in some Versafine Onyx Black ink. I then used my scissors to fussy cut that sentiment on the line also. I then adhered that piece onto my panel as well. To finish up the card I used some wink of stella clear glitter and added that onto some of my images.

The video is linked down below.




I hope you enjoyed the video and card - I'd love to know what you think in the comments below or at YouTube. I really love to hear from yous!
Thanks for stopping by today, and I'll be back soon for Day Seven.
- Eloise

(I now try to link to products I use to Australian stores too. Most items I buy are from Simon Says Stamp which is located in America. But I know that not all people want to purchase overseas, so I now link to Scrapbook Boutique and Craft Online for Copic Markers so that you can buy here too. Not all products are linked to both stores because Australian stores don't always stock all the products I use. But hopefully this helps out a bit! SSS = Simon Says Stamp, SB = Scrapbook Boutique and CO = Craft Online) 


Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Christmas Card Series 2015 - Day Five | Season's Greetings (Video)

Hello everyone! Today I'm here with Day Five of the Christmas Card Series for this year. Today I'm gonna be creating a simple design that you could mass produce if you wanted too, using WPlus9 stamps, Simon Says Stamp inks and the MISTI tool.


So this is the card I made for todays video. It is a pretty simple design, but I think it's quite lovely and would be nice and quite easy to mass produce. So to start off I stamped out all of my images using my MISTI. I just stamp them in steps to make it faster. So I first did the first layer of the poinsettias, then the second layer on all, then the third layer on all and then the middles of them. I then moved onto the leaves and did the same steps. I then die cut them all out using the coordinating dies. 

To create my background panel I used the Index Card dies by Mama Elephant I first die cut out the gold piece out of the scalloped frame in the set (which I apologise for the bad photo of it, the camera doesn't capture it well at all) I then used the other frame which is the rectangular one in the set and cut out the centre of the scalloped piece. I then used Neenah Solar White in the 80# weight and cut out another rectangular piece to slip inside the scalloped piece - I just did it the long way to save on gold cardstock. I then used some tape at the back to hold them together, so it would be easier to adhere. I then used some Versafine Onyx Black Ink to stamp out the sentiment which is from the Merry and Bright set by WPlus9 onto the white panel. I then took some adhesive and adhered my panel onto my card base which is Desert Storm cardstock by Neenah also and it's cut to 4" by 11", scored at 5 1/2" to create a 4" x 5 1/2" card base.


For the poinsettias, I adhered down the leaves directly onto the card. I then used some 3M foam adhesive to adhere down the smaller poinsettias onto the card. I then took some taller foam adhesive from American crafts to adhere down the large poinsettia. I wanted different heights of them to create a nice effect. I then went over the images with my clear wink of stella pen and the card was complete. 

The video for you to watch is down below. :)



I hope you enjoyed the video and card today. I love hearing from you so feel free to leave comments!
I will be back again soon with Day Six.
- Eloise

(I now try to link to products I use to Australian stores too. Most items I buy are from Simon Says Stamp which is located in America. But I know that not all people want to purchase overseas, so I now link to Scrapbook Boutique and Craft Online for Copic Markers so that you can buy here too. Not all products are linked to both stores because Australian stores don't always stock all the products I use. But hopefully this helps out a bit! SSS = Simon Says Stamp, SB = Scrapbook Boutique and CO = Craft Online) 


Sunday, November 15, 2015

Christmas Card Series 2015 - Day Four | Season's Greetings (Video)

Hello everyone, today I'm here with day four of the Christmas card series for this year. Today I'm using a non-christmas stamp set to create a christmas card. I like to use all my critter sets all year round and dress them up to fit any occasion or holiday.

This is the card I made today, I used the Charmed set by Mama Elephant as the main focus for the card today and then used a couple of christmas themed stamp sets to make it holiday like.


So to begin my card, I stamped out all the images on some Neenah Solar White cardstock with some Memento Tuxedo black ink. I used the Charmed set by Mama Elephant  for the owl, wreath and banner. The Baah Humbug set by Lawn Fawn for the little santa hat and the Merry and Bright set by WPlus9 for the sentiment and to stamp that sentiment I just curved the stamp on my block and stamped it down onto my banner image. I then coloured all those images in with Copic markers. All the colours will be listed below in the supply links at the end of the post. Once they were all coloured, I used all the coordinating dies from the sets I used and I put some foam adhesive on the back of all the pieces.


