Friday, November 17, 2017

Autumn Leaves Gift Card Holders

Hello Crafters!
I can't believe Thanksgiving is right around the corner. I actually have to wear a coat when I leave the house now. I'm already over it and it's only snowed once.
Silver lining to all that cold? It's beautiful outside.

I'm blessed enough to live in a state with four individual seasons and while I love Spring and Summer, Autumn might inch them out as the prettiest. Even if I do have to wear a coat.
When I started these cards I had two things on my agenda.
  1. Say "Thank You".
  2. Try Gamsol Odorless Mineral Spirits.
Spoiler Alert. We accomplish both.

I love bold bright colors. This love affair is one of the big reasons why I shy away from colored pencils. However, while I was on a crafty retreat a friend showed me how Gamsol not only blends colored pencils, it also brightens them.

I wanted to do a side by side comparison to see just how bright these colored pencils were. I also wanted to create a fun way to say thank you to my son's two pre-school teachers for Thanksgiving. Honestly, I'm in awe of all teachers but especially the ones who run around with little toddlers all day. :)
You can see the entire card being created below.

Watch above or watch in HD at YouTube
Are you not in love with all things gold right now?! I know I sure am! The gold spatters with the gold sequins are making my little heart go pitter patter.
I was surprised by how bright the colors actually were with the gamasol. Plus, they really did blend like buttah. I'll definitely be giving them another try!

Which version is your favorite? Copics or colored Pencils? Let me know in the comments section below!
Thanks for visiting!

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Autumn Leaves
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3M Scotch DOUBLE-SIDED FOAM TAPE Permanent
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Copic Sketch MARKER C3 COOL GRAY
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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Santa's Reindeer With Kara

Hey Guys! I'm back with a really fun Christmas card. Every year I tell myself I'm going to make my Christmas cards easy to make and mail. Every year I fail. I love dimension, what can I say? This year I'm sticking to my guns and mass producing some one layer cards, but I had to make a few extra special cards, like this one, for my nephews!

I started by creating my night sky background on a piece of cardstock cut with the 4 Bar Stitched Rectangle Die. Once my arm got a good workout from all that blending I added 'snow' with a few flicks of the Copic Opaque White. I set that aside and started die cutting and coloring all of these adorable images from Santa's Reindeer.

I love to double them up for added detail when looking at the card from the side.

I positioned all of my elements on the background and added a bit of additional stamping. I used the 'Merry Christmas' sentiment included in the set as well a little bit of magic from that tiny stamp.

This one will require some extra postage, but it's worth it! Thanks so much for stopping by today!

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