Archive for the ‘Christmas’ Category

Blue Christmas

Sunday, December 27th, 2020

Hi all!  It’s Nancy here and I’m back with one more Christmas card today with a card using the Random Act of Cardness prompt of Blue.  I’m sorry but it’s a quick post from me today… first the card is pretty self-explanatory and second it’s the holidays and I’m trying to spend some time with my family and recharging my batteries a bit.

I had fun playing with different shades of blue to create this beautiful ornament!  I LOVE the Birch Press layering dies and had to buy three different Christmas ornament ones this year.  For this card I used some blue shimmer cardstock from my stash as well as some silver glitter paper, along with part of a sentiment from a stamp set from Gina K and the Belle Ornament.  I stamped the word JOY with Versamark ink and embossed it with white embossing powder.  I had fun playing with the different layers, deciding how it should all go together… which colours where.

 

Today’s Prompt is Shapes

Saturday, December 26th, 2020

Hi Everyone!

It’s Susan with today’s prompt for the Random Act of Cardness – shapes.

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I had a few different ideas for this but in the end I decided to do something quick and easy. That seems to be my go-to right now so that’s what I did.

I decided to use shapes to make a couple of Holiday cards. If you’re still sending out cards then these could work for you because they don’t focus on Christmas, instead they are about the whole season.

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I’ve got lots of pictures so lets get started.

Here is the first card.

I started by securing a piece of watercolor paper to a board and drawing a very faint pencil line down the center of the paper. Then using the MFT’s Triangle stencil I started drawing out triangles starting with the largest at the bottom and working my way up the page with smaller triangles being sure to line the top point of each one to the center line.

Here you can see all the triangles.

Be sure to erase all the lines in the middle because once you start adding color they are not always easy to get rid of and you probably don’t want to see them in your finished product.

As I’m typing this up I’m thinking this tree would look cute if I kept the top points of the triangles all lined up but made each triangle a little wonky. I’ll have to give that a try and maybe even do some non-traditional colors.

I’m not going to talk about the watercoloring because really I kept it so simple using just a couple shades of green and mixing it around on the cardstock. No fancy techniques or skills used here.  The sky is a wash of light blue. I splattered on some watered down white paint and then used a white paint pen to add some bigger snow. I decided to add the sentiment right across the middle.

This next card is also a tree but made using the MFT’s Circle Stencil.

I started with another piece of watercolor cardstock taped to a board. This helps to keep the cardstock flatter when it’s finished and it also gives a nice white edge to the piece. I drew a large triangle very lightly with a pencil and then went about filling it with circles using the stencil. You could definitely free hand all of this for a more organic look but I’m really not good at drawing circles so I used the stencil.

I painted them in using a variety of non-traditional colors and then I used a silver to fill in all the gaps. This next picture shows it a little better. I finished the card by painting in a tree trunk and then adding the background. I started with a light grey but it wasn’t light enough so I dabbed some off with a paper towel and I really liked the mottled look so I filled in the whole background that way. It was a happy accident. I stamped the sentiment on the bottom this time instead of adding snow. I felt with all the circles in the tree that the splatters would just make it look really busy.

You could make a tree out of lots of small triangles or even rectangles and squares. Ohhhh that gives me an idea. Back to my craft room I go lol.

I used a MISTI to stamp my sentiments. If you stamp directly onto watercolor cardstock a stamp-positioning tool is a must. Doesn’t have to be a MISTI but I definitely recommend some kind of tool as it always takes stamping it a few times to get a good image because the paper is not smooth.

I used my Kuretake watercolors for these cards but you could do these with any paints at all. This would be fun to let your kids do too – they could use dollar store watercolors (if you don’t want them to use yours) and they could go crazy with stencils or drawing their own scenes to paint. Could be a fun activity for thank you cards to do over the Christmas break.

I hope you are all having a wonderful holiday season. I know it is not what we’re all used to and it’s difficult at times but I do hope you’re enjoying it.

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See you all in 2021!

I want to wish you all the best for a HEALTHY and HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

 

Happy Stampin’
and thanks so much for visiting!
Stay safe everyone!!
Susan
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Wreath and Wings

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2020

Ho ho hello! It’s Deb here, from the Design Team. Are you ready for the holiday season, such as it is this year? If you’re needing another Christmas or winter card, you’re going to love the one I have for you today. It uses the new Penny Black Wreath & Wings stamp set done on watercolour paper.

WREATH AND WINGS

I just had to do this with my Zig Markers for a watercolour effect. It’s such a soft image and this effect is perfect for it. Have a look.

Wreath and Wings

Those little birds are too cute, don’t you think?

CARD DETAILS

To use the Zig markers for watercolour, set up the stamp and your paper in a stamp platform. Use one colour marker at a time to apply the colour directly to the stamp. Mist either the stamp or the paper, and then press firmly onto the paper. I found it was easier to mist the paper with water, so that I didn’t miss the area I was colouring! Continue on moving from colour to colour, until you’re happy with your wreath. The colours I chose are as follows: 041 Light Green; 043 Olive Green; 070 Orange; 022 Carmine Red; 092 Blue Gray.

Clean and remove the wreath stamp, and then line up the bird duo stamp at the bottom of the wreath. Stamp the birds in Nocturne ink, and ensure that it’s dry. To colour the birds, I decided to use a couple of Distress Inks. To do this, press the ink directly onto the lid of your stamp platform, and pick up the ink to paint with a water brush, or small paint brush. I used Fired Brick and Mustard Seed ink colours.

For the sentiment, I chose another Penny Black stamp set called Peaceful Season. Still using the stamp platform, stamp in Versamark ink a few times for full coverage. Next, cover the sentiment with gold embossing powder, and set with a heat tool. To add a bit more interest to the panel, use a Nuvo Aqua Shimmer pen in Midas Touch, and splatter the gold ink over the card front.  Round off the corners, and then layer the card together with gold and dark red cardstock.

Wreath & Wings

As I’m writing this post, we’re having our first snowfall here in Vancouver! It’s put me in a very festive mood; especially watching all the birds at the feeders on our back deck.

SCRAP ‘N STAMP DAILY CHALLENGE

Of course, my card today coincides with the word for today in the Daily Challenge, which is ‘wreath’.  I hope that you’ve enjoyed seeing my Wreath & Wings card. Another reason I like this stamp set is it’s versatility; just change up the colours you use, depending on the season! There’s also 3 different bird images to choose from.

To play along with the Daily Challenge, find the list of word prompts in the Facebook Group page HERE.  You can play along with as many or as few days as you like – yes, you can backtrack, if you’ve missed some days. Just share a photo of your project, using the hashtag #snschallenge on the FB page and your other social media platforms, when sharing. At the end of the month, one lucky person is randomly chosen, and WINS a $50 GIFT CERTIFICATE to shop at Scrap ‘N Stamp!  Have fun – I’ll be looking for your project.

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Wreath and Wings