February 2018 Release Class

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Artistic Expression with Jane Allen – You Gnome Me

Before we get to today’s post, we have our randomly selected Yay for You Card Kit Launch winner. Our lucky winner has won a $50 Voucher to the MFT boutique. Enjoy!

from Torico’s blog: Mrs. O

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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.

Welcome to January’s Artistic Expression — my monthly feature where I get to share with you, in detail, some of the techniques I use when colouring MFT images.

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

This month I have called upon the services of a cheeky little gnome from Birdie Brown.

To create the scene, I stamped a couple of flowers in the foreground from Fairy Happy using Cement Gray Hybrid Ink and Copic suitable card stock. I created masks by stamping the flowers a second time on a Post-It note. I did the same with the gnome and other blooms. Masking is time consuming but worth the effort as it allows you to layer your images, giving extra depth and dimension to your finished scene.

Once everything had been stamped and all masks removed, I coloured the entire picture with Copic markers.

Background: G20, G40, G12, C0, C1, C2, C3, YG0000
Flowers: BG000, BG01, BG02, C0, C1, C2, C4, R81, R83, R85, R11. R20, R21, R22, R32, RV32, RV34, R12, Y21, Y32, YR30
Trousers: G21, G24, G28, G29, T4, T6
Shirt: B02, B04, B05, B06, B37, BG09, T6
Skin: E0000, E000, E40, E41, R20, V20, BV20, BV23
Eyes: B95, B97, W8
Hat: R22, R24, R27, R39
Beard: T0, T1, T2, T3, T4, T5
Boots: W4, W6

For this particular project, I decided to use both Copic and coloured pencils. This enables you to add fine detail on small images as this that would not be possible with Copics alone. The trick is to colour match the pencils to your Copics as closely as possible.

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

The advice I give anyone who plans to add pencil enhancement to their Copic work is to make sure you’ve finished using the markers first. Pencil dust will damage your nibs, so please don’t be tempted to go back and add more ink after you’ve been using pencils.

Now on to today’s tutorial: How to colour a white beard.

This technique can be applied to hair and fur and of course, is ideal for all those Santa images you will undoubtedly be colouring later in the year.

As always, I have broken it down into manageable stages:

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

How can you colour a white beard with Copics when there isn’t a white marker? Aha, you are actually going to create one by colouring the shadows! As this is a very small image, you will need some assistance later in the process. For now, let’s set about colouring the shadows being cast on the beard. To do this, you need to draw short vertical dashes with your palest maker, in this instance T0. I started from his cheeks and flicked downwards. If you are new to this technique, why not practice vertical flicks on some scrap card stock? It’s all about pen control and using the tip of your marker nib to create fine, delicate vertical lines. Oh, and don’t cover the whole area with pale grey dashes — you are meant to still see the card stock.

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

Once you have your lightest colour applied it is time to add the next layer of colour. The above image has had dashes of T1 and T2 added. Again, try to make your dashes random and ensure that the left-hand side of the beard remains darker, leaving areas on the right as before with the card stock clearly visible.

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

Then you add the next two layers of colour: T3 and T4, but in smaller amounts.  This is where the darkest shadows are meant to be.

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

Finally, it’s time to add the darkest shade of Copic marker: T5.  At this stage, the beard will still appear a little flat, until you start applying flicks and dashes with a white gel pen. If you have been a little heavy handed with your greys, don’t worry, the gel pen will enable you to correct that as well as giving additional texture to your colouring.

What can you do if you have so much fun with your gel pen that you add too many white dashes and lose your shadow areas? Don’t panic, this can be corrected very easily with coloured pencils – simply apply dashes of grey. In this example, I used three shades and the best part is no one will ever know.

This technique works best when used in conjunction with no-line colouring as you have the freedom to flick your vertical dashes over the pale stamped lines, giving a more realistic looking beard.

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

So there you go, a step by step guide as to how I created the white beard on my Gnome. Why not give it a try yourself…I am really looking forward to seeing your work using this technique!

