Dies, Festival of Trees, Gelli Plate, Papermania stamps, Swirly Scribble thinlits, Tree punch

Christmas in August… pretty pink! (310 & 311)

Another lovely pair of ATC card toppers and then some more scraps cards using resist technique and pink and purple colours…

All of the backgrounds were created using an old Papermania background stamp and stamping in versamark and then heat embossing with white powder.  I didn’t do a clean job of stamping it but it didn’t matter for the purpose of these backgrounds. 

Once I had heat set the embossing I started added ink in bright pinks and purples using a mini round gelli plate.  I love the effect this gave of overlapping the colours but keeping some defined edges a bit like patchwork. 

I then cut them into panels… two ATCs and two squares. 

The ATCs I made little embellishments from the Festival of Trees stamp set and matching punch. 

For the squares I chose die cuts to add features. I also die cut a little bit of the inked paper left over using the swirly scribbles thinlits to provide the contrast swirls against the white card blanks. 

I mounted the card toppers onto some pre embossed card blanks and added touches of glitter to finish. 

Love love love these modern and fresh cards. 

Happy crafting! 

Catherine 

Festival of Trees, Gelli Plate

Christmas in August … 2 more ATC topper cards (304 & 305)

Two more ATC card toppers I made over the weekend to share with you…

In both cases I used one of the small gel press gelli plates to apply the ink to the base of the card and then added the tree using the Festival of Trees stamp set. This is a retired set now but I love it so couldn’t bear to part with it just yet!

One I used Lost Lagoon ink and the other Dapper Denim. Both so modern. The card blanks were ones from the stash I’ve had a long time.

I added some dazzling diamond glitter glue to the trees to add the bling!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Distress oxide ink, Festival of Trees, Masks/Stencils, Paperartsy, Eclectica -Darcy, Tree punch, Woodware stamps, YouTube video

Christmas in July madness! Distress oxide masterboard ATCs – Paperartsy challenge 290-295

Yes I thought I would join in with the Christmas in July madness … but also enter the Paperartsy aqua challenge again… and make another YouTube!

So the plan is to make ATCs which will end up as card toppers for Christmas cards.

I started with a piece of card 6×11.75 inches and added the distress oxides (cracked pistachio and broken china) with a blending tool. Then added some water drops and lifted some colour. Next I added some stencilled elements. Then took another stencil and removed colour using water again.

Next more pattern using stamping using the Darcy Christmas stamps.

Then I cut up the panel into ATC panels. Then I added clear texture paste through a stencil and left them to dry.

Next step was to add some netting or some muslin and machine sewing to adhere them.

Finally embellishment and feature stamp time! First pictured are the stocking ones. I used a stamp from Creative Stamping magazine set and in one case I darkened it with some peacock feathers and the other I left white. The stamping was using Lost Lagoon SU ink.

The next are Woodware stamps… I love these modern deer. I used a mixture of watercolour and normal pencils to add colour.

And finally (I couldn’t not do a tree based one!) Festival of Trees and embossing to create the last two.

Super happy with these and in total (without drying time) they took about an hour. So that’s 6 card individual arty card toppers made in an hour towards the Christmas batch. Not bad!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Brushos, Festival of Trees, Use them or Lose them

Use them or lose them #15 project #2

So this year I have decided to challenge myself to make a set of cards, scrapbook page or journal layout using each of my stamp sets as I know I have some I rarely use!

This week I already know these stamps are for keeps but pulled them out to play again… Festival of Trees.  Such fab stamps for easy christmas cards.  This time, in keeping with the Paperartsy blog theme of resist I decided to mix heat embossing with Brushos… They are a match made in heaven.

First the trees are heat embossed using white embossing powder and then it’s time for the colour explosion of Brushos.

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I used aquamarine, purple and Violet for these two panels.  Then stamped the baubles in Elegant Eggplant and also the sentiment.  Then edged and mounted them onto grey and the patterned card blanks my friend gifted me.

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Just gorgeous!

So yes these stamps are for keeps… wonder what next week’s play will bring…. oh and I am entering these into the Paperartsy resist challenge… no where near as exciting as all the inspiration provided by the DT but a resist project nonetheless! Go check out what’s been going on over on the Paperartsy blog.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Festival of Trees, Use them or Lose them

Use them or lose them #15: Festival of Trees

So this year I have decided to challenge myself to make a set of cards, scrapbook page or journal layout using each of my stamp sets as I know I have some I rarely use!

This week I grabbed Festival of Trees and decided to have a little bit of a Christmas craft!  I’ve not done as many christmas cards throughout the year like I normally do, mainly as I don’t need as many this year as I made so many last year… but still it was fun to be festive for thirty minutes.

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I chose three patterned card blanks that my friend gifted me and three grey hammered card panels from the stash.  I kept the design simple on all three cards with the tree stamped in smoky slate and then added colour for the baubles, pot and sentiment.  I used BlackBerry Bliss, Lost Lagoon and Raspberry Ripple as the three colour choices.

I can’t see me getting rid of these stamps… I love them… and glad I did some nice clean and simple designs but will be interesting to try and mix it up a little for the next project… wonder what I will end up doing.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Brushos, Festival of Trees, Handcarved, Use them or Lose them

Use them or lose them #10 Handcarved

So this year I have decided to challenge myself to make a set of cards, scrapbook page or journal layout using each of my stamp sets as I know I have some I rarely use!

Today I am using a background stamp (Handcarved) as my Use them or lose them stamp of choice and I already know it’s a keeper!

Here are four cards using a similar technique but different mediums…

First off brusho stamping!
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Both of these were stamped by sprinkling a few colours of Brusho onto my mat, spraying them with water and using that as the ink pad. Once dry I stamped the main image onto them. Gorgeous!

Couldn’t resist envelopes too..
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But envelopes were done using the second technique. I added different inks onto the stamp using SU ink pads. Then spritzed with water before stamping. This then led to the second set of cards…
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The second one is the first generation ink and the first one is the second generation of the ink.

Suffice it to say I am more than happy with these two sets of cards. What a fun technique to get multicoloured and funky backgrounds.

Happy crafting!

Catherine