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Yana is back on our Youtube channel today, and we couldn’t resist sharing her colorful birthday look here on the blog.
The photo alone is so inspiring, but you won’t want to miss the video to learn more about Yana’s tips for adding details with a white pen, creating sturdy depth with full-sheet foam adhesive, and crafting a beautiful blend of color for a text-adorned background.
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Caly Person is back with us today — this time with an adorable trio of ostriches and some great tips for grounding them using a combination of ink blending, stamping, and Copic coloring.
Hi, Friends! It’s Caly again, and I’m back today to share a card I made using the Oh My Gostrich set. I just love the witty sentiments and had to color these fun images.
Copic colors used:
Ostrich head, neck, and legs: R30, E30, E50
Ostrich body: C3, C5, C7
Ostrich wings: W00, W1
Ostrich beaks: Y21, YR14
Ground: E0000, E30, E51, E55
After coloring the ostriches, I die cut the images using the coordinating Die-namics before setting them aside to create the background.
I masked off an area to ink blend the ground using Vintage Photo Distress Oxide Ink, and the sky using Tumbled Glass Distress Oxide Ink. The ground is stamped with the same ink, and then I used Copic markers to add some accent dots and dry grass sprigs. Ostriches live in pretty dry areas, and I was trying to mimic that.
The sentiment was created using the Slanted Sentiment Strips Die-namics after I stamped and heat embossed it on black card stock. That sentiment definitely caught my attention, and I had to use it.
I hope you enjoyed this project. Thanks so much for stopping by today!
What are your tried-and-true techniques for grounding your elements? Tag us with #mftstamps to share your ideas!
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We love how crafting brings people together. Emily Leiphartand Kalyn Kepnerhave taken their crafting friendship to the next level through their Two Many Cards series in which they both create cards in their own unique styles using the same set of products. For their latest installment in the series, they’re featuring Mod Birds and Sassy Pants Best Friends — what a fun combo!
Here’s a peek at both of their beautiful projects. Head to their blogs to find more project images, see their process videos, AND learn how you can win a gift voucher from MFT!
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Please join us in welcoming Lea Lawson to the blog today for the first of two beautiful projects she’ll be sharing this month!
Hi crafty friends! This is Lea, and I am thrilled to be guesting again for My Favorite Things today.
Today my card features the adorable Party Penguins, along with the Happy Birthday Blend stamps and Die-namics. I can’t get over how CUTE these penguins are!
I started by blending the background using Shaded Lilac, Tattered Rose, and Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide inks. I die cut the Happy Birthday Blend from the middle of the panel, then splattered with watered down white acrylic paint before setting aside to dry.
As the background dried, I worked on the elements from Party Penguins. I found that it was best to die cut the penguins first, and then do the stamping. If you keep the card stock block that you cut them from, you can just place a little bit of washi tape on the back, and then place the die-cut pieces back into it in your stamping platform. This makes lining up your stamps so much easier!
You could also do the above process with the party hats as they are two-step stamped pieces as well, but I found that it wasn’t really necessary. I stamped the balloons and hats in light pink and purple inks with clear blocks then cut them out with their coordinating dies as usual.
At this point the background was dry, so I placed it on top of an unfolded A2 white card base in my stamping platform, and held it in place with washi tape and magnets. I proceeded to stamp the Happy Birthday Blend sentiment in light pink & light purple inks. I love how they blend together in places – such a fun element that MFT Stamps added to this set!
Next, I stamped the second part of the sentiment directly onto the blended background, along with the balloon strings. After doing all of that work, I ended up accidentally smudging the sentiment and couldn’t fix it. I’m not one to waste time, so I stamped the secondary sentiment again on white card stock and cut it into a thin banner. Then I adhered it over top of the smudged sentiment with a thin foam strip, and I think I actually like it this way more — you’ve got to love happy accidents!
Finally, I adhered the penguins, party hats, and balloons to the front, popping parts of them up with foam dots. Lastly, I accented here and there with some iridescent jewels.
I hope you liked my sweet birthday card today and I hope that I helped give some tips on how to overcome mistakes, as they do happen sometimes and that is okay! Thanks for hanging out with me today!
Those soft colors provide such a sweet counterbalance to the adorable black & white penguins. Lea’s pink and purple blend is such a pretty spin on the Happy Birthday blend sentiment! We love her tip and encouragement when it comes to turning mistakes into opportunities as well…she’s absolutely right about happy accidents. Now we want to see your blended masterpieces…happy accidents or not! You know what to do — tag #mftstamps to make it easy for us to find our new favorite project from *you*.
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If you love colorful cards and playful characters, you’ll love today’s guest! Check out what Caly Person has created to share with us today…welcome, Caly!
Hi, Friends! This is Caly, and I’m thrilled to be guest designing for My Favorite Things today!
My card features the new Birth-Yay stamp set. I colored the images using Copic markers and die cut them using the coordinating Die-namics.
Copic colors used:
Hippo, Toucan: C0, C1, C2, C3, C5
Cake, Hats, misc. accents: R00, R20, RV11, R22
Gift, Toucan beak: BV00, BV000
Toucan beak, Cake candles: Y00, Y13
Monkey, Cupcakes: E000, E30, E31, E35
Cake icing, Balloon: G000, BG10, BG11
Turtles: G40, G24, YG61, YG63
The background is ink-blended using Spun Sugar, Tattered Rose, and Festive Berries Distress Oxide inks. Then I used the Card-Sized Confetti Stencil Set to dab white pigment ink and create the soft confetti on the background.
