We have some fun news to share before we get to today’s post. Our July Release Countdown begins Friday and with it comes the debut of our newest team member, Kristina Pavlovic. Kristina has joined us here on the blog before as a guest, and regularly shares beautiful MFT projects in our MFT Insiders group. We’re so excited to see how she brings her innovative techniques to our new releases each month.
Join us in giving Kristina a hearty welcome to the MFT team!
Nothing says birthday like balloons and if you have loved ones with early-July birthdays, a patriotic twist on birthday balloons is a fun spin. Watch this week to learn how Stephanie used Die-namics to create stencils for her festive scene. You’ll pick up some great tips on creating realistic dimension with distress inks as well.
Watch MFTv – Watercolor Birthday Card 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!
Nichol is back with us today sharing a fabulous technique featuring Oxide Inks and a fun stencil technique designed to keep your cards cool, flat, and utterly mailable.
Scene cards are some of my most favorite cards to make but sometimes building the scene creates a lot of bulk. Stencils are a fantastic way to create a background for almost any scene without the bulk of lots of die-cut layers. Fossilized Amber Distress Oxide Ink was applied to white card stock before the same color was applied over the inked background with the Radiating Rays Stencil. Water droplets were added to the background with a Distress Sprayer for a fantastic oxidized effect. Along the bottom edge of the same piece of card stock, Vintage Photo Distress Oxide was applied. I didn’t worry too much about where the inks meet since I’ll be covering up the seam with a stamped greeting banner.
Images from the Party Like a Pirate stamp set were stamped on Smooth White Card Stock and colored with Copic Markers. Birds were stamped directly on the background while the rest of the images were die cut with the coordinating Die-namics and adhered to the background as shown. A glitter pen was applied to the coins to give them a bit of glimmer and Glossy Accents was used to add definition to the parrot’s eye. A greeting from Party Like a Pirate was stamped on a die-cut Stitched Fishtail Sentiment Strip with Versamark Ink and heat embossed with white embossing powder. The greeting strip was adhered to foam adhesive right below the die-cut images to help “ground” them and give them a place to stand.
Angel is joining us again today — she’s created two fabulous looks that are completely different from each other but both endlessly inspiring.
Hi all! Angel here again with two card using some of the new MFT goodies. For my first card, I created a fun scene using the Beary Big Adventure stamp set and Die-namics. That bear is too cute! I colored the images with my Copic markers. The hills were colored in with Zig pens. And can I say how much I looove the new Cloud Stencil??? Oh. My! I framed the scene with some Kraft Card Stock that I cut using the Inside & Out Stitched Rectangle STAX. The sentiment was stamped onto Natural Card Stock then cut out with an element from Blueprints 20. The card base is Jellybean Green.
For my second card, I decided to use the Color Drops Die-namics in a different way — as flowers! I adhered the Razzle Berry, Grapesicle, and Cotton Candy ‘petals’ to some scrap paper then used one of the circles from Blueprints 12 to cut out the flower centers using the Black & White Basics Paper Pack. The embossed sentiment is from the Beary Big Adventure set — I love to mix and match sets! The center of the Smooth White frame was cut with the larger element from Blueprints 27, then the outer edge was cut using Blueprints 29. Finally, the flower stems were cut using the Trees in the Forest Die-namics.
It’s always such a treat to have Nichol join us — she never fails to share ingenious ideas for putting your MFT collection to work.
The rock ’n roll technique is one of my favorites to use with solid images like these fantastic ocean creatures from the Ocean Fun stamp set! I combined two colors of Distress Oxide ink per image to create multicolored underwater creatures. Starting with the lightest color first, I inked up an image and then gently rolled on the darker color along the bottom edge before stamping the image on Smooth White Card Stock.
