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Brush Lettering Christmas Cards

Brush Lettering Christmas Cards

Brush lettering Christmas cards doesn’t have to be scary. In fact creating cards with your own hand lettered designs is one of the quickest way to add a personal touch to your holiday greeting. Beginners can master brush marker lettering super fast with a Stampin’ Up! Stampin’ Write marker, my preferred choice for those just starting out. Take a look at what you could make for someone special on your list.

brush lettering Christmas cards

See how the brush lettering takes centre stage? There are LOTS of other pretty elements to amp up this card, but it’s the large lettering, especially the “merry” that draws your eye. Am I right?

Brush lettering is made up of a series of repeating strokes and once you learn the strokes, you’re golden! I explain it fully in my Lowercase Brush online class with videos and lots of pdf’s to get you creating these trendy letters.

So why do I think Stampin’ Write markers are best for beginner brush letterers?

  • a bit firmer tip than some other popular brush markers means you have more control over the thick and thin parts of the letters
  • one narrow tip allows additional lettering, tidying up ends and shadowing
  • perfect colour coordination with papers, inks and embellishments you already own
  • inexpensive

brush lettering Christmas cards

You can see here how I’ve combined the Garden Green brush lettering with the Real Red cursive writing as I was brush lettering Christmas cards. I do this quite often – just like in my Lemon Lime Twist thank you card. There’s a few reasons for that:

  1. playing around with larger and smaller letters immediately attracts attention to your lettering
  2. brush letters tend to be larger and I don’t want my greeting to take quite as much room on the card
  3. having a coordinating colour adds interest
  4. I might be in a hurry (LOL!) and it’s a bit quicker to write cursive

Are you ready to give these letters a try for yourself?

brush lettering Christmas cards

Let’s talk about the rest of the card too. My background for my lettering is a very soft watercolour scrap I had left over. If you look closely you’ll see a mix of Lemon Lime Twist and Garden Green. That’s why I chose Garden Green for my large brush letters.

My embellishment comes from one of my favourite punches, Holly Berry Builder. The holly leaves are adhered with a glue dot to a looped piece of the mini silver sequins. Aren’t they pretty? Then I have a bright red berry and three rhinestones for some additional glitz. The entire matted piece is adhered with dimensionals to the embossed Holly background.

To make your own hand lettered greetings like this, here are the supplies I used.

 

brush lettering Christmas cards

When you start to letter, you’ll have so much fun! Names, greeting cards, doodling and envelopes are just a few ways you can play with this art form! When you’re ready to start, I’d be honoured to have you take a class with me. Make your own brush lettering Christmas cards and surprise your family and friends with your new skill!

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Cute Stampin’ BLENDS Coloured Christmas Card

Cute Stampin’ BLENDS Coloured Christmas Card

Today is my last focussed post on how cute Stampin’ BLENDS coloured Christmas cards can be. It doesn’t mean you won’t see BLENDS ever again though because they have truly become a favoured tool of mine.

Once again, I turned to the Cookie Cutter stamp set for inspiration for a quick card. Ever since it came out last year, I wanted to feature an igloo with the little Inuit kiddie. It only took me a year, but I DID finally get around to it with the new alcohol markers!

Then I want to share with you a recap of my FAVOURITE THINGS about Stampin’ BLENDS. But first, let’s see our cookie cutter cutie.

cute stampin blends coloured Christmas cards

Isn’t she a sweet little thing? I chose cool colours for her parka, spiced up with a little orange for contrast. I thought it coordinated well to create a “frosty” scene.

What colours of BLENDS have I used here?  Light and Dark Night of Navy, Dark Pumpkin Pie, Light and Dark Pool Party, Dark Smoky Slate, Dark Crumb Cake and Light and Dark Pink Pirouette…oh and the Color Lifter too of course.

Here’s the technique I used to create a hint of colour on the parka fur. I first laid down a layer of the Colour Lifter, then while still wet, dotted a couple bits of Light Smoky Slate and Light Pool Party. Then I lightly ran the Colour Lifter over it to blend. It gives just a “suggestion” of colour ! Take a little closer peek.

cute stampin blends coloured Christmas cards

A couple things to note in this card?

