Tuesday, February 2, 2010

New MFT Illustrator! (and MFTeaser tutorial)

Making this made me wanna travel!

MFTeaser Miss You Much Jolinne -mel stampz

Have you travelled much? I've never been to France
(despite an urgent desire to do so)
but now I can live vicariously through this new MFT character: Jolinne.

12 Adhere Jolinne to the card & then add Swarovski   <div style=

(She told me she thought it would be chic to wear a beret on this card...) ;o)

Here's the view from her l'hotel (on the inside of the card):
MFTeaser Miss You Much Jolinne INSIDE mel stampz

(Are you all in a state of shock at seeing an inside of a card actually decorated? methinks this is the 3rd or 4th time in the history of the world that I've done that. I gotta keep up with the MFT team, now; they are card-inside-decorating-masters! heehee)

1...New & Nifty MFT illustrator!!! & LOTs more inspiration on Kim's blog
2...Materials & the stuff done to make this card
3...cheap tricks: speedy tinted photograph look

Kim's blog (at 11:00AM EST) is the spot to find all the links to the peeks at the images by a brand new MFT illustrator. This cutie patootie Miss You Much Jolinne image is only one of the new My Favorite Things Jolline's sets that you'll see in the team's teaser projects today (there are two more!) :o)

This card also uses the delightfully naughty & new MFT Twisted Threesome sentiment set.

It says...
"I need a...
13 Make the sentiment & stitch it on the front (adding a bead) MFTeaser Miss You Much Jolinne mel stampz

...Sugar Daddy!"

15 Add the rest of the sentiment inside the card (sugar daddy)
(The feminist in me says "Oh no no NO!"
But the silliest in me says "BwahahaHA!") ;O)

  • Stamp Sets MFT Miss You Much Jolinne & Twisted Threesome (available Feb 3rd at MFT)
  • Perfect Paper Panels, Black Archival ink, clear embossing powder, heat gun
  • Copic markers & Prismacolor pencils, Sakura glitter pen (stardust)
  • Diamond Glaze, Tombow Monomulti
  • Black Cardstock & GCD Paris Nights & other vintage styled patterned papers
  • Paper piercer, needle, thread (dark gray, black & silver) seed beads
  • Silver metallic pen (for suitcase handle & hinges)
By the by, you can click any of the rest of these blogger photos to enlarge them if you like (then just hit back in your browser to return to this post.) :o)

Step 1) Stamp MFT Miss You Much Jolinne in black Archival ink on Perfect Paper Panels & heat emboss in clear embossing powder. Cut the bottom of the image into a rectangle & cut Jolinne in the "out of the box" style. Colour with Prismacolor pencils & Copic markers.

Step 2) Paper piece the three suitcase on ledger & text paper (embossed & shaded with a gray Prismacolour pencil.)

Step 3) Glue the paper pieced suitcases to the image.

Step 4) Make a beret hat (or tam) and add put it on Jolinne:

A) Stamp Jolinne's head (roughly) on the back of a scrap of cardstock
B) Use that as a guide to draw the right size hat in pencil
C) Cut out the hat & colour it with gray & black Copic markers
D) Score the hat with the tip of a paper piercer (cross hatching for faux fabric look)
E) Pierce a hole where you'd like the little thread at the top of the beret to be
F) Thread some black/dark gray embroidery thread into a needle & pull it through that hole to the back
G) Adhere the end of the thread on the back of the beret & trim the top of it
H) Add a bit of Crystal Lacquer to keep the thread from fraying
I) Stick the hat on Jolinne's head. :o)

Step 5) stamp just the legs (colour them, paper piece the boots & pierce & stitch them--using silver thread)

Step 6) shade the rough underneath of the legs (the finished paper pieced legs made in step 5 will hide this, but some will show and look like a shadow)

Step 7) Glue the legs on. I used two small pieces/layers of cardstock underneath the feet for dimension.

Step 8) Scratch the cardstock with a paper piercer or something sharp to make a cross hatch texture on the suitcases.

It gives you a distressed kind of texture...

a very subtle texture, but I find it oh so fun to do (and it's free.) :O)

Step 9)
Mount the image on a rectangular mat of black cardstock & pierce holes with a paper piercer, then stitch beads on. I alternated silver & gold seed beads in two sizes.

Step 10) Make a background using GCD Paris Nights paper (stitched on.) Cut a moon shape from a section of it & adhere it onto the Parisian scene--I layered under the moon for dimension (gluing on cardstock scraps & cutting the extra away.)

Step 11) Add a little Prismacolor Pencil & Sakura stardust glitter to the moon, then glaze it with Crystal Lacquer

Step 12) Adhere Jolinne to the card & then add Swarovski crystal stars

Step 13) Make the sentiment tag & stitch it on the front (adding a bead)

Step 14) Affix paper on the inside & pierce holes then stitch around it

Step 15) Add the rest of the sentiment inside the card (sugar daddy)

Step 16) The stitching going through to the back (from decorating the card inside) can make a neat panel on the back of the card too, if you like. Just be sure to adhere your thread ends in the middle of it & cover that with more patterned paper...


Tinted "photography"

I wanted to make the GCD Paris Nights paper look like a tinted vintage photographs and it went super speedily by colouring lightly with
Prismacolor pencil crayons...

The nice thing about these pencils is that you can use an eraser and or a blender pencil/white pencil to soften the colours (and you can blend different hues too.) Such an affordable and nifty way to match colours elsewhere on your project or to add colour to a paper & change it up for free... (in my humble opinion.) ;o)

...and that's all she wrote...

the inside:

the back:

Thanks a million for visiting my corner of the world today;
Hope your day is bursting with craftiliciousness!

