Today I wanted to share with you three cute winter cards to make for your friends and loved ones! As I am sure they will love getting one of these during the holidays..
Not to mention that these cards have a more generic sentiment, so you can send these for the people who does not celebrate Christmas? that way you still keep sharing the love during other holidays during the winter.. Is that not clever? I thought so 😉
Plus this post is part of an amazing blog hop that will showcase projects for other holidays but Christmas! so I am sure you will get so many more ideas that you really want to check out all the other blogs participating in this blog hop!
So without further ado, here are the three cutest cards featuring the Warm and Toasty Stamp set!! and I will be honest, while I love all the critters in this set, I cant get enough of these cute polar bears!! I just love them!!
And even better these are great for making tons of cards, as you dont have to color for hours!! lol.. Don’t get me wrong I love coloring, but when I need to make several of them for the holidays, I definitely enjoy making simpler coloring like these polar bears.. I will go into more detail later on..
Three Cute Winter Cards
So for these cards I wanted to use the polar bear, but this stamp set is not part of a suite, so I needed to pick everything from scratch (in a way).. So I decided to go with the Snowflake Splendor Designer series paper (DSP)!!!
As the name says it, it is all about snowflakes. So I thought it would go really well with the winter cards I wanted to make!
The next thing I always try to decide is the color combination. Everything is so much easier when you have selected the colors you want to play with.
So since I decided to use the snowflake splendor DSP, I proceeded to look for the pattern I liked the most. This would then help me in deciding the color combo.
I decided to use the patterns that had pool party and whisper white.. and from the paper, I saw some patterns with the Highland Heather and Purple Posy, so I decided to use that color as a highlight color. And what best than use this color for the hat and the scarf on the cute polar bear!!!
After all I wanted these cards not to look Christmas-y, since I wanted to use these for other holiday.. So the color combo is the following
What do you think? do you like it? I definitely loved it!! and I think that it was a great combo for these cute winter cards!
Once I had selected the color combo, then it was easy to pick up embellishments that would go well with these colors..
This is what I love the most from Stampin’ Up!.. All their products color coordinate!!, so it is easy to just pull out cardstock, ink, embellishments in the colors from the color combination!
For these cards, it was the adhesive-backed snowflakes and the snowflake splendor ribbon which has a sheer color with these colors!
Finally its time to put together the cards!! so at this time I usually think of layouts. Here are the sketches I came up with for these cute cards..
Usually I just start playing with label die cuts, so that I see how these look in a particular layout or sketch until I am happy with how it looks.
I cannot recommend enough to invest in all the label dies!! seriously.. you can create sooooooo many layouts just by switching labels on whatever layout or sketch you want! I promise you!!
So for these cards I decided to use the Celebration dies!! these are becoming one of my favorite ones!! I used them in the past 2 blog posts.. so check them out, to see a few more examples.. you will see that these always make my cards pop!!
On this post, I used them for a window in a fun fold as well as a label for another fun fold card.
As I was mentioning earlier in the post, I thought these polar bears were super easy to color!! Specially if you are thinking about making several of these!! And so I wanted to share with you a close up on the polar bear, so you can see in more detail how you can color these..
I colored the images on these cards with the Stampin’ Blends, a.k.a. alcohol markers. Since these markers are from Stampin’ Up! they color coordinate beautifully with the color combo!!
Now, when the image is mainly white I love to just outline some areas of the image with either pool party light or gray granite light, that way it looks like it has some shadows and it looks finished!
And for any critter I love to add little cheeks with the flirty flamingo light. This is just a little circle with a light hand. They always look so cute!!
For the hat and the scarf, I used the Highlight Heather light for the main areas and then color a little shadow with the light of the Purple Posy. And to finish this cute little polar bear I added Wink of Stella in all the white areas of the hat and the scarf. And then added Crystal Effects to the nose and the skates!! This honestly added so much to the bear!!! So give it a try!!! you will love it!
If you are interested in seeing step by step on how to put together these cards, then make sure you watch the video tutorial below! I go over all the measurements and other card making tips. I know you will enjoy it! And if you can’t wait to make your own, at the end of this post you will see the full supply list with the link to my online store to purchase any of these items!
The Blog Hop Line Up!
As I mentioned at the beginning of this post, I am participating in a blog hop that features winter holidays so make sure you visit the blogs participating today!! I am sure you will get lots of inspirations from my fellow Stampin’ Up! demonstrators!