  • I used the Brick Wall textured embossing folder on a piece of Thick Whisper White then cut out a large circle with my framelits and a small 1 1/2” circle with my punch for the igloo
  • The igloo gets just a hint of colour with sponged Marina Mist on the edges and the “snow bricks”
  • Torn edges of two pieces of Whisper White overlap to create snow piles, also sponged on the torn edge with Marina Mist

So let me recap my favourite parts about the Blends:

  1. Simplicity: I can’t stress enough how simple these markers are to create with! Stampin’ Up! Has taken all the work out of trying to match colours and tones with introducing only a light and a dark in each colour. (WAAY easier than the old Blendabilities IMHO.)
  2. Blendability: And they do blend superbly. For anyone who has not experienced alcohol markers yet, this is s HUGE benefit!
  3. Cost: In comparison to other alcohol markers out there, the Stampin’ BLENDS are very affordable.
  4. Dual tipped nibs: I really am having fun playing with both the bullet tip and brush nibs. I’m pretty firmly set on the brush tip, but for smaller detailed areas, texture and quick clean ups with the Colour Lifter, the bullet tip is great.
  5. Short Dry Time: Again, like Goldilocks porridge, the level of moisture is “juuuust” right. Not too wet to warp or pill the paper and not to dry that your blending doesn’t happen. I can let it dray a couple minutes and go back in to rebound or pick up colour. For an impatient crafter like myself, this is AWESOME!

You may have everything to make this card – except your BLENDS 😉 But even if not, everything you need is right here! Simply click on the image to order and have it delivered right to your doorstep using my hostess code FT6ESYNK. Don’t forget about my SPECIAL OFFER on until Nov 5th!

Let’s take a last look at this cute Stampin’ BLENDS Christmas card.

cute stampin blends coloured Christmas cards

My advice to you if you’ve never used alcohol markers before? Start with a few colours to see for yourself how EASY they are to use. For example, you can select the colours I’ve used here which is almost my Option 1 (with a few tweaks!)  I totally predict you will fall in love with this colouring tool too.

But if you’re having any challenges, I am ready and willing to give you a hand to work them out. Because I want you to love these as much as me…if you really can’t seem to get them to work…I WILL BUY THEM BACK from you! There’s not too many times I would offer a guarantee like that! I really hope that doesn’t happen though. And that soon you’ll have fun making a cute Stampin’ BLENDS coloured Christmas Card just like this one.

Stampin’ BLENDS Tips and Tricks

Stampin’ BLENDS Tips and Tricks

Want some more Stampin’ BLENDS tips and tricks? Yesterday, I shared my own tips  as I’ve been learning and playing with the new BLENDS. Now I want to share some of Stampin’ Up!’s videos and tricks to give you lots of ways to get started creating right away.

Have you noticed I REALLY love these new artist quality alcohol markers? They’re SO easy to use, anyone can get superb results fast! Let’s recap some of the first projects I started with…in the order I coloured them (not necessarily the order you saw them on my blog LOL!) so you can see some progression. I’ve made a couple notes about my experiences!

 

Stamped on Thick Whisper White with Memento Tuxedo Black as recommended. Used only the light and dark of three colours and the Colour Lifter. Lovely to work with.

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blends make cute cards even cuter

 

Stamped with Chocolate Chip ink on Crumb Cake. Neither of which are suggested (because I’m a rebel!) And WORKED like a charm! Blended with Light and Dark Crumb Cake with a touch of Bronze and accented with Dark Cherry Cobbler and Dark Calypso Coral.  Removed a little bit of his red nose with the Color Lifter.

 

Stamped on Thick Very Vanilla. Experimented with removing colour with the Color Lifter after blending Light and Dark Daffodil Delight with some Light Smoky Slate in the corners. The grapes are done with Light Rich Razzleberry and Light Night of Navy and highlighted with the Color Lifter. I did have some bleeding outside the edges which I was able to clean up with my Color Lifter – an absolute NECESSITY!)

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I got started just by viewing Stampin’ BLENDS tips and tricks videos from Stampin’ Up!. Take a few moments and see for yourself!

