Mr L’s parents are going on a cruise over Christmas and New Year. Since they won’t be at home, they won’t have a Christmas tree so I decided to make them a card with a dimensional tree on it so they have a little Christmas tree in their cabin over the festive season. Whilst surfing around on YouTube, I watched a great video by Jan Brown (link at the end) on how to make a tree using a teabag folding technique. I’ve never done any teabag folding so I decided to CASE Jan’s card and give teabag folding a go.
I started by cutting out 5 squares of patterned paper (I used Stampin’ Up! First Frost DSP) comprising squares of 1½”, 2”, 2½”, 3” and 3½”. Since the DSP is only 6” square, I had to use two sheets so went with 2 different patterns.
The next step was to fold each piece in half once, and then on each diagonal. The first folds go down to make valley folds and the diagonal folds push up into mountain folds.
The side folds were pushed inwards to make a triangular shape.
Next, I folded the points of the front triangle downwards, lining up the top edge of the triangle with the centreline.
Once all the pieces were folded, the pieces were glued together by inserting the point of the triangle into the next size down to form the tree shape. I mounted the tree onto a Real Red card base, embellished with some heat embossed snowflakes and a wavy sentiment. A ribbon bow finished off the top of the tree.
A couple of quick cards this week made using Stampin’ Up! Brightly Gleaming set. I wanted to create some clean and simple style cards predominantly using white and metallics.
First, I stamped two of the bauble images twice, embossed each pair in gold and silver and cut them out using the matching punches. For my backgrounds, I wanted some texture so I embossed my card using the long-retired pine bough folder.
Next, I cut some strips of gold and silver glitter card to edge my card fronts and liners and heat embossed the sentiment from the set.
I heat embossed the smaller decoration onto the envelope and the liner and stuck the liner into the card base, adding the glitter strips to the edges.
I repeated the glitter edging on the card front pieces.
The last job was to add foam dimensionals to adhere the baubles and sentiments.
The resulting cards were simple but elegant that I’d be happy to have on my mantlepiece.
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’!
Aside from the actual enjoyment of doing hand lettering, part of my reason for attending the course on modern calligraphy earlier this year was to be able to create sentiments that aren’t available with stamp sets. Never was this more applicable than when my friend asked me to create some simple but rude cards! She didn’t want fancy writing as that was too nice(!) so I went for block lettering with a mix of lower case and capital letters.
Another friend has just set up a cat rescue charity and is having a launch party and fund raiser at the end of the month so she asked me if I could create some cat-themed things for them to sell to raise money. I started by sketching out the letters on graph paper and then traced over them onto tracing paper using a marker pen.
The next stage was to put the card base and lettering template onto a light box and effectively trace the letters onto the card base. I don’t concern myself if the letters aren’t perfectly traced – they are hand-lettered after all – but having the lettering set up ensures that the sentiment is central and the letters are equally spaced.
To add a little texture and Christmas theme, I ran each piece through a snowflake embossing folder in my Big Shot and added a cat silhouette using glitter card/DSP and the Stampin’ Up! cat punch.
Lastly, the pieces were mounted on coloured card bases.
I’ve also been playing around with arranging lettering from various cat-themed items I have around the house and making them into frames.
The fund raiser is for The Cat Welfare Group and will be held on Saturday 30th November 2019 at Lock’s Heath Working Men’s Club, Duncan Road, Park Gate, SO31 1BD between 16:00 – 18:00. Pop along for the opportunity to buy some great goodies for Christmas made by local people, have a cuppa and a piece of cake and support a very worthy cause.
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 Ithought 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.