my Crafty Corner

Cards and other handicrafts made by Jean Straw

Tuesday 25 October 2016

Not A Card For Rudolph Day

Once again it is time for the Rudolph Day challenge at Scrappy Mo's, which  always starts on the 25th day and runs until the last day of each month. The aim is to make at least one Christmas item. This time instead of a card I thought I would show you these Christmas decorations which I made as a gift for my sister when she visited for a few days last week. I have had these MDF shapes for about two years and thought it was about time I used them. First I did two coats of white Gesso, sanding lightly between coats. The star and the bauble were then given a coat of white acrylic paint which gave me a surface to stamp on. I used Archival Watering Can Ink to stamp with, the robin stamp is from LOTV and the winter scene from Inkylicious. I used Promarkers to colour the images. I painted the points of the star with a metallic blue paint, the image has a circle around it so it was fairly easy to paint up to it. I think I used distress ink to colour the edge of the bauble, I didn't want to use too much as I am aware that it tends to smudge when you add the varnish.The angel was painted with cream paint and when dry inked all over with Brilliance Galaxy gold ink. I stamped the holly with a Penny Black stamp and Memento Olympia Green ink and used a Promarker to colour the berries. Then as we like our figures to have faces I drew one on, and then inked around the edge with Brilliance Cosmic Copper ink. I painted the bell with Starlight paint from Imagination Crafts, the colour is Mint. The stamp is from Heartfelt Creations, stamped with the Archival ink . The leaves are painted with a darker green shade of the Starlight paint and the berries with a Promarker, I also used a gold gel pen to add some highlights to the flourish.
                                                                                                                                                                                                          I covered the reverse of each one
 with holly decoupage paper, sticking  it with Modge Podge. I inked the  edges to match the fronts and added  some Frantage embossing. I cut some letters from gold and silver glitter card using some old X-cut dies, and used them to add some Christmas words. ( I have just noticed that I have put the letters for Peace in the wrong order, I can't believe I didn't spot that before.) I used Platinum Stickles to edge the first two, and metallic paint for the others, and then gave them all a coat of varnish all over. I added gold and silver threads decorated with beads to make loops for hanging.

I am going  to enter these ( mistakes and all ) at Scraps of Life at Scrappy Mo's
             Rudolph Day Challenge - Make a Christmas Item.                                                    

Thank you for your visit here today, and for your comments which I really appreciate.



Tuesday 18 October 2016

Autumn Birthday

Good evening bloggers it has been a while since my last post, but yesterday was my sister Kate's birthday and here is the card that I made for her. I used part of a Chocolate Baroque border stamp for the image. The stamp is almost 6" wide but I used this part of it to make an ATC recently and I liked the result so much and enjoyed colouring it too, that I decided to use it again for this card. I stamped onto a snippet of ivory card with black Memento ink and coloured with Derwent Coloursoft pencils, using a paper stump, and Sansodor to blend the colours. The word Autumn is an Inkylicious stamp. The base card is an ivory 15cm square and I cut a piece of pearlised purple card to cover the front leaving just a narrow edge. The faded leafy background paper was in a bundle given to me by a friend and I think it is from a Hunkydory set. I cut this slightly smaller than the purple layer and stuck it in place. I inked the edge of the approximately ATC sized image with Milled Lavender and Tea Dye distress inks, and then cut a mat from a snippet of the purple card.  After sticking the image in place I stamped the Chocolate Baroque birthday greeting below it and added three graduated lilac gems. The lovely orange and purple organza ribbon has been in my ribbon box for quite some time waiting for the right project and I felt this was it.

As I have used a couple of snippets I am going to enter this at
                          Pixie's Snippet Playground - Use Snippets
     and also at    Stamping Sensations - Autumn.

Thank you for visiting here today and for your comments which are all really appreciated.