If you have been paying attention this is not the first 2017 Xmas Crafting but heyho.
Starting with 4 quick cards. Image created in Serif (was actually printing inserts but also had a little play) All four images printed on one A4 MQC stock and cut to size so that matt layer is also only one A4 sheet of hd card stock. Not clear in photo but I have treated them all slightly differently in terms of where I have added glitter.
8″ * 8″ – This one started with an image from HD Xmas little book. It is a nice image but not my style so I challenge myself to use. I cut out the centre image leaving a frame that I have added to an acetate ‘box’. Under I have added a die cut halo and put over the base images, decoupage the inward image from the previously cut out frame ( hope this makes sense). The die cut frames are part of the HD Moonstone range, these particular ones are designed to go with the Little books. The Merry Xmas die is from tonic , part of their bottle wrap inserts.
6″ * 6″ – I also had the topper set etc of the same image so carried on with my challenge to myself. This one is simply using the cut off of the blue HD used on previous card, a linen gold mat plus the topper.
(photo not good, sorry) 7″ * 5″ – Made a bit more effort on this one. Circular topper with a tonic circular die added. The second topper has been created using a different tonic die set. The patterned matt layer is the one deigned by HD to go with this topper set. Gold base, which had the circular topper cut out of it, and the two flashes are some gold glitter wash tape.
Both DL – 1st one is the image from HD card stock (the remaining piece is blue with stars and therefore can easily be used separate from this image ). Added a strip of the gold wash tape and a sentiment. 2nd one is a topper matted onto black. The strip is an offcuts mounted onto a dark purple offcut finished of with a sentiment.
That used up all the images ……
8″ * 8′ Kraft card – There was a piece of card stock left over. I have put gilding wax on edge of card. Black base matt with the card on top. A different image from the Little Book matted onto a HD mirri matt. Gold ribbon with bow plus Xmas sentiment.
In between I also got carried away and sorted my off cuts into colour groups, and threw many bits away as even I do not know why I kept white copy paper off cuts. They are now in poly pockets stored with card stock in the same colour groups. The theory is that I will use up the bits before getting annoyed looking through bits box and just cutting up a new piece of card.
Well I had to tidy properly from last time and what better way than using up the spare bits 🙂
Size 8″ * 8″
Having received my new HunkyDory dies just had to try at least one of them out. It is a shaker card using the new die and some HD snowfall acetate. The addition of a green background and wide xmas ribbon. The sentiment die is also HD, and finally you may recognise THAT die again.
Size 7″ * 5″
Base card has been silver embossed (still magic to watch). Unclear in photo but image is decoupaged with a snowfall acetate dome added.
Size 7″ * 5″
The embossed card was intended to be the base of the previous card but decided I liked it too much to cover so just added a snowflake corner.
Size 8″ * 8″
Left over HD card from last years makes. Added an embossed image, sanded back and silver gilding wax added, mounted on HD rainbow mirri.
Size 7″ * 5″
And to finish the tag is the last bit of of the HD used last week, the image is from the little book just simply matted onto a gold mirri mat on a red card base.
Crafting area is nearly tidy(ish) so might need to do some more today.
Foot Note: I have HunkyDory mats in Rainbow and Gold Little Book size and also Rainbow in 8′ * 8″ and find them invaluable. Depending on what I am adding I often take die cuts out of the centre. The last card I didn’t as I was adding a paper weight topper.
I was not going to Xmas craft today other than to possibly put inserts in and where needed make envelopes, but as they say ‘all good plans’……….
I unwrapped a pack of stencils and the swirly mat was the packaging, couldn’t resist crafting with it. It is a Hunkydory little book image with the top & bottom borders removed (they appear later) My current favourite die cut. The berries are tonic nuvo drops that I made on my glass mat and once set transferred to card.
Hand fussy cut decoupage that I found in the Xmas box, that die again 🙂 . A couple of HD tags and just a simple gold mat.
As simple as it gets. The slightly brown on the bottom has been removed and replaced with filler and sparkles.(The glue although it appeared ‘clean’ obviously had some brown from pin in it, will use a different glue next time)
And finally those two borders added to a gold mat. Backed with some mottled dark red paper and topped with a left over HD topper all from the Xmas scraps box. It needs something else but cannot decide what.
