Monster Hugs – Mari Ko Creations Mid-January 2018 Release

Mari Ko Creations recently had a new release – the first of the year. It includes some lovely florals (which I used here), sweet unicorns, and two fun monsters which I used to make this sweet one layer card.

I started by printing the Cute Monster and Blobby Monster digi stamps onto some alcohol marker friendly paper. I then coloured them in using Spectrum Noir Illustrator markers, along with Yosoo alcohol markers. I went for blue tones on the Cute Monster, and light green with darker green spots for the Blobby Monster.

Once I had finished colouring the monsters I used some washi tape to mask the lower portion of the card and filled it in with orange. I used a darker orange to add some shading below the monsters themselves. I then removed the washi mask.

Placing the panel into my MISTI I positioned a sentiment from Lawn Fawn’s Monster Mash and stamped it with MFT Black Licorice Hybrid Ink. I then added double-sided tape to the back of the panel and adhered it flush to a card base.

I’m happy with this sweet CAS card. It was fun to colour, and I enjoyed trying to work out the best way to colour the fun monsters. The Lawn Fawn sentiment seemed a perfect choice to go with them, as it does look to me as though the Blobby Monster is approaching his friend to give him a hug!


Lady Joyful

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Challenges included:

Less Is More – One Layer Card and Cute

Paru’s Cardmaking Challenges – New (Which I interpreted by using new products)

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday – Add A Sentiment

10 thoughts on “Monster Hugs – Mari Ko Creations Mid-January 2018 Release

  1. Gorgeous card 🙂 the little monsters are adorable and the sentiment is perfect! Love the colours and CAS design, very cute 🙂

    thanks for joining us on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
    Lols x x x


  2. Oh how fun are these monsters. Great colours and colouring. Unfortunately, our challenge guideline for one layer cards is ‘one piece of card folded in half with no additional layers…’ so by creating your card on a panel and then adhering it to the card base, it’s no longer one layer. It doesn’t take away from how cute this is. Thank you for sharing it with us at Less is More.

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    1. Thank you.

      My understanding was that it counts so long as there are no visible layers. My printer does not accept card thick enough for making card bases so I am unable to print onto them directly. It is in affect a one layer card. But I apologise if I misunderstood.


      1. Hi Charlotte. Thank you for your reply. Before I read the guidelines for OLCs at LIM, I thought the same thing. All stamping or printing must be directly on the card base with no additional layers, including stickers, die cuts, washi tape etc. to qualify as one layer. If your printer will not print on thick cardstock, then I’m afraid you will have to stick to printing on lighter cardstock or stamping your images when entering our OLC challenges. I’m sorry I cannot be more helpful, but this is to be fair to everyone… I hope you can understand.

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      2. Hi Trina. Thanks for the reply. I did reread the rules, and it says that in-laid die cutting (for example) is allowed so long as it is “giving the appearance of just one one layer”. Does the “appearance of just one layer” not apply to other cases then, such as this? I’m just trying to make sure I understand because I’m sure I’ve entered similar cards to this to the LIM OLC challenges without it being an issue. I appreciate your help in clarifying 😊


  3. Hi Charlotte. With the inlaid die cut technique, you’re die cutting the panel and putting it back becoming one layer again… no layers were added as it’s still that one panel and hence, giving the appearance of one layer. In your case, you’ve added a layer on top of a card base. If you’ve never had this pointed out to you in previous OLC challenges at LIM, then I apologize. This can make it very confusing as I can see your seeking clarification. I hope this helps. Please feel free to contact me with any more questions.

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    1. I can see your point. Whilst I still personally consider this to work as a one layer card, I will make sure to only work directly on the card base for future one layer challenges from LIM 🙂


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