Archive for ‘Handmade’

January 22, 2022

Christmas holiday home

Hello and welcome.

I’m happy to be able to join the ladies at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown this week, with the theme challenge of “Little Town” set by the lovely Andreja.

Looking through my stamp library, I thought the Holiday Home stamp set by Stampin Up, together with the matching die set, would be perfect for creating my card.

I stamped a bunch of houses and accessories in garden green, night of navy and bashful blue inks, and then played around with various layouts before deciding on the final look.

I decided a triple side step card would be perfect and I could add depth by varying the heights at which I adhered the houses.

The trees and wreaths were fussy cut and attached after the rest of the images were in place.  The sentiment is from Holly Jolly Wishes, stamped using my stamp-a-majig for perfect placement. The card folds flat to fit into a standard C6 size envelope.

I hope you have been inspired to join the ladies at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown this week – we would love to see your beautiful cards.

Have a lovely weekend

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

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