I fancied playing with vellum so I made a vellum card and then die cut a lot of the large panels to make the central part of the card and disguise glue etc. Some of these were in smoky slate rather than white but I think it all worked together.
On the front of the card I stamped the tress from Merry Moose a few times and then embossed them in white. Then used a blending tool and dark grey ink to blend over the top and then wiped the trees clean.
Next I asked the Joy word with a vellum shadow and white embossing onto the grey word. I decided to sandwich underneath the word and on top of the embossing the black and white ribbon to give some contrast and texture.
Then added the gems to finish off.
You can really see how the vellum is see through when the card is stood up albeit only semi-transparent.
I haven’t made any Christmas cards in ages … so when I stumbled across Kendras card challenge using 6 pieces of 6×6 to make 15 cards I thought it might help spur me on and help me get started on this years cards.
Of course I forgot using an American template would lead to card sizes that aren’t standard UK sizes so I made mine as card toppers and added them to 5×7 card blanks.
Kendra provides both the cutting guides and the layout/sketches with measurements so this made stage 1 (cutting, layering and grouping together) easy. Next step was to decide how to finish each of the cards off.
I used the Painted Christmas dsp for mine …
And teamed the papers with Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Pear Pizazz and Mossy Meadow cardstock … mainly as that was what I had to hand! I also added in some of the glittery speciality paper too for some fun.
I used different embossing folders, stamp sets, die sets and punches to finish off the cards… some I added inking too, some I kept plainer.
So there you go … 15 cards made ready for December. I always make lots of cards but I then gift them to my parents and my aunties for them to use too … so it helps to get lots done in one go … they then function as a set, although each is very different!
Three more twinchies to share today for the advent swap… this time I used up some bits of the Heartwarming Hugs dsp from last years Stampin Up catalogue and the lovely Merry Moose image as the focal point.
I think these two products work so well together… the fun patterns and the solid moose image punched out are a fab combo. I added a layer of Mossy Meadow as a mat and then the Real Red for the base. I varied the colour of the moose… pear pizazz and mossy meadow.
On each moose I also added wink of Stella to give them some shimmer and then the gem and the sticker to finish off!
A few days ago I shared the samples I made for the craft along I did with my friends via zoom.
Well as I really don’t enjoy making the same projects over and over, here is what I made…
One card pretty much stayed as per the sample, but the others I either changed the paper (the joy of double sided papers and everything matching perfectly with Stampin Up means you automatically get a different look just turning over the papers!
Some I changed the placement of the elements and some I did switch the embellishment/focal feature from the trees from the In the Pines to a Merry Moose … because I hadn’t used him an few weeks so I missed seeing him! 😂
But I did keep to the same pieces of paper and cardstock as the kit for all the cards and really enjoyed my different take on the cards.
My friends similarly chose their own way of finishing the cards off and some chose to keep the design the same, but different paper choices and others changed up the design entirely. I love seeing the different versions and people having fun being creative.
Really loved creating with these patterned papers… Good job actually as I ordered a whole extra pack of them… so guessing next year for Christmas cards we will be continuing with the red and green colour scheme!
And those In the Pines tree stamps and the coordinating dies will definitely be coming out to play again… so lovely!
I’m back with another one sheet wonder, but this time I stuck to one stamp set to add the focal feature, whilst going mad with lots of die cuts!
I chose a piece of 12 x 12 I had in the stash … it had actually been folded and gifted to me so it required a bit of flattening out! It’s similar to one of the dsp packs in this year’s mini catalogue but it isn’t actually that!
I created a template to create some cards that I knew wanted to work on square cards rather than the usual rectangle cards.
There isn’t a measurement this but if you can see the little dots each square is half an inch… so number 3 is a 3×3 inch square!
Anyways… there are the 15 cards I made!
I mat and layered the panels with either some brown or cream card stock. I also used some cream laid paper for the background panels, most of which were 5×5 squares.
Some of the brown cardstock is coredinations so I also dug out the sanding block to give it some different textures.
The Merry Moose stamp set came out and I went for some of the detailed image, and some of the block image.
For the block image I went for some as they were using the Soft Suede, and some with kiss stamping using the Dictionary stamp to give the moose image some texture.
The detailed image I did some colouring with pencils… just four of them, but enough to last a few minutes of relaxing!
The final ones I used the coredinations cardstock to punch the image and then used my sanding block to distress it.
I created the sentiments from the same Merry Moose set. I just used the sentiments in the set and Early Espresso set to create panels and banners.
Next I dived into the die stash and cut lots of foliage and decorative elements and circles from cream, satin gold and gold glitter card.
Then it was time to stick them all together and get some embossing done too with old embossing folders and the lovely Woodland and Pinewood Planks.
I embellished the cards using either the rose gold metal discs or the pearls.
At the end of finishing off all of these I headed off for a shower to “deglitter” myself. I really don’t like glitter but these cards needed the special touch of a bit of shine! So I persisted and added it in!
So happy with these 15 cards and love the Merry Moose so much … such a versatile bundle and good price at £29.50 for the 17 stamps and moose punch! … And if this project makes you think you need this in your life just pop me an email email@example.com
This week I’m back playing with the Merry Moose set for Stampin Up Sunday and this time the moose came out to play.
I started with a square of whisper white and stamped the solid moose image in Early Espresso on the square to make a patterned paper. Then I created another moose in soft suede.
Next I created the little border of presents using a strip of whisper white. I stamped them in Mossy Meadow and used my wink of Stella to move the ink a little and colour them in.
I decided to use the soft suede card to make the card blank and stamped the small tree image on that in the same ink so it creates a watermark effect.
I then layered up the panel, the moose and the border and added a little sentiment. Next I went to town flicking ink and had a change of heart on the moose focal element and decided to add more ink to him using a paintbrush and watered down ink. This gives him a painted appearance like he was watercoloured.
This was quite a simple card to make… would be even easier with the punch but mine unfortunately broke and so a replacement is on its way so had to fussy cut the moose instead!