Dimensional Baubles

December 8, 2015


teal teardrop close-up        green round close-up

Easy Christmas cards or decorations to make with your kids.

You can punch circle shapes out with paper punches or if you don’t have any punches, simply fold your patterned paper in half and hand draw a shape (like a teardrop) with pencil on the back. Cut out with scissors. You don’t have to be good at drawing for this. Because the card is folded in half, you know that your finished shape will be symmetrical. Once you have cut your first shape out, use this as a template to cut out another 5. Fold them all in half and glue them back to back (with a glue stick), until you come to the last one, which you glue onto the front of your card. (If you glue the last 2 edges of your bauble together, you will have created a 3-D bauble, which you could hang on your tree).

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I twisted some wire in a loop and popped it down the spine of the bauble (using a wet glue). You may find it easier to lay the wire into position first, then glue bauble over the top of it. Tie some pretty ribbon into a bow and glue at top of bauble.

When your bauble is complete (but before you stick it onto your card) you can hide any imperfect cutting by roughing up your edges. You can do this with a Distresser tool or simply open a small pair of scissors and hold the exposed blade at right angles to your card. Rub the scissors against the card edge to roughen up paper. This technique hides a multitude of sins. I use it a lot.

I have suggested using 6 shapes to create your baubles, but really you can do as many or as few as you wish. The thickness of your card may help determine this. You could also cut patterns out within each shape if you were good with a scalpel to create a more intricate decoration.

If making 3-D baubles, the wire will need to be longer to extend through the bottom for support. You could add some beads above and beneath for extra decoration.

xmas joy close-up This technique also looks lovely with certain stamped images. This is “Christmas Joy” 4161E from Stamp-It Australia. I used a rainbow ink pad to stamp it out – “Noel” by Adirondack (which I think have been discontinued).


Christmas Tag Cards

December 7, 2015


tag card christmas front A couple of quick tag cards, this one using “Tags Pivot Card 973” die by Elizabeth Craft Designs, along with Stamp-It’s Christmas stamp set072 and Bo Bunny Papers from Christmas Collage and Serenade ranges.

tag card christmas openThinking I may need to add something extra to the front of this card still…


Christmas TagsCreating this type of card is a great way to use up small pieces of paper you may have laying around. I keep all my cut up scraps of paper in drawers, sorted by colours. It makes it easy to find co-ordinating patterns within the same colour range from a variety of sources. Or you can do what I have done for this particular card and use scraps from a range of Bo Bunny scrapbook papers. So despite being different colours, you know they will work together. I have cut the tags from a variety of tag dies. The stamp is Musical Holly 4911E from Stamp-It Australia.


Vintage Keys and Holly

December 5, 2015


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A Christmas card with a slightly vintage feel.

STAMPS: Keys 4687E, Holly Bunch 4985E, Tall Christmas 4837D

INKS: Coffee & Sepia Archival Pads

PAPERS: Ivory Matt Card, Pomegranate Smoothie & Brown Bazzill Cards, Bisque Mi-teintes Card

ACCESSORIES: Red Ribbon, Magenta Pewter (1/2 circle), Harvest Leaf Craft, Colour Pencils, Crackle Accent, Garnet Liquid Pearls


Red Baubles

December 2, 2015


red baubles fullAdding a little elegance to the Christmas season with these beautiful baubles designed by Greg Sukendro for Stamp-It Australia – “Linear Baubles 4356E”. The Christmas wording is “Bold Little Christmas 4407C”.

Papers: Peanut Cluster Bazzill Card Shoppe, Silver Foil Board, Rejoice Snowfall Bo Bunny Paper (reverse side) and Brown Bazzill Card

Inks: Jet Black Archival Pad

Accessories: Glossy Accents, Silver & Burgundy Stickles, Colour Pencils, Gold Rhinestones

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Blitzen Reindeer

November 29, 2015


Santa in Sun 005Getting into the festive spirit at last, with my first Christmas get-together under my belt. Time to put the champagne on ice.

STAMPS: 4542E Blitzen, siset114 wording

PAPERS: White Matt Card, Leaf Green Vivaldi Card, PoppyRed Mi-teintes Card

INKS: Postbox Red, Cut Grass & Lemon Zest Dylusion Ink Sprays, Jet Black Archival Pad

ACCESSORIES: Chequered Dots Dylusion Stencil, Stardust Stickles, Ruby Red Liquid Pearls, Lime Ribbon, Brown Pencil

Spritz your matt white card with water, then ink sprays until card completely covered. Dry with heatgun.

Lay stencil over and spritz with water. Lift off stencil and run a roll of paper towel over card to dry. The water will have bleached the inks from card (as the inks are water-soluble), leaving pattern of stencil behind.

