Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Beanie Ian - Merriest Christmas

I'm still in the midst of my so-busy-it-hurts time, but I did recently sneak a tiny opportunity to do a little Copic coloring and make a quick card out of it. This card is going to be making its way to a special teacher, along with a small box of chocolate truffles.

I started by stamping The Greeting Farm's exclusive Beanie Ian stamp onto some Copic marker paper, using chocolate brown ink. I colored him in with Copic, going for a mix of classic Christmas colors (red, white, green) and adding a touch of frosty blue. After he was colored in, I added a few details with a white gel pen and carefully cut around him using sharp scissors.

For the card base, I grabbed one of Lawn Fawn's Navy Notecards. What's great about these notecards is that they're a 4-bar size -which is smaller than your standard card, and makes it easier to whip something up quick. And (this is my favorite part) you can use a journaling card to quickly add in a patterned paper background. This means less measuring, less cutting and making good use of the mountains of journaling cards I seem to have accumulated.

I used one of the cards from the Kaisercraft Peppermint Swirl 3x4 journaling card pack, and adhered it straight onto the base. I added Ian on some foam squares.

For the sentiment, I used the Simon Says Stamp Holiday Labels stamp set. This is a slightly older set, but it was new to me this year and I thought it had several fun shapes and sentiments. I used several ink colors to stamp the hexagon border, the sentiment and the little heart. Holiday Labels has a set of coordinating dies, but since the shape is so simple, I just cut it out with my scissors.

I added some silver cord behind the hexagon, all bunched up in a messy way, then adhered the panel to the card front. Lastly, I added 3 enamel dots to the bottom left corner.

The Greeting Farm - Beanie Ian stamp
Simon Says Stamp - Holiday Labels stamp
My Favorite Things Hybrid Ink - Chocolate Brown
Stampin' Up Classic Inkpad - Marina Mist and Baked Brown Sugar
Hero Arts Shadow Ink - Soft Cantaloupe
Copic Mini Marker Pad in 70lbs
Lawn Fawn Notecards - Navy
Kaisercraft 3x4 Journaling Cards - Peppermint Swirl
Copic Sketch markers
Studio Calico Enamel Dots - Blues


  1. Okay, you really are an enabler! Lol I have been wanting to spice things up in terms of different sizes and shapes of cards, and your card above is just the inspiration I need. Beanie Ian is just adorable! His hair rocks as does, well, everything! Love the silver cord too - what a great little addition.

    In case I don't speak to you before Christmas, Elle, I wanted to say THANK YOU for your friendship this year. I very much appreciate your support, encouragement, inspiration, and challenges. I hope you and your family have a very Merry Christmas and may 2015 bring you every happiness! xx

    1. I totally fell in love with the Lawn Fawn notecards! I didn't know what a 4-bar size was before they came out with the cards (and envelopes!), but I was immediately hooked. Sometimes it's just plain fun to make a smaller card, and I love how the 4-bar size works with the 3x4 journaling cards.

      And thank you so much for your well-wishes! I'm always grateful for your friendship, creativity and support. I hope your holidays are spent with much merriment, and that the new year brings you the best of everything. :)