Posts tagged ‘French foliage’

February 27, 2021

Mixed-media Christmas card

We have a mixed-media technique challenge this week at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown. I was really excited to attempt this challenge, and delighted to be able to use some products I bought a long time ago, but have never used before!

I added tumbled glass distress ink to a piece of watercolour paper using the same technique as another card here.

Once dry, I added texture paste through a stencil, just here and there – I didn’t want to cover the whole area.

Raiding my scraps box, I tore some dsp for interest; punched the edge of a piece of card which I’d splashed with gold paint, using an eyelet border punch; and added a scrap of lace leftover from when I made wedding invitations and here – told you I’ve had some of these things a long time!

I’m so happy that I finally found a use for this red poinsettia I made ages ago too! I love the contrast of colours – the red really pops against the blue background.

And whilst I had all my crafting supplies out, I decided to make another card … I was obviously having too much fun!

This time I covered the whole watercolour paper with the texture paste – I think I prefer the patchy look of the first card better …

The dsp in the background I’ve had since I started paper crafting – it was one of my very first purchases, but I was reluctant to cut into it – it was too pretty! Now it’s fulfilled its destiny … love the glittery snowflakes.

Delving again into my stash collection of bits and bobs, I used simply pressed paper clay by Stampin’ Up to make a decorative strip. It’s really fun stuff to use, and once dry, is lightweight and robust enough to add to a card. The little wooden, glittered snowflake was also one of my very first purchases – I just didn’t know what to use it for … until now!

I used gilding flakes for the greeting and added die cuts by Sizzix.

I hope you like my cards this week – I really enjoyed making them. I’ll definitely be attempting more mixed media cards, and we do hope you’ll pop over to 52 Christmas Card Throwdown and join this fab challenge.

Enjoy your weekend.

April 27, 2013

French foliage poinsettias …

It has been so cold here over the past few days anyone would think it was winter, not spring!  The sun has at least been shining today, but that wind is still so chilly – brrrrrr!

So I decided to cheer myself up a bit and got out my scrap box to make a card.  Inspired by a card I saw on Maria’s blog – this is what I came up with …

 Christmas poinsettia

Lucky limeade is a beautiful shade of green and one of my favourites – I love how it looks with real red for a fresh, Christmassy look.

I stamped the leaf, from the french foliage stamp set, in cherry cobbler and old olive inks onto scraps of real red cardstock and then cut out each one using my paper snips.

Christmas poinsettia close up

Once I made the first flower it was hard to stop making them, and so I just kept going until I was out of scraps!

I found a strip of punched cardstock amongst my scraps too.  The punch is now retired but I loved how it looked on the edge of the dsp …

Christmas poinsettias

To achieve the two tone effect on the label, I first inked up the large label from the layered labels set using certainly celery ink, and then added some darker ink here and there using an old olive stampin writer marker pen, before stamping the image onto naturals ivory cardstock and cutting out with the matching apothecary accents framelits.

Here’s what I used to make today’s card – all supplies from Stampin’ Up!:

cardstock: lucky limeade, real red, naturals ivory, shimmery white; stamp sets: french foliage, more merry messages, layered labels; inks: cherry cobbler, old olive, basic grey, certainly celery; punches: large oval, border (retired); accessories: adhesive pearls, stampin’ dimensionals, apothecary accents framelits, big shot, parker’s patterns designer series paper, old olive stampin’ write marker pen.

Thanks for dropping by today


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