Monday, July 6, 2020

how to create easy card scenes + summer of stamping blog hop

Do you love scene cards with adorable stamped critter images? Me too...when other people make them, LOL! Creating scenes for my cards always feel super intimidating so I found a little cheat that I want to share with you for creating easy card scenes!
First, let me say welcome to The Essentials by Ellen Summer of Stamping! I'm so excited to be part of this fun event because don't we all need a good dose of positivity and creative energy right now?! Thank you Ellen Hutson for filling our days with sunshine & crafting!
The first Summer of Stamping release is available TODAY and we are having a little hop to celebrate and share some cardmaking inspiration for you! (If you are hoping with us, you should be arriving from Latisha's lovely blog and you can find the whole hop list on the EH blog.)
Now let's talk about scene cards! Some of my amazing crafty friends create gorgeous scenes that I LOVE but I really struggle to compose a scene that fills a card front. I have found a little hack that works for me to is to make the scene smaller!
I can fill a smaller circle, square or rectangle with a scene and not feel crazy intimidated. Plus it gives me the white space that I love having on a card.
Two of my favorite ways to easily "shrink" scenes are with a stencil (ready made or DIY) and masking tape. I've made a quick process video so you can see more...





Before you hop along to Elise's beautiful blog, I should mention that there is a fun blog hop prize! One random & lucky commenter will win $25 to the EH shop!!! To enter for a chance to win, make sure to leave comments at each stop along the hop! Comment before Saturday, July 11th at 11:59pm PDT. The winner will be notified by email.


Thanks so much for stopping by!
Carly

supplies:
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S'more The Merrier Stamp & Die Set
Essentials by Ellen Life's A Picnic Stamps & Dies
Essentials by Ellen Landscapes Dies
Distress Oxide Inks Wild Honey, Twisted Citron, Tumbled Glass, Salty Ocean, Blueprint Sketch & Seedless Preserves
Copic Markers V05, RV63, RV52, R14, R22, R21, YR68, YR16, Y17, YG01, B12, B24, E11, E13, E37 & E47
Circle Stencil
Square Stencil
1-1/2 inch Purple Tape
1/2 inch Purple Tape
Blending Brushes
Shimmer Spray

91 comments:

Shar said...

This set is the cutest! Love the combination of images on your card.

Lynn Hill said...

Hi Carly! I have even enjoyed your class with oak leaves in Sandy Allnock's Flower Power 2020. I really love your style...I guess that's why I like your s'mores cards so much too! Thanks for sharing your inspiration and for being an inspiration with your artwork for me.

Emma S. said...

WOW! Love all 3 cards and Your vibrant coloring really makes these cards s'more spectacular! Love them!

Shannon K said...

I love the s'mores set!

Michelle V said...

Lovely cards!

Mel said...

Ahh all of these make me smile! I love the picnic idea

scrapwoman said...

Thanks for your crafting tips and the video! Always love to pick up help for making crafting so much easier when I can. Your cards are so cute and vibrant. Great stamp set and versatility!

Andre M. said...

Spotlighting is such a great technique, your blending and colouring are fantastic. Thanks for sharing your tips and the technique video.

Caitlin B said...

Thank you for sharing your beautiful technique! Much less intimidating!

darlene said...

Nice cards!! So cute!

Wendi J said...

Your card and this set are adorable. Thanks for the video and tips.

Robin R said...

Super cute cards! Thanks for the idea and video about shrinking the scene, brilliant!

Beth L. said...

Really cute cards!

ginni said...

Love the picnic idea!

Amy said...

So cute! Lobe the pinky-purply owl!

Leontine said...
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Leontine said...

Your purple owl is the cutest!

Isabel Z said...

These are amazing!

Barbara-Jean said...

Such a great variety of background shapes. They really help enhance the possibilities of this great set!

Teena said...

Cute cards! Thanks for the scene tips!

Maxine said...

The pink Owl is the best ( makes me think of Animal Crossing... If that makes sense to anyone)

Bridget said...

Three cute cards! So glad for the YouTube video!!

Denise Bryant said...

Darling scenes with this adorable set! Love the sweet critters and all of the images in the set! Your coloring is beautiful!

cyn said...

I love how you made a smaller scene as a whole card scene also scares me a little. Thanks.

Jody V said...

Love your cards. Thanks for sharing.

Ann Tolman said...

Love your cute cards- It makes it seem much easier to do- Thanks for all your hints!

Linda BL said...

Your cards are adorable!

Avra Williams said...

These are so very cute!

MadeByMeghanK said...

Perfect little scenes and skies!

Karen said...

Adorable. Your colors are great!

Maureen Morton said...

OMG! I can totally feel the warmth of the fire from that amazing glow. And that owl has my heart......girl, you've so got it going on. Thanks for all the tips, too. Thanks for sharing and congratulations, btw!

Megan said...

Love them all! Great tip!

Cindy Holmes said...

Your cards are so much fun! I love all of the laying going on too!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the tips, I love it

Surekha Galagoda said...

Dear Carly
Oh my Go. your card is like a fairy tale and love your color palette too and thanks for the tip. Blessings

April said...

I love your purple owls the world can always use more purple

Cheryl B. said...

