Christmas Cards coming on nicely

I was swamped with emails after announcing that I was stopping the Monday Mojo email series and I have to say you were all very understanding and so, so kind about how much you all enjoyed the series.  Thank you to everyone who sent in feedback.

I have some exciting ideas and plans for ways to bring you more inspiration, but with my right hand woman Lesley, not having a working right arm at the moment (she’s still waiting for surgery), I’m reluctant to start anything that may leave me over-committed.

Meanwhile, I have quite a few cards and bits of artwork which I haven’t shared properly so I’m doing a little blog catch up, starting with some of our recent Christmas stamps.  I showed you this picture on the Design Team blog, but never got round to explaining how any of the cards were made.

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This is the Winter Edges, Christmas Edges and Reindeer Landscape stamps which we launched this month (check out our New Stamps dept for introductory prices).

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This card features the Reindeer Landscape stamped over a Gelli print with Majestic Blue Versafine, then matted onto another purple print.  The teal card has been stamped with a snowflake edge from Winter Edges in Moonlight White Brilliance ink and Archival Blue Violet.     The Let it Snow stamp is also stamped in Blue Violet Archival ink and the oval has been very lightly inked with Archival Viridian.

Here’s the print before I stamped it (approx 8×10 inches).

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It always amazes me how patterns can become much more subtle when stamped over and things that look a scruffy mess can actually make good artsy backgrounds.

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The trees in this card were stamped onto a background created with the Acrylic Block technique.  You can see how I did this in Monday Mojo Issue 17.  I used Archival Deep Purple to stamp the trees from Reindeer Landscape and the ‘All Hearts‘ sentiment.  The background is a Spellbinders embossing folder called Petite Labels and the sentiment has been die cut with the matching Petite Labels die set.  I matted onto teal card and hand cut a border at the bottom for the trees to sit on.  Some of the trees are raised up on foam pads.

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This card also features an acrylic block background behind the sentiment, which comes from the Warm Christmas Greetings clear stamp set.  This is a super simple card with the edges stamped in Moonlight White on the dark purple cardstock, and a simple satin ribbon and bow finish it off.

I hope you’re getting on well with your Christmas Card making – I’ll be back soon with a spooky Halloween card.

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Feisty Angel

We just launched Christmas stamps over at Chocolate Baroque.  As well as some Big Bold Backgrounds, one of the sets is called Gothic Angels.

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I created the background for this tag while I was preparing Monday Mojo Issue 16 (Distress Stain Backgrounds) a few weeks ago and I started playing with the Gothic Angels stamp set.

After the tag was dry, I stamped the bold script onto the background using Versafine Spanish Moss and decided to stamp the angel with the Art Nouveau hair as the focal point. I think she has a feisty look to her – the sort of guardian angel who’ll deal with the bullies for you and make sure they don’t bother you again!

I created a mask for her, and stamped the gothic text over her with Versafine Habanero.

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She had a lot of colour and some stamping on her face, so I decided to paint her face white with acrylic paint then colour over it with copics.  As it turned out, I was having so much fun with the paint that I didn’t bother with the markers.  I painted her face, hair and halo border, then added a little blue under her hair and faded it out by adding more water.

You can see on the mask that the halo has a snowflake on it.  I did consider trying to preserve that, but I really wanted to give her a gold leaf halo like the old religious paintings so often do and I knew there was no way I could be that careful with my application of the glue.

I used Duo Embellishing Adhesive to paint in the halo.  It’s a glue that dries to a tacky finish pretty quickly so it’s perfect for applying metal leaf.  I painted it on with a fine brush and left it for about 5-10 minutes to make sure it was nice and tacky.  I then placed the tag face down onto a sheet of (faux) gold leaf and ran a bone folder lightly over the whole thing – it doesn’t need much pressure to stick.

I then very gently  pulled it off the tissue backing, letting any stray bits just float down onto a clean piece of paper.  The trick with metal leaf is to work in as draught free an area as possible as the slightest puff of air sends the stuff flying all over.

