Carols for Christmas, Distress oxide ink, Gelli Plate, Watercolor Christmas, Wonderland

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 

Art Alchemy paints, Artful Days Goodie Box, Canvas and Mixed Media art, Deco art fluid acrylics, Gelli Plate, Masks/Stencils, Postscript

Playing with paint cards

I really needed some painty time last week so I took some spare cardstock and started playing. 

I mainly used decoarts fluid acrylic and Americana paints. I added the paint with sponges and a gelli plate and then a paint brush. I then used a stencil too. 

I love all of the different layers I created. I also added some stamping with Postscript background stamp.

Next I added some sparkle using the Art Alchemy sparks paint.  Then I cut it into two panels for card topper backgrounds.


I then decided that I would raid the Artful Days goodie box and assemble some cards. 

The first one I used a metal embellishment and a paper flower and leaf.  Then some stickers and a heat embossed stamped sentiment.

The second one I added a wooden circle and some flowers and sequins.  I also added the heat embossed sentiment too. 

Love how these came out. 

Happy crafting! 

Catherine 

Embossing Folders, Mixed media products

Making up Christmas cards… Countdown to Christmas finaleĀ 

So it’s time to wrap up the Countdown to Christmas series… 

… and actually make some cards! 

I took this pile of ATCs… 

… and some card blanks and made a massive amount of cards! 

Some are mounted onto the 4×4 card blanks, some onto C6 cards and others onto 6×6 card blanks. Some got doodled borders and others an embossed mount piece of card. 

I have to say it gave me great delight going through the ones I had made and seeing them become something and then choosing each of them to write and send.  I know there were other card a I’ve also made which don’t feature here … but as per usual I made more than I needed so some will become gifts for my aunties and others will remain until next year! 

I haven’t actually finished Christmas crafting just yet either… So fear not … more inspiration to come. 

I recommend using ATCs as card toppers though if, like me, you want to create a unique piece each time. Perfect to make little works of art and then simply adhere them to a card blank at the end. 

Such a joy! 

Happy crafting! 

Catherine 

Art Alchemy paints, Distress oxide ink, fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Inktense, Derwent, Paperartsy - Eclectica Lin Brown, Paperartsy Hot Picks, PATWITS circle journal

Claire’s Patwits circle journal page

Hello! 

Today some art journaling to share… this time in Claire’s Patwits circle journal which has safely arrived with the next recipient! 

She provided a piece of watercolour card and an envelope for us to decorate as we please but to include typography somewhere! 

Well I add book pages and some stamping which should meet the criteria! 

I started with a distress oxide background and chose yellows and browns for the main colours as I fancied doing a vintage style page.  I added lots of hot picks stamping in the background and then layered a few pieces of bookprint I had also added distress oxides to. 

The main feature I chose a Hot Picks hot air balloon and stamped it using archival onto bookprint and then added versamark and embossing powder all over to give it a waxy appearance and a glossy finish. 

I layered it up with some Angel hair to add texture. 

I added the whole panel to a piece of patterned paper that I added the embossing powder border to. I love the texture and colour this added. 

Finally I added Inktense pencil shading round the edge of the layers and the title stickers and some doodling. Oh and some added sparkle with some shimmer ink splats.

The envelope I went for a more organic finish. I added gesso and modelling paste with a palette knife and then stamped some Lin Brown stamps and used the fresco finish paints to add colour. I mainly painted with my fingers to blend it nicely.

I also added some of the Sparks paint and then the feature of the mini stamp which I stamped and then added the top layer by stamping onto a piece of cardstock I had painted the Sparks paint onto and then cut out the hand and pen image and layered it up.  I love how this came out. Simple but effective.

Happy crafting!

Catherine 

Dictionary, Distress oxide ink, Oh So Lovely, YouTube video

Remembrance ATC swap with Lindsay Mason

Today I have another video (3 in a row) to share with you and three ATCs I made for a swap Lindsay Mason organised where the theme was I Remember.

I chose to go for a poppy and Remembrance Sunday interpretation and here is what I made. 

I used distress oxides to create the background and then an old stamp from Stampin Up to heat emboss the poppy image. 

Love how these came out and really enjoyed creating them. 

Happy crafting! 

Catherine 

Beautiful You, Confetti Celebration, Design Team, Happy Celebrations, Watercolor wings, YouTube video

DT Craftyhazelnuts patterned paper challengeĀ 

Well hello! And happy start of advent. I have a very non-christmas card to share today that I made for my contribution to Craftyhazelnuts patterned paper challenge. I actually stuck the video on to record the process… you can check this out here

And here is the card I made… 

I love these funky papers and the contrast with the delicate butterfly from Watercolour wings. Adorable. 

So now off to see what others have got up to with their stash of patterned paper over on the blog

Happy crafting! 

Catherine