Hello! I’m so excited to be back with another post.
I’d like to share with you three cards that I made using the recently released Birdie Brown Viking. I absolutely love this set!
For my first card, I made a 3D box card. I love creating cards with dimension. To some people, box cards may be somewhat intimidating but they’re really not that hard and they’re so much fun to make and give to your friends and loved ones.
When I think of Vikings, I think of Viking Longships and I immediately pictured this burly guy sailing the seas. I decided to create my box to resemble his ship. I created my base with a 12″ x 12″ piece of dark brown card stock, a paper trimmer, and a scoring board. I usually follow an easy 3D box card tutorial from Splitcoaststampers but I trim my final product down a little bit smaller. The final dimensions of the box when folded flat are 5 1/2″ x 5 1/2″. I usually hand deliver these cards but they can fold nicely and also be sent in the mail in a padded or larger-sized envelope.
For my panels, I layered Natural Card Stock and Kraft Card Stock stamped with the Wood Plank Background in dark brown ink. I created an ocean wave bottom panel to wrap around the base of the card and attached it with adhesive. For the wave panel, I blended Cracked Pistachio, Mermaid Lagoon, and Chipped Sapphire Distress Inks onto Neenah Classic Crest 80lb Solar White Paper. I spritzed it with some water and die cut it with the Ocean Waves Die-namics. I also used these same colors to create the ink-blended sky in the background.
For the sail, I cut a 2 1/2″ square piece of Smooth White Card Stock and drew in some lines using the Stripes Stencil (which is now retired) but a ruler would also work. I colored in some red stripes using my Copics (R08, R46, R59) and then used the Oval Shadows Die-namics to trim off some of the edges to make it look like the sail was blowing in the wind. For the top of the mast, I actually used one of the clotheslines dies from the Bundle of Baby Clothes Die-namics. I added two white flags using the flags from the Castle Die-namics. For my Viking, I stamped him onto white card stock and colored him with Copics (all colors listed at the end of this post). I used the coordinating die to cut him out and attached him to the inside of the box.
My second card is also a card with a lot of dimension. This time, I created a shadow box card that fits perfectly into a 5″ x 7″ envelope when folded flat (measurements below). I wanted my Viking to look like he was exploring the hills and mountains of Norway. I created a background sky with Tumbled Glass and Broken China Distress Inks. I then added some mountains using the Snow-Capped Mountains Die-namics with Cement Gray and Grout Gray card stock. For the hills, I first blended smooth white card stock with Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn, and Forest Moss Distress Inks. Then I die cut them using the Grassy Hills Die-namics. I added a castle from the Knight in Shining Armor stamp set and some pine trees from the Beast Friends set.
Shadow Box Card Directions:
Trim 2 pieces of card stock to 5″ x 8 1/4″.
Score these pieces on the long side at 1 1/4″ & 7″.
Cut an open window in one of the pieces (I used the A2 Rectangle Stax and added a frame from the Single Stitch Line Rectangle Frames.)
Adhere these two pieces together on one side where the side flaps will overlap (this will be the frame of your box.)
For the inside strips, cut 3 pieces of card stock to 6 3/8″ long at varying heights to add dimension (I used heights of 1 1/2″, 2″, and 2 1/2″).
Score each piece at 3/8″ & 6″.
After you are done scoring, you can die cut these pieces with whatever border dies (if any) that you want to use. I used the Grassy Hills Die-namics.
For my final card, I created a fun little Valentine-themed card. I made my card 5″ square and added some square layering panels using Cement Gray and Smooth White Card Stock. I also added a red & white striped patterned paper panel from the Birthday Blowout Paper Pack. I die cut a few fishtail banners using the Stitched Fishtail Flag STAX with Wild Cherry Card Stock and vellum.
In the center of my card, I added a stitched white heart using the Stitched Heart STAX. I placed my stamped, cut, and colored Viking on top of the heart with some foam adhesive squares. For my sentiment, I used the newly released From The Heart stamp set. I heat embossed my sentiment onto black card stock with Super Fine Detail White Embossing Powder and then used one of the dies from the Hearts In A Row – Vertical Die-namics to cut it out.
