Mama Elephant is FIVE + PRIZES!


Hello there and welcome to my stop on the very special #celebrating5years with Mama Elephant Design Team blog hop! This is Day 2 of the 3-day Stampede — make sure you check out Day 1 if you missed it yesterday, trust me, you don’t want to miss out!

I’m honored to be a part of the celebration — I’m so happy for Kryssi and Angela and the whole ME gang! I’ve been friends with Kryssi since before Mama Elephant was born, and then I got to meet Angela at CHA a few years back. They are both just the best, hands down. Congratulations to all of you on FIVE awesome years! YEAH!!!

My Cards

Soooo, I got a little carried away and made a bunch of cards…! If you know me, you’ll know that this happens to me often — I just can’t stop at ONE card, especially when I start playing with awesome new crafty goodies like the ones Mama Elephant sent me!

I was sent the Little Reindeer Agenda and Little Santa Agenda stamp sets plus the Snow Flurries die set  to play with — love them all! You can find the whole new sweet release right here!

To get started, I made some base cards using a BIG hake brush.

So what’s a hake brush, you ask? It’s brush that is traditionally used for watercolor and can cover large areas at a time. And I do mean large!  I use this one by Princeton made of goat hair, or here’s another similar brush that’s a little less expensive. These brushes hold a TON of water and paint and are great for wetting a large sheet of paper with clean water to prep it or to do a big wash.

For my cards, I wet the brush by dipping just the very tippy end in water, then I dried it a little on a rag so that it was damp but not wet. Then I kinda pushed on the bristles to fan some out as shown and I tapped it into coral watercolor that I mixed up and painted it with long strokes across the card.

I think it kinda looks like woodgrain on the horizontal ones, and like garland or streamers hanging down on the vertical!

Here’s a little tip — I use that coral color so often that I keep that little container just for that purpose. When the paint dries I can just spritz it with water and it’s good to go again — love that about watercolor!

I let these dry completely and then it was on to the cards!

Confetti Christmas

As soon as I saw the cute Little Reindeer Agenda and Little Santa Agenda sets this card just popped right into my head!

I thought it kinda looked like Santa was throwing confetti up in the air, so I added some with Moonlight gelly roll pens! You guys, this is sooo easy to do and would be a super fun card to mass produce! I used gel pens in red, aqua, lime green and orange for little hits of color. Some of the pens in this Moonlight set are kinda neon-y — love!  I also did a little light watercoloring on those packages, too.

You could add as little or as much confetti as you like! I might have to try this with sequins next!

And! You could put some real live actual confetti inside the card so that when the recipient opens it, it all falls out! Ha!

Speaking of the inside of the card…

I just had to add a little gel pen action there too! I think this sentiment from the Retro Holiday Labels set works perfectly, right?

I finished off this set with a fun envelope — I thought Santa looked like he was dancing! I used gel pens to decorate the ornaments he’s holding and to coordinate it with the card. Love it when a plan comes together!

Sparkle With Magic

My next card was a little more complicated, but still one that you could mass produce if you had a little more time.

For this one, I had an idea to have those cute reindeer from the Little Reindeer Agenda set “hold” a snowflake! The snowflake is from the Snow Flurries die set and I cut it out of white glitter paper.

I love how the set has the deer facing in each direction! Yes!!!

And then I just had to clear emboss the sentiment from the Retro Holiday Labels set with sparkle embossing powder — of course! :)

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

For my last set of cards I made the same card — two ways! For both of them I positioned the stamps on my MISTI and stamped in black, then heat embossed in clear. But that’s where the similarity ends!

For the first card, I added little “footprints” — er, make that “hoof prints”! — with red gouache, like so:

If you’ve never heard of gouache before, you can find out more over in this post. Basically it’s like an opaque watercolor and you can use the same brushes for it! (If you’re looking to get started, this is a good starter set that I have and love!)

I switched from that BIG hake brush I used back in the beginning to this tiny da Vinci size 1 retouching brush. This brush is made for miniature painting and it’s prefect for coloring all the little things! I used it to watercolor the deer in the previous card too!

And how about that red coffee cup? I’m thinking I gotta give this card to all the Starbucks fans on my list. Plus, this is another card that would be so fun to mass produce!

I couldn’t stop there though — I just had to try the same design on a kraft card!

This time in addition to the gouache I used a Pentel Presto jumbo correction pen to add the hoof prints and to add little bits of color here and there.

I’ve never had much luck with white gel pens, even though I’ve tried every brand — but, once I found out about the correction pen I haven’t looked back!

So cute, am I right? There’s just something about white on kraft that gets me every time.

Well, that’s it for my cards! Hope I gave you some ideas to get started on your Christmas cards — Christmas will be here before we know it!

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Hop On

Your next stop on the hop is the super talented  Amy Yang — I can’t wait to see what she’s made! Here’s the full list for today’s hop in case you are just now joining us or you encounter a broken link:

 Be sure to come back again tomorrow as the celebration continues, and thanks so much for joining us! Most of all, happy 5 year anniversary to Mama Elephant! Here’s to many many more! xo

107 Replies to “Mama Elephant is FIVE + PRIZES!”

  1. Fantastic set if cards. Littke reindeers and santas are just too cute.

  2. I LOVE how you decorated the envelopes; I’ll have to remember to give my envelopes a little love too.

  3. Love these. And thanks for sharing early enough so that we can gather the things in time to make them for Christmas.

  4. Wow! Such fun cards! I love all of the techniques you used on your cards. The hake brush and the confetti with the gelly pens is awesome. Thanks for the inspiration.

  5. Jennifer Gallagher says: Reply

    Love your cards and the way you used the paintbrush. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Your ideas are so fabulous! Love the looks you achieved with the paint brush and jelly roll pens.

    1. Thanks for sharing your clever use of supplies! Love the paintbrush background!

  7. All of your card sets are gorgeous!

  8. I really enjoy seeing your creative backgrounds.

  9. I love that you used the Santas and Reindeer without tons of coloring! So simple but so pretty and cute!

  10. Fun and unique cards! I love the simple coloring that is still eye catching.

  11. Loved all your cards! The large paint brush idea is great and I love how you use the correction pen for the white, awesome ideas

  12. I’m a sucker for those cute little reindder. Just too cute! Thank you for explaining the hake bursh. I really like the effect that it gives on your backgrounds. I will have to put the reindeer and the brush on my wish list!

  13. I like the dry brush technique you did. Makes for a cool background!

  14. I love the little tiny hoofprints! So fun, and the bright red you used is amazing. And I am also very intrigued by the background. It’s very cool and my brain is twitching with ideas right now. I tried correction pens before I bought gel pens, and never had any luck. I like my gelly roll for more dense, thicker lines and the uniball for fine lines. Funny how what works for me doesn’t for you, isn’t it? Thanks for some fun inspiration.

  15. Wow, what a nice release.💟 Love your card, thanks for the tips.

  16. Your cards and enveloped are too cute!!

  17. OMG all your cards are sooo adorable!

  18. Loved them all!! I can’t get enough of the little agenda stamp and die sets..

  19. Marjorie Dumontier says: Reply

    Those little reindeers are soo adorable I could eat them !!

  20. So many gorgeous cards! Thanks for sharing!

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