The sentiment is from the Birthday Wishes Die-namics (free with $60 with purchase while supplies last!) die cut three times using heavyweight card stock, and stacked for dimension before adhering to the card panel. Then the images were adhered to the card front using a combination of foam adhesive and liquid adhesive.
I’m so glad you’ve stopped by today and hope that you enjoyed this project. Have a fabulous day!
We’re loving the versatility of the new Card-Sized Confetti Stencil Set — from layers of color to a subtle white bokeh effect like Caly has created here, there are so many ways to integrate this fun design! Let’s see how you’re using it — tag #mftstamps when you upload so we can check it out!
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Before we get to today’s post, we have our randomly selected New Product Launch winners. Both of these lucky winners will receive a $100 Shopping Spree in the MFT boutique.
from Karolyn’s blog: Raga Senthil
from Francine’s blog: Melissa Hershey
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Feeling a bit giddy following the latest release? It’s packed with cheery images and sentiments, and we’re already seeing so many great projects that feature the February collection being shared. This month, Sandy has completely encapsulated that giddy feeling in just one furry little mouse. Her colorful backdrop provides the opportunity to do some experimenting with your watercolors. A buoyant balloon and a handful of simple pen-drawn lines bring his lightness and excitement to life. Let’s get to the card!
Hi there MFT friends! It’s Sandy Allnock, and I’ve returned with a mouse who is SO happy he’s floating on air!
This little guy is from another darling stamp set drawn by the amazingly talented Stacey Yacula.
This mouse just makes me happy…those tiny toes and little ballerina position are too sweet! I created a soft background first, then painted the mouse — check it out in the video!
Painting the mouse afterward works well because I knew the background would definitely be lighter than the foreground. If you accidentally overpaint the light background, it’ll be covered anyway. Just let it dry first.
The glasses should be a lighter shade of whatever color you make the mouse…be sure not to let too much color bleed in from the fur! After everything was dry, I added some spinning lines — just a few are all you need to indicate his excited little jump!
Some Glossy Accents made the eyes and balloon shine. I couldn’t resist adding some bubbles in the air too!
Super cute and entirely manageable, right? What a great technique to play with when you have a single image that you want to make shine. Let’s see your version of Sandy’s approach! Tag #mftstamps when you upload your projects to Instagram — you might just be spotted!
Laura Bassen is joining us on our Youtube channel again today for her monthly Creative Spark video and this month she’s sharing TWO cards featuring the latest release — both including great tips for making the most of your new MFT goodies.
Have you created a shaped card before? We think this raccoon card from Laura is the bees’ knees and her tip for creating it by using the body from the Friendly Fox Die-namics is fantastic! Adding some shading to her pieces adds depth and somehow makes this cutie even more adorable!
Coordinating dies are fantastic for creating perfectly-sized die cuts but as Laura’s second project demonstrates, using them to frame your image or sentiment is an equally great use! We’re super into the patterned panel she crafted with the new Card-Sized Confetti Stencil Set as well…simply gorgeous.
Thanks as always to Laura for always inspiring us with her brilliant ideas and infectious personality! Make sure to subscribe to our Youtube channel to stay on top of all of our incredible MFT contributing artists.
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It’s time for another Create in Color with Sandy feature — who is excited? The technique she is sharing today is bound to inspire countless variations…how about a bubbling pot for our famous chef, or a spooky smoking cauldron crafted from scratch for a sweet witch? We’re confident you all will come up with some incredible twists, and we can’t wait to see them!
Hello MFT coloristas! It’s Sandy Allnock, I’m back again, and thought I’d let you know that you make my beaker bubble, did you know that? I love it that I’m not alone in LOVING to color!
The chemists in the release this month got me SO excited…bubbling beakers are a lot of fun, and pretty easy too!
Start by making life easy on yourself: wipe off the area of the stamp where the steamy cloud will appear before stamping…you can see what I mean in the video!
I’ve added a layer of difficulty to mine (consider me a Copic gymnast going for bonus points??) by coloring different ethnicities…darker colors definitely offer bigger challenges. Go big or go home, right?
And while I’m using silly Olympic references — how about competing for the gold medal in Using Too Many Copic Colors?
The steamy little poofs of smoke look great with little bubbles added on top with a white gel pen…so. much. fun.
I’ll see you all again in a few weeks with another video with the February release — you are going to LOVE it. I promise!
Your turn! Do you have any other ideas for putting this technique into practice on your cards? Share with us by tagging #mftstamps when you upload!
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Mona is back, and this time, she’s sharing a colorful, sparkly, magical celebration of friendship.
Hi everyone! It’s Mona here and I am so happy to be a guest again on the My Favorite Things blog! Today I’m featuring the amazing Rainbows & Unicorns stamp set and Die-namics and also the Once upon a Rainbow Die-namics. If you missed my previous post, you can check it here.
I started the card by stamping the unicorns and coloring them with my Copic Markers. The next step was the die cutting. After I die cut the colored unicorns, I cut the rainbows and the fluffy clouds. As you can see I die cut the same shapes from glitter paper as well. I added more dimension to the rainbows and clouds with paper layering to create more interest. The unicorns are backed with glitter paper too.
When it was done, I put together my background. I splattered white and violet watercolor onto a pink card stock panel, and heat embossed the sentiment on the soft teal card stock with white embossing powder. As a final touch, I die cut the stars from Rainbows & Unicorns from gold glitter and teal card stock and my card was done!
Thank you very much for reading through my post — I hope that I have inspired you! If you like my creations check my blog and let’s be friends on Instagram.
That glittery shadow effect is simply gorgeous…I’m looking at my collection with new eyes with that technique at the forefront of my mind — how about you? We’re tantalizingly close to the weekend so let’s all make a pact to take some time to play this weekend. Deal? Deal!