Fa La La

Continuing my mission to create a few Christmas cards each month, I’m back this week with another of Concord & 9th’s turnabout stamps, this time the Tiny Trees Turnabout.  

The turnabout stamp is stamped 4 times, turning the card 90˚ after each stamp.

Top row: 1. Blushing Bride, 2. Mint Macaron, Bottom row: 3. Smoky Slate and 4. Lovely Lipstick

The pattern is quite busy so I decided to chop the panel into 3 strips and use the gigantic Big On Christmas sentiments to offset the ‘busy-ness’.  I stamped the sentiments with Versafine Clair Nocturne, heat set with clear embossing powder and cut them out with the matching steel dies.

To add some bling, I cut two thin strips of silver glitter card to edge the panel.  The main sentiment is raised on foam squares. 

I performed some stamp surgery on the small stamp. It said “may your holidays be” but I wanted the words from the White Christmas song so I trimmed off the ‘holi’ section.

The fringe tree has dots for baubles so I added some rhinestones over each of these dots for extra glitz.

Easter Bunnies

For my Easter cards this year, I used the Anita Jeram Happy Easter stamp set, by Colorado Craft Company and Bunny Friends by Penny Black.  Those bunnies are so cute!

First, after stamping with waterproof ink, I completed the pictures with some watercolour painting.

The card bases are from a pad of pre-scored patterned card.  The polka dots make a fun background for the images.

The watercolour finish was quite muted and I wanted to see how differently they’d look coloured with more intense colours.  I stamped with MFT hybrid ink and also stamped the same image onto some masking paper.  After applying the masking paper, I blended some green ink onto the ground area and used a cloud stencil and blue ink for the sky.  I then removed the masking paper and coloured with my Copic markers.

To extend the scene, I sketched in some silver birch trees on the sides.  You can see the difference in the intensity of colours between the watercolour and the Copic markers.

I did the same masking for these cards and decided on some multi-coloured plant pots for the bunnies.

Lastly, I made some milk carton style boxes to house the Easter goodies.  The panels were decorated with gingham patterned paper and the recipient’s initial, some bunny ears, made with oval die cuts, and a bow, made using Avery Elle Wonky Bow die.

Metallic Accents

This week’s post features an outing for a rarely used die that I bought when I first started card making many years ago.  It’s a silhouette flower/foliage that I really like the shape of but have never really used very much.

As I was planning on white silhouette images, I needed a vibrant background so I dug out my Brushos.  I mixed up some Prussian Blue and Purple and, after putting on some clean water onto my watercolour paper, dropped in the colours and let them mingle and do their thing.  To add some sparkle to the background, I spattered on some gold Finetec paint.  On another piece of watercolour paper, I swirled some of the gold paint to use for the die cuts.

Once the paint was dry, I die cut the panel with a scalloped frame and cut out the flower heads.

The flowers were glued onto the background and a little white twine was wrapped around the panel.  From the leftover gold-spattered card, I die cut a small heart to cover the base of the flowers and a rectangle for the stamped sentiment.