I then took a piece of Neenah Solar White card tock once again and cut it down to 3 3/4" by 5 1/8". I then took some Distress Ink in the colour Tumbled Glass and using a round mini ink blending tool, I started in the middle of the paper more towards the top started lightly blending in a circular motion, until I liked the way it looked. I then adhered all my die cut pieces over that blended piece. To finish off my card I used a 4" by 11" piece of Neenah cardstock scored at 5 1/2" to make a card base that measures 4" x 5 1/2" and then adhered a piece of Lipstick Red cardstock by Simon Says Stamp over the cardbase (that piece is cut to 4" x 5 1/2" as well) and then used some fun foam to adhere my focal piece onto the card and that was it.

The video is linked down below.



I hope you enjoyed the video and card today and I'll be back soon for Day Five. :)
- Eloise

(I now try to link to products I use to Australian stores too. Most items I buy are from Simon Says Stamp which is located in America. But I know that not all people want to purchase overseas, so I now link to Scrapbook Boutique and Craft Online for Copic Markers so that you can buy here too. Not all products are linked to both stores because Australian stores don't always stock all the products I use. But hopefully this helps out a bit! SSS = Simon Says Stamp, SB = Scrapbook Boutique and CO = Craft Online) 


Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Christmas Card Series 2015 - Day Three | Merry Merry Merry (Video)

Hi there! Today I'm bringing you Day Three of the Christmas Card Series for this year! This card is inspired by the card I did on Day One of the series. I just loved using the elephant with a santa hat added and him/her holding the star. It was super cute and I wanted to replicate the look today. It's not exactly the same design - but a similar scene.


So to start off my card today I worked on the background. I first die cut this scalloped piece out using a Mama Elephant die cut set and some Tim Holtz Watercolour Cardstock. I then masked off the bottom portion of my panel because I wanted to blend in a different colour there. So I used Distress Inks for the background, blending up from a light to a dark to create an ombre / gradient look. I then used a little Pumice Stone to create the "snow" look a the bottom - I could have kept it white, but instead I used a little grey which actually turned out to be too much, but it's okay.

I then used a paint brush to create some water droplets, I like this way much better than using my hand! It's quite a bit more controlled. I then also took some white mist from Mister Hueys and tapped some of that onto the background also to create the falling snow look. I then set that aside to dry.


I then moved onto the colouring, I stamped out all my little images - that little Santa hat is just the hat off Santa in Mama Elephants - Cozy Christmas set and I then coloured them in with some Copic markers - the colours used will be listed below in the product links. Once they were all coloured in I stamped the sentiment, also from Mama Elephant and used white embossing powder by Simon Says Stamp. I heat set the sentiment and assembled my scene. I then adhered some fun foam to the back of my panel and adhered it onto a 4" x 5 1/2" card base made with some Neenah Desert Storm  80# cardstock and that finished up my card.

Here is the video on YouTube.




I want to thank you for stopping by today and I hope you enjoyed. I'll be back soon with day four.
- Eloise

(I now try to link to products I use to Australian stores too. Most items I buy are from Simon Says Stamp which is located in America. But I know that not all people want to purchase overseas, so I now link to Scrapbook Boutique and Craft Online for Copic Markers so that you can buy here too. Not all products are linked to both stores because Australian stores don't always stock all the products I use. But hopefully this helps out a bit! SSS = Simon Says Stamp, SB = Scrapbook Boutique and CO = Craft Online) 


Sunday, November 8, 2015

Christmas Card Series 2015 - Day Two | Merry Christmas (Video)

Hello everyone! Today I'm here with day two of the Christmas Card Series for 2015 and today I'm here to show you some mass producing of some Christmas cards with the MISTI and along with that I'm using WPlus9 stamps and Simon Says Stamp inks.


