Highlight colouring using die cut masks

Are you starting to think about Christmas cards yet?

It’s Donna here, and I’m just starting to get onto mine. The thing about Christmas cards for me is that I make a lot, so I can’t spend an hour or two on each card. I want them to be unique, but I have to work smart.

Here’s what I came up with…

This card uses the delicious ‘Sweet Christmas’ stamp set, and masks which I cut with the matching dies. This leaves a little white border around the images, which is a lovely design feature, and saves a lot of time that would be spend fussy cutting masks.

Next I coloured just the highlight areas on the card. This saves time, but mainly it stops the card from being too ‘busy’. I used Copic markers in the traditional Christmas colours of red and green, blending in the larger areas, and just adding single colours in the little spaces like this straw.

I hope this gives you some ideas for Christmas cards of your own. I look forward to sharing more cards with you very soon.



Spinning Snowgirl

Hello there!  It’s Andrea with you sharing a card featuring the adorable ice-skating snowgirl from Snow Sweet.  When I first saw this set, all I could picture was this cutie twirling on the ice.  Naturally, I had to make a spinner card with her!

To create the spinner, I used mirror image stamping to make a double-sided image.  I first stamped the image onto Bristol paper with Versafine Onyx Black ink.  I then stamped the same image onto the back side of the Butterfly Background stamp (any large, solid stamp will do) using my MISTI.  After inking the stamp a few times, I placed a piece of Bristol paper over it and pressed gently to transfer the image to the paper.  Be sure not to press too hard or slide your paper around so that the image is not blurred.  You can also trace over your mirror image with a waterproof pen to darken the lines, which is what I did.

I colored both images with Zig Clean Color markers and a waterbrush.  Once the images were dry, I die-cut them with the coordinating dies.  To die-cut the mirror image, I held up my paper to a light and placed the die on the back of the image.  My die-cutting was a bit off with the mirror image, so be sure to take your time lining up the die and taping it in place.  Before adhering my snowgirl images together, I taped a length of clear thread to the back of one.

For my snowflake paper, I die-cut a bunch of snowflakes with the Winter Wreath Decor Dies and adhered them to white cardstock.  I trimmed down the panel and die-cut it with the Stitched Circle Dies.  I die-cut a circle in the same position from a top-folding, white card.  I taped the clear thread to the front of the card and adhered the snowflake panel on top.  On the inside of my card, I ink-blended with Sunny Sky and Riverwalk to create a scene for my image.  I die-cut masking paper with a larger circle die and placed it over the inside of my card before ink-blending.  For my sentiment I white heat-embossed a sentiment from Snow Sweet onto a strip of black cardstock.  I used my scissors to cut a banner from both ends of the strip and popped it up with foam tape onto my card.  The video below shows the spinner in action.  Before closing the card, I twisted the snowgirl several times; when the card opens, she automatically starts spinning.

Thanks for stopping by!


Deck the Palms

Hi there! It’s Jeannie and I’m back to share a card with you today.

Is it too early to make Christmas cards? I don’t think so. It’s the time of year where the cutest Christmas stamp sets are starting to roll out. Pink and Main’s newest release contains tons of amazing Christmas sets and one of my favorites is Deck the Palms. I live in San Francisco, where we don’t really have seasons but I know a lot of other places experience a sunny and warm Christmas. This set is perfect for this!

I decided to use only the palm tree, which is pretty large, for my card. I wanted it to be the main focus so I spent extra care coloring up this image. Once I finished, I used the coordinating dies to help cut out this stamped image.

Next, I focused on the background creating a beach scene using distress inks. I masked off three layers, one for the sky, one for the water, and one for the sandy beach.

For the sentiment, I used a mix of two sentiments from the stamp set: Tickled Pink for the holidays and warm wishes. I masked off the Tickled Pink part of the sentiment and created the new sentiment “Warm Wishes for the holidays”.

I really love how this card just uses one image, yet easily stands out. I love the idea of having a warm holiday — sounds amazing, doesn’t it?!

Hope you enjoyed today’s card and that you check out the Pink & Main’s new release.


Warm winter greetings

Hello Everyone,

It is Zsofi here today with a cute eskimo card featuring the Eskimo kisses stamp set. What I really enjoy is to match my colouring with the patterned paper I chose to use. I was longing to use the Be brave paper pad for a while now, so here is my creation:

I started with colouring the cute images from the Eskimo kisses stamp set on alcohol ink friendly cardstock. I used my alcohol markers to colour them paying attention to be as close to the colours of the paper pad as possible.

Then I cut a piece of the triangle patterned paper to cover an A2 sized card. I cut a strip of light grey cardstock which I matted with a slightly wider navy one. I used a dark blue ink to stamp the sentiment.

In order to have a chilly winter scene, I die cut a piece of white glitter cardstock with a scallop waves die. It really looks like ice!

When assembling my scene I used liquid glue and 3D foam squares to get more dimension. I added some glossy accents to the scarves and boots, in this way the colours underneath get more vibrant, matching the beautiful paper even more!

I hope you like my card and got inspired to try colouring your images to match a certain patterned paper. Until next time, happy crafting!




Sweet Christmas

Hi everyone! Happy Tuesday!

Ilina Here today with a clean, simple and little sparkly cards using the new Sweet Christmas stamp set along with the coordinating dies.

To make the card star by die cutting the Basket Cover die from shimmery fancy white paper. Since the paper is so thick the die will not cut all the way through. Trim the piece to 4″ x 5 1/4″ and adher to top folding red note card.

Cut vellum circle using the Stitched Circle dies and trim it little bit. Stamp the milk and cookie image onto white card stock using alcohol marker friendly ink and color with copics. Die cut and adhere to vellum circle.

Stamp sentiment onto black card stock with Versamark and emboss with Detailed White Embossing powder. Trim and adhere to card!


Thank you so much for stopping by today and hope you are inspired to do something creative 😉