Frightfully Sweet Halloween - MFT Wednesday Sketch Challenge 404

September 26, 2018

Hello! Today I'd like to share a Halloween card that I made for this weeks MFT Wednesday Sketch Challenge (WSC 404). 
To create my background scene, I cut a panel of Smooth White card stock and blended some Distress Inks (Shaded Lilac, Blueprint Sketch, and Chipped Saphire). Then I stenciled the clouds over it using the same inks. I daubed Black Soot Distress Ink to the bottom portion of the panel using the Drifts & Hills stencil to make a hill. After the inks dried, I randomly stamped the bats from the Fab-Boo-lous Friends stamp set and added some white dots with a gel pen.
I stamped and heat embossed the sentiment on the stenciled panel, then did it again on a piece of Tangy Orange card stock. I cut only the "FRIGHTFULLY SWEET" and adhered it to the panel with thin foam squares.

The animal images were stamped with Hot Fudge Hybrid ink onto X-Press It Blending Card, colored with Copic Markers, then cut out with the matching dies.

Head on over to the MFT Challenge & Inspiration blog for the challenge details and for more inspiration from the DT. I hope you'll play along with us this week!

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MFT Filled with Joy Card Kit Release

September 25, 2018

It's time to shop!! The new MFT Card Kit, Filled with Joy is available for purchase now!

I'm sharing another shaker card using the kit for more inspiration for you.

(NOTE: The products written in boldface are included in the kit.)
I cut a panel out of Red Hot card stock with the A2 Stitched Rectangle STAX Set 1 Die-namics and stenciled the Geometric Stars all over it using Wild Cherry Premium Dye Ink.
I cut a circle window using the Mini Circle Shaker Window & Frame Die-namics, which is the new Mid Month Free with $60 die, to make a shaker ornament. The ornament top and the hanging string were cut from Silver Sparkle card stock
I slightly curved the words stamp "Sending You Lots of" from the Filled with Joy stamp set and heat embossed it on a Cement Gray panel cut with a die from the Blueprints 28 Die-namics
I die cut "JOY" three times from Smooth White card stock with the Filled with Joy Die-namics and stacked up "J"s and "Y"s beside my shaker ornament. 

I used Sparkling Clear Star Sequins and Diamond Dust for my shaker element.

Make sure you stop by the MFT blog to see what the other DT members have come up with for today. Don't forget to leave a comment on their blogs for your chance to win a prize!

Thank you so much for stopping by today.

MFT Filled with Joy Card Kit Countdown Day 2

September 24, 2018

Welcome to Day 2 of the MFT Filled with Joy Card Kit Countdown. Today I combined the kit with a few previously released products to create a simple card. 


(NOTE: The products written in boldface are included in the kit)
First I cut a panel out of Smooth White card stock with the A2 Rectangle STAX Set 2 Die-namics and stenciled a Christmas tree. Guess what stencils I used for the tree? The In the Spotlight and the Snowfall. ;) I stenciled the straight lighting shape blending Limelight and Sour Apple Premium Dye Inks, then layered the snowfall pattern using Persimmon ink.

I used the camouflage technique to add the word "JOY." I sponged a little gold ink to the "J" and "Y" using a sponge dauber.
I added a shining star on top of the tree, which was cut from Gold Sparkle card stock using a die from the Filled with Joy Die-namics. The words "to the world" was stamped in Gravel Gray ink.

The Filled with Joy Card Kit will be available for purchase tomorrow at 10:00 am EDT. Head on over to the MFT blog for the full reveal of the kit and for more inspiration from the DT.

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MFT Filled with Joy Card Kit Countdown Day 1

September 23, 2018

It's time to begin the countdown to MFT September Card Kit Release! The new kit is called Filled with Joy, and it will be available for purchase on September 25 at 10:00 am EDT. Make sure you visit the MFT blog for the full reveal of the kit and for more inspiration from the DT!


(NOTE: The products written in boldface are included in the kit.)
To create my card for today, I made a Smooth White card base and stamped it with the Itsy Bitsy Polka Dots Background using Sour Apple Premium Dye Ink. I cut a rectangle panel from Sour Apple card stock and die cut the word "JOY" out of it using a die from the Filled with Joy Die-namics. A fun part of the Filled with Joy Die-namics is that the letter "O" is perfectly sized to match with the Circle Trio Shaker Pouches. So I decided to put a little shaker instead of "O." (I cut a Circle Trio Shaker Pouch into three and used one of them.) 

I used the Christmas ornament die from the Filled with Joy Die-namics for my shaker background, and put some Sparkling Clear Jewels and Diamond Dust for my shaker element. After adhering the Sour Apple panel to the card base, I stamped a sentiment from the Filled with Joy stamp set in Black Licorice and added a scalloped border cut from Wild Cherry card stock using the Stitched Scallop Basic Edges 2 Die-namics. I die cut the "JOY" three times from Smooth White card stock and stacked the "J" and "Y." I decided to add a little Berrylicious ink to the bottom part of them since they looked too plain.

I die cut and assembled the snowman (He is so cute!) and adhered to the panel with foam tape. His top hat was cut from Black Velvet sheet, my camera didn't catch its texture though. 

Head on over to the MFT blog to see what the other DT members have come up with for today!

