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.

Moonlit Anniversary

I have quite a few anniversary cards to make during the first 3 months of the year.  These 2 were made for my parents and some close friends – neither of which know each other so it didn’t matter that they were similar.  I used a variety of stamps by Lavinia Stamps and Inkylicious.

To start, I die cut 2 hearts, one scalloped and one plain edged, and some masks from sticky notes.  I added a moon mask and then blended some Distress Oxide inks to the sky, then removed the moon mask and added some grey to the moon.

After stamping some distant trees, I moved the masks down and blended a little ink to create the landscape and added some more stamping. 

The bunnies were added and then the scene built up around them using various trees, shrubs and a fence.

For the background, I used the Stampin’ Up! Woodland embossing folder and a square of navy card and a few Posca splats. The sentiment was stamped and mounted onto a navy rectangle.

To assemble the card, I added some fun foam under the heart, leaving a gap for the white twine, for a little dimension but firm support.  The sentiment was glued on top and a small white twine bow added with a glue dot.

I think this design would also work well for a Valentine’s card.

Mother’s Day Moggy

Happy Mother’s Day!  My cards this week are the ones I made for my Mum and Mum-in-law using the Colorado Craft Company For Mom stamp set, another one by Anita Jeram.

Firstly, I stamped the main image and coloured it with my Faber Castell Polychromos pencils.  I tried to add some variety of shade but didn’t bother to blend the colours.

My plan was to blend the pencil colour using Zest-it Pencil Blend and some paper stumps.  It’s my first time using this and it worked well.  It’s an oily texture and I poured some onto a sponge I’d put in a small jar so I could dab the stumps onto the sponge.  This was a tip I got from a Sandy Allnock video. 

For the background, I repeat stamped one of the smaller stamps from the set with Versamark and heat set with clear embossing powder.  I also added this stamp to the envelope and liner of the card.

To finish the card, the panel and sentiment were mounted on a stitched panel before being adhered to the background and then attached to a pink card base. For a little dimension, I added some clear Nuvo drops onto the flower, the teacup and the teapot lid.

Two cards, the same but different.