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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!
Crafting holiday tags is so satisfying — not only do you get to make something pretty without carving too much time out of your busy schedule (especially during this busy season of the year when every minute is precious), but the resulting product is an essential component of your holiday prep.
Stephanie has created a gorgeous, sparkly trio of tags for the newest episode of MFTv. The Fold-up Tags Die-namics provides a great starting point — simply choose a palette to work with, in this case, a mix of patterns from the Candy Land Paper Pack and Color Celebration Glitter Card Stock, and die cut a variety of elements. Mixing and matching is the fun part!
Watch MFTv – Quick & Easy Holiday Tags 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!
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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 $100 Vouchers to the MFT boutique.
from Rachel’s blog: Lori Lai
from Amy’s blog: Trina P.
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It’s always a treat when Lisa joins us – her elegant designs are a delight, and we love the ideas she’s sharing today for creating a card and tag set with the new Snowflake Window Die-namics.
Hi friends! It’s so fun to be stamping a little again and to peek in on my stamping family! I just LOVE all things MFT, so it was lovely to create something for today’s post.
I was SUPER excited when I saw this beautiful new die. The Snowflake Window Die-namics takes the cake with its beauty and ease of use — I just had to use it as the focus of my projects today.
I love glitter. Yes, it might be silly at my age to be excited to play with it, but it’s a fact. When I saw this die, I mentally screamed “GLITTER!”. One of my favorite things to use in creating with glitter is sheet adhesive. I like to back window dies like this one and dump glitter all over it. I also press in the glitter to really make it set. It’s so pretty and sparkly in person!
There are a few other fun layering elements that I’ve used today to frame the Snowflake Window on this card. Thank goodness for the Wonky Stitched Rectangle STAX and A2 Rectangle STAX that always come to mind for whimsical, yet classic cards. I’ve also used a sweet sentiment from the new Beautiful Blessings stamp set.
I decided to create this coordinating tag using the Tall Tag Duo and more glitter! I will write on it when I add it to a plate of cookies later this season.
I just love the cool and festive feel that Sno Cone Card Stock paired with Smooth White creates…crisp and clean!
Well, that’s a wrap for today. I hope that even if you aren’t a glitter gal, you’ll still give it a try. It makes this beautiful Snowflake Window Die-namics pop!
Now, it’s your turn. Grab some glitter (or if you’re glitter-averse, our glitter card stock is a great option – the new Color Celebration collection is packed with options!) and your favorite snowflake dies and see where the muse leads you. You can’t go wrong with glitter + snowflakes!
The new Peek-a-Boo Wheel Die-namics provides a fun opportunity to surprise your recipient with some unexpected results as they spin the wheel. This fun interactive design can be paired with an endless variety of images and greetings suitable for any occasion, and we can’t wait to to see all of your fun interpretations. Today though, we’re lucky to see what Kathrin has done with this inventive design.
For this card, I used the Beary Best Friends stamp set, and when I first saw it, I knew I wanted to combine it with the Peek-a-Boo Wheel Die-namics. It seems like these two friends have already caught a good amount of fish but what’s next on the hook? You can find out by turning the wheel!
I’ve created the background of the card by covering some regular white card stock with Blueprint Sketch Distress Oxide Ink. Next, I glued the Snow-Capped Mountains, cut from shimmery grey and white card stock, onto the background. The water layer was cut from white card stock as well. I used one of the Ocean Waves Die-namics to cut the top border into a wave shape and then colored the white card stock using Tumbled Glass and Broken China Distress Oxide Inks. I also did some partial die cutting using the same wave border positioned a bit under the previously cut border so I could tuck the icebergs behind the waves. I die cut the icebergs from a light turquoise card stock and added some shadows using Copics.
From the bottom of the water layer, I die cut the oval window and notch that comes with the Peek-a-Boo Wheel. The wheel itself was cut from white card stock and colored using the same colors that I used for the water. The cute bears were colored with Copics using a white gel marker to add some highlights, and die-cut using the matching dies. I’ve lengthened the fishing line a bit, so I’ve cut that part by hand. I needed it long enough to reach the oval window. I’ve also stamped and die cut the buckets with fish and the ice floe. The fish in the water and the one on the Peak-a-Boo Wheel are from the Beary Best Friends stamp set as well. I love that these are three separate fish but using the matching die they get cut individually!
As I wanted this card to have a fun twist, I’ve only used one fish for the wheel and then added a pot, a coffee mug, and a rubber boot around the rest of the wheel. There are so many strange stories out there about things that people catch on fishing trips so why should it be different for bears? After putting the card together, I felt like something was missing on the bottom right of my card, so I’ve stamped one of the sayings from the Frosty Friends stamp set into that area.
Thank you to Kathrin for joining us — she’ll be back again soon with another humorous take on the November Release!
The two-piece Snowflake Window Die-namics design provides much more versatility than you might expect upon first glance. In this week’s episode of MFTv, Stephanie demonstrates two different ways to add a gorgeous, intricate snowflake look to your cards.
Whether you opt for a see-through window or a layered element to adorn your card front, Stephanie has provided fantastic tips & tricks for ensuring your card is sturdy, durable, and will withstand the handling it will most assuredly endure (WHO could possibly resist admiring these pretty cards up close and personal?)
Watch MFTv – How to Create Snowflake Window 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!