Archive for ‘Christmas’

December 17, 2022

A Christmas card featuring snowflakes

Hello and welcome.

Snowflakes are like winter’s secret beauty. When we think of Christmas, it conjures up a romantic idea of the traditional white Christmas, and everything’s magical when it snows.  I have this wonderful book all about snowflakes – they are just so beautiful to look at, magnified so they can be seen with the naked eye, so when I was setting the theme challenge for this week over at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown snowflakes seemed to be the perfect theme to choose.

It’s so exciting to see snow falling, especially around Christmas time.  My daughter and I are big fans of The Gilmore Girls, and love Lorelai’s famous line “I smell snow” – makes us both smile. Five fun facts I found out about snowflakes:

1) all snowflakes have 6 arms
2) each snowflake is unique
3) it doesn’t have to be freezing to snow
4) it can never be too cold for snow
5) snow isn’t actually white – it’s translucent!
This last fact surprised me – as they are translucent, light is refracted through the crystals of the snowflake, and as all the colours of the light spectrum are reflected off the crystals, they appear white – isn’t nature amazing?!
So, when making my snowflake card, I went for multicolours – just for fun…

I created a watercolour background using two shades of distress inks on watercolour paper. Once dry, I stamped 3 snowflake images using flitterglu, which is perfect for adding gilding flakes.

I added multi-coloured gilding flakes from Clarity stamp, and burnished to bring up the shine.

I then mounted this onto a piece of white cardstock that I had inked with the same distress ink around the edge to match.

I stamped the sentiment in night of navy ink onto white card and cut into a banner shape to adhere to the card.  Finally, I added a sprinkling of gold half-backed pearls to finish.

I hope you’ve been inspired to join in our challenge over at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown – we would love to see your beautiful cards, and there are prizes to be won – more details on the blog.

Enjoy your weekend

December 10, 2022

Monochromatic Christmas card in blue and white

Hello and welcome.

I have set a monochromatic colour challenge over at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown this week – to use just blue and white.  Although the challenge allows neutral colours in addition, such as black for the sentiment, I kept mine true to the monochrome theme.

I got some stamps and products from Lavinia Stamps for my birthday and was excited to use them to create this wintery scene…

I first masked off a circle for the moon on a piece of multifarious card, also by Lavinia. This card is beautifully smooth and a heavier weight than the rest in my stash, and it really takes a lot of ink well, so is perfect for ink blending.  Next I created a mask by tearing a piece of copy paper for my snowy hill, and inked up the top half of the card using 2 shades of distress oxide ink – tumbled glass and faded jeans.  I think it could have done with being a bit darker towards the top of the sky, but I don’t own many distress oxide inks yet, so I may have to ask Father Christmas for some more 🙂

Once I was happy with the blending, I removed the moon mask and spritzed the card with water, waited a moment or two before blotting off with a cloth.  I loved how the ink reacted with the water to create a soft and interesting look to the inked sky.

Next, I stamped the trees in night of navy ink, using first and second generation inking and masked off some areas at the bottom to stagger the height of the trees.  I added a little shading beneath the trees and ‘snow’ splatters using a white posca pen.

I just love the words of this wintery verse which I stamped over the moon – it seemed to sit beautifully nestled in the top of the trees.  I stamped a sentiment by Stampin Up, then mounted the panel in the centre of an 8in x 8in base card. This is bigger than my usual size cards, so I had to use a flat lay to photograph it!  Finally, I used a quickie glue pen along the outline of the moon and the top of the snow bank, and added some dazzling diamonds glitter for a little sparkle.

The hardest part of making this card was knowing when to stop – I was having way too much fun inking and stamping! This is the type of card that can be reproduced quickly, and definitely one that you could produce assembly line fashion, although this particular one is a specially made for my daughter and her family.

I hope you’ve been inspired to join our challenge this week – there is still time to make a few more cards before Christmas! And the ladies on the design team have been making some beautiful cards for your inspiration, so do hop on over and take a look.

Enjoy your weekend


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