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Artistic Expression with Jane Allen – Viking

It’s time for our monthly Artistic Expression with Jane Allen feature. Have you implemented any of the techniques Jane has shared? We’d love to see your projects! Be sure to tag #mftstamps on social media so we can appreciate *your* artistry as well.

Hello everyone, how is your colouring practice going?

Each month here on Artistic Expression I demonstrate what is possible with MFT Stamps and then focus on one particular area, showing you how I do it, with step-by-step instructions.

I do encourage you to join in and practice the new techniques I share with you. Before long you will have a variety of skills that you can confidently use in your own projects.

This month I will be showing you how to add dimension to an object with nothing more than shading. But first, let’s take a look at this months card:

Having had such fun colouring the Viking last month with coloured pencils, I had to ink him up again and see what he looked like using Copics. I also wanted to surprise everyone that has been asking where his Longship was by drawing one for you.

The Viking was stamped on Copic suitable card stock with Cement Grey Hybrid Ink. The rest of the card was drawn by hand but don’t run away screaming — today’s class does not involve any drawing, I promise!

My students will know the next part — my mantra when colouring something that is not overly familiar to you: “Google don’t guess.” I had images of Vikings and Longships on my laptop for reference whilst I was colouring. You do not have to worry about copying things exactly, it just helps you add a smidge of realism to your work.

Handmade card from Jane Allen featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

As always here is the list of all the Copics I used:

  • Sky: B0000, B000
  • Sea: BG70, BG72, BG75, BG11, N0, N1, N2
  • Headland: W0, W1, E40, E42, W2, YG91, YG61
  • Deck: E40, E41, E42, W0, W2, W3, W5, W6
  • Ship: R11, R12, W0, W1, W2, E30, E31, E42, E43, E44, YR30
  • Tunic: YG91, YG93, YG95, YG97, W7
  • Belt/Shield/Buckle: YR00, YR01, YR21, YR23, YR27, Y11, Y21, Y23, Y26, YR24, W1, W4, W3
  • Belt: E31, E33, E35, E37, E39, W3, W4, W6
  • Coat: E51, E53, E55, E57, E11, E13, W3, W5
  • Boots: E70, E71, E74, E77, E79, E49
  • Helmet: YR30, E40, E41, W1, W2, E71, E74, Y21, YR21, YR23, YR27, E71, W3
  • Axe: E21, E23, E27, C0, C1, C2, C4, C6, C7
  • Trousers: BG93, BG96, BG99, W6, W8
  • Skin: E000, E00, E40, E41, E42, E43
  • Beard: YR23, E97, YR27, E37, W3, W4
  • Fur Collar: E51, E53, E55, E57, W4, W5, W6

I did use a small amount of coloured pencil for the finer details on the ship and Viking, with a touch of white gel pen on the sea.

Now, remember I said at the beginning of this post, my aim is to help you grow in confidence and learn new skills. Well, if you’ve been practicing the beard technique I shared in January, you can use it for both the Viking’s beard and his fur collar!

So let’s look at this month’s tutorial:

How to add dimension to an image with shading:

We are going to focus on the Viking’s belt buckle and how you can make the circles look 3 dimensional. As the buckle itself is quite small, I opted to replicate the shape on a much larger scale in order to be able to explain the process more easily.

I started by colouring the outer rim and the centre circle in Y11, with the section in between with Y21.  As you can see, it looks very flat.

Handmade card from Jane Allen featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Before you start adding your shadows you have to decide on the direction of your light source. In this case, I had the light coming from the right, which meant all shadows would be on the left. I therefore started by adding shading with YR21 to the outer left-hand side and inner right-hand side of the larger ring. A small amount of shading on the central circle was created using more YR21, blending as necessary with Y11.

Handmade card from Jane Allen featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

You can already see that the circles no longer look flat, so it is time to turn your attention to the centre part of the buckle. Your aim is to make the two paler circles stand out of the centre piece. To do this I added more shading with YR23, again blending as necessary to even out the colour.

Handmade card from Jane Allen featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

To really give the buckle depth I added additional shading with a combination of Y26 and W3, yet again blending with the lighter tones to even out the colour.

Handmade card from Jane Allen featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Here are the four stages together, giving you a clear view of how the addition of shading can change a flat, basic set of shapes into something completely different:

Handmade card from Jane Allen featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Why not have a go yourself? Did you realize that this exact same technique can be used for parts of the shield and the belt studs too? I used a circle template to create my enlarged buckles. Without worrying about colouring a complete image, you can focus on mastering this technique and then have fun applying it to your stamps with confidence.

