Happy World Card Making Day, my friends! This is my first blog post for today. I’ll be sharing another one in a couple of hours! Last year I wasn’t able to do anything in honor of World Card Making Day so I thought I’d make up for that this year.

I’m joining Simon Says Stamp today to share some WCMD happiness. The lovely Susan from SSS, invited card makers from around the globe to make a Christmas/holiday card for the Simon Says Stamp blog to celebrate WCMD! More information about giveaways and linking up your own creations can be found at the end of this blog post.

I started out by creating an ink blended winter sky with Tumbled Glass ( SSS ), Broken China ( SSS ) and Faded Jeans ( SSS )Distress Inks. Then I stamped winter trees with the Modern Trees set from My Favorite Things ( SSS ). I ended up adhering 4mm sequins to serve as Christmas baubles. Doesn’t that look cute?

I colored three bears from the Bitty Bears set from My Favorite Things ( SSS )with Copic Markers. I colored one of the bears with darker shades of gray to have some variation. Creating shakers is so much fun! It’s one of my favorite techniques. In the past I created shakers in various ways but my favorite way to make shakers is with Fun Foam and acetate!

For the base of my shaker, I die cut a frame using the Pierced Rectangles die cut set from Spellbinders ( SSS )and Icy Mint card stock from Bazzil ( SSS ). Next I created a frame using Fun Foam ( SSS ). You could also use foam tape but make sure to coat the edges with kitchen flour or anything else that removes static cling (Martha Stewart Powder Tool, Embossing Buddy, etc). After adhering some acetate ( SSS ) I adhered the shaker piece to my card. Eep! Look how fun it turned out! If I say so myself, lol!

GIVEAWAY

Like I mentioned in the beginning of this blog post, this card is part of Simon Says Stamp’s special blog post in honor of World Card Making Day. In total there are 19 designers from around the globe who are joining these festivities! YOU can link up your own Christmas/holiday card in an InLinkz over at the Simon Says Stamp blog. Random winners will be chosen to win one of 10 $50 gift cards for the Simon Says Stamp store as well as a one subscription to Scrapbook & Cards Today magazine. Good luck!

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Below you will see the list of designers participating in this awesome event and the countries each will represent. I suggest checking out all these blogs.

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Hi, friends! Today I have another card for you featuring Distress Inks. Lately I’ve been enjoying these inks so much. In this video, I’m showing you how to create a Fall inspired blended background and I’m featuring some stamps from My Favorite Things’ September 2017 Release.

I started out by masking off my white card stock to create a panel for my Fall scene. I used Carved Pumpkin ( ELH | SSS | AMZUS ) and Fossilized Amber Distress Ink ( ELH | AMZUS | SSS ) to blend the background. It’s very important to really saturate your blending foam so you can do effortless and flawless blending!

After adding subtle water splatters, I stamped the trees from the Modern Trees stamp ( ELH | SSS | HLM ) with Archival Jet Black Ink ( ELH | AMZUS | SSS ). The new Bitty Bears stamp set from My Favorite Things ( ELH | SSS | HLM )is simply adorable. I colored only two bears this time, but I’m planning on making more cards so I can use all of them!

This card came together relatively quick! After stamping a sentiment, all I had to do was add some shimmer and shine with a Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen ( ELH | SSS | AMZUS ) and Glossy Accents ( ELH | AMZUS | SSS ). I also adhered a cute die cut heart for an extra touch of cuteness!

That’s it for now. Thanks for stopping by today and I’ll see you soon. Xo

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Hi, friends! It’s the weekend again – yay! Do you have any fun plans? I’m still enjoying my Summer Break until the 18th of September, so thankfully I still have some relaxing time left.

Some of you may have seen on my social media accounts that I ordered the Fab-BOO-lous Friends set by My Favorite Things ( ELH | SSS ). On Thursday I started recording and colored some of the images from the stamp set. I had so much fun! In this video I’m showing you various fun techniques to create a fun Halloween card.

I colored the images with Copic Sketch Markers. I’ve been practicing a lot and watched a lot of videos and color combination swatches. Thus far I feel like the flick or feathering technique works best for me. Surprisingly, this technique is considered the most blending technique that requires the most practice. Of course I still haven’t mastered the technique, but for now I’m enjoying playing around with it. I usually like to use two to three shades to color images and I always start out with the darkest color first and end with the lightest color – also called highlight.

Next, I did some Distress Ink blending inspired by Kristina. I came across this great blog post of hers sharing ink blending swatches. Just like her I used Mustard Seed ( ELH | SSS | AMZUS | HLM ), Peacock Feathers ( ELH | AMZUS | SSS | HLM ), Chipped Sapphire ( ELH | SSS | AMZUS | HLM ) and Black Soot ( ELH | AMZUS | SSS | HLM ) Distress Inks to create a gorgeous Halloween scene.

I thought the blended background looked really pretty, but I wanted to add an extra little oomph. I grabbed a stencil from Winnie & Walter ( W&W ) and Translucent Embossing Paste from Wendy Vecchi ( ELH | SSS ) to create a subtle but sparkly backdrop. I sprinkled on some Neutral Ultra Shimmer embossing powder by WOW ( HLM | SSS | AMZUS ) for extra glitter. I heat set it before the embossing paste was dry, so the stars ended up a bit puffy. 🙂

That’s it for now! Thanks so much for stopping by and I’ll see you soon in another card making video. Big hugs! Xo

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