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Cards and other handicrafts made by Jean Straw

Sunday, 25 May 2014

A Pair Of Candles.

Well it is the 25th of May today which means that it is Rudolph Day again at Sarn's blog Stamping For Pleasure. It is a great way of getting a head start with making christmas cards as Sarn requires that you make at least two christmas themed projects  each month. They can be different or both the same as mine are this time.
I have used the largest die in my Spellbinders Cardmaker set again for these, cut from white stamping card. I used two stamps to print straight onto the cut out . I am sorry but I can't tell the make of the word stamp, it is one I've had for ages and I think it was originally on a wooden block which I removed and remounted it on EZ mount, and I can't remember where it came from. Anyway I stamped the words first in an attempt to get it straight with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink. I think the candle stamp is Hero Arts, but again I'm not entirely sure as it another one that I have had for a very long time. I inked the stamp with several colours of Distress Ink and after stamping I used a water brush to draw some of the colour into the image and also to add a few touches more of colour here and there. The colours I used are Antique Linen,Scattered Straw, Wild Honey, Festive Berries, Forest Moss and Gathered Twigs. Next I threaded the ribbon through the slots in the die cut and added a bow.I cut a piece of red card to fit the front of an A6 white base card and stuck all the layers
together. As you can see I used different ribbon on the second one so that they weren't quite exactly the same.
 I  enjoyed making these as I got to use two stamps that I really like but which have been neglected for too long.
Thank you for taking a look and for you comments which make me happy.


  1. Ha1 I just beat you to it this month. I love that candle stamp and the words. which I think I have too in a different format.You have managed to tie a beautiful bow with the green ribbon. Mine never look like that! Kate x

    1. Thanks Kate, I did use a bow maker and that green ribbon is a rather nice silk one.
      Jean x

  2. Two gorgeous cards. love the image and the fantastic different sentiment, great way you have done the bow, fabulous die. Pity it wasn't four candles.... Two Ronnies.? The candle image is fabulous too.

    Kath x

  3. Wow - I am totally in love with the sentiment stamp and the sketchy candle and foliage which you've coloured beautifully. Your ribbon bows are fab too - I agree with Kate.

    Thanks for joining in with Rudolph Day Jean.

    Hugs, Sarn xxx

  4. You have made two really lovely Christmas cards Jean, and the stamps you have used are lovely. That sentiment is a real eyecatcher. That card front die with the slots for the ribbon works well too. x

  5. I love the die you chose and that pretty stamp. You sure made it up into two nice cards. Great job on these! The ribbon is the perfect finishing touch!

  6. What a lovely card. The candle stamp is so different and very effective. I also like the way your sentiments comes down the page. Very nice xxx Jan xxx

  7. What a beautiful pair of cards! I love the die you used, and the ribbon weaving really makes a statement! NJ!

  8. Lovely cards Jean. I do like those stamps, very swish, that text stamp is wonderful.
    Have a good week.

  9. Looking at your pretty coloured candles makes me happy too. The ribbon threaded through looks lovely. I have just bought a ribbon threader punch but yet to use it. Hugs Mrs A.

  10. Two beautiful and elegant cards Jean, I love the sentiment it's brilliant, and a wonderful candle stamp.

  11. Fab cards Jean I love those stamps lots of huggles Sue xx

  12. I like your cards. Very nice, very festive. It's fun making Christmas cards, isn't it? Even when the temperatures are reaching into the 90's, Happy crafting!

  13. I love your card and I love the die you used for your images! You are an excellent painter! The candle image is lovely and your bows are perfectly beautiful too!