These modern, geometric wreaths pack a punch with minimal effort making them an ideal starting point for quick, but satisfying holiday greetings. Having the ability to repurpose the underlying arrangement, but using different color combinations, results in a different feel every time, each suited best to the greeting it showcases.
Take a closer look at this trio from Stephanie. A rainbow is exuberant and the perfect choice for an exciting occasion like celebrating the new year. A classic red and green scheme honors tradition and evokes nostalgia — what better way to recognize Christmas? And a cool blue and purple combo conjures a crisp feel perfect for a winter card.
Seeing the different ways color can be imparted to an image is quite simply, magic. One of the immense benefits of stamping is the unlimited opportunities it provides to see how the same image can be altered depending on the coloring method you choose. Today, you get to see how Sandy used watercolor pencils to turn Stacey Yacula owls into the charming, colorful characters you see below.
Hello and Merry Christmas, everyone! I’m Sandy Allnock, and I’m so much in the holiday spirit! Are you ready to get your holly on?
Today’s coloring adventure features Warm & Feathered Hugs — so, so, so, so cute it makes my teeth hurt! I got out my Albrecht Durer Watercolor Pencils and got busy creating a simple scene for two of the owls.
Layering pencil, blending with a brush, then re-layering feathery textures works beautifully; the process results in both a dimensional look as well provides the detail of the feathers.
The feathery patterns are modeled on some google images I looked up for owls. You can turn these sweet little stamps into all kinds of different owls — try it and see how much fun it can be!
The branch was created by first sketching it in light grey, then adding the blue sky while leaving room for the snow. Then I added more shadow and depth to the branch itself.
Finishing off the card was pretty simple — I stamped a sentiment and added paper layers with dimensional adhesive in between.
I’ll be back for one more coloring video in December (Copic!), and in case I don’t see you before then — I hope you have a very Merry Christmas!
Did you know the #mftstamps hashtag has more than 90,000 results on Instagram? You guys are busy, and we LOVE it. Keep ’em coming because we can never get enough of admiring your work! If Sandy has inspired you to create some scenery for your favorite MFT images, be sure to tag us!
The assortment of cross-stitch Die-namics we have available presents an excellent opportunity to slow down the holiday season a bit while still feeling productive. If you haven’t tried cross-stitch before, it’s a relaxing way to wind down after a long day — the motions are soothing and seeing the pattern emerge before your eyes is so satisfying. The bonus is the result — a beautiful gift or card to share with a loved one…either framed, in bookmark form, or as a holiday card for them to display.
I love creating cross-stitch projects for friends and family during the holidays. It takes more time during an already busy time of year, but it’s so nice to relax in front of the twinkling Christmas tree while working on some stitched projects. This year we have some new holiday patterns for our Cross-Stitch Rectangle Die-namics as well as a few coordinating bookmark patterns for the Cross-Stitch Bookmark Die-namics (you can download them HERE). Today I’m sharing a couple of projects I created with some of the new patterns.
Before we get to the full project, I wanted to share a little tip for something I do any time I’m stitching a pattern onto my cross-stitch papercrafts. I always like to find Copic markers that match the DMC thread I’ll be using, and then I very carefully color the pattern onto my project before I start stitching. I do this for two reasons: so I don’t have the white card stock showing through after I have completed the stitching, and so I can easily work on the design without having to look at the printed pattern.
Once I have it colored on the panel, I do all of the stitching in a traditional ‘x’ design. There are many ways you can stitch a pattern so go with whatever you prefer. I almost always stitch in a solid color around my completed pattern but to save time, you can leave those holes empty and just stitch the design.
After I stitched the Christmas lights onto my panel, I layered it on a card base and added a stamped sentiment from the Festive Flamingos stamp set. The Christmas lights pattern is my favorite, so I also decided to stitch the coordinating bookmark. You could give these as a gift together, or you could keep them for yourself. 🙂
For my second card, I wanted to go with a more elegant design since we did the colorful rainbow lights on the first project, so I colored the ornament pattern onto a Cross-Stitch Rectangle and then stitched it with shades of aqua and purple. To add to the wow factor on this one, I decided to add some silver thread around the snowflake to give it a sparkly look perfect for the holidays.