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Artistic Expression with Jane Allen – Penguins in Paradise

Before we get to today’s post, we have our randomly selected Furever Friends Card Kit Launch winner. Our lucky winner has won a $50 Voucher to the MFT boutique. Enjoy!

from Jodi’s blog: Evergreen

Please email erica@mftstamps.com to claim your prize!


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 there, are you ready for Christmas? Well, whilst the reindeer are limbering up for their epic trip on Christmas Eve, here is a little penguin enjoying some R & R in the sunshine!

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

This month, I am sharing with you how I add pattern to clothing. Before we get into that, allow me to quickly go through the rest of the card.

First, I created a circular card base using Smooth White Card Stock and the largest die from the Stitched Mini Scallop Circles.  Then, I stamped one of the penguins from Penguins in Paradise on Copic suitable card with MFT Cement Gray Hybrid Ink.

The scene behind the penguin was drawn by hand and coloured with Copic markers.

Sky: B0000, B000, B41

Sea: B41, BG10, BG11, BG15

Trees: YG61, YG63, YG67, E41, E43, W4

Sand: YR30, E81

Popsicle: Y32, Y35, Y38, E42, C1

Penguin: C00, C0, C1, C4, C6, C8, R11, YR23, YR27, B14, B16

Shorts: YG21, YG23, YG25, YG63, YG67, R83, R85

Copic Multiliner – Turquoise

Now, let’s focus on those Hawaiian shorts.

I started by colouring the shorts in lime greens, without any pattern. Once coloured, I merely removed some of the ink with the Colourless Blender marker, creating very basic floral shapes.  If necessary, you may need to repeat this process, especially if your base colours are quite dark.

Once dry, it’s time to add the basic petal shapes. For this example, I opted for R83 pink to create them.

Again, let the ink dry to lessen the chance of your colours bleeding. I added touches of darker R85 to the centre of the flowers and filled the gaps between the larger flowers with smaller ones.  I did not bother removing any additional green ink for these smaller ones as the lime green was not overly dark. For a final touch, I added little dots and flicks of white gel pen and drew the cord with a coloured Copic Multiliner.

You can use this technique to add almost any pattern you’d like to clothing, creating an extra dimension to your stamped images.

I hope that you give this a try next time you are colouring an MFT image, and of course, we’d love to see it.

All that is left now is for me to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and all the best for 2018.

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Artistic Expression with Jane Allen – Happy Bear-thday

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! Be sure to tag #mftstamps on social media so we can appreciate *your* artistry as well.

Well hello there — it’s time for another Artistic Expression feature and this month I thought I would share with you all how I coloured the balloon on this card.

So, before I start with the balloon tutorial, allow me to quickly give you all the details regarding the overall card just in case you’d like to try this layout for yourself.

Firstly, I trimmed a 10cm x 20cm card base from Smooth White Card Stock, scoring it at 10cm and folding it in half with the aid of a Teflon bone folder. I then cut out a frame, again from Smooth White Card Stock, using a Stitched Circle Scallop Edge Frame.

Having inked up a piece of card stock with Dried Marigold, Fired Brick, Candied Apple, and Aged Mahogany Distress Inks, I had a little fun with some white paint and a splatter brush to create a speckled background. Once dry, I used a die from Circle Stax Set 2, slightly larger than the inside of the frame, and adhered both pieces together with Multi Medium Matte Glue before mounting them to the card base.

The sentiment, from Beary Special Birthday, was stamped with Cranberry Cocktail Hybrid Ink on Smooth White Card Stock. Then with the aid of a MISTI, I re-stamped the sentiment with Versamark and heat embossed it with Clear Detail Embossing Powder. When fully dry, I die cut it using a Stitched Sentiment Strip and adhered it to the card base just below the frame.

