Hello again… week two of my personal Christmas card challenge and we have the theme of stocking. So I had to grab the Tidings and Trimmings set, which I did last year too. But this time I’ve gone crazy colour and funky!
The background is a mop up piece of glossy cardstock, like photo paper and I used it to mop up distress oxide when I’ve been playing with the smooshing technique. I love how it creates a natural messy background with no thought. It also is the perfect type of background to use a background die on like this snowflake one from Waffle flower.
So I had this already in a pile of backgrounds I have to one side to grab when I’m not sure what to do and decided to die cut it at an angle to create this funky panel and mount it onto black card for a fun modern look.
Then I grabbed the distress oxides to stamp the elements I wanted for the stocking focal point.
I die cut pieces out plus some layers for adding dimension and then made my bright cluster.
Then I die cut the letters for the word merry twice so I could stack them and added wink of Stella to give then some shimmer. I also die cut the little dots that I think are berries for the sprigs in the Trimmings die set but went for black adding them as embellishments.
As its a black card blank I added and insert and added some similar elements to finish off and give a nice surface to add a message… black card blanks always lead to the having to search for a paint pen otherwise and that is unlikely to happen when ploughing through the card writing!
So I love this funky and modern card … so nice to use the stamps and dies with a different colour scheme too.
Frustratingly my Dad’s birthday is always very close to Fathers Day and so I always try to make a completely different style of card for his birthday than I made for Fathers Day. Fathers day this year was all wood and brown elements… so for his birthday I went bright and colourful with dramatic black elements instead!
I found this very old dsp lurking in my box of papers and I am trying really hard to use up old stash when I find it… so the paper with candles and the yellow is from the same sheet of 12×12 (the joys of double sided dsp) but I had no other papers from whatever set it was from so decided to add in pieces of the 6×6 Oh So Ombre I had left in my stash too.
I decided to pick up on the black in the candle paper to add some black elements… the stamped Dad, the die cut stars and the die cut Happy.
The Birthday and the candles though I wanted bright and cheery so did those in Daffodil yellow… in fact I also heat embossed in clear over the yellow for the birthday so it also had some shine!
I cut panels of the paper, mounted the main central panel and then stuck everything down, raising the central panel a little for dimension.
The stars I added wink of Stella to so they had lots of shimmer.
Inside the card I cut some banners and added more die cut stars but smaller this time and then added the sentiment with heat embossing.
The envelope I used up some of the pieces of paper I had left to layer some banners and that was my card finished!
Definitely a very different style to his fathers day card… and very cheerful for his birthday!
Now having a contrasting card became even more important as I’ve not been able to give him either card yet and will be giving them both on Sunday as a result of delaying our plans thanks to C19. Ah well at least we are all on the mend now and just me to get a negative test result… Fingers crossed for tomorrow!
I enjoyed making the cards for challenge #6 so decided to make another set using an older template… template #2.
I chose the Tidings and Trimmings papers and stamps and dies for the main focus… but ended up adding other bits and pieces in too like the shimmery vellum and the sparkly speciality paper… I can never resist going a little mad with those fab Peace and Joy stamps and dies either and felt a big word was perfect as the focus of a few of the cards.
Here they all are…
I make the cards in stages…. cutting, then putting the pieces into labelled envelopes, next the layers of cardstock are cut and added to the envelopes. Then I stamp and cut lots of embellishment pieces so I have a little pile to use. Then I start to assemble but not always finish the card topper (I make these as card toppers first before I add to card blanks/make card blanks). Sometimes I just add layers to the paper pieces and add a few bits into the envelope and come back as I know I want an additional element like a ribbon, or sometimes it comes together immediately with everything to hand. But at least this way I get to just do them a bit at a time and 14 cards isn’t too overwhelming to deal with!
As the template is for US sized cards I did have to fiddle a little with the sizing of the final layers to make it fit the UK size cards but it worked fine. I made the card blanks out of Cherry Cobbler cardstock as I had loads of it and then inside added a white panel and some more dsp strips or panels and a little stamping. They were all different but only took one pic of the inside…
Envelopes again I kept simple with some little banners of dsp leftover from the inside panels and that was all!
So another 14 Christmas cards made. Must admit these were a little heavy because of all the extra cardstock so maybe need to remember this and try to gut the layers a little next time.
Hello! Another month flew by and time for another DT contribution for Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with Dies challenge blog.
This month I went to town stamping on a large tag in the stash and embellished with loads of different sized stars which I die cut from the Trimmings and Tidings bundle.
I added some stamped stars too and then made a title for the tag using a stamp set to make the start and the end of the title embossed onto black and then the Biggest Wish stamp to create the focal word.
Just love how this turned out. Fun to make the patterned paper with all those Happy stamps from the stash.
I made these cards over a couple of days and filmed the process for my YouTube channel. I had so much fun playing with the Merriest Moments bundle. The hybrid embossing folder has captured my mojo and I’ve got so many ideas for playing with it.
Firstly I’ve got the plain embossing folder run through where I added colour using the blending tool and then added the sentiment and some of the flowers. I also added in sone die cut sprigs from the Christmas Tidings dies too.
I finished off with a mat of Cherry Cobbler cardstock and some sequins to add a bit of bling. The embossing folder is so pretty and the blending tool makes adding soft colour so easy. Beautiful and simple.
Next up I die cut and embossed the central panel and added colour to the raised foliage with Stampin Blends pens. I kept to a green theme and loved how clean this looked.
Next I added some of the stamped and die cut leaves. Then because I stamped the sentiment slightly wonky I decided to make the whole card a little wonky. I found some sparkly gems in the stash and added those to finish off.
The final one is where the more intricate die I added ink with ink smooshing technique and watercolouring with ink.
I die cut the panel using Evening evergreen to add a lovely base and frame to the panel. The finishing touches for this were some sequins and the pretty green ribbon.
Love how these three cards came together. I still have many more ideas on using these products so watch this space to create more.
Yes I bought more new Christmas goodies to play with… I bought the Tidings and Trimmings bundle (and dsp) but I must admit my first play I went off piste and made a birthday card!
The card was very much inspired by the card Martin shared but I went crazy with stars and of course added in the Biggest Wish stamps for the sentiment and the Happy Celebrations too.
I used a range of pink and purple themed cardstocks and ink to created the card using the dies and stamps and then brought in the pop of turquoise with Coastal Cabana card and ink to provide a contrast.
Love how those dies look.. so pretty and can’t wait to create more.