No matter your level – beginner or experienced – working with alcohol markers, I KNOW you will fall in love with the new Stampin’ BLENDS. I have one more project to share with you tomorrow focussing exclusively on the BLENDS and then I’ll be sprinkling them through my regular blog posts.

In the meantime, don’t forget about my SPECIAL OFFERS to get your own sets of markers. Then you’ll be able to come up with your own Stampin BLENDS tips and tricks as you play!

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Like to Colour?  Get Your BLENDS Today!

Like to Colour? Get Your BLENDS Today!

I have a question for you – do you like to colour? Get your BLENDS today and you’ll be a “professional” alcohol marker colourer in time for the holidays!

Know how I know? Because I’M a beginner and I’ve been having SO much fun creating with some pretty awesome results (if I do say so myself!).  After only about a week!

 

But first, I can’t keep it bottled up any longer!  Take a look at my SPECIAL OFFERS available today until November 5th!!

Remember my options from yesterday?  Here’s how they can pay off for you!

1. “Let Me Give These Things A Try” Option: You’ll pick 2 colours Light and Dark, 2 Light neutrals and the Color Lifter (7 markers $42)

…and when you do, I’ll give you a FREE tutorial with three alcohol marker projects designed by me!

2. “BLENDS Baker’s Dozen” Option: You’ll pick 4 colours, Light and Dark, as well as both neutrals in Light and Dark and the Color Lifter (13 markers $78)

…and when you do I’ll give you a FREE tutorial with three alcohol marker projects designed by me PLUS a Memento Tuxedo Black stamp pad absolutely FREE!

3. “I Gotta Have ‘Em All” Option!: Buy the full set of 26 markers and the Color Lifter (27 markers $162) from me and get…

  • your FREE tutorial with three alcohol marker projects designed by me PLUS
  • the Memento Tuxedo Black stamp pad FREE PLUS
  • a Memento Tuxedo Black ink refill FREE!…PLUS

When you place your order online using my regular hostess code (FT6ESYNK) you’ll get my regular Bonus Gift for November – a Wink of Stella pen in early December!  (valued at $10.75)…

BUT WAIT! that’s not all!  When you purchase Option 3, your name will also go into a draw for:

  • an exclusive Merry Patterns stamp set
  • a package of Be Merry Designer Series Paper and
  • a Metallic Enamel Shapes.

(Just in time for Christmas!)  The draw will take place November 6th!

*Already have a Memento Black stamp pad?  No problem…you can also choose any Classic stamp pad.

 

Whew! I feel better having shared that! I’ve had to keep that secret for two weeks!  Here’s the PDF brochure of the BLENDS so you can see them all in one place!  (As well as the super cute set brought out exclusively for this product launch!)  So onto the rest of the post…

OK, I want to share some of my newly learned TIPS with you today. But we need to first take a look at my latest BLENDS congrats card!

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I choose a set that had a little bit more colouring today. If you’ve been following, you’ll remember I started out with a much smaller Rudolph, then yesterday moved onto the larger wine tag image. Today it’s just a little bit larger again. Each one of these introduces you to – what I’m finding – is a wonderful world of colour blending.

Remember the coloured pencil craze? It’s a super way to block out everyday life, reduce stress and tune into ourselves. Even though this hobby is still alive and well, I think working with the alcohol markers might just be MY next meditative pastime!

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Since I’ve been practicing up just for YOU, I thought you would like to hear my 10 Top Tips:

