Christmas in Halloween Colors had a challenge last week to make any card using Halloween colors, but 1 card per color.  I decided to do Christmas cards.  As I don’t have 1/2 my normal amount, yet.  They aren’t all getting done, so I’m having to cut my list down significantly, but I did get these done:

I used the MFT Wednesday Sketch challenge for the week on all of them, too.  I’m only entering the black one, as I don’t have time to do 4 separate blog posts.  Used a Darice embossing folder, the snow for 3 of them, and leaves for the orange one.  After that, brushed Nuvo mousse in the color needed, covering the top.  It’s lighter in places and darkest on the raised edges of the embossing.  Heat embossed the sentiment from the MFT Seasonal Sentiments (retired) set, using Sparkle n’ Sprinkle (now Glitter Galore, I think) embossing powder for all but the orange, which is Hero Arts Copper.  Added either some ribbon, rhinestones, or both in the correct color.

Not too difficult, or time consuming, and got 4 more Christmas cards done, in fun colors that actually work for Christmas, or Thanksgiving for the orange one, though Christmas would have worked for that, too.

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Stamped Background

I promise, this is the last one for those same 2 challenges.  MFT Color Challenge and Background Bonanza.  This wasn’t even close to all the ideas that popped into my head, but I definitely wanted to try these 3.


For this one, I used the same MFT Magical Mandala Background and Seasonal Sentiments stamp sets.  This time I used ink cubes to ink the stamp itself, then stamp it.

8-14-19 MFT Color Background 3

I did spray the background with Sheer Shimmer spray and added a few sequins in purple and pink.  The sentiment tag is popped up with foam tape and the edge of it sparkles, as well.  Had to make the card go with the sentiment.

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Watercolor Background

I went with the MFT Color Challenge for this week again, as well as the Background Bonanza.  They are great colors and I came up with a lot of background ideas.


So this time, I used white embossing powder (would have used clear on my white watercolor paper, but it had gotten a smear of ink from the alcohol ink background on it) and embossed the MFT Magical Mandala background stamp.  Then had some fun with a couple of watercolors (Peony and Violet) that went wonderfully with the color challenge colors.  The sentiment is from the MFT Seasonal Sentiments set and was embossed in white on gray card, then popped up.  I did cut out the mandala piece before embossing the sentiment.  There’s a bit of gray with silver ribbon on there to add a bit of fun and sparkle to this Christmas card.

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This was fun.  Mess, but fun to make.

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Embossing Powder

MFT’s Color Challenge for this week is beautiful.  And, as their Camp Create Day 3 challenge was Background Bonanza, I decided to do both.

Color Challenge Palette 8-14-19


However, my embossing powder that in my sample looked very much like Razzle Berry, did not turn out quite the same color when used on an alcohol ink background.  I’m not sure if it picked up color from the purple alcohol ink, or if it’s more reflection of all the purple and gray surrounding it.

8-14-19 MFT Color Background

I used one of my favorite stamps from the MFT Season Sentiments (retired), unfortunately, even using my stamping platform and restamping with Versamark several times, there was one section that refused to take ink.  I tried using a Sakura Stardust pen in a bright pink color to fill in the color that was missing, but that didn’t work well, either.  I’m still using this as a Christmas card, but I’m not too happy with it.  Well, I love the background and most people wouldn’t look close enough to notice it has problems, but as I created it, it is glaringly obvious to me.  Oh well.

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Camp Create Day 3

My Favorite Things Camp Create Day 3 was Spectacular Shakers:


For this one, I knew I wanted to use an alcohol ink background for the inside of the shaker, and I knew I wanted to do a tree.  What I wound up with was not at all what I had been imagining, but that’s how I create.

First I picked some paper that went with the alcohol ink panel I chose, then I found a tree die.  Cut the tree out of the paper, mounted the alcohol ink panel behind where it would be, created my shaker area with foam tape, added sequins that went with the colors in the background, stamped a sentiment on the paper and then had problems.  I used some silver pigment ink to stamp with, as I wanted it to shine.  Unfortunately, you couldn’t really see the sentiment.  So, went over it with a Sakura Stardust pen.  Following the lines of the sentiment wasn’t easy (it was also late at night and I don’t do late well).  Anyway, this is what I wound up with:

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Even though the sentiment is a bit wonky, I absolutely love the shaker part of it.  The sentiment stamp is from the Seasonal Sentiments set and is really pretty when done correctly.

Thanks for spending some of your valuable time with me today!