Until next month, happy colouring.

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Creative Olympics Medal Ceremony

It’s medal time! We hope you’ve enjoyed participating in our 2018 Creative Olympics as much as we have enjoyed being spectators. As a reminder, here is how our medals are being awarded:

Gold medal: $100 MFT Voucher — One winner randomly selected from participants that complete all 4 events.

Silver medals: $50 MFT Voucher — One winner randomly selected from each event.

Bronze medals: $15 MFT Voucher — Winners randomly selected from Olympic Park Q&A events.

Join us in celebrating our MFT 2018 Creative Olympics medals winners!

BRONZE MEDAL WINNERS

February 13 Olympic Park Event — Brittany Fife

February 15 Olympic Park Event — Samantha Conway

February 17 Olympic Park Event — Leatta Leake

SILVER MEDAL WINNERS

Event 1 — Stamping Slalom: Linda Westfall (entry 54)

Event 2 — Freestyle Card: Marianne (entry 111)

Event 3 — Crafty Biathlon: Irene Rhodes (entry 25)

Event 4 — Speed Cardmaking: Séverine (entry 17)

GOLD MEDAL WINNER

And…drumroll, please!

Our gold Medal Winner, completing all four grueling events, is:

Valliam

(event 1 | event 2 | event 3 | event 4)

Congratulations on your impressive determination and grit in competing in every event!

Thank you to ALL of our incredible athletes for participating. We hope you love the projects you created and had a fun creating them. If you’re one of our lucky winners, please email erica@mftstamps.com to claim your prize. Please include your name, and event with your email.

Time to start training for 2020…we’ll see you then!

Musical Birthday Greeting from Amy Rysavy

Hello everyone! AmyR here from Prairie Paper & Ink, and I’m excited to be a guest designer for MFT again today!

I absolutely love My Favorite Things February Release (when do I not love any of MFT’s releases?) and had the hardest time choosing which products to use for my card today. I have a soft spot for MFT sentiment Die-namics and LOVE making shaker cards with them so I really wanted to create something fun with the new Big Birthday Die-namics.

Handmade card from Amy Rysavy featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps #happybirthday

The bonus of making the shaker card was being able to take the letters and create a clean and simple card at the same time. Basically a two-for-one and all that was needed was a second card base.

Handmade card from Amy Rysavy featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps #happybirthday

I used the Musical Notes Background and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder onto some Bristol Smooth card stock. I then pulled out my three favorite Distress Inks (Picked Raspberry, Mustard Seed, and Mermaid Lagoon) and blended them over the card stock. The heat embossed music notes resisted the ink and by blending the colors together I end up with a rainbow effect!

I used the A2 Stitched Rectangle Stax Set 1 to die cut the panel and the Big Birthday Die-namics. I backed the panel with clear acetate and used a double layer of foam tape for my shaker. I filled it with a variety of white and clear sequins and adhered it to my card base.

Handmade card from Amy Rysavy featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps #happybirthday

For my “clean and simple” card I adhered the letters from the Big Birthday Die-namics onto a white card base, and then added a few of the same smaller sequins I used in the shaker card.

Handmade card from Amy Rysavy featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps #happybirthday

On the insides of the cards I used the Anything-but-Basic Birthday Wishes stamp set and inked up the sentiments with the same three Distress Inks before stamping them on the inside of the cards and that was it!

Thanks so much for joining me today and thank you MFT for inviting me!!


Tag #mftstamps when you share on social media so we can see what you’re creating – maybe you’ll be spotted!

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Stitched with Love — Saint Patrick’s Day

You don’t need to be Irish to wear a bit o’ the green and take part in the fun tradition of Saint Patrick’s Day. If you have a sneaky leprechaun that likes to surprise people with little treats for the holiday, a hand-crafted card or tag provides a great finishing touch. We’re having a lot of fun conceiving new pattern ideas to use with our Cross-Stitch Tag Die-namics and the prospect of rainbows and four-leaf clovers was too good to pass up! Our team, as always, is on-board as well and they have plenty of inspiration to share with our newest cross-stitch pattern collection…good luck resisting this colorful quartet of designs!

Download our Cross-Stitch Tag Saint Patrick’s Day Printable featuring four inspiring templates to inspire your stitched projects HERE.

To find all of our previously released templates, click HERE.