I once again stitched around the design with white thread to fill the panel and then I added it to a Silver Sparkle panel before attaching it to the card base.
Don’t forget you can download these patterns (as well as a collection of others) HERE. We can’t wait to see what you create for the holidays!
Red 3801, Orange 3340, Yellow 726, Lt. Green 907, Dk. Green 3347, Aqua 964, Purple 209, Dk. Grey 413, Lt. Grey 168
If cross-stitching on fabric feels cumbersome or overwhelms you, give this method a shot! Card stock provides more stability, and the holes are much more apparent for stitching purposes. We’ve seen some amazing projects from you, but we always want more — we’re relentless like that 😉 Show us your work by tagging #mftstamps!
Yan is back with us today to demonstrate an exciting way to show off the x-tremely cool critters in the Ready, Set, Snow collection from Birdie Brown.
Hello everyone! I’m so happy to be back again to share this fun bendy card featuring the adorable Ready, Set, Snow stamp set with you.
To start, I colored the images with watercolor, and die cut them with the coordinating Die-namics. Then I blended the background with Distress Oxide Inks. Once dry, I used the Sun Ray Stencil to create the sunshine.
Next, I cut three different size panels from white card stock and die cut the top edge of each using the Surf & Turf Die-namics. I blended Distress Oxide Inks up from the bottom edge of each panel and heat embossed the sentiment on the front panel.
To finish, I attached the swinging panels and colored images to the background as shown.
Bendy cards are perfect for creating three-dimensional scenes. The sides of the card bend inward allowing the card to stand up on its own and creating tiers that can be individually decorated. The finished card can also fold flat for standard postage!
I hope you like this card 🙂 Thank you for stopping by, and happy crafting!
If you’re on the hunt for a unique way to create dimension, this is an inspired way to do so. The bonus is the stability the design provides — ensuring your recipient can admire your handiwork for as long as they’d like. Are you creating cards like this with MFT products? We want to see them. Tag us with #mftstamps!
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Christmas is really a full season for many of us, not a single day, so if you’re still thinking of whipping up some holiday cards, we’ve got you covered. Hits & Highlights this month is all about the bringing the feel of winter to your holiday with a cool palette featuring blues and purple — bring a little shiver of delight with wintry colors evocative of falling snow and twinkling lights.
Torico has chosen soft blues and purples to color her adorable elf and stamp her cool + modern tree in this clean and simple scene. A softly blended background featuring heat-embossed snowflakes provides just the right balance.
Jodi has opted to use the same snowflake set as Torico — hers are stamped in cool hues against a white background though for a completely different look. Grounding her petite penguins with a sentiment strip is a smart bit of double-duty design!
Time to check out how others on our team interpreted our latest Hits & Highlights challenge…keep clicking to see more!
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Winter weddings present a unique opportunity for crafting cards to honor the day, but with the fun twist of incorporating cold-weather elements. Stephanie’s creative thinking was the impetus for turning these Stacey Yacula owls into a blushing bride and groom.
That stunning snowy background technique is incredibly versatile, isn’t it? You’ll incorporate that into cards throughout the winter season, no matter the occasion! Her tips for creating a formal look for the happy couple are innovative and inspiring as well.
Watch MFTv – Creating a Winter-Themed Wedding 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!
The weekend has arrived. Hopefully, you are warm, content, and not too stuffed with turkey. Whether Black Friday means hitting the shops at 6 AM or staying in your jammies all day within the comfort of your four walls, you can still take advantage of this incredible once-a-year sale.
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.
Well hello there and welcome to the November edition of Artistic Expression.
This month I have a little character for you, who is whizzing down the slopes on his snowboard!
Here is a bit of information about the tag before I get on with today’s tutorial:
The tag itself is from the newly released Fold-up Tags Die-namics. I used Blue Breeze Card Stock and the new Petite Plaid Paper Pack. The snow was created with the aid of a natural sponge and some Picket Fence Distress Ink. I then applied some dots on top using a white gel pen.