Copic Colors Used:
Viking #1: Skin: E50, E51, E21, E11, Beard: E42, E08, E09, E18, Coat: E21, E23, E27, E29, Shirt: BG11, BG32, BG 49, Pants: N3, N5, N8, Boots: E81, E84, E87, Ax: C1, C3, C5, C7
Viking #2: Skin: E50, E21, E13, Beard: E13, E39, E19, E49, Coat: E40, E41, E43, Shirt: G20, YG25, G17, G28, Pants: E23, E25, E29, Boots: N3, N5, N8, Ax: C0, C2, C5
Viking #3: Skin: E50, E21, E13, Beard: E50, E53, E55, E57, Coat: E13, E39, E19, E49, Shirt: R14, R46, R59, Pants: E40, E43, E44, Boots: E13, E39, E19, E49, Ax: C1, C3, C5
Thank you for allowing me the privilege of sharing these with you today! I’ll be back at the end of the month to share one more post with you. Have a wonderful day and have fun creating!
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Hello everyone! My name is Rachel Alvarado and I am so excited to be guest designing today for My Favorite Things. It is truly such an honor!
I’d love to share with you a few cards that I made using the newly released In Paris stamp set.
When I first saw this set, I immediately knew that I wanted to make a shadow box card. I wanted to keep it on the smaller side, so I worked on some measurements (listed below) until I found something that would work and still fit into a pre-made envelope. This card fits perfectly into a 5″x 5″ square envelope when flattened.
For my images, I first stamped them onto Smooth White Card Stock with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink, colored them with Copic Sketch Markers, and then die cut them with their coordinating dies. I also added one smaller sized hot air balloon from the Up In the Air stamp set. For my background, I used the Cloud Stencil with some distress inks (Blueprint Sketch and Salty Ocean). For the frame around my card, I used the Single Stitch Line Rectangle Frames Die-namics.
Shadow box card directions:
- Cut 2 pieces of card stock to 5″ x 6 1/4″ and score along the long side at 1 1/4″ and 5″.
- Cut your window in one of these pieces (I used the A2 Rectangle STAX Die-namics)
- Cut the inside strips to 4 3/8″ long and whatever height they need to be to just reach the bottom of the window. Score these pieces at 3/8″ & 4″.
I wanted to go a completely different route for my second set of cards. The Eiffel Tower is such an elegant structure and makes for great photographs. I wanted these cards to showcase mainly the silhouette of the tower standing majestically over the city skyline and/or landscape.
I love black and white photographs — especially the ones that have a bright pop of red that contrasts well against subtle shades of gray. For my first and second card, I stamped the Eiffel Tower and then lightly drew in a treeline with pencil.
I colored in the treeline with a black Copic Sketch Marker following the silhouette stamping technique demonstrated by Jennifer McGuire a few months ago. For my first card, I wanted to let the intricate structure of the tower be seen, so I only colored the treeline. For the second, I colored in both the treeline and the tower. I embossed anything that I had colored with clear embossing powder.
For the shading on my first card, I blended Grout Gray, Cement Gray, and Gravel Gray inks. I colored the balloons with Copics R14, R46, R59, and RV99.
For my second card, I blended Grout Gray ink along with Pumice Stone Distress Ink. I colored the red hearts with the same Copic colors as listed above.
For my final silhouette card, I blended Pink Lemonade and Bubblegum inks along with Spun Sugar and Seedless Preserves Distress Inks. For the skyline, I used the city skyline stamp that is included in the Birdie Brown You’re Super stamp set that was released last month using the same technique as above. I added a few Pretty Pink Posh 4 mm Clear Droplets for some added interest.
Lastly, I made two cards inspired by the French Par Avion envelopes. I wanted to create that red, white, and blue striped border around the outside edge of my cards.
