Thursday, 22 November 2012

Christmas card 2012-3

Whew, it's been a week since last time I updated my blog.  I have been extremely busy with my cardmaking for a church charity event this weekend.  I looked at my card stock, and realised that I'd been sending lots of cards but actually hadn't been able to replace them.  So hurried up, got my gear out again, and spent most of the evenings trying to make as many as possible.  I think I have about 90 cards now, I counted them yesterday, and totally forgot the number 1 hour later, lol!  Not enough, I would like to make 120 cards at least for the event, even if they don't get sold, it doesn't matter, I can still send them to family and friends.

So I thought it would be nice to share with you some of the cards that I have made.

These 3 cards are similar, I had a piece of ultra thick vellum, the colours are amazing, so I embossed the entire vellum with snow flakes stamp by Inkadinkado Snowflake A-Plenty, then I used my Martha Stewart circle cutter (currently my best friend), cut out some circles and some card stock as well.  Adhered the embossed vellum on to the front of the card stock, and used some craft twine wrapped around the card three times then tied a knot.  I also embossed the snowmen with some holographic embossing powder from Papermania.  I realised I still hadn't planned where my sentiment was going to be, then I looked at the empty space around the card, and thought, hmmm, maybe I can do something about that.  Luckily, I have a Christmans sentiment stamp set from Hero Arts, they have a tiny "merry christmas" stamp, the font and size was just perfect for the space I had.  So, curled the stamp a little bit to make it fit on to the card (one good thing I like about clear stamps, that actually you can shape the stamps the way you want), and stamped a few times  with jet black ink.

So here we are, 3 cards in one go.  It didn't take much time.  I don't like mass producing cards, I like my cards to be unique, and it's much fun to make different cards, but, ya know, every now and then, making a few cards in just less than an hour, it's not a bad thing, is it?

Anyway, hope you enjoy the cards, and I shall post some more cards very soon.

Thursday, 15 November 2012

Christmas card 2012-2

Good evening, everyone! Hope you have had a good day so far.

The second card that I made is very simply actually, but time consuming! It took me near half an hour just to make the wreath!

Firstly, I stamped a Christmas sentiment background on a piece of kraft card stock, the stamp I used is from Visible image, then adhered the piece onto a red card stock from Hobbycraft.

Then I used a leaf punch, and punched loads of leaves from some patterned paper, I really mean loads!  I cut a ring with my Martha Stewart circle cutter, and put glue all over it, then adhered the leaves onto the ring.  To finish off the wreath, I put some bling bling, gem stones and a red bow.  My leaf punch is really small and not very powerful, can't punch through thick paper, and it's quite painful to hold, but it did the job.

I then used my Christmas sentiment stamp "Merry Christmas" from Hero Arts stamped it on a piece of patterned paper and cut into a little banner shape then adhered it onto that background.

In the end, I used my white gel pen and drew some dash lines around the red card base just to add some interests.

Yeah, I like it!  Do you?

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Christmas card 2012-1

Hello world! Welcome to Christmas cards series 2012. 
I love Christmas, love Christmas dinner, beautiful wrapping paper and cards, lovely presents, and warm mince pies.  But most of all, I love the meaning of Christmas, the One who saved the world was born, so that I have a new life in Him.
So, for the first card, I used Hero Arts Christmas sentiment clear stamp set "Merry Christmas" and "PEACE LOVE JOY".  I used Martha Stewart's circle cutter and cut out a large circle on a red card stock, then a smaller one on purple-ish patterned paper from Stampin' up, then a bunch of very small circles and glued them to the back of that patterned paper to make a flower shape, and glued the flower directly onto the red card stock.  Then I used the circle cutter to cut out a green circle only just slightly smaller than the purple one, and stamped my sentiments on it then put some foam adhesive on the back then adhered the piece on to the centre of the flower.  I used some craft twine wrapped round the front of the card twice and then tied a knot on the side.  To finish off the card, I used my white gel pen and drew some dash lines around the card base.  All the patterned paper I used for this card is from Stampin' Up.

That's how it turned out.  I just love the red, green and gold.
Hope you like it! I'll be back with another card soon.
Thanks for viewing!