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)