Draw A Blank

Do you ever feel intimidated by the blank sheet in front of you?  Apparently, it’s quite a common to sit down with a white sheet of card in front of you and for your mind to go blank. I purchased a gel press plate to make backgrounds in the hope that they would provide some inspiration that would spark an idea.

These cards were for ladies in the Lavinia Birthdays group so they feature Lavinia Stamps.  I began with these two panels to create two cards. 

I wanted them each to have a moon and I hadn’t left space in the printing so had to create one. For the purple panel, I brushed on white pigment ink through a circular stencil, adding a little silver and some white gel pen. Using a landscape stencil, I added some distant hills and near ground and also blended some ink to darken the sky and make the moon more prominent.

After seeing a lovely card with a bokeh sky, I thought I’d give it a go using a few different colours.  I don’t think it worked because the moon should be bokeh-ed too.  Mr L said it looked like the place was surrounded by loads of planets and moons!  Anyway, it added some interest to the sky and luckily, it doesn’t have to be realistic.  A few Mystic Swirls were stamped in silver ink to add some magic to the scene.

To finish the scene, I used Seren, one of the foxes from Set 2, the Fairy Fir Tree and Mystic Swirl in Versafine Clair Nocturne.  Finally, a bit of sparkle using Wink of Stella and some Nuvo Drops and some white gel pen on the leading edge of the elements to give the impression of reflected moonlight.

For the blue one, I used Distress Oxide Weathered Wood, a pale grey, to create the moon.  As it wasn’t so bright, I stamped the Star Cluster with Versamark and white heat embossed the stars.

The card featured Seren, Wild Hares and the Thistle Branch and a couple of mini mushrooms.  The images were stamped and edges darkened with Versafine Clair Nocturne.  Finally, a bit of texture was added with the Feather Leaf stencil and some White Posca dots.  The Posca pen was also used to create the reflected moonlight on the figures.

Indian Flourish

I’m a member of the Lavinia For You Facebook group birthday club where the members send cards to each other, made using Lavinia stamps. It’s quite informal and there’s no commitment; people do it quite often so they have somewhere to send their makes.  If I’m not going to have the time to create individual masterpieces (?!), I batch make a set of cards for the birthdays for that month.  I’m using 5” x 5” card blanks for these with a 4” square topper and 4½” square mat.

Using the Charming stencil, I blended SU! Rococo Rose and So Saffron inks through to create a soft background.

Next, I stamped the Indian Flourish stamp and birthday sentiment with Versafine Clair Nocturne, added clear embossing powder and heat set it.  I like to emboss simple cards like this as it gives a bit more interest.  My preference is to stamp in black and add clear embossing powder as it gives a sharper image than embossing with black powder.

The inside of the card and the envelopes were partially stamped with the Indian Flourish.

Finally, the panels were mounted onto a black mat layer and then added to the card-base.  I added Nuvo drops in various colours for some dimension.

Mistletoe Madness

Do you remember my post last January when I said I was going to try to make a few Christmas cards each month so that it wasn’t all a frantic panic in December?  Well, that lasted all of one month and I made a grand total of 2! Doh!! So, a new year and a new attempt – fingers crossed this one will go better ?  I’ve been feeling a bit fed up lately due to not being well so thought I’d treat myself to this stencil set.  It’s by Taylored Expressions, a new company for me, and it’s designed to make mass-producing cards easier as you create 4 backgrounds with the stencil.  It’s designed for the US sized version of A4, which is slightly shorter and fatter than the UK version but it works just fine.

For the leaves, I blended SU! Old Olive ink through stencil 1 and SU! Garden Green through stencil 2 onto SU! Crumb Cake card.  You can use the same green for each stencil though – that’s what I did for my envelopes as I like to use a waterproof ink on them.  I then used Hero Arts Unicorn ink for the berries.

The final stencil is a shadow/highlight on the berries.  I did this using a variety of inks and media to trial the different effects.  I used various inks, Versamark with Heat ‘n’ Stick powder and glitter, a line of Nuvo Drops dragged across the stencil – this one’s a bit messy!  Whilst I was making the craft-coloured set and the stencils were inky, I also made a set on white card, using gold and red for the berries.

After cutting the panels down, the craft ones were mounted on a SU! Soft Suede card-base.  The sentiments are Modern Holiday Greetings, also from Taylored Expressions. I really love the clean lines of this font.

Love this set – it’s so elegant! Complete with matching envelopes.

Two of the white set were mounted on the same card-base and I used red for the other two.  The ink on the berries got a bit washed out when I added some sparkly Nuvo glitter.

Lastly, I also wanted to try out a new stencil I bought in the sale from Sweet Poppy Stencils.  It’s called the Mistletoe Tree and it’s designed by Lavinia Stamps.  I used Decofoil Transfer Gel Duo, foil and white Nuvo Drops for this and embossed a line around the edge to finish the panel. 

10 cards of mistletoe madness completed for 2022’s Christmas collection!