That's a good hack.Love that pinky owl and Congratulations on the new baby!

Mary-Anne V said...

Wonderful cards. I like your tip about creating small areas to create a scene. I have found that when I do this it really does released the stress of having to make a big complicated scene.

Jenna Luna said...

I just adore that purple owl! Such a cute card.

Barbara said...

Love your cards. Thanks for sharing.

Jennie P. said...

Your cards are terrific! What a great use of the set!

Carol Wortman said...

Hey... really great new stuff here. Tee hee love that you created desert before the picnic. My kind of picnic. Adorable!

Joy F said...

I love the idea of smaller spaces!

Anonymous said...

Marisela Delgado said: Hola, Carly! Beautiful colors! So pretty! Congrats on your baby! Yay! mariandmonsterd@yahoo.com

Cherie Makes said...

Love the way you made such colorful scenes and still have that pretty, crisp white in the card!

Madelaine M. said...

I must have this set. MUST!!

Jessie Scott said...

Absolutely love this style! I always forget to use it!

Larissa Heskett said...

OMG!! Such FUN Designs!! I LOVE them!! THANKS for sharing and have a FABULOUS WEEK!!

sparkling stamper said...

Love love love that picnic!

Bianca Wegner said...

I love all three cards!

Jennifer L. said...

These cards are so amazing!! 😍

Bernadette said...

Thanks for the tips! Scene building can be so intimidating but you took some of that away with your video. Love the critter cards.

Rachelle A. said...

Wow, that set is super cute! Thanks for the chance to win it!

Becca Yahrling said...

Adorable scenes and critters as well as beautifully colored.

Sarah P said...

Too cute. All of the cards are great.

Unknown said...

This set is adorable. And the cards are too cute/

Heike said...

Thanks for sharing your sweet cards.

Susan T said...

You truly are the queen of cards. Thanks always for your videos. I look forward to them and always learn something. On another note...Congrats to you on your sweet baby. Wishing you and your family all the best.

Scrapthat said...

I always love an unexpected color choice, it's so fun! TFS

Beatrice said...

Thanks for the video & adorably cute cards you designed with the smores stamp set!

Mary Holshouser said...

The owl at the top of the stack of
s'mora ingredients is a fun idea.
Great cards. thanks for sharing
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Shelley said...

Love your colors!!! So whimsical!

Tessa Serrano said...

Awesome cards. Thank you for showing how scenic cards can be accomplished.

Nancy Lee said...

So sweet!!

Laurie said...

So cute!! I love the scenes you've created. Adorable!!

Sam B said...

Thank you for the video - love your tips; very helpful! Your cards are just adorable!! TFS!

Karen H said...

Darling cards...love the idea of creating smaller scenes. Thanks for the awesome tips.

Unknown said...

What a great idea to keep size of scene manageable thanks for sharing ideas

~amy~ said...

Oh these are all adorable!!!!

Margery C said...

Fabulous cards. They really make me want to get this set.

slbt17 said...

great tip! big scenes scare me too!

LIZARD said...

This is a wonderful scene and it is s'more much fun in the smaller version! A brilliant idea. Such cuteness and so many good things packed in your cards! Thanks for the fun tip and now I am off to microwave myself a s'more!!!

Melanie said...

I love all of these cards, but especially the one with the round background. It is so unique and creates a wonderful focal point. I need to remember this technique! Thank you!

Cindy H said...

Love that you added the picnic basket. Cute set and fun ideas.

Misty said...

I’m loving the purple owl!!

Sabrina said...

Your cards are so adorable!!

Cindi (aka iring) said...

Good idea to make a smaller scene. I love your tip for placing a curved sentiment. Cute cards!

Cristina said...

Thank you for these awesome tips!! I struggle with making scenes too, but I'll have to try these suggestions!

Helen said...

Thank you for sharing your cute card. Love s'mores!

Ms. Tamp said...

Good combination scenes and gky.

sabell said...

Great video of your cute cards! Thanks for the crafty tips, I’ve never ink blended a campfire glow either but now I wanna try it!

LynnsLocker said...

Seriously, I love all your cards. What great scenes!!!

Karthikha said...

Fantastic set of cards!! Love the adorable scenes! :)

Lauryne Cunningham said...

What a great idea to create a smaller scene on your card- sometimes, I, too, am intimidated by making large scenes. Your card is super cute!

BkLovr said...

Thanks for the tip--I have trouble with scenes, too.

Thanks, too, for the short but really helpful video. Thank you for keeping it short--I often hate to watch craft videos because they drag on & on, so I appreciate that you maxed the info!

Your cards are beautiful!

Unknown said...

I like your idea of condensing the scene to a "spotlight" size. Your cards are lovely!

Lisa's Creative Niche said...

Wow! So many cute scenes and great coloring!

Dandydo said...

Cute cards - I love them! I especially love the card you combined the 2 sets on - very clever!

Connie said...

Hi Carly :) These are adorable cards!!! Absolutely precious! Thanks for inspiring me :)

L said...

Wonderful cards!
So cute!

Daria Z. said...

Your ink blended backgrounds are fantastic!! Three very sweet cards!!