Welcome to September – it’s time to get started on Christmas projects! This is my first Christmas card this year. For best results, a stamp positioning tool is needed – this allows the trees on the two layers to be perfectly aligned.
First, I cut a ‘moon’ layer of Whisper White and a Misty Moonlight layer ¼” shorter in height. I positioned both pieces of card in my Stamparatus, added the trees from Stampin’ Up! Winter Woods and stamped on the blue layer, removed it and stamped the white layer. The white layer was removed and I repeat stamped the trees on the blue layer to cover the front.
Next, I masked the trees and sponged a little black ink to ‘ground’ my trees. I sponged a little white and silver ink too.
The moon was made by punching a circle from the blue layer and to add some more wintry feel, I ran the blue section through the Winter Snow embossing folder to cover with snowflakes. As I’d used the stamp positioner, my trees matched through the hole beautifully! I was mounting the card on a white card base so I needed an extra border which I made by cutting thing strips of Balmy Blue Glimmer paper.
The final step was to stamp the sentiment in the tiny gap I had left myself! Fortunately, the simple Season’s Greetings from Itty Bitty Christmas fit perfectly ?
I’m happy to report that I’m out of the sling this week although nowhere near back to normal yet ☹ The few days in the sling allowed my muscles to calm down enough so that the weight of my arm was bearable again. This week I’ve had some physio and acupuncture and I’ve got this really jazzy strapping helping me out.
However, I still can’t use my right hand for very long until my arm starts to hurt so I thought I’d challenge my left hand to some everyday tasks! The first was writing. Well, I struggled to even hold the pen to begin with! My pages of alphabet look like they were written by a 6-year old but at least they look like letters. My blog posts and photo editing is also all being done left handed, albeit slowly, but I have learned some useful keyboard shortcuts.
So, then I turned my attention to crafting and what I could make that would be simple, forgiving and hopefully not too frustrating. I had some 2” strips of card left over from another project that I’d saved for tags, so tags it was! My coordination with my left-hand, when operating solo, is a bit sketchy so I used my Stamparatus to help with the stamping. The bare trees from Winter Woods were mounted on one side of the door and the greeting on the other. I stamped them onto the lining paper so I could line up my tags with the images.
Using Versamark ink and clear embossing powder, I stamped and heat set the trees on each tag. Then I cut a wavy edge to the top of a Post-it note for the mask and used the overhangs of the mask to hold the tag in position. I used a sponge brayer to colour the sky. The ink is applied so gradually, it’s a very forgiving method so handy for my non-dominant hand.
The embossing resists the ink and any residue was easily removed with a tissue. To give more texture to the sky, I spritzed some water on and dabbed it off with a tissue.
Next, the door of the Stamparatus was turned over so I could stamp the greeting. I then punched the tops with the Scalloped Tag Topper punch.
Since they were Christmas tags, I wanted a bit of sparkle so I put them into my ‘spraying box’ and sprayed with Champagne Shimmer Mist/isopropyl alcohol mix.
The last job was to attach some ribbon, for which I did have to bring my right hand out of retirement! The whole project probably took me twice as long as usual but at least I was crafting. It must have given my brain quite a workout too as I had to have a nap afterwards!
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?