To start, I cut two pieces of white card stock to 4 3/4″ x 6″. I cut blue and red strips using Blueberry and Wild Cherry Card Stock. For one card, I cut the strips at 1/4″ wide and for the other, 1/8″ wide. I then glued them onto my white card stock and trimmed both pieces to 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ once the glue had dried. It may sound like a lot of work, but it was actually pretty easy to do. I do recommend using a guillotine-style paper trimmer for this technique.
For my first card, I used the cute little dog from In Paris. I reverse-stamped him and added a little black and white striped shirt with a black marker. For the other dog, I used the same stamp but masked the hat and drew in some hair and a bow. I used both the Wonky Stitched Rectangle STAX and the A2 Stitched Rectangle STAX Set 2 for my card mats.
Lastly, I simply added a few of the images (stamped and colored to match) from In Paris to the front of the card using foam adhesive squares to complement the border.
I hope you enjoyed these ideas today! I will be back on the 19th to share some more fun projects. Have a wonderful day!
Hi there, friends! Lea Lawson here today with my 3rd guest post. I’ve had such an amazing time as a guest for My Favorite Things and using some of the newly released products! Thank you so much to MFT for having me…and to you for hanging out with me, and checking out my creations!
I am so excited about the card I have to share with you today! I had a vision for this card, and while it took some time to complete, I love how it came to life! As I go through the steps to re-create it, just be aware that it is a little bit time intensive. So, this isn’t a card you are going to sit down and just whip up. But, the end result is so worth it, and I enjoyed every minute I put into this card!
The first thing I did was watercolor all the pieces, with the exception of the Town Bear. I started with the galaxy background and watercolored it in black, pink, and aqua. I set it aside and started on the ombre grey watercolor. I knew I would be cutting the mountains out of this, so I just faded the watercolor dark to light. Then I die cut the Our Town scene and watercolored it in rainbow order. I spritzed all of these pieces with shimmer spray, then set them aside to dry.
Quick note – you can speed up the drying process by using your heat tool. I do this sometimes, but I really do like to let them dry naturally if possible. I feel like you get some cooler watercolor effects that way!
As these were drying, I die cut the snow caps for the mountains and covered them in glitter. Then I stamped the sentiment three times on black card stock and cut them into three thin strips. Lastly, I stamped and embossed the cute Town Bear in black. I used my watercolor markers to color him and then set him aside to dry as well.
After busying myself with those elements, the other watercolor pieces were mostly dry and I just hit them with my heat tool in the couple areas that needed it. I masked where I wanted to watercolor the street to the same block that the galaxy background was on. I then added yellow dotted lines down the middle of it and heat set them. Then I painted the rest of the street with black watercolor. This will activate the yellow a bit, and they did run together a little – but that was okay with me. Watercolor isn’t a perfect science and I love how they kind of faded together a little bit. It helped with the snowy scene I was creating!
I set that piece aside to dry again, and while waiting I diecut the mountains from the grey watercolor blocks and adhered the glittery snowcaps to them. I finished drying the Town Bear with my heat tool, and cut him out using the matching Die-namics. I stamped him again to some masking paper, and cut out just the bear portion.
Once the watercolored road was dry, I masked this background one more time and added the glitter to each side of the road. Once I pulled the masking tape off, it was time to finally put my card together!
I cut an A2 card from Black Licorice Card Stock and then adhered the galaxy background to it with foam. Next I adhered the mountains to the middle of it, and then popped the rainbow Our Town die cut with foam adhesive to the bottom of the mountains. Next, I added the Town Bear to the front, making sure he was on the road. I added the mask to him, and then had a paint flicking party! I added white paint splatters to the front until it felt “snowy” enough! Once finished, I removed the masking paper from the Town Bear.
The final steps to this card were adding the sentiment strips to the upper right corner with foam adhesive, and then accenting with a few jewels.
This card was a small labor of love, but it was such an enjoyable experience seeing it come together, and I am thrilled with how it turned out!
