Cacti Christmas – MFT stamps

Hello my dears,

I was scrolling through my photos the other day and found a few cards I did not have time to show you at the end of last year. Even though they are Christmas themed I know many of you like to make holiday cards throughout the year and it might be a good inspiration, so I have decided to share these from time to time.

For this card I used the adorable Cacti from MFT Let’s Stick Together: I stamped and coloured the images with Copic markers and cut everything out with the coordinating dies. I wanted them to wear santa hats and have presents, which I found in the MFT Beast Friends stamp set (retired): perfect fit.

Then I moved on to the background: I used Distress Oxide inks to create the sky (Blueprint Sketch and Salty Ocean) and when it was dry I used the MFT Confetti stencil with white texture paste to make it wintery. I love the texture!

When it was all dry I die cut the bold setiment from the background and cut it once more from red glitter paper and 2 more times from scrap heavy weight cardstock. I love to recycle old packaging for that. I stacked the letters together and used the one cut from the background as a guide to pop the glittery ones on top.

I used 3D foam squares to add the die cut images and adhered a small cacti directly on the “i” to add more pun. A bit of clear shimmer on the caps, black glaze pen n the eyes and Mavy Snow marker for the extra fluffiness made it complete.

I hope you liked today’s inspiration and you will be back tomorrow. I have something cute and cozy planned.

See you,

Zsofi

Happy Birthday to my boy!

Hello everyone,

It is my son’s 7th birthday and as he is fond of trains, I had to make him a train card of course.

I started with stamping and colouring the images from Avery Elle Christmas Train. I used Copic markers and because blue is my little boy’s favourite colour, I made the train and cart blue. I used the coordinting dies to cut all images out.

For the background I used Newton’s Nook Design’s Petite Snow stencil with white textured paste on light blue cardstock. I set it aside to dry until I was working on the sentiment.

I die cut the Happy and Birthday words from the Waffle Flower Year Round words set using black cardstock. I also die cut a balloon from MFT Balloon Numbers from red glitter cardstock and backed it with a white balloon.

To set the scene I needed a snowbank so I used Newton’s Nook Design’s Land border die and white glitter cardstock. The perfect railway I found in Mama Elephant’s Little Train Agenda.

After assembling the card I popped up the train and balloon with 3D foam squares and used a clear shimmer pen on the presents and glossy accents to emphasize some details.

I wish you like my card as much as my son does.

See you soon,

Zsofi

MFT Card Design Superstar Contest – Coloring Virtuoso

Hello Everyone,

Here is my second entry for the MFT Card Design Superstar Contest this year, for the Coloring Viruoso category. I was thinking a lot which medium to choose but in the end I stayed with my beloved Copic markers and Distress Oxides and created a Fall scene.

I stamped and coloured the images from Fall Friends and used the coordinating dies to cut them out. I wanted to give as much texture to the images as possible with my markers, I love how they come to life!

For the background I cut a piece of Bristol Smooth cardstock slightly smaller than a slimline card. I used the Cloud and Grassy edges stencils with blending brushes and Distress Oxide inks to create a Fall sky. I added a lot of splatters: diluted ink, some black paint and liquid stardust also for a subtle sparkle.

When it was dry I stamped a sentiment in the middle in black and arranged the images. Some of them I popped up with 3D foam squares for more dimension.

I finished it off with drops of glossy accents on the pumpkin stems, the boots and buttons. I also used a black glaze pen on the eyes.

That was it from me for the contest. While I was scrolling through my stash I got a looooot of ideas which I will hopefully make and share soon. So stay tuned!

Until next time,

Zsofi

MFT Card Design Superstar Contest – Clean & Simple

Hello Everyone,

I am so happy that I could make a card for the MFT Card Design Superstar Contest this year too, I love challenges like this. It is a yearly contest and even though the categories are the same as last year, I left it to the last moment to decide which card I will enroll – yeah, I made three 🙂

So my choice for the Clean and Simple Genius category is this card:

I started with die cutting heavy weight white cardstock with a Blueprints 22 Die-namics die and using a blending brush and a very light hand I added Salty Ocean Distress ink ever so lightly in a circle frame shape.

When the ink dried I stamped the Joy Wreath stamp with Versamark ink and heat embossed it with a Textured White embossing powder (Lawn Fawn). I also added some Finetec gold paint splatters for more texture.

Then I stamped and coloured the deer and the candy cane from the Reindeer Games stamp set using my Copic markers and cut them out with their coordinating dies.

