Bella Parodi Bunny in a Pot

Hi!  I’m super excited to announce that I get to guest design for Bella Parodi Digital Stamps all April!  This is the first of several projects that I will be posting – so stay tuned!  Now for the card:)

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One of the nice things about digital stamps is that you can manipulate them.  Depending on what I’m trying to accomplish, I use either Microsoft Word or a free software called SketchBook.  I adjusted the size of this stamp and then printed it out on Neenah 80lb card stock using an Epson XP-430.  The reason I mention the printer is because it has a top load feed that allows you to easily print on heavier weight card stock – not true of every printer!

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I colored in the image with my copic markers (see below) and then fussy cut it.  I have to admit, I’m not the best at fussy cutting – my trick to making all my hand cut images look good is to “color” around the edges of the image with a black Memento marker.

  • Bunny: W0, W1, W3, R00, R11
  • Flowers: Y11, Y15, Y35; RV21, R32, R22; Y17, YR14, YR24; G07, G28; YG03, YG17
  • Pot: E13, E15, E19

I used Microsoft Word to create a ‘happy easter’ text background and printed it out on Neenah card stock.  I tied some twine towards the bottom of the card before popping up my potted bunny with some foam tape.  I added a stamped sentiment and butterfly to finish the card!  Thank you so much for stopping by!  Please check out the Bella Parodi shop to see this and more awesome digital stamps here!

Bonjour in color

Hello!  I’m participating in Neat and Tangled’s ‘little tangles’ challenge, which you can find here.   The challenge asks you to incorporate rainbow colors into your card which I did by creating my own background!

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Using the stamp set ‘Paris’, I stamped the little girl and the greeting in Memento tuxedo black ink on Neenah card stock.  I stamped the girl again on some masking paper and then adhered the mask over the original image.  Using post-it tape, I taped off a border along the front of my A2 panel.  Taking some of the smaller images from the set I stamped them using a rainbow of color inks being sure to overlap the post-it tape border.  To fill in some of the gaps between the flowers and leaves I took a small heart image and stamped it using a light gray ink.

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Once I was finished with the background I lifted off my mask and proceeded to color the little girl with copic markers.  To make her stand out from the background I was sure to use colors that were both bolder and complimentary to colors in the background.  Thank you so much for stopping by!

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Sending Valentine’s Day Hugs!

Every time I think of Valentine’s day I think of those cute little notes that used to get handed out to all your classmates.  That probably still happens…it has just been a really long time since I’ve participated in it!  I don’t have  Valentine’s day specific stamps, so I was pretty excited to find that I had at least one set with an appropriate phrase!


The stamp set ‘Dollie with a Bow’ from The Greeting Farm has this cute girl and her pup.  I stamped the pup first and masked the image before stamping Dollie.  I colored the Dollie in with copic markers using the following colors – hair: E31, E33, E35, E37 skin: E000, E00, E21, E11 dress: BV01, BV13, BV17.  To ground her and the pup I used some ‘W’ series grey markers.  My greeting, from Simon Says Stamp, was stamped in black ink using my MISTI tool.  


That’s it!  Thanks for stopping by!

Cheers!  ~Jennifer

Wood you be mine?

I just think these little images by Elena Roussakis for Neat and Tangled are adorable!  I used them previously on a series of holiday cards you can find here , here or here.  🙂  Super versatile!


This card was made using ‘Lumberjack Love’ and ‘Falling Hearts’.  First I stamped the little scene and on an A2 panel of Neenah card stock and then stamped them again on masking tape.  I cut out and then placed the masked images over the originals before stamping the ‘Falling Hearts’ repeatedly across the top of the card.


To finish the card I colored the images and foreground in with copic markers.  Thanks for stopping by!

Heartfelt Thanks

With the holiday season over, it is time to send out cards for all those thoughtful gifts even if we are halfway through January!  This card uses a mix of stamps ‘Autumn Acorns’ and ‘Red and Goldie’,  from Ellen Hutson and Avery Elle respectively.

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To make my scene I pulled out my stamps and played with the placement before stamping Red, the fox, and the greeting.  I needed to leave myself enough room for the leaf and acorn arbor at the top.  I like that the leaves and acorn are larger than red and her friend – it gives the impression you are looking into this scene.

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I stamped my images with Simon Says Stamp Intense Black ink on an A2 panel and then colored my images in with copic markers.

Red- Cape: R14, R24, R29, R39 Dress: B21, B45, B39 Skin: E000, E00, E21, R20                    Fox- E07, E19, E41, E43

Thanks for stopping by!

 

A Play on Plaid

In order to make quick work (okay, quicker work) of making christmas cards,  I took 4 A2 panels and stamped them with the same plaid background.  To make the plaid I used Simon Says Stamp ‘Jumbo Stripe’ and a mix of inks: gold, schoolhouse red, catkin, steel blue and soft navy.  From there I used a mix of images I’d previously colored but hadn’t made into cards yet.  Read further for photos and details on what I used!

The main image for this card is from The Greeting Farm which I colored in with Kuretake Zig Clean Color Brush Markers.  After cutting her out I used my Memento brush tip to “paint” around the outside of the image for a finished appearance.  Once I figured out her placement I stamped and heat embossed my greeting from Avery Elle in Stampendous Detail Gold.  I finished the card by die cutting a pine tree bough from gold paper using a Concord and 9th die cut which I attached to the card with some twine.


The focal image on this card is Simon Says Stamp ‘Ugly Sweater’ combined with sweet little animal images from Lawn Fawn.  I attached the sweater to a die cut panel that I had stamped in a gold stripe.  The sentiment is from an Ellen Hutson Christmas set and was stamped in Versafine ink.  Like the previous card, I finished by attaching the pine tree bough die cut with twine.


