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I’m on Day 21 of the #30DayChristmasCardMakingChallenge (a little bit behind… I’m forgetting what day it is!)! It’s Classic Christmas theme. Oh my, so many choices with traditional red and green, nativity scenes, stars, pine trees, snow … the list is endless.
I went for a classic gold, cream and green colour scheme with a large poinsettia from the Poinsettia Petals bundle as my main image. Just Jade has become my new favourite green and it is a beautiful Christmas green.
The poinsettia was heat embossed in Gold on Whisper White cardstock to stand out against the Very Vanilla background. I embossed the Vellum with the Old World Paper Embossing Folder. Then I brushed the end of the Versamark pad on the back of the paper. I chose the reverse side as this had more areas that were raised with the dry embossing. This made it easier to apply the Versamark.
The sentiment from the For Unto Us stamp set has been heat embossed in Gold as well. I love this sentiment stamp set because of the meaningful sentiments and the beautiful fonts. After consulting with my artistic director (my 17 year old daughter), and deciding the card needed a bit more colour, I die cut a circle from the Designer Series Paper, cut it in half and placed it at the back of the sentiment.
Thank you for stopping by and I hope you have enjoyed this card in this month long series. Can’t wait to share with you the next one.
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Watercolouring would have to be one of my favourite techniques to use with papercrafting. So I was quite thrilled when I saw that the challenge for Day 20 of Martin Stone’s #30DayChristmasCardMakingChallenge was to use Watercolouring on a project.
While I await delivery of my next lot of Christmas goodies, I thought I could use one of my non-Christmas stamps to create a seasonal card. I pulled out a favourite, Free as a Bird stamp set and set out to create Robins with my ink refills. I have previously done some watercolouring with this same set of birds. You can see that card here.
I used a combination of Real Red, Calypso Coral, Balmy Blue and Basic Gray to paint them. Watercolouring is such a relaxing technique and gives you such effective results.
I chose the Pinewood Designer Series Paper to coordinate with the Pinewood Embossing Folder.
Some Gold Foil poinsettias with their centres dotted with gold gems make this a more festive card. The sentiment is from the Itty Bitty Christmas stamp set which has so many great sentiments.
If you haven’t given watercolouring a go, get yourself a pack of Water Painters and some ink refills and enjoy this wonderfully relaxing and fun technique.
The Trimming the Town Designer Series Paper is sooo much fun. It just makes you feel like a child again with the cute and colourful houses. I chose it for this card sketch challenge in Martin’s Mayhem #30DayChristmasCardMakingChallenge I think this year I’m going to be well ahead of my cardmaking for Christmas … I hope!
Card sketches are a lot of fun to work with and I did switch this around a bit, putting the sentiment to the left. Sketches are there to give you a starting point and you can even flip them to give you a totally different look.
I watercoloured a label from Hippo & Friends dies in Balmy Blue using a water painter. Then I stamped the stars in Balmy Blue while the cardstock was still a bit damp so it gave it a less defined edge.
I fussy cut several houses from the DSP sheets. The trees from the Coming Home stamp set were stamped in Gray Granite, then using the plaid tree from Perfectly Plaid stamp set I stamped over the image to create the pattern.
This whole scene just has the look of a cute, fairytale like, Christmas village. I’m sure you have seen me use the Trimming the Town Designer Series Paper several times. With it’s fun colours and images, I have really enjoyed creating both Christmas and non-Christmas projects with it.
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Day 18 of the #30DayChristmasCardMakingChallenge is a Colour Challenge using Cherry Cobbler, Mint Macaron and Sahara Sand. A scarf and beanie in these colours seemed festive so I chose the Snowman Season stamp set for my card.
This snowman is such a happy chap and even with minimal colouring, he really creates a cheerful card. I added some Shimmery Crystal Effects for the snow. Once applied, this needs to be left to dry so this is best done at the end. The Sahara Sand matte label has been cut in half for layering.
The Gold detailed Mint Macaron paper is from the Ornate Garden DSP and it adds a lovely festive touch to this card. Some elements from the Wonder of the Season Memories & More Card Pack in Cherry Cobbler bring this colour palette together. The Poppy Parade buttons were coloured with Cherry Cobbler Stampin’ Blends to coordinate with the card.
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Christmas is such a beautiful season where we make memories with our families and loved ones. The theme for Day 17 of Martin Stone’s #30DayChristmasCardMakingChallenge is Back in My Day. Creating a vintage card was lots of fun. There definitely was no snow ‘back in my day’ when I was growing up in Sri Lanka. I have such wonderful memories of Christmas with my family. I created this snowy card because Christmas makes me think of snow as we used to stories during Christmas or receive beautiful Christmas cards with lovely pictures centred around snow.
The Feels Like Frost Designer Series Paper provided the backdrop for my vintage card. I used the Craft ink pad to go right around the edges of the paper. Then, using a sponge dauber, I added Cinnamon Cider and Early Espresso ink.
This cute cabin from Still Scenes stamp set nestled perfectly against the background. I coloured this in a combination of Stampin’ Blends and die cut it with the coordinating die.
I couldn’t go past the beautiful lace trim for this vintage card. A length of Poppy Parade ribbon was coloured with the Cherry Cobbler Stampin’ Blend to create my coordinating ribbon.
What kind of card do you give someone who hates Christmas? Sounds like a riddle doesn’t it? This was the most difficult challenge for me in the #30DayChristmasCardMakingChallenge because I figure if someone hates Christmas, why give them a Christmas card?!!
I decided to go with more sombre colours and minimal embellishment for Mr Grumps! The Peace & Joy stamp set was perfect for creating the stamped background in Basic Gray and Misty Moonlight with a pop of Shaded Spruce just to give a hint of the Christmas Spirit (Past, Present and Future).
Some die cut leaves from the Forever Fern bundle – in Gray of course, adds some depth and interest without being festive. The sentiment chosen from Itty Bitty Christmas is neutral, making it suitable to give to anyone who doesn’t celebrate Christmas.
I hope you’re having fun with this challenge and I’m sure you would want to check out Martin Stone’s lovely work (especially on this one – it’s hilarious).
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