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Color Hues Challenge – Red & Grey

I’m always a bit slow when it comes to entering card challenges – last year I think I only entered ONE! I will try to do better this year hahaha.

I noted a friend had entered a card in this Color Hues Challenge and I was inspired to try it out for myself. Red and Grey – couldn’t be too difficult right? Well. 5 different things cut out, coloured, inked etc and I was no closer to completing a single card than when I started!

You can enter here too – this challenge closes on January 14, 9am (EST)

Hello Friend Card

I finally settled on this – a card using the Simon Says Stamp layered stencil set. The stencil set is so cool, I saw it featured on Jennifer McGuire’s blog and promptly ordered it – and of course it has sat in my stencil box for over a YEAR without being used! So this challenge fulfils another of my personal challenges, to USE my stash.

I started off with Gina K Designs Soft Stone cardstock, which is a soft, pretty grey. I used my cute little Concord and 9th mini inks in both Poppy and Cranberry for the flowers, Hero Arts Unicorn White Pigment ink for one of the leaf stencils and Silver Glacier paste for the other leaf stencil. I used Nuvo Red Glimmer paste for the berries layer. I was really happy with the final result. I cut down the panel to around 4″ x 5.25″.

To finish, I stacked the Gina K Designs Hello die a few times, inking up the top layer with the Concord and 0th inks again, added shimmer and a generous layer of Nuvo Morning Dew crystal drops for shine. This is placed on a strip of Platinum Vellum stretched across and a little sentiment from Simon Says Stamp Tiny Words.

I felt it needed a little lift with a darker grey, and I used Lawn Fawn Narwhal as a mat layer behind, which is then adhered to the card base.

Birthday Card

I was still having a play with the colour way, and ended up creating this fun birthday card using the MFT Birthday Cake die set.

I cut the pieces out of red, grey and white cardstocks and played out with it until I had it in layers that I liked. I created a panel with Gina K Designs Soft Stone cardstock, heat embossed with the MFT Numbers background stamp and placed on a darker grey cardstock. This time, I used a cardstock from my local stationery store, called Wrought Iron.

The big Birthday is from Hero Arts and I die cut it and stacked it a few times with a black glitter layer on top. The tiny Happy Birthday is from the Simon Says Stamp Tiny Words Birthday set. The card base is a dark red, Gina K Designs Red Velvet.

This completes my Color Hues Challenge today. Thank you for stopping by! Below are links to the products I have used – some are affiliate links (not all) which simply means I may get a small commission at no extra cost to you when shopping. Thank you for your support – it means I can keep creating and sharing with you.

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Awesome Reindeer Gift Tag

You can find more of my Christmas Gift Tags from over the years by checking out #inkyandstampytags on Instagram, or my dedicated Pinterest board

Warning! Contents of this blog may be awesome! I loved the sentiment included in the Taylored Expressions Spoiler Alert stamp set, and knew I needed to create a tag with it.

I started by colouring and cutting out a bunch of Gerda Steiner’s mischievous reindeer on Copic X-Press it cardstock. He will sit towards the top of my tag.

Copics used: E59, E57, E55, E34, E31, R27

I used the Gina K Designs Delicate snowflake background stamp, white heat embossed and splashed with Ken Oliver Ultramarine Blue ColorBurst powder. I love the vivid, bright blue result this gives.

I’ve made other tags using this same background stamp and colour combo before, and I’ll share them below.

It is much easier to die cut all the tags first, then stamp, heat emboss and paint them, rather than trying to get as many gift tags cut from one 6″ square piece of cardstock. Mass production means you can actually stamp two tags at a time, which doesn’t take long at all.

I stamped and gold heat embossed the sentiment a bunch of times on vellum. Because I was making quite a few tags at one time, it was easier to simply stamp and heat emboss them all at once.

I simply trimmed the sentiment strips with my trimmer and the two ends are folded around to the back of the tag and secured with strong double sided adhesive tape. Any excess is carefully trimmed off. I didn’t add any extra backing to my tag, you may wish to in order to hide the vellum more completely.

The cute reindeer is trimmed down to fit, plus I cut around his arm so it hangs down over the vellum sentiment a little.

I added red glitter stickles to his nose for added shine and sparkle.

This completes my awesome gift tag today. Thank you for stopping by! Below are links to the products I have used – some are affiliate links (not all) which simply means I may get a small commission at no extra cost to you when shopping. Thank you for your support – it means I can keep creating and sharing with you.

