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Christmas cardmaking 2022 challenge… #1

So long term readers of my blog will know I attempted a Christmas card making challenge last year and failed to finish… this year I’ve shortened it but I’m back with a very similar challenge again this year and really hoping I might succeed with a bit of planning and tenacity… let’s see shall we.

I’ve kept to very similar themes … just got rid of a couple so that it will work as a weekly challenge and take us up to just before Christmas… because yes 10 weeks (or thereabouts) to go to Christmas week.

So first up … foliage. Last time I did use the Christmas to Remember and Christmas Season bundles to create my cards. But this time I’ve gone very different with the same set and created the card I’m going to give my parents this year.

I concentrated on the die cutting and lots and lots of dimension… so there are three layers to the background panel of die cuts in 2 colours of green, some of the pine cones also have three or four layers. I stacked up the sentiment panel and also the embossed background.

This photo in the sun shows all the shadow and conveys the depth to the card quite well.

I heat embossed the sentiment and love the white against all the greens and brown. Modern but with a hint at tradition. I added the brown twine from the stash which makes a lovely different embellishment alongside the pearl gems.

I think my parents will like this card, and as its a 7×7 card it’s a good size for special recipients.

I really love how it turned out… to be honest I rarely use these very detailed dies as they can be tricky to cut out on my Big Shot (it’s getting old and the pressure isn’t as good as it was) so this took some time… but I think it was worth it.

Also love that Fern embossing folder. I was able to extend it over the whole 6×6 square as knew the “join” would be masked by the die cut panel on top… so no one would know it isn’t a 6×6 embossing folder!

Would love it if you were inspired by my personal challenge and let me know… either here or on Instagram…. would love to see what you create.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

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Expressions in Ink meets Christmas Season and Forever Gold

So this project was inspired by my coming across the Forever Greenery foil laser cut pack that I hadn’t really used much of and the Expressions in Ink dsp piece that happened to catch my eye when I was putting some stash away … Next thing I knew I was making 9 Christmas cards!

I mean that Green foiled dsp is so pretty and then with those die cuts on top it doesn’t need much so I just stamped and die cut lots of foliage from the Christmas Season set and then a heap of sentiments (some of which I heat embossed) and started clustering them together.

I used a mix of distress inks to stamp using the stamp platform so they were more varied in colours.

I interrupted my crafting to go see Top Gun with the hubby and then came home and finished them off! I also added some twine and ribbon from the stash to add some different textures in.

On this first one I also added small panel of the soft sea foam which I had run through the Fern 3d embossing folder… love the texture on this.

So happy with this set of cards and what a fun little project. It really wasn’t difficult to put them together as the paper and the foil laser cuts do most of the work. I don’t have any of the larger pieces from this set left now … but still have lots of the rectangle panels and some small leaves … but the leaves I am going to keep on my desk for now in a bid to remember to use them up!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

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Some Splendid Thoughts playing

Yesterday I decided to make a card with just some bit’s left on my desk … so some stamped elements from Splendid Thoughts, some leftover cardstock in Polished Pink and Fresh Freesia and the Fern embossing folder … and this is what I came up with …

Really simple and the only thing I had to get out of the stash as extra was the little flower gem that I must have had for many years in the stash and it seemed like the perfect moment to add it to my project!

I did stamp the background of the card blank with the little Petal type stamp to give it some interest. With hindsight I wish that I had also added some ink blending to give it more depth… but hey, hindsight is a wonderful thing!

I am really liking the Fern embossing… such a lovely new addition to my craft stash, and those Splendid Thoughts stamps are great. Love how you can use just parts of the sentiments too as they aren’t too closely set to mean you can’t fussy cut them , or snip them apart!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

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Inspired by Jennifer McGuire ink lift technique

I was watching YouTube videos and stumbled across this one from Jennifer McGuire. It inspired me to have a play with my Stampin Write markers and use the foliage stamps from Christmas Season set to create some fun rainbow coloured cards. 🌈

This first one is the first piece where the colour is laid down, the images stamped on with Versamark and embossed and then the water applied with a clean sheet of paper over the top before running it through the Big shot.

This is the more intense colourful piece and the images are dark where the colour is trapped beneath the embossing.

To this card I added the images stamped and die cut in all the different rainbow colours down one end and added the black contrast (including a Funky Fossil embossed sentiment). I also added a strip of the cardstock I had added the markers to for a rainbow strip! Finished it off with the sequins for some sparkle.

Entering this into the SOMETHING TO SAY challenge at CREATIVE KNOCKOUTS

The second one is the print I created when the water was applied to the first and this white paper added to the top and then run through the big shot. This meant the images are left blank (except the natural bleed of colour) and the colour is soft around them.

This one I added the strip of cardstock I had coloured, plus some Polished Pink cardstock. Then decided I wanted the background panel to be embossed so used the new Fern 3D embossing folder to create some nice texture.

I also wanted a cluster of for the focal element so use a die cut circle of scrap Tranquil Tide and three stamped and die cut leaves behind a circle of white and a fussy cut sentiment. I then added some of the cute little flower elements from my stash as embellishments. I then used a Fresh Freesia card blank as the base.

Love how both these cards looked and how the technique worked. I think I need to experiment more with more ink types and a slightly different papers to see how they all react but definitely a fun technique. I must admit I love the way Jennifer explains techniques and her cards are always so pretty … certainly jealous of her craft supplies collection and in awe of her talent!

Happy crafting!

Catherine