Yesterday was a wonderfully calm and successful day – so very welcome after the two previous rather stressful days! I decided to work through my pile of paperwork that had been building up since the beginning of the week. Next I’d start working on my card for Sunday’s video. I was surprised at how much paperwork I had that needed my attention but I was very focussed, put my head down and pushed ahead.
I also found my Sunday card worked out much easier than I had expected. If you saw last Sunday’s video you will have heard me say that the card I was CASE’ing from Iced Images taught me how to make one of the cards I’d been looking for on the previous Wednesday! Oh, I do love it when a plan comes together. Today I need to design the actual card and then to have a test run. I’m feeling amazingly positive! To create today’s card I designed my own Designer Series Paper (DSP) using Whisper White Cardstock (CS), Tuxedo Black Memento Ink, Light Old Olive and Dark Real Red Stampin’ Blends. This is a technique I enjoy using but don’t use it often enough. I knew I was going to use a single central sentiment so I tried to manoeuvre the holly stems so they came off the page or would disappear under the sentiment. It worked!
I was hoping to use the infill stamp to colour the leaves but when I tried it on some scrap paper I decided I’d prefer to use my Stampin’ Blends! I do enjoy colouring! I knew I was going to colour the berries with blends because the stamps left a small white gap to represent shadow but I preferred to go for the darker total infill by hand! I was very pleased with the finished effect. I chose the CHRISTMAS STARTS WITH CHRIST sentiment which is in the For Unto Us Stamp Set. To ink up the stamp I used another technique I like but haven’t used for a long time. That is colouring my stamp using Stampin’ Write Marker Pens. However, I do have reservations about using this technique while we’re going through a pandemic. I’ll be pleased to hear your views on this.
This is what I did. I set my stamp up on my Stamparatus so I could colour my stamp two or three times if necessary. I used Real Red for Christmas and Christ, and then Old Olive for the branch, Begins With and the line under Christmas. While I was painting Christmas, I accidentally touched the line with Real Red Ink. The quickest and easiest was to correct this is to use a Stampin’ Up! Blender Pen and lift the colour with the brush tip!
When I had completed the two colours I huffed on my stamp and then stamped onto my Whisper White CS. It’s the huffing I’m not sure about because of the pandemic. Anyway, my sentiment needed another layer of colour so I repeated the process. I die-cut it using the no. 3 oval die from the Stitched Shapes Dies and adhered it to a Real Red CS oval I’d die-cut using die no. 4. I stamped and painted several birds from the quite Curvy Stamp Set and coloured them to look like robins by using Light and Dark Crumb Cake and sponge some Real Red on their breasts.
I adhered three on the front of the card but added two narrow strips of Real Red CS to make sure they are visible! I also added two inside the card. I finished off my card by painting all five birds and all the holly berries using my Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Pen. This was a very pleasing card to make which included two great techniques that I really must use more often! That’s it from me today. I look forward to being back with you tomorrow and in the meantime please take care and stay safe. Happy crafting.
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Cardstock Layer Sizes: A4
Card base 8¼” x 5¾” scored and folded at 4 1/8”
Middle layer: 2 pieces 3 7/8” x 5½”
Top layer: 2 pieces 3¾” x 5 3/8”
Cardstock Layer Sizes: Letter-size
Card base 8½” x 5½” scored and folded at 4¼”
Middle layer: 2 pieces 4” x 5¼”
Top layer: 2 pieces 3 7/8” x 5 1/8”