There’s no stopping it now, 2012 is well on the way. In some places – Happy New Year Australia, New Zealand, Japan, etc. – it is already here. I’m creeping in under the wire with one last Christmas card. I should have posted it hours ago, but have had major computer problems – cookies, grrrrr.
This card was an experiment in minimalism. I’m not sure anything should be minimalistic at Christmastime, but I thought I would give it a go. The inspiration was this video tutorial by Linda Duke on the Spellbinders blog. I loved the rosette & as the only set of Edgeabilities I have is the Classic Ric Rac I had to have a go.
- Scalloped edge white cardstock, folded into an easel
- White, hammered cardstock
- Red Mirri card
- Baker’s Twine
- Large brad, from Dovecraft I think
- Hat pins, from an eBay seller. Apologies for not remembering the name.
- Quickie glue pen & glitter.
Don’t examine my rosette too closely. It was the fourth one I made & the only one to look even halfway like it should. Still, practice makes perfect & I shall make many more.
I’ve used lots of Baker’s Twine on my Christmas cards this year & each time I’ve posted pics on my blog I’ve forgotten to say where I got it from. It comes from the wonderful Louise at www.pur-ple.co.uk. I got a metre of each colour she has available, which for me, is a perfect amount. And yes, you will be seeing lots more of it in 2012.
I used my scoring board to score two lines on the hammered cardstock, you can just see them in the above pic.
And here’s the finished card, hope you like it.
To everyone who visited my blog in 2011, thank you & I wish you a very Happy New Year.
Happy New Year’s Eve Eve! I wonder how many millions of resolutions are being thought about right now? I’m mulling over a few…….
Today’s card is another Christmas one. I made this for my niece.
- Easel card folded from 6×6 white, scalloped edge cardstock
- Blue & silver mirri card
- Dress & crown – Kanban ‘Vivienne’ stamp set
- Wings – Tim Holtz
- Spellbinders Nestabilities label & scalloped circle dies
- Ranger embossing tinsel
- Versamark & gold embossing powder
I stamped the dress on to white cardstock with Versamark, before sprinkling gold EP over it & heat setting, then colouring with Promarkers. The wings were gold embossed too & after cutting them out, I scribbled over them with a Versamark pen, sprinkled over the embossing tinsel & heat set.
Adding the blue ruffled ribbon gave a little texture to the front of the card & the sparkling snowflakes & gems from my stash give the card some Christmas bling.
I tweeted a pic of this card to one of my crafting sheroes, Dawn Bibby, earlier today & she gave it her seal of approval. Which meant a lot, as she is responsible for me getting into this cardmaking lark in the first place.
You may have noticed a new button on my sidebar. I signed up today for Effy’s Book of Days on her Wild Precious Life site. I have promised myself that I will start art journalling in 2012 & I think Effy’s project is going to be ideal.
I have one more Christmas card to share with you, so I shall return tomorrow. Until then, thanks for looking & keep crafting.
Love & light.
Happy Thursday to one & all. I made today’s card almost four weeks ago & I’m hoping it has reached its destination by now.
- Dear Santa photo chip – Darkroom Door
- Backing paper – My Mind’s Eye
- Crealies flower die
- Spellbinders Edgeabilities Classic Ric Rac
- ‘Noel’ – Elusive Images Christmas Reflections stamp set
- Trees – Chocolate Baroque Fat Robin stamp set
- Core’dinations 12×12 Core Essentials
- Versamark watermark inkpad, silver & clear EP
- Quickie glue pen
- Glenda Waterworth’s Snowflake glitter
I didn’t set out to use as much green in this card as I did. My initial thought was to highlight the blue snowflakes on the MME cardstock, but I like the green. Hope you like it too.
Sorry this is so brief, normal service will resume in January. Thanks for visiting.
Love & light.
It’s almost the midpoint between Christmas & New Year. How is everyone? I hope you had a wonderful time with friends & loved ones.
I still have quite a few Christmas projects to show you, but I’m taking a few minutes today to show you photographs that I took of some of the lights at a local shopping mall. The trees in particular looked beautiful.
Until next time, love & light.
Happy Sunday to everyone, how’s your weekend going? I’m amazed to say I have finished today’s tag already. It was surprisingly simple & great
fun to make.
Firstly, here is Tim’s tag & here is the link to his blog post with all the instructions. Make sure you watch the video. All I will say is – UTEE!!!!My ingredients:
- TH distress inks – Broken China, Stormy Sky, Chipped Sapphire
- Shrink Plastic
- Tattered Angels Glimmer Chips – Sleigh
- Alcohol inks – Lettuce, Citrus, Espresso
- White acrylic paint
- PaperArtsy leaf & flower dies
- Signo white pen
- Chocolate Baroque Snowflake glitter
Today was the first time I had used shrink plastic – yet another of those techniques that I keep meaning to try & this morning I had no excuse not to. I’ve seen shrink plastic demoed on TV, but to see the magic happen right in front of me was excellent fun. I actually found myself giggling as the diecuts shrunk.
One of the great things about this experience has been accepting that if I follow Tim’s instructions, I can achieve similar results to his. Okay, they’re not perfect, but for first attempts, they are acceptable to me. From now on, I shall have a lot more confidence & not be afraid to try new techniques & maybe even come up with a few new ones.
Today is one of those Winter days when the light is terrible, so these photos look very washed out. I inked the sleigh with distress inks & added some silver highlights. When I had attached it to the tag, I added a layer of white acrylic paint to the bottom & covered that with glitter – a sleigh has to be in the snow, right?
So that is it for today’s tag. Thank you for visiting. Until next time,