So before I started the stamping process on these cards I prepped a little bit for the 10 cards I was going to make. So I gathered together 10 card bases (cut to 4" x 11" - then scored at 5 1/2"), then 10 pieces of the green card stock (cut to 4" x 5 1/2") then last was 10 pieces of Neenah solar white 80# card stock (cut to 3 3/4" x 5 1/8"). So that was basically all my prep for these cards. I then grabbed out all the colours I was going to use and my stamp sets. This is the best way to prep for mass producing is to get everything cut and organised before you start.


To begin my stamping I first stamped the "merry" part of the sentiment, so I grabbed a piece of paper, put it into my MISTI and added the sentiment on top of the paper inside the MISTI. I then picked up the sentiment with the "door" of the MISTI and then inked it up and stamped it down and before I removed the sentiment from the MISTI, I stamped all 10 pieces before I removed the sentiment from the MISTI so then I could get them all in the same places. For the "christmas" part of the sentiment, I grabbed an acrylic block for this and stamped them under the "merry" part on all 10 cards.

Then it was time to begin my stamping. I just moved through all the images stamping the images that were going to be in the same colour at a time. I made sure I stamped the same images on all 10 cards so they would all stamp in the same place before I moved onto the next section of the card.


Once all of the stamping was now complete I moved onto the smaller layers of each stamp and generally I just used an acrylic block for the small layers as it was easier than putting small stamps on my MISTI, but for like the lines of the leaves and middles of the flowers - it didn't matter if they didn't stamp perfectly where they were supposed to, so that's why I decided it would be quicker to just use a block instead. After it was all stamped out I went through and adhered the pieces of card stock to the card bases all at the same time, then took the stamped panel and adhered that onto the now green card base. I then quickly used my wink of stella in the clear to colour over the flowers to give them some shimmer.

That finished up all 10 cards and now I have some super easy cards to give to people at christmas time and honestly, with the MISTI tool this took no time at all for 10 cards. The time it took me to complete all 10 of these, it sometimes takes me that long just to create one card! Especially with colouring images. :p

Anyhow, the video is linked down below.

YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/Ellaahrawr



Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you're enjoying the card series for this year, there are plenty more videos to come!
- Eloise

(I now try to link to products I use to Australian stores too. Most items I buy are from Simon Says Stamp which is located in America. But I know that not all people want to purchase overseas, so I now link to Scrapbook Boutique and Craft Online for Copic Markers so that you can buy here too. Not all products are linked to both stores because Australian stores don't always stock all the products I use. But hopefully this helps out a bit! SSS = Simon Says Stamp, SB = Scrapbook Boutique and CO = Craft Online) 


Thursday, November 5, 2015

Christmas Card Series 2015 - Day One | Merry Christmas (Video)

Hello everyone, today I'm here with Day One of my Christmas Card Series for this year! I'm hoping to have around 12 videos before Christmas, but I'm not sure just yet as I have a lot on my plate at the moment, but let's get onto the card.


This is the card I made for today's video. One of the things I like to do with christmas cards is use other stamp sets in my collection and make them christmassy. Granted there are two christmas sets used here also, but for the image, this Ella and Friends set by Mama Elephant isn't a christmas set and really is the main focus of the card, but just by adding a santa hat to him/her, it instantly becomes christmassy and that's what I love to do. 

Not everyone - including me has a ton of money to spend on new craft supplies, a lot of the time I save up little by little or sell old supplies - mainly stamps, to buy new craft supplies. So I love being able to use product over and over again for many different purposes. So this is what I did here. As I said before, that santa hat instantly made a non-christmas stamp set christmassy, also that tree image there is from an older christmas set by Mama Elephant called Cozy Christmas, but for the last three years without fail I've used this set for multiple christmas cards. So sometimes you don't always need brand new sets to make new cards. Even though, I love new sets too and I do save to get them.. but you just sometimes have to use what you have. :)


So anyway, I basically just made that background with distress inks and then copic coloured in those images to make the scene. I then used another set by Mama Elephant for the greeting and white heat embossed it onto the coloured background. I used a white gel pen to do the snow falling in the background and I then adhered the panel onto a Neenah card base covered in a scrap piece of patterned paper from my stash. Such a cute card, in my opinion and I just loved the way it turned out.

The video is linked below.


