Happy Mail | My New Stamp Design

Hello and happy weekend! I think we can all agreed that everyone LOVE getting happy mails. Right? Well, on Friday, one little boy got a happy mail waiting for him when he got off the bus. It was a thank you card from his buddy, thanking him for coming to his birthday party a few weeks back. I thought that was just the cutest thing. The smiles on his sweet little face was priceless and what a great way to end his week! I was so inspired by that joyfulness he received that I decided to send a few friends some happy mails too this weekend :D

[All supplies used for this project are linked to the stores where I have purchased them from in the thumbnails at the end of the post.  This really helps organized my supplies list and making it easier for You to navigate through them if you are interested in getting the products for yourself :D   I do not sell any of my drawing.]

smiley happy mail digital drawing by Christina Hor Designs

Now wouldn't it be so much fun to opened up the envelope and have a card full of smiley come flying right out of an envelope to greet you?  That what I've envisioned as I drew this up.  It didn't take me long since it involved drawing just circles and straights lines.  What took the longest and hardest part was trying to make those smiley faces as cute and hilarious as possible.  Then I added in tiny dots, scattered them randomly here and there to filled the void between the smiley.  I actually left a small empty space in between the smiley so I can pull in the sentiment "sending smiles across the miles" which I created in Picmonkey.  The empty space is also perfect for future cards with a different sentiment.  I can also stamp emboss in a sentiment too rather than using a digital one if I want. 

After printing a bunch of copies out on gina k. Designs' white layering paper, I colored the smiley and envelope with Copic markers. Then added shimmer to them with clear Wink of Stella glitter pen.  I also used Wink of Stella glitter pens (in green, blue, purple and red) for the tiny circles.  

I thought the card could use a little more circles and a little dimension.  So I scattered random drops of Ranger's Glacier White Enamel Accents  around the image.  I am so glad that Ranger came out with these Enamel Accents bottles!  They are dimensional faux enamel and they come in 12 beautiful colors. I actually went ahead and purchased the entire collection, the Ranger Enamel Accents Sets of 12.  I don't use a lot of embellishment on my cards, but when I do it's mostly with enamel dots.  What I love about these Ranger's Enamel Accents bottles is that not only can I create lots and lots of dimensional dots in any sizes I want, but I can actually draw with them and create dimensional artworks (I'll share that project with you soon).  And since it's a 0.5 fl oz bottle, it will last me a long time before I need a refill.  And that's a big money saving for me.  

While I wait for the enamel accent dots to dry, I worked on the layering for the card.  First, I cut and scored the Bazzill's Marshmellow Chick (from Ellen Hutson) to create my A2 (4.25x5.50) card.  Then I die cut the MFT Lucky Prints (6x6 Paper Pack) and the Bazzill's Robin Egg (from Ellen Hutson) with the We R Memory Keeper Rectangle Nestling Dies.  I adhesive all the layers to the base card with the Be Creative Tape.

Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing your weekend with me.  I hope you will come back and join me next week for a very special project by a very sweet little girl that many of you have come to know and love.


Happy Mail Digital Stamp by Christina Hor

Bazzill Card Shoppe Cardstock, Marshmallow Chick

Bazzill Card Shoppe Cardstock, Robin's Egg

My Favorite Things LUCKY PRINTS 6x6 Paper Pack

gina k. Designs Heavy Base Weight Card Stock- White

gina k. Designs Layering Weight Card Stock- White

We R Memory Keepers Shape Dies, Nesting Rectangles

Ranger GLACIER WHITE Enamel Accents

Zig Wink of Stella Glitter Brush Tip Marker, Green

Zig Wink of Stella Glitter Brush Tip Marker, Pink

Zig Wink of Stella Glitter Brush Tip Marker, Violet

Zig Wink of Stella Glitter Brush Tip Marker, Clear

Sizzix Big Shot Express

COPIC Sketch Marker B05, Process Blue

COPIC Sketch Marker Y18, Lightning Yellow

COPIC Sketch Marker Y15, Cadmium Yellow

COPIC Sketch Marker Y13, Lemon Yellow

COPIC Sketch Marker RV11, Pink

COPIC Sketch Marker RV000, Pale Purple

Be Creative Tape

Basic Shaker Card Tutorial

Hello!  I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend and looking forward to the new week.  Last week was back-to-school week and I now have a 1st and 3rd Grader in the house!  Yay!  So very proud mama here :D