The little penguin die cut was adhered to the tag using foam tape for added dimension.
Now for today’s tutorial on coloring black and white images.
How many of you start to panic when you have to colour something that is black or white? Come on — I know you do! Well, worry not, I am going to talk you through it, step by step.
As always I start with the image, stamped on Blending Card by X-Press It with Cement Gray Hybrid Ink.
Now, as we are using the no-lines technique, we need to think about colour placement in order to prevent us from losing those lines and getting into a pickle. You also want to start with the palest colour as this helps avoid darker colours bleeding into the paler ones. So I began by adding C00 to the shadow areas on the penguin. I had already decided that my light source was coming from the right.
Next, I put some C0 on top.
Then I added some C1 to deepen the shadows a little more.
Finally, before I began to blend, I used a small amount of C2 in the areas I considered would have the darkest shadows, like under his hat, goggles, and chin.
Then it was time to blend with C0 to soften the edges of the ink layers, but please note I did not add colour to the areas I had left white.
To finish off his head and tummy, I blended the entire area with C00. Now don’t panic, I know it now looks really dirty compared to all the beautiful crisp white card around the image. It is just an optical illusion, and as soon as you add the other colours, the area, I assure you will look white again!
I then turned my attention to the penguin’s left wing, which I coloured with N4, going right up to the line by his body.
Some N5 was applied nearest the body, to help give the impression that the wing is behind him.
Finally, a small amount of N8 was added up against the body. Be careful with these darker colours — they pack a punch, and you are working in a very small area. Use the tip of your marker and rest your hand on the desk for support to help with your pen control.
Once I was happy that I had enough depth to my shading I blended the colours with N5 and N4. Remember you can always go back and add a little extra dark ink if necessary. It was then time to focus on the right-hand side of his body, beginning as before with N4.
Repeat the same process as for the left wing by adding a small amount of N5. But be especially careful to leave a thin white area on the underneath of the wing while colouring right up to the line on his body. You will see why in the next image.
Can you see that I added dark areas of N6 by his head, under that wing, and around his bottom? Take special notice of the area under that wing, by adding darkness underneath you give the impression that the wing is sitting on top of his body.
This is emphasized further in the image below. Again be sparing with that N8, it’s dark.
I then blended the darkest areas with a combination of N6 and N5 before going over the areas I had left white with N4.
OK, so the right-hand side of his body is coloured, now it’s time to look at how I shaded the left side. As before, I started with N4.
Then repeating the same method, I added some N5. Be aware you have another wing/body area to address as those stamped lines are going to disappear with the dark grey colours you are adding. So I made sure that the part of the body by that left wing did not get any N5 added.
A small amount of both N6 and N8 were added where the shadows would be at their deepest, i.e., near the goggles strap, under his head, and by his bottom. This was blended as before.
OK, at this point, we jump ahead. I coloured the rest of the image before I tackled the last part of the body that I wanted to explain in more detail…..adding the shadows. Oh and by the way, have you noticed that the dirty grey head and body actually look white now?
For the shadows, I chose to start with BV20. I added it to the area underneath the hat, under the goggles and a triangular shape under his head.
Those shadows were not quite dark enough for me, so I added a small amount of BV23.
Going back with BV20 and blending it with the BV23 made a difference and helped give that little penguin some depth and dimension.
And here he is complete with shadows on his snowboard, done in the same way as above. I also gave him a pair of eyes with a Black Multiliner.
To finish him off I added little dots of White Gel Pen to his eyes and beak.
So there you have it, my method for colouring images that are black or white.
I do hope that this step-by-step guide will give you the confidence to try this for yourself. Oh and don’t forget I love seeing your work, so please remember if you post it on social media to tag MFT!
Pull out your penguins, zebras, and pandas…thanks to Jane’s comprehensive tutorial, it’s time to color them with confidence! You know what to do — tag us at #mftstamps when you share; you might just be spotted!
