Midnight Magic

Happy New Year! This week’s post is a card I made for my Mum’s birthday a couple of months ago.  It was inspired by this fabulous card I received for my birthday from a complete stranger! 

I’m a member of a birthday club in a Facebook crafting group who are fans of Lavinia Stamps and this card was from one of the ladies (Kirsty) in that group.  I was super impressed by this card and felt very lucky that someone had spent so much time and effort making such a beautiful card.  I hadn’t heard of the Scene-Scape papers from Lavinia but decided to try some out.  This particular one is called Midnight Magic.

To begin, I blended ink to make some hills onto the scene to give some sense of depth to the scene.

Next, I stamped the scene.  I’m not usually into fairies but I liked Seren (she was on another card I received from the group) so I went out of my comfort zone and bought her.  I added a little yellow ink to give the lamp some light.

This card was to be an easel card so I added the sentiment (cut from vinyl on my Cricut) to the stopper and decorated the inner panel.

To finish, I added a selection of Nuvo drops in white, purple and pink to give some bling and texture.  For some added sparkle, I used Wink of Stella on the fairy’s wings and on the background orbs.

Here’s a picture of my Mum, the birthday girl, with her fabulous cake made by my sister.

I also tried out the Scene-Scape paper for a Christmas card for some cat-loving friends.

Double Gatefold Christmas Scene

The background for this was made during one of my experiments with my gel press.  I rolled distress oxide inks onto the press before printing the snowflakes from Colorado Craft Company Slimline Nordic Snowflakes on top and then taking a print.  I cut this piece into panels for a gatefold card and stuck them to my grid paper with some temporary adhesive whilst I stamped my scene.

To begin, I stamped the pine cones onto the card and onto the sticky part of a Post-it note.  I fussy cut the pinecones and stuck them onto the card so that the branches would sit behind when I stamped them.

Next, after inking in some hills, I used a selection of stamps from Lavinia Stamps to create the scene of the animals looking at the beautiful tree, which is actually a feather! 

The feather tree was decorated with a tiny star stamp and heat embossed with silver powder.

Some fairy charm stamps were added to decorate the overhanging branches before mounting the panels onto a navy card base. 

Card base: 11¼” x 5¾”, scored at 1⅞”, 3¾”, 7½” and 9⅜”, folded M-V-V-M

Mats: Four 1⅝” x 5½” for the side panels; two 3½” x 5½” for the main panel and back.

Pinecone Wreath

The idea for a pinecone wreath card has been rumbling around my mind for a while and I finally got around to trying it out.  I used some of the £1 stamps from Lavinia to create this with a Stampin’ Up! sentiment.

To begin, I lightly drew a circle for a guide and then stamped the pinecone repeatedly, changing the angles.  I used Versafine Clair ink in Pinecone as it’s waterproof and I planned to colour over the top later.

The next layer was using the mini-holly stamp and Rainforest ink.

I then used the sycamore seed stamp as mistletoe, again in Rainforest ink.  After the inks were dry, I used some water-based brown ink pressed onto my block and the Wink Of Stella pen to colour in the pinecones and add some shimmer.

I coloured in the berries and then topped them with red Nuvo glitter drops to them.  I added some white Nuvo drops for mistletoe berries too along with a few green dots around the wreath.

The panel was edged by drawing my Sharpie along the edge and then blending a little ink onto the corners.  I also added a few gold Nuvo drops around the wreath.

Now, I had envisaged it being finished at this stage but it just didn’t feel right so I stamped Pipin looking up at the sentiment and lightly inked a snow bank to make a scene.

It doesn’t show on the picture above but the Wink of Stella gives loads of shimmer, as you can see in the banner photo at the top of the post.