Been Good All Year?

Susan Robinson
December 7, 2021

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We’ve all got one of ‘those’ friends.

Not long to go now. I probably still have 1 more post in me before Christmas.

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Mary & Joseph

Susan Robinson
November 27, 2021

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As we all get caught up in the hype of Christmas, it’s good to take time to reflect and remember how the story all began.

Variations on a theme, using the ‘Mary’ (LAV040) stamp above from Lavinia Stamps, and ‘The Journey’ (D023) by Stamp Africa below.

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Dove Wreath

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November 9, 2015

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Christmas Wreath - vellumDove Wreath 3879E, Wonderful Christmas 4560D

The Dove wreath has been stamped onto vellum with a Black StazOn pad. This is an alcohol-based ink and the only one that will successfully work on vellum paper. Archival pads stamp out okay, but will start to bleed within a few hours. The Christmas wording was stamped with an Olive StazOn pad. Now to colour in the wreath I used Spectrum Noir Pens (Copic will also work) – BUT as they are also alcohol-based the same as the StazOn pads, you must TURN YOUR VELLUM OVER and colour in on the back (otherwise the inks will re-act together and cause bleeding). The paper is transparent so the colour will show through, but I suggest you use brighter colours rather than pastels shades.

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You may notice that the two doves are white. These have not been coloured in at all, but dry embossed with a stylus tool. A stylus is a pen like instrument with a ball shape on each end. You could probably find some other blunt instrument around the house to substitute (a knitting needle perhaps?). Get your mouse-pad from beside your computer and turn it upside-down. You need something soft for the paper to push into for this technique. Place the doves on. Turn the doves over, as you want to push the paper outwards (not inwards) and gently rub the vellum with the stylus. It will basically score the vellum, leaving a white mark in it’s trail. You can either follow the outline of the doves or rub over their whole body. This achieves a lovely soft ethereal effect – great to use on a wedding dress stamped onto vellum. Also, if you dry emboss dark coloured vellum the effect is even more striking. Try running some vellum through a Big Shot embossing folder.silent night, wise men 002

 

Because vellum is transparent, it makes it tricky to attach. Tapes will obviously show through, hence the gold brads in the corners. The second dove which has been cut out over the words, I glued with Glossy Accents. I also used glossy accents to highlight the heart shapes.

See another example below of how to use this same Dove Wreath stamp.

3879E Dove Wreath

 

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Flowersoft Wreath

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Christmas Wreath - flowersoftcandy cane wreath

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Welcome Wreath 3032E, Xmas Mini 3675B

I stamped the wreath and wording with an Olive Archival pad onto kraft card, then sponged around the edge of card with Sepia Archival pad. Tie jingle bells to each end of metallic thread. Cut small slit in card at base of wreath and push middle section of metallic thread through. Adjust length of bells and secure thread at back of card with tape.

Flowersoft adds a lovely texture and dimension to your cards. Just apply a thick layer of a viscous glue to the stamped wreath image, then add the flowersoft, pushing it gently into the glue with your fingertips. Tap off excess. Set aside to dry.

Apply stickles to the star shapes sticking out from wreath. Glue bow into place at base of wreath to cover cut slit where thread was pushed through. Assemble finished front card onto backing card layers.

 

be-ribboned white wreathAnother card using the same two stamps, with a different colour scheme. The wreath was just embossed in white, the wording embossed in gold. Star dust stickles used on star shapes. Ribbon added. The center of the wreath has been cut out of the front card so you can see the wording stamped on the inside of the card.

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Aussie Christmas

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It’s November already and Christmas is looming! Thought it was about time I posted some Christmas cards. I am playing with a Christmas “Wreath” theme at the moment. Here are a couple of cards I created with an Aussie flavour.

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Kookaburra Christmas 4703F, Gumnut Wreath 2372E

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Kangaroo Christmas 4821E, Outback 930F, Wattle 3237D

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