While we endeavor to show gratitude throughout the year, we pay particular attention to our treasured friends today. Thank you for making the MFT family such an inspiring, encouraging, and supportive group…we couldn’t do this without you! If you’re celebrating today, enjoy that precious time with loved ones. If today is just another Thursday for you, know that all of us at MFT are thinking of you today as well. ❤️
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Today we’re grateful to Yan for sharing a joyful Frosty Friends card that’s a candy-colored delight. A hint of sparkle is all she needed to highlight her sentiment beautifully. Learn a bit more about her process below!
Hi everyone! I’m Yan, and I am so excited and grateful to be guest designing for My Favorite Things today! It’s such an honor to be invited. I created this card using the Frosty Friends stamp set from the November Release.
To begin, I colored the images using watercolor, and die cut them with the coordinating Die-namics. I blended the background with Distress Oxide Inks and splattered silver paint for a textured look. Once it dried, I used the In the Spotlight Stencil to create the highlights for the sentiment.
Next, I die cut white card stock and gold glitter card stock using an oval die. I heat embossed the sentiment that’s included in the stamp set and paired it with the “Merry Christmas” greeting from Hand-Lettered Holiday Greetings. To finish, I attached the front panel and the colored images as shown with foam tape.
I hope you enjoyed today’s card and got some inspiration. Thank you for stopping by and have a great day!
Don’t you love that spotlighting technique? Who says they need to shine down *on* your subject — those greetings deserve to be highlighted as well! Now it’s your turn…maybe you’re kicking off a long weekend right now? Sounds like the perfect time to play with your MFT stash so have fun.
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The Snow Special penguins are utterly charming — especially in the deft hands of Lisa, who is joining us again today. We love the idea of letting unexpected colors inspire your projects, and her sweet card is proof that it’s a great strategy.
Hi everyone! It’s great to be back on the MFT blog playing with my very favorite products!
Sometimes I get in a bit of a color rut. Traditional seasonal colors tend to dominate when I sit down to create. For today’s card though, I challenged myself to use what my brain thinks of as a summer color combination. This card was created as a birthday card for my daughter’s 16th birthday, which was yesterday. I wanted it to be light and cheery — just like she is!
Because I was stamping specifically for someone, I thought of her and the colors that she likes. She’s also a sparkle-loving young lady. She’s a friendly girl too, so that inspired the cluster of penguins ice skating together. Ice skating was also an activity that she did this weekend. When I create with someone in mind, I really love the inspiration that I get by thinking of them…it’s a great way to get those creative juices flowing.
Yes, I am continuing my obsession with the Wonky Stitched Rectangle STAX. They just provide the whimsy you sometimes want on a card. I thought it was perfect as a layer to showcase these sweet images.
As far as the colors that I based everything on, I used Peach Bellini, Sno Cone, and Blu Raspberry. I colored these little cuties in with a few Copic Markers and added glitter to the hats for that shine I was looking for. The glittered strips were added to tie in the bands on the hats.
Give it a try! Think of a favorite summer color combo and winterize it with cold-weather images and scenes.
What unexpected color combo are you itching to try? If Lisa’s project has inspired you to give it a shot, tag us at #mftstamps when you share on social media so we can add your color inspiration to our mental Rolodex as well!
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Our Tips & Tricks feature challenges our designers to share ideas for combining products, techniques for using new release items more easily or efficiently, and unexpected out-of-the-box ways to put your stamps, Die-namics, and stencils to use. Basically, they’re here to share clever uses for your new MFT purchases to really stretch your stash.
The Snowflake Window Die-namics is stunning on its own, but today, Torico is sharing THREE ingenious ideas for getting even more use out of this delicate design. Her cool color palette subtly emphasizes the elegant snowflakes and allows the die-cut windows to shine brightly.
Here you can see how she’s used a crafty cutting technique to create a see-through easel card. Head to Torico’s blog to learn more about all three seriously stunning cards she’s designed for this month’s Tips & Tricks feature.
Want to learn more about our designers’ Tips & Tricks for our November Release? Head to their blogs for the full details!