Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Gingerbread In A Hot Chocolate Hot Tub Card



Hello everyone!!  WOW...only 12 more days until my birthday....oh, I mean, only 13 more days until Christmas!!!  LOL  If you are still trying to make a few Christmas cards and are stressing out, maybe today's card will help.  It uses a digi stamp so there is no need to order anything and wait for it to arrive AND it's super simple to make!!  

I made this card for the new challenge over on the If You Give A Crafter A Cookie Challenge Blog.  The new challenge, No. 132, is all about gingerbread people.  Here is the inspiration photo the Design Team had to use when making their card.


To make this card, I had to first buy a gingerbread digi image.  It seems that I do not own a gingerbread man stamp.  Strange!  So, I jumped on Etsy and found this adorable "Gingerbread In Hot Chocolate Hot Tub" from Drawn By Krista.  After I purchased it I printed 4 of the images at 50% on to a piece of white cardstock.  I then trimmed one of the images to 3.25" x 5.5" for the card front.  

I also made a top-folding A2 card and adhered a strip of Christmas washi tape to each side of the front.  

And, I cut a piece of red cardstock, 3.5" x 5.5".  


Next, I adhered the red cardstock to the center of the card front between the washi strips.


I colored the image using Ultra Fine Tip BIC Markers (my fav).  I used Woodsy Brown for the hot cocoa, Adobe Orange for the gingerbread man, Blue Skies Blue for the buttons, Pink Flamingo for the hearts on his cheeks, Key Lime for the holly leaves, and Rambunctious Red for the hat, bow tie, and holly berries and a Pinkish White (R00) Copic marker for the tongue and inside the mouth.  Then I stamped a sentiment under the image, adhered a piece of red fun foam to the back, and then I adhered this to the card front.  


The last thing I did was to add Stickles.  I used Firefly on the holly leaves, Christmas Red on the holly berries, and Frosted Lace on the hat, eyebrows, and for the icing on his arms.  I realized after I added the Frosted Lace to the hat, that I forgot to color the hat.  So I went back colored it with the Rambunctious Red BIC marker.


I then placed the card on the side to dry and once dry - here is the final card.


I really love how this card came out.  I hope you guys do too.  Let me know what you think....leave a comment below if you would like to.  Until next time - 

Hugs from Brasil - 
Michael

Monday, December 9, 2019

Star of David Hanukkah Card with Anthony's Paper Craft



Hello everyone.  I hope everyone had a great weekend.  I had a few more ideas in my head for Hanukkah cards and today I was able to get at least one of them done.  I decided to make this one a 5.5" square card.  


I started with a few squares - a 5.5" square card base of light blue cardstock, the next layer of navy cardstock cut 5.25" square, and a piece of decorative Chanukah paper cut 5" square.  


I adhered the decorative paper to the navy cardstock, which I then adhered to the card front.


I cut a piece of the light blue cardstock 2.5" x 5.25" and stamped the Star of David from the Festival of Lights set by Anthony's Paper Craft.  I used a stamp positioner and Blue Ribbon ink from Ranger.


I layered this to a piece of the navy cardstock, I adhered a piece of fun foam to the back of the navy and then I adhered the whole piece to the front of the card. 


Next, I die cut a banner die and stamped "Happy Hanukkah" (also from the Festival of Lights set) in the center using the same blue ink and adhered it down to the card front.  


To finish off the card, I stamped the Star of David on to a piece of white cardstock and fussy cut it out. Then I die cut each of the blue cardstocks with a stitched square die and layered one upon the other. And, lastly, I adhered the Star of David to the center using a piece of foam tape.


There's a lot of blue going on here but that is typical of a Hanukkah card.  LOL.  I would love to know what you think of the card.  Feel free to leave a comment below.  I'll be back again soon with another project and, until next time - 

Hugs from Brasil - 
Michael 

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Happy Hanukkah/Chanukah Card No. 2 with Anthony's Paper Craft



Hello all and Happy Tuesday!!  It seems that not many people are making Hanukkah cards because I got a lot of cool feedback on yesterday's card.  But, I'll be honest, I tend to make more Christmas cards too.  But not this week!!  

Today I have another Hanukkah card for you.  I used "Festival of Lights" from Anthony's Paper Craft for today's card.  And it's another super simple and fast card to make.

I started by making a top-folding A2 card base of white cardstock and adhering a piece of decorative paper to the front.  I used this Hanukkah Digital Paper set I found on Etsy.  