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Pop-Up Slider Birthday Card - MFT Birthday Project Challenge

September 20, 2018

This month's theme for MFT Birthday Project Challenge is to make an interactive card. I made a pop-up slider card using the Double Slider Loop Slots Die-namics and the Jungle Vibes stamp set.

At first, a lion and two zebras are playing music. When the tab is pulled down...

Surprise! A little monkey and an elephant pop up! :)
Making a double slider mechanism is easier than I thought, and I love that I can keep my card design clean and continuous as I don't need to cut slider channels out of my background scene.

Watch the video below to see how I made this card. Click HERE to see it on YouTube.


Head on over to the MFT Challenge & Inspiration blog for the challenge details and for more inspiration from the DT.

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Inside Shadow Box Birthday Card - MFT Hits & Highlights

September 18, 2018

For this month's MIFT Hits & Highlights DT challenge, we are challenged to create a project featuring "stars."

I took this opportunity to try making an Inside Shadow Box Card for the first time.

I kept the front of my card quite clean and simple. When the card is opened...

A space themed shadow box pops up! 
I followed Jeniffer's tutorial again to create this card. I made my galaxy background with watercolors (I think I added too much green to the galaxy.) and added the planets and the rocket from the Space Explorer stamp set. The circle window was cut with the Inside & Out Stitched Circle STAX Die-namics.




Head on over to the MFT blog to see what the other DT members participating today have created for today.

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Have an Ice Day - MFT Color Challenge 101

September 13, 2018

Hello! Today I'm sharing a card that I made for the latest MFT Color Challenge.


These colors made me think of winter. I believe it isn't too early to make a winter themed card as I see a lot of new products featuring winter popping up in the card making world.

I dug out the You Make My Heart Spin stamp set and created a winter scene. The icy pond and the snowy hills were made using the Drifts & Hills stencil, Summer Splash Premium Dye, and Grout Gray Premium Dye Inks. For the sky, I heat embossed some snowflakes from the You Make My Heart Melt stamp set and sponged Summer Splash Premium Dye Ink over them. The images were stamped on X-Press It Blending Card with Milk Chocolate Hybrid Ink and colored with Copic Markers.

After adhering the images, I covered the window of the house and the heart with Glossy Accents, and I also added some Fresh Snowfall Glitter Accents to the snow on the roof. 


Head on over to the MFT Challenge & Inspiration blog for the challenge details and for more inspiration from the DT. You have two weeks to enter, and you'll have a chance to win a $50 gift voucher! Hope you'll play along!

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Peek-A-Boo Slider Birthday Card - MFT & Friends Sep 2018

September 11, 2018

It's time for the MFT and Friends feature on the MFT blog. Today MFT design team and some fabulous guests are sharing more projects featuring the most recent release.


I made a Peek-a-Boo Slider Card using the Friendly Raccoons stamp set & Die-namics and the Bundle of Balloons stamp set. I had been wanting to try it since I saw a tutorial video by Jennifer McGuire.

For the front of my card, I stamped the Watercolor Stripes Background with Limelight Premium Dye Ink and cut out a circle window using the Inside & Out Stitched Circle STAX Die-namics. I curved a sentiment from the Friendly Raccoons stamp set and stamped it along the circle window. I die cut the "BIRTHDAY BOY" twice from Kraft CS and layered them for a little thickness.

I made my background scene using the Grassy Edges and the Mini Cloud Edges stencils. I drew a few drops of sweat around the raccoon, so he looks so sorry. :D

Here is the inside.
I stamped three balloons and drew the strings with a dark brown pen to have the raccoon hold them. I also stamped the stars, which are from the Fab-Boo-lous Friends stamp set, all over the panel to add a cheery feel. 

Here is a short video showing how this card moves.

Head on over to the MFT blog to see what the other DT members and the guests have come up with for today!

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Shading in Anime Style - MFT Just Add Color

September 5, 2018

It's time for MFT Just Add Color feature for September 2018. The MFT DT members are showing our coloring skills using the latest release

I tried a shading technique called "Anime-Nuri" in Japanese. I'm not sure how it is called in English. But, I think the Cel Shading or Toon Shading is very similar to what I intended to do. In Anime-Nuri, we color images using less shading colors and shades have distinct shapes. It's so hard for me to explain this technique in English. So let me show you a card that I made using this technique.

I stamped the images on watercolor paper with Hot Fudge Hybrid Ink and colored in watercolor. See the shade on the hats, clothes, skin, and pumpkins. Even the highlights on the pumpkins have a shape. 
As you see, these don't look realistic. I sometimes think this way is more suitable for my illustrations as they are NOT realistic. I'm not an expert on this technique, but I wanted to show you another way of coloring. I never say this is easier, but it is simpler than realistic coloring. It is a way that you should try if you only have limited colors of markers and/or you feel some difficulties with realistic coloring, especially for whimsical illustrations.

On the other hand, I love the soft texture that I can get when I use colored pencils, too.
Here I colored all of the images in the Fall Friends stamp set with Copic Markers and colored pencils in my usual coloring style. You can see the cards I made using these HERE and HERE.

 I'm pleased with how the beret looks. Doesn't it look like made of wool felt? :) You can see my coloring process of the girls and the squirrels in a video on the MFT blog or MFT YouTube channel.


Make sure you visit the MFT blog for more coloring inspiration from the DT. 

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