Handmade tags from Julie Dinn featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps #stpatricksday

Julie topped a trio of holiday-themed pencils with her handmade tags. The bold pop of pattern she added with toppers die cut from the Black & White Stripes Paper Pack provides contrast and stability.

Handmade tag from Karolyn Loncon featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps #stpatricksday

Karolyn’s pot-of-gold tag comes with an actual pot of gold! Her thread choices — metallic thread for the gold and a rainbow of colors shooting from the top — stand out against the soft blue background and substituting a cloud edge topper reinforces the theme even more.

Check out some of the other designs our team has created for today’s challenge…luck has nothing to do with their skills. ☘️

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Karolyn

MFTv – Alcohol Ink Backgrounds

Congratulations to the following commenter for winning an awesome new Chibitronics Chibi Lights Starter Kit! Remember, you can find all of the Chibitronics products we carry HERE — we can’t wait to see what you create with MFT + Chibi Lights!

Tema – Feb 16, 2018 @ 09:30

Tema, please send an email to erica@mftstamps.com to claim your prize.


This week, Stephanie has a trio of gorgeous, rich looks featuring a fun technique using alcohol inks and the Tim Holtz Distress Marker Spritzer Tool. If you’re in a rut and on the hunt for a project that allows you to simply play without a finished look in mind, this is an ideal starting point. Why not create a stack of colored panels and add a die-cut sentiment as the occasion requires — it’s a great way to make last-minute cards a breeze to pull together.

 Handmade cards from Stephanie Klauck featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Handmade card from Stephanie Klauck featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Handmade card from Stephanie Klauck featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Handmade card from Stephanie Klauck featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Watch MFTv – How to Create Alcohol Ink Backgrounds on YouTube or by playing the embedded video below. To be entered into the weekly drawing, be sure to leave a comment on this video on our YouTube channel – the winner will be selected from there!

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My Favorite Things and Chibitronics — Day Two

Day two of our collaboration with Chibitronics has arrived and it’s just as packed with inspiration as yesterday!

After you check out what the MFT team has created with Chibi Lights today, be sure you head to the Chibitronics blog for even more MFT + Chibitronics eye candy.

Handmade card from Karolyn Loncon featuring products from My Favorite Things and Chibitronics #mftstamps

Karolyn started by creating the most charming little French scene complete with the iconic Eiffel Tower. She could have stopped there but why should she when she can elevate the look even more?

Handmade card from Karolyn Loncon featuring products from My Favorite Things and Chibitronics #mftstamps

Are you ready to light up the night in the most romantic city in the world? Learn how Karolyn crafted her Chibi Lights card HERE on Youtube or by watching below.

Don’t forget, you’ll discover even more incredible looks HERE on Chibitronics blog — check it out because you might just win an MFT gift voucher! Make sure to comment here on the MFT blog for your shot at a Chibitronics Chibi Lights Starter Kit. We’ll randomly select one winner and share on Monday the 19th.

Find all of the Chibitronics supplies carried by My Favorite Things HERE.

You can see more from Chibitronics at the following places on the Internet:

Facebook | Website | Pinterest | YouTube | Twitter | Instagram | Blog

Check out more projects from our team below — you won’t want to miss the inspiring projects they’ve come up with to showcase Chibi Lights.

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My Favorite Things and Chibitronics — Day One

We love the electric surprise that Chibi Lights adds to cards. Chibitronics takes cardmaking to a new level and it’s always a treat to swap products with them to show off how My Favorite Things and Chibitronics pair up to make magical greetings.

Today and tomorrow join us here on the MFT blog, and over on the Chibitronics blog, for loads of inspiration from both of our talented teams of designers.

Handmade card from Stephanie Klauck featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Green means just go for it. You can create inventive looks like this one to complement the theme of your own designs! Chibi Lights come in a variety of color options too so lighting up your projects can be a very colorful affair indeed.

Handmade card from Stephanie Klauck featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

See Stephanie’s process for creating her Chibi Lights card HERE on Youtube or by watching below.

Find Chibitronics post HERE — make sure to stop by and tell them that MFT sent you!

Chibitronics is also generously providing a Chibitronics Chibi Lights Starter Kit for one lucky commenter! Simply leave a comment today or tomorrow, and we’ll randomly select one winner to receive this amazingly fun prize.

Find all of the Chibitronics supplies carried by My Favorite Things HERE.