P.S. I should very likely be adding PDFs to the last 2 tutorial posts later this evening; believe it or not Monsieur Marathon Migraine is still visiting me a fair bit, so I gotta take it easy some. (All I can say about that is "ARGH!?!" lol) ;O)

...and Thank You again for saying the kindest (and funniest, cleverest...) things anyone could ever hear! You're the best Best BEST readers ever & you never cease making me feel honoured, inspired, and oh so appreciative. I wish there were some ginormous words (in one million point font!) so I could almost come close to expressing my ineffable gratitude for Youse! xox

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Akwaba said...

Hi! Just to congratulate you for your beautiful card. Your little girl has a good trip and today the effeil tower is like on the postcard...under the rain!! No regret to have: it's better to wait warm days to visit Paris. The beret is great!
It was the little wink Parisien of a French faithful to your blog.
Hive a nice day! :))

Sonic said...

waouh ta carte est MAGNIFIQUE !!!
Monique (from FRANCE)

Dotty Jo said...

...and here I am totally amazed again! Fabulous card Mel, so beautifully made. It's the details that get me every time. A girl could just swooooooon with delight! Sorry to hear about the monster migraines - totally the pits, Jo x

Susie said...

WOW! Love the card. Thanks for all of the great help.

Dawn said...

well, I live in St PARIS...that's as close as I'll ever get! LOL

adorable, adorable! no surprise there! wonderful INside too kiddo!! lol! MFT is lucky to have snagged YOU!


Barbara said...

Mel you are genius!!!


Good morning Mel, wow this is totally awesome. Just love the image you've used and all that detail. The tutorials is first class!!! and what great added detail to stitch the shoe laces. Truly inspirational work, you are just as talented as your DT colleagues!!! hugs Linda x

StampOwl said...

Fabulous creation Mel

country life said...

Hi Mel... I've just discovered your blog: funny, interesting, amazing... what else? GREAT GREAT GREAT!
bye bye from Italy.

Mary Rose Gurica said...

hi Mel very nice job on beret and all that sewing love lady

Angela said...

This is just adorable!!! I love these new images!!! So adorable!!!'I have got to have them!! I love the way you show how you do all your creations!! This is just stunning!! So glad I found your blog!!!

Tanja said...

This card is such art. I am blown away. There must be a way to frame this. I really don't want to gush, but I'm so amazed by this card.
BTW, feminism ALWAYS works in our favor - so if a situation calls for a sugar daddy - well then, so be it! :)

Tiffany said...

THis is so adorable!! I LOVE IT!!

Becky said...

I am truly amazed at the details of your cards, I have learned so much. Gorgeous..

Elena said...

What a sweet image! I love this girl! Love the story you wrote!
Thank you so much for sharing tutorial, Mel!

Christina Fischer said...

Totally fabulous, Mel! I love the French theme!! The sentiment is SO perfect!! *giggle*

Barbara said...

Oh. My. Goodness. I'm in total awe of you. Every tiny detail is perfection, Mel!!!

Anonymous said...

Thank you! Your blog post will be advertised on the CraftCrave Tutorials search engine today (look for timestamp: [02 Feb 02:00pm GMT]).

Kelli said...

OMG!!!! I am thinking A) That sentiment sounds like something I would/have said and B) I've been to Paris and YOUR version is SO SO SO much prettier than what I remember!!!!


Deb Neerman said...

Beautiful, Mel-a-Licious!!

Megan said...

That moon is to die for!! You are so patient to do ALL that hand stitching--and adding beads?!?! WHOA!

Melody said...

Another just amazing project! I LOVE everything about it! Love how you used the sentiment!

Carole RB said...

Hi Mel
I love your tutorial and this little Jolinne is very cute!

mahuntington said...

What an unbelievable card. Thank you for sharing how she was created. She looks so sassy in her beret!

Jolinne said...

Wow..blown away..Can't say enough words on how gorgeous that card is!
I love what you did with my little Jolinne and am proudly following your wonderful blog!
Great job!

Maria Matter said...

so fabulous Mel...
I learn so much from you!
Thank you for sharing your gift!!!

blessings, Maria

Mryia said...

Wowsers! Look at all those details! So fabulous!

Tatanky said...

Oh this is so beautiful and sweet

Sue from Oregon said...

Holy Toledo...what a great post today Mel! This is just the cutest...and loved the sugar daddy sentiment as well!

Kim Etherington said...

Too sweet! This card would be perfect for Esthers friend who she wanted a Paris card for!!

Cindy Haffner said...

Beyond words, WOW!!

raduse said...

Wow!!! That's all I can say.

Amy Sheffer said...

What an inspiration you are, Mel! Love your French take on this. The beret is absolutely darling! Fantastic use of that sentiment, too!

Maridee in Nebraska said...

What a wonderful card! I discovered your blog about a month ago while looking for information about using gesso on cardstock and have been following it ever since. You do awesome work and have a great sense of humor. Thanks for the great tutorials and for the inspiration. :)

Jana Weaver said...

I had been thinking this was a good stamp for my daughter but you just convinced me. we lived in europe for 2 years and dragged her EVERYWHERE (moved there just before her 4th bday) I almost need a sentiment that says "we're going WHERE?" and "On the Road again!" Hmmm...will have to mention those to Kim! Great card, thanks for the inspiration!

hellma said...

All i can say is HOW IS THIS THE FIRST OF ME FINDING YOUR super amazing blog. Your work is stupendous and your tutorials are well explained. Thanks for sharing your work.

Michele Boyer said...

Holy cow, girl! This is amazing! I LOVE her beret, the stitching, all of it!!!

Ree Donnelly said...

Absolutely amazing, amazing job on this, Mel!