Sunday, November 19, 2017

Featured Design Team Series: Cross-Posting DT Member, Amber's, Heffy Doodle Elfish Antics Blog Post

Guest Writer: 
Design Team Member-Amber MacMurtry
Owner of Doodles Paper Playground
Visit her Blog: Here

Tonight I am sharing a pair of super cute cards I created with one background I created using a variety of the supporting image stamps from Heffy Doodle's absolutely adorable Elfish Antics stamp set from the November 1st 2017 release, available to purchase now in the White Rose Crafts store.

Who doesn't love a 2 for 1 deal? Amiright?

I knew I wanted to do some coloring on Recollections kraft cardstock using my Spectrum Noir Colored Pencils-Primaries set, so I decided to use the small, supporting images included in the stamp set and create a random pattern on my kraft panel. I used Versafine ink in Vintage Sepia and my Misti stamping tool to ensure that I got crisp clear images with a softer, tone on tone look on the kraft background. I also stamped each of the elves and one of the candy canes on a separate piece of kraft paper. Then I used traditional Christmas colors to add some very simple coloring on all of the images. I used colored pencils to lay down a base on the elves and extra candy cane before using Sakura Glaze pens in White, Red, Green and Yellow to help make the colors pop. Finally I fussy cut the images leaving a bit of a kraft border.

I trimmed my panel by 1/8 inch on each side and chose a deep red Neenah cardstock cut to 4 1/8x5 3/8" to mat my background on. I then used the second largest oval die from my Darice Embossing Essentials nested oval dies to cut a window in the center of my colored panel. I adhered my panel to the red layer and tried layering my elves inside the window, but they blended into the red more than I liked, so I used the largest Darice oval die to cut a piece of vellum to layer on top. I liked that it overlapped the kraft panel a bit. I took a piece of the kraft card and used my Versamark ink pad and Recollections Snow white embossing powder to heat emboss the cute and punny sentiment and trimmed it down. I felt it blended into the background a bit too much, so I inked the edges of the banner with Versamark and heat embossed them with the same white powder. I used double sided tear tape from White Rose Crafts to layer the adorable girl elf on top of the vellum oval, after deciding that both elves made the design too busy, and used foam tape to pop sentiment banner on top. I used 1mm foam tape on the back of the vellum, hidden behind the elf and sentiment, and adhered it in the center of the red window. I mounted the panel on a top folding US A2, portrait card base made using Recollections 110# White Cardstock, leaving a tiny white border around the edge. I felt the card needed just a little bit more definition, so I used my White Sakura Gelly Roll pen to draw faux stitch lines around the stamped kraft panel and a double stitch line around the edge of the vellum oval, to look like a stitched seam. For the final touch, I added a double coat of Spectrum Noir Clear Overlay Sparkle Pen to the sentiment banner.

I didn't want to waste the center oval from my background or second elf, after doing all the work to stamp and color them, so I took a piece of the same red cardstock I used on the first card, cut to 4 x 5.25 inches--so there would be an eighth inch white border around the edge when I mounted it on my card base. I adhered the colored kraft oval in the center, using double sided tear tape and cut a second vellum oval to layer on top. Using my Misti to stamp the Warm Hugs sentiment from the same named Heffy Doodle stamp set (also from the November 1st release) in Versamark ink, I heat embossed it using Recollections Snow white powder. Then I put it back in the Misti and stamped it again with Versamark and used a clear glitter Recollections embossing powder called Glitz to add some sparkle. I also inked up the edges of the sentiment banner and heat embossed with the same Glitz powder. I then mounted my little boy elf and sentiment strip on the vellum oval using double sided tear tape. I hid 1mm foam tape behind them and mounted the vellum oval centered over the colored panel. I then took my white pen again and drew faux stitch lines around the edge of the vellum as well as the red panel before mounting the finishe panel on my Top Folding A2 card base.

I wanted to bring the design to the inside of these cards, so I used the Merry Christmas sentiment from the Elfish Antics stamp set, and stamped it in Candied Apple Distress Oxide ink on the inside of both panels. Then I took the small stocking image from the same stamp set and stamped 4 of them hanging from the sentiment, using Memento Tuxedo Black ink & colored them with red and green Spectrum Noir colored pencils. I finished the design with a touch of sparkle overlay pen on the cuffs of the stockings.

Thank you so much for visiting my blog, and I hope you enjoyed reading my process for making this cute pair of Christmas cards. You can find links to the products I used below.

Until next time,

Disclaimer: As a design team member, I receive some products for free from White Rose Crafts LLC to create promotional projects. The links for products available in the store are not affiliate links and I receive no monetary compensation when you make a purchase.

---Supplies Used---
Heffy Doodle "Elfish Antics" stamp set
Heffy Doodle "Warm Hugs" stamp set
Double Sided Tear Tape
Woodware 1mm Foam Tape
Sakura Glaze Pens
Sakura White Gelly Roll Pen
Spectrum Noir Color Blends "Primaries"
Spectrum Noir Clear Overlay Sparkle Pen
Recollections Heavyweight White Cardstock 110#
Neenah Creative Collection Cardstock
Darice Nesting Oval Dies
Recollections Kraft Cardstock
Recollections Clear Vellum Sheets
Versamark Ink Cube
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Recollections Detail Embossing Powder "Snow"
Recollections Glitz Embossing Powder
Distress Oxide Ink "Candied Apple"

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