Okay, for today's card.  A friend of my son had his 6th birthday a few weeks ago and I thought a shaker card would be perfect to help him celebrate his big day.   Here's the card.  By the way, for the giveaway winner announcement, please see end of this post.

Shaker Cards Tutorial

[All supplies used for this card are linked to the stores where I have purchased from in the thumbnails at the end of this post. For supplies linked to my local area craft stores, you might be able to find them on amazon.com or other craft stores in your local areas.]

Now isn't this the cutest elephant you have ever seen?  Just look at that sweet facial expression!   I've only discovered Wild Rose Studio a few months back but already fell in love with their product lines. Many have already made their way into my craftroom! :D

I started my card by first stamping this sweet little elephant from the Wild Rose Studio Bunch of Balloons clear stamp set onto Neenah Classc Crest Solar White with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored with Crayola colored pencils.  After finished coloring, I blended the colors together with baby oil using blending stumps.  Then stamped the Happy Birthday sentiment, an old StampinUp! wood mounted stamp over the balloons with Memento Tuxedo Black. 

wild rose studio bunch of balloons

For the shaker part, I first die cut Bazzill Marshmallow cardstock with the MFT Pierced Rectangle Frames Die-Namics to create the top window frame and applied double side adhesive to the back.   Next,  I used the die frame again to trace over a piece of acetate with a pencil, cut and carefully place it over the frame.   Then framed the acetate with mounting foam tape.
I wanted a double frame look for the card, so I added a bottom window frame with a wider panel by first die cut a piece of Bazzill Robin's Egg cardstock out with the largest frame of the Spellbinders Nestabilities Classic Rectangles LG Etched Dies set.  Next, I placed the two largest frame pieces of the MFT Pierced Rectangle Frames Die-Namics onto the cardstock, using the outer frame as a guide only to get the inner frame align perfectly straight on the cardstock.   Then, carefully removed the outer frame and secured the inner frame to the cardstock with tape before running through the machine [result: photo on the right below].  
I sandwiched the top and bottom frame together. Then placed double side adhesive on the back of the bottom frame. To make sure that I don't get any of the confetti stick to the adhesive, I placed them right on the center of the colored image piece. Then carefully position the frame over,  Finally, adhesive the assembled shaker onto my A2 (4.25x5.5) white base card.

birthday shaker cards


then go here for the original post. If you are the winner, an e-mail notification has already been sent to you. 

Thanks for sharing your day with me today. I hope you enjoyed taking a look at my basic shaker card and hopefully inspired to try one out. May you have a lovely week ahead.

You can find links to the supplies I've used below; click on the picture or wording to take directly to the product.

Wild Rose Studio Bunch of Balloons

MFT Pierced Rectangle Frames Die-Namics

Nestabilities Classic Rectangles LG Etched Dies

Crafter's Companion Heat Resistant Acetate

Bazzill Card Shoppe Cardstock, Robin's Egg

Bazzill Card Shoppe Cardstock, Marshmallow

Neenah Classic Crest Solar White

Creatology Assorted Cup Sequins

Multicolored Mini Stars Confetti

Memento Dew Drop Ink Pad, Tuxedo Black

Crayola Short Colored Pencils

Johnson & Johnson's Baby Oil

Artist's Loft%u2122 Blending Stumps

Recollections™ Signature Acrylic Block Set

Sizzix Big Shot Express

Scotch Foam Mounting Tape

Be Creative Tape