November 13, 2021

Christmas card in rainbow colours

Hi and welcome.

For the colour challenge this month at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown, I chose to use the colours of the rainbow.  Throughout this last year, rainbows have been ever present symbols of joy and hope, and Christmas is no exception.  With coloured lights and pretty baubles, we decorate our homes and encourage all the best the season has to offer.

There were so many ideas in my head for this challenge I had difficulty narrowing it down to one. First, I used distress inks in picked raspberry, spiced marmalade, mustard seed, shabby shutters and peacock feathers as my rainbow colours, and inked through a stencil, creating shadows and highlights using blending brushes.

It’s been grey and overcast all day here today, so the green colour hasn’t shown up too well in the photo, I think it needed to be a bit brighter, but shabby shutters was all I had to use – I think I may have to put some new inks on my Christmas list!

I used a versamark pen to ink the white areas of each bauble, added heat and stick powder and then dazzling diamonds glitter just for a bit of sparkle, which is really pretty in real life.

Some pretty gingham paper made a nice background, and I finished off with a sentiment stamped in black ink onto white card and punched with a scallop punch.

I hope you’ve been inspired to join us at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown this week – we’d love to see your work.

Enjoy your weekend

November 6, 2021

A classy Christmas …

Hi there and welcome.

We’re in November now, meaning it’s just a few short weeks to Christmas, and I’m delighted to be setting the challenges this month over at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown.  The first challenge of the month is always a sketch …

I don’t know about you, but I like to start early with my Christmas preparations, which means a good clean out of every room in the house, including my craft room. In my tidying spree, I found these pretty papers I forgot I had, and decided that they should finally fulfil their purpose and adorn a card …

Putting the patterned papers together was easy, then it was a hard job (for me) to decide on the embellishments!  I auditioned a few different options before deciding on a die cut reindeer in real red card, teamed with small punched hearts in very vanilla.

I hand-stamped a sentiment from Itty Bitty Christmas by Stampin Up on very vanilla card, and hand-cut flag ends, before popping up on some fun foam.

There’s lots of pretty glitter embedded in the papers, which gives a sparkly Christmas vibe.  I showed the card to my husband and his first word was “classy” – I was happy with that!

I hope you’ve been inspired to join us over at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown this week – we would love to see what you come up with for this challenge.

Enjoy your weekend

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