Stamp your reindeer and wording onto card in Jet Black Archival ink. Colour in reindeer with brown pencil.

Turn card over and run strip of 2-sided tape around perimeter. The ribbon I used had bobbles along both edges, but was very wide, so I cut it in half lengthways. Attach sections of ribbon around edge of card with the bobbles sticking outwards.

Attach card onto layer of Red card, then backing of Leaf green card. Finish off by adding some Stardust Stickles to champagne glass with a few bubbles rising out of it, and some Ruby Red Liquid Pearl for reindeer’s nose.

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Santa in the Sun

November 28, 2015


Santa in Sun 006Summer is already upon us with Christmas in hot pursuit. I bet Santa can hardly wait to get his feet up. It’s been a long year and it’s not over yet.

To make this card stamp Weary Santa 1149E and wording from siset102 onto ivory matt card in black Archival ink. Tear the edge of two strips of scrap paper and lay them across the top and bottom of the ivory card, leaving a gap in the middle. Sponge Antique Linen and Stormy Sky Distress inks over torn edges onto ivory card using sponging blocks. Colour in Santa with watercolour pencils. Apply some thick glue to trim of Santa’s hat and pom pom. Push white Flowersoft into glue while wet. Cut out beach umbrella shape from Ellison. Colour in with watercolour pencils and fix into place on card. Matt finished card onto red Mi-teintes card, then Harvest Bazzill card backing.




Aussie Outback Santa Run

November 27, 2015


Santa in Sun 004Feeling very patriotic this Christmas, may have something to do with all the terrorist activities around the world. Makes you appreciate home more than ever.

To make this card I cut the shape of Australia out of an Ellison die in matt white card. Next stamp outback scene with house siset111 in black Archival ink onto it. Colour in with watercolour pencils and chalks. Blend colours where needed with a waterbrush. Sponge around the edge with sepia ink. Stamp Kangaroo Sleigh 4919D in black Archival ink across top of Australia. With the help of a t-grid, stamp kangaroo sleigh again onto kraft card beneath making sure your kangaroos line up.

Glue Australia onto kraft card (don’t forget Tasmania!!). Sponge around kraft card with sepia ink also, then do edges only in Walnut Distress Ink. Adhere kraft card onto matting of Maraschino Bazzill Card, then backing of Lily Pad Bazzill card. Stamp Christmas Down Under 3935D in black Archival ink at base of card.


Christmas Boabs

November 26, 2015


xmas boabStamp-it’s Boab Trees 958G with a Christmas twist. Merry Christmas wording is from siset042.

Stamp the image with black StazOn pad onto watercolour paper. Ink up a small acrylic block with your preferred ink colours (directly from pad to block). I used Distress pads “Wild Honey, Rusty Hinge, Vintage Photo and Forest Moss”. Spritz your paper with light mist of water, then place your inked block, ink-side down onto paper. Hold for a few moments to let ink seep. Lift off block. I usually have a waterbrush handy in case I feel the need to manipulate the blending/spreading process of the ink. Keep in mind, the more water you add, the more your  ink is likely to spread. So when I spritz my cards, I aim more for the centre of the trees, so that I get a nice edge of colour down the left-hand side of the card which creates that frame-like effect and a more fluid bleeding effect on the right side into the tree canopy and down into the ground. It’s a very hard thing to control. Each card you create will be different no matter how much you try to replicate it.  After the paper is dry, draw lines (with the aid of a ruler) for your baubles to hang from. Position coloured rhinestones at end of lines. Stamp Merry Christmas wording in corner with black ink pad. Layer watercolour paper onto backing cards.

NOTE: If you like this effect, check out my “Winter Tree” post to view 2 more samples .


Joyous Stag

November 22, 2015


Joyous StagI think reindeer’s such elegant animals and the males antlers afford them a certain sense of majesty. They always seem to hold their heads up so proudly, probably because they have such strong neck muscles carrying all that weight around. I have decorated this stags regal headdress with some colourful joyous baubles. And no, he doesn’t find it the slightest bit demoralizing or embarrassing. Who cares if people think he’s snuck into his wife’s closet and stolen her festive earrings? – it’s all in the spirit of Christmas. Get a bit of bling on!!


STAMPS: Stag 4986E, Joyous wording siset059, Linear Baubles 4356E

INKS: Jet Black StazOn Pad and Sepia Archival Pad

PAPERS: Ivory Matt Card, Hilary, Maraschino & Lily Pad Bazzill Cards

ACCESSORIES: Shrink Plastic, Spectrum Noir Pens, Watercolour Pencils, Water brush

1. Stamp wording across bottom of ivory matt card in black ink. Sponge around card with Sepia ink.

2. Stamp Stag in black onto a separate piece of ivory card. Colour in stag with watercolour pencils, using a waterbrush to help blend colours. Cut out stag. (Yes, sorry, the antlers are a bit of a pain). Magic Mount body of stag to original ivory card with wording on. I used a glue stick on the antlers. Layer ivory card onto Maraschino (red), then Hilary (darker green) and finally Lily Pad (light Green) Bazzill backing card.