Then I die cut a piece of white cardstock with a double stitched rectangle die that measures 3.25" x 4.5".  I stamped the menorah and the sentiment from the Festival of Lights set using Jet Black Amalgam ink (Gina K. Designs) and colored the menorah with some gel pens.  The metallic silver was perfect for the menorah. 


Next, I used the next size up of the double-stitched rectangle dies and I cut a piece of mirrored cardstock.  This is perfect for a Hanukkah card!


Before I glue it all together, I stamped the sentiment inside the card using the Jet Black Amalgam ink again.


Lastly, I adhered the piece of cardstock with the menorah to the mirrored cardstock and then I adhered this to the card front. 

And the card is done!


I really love how classic and simple this card is to make.  I have to make a few more to send out to family.  Let me know what you think...I'd love to know.  I'll be back again tomorrow with another card.  Until then - 

Hugs from Brasil - 
Michael


Monday, December 2, 2019

Happy Hanukkah/Chanukah Card with Anthony's Paper Craft



Hello everyone and Happy Monday!  I hope everyone had a great weekend.  Is everyone finished with their holiday shopping?  Have you even started yet?  I 've made a few Christmas cards in the last couple of days and this week I wanted to focus on Hanukkah cards.  

Anthony's Paper Craft has a few really nice Hanukkah/Chanukah stamp sets.  One set is called Festival of Lights, which has 7 images and 3 sentiments.  The other stamp set, which I used on today's card, is called Hanukkah Mantel, which is made to coordinate with one of the 3 fireplace stamps.  But I liked the idea of using it alone for a quick card.  

I started by cutting a piece of white cardstock with a stitched rectangle die that measures 4" x 5.25". Then I stamped the Hanukkah Mantel and it's matching sentiment in the center using Jet Black Amalgam ink from Gina K. Designs.



I then colored in the image using some gel pens I found at Home Goods when I was in NY last month. Actually, my friend Sue found them for me and showed them to me.  And, they are pretty good for only $10!


I made a top-folding A2 card base of white cardstock, to which I adhered a piece of Hanukkah paper.  Then cut a piece of fun foam, glued it to the back of the which cardstock and then I adhered this to the card front.  


The last thing I did was to adhere some clear crystals to the image for a little shimmer.  


And here's the final card.


I really love how this mantel looks alone on the card front.  And I really love this image.  Very unique.  I'd love to know what you think of the card.  Leave me a message below if you would like.  

I'll be back with more Hanukkah cards this week.  Until then - 

Hugs from Brasil - 
Michael

Saturday, November 30, 2019

Peace Love Joy Christmas Card with Anthony's Paper Craft



Hello everyone!!  Happy Saturday!!  Is everyone done with their Black Friday purchases?  I've actually been good.  I used up a gift card I had from Simon Says Stamp with their Thanksgiving sale and I picked up a digital template from Jen Of Eve Designs on Etsy.  But the weekend is not over yet and anything is possible.  LOL

I made two more using Christmas Set 1 from Anthony's Paper Craft.  Both have a more traditional look but are super simple cards to make.  

I started by adhering a piece of decorative paper to the front of top-folding A2 card bases.  


Then I stamped the images - the candles with the pinecones and the bell with the holly, on to a piece of white cardstock, colored them using Ultra Fine Tip BIC Markers, and then, die-cut them using the 2nd largest die from the Pierced Rectangles STAX from My Favorite Things.  


Then, using the largest die from the same set, I die cut two pieces of red cardstock.  


I adhered the images to the red cardstock and then to the center of each card front.  


Now to finish off the cards -

For the card with the bell and the holly, I finished it off by stamping "Merry Christmas" from Christmas Sentiments 1.  Then I adhered a small red crystal to each corner and for the berries.  I also added Christmas Red and Firefly stickles to the holly leaves and ribbon.



For the card with the candles and the pinecones, I finished it off by die cutting the words "peace, love, and joy" 4 times using red cardstock.  Then I glued them together and adhered them next to the image. I also added some Crystal and Yellow Stickles to the pinecones and candles.   



That's it.  I love this Christmas Set 1....perfectly sized images for simple traditional cards.  I'd love to know what you think.  Feel free to leave a comment below!  I will hopefully be back tomorrow with some Chanukah cards.  Until then....

Hugs from Brasil - 
Michael