Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Santa Claus is Coming to Town

Good morning crafters, Julie here. I have used the Santa Claus Art Stamp by Imagination Crafts for today's card.

I stamped this in red ink on to white Super Smooth card and heat embossed using WOW! Clear Sparkle embossing powder.
I then painted with watered down Starlights, I used White Gold, Green and Pearl. For the trees I used a 3/4 inch wide flat brush tip as this gave better definition to them. When the image was dry I trimmed it and matted it onto some red card from my stash.

I then die cut some holly out of some super smooth scraps and painted these with Green Starlights.....I don't know why, but this is quite satisfying and if you are too tired to craft properly you could just do batches of these for other Christmas cards.

I scored a sheet of A4 linen card down the middle and stamped a Christmas greeting in the same red  ink, this time heat embossing in WOW! Clear Gloss embossing powder. I attached my matted Santa to the white linen card with double sided sticky pads and attached the holly using Cosmic Shimmer glue. To finish off I added 4 clear gems to my greeting and some Christmas Red Stickles to the holly berries.

This was quite a quick card to make and good if you need lots of cards as you can do batches of stamping and heat embossing, or die cutting and painting. I'll definitely be doing this crisp card for a few of my friends and family this year and the topper can be stuck flat for posting....!

Art Stamps - Santa Claus  Green SL Pearl SL White Gold SL  Clear Sparkle WEG   Clear Gloss Regular WEP 

Stickles Christmas Red   Super Smooth White  

Bye for now, have a good week.

Love, Julie x

Monday, 24 October 2016

Have A Cool Christmas

 Good morning, happy Monday. Kirsten here with a scheduled post of another of my projects for October. I made this card with two of Imagination Crafts' new Mixed Media Art stencils, Starlights, Sparkle Medium & white gesso.

I began the background by sponging on Mint & Mediterranean Sky Starlights on to opposite corners of a square of white Super Smooth card. The next step was the same colours applied through 
That's Crafty! Dinky stencils, Mint on to the Med. Sky areas & Med. Sky on to the Mint areas.

I followed that layer with white gesso applied through the That's Crafty Snowflake Background stencil, Blue, Sax Blue & Rich Gold Starlights through portions of Imagination's MU17 MM Art stencil.............

When all the paint was dry I applied Diamond Sparkle Medium through MM Art stencil MU42.........

I stamped a sentiment from the Hobby Art Christmas Frosting stamp set with Onyx Black Versafine & heat set it with WOW! Clear Gloss embossing powder, matted the white card on to black card & layered both pieces on to a 7x7 white card blank.............

MU42 IMST MU17 IMST   Starlights Metallic Paints     Dinky Stencil - Snowflake BackgroundDinky Stencil - Bubbles  Dinky Stencil - Quatrefoil 1Christmas Frosting  VersaFine Ink pad - Onyx Black    Diamond SM     Clear Gloss Regular WEP  White Gesso        7x7 White Card Blanks & Envelopes      Black Card   

A slightly shorter blog post today than my previous two. :-) 

Thanks for stopping by, have a great week. 


Friday, 21 October 2016

Imagination Crafts Winter Robin on Silver

Hi there crafters, today's card is on a similar line to last week's, where I used the Imagination Crafts Winter Robin Stamp but this time I used Wow Iced Silver Embossing Powder and Silver Sparkle Medium.........

So, as usual, I used a 7" x 7" white card and cut a piece of black card slightly smaller to mat onto.

This time I used Black Stars Sparkle Medium around the border of the black card and applied it with my finger so it created a slight hint of foiling.

I then cut a slightly smaller piece of Super Smooth white Card to create a background using the Imagination Crafts Christmas Words Art Stamp.   Stamped it all over using Versamark and Wow   Iced Silver Embossing Powder.

I then distressed the border of the card with Silver Sparkle Medium again using my finger to create a foiled look.

 That's the background sorted, now onto the topper, which I stamped the Imagination Crafts Winter Robin Art Stamp using Versafine Black Onyx and WOW! Clear Gloss embossing powder on a piece of white Super Smooth Card, then distressed the edges of the card with the Silver Sparkle Medium as before.

The last thing to do was put the card together, I matted the background card onto the black, then I wrapped a piece of white ribbon on the left top corner before sticking it down to the base card. 

