Friday, 8 December 2017

Gingerbread House

For the Paper Players challenge:

I only ever made one gingerbread house in my life but I remember it being a lot of fun - I was about 12 years old.  So here's my card in memory of that:

Stamped, coloured with pencil crayons, a bit of glitter added, and then I distressed the edges and sponged.  The twine goes with the rustic feel of the kraft panel and the distressed / sponged edges.

Because of the distressing, I'm also adding it SCS Ways to Use It "Distress It" challenge.

Stamps - Tim Holtz gingerbread house, SU sentiment
Ink - Archival Jet Black, Distress Tea Dye and Antique Linen
Paper - white and kraft cs
Size - A2
Accessories - coloured pencils, glitter, Tim Holtz edge distresser, green twine

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

A Dog in a Santa Hat

The new Merry Monday Christmas Card challenge is "Santa Hat".

I went with a dog with a Santa hat just like the cute pup in their image.

The dog and the Santa hat are stamped and coloured with coloured pencils and Gamsol for blending. They were then fussy cut.

I stamped the sentiment on the lower part of a panel of white cs and dry embossed just the upper part. Then wrapped the ribbon around it.

The dog's paws are taped directly to the ribbon but his body and hat are popped up with foam tape.

I added Flower Soft to the hat brim and pom-pom.

Stamps - Tim Holtz dog and hat, Stampabilities sentiment
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper - white and red cs
Size - A2
Accessories - plaid ribbon, Sizzix embossing folder, coloured pencils, Gamsol, white Flower Soft, foam tape

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Perched Bird

The December challenge at Penny Black is Winter or Christmas.  It inspired me to use a stamp I haven't yet inked up:

Using my MISTI, I started by adding colour with my Memento dew drop ink pads to different parts of the image, stamping and repeating as necessary.  Once I had a foundation of colour, I used Distress inks on my palette with water and a paint brush to fill in with more colour.

Once dry, I restamped with Versamark and heat embossed.  This gave the outlines of the image a bit more definition.  I added a bit of a wash around the edges.

I stamped my sentiment on a little tag and attached it with baker's twine, then popped the panel up on fun foam.

I added Aleene's Glitter Snow Paste to the bits of snow on the log and leaves, and Glossy Accents to the berries.

This was my first time using this stamp and I love it - will have to make a couple more cards with it.

I'm also taking it over to Christmas Cards All Year Round's "Anything Goes" challenge and the Christmas Card Throwdown "Pick a Challenge from 2012 or 2013" challenge (I picked Theme Challenge #3 - Christmas Animals or Birds).

Stamps - Penny Black Snowy Perch, Impression Obsession sentiment
Ink - various Memento Dew Drops, various Distress inks, SU Real Red
Paper - white cs, mixed media cs
Size - A2
Accessories - SU tag, baker's twine, Aleene's Glitter Snow Paste, Glossy Accents, fun foam

Monday, 4 December 2017

Red and Green

This week's Less is More Challenge is:

I made this card:

I stamped the image, then coloured with Copics, not bothering to blend the green branches as I wanted them to look rustic like the image.  I added a bit of shading to ground the tree, trimmed the panel and bordered on one side only with thin strips of red and green cs to emphasis the challenge criteria.

While I had the stamp out, I made two more versions of the same tree:

This one is stamped on watercoloured paper and painted with metallic watercolours, bordered in black, and on a dark gold card base to match the gold of the stars.

I stamped it on watercolour paper and used my Zig markers to colour everything except the stars which I coloured with a glitter gel pen. I did a bit of pale brown colouring under it to ground it and splattered a bit of the same brown and also some gold watercolour paint. I used a warm gold cardbase that matches the gold in the stars.

I used my new Jofy stamp set - not my usual style of Christmas tree but it's kind of fun, isn't it?

Stamps - Jofy tree and sentiment
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black for the Copics one, Ranger Archival Jet Black for the other two
Paper - white, red, and green cs for the first card;  watercolour paper, black cs, and dark gold shimmer cs for the second card;  watercolour paper and bright gold shimmer cs for the third card
Size - A2
Accessories - Copics for the first card;  metallic watercolours for the second;  Zig Clean Color Real Brush Watercolour markers, Atyou Spica gold glitter pen, and gold paint for the third

Sunday, 3 December 2017

Blue and Green Christmas

Merry Monday has a fun Christmas card challenge this week:

I used the green and blue, with a white card and a bit of silver:

The image is coloured with coloured pencils, blended with Gamsol and blending stumps, with some Wink of Stella on the ribbon and the silver tags.  It's bordered with a thin bit of silver shimmer paper and then green cs, and the sentiment is stamped in silver.

Stamps - Jofy gifts, Rubber Soul sentiment
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black, Delicata Silvery Shimmer
Paper - white and green cs, silver shimmer paper
Size - A2
Accessories - coloured pencils, Gamsol, Wink of Stella, Lil Inker stitched rectangle die

Saturday, 2 December 2017

Framed Birds

Time for December's CAS Watercolour challenge!

Less than a month until Christmas and I need more Christmas cards so have gone with a Christmas card.

My birds are stamped and watercoloured with my Gansai Tambi paints.  I used the tip of a fine pointed paintbrush to add the dots to represent snowflakes. 

For the frame, I took a piece of watercolour paper and used the splash technique with Distress inks to add colour to it, and then used two sizes of rectangle dies to cut it into a frame.  I trimmed the panel with the birds to fit behind it, stuck the frame onto it, and popped it up with fun foam.

For a final touch, I added glue and fun flock to the hats' brims and pom poms.

Head over to CAS Watercolour to see the cards from the rest of the Design Team and our great Guest Designer, Hideko, of Papercraft Boutique.  You have until December 24th to enter any kind of watercolour card as long as it's clean and simple, including open space.  We'd love to have you join us!

Stamps - Penny Black birds, Make an Impression sentiment
Ink - Ranger Archival Tuxedo Black, Distress Chipped Sapphire, Stormy Sky, and Tumbled Glass
Paper - white cs, watercolour paper
Size - 7.25x5"
Accessories - Gansai Tambi watercolour paints, fun flock, Spellbinders rectangle dies, fun foam

Friday, 1 December 2017

Glass Bead Holly

The last month of CAS Mix Up for 2017!  Where has the year gone?  The challenge for December is wide open:

I'm still in Christmas card mode so made this:

The challenge says "2 items of your choice" (as well as stamping) - it has to be at least two - and can be more.  I have watercolour splash, stenciling, glass bead gel, glitter, heat embossing, and die cutting.

Using Distress Antique Linen and Shabby Shutters, I created a splash watercolour background.  Then I laid the Holly Bough stencil over the background and sponged over the stencil with Distress Evergreen Bough ink, cleaned off the stencil, put it back and went over it with glass bead gel.  When it was dry, I added glue and red glitter to the berries.

I found a small sentiment stamp that would fit amongst the holly and heat embossed it.

I trimmed the panel down to fit behind the die cut pierced frame (die cut twice and glued together for more dimension).

Please head over to CAS Mix Up and check out the cards by the rest of the Design Team and our fabulous Guest Designer, Ina (of Little Bits of Craft).  You have until December 24th to link up your card.  Have fun choosing at least two options from the list on the right hand side of the CAS Mix Up blog and combine them with stamping on your clean and simple card!

Stamps - Impression Obsession sentiment
Ink - Versafine Onyx Black; Distress Evergreen Bough, Antique Linen, and Shabby Shutters
Paper - white and mixed media cs
Size - A2
Accessories - Tim Holtz Holly Bough stencil, glass bead gel, MFT Pierced Rectangle frame, red glitter, clear embossing powder