Monday, 16 October 2017

Hometown Pines Quartet

Here is a quartet of simple but festive Christmas cards using the Hometown Greetings dies.
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Christmas cards made with the Hometown Greetings & Pretty Pines dies

The card below was the first I made and has slightly different dimensions to the other three.  All of the cards followed a few basic steps.
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Pretty Pines and Hometown Greetings dies combine to make a simple but festive Christmas card
  • I cut  circle of Whisper White cardstock.
  • Using a Stitched Shapes circle of similar dimensions and a slightly smaller Layering Circle die, I created a narrow edge of Basic Grey.
  • With Basic Gray cardstock, I cut just one of the houses with the Hometown Greetings die.
  • I glued the house to the white circle and glued the Basic Gray edge on top.
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The foliage in this Christmas card is from the Christmas Staircase die set
  • I added a layer of Designer Series Paper to the card (some of the cards also have Basic Gray and Whisper White mats)
  • Glued the decorative circle to the card front
  • Added some foliage cut in either Gold Foil Sheet or Tranquil Tide and using either a die from the Christmas Staircase or Pretty Pines die sets.
  • Added a bow cut with a die from the Pretty Pines die set and an Enamel Dot or Rhinestone
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Traditional red and green is combined with grey and silver in this Christmas card
  • The greeting is heat embossed either with gold or silver heat embossing powder on either Smoky Slate or Basic Gray cardstock
  • I used one of the square Stitched Shapes framelits to cut the rectangular shape for the greeting.
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The black and white Christmas card is made more festive with addition of Real Red trimmings

The banner on this card is a little different.  I cut the red layer at both ends with the Triple Banner Punch.  The Smoky Slate layer is cut with one of the Lots of Labels dies (see below) and then trimmed to slightly wider than the greeting.

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This is how I used the Lots of Labels die to cut each end of the label

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Stephanie

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Sunday, 15 October 2017

Falling Flowers Flourish

Whenever I undertake a more messy technique, I make the mess more palatable (self-confessed neat freak when it comes to my craft room!) by making more than one card.  I made this card at the same time that I made this sympathy card.
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The watercolour background sets off the gorgeous flourish from the Falling Flowers stamp set

The layers are Cajun Craze, Basic Black and Crumb Cake.

I followed the same steps that I used for this card: Stamping in Basic Black ink onto Shimmery White Cardstock, Dapper Denim and Crumb Cake Watercolour background, Stamping the still damp card with images from the Timeless Textures set, painting the image with Crumb Cake, Dapper Denim and Cajun Craze inks.

I was really pleased with the finished result - it's simple but elegant, multipurpose and I think could be masculine or feminine.

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Stephanie


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Friday, 13 October 2017

Falling Flowers Sympathy Card

This card is entered into the Crazy Crafters Team Highlights.  Click here to see the full line up and vote for your favourites.

For quite some time I've been admiring the graceful curves and pretty flowers in the Falling Flowers stamp set ... and finally treated myself!  Fortunately, I don't have need of a sympathy card at the moment - which I find is the best time to make one.
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Falling Flowers images with a watercoloured background

Planning to use a watery technique, I started out with a piece of Shimmery White cardstock and stamped the flower with Basic Black Archival ink.  I then masked the flower and added the gorgeous flourish.

Once the black ink was completely dry (I admit that I was impatient and used the heat tool!) I made the entire piece of cardstock really wet.  I use a good quality mop brush for this purpose.

Using the same mop brush, I picked up some Dapper Denim ink and added it to the wet cardstock.  I mainly concentrated on the area to the left of the image but I did bring a little across to the other side of the card too.  I then repeated the process with Crumb Cake ink, concentrating on the right side of the card.  I like to use drops of ink from the reinker but you could also use ink from the pad - probably best to tap a good amount of ink onto a non-porous surface that can act as a palette.

Once I was happy with the coverage, and while the card was still fairly damp, I used the wood grain image in the Timeless Textures stamp set to add more of the inks.  One area had was not quite damp enough for the stamped ink to bleed, so I ran my damp mop brush over it again.

When
the card was completely dry, I added colour to the stamped image using Crumb Cake and Dapper Denim inks with just a hint of Whisper White Craft Ink for highlights.  I also added some loose hints of shadows.

The greeting is from the Better Together stamp set and the label layers are Crumb Cake, Dapper Denim and Basic Black.  All the ends are trimmed with a Lots of Labels die.  Visit here for an idea of how I achieved that.  The difference is that the labels on today's card were narrower than the die I used for the ends.

The base card is Crumb Cake and the mat is Basic Black.  To give a lift to the sombre colour scheme, I added some of the gorgeous copper sequins in the Metallics Sequin Assortment.

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Stephanie

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Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Santa Paws Trio

I'm so grateful for Designer Series Paper at this time of year!  It makes creating effective and individual Christmas cards (yes - I know I'm crazy but I like to give everyone a different card!) a snap!
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A quick and fun Christmas card with patterned paper and a stamped image

This trio of singing (or caterwalling?) cats really appealed to me in the Santa Paws stamp set and it was so much fun to colour the image with the Stampin' Write Markers before I cut it out with an oval Stitched Shapes die.

Having sponged a piece of black and white checked paper from the Merry Little Christmas Designer Series Paper pack with Emerald Envy ink, I layered it onto my Basic Black card followed by layers of Whisper White and Merry Music Designer Series Paper.

I trimmed the ends of the sentiment and its Emerald Envy mat with Lots of Labels dies and added it to the card with dimensionals.

Last, but not least, I added some of the gorgeous opalescent sequins in a variety of sizes from the Metallic Sequins Assortment.

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Stephanie

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