Saturday, 27 September 2014

Tutorial "Snowy Christmas Village"

Hi everyone, I have been asked how I made the card "Snowy Christmas Village" so here it is:

Stampin’ Up ‘Lovely as a Tree’, ‘Holiday Home’ and ‘Petite Pairs’ Stamp Sets
Classic Stampin’ Ink Pads – Soft Sky, Marina Mist, Night of Navy, Always Artichoke, Early Espresso, Soft Suede, Crumb Cake, Chocolate Chip, So Saffron and Real Red
Cardstock – Brushed Gold, Night of Navy and Whisper White
Watercolour Paper
A4 copy paper (1 sheet)
Post-it Notes
White Embossing Powder
Gold Embossing Powder
Versamark Ink Pad
Staz-on Black Stamp Pad
1 ¼” Circle Punch
Homemade Holiday Framelits Dies
Ovals Collection Framelits Dies
Banner Framelits Dies
Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder
Blender Pen
White Gel Pen
Making Fluid
Heat Gun
Double sided tape
Stampin’ Dimensionals
Sponge Daubers



Cut a piece of A4 Brushed Gold Cardstock in half to make card base
Cut a piece of Whisper White Cardstock 10cm x 14.3cm (for inside of card)
Cut a piece of Night of Navy Cardstock 9.5cm x 13.8m
Cut 2 pieces of Whisper White Cardstock 9cm x 13.3cm
A piece of Watercolour paper 11.5cm x 15cm for houses (these are cut out with die)
Scrap of Brushed Gold Cardstock for sentiment
Cut 2 pieces of A4 copy paper 10cm x 14.3cm


Fold the piece of Brushed Gold cardstock in half to create the card base.

Take a piece of Whisper White cardstock 9cm x 12.8cm and using the toothbrush flick the Masking Fluid over it.  Set aside to dry.

Take the other piece of Whisper White cardstock 9cm x 12.8cm and place the oval die on it, making sure that it is in the centre (use the 5th largest die. Eg. count five dies out from the centre of the set) and cut out with the Bigshot.  Put this piece in the Perfect Polka Dots  embossing folder making sure that it is straight and put in through the Bigshot.

Tear the 2 pieces of A4 copy paper to create the masks for the snow banks.  You will need three snow bank masks.

Take the 9cm x 12.8cm piece of Whisper White with the Masking Fluid on it and put the embossed piece over the top and draw around the oval lightly with a pencil.   This creates the section where you are going to create your scene.  Put the embossed piece to one side for the moment.

Punch out a circle using the 1 ¼” circle punch and the Post-it Notes.  Position this on the top right corner of the oval, this is the moon.

Position the first snow bank mask on the background piece, about halfway down.  I stuck the sides down to the desk mat with tape so I did not have to worry about it moving and I only had to hold the background piece in place when stamping and sponging. Next stamp the trees from the ‘Lovely as a Tree’ stamp set using Always Artichoke, making sure that  you do not go onto the moon. I used the Stamp-a-ma-jig for this step.  If you want the moon behind the trees then remove the moon mask while stamping the trees but put it back on before sponging on the sky.  Clean the stamp, move the Stamp-a-ma-jig mask over a fraction and stamp with Versamark ink.  Emboss with White Embossing Powder and heat set.  Do not remove the snow bank mask from the mat, just slide your background piece out while you emboss it as you need to put the piece back under the mask for the sponging of the sky.

Using Soft Sky, then Marina Mist then Night of Navy sponge on the sky creating some light patches and some dark patches.  Remove the Moon mask and sponge on Soft Sky and then Marina Mist, making sure to leave a small edge on the moon. Put the next snow bank mask on and sponge with Soft Sky, Marina Mist then Night of Navy, making sure that you leave some white for the snow and the darkest edge is to the bottom of the mask.  Do the same to create the third snow bank.

Stamp the Santa Sleigh and Reindeers at the top of the piece going over the top of the trees and in front of the moon.  Also stamp this on the Whisper White cardstock piece for the inside of the card, I put the image on the bottom right hand corner.  Using your finger gently rub over the card to remove the masking fluid.  You can use an Adhesive Remover.  If you need to add more ink over the Moon to take out any areas that are too white, do so now.
Adhere the embossed piece over the top of the background piece to frame the scene.  Adhere to the Night of Navy cardstock and adhere to the Brushed Gold card base.  Adhere the  inside card piece at this stage also.

Stamp the ‘Merry Christmas” on a piece of Brushed Gold cardstock with Versamark ink and emboss it with Gold Embossing Powder.  Cut this out with the smallest of the Banner Framelits dies.  Adhere to front of card, you can leave this until you have completed the houses and positioned them to see where you want to position the sentiment.

Stamp two of the house images from the “Holiday Homes” on the Watercolour paper using Black Staz-on.  Using the blender pen colour the houses using Early Espresso, Chocolate Chip, So Saffron and Real Red on one house and Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Chocolate Chip (for chimney), So Saffron and Real Red on the other house.  Stamp the Christmas lights across the front of the houses with Versamark ink and emboss with Gold embossing powder, heat set.  Cut houses out with the Homemade Holiday Homes Framelits dies, you may need to hand trim some of the edge.  I put some snow on the houses using a White Gel pen.  The houses were then adhered to the front of the card using dimensionals.

Sunday, 21 September 2014

Flowers, Flowers and more Flowers ....

