Hello … onto week 5 of my Christmas cardmaking challenge already…. wow those weeks have gone by so quickly. Before we know it we will be at Christmas day! And between this and Martin’s challenge I have been joining in with on and off I will have more than enough cards for this year!
This weeks theme was gifts and so I looked through my stamp sets and found a magazine kit that had two gift stamps that I thought would work well for pattern making.
I decided to make two cards out of the mixed media cardstoxk and stamped directly onto the front of the card. The first one I went for an all over pattern and then for the second just a block in the middle.
I stamped in Versafine and then painted the parcels with shimmery watercolour. Unfortunately doesn’t show up on the photos but they are super shimmery!
To finish off I die cut the sentiment from black and white cardstock stacking them for plenty of dimension on what is otherwise a very flat card.
I love how these cards came out and painting them was so relaxing! Definitely prefer the one where it is in a block but both are so cute.
I’m also amazed I am keeping up with my own challenge whilst still joining in with Martin’s challenge on some of the days too!
Had a play with a little trellis stencil this weekend and made this cute card with Cottage Rose stamps.
I started with the stencil and put some versamark through it and then added Baked Texture embossing powder and heated it up. This left a lovely verdigris type colour and texture.
I then stamped the image in Soft Suede and then used some watercolour pencils to colour it in. When I had finished colouring I then die cut it.
I decided to add some inking to both the stencilled panel and the sentiment panel but decided the card needed more so grabbed some Crumb Cake and embossed it with the Old paper folder. Again I added ink.
I added the stencilled panel with foam underneath and then added some twine and some pearl gems to finish off.
Today I have the tag I made for UK stampers forum swap this month.
I used some lilac cardstock and then added stamping from the Very Versailles stamp set. Next I used a strip of the paper I have been using from Making Cards magazine this month. I tore it and inked it before sticking it down.
I then stamped and watercoloured the Jar of Flowers stamps and fussy cut the flowers out and punched the jar. I added these to the tag with some paper twine around the top.
I then stamped the sentiment and added that too.
Then added ribbon and some glossy accents as added texture.
I created this tag with lots of different bits and pieces … let me talk you through it as I forgot to take process pics.
I started with stamping and die cutting the Brilliant Wings stamp. This is great as it stamps and cuts out 6 different butterflies in one go. I stamped them onto the Petal Pink cardstock and used a mix of different ink colours and the stamping platform so there was a gradient in the colours stamped.
I also die cut one of the filigree butterflies from the die sets and inked that using my blending tool.
Next I took 2 tags and cut out a panel of one of them as an aperture. I inked and stamped round that using the Very Versailles stamps. And splattered some shimmery watercolour paint too so there was some shine.
I then took 5 of the butterflies and laid them out around the aperture and stuck the aperture tag down. I then trimmed them back so that they were smaller than the tag but visible through the gap.
Next I took my piercing tool and guide and pierced the edge of the tag. Love the effect this creates.
Next I did a little more very versailles stamping on the bottom tag so that I would come through the vellum a little.
I cut a panel of vellum to sit behind the aperture and then sandwiched the two tags together.
Next I stamped the hello sentiment and the fancy frame from very versaille and fussy cut them out and inked the edges to match the tag. I added them to the frame and then affixed the layered butterfly to the top.
Finally I added the trim on the top. Voila! A layered tag with lots of interest.
I’m actually going to enter this into the UK stampers forum tag swap as not joined in yet this month so seems like a good way of doing my DT and joining in a swap!
So I’ve been very much MIA the last couple of weeks. Firstly a holiday and also been super busy with work. Today I managed to tidy the craft desk a bit and made some cards using gifted papers from a swap (thank you whoever sent these… they are so pretty) and Jar of Flowers stamped images I had stamped and coloured some time ago.
The photos don’t show the glitter and metallic elements so much but these cards were quick to put together and it was good to just get something made. Going to leave them without sentiments for now and maybe add sentiments another time when I am deciding to use them.
I’ve managed to sort a pile of small scraps out too so likely to do some die cutting soon to get some bits done and dusted ready for projects but for now… this is me done. Hopefully will get some time to finish the Christmas in July challenge and also play with new Christmas goodies I’ve got ordered (some have been delivered!).
Sharing another page in my 2021 junk journal… really love this way of documenting.
Once again I remembered to put the camera on … so check out the video here.
I mainly used the April Lollipop Box Club kit and had lots of fun with sewing and layers. Took me a while to come to a finishing point I must admit and still feel it needs something else but not sure exactly what just yet!
