November 27, 2021

Stamp kissing

Hello and welcome.

My challenge this week at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown, was inspired by the Christmas tradition of kissing under the mistletoe, and is a technique called stamp kissing.  This involves touching one stamp against another, or “kissing”, before stamping down onto the cardstock.  It can give some wonderful patterns and fun results, and really stretches your stamps, giving them a new and different look.

Here, I used the varsity alphabet stamp set to kiss against the solid stripes stamp, both by Stampin Up, to create candy cane stripes.

I first inked up the solid stripes stamp in my chosen colour, then kissed an uninked varsity alphabet stamp onto the solid stripes stamp, before stamping the image down onto white card.  I cut them out by hand – pretty easy to do with this alphabet stamp set as it has lots of straight lines.

I added a layer of melon mambo card, and one in whisper white, and adhered the letters individually. The Christmas sentiment was stamped in versafine black onyx ink, using my Misti for perfect placement.

Finally, I coloured a piece of white card with green galore ink to match, before die cutting the holly leaves and the berries in melon mambo using Sizzix dies.

I love using rainbow colours at the moment – they look so fun and cheerful, and I think we could all do with a bit of cheering up right now.  I used Stampin’ Up inks in melon mambo, pumpkin pie, daffodil delight, green galore and tempting turquoise.

I hope you’ve been inspired to join us at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown – we’d love to see your work. If this technique is new to you, there are plenty of helpful tutorials online to show you how.

Enjoy your weekend

November 20, 2021

Christmas fairy lights card

Hi and welcome.

It’s theme week this week at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown challenge, and this time I chose “fairy lights” as they are one of my favourite things to decorate our home with at Christmas.  They can be called many different things around the world – twinkle lights, holiday lights, mini lights, etc – but whatever they are to you, they are sure to bring some joy and light to any festive season…

I die cut card in rainbow colours by Stampin’ Up of poppy parade, pumpkin pie, daffodil delight, green galore, and tempting tuquoise, for the bulb part of the fairy lights, and silver card by Sizzix for the string and tops.

I chose to make a slimline card as the design and layout fitted much better than my usual square  cards.

I stamped the sentiment from the Stampin’ Up stamp set Christmas Pines, in black stazon ink, using my Misti for perfect placement.  As the base card has a slight texture, I had to stamp it 3 times to get a good image, so I was so glad I chose to use my Misti – worth its weight in gold that thing!

I decided against popping up the fairy lights so the card will be flat for posting.

Fairy lights have changed so much over the years. I loved the sets my parents had, with tiny magical covers, such as Cinderella coaches, or flowers and bells – they made the tree glow beautifully!  Nowadays, my tree is just a mass of tiny LEDs, so I just have to fill it with more toys and decorations! Yay!

I hope you’ve been inspired to join us at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown – we would love to see what beautiful cards you come up with.  There’s a little bit more about the history about fairy lights over on the challenge blog, so do pop by for a visit.

Enjoy your weekend

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