You can see more from Chibitronics at the following places on the Internet:

Facebook | Website | Pinterest | YouTube | Twitter | Instagram | Blog

Check out more projects from our team below — you won’t want to miss the inspiring projects they’ve come up with to showcase Chibi Lights. Make sure to check back tomorrow for even more inspiration!

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MFT 2018 Creative Olympics | Event #3 – Crafty Biathlon

How are you faring in your quest for Creative Olympics gold? We’ve started the competition in two events so far — find Event #1 Stamping Slalom HERE in Olympic Stadium and Event #2 Freestyle Card in the Olympic Village HERE. We have two more events to share but first, how about an event refresher:

THE VENUES

We have a number of venues for you to visit over the course of this epic event. You’ll find events and activities at each so make sure you visit them all — you don’t want to miss a single event!

Olympic Stadium — Our blog is your home base. You’ll be able to participate in challenges shared today and February 14 and our medal ceremony will be held right here on February 22.

Olympic Village — Our Challenge & Inspiration Blog will host two events as well. Mark your calendars for February 12 and 16 for Olympic Village events to be shared.

Olympic Park — Meet up on our Facebook page to mix and mingle with fellow Olympians and participate in Q&As about your impressive training regimen 😉

THE MEDALS

It wouldn’t be the Olympics without the iconic medals! We have a stash ready and waiting to be bestowed upon our event winners.

Gold medal: $100 MFT Voucher — One winner randomly selected from participants that complete all 4 events.

Silver medals: $50 MFT Voucher — One winner randomly selected from each event.

Bronze medals: $15 MFT Voucher — Winners randomly selected from Olympic Park Q&A events.

RULES & REGULATIONS

  • Create brand new/original cards using any theme you like. Previously posted cards will not be considered. There is no limit to the number of entries you submit for each event.
  • Use stamps, Die-namics, stencils, and patterned papers from My Favorite Things. Cards using other products will be disqualified immediately, so get creative with the MFT products that you have on hand! Use whatever card stock and inks you have available.
  • Submit your card(s) to the InLinkz collection found at the end (the finish line!) of each event post on or before 10 PM EST on Monday, February 19.
  • When submitting your card, please simply use your name in the Link Title section.
  • International entries are most DEFINITELY welcome!

All winners will be announced at our Closing Ceremony on Thursday, February 22, so make sure to check back to see if you are one of our medalists!

EVENT 3

The Crafty Biathlon tests your ability to adapt to obstacles and excel in multiple challenges simultaneously. Below you’ll find two columns – one representing a technique and the other, a type of card. Your challenge is to select one option from each column and combine into one fabulous card!

Stephanie chose to combine the inlaid die-cutting technique with a shaker card to create this darling look. Her ingenious nod to the Olympic rings was the perfect opportunity to integrate both the shaker and inlaid categories!

Handmade card from Stephanie Klauck featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

In addition to showcasing the exceptional skill of the athletes and promoting the nations of the world to come together, the Olympics are just a little bit glamorous so that hint of sparkle is so appropriate.

Handmade card from Stephanie Klauck featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

The race for the gold continues. We’re excited to see the results of today’s event!

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Release Replay: February 2018

Today our team is taking a fresh look at our most recent release with inspiring ideas and innovative takes on the complete collection. We love the opportunity to look at our products with fresh eyes, envisioning entirely new ways to showcase the possibilities they present. We can’t wait to share our ideas with you!

For this replay, we’re featuring two different ways to incorporate the Magical Mandala Die-namics into your crafting.

Handmade card from Torico featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Torico’s passion for pastels highlights the stunning intricacy of the Magical Mandala. A simple white die cut has been elevated to incredible heights thanks to her deft coloring abilities. Grab your markers and get busy!

Try highlighting simply colored sections of your background with gel pen dots – it’s an easy way to customize your look even further!

Handmade gift box from Inge Groot featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

While Torico’s mandala takes center stage, Inge has expertly used hers as a layering piece — it acts almost as a doily to back her simple but sweet scene.

If coloring isn’t your thing or time is of the essence, stick with basic stamping but mix up your card stock choices for variety!

This is just the beginning – keep on clicking to see how others on our team interpreted this month’s replay.

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Torico

Inge

February 2018 Release Class

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We’ve been sharing daily release class videos on our Youtube channel and Facebook page for the past few days and now we have the full class PDF and YouTube playlist featuring every single class project available! Whether you prefer printed directions or are a more visual learner, we’ve got you covered. We know you’ll be as inspired by our team as we are. Download the February Class PDF HERE or check out our playlist HERE.