Thank you so much for hanging out with me these past few days and checking out my creations! I appreciate the love so much, and hope to be inspiring you again in the near future! I hope the start of your 2018 has been an amazing one so far. Have a great day!
I hope that you all have a very Happy New Year!! I’ll see you in 2018!
Happy New Year, MFT friends! Lea Lawson here with my 2nd guest post for My Favorite Things. I am having SO much fun and I am really excited to share my cards with you today!
For today’s post I am focusing on the newly released Painted Flowers stamp set. I fell in LOVE with this set the moment it arrived in the mail, and couldn’t wait to use it! But here is something that maybe you can relate to — multi-step stamping doesn’t come naturally to me and I normally spend a good hour just marking the top of the stamp set, making notations about what goes together, where the top is, etc. Imagine my excitement when I saw that MFT GIVES you all of this info already right on the stamp set! I could just start stamping, and knew I was going to be successful at it!
My first step in creating these cards was stamping multiples of all the flowers & leaves. I chose dye ink colors that had matching shades, and used my MISTI stamping tool. This way, I could easily re-stamp an image if I didn’t feel like I got a good impression…which sometimes happens to me with dye inks. I wanted a really feminine feel to these cards, so I chose pink, aqua, and yellow inks for the flowers, plus green for the leaves.
Once I finished stamping, it was time to clear my desk and cut everything out. I die cut all the stamped flowers and leaves first and grouped them together. Then I die cut the other leaf shapes in the Painted Flowers Die-namics set from gold glitter paper. Lastly, I die cut the Stitched Tag-Corner Square two times from Smooth White Card Stock.
Once all the die cutting was complete, I stamped and heat embossed the sentiments in gold on the stitched squares. In my first guest post, I talked about how I love to combine newly released items with older items in order to freshen them up a bit. I did that with these cards as well, and used the Words of Inspiration stamp set that I have had in my stamping stash for awhile. It hasn’t gotten nearly enough love lately and it combined beautifully with the Painted Flowers stamp set!
Once the sentiments were finished, it was time to layer the cards together. I made two A2 card bases from Smooth White Card Stock. I cut ombre patterned papers slightly smaller, and adhered them to the card fronts with foam adhesive. Next I layered the corner square sentiment blocks to the front with foam adhesive as well.
The next step was to add the flowers & leaves to the front. I wish I could say there was a technical way to get this done, but ultimately…I push them around, move them, tuck them here & there and fuss with them until I feel like it looks right. Once I felt like they looked balanced and pretty, I adhered them permanently. I did this by carefully pulling out the bottom pieces first, adding adhesive and tucking them back in. I repeated this process until the top layer of flowers and leaves were adhered.
The final step to creating these cards is some accenting! I adhered some of my favorite gems to the centers of the flowers, adding a knot of gold thread to a few of the larger ones. Then I added some pink gems in the corners to give the card some movement. They were the perfect final touch!
If you haven’t picked up your Words of Inspiration stamp set in awhile, I highly encourage you to use it with the Painted Flowers set! The sentiments are beautiful and encouraging, and they pair perfectly with the beautiful multi-step flower stamps.
Thank you for checking out my cards today, and I will see you again tomorrow! Have a wonderful day!
Hi there, everyone! This is Lea Lawson, and I am here to share my first of 3 guest posts with you! I’m SO excited to be an MFT guest, and I can’t wait to share all of my projects with you!
One of my favorite things to do is mix brand new products with previously released items to freshen them up! Stamps and dies are an investment that can be used time and time again, and this is one way that I make sure I’m using them as much as possible!
For my card today, I paired the newly released Friendly Forest stamp set and Die-namics with some previously released scene-building dies to create this light & airy winter themed card!
To start, I created an A2 card base from Smooth White Card Stock. I trimmed Sno Cone Card Stock slightly smaller and mounted it to the front with foam tape.
