Card Styles

With my last card for the week, I tried to create a card in a style I am not comfortable with. I’m known more for a Clean and Simple (CAS) style card, or I’ve even heard say, an American style card. It makes sense, that’s where I’m from originally and where I was when I startled learning to make cards.

I don’t know the exact term that is used for what I call the Norwegian style – lots of layers of paper, some extra bits of cloth or something, a picture and flowers – LOTS of flowers. I personally think it’s a mix of vintage and mixed media  but I could very well be wrong.

Regardless, I am fascinated by this commonly used style. I look at every card and try to figure out why everything is where it is. I can’t make this style card to save my life. I’ve tried, and I’m sure I’ll try again, but it does not come as easy to me as the other styles do.

But I wanted to give myself a challenge, using patterned paper and a minimum of 3 layers. I don’t think I got as close to the norwegian style as I tried. First, I don’t actually own any dried flowers. And second, I couldn’t bring myself to rip any paper! I guess I like it when things match up nice and even too much.

So, just know that I really tried while I present you with my card:

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I know, it doesn’t even come close but when you’re missing some key pieces, it will just not be the same!

I hoped the flowers on the patterned paper could represent the dried flowers commonly used on cards. And I thought this cute little cat holding a flower brought everything together nicely.

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I even added some little pearls around 2 corners of each panel! I see pearls are used a lot on other cards so I tried to use them on this one too.

One thing that is similar between the 2 styles is using ink around the edges to tie in the pieces and soften the sharp transition of one color to another.

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When it all comes down to it, the cat is the focal point and is just too cute not to enjoy this card!

I hope you enjoyed your time with me this week. Whether we make the same style cards or not, we do enjoy being creative with paper and making things that come from the heart. That transcends any style, language, or country.

Until next time!

Stay crafty,
DT Dawn

Reklamer

1 stamp + 1 piece of paper = 4 cards

Good morning!

Today I am posting the last card in my 4 card series using the same stamp and the same colored cardstock to make 4 different cards. I know I sometimes have trouble with thinking of how to use a stamp in different ways so I hope this inspires you to try it!

The first card I posted was in honor of Mother’s Day. I choose soft blues to color the flowers and used white and soft blues as accent colors on the card.

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I embossed with flowers with Hero Arts Platinum embossing powder to give it a more elegant look. I let the stitching details and Nuvo drops add the rest of the accents to the card.

For the next card, I used ink that was the same color as the cardstock to stamp the flowers. As you can see, you know they are flowers because of the coloring instead of a heavy black outline. I’m not against outlines at all, I just wanted to show a different way to change how the flowers looked. I used Copic markers to color in the flowers.

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Up close you can see that I added the darkest colors in the center and used lighter colors going towards the tips of the flowers. I went in with a white gel pen afterwards and added all of the highlights. I think the contrast between them is beautiful!

For the 3rd card, I decided to cut the flowers out and then cut a white border for them. I had embossed them with Hero Arts White Satin Pearl embossing powder so it wasn’t very difficult to cut them out. Since I had planned to pop them up with foam tape, I thought the white border would highlight them better. I used soft yellow and peach colored pencils to color the petals and a dark orange for the center.

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For the background, I used a paisley stencil to first add a peach color to white card stock and I went in afterwards with a transparent gloss texture paste to give it some shine and dimension. I also popped up the sentiment banner on foam tape so it matched the flowers.

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Just look at the different types of shine on this card! You’ll be able to see it yourself at Hobbykunst-Norge very soon.

For my last card, I embossed the flowers and the sentiment in Hero Arts Silver embossing powder. I really do think Hero Arts makes the best embossing powder on the market. Or maybe I just have the best luck with it! Regardless, it is my favorite and I am collecting all the colors. (haha)

I colored in the flowers with pink colored pencils and used a nice magenta color for the center. I used a bright yellow colored pencil in the center but if I were to do this again, I might have chosen the white gel pen instead. You live and learn in crafting, just like everything else. 🙂

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Just look at that shine! I think silver gives a card a certain elegance that can’t be duplicated with any other color.

