Treats Today: $20 for You, A Very Crafty Holiday Winners, AND a Gorgeous Bird Pileup from Wendie
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Our A Very Crafty Holiday event was designed to inspire a variety of holiday crafting opportunities — we hope some of you have taken our ideas and made them your own. Today though, we’re sharing our five $50 winners. Congratulations to you all and thank you for celebrating the holidays with MFT!
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We’ve already been lucky enough to see Wendie’s work a couple of times this month and she’s back with us again, one last time, to share her beautiful take on Tweet Holidays.
Hi everyone! I am so happy to be back with My Favorite Things today! For my last post this month I am bringing you all treats and no tricks. And after stretching my wings a bit with my previous cards, I wanted to wet my beak with some no-line coloring. I created this tree of birds using the Tweet Holidays stamp set. I can’t say this is an overly original idea — what is it about bird stamps that compel us cardmakers to stack them into “trees”? I made a top-folding A2 card base using white, Copic-friendly, heavyweight card stock (Neenah solar white 110lb). Working my way up from the bottom, I stamped the two outer birds on the bottom row, using my MISTI stamp positioning tool and Grout Gray Premium Dye Ink. Then I masked the birds and positioned the bird duo stamp so that the bird on the right was snug between the already stamped birds. After masking that bird as well, I stamped the next row up using the full bird duo. Finally, I stamped the top bird and squeezed in some mistletoe to fill the gaps.
Next, I colored my birds with Copic markers, starting with their scarves and hats. If I were to make this card again, I would color the background first, as red can be tricky to color around without causing it to bleed. But I wasn’t sure what background I wanted to make for this card, so I forged ahead. After putting down the Copic layers, I added detail with Prismacolor pencils. I love this technique because it adds so much depth to the colored images, and pencils provide more control over details like feathers.
On to the background. For my solid backgrounds, I often go top-down using long, broad flicks of the brush nib and saturate the paper to enhance blending. For skies like this, I use the darker colors of my palette at the top. I used the colorless blender to create some soft snow, filling in the circles with a white pencil. I also used a white gel pen to add opaque snow to the entire scene. I stamped the sentiment along the bottom using Extreme Black Hybrid Ink.
All the colors I used to make this card are listed below, but I encourage to experiment with your color palette!
Cardinals: R05, R24, R27, with BG23 and BG09 for the scarves and hats and Y17 and YR07 for the beak
Mistletoe: G07, G28, R32, R35, R37 Sky: BG11, BG10, BG000, BG0000, BV000
Cardinals: 921,122, 937, 924, 935, 105, 905, 1086
Mistletoe: 912, 908, 937
That’s it for me today. I want to give a big thanks to My Favorite Things for inviting me to be a guest designer this month. It’s a huge honor, and I had a lot of fun making all these cards to share with you. And thank you all so much for joining me!
Not sure what I’m most inspired by…the bird pyramid, the exceptional masking, or that incredible coloring! That Copic & Prismacolor combo is calling my name too — if it’s calling yours as well, tag us at #mftstamps so we can check out your handiwork.