The sentiment I white heat embossed on a dark red banner. I adhered the wreath panel on a kraft cardbase and popped up the images and sentiment with 3D foam squares. I finished the design with glossy accents on the candy cane and Rudolph’s red nose, I emphasized hs eyes with a black glaze pen and scattered a few gold crystals (Studio Katia) on the wreath.

I wish you enjoyed this clean design, a bit different from what I usually make, but it was so fun to step out of my comfort zone! Visit me later for my second card for the contest!

See you,

Zsofi

With coffee no prob-llama

Hello Everyone,

It is Zsofi here today with one last post as a guest designer on the Coffee Loving Cardmakers blog this month. I am so grateful for Amy that she invited me, I truly enjoyed every single minute I spent creating coffee themed projects.

It was not easy to choose which brands to feature in my last post, so I decided to make a total mix of some of my favourites.

I have the Simon Says Stamp So pun friends stamp set for a while, but never used it before. It was a collaboration with Doodlebug Designs. When I saw that llama, I just could not resist! I stamped and coloured the images with Copic markers and added some dotted details to the fur when I was done with the colouring. I used a slightly darker brown marker and a white gel pen to add texture. I used the coordinating dies to cut them out.

For the cardbase I die cut the Honey Bee Stamps Coffee Cup Gift Card Holder die from dark brown cardstock. I wanted some texture on the front flap, so I masked it off and added a mixture of Thermoweb Deco Foil Metallix gel in Aged Copper and Black Ice. I simply used my spatula to mix them on my glass mat before applying it over a stencil from Mint Owl Studio. The stencil pal made it super easy to achieve a thin but even layer.

Until the card base was drying I die cut the coffee sleeve from patterned paper (Doodlebug Cream and Sugar) and adhered the images to it. I also die cut the coffee cup from wite cardstock and used light brown Copic markers to add a bit of shading to it. The sentiment is from the MFT Cup of love stamp set.

I did not use any embellishments on this cute card, only some glossy accents on the llama and his cup. The eyes I made shiny with a black glaze pen.

I hope you enjoyed my coffee projects this month, I promise that there will be more fun coming soon!

Hugs,

Zsofi

Coffee party – Coffee Loving Cardmakers Guestie

Hello Everyone,

It is Friday and it means not only that the weekend is close but also that I have a new coffee card for you as the January Guest Designer at the Coffee Loving Cardmakers blog.

From time to time I am in the mood to die cut things, it relaxes me to put some music and just cut, cut and cut. So for today I brought you an almost totally die cut coffee card.

I cut all the elements of the MFT Coffee All Day die set from heavy weight white cardstock and added some Distress Oxide inks to them with a blending brush. I used Walnut stain and Ground Espresso for the cup itself and the edge of the foam, Tumbled glass for the cover and Picked Raspberry on the straw. I added some ink and water sprinkles for the texture.

I cut the cup cover from vellum, and assembled the whole thing. It looks so cute on its own but i adorned it with some pink twine from Doodlebug and a Tim Holtz Snowflake charm.

The sentiment is a Simon Says Stamp die, cut from white cardstock and I ink blended the letters with Picked Raspberry ink to match the straw. In this way I did not have to look for the matching cardstock.

All I needed at this point was a pretty wintery background. I decided to heat emboss the Outline Snowflakes background stamp from Simon Says Stamp on Bristol Smooth cardstock, I used Satin Pearl embossing powder which gives a very delicate pearly finish. Then I ink blended it with Salty Ocean Distress Oxide ink and used a clear shimmer pen on the snowflakes to add some sparkle.

When it was dry I die cut it with a stitched rectangle die, adhered the sentiment and popped up the coffee cup with 3D foam squares.

I hope you like this cozy „let’s have a coffee party” card and will check back next week for my last post.

Hugs,

Zsofi

Holly Jolly holiday

Hello Everyone,

I am back today with a cute Santa card inspired by the current stenciling challenge at Pippi (my favourite Hungarian crafts store).

I created a soft ink blended background with Salty Ocean and Picked Raspberry Distress Oxide inks. Then I used the Card Sized Confetti stencil from MFT to add some tone-on-tone stars. I used the other stencil in the set with some Nuvo Shimmer paste to add some sparkly texture too.

Until it was drying I stamped and coloured the images from the MFT Santa and Friends set using Copic markers and cut them out with the coordinating dies.

I also cut some snow slopes from Lawn Fawn white glitter cardstock and adhered it to the bottom of the inked panel.