As for the little bear from the Beary Special Birthday Set, I stamped him using Cement Gray Hybrid Ink on Copic-suitable card and coloured him with Copic markers. I then cut him out carefully with detail scissors and adhered him to the card with foam pads, creating some added dimension on my card.

Now, let’s look at a particular element of this card in more detail:

HOW TO COLOUR A BALLOON

Firstly, if you’ve ever been to one of my Copic classes you will undoubtedly have heard me say “Google, Don’t Guess!

What do I mean by this? Well, in this instance,  I recommend you search online for images of balloons. That way you will have a realistic picture to refer to when you start colouring.

As you can see, a real balloon has more than one point of shine and dark areas that we may well have missed had we simply guessed.  This image is for reference only, you will not be replicating it exactly — merely using it as a guide to enhance the realism of the object in your project.

I started by mapping out the shine areas…ultimately these will be the lightest parts of the completed balloon. I coloured the remaining area with my palest Copic colour — in this instance, R22.

Then I built up the colour by adding some R24, carefully leaving areas that I wanted to stay lighter.

As you can see, I then layered the darker R29, marking out the areas that would be shadows on the finished balloon.

Before I started to blend the whole piece, I added touches of R39 and R37 to the top and bottom of the balloon, constantly referring to the Googled image to ensure that I was adding the darker shades to the correct areas. It was only after I added all the shading that I went back with R22 and started blending the colours together.

Being quite pale, R22 can act like colourless blender taking away colour as you blend. That is exactly what happened whilst colouring this piece so I just added additional R24 and R29 to maintain the depth of colour. As the card stock was quite wet at this stage the colours blended readily, so adding extra colour was not an issue.

Should you find that you’ve been a little heavy handed with the blending and the top shine is not as light as you would have liked, merely use your Colourless Blender pen to take away some of the colour. I would recommend a dotting action as this allows you to gently take away colour with more control than the usual circular motion.

Copic coloring a balloon image from Jane Allen — featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

So finally, here is the process in stages from the initial colour mapping, all the way through to the finished balloon.

Learning to observe and researching unfamiliar elements in my projects has really helped improve the standard of my Copic colouring and I hope that it helps you too!

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Artistic Expression with Jane Allen – Happy Pawlidays

Before we get to today’s post, we have our randomly selected Snowflake Splendor Card Kit Launch winner. Our lucky winner has won a $50 Voucher to the MFT boutique. Enjoy!

from Stephanie’s blog: StarSpry


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! Be sure to tag #mftstamps on social media so we can appreciate *your* artistry as well.

I’m doing an awful lot of Copic colouring right now so I decided to use coloured pencils for this month’s feature.

I also decided to try something that I’ve been itching to do for a while…colour on black card stock! I’ve often coloured on Kraft and love the way that it makes the colours pop.

The first issue was how to stamp on black card stock — it’s not like you can use black ink — so I pulled out my Sweet Tooth Pigment Ink. I’m aware how juicy pigment inks are and wanted to avoid an excess of ink on my project. Panic not, there is a solution — double stamping! Ink up the stamp as normal, stamp your image on some scrap paper, and then stamp a second time onto your black card stock…there is still plenty of ink remaining to give you a nice clean print!

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

Another tip when attempting to colour on very dark card stock — I recommend having the image on the packaging close at hand so if you colour over some of the lines,  you don’t get lost. Trust me, it’s very easy to do and having a clear image to follow as a guide really saves your sanity.

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

As you can see, the colours do stand out from the background but the dark colour does mute them a little more than when you colour on Kraft. I am pretty pleased with the results!

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

You can see I opted for creams, browns, and gave him a darker patch over his right eye.

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

This little guy is adorable when wrapped up in Christmas lights, even though they should be on the tree instead of him.

What do you think of the finished pooch?

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

Having coloured the dog, I turned my attention to the background, opting to create my own with Distress inks…no water splats this time, just plain and simple blending in muted shades of green and beige. I used Post-it tape to mask off the lower portion whilst I inked the top, then repeated the process for the bottom.

