It’s funny isn’t it, we haven’t been to a wedding for years and then get two within a few months. Unfortunately, I wasn’t well enough to attend this one but I did get to try out a new card idea.
This Happily Ever After stamp by Anita Jeram is very detailed. It’s great if you love colouring however, I wanted to try it out using minimal colouring. First, I heat embossed the stamp using white powder onto vellum.
I coloured the back of the bunting with my Copic markers and also stamped and coloured the bride and groom mice onto Neenah Solar White card (my favourite for Copic colouring), cutting them out with the coordinating die.
After adding some decorative die cutting on top and bottom, the panel was glued to the card base. The difficulty with vellum is that glue shows through. I added plenty of glue under the bride and groom and a tiny dot into all four corners that could be covered with an embellishment.
As I hadn’t added a sentiment to the front, I did more stamping on the inside panel. The images were stamped using 2nd generation inks so that they can be written over. The sentiments were stamped in Blackberry Bliss ink to match the mat layer.
The final stage was to mount the panel onto a white card base and add some embellishments. The bride and groom were glued in place and I used some enamel hearts to cover the glue dots in the corners. Rhinestones and tiny sequins were also glued on for added sparkle.
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.
Yes, I know it’s only August and your eyes are not deceiving you – this is a Christmas card! If you’re making all of your own cards for the festive season, it’s better to get started early rather than be frantically crafting in the middle of December to meet the Post Office’s last posting dates. Ask me how I know this!
The Dashing Deer stamp set and matching Detailed Deer Thinlits are the perfect set for creating quick but stunning cards. I really enjoyed getting busy with the glitter again too!!
The first step was to stamp each of the deer using Night of Navy ink and cut them out with the matching dies.
I made a ‘snowbank’ by ripping a strip of Whisper White card and then ran a thin line of glue along the torn edge and applied glitter. I stamped the greeting in navy on the bottom of the snowbank.
Next I embossed a piece of Smoky Slate using the Woodland embossing folder. I glued right-hand half the snowbank to the background.
I wanted the solid deer to be in the background behind the snowbank, but I didn’t want the head of the one eating to disappear. Attaching half the snowbank allowed me to glue the deer into the correct spot. Once they were in position, the remaining section of snowbank was stuck down.
Lastly, the background was adhered to a Night of Navy card base and the patterned deer, mounted on Dimensionals, was placed just above the greeting. I love how the solid deer seems to be looking in awe the patterned guy – he is magnificent though!
The Same But Different
I was really pleased with how this card turned out so I thought I’d try recreating it in various other colour schemes and using slightly different backgrounds. This is another one in the original style, this time using Rococo Rose, a rather non-traditional Christmas colour (unless you’re in Next! 😉).
Vellum works really well in embossing folders so makes for great backgrounds. The challenge is getting it adhered successfully as the glue shows through. You need to either have a pattern on it to glue behind or add a decorative element on top to cover the glue.
For the background for these two, I used some snowflake printed vellum that I’ve had in my stash for donkey’s years! I put lots of glue behind the snow bank and deer and then tiny dots in the centre of the snowflakes, which wasn’t entirely successful but just about looks OK.
My next two feature my own printed vellum. I used White Stazon ink and the tiny snowflakes from last year’s Snow is Glistening limited release set. This vellum is thicker so the glue isn’t as obvious.
For the last pair, I eschewed the embossing folder and instead used the silver birch tree trunks stamp from Winter Woods. When using this stamp, a deeper snow bank is required to cover up the bottom edge of the trunks as it looks a bit weird otherwise. The card on the bottom has no separate snow bank: I just ran the glue along the bottom edge of the trunks and added glitter. It was more difficult to get the deer to be in the background with this one; I had to chop off their feet! 😮
I really like trying out these ‘same but different’ ideas. Sometimes they work, sometimes not, but you can inadvertently discover a stunning combination when playing around like this. I really like all of them and can’t choose a favourite. Which one’s your favourite?