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Cute Hedgehog Gift Tag

You can find more of my Christmas Gift Tags from over the years by checking out #inkyandstampytags on Instagram, or my dedicated Pinterest board

Last year I made many many gift tags – and as a result, I have a box full of little projects that never came to fruition. This is one of those. I had stamped and cut the hedgehogs using Copic X-Press It cardstock, and coloured the hats, but that’s as far as I got :/

Inspiration hit finally! I decided to go with a Kraft and rich red colour scheme. I used scraps I had in my craft room from my local stationery store, but Gina K or Lawn Fawn cardstocks would be comparable and I have linked to those at the end of this post.

I chose the MFT Treat Tag because the hedgehog is quite a large image. I wanted to frame him somehow, and decided on the delicate frame in the Concord & 9th Just Because die set.

To get the gold heat embossed background in the right place, I created a mask tag out of scrap cardstock by cutting the frame out where I wanted it placed. I used my little MISTI to stamp and heat emboss the MFT background stamp, Christmas Words.

I completed colouring the hedgehog images – copics used are:

  • Red: R59, R29, R27, R24
  • Green: G28, G09, G05, G14
  • Grey: W9, W7, W5, W3, W0
  • Skin: E21, E00, E000

To feature him in the frame, I carefully fussy cut out the stocking up to his fist, and trimmed the bottom of the stamped image off. It now sits flush directly on the bottom of the red frame.

Before adhering the framed hedgehog to the tag, I added fluff to the hat with Tsukeniko Radiant Neon Amplify in White – a very effective puffy paint! This stuff puffs up tremendously when heated with the heat gun and STAYS white, giving a lot of dimension.

I glued the frame to the tag, where it fits over the gold heat embossing perfectly

For the finishing ribbon, I added a wide red ribbon found at my local emporium store. It has No Peeking printed on it, and I thought the tone suited the cute image. I used gold ornament cord to secure the wide ribbon, and tied it in a bow.

Finally, the To and From is stamped at the bottom in black, and this stamp is from the Scrapbook.com Gifting and Tag Sentiments – there are three other To & From stamps to use on other gift tags too, plus some other fun sentiments designed for gift tags.

This completes my little gift tag today. Thank you for stopping by! Below are links to the products I have used – some are affiliate links (not all) which simply means I may get a small commission at no extra cost to you when shopping. Thank you for your support – it means I can keep creating and sharing with you.

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You can find more of my Christmas Gift Tags from over the years by checking out #inkyandstampytags on Instagram, or my dedicated Pinterest board

For more in-depth information about the best value supplies for your craft table, from cardstock to the handiest tools, check out my Best of the Basics series.

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Dapper Reindeer Gift Tag

You can find more of my Gift Tags from over the years by checking out #inkyandstampytags

I love the Simon Says Stamp Picture Book Reindeer – he really is a cutie. I featured this guy on a Christmas gift tag last year, and you can see that tag below too.

I cut out the tags from red cardstock, and the trees from green. PLEASE NOTE: The Hero Arts Paper Layering Pine Tree used here is discontinued, but I have linked a similar shaped tree below.

I coloured the trees using Copic Markers, flicking the colour from dark to light to give the tree some depth and texture. I then cut them all in half, straight down the middle.

Copics used for the Trees: G29, G09, G05.

I lined up the straight edge of the trees onto the edge of the tag, and heat embossed the sentiments in place. You can see I am using both halves of the tree, so no waste of any of my colouring efforts!

I gold heat embossed the little sentiments on either side of the tag, just to the side of the lower part of the tree.

I also liberally sprayed the tag with Gold Shimmer spray.

I cut and coloured the reindeer one at a time. One of the features of the Picture Book dies is that they cut all the pieces at once, although the antlers are a separate piece in this case.

Copics used for the Reindeer: R59, R57, R55, R30, R20.

The banner is from an older My Favorite Things Tag set, and I cut and glued the folds together and stamped the To & From on them. I used the banner as a guide for placement of the first part of the reindeer body and built him up from there in the centre of the tag. Once the reindeer was glued down, the banner was fixed in place right at the bottom.

I added black glaze pen to the eyes and nose details, along with Nuvo Ivory drops to the tree for beautiful baubles. I thought he looked a little underdressed, and the scarf in the reindeer die set wasn’t working for me (we have summertime Christmases here in New Zealand), so I found some tartan patterned paper and created a little bow tie.


The Picture Book Reindeer was featured on one of my gift tags last year too.

The tag is a Concord & 9th gift tag from the Sprinkles Turnabout set, cut from same red cardstock. The reindeer is also coloured with Copics and built the same way from the bottom of the tag. The little snowflakes (CZ Design) are white heat embossed to make a hand stamped background.

The Ho Ho Ho sentiment is from an old Stampin’ Up! set.

This completes my gift tag today. Thank you for stopping by! Below are links to the products I have used – some are affiliate links (not all) which simply means I may get a small commission at no extra cost to you when shopping. Thank you for your support – it means I can keep creating and sharing with you.

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