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

I trimmed the mount with the Inside & Out Stitched Square STAX and then cut out the centre of the card stock with the new Snow Globe Die-namics, finishing it off by adding the die-cut snow globe base. I initially cut that out of Olive Card Stock, adding a little shading with coloured pencils to give it a bit of dimension.

I stamped a sentiment from the Happy Pawlidays stamp set with VersaMark and embossed it with Super Fine Black Embossing Powder. Here’s a tip: you can probably see that I’ve got little bits of embossing powder where I don’t want it. Don’t panic if this happens to you too. I simply used a Mono Sand Eraser to remove the worst of it. Like my inking, embossing is something I need to practice!

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

Here is the final card, with the little dog safely inside his snow globe with lots of bright Prill Spills Prills to play with — no wonder he has a smile on his face!

A Very Crafty Holiday Bonus! – Crafting with Kids

What a fun week it’s been getting you prepared for A Very Crafty Holiday! Before you go, we have a bonus craft today. Let’s take some time to do some holiday crafting with kids!

Shaker cards bring out the kid in all of us so it’s a natural progression to craft a shaker with the kids in your life! Creating card kits allows them to do all the fun stuff card making entails without the work and mess that preparing for assembly sometimes creates.

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

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

Today’s Craft – Crafting with Kids

Join Stephanie today to as she shares fun ways to get kids involved in holiday crafts using a fun array of Christmas-themed stamp sets from My Favorite Things! Mass produce a number of shaker card kits so that you have enough to share throughout the season.

Watch A Very Crafty Holiday – Crafting with Kids on YouTube or by playing the embedded video below.

Each day this week during our A Very Crafty Holiday event, we will be giving one lucky person a $50 gift voucher to the My Favorite Things boutique to get you started on your holiday paper crafts!

Here’s how to win:

  • Subscribe to our YouTube Channel.
  • Leave a comment on each day’s A Very Crafty Holiday video.

Deadline to comment is tonight, October 14th at 10 PM EDT.

All winners will be announced on Monday, October 16, so make sure to check back to see if you are a winner!

We’re wishing you A Very Crafty Holiday!

A Very Crafty Holiday – Gift Tags

Wrapping beautiful gifts is one of the joys of the season. Put your creative touch on your packages with personalized and handmade gift tags. We’ve got your holiday inspiration right here!

One way to personalize gifts is to create handmade and festive tags to pretty up your packages. With products from My Favorite Things, you’ll have the coolest looking gifts under the tree! Let’s see what wonderful and creative ideas we have in store for today:

Handmade tags from Karolyn Loncon featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Handmade tags from Karolyn Loncon featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Today’s Craft – Gift Tags

Handiwork and the holidays go hand-in-hand and Karolyn’s take on Christmas tags is beyond inspiring. Watch today’s video and then download the templates Karolyn used to create her cross-stitched designs! You can also find blank templates to create your own designs HERE and a printable PDF of other designs HERE. Happy stitching.

Watch A Very Crafty Holiday – Gift Tags on YouTube or by playing the embedded video below.

Each day this week during our A Very Crafty Holiday event, we will be giving one lucky person a $50 gift voucher to the My Favorite Things boutique to get you started on your holiday paper crafts!

Here’s how to win:

  • Subscribe to our YouTube Channel.
  • Leave a comment on each day’s A Very Crafty Holiday video.

Deadline to comment is Saturday, October 14th at 10 PM EDT.

All winners will be announced on Monday, October 16, so make sure to check back to see if you are a winner!

We’re wishing you A Very Crafty Holiday!

A Very Crafty Holiday – Tag Stocking Stuffers

You never know what you’ll find tucked into your stocking! Surprise a friend with some handmade tags filled with fun little goodies or a marker for a favorite book. Today, we’ll show you how.

