Archive for the ‘Christmas’ Category

FEELING SASSY?

Saturday, September 26th, 2020

Hi Friends!

It’s Susan here today with 3 fun and sassy Christmas cards to share with you. And they are all easy to make which when it comes to Christmas cards I think that’s important especially if you have a lot to send out. Sometimes though it’s fun to send cards that have a little sass to them.

For my first card I used the girl from MFT’s You Shine and cut her out with the coordinating die. I colored her in with some Prismacolor pencil crayons and then layered her onto some craft foam that I had cut out with the die. Before I added her to the panel I blended on some Squeezed Lemonade Distress Ink to provide a glow in the background. I also used a clear sparkle pen to add some sparkle to the lights.

The sentiment is from the Sassy Pants Holiday Stamp Set from MFT and I’ve decided for those that find it offensive it means You’re Festive as Figgy pudding and those of you that are fine with it – cheers!

This next card is probably my favorite card that I’ve made in a while. I stamped the sentiment from the same Sassy Pants Holiday Stamp Set all over the panel. If you’re new to slimline cards here are the measurements. Take an 8 1/2 x 11 piece of cardstock and cut it at 7″ on the long side then score it at 3 1/2″ – this is your card base. The left over piece you can cut to 3 1/4 x 8 1/4″ to make your panel. I cut my panel on this card to 3 3/8 x 8 3/8″.

I used the Tonic Studios Gin Glass Die to make a wine glass. I’ve done it before and did a little video showing how I did it. You can see that video HERE. I added some craft foam behind the glasses and added them to the panel. To set the sentiment apart from the background I heat embossed it in white onto black card stock. The little bits of fun stamped in between the words and the holly on the glasses are from an older MFT set called Santas Elves. I used a clear sparkle pen on the wine to make it shine – it looks better in person.

My last card was the easiest one to make. I couldn’t decide on which sentiment to use so I used as many as I could fit on the panel.

The stamp set is Hero Arts Snarky Christmas and it’s loaded with snarky sentiments. I filled up the panel with them and in the gaps I stamped a couple of smaller images from MFT’s Santa’s Elves stamp set. I colored them in with some pencil crayons and gave the ornament a little shine with the clear sparkle pen.

I had an absolute blast making these cards and I know exactly who I’ll be sending them to as well. I may need to make a few more.

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Happy Stampin’

and thanks so much for visiting!
Stay safe everyone!!
Susan
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Tuesday with Tara {take 263} negative space poinsettia

Tuesday, September 1st, 2020

Happy Tuesday and happy September!  We are kicking off another month of daily challenges with our Random Acts of Cardness with today’s theme, Foliage.  I’m using “Poinsettia Pieces” by Tim Holtz, which I got after Christmas last year, paired with a sentiment by Gina K Designs.  I thought the foliage of the poinsettia could have a non-seasonal vibe if I avoided traditional colors.  By sticking to shades of green, this card has an almost tropical feel to it, though with a different sentiment it would be lovely for Christmas too.


Since these dies are designed to showcase the negative space, I wanted to play with color and some for the background behind them.  I sprayed a variety of Distress Stains & Distress Oxide Sprays in shades of green and blue on watercolor card stock, then splattered with some water and spritzed with Perfect Pearls. It’s a subtle variety of colors with a pretty shimmer to it!

I cut the panel just slightly larger than the white piece I’d cut the poinsettia pieces from, then glued them together and onto a black card.  It’s easy to keep the design simple when you are working with such pretty, intricate dies.

I hope you like my card and are ready for a new month of inspiration with Scrap ‘N Stamp!  Be sure to check out the challenge page on Facebook and play along, and plan to stop back here on the blog Friday for our September Blog Hop!

Hope to see you then!

Inky hugs,

Tara

Spatter Your Background

Friday, August 14th, 2020

Today’s card is all about textures and backgrounds! I’m going to share with you how to spatter your background. It’s Deb here,  for the Scrap ‘N Stamp Design Team. The word for today’s daily challenge is ‘spatter’, or splatter – whichever term you prefer. If you’re not playing along with the daily challenges, you can find the details in the Scrap ‘N Stamp Facebook challenge page HERE.  At the end of each moth, one lucky winner is randomly chosen for a prize!

SPATTER YOUR BACKGROUND

In the crafting world, it’s never too early to start on Christmas projects! For this card, I use the Hero Arts Snowflake Cluster Die for the focal images.

Spatter Your Background

Along with the spatter, you can see that I did something else ‘unusual’ for the background.

CARD DETAILS

Start with a piece of watercolour paper. On a large acrylic block, scribble watercolour markers in ‘stripes’, blending each colour slightly into the next. The Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers are perfect for this! I chose Violet, Light Violet, Prussian Blue and Blue. After scribbling the colours onto the block, light spray it with water, and the watercolour paper.  Now, turn the block over, and press the wet inks into the watercolour paper. Hold the block down firmly for a few seconds, to allow the paper to absorb the ink.  Remove the block from the paper. If you want to spread the colours more, lightly spray the paper again with the water.

While you wait for your watercolour paper to dry, you can die cut the snowflakes. Use you Big Shot or other die cutting machine with the Hero Arts Snowflake Cluster Die. Tonic Glitter Card in Sugar Crystal is very pretty & sparkly – perfect for snowflakes! On a strip of light blue cardstock, stamp the sentiment from the Concord & 9th Mistletoe Messages in Versamark ink. Cover the ink with white embossing powder, and set with a heat tool.

CREATE THE SPATTERS

Once the watercolour paper is dry, you’re ready to spatter your background! On your acrylic block, scribble the Violet and Blue markers, in separate areas. Spray the ink with water. Using a small brush, mix the Blue ink & water, and pick up some of the colour. To create the spatter, hold the brush over the top left of the watercolour paper (lighter area) and tap the brush against either your finger or another brush. Using a small brush will create small spatter marks. Repeat this with the Violet ink in the lower right corner.  Now, create larger spatters by picking up the ink & water mix with a larger bristle brush, and tap more ink onto the background.

For the white spatter, mix a bit of white paint – I  happen to have white gouache, or you can use any acrylic – with water, and repeat as above with the marker ink.  The photo below is a close up, so you can see the spatters a bit better.

Spatter Your Background

I like have the mix of large & small spatters; it adds more interest, I think.

PULL IT ALL TOGETHER

Now you’re ready to assemble your card! On a light blue card base, attach a strip of light purple cardstock on the left side, with liquid glue or tape. Next, attach your background to that, with foam tape or squares. Use liquid glue to attach the snowflakes on the diagonal, across the card front. Finally, attach the sentiment with foam tape or small squares.

Spatter Your Background

SUPPLIES

I hope that enjoyed seeing today’s project! What do you think? Do you like to spatter your background? I think it’s a great way to add texture & interest, without adding physical layers to your card. Also, you can do it with products that  you already own! Leave me a comment, and let me know your favourite background technique.

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