Holiday Card Series 2017 – hedgehogs in the snow

White and blue snowflakes on a dark paper background.

Hello Everyone,

I am popping in with a project inspired by the current Sketch Challenge at the MFT Card Challenges site. Actually I made 4 cards, all the same, having in mind the teachers at my son’s KG (he is in the Hedgehog group).

I started with die cutting my stitched panels from Bristol Smooth cardstock. Before stamping anything, I created my masks from full sticky Post-it notes and fussy cut the images to be ready to use. I also created a circle mask as the moon. As I made 4 cards, I created 4 masks of each image simply stacking 4 Post-its and stamping the image once, cutting all 4 at once.

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Then I stamped the small hedgehog first. I , masked it, stamped the second hedgehog, masked it and finally stamped the tree trunk. I masked this too and added the moon mask as well. I stamped the Snowfall background stamp with Versamark ink and white heat embossed it on all 4 card panels.

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Then I started ink blending using Distress Oxide inks and a round blending tool. Before reaching the bottom of the panel, I used the Drifts and hills stencil from MFT to add a snow bank.

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After removing the masks I coloured the images with Zig Clean Colour Real brush markers. I also painted some Black Soot distress ink really watered down on the moon for more texture, and I added also some perfect pearls for a subtle shine.

I also stamped a Santa hat and 2 presents from the Beast friends stamp set, coloured and fussy cut them out. I added some snow marker to the hat and puffed it up with a heat tool. After adding them to the card, I added some shading with a light grey marker.

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I stamped the Santa in his sleigh image from a Newton’s Nook Design set (Snow globe scenes) in the moon and white heat embossed a simple sentiment on a metallic black banner.

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A very technique oriented card design, but it was so much fun to make multiples of it.

I will link this up to the MFT Sketch Challenge #362 and also to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Christmas/winter holidays.

I hope you like it and will return soon for more inspiration.

See you,

Zsofi

 

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Holiday Card Series 2017 – #5 recycling wrapping paper

White and blue snowflakes on a dark paper background.

Hello Everyone,

Those of you who follow me here or on Instagram (safsafdesign2016) know that a few months ago I got a gift wrapped in a gorgeous glittery paper. I kept it and I am using every little piece of it. Today’s card has it too, I made a frame out of it after layering it on white cardstock.

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I wanted to make a card which matched the tags I made the other day – even though I used Copics to colour the cute dog from the MFT Santa Paws set this time. I used the coordinating dies to cut it out.

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I used an Echo Park stencil and white embossing paste on a white card base for a tone on tone textured background. I used a simple post it note to mask off the space for my frame as I wanted a clean background for my image.

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 I also used the MFT Stitched strip die to give a bit of stitching detail to a piece of kraft cardstock and heat embossed a sentiment in white on a thin strip of dark brown banner.

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After assembling the card I used a bit of Spectrum Noir shimmer pen on the Santa hat, jingle bell and the stripes of the sock. A little bit of glossy accent on the nose and bell and black glaze pen on the eyes made the image even cuter.

This card I made for the MFT Sketch Challenge #359, but will upload it to the SSS Wednesday Challenge Furry friends too.

I hope you like my card and will pop in again soon.

See you,

Zsofi

 

Holiday Card Series 2017 – sweet puppy card

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Hello Everyone,

If you follow me on IG, you might have seen that I was inspired by Jennifer McGuire and was playing with alcohol inks for the first time ever in my life. It is totally addictive, I am looking for a quick restock option for the Yupo paper so I can continue playing 🙂 This technique definitely worked better for me with Yupo than with regular glossy photo paper.

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So I turned one of my backgrounds to a simple but cute Christmas card for the MFT Sketch Challenge 358.

Here is my card:

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I stamped and coloured the cute puppy from the new Birdie Brown set using Copic markers. I used the coordinating dies to cut it out. I also cut several  MFT Dotted circle frames an adhered them on top of each other for more dimension.

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I chose a Hungarian sentiment (Merry Christmas) and heat embossed with Ranger Verdigris embossing powder on a strip of white cardstock. I repeated the heat embossing another time and once more with a clear embossing powder to achieve a really raised an shiny look.

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I adhered the alcohol inked background to a top folding white card base, added the circle frame and sentiment and popped up the puppy with 3D foam tape in the middle.

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A bit of Spectrum Noir Shimmer pen on the cap and scarf and glossy accent finished off this cute little card.

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I will upload this to the MFT Sketch Challenge 358.

Hope you like my card and will come back soon for more inspiration.

See you,

Zsofi

 

Holiday Card Series 2017 – #2 Jingle card

White and blue snowflakes on a dark paper background.

