Here is a Christmas card I made using a fun technique called ‘smooshing’. I watched Kristina Werner’s You Tube video to learn how to do it.
The background is created using distress inks (chipped sapphire, dusty concord, shaded lilac) smooshed into the watercolour paper using a piece of acetate (I just used the packaging from a stamp set). I then used some pearlescent acrylic inks I’ve owned for about 10 years and never even opened (yikes!) and flicked them on with a brush.
While I waited for the piece to dry I die-cut the word ‘Joy’ (which comes from Lawn Fawn), and the reindeer (which came with the snowflake too – bargain). I stuck everything down using Glossy accents, and overall I’m really happy with this as a first attempt/experiment.
I think I will definitely using the smooshing technique again in the future – it was fun and the results were pretty snazzy (if I say so myself).
Have a great week!
This week is another small Royal and Langnickel cross stitch I completed in just a few hours.
Again, the instructions in the kit were a bit dodgy (still instructing me on how to colour my horse), but the image is simple enough that you really don’t need the instructions.
This will become another Xmas card at some point so you’ll be seeing it again in the future 🙂
Have a brilliant week!!
This week is a simple little cross stitch I completed when I had a few spare hours. It’s a kit from Royal & Langnickel and everything needed to complete the kit was included – it was a bargain at only $1.50!
However, the instructions in the kit were……lacking? I bought a few kits (all with different images to stitch), but they all only came with the one same set of instructions….which included how to colour a horse?!
Anyway….you may see this cross stitch again in the future, I plan on using it for a card.
Have a great week!
For this weeks card I played around with some of the last craft items that I actually purchased before my challenge began.
I love Lawn Fawn products…..seriously. L-O-V-E. They are super cute.
I made this scene by first stamping out all the trees, critters, and other little bits and pieces on to copic quality cardstock. I then coloured them in using my Copic markers and cut them out using their coordinating dies. No way would I try to fussy cut these things!
Then I cut out the stitched hillsides and worked out where I wanted to put them on my card, this then formed the basis of where my background watercolour piece (the blue part) needed to start. I cut a piece of watercolour paper to size and then used a pencil to mark out where the top hill would finish. I then coloured the background using Distress Inks from Ranger.
Once the background was dry I could start assembling the card. I stamped the sentiment on the watercolour background then began to layer all my pieces onto my card. Each snow drift is on dimensional adhesive so it really pops up!
Finally, I added my Wink of Stella clear pen to the ornaments, holly, acorn, and stars. I used glossy accents on the ornaments and the holly berries to give them even more dimension.
This is definitely not one that I would send in the mail! This will be hand delivered to someone special.
Have a great week!
Yet another Xmas card! I’m such a sucker for them…..plus after looking at some of my supplies I realised that quite a lot of my supplies have an Xmas theme, so expect to see more in the future!!
I was just playing around a bit with this card, I don’t know if I’ll send it to anyone….we’ll see. 🙂
The sentiment, the flourish, and the berries are from Kaisercraft, the holly and the ornament are chipboard – I have no idea where I got them from, they’ve been sitting in my stash for years. I coloured them using my Gelly Roll glitter pens. The poinsettia is a sticker that I’ve had for years, again I’ve got no idea where it came from.
The cardstock is from Officeworks.
Have a terrific week!
I think I forgot to mention in last weeks post that I actually made 4 trees, but I had only created 2 cards with them…..well, here are the other 2!
I found a great ‘Merry Christmas’ die which I had purchased on sale a while ago…..it was still in it’s packaging! I swear, I’m so bad when it comes to buying things and then not using them, or saving them for a ‘special occasion’. It’s been used now, so I’m happy.
For this card I attempted to watercolour the background, but the card isn’t watercolour cardstock. It’s not my finest effort 😦 , I really should have used some of my watercolour paper as the background, then adhered that to the card.
Also, how annoying is that 1 pearl that’s out of alignment?! The pearls are on a strip of glue and just that 1 pearl is off line. I was thinking of cutting it and reattaching it separately, but I’m not super happy with this card in general, so I don’t think it will be given to anyone. This can be my practice card.
Have a lovely week,
This week I’ve been using up some more scraps – This time I made 2 large pieces of paper using leftover Christmas paper from last years cards. I cut them up into strips and glued them to some computer paper.
I didn’t do a super careful job with the gluing and some of the trees look a little…..umm….homemade?! It all just adds to the charm!
Once the glue had dried, I ran it through my Big Shot with a pine tree die to create some cute Xmas trees. Then I used the trees to make some different Xmas cards.
I was really just playing around with what I’ve already got in my stash – some stickers, embellishments, (more) leftover Xmas paper…….
I’m really trying to use up some of the things I already have before going out and starting to buy new stuff……but it’s so hard, there’s so many pretty things to buy!!