Today blog is a card I made using some of the leftover pieces of the fabulous True Love dsp which I love.
I also used a background I made for another project and never got round to using. I love how this came out but I must admit that I got a little lost in the middle of making this. If you fancy watching me fumble around making this card, check it out on YouTube as once again I videoed making this card.
I love how the ribbon provides a nice border element in the background and the bold sentiment panel.
Really going to miss this paper when I’ve finished off the last bits as it’s been fabulous to play with.
Finished off the card with white Splendid Stems die cuts and the black matt gems.
Todays Christmas cardmaking challenge theme is star. Now I remember using the Tidings and Trimmings stars last year but as I used that set last week I wanted something different. So I scoured the stash and found these fab Jofy star stamps and decided to go a bit mixed media.
I stamped the stars onto basic white and then ink blended over them to add colour using my distress oxides. Then I grabbed some mixed media cardstock, distress oxides and my Gelli plate to create some fun backgrounds… I love the randomness of this and the different patterns it can create. Onto one of them I decided to stamp more of the stars and snowflakes from the same stamp set and then cut down the background to fit a 5×5 card. Then I added a black die cut branch and some black star and the fabulous Joy die cut from Colorado Craft Company.
This was my simple card … I did pop the star up on foam tabs but kept the whole thing simple.
The other one I grabbed a different Paperartsy stamp set that has lots of sentiments and made them into a square shape on the stamp platform so that I could stamp in one go and make a background.
Whilst it is still subtle I love how it looked (in fact I made two more backgrounds similar but not done anything with them yet so they are in the “still to play with pile” for now.
I decided to make another layer and make this into a bigger card so blended the bottom panel with the same colour of inks but kept it random, like I had on the star.
I added the fab glimmer paper onto this too… with the stars, the little strip that went top and bottom and the word die. I also stacked the word die so it was nice and chunky!
This time I did some grey leaves but top and bottom and also added white paint pen to the design on the star.
So these are my star themed cards for this week. Are you joining in with my challenge? If so I would love to see what you are making so please let me know here or over on Instagram.
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.
I’ve gone bright and funky with a pop of gold and black.
I grabbed the Cottage Rose stamps and dies and after a blending inks across the Basic White I decided to stamp in black and have them teamed with a black label to contrast the bright distress oxide inks I used.
I created the cluster and then decided I wanted some background stamping. I decided to use the splotches stamp from Nature’s Print and added that using the Mowed Lawn distress oxide so it was in keeping with the colours of the flowers and leaves.
I had wanted to add in the additional elements of the gold laser cut leaves from Forever gold pack so I slotted a few in so there was some shine, and also the glittery gems from the stash.
I knew I wanted to use the snowflake stencil but I wasn’t entirely sure where to start but decided to emboss through it and then ink smoosh with my distress oxides. As always when ink smooshing I mopped up the ink with some glossy card stock. Love the effect this has on glossy cardstock and it is always fun to end up with two different pieces to choose from. I ended up using the same stencil to also add some ink through onto the glossy card.
I decided to make both into similar cards so cut the panels down into 4×4 (think the darker one is 4.15×4.15) and then set them aside.
I had black cardstock die cut squares on the desk already so I used them to ground the focal image and chose to add a laser cut snowflake, and then the Joy from Peace and Joy (still an absolute favourite stamp set).
I did die cut the bottom layer of Joy from a scrap of the Soft Succulent vellum I had to hand so that has a slight colour to it but it works with the colours of distress oxides I had used.
I chose to stamp the to the world sentiment in the oxide Blueprint Sketch as I had used that in both of the backgrounds and it seemed the right level of brightness.
I then finished them both off with gems, silver for the dark card and these funky blue ones for the other.
Wanted to share these close ups so you can see both the shine of the glossy cardstock on the top one, and also the texture of the embossing on the bottom. Both so pretty especially the way the oxides work when they have reacted with water.
Lots of pics there… hope you like both projects. I can’t decided which of the cards is my favourite… how about you?
One of my crafting raggy doll sisters has recently moved home so I made this card for her. I was inspired by another Jennifer McGuire YouTube video technique using distress oxides.
I must admit for a while I’ve mainly been using my Stampin Up inks and so neglected my Oxides and distress inks … this might well have got me to fall in love with them again… they do have some fabulous properties that make them fun to play with!
So I started with some mixed media cardstock and blended a heavy amount of the oxides on in the Picked Raspberry and Frayed Burlap. Then I chose my stamps (Visible Image) and inked them in Twisyed Citron and gave a spritz of water before then stamping them. This creates a kind of bloom to the image but still sits some of the pigment on the top.
I then did more stamping with the word stamps and added some drops and splatters of water to give the nice finish to the oxides.
Then I decided on the focal image. I wanted to use the Lawn Fawn sending hugs sentiment but wanted a nice bold flower … but needed something to give it contrast. So I chose to die cut a ring using the stitched framelits out of white. Then used my Pierced Blooms flowers and leaves (I have a big pile of these I die cut from scraps ages ago) and created my flower focal image.
In the centre of the flower I added this little resin flower with a gem (I’ve recently rediscovered a lot of old stash like these flowers and am trying to remember to use them!).
I then raised the panel on foam to give it some dimension.
The envelope I added and image where i added the ink using blending tool so it is multi coloured.
So happy with this cute card. Happy New home Jackie.
Another of my ‘found treasures’ posts… this time two more of the Dylusions backgrounds made many years ago on a class with Dyan at Art from the Heart. I teamed this with some gelliprint watercolour ink background ATCs I then made, again several years ago, but never finished. I decided these two would work OK as Christmas cards and added a new to me die cut of a deer onto them along with a sentiment.
It took very little work at this point but because the background is so rich and then the gelliprint also has plenty of interest and then the die cut has texture and intricacy it all works well together.
I must admit the Dylusions backgrounds were so lovely to make but I have no time to do anything so messy these days. But it is tempting me to have a play again sometime soon.