Sunday, April 4, 2010

Meet some New Characters! (MFTeasers)

I'm SO excited!

MFT Fred Bear in Flight cloud card mel stampz

It's day two of the teasers for some incredibly sweet new MFT sets!!!
(If you missed the first day, like me, you can find all the
day 1 teasers here on Kim's blog.)

1...New & Nifty Teaser sets for My Favorite Things!!!
2...Enabler Alert: Meet Fred ;o)
3...Tutorial for this cloud-shaped Fred Bear in Flight card
4...Template freebie (cloud shapes) :-)


There are great previews of these 3 new sets:
(entirely new characters!)
  • Fred Bear in Flight (Used on my card here)
  • Millie the Mouse (sneak peek at the bottom of this post)
  • Fred Bear Graduates
The sets (and all the sets previewed over the next couple of days)
will be released on Wednesday April 7th in the MFT boutique!

(...and Can you spot the secret peek, in this post,
of a new
MFT template that I have in the works?) GRIN ;-)


Bloggy Friends, meet Fred:

Fred, meet Bloggy Friends! ;-)

I can't wait for you guys to see all the stunning versions of Fred
that the MFT team created (and their takes on Millie too!)


...make this Fred Bear cloud shaped card:

MFT Fred Bear in Flight cloud card CLOSE mel stampz

Fred Bear in Flight:

He's super fun to colour and surprisingly easy to cut out, for dimension...

Fred is stamped, here, on gesso paper (which I then coloured
with Copic markers--using the chisel nib end to protect brush tips from clogging.)

It gives a funky (if slightly unpredictable) texture:

Gesso leather texture MFT Fred in Flight stampz

Kind of like old leather. ;-)

He has fur texture scratched on him, as well:

(using the end of a paper piercing tool.
You could also scratch with pointy tipped scissors...)

and there are a couple of stitches on his bomber jacket...

and puffy pen made the fleece on his jacket...

A little tip for fluffy pen-You can scrape off any excess puffy stuff that you end up with anywhere that you've gone over the lines of the stamped image. If the lines look whitened from the puffy stuff, then you can touch them up with a fine-tipped black marker. (Don't you love cheating disaster? hehehe) ;-)

The cloud shaped card, grass, & assembly:

Step 1)
Print the cloud shape template.

Step 2) Make the main card:

2A) Cut out the large cloud template to trace & make the main card shape. (It's marked A at the top of the template--which is linked below.)

2B) Score & fold a standard piece of white cardstock in half.

2C) Place the large cloud template over the folded part of the cardstock, to preserve the fold that will become the card top.

2D)Trace the cloud shape lightly in pencil.

2E)Cut it out and erase the pencil lines

Step 3) Trace & cut another cloud shape (on just one single layer of white cardstock this time.) This will give you a full shape to layer on the front of the shaped card you made in step 2. It'll be nice & sturdy.

Little tip:
Lining the template up with the bottom of your white cardstock before tracing, gives you a perfect bottom line & saves paper.

Step 4) Cut grass fringe for the bottom of the cloud.

Step 5) Make a patterned cloud for a card mat. Cut out the smaller cloud template (marked B at the bottom of the template.) Trace it onto patterned paper. Cut the patterned cloud out & adhere to the full single layer cloud shape.

This blue dotted paper is digital (my new thrifty addiction.) It's from the MFT Summer digital paper collection (available here). This particular sheet/pattern is called "White Circles" and I am in LOVE with it! or... you might prefer the set with all four seasons here.

Step 6) Adhere the grass fringe to the card.

Step 7) Adhere the folded card to the back of the full decorated cloud shape.

Step 8) Adhere Fred to the card. And draw little dots around the cloud edge if you like ...see the photo below:

...and that's it... do the dots around the outside of the card,
I used a BG72 Ice Ocean Copic marker (pressing quite lightly)


(Free ones for these Cloud shapes) :-)

Click the photo to go download the PDF
(or click the links for other versions)

Download free cloud template JPG
Download free cloud template PNG
Download free cloud template PDF

Sorry, I'd link this on Splitcoaststampers, so there's no wait at 4shared,
but SCS has known issues with all of their attachments disappearing.

