Thursday, 30 November 2017

So many snowflakes.....more Christmas cards!

I'm back with another post about my Christmas card making for 2017.
Here is the finished set of cards - I only needed 4 but I was having so much fun blending, stamping and heat embossing I just kept going!

The Swirly Snowflake stamps and coordinating die are brilliant. I love the details in the stamped images and the dies are fabulous for those of us who dislike fussy cutting.

  I started by choosing some Distress Oxides in purple and blue tones.
Foe these cards I used Wilted Violet, Seedless Preserves, Salty Ocean,
Peacock Feathers, Faded Jeans and Black Soot.
 These inks blend so beautifully and leave such a gorgeous matte, chalky finish.
I inked the edges of my background with the Faded Jeans to frame the edge.

I gave each background a spritz & flick of water then gave then a quick blast from my heat gun to dry them before stamping some swirly snowflakes with Champagne Versamark. I love the sparkly watermark this makes over the Oxides.

To create my snowflake focal point I used my Tim Holtz stamping platform.
I applied 2-4 different colours of ink om my stamp, gave it a quick spritz of water them stamped it.
 I then cleaned off my stamp without removing it from the platform, inked it with my Ranger Emboss-It dauber then stamped my image again. I then heat embossed it with clear embossing powder.
I die cut out my snowflakes and adhered them to the backgrounds with an action wobble.
I added a sentiment then adhered them to my card base. I now have another set of
cards ready to be mailed out.
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Card backgrounds and bases were made using
Creative Scrapbooker Superstock

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Festive Tree - Christmas Card

Hello! I have been busy making Christmas cards so I can get them in the mail by Dec 1. 
This week I will posting some these cards.

These first 2 cards were made using the NEW Tim Holtz Watercolor Tree 
Stamp from Stampers Anonymous. 

This set is a layered stamp - the base layer is stamped with Peeled Paint Distress Ink.
The next layer was stamped with Forest Moss. These trees were stamped on to the 'label' paper from last years Christmas Paper Stash pack from Tim Holtz Idea-ology.

I stamped the star with Fossilized Amber Distress Ink. The decorations were stamped with Ranger Emboss-It then embossed with Candy Red Embossing Powder from Emerald Creek Craft Supplies.

I trimmed out the tree image, layered this over some Distress cardstock and then adhered to a piece of pattern paper from the 2017 Christmas Paper Stash from Tim Holtz Idea-ology. This is an 8x8 paper pack and I love using these for cardmaking.

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Friday, 24 November 2017

Tim Holtz Tag Swap - #2

I just participated in my 2nd Tim Holtz Tag Swap. 
I designed & created these tags for 2 fellow Tim Holtz Addicts - Sarah & Megan.

I started with 2 Kraft tags & 4 colours of Distress Oxides ~ 
Worn Lipstick, Broken China, Wilted Violet & Spiced Marmalade.

I applied the Worn Lipstick & Spiced Marmalade inks with an ink blending tool 
& spritzed with some water.

Next step - I applied each colour separately to my craft mat and dipped my tag into in. 
I did this with all four colours.

Next step - I took the 'honeycomb' die from the Mixed Media set from Sizzix & 
die cut some of the edges of my tag. These are going to be the top layer of my tag.

I die cut the main part of my tags as a card. I applied the Worn Lipstick & Spiced Marmalade with a blending tool to the inside of the 'card'. I spritzed one side the 'Blocks' layering stencil with some water then laid it on the card. I let it sit for about 30 seconds before lifting it off and repeating on the other side.

Next step ~ (sorry I forgot to take photos) for the outside of my 'card' I used the same 4 colours of Ditress Oxides & the same techniques used on the first set of tags. I ended with blending Seedless Preserves on the front of one card and Wilted Violet on the front of the other.
I then took the 2 tags I made first and adhered them over the front of the cards.
I also took some of the 'honeycomb' pieces and adhered them on the back of my card.

To create my flowers I blended Distress Oxides on to a piece of smooth white cardstock. I stamped the flowers from the Flower Jar stamp set all over my card stock then used the coordinating die set to cut them out.

I used an x-acto knife to cut a tiny slit in the 'jar', then slide the stems of the flower through and adhered with some tape.

I stamped my sentiment inside my card and adhered a few of the extra flowers below it.

My tag cards were finished and ready to mailed off to new crafty friends.

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Merry & Bright Etcetera Tag

Welcome back my lovely crafty friends!

It's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas around here. I took a break from cardmaking and made this decor item using a medium Etcetera tag.

~ The finished project ~

I began with a medium Etcetera Tag and the Christmas Paper Stash.

I chose several different patterns of paper and trimmed them down to make a patchwork on my tag. I used matte medium to adhere my paper to the tag & trimmed off the excess. I then used my sanding block to distress the edges and peel off bits of the paper. 

I used my Distress Crayons - Black Soot, Vintage Photo & Walnut Stain - to go around the edges, of the tag and the pieces of paper.

Next I added some Antiqued Bronze Distress Crayon - this added just a bit of shimmer.

To complete my tag - I added some Festive Paper Dolls, Christmas Quote Chips, 
Christmas Clippings Stickers, 

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