Friday, 24 November 2017

UK Scrappers Christmas Countdown

Welcome along to the 24th of the UK Scrappers Christmas Countdown Projects: A Set of Stamped Cards.

I don't know if you are like me and sometimes find it difficult to come up with card designs you are happy with; I think it is because I am so used to working on a 12x12" canvas that I find a smaller one far trickier.

When I do find a design I'm pleased with, I tend to make a batch of similar cards, just changing up the colours and sentiments.  These cards were made with a set from one of my favourite manufacturers; Altenew, along with many of the dye inks I own.😉

I die cut card fronts as I find them less messy to work with, and if I get ink on the back it will be covered once I glue them to the card base.

I stamped using a MISTI first my background tree, in a light colour.  After cleaning the stamp I changed to another colour family. again the lightest ink and stamped onto a fresh card front.  I continued until I had stamped all of the five lightest images onto 5 cards and then removed this stamp from the platform.  The next image was lined up over the light image on the MISTI and stamped in the next darkest colour in each family, cleaning the stamps each time. I finished each tree with the most detailed stamp, again lined up and stamped with the darkest colour.

Using the colour families allowed me to experiment with unusual choices like pink and even orange.
I completed the stamping with bold scripted sentiments on top of the trees, some were from carols (Altenew) and others were by American stamp company Simon Says Stamp.

I completed the cards with either gems, sequins or Nuvo drops and a small star punched with an Xcut palm punch from gold mirror card.

So, if you have a lot of cards to make and are feeling bereft of inspiration, then just come up with (or lift) one or two designs 😀, and then just make sets of cards on a theme.

And do take a look at UK Scrappers to see what my fellow crafters have been up to this month in preparation for the festive season!  Tomorrow Jayem will be making a seasonal project.

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Stag Set of Cards

Lots of stamping on this set of Christmas cards.

The stamp and die set came with free with a magazine, and I liked them so much I decided to make a few cards using them.  The stag was stamped using Vintage Photo Oxide ink and cut out with the accompanying die.  I mounted it onto a shield shape, a Sizzix die.

I then cut a stitched circle from a nesting set, and drew lightly around it onto the die cut square card front.  Then I stamped the wreath over the circle, again using a variety of Oxide inks.  After mounting the stag's head over the wreath, I stamped a small sentiment and punched it out using an EK Success label punch.

Sunday, 19 November 2017

Stamping onto Fabric

At the NEC earlier in the month, Hannah and I visited one of our favourite stands 'The Arty Crafty Place'.  We attended a workshop to make a stamped fabric bag, and both of us decided to make a Christmas bag for our upcoming festive shopping trips!

I stamped a repeat design on one side (this was my favourite) in red and green using the hand carved wooden block stamps.

On the other side I stamped a scene of Father Christmas flying over a forest on a snowy night.

A quick run of a hot iron over the bag once I got home, and it should be permanently fixed.  I might have a go at making a gift using the stamps maybe for my secret Santa.

Friday, 17 November 2017

Autumn in York

I'm sharing a double layout about a rainy day out in York earlier in the autumn.

My favourite part of this page is the fact that I used some very old Cosmo Cricket stash on both pages.  The first of the pages has pictures of The Shambles, the embellishment were cut from the papers.

On the second of the two pages the photos are of the Minster.

I used chipboard letters from the Cosmo Cricket paper range, along with stamped and punched small letters using a Doodlebug alphabet.

More Yorkshire pages still to come.

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

More Christmas Cards

When I saw this 'Home for the Holidays' die set by Tim Holtz, I really wanted to make a few of my Christmas cards using it.

Die Set - Home for the Holidays - Click Image to Close

There are many pieces to the images. so they did take a while to make, but I loved the cards once I had finished them.

I varied where I put the sentiments, but kept the rest of the cards the same.

To give them a retro look I used wood grain paper for the sides of the cars to give them a real 50s feel.  I have saved one to go into my Christmas journal, after all, they took so long to make I did want to keep one for myself!

Monday, 13 November 2017

Stamped Christmas Cards

I have been playing with inks and stamps to make cards for Christmas this year.

The cards are from a mix of manufactures, mostly old sets from years gone by.  When I make my Christmas cards I do enjoy getting out my festive stash, not seen since last January when I completed my Christmas Journal. 

The first card is a simple layered Christmas rose by Altenew with a sentiment from the Lyrical Script set a clean and simple design.

This card has a focal stamped image by Do Crafts, I used my MISTI to stamp it in a variety of colours and add sequins and Nuvo drops to finish it.  Underneath I stamped the design using an Anna Griffin Noel stamp in slightly lighter shades.

Next, a very pale stamped card with Pink Paislee stamps, the background was repeatedly stamped to cove the card front in a pale Altenew ink in pink, The lights and sentiment are also Pink Paislee, again sequins, pink this time, finish the design.

My final cards use a stamp set I use almost every year. I can't recall the manufacturer, but they were UK based, sadly my stamps are starting to degrade a little, I'm not sure how much longer they will last. I used a background stamp heat embossed in an irridescent gold; the words are Latin "Gaudete" meaning rejoice.

More heat embossing with the same Gaudete stamp in white this time used as a resist to Spectrum Noir Sparkle pens used as a watercolour.  The pictures were coloured very simply with Muji pencils...I'm not really an alcohol pen person!
Looking at the amount of Christmas papers and dies I have, I think I need to dip into these for my next set of cards.

Saturday, 11 November 2017

Tim Holtz Mini Dies

I spent a Sunday die cutting gluing pieces of card to make these very cute little embellishments to add to both my cards and possibly my JYC later this year.

They did take a while to make, but I did think that (in the main) they were worth the effort.

The only one I would really not bother with was the candy cane, it was difficult to line up the small pieces so the canes didn't look great once made.  I would probably just stamp candy canes, far easier!