Giving little gifts at Christmas is a fun way to brighten the most wonderful time of the year! And handmade packaging makes all the difference when it comes to making those gifts special. Let’s take a look at what’s in store today:

Handmade bookmark and gift tag from Barbara Anders featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Handmade bookmark and gift tag from Barbara Anders featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Handmade bookmark and gift tag from Barbara Anders featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Handmade bookmark and gift tag from Barbara Anders featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Today’s Craft – Stocking Stuffers

For many of us, collecting and prepping stocking stuffers is one of the most fun parts of the holiday season! Stockings are the perfect opportunity to flexing your creative muscles to come up with inexpensive gifts your recipient will treasure.

Watch A Very Crafty Holiday – Stocking Stuffers on YouTube or by playing the embedded video below.

Each day this week during our A Very Crafty Holiday event, we will be giving one lucky person a $50 gift voucher to the My Favorite Things boutique to get you started on your holiday paper crafts!

Here’s how to win:

  • Subscribe to our YouTube Channel.
  • Leave a comment on each day’s A Very Crafty Holiday video.

Deadline to comment is Saturday, October 14th at 10 PM EDT.

All winners will be announced on Monday, October 16, so make sure to check back to see if you are a winner!

We’re wishing you A Very Crafty Holiday!

A Very Crafty Holiday – Hostess Gifts & Party Favors

Chances are you’ll be going to, or hosting, at least one holiday party this year. Today we’ve got ideas for party favors and hostess gifts. Welcome to another fun day of A Very Crafty Holiday!

Creating for friends and family is a treat, and pampering them with little gifts is one of the best parts of the season. Whether you’re hosting a party or not, you’ll love these fun ideas for making gifts extra special. Let’s take a look at what’s in store today:

Hostess gift from Stephanie Klauck featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Hostess gift from Stephanie Klauck featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Today’s Craft – Hostess Gifts & Party Favors

Holiday season = party season and what better time than NOW to prepare for those festive occasions.Arriving at a party with a bottle of wine and heartfelt greeting will never go out of style. Watch today as Stephanie shares a beautiful hostess gift idea.

Watch A Very Crafty Holiday – Hostess Gifts & Party Favors on YouTube or by playing the embedded video below.

Each day this week during our A Very Crafty Holiday event, we will be giving one lucky person a $50 gift voucher to the My Favorite Things boutique to get you started on your holiday paper crafts!

Here’s how to win:

  • Subscribe to our YouTube Channel.
  • Leave a comment on each day’s A Very Crafty Holiday video.

Deadline to comment is Saturday, October 14th at 10 PM EDT.

All winners will be announced on Monday, October 16, so make sure to check back to see if you are a winner!

We’re wishing you A Very Crafty Holiday!

A Very Crafty Holiday – Holiday Card Set

We’re back with more inspiring holiday paper crafts to get your Christmas crafting season on the right foot! It’s the most wonderful time of the (paper crafting) year!

Christmas cards are probably the first project that comes to mind when it comes to holiday crafting. Wherever you fall on the spectrum — from custom cards for each recipient to a mass-produced look appropriate for anyone on your card list — having the ability to create a card set in quick fashion is a handy skill to possess.

Handmade holiday card set from Laurie Willison featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Today’s Craft – Holiday Card Set

Even if mailing cards isn’t on the agenda, card sets make fantastic gifts. Watch along today as Laurie shares her process for creating this beautiful peace & joy set.

Watch A Very Crafty Holiday – Holiday Card Set on YouTube or by playing the embedded video below.

Each day this week during our A Very Crafty Holiday event, we will be giving one lucky person a $50 gift voucher to the My Favorite Things boutique to get you started on your holiday paper crafts!

Here’s how to win:

  • Subscribe to our YouTube Channel.
  • Leave a comment on each day’s A Very Crafty Holiday video.

Deadline to comment is Saturday, October 14th at 10 PM EDT.

All winners will be announced on Monday, October 16, so make sure to check back to see if you are a winner!

We’re wishing you A Very Crafty Holiday!