Wednesday, 1 November 2017

House of Cards November ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week is going well. Today is the start of a new challenge over at House of Cards and as usual we have three options for you to pick from. You can use the colour palette or be inspired by the photograph or use both – lots of options for you. Here is this month’s photograph and colours …..

As is normal for me I was inspired by both and here is my card …

An A5 card
Will be okay to post
All the inky details
A final look

I usually create several cards when coming up with a design for my HOC Design Team inspiration. In fact the Christmas card I shared on Sunday, the 29th October, was my first idea but as I was working on it it morphed into a monochrome Christmas card lol! Not an issue as I always enjoy creating Christmas cards and with it being December next month it will come in handy. When I finished my first attempt it was time for bed but just before turning out our light I had a what if moment and that is why this card is for my Design Team.

Here’s a quick run down of how I created it:

1. Using an A5 piece Sheena card I covered it Cracked Pistachio Distress IP and my ink blending tool. Once I had the amount of colour I wanted I sprayed with water and used my heat tool to dry.

2. I measured the card so that the circle die was centred and attached it with a small piece of Washi tape. I then die cut the circle.

3. I coloured the outside edges of the card using Cracked Pistachio Oxide IP and ink blending tool and the inside of the die cut circle. I sprayed the card with water then used my heat tool.

4. I coloured another piece of white card using Scattered Straw IP, sprayed with water and heat set. Then I did the same with Fossilised Amber Oxide IP, water, then heat, the final touch was a light spray of Lindy’s Stamp Gang.

5. Using three different shades of green Distress ink I stamped the pine branches. I used my heat tool to make sure the card was dry before starting the next step.

6. I inked up the Penny Black bauble stamp using Indigo Blu Flitter Glu and then I stamped the bauble that is at the top of the panel. I added copper flakes then used a Scoocy sponge to remove the excess. I inked up the stamp two more times with the Flitter Glu and stamped.

7. The most important thing you need to do now is clean your stamp. Before you do anything else grab the Easy Peasy Cleaner and get that sticky glue off your stamp.

8. Once my stamp was clean I added the copper foil again. I realised I had used the wrong foam to for the Flitter Glu so I have now found that for the next time. However the second and third stamping wasn’t pristine but I didn’t mind as I wanted to create a vintage Christmas card. The card was a little tacky but not enough to re-apply the copper flakes so I added a little Perfect Pearls in green.

9. I created an A5 card using Kraft card and worked out where I wanted the stamped panel to be before adding fun foam to the back of the aperture panel. I stuck that in position.

10. I added the Merry Christmas die cut along with the bow, the sequins, the faux pearls and little splats of ink from the Lindy’s Stamp Gang spray again. Because I felt there was something missing I added the little red berries to some of the branches.

I hope you like-y because I love it! I’ve now got a rough idea for the family Christmas cards which I hope to make over the next week or two. I’m also planning on hitting the online shops too so that I can purchase some of the ideas I’ve been saving this year because of thinking they might be a nice present for someone. 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 Brushstroke Bauble stamp: thank you Miss Pixie!
Die Cutting Machine & Dies:
Sizzix Big Shot Plus die cutting machine
Sara Davies Signature Range Merry Christmas die
Miscellaneous Tools:
Heat tool; paintbrushes; water pot; paint palette; Scoochy foam; pad for the glue

Card Paper:
Sheena Douglass white stamping card
300 gsm card/Craft UK 145mm square card
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Distress Oxide ink pads: Cracked Pistachio; Fossilised Amber
Distress IPs: Cracked Pistachio; Scattered Straw; Bundled Sage; Shabby Shutters; Mowed Lawn
Copper Gilding Flakes
Perfect Pearls: Green Patina
Sequins and berries on a stamen
IndigoBlu: Flitter Glue & Easy Peasy Stamp Cleaner
Collall all purpose glue
Double sided tape
Fun foam


Cara said...

Loving how you combined the green and gold x

Merethe Arstein said...

Nice Christmas Card.
(✿*‿*) Ma
HOC DT team