I stamped the Merry Christmas sentiment from the Hobby Art Poinsettia Stamp set onto some white card in silver and distressed, then backed that with black before placing on the finished card..........

Another simple little card but what makes them special are the stamp sets.

Thanks again for dropping by and see you again soon.

Love, Jan -x-

Thursday, 20 October 2016

Vintage Christmas Art Stamps with a Personal Touch

Good morning crafters! Who has been watching the Imagination Crafts shows on Hochanda? Have you seen the new Starlights colours? Loving the tones...me thinks Santa may like to visit Imagination HQ and while he's there, I rather like the Black Stars Sparkle Medium too...hint, HINT!!

This week I am using one of the Imagination Crafts Art Stamps to create a more vintage style card. I love this look at Christmas, the old fashioned traditional feel with muted colours and a flash of colour. For this particular card I also took a trip down memory lane...

When I looked at the Winter Robin Art Stamp, I immediately thought of him as a pure silhouette against a patterned background. I had the idea to dig out some of the sheet music I had inherited from my dad. I am not musical, but I do love the look of sheet music and I was itching to use some! It definitely made me smile, looking though the old books and imagining my dad singing along to it all. Right, apologies for the tangent there, back to business! Because I wanted a vintage feel, I decided to stamp the Winter Robin Art Stamp in Vintage Sepia Versafine Ink rather than black. I then embossed this and used a die from my stash to cut out the image and create a topper.

Once cut out, I used an Ink Blending Mat and Ink Blending Tool with some Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain Distress Ink to frame and age the topper.

I wanted to add just a small amount of colour to the card, so I kept the same two brown inks to colour the image slightly, but also added some Fired Brick Distress Ink for the robin's red breast. Again I used the Ink Blending Mat to do this, adding some of the ink to the mat and then shading using a brush and a tiny amount of water.

Right, now to make some background paper for my card. I cut a piece of Super Smooth Card to size and used an Ink Blending Tool to colour it with Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain Distress Ink. I then used the same inks to randomly stamp some of the tiny flourishes from the Hobby Art Poinsettia Stamp Set using the second and third generations of ink. Wanting to bring a tiny amount of the red into the background to make it all tie-in, I used the Merry Christmas sentiment from the same set and stamped all over with the Fired Brick.

Once I was happy with my background paper, I wanted to add just a touch of sparkle. To do this I reached for my favourite type of bling - Sparkle Medium! Not wanting to over-power my card topper, I used the Imagination Crafts Snowflake Stencil and placed it towards the top left-hand side of my card. I masked off a section I wanted to use with  Masking Tape and then used Welsh Gold Sparkle Medium through the stencil. I love this colour, it goes perfectly with browns and craft card...a hidden gem!

Whilst waiting for my sparkle to dry, I created a final dimensional piece for my card. I stamped the main poinsettia flower from the Hobby Art Poinsettia Stamp several times on some Watercolour Card. This was really for me to have a little play with some different ways of colouring! At first I water coloured the poinsettia with Fired Brick Distress Ink, then I used Welsh Gold Sparkle Medium and my finger to see what this would look like. I liked it, but thought that with the sparkle already on the card would be too much and would take away from the main topper. At this point I had a happy accident...I water coloured another of the poinsettias and noticed that it was slightly sparkly. Oooh er? Well, this was because I had been playing with my Starlights Paints and my paint water was all sparkly too!! (yes, you could say I was too lazy to go and change my water, but hey, ho!). I loved it. A slight glimmer, but not too much. Perfect.

Once dry and cut out, I made sure I added some of the brown inks to the back of my flower. This was primarily because I wanted to shape the poinsettia, and I hate the stark white peeking through if someone likes to have a good poke! (yes, perhaps a little mad, I know...)

I coloured a second flower to layer, this time cutting away the bottom leaves. Can you see the difference in sparkliness (is that a word?) when I used clean painting water for the top layer?! Some beads to add a raised middle and some shaping completed my flower.

Wanting to add a little tag, I made one freehand to fit the Merry Christmas from the Hobby Art Set, colouring, stamping and embossing as before.

With all the main elements created, and a bit of matting and layering...all done!

I hope you like it, and I hope dad doesn't mind about the music!

Lots of love

PoinsettiaWatercolour Card Art Stamps - Winter Robin Mini Ink Blending ToolsSnowflakes  Vintage SepiaWelsh Gold SM