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Here’s a closeup of my very simple coloring of the flowers.

For the background, I stamped the same stamp in the closest ink I had that matched the color of the flowers. I repeated stamping until the whole page was filled. I then took that same ink and inked up the edges of another piece of white cardstock so I could make a border that transitioned from the background to the flowers.

4 cards, and I have no leftover paper to worry about! I’m not the best at remembering I have leftover pieces so anything that prevents leftovers is a win in my book. 🙂

I hope you have enjoyed these cards and I also hope it has given you some ideas on how to get more out of your own stamps!

If you have any questions on the products or techniques used, feel free to write to me.

Happy crafting!
DT Dawn

God jul and a 5 minute card

All week I have tried to create a quick and easy card that could be made in 5 minutes or less. Whether you are done with everything or just getting started, nobody is usually prepared for last minute or unexpected guests. So if you find yourself in that situation, I hope this post tickles your brain. (English expressions are so weird, right?!)

For this card I again grabbed my friend the washi tape. Honestly, I have never used so much washi tape before in my life. But wow, what a life saver it is! I started the card by lining up the thickest tape on the left side of a card panel. Then I added a thinner piece, and another piece even thinner and finally, the thinnest piece I had so it went from thick to thin, left to right. (My apologies, I did not take pictures of this step because I assumed we all knew how to stick down washi tape!)

I knew I was going to use a large sentiment (because they really help with these types of cards!), but I wanted it to be a little different but not take any more time. So I played around with creating a shadow with colors that matched the card. I really wanted to use a red shadow but it made my eyes go a little weird. Next I tried gray and I liked that better. Next time I do this I won’t have as much gray showing.

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Norwegian winter light, wonderful, isn’t it? 😦

I wanted more than just the sentiment but I did not want to make the card busy AND it had to be quick! So I grabbed the little tree from the same stamp set – Huldra Julebil – and stamped it with Pine Needles Distress Ink.

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OMG I need to clean my stamping blocks!

There is a lot more one could do with this card but I had my eye on the clock and didn’t want to go over 5 minutes. Now that it’s designed, it’s easy to duplicate in just 2 minutes but it takes a little longer when you’re designing it at the same time. 😉

And, here we are. My final card for my last day of posting to Huldra this time around. (You did notice we each post for one week at a time, right?) It’s also, as far as I know, the last card I will make for 2018. You see, if I do receive an unexpected guest this week, I have some very fast cards ready and waiting!

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I hope you all have an amazing holiday season filled with love and laughter!
God jul og godt nytt år!

Juleklem,

DT Dawn

Quick Candy Cane Card

It’s 3 days before Jul and if you are not already done with everything, you are running around crazy trying to get things done! This week all of my posts have been about quick cards – for those times when your neighbor calls and says they will come by in 10 minutes to drop off a gift and you don’t have a card for them ready!

Or you have completely forgotten cards for barnehage or your co-worker because your mind is scattered with all the things still left to do. *These* are the situations these cards are for. If I can help you save stress in one situation like this, it will be a very good Jul for both of us!

I wrapped all of the presents last night. This ribbon was sitting on my desk waiting to be put away. But it gave me inspiration for my next quick card so I started taping it to a card panel that was cut to A2 (US) size  – 5 1/4″ x 4 1/2″. But this will work with any sized card. I wanted it to look like candy cane stripes so I taped them on diagonally.

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I taped the extra pieces to the back and cut off the extra ribbon that was on the corners. Next I decided what sentiments I wanted on the card and stamped them out.

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Since I have been using this stamp set all week, I thought I would just continue with it. Plus, this card is a good example of how a big sentiment can help shape the card.

