Friday, 25 November 2016
First family Christmas card ...
Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week is going well. Apologies for not being around my laptop suddenly died on me and it turns out I’ve been naughty and not backed up my files and photos. Thankfully the Mister is a real tech geek and was able to retrieve most of it but I did get told off lol!
It’s nearly the end of the month: Happy Thanksgiving to my lovely American friends. I hope your day is filled with all good things and all good memories with the ones you love. With it being the end of November I decided I needed to start creating our family Christmas cards and here is the first one …
A large card for a change!
It doesn't look that deep but it is - will be hand delivered
All the yummy details!
I love how the mesh diffuses the background yet it's still visible
It's a stunning stamp!
This die will be used a lot!
I actually caught the shimmer on the flowers!
A final look
I would like to enter the following Challenges
Addicted-to-Stamps Challenge #136 Dies &/ Punches
Double D Challenge use red, green & white, optional gold
Penny Black & More Challenge Christmas
Simon Says Stamps Monday Challenge: Trio Tastic
I used three stocking brads, three poinsettias and I stamped the bauble three times
Sparkles Monthly Challenge #86 Christmas is Coming
I got to use some really old stash with a new stencil and a new die. I adore this card! I used my Spectrum Aqua pens to ink up the Penny Black bauble stamp and stamped on two parchment snippets and I added clear detail embossing powder and heat set the baubles. The parchment doesn’t absorb the paint so I had time to add the clear detail EP and that’s something I’ll do more of. I inked up the stamp again with the Aqua pen and stamped onto a snippet white card. I then scribbled the pen onto acetate and painted the edges of the card too. Once the card was dry I added Spectrum Sparkle clear overlay pen over the bauble and to the edges of my card and I wish I’d captured the sparkle, it’s beautiful!
I attached the Penny Black stencil to the side of a 21cm square piece of white card and used the fine nib on my Aqua pen to lightly trace the mistletoe onto the card. Once I had finished the first time I reversed the stencil and added a second tracing. Once I removed the stencil I used a damp paintbrush to colour the mistletoe leaves, I did have to scribble the Aqua pen onto some acetate as the fine nib is very fine. I used my Spectrum Aqua gold to add golden berries.
I used a lot of white snippets and patterned paper snippets to create my own embellishments – poinsettias and sentiment. I die cut the sentiment three times with white card and I coloured one of them. I did the same with the poinsettias some white card which I coloured and some smaller snippets patterned paper. I used a 20cm square card, an A4 piece of white card was trimmed to 21cm for the mistletoe panel, snippets parchment paper, white card and patterned paper were used for the die cutting, stamping and added to the card. As I had already used card, parchment and patterned paper I decided to play with some mesh which I used over the stencilled panel – something else to try again in future. Three very old stocking brads, very old tiny brads, and one fabric brad were used too, recently relocated them lol!
I hope you like my card too and I’ve not bored you going into so much detail. I had a lot of fun figuring out what I wanted to use and how I wanted this card to look. I need to get my gear going to get these done as I have wedding invites to create too! Thank you so much for taking the time to visit and comment. I really do appreciate it and I hope you get some time to do what you love to do soon ttfn Karen x
Penny Black Brush Stroke Bauble Stamp
Penny Black Mistletoe stencil
Die Cutting Machine & Dies:
Cuttlebug die cutting machine
Crafters Companion Sara Davies Contemporary Christmas range: Merry Christmas die
Marianne Creatables: LR0142 Miniature Poinsettia Die Set
MISTI; heat tool; paintbrushes; water pot; paint palette
Sheena Douglass white stamping card
Country View Crafts: 12” square K & Co paper
300 gsm card
Snippets: white card; parchment; Papermania 30cm square paper
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Spectrum Aqua pen set: Naturals (green); Primary (burgundy)
Spectrum Noir AquaTints: Essentials
Spectrum Sparkle Clear Overlay pen
WOW EP: Clear detail
Die cut sticker embellishments from my stash #
HOTP Christmas stocking brads #
Fabric brad from my stash #
White brads from my stash #
Fine satin ribbon from my stash
Mesh fabric from my stash
Acrylic gems from my stash #
Sequins from my stash
Versamark IP; Collall all purpose glue; double sided tape; fun foam
# Very old stash: most of this must be over eight years old