Monday, 11 December 2017

An Old Cardinal Two Ways

Merry Monday has a colour challenge this week:

I chose the red, the darker green, and the light blue.  I used one of my first Christmas stamps from many years ago.  I'm looking at my stamps critically in an attempt to weed some out, especially the older ones.  But this one I still love!

It's stamped and watercoloured with a pierced frame (cut twice for more dimension) over it, and the panel popped up on fun foam. I added Glossy Accents to the berries, though it doesn't show in the photo.

I'm also going to add it to CAS Watercolour where December's challenge is "Anything Goes" and CAS Mix Up for "Stamping and 2 Items of Your Choice" (mine are watercolouring and die cutting).

While I had the stamp out, I decided to make a second one:

Same stamping and watercolouring, but die cut with a stitched circle and mounted on fun foam on a green cardbase.

Which layout do you prefer?

Stamps - SU Cardinal Christmas, Rubber Soul sentiment
Ink - Ranger Archival Jet Black
Paper - watercolour paper;  linen cs for the first;  green Bazzill cs for the second
Size - A2 (first one), 4.75" square (second one)
Accessories - Gansai Tambi watercolour paints, fun foam, Glossy Accents;  first card - MFT Pierced Rectangle Frame;  second card - Lil Inkers stitched circle die

Friday, 8 December 2017

Gingerbread House

For the Paper Players challenge:

I only ever made one gingerbread house in my life but I remember it being a lot of fun - I was about 12 years old.  So here's my card in memory of that:

Stamped, coloured with pencil crayons, a bit of glitter added, and then I distressed the edges and sponged.  The twine goes with the rustic feel of the kraft panel and the distressed / sponged edges.

Because of the distressing, I'm also adding it SCS Ways to Use It "Distress It" challenge.

Stamps - Tim Holtz gingerbread house, SU sentiment
Ink - Archival Jet Black, Distress Tea Dye and Antique Linen
Paper - white and kraft cs
Size - A2
Accessories - coloured pencils, glitter, Tim Holtz edge distresser, green twine

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

A Dog in a Santa Hat

The new Merry Monday Christmas Card challenge is "Santa Hat".

I went with a dog with a Santa hat just like the cute pup in their image.

The dog and the Santa hat are stamped and coloured with coloured pencils and Gamsol for blending. They were then fussy cut.

I stamped the sentiment on the lower part of a panel of white cs and dry embossed just the upper part. Then wrapped the ribbon around it.

The dog's paws are taped directly to the ribbon but his body and hat are popped up with foam tape.

I added Flower Soft to the hat brim and pom-pom.

Stamps - Tim Holtz dog and hat, Stampabilities sentiment
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper - white and red cs
Size - A2
Accessories - plaid ribbon, Sizzix embossing folder, coloured pencils, Gamsol, white Flower Soft, foam tape

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Perched Bird

The December challenge at Penny Black is Winter or Christmas.  It inspired me to use a stamp I haven't yet inked up:

Using my MISTI, I started by adding colour with my Memento dew drop ink pads to different parts of the image, stamping and repeating as necessary.  Once I had a foundation of colour, I used Distress inks on my palette with water and a paint brush to fill in with more colour.

Once dry, I restamped with Versamark and heat embossed.  This gave the outlines of the image a bit more definition.  I added a bit of a wash around the edges.

I stamped my sentiment on a little tag and attached it with baker's twine, then popped the panel up on fun foam.

I added Aleene's Glitter Snow Paste to the bits of snow on the log and leaves, and Glossy Accents to the berries.

This was my first time using this stamp and I love it - will have to make a couple more cards with it.

I'm also taking it over to Christmas Cards All Year Round's "Anything Goes" challenge and the Christmas Card Throwdown "Pick a Challenge from 2012 or 2013" challenge (I picked Theme Challenge #3 - Christmas Animals or Birds).

Stamps - Penny Black Snowy Perch, Impression Obsession sentiment
Ink - various Memento Dew Drops, various Distress inks, SU Real Red
Paper - white cs, mixed media cs
Size - A2
Accessories - SU tag, baker's twine, Aleene's Glitter Snow Paste, Glossy Accents, fun foam