I used the die cut to trace around each image to decide which portion of the image I wanted to use (and avoid coloring the parts that would eventually be trimmed off anyway).
If you don’t have enough images to fill all of the openings, use one for the sentiment or a smaller image (the cake would have been another option for that open spot).
I always try to be mindful of the way an image is “looking” when I place it on a card – like the begging puppy looking up at the cake or the sad pup looking down at it (I think he’s sad because he’s so far away from it!)
Hey crafty friends! I’m back with another card that tells a story for you today (Lawn Fawn products just seem to inspire that in me!). Today these little mice are having a picnic in the woods but they are soooo in love, making googly eyes at each other, they didn’t even notice that the ants are stealing all of their food!
The base of this scene is created with some very light ink blending – a bright green for the “grass” and very pale clouds for the sky. I like things light and bright and you don’t have to give that up on a full scene card like this one.
The trees in this scene (also from Lawn Fawn) are intended to be used with a box card, but are perfect to frame out this picnic in the woods scene.
If you don’t have those particular trees, the trunk could be simplified and cut by hand and the tree tops could be made using a cloud border die.
Instead of following my instinct to color the picnic basket brown, I googled “vintage picnic basket” for some color and pattern ideas. So much inspiration!!
Time for another installment of Get Cracking on Christmas! I was a little tight on time this month so I took advantage of some “card parts” I had been playing around with and was so happy with the way they worked together (I guess I have a secret obsession with pink and red for holiday cards!).
And if there’s one thing I love more than pink and red when it comes to holiday decorating, it’s vintage Christmas ornaments!
The coloring might look daunting, but it’s really quite simple because you don’t actually need to blend. Just choose three marker shades that work with your base color and add flicks of color. I worked lightest to darkest
You could also try this same look with another monochromatic color scheme – pink would be stunning!
The “hello” script is from a previous gift with purchase set but the Hello Script die would be a great alternative.
Just because you’re starting to make Christmas and winter themed cards, it doesn’t mean you have to abandon your beach-y themed stamps! This Build A Background Waves set from Taylored Expressions works just as well for this penguin as it does in a summer scene!
Life sure is messy lately, isn’t it? And friends absolutely do help! This poor little kitty is crying over his spilled milk but he has a friend that is trying to help him out with a torn up box of tissues and a gentle pat on the shoulder – something we could all use when things are rough.
I broke out of my Copic rut and used my Zig markers for these images. They were stamped on Bristol smooth paper (I’ve always found that works best for me).
A scene doesn’t have to take up the entire card front – a small scene on a die cut shape can be just enough!
If you don’t have this particular set of nesting dies, you can easily create the same look by trimming the bottom edge off of a circle die cut.
This card is 5.25″ square – slimline cards may be all the rage, but I still love the proportion of a good, even square!
This is one of those times that the idea that popped into my head when I saw these products actually worked out just as I envisioned it! Don’t you love it when that happens?!
In my head, the scene was a camera that someone had dropped into the ocean and this little group of underwater friends came upon it and started taking selfies with it. Because obviously that is what an octopus would do, right?
I masked the smaller images of the octopus and his friends from the Ocean Shell-fie stamp set to create the “selfie” and die cut the larger images to add around the camera while they waited to see their picture!
I have a stash of ink blended panels that I made while trying out different color combinations – this card came together so quickly by just white heat embossing the butterflies from the Taylored Expressions Aflutter stamp set on top of one.
This panel is blended with Abandoned Coral, Carved Pumpkin and Mustard Seed Distress Oxide Inks.