Archives for September 2018
Hello! Niki here and today is my very first post for The Hedgehog Hollow Design Team. I’m delighted to have this opportunity and to be able to share ideas and inspiration with you!
Before anything, I have to tell you that the goodies that come in the September box are GORGEOUS. I might be a bit biased, though, since the stamp sets include my most favorite saying (which is the one I used for the card today). I’m a sucker for floral stamp sets, too, so you can imagine my glee when the mail lady dropped this off at the house:
I’ll have a crafty video for you next week, but today I have a photo tutorial on how I made the floral frame for this lovely card.
Let’s get to it!
I used a Stitched Oval Die to cut an oval out of some masking paper and stuck it to a 4 1/8-inch x 5 3/8-inch piece of white cardstock. To make the floral frame, I chose a few images from the Bountiful Blooms set.
Now to get a good frame, you need to make sure your flowers are overlapping all around the edges of your masked area. For the larger flowers on this card, I stamped an extra one onto some scrap masking paper and fussy-cut it out. That way I could add more images close to it without worrying about overlapping lines.
Continue all the way around the oval until there’s no more room for flowers and leaves. Don’t worry too much if you have a couple of gaps; you can fix that with some ink blending. More on that in a minute.
I colored my design with Copic Sketch markers (with the mask still on for crisp lines). Here’s the list of the colors I used:
- Large Flowers: V000, V15, V17
- Purple Flowers: V17 with Y32, Y35 for centers
- Pink Flowers: R20, R22, R59 for centers
- Round Leaves: YG63
- Pointy Leaves: YG67
Here’s the part about the gap fix – once you have all the flowers colored, use your favorite ink blending tool to buff some color in areas that seem a little sparse. For me, that was around the leaves since the flowers did a good job covering most of the edge. I like the Nuvo Stencil Brushes for blending ink; it takes a little more time, but the smooth blend is worth it.
With all the blending and coloring done, it’s time for the fun part – peeling up the mask to see how it came out! It’s like opening a gift at Christmas, I tell ya.
From there, I stamped the sentiment (from the Bloom Where You Are Planted set) using Versafine CLAIR in Nocturne and Monarch. Using the same die I used to cut the masking paper, I embossed the oval with my die cutting machine and a rubber mat.
And to finish off the design, I dabbed around the florals with a couple of different colors Nuvo Crystal Drops and set it aside to dry. Full disclosure here: before I popped it onto an A2 card base, I decided to mat the card front with the piece of glimmery coral cardstock that came in the September box. So pretty!
Thank you so much for stopping in to read today! See you next week!
Laurel Beard here with my first post and video as an official design team member!! Super excited to be here and share with you two cards I made using contents from the September Box. Included in the box are some amazing stamp sets and a brand spanking new ink pad from Catherine Pooler! I use her ink line almost exclusively because they are amazing inks!
In my video, I show you what is in the box (first 2 minutes) and then proceed to make the two cards shown above! The inspiration from the second card came straight from a postcard in the box! You can watch the video over on my youtube channel by clicking HERE.
The September box contains everything you need to create these cards except for the two gray inks and Copic multi liner! Clickable links below!
Hands up who else loves to find new ways to use supplies you already have – my hand is waving around!! The other day I did an IGTV for Tonic Studios USA on creating your own candy dots and how to make them pre-sticky, check it out if you haven’t seen those time over on Instagram under @tonicstudiosusa. While I was doing this I had an idea I needed to try, and look how it turned out….
This is so quick and simple, I’m sure you have most of the supplies on hand already and I just love the effect and the possibilities for color schemes, patterns and ombre are endless! Here’s a super quick tutorial on how to create your own…
Apart from a little drying time you can make these cards in under 10 minutes and you could bulk cut your sentiments; I love the idea of a last minute card or one that I could create 50-100 of really easily and it looks fancy; those printed vellums are pricey and here you can create your own! here’s a supply list for you (affiliate links may be used at no cost to you)
Thanks so much for popping by this evening, I cannot wait to share some more quick and simple background ideas like this very soon!
Don’t forget to grab your Christmas box full of HH exclusives too, click here to find out more!
Alexandra & The Prickle
I am obsessed with this month’s subscription box! It is a floral theme with gorgeous stamps including a lovely script “Bloom” and sentiments. The sentiments are a nice variety to cover a multitude of occasions. Often times something will sneak up on me in which I need a card and don’t have one. I have the typical holiday cards on hand, but not general sentimental ones. I took this as an opportunity to make a few cards for those surprise moments in life that a handmade card would be most appreciated. I wanted to do a different card fold that would still allow it to fit in an A2 envelope. I created this:
When the card is open it reveals the beautiful scripted sentiment!
Here is a video tutorial on how to create this card:
What will you create?
Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!