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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

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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