Hand Lettering Charity Cards

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.

Hope to see you there!

The Cat Welfare Group

 

Embossed Snowflake Tree

My snowflake love affair continues this week with a Christmas tree made up of snowflakes.  How cool is that?!  I decided on heat embossing as this stamp lends itself very well to that technique and tried out gold, silver and white embossing powders on a Christmassy red background. I can’t even decide on a favourite – I love them all!

For this project I used:

11½” x 4⅛” Real Red card base, scored at 5¾”

5⅝” x 4” Whisper White mat layer

5½” x 3⅞” Real Red top layer

5½” x 3⅞” Whisper White card for the liner

Stampin’ Up! Snow Is Glistening stamp set

Stampin’ Up! Ink in Real Red

Versamark Ink

Embossing powder

Rhinestones

First, stamp the liner and envelope with the large snowflakes using Real Red ink and leave to dry.

Use the embossing buddy liberally all over the card top and then stamp the snowflake tree image and greeting using Versamark ink.  Fill in some of the gaps by stamping the large snowflake using Versamark.  Apply your preferred embossing powder and set with the heat gun.  Apply rhinestones to the centre of the large snowflakes.

Adhere the top layer onto the white mat layer and then stick this onto the card base.  Adhere the liner to the inside and you’re all finished.

Super quick and super classy!

 

 

 

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Lovely Lametta Snowflake Bauble

This bauble was inspired by one I saw at my local garden centre.  As soon as I set eyes on it, I figured I could try making my own using the Snowfall thinlits dies I had just bought.  I purchased some lametta from the garden centre and rushed home to find the plastic fillable baubles I’d bought last year to make Christmas decorations with..…..but had never got around to!

For this project I used:

Plastic fillable bauble, available from Amazon, eBay or Hobbycraft

Lametta

Stampin’ Up! Snowfall Thinlits

Stampin’ Up! Glimmer paper in Silver and Sparkle

Stampin’ Up! White Velvet paper

A piece of ribbon

Cut out a bunch of snowflakes – the smaller ones work better.  I applied pieces of adhesive sheets to the back of my papers before I die cut them for an easy life.

Stick some snowflakes onto each bauble half.

Trim a few lengths of lametta and throw it onto your desk to muddle it up and then gather it up again.  Bundle it up and push it into one bauble half.   This is a lot easier said than done!  It reminded me of trying to get our cat into the cat carrier!!  Anyway, keep pushing in those stray ends and then add a couple of drops of glue to the top and bottom of the bauble lip and clip on the other half.

Stick on a few more snowflakes over the join and then add the ribbon to hang it up.  Bauble complete!

 

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Super Silver Snowflake Tags

There are 3 single snowflakes in the Snow Is Glistening stamp set which I thought would look great with silver heat embossing on a dark card base.  I opted for Night of Navy card and silver embossing powder.  Although I did use an embossing buddy prior to using the Versamark ink, I did have some stray powder on the card but I think it added to the overall snowy feel of the project.

For this project, I used:

1 sheet of Night of Navy, cut at 10”

SU! Snow Is Glistening stamp set

Silver embossing powder

Versamark ink pad

SU! Scalloped tag topper punch

2.5m navy and white twine

10 rhinestones

Scraps of white card

After applying the Embossing Buddy to the navy card, I randomly stamped the snowflakes onto the 10” piece of navy card.

I then applied silver embossing powder and set with the heat tool.  You can see in this picture the grey powder on the left before it is heat set and the silver ‘set’ powder on the right.

I used the embossing buddy onto the slim navy card strip and stamped the ‘For You’ sentiment 10 times in Versamark, added silver embossing powder and heat set it.

I cut out each ‘For You’ and flagged the end.  I cut the large sheet in half at 4⅛” and then into 2” strips and then punched the top with the tag topper punch.

I found some scraps of white card and glued the non-flagged end of the ‘For You’ onto the white card and cut out leaving a slim white border showing.  I then glued these onto the tags and added a rhinestone.

To finish, I added 10” of twine.   10 tags complete!

 

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