I used a very soft mop brush to gently tease off the bits around the edge of the halo, working over the clean paper, until all the stray bits had gone.  I added all the little bits of gold leaf to my gilding flakes container for future use.

Gilding flakes have their use, but metal leaf sheets will give you a much better result, especially if you can get it on flat without any wrinkles – that’s why I placed the tag onto the gold leaf rather than the other way round.

I have some finishing off to do to this tag.  Her face looks too white, I think I might just add a tiny dusting of Burnt Sienna Tint Pan pastel to warm up her skin a little.  And the greeting is lost in the background so I’ll be doing that again on a separate piece of card to stick on top.  I’m really pleased with the halo though.

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Starting to feel the Christmas Magic

We put our tree up last night and this year I’ve gone for a white theme with just a few gold and blue baubles.  A few weeks ago, I treated myself to some special ornaments – a lovely mercury glass heart, a white dove and a couple of  gorgeous filigree heart shaped white ornaments with crystal drops.

We started with the lights and the set we are using are far too long for the size of tree we have.  I was getting seriously dizzy going round and round our slimline tree – goodness knows what passing aliens would have made of this strange ritual – me dancing widdershins around a sacred plastic tree while Adrian raised his hands in invocation ( he was feeding me the wire and passing it over the top on each turn to stop me becoming hopelessly entangled).  And all of this with Gregorian chant going on in the background.

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Last Christmas was very sad for Adrian as it was his first without his Dad.  This year is his first without his Mum and we found ourselves getting very emotional last night – not surprising really.  After putting all our posh new ornaments on the tree, I stood back to take a look then on the floor I spotted the set of cheap plastic musical instruments that I bought when we were first married nearly 16 years ago.  They are worn and tarnished now, they look a bit tatty next to the new ornaments, but as I picked them up, I found myself a little tearful and I realised that they are part of our Christmas tradition and the tree simply wouldn’t be decorated without them.

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Trillian watched proceedings with intense fascination, obviously approving of this new giant cat toy we were building in her honour. Now she’s sulking because we won’t let her play with it.

We paid a flying visit to family at the weekend, including popping in to see my little sister and her new 3 week old baby.  I had brought gifts for her other two boys and realised as I was wrapping them that I had no matching gift tags for the reindeer paper I’d bought.  No problem, out came the Damask Reindeer stamps and the Party Words & Birds clear stamps.  I stamped the reindeer scene with Magnolia Bud Versamagic chalk ink, then stamped the words over with Versafine Satin Red – within five minutes I had a batch of tags for all my nephews and niece’s presents.

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So, we’re a little closer to being ready for Christmas and finally starting to feel that little thrill of anticipation.  And the best bit is I won’t have to do any of the cooking this year – I get to put my feet up and my mum and step-dad will be looking after us – what a treat!

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Believe in the Miracle

Here’s another, slightly non traditional Christmas card.  I have been playing with the Dylusions sprays which suit me right down to the ground as the colours are so luscious and rich.  I mixed Vibrant Turquoise and Postbox Red here, then when dry, I embossed over it with a Lace Fragments border and a stamp from Gothic Fragments.  I used Sparkling Snow embossing powder and layered it onto paper from the BoBunny Serenity paper pad.

The reindeer is a Kaisercraft wooden flourish, coloured with Distress Stains including Picket Fence for the highlights.  The Believe sentiment is stamped onto a die cut with Versafine and it’s layered onto a red pearl card and finished with a strip of red and gold ribbon.  (I’m down to my last three inches of that ribbon which I bought in America years ago.  It doesn’t go all the way under the image, I’ve been as stingy as I could be!)

It’s been a while since I had a really good spritz and spray and I can’t wait to try out the Dylusions Stencils which just arrived yesterday.  Looking forward to a bit of playtime over the holidays, though it will be combined with a massive clearout as we’re MOVING HOUSE in January!!  (We’ll be leaving our draughty old Georgian cottage for a modern warm, well insulated house – can’t wait.)   Keep an eye on the second hand department on our website – my plan is to get rid of some stuff before we move.  Lightly used Cricut Expression anyone?

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