Sunday, 29 November 2015

Christmas Cards using Masterboards

Hi, I hope your weekend has been going well, this afternoon I've been making some christmas cards using masterboards as a basis to work from. Over on the PaperArtsy Blog there is a brilliant video by Leandra showing how to create a masterboard and some wonderful examples on how to use them, to view the video etc click here.

For these I made 2 different colour combinations but still have plenty left to use on other projects.

The paints used for my first board are ; Evergreen, Toad Hall, Guacamole, London Bus, Inky Pool, Snowflake and a little Pewter to finish. These were all applied with a brayer.

I then stamped text from ESN 03 in archival watering, the hanging star from Jofy 06 in archival jet black and finally the swirl from Special Christmas plate 3 in snowflake paint.

For my second board the following colours were used; China, Lake Wanaka, Beach Hut, Claret, Stone, Autumn Fire and Snowflake.

Then the design was created using T.H. Holiday Knit stencil with stone paint, the lines from Jofy 07 stamped in archival cornflower, noel from special christmas plate in archival watering can and finally the rings from HP1004 in snowflake paint.

For my first card I stamped the bunting from Jofy 07 onto my master board in versa-mark and white heat embossed.

This was cut out and the tassels were hi-lighted with a little Treasure Pewter.

The trees were stamped from the special christmas plate 3 and also white embossed. Stars were punched from trimmings after cutting out the trees.

I used the edging stamp from Jofy 06 for the bottom edge of the card.

For my second card I cut a piece of the master board and mounted it onto some burgundy coloured card. The star was stamped from Jofy 07 onto some kraft card , white embossed, cut out and then some Treasure Pewter was added. The white flower/tree from Jofy 38 was white embossed and then some glitter added. The MDF star was given 2 coats of gold embossing powder.

My final card which is my favourite out of the 3 repeats some of the 2nd card but uses the large flower from Jofy 38 ( which was one of my gifts from winning the blog challenge a few weeks ago and I love!) this was embossed using a clear glitter embossing powder and then hi-lighting with treasure Gold in Renaissance.

Bows, buttons, wire and hearts were added for detail but I felt they were all fairly quick and easy to make as it is sometimes too easy to get engrossed in making christmas cards and the time just vanishes. The next thing you know it's the last day for posting!!!

And on that note I shall away--- many thanks to PaperArtsy for the nudge into master boards, much appreciated. Hope you enjoy what is left of the weekend and many thanks for stopping by. Take care and all comments are much appreciated, Jane x

Monday, 16 November 2015

Festive Heart

Good evening and welcome, hope your Monday has gone well so far. Today I would like to share a christmas heart I've made over the weekend using Lavinia Stamps and some lovely christmas fabric my daughter bought for me.

I started by stamping 'Believe' onto some natural coloured calico which had some iron-on interfacing on the back. This really stabilises the fabric when embroidering.

This was left for a couple of hours to ensure the ink was completely dry before stitching the outer edge of each letter.

Next I cut a heart from a scrap of card to use as my template to cut from the material. The calico was then stitched to the front of the heart before cutting to size and fraying the edges.

The heart was then stitched on the wrong sides, turned inside out and stuffed.

Using the smallest of the Lavinia snowflake stamps I stamped onto some frosted shrink plastic in archival watering can. This was cut out and a small hole made before heating and shrinking.

Thread was added and 2 brass bells.

The heart was finished with some grosgrain ribbon and a small satin ribbon bow.

I have made hanging hearts for decorations other years and they tend to all be on the traditional side but I am very pleased with how this has turned out and this fabric has so much detail printed on it, it's fab!

I would like to enter this for Lavinia's challenge 11 titled Christmas. To view the DT's inspiring samples and the other entries click here.

Thank you for stopping by and a big thank-you for all the lovely comments on my last couple of posts, they are very much appreciated.

Take care and have a good week Jane x

Friday, 6 November 2015

'Winter Frost'

Hi and welcome, today has been a very wet and humid type of day so entering a piece for a challenge titled 'Winter Frost' seems a tad bizarre, but I'm sure it won't be too long before 'Jack Frost ' gets his brushes out!

This card I would like to enter for Crafty individuals November challenge, to view their DT's samples and the other entries click here.

I started by rubbing some charcoal onto a sheet of medium weight white card which was placed on top of a piece of material so as to gain some texture.

This was then stamped and heat embossed with platinum EP. I masked the very centre off so as to leave a clear space to then stamp the word Peace in ocean depth ink and then clear embossed. 

Some of the flowers and leaves were then coloured in using Distress Markers, glitter was added to some areas and a little Inka Gold in Platin.

The card blank and hand-made blue paper were cut using dies and all stuck with double sided tape.

I had stamped a spare piece of charcoal card so decided to cut-out and add a couple of flowers and leaves to give some depth to the piece.

Next I stamped the tags onto white card in versa-mark and heat embossed with white sparkle EP. These were then coloured with Distress Inks.

The christmasy embellishments were cut, stamped, glittered and embossed before attaching to the card.

It was not an easy piece to photograph to capture all the sparkly glitter.

But I was pleased with how it turned out and then made another in a different colour combination.

For these cards I used the following stamp sets from Crafty Individuals 443, 446 and 447.

Well there are fireworks being set off outside in peoples gardens and my dinner smells like it's ready so I shall away!

Have a great weekend, many thanks for stopping by and hopefully we will meet up again soon. Take care Jane x