I have also done what I set out to do and all Xmas cards now have inserts and envelopes
As you have seen Mummy’s I thought I would show Nannie’s
As you can see I made a pop-up box.
His favourite bit (once he worked out how it worked) was the smiling moon.
The space elements are fussy cutting of a HunkyDory little book image. I did have a moment of panic about whether I was correct he was 8 (yes I know I was there when he was born so no excuses) The parcel card stock is Kanban, cut into panels and decoupaged. The ‘grey’ is in fact silver wink of stella.
So firstly had to tidy ‘the room’. To be fair it has been a work in progress for a couple of weeks especially since a shelf fell down creating havoc. The shelf is back in situ and various re-arrangements later I am in a good place again.
Hadn’t really decided to xmas craft today but was having a quick look through my xmas HunkyDory stash and immediately thought “that would be perfect for xxxx”. I then got out ‘The Xmas Craft Box’ i.e.. All the bits left over last year, and found some toppers I made and never used.
Not bad for one afternoon 🙂
The card that started it all today, mostly HunkyDory goodness with a corner snowflake and single snowflake die cut added.
Decoupage toppers found in box now turned into little cards. Various glitters added but not clear on photos. I will have to make bespoke envelopes but that will be easy enough.
I also found some digital crafting images which again made but not utilised .
These were made using Serif. I have added sparkle and glitter mainly because I can. They can of course be easily repeated (in fact I already have more than one of each but as I did more or less exactly the same embellishment on them only included one of each)
And finally today the ‘tidying up card’ (please tell me I am not the only one that does it)
Base is the off cut from card one. Then the other main topper on HD sheet. Frames are all on 3D pads or pinflair gel.
That is me done for today but feeling slightly smug that some of xmas is done.
Good Morning everyone, some of you may remember the wedding card I did several weeks ago using the Tattered Lace accordion dies. This one is also using the accordion dies and for a wedding, but in a completely different style.
The brief was ‘old style film cameras’ and not ‘lovey dovey’ so this was what I came up with.
Side one has papers from my ‘all occasions’ USB, I have then imported camera images onto the top of the backing papers prior to printing. I have also used the colour mixer on ‘My Craft Studio’ to warm up the paper and then distressed it after printing with Rusty Hinge. The main image here is a Lily of the Valley Digistamp coloured with Spectrum Noir pens/pencils and with wink of stella over the top of the flowers and veil. On this particular digistamp there is no drawn bottom to the dress so what I have done to finish it off is run the bottom of the stamp through my die-cutting machine using one of the tattered lace torn edges dies (which means its also eligible for the challenge!). All of the ‘film’ is printed onto vellum and then strategically glued. I would strongly recommend to anyone doing this type of glueing that you invest in some small pegs as they are perfect for holding things like this in position whilst you carry on.
The papers for the reverse is a repeat of the front panels and the mid-section is left unembellished for the personal message. I have then tried to make the left-hand side mimic a dressing room.
The whole of this card is very solid, the base was Sheena Stamping card (300gsm) to start with and then the whole of the frame has a double layer of both black card and vellum. I like the frames being re-enforced as the structure of the card does mean that the frame edges can be a bit flimsy, especially if the centre panels are then heavily embellished.
And what posh card would be complete without a box to keep it in?!
This Stamp is a Sheena Douglass stamp from the ‘Remember When’ collection. I had originally hoped to use this on the card itself but the image was too large for the style of card I went with. Since my client also very much liked this stamp, it made it’s way onto the box instead ;).
I really enjoyed this card and am proud of the result.
Thanks for reading!
Whilst browsing pintrest the other day I found several lovely digi-stamps which I tracked down to the artist Sylvia Zet. I have therefore purchased a couple and this is the first one I have had a play with 🙂
What I also found whilst rummaging was a lovely border die by tattered lace which has been in my stash for a while, but hadn’t actually made it onto a project yet.
In this project I have used it on the main image so that the topper has the negative side and then cut a mat using the dies’ positive side then layered them up together to create this really nice edge.
Having found this die, it is also the inspiration for June’s challenge (I know we are not quite there yet) which is to use something new. It does not need to be freshly bought, just something that has not yet seen the light of day 😉