Category Archives: Festival of Trees

DT: CHNC: Use some silver

I am a little late with my blog post today for the CHNC challenge. Sorry! But better late than never the challenge is to use silver and I decided to use both some silver embossing powder and some silver sequins to decorate my green card!

I used some patterned paper and green cardstock mats and gave the paper and the cardstock a little bit of edging with ink and then embossed the sentiment from a magazine set straight into the paper and the tree onto some cardstock and raised it up on foam tape to give it some dimension.

Then I added the sequins as a scatter across the whole card. Now off I jog to see what the rest of the team made over at the blog.

Cute!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Advent cardmaking: Snowflake

Had fun with failed videos for today’s cardmaking video but got there on the third attempt… and as a result 4 cards got made!

Love using texture paste and brushos together… they create such beautiful shading and tonal colour… and these stencils from claritystamp are delightful.

Love how simple they were to finish into cute cards and how vibrant and jewel like the colours are.

Hope you enjoy the process video.

And here is a pic in daylight to show the true colours…

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Gelli plate ATC christmas card class

Tonight its playtime with friends and we are making Christmas ATCs which we will turn into cards… and we are making 6 of them! Yes it sounds like a challenge but sure we can pull it off! I actually made 8 as samples but I think thay might be a bit much with only one mini gelli plate between us! 

I used distress inks in a range of colours that I thought worked as Christmas colours. 

I love how these all came out… such beautiful panels to work with… and each one is it’s own work of art.  So then I pulled out a few sets of stamps and made the panels into the individual toppers. 

So there are my 8 works of art… next step to cut them out and mount them before adding them to a card blank… Will update later with the final samples and of course pics of what we end up with tonight! 

Happy crafting!

Catherine 

Later edit… here are the samples… I added a few simple embellishments and mounted them all onto the dark green ATCs I had die cut. Then added them all onto C6 card blanks… one with an additional piece of patterned paper as I wanted to show that they work with the patterned paper too!  I doodles round some and on others raised them up on foam tape to add dimension.  I also added wink of stella to a few elements to give some shimmer.  (The other two did get made into cards too but didn’t provide them as samples for the class!)

And a much later edit… here is what I made tonight… I only managed to make three cards but I made lots and lots of backgrounds to make into something another day!

Masterboard Christmas cards – class

Tonight I’ve got some of my friends popping over to craft and we are going to create a masterboard and then use it to make some christmas cards. So one piece of white cardstock makes backgrounds for six cards, each finished off differently. In total I used 5 a4 sheets of white card stock and then paints, stamps, stencils and die cuts… and all just in a couple of hours… or at least that’s the plan! 

Here was my masterboard for the samples…

Lots of lovely fresco finish paints! 

And this is how I cut it to make a One sheet Wonder type of thing… 

Once I had cut it I decided on how to put them onto the card blanks I had made.

Then I set to on decorating each of them.

1. I used the Card Builder dies from Stampin Up and added shimmer using my Wink of Stella pen.

2. Ornaments from Carols of Christmas heat embossed in white embossing powder on the small panel.

3. Die cuts from Tim Holtz and tag from Santa Builder die set.

4. First edition die cut trim and embossed the Carols of Christmas sentiment in blue.

5. Stamped and die cut the tree on a scrap piece I had used to add paint to the masterboard and then heat embossed it. Punched out and added to a stitched shape die cut.

6. First edition die cut wreath. 

Love these arty cards. So much fun to make the masterboard and easy to finish them off! 

Wonder how everyone tonight will get on. I love that every masterboard will be different and so they will no doubt make some different decisions. 

Happy crafting! 

Catherine 

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 

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

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

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