  1. Always start with good quality paper. My Thick Whisper White, Thick Very Vanilla and Crumb Cake have been super for laying down a velvety colour that doesn’t bleed (or bleeds only very little). These papers will also no pill or “fall apart” since the “liquid” is alcohol which evaporates quickly. I also tried Shimmery White which was OK, although it did bleed more.
  2. Stamp your image in Tuxedo Black Memento ink and let it dry. This doesn’t take too long, but if you’re impatient, give it a shot with the heat gun. (Note that I also used the Classic ink and it seemed to dry well. I didn’t find however Archival Black was a good choice. Do NOT use StazOn as it will bleed and you will pick up the colour with your marker tips.)
  3. Make sure you use scrap paper under your cardstock as these inks WILL bleed through the paper. That’s normal so don’t be alarmed!
  4. Work in smaller sections rather than colouring an entire piece at once. With smaller images, like my Rudolph, feel free to colour the whole thing at once.
  5. Next, be sure you lay down a good base of colour. The markers are meant to work best wet so you need to have a wet “surface” to blend into.
  6. You can use either the bullet tip or the brush tip for your colouring. I’ve found you can press a little harder on the bullet tip so if you’re heavy handed coloured, you’ll want to use this end most often. I have tended to use the brush tip for the larger areas and the bullet tip for edges and blending.
  7. Colour however you want!  It’s great since you can colour from side to side or in swirls to lay down your colour and you won’t see the individual marks once you are done. But I have noticed if I use a swirling or circular motion when I am starting to blend, it’s easier to create a seamless transition and blend.
  8. You’ll find you can start with either your lighter or darker colour first. It doesn’t make a difference to your finished project since you do several layers to blend your colour. I seem to prefer laying down the lighter colour with my brush tip – with a light hand! – then going in to draw shadows with the dark colour. Sometimes I use the brush tip and sometimes I use the bullet tip. However if the details I’m adding are quite small, I use the bullet tip.
  9. Use your Color Lifter to lighten up areas where you think you have too much colour. I used it on this project on the left side bars.
  10. I made a couple “Oopses” so the Color Lifter came in handy.  If you colour outside the lines, use the Color Lifter to remove the colour. Do this in stages if you have a dark colour to remove. Apply one layer then let the alcohol to dry. Go ahead and apply a second or third layer, letting the alcohol evaporate in between. This way you should be able to remove most, if not all of your “Oopses”!

So if you like to colour? Get your Stampin’ BLENDS today by simply clicking on the links below!

I Gotta Have ‘Em All Option

like to colour? get your stampin' blends today

Most of all you have to just get in there and play! Stamp out a bunch of images, grab your markers and experiment. You’ll find some colour combinations work exceptionally well…and some, not so much. No worries. It’s JUST paper!

Ready for the question again? Like to Colour? Get YOUR Stampin’ BLENDS today and you’ll soon have exciting results with paper, ink and markers!

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Stampin’ BLENDS Available Tomorrow

Stampin’ BLENDS Available Tomorrow

Have you heard the news – the absolutely brand new, ultra cool alcohol markers, Stampin’ BLENDS available tomorrow?  You’ve probably been surfing on Pinterest or YouTube the last few days.  So you’ve probably seen the LOADS of videos and samples abounding with gorgeous shading and colouring.  And you’ve probably been drooling.  Me too!

While looking at samples is fun and almost as great as getting in there and creating for yourself, let’s talk about how you can be a colour blending artist!  Since the BLENDS are the latest and greatest from Stampin’ Up!, today I’m sharing my recommended options with you for giving them a try!  But before we get to that, why not take a look at this beautifully blended birthday card.

stampin' blends available tomorrow

Pretty awesome colour blending don’t you think?  As a side note, isn’t it hard to believe this is the first time I’m showcasing this set?  Because I’ve only had it since August LOL!  I guess it likely got lost in my (ahem!) rather large stash of stamps!   Does that ever happen to you? Regardless, when I thought about colouring with my new BLENDS, this set instantly popped to mind!

So you probably read Sunday’s blog post so you already know I’m first and foremost, a BEGINNER alcohol marker artist.  Even so, these are ULTRA easy – not to mention super FUN – to use. (However, I found a couple tips helpful to get started which I’ll share with you tomorrow.) Stampin’ Up! makes it very easy – even for us beginners – with only a light and a dark marker in each colour.

Take a closer look at the gorgeous colours, the velvety soft finish and the seamless blending I could achieve in just a few quick minutes.

stampin' blends available tomorrow

So I mentioned before why I never got into the Copic marker craze.  They’re just too expensive, there’s WAAAY too many colours and there was no coordination with Stampin’ Up!’s colour families. And as much as I love to colour, I managed to steer clear.

But while I wasn’t bitten by the alcohol marker bug before, I think it’s safe to say, I’m now converted to an alcohol marker fanatic!  Let me tell you why.