Finally I white heat embossed a sentiment from the same stamp set on a slim black banner.

As a finishing touch I added some white puff embossing powder to the santa hat and uniform with the help of a clear embossing pen. I used glossy accent on the boots, buttons and saddle and added some white gel pen highlights.

I hope you liked my card today and will pop in again soon for more fun projects. Until next time, happy crafting!

Zsofi

MFT Card Design Superstar

Hello Everyone,

The best competition for cardmakers is the Card Design Superstar contest organised by My Favorite Things. I wish it came a week later or I had more time, I would love to compete in all categories. But I managed only one, Clean and Simple Genius.

For my card I stamped the cutest puppy ever from the BB Happy Pawlidays set and coloured him with Copic markers. I used the coordinating dies to cut him out.

Then I worked on the winter background: I added blue and purple shades of alcohol inks on Yupo paper and blew them to move and mix. I set it aside to dry. When it was all dry I applied White Glitz glitter gel through the card sized star confetti stencil.

Until it was drying I looked for the perfect tag die and I found it among the Tag Builder Blueprints 4 set and cut 3 from white cardstock. When the alcohol inked background was dry I cut it with the same die and stacked them together.

I white heat embossed a small sentiment on the top of the tag and popped up the dog with 3D foam squares. On a white notecard I adhered 2 thin strips of white glitter cardstock to make it more festive.

I used white ribbon and white twine on the tag and mounted it on the card base. A little clear shimmer on the cap and glossy accents on the nose and light bulbs finished it off.

I wish you like my card for the contest and will come back tomorrow for more inspiration.

See you,

Zsofi

Just for you – MFT Sketch & Color Challenge

Hello Everyone,

When I saw the Sketch Challenge #432 and the Color Challenge #115 I knew I want to make a card which fits both. I like to challenge myself and combine the tasks, it is definitely more fun!

So I started with making my own background by white heat embossing the Roses all over background stamp on a piece of Bristol Smooth cardstock.

I don’t have many MFT inks, but I happened to have the 2 blue shades in mini cube format: Cornflower and Blue Breeze. I used a stencil brush to apply the colours and make an ombre background. I usually use Distress inks for ink blending so I was totally surprised how easy and well the hybrid inks blended.

Then I chose a cute stamp set, the Birthday Bear and friends, which I have never used before. I stamped and coloured the images with Copic markers, cut them out with the coordinating dies and added some extra detail with a white gel pen. I also used my black glaze pen on the eyes and noses to make them shiny. Of course the balloon and the party hats needed some clear shimmer too. I coated the candles with glossy accents and worked on the sentiments till it was drying.

I die cut thin banners from a peach cardstock using the Blueprints 31 die set. Then I took one long sentiment from the same stamp set and stamped it on 3 banners with partially inking the sentiment.

When assembling the card I used the grid lines of my Tim Holtz glass mat, it helped me to attach everything straight. I used 3D foam squares, sometimes doubled them up, to achieve a very dimensional result with the critters.

I will also link this card to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge No designer paper.

I hope you liked my card and will pop in again later today for another inspiration. I promise it will be out of this world 😉

See you,

Zsofi

Rain or shine – MFT Sketch Challenge

Hello Everyone,

I am super late with my entry for the MFT Sketch Challenge, but yesterday’s rain totally inspired me to make this cute card.

I staretd with stamping the girl with the big umbrella from the Birdie Brown Rain or shine stamp set on Copic friendly cardstock, and coloured her with Copic markers. I used my favourite colour combo for this spring: pink-yellow-aqua.

Then I used the Brick wall stencil on Bristol smooth cardstock and applied gently some Black Soot distress oxide ink. I die cut it with the Essential Cover Up Horizontal die and took the Mini Raindrops stencil and added Brutus Monroe glitter paste over it in teal colour. I love the layered stencil effect! When the panel was dry I added a dark teal mat to it and adhered it to a dark grey note card.

I arranged the girl, the puddle and some die cut clouds (I used the stamp set’s coordinating dies) and also heat embossed a sentiment on a bright pink cardstock strip. Apart from the sentiment – which I popped up with 3D foam squares – everything is adhered flat with liquid glue.

As a finishing touch I added clear shimmer to the umbrella and used a white gel pen to add highlights.

I will link this up to the MFT Sketch Challenge #431.

I hope you got inspired too by the capricious April weather and enjoyed my card tutorial. Please join me later today for the Newton’s Nook Design’s April Reveals Day 2 projects too.

See you,

Zsofi