Hello Everyone,

I am back today with a special Jingle card I created based on the MFT Sketch Challenge 357.

I stamped and coloured the cute elephant from the MFT Adorable Elephants and the Beast Friends setts using Copic Markers. I used the coordinating dies to die cut the images.

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Then I cut a stitched rectangle from dark grey cardstock (Blueprints 25) and a piece of patterned paper slightly smaller than that. I also die cut a stitched banner (Lawn Fawn) from silver cardstock and a double stitched square from dark red. I glued the elephant to this and poked 2 holes above the legs of the elephant. I used a soft red-white twine to attach a jingle bell.

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I heat embossed a sentiment from the Jingle all the way stamp set with white embossing powder on dark grey cardstock and cut it out with a banner die. I assembled the card, used 3D foam tape for the sentiment banner. 

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A bit of Spectrum Noir shimmer pen on the Santa hat, black glaze pen on the eyes and 2 white matte enamel dots embellished my card. I love how it jingles when I shake it!

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I will link this up to the MFT Sketch Challenge 357.

I hope you like it and got inspired. If you like my cards please subscribe to my blog in order not to miss any of my holiday cards.

See you,

Zsofi

 

 

 

Clean and simple Christmas

Hello Everyone,

I am popping in with a clean and simple Christmas card inspired by the almost closing MFT Sketch Challenge #356.

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I stamped and coloured images from several MFT sets (Beast Friends and Ewe are the best) and die cut them with the coordinating dies. I took a piece of patterned paper (Echo Park) and ran it through with a stitched rectangle die from a Blueprints set. I also die cut a stitched banner from dark chocolate cardstock to hold my sentiment.

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I white heat embossed Happy Christmas from a small Simon Says Stamp set, where the fonts were bold enough to fill the space.

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After adhering everything, I used a Spectrum Noir shimmer pen on the present and the Santa hat, and added some glossy accents. A few Doodlebug enamel dots finished this simple but cute card.

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I will upload this to the current MFT Sketch Challenge #356 and Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: All creatures great and small.

Hope you got inspired and will be back soon again,

See you,

Zsofi

Clean and simple Christmas

Hello Everyone,

Sometimes we need quick and easy cards for the men in our lives and there is no time to stamp and colour. Die cutting is an easy way to get a simple card done in short time. The card I am sharing today was inspired by the Merry Making Online card classes and the almost closing MFT Sketch Challenge #355.

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I started with die cutting a stitched rectangle from kraft cardstock and splattered it with water. I added white embossing powder and heated it with my heat gun. I saw this technique from Jennifer McGuire and I wanted to try as it seemed easy and perfect for snow. I had to heat it longer than usual to allow the water drop to dry first before the powder melted.

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When the background was finished I used 2 arrow dies from the Blueprint 7 die set to cut little green scrap pieces. I glued them on a piece of typing paper and I used my paper trimmer to cut a triangle shape. I made a little trunk from brown cardstock and die cut a star from Blueprints 8 to go on the top of my tree. I added some Spectrum Noir shimmer to some parts of the tree and the star, and I also coated this one with glossy accents.

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I adhered my handmade Christmas tree on the background, die cut a sentiment from dark green cardstock and stamped the word Happy above it with brown ink (from the MFT Essential sentiments set).

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It is a very clean and simple, rather masculine card for the holidays. I will upload this to the MFT Sketch Challenge #355 and to the MFT Creative Construction with Blueprints Challenge (Right this way) too.

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Hope you got inspired and will return soon for the last minute Halloween cards I promised.

See you!

Zsofi

School invitation

Hello Everyone,

I am popping in for the second time today to share quickly a card I made for my daughter’s favourite KG teacher. It is an invitation for an open day at school and Jana will deliver it in the morning. I hope the teacher will like it 🙂 I used the current MFT Sketch Challenge #354 as inspiration for the layout.

Here is the card:

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I started with stamping the blackboard from Lawn Fawn and the cute girl with the huge pencil (PI Straight to the point) on Copic Express it paper, coloured with Copics and die cut them with the coordinating dies.

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Then I white heat embossed the “Invitation” in Hungarian (Scrapfellow stamp) on the blackboard and printed the occasion and date on a red cardstock. I die cut it with a flag banner die and layered it under the heat embossed sentiment.

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To set the scene, I used warm grey toned patterned paper, and adhered the images. I added some Spectrum Noir shimmer pen and glossy accents to some of the details and 2 little white matte enamel dots to “hold” the banner in place.

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I hope you like my card and will return soon for more inspiration.

See you,

Zsofi