  • There are only 10 colours and two neutrals. This smaller colour choice has been very carefully made by the artists at Stampin’ Up! so you can still make projects for all kinds of seasons, holidays and images.
  • You absolutely DO NOT need an art degree to get beautiful results – quickly.
  • The Color Lifter, Bronze and Ivory markers are offered separately and provide all kinds of additional blended colours for skin tones. I think the Color Lifter is a MUST HAVE because of the different effects you can achieve.
  • You might remember Stampin’ Up! brought out the Blendabilities a couple years ago? There were three markers in each colour family and you could only buy them in a package of three. This time, Stampin’ Up! is offering each marker individually, or as a combo so if you go GAGA over the Light Pool Party and use it up (it should take you quite awhile to do that though!), you can get a single marker to replace it. Smarter, right?
  • Stampin’ Up! very rigorously tested these BLENDS to ensure there are no issues with the lid fit. I think this is a super important feature so the alcohol doesn’t dry out.
  • The marker tips release loads of saturated colour easily with either the larger brush tip or the smaller bullet tip.

stampin' blends available tomorrow

So with Stampin’ BLENDS available tomorrow, how do I recommend you get started? (Since I know you’re not all like ME and want to jump in with both feet first!  Or maybe you do.  See option 3 below if that’s the case!)

1. “Let Me Give These Things A Try” Option: You’ll pick 2 colours, 2 Light neutrals and the Color Lifter
I would choose both the light and dark markers in each colour. These 7 markers are a great selection to get you going and you can easily blend and shade with the 2 light neutrals (Smoky Slate and Crumb Cake).

Now how do you decide on your colours? Pick your favourites…or pick ones that will work for the seasons. For example, seeing as Christmas is just around the bend, perhaps you’ll find Cherry Cobbler and Old Olive are perfect choices for you. (Bonus: The red will work for Valentine’s too!)

Or if you’re more the winter and snowflake scene type person, perhaps picking Soft Sky and Pool Party is more your style. TIP:  Go ahead and use these with Light Smoky Slate for crisp and “cool” cards.

2. “BLENDS Baker’s Dozen” Option: You’ll pick 4 colours, as well as both neutrals in Light and Dark and the Color Lifter. You’ll have 13 markers with some pretty great variety. I might start with the colours I suggested for the first option above, then add in a yellow and pink. I suggest yellow since it adds a huge amount of life to your colouring (my background on today’s card for instance). Also I like pink since it’s great for skin tones, Valentine’s and adds more subtle tones to Cherry Cobbler.

3. “I Gotta Have ‘Em All” Option!: You are definitely a gal (or guy) after my own heart! You won’t be disappointed with this full meal deal. Your blending options go through the roof with the full set of 26 markers and the Color Lifter. (And you know what?  The full set ALSO makes a fabulous Christmas present. So start hinting to your significant other RIGHT NOW!)

No matter which option you choose, first of all you’ll want to pick up a Tuxedo Black Memento stamp pad to stamp your images. The Basic Black Archival or StazOn will not work well, especially StazOn because it’s also made with alcohol ink (so it will run once you start to colour). Finally I would recommend a pack of the Thick Whisper White card stock as a good solid paper choice. And basically that’s all you need.

So what do I suggest you do now?

  1. decide which option is right for you.
  2. (if it’s 3 give me a shout!)  If it’s option 1 or 2, decide which are your MUST HAVE colours.
  3. give me a shout!

Want to know the colours I used in my birthday card? I used Light and Dark Daffodil Delight, Light and Dark Old Olive, Light Smoky Slate, Light Rich Razzleberry and Light Navy as well as the Color Lifter. Let’s take another peek.

stampin' blends available tomorrow

Here are the supplies to make this card yourself. Simply click on the image (BLENDS to be updated Nov 1st) so your order will ship directly to you – no middleman – me!!

stampin' blends available tomorrow

If you’re an avid colourer like me, I bet you’ve been waiting for Stampin’ Up!’s alcohol markers for a long time. Stampin’ BLENDS are your solution to making perfectly coordinated handmade paper crafts with SU! paper, ribbons and embellishments. And you won’t be disappointed whichever option you choose. But first, put some thought into your decision so you’ll be able to get your Stampin’ BLENDS available tomorrow!

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