The tutorial for the how to make the 3x3
gift card holding box is here now:

Thanks for flyin' by!
Hope your day is a dreamy one!

P.S. Here's that sneak peek of Millie:

edited to add: the Millie Project is all done
with a tutorial here, if you're curious. :o)

(I'm bad & am holding onto the full pic for the tutorial that goes with the new template...I is sneaky like mouse! ;o) BUT you can see some gorgeous full projects of her by the rest of the team in those teasers on Kim's blog--live at 11:oo EST!)

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Dotty Jo said...

Totally wonderful Mel!!!!! Jo x

Erum Tasneem said...

i wanna see the box!!!! owwaaaiinn
I can see that you have done something interesting to it... i cant wait!

StampOwl said...

super cute Mel

lilscrappers said...

I spied it!! lol, it was like our treasure hunt this morning, haha, Can't wait to see it done! Love the new card and the sneaky peeks. Happy Easter!

Dawn said...

toooo stinkin CUTE!!

Cazzy said...

I wish I had Fred a couple of weeks ago as he would have been perfect for my Dad's card, I bought him a model spitfire for his birthday.

Love how you got the textures, is Gesso paper one you made, I can't remember?

Cazzy x

Kelli Hull said...

Oh Mel~~~~~ This is BEYOND "WOW!" That tutorial has me drooling to create... JUST what I have been needing.... Stupid Site advisor here at work (where ink is free and printer WORKS) wont let me download the cloud template!!!! Grrrr.....

This card is SO cute and That lil box in the post... COUGH IT UP MA'AM!!!! I WANNA SEE!!!!!!

Barbara said...

Totally awesome, Mel!! Fabulous card and great tutorial! Thanks so much for the template!

Kerry Johnson said...

Cute, cute, cute!! Love the shaped card - thanks for the template! The scratched paper is perfect too!

CBH said...

Thank you so much for this post. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in Creative Busy Hands Cricut Freebies Search List, under the Elements post on Apr. 04, 2010. Thanks again.

CraftCrave said...

Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave in the DigiFree category today [04 Apr 02:00pm GMT]. Thanks, Maria

Jana Weaver said...

Love the cloud shaped card, can't wait to try my own with your awesome template...thanks!! Now waiting to see what you did with cute little Millie!

Cindy Haffner said...

Look how Handsome he is and teasing us with Millie. FABULOUS work Mel, you are a ROCK STAR!!

Sherrie said...

After being "away" with your move and such you sure haven't lost any of your mojo! Creativity galore! Love all your details and the cloud template is adorable too!

Julie said...

Fabulous card Mel! Fred looks fantastic is white! It's so good to see you stamping and blogging again! We have missed you!

Suzana said...

I admire your work! How sophisticated detail!

Jody Morrow said...

I ADORE your card! WOW! Those stitches on his jacket are over the top. You add such amazing details to your cards. I have to stare at them a couple minutes to take it all in. :)

Queen Mary said...

Mel the tutorial is perfect and your card suddenly made me realize (because I've been going in order from Kim's blog down the list of sneak peeks so I should have thought of it sooner) this little guy is perfect for a friend of my parents who is a priest with the US Air Force! He'll get such a kick out of it! :)

Melody said...

Wonderful Mel! Love your project! Love the cloud idea!

Deebi27 said...

Awesome Mel...bring it on! Can't wait to see more ;o)

Anonymous said...

Thank you for freebies. Link on your post was added to Lori's freebie list

Nowalinka said...

Your ideas are amazing :)

Megan said...

Lots of little details make a GREAT card!

Christina Fischer said...

WOW!!!! Your cards are always works of art, Mel! The details you gave to Fred are just amazing!

Pam said...

Cute card Mel!
I am inspired to make a cloud card myself...I'll link back to your post!
hugs to you,

Sylvie said...

Thank for the cloud template.. I used it today on a baby card.. I hope you feel better soon..
Sylvie xx

Caroljenks said...

Thanks for the cloud template - I popped over from the link on Sylvie's (above) baby card :)

Thanks again :)

Carol x