Next I die cut all of the pieces I needed to create my wintry scene from their corresponding card stock colors. I covered all the pieces that were cut from Smooth White in Diamond Dust glitter. This included the snow caps on the mountains and the two snowy hills. It really makes them look like they are glittering with snow!
I did mask off about a half inch from the snowy hill that would be the top layer, and then stamped the Warmest Wishes sentiment in black ink. Once this was done, I layered the scene together on the card base. I started by adding the sun first, then the two snow-capped mountains that are to the left of the sun.
Next I layered the two snowy hills to the front, tucking the smaller mountain on the right between them. To finish creating the scene, I added two cute little pine trees.
The final step was stamping the cute critters from the Friendly Forest stamp set on Smooth White Card Stock, then die cutting them. I layered them cozily around the sentiment to finish the card!
Thank you for coming to hang out with me today and check out what I created — I really appreciate it so much! I will be back soon with another fun guest post!
I hope that you all have a very Happy New Year!! I’ll see you in 2018!
Hello everyone! I am so happy to be guest designing once again. It has been a blast creating with the super cute December 2017 MFT release.
I created this CAS card using the new Friendly Forest stamp set.
I die cut blue, orange, and white card bases using the Stitched Rectangle STAX Die-namics.
I then stamped my images onto the bases using Versamark ink and heat embossed them.
These were super fast, easy, and fun to create. I hope you have enjoyed the cards I created as a guest designer. Big thank you to each of you and to MFT for inviting me!
Wishing you a wonderful and Blessed day.
Hi there! I’m back with my final guest designer post. It’s been a great honour and pleasure to share my ideas with you here on the blog.
Today, I would like to encourage and inspire you to make the most of your supplies. When we invest in a set, we certainly want to get more bang for our buck, right?
I’m a sucker for all things house and cityscape, so I decided to see what I could do with the skyline stamp from You’re Super. I went for my favourite clean and simple style today — hope you like my ideas!
For the first card I stamped and die cut the image in rainbow colours and placed them behind a die-cut window. The sentiment is from one of my favourite sets — Boss Babe.
The second card has the same clean and simple look except this time I used distress oxide inks for the background, and partial die cutting to create the cityscape. It looks like the big city is waiting for you, go get it! You just need to believe in yourself! The sentiment is again from the Boss Babe stamp set.
I also made two square cards. First, this simple shaker using the Snow Globe Die-namics.
I stamped the image in Kraft Hybrid Ink onto the white base and added a bit of sky around it with Salty Ocean Distress Oxide Ink. I also stamped the Wood Plank Background onto the globe base for additional interest. To ground my snow globe I used the Stitched Strip Die-namics — a perfect way to add an accent without overloading your card. The sentiment from the Snow Globe Sentiments set is a must have for the season! And of course, white splatters…afterall, it’s all about snow.
Finally, I made a super simple card with just one tiny pop of colour. I used Glossy Accents from Ranger to make the heart dimensional and shiny. The sentiment is from More Essential Sentiments.
Thank you for spending some time with me! Thank you My Favorite Things for this amazing opportunity to be a guest here — I can’t even express my joy and gratitude!
Wishing you all a happy holiday season and all the best in 2018! Can’t wait to see what it’s got in store for us. Cheers!
Hello again everyone! Mayra here from Mayras Designs. I am super happy to be guest designing once again today! I have two cards to share with you.
For the first card, I used the Town Bear stamp set. I think this is such a versatile set. I wanted to create a Christmas-themed card. I began by die cutting a piece of card stock using Stitched Rectangle STAX Die-namics. I then stamped the trees from the Beary Big Adventure stamp set onto the card stock to create my background design. I heat embossed the images using white embossing powder.
I then colored my bear and tree images using Copic markers. I began with BG09, BG78, BG75, BG72, and BG70. For the next set of colors, I used E35, E31, E18, E15, repeated these colors once again, then finished with E50.
It was such a fun and easy card to create. For the sentiment, I used Happy Pawlidays.
