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Blue Christmas Panel


I have another blue Christmas card today similar to http://wp.me/p385yc-uj using the same technique to create a panel.


In brief this is what I did, if you missed it.

1. In pencil trace through “basketweave” mask.
2. Stamp mini images uniformed within the boundary of the mask.
3. Outline the pencil marks going around the images in fine pen (rub away pencil marks)
4. Shade for added depth.
5. Stamp background using large images but inking only sections for a random effect.


On this card I added Spellbinder borders and stamped a greeting in clear embossing powder.


I hope you like it. Please feel free to leave a comment.


Christmas Mini Stamp ATC Card


Here again with another Christmas card.  Here it is…


I have a large collection of stamps including rubber, acrylic and wood mounted stamps and I love collecting images but when it comes to Christmas I enjoy rummaging through my stash as they all seem so fresh albeit I’ve had many for quite some time.

Some of the earliest Christmas stamps I bought was a collection of mini wood mounted stamps which unfortunately have been overlooked as I always reach for the bigger images I have since gathered.  So, this year I thought it was time to showcase them and this card was inspired by an ATC I made last year for an ATC swap.


Like the ATC, the topper started with a selection of mini images stamped quite randomly.  I then painstakingly cut a mask for each image until each image was covered and using a lighter green ink I randomly stamped other images; a snow fall effect and a Merry Christmas text (using sections of the stamps only), until it was all covered.


I used the same lighter ink to stamp a large Holly image on the background in opposing corners.

I mounted each piece onto patterned Christmas paper to co-ordinate and the card is finished.



Stamping in Burgundy


Another card today featuring another myriad of stamps, including a Butterfly from Chocolate Baroque, an assortment of vintage and travel stamps and a map background stamp, all in burgundy.


I ripped the edge around the stamped images and distressed the edges with the same inkpad.


A simple matt of a co-ordinating coloured background card and some Spellbinder Bitty Blossoms and Flower Creations, together with a couple of Sizzix flourishes is all that is required to finish this card off.

Oooops. I forgot to put the centre in the Flower Creations prior to taking the photo, so it looks much more “finished” in the flesh.

See you again soon, with hopefully a “finished” card.


Pink Floral Card

I would like to share this card which is quite unusual for me.  I am not ordinarily one for using pink and especially bright pink, but I do love it when combined with black and grey, I think it makes for quite a dramatic look.

I started with the stamped panels which I used a variety of stamps, including a butterfly, flower, harlequin, flourish and a text stamp and created a background by overstamping and masking.  The background was then cut into 3 equal sections and shuffled before matting on to the pink layer on the white base card.


The crochet lace was made using a grey cotton thread and was made larger than the width of the card.  By pinning it into shape and then ironing it with starch it becomes a much more dense piece of lace which holds it shape and now fits on the card perfectly over the stamped panels.

I finished the card with an assortment of flowers which were stamped and embossed onto a piece of card I had watercoloured to co-ordinate and added some black foam flourishes using a Sizzix die for added texture and interest.


All for now.


Purple Butterfly Card

A simple but effective design. Start by stamp and embossing the butterfly (creative expressions) using a variegated purple ink pad and clear embossing powder.  Working around the masked off butterfly, stamp rose heads and collage stamping a background using further text and flourish stamps.  Stamp and emboss the butterfly onto three shades of vellum and layer. Finish with sparkles in a flourish and layer onto coordinating card.