Pigment Tree Tags

It’s been quite a hectic week for me this week.  After returning relaxed and refreshed from my holiday the previous week, this one has been full on.  It started with a trip to see a consultant about my arm.  We are possibly a stage closer to getting the problem sorted in that the consultant believes that the root cause of my arm pain is actually in my neck.  A course of anti-inflammatory meds and a comprehensive neck mobilisation exercise routine are now under way.  Fingers crossed this will resolve the problem.

I have been at work nearly all week and when I wasn’t, I was in my craft room making stuff for the charity craft event yesterday.  Mr L decided to come along to help at the craft event which made it much more fun for me.  I was really pleased with our stall and even more pleased with the £55 profit we made, all of which we donated to The Cat Welfare Group.

One of my projects this week involved using Stampin’ Up! Pigment Sprinkles.  I sprinkled some of the powders onto watercolour paper and then spritzed with lots of water mixed with a few drops of Shimmer Paint.  It looked a right mess when it was wet, as you can see!

The colours muted a lot once they’d dried and I used the Pine Tree punch to make toppers for my tags.

I decided to use craft card for the background since the tree colours are not very traditional and I thought the craft brown worked better with the trees.  I stamped a variety of snowflakes randomly on the card in Crumb Cake ink.  Next was to trim the pieces into 2” strips and make the holes with the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch.

I heat embossed the sentiment on white card for the snow using copper and gold embossing powder and glued these to the bottom of the tags.  Lastly the trees were stuck on using Dimensionals and some twine added.

I used gold glimmer paper to make another set in the same way.

Another variation on the same theme, these cards used the last of the pigmented paper trees and also some gold and black glimmer paper.

Non-traditional but sometimes it’s good to go a little ‘off-piste’!

 

 

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Feels Like Frost

Frosted Foliage stamps and the Frosted Frames dies are part of the Feels Like Frost suite in this year’s Autumn/Winter catalogue.  The suite includes Seaside Spray metallic ribbon, chunky glitter and some gorgeous DSP.  I don’t often buy DSP as I never know what to do with it!  This DSP has such beautiful images so I thought I’d challenge myself to use some on a card.

The Frosted Frames don’t actually cut out any of the images from The Frosted Foliage set; they’re more complimentary than coordinating.

I used the large greeting from the set and also the ‘Seasons Greetings’ from So Many Stars.  The snowflakes and foliage stamps were repeat stamped to fill in the blank space surrounding the greetings.  I used silver embossing powder on Whisper White card and on vellum and used the smaller frame to cut them out.

I tried white embossing powder but wasn’t happy with the finish.  The colour was slightly off white and the images weren’t crisp.  I made it into a tag anyway with a Seaside Spray frame and metallic ribbon!

To add some extra interest without detracting from the DSP frame, I stamped the foliage and snowflakes with Versamark and applied clear embossing powder.  This gives a shiny, subtle background.

I cut out the fancy frame from one of the darker DSP sheets and mounted the vellum on top using tiny dots of glue behind the embossed areas so that the adhesive didn’t show through.

For my next card, I stamped the foliage and snowflakes in the same ink as the card base, Blackberry Bliss in this case.

The fancy frame was cut from Smoky Slate and I went over the edges with my Wink of Stella pen to get a sparkly, frosty look.

The last card was made the same way using Night of Navy and Seaside Spray.

 

 

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Left-Handed Crafting!

I’m happy to report that I’m out of the sling this week although nowhere near back to normal yet ☹ The few days in the sling allowed my muscles to calm down enough so that the weight of my arm was bearable again.  This week I’ve had some physio and acupuncture and I’ve got this really jazzy strapping helping me out.

However, I still can’t use my right hand for very long until my arm starts to hurt so I thought I’d challenge my left hand to some everyday tasks!  The first was writing.  Well, I struggled to even hold the pen to begin with! My pages of alphabet look like they were written by a 6-year old but at least they look like letters.  My blog posts and photo editing is also all being done left handed, albeit slowly, but I have learned some useful keyboard shortcuts.

So, then I turned my attention to crafting and what I could make that would be simple, forgiving and hopefully not too frustrating.  I had some 2” strips of card left over from another project that I’d saved for tags, so tags it was! My coordination with my left-hand, when operating solo, is a bit sketchy so I used my Stamparatus to help with the stamping.  The bare trees from Winter Woods were mounted on one side of the door and the greeting on the other.  I stamped them onto the lining paper so I could line up my tags with the images.

Using Versamark ink and clear embossing powder, I stamped and heat set the trees on each tag.  Then I cut a wavy edge to the top of a Post-it note for the mask and used the overhangs of the mask to hold the tag in position.  I used a sponge brayer to colour the sky.  The ink is applied so gradually, it’s a very forgiving method so handy for my non-dominant hand.

The embossing resists the ink and any residue was easily removed with a tissue.  To give more texture to the sky, I spritzed some water on and dabbed it off with a tissue.

Next, the door of the Stamparatus was turned over so I could stamp the greeting.  I then punched the tops with the Scalloped Tag Topper punch.

Since they were Christmas tags, I wanted a bit of sparkle so I put them into my ‘spraying box’ and sprayed with Champagne Shimmer Mist/isopropyl alcohol mix.

The last job was to attach some ribbon, for which I did have to bring my right hand out of retirement!  The whole project probably took me twice as long as usual but at least I was crafting.  It must have given my brain quite a workout too as I had to have a nap afterwards!

 

 

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