This week on the Woodware Blog we are looking at Traditional Christmas Cards, Crafty Debs made me think about the meaning of traditional and what it means to everybody, which really made me struggle to decide what to do for this challenge.
So I have gone for an angel and a traditional wish.
The stamp is Elegant Angels a Stampendous Perfectly Clear set. I have embossed it in white, and then cut with the Dreamweaver Long Nesting Ovals, the dies are a very elegant shape.
Yes! It’s that time of year again! The time when we inspire crafters on both sides of the “pond” with a mix of both Dreamweaver and Woodware UK* products for the holidays! Six days, SIX, of beautiful, elegant, merry, cute, artsy, and craftsy projects to have you heading out to your local stores or internet sites to buy these goodies immediately!
I liked my card for the blog today, well until I looked at the Pampered Stamper on Friday morning, the talent of that woman is so upsetting, why did Pam get so much that is what I want to know?!?
Still too late, here is my one and only offering for this years hop, I promise to try to do better next year!
Knock off the excess before heating to make sure that the grid is visible.
I have used three coats of powder, I have re-inked in between so remember to put the stencil back in place. You can if you work quickly add more powder while the first coat is warm and tacky, then you don’t need to re-ink.
I love this stencil technique and I think that this shows how easy it is to mix stamps and stencils.
Of course, there will be prizes as well. Three prize packages will be given to three commenters during this week’s posts on the team’s blogs, including five stencils and one nested die set. You can have an opportunity to win these goodies by leaving some holiday sweetness for each team member posting each day, to be one of the three winners for the week. Here are the team members that are inspiring you today:
The theme this week is buttons, Woodware have a great selection of buttons at a very good price that make them perfect for this project. y daughter -in-law was at a baby shower this weekend which is probably what set me off on this project, but I don’t know if it is a boy or a girl so this is a neutral colour.
A very simple sketch this month. and here is my take on it.
I have done a DL shaped card. I have used the Dreamweaver Zen Flower Stencil.
I started with an A5 piece of card and stenciled with Aruba Crafter’s ink most of the Zen Flower on it. I had punched out the Scalloped Oval first and used some Sakura Quickie Glue as a temporary glue and attached the punched out piece to the card and stencilled over the top of the 2 pieces. I then trimmed the card so that it fitted exactly on a DL card
I used translucent embossing paste on the punched section and set it aside to dry. After it was dry I used a stencil brush and added Sweet Pea Crafters with a Stencil Brush. I love the contrast of textures that you get with the paste making the centre shinny.
I inked the edges with the Aruba ink and added one of the strips that I had cut off .
Over on the Woodware blog this week the theme is Good Luck, after reading Siobhan’s blog post about her Christmas melt down I have decided that good luck is a great theme for this time of year. Most of us get over stressed, my Mum always thought that it was too much work for just one day, and really did not enjoy any of it, I try really hard not to get worked up, if something isn’t done well does it really matter? On Tuesday evening I sat down to write my cards, but got carried away and made some, so not a card has been sent and it is well last posting date, but if my cards arrive after Christmas then I have made the celebration last longer for the recipients!
So back to my Good Luck
I have an article about stencilling in the next issue of Simply Cards and Papercrafts. This card was made from bits, you know how it is, or is it just me I always finish up with lots of odd pieces, which I really should use up! So this time I have tried!
To tie it all together I rubbed some of the Aruba ink over all of the card pieces. I hope that you can see the difference in the texture of the embossing pastes, the pearl has a smoother finish than the regular paste.
Thank you for visiting, and Merry Christmas, the card is in the post!
Over on the Woodware Blog this week the theme is Quick Christmas, these cards are very quick!
I used Lynell’s Power Pasting Technique to do all of the pasting.
Power Pasting is a term used for pasting more than one panel of card at a time. I cut my card so that it is very slightly smaller than the stencil. Then securing your stencil with stencil tape to your Hot Stuff Mat using the stencil tape as a hinge. Slide the card underneath the stencil. You can paste around 4 card panels before the paste builds up on the stencil and you have to clean it.
I decorated a dark green panel by stamping with one of the swirls from the Artemio Arabesque Set with a Colorbox Watermark pad and then added PearlEx powder in Spring Green, I really like the shimmer that this easy technique gives you. I layered this on a square of the lovely yellow pearl 12 x 12 card.
The all important raised platform at the front of the card has the same layers and PearEx treatment. The edges were punched with the Antique Floral Crafty Edger Cassette. The greeting comes from one of my favourite Christmas words, Christmas Sentiments designed by my friend Jane Gill. Remember to raise this piece on foam pads so that it acts as a stop for the front of the card.
This week over on the Woodware blog it is another sketch challenge.
So here is my card
I used one of the baubles from the Francoise Collection Patch Bauble I have water coloured it with Sakura pens.
Then layered it on to a scalloped circle which I punched from a card that I had run through an embossing machine with a Dreamweaver Snowflakes stencil. The white section of the card was also run through the machine. To colour the card I gently swiped with aSky Blue Brilliance pad so that it would only colour the raised portion of the card.