Not Christmas Again!

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December 9, 2015

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Not Xmas Santa closeupI have been having fun playing with this wording from Stamp-It’s new Christmas set 114, mixing and matching it with some of my old stamps. I’m sure I’m not the only one that can relate to the sentiment. I seem to have been looking at and making Christmas cards since April. And still my friends and family have been waiting for a card for the last 3 years. Sad is it not?

The other stamp used on this card is “Resting Santa” 2122E

And below is my favourite.  Have to indulge my warped sense of humour at times, ha, ha.

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The other stamps used in this card are “Aaagh!” 2573E from Stamp-It and “Before the Snow” 3993K and “Gift Boxes” 3556H , both from Penny Black.

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Santa’s List

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Santa's list closeup I hope you’ve all been good! Santa’s checking his list. Think I’ve been missed off again this year. Oh well… must try harder next year.

Stamps used by Stamp-It Australia: Naughty or Nice? 3020D, Checking it Twice 2120E, Save Santa 3055C.  I hand-wrote the wording on the scroll and typed out the words that are cut and pasted.

Inks: Jet Black Archival Pad, Antique Linen Distress Pad, Clear Embossing Pad

Papers: White Matt Card, Poppy Red Mi-teintes Card, Dark Green Mulberry Paper, Harvest Bazzil Card

Accessories: Gold Embossing Powder, Sunflower Sparkle Perfect Pearl Mist, White Flowersoft, Colour Pencils, Crackle Accent

Santas's list 2

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Dimensional Baubles

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December 8, 2015

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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).

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Christmas Tag Cards

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December 7, 2015

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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.

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Vintage Keys and Holly

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December 5, 2015

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keys & holly closeup holly & keys up close good

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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Red Baubles

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December 2, 2015

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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

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November 29, 2015

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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

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November 28, 2015

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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.

 

 

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Aussie Outback Santa Run

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November 27, 2015

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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.

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Christmas Boabs

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November 26, 2015

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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 .

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