Thanks for stopping by today and I'll be back soon for Day Two of this years Christmas Card Series. I'll see you then!

- Eloise

(I now try to link to products I use to Australian stores too. Most items I buy are from Simon Says Stamp which is located in America. But I know that not all people want to purchase overseas, so I now link to Scrapbook Boutique and Craft Online for Copic Markers so that you can buy here too. Not all products are linked to both stores because Australian stores don't always stock all the products I use. But hopefully this helps out a bit! SSS = Simon Says Stamp, SB = Scrapbook Boutique and CO = Craft Online) 


Monday, October 19, 2015

Thank You (Video)

Hi everyone, today I'm here with another card tutorial for you all.

Today's card features some Mama Elephant and Clearly Besotted stamps along with the Ranger Texture Paste, Distress Inks and Copic Markers.


I first started off with the Ranger Texture Paste and an Simon Says Stamp stencil - I love this grid stencil, so simple and because of it being quite intricate, you can get a lot of colour in it. I used my palette knife to scoop some texture paste out and I applied it over my stencil. I then set it to dry one I got the layer nice and smooth. I then moved onto my colouring. It was some super simple colouring today. I used my copic markers along with the Ella and Friends set by Mama Elephant. I coloured the elephant, mouse & umbrella. I then die cut those out with the coordinating dies.

Once they were done I prepped the card base and sentiment, I just used a simple Thank You sentiment from a Clearly Besotted set and white heat embossed it on some black cardstock, by Simon Says Stamp and I then used that same cardstock to cover my card base.

Once that was completed my textured pasted piece had dried. So I grabbed out some distress ink in rainbows colours. I then placed the stencil back over my texture pasted piece and adhered it back down over top. I then ink blended in all the colours of ink over top to create a rainbow. The texture paste does this well and doesn't peel up! Along as it's dry of course.


Once it had all been coloured, it was time to assemble the card. I added some fun foam to the back on the texture pasted piece and then adhered that piece onto the card. I then grabbed my elephant and sentiment and adhered those onto the card with some 3M foam adhesive. At that stage I didn't like the way the umbrella & mouse looked on the card so I left those off. But, you'll see on this picture that I decided to add those on after all!

So that basically finished up the card. Look below and I'll have the video link for you. :)


Thanks for stopping by today and I'll see you again soon!
- Eloise

(I try to link to multiple sources now, so that any Australian viewers that don't purchase overseas may be able to get the products I use too. All items are linked to Simon Says Stamp though, unless stated otherwise. CO = Craft Online, SB = Scrapbook Boutique, ST = Scrap Therapy, ME = Mama Elephant & SSS = Simon Says Stamp) 



Sunday, October 11, 2015

Much Thanks (Video)

Hi there! Today I'm back with another video using my MISTI for some mass production of some simple thank you card, along with some inks from Simon Says Stamp and a older stamp set by Mama Elephant.


So these are the cards I made in today's video. I made four cards using my MISTI tool and they took no time at all to complete! I don't know about you, but I go through lots of thank you cards, probably more so than birthday cards since a lot of time for me anyway, happy birthday messages are done using social media.

I used some newer colours of ink by Simon Says Stamp to stamp out the flowers and leaves - those images are from the Water Blooms stamp set by Mama Elephant and it's an older set, but still right up there as one of my favourites! To create that oval mask I didn't have any oval dies - I must get some as I found it a nice basic shape. I cut that shape out using my silhouette die cutting machine. I just drew a simple oval shape and then cut that shape out using some cheap lighter weight cardstock as otherwise you'll get a line in from the cut shape and won't get a full stamped image - this still happened to me, but using the MISTI tool I just pressed down firmer more times to get the full stamped image and it turned out fine!


Down below will be video link and I hope you enjoy!


Thanks for stopping by today and I'll catch you all soon, I have more videos ready to go just need to find the time to upload / link them all up for you all!

- Eloise

(I try to link to multiple sources now, so that any Australian viewers that don't purchase overseas may be able to get the products I use too. All items are linked to Simon Says Stamp though, unless stated otherwise. CO = Craft Online, SB = Scrapbook Boutique, ST = Scrap Therapy, ME = Mama Elephant & SSS = Simon Says Stamp)