This week’s challenge is to design a card based on our inspirational photo.
I used Impression Obsession - Bird Collage 4 and My Favorite Things (MFT) – Sheet Music Background stamp. I started by stamping the bird collage stamp with Versamark Onyx Black. I also stamped it on a piece of blank paper that I cut out and used as a mask, Once masked, I sponged the background with Distress Ink -Antique Linen, Brushed Corduroy, and Walnut Stain. With mask still in place, I stamped the card stock with the MFT background stamp (walnut stain). Next I removed the masked and coloured the flowers and leaves with Distress Markers. I made two different stamps, one utilizing the Sheet Music Background stamp, and one with double oval die cuts. I added pearls for that little extra to one card.
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Every year I make 130 Christmas cards for the Belmont Long Term Care Home. It is my way of paying it forward for the fabulous care they provided my mother. I love to colour while watch TV so I will stamp numerous images and hand colour them with Copic Markers, Zig Water Colour Brushes, Derwent Inktenses Pencils, or Distress inks. Once I get a number completed, I then sit down and start to assemble my cards. No two cards are the same, While I may use the same image, I colour them differently, use a different card format, different card stock, etc. I also make Fall/Thanksgiving/Halloween, Easter/Spring, Valentine’s Day, Remembrance Day (for the veterans), plus birthday cards. It keeps me busy, and I really enjoy it. I also make cards for myself and friends. I dropped the cards off for distribution on December 1, 2016.
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On October 1, 2016 my friend Ruby and I were able to enjoy another fabulous class with Heather Telford. Heather is an extremely talented card makers and on the Penny Black Design Team. Every time I take one of her classes I learn something new.
These are the cards we made in class.
Heather supplies everything we need to make the cards, plus gives us detailed instructions. I had purchased the Penny Black – ‘Cones & Berries‘ stamp and ‘Berry Kissed‘ stamp so I was able to recreate the cards at home. I don’t have a pine bough stamp or the stocking die so I used the Impression Obsession Pine Branch Die DIE021-N and Simon Says Stamp HOLLY ORNAMENT Wafer Die s321. The cards below are ones I made at home.
Note: I didn’t post the directions to how to make these cards out of respect for the instructor. To learn more about Heather check out her blog. She has some wonderful tutorials and inspiring cards.
When I started to colour “Snowy” by Penny Black, my intention was to colour his hat and scarf, add rosy cheeks and use bright Christmas themed papers. I had my BG10 Copics marker out that I use a lot to add dimension to whites (I usually always do this last), next I coloured his nose and put the image aside. A week later I decided I would finish the colouring, but after looking at it, I loved the simplicity so I left it as is. Next I fussy cut him out, and popped his up on a snowflake diecut silver background and added it to the card front. The die is from Impression Obsessions called Snowflake Background. I double stamped the sentiment using a stamp from Avery Elle’s – Let it Snow.
I entered this card in:
Winter Wonderland “Show us your gold/silver and or an embossed background” Challenge.
Sweet Stampin’ Christmas August Challenge – Snowpeople
I won top 3 at the Sweet Stampin’ Christmas August Challenge – Snowpeople!
For this challenge, our inspiration is Stars! I thought about looking at the stars on a cold winter’s evening. I created my cards using three different die cuts and a sentiment from Papertrey Ink. For the starry night I used SSS – Falling Stars. I backed the cut out stars with silver foil paper. The houses and trees scene was created with Memory Box – 98239 Country Landscape craft dies. I coloured the windows yellow with a Copic marker. And finally I added a road using Impression Obsessions - Winding Road/Stream. It was backed with the same black as the sky. I added the sentiment, and layered the image with silver and black cardstock.
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