The background was created by combining more Distress Oxide colors on card stock and then layering with stamped waves and bubbles. Glossy Accents was applied to some of the bubbles and the eyes of the fish. A bit of water spritzed over the background with a Distress Sprayer adds additional distressing. The die-cut Ocean Fun images were adhered to the background and a torn piece of inked card stock was added along the bottom of the scene to finish it off. A greeting from Ocean Fun was stamped along the bottom edge of the card to complete the design.
If you’re ready to try the rock ‘n roll technique out yourself, be sure to tag #mftstamps when you share on social media so we can see what you’re creating – maybe you’ll be spotted!
Jane Allen’s April class at our Eustis FL boutique received RAVE reviews. We had so many of you request that we have her back and finally, we get to share the upcoming dates for her next trip across the pond. Mark your calendar now for these mid-October dates — Jane’s traveling all the way from the UK just for you!
If the past is any indication, we expect these dates to fill quickly so reserve your spot quickly. If you yearn to learn about creating realistic texture and dimension on your stamped images, this is the class for you. We are so excited to delve into the subject of hair and skin — you’ll acquire new Copic coloring skills in this technique-based class.
Here is a small sampling of some of the projects Jane has created in the past:
The schedule for each class day is as follows:
Morning Session – 9 AM – 12 PM
Lunch Break – 12 PM – 2 PM
Afternoon Session – 2 PM – 5 PM
During the morning session, Jane will be teaching us basic techniques of no-line coloring. The afternoon session will culminate in the grand finale of implementing the techniques you’ve learned to create a masterpiece.
The class is $75 — Each day of class will include 6 hours of instruction, and will be identical in content. You simply need to register for the class day that best suits your schedule.
You will need to bring adhesive and the required Copics to class with you. The Copic list will be provided at a later date, with ample time to purchase markers.
PLEASE NOTE: Each class will accommodate a maximum of 30 students and we expect both classes to sell out quickly. Classes must be pre-paid and due to the limited seating availability and special nature of this event, no refunds will be given if you are not able to attend.
We love Blueprints because they take the guesswork out of crafting beautiful cards (and tags!) in quick fashion when we’re short on time or inspiration. We also love them for their versatility and ability to be mixed and matched when we have the time and inspiration to create something truly unique. Our Creative Construction Challenge focuses on these attributes each month, challenging the team to either assemble a card based on one of the provided Blueprints sketches or design an original design combining elements from the featured Blueprints.
Did you know you can find ALL of our printable Blueprints sketches in one spot? Our Printable Resources section over there in the sidebar is packed with handy reference materials including Blueprints.
Fathers, husbands, sons, and brothers – don’t forget that the men in your life appreciate your hand-crafted creations too! This month, we’re celebrating them with masculine cards featuring Blueprints elements.
Jodi’s choice of Get Down to Business is decidedly masculine but that’s not the only way she’s created a strong look. Her peek-a-boo panel from Blueprints 22 is a bold backdrop in After Midnight and her patterned paper choice is solid, graphic, and in yellow and green — a perfect tie-in to her stamped and die cut images.
The men in your life love interactive cards as well! Create a scene youranchor will adore by die cutting a semi-circle window using Blueprints 21 before blending a stunning sunset.
We’re not done yet — keep on clicking to see how others on our team interpreted this month’s challenge.
Before we get to today’s episode of MFTv, we need to award our Camp Create prizes!
First up are the randomly selected winners from the comments on the videos from each day of camp on our MFTv YouTube channel:
Next are the randomly selected winners from the challenge participants for each day of Camp Create:
Our Camp Create Farewell Bonfire was a blast with an extra badge to earn AND a fabulous prize. The randomly selected winner of the bonfire prize is:
And finally, the moment you’ve all been waiting for. It was amazing to see so many of you participate throughout the entire week of camp— we hope that you’re just as excited about the projects you created as we were while admiring all of them! The randomly selected Grand Prize Winner of a $150 voucher from the MFT boutique is:
Huge congratulations to Kari and our eleven other winners! If you see your name on one of these lists, please send an email to email@example.com with your name and email address to claim your prize. Special thanks to EVERYONE for joining us at Camp Create!