For the second card, I used the brand new Painted Flowers stamp set. Such a lovely set to create with. I heat embossed one of the images using gold embossing powder for this CAS card.
I hope you enjoy and feel inspired to create. Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by!
Wishing you a wonderful and blessed day!
Hi there! I’m super excited to be back with another post!
Today I’d like to show you three cards I made using the recently released Friendly Forest set — love it! The images are cute and whimsical, and I appreciate the opportunity to use my inks and just go to town stamping the critters!
For my first card I stamped the Whimsical Woodgrain Background onto two panels of my favourite kraft card stock, then I trimmed the second panel a bit and die-cut a square window into it.
I went for a very simple scene created with some distress inks and stencils — I used my go-to stencils this season: Drifts & Hills and Mini Cloud Edges. I added some interest to the fox by highlighting her nose and eyes with some black enamel accents.
For my second card, I decided to create a winter scene with the same fox. I used shades of blue, gray, and spearmint for this. I used the Drifts & Hills Stencil again to ground my fox and the trees. I also added some snowflakes with a white gel pen.
I like how the triangles on the background are balanced by the triangles of the Winter Trees, which I popped up on some dimensional adhesive for additional interest. I used Stitched Fishtail Sentiment Strips Die-namics and Snow Globe Sentiments (which is perfect for holiday projects, let me tell you!) to finish off the card.
Finally, for my last card I went for an almost monochromatic look using Kraft, Natural, and Chocolate Brown inks.
I used some inlaid die cutting and created a globe for my forest scene. Modern trees seemed perfect for this card. To round off the foresty look I used the Whimsical Woodgrain Background again.
I like odd number of images on my cards, so I added three adorable critters to the scene. I debated the colour of the banner for a while, to be honest with you. In the end, I decided to make it white to tie it together with the white of the critters and the sentiment.
Thank you for spending some time with me! I hope I could inspire you to play with you favourite critter stamps! Have a great day and take care!
A new year approaches and with it, a fresh start. We’re cleaning up in preparation for a shiny new 2018 and today through Saturday, you can clean up too! Shop our End-of-Year Overstock Sale to save 25-50% on some of your favorite MFT stamp sets, Die-namics, paper packs, and supplies. Sale not valid on previous purchases. No coupon code required.
TWO 2017 Card Design Superstars in one week? You bet! Today, we’re sharing a fabulous card from Mayra — seeing her process for creating a masked panel will provide incredible inspiration for your next project.
Hello everyone — happy Thursday! Mayra from Mayras Designs here with you today. I am super excited, honored, and thankful to be today’s guest designer! I can’t thank My Favorite Things enough for this amazing opportunity! It is a dream come true!
I created this card to share with you using two products from the brand new release — the Town Bears stamp set and Stitched Tag Corner Square STAX. This is such an adorable set.
I began by die cutting the base of my card using the Stitched Rectangle STAX Die-namics. I used the largest one for this design. I then stamped the bear, trees, and houses using Black Licorice Hybrid Ink. I created masks for the images in order to create a patterned background.
After taking off all of the masks (my favorite step when creating these types of cards) I colored my images using Copic markers.
For the greens in the trees, I used G99, G94, YG95, YG67, YG17, YG13, YG03, YG21. For the trunks of the trees, I used E47, 44, and 41.
For the navy areas I used, B99, B95, B93, and B0000. For my bear, I began with YR27, YR24, YR21, and YR20 (I used these colors for the rust toned areas as well). I then went over the bear using E47, E44, E55, E35, and E31.
I loved how the background came out but I wanted to make my little bear standout a bit more. I decided to die cut another piece of card stock using the same pale gray color with the Stitched Tag-Corner Square STAX Die-namics.
I stamped the bear and the trees once again and colored them using the same colors as the background. I glued the finished piece to the base of my card and it was finished!
I truly loved creating with this set. I hope you enjoy and feel inspired to create. Thank you so much for stopping by — wishing you a wonderful and blessed day.