Monday, August 26, 2013

Using Watercolor Paper for Christmas Cards

 First of all, not all the cards that I'm posting today are Christmas cards, as I needed several anniversary cards, too.  The first three cards, though, are from a single stamp set and use watercolor paper and watercolor gelatos as the coloring medium. 
They were stamped with Stazon ®, which is a permanent ink, before using Aquabrush (Pentel Aquash)® to color them. I used Lumière® to color the snowmen and give them a little sparkle. Rudolph's nose was colored, then highlighted with Crystal Effects® in order to really emphasize it.
The next two cards are those anniversary cards I mentioned.  The first uses a lovely tree. The hearts represent each year the couple have been married. The next card uses the same design and stamp set, but has punched flowers with diamond centres on wisteria vines.

Making such simple cards sometimes gets them finished faster :)

The last card is another Christmas card -- watercolored cardinal. The background is dry embossed using an Embossing Folder®. The ribbon is tied in a simple knot around the greeting. I think I may use Crystal Effects on the berries yet, to give them a little shine.  What do you think?


Saturday, August 17, 2013

Started Christmas Cards for 2013!

 It seems as though everyone I know is not well, needing a card to encourage them to get better!  I made this card yesterday, trying to do the "Double-time Stamping Technique" (rather than "Triple-time"). I think the borders are too large, but wanted to use the Labels ® dies to create the layers, rather than squares or rectangles.  Retired stamps and cardstock used.  

The hexagon card is a new bundled set (Six-Sided Sampler Bundle P.125, #132724 Clear) ® that allows for a lot of versatility and creativity!  I love the way that you can link the different stamped hexagons together to create your own design. I used an embossing folder for the cardstock background.

Well, I finally broke down and started to build my Christmas Card collection -- since I think I'll need around 100 cards to distribute. I used some stamp sets that aren't specifically for Christmas, to get started.

This green and red card (left) uses the Mosaic Madness ® bundle and is more simple than I'm used to. I cut the tiny mosaics out, but the larger ones were easy to punch out after stamping. The red mosaics have pearl centres, to add some bling.

The second green and red card uses a retired flower stamp set, which was colored on with markers, then "huffed" before stamping on the white cardstock. The centred greeting was stamped, then punched out and layered with another oval. The white lace border is the new Delicate Details Lace Tape ® (P.171, #130966).  Simple, yet elegant!

The last card that I created uses retired designer paper and stamps, plus retired satin ribbon. The oval that I punched out for layering on the card above become an opening for the stamped family, decorating the tree.  I need to do this more -- conserving cardstock!

Hope you are inspired to start making your Christmas cards!  I'm ready for more.....Wait and see.  

August heat = More time in stamping studio!

We've had a busy month so far -- multiple guests staying for short and longer periods of time. We have 8 grandsons and 5 granddaughters -- and our granddaughters spent 6 days with us at the start of the month. We took some day trips (Toronto zoo, water park, shopping, church) and did a lot of crafts, due to poor weather.  We had planned to go hiking, but, due to rain, we stayed indoors.

What did we do, you ask, with 8-14 year olds?  We needlefelted minions, ladybug, turtle, flowers, fairies and smurfs. We wove friendship bracelets. We decorated t-shirts with fabric paints and stamps. We made sticky buns. We made cards (of course)!  I don't have photos of all of the things we did, mainly because they were moving targets...

I've been considering starting my Christmas cards, as I know I'll need close to a 100 this year!  As I like them to be all unique, it takes quite a bit of time to get them completed. There's lots of new things coming out, so I know I'll have some great new designs!

Here's a few of the cards I've made this month:

A friend came over to make a wedding card for someone, and we designed this one together. She liked the trees and grass that had hearts for leaves/petals. She loved the bird stamp and punch.  Most of the elements of the card are retired, but some of my favorites.

The "happiness" card is a birthday card we made that uses the retired 2-step sunflower set -- another favorite of mine!  I love the cheerfulness of this card, which uses could have been a one-layer card, but we thought that the greeting needed more emphasis. We had masked the area using post-it notes, but it just didn't look right, so we added a matte and stamped the greeting, putting dimensionals under the greeting, adding brads, to bring more emphasis to it.

The last card being posted is similar in design to the "happiness" card, but the masking worked with the layout. I used a retired scrapbooking kit, with its sticker strips to border the greeting and bring it emphasis. I love the flourishes of this stamp set, and added flowers from a retired Sale-abration set that seemed to go well with the flourish.