Trendy Trees

My mission to make a few Christmas cards each month continues this week with 6 cards created with some new goodies from Taylored Expressions.  This time it’s using the Trendy Trees suite comprising a background stamp, die-cut and layering stencils.

I started by stamping the Trendy Tree Farm Background stamp with Versamark and heat embossed using various metallic powders on white card and white on craft card.

The first card was completed by using the cutting plate to create little tree ‘windows’ for the embossed trees to peek through.  The sentiment is from Waffle Flower Cozy Holiday Sentiments and the small tree and snowflake stamps, also from that set, were stamped in the same colour as the card to give some tone-on-tone pattern without detracting from the trees.

Gold embossed trees with a Bermuda Bay frame on top

For the rest of the panels, I added colour to the trees using 3 of the 4 tree stencils (the 4th stencil is the tree trunks).

To begin, I stuck to greens but then ventured out, adding pinks and then trying out a blue and grey colour scheme with the silver trees.

Here are the finished white embossed trees.  Unfortunately, the pink ink stained the heat embossing so I’d use metallic embossing with staining colours in future.

Old Olive, Garden Green and Shaded Spruce inks with white pigent ink on the left and Rococo Rose and Lovely Lipstick on the right

The blue and grey one has a cool, modern feel to it.

Seaside Spray, Pacific Point, Misty Moonlight, Night of Navy, Smoky Slate and Basic Gray inks on Pacific Point card with silver embossing

For the white panels, I added a die cut over the top of one as I’d smeared some ink when buffing the ink off the panel.  Unlike the turquoise one above, I made this panel a shade narrower which allowed the white panel behind to create a frame.

Skip Into The Sunset

This week’s post is the card I made for Mr L for Valentine’s Day.  I was inspired to have a go at making a scene with Copic markers after watching (many) Sandy Alnock’s videos.  Sandy is so talented and makes everything look so doable!

To begin, I stamped the mice from Colorado Craft Company’s Ever Thine, another of the Anita Jeram stamps.  I used Ink on 3’s no-line ink, although the finished work ended up darker than I’d intended so I could have used black.

For the first stage of the background, I used a variety of pinks, purples, blues, oranges and yellows and swiped lines in from each side of the panel.

I started shading the mice, using darker and darker and darker shades, probably going too dark at the end as the features were more or less obliterated.  I tried to add shadows cast by the sun, linking the shadow to one foot only to give the impression of movement, making it look like they are skipping.

Using the black Copic marker, I then added some silhouette foliage and a tree in the foreground.

I used the Copic colourless blender to lift some colour from the sky for highlighths on the clouds before white heat embossing the sentiment.  The final touches were white highlights made with a Posca pen and a few Posca splats into the sky.

‘Oops!’ Moment

Do you ever have an ‘oops!’ moment, usually when you’re 99% through creating your card?  The decision then is whether to plough on and try to recover it or bin it and start again.  I will generally try the former, usually by stamping over the offending area however it wasn’t possible on this card so I had to think of something else.  Glitter came to the rescue!

The aim was for a clean and simple slimline card in landscape format, with a cat on a rainbow platform. To begin, I masked off the bottom section and blended a variety of inks to make the rainbow section.  I spritzed with a little water to give some texture.

Using my Stamparatus stamp positioner, as I wanted the cat silhouette to be super solid, I stamped the image 4 times.

The cat stamp is Mimsy by Lavinia Stamps

After the sentiment was stamped, I felt it needed something extra so added a couple of small star clusters. Versafine Clair ink is slow drying and I’d inadvertently put the side of my hand onto the cat and then printed above.  There was not much I could do to over-stamp that error.

Added a black marker line to ground Mimsy – and an unintentional smudge of ink just above him!

So, it was now a case of starting over.  Or maybe I could hide the ‘oops!’ by covering the entire panel in glitter?  It was worth a try anyway.  I covered the panel in Versamark and added Heat ‘n’ Stick powder, which goes on white but goes clear (and slightly sticky) when heated.

The glitter was added and the panel heated again, which sets the glitter in place.  I brushed the panel over the bin to remove any excess glitter so that the recipient doesn’t get covered in it when they remove the card from the envelope!  Once the glitter was on, the smudge wasn’t visible any longer.   Result!

Mooch doesn’t like being left out so he featuures on the envelope and on the inside liner.