3. Stamp Linear Baubles onto shrink plastic with the black StazOn pad. Flip the shrink plastic over and colour the baubles in with the Spectrum Noir pens. If you try to colour on the same side, the pens will make the black lines bleed as they are both alcohol based inks. Use the fat nib on the pens and don’t worry about keeping in the lines as the baubles are going to be cut out anyway.

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Cut out the baubles. Put the baubles one at a time (or they will stick to each other when hot) into a heatproof container and heat them with a heatgun to shrink down. They will roll about a bit, so make sure your container has sides! If you don’t have a heatgun, you can use an oven (see back of packs for instructions). They will reduce to approximately 1/4 of their original size. Have a pair of tweezers ready in case you need to touch them as they will be HOT! I usually also keep a small acrylic block handy to give them a gentle pat after they’ve stopped shrinking, to ensure they are flat (makes it easier to stick them onto your cards). Don’t pat them too hard or you’ll squish and distort them.

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4. Place your baubles on card in desired positions hanging from antlers. Mark their spots using fine end of brown Distress pen. With the aid of a ruler, draw a thin line from deer’s antlers down to bauble position. Place a dab of Glossy Accents on card to adhere baubles. Hold them in place for a few seconds with fingertips. Now also cover top of baubles with Glossy Accents and sprinkle with Clear Rock Candy Dry Glitter. Set aside to dry.


Christmas Angel



angelic xmas 001 This Angel stamp is from Stamp-It’s set116, the wording is 4911E Musical Holly.

Papers: White Matt Card, Icy Mint Card Shoppe & Jacaranda Bazzill cards

Inks: White Embossing Pad; Antique Linen & Stormy Sky Distress Pads; Timber Brown StazOn Pad

Accessories: White Embossing Powder, Baby Blue Liquid Pearls, Silver Alcohol Ink, Clear Rhinestone, Stormy Sky Distress Pen, Water Spritzer, Paint brush, Sponging Block, White Frilled Ribbon

angel - embossing1. Stamp the angel with a white (or you can use clear) embossing pad onto white card, then add white embossing powder. Heat set with heatgun. If you don’t own a heatgun, your toaster will work just fine. Just push the toaster bar down to heat, then hold card above where the heat rises and it will melt the powder through the card from underneath. DO NOT put the card inside the toaster! And NO – a hairdryer will not work as it will blow all the powder off before it has a chance to melt it. A paint stripper will though (approx 360W).

A bit hard to see much at this stage sorry being white on white, but before you heat set your image, just wipe around the angel with a soft dry paint brush to ensure there are no random speckles of white embossing powder lying about. If left, they will also be heat set and will show up glaringly once the sponged blue colour is added over the top.

angel - sponging2. Dip your Sponging Block into your Antique Linen Distress Pad and sponge over and around embossed angel image. Now do the same with the Stormy Sky Distress Pad, blending the colours together as you go. I kept a patch of unsponged white card in the top left-hand side of card to create a great white light effect that the angel is heading towards. Wipe embossed angel over with a dry tissue when finished to get off any ink that may be sitting on top.

angel - stamping word3. Stamp the wording across bottom of card using the brown StazOn ink pad. Position it so the star sits in the middle of the angel’s skirt. You may want to use a t-grid to help position it accurately. You don’t want it too close to the bottom of her skirt as next we are going to cut a slit at the base of her skirt with a scalpel blade for the ribbon.

angel - flicking silver4. Squirt some water into the palm of your hand, pick up onto fingertips of opposite hand and flick water droplets onto card. Dab card dry with clean dry tissue or paper towel. Repeat if necessary. The water droplets will bleach the colour from the Distress inks, leaving white spots behind. Next, squirt some Silver Alcohol Ink onto acrylic block and load paint brush with it (make it quite wet). Flick paint brush, causing spatter of silver droplets across card. Clean alcohol ink off acrylic block and paint brush with StazOn cleaner or Alcohol Blending Solution straight away.

angelic xmas 3 0015. Push strip of white frilled ribbon into slit cut at base of angel skirt. Secure at back with tape. Layer finished card onto darker blue card, then onto Icy Mint backing card.

6. Colour holly leaves in wording with Stormy Sky & Faded Jeans Distress Pens. Decorate berries with Baby Blue Liquid Pearls. Add Clear rhinestone to star in wording.

Note:  Many Thanks to my “Hand Models” – Beth, Pascal, Susana, Sonia, Judy, Tracey & Heidi