Hi everyone, this is another card made with this weeks favourite colour scheme of Early Espresso, Lost Lagoon, Smoky Slate and Whisper White.   It was inspired by a piece of Wall Art I saw in recently saw in a magazine, I loved the colour scheme and all the flowers.  The Wall Art piece was made with non Stampin' Up products, but I adapted what I had to create my card.

CFK100 (2)

Saturday, 20 September 2014

Four Feathers

Hi everyone, I would like to share with you my card that I made for this week's challenge at Mojo Monday.

I love the colour scheme of Early Espresso, Lost Lagoon, Smoky Slate with a bit of White (this week's favourite).  Two of the feathers were created by placing colour on the stamp with Stampin' Write Markers spritzing with water and then stamping on Whisper White before cutting out with the matching framelits die.  The background was created with the stamp from the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set, second generation stamped in Early Espresso on Smoky Slate.  The edges were inked with Early Espresso. DSP is from the Trim The Tree paper pack.


Snowy Christmas Village

I was so inspired by Pamela T Stoner's card "Snowy Village Holiday Homes" that I had to make this card myself.  Once I worked out the technique it was as simple as embossing, masking and sponging.  This is the card I made the same as Pamela's card.

This is my take on Pamela's card using the same snowy scene background and the houses from the  Holiday Home stamp set.


Sunday, 14 September 2014

Vintage Embossed Vellum

Hi everyone, I would like to share a card with you that I made, inspired by a card Julee Tilman made by embossing vellum and inking it to give it a vintage feel.  I loved the look of the embossed vellum over the DSP to give it hint of colour behind.  I have put the instructions below on how I made this card.



Stampin’ Up “Flower Patch” and “And Many More” Stamp Sets
Classic Stampin’ Ink Pads – Pool Party, Island Indigo, Baked Brown Sugar and Memento Black
Cardstock – Naturals White, Basic Black, Pool Party
DSP – Subtles Paper Pack and Flashback Paper Stack
Argyle Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
Decorative Label Punch
Flower Fair Framelits Dies
Pearls Basic Jewels
Basic Black Candy Dots from the Neutrals Pack
Linen Thread
Basic Black Chevron Ribbon
Distressing Tool
Double sided tape
Stampin’ Dimensionals

Cut a piece of A4 Naturals White Cardstock in half lengthwise
Cut 2 pieces of Basic Black Cardstock 10cm x 14.3cm (1 for inside of card)
Cut 1 piece of Naturals White Cardstock 9.5cn x 13.8cm (for inside of card)
Cut a piece of Pool Party DSP from the Subtles paper pack 9.5cm x 13.8cm
Cut a piece of Vellum 9.5cm x 13.8cm
Cut a piece of Basic Black Cardstock 6.4cm x 8.9cm
Cut a piece of Pool Party DSP from “Flashback” paper stack 5.9cm x 8.4cm
Cut a piece of Naturals White Cardstock 5cm x 14cm for leaves
Cut a piece of Pool Party Cardstock 6cm x 6cm for flower
Cut a piece of Naturals White 5cm x 9cm for sentiment

Fold the piece of Naturals White Cardstock in half to create the card base.

Distress all the edges of the DSP and Cardstock pieces apart from those pieces for the flower, leaves and sentiment.  Sponge all edges with Baked Brown Sugar ink.
Put the piece of Vellum in the Argyle Embossing Folder and put it through the Bigshot.  Adhere this to the piece of Pool Party DSP 9.5cm x 138cm with some double sided tape, the DSP should now be completely cover with the colour reflecting slightly through the Vellum. You only need to put the tape in the corners and a small piece half way on the sides.  Adhere this to the Basic Black Cardstock mat and then lightly sponge Baked Brown Sugar on the embossed vellum to give it an aged look, go lightly with the sponging.  Create two folds in the Basic Black Chevron Ribbon on one end and also create a flag end on the ribbon.  Adhere this to the embossed Vellum and Basic Black Cardstock piece about 3cm up from bottom of this piece.  Adhere this to the card front.

Adhere the distressed DSP from the Flashback Paper Pack onto the Basic Black mat.  Stamp the sentiment in Black onto the Naturals White Cardstock and punch out using the Decorative Labels punch.  Adhere to the top right corner of the panel piece, making sure that it is behind the panel with only the sentiment showing (you do not want the entire punched piece showing).  Adhere this to the Vellum card front over the Chevron Ribbon.

Stamp the flower image in Pool Party on Pool Party Cardstock and then stamp the flower centre in Island Indigo.  Stamp the leaves in Memento Black on Naturals White Cardstock.  Cut out using the Flower Fair Framelits.  Ink edges with Baked Brown Sugar.   Make a bow with the Linen Thread.  Position the leaves, Linen Thread bow and flower on the small panel.  Add three Basic Black Candy Dots to the top right of the card and a Pearl to the flower centre.

Inside of card – mat the Naturals Ivory (make sure edges have been inked with Baked Brown Sugar) onto the Basic Black.  Adhere to inside of card.  You can decorate with a strip of DSP or by making another flower.

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Deconstructed Sketch #166

Hi everyone, I would like to share my card with you that I have made for the challenge this week at The Deconstructed Sketch based on this great sketch.

Deconstructed Sketch 166

For my card I have used the Confetti Celebration DSP with a colour scheme of Basic Gray, Pistachio Pudding, Whisper White and Strawberry Slush.  The tag was made using the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch, Basic Black Bakers Twine, a black button and Candy Dots.  Stamp set used is the "Really Good Greetings".



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