Friday, 1 January 2016

Christmas Cards 2015

As a new year has just begun, I am starting 2016 with the best of intentions to post on my blog more frequently.  Today, I've decided to post a few of my favourite Christmas cards that I sent out this year.  Hope you like them.

This card was stamped and embossed with black embossing powder, then
coloured with Inktense and Watercolour Pencils and a waterbrush.  I added
a few metallic details using US Artquest Mica Metallic Watercolor Paint.

This card took quite a few steps to achieve the effect I was hoping to
accomplish. I first stamped the bird and branches with Jet Black Archival Ink.
Then I stamped, cut out and applied masks over the images.  Next I
spattered the paper with liquid frisket.  Once it had dried, I applied
Distress Inks using a mini blending tool.  When I was happy with the
colour, I removed the frisket and the masks.  I coloured the bird and
the branches with Copic markers and added a shadow under the bird. 
Final touches included a Metallic Starform "Merry Christmas" greeting
and some Ranger Glossy Accents on the bird's eye and on the berries.

I had to show the inside of this lever card.  It provided quite an unexpected
surprise when anyone opened it!  I love the fact that this has very little bulk
for an interactive card.  The little winter scene was stamped with Onyx
Black Versafine ink on pale blue cardstock and coloured with Prismacolor
Premier Pencil Crayons.  I love this stamp set by Stampin' Up.
It has so many fun elements that can be used to create a scene.
The tiny cardinals, the car and the Christmas tree were fussy cut and
popped up with dimensional tape.  I added a final touch by coating
all of the car windows with Glossy Accents.

Last, but not least, are a couple of detailed cards constructed from a variety
of die cuts and punched paper pieces.  The tree base, candy canes, gifts,
and gingerbread men were cut using Impression Obsession's Bare
Christmas Tree set.  I made a tree skirt from a small piece of red felt and
tied tiny bows for the parcels from string. The foliage for the tree was
cut using a Martha Stewart punch and layered to create a full tree.
  The cat was also cut using an I.O. die and the window was cut using
the Memory Box Small Madison Window die.  I added a winter scene
to be seen through the acetate window, which I printed on my printer. 
The tiny mouse was freehand fussy cut.  I added a tiny silver tail using thread.

This final card was constructed from the Impression Obsession Fireplace
set.  I added a brick background to the interior of the fireplace
using patterned paper.  The cats were cut from the I.O. Cat set and
coloured with Copic markers.  The ovals for the picture over the
mantelpiece were cut using a Nellie Snellen set of dies.  The
greeting was stamped and embossed with Ranger Regular Gold
embossing powder.  I added some Diamond Stickles to the fire to
make it sparkle and some Stardust Stickles to the foliage on the garland. 
Although it is difficult to see from the picture, this card has many
dimensional details and really was quite spectacular in person.

I hope you enjoyed seeing a few on my 2015 Christmas cards.  I made about 40 cards this year, with very few duplicate designs.  I thoroughly love making Christmas cards and hated to put away my Christmas collection of stamps and dies.  I'm sure I'll have lots of new ideas by the time Christmas 2016 rolls around.

Best wishes for a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year!

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Background Check: Day 1

I'm busy taking part in yet another wonderful Online Card Class.  The latest series of classes is called, "Background Check" and as you may have guessed, it is all about creating wonderful backgrounds for your cards.  One of the techniques that was addressed today was colour blending.  Here is my creation:

Obviously, I have already started making my 2015 Christmas cards.  This card was created by colour blending with Ranger Distress Inks and round Tim Holtz blending tools.  Before adding colour, I heat embossed the Merry Christmas greeting using Tsukineko White embossing powder on Strathmore Bristol paper and added a punched 1 1/4" circle mask of a Post-it note to create a moon.  I chose to use "tumbled glass" for the lightest colour at the bottom of the card, then "salty ocean" for the mid-section and finally "faded jeans" at the top.  I love the ombre effect this combination created.  I get such a kick out of removing a mask to reveal the resulting effect.  I cut a black silhouette of Santa and his reindeer team using an Impression Obsession die, and mounted it with some dimensional tape.  My finishing touches included a scattering of gold metallic stars and some white dots to mimic tiny stars.

Until then .. .

Sunday, 24 May 2015

Recent Cards From the Georgian Bay Cancer Support Centre

As you may know, I teach card making classes at the Georgian Bay Cancer Support Centre every Wednesday afternoon.  I thought I would show you a couple of the cards that we have made recently.

These are the cards that we made last week:

The first card features the "Love is Kindness" stamp from Stampin' Up, and is coloured with Copic markers.  The background was stamped with the Hero Arts Clings "Friend" definition.  The card base is made from Stampin' Up Strawberry Slush.

The second card was created using the super cute Lawn Fawn stamp set, "My Cup of Tea".  The teapot and cup were stamped with Memento Luxe pigment inks in Morocco and Pear Tart respectively.  Both images were fussy cut and mounted with dimensional tape onto the background after stamping the steam marks, spoon, and sentiment on 110 pound Neenah Solar White cardstock.  The teabag string was slipped through a tiny slit cut with a craft knife under the lid.  A small piece of dimensional tape was mounted under the teabag to lift it off of the pot.  The shadows of the teapot and cup were added with Copic C0 and as a final touch of detail, a generous dollop of Clear Rock Candy Stickles was added to the spoon to look like sugar.  The card base was made with Stampin' Up Early Espresso.  The patterned paper is cut from the retired BasicGrey Indian Summer collection.

I'll show several of the other cards we have made recently at the GBCSC in my next blog post.  Hope you like them.

Sunday, 15 March 2015

Easter Bunnies

I just got home after walking my dog.  It was snowing.  I honestly wonder if Spring will ever come to Midland!  Today is the last day to remove ice huts from the bay - a sure sign of Spring.  I hear that the maple sap is beginning to run and it won't be long before this year's maple syrup will appear in the local stores.  As Spring approaches, I look forward to Easter and getting together with family for a fine feast.

I only made a few Easter cards this year.  I was really pleased with the way this one turned out.  Lots of die cuts in this scene!  It was great fun to put together - I just love lots of details. 

Until next time,


Friday, 23 January 2015

One stamp Set - Three Ways

I was fortunate to win a beautiful Hero Arts stamp set called "Forever" last fall.  At the time that I won, I had already started making my Christmas cards, so this is the first time I have actually played with it.  I decided that I wanted to use a neutral palette of taupes and browns for my card.  I chose to create my card base out of Neenah Solar White cardstock.  I added a panel of Kaisercraft tone-on-tone patterned paper mounted on a piece of Chocolate Chip Stampin' Up cardstock for the background.  I stamped the tag with Memento Luxe pigment ink in Rich Cocoa.  I just love the distressed look of this stamp and the pigment ink gives a beautiful opaque finish to the stamped image.  I heat embossed the birthday sentiment using Tsukineko white embossing powder.  On the first card, I cut the edges of the tag with my paper cutter.  On the other two cards,  I fussy cut around the tag in an irregular manner to accentuate the uneven, distressed look of the stamped edge.  I mounted the tag onto the card base using dimensional tape.  When it came time to stamp and emboss the butterflies, I decided to try three different looks using different colours of embossing powder.  The first card features dark brown butterflies using Ranger Adirondack Espresso embossing powder.  

On the second card I used Tsukineko White embossing powder for the butterflies on Chocolate Chip cardstock.

The third card features butterflies using Ranger Tarnished Gold and Liquid Platinum embossing powders.  On all three cards, I fussy cut the butterflies and then mounted the butterflies using dimensional tape.


I still can't decide which version I like the best!  

Until next time,