Christmas is Coming

Susan Robinson
October 5, 2018

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I have put my name down to do the Art Market on the “Decoy” this Sunday 7th Oct and on the 4th Nov. I didn’t take any Christmas cards with me last time as I thought it was too early – but apparently it’s never too early! So I have been busy all week going through my Christmas box of bits, finishing off cards that I had started but put aside for whatever reason. Here are just a few…

      

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

All stamps are by Stamp-it Australia, apart from the first tree card (Penny Black) and Winnie the Pooh (All Night Media).

 

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The Last Squeeze

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December 24, 2015

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snowflake full cardThat’s the problem with being an addict – you just can’t help yourself. No more I said, months ago, and yet here I am Christmas Eve, squeezing just ONE more out in the nick of time.

 

 

 

stamps: Flake Bauble 4148E; Peace, Happiness siset043 – all by Stamp-It Australia

inks: Crushed Olive & Peeled Paint Distress Pads, Clear Embossing Pad

papers: White & Ivory Matt Card; Hilary Bazzill Card

accessories: Fine Gold & Clear Embossing Powders; Gold Stickles; Gold Ribbon

snowflake close-up

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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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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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Joyous Stag

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November 22, 2015

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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.

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Tree Trimmings

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This simple design by Yvette (4910E Tree Trimmings) is one of my favourite Christmas stamps. I get bored easily making multiples of the same card, so I usually stamp the same image with the same black Archival ink pad onto multiple pieces of different coloured cardstock. That way they’re kind of same, same – but different! It makes the repetitive process more fun. Here are a few of my finished cards.

baubles - neutral closeFor this card I have stamped the image onto kraft card in black, coloured the baubles in with White Opal Liquid Pearls, coloured the branches in with ordinary white pencil. I then added some thick glue over the branches (just a line to highlight, don’t completely cover the branches with glue). While glue still wet, I pushed some Polar White Flowersoft into it. Set aside to dry. Add a line of Silver Stickles to hang baubles from and a clear rhinestone to crown each bauble. Layer kraft card onto Opal shimmer card. Magic Mount onto a piece of white card that has had ribbon adhered to it with 2-sided tape to create a frame (see below). Attach this card onto backing card of Quicksand Bazzill card.

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baubles - green stripe close For this card I stamped the image onto Nautical Light Blue Prismatic Bazzill card in black. I coloured the baubles in with Baby Blue Stickles, then went over them with Ice Blue Stickles in a “C” shape only. I applied Star Dust Stickles to the hanging thread and a clear rhinestone to top each bauble. I squished some ink from a Bundled Sage Distress Pad onto an acrylic block, which I picked up with my water brush and coloured in the branches with. I then applied some thick glue over branches and pushed some Pale Green Flowersoft into it.  Set aside to dry. This card was then Magic mounted over a piece of white card that had had striped green ribbon attached by means of some strips of 2-sided tape to it’s perimeter (see above). It was then secured to backing card of Aloe Vera Bazzill card.

 

baubles - blue sparkle close For this card I stamped image onto same light blue card as above. I coloured in the baubles and branches with blue and green pencils respectively.  I then went over the baubles with Crystal Ice Stickles, used Star Dust Stickles for the hanging thread again and placed a dark blue rhinestone atop each bauble. After applying some thick glue to the branches, I pushed some Christmas Green Flowersoft into it. I Magic Mounted this over a piece of white card that had had some gorgeous blue/green shot ribbon attached to the perimeter to create a frame. This was then layered onto a backing card of Jade Bazzill card.

The ribbons really are the hero pieces of these cards. The photos don’t really do justice to the shimmer and texture of them. Why don’t you try this technique with any lovely ribbon you may have lying around. I used less than 1/2 m for each card. Don’t choose a stamp image too large or complex.

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