Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Serendipity Stamps August Blog Hop #1!

Happy Wednesday Everyone! Are you ready to blog hop?

Serendipity Stamps showcases a new set of stamps every two weeks. Just comment on the Design  Team's blogs listed below to enter to win a $20 Serendipity Stamps gift certificate.....the more blogs you comment on, the more likely you are to win!

You have until Sunday, August 6 at midnight to enter. Be sure to check back on the Serendipity Stamps blog on Monday to see if you're a winner.  Good luck!!

Okay, let's go! Here's a list of all the design team members participating in the hop...

Mary's Blog
Beth Chiu (that's me!)

Today's card features Serendipity Stamp's cool Train On Track image. I'm still a bit into the spirit after my Christmas in July card so I decided to make another holiday card! I think this would be a great card for the man in your life...even big "boys" love trains!
My late grandfather was a train engineer on the Southern Railroad so I colored this engine in green in honor of him.

The fun thing about this image is that you can design it any way you like. I decided to create a wintery scene but I also think this would make a beautiful fall card...instead of white snowy hills and trees you could color your image in the beautiful fall colors of orange, yellow, and brown!
I first stamped my image using Memento Tuxedo Black ink onto white paper. I then colored my image using Copic Markers. I added some greys into the "snow", since snow isn't purely white but a blend of white and shadows.
After coloring, I cut the image out using an oval die and then added some ultrafine transparent glitter  with clear glue. I also added a few details on the train with a clear gel pen.

After the train image was finished, I began putting my card together.  I cut a black snowy A2 backdrop using patterned paper and placed it on a pre-prepared black A2 card. I then cut two fishtail banners from patterned paper and glued them to my card.

I die cut two squares with cutout corners, one from heavy cardstock and one from patterned  paper and layered these together. I put foam tape between all the layers and popped them up from the background. I think the foam tape adds such a nice touch as you can see in the photo below.

Finally, I added some red twine and some glossy red enamel dots to finish it all off.

For the inside of the card, I stamped Serenity Stamp's Love and Joy onto white cardstock and cut it out using a rectangle die. I layered this with some mats in red and olive green colors, and finally added more patterned papers.

Thanks for visiting today...hope you all have a wonderful week!

Copics Used: YG25, YG17, YG67, R22, R24, R46, W0, W1, W3, W5, C3, C5, Y06, BG0000, E31, E33, E35


  1. Love your card Beth! Your layout is just perfect! It showcases the train beautifully and then draws the eye to the wonderful snowy background and plaid trim. And great idea to do that design for fall too!

  2. Trains are always good at our house, too! I especially like your raised layers and multi-looped bow. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Love this train and your gorgeous card. The colors, coloring and layers are spectacular!

  4. This is cute ... reminded me of sites I've seen in Alaska

  5. Great card Beth! Love that you made it into a Christmas scene!

  6. Wow...what a stunning holiday card. Love that train and all those wonderful layers.

  7. What a wonderful card. Love the train.

  8. Great train image and I like the layers and the sparkle.

  9. A sweet way to honor your late grandfather!

  10. Love all the layers
    and embellishments.
    Very pretty.
    Carla from Utah

  11. Great card!! That is a great train stamp!!

  12. This is such a pretty card Beth and I always adore the use of plaid/tartan on a winter card, and the train is beautifully coloured too. A fabulous winter scene. x

  13. Nice design Beth, love all the matting and dimension you added.

  14. Pretty holiday card! Love the train scene and the layering!

  15. This is beautiful.
    Love the coloring and the
    layers. There is so much
    depth to the card.
    thanks for sharing.