Tuesday, November 17, 2015

This card was inspired by a card on Pinterest by Birgit Edblom. I love these pine forest dies. I know you have six million trees, however these are still a very different look than all of our other collections. It is both the size and the clustering that is appealing. The background colouring was achieved by working with Distress Stains. The moon has been coloured with Ranger's Perfect Pearls in Biscotti. Both of the top and bottom white panels have been cut with the Stitched Snowdrifts dies and both pieces have been raised with foam tape. Before any of the white layers were added to the card, the sky was splattered with Biscotti Perfect Pearls.

Any salutation would work for the front of this card. You might want to consider it as a winter birthday card! This would be one of those cards to mass produce if time were of the essence!

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

I love this playful kitten from Stampendous. In the card below, we have stamped him on brown velvet paper with black Versafine ink and clear embossed. We have touched up his eyes with some green chalk, and his nose with a Black Glaze pen. When you're working on velvet paper, it's very hard to colour with an ink source. This is the reasoning behind the chalk and the Glaze pen. The leaf panel was made using two maple leaves stamps from Frog's Whiskers, both positive and negative. The stamps were inked with VersaMark ink and stamped onto manila tag cardstock. We then clear embossed the images. Next, we distressed the panel with some fall coloured Distress Inks.

The banner was made by cutting a 5 1/2 inch strip of manila. After having stamped the 'Thinking of You' in the centre, we added two score lines about 1/4 inch apart on either side of the wording for the fold. A trick for cutting a v-notch in a strip is to simply put a pencil dot halfway in the width of the band, and cut into that dot. Without that dot, your eye doesn't see precisely mid-point and your cut will be off center. We added a die-cut distressed leaf to the top of the banner just to tie things together.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

A number of the companies are designing beautiful treelines and forest images. This is a stamp from Impression Obsession. Bev has used watercolour paper and lightly coloured with shades of Pumice Stone, Ice-Spruce, Pine Needles and Scattered Straw Distressed Inks. A white cardstock snowbank was shadowed at the top, and glued to the top of the stamped image. Then the image was die-cut with a circle, and a bit of Pumice Stone was added at the edges for shadow. The die-cut circle was then raised with foam tape, and adhered back in place.

The card was finished with a Merry Christmas stamp, a tight frame of grey cardstock, and then to a mottled grey and white card. It is a very easy twist on a standard Christmas card.