Posts tagged ‘Christmas to remember’

January 28, 2023

Paper piecing with Julie Nutting paper doll – Rita

Hello and welcome.

There’s another fun challenge at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown this week – paper piecing. This is such a great technique to make more of your stamps, adding pattern and texture to your project and gives a different look to colouring with inks or pencils. It’s also a fab way of using up your scraps of patterned paper or card.

For this technique to work well, a line stamp is best, with plenty of open area for the different patterned papers – Julie Nutting paper doll stamps lend themselves beautifully to this…

I inked up the Rita paper doll and stamped onto skin tone paper, also by Julie Nutting; this became the base that all the coloured paper pieces were adhered to. Next, I stamped the dress onto red floral paper from the Perfect Christmas paper pad, and the shoes, gloves and waistband onto a contrast paper in green. The hair was stamped onto a piece of brown Julie Nutting paper, then all pieces were fussy cut out.

Once all the pieces were assembled, I added shading with a combination of watercolour pencils and alcohol pens.  I found this 8″ x 8″ paper in my stash, and thought it made a good backdrop.  I added a scrap of green card along the bottom to ground the doll.

The sentiment, from Christmas to Remember by Stampin Up, was stamped in black stazon ink using a stampamajig. Finally, I adhered a sprinkling of gold half-back pearls.

I hope you’ve been inspired to join the challenge this week. Do pop over to the challenge blog, where the ladies have designed lots of examples of paper piecing to inspire you.

Enjoy your weekend



December 3, 2022

Lora Bailora Christmas trees

Hello and welcome.

I have the honour of setting the challenges for the whole of December over at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown – I’m so excited!

We are trimming our tree today, giving me inspiration for my card this week.

There’s still time to make that special card for that certain someone before Christmas, so I hope you’ll join in.  As always, the first challenge of the month is a sketch …

I used two shades of blue to stamp the background using the Christmas Season stamp set by Stampin Up. The sentiment is from Christmas to Remember …

The die cut trees and snowflake are by Lora Bailora, mounted on a deckle edge die cut by Tim Holtz.  I love these modern die cuts – so cute!

I added some tiny stars and a little dazzling diamonds for added sparkle.  I found the perfect shade of navy ribbon in my stash to finish the card.

I hope you’ve been inspired to join the challenge over at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown this week. The ladies on the design team have created some gorgeous cards for your inspiration, so do hop on over to take a look.

Enjoy your weekend

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