Posts Tagged ‘winter cards’

Winter is Coming

Thursday, November 25th, 2021

Despite the title, this post isn’t about Game of Thrones (for those of you who are fans). But yes, winter is coming!  It’s hard to believe that we still have almost a month until the start of winter. You may have read or seen on the news the devastating rain & flooding that we’ve had here in B.C., which is were I am, and the Scrap ‘N Stamp store.  I’m very thankful that the area in which I live is relatively unaffected. But I’m very sad for those who have been displaced, lost their homes, and all of the animals (pets, livestock and wild) that have suffered. Wherever you live, I hope that you’re safe!

ACTS OF CARDNESS PROMPT

Over on the Scrap ‘N Stamp Facebook page HERE, you’ll find the daily word prompts for the Random Acts of Cardness.  The idea behind the challenge is that it will get everyone making cards daily, but not just making them. Sending them!! Yes – you’re supposed to be giving or mailing your daily creations! At this time of year, it’s not that difficult. For today’s prompt I chose the word ‘winter’, so that you can make this as one of your holiday or Christmas cards.

I pulled out one of my favourite sets from last year, by Colorado Craft Company. It features the whimsical art of Anita Jeram, in a stamp called Kittens & Mittens.

Winter is Coming

Aren’t those kittens adorable?! I can’t wait to get my hands on the latest release, coming soon to the Scrap ‘N Stamp store.

CARD DETAILS

Start with a panel of watercolour paper. Wet the paper with either a spritzer or water brush. Smoosh the Faded Jeans Distress Oxide onto your craft mat, and then pick it up & apply it with a water brush. I did a heavier application on the top for the sky, and then lightly on the bottom. Sort of a reflection of the sky onto the snow. Allow the panel to dry, or speed it up with a heat tool.

Next, stamp the Kittens & Mittens in Nocturne ink. Choose your colours; I used my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers and a water brush to paint. The colours I chose are Light Gray, Carmine Red, Beige, Yellow, Brown, Blue and Blue Gray.  After colouring the kittens, add some shadows under their feet, using the Light Gray marker.  You can see on the blue hat that the area wasn’t quite dry – so I went with it, added more water, and made it a fuzzy hat!

Now, use the snowflake stamp with Versamark, and stamp it across the top. Cover it with white embossing powder, and heat set.  I felt like the snow wasn’t standing out as much as I wanted, so I added some splatters of watered down white gouache paint.  While this is drying, stamp the sentiment onto a piece of bright blue cardstock in Versamark, and again emboss with white embossing powder.  Attach the sentiment to the top of the card front, and then wrap some silver cording across the bottom.

Attach the card front to your bright blue card base using foam tape. Finish off the card by adding a small Nuvo Cherry Heart.

Winter is Coming

Anyone who receives this card is guaranteed to smile!

JOIN THE CHALLENGE

I hope you’ll play along with my prompt today. After all, winter is coming, so we may as well enjoy it! Be sure to share a photo of your project with the hashtag #snschallenge.  At the end of the month, one lucky participant is randomly chosen, and wins a $50 Gift Card to shop Scrap ‘N Stamp!

If you’d like to recreate my card or a version of it, I’ve included product links below. When you shop at Scrap ‘N Stamp, be sure to use my Designer Discount Code of 10DEB, for 10% OFF your total  purchase!

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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.

SUPPLIES

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Wreath and Wings