Sunday, 22 January 2017

Christmas Card Club Jan 22 - Star Of Wonder

I chose the theme of Star of Wonder (or Any Stars), for this fortnight's theme at Christmas Card Club.
I had a bit of a selfish reason for choosing this theme as I wanted to use one of my new dies. This one is a Sue Wilson Festival Collection, Wise Men Mini Striplet..

I kept my card quite simple as I wanted the die to be the focal point. I just used some starry vellum with a piece of turquoise card behind it to create a night sky for my background. I made a pencil mark where my die was going to be placed and taped the vellum to my card with two long strips that are now hiding behind the diecut scene.

While I still had the snippets basket out from my last post, I rifled through it and pulled out some glittered papers. Can you see them in the large basket? The black glitter is the large angled piece to the top right of the basket. The others are hidden where the glare is really bad...just below the black...

 I was able to cut the Wise Men die from a snippet of black heavy glitter card and then cut it again again from a  snippet of gold finer glittered card. There is a rectangle die for the background and I used a snippet of aqua finer glittered card. I slid the aqua behind the black silhouette and trimmed up the the gold to slide behind where needed.

This die is just too intricate to inlay everything back in so I just inlaid the gold North Star and the gold larger piece behind the Wise Men.

I found the layers of various coloured glittered card sort of showed along the outside edges, so I took a black sharpie and ran it around the outside edges to hide the layers a bit more.

The sentiment is a Tim Holtz Holiday script made by Sizzix. The black glittered card was just too thick and heavy to use for this slender sentiment so I found a snippet of dark charcoal grey that is the finer glitter like the aqua and gold. It slid out of the die like butter and I used a glue pen to attach it.

The vellum was a bit too flappy on the right hand side so I very carefully flipped the card over and sort of lifted it to expose the back of the vellum. I used the glue pen to place a teensy dap of glue behind the larger stars. To hide the glue drops from showing, I added a wee rhinestone to the fronts  of those stars.

I think if I make this card with heavy glittered cardstock again, I would hairspray the silhouette as soon as I cut it out. I feel that I knocked a lot of glitter off the bottom part from all the handling of it, when I was creating the hidden gold layers.

I am entering this card in the following challenge

1. Christmas Card Club - North Star or any stars

Saturday, 21 January 2017

This one's for Darnell's NBUS

Darnell at djkardkreations is having another NBUS Challenge. NBUS stands for   Never Before Used Schtuff. You can read all about it here.

My NBUS item is the 6x6 inch wood grained card base I made for this Thinking Of You card. My card base started its life as a 12x12 sheet of very heavy weight DP that came in a DCWV DP paper pad.  It is heavier in fact, than most cardstock! I cut every sheet from the pad in two and then scored and folded each one to create a variety of  6x6 cards.

I already had my Thinking of you image stamped on kraft card and coloured with an assorted variety of pencil crayons...just regular cheap kids pencil crayons,blended with paper stumps and Gamsol.

I also wanted enter my card  over at Di's Pixies Crafty Workshop. Di has recently revamped her rules to allow for a two week challenge, with one entry per person. Di's challenge is so much fun and to celebrate her "revamp", I am going to try to make my entries over there true snippets cards. In other words, cards that are made completely from snippets, other than the base card and envelope.

With this in mind, I rifled through my DP snippets collection and pulled out three clear envelopes full of possibilities.  I pulled out a fairly large piece of Echo Park Style Essentials brown damask, and chose some smaller snippets for the fishtail banners. The green striped DP is AC Merry, the blue starry snippet s is Bo Bunny Dear Santa, and the green starry DP is Doodle Bug Here Comes Santa Claus.  Now I know this  isn't a Xmas card, but I liked these colours and stars can just be stars, methinks!

Even the beige shimmery mat is a snippet. I had quite a time figuring out the manufacturer but think it is from a DCWV neutrals mat stack, as it is adhesive ready...just pull off the backing and voila!

I did add a little clear Gelly Roll pen over the North, South, East, West  to the right of the tree, and then dabbed a few dots here and there amidst the branches.

I tied a some brown jute around the banners, added a trio of jewels, and called it a day.

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

1. Darnell's NBUS Challenge #8 - use a |NBUS item & optional theme of use coloured pencils on kraft
2. Pixies Crafty Workshop - must use snippets
3. Crafty Calendar - Something New ( my 12x12 paper pad which I cut up into 6x6 cards)

Monday, 16 January 2017

Peace On Earth

Do you ever fel a wee bit behind the 8 ball?

Dec 1st arrived and I was faced with the looming Canada Post deadline to mail off my overseas christmas cards.  At this late date I realized that once I sent the overseas cards off,  I did not have enough cards left to send locally to my family and friends. I cast my mind over my on hand supplies and tried to chose a design that would make up easily into multiples.

I wanted to make a dozen in total, so I chose a prefolded set of silver glimmer cards that I bought a couple of years ago. I think they were only 5x5 inches so  my choice of stamp was limited by size requirements. Luckily I already had 6 stamped images of this Nativity scene ornament, so I quickly stamped 6 more and then cut them with a Lawn Fawn Stitched circle die.

I painted the blue background with twinkling H2O's, and used a Silver Gelly roll pen over the bauble fastener at the top. I had some sheets of Silver fine glitter paper from one of the papercrafts garage sales I attended last summer, and cut them with a Spellbinders scalloped circle die.

I am upstairs at the moment, and the sentiment stamp is down two flights of stairs in my craft room...sorry I do not remember the manufacturer...

After I took this photo, I decided that the card looked rather plain, so I took the silver Gelly Roll pen and carefully went over all the scrollwork around the nativity scene! It went surprisingly fast and I wish I had remembered to retake the photo.