Twelve Days of Christmas: Day Three, Merry Christmas

Cards, Holiday Card

On the third day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…

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A Christmas present card,

a Christmas tree card,

and a set of holiday caaards.

I used my Silhouette Portrait to cut a snowy background stencil from a plastic sheet and used Dreamweaver pearly embossing paste to create the card’s background texture.

I stamped the greeting using the Merry Christmas stamp from the SSS Be Joyful set with VersaFine Onyx Black ink onto a strip of vellum cut into a banner.

I cut a small notch at the fold of my A2 card (110lb white) so that I could thread the red ribbon and finished it with a bow.

Thanks for checking out day three! Check back soon for day four.

julia

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The Friday Mashup Challenge: FM177

Cards, Challenges, Masculine Card, Thank You Cards

This week the Friday Mashup Challenge put me right into the fall spirit. The weather near Georgian Bay has been cool all weekend and there is no break in sight. I don’t mind though, I’m cozy inside with my pups, Zip & Zoë (Z²).

Ok, so the FM177 challenge this week was to create a project that followed a sketch, or to create a project with ‘leaves’, or mashup both challenges into one project.

To play along, I decided to do the Friday challenge, Mashup style, and created a project that followed the sketch and incorporated leaves. Here it is:

My FM177 card

My FM177 card

To make this card, I started in Silhouette Studio and created the leaf stencil, the stitched circle, and the leaves. With my Silhouette Portrait I cut the leaves out of Cotman 140lb watercolour paper and the stencil from a scrap of cardstock.

I cut a piece of 120lb white cardstock to 4″ x 5¼” to use as the background. I temporarily adhered my stencil to the background and covered the edges with Post-It tape before I used a makeup sponge to sponge on Gathered Twigs Distress Ink (yes, my one and only). To add just a touch of sparkle and dimension, I smushed on some bronze ink then removed the stencil. Before I put my sponge away, I sponged the edges of the white background and the vellum circle with my Distress Ink.

I used my Staedtler watercolour pencils to paint my leaves. After giving them plenty of time to dry, I used a balled up piece of wax paper and the Gathered Twigs ink to dab on some speckles. Once the ink was dry, I used my bone folder to score some vein lines onto the leaves.

I adhered the vellum circle over top of the stenciled leaves using tiny drops of Tombow Mono liquid glue on the white areas of the background. I tied a small bow with twine and then adhered the leaves and bow using Tombow Mono liquid glue directly over the vellum. To add a bit more dimension, I curled the edges of the leaves with the help of my trusty bone folder.

Using SSS Lipstick Red ink, I stamped the Thankful sentiment from the SSS Favorite Flowers set.

I mounted the whole card on a red-brown A2 card and called it a day.

Thank you so much for dropping by! Have a great week!