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)