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I cut them all out and added some foam tape to the back of each. I love this 3M foam tape because you can cut it into whatever size you need very easily and it holds it’s shape! It’s expensive but it lasts a really, really long time. You can only buy it at the HobbyKunst Norge store, only in person, not online.

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I decided to keep this one very simple and just arranged all the words evenly across the whole card.

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Done! This card has dimension, sparkle and a clear, holiday feel to it. All in less than 5 minutes!

I’m going to start cleaning my desk so we’ll see what other inspiration I can find for the next couple of cards. 🙂

Julehilsen

DT Dawn

Juletag and How to Color a Fox

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Yesterday I posted a set of Juletags using most of the characters available in the winter release. Today I will focus on just one mischievous little girl! I wanted to show that the size of the stamp fits with most projects, in this case, small juletags and big juletags.

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This is a bigger gift tag, more commonly used here in Norway. By adding personalized elements to the background and surrounding area, you can really make a custom, perfect-for-the-person juletag!

For someone that knits, I chose to stick with the standard jul colors and make the juletag monochromatic. As you can imagine, there are just too many combinations possible with different characters, colors and personalized elements!

Step-by-step coloring instructions

First, let me say that I am not a colorist. I am not Copic certified. Most of what I do I learned from YouTube videos. I truly have no good reason to say this is how you should do this. I’m not actually saying this is how you should do this, I’m saying, this is how *I* do this. 🙂 If you aren’t a colorist either, then maybe this will give you some ideas on how to color your own projects!

Typically I use three colors, a dark, a medium, and a light. On this fox I used 4, a dark, 2 medium and a light. I put the dark where I guess there would be natural shadow, use the medium on almost everything else and leave a little space for the light to show a highlight. If you don’t have the same colors I am using, it’s not a problem! Just use what colors you have that are dark, medium, and light. 🙂

Let’s start coloring! (I’m going to leave the pictures as big as possible so you can see the details.)

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My dark color for the fox is E09. I’ve put this where I thought there was a shadow, or where I wanted to show some dimension.

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My next color, YR09, I colored and blended with the dark color. You can still see a color difference but most of the sharp lines are gone.

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My next medium color, YR07, I colored all the rest of the fox except where I wanted to show some highlight.

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And finally, my lightest color, Y38, I used on all the remaining white areas. I colored over the medium color slightly so I could blend them together and not have very sharp lines where the 2 colors meet.

And that’s it, the fox is done! I’ve made some mistakes, you can see where color is outside the line, but don’t worry about that until you’re finished. There is more coloring to do and you don’t yet know what it will look like at the end. That’s the hardest lesson I’ve had with coloring – patience. Just finish coloring and then see what you have. You can always be creative with mistakes after and trust me, nobody will notice!

So let’s color the rest!

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I think every character looks cuter with a pink nose 🙂 I used a darker pink, RV13, to color in the bottom of the nose and most of the ears.

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I colored my light pink, R30, (only 2 colors for such a small area) in the white areas and colored over the dark pink just a little to blend them.

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The bunny is small so while you can add lots of detail with time and patience (2 things I often do not have), I chose to just use 2 colors for shadow and main color. Here I colored in the shadowed areas using E55.

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I came in with my main color, E53, and colored over everything except the teeth. 🙂

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Next is the scarf. Even though the stripes are super tiny, I decided I wanted to use 3 colors to have a good contrast between light and dark. With things this small, I more aim to just get some color where I want it and not go out of the lines. I used BG07 for the shadow.

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Then I used my medium color, BG05, and tried to stay in the lines! I do not spend a lot of time blending such small areas, I really just try to put the color down neatly. 🙂

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Next I used my lightest color, BG01, to color in the rest to show a nice highlight. Again, I don’t spend a lot of time, I don’t really blend them together, I just try to be neat. 🙂 I really like how light the light is compared to the dark.

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You could leave it like that and call it done but I like to show a little shadow on white areas so it more matches with how the colored areas are done. Here I’ve chosen C3 to be the darker of the shadow and colored it the same way I did the BG07 on the white areas of the scarf. I also added a little on the inside of the tail, closest to the body.

