12 September 2016

Santa Paws - Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps Sneak Peek (GDT)

It's the most wonderful time of the year!!!

Good morning and welcome to Day ONE of the Christmas Release at Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps!!

Kimmie and all of the design team are thrilled to be sharing this super sized release featuring NINE joyful new clear stamp sets and you'll be seeing new designs all week long with the release going live on Saturday night!

As one of the krafty kustomers who bought the Surprise Krafting Kimmie Kit for September, I once more am pleased to be a member of the guest design team with sneak peeks for the first stamp set of the new release, this cutie patootie stamp set by artist, Emilie Goulet!

This set features two ADORABLE images plus three coordinating stamp sets at it's called SANTA PAWS!

For my sneak peek, chose to use the little girl cuddling her puppy with his adorable reindeer antler costume. I made them an easel card indoor scene with a window that's a shaker with snow.

Happy Howl-idays!

Be sure to join us at the LIVE Online Release Party on Saturday night at 6pm EST! We'll be checking out ALL the NINE new clear stamp sets, sharing fabulous creations, giving away prizes and having tons of merry fun!

All the Krafty Girls and Guests listed below have lots of cheerful designs to share with you today featuring the SANTA PAWS stamp set! Be sure to hop around and leave lots of love at each and every stop because one lucky commenter will WIN a gift voucher to the krafty shop! The winner will be announced at the shop so don't miss it!

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Putting It Together

I think I might have put the kitchen sink in this one. I had a vision in my head and just had to let it come to pass.  There is a lot in this card so there is also a lot more "Putting It Together", too.


It all starts with stamping. I stamped the image on to watercolour cardstock with Memento black ink. I centred her on a panel since, at that point, I wasn't sure what I wanted to do with her.

I decided to paper piece her dress. I partially stamped on to one of the sheets in the Sugar Plum pad that was part of the Surprise Kit. I chose a sheet with white flowers on blue with silver foiled centres. To paper piece, I fussy cut the dress I stamped.

For the sash, I used foiled, textured paper from Michaels.. I had to use Stazon for the slick surface.

And then I started painting.I used Antique Linen, Victorian Velvet, and Tattered Rose for her skin. I decided I wanted brown hair with yellow highlights so I started with Fossilized Amber. I was glad I decided I was going to be fussy cutting the image because I fumbled my brush when it was full of yellow. On the work surface by the panel you can see the ink smushed to be a palette.

While letting the girl's hair dry, I started the puppy with his lightest colour, Scattered Straw, too.

With small flicks of the brush I added in texture for both the girl's hair and her puppy. The puppy's dark colours are Vintage Photo and Tea Dye. The girl's hair has Vintage Photo and Ground Espresso.

I pieced in her dress...

... applying Ranger Multi-medium Matte and then fixing it to the panel.

And done with the painting and piecing, the first stage of the creation.

I fussy cut the girl and her puppy.

Done, except for the small spot in the middle.

I used a craft knife to cut out the interior spot. I had debated leaving it, but..

... it looks so much better without it.

I dry fit with the papers and dies to decided on the placement of the elements.

To make an easel card, using a strong card stock, I'm using 110lb Neenah Solar White, cut a front panel of the desired size, 5.5" square for this card, and another piece as wide as the width of the front panel and twice as long as the height, 5.5" x 11" for this card.

On the long piece, score at the half-way point, like you would for a normal opening card. Then on of of the sides, score at approximately half way. My first score is at 5.5", the second on is at 2.5" because I have an older Scor-Pal which doesn't have as many score lines (I got it free, the best price of all).

Fold the long piece on the scores and burnish the fold with a bone folder.

When we come to a later step, the front panel will be affixed to the bent part of the easel base. Easy Peasy.

I did my die cutting for the window ans rug. I cut the rug from one another sheet in the Sugar Plum pad. I cut 2 windows from Neenah cardstock and one from white fun foam. The foam will give the shaker height with very little weight.

For the scene outside the window, I used the Sugar Plum pad once again. This lovely snowy scene is one of the pages.

I trimmed the outdoor scene and glued it to the back of one of the cardstock windows with Multi-medium matte.

Because I want the snow to move freely in the window, I trimmed the centre cross pieces from the foam window. I also trimmed the inside edge a little to hide the foam better when the window is built up.

I then glued the foam to the back window to make a well.

For the front of the shaker, I trimmed a piece of acetate to fit behind the window sash.

I glued the acetate to the window front. I made a note on the back of the window which I was going to use as the top. I noted the top because I glued some frost glitter in the corners of the window panes (and promptly forgot to take a picture, of course)

I added frost glitter and silver snow flakes to the well before covering the window with the front. I used Multi-medium matte to attach the front, too. To help the glue adhere on on edges, I put the window between two of the Distress mini tins to squish it all together as it dried.

I prefer creating my shaker cards with a self-contained shaker box to make it easier to fit on to the card. Once it's sealed up like this, it's a single piece.

I dry fit the scene to determine how long the wall piece, more from the Sugar Plum pad, needed to be. The floor is from the Life Documented pad.

I used the Distress blending tool to add a bit of ink along the edges of each panel and on the rug before I put the room together.                                                                                                      

Because the window is thick, I need to double up on mounting foam tape for the parts of the stamped image that wouldn't be on the window. For the window side, I used some Tombow tape runner.

Putting the girl in place finishes the front panel.

Using Tombow tape runner, I attached the front panel to the bottom part of the card base front side.

Using the hinge from the Elizabeth Craft Designs Stand Up Helpers, I added two hinges to a strip of the same foiled card stock I used for the girl's sash. I cut a panel, also from the Sugar Plum pad (the back of the sheet I used for the rug), to add to the front of the inside of the card, the part that shows when the easel is up.

The hinge strip is under the back of the paper panel, attached to the front of the inside. The hinges are free to pivot up and hold the easel. Before attaching the panel to the card I sponged the edges to finish them. Since the front panel from the Sugar Plum pad is filled with seasonal words, I left the rest of the inside blank for a personal sentiment.

When the card is closed, the scene is cute.

Open, the hinges hold the scene in place with the sentiment panel showing.


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  1. Love your easel card! Thanks for sharing a how to! -Patti

  2. one word: AWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW! He he he, this is too cute, and then you so much for showing the step by step, that's awesome! Your paper piecing is amazing!

  3. The time and effort you put into this card is amazing. From the window scene to a pare piecing.

  4. Wow thanks for your amazing tutorial on how you made this awesome shaker easel card - simply gorgeous:)

  5. You are truly amazing and very talented. Thank you for showing us step by step how you created this amazing card!

  6. Amazing card!! SO many great elements!! Love the shaker window! and the paperpieced dress!!

  7. I love how you created a great scene!! Gave me so many ideas for my own Christmas cards! Beautifully done!
    Carolyn (krafty guest)

  8. Holy freaking wow! This is amazing.


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