handmade card | new year

MAMA ELEPHANT Piggie Creative Cuts | Instagram Hop

By on January 21, 2019

I made today’s card for MAMA ELEPHANT’S 1st Instagram Hop but decided to write up a quick blog post just to show you all how I made this card. Make sure you head over to Instagram and hop along for a chance to win a great prize!

I was excited to do this hop and take out some of the products I haven’t had a chance to play with yet. I really wanted to make a card for the upcoming Lunar New Year. This year is the year of the Pig and when I got this Piggie Creative Cut a few months ago, I knew I was going to use it this way!

The first thing I did was die cut all the pieces for the little piggie onto light pink cardstock. Then, I inked up the sides with Distress Oxide in Worn Lipstick for dimension and interest. I inked it up more at the checks to have blush on my piggie. I then die cut the eyes out of black cardstock and glued all the pieces together.

Next, I decided to work on my sentiment. I took a few stamps from Lunar Extras to create a large sentiment. I heat embossed this with white embossing powder onto red cardstock. This will be like a red envelope, in Vietnamese it’s called a ‘li xi’, the pig is holding to pass on good fortune. I decided to also stamp out the large chinese character for “Luck” onto red card stock to use later as part of my design.

I die cut a panel out of kraft card stock for a base. I used both Woodgrain Cover Creative Cut and the scallop die from Framed Tags – Waverly Creative Cut to create a beautiful and interesting backdrop for my sweet little piggie.

I assembled my card by gluing all the pieces together and onto the woodgrain panel. I felt it looked a little bare and decided to color the lantern from Lion Dance and add it to my card. This was the finishing touch I needed!

So I found this Starbucks giftcard with a pig on it and was obsessed with the idea of sending it to my sister who lives in Colorado. So I decided to create a pocket for the inside of my card using the Inside Pop Creative Cuts. This was very simple to do for such a fun surprise inside your card! You just cut out the die twice and glue the tabs together. Then you adhere it to the card and it’s ready. I also decided to dress it up with the little pig from Lunar Animals.

That’s it for my card today! Don’t forget to visit the hop on Instagram!


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handmade card | holiday | new year

MAMA ELEPHANT Happy New Year Wishes | Stamp Highlights

By on October 22, 2018

Hello, crafty friends! Today we are highlighting Mama Elephant Happy New Year Wishes. I only used the large sentiment beautifully handwritten by Paola Esteron for Mama Elephant.

To prepare my background, I first die cut the largest rectangle from Basic Rectangles Creative Cuts to get a finished A2 size rectangle with the stitching details. I knew this would be basically a one layer card so I wanted to add the little details to keep a clean, finished card.

I loosely watercolored a background with a ton of water, and drop colors in purples, pinks and blues. I even added some metallic gold but if I was to do this again, I don’t think I would. It ended up looking more ‘dirty’ than ‘blingy’. Lesson learned!

After my background dried completely, I heat emboss the sentiment with gold embossing powder. Heat embossing on watercolor paper is so interesting. The embossing powder kind of sinks right into the paper. You don’t get that raised look that we are all accustomed to….but I really liked it.

I splatter some more gold paint on top and my card is finished.

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