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For my final color, I used C1 to blend out the C3 a little so there wouldn’t be sharp lines. I also added a little in the white of his face next to the scarf. Not enough to take away from the image, just enough to add a tiny bit of shadow.

And that’s it! You can go back and add more color if you want more shadow or blend out the lighter areas if you want more highlights. The only limit is your imagination. 🙂

Here is the card I created with the fox.

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As you can see it’s not the exact same fox, but I used all the same colors in the same ways. On this fox, I decide to switch the shadowed side of the left scarf piece and I went in after and added more E09 to the fox’s body so the shadow would be more apparent.

Coloring is playing! Happy coloring!

Dawn

 

Juletags 🎄

Today I am sharing a collection of juletags I made with all of the sweetest characters released in the winter/jul collection.

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I stamped and colored the individual images and then fussy cut them. I used the new Lawn Fawn tag dies to die cut the tags themselves. (The dies will be available soon at Hobbykunst!)

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I colored the background lightly with Tumbled Glass Distress ink. I cut a little snow mound for the character to sit on and attached the top frame to the tag.

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I die cut the covering for the hole from red cardstock and glued it on to the card. I recommend using a very strong wet glue to adhere it as the string or ribbon will rub along it when it moves.

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I then used some foam tape to attach each character to the tags. You don’t need to use foam tape but I liked the 3D effect of it better than them lying flat on the tag.

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I added some Wink of Stella glitter pen as the shadow for the figures. Snow glitters so these cuties should too!

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Last but not least, I added some highlights to the bear with a white gel pen and more Wink of Stella to the big heart he is holding.

Christmas tags personalized for everyone!

See you tomorrow for another version of a juletag and a tutorial on how I colored a character (with step by step pictures).

Dawn 🤩

Ink swiped butterflies

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This card became real from a mistake. I’m not joking!

While stamping butterflies for another card design, I accidentally wiped some of the ink off of the stamp with my shirt. I have seen the technique of ink swiping done in YouTube videos but hadn’t wanted to try it. But since I had already stamped it, I tried to find a way to save it. And now there is a card from it. Never give up! 🙂

I used just the background stamp from the sommerfugl-plata for this. I chose 3 shades of blue for the first one and stamped first with the lightest shade. I wiped the ink pad on to the stamp rather than patting the stamp on the stamp pad. I used a very light hand so there would be streaks in the ink. For the second layer, I swiped the ink the same way but also wiped away most of the ink from the left and right side of the stamp. I matched it up and stamped on top of the lighter layer. For the third layer, I applied the ink the same way and then wiped away even more of the ink going from the left and right edges towards the center of the stamp. This gives a lighter color around the edges that blends into the darker color in the center. The opposite of this would look really great too! Just remember to let the ink dry completely before stamping the 2nd and 3rd layers.

I did the same process for all 3 butterflies, just choosing different ink colors for each. I used Distress Oxide Inks in Tumbled Glass, Salty Ocean, Faded Jeans (blue butterfly), Squeezed Lemonade, Wild Honey, Ripe Persimmon (orange butterfly), Spun Sugar, Picked Raspberry and Wilted Violet (pink butterfly).

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I liked how they looked but wanted to give them a moving halo of color. I lightly brushed on the lightest color of each to one side and used a lightly wet brush to add soft lines to the halo.

I then went over the whole card lightly with Distress Ink Oxide, Antique Linen, with a makeup brush to soften the white background. I die cut the background and then stamped Tusen Takk with Versafine Onyx Black ink from the Fleksitekst-plata. I glued the top piece to a textured piece of paper that I embossed with silver embossing powder. Then I attached those panels to Neenah cardstock that was cut in half.

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I really like how this card turned out! Will you try this technique? I would really like to see it if you do! If you have any questions about this card or technique, please ask. 🙂

Hilsen,
Dawn