The Interactive Labels stamp set is a must-have if you’re into creating cards that shake, rattle, and roll. Giving your recipient a hint that explains how to interact with your handcrafted cards is a simple endeavor thanks to this comprehensive collection of instructive words and images. Watch this week’s episode of MFTv to see how Stephanie included elements from this set into her addictively fun trio of looks.
Watch MFTv – Creating Interactive Cards 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!
Before we get to today’s post, we have our randomly selected Sending Birthday Wishes Card Kit Launch winner. Our lucky winner has won a $50 Voucher to the MFT boutique. Enjoy!
from Stephanie’s blog: Billie A
It’s time for our monthly Artistic Expression with Jane Allen feature. Have you implemented any of the techniques Jane has shared over the past few months? We’d love to see your projects!
With all the excitement about Jack Sparrow’s new movie guess which fellow “bird” decided to put on a pirate costume for my latest project…yes, that pesky chicken, Ruby!
In order to create this little montage, I needed to do some masking. Firstly, I drew a circle lightly in pencil — this would become my background area. Then using my MISTI, I stamped the larger pirate with the sword and Ruby, stamping both a second time on Post-it tape. I fussy cut these images and adhered them over the top of the first ones. Whilst I remember, I used masking tape to block parts of Ruby’s head and comb so that I could draw on a bandana. Just remember if you are adding your own doodles, make sure to use a Copic suitable multiliner. Once I had the masks stuck down I stamped the second little pirate:
Who has spotted the black ink? I was asked at my recent MFT class as to whether you could successfully add eyes if you stamped the images in Black Licorice Hybrid Ink instead of my usual Cement Gray, no-lines technique…well, erm, keep reading 🙂
Anyway, I started colouring, opting to do the background first. Nothing special here, I was wanting the pirate crew to be the focal point.
I decided to colour Ruby next, having decided that my light source would be coming from the right. What do you think of her bandana?
Next I turned my attention to the middle pirate. The dots on his bandana were created with the colourless blender marker, dotting the blue area once it was coloured.
And you guessed it, last but by no means least I coloured the lad with the sword. I drew stripes on his trousers and added dots to his sash, just like I had done on Ruby’s bandana, using the same technique as mentioned above. However, once the white areas were dry I added red dots. The little white dots to the eyes were created using a white gel pen. A tip, if you find your gel pen is being a little temperamental, draw on the palm of your hand with it — I find it usually gets even the most temperamental pens working again!
I wanted to keep the card quite simple, as always, so I trimmed down the coloured image and mounted it to a square of After Midnight Card Stock. The card base is Electric Red onto which I adhered a lovely piece of blue patterned paper from the Proper Pinstripes Paper Pack before mounting the image panel.
As always, for those of you who would like to play along, here is the Copic list. I warn you it is rather long.
Well, that’s it for another month, I hope you enjoyed reading today’s post. Keep colouring and above all, have fun!
Angel Rivera‘s cards are so bright and cheery — we’re excited to see what she’s done with our June Release…let’s get right to it!
Hi all! I can’t even tell you how thrilled I am to be guesting on the MFT Blog today! I have a couple of cards for you today.
For my first card, I used the emboss resist technique with the new Framework Stencil. I taped the stencil to my watercolor paper then inked it up with Versamark ink. After I embossed it with clear embossing powder, I sponged over it with Grape Jelly, Blueberry, Lush Lagoon, Field Day, Lemon Drop, Orange Fizz, and Electric Red inks then spritzed it with some water because I just love that look! I used 5 of the Color Drops Die-namics to cut out certain areas that I had sponged, then layered them over a strip of patterned paper from the Black & White Basics Paper Pack and my Smooth White card base. I doubled up on the foam adhesive on two of them for more dimension. The sentiment is from the new Beary Big Adventure stamp set and is embossed with white embossing powder on Black Licorice Card Stock.
