Saturday, 29 October 2011

Christmas Cards

 During the summer, and again earlier this week, I had to go away for a few days to somewhere that I don't have internet access. The problem of what to do with myself in the evenings is a worry - the flat has horrible lighting in the living room, (almost none) and I can't abide watching TV without something to do with my hands. The solution was to take some pre-printed images and colouring paraphenalia and sit in the kitchen! And now, I've finally managed to transform those images into Christmas cards.

But to start, one I've done from scratch this weekend, again practising my brayering!

Of course, if you look carefully, you'll spot the mistake - the mask for the moon didn't stick as well as I'd thought, and the moon has a distinctly blue shadow. I thought it looked like an interesting effect, though, and left it be.

The sky uses Distress Ink in Faded Denim, and the tree image (Clarity split tree) was stamped in Versafine ink. I added the detail in the snow with a stencil brush, and finished the image with some Glamour Dust adhered with Sakura glue pen.

The result is fairly stark, so I decided to continue with that theme, matting it onto black card and adding a hand-written sentiment in silver.

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
A Gem of a Challenge where the theme is 'cold and frosty',
Sweet Stamping Challenge where anything goes,

And this one is definitely not stark! The image is Stitchy's Wishing You Well which she generously gave me to help me to stay sane during what I thought would be a summer without much crafting. I framed it and added the sentiment in Photoshop Elements, then coloured the image with Promarkers.

I had been counting on buying some card blanks when I went to the craft show at Alexandra Palace a few weeks ago, but by the time I got around to getting some, all the straight edge cards had gone! (Those things are heavy - I normally leave them to the end.) Knowing I was getting low, I did buy one pack of the scallopped edge cards, but I've found them quite hard to use. In an attempt to find something that works, I dug out my Spellbinders scallopped Borderabilities. The holographic card is from a local 'cheap' shop. It's not the best quality, but for a bit of Christmas glitz, it's perfect.

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
A Gem of a Challenge where the theme is 'cold and frosty',
Bah Humbug where they want die cuts,
Card Makin' Mamas where they want die cuts,
Charizma Cards where anything goes,

This card uses a Just Inklined image that was a freebie a while ago. It's coloured with Promarkers, and cut using a Nellie Snellen die that's a perfect compliment to the Spellbinders dies, being narrower and longer. The hand-written sentiment is cut with a die from the same set. I used some paper from Trimcraft and embossed the green panel with a Papermania folder.

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Bah Humbug where they want die cuts,
Card Makin' Mamas where they want die cuts,

Digi Doodles Shop Best where anything goes,

This image was one stamped for me last year by my Secret Santa from a group I belong to. The paper she used wasn't suitable for Promarkers, so last week, while I was limited to my Derwent Coloursoft pencils, I had a go. I've still got some way to go as regards technique with pencils. I used Baby Oil for blending, but suspect that's part of the reason I'm never completely happy with the degree of blending I get. (Then again, it could just be me!) I added a little sparkle with a Sakura Stardust clear pen.

I covered the whole image in some dimensional glaze to give a glass effect then matted onto holographic card cut with a Spellbinders die. The paper was a magazine freebie, and the snowflakes were cut using a Marianne Creatables die set.

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges: One Stop Craft Challenge where the theme is 'no sentiments',
Bah Humbug where they want die cuts,
Card Makin' Mamas where they want die cuts,
Crimbo Crackers where anything goes,
Christmas Inspirations where they want die cuts.

And finally! The image is from the fabulous Beccy Muir. All her images (as far as I know) are available as freebies, and she has some gorgeous drawings. I added the frame and sentiment in Photoshop Elements then coloured the image with Derwent Coloursoft Pencils blended with Baby Oil. In the background, you'll see some beautiful fir-tree embossing - a result of an impulse buy yesterday. It's an embossing folder from Sissix which came with another which will be more generally useful despite it's 'snow flower' name. I love how it embossed!

So, there we have it - five Christmas cards to add to what I've got stashed away. Still got a long way to go, though!

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
A Gem of a Challenge where the theme is 'cold and frosty',
Papercrafting Journey where they want a digi,


Tracey T said...

Lovely cards, Josephine - the tree card is stunning, really atmospheric. Thank you for playing at Sweet Stampin' this week. Tracey x

Tip Top said...

Wonderful cards - I too can't just sit and do anything so I do cutting out when I'm sitting watching tv (when not crafting!) Your colouring is wonderful and I've not thought of using baby oil for blending - I just use water!

Thank you for joining in at Crimbo Crackers – hope you can join me again for the next challenge! Crimbo Crackers

mixamatoasties said...

Beautiful card - all your cards are lovely! Thanks for joining in at Sweet Stampin' this week.

Susan x

Princess4Wiz said...

Gorgeous cards, Josephine! I don't have a brayer and I'm always very impressed when I see one has been used so well. My favourite of all your cards is the one without any sentiment. I love your colouring in on that one and the whole card is just lovely!

Beth. xxx

helloholley said...

Wow!! All of the cards are just wonderful!! ;)thanks for joining us at SSCB!!! ;)

Stampalicious said...

all your cards are gorgeous! thank you for joining our challenge at Digi Doodle Shops best challenges this week, hugs, martina

KraftyKoolKat said...

What a fantastic range of cards sweetie. Thank you for joining us at DDSC time and good luck.


Rachel said...

Beautiful cards, I really love that Winter Wonderland card - great stamp. Thanks for sharing at Sweet Stampin this week. Wedgie xxx


All the cards are beautiful. Thanks for joining us at Christmas Inspirations challenges this fortnight. Hope you will play again next challenge too.

coldwaters2 said...

Wow Josephine these are all absolutely gorgeous, what fantastic designs and images, love them all, thank you for joining our challenge at Digi Doodles this week.
Lorraine x

Max said...

A fantastic coleection of lovely cards. Thank you for sharing with us at Bah! Humbug!

Max's Craft Creations
Bah! Humbug! Challenges DT

Anonymous said...

Beautiful cards Josephine, looks like that time away from home was incredibly productive.

Brenda Bah Humbug GDT

Annie said...

oh my what a gorgeous collection of cards - a real treat to come and visit.
Thanks so much for sharing with us at Humbug Hall.
Ann xxx
Bah! Humbug! DT

Elizabeth Sanchez said...

very holiday-ish cards! totally getting me in the spirit! thnx for playing with us at cmm!!

Jennifer said...

These are all gorgeous! Thanks so much for playing at A Gem Of A Challenge xx Jenny xx


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