Love the fact I could use the tab on the pull out card, and although my writing ends up a bit scruffy love the fact that the new SU colour Soft Succulent coordinates so well with the colours in the kit.
Also love the shimmer paint I added to the background. I know the pics don’t do it justice, but Little Rainbow Moon paints are just so lovely to use.
Today I have two postcards to share with you because two separate groups had heart themed swaps this month… and I thought why not share them both at the same time! (Actually you will see this isn’t right … but read on to discover more!)
First up is the heart card I made for the Inchies, Twinchies and more group and I used the Darcy paperartsy stamp…
I embossed it onto a Gelli print and then added some colour to the cogs.
I decided to sew a border on the panel to add texture. I then embossed the title onto some card and added that too.
The base was some chipboard painted with black gesso. I added some doodling round the edge and called it finished!
Next up I made this postcard for the Hearts a Flutter challenge at Postcard Art Swap…
I used distress oxides and the smooshing technique with different shades of pink and purple. I also did a bit of subtle stamping in the background.
Then I used Indigo Blu stamp for the wings and then using the wipe up from the oxides onto glossy photo paper I stamped and embossed the heart stamp (another Darcy one) and stuck that down.
I doodled and chose a sentiment from the stash and embossed that before glueing the strip in place.
I finished it off with some enamel dots and some glossy accents on the heart.
So that was me thinking I was done with heart postcards but after I had posted them to the recipients I realised I had made a mistake and the swap for Inchies, Twinchies and More was actually for four postcards … doh!
So off I set again! I chose to use Darcy hearts and keep to the theme…
Card 1… a Gelli print using the mini Gelli plate and a heart stencil and lots of paint splatters and adding the panelled heart on top.
Card 2.. stencilled with distress oxides and gloss gel through an aall and create stencil. Then scrap of cardstock and the cog heart embossed and lightly watercoloured. I love peacock feathers.
I taped off the edge and then watercoloured using the metallic paints from a Rainbow Moon set I bought a while ago. Then when it was dry I stamped the funky hearts into the middle and coloured them with Inktense pencils. Then I added versamark and clear emboss over the whole postcard to give it a glossy finish.
Finally I used vellum and created a pocket for the heart confetti and then sewed around the edge. I added the dotty washi and the embossed heart I coloured with a red pen.
OK think I have now come to the end of heart postcards…. but probably got a few more heart projects to blog about before the month is out!
A challenge at the Inchies, Twinchies and more group for this month was to make 12 twinchies with the theme of hearts. I had so much fun pulling out all my heart themed stash!
First up is my favourite Darcy paperartsy stamp with the text. I stamped and embossed it in black and then added some metallic watercolour paints. Then a doodled edge!
Second a three layered twinchies and the top one stamped the Alpaca Pals stamp in pink. Then a sticker with a small layer of vellum underneath to finish off.
Next I used a heart stencil and embossed with some modelling paste… then when it was dry I added brushos with some sptays of water… love the texture and the joy if brushos. I added some twine and then an embossed heart on red card stock and then a canvas sticker.
This one more Darcy hearts (she has designed so many great heart stamps over the years) in the background. Next I added some Alpaca Pals stamps… the sentiment stamp I added on the white panel. The back panel I added the red blending. Then added the sentiment and the red little heart. I finished with some glitter glue for the heart.
This one is a play with the fresco finish paints to create the background and the panel to emboss the hearts on. I added some punchinella with staples. I added the smaller panel with the embossed hearts and then the sticker with a mount of the purple cards.
Next some more Darcy hearts… this time a simple stamping and colouring in job with Stampin Blends and promarkers.
The next a Darcy stamp embossed… then some washi on the panel underneath onto the Blackberry Bliss cardstock. Finished with the sticker sentiment and some gems.
Another embossed background with a different heart stencil. This time I added the colour with distress crayons. Then a larger sticker sentiment added to vellum and a piece of washi and stuck down with staples.
Another Alpaca Pals stamp with the cute doodled text hearts. Simple. Stamped on the Melon Mambo card and then added to the white twinchie with a black border to each layer. Added a gem to finish.
Another Darcy heart stamp embossed in silver as a stripe across the pink card twinchie. I also added the pink washi and then the heart gem and the sentiment, which I added glossy accents to so it was shiny.
The final one is a little pocket with some hearts in the middle and sewn around the edge with the top layer of vellum. I then added a heart on the top which I added glossy accents to. Finished with the sentiment sticker with a layer of red cardstock underneath.
Absolutely loved the playtime I had with this project… so much fun! Hope the recipient enjoyed them all as much as I enjoyed making them.