Card-in-a-Box Wine Theme

Happy Monday!  Today's card was made for my husband's 60th birthday.  Since it is wine themed and it's a card-in-a-box, does that make it boxed wine?  I hope not - my husband would not like that!
He actually does know quite a bit about wine so when I found this stamp set I bought it knowing I would be able to use it at some point.  And I thought the sentiment was perfect for a big birthday.

I'm not going to give the details of putting the box together.  This was made with a box die set that makes it very easy.  I have also made these boxes by measuring them out, cutting and scoring.  It can be complicated the first time, but after making several it gets fairly straightforward.

The most fun about these cards is filling the box.  I've made them for different holidays and also just for fun.  Keep in mind that the more elements you have the more interesting they are.  But you also need to be aware of the layers and not cover up layers behind.  It's a good idea to layer larger, taller elements in the back.  Also, since the box collapses, you can have things hang off to one side (not the top) and still have everything fold in the A2 size card.  Although to keep everything in the folded card, it is usually only one side elements can hang out of.  In this card, the wine bottle and the number 60 do hang out of the top of card.  (In the future I may give more detailed instructions and ideas on filling these boxes - I just ran out of time today! Let me know if you'd like to see more on these.)

For this card, I sponged the edges of the wine bottles and made bottle labels with the vintage "1957" on them.  I also fussy cut the grapes and leaves since they did not have a die. The wine in the vellum glasses are inked on the back with Copic markers.  And I aged the wood panels using a sponge dauber and dark brown ink.  This is what makes this so enjoyable - you can let your imagination go wild with these cards!

Supplies used:
Stamps: MFT Uncorked, Taylored Expressions Wine A Little
Dies: MFT card in a box die, MFT wine bottles/glasses die set; Taylored Expressions wine bottle die
Card stock/paper: Stampin' Up! Soft Suede, Mossy Meadow, a very old burgundy of unknown name, Very Vanilla, Ols Olive, Cherry Cobbler, wood DSP, silver foil, vellum
Inks: Stampin' Up! Early Espresso, Mossy Meadow, Elegant Eggplant

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Using a MISTI to Watercolor Images Stamped in Water-based Inks

Happy Friday!  Today's card is for the color challenge this week at CAS Colours and Sketches.
The colors are:
I used two Altenew stamps - Wild Hibiscus for the main image and More than Words for the sentiment.

I wanted to watercolor the flowers and leaves but I only had water based ink in the challenge colors.  That could be a problem - trying to watercolor inside an image stamped in water based ink will cause the outline to bleed.
You can use this to your advantage.  I used my MISTI to stamp the images in the Flirty Flamingo and Lemon Lime Twist.  I left the stamps on the lid of the MISTI and removed my image.
Using a paint brush and a little water I began to color the image.  I pulled some color from the inked outlines and also used the re-inkers with water to add stronger color to the flowers and leaf.  You need to be careful and not use too much water - too much will cause the lines to bleed outside the image as well.

I returned the image to the MISTI and stamped over it in the navy.  This creates a beautiful watercolored look inside the the flowers with a crisp outline.  The MISTI makes this so easy - it may be my all time favorite tool in my craftroom.  It has changed how I create.

I did the same process for the butterfly and then die cut it using the coordinating dies.  The butterfly is popped off the base using foam dots.  After stamping the sentiment, I used washi tape and just a few sequins to add a little bit of interest.

Stamps and dies: Altenew Wild Hibiscus, More than Words
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Easy Baby Card

It seems like there are A LOT of new babies among people I know.  (Three due this fall at work alone!) So I made several baby cards for both genders to cover my bases.  The inside says "Congratulations".
This is a card that goes together quickly once it's designed because there is minimal coloring.  I stamped the images on patterned paper and die cut them.  The only coloring is the bow on the dress and that is flat without shading.

Stamps: Lawn Fawn Little Bundle
Dies: Lawn Fawn Little Bundle, Grassy Border, MFT stitched frames

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Where's the Candy?!

Happy Monday!  This weekend was super busy - I have many, many card occasions (birthdays, anniversaries, new babies!) in October so I was making cards like crazy.  I was so busy I didn't have time to take pictures and post.  (And I didn't want to post cards to my blog before the recipient receives them.)  So today's card is one I did awhile back but is appropriate for the time of year.
This is probably my all-time favorite Halloween stamp set.  The frog is just too cute as is the witch. And the set comes with an adorable bat and cat.

This was done for a color challenge a few years ago on Splitcoast Stampers - use orange, purple and green.  Just perfect for Halloween.  This was also some of my early attempts a Copic coloring.

Stamps: My Favorite Things Birdie Brown Witch Way is the Candy?
Copic colors: Skin and Hair E000, E11, E31, E33,E37, E47, Broom E43, E47, YR20, YR21, YR23, YR24, Orange YR01, YR04, YR15, YR18, Green G00, G05,  YG09, Frog G09, BG0000, BG10 Purple R81 (sorry I don't have all markers used for the purple written down)

I had so much fun coloring this weekend and look forward to sharing those cards later this week.

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Believe in the Miracle

Happy Friday!  I have a card today that is simple yet elegant. As I was making the card I was asking myself if it needed "something more" but when I was finished I was very happy with the result.

I have a shelf across the room from my desk where I place my cards and this one really "shines".  The card base is 10 x 5 inches, scored at the 5 inch mark to make a 5 x 5 inch card.  I used black card stock and die cut the manger scene.
I used the outside of the die cut as a pattern and masked off a rectangle slightly smaller than the die cut.  I also masked off a rough star shape underneath where the star on the die is located.  I used Broken China, Salty Ocean, Faded Jeans and Wilted Violet Distress Oxide inks and a blending tool to create a night sky.  I kept the lightest color nearest the star.  The Wilted Violet is only in the corners.
I then covered the background with paper and added some splatters of the Broken China and Salty Ocean to add some interest to the white portion of the card.
The I used silver embossing powder to heat emboss my sentiment.
I adhered the die cut on top and added a rhinestone to the center of the star and a few near the sentiment.

I hope you enjoyed this simple card today.  Although it goes together quickly, it does have an impact.  The Oxide inks seem to glow behind the silhouette die cut.

Have a great weekend!

Die - Cottage Cutz Baby Jesus with Animals

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