My second card features the ridiculously CUTE Birdie Brown Party Like a Pirate stamp set. I used the no-line coloring technique with my Copics for the handsome little pirate (I even gave him some freckles). I also used that technique for the pirate ship. The ship has a layer of vellum over it to make it appear more in the distance. The Framework Stencil is so cool, I had to use it again! I sponged it with Grout Gray ink over Cement Gray Card Stock. The card base and Circle Shaker Window & Frame Die-namics are cut from Steel Blue Card Stock. The sentiment was stamped with Black Licorice ink onto Stone Gray Card Stock and then cut with an element from Blueprints 13.
Seriously inspiring work from Angel, right? If you’re itching to make something now that you’ve seen her projects, be sure to tag #mftstamps when you share on social media so we can see what you’re creating – maybe you’ll be spotted!
We adore Lynn Put‘s rich and colorful MFT creations so we’re super excited to have her joining us again this month for some guest posts. She’s kicking things off with a trio of looks featuring our June Release.
Hi there! I’m super excited and truly honored to be asked to share some of my cards as a guest designer for My Favorite Things.
For my first card, I wanted to come up with something different using the You’re A-maze-ing stamp set and thought it would be fun to combine For Owl You Do and You’re A-maze-ing to make an OWL-maze-ing card. I started with a white piece of card stock cut to a card front size and using my MISTI, lined up all of the owl stamps in different directions and stamped them in black ink. Next, I used the Stitched Scallop Basic Edges Die-namics and die cut the bottom edge of my stamped piece. For the bottom of my card, I stamped the You’re A-maze-ing sentiment in black ink onto yellow card stock cut to size and adhered it to my card front. On a piece of black card stock, I stamped and heat embossed part of the For Owl You Do sentiment, trimmed it down, matted it, and adhered it over the “A” of the A-maze-ing portion of my sentiment. Next, I added a horizontal strip of black card stock and my stamped and die cut maze with a yellow die-cut heart popped up in the center. On top of that, I added an owl which I stamped and colored with Copic markers and die cut using the coordinating Die-namics (he looks like a caped crusader doesn’t he?). As a final touch, I added some colorful enamel dots.
For my second card, I used the cute new Ocean Fun stamp set to create a shaker thank you card. I started out by doing some ink blending for my background onto a piece of white card stock. I used Blueprint Sketch, Mermaid Lagoon, Peacock Feathers, and Tumbled Glass distress inks. I stamped the sea life images in primary colors, die cut them using the coordinating Die-namics, and added them to my blended panel. Once my fish were adhered, I added googly eyes to all the images and stamped some bubbles and small fish in the background. Next, I stamped two sentiments — one from the Ocean Fun set onto a stitched sentiment strip and the thank you from For Owl You Do onto white card stock cut down and made into a sign that the crab is holding. To create my shaker, I used the Single Stitch Line Rectangle Frames Die-namics and foam tape and filled the shaker with iridescent and silver sequins.
For my third and final card for today, I used the adorable Birdie Brown set, Party Like a Pirate. The first thing I did to create my card was to stamp some of the images, color them using Copic markers, and die cut them out using the coordinating Die-namics. To create my small scene, I blended Mermaid Lagoon distress ink (appropriate huh?) onto a die cut circle and added my images with foam tape. Under my images, I added my sentiment which I stamped onto a die-cut Essential Fishtail Sentiment Strip. For my card base, I used a piece of red card stock which I randomly stamped with the skull image from the set using red ink and a strip of black card stock. Since I didn’t have black and white striped paper, I made my own using the Diagonal Stripes Stencil and black ink.
Thank you, Lynn! I know we’re feeling re-energized and ready to dive into the June Release again — how about you?
Tag #mftstamps when you share on social media so we can see what you’re creating – maybe you’ll be spotted!