Truthfully, this little angel has been sitting in my ‘unused’ pile since last Christmas.  Her left wing had been lopped off by my die cutting machine and I’d been too lazy to fix her…until now!  She is from an older kit by The Greeting Farm and was colored in using copic markers.  She is actually quite tall and I trimmed her down to balance out the card.  The sentiment is from Altenew and was heat embossed in Stampendous Detail Gold.


Last, but not least, is this card using a mix of Sweet Stamp Shop and Mama Elephant images.  I colored both the pup and the tree in with copic markers.  I ripped a piece of vellum and then embossed the edges with detail gold and then the sentiment in Ranger Liquid Platinum.  The sentiment is from Studio Calico.

Thank you so much for stopping by!

 

Halloween Heroine

This cute halloween card is made using a mix of Mama Elephant and Lawn Fawn stamps along with my hand drawn background and a lot of copic coloring!

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Originally I stamped my little super heroine, her pup and sentiment from Mama Elephant on an A2 panel.  Taking a ruler and a copic friendly black pen I created my sunburst background.  After I colored everything in I decided that the card needed a bit more of a halloween feel.  In order to incorporate more halloween images I used a stitched border rectangle from Lil’ Inker Designs to cut down the panel.

Using 80lb Neenah solar white card stock I created a top folding card base.  I stamped several halloween images from an older Lawn Fawn set called ‘Critters in Costume’ and then colored them in, again using copics.  To finish the card I layered my super heroine panel on top of my card base, popping it up a bit with some scrap card stock.

Here is a close up of my heroine panel.  Thanks for stopping by!

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Lawn Fawn Halloween

Hi!  I know Halloween is still a ways away but this cute Lawn Fawn stamp set and slider die were calling to me!  I made this card for my brother, who just turned 12, and even he will think my card is ‘cool’!  I am posting this card to a Lawnscaping Challenge which can be found here which challenges you to use texture!  I’ve added texture in several ways through the use of glitter, embossing powder, patterned paper, and even shiny card stock. 🙂img_1526

To make the background I used several pieces of patterned paper by American crafts and cut them down to an A2 size.  Using the ‘forest border’ and ‘stitched hillside borders’ dies by Lawn Fawn I cut two of my patterned papers to create my scene.  Taking one of the small slider dies I cut my largest panel so that my owl would appear to fly across the night sky.  Next I cut shiny gold card stock with a round 1″ punch and adhered it to my background.

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I stamped the owl and bunny on Neenah solar white card stock and then colored them both in with copic markers before cutting them out.  After I cut out any image I go around the edge with a black Memento marker giving the impression that it is perfectly cut.  I stamped the owl again on double sided sticky paper and cut out his mask.  The sticky paper has release paper on both the top and bottom, so I removed one side to adhere it to the owl’s original mask.  I then removed the release paper from the top of the mask and then covered it in glitter.  The particular glitter I used is called Silk Microfine Glitter by Elizabeth Crafts – it is truly super fine and has a beautiful shine to it.

I adhered my bunny to the card and then using a penny and a small amount of foam adhesive attached my owl.  The entire panel was them adhered to an A2 card base with foam tape to allow the penny room to move behind the front panel.  To finish the card I embossed a sentiment from a new Avery Elle called ‘Merriest’ in Wow orange embossing powder.  Oh, and lessons learned…first heat emboss and then add foam tape to the back of the panel!  Otherwise your foam tape melts a wee bit!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

 

Neat and Tangled round 2


This is part of a mini-series of cards using the same Neat & Tangled ‘Lumberjack Love’ to make holiday cards.  Click here to see one of the others and for details on the copic markers I used!

For this version I cut a panel of brown card stock and embossed it with the Darice ‘wood grain’ folder before cutting a circle from it with an Avery Elle stitched circle die.  The mountains are cut from patterned paper using a Mama Elephant die and then cut with the same Avery Elle circle die so it fits snugly in the ‘window’.

I top folded a piece of 110# card stock and put red and white striped washi down each side before adhering the brown panel on top and glueing the mountain and stars inside the ‘window’.  After arranging the woodcutter and trees I adhered them using Glossy Accents to ensure they wouldn’t come off in the mail.  Last, I die cut ‘merry’ by Ellen Hutson out of gold foil card stock and a banner out of white paper.  I stamped ‘& BRIGHT’ using an Ellen Hutson stamp set and then adhered the banner to my panel and ‘merry’ on top.

Thank you so much for stopping by!  Feel free to leave feedback below – I’d love to hear from you!

It’s never too early…

IMG_1475…to begin making your holiday cards!  I’ve been making all my holiday cards for the last several years.  After individualizing each one last year I thought I’d make it a little easier on myself this year by creating several cards of the same design.  Yeah…best intentions.  These next several cards you will note that the sweet little Neat & Tangled images from ‘Lumberjack Love’ are colored exactly the same but each card is different.  So, first up…

 

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  • Girl – hair: E43, E47, E49; skin: BV00, E000, E00
  • Boy – hair: E31, Y28, YR24; skin: V12, E11, E33
  • Trees – E39, E29, YG06, G05, G07, G29

After coloring in my images I traced the hillside in pencil and then cut it out.  I cut an A2 panel out of navy card stock and used masking tape to cover the edges.  I taped down the Simon Says Stamp ‘snow’ stencil and covered it in embossing paste.  After placing foam tape on my fussy cut winter scene I attached it to the snow covered panel. 
Finally I cut stars and my sentiment (from Lawn Fawn) out of gold card stock.  I added some Glaze pen to the eyes of my boy and girl to finish the card.  That’s it!

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