Category Archives: Carols for Christmas

DT: CHNC: embossing

I decided to use both types of embossing for my card for CHNC this week.

I used the woodland embossing folder and a shim to leave the centre part flat and then used my clarity brush to add ink to the cardstock and show the texture.

Then I stamped the sentiment and embossed it with a blue powder. I then added some stickles and the die cut silver tree.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

DT: CHNC: Quick and easy

Today’s theme at Craftyhazelnuts Christmas challenge is “quick and easy”… well my card was so quick and easy I made three…

Step one… stamp sentiment (in this case the Carols for Christmas sentiment) in ink in the centre of a card blank front.

Step two… add ink to a small gelli plate and spray lightly with water. Stamp the gelli plate down over the sentiment and lift so ink puddles in a few different places but keeps roughly to shape of plate.

Step three… add sequins to embellish!

Want to step it up a little… emboss the sentiment in Black…

Or even multicoloured embossing powder to create an ombre look…

In total the three cards took 10 minutes (plus drying time for ink and glue) and are a one layer card so good for postage. They are perfect for mass producing as everyone is unique but the steps are simple to reproducing.

Wonder what everyone else’s quick and easy cards are… I’m popping over to the blog to find out.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Merry Christmas!

I have my final two cards to share today… and as per usual I am last minute Annie and only made them last night!  And yet they are for the loves of my life… the hubby and princess. 

So both of them got painty cards but both individually designed. 

For the hubby trees feature … but also tons and tons of glimmer cardstock so it is super sparkly. 

Lots of layers of cokour and pattern going on with embossing and stencilling and stamping. Plus had to add purple as one of his favourite colours and teamed with the real which is one of mine. 

Added dots with a sharpie pen to add some details and keep the background nice and grungey!

And the princess got a shimmery card with lots of iridescent texture paste.  I kept the colour scheme to blues and greens and added vellum and glimmer cardstock die cut foliage and popped these under the main sentiment and then sequin trim on the top and bottom of the panel and a bow to finish off.

I love how the texture paste makes you want to feel the card. And those Tim Holtz die cuts are fabulous.

Won’t be blogging for a couple of days and then will do an end of year round up no doubt before blogging in earnest again next year! 

So all that I need to do now is relax and enjoy the festivities and wish you a very merry Christmas, full of love and joy! 

Merry Christmas and happy crafting! 

 Catherine 

Random Christmas cards

A couple of weeks ago I did some Christmas card making whilst the princess made hers… it was fun to create a few none ATC ones for a change. 

I used the square gelli plate to create some fun backgrounds with distress oxides. Then went to town with stamping and embossing.  These first two I added to some embossed backgrounds and kept them nice and simple.

The other four I added to bright card blanks with some fun patterned papers from the stash.

Loved having some fun creative time. 

Happy crafting! 

Catherine 

ATCs 316-319 oops more Christmas 

Today I have four ATCs I’ve made using my favourite medium ever… distress oxides! So yes another entry for the Paperartsy challenge on their blog and four ATCs towards my 365 challenge. But once again I’ve broken the no more Christmas in August rule… and made 4 ATCs as card toppers for my Christmas card stash. 

I started with a piece of cream cardstock from the stash A5 size and used the square gel press mini to add the inks. I used broken china, peacock feathers, iced spruce and twisted cotton.

This provided a pattern to the colour albeit a loose pattern. Next I added stamping and stencilling. I used a mixture of SU stamp sets new and old and used the same colours of ink to add the stamping and the stencilling. 

Then I cut my pieces… I cut them slightly smaller than the ATCs and also cut some cardstock to the right size for the bases. 

I do have some little pieces leftover but none big enough to make into a complete atc so I’ve set those aside to use another time.

Then I went about adding feature stamping. For two I added stamps from a retired stamp set… White Christmas.

Then I used Wonderland for this one. 

Then the last one I used Carols of Christmas to add the baubles and deer silhouette. 

I used the Tim Holtz stickers for simple sentiments. I love all of these and they are quite flat so perfect for card toppers for when the time comes to mount them and make them into Christmas cards.

Happy crafting!

Catherine