The Supply List
You can see below the full list of Items I used to make these cards, if you click on the images below it will take you to my onlline store where you can purchase any of these items. I truly appreciate your continuous support 🥰
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Are you looking for easy Mother’s Day handmade card ideas to make quickly? if so you will love reading this post, as I will show you how to make three cards using the Timeless Tulips Bundle perfect for Mother’s Day!!!
Three Easy Mother’s Day Handmade Card Ideas to Make!
Below you will see the cards that I am featuring today. These cards uses the Timeless Tulips as well as one of my favorite designer series paper (DSP) a.k.a. patterned paper Magnolia Lane.
What I love about these cards is that you can easily make them for any occasion, you just need to change the sentiment and you are set! is that not cool? I think these cards would be great for a thinking of you, get well or birthday cards, because who would like to get tulips in the mail? 🌷🌷🌷
The Color Combo
As usual, I came up with the color combo of these handmade cards just by following the colors on the designer series paper. I cannot emphasize how easy this is when you use Stampin’ Up! as all their products color coordinate beautifully, therefore it is easy to put color combos and get all items on that color combination. In this case you can see how well the ribbon coordinates with the cards.
Also please note that while not in the color combo, for inks I added Terracotta Tile and Old Olive. The color combo drove my decision on cardstock and embellishments as well as the selection of the design from the patterned paper pack.
The Sketches and other details
Below you will see the specific details for each of these cards as well as the sketches, so that you can recreate these cards with any other suite you might have. Give it a try and you will see how easy is to make cards with anything you have on hand. However if you want to recreate these cards exactly the same, make sure you see the supply list where I share with you which items I use. NOTE – the Magnolia Lane DSP is on the retired list so hurry up to get it as it might be gone pretty soon!
Mother’s Day Handmade Card #1
For this first card the sketch is simple, which I truly believe helps you to customize to any suite or paper pack you might have. And if you are wondering how did I made the tulip look with two tones, you need watch the video tutorial where I go step by step. As a quick reference, I stamp the tulip in a light color and then sponge with a darker color the bottom of the tulip. In this case I use the Petal Pink for the light color and Terracotta Tile for the darker color. TIP – you need to have a light hand when adding the color with the sponge.
Though the color combo calls for Mossy Meadow, I used Old Olive for the stamping of the leaves for the tulip. I did this to get a better color for the tulip, as the Mossy Meadow look really dark when put together.
Mother’s Day Handmade Card #2
The second card’s sketch is also simple, however, notice that I added and extra layer to the pieces, so it added a lot of pop to the designer series paper. I will be honest, I almost never do this, as I feel like it is too much paper on one single card, but it looks great as you can see. I might give it a try more frequently. 😉
Mother’s Day Handmade Card #3
This final card has as well a very simple sketch! I love having simple sketches because they help you when putting cards with other suites. Same as the previous one I matted the patterned paper with cardstock. Also for this particular card, I have embossed the Whisper White cardstock to have some texture on the card, rather than a just plain white layer. You will see this better on the video tutorial as the picture is not really showing the texture.
If you like these cards, make sure you watch the video tutorial below.
Please note that this class is awesome as it includes SIX different cards using mainly Designer Series Paper, which means you can remake these cards with any designer series paper you want! so make sure you check the video here were you can see all the projects 😉
This class features the Timeless Tulips bundle! and it includes 6 unique fun folds that are easy to make and follow. Once you learn how easy these are, you will be making tons of these with any other set you have.
You’ll get three more color combinations for your tulips, to get that beautiful look that make them look as if the tulips were real.. I know you will love all the cards included in this class! You can check this class in my PDF Store here.
The Video Tutorial
As usual, here is the video tutorial where I show you how to make these cards step by step. This video is for all three cards and therefore is a bit longer. I will go over measurements as well as colors and exactly how to color the tulips, plus I will give more tips and tricks to make the cards easier.
The Supply List
If you are ready to make these cards and want to see which items I use, check the below supply list. You can click at any of the images and these will take you to my online store where you can get any of these items. I appreciate your continuous support 🥰🥰🥰
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Glad to see you here my friend! Today I am sharing an easy watercoloring technique for stamped images, as well as two card layouts that you can use for the images that you will be watercoloring after seeing how easy this is.
If you love coloring, I am sure you will love watercoloring!! or maybe you might have try it but felt overwhelmed or did not get the results you wanted. Well continue reading today’s post as I will be sharing with you some tips and tricks to make it easy for your the next time you try watercoloring stamped images.
Watercolor supplies needed
This watercoloring technique requires a few supplies that I have listed below.
Ink pads in different colors
Stazon ink pad (alcohol based)
Easy Watercoloring Technique for stamped images
Here are the simple steps to follow when watercoloring with this technique, I promise you it is easy 😀
– Stamp your image using the stazon ink color, or any alcohol ink pad. I suggest you use a stamp positioning tool in case your image does not transfer well the first time you stamp it. Watercolor paper is a thicker, porous paper making it at times a bit harder to get a crisp image.
– Take some ink from your ink pads, you can use a clear block to pick color from the pad onto the block.
– Check that you have little water on your aqua painter, you want it wet but not dripping wet.
– Pick up color from the clear block using the aqua painter.
– Start coloring the area of the stamp on that color. NOTE – the less water you have it the sooner the area you color will dry and then you will be able to build color on top getting a darker shade. On the opposite side, the more water you have then the lighter the color will be and it will be harder to build color.
– Clean the aqua painter when switching colors by coloring on a scrap of paper until you don’t have any color on the brush.
– If you feel like you want to take some color out, then just use the wet aqua painter without any color and remove the color. I love this tip as it gives me confidence that I can fix the image to my liking. (kinda like having an eraser 😉)
You can watch the below video where I show you step by step this easy watercoloring technique. I know I am a visual person and sometimes reading instructions confuse me. 😉
If you are nervous when watercoloring give it a try with this easy technique, you will see that you can do it!
Watercoloring technique video tutorial
The video below will show you the steps we mentioned above and you will see in action what I meant when talking about the amount of water you need to have on your aqua painter. I think that is the most important thing to note when watercoloring.
The next step on this process is adding your master piece on a card. Because of this, I felt it would be good to provide two examples for card layouts to use.
Card Layouts using the watercolored stamped images
This first card layout is very simple. I added a basic black mat for the watercolor image to accentuate the ink color from the image.
For the card base I used Highland Heather and the designer series paper is actually from the Peaceful Poppies suite.
And finally I added a sentiment using Pear Pizzas for the card stock and the sentiment of Thinking of you from the same set Peaceful Moments.
I really love how this card turned out, is very simple, yet it looks really gorgeous because of the beauty of the watercolor image. Don’t you think? You can watch the following video tutorial to see how this card was assembled.
The second card is as well very simple. Same as with the first card, I wanted to leave a simple layout to make pop up even more the stamped image that is watercolor.
I added a mat on the stamped image to accentuate the beauty of the watercoloring.
For this image, I used mint macaroon and calypso coral ink pads for the dresses of the little girls. You can use the same technique I explained on the video for this image 😉
And if you are wondering which DSP is this one, this is the in-color 2019-2021 designer series paper and the card base is sahara sand.
Same as with the first layout, I added the thinking of you sentiment from the same stamp set.
As always, below you can see the full supply list for all the projects shown on this post. You can click at any of these images to go to my online store where you can purchase any of these items. When you purchase thru my store, you support my stamping business, which helps me continue creating cards and sharing them with you! I truly appreciate all your support 🥰
Hello my friends!! This is my first blog post, and I am truly excited to start this journey with you..
I have been sharing my work online since June 2017, but it has been mainly on YouTube (HERE) and on my Facebook page (HERE) and Facebook group (JOIN HERE), and now I will start sharing it here!! I am extremely excited but also nervous!! I think this is a huge commitment!! Anyhow.. my goal is to be blogging around 3-4 time a week, which is about the same that I do on YouTube, so I am planning for this to be the same..
So for my first post I want to share a quick and easy card for Fall, it is October already and we need to start getting ready for Thanksgiving cards, don’t you think??
I used the stamp set Pick a pumpkin (which is beautiful, and the coordinating dies are awesome!!!), and the painted harvest for the sentiment!
You can see the video tutorial where I show how to make this card, you will see that this is so easy to recreate!!
And below you can see all the items I use to make it, so if you want to duplicate this card, and need some of the supplies I would love for you to support my business by purchasing at my online store..
you can click on the images and it will take you to my store where you can get the item you clicked.
If you would like to place an order with me during October 2017, please used the hostess code E3KBUWGQ, please see the following picture to learn how to enter this code in the shopping cart when ordering online.. I am sending a card kit to make Four cards featuring the painted Autumn DSP to anyone that places a $35+ order during the month of October using the hostess code.
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