Monday, 29 September 2014

Christmas card

You can tell that September has hit as every day there is something scheduled! I missed last week's challenges but I have a card this week. It is a simple Christmas card. 

I started with a piece of white cardstock and used an embossing folder from Sizzix to make the frames. I coloured them in with Spectrum Noir marker LG5. I stamped the two images, both by Hero Arts, in Memento Tuxedo Black. I used another embossing folder from Sizzix to emboss LOVE and cut it out with the matching die. I stamped the sentiment, by Inkadinkado, in Colorbox Fresh Green pigment ink. I thought that frame looked a little bare with just the sentiment so I added the holly which is also Inkadinkado. I coloured in the holly with Spectrum Noir LG5, LG4 and LG2 and used DR2 for the berries.  I attached a piece of ribbon from my stash and then taped it on the card base.

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Thursday, 11 September 2014

Fall card

Today I have a card I made for four different challenges. For the Hiding in my Craft Room Challenge we needed to use fall colours; for the Mod Squad Challenge Blog we needed to use stripes; for the Simon Says Stamp (SSS) Monday Challenge we needed to use a SSS product and for the Wednesday SSS Challenge we needed to make our own background.

I knew I needed to make my own background and needed to have stripes. We get extra brownie points if we use orange stripes and orange is a fall colour so I went with orange cardstock for my background layer. I  used the Simon Says Stamp Postage Stamp Edge Frame die to cut it out.

I wanted a little sparkle on the card so I used Perfect Medium and stamped some stripes. I actually used a rolling stamp that I had when I was a kid. It has little lines all along it. I stamped each stripe a couple of times so I was sure I had enough of the Perfect Medium on. I then used the Antique Copper Perfect Pearls to give the shine.

I used the smallest die in the set to cut out the cardstock for the greeting. I stamped the sentiment, from Inkadinkado Autumn Greetings set, with Stampin' Up Cajun Craze ink and stamped the leaf, by StampCraft, with more of the Perfect Medium. I used the Antique Copper Perfect Pearls on the leaves. I matted this with a piece of brown cardstock.

I wanted to put some twine on it but didn't have any in the right colour so I used Spectrum Noir marker TN4 and made my own. The postage stamp design made it easy to line up and it didn't slip out of place while I was attaching it. I used some foam tape to attach the sentiment onto the background layer and then onto the card base.

I took another picture from a different layer so you could see the shine!

Sunday, 7 September 2014

Vellum and Acetate Christmas card

On the Mod Squad Challenge Blog this week, the challenge is to use both vellum and acetate on a holiday card. I knew I had some vellum but wasn't sure about the acetate. I found a piece that I think came from a package of some sort! Good thing I never get rid of anything! I am also entering this card in the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge and the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge which are both about using stamps in celebration of STAMPtember!

I started by stamping the ornament and topper from the Spellbinders Heirloom Ornament set onto vellum using Versamark ink and then embossed with Martha Stewart sterling embossing powder. I cut a piece of red cardstock the same size and marked around the outside with a Sakura silver metallic pen. Some of the silver got on the back of the vellum and in trying to take it off I realized it had turned the vellum a slightly different colour. I decided I would use my mistake and made a little border around the edge of the vellum which you can see in the picture. I glued the layers together at the edge with Zig memory system 2 way glue and the silver pen just about hides the glue. I attached a piece of glittery thread that I made into a bow with a mini Glue Dot and I matted the vellum layer with white cardstock.

I cut two pieces of red cardstock to fit the front pieces of my card base. I used two more of the ornaments, stamped with Versamark and sprinkled Glitter Ritz Warm Highlight Micro Fine Glitter over. I attached the pieces to the card base with Mono Adhesive.

So then I had to use the acetate in some way. I decided to have another ornament that could be used as an embellishment. I stamped another ornament onto the acetate using Frost White Color Box ink. I used more glitter and let it dry for quite a while before I fussy cut it out, leaving a small border. I poked a hole in the acetate, threaded another piece of the glittery thread through and attached it to the card. It could be taken off and used as a real ornament, especially on a mini tree.

Thanks for reading!

Monday, 1 September 2014

Harvest card

Family was visiting over the weekend so I'm finally getting around to posting my card. It is a harvest card for the Mod Squad Challenge Blog - A Fruitful Harvest.  I am also entering it in Hiding in my Craft Room - Freestyle and Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes

I decided to use pumpkins on my card which I coloured with Spectrum Noir markers and cut out. For the background I stamped the image several times with Versamark ink and used clear embossing powder to give a bit of a shine. I die cut a scalloped oval, and dry embossed it to bring out the middle. I used a Versamarker pen to colour the outside border and used clear embossing powder to match the background.

I used brown cardstock to create a small border around the background and wrapped some ribbon around the layers before they were attached to the card base. I popped up the oval with foam dots and used tape for the back pumpkins and more foam dots for the front two to give some dimension.

I used the following products:

Paper - White - Bazzill Basics Simply Smooth; Brown, Tan and card base from my stash
Ink - Memento Rich Cocoa, Versamark watermark ink and marker
Stamps - Inkadinkado Autumn Greetings set
Embossing powder - Recollections clear detail
Die cut, Ribbon - unknown
Spectrum Noir markers - CR10, OR1, GB5, GB3, DG3