Technique – Stamping

Featuring stamping

Mixed winter berries

Hello There!

There’s a cool colour combo over at the Color Throwdown this week – coral, red, green and grey. Not necessarily the most traditional festive combo, but I knew I wanted to create a festive card with them, so I pulled out an older Woodware stamp and got to work.

I used a light grey card base to stamp the image in green ink; I added some clear embossing powder on top to give the image a little more ‘body’. Then I coloured each dot using my prismacolor pencils before I added some Nuvo Jewel drops on top. To finish off the card I added a sentiment from the Simon Says Stamp/Gina K Stamptember collaboration set.

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.

 

Cheery Mr Snowman

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I’m so excited that one of my favourite challenges is having a DT call over the next couple of weeks. I love playing along at Freshly Made Sketches, so here is my take on their current sketch – and my entry for the DT call.

I had originally planned a one-layer background, but after creating a blended background with regular distress ink, I tore the front of the card when I was removing the masking tape. Argh! In the end, I cut out my panel and adhered it to another base card. Before adhering it, I applied some luna paste through a Tim Holtz stencil. Oh my! I love this paste so much – it is so sparkly!

I stamped, coloured and cut a cute snowman from the My Favorite Things Frosty Friends set and added that to the centre panel and finally added a small Clearly Besotted sentiment to finish off the card.

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.

Day 24 – 25 Days of Christmas Tags 2018

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I’m playing along with Tracey McNeely’s 25 Days of Christmas Tags event again this year.

The sponsor for Day 24 was Sunny Studio. I LOVE Sunny Studio’s colour layering stamps – so easy to line up and stamp beautifully, but unfortunately I missed out on getting the holly and pine cones this year. Still, I wanted to create a tag with similar images as I loved Kim’s tag so I pulled out the Hero Arts Happy Holidays set and got stamping!

I drew around the outside of a circle die so that I had a stamping guide and then stamped the images, starting with the greeting in the centre. I coloured the images with Twinkling H2o paints and added some gold ribbon as the finishing touch.

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.

Day 20 – 25 Days of Christmas Tags 2018

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I’m playing along with Tracey McNeely’s 25 Days of Christmas Tags event again this year.

The sponsor for Day 20 was CAS-ual Fridays. I don’t have many of their stamps but when I saw that a lot of the DT had used a mistletoe set to create their tags, I immediately thought of my Avery Elle/Simon Says Stamp Stamptember 2017 Merry Mistletoe collaboration set. I decided to use Vicki Dutcher’s fabulous glitter tags as my inspiration.

I stamped and coloured the mistletoe using my Twinkling H2O paints and then fussy cut around the sprig. I added four strips of glitter card and stamped a sentiment from the CAS-ual Fridays Christmas Sparkle set to finish off my tag.

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.

Day 17 – 25 Days of Christmas Tags 2018

Hi everyone!

I’m playing along with Tracey McNeely’s 25 Days of Christmas Tags event again this year.

The sponsor for Day 17 was Avery Elle. I love Avery Elle stamps and dies and as soon as I saw Carol Mayne’s cute tags using the Quirky Christmas set I knew I has to use them as my inspiration! The set is one of my favourite purchases this year!

I used a couple of shades of red and blue distress oxide inks for the trees. Totally different colours for me, but that’s part of the why I love this challenge so much – it totally forces me beyond my comfort zone!

I stamped a few snowflakes from the set and added a greeting before adhering the trees. Another tag done!

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.

Christmas paper piecing

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It’s time for a new Crafts-U-Love design team post from yours truly and today I’m playing with Studio Light trees and some Echo Park patterned paper.

The Studio Light set has 8 individual trees and matching dies – usually I would be stamping and die cutting straight away but you’ll have to wait for later to see that!!

Now you know I rarely use patterned paper even though I have a MOUNTAIN of it! I received a few sheets from the Echo Park Christmas Gingham 6×6 pack in my DT supplies this month and decided to use a technique that I haven’t done in a long while – paper piecing!

Step 1 – stamp and fussy cut images

I decided to use four of the tree images that are roughly the same shape for my card – much easier to fussy cut a simple triangle! I stamped the images a few times on the red and green papers and cut them out, making sure I cut into the black outline.

The simple spindle tree was the only image without a bold outline, but I just cut a triangle around the image and hoped for the best… It actually turned out better than I dared imagine in the end!

Step 2 – stamp the base images

I then cut a panel of lighter paper and stamped out the trees using black ink.

It’s difficult to see in my photo, but some of the centres aren’t perfectly stamped – that’s fine as soon they’ll be hidden by the fussy cut trees.

 

 

Step 3 – stick the patterned trees

Once the ink was dry, I stuck the cut trees onto the corresponding images on the panel – it’s very easy to line up the images and as I cut into the black stamped outline, the ‘join’ is quite difficult to see.

Before adhering the base panel to my card, I stuck it to a strip of grey paper. I also cut a little star from the same paper and stuck it above the centre tree to act as a focal point.

The Studio Light set doesn’t contain any sentiments, but I don’t think you always need them for Christmas cards