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Letters to the North Pole

Two months until Christmas. Today. We celebrate on the 24th in Norway. I bet that will go just as fast as the rest of the year has and it will be Christmas in no time at all. Thankfully I’ve already started making Christmas cards this year!

On this card I am showcasing a Hochanda exclusive stamp with sentiment by Paper Nests Dolls, called Letters to the North Pole. The program will be on the 27th this month. My card is going to be on TV, woo! I’ve made two cards using this cute stamp and I will add the other card here on the blog on the 27th. They have been made to match each other.

I’ve used papers from Noor Design, Wild Orchid Crafts flowers and ribbon. I’ve painted the edges with acrylic paint to give the card an even colder feeling, and distressed the edges on the white paper first so the paint would be more visible.

Here you can see the layers better:

Copics used: (skin) E000, E00, E04, E11, (hair) E41, E42, E43, E44, (blues) B91, B93, B95, B97, (greens) G40, G84, G94, (greys) C1, C3, C5, (penguin) C3, C7, 100, (snow) B000, C1

More snowmen

This year is definitely the year for snowmen christmas cards. This is my most recent make using one of Art by Mi Ran‘s adorable images. It’s been a while since I coloured any of these now, so it was definitely about time! I am sticking with the theme of reasonably simple cards for the holidays and merely used a bit of acrylic paint and frantage embossing powder to give it a more wintery feel.

We are having an advent calendar over at Copic Marker Norge and this is my inspirational card for December 10th.

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Let’s have a look from another angle as well, because… why not?

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Copics used are: (skin) E000, E00, E11, E04, (hair) BV20, BV23, BV25, BV29, (snow) C1, C3, C5, (outfits) C1, C3, C5, E42, E43, E44, E47, R22, R24, R27, R29, R89, (eyes) B91, B95, B99, (nose) E19, E93, YR16

James Bear – then and now.

It is great really, this 5 year birthday celebration Copic Marker Norge is having. It coincides pretty perfectly with my own 5 year of colouring and creating cards. I bought my first craft supplies in August 2011, set up my blog and made my first card in September the same year, and here I am five years later.

As a part of the celebrations the design team were challenged to re-colour one image to show our colouring progress over the years. I decided to go with an image for a card I put up in november 2011, which is labelled in my files as my card number 14. The new one I will post afterwards is over 400 cards later. That is a lot of cards, I admit. The image used to show said progression is by Lili of the Valley and here is my old card:

Christmas - Teddy with presents

As you can see I didn’t have a lot of crafting supplies, but at least I had a couple of shades to go together so that the image isn’t entirely flat. Since then the collection of most things craft related has grown immensely, and I use at least three shades per colour, sometimes more, and ideally going from very dark to reasonably light to get prominent shadows and more depth. Here is my new, re-coloured, version of this image.

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It does look like I fell into the contrast well, doesn’t it? Also it would appear that the shadows seem to, well.. make more sense and fall more naturally. Hahaha. I admit it was a lot of fun to view my own progression. We are all very good at viewing other people’s progression and comment and compliment it, while we completely ignore our own. That can be destructive. The past half a year I have struggled with both motivation and inspiration to colour and make cards. I have a feeling that this small challenge might just have made all the difference. All I needed was to take a step back and go “you know what, it’s pretty decent. Keep it up”. One day I’ll make another comparison and hopefully the progress will be equally visible then.

I suggest you all do the same. Pick one of the first images you coloured, re-colour it, and view your own progression. You have probably come a much longer way than you think you. Pat yourself on the back. Be pleased with your own efforts and progression. Because you did that. You. And no one else.

Some of the other bits I used on this card are by Noor Design, Live and Love Crafts as well as Wild Orchid Crafts. And if you haven’t spotted it yet, yes I have used the same snowflakes that I did five years ago, because why not?

Copics used: (bear) E000, E21, E42, E44, E47, E49, E95 (hat) R22, R27, R89, W1, W2, W3, W5, (presents) G82, G94, G99, Y00, Y04, Y17, R22, R24, R29, R89, (sky and ground) B0000, B000, B91, W1, W2, W3, W5, W7 and a white pen.

Reindeer games

It’s Friday and a fab one at that! I can’t believe it is Christmas next week. In less than a week even, as we celebrate on the 24! That means I know what I have to spend my weekend doing: making Christmas cards! I certainly don’t have time to make any other cards if I want to get it all done. My wrist has been acting up the past few weeks, but it seems colouring is fine unless I spend all doing it.. so yey! I don’t have to rush out and buy Christmas cards! Thank goodness! If you want lots of inspiration for Christmas in particular, pop over to see our creations at Tiddly Inks!

For this card I’ve used the adorable Reindeer Games and coloured it in with copics! Don’t you just love it?! Of course the card is blue. Is there any other kind I’ll soon start to wonder.. heh. I bought the lace at KaBoks, used Noor Design tree dies and a Martha Stewart snowflake puncher! Additionally I used a snow pen for the snow effect and a Panduro sentiment stamp.

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Copics used: (hair) E31, E34, E37, (skin) E000, E00, E04, E11, E21, (outfit) R22, R24, R27, R89, C1, C3, (reindeer) E42, E43, E44, E47

Winter Wryn

Tuesday is Tiddly Inks Challenge day! That means today we have a new challenge up! I absolutely love winter and Christmas cards, so obviously I am loving the new Holly Jolly theme! Ideally the colour scheme should be green and gold, but I am useless in adding gold to my cards so I chose my favourite: blue! I chose the awesome Winter Wryn for my project. There are lots of great winter and Christmas ones to choose from in the Tiddly Inks shop, so it was hard to pick! Good thing I need to make lots of Christmas cards, eh? heh.

Lots of dies are from Noor Design, including the reindeer and santa one that I recently won in a candy. Yes! I won! I didn’t believe it at all, heh. I love it though. It is perfect to make the card christmassy. The border snowflake die is from Tim Holtz, and as I said, the rest of them are Noor Design ones which I jazzed up either by layering them, using fancy papers, or adding snow and dots! The paper is Papirdesign and Pion.

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Copics used: (skin) E000, E00, E04, E11, E21, R20, (hair) E08, E18, E19, E97, (outfit) YG03, G40, G82, G94, (snow) C1, C3, C5, (sky) B0000, B000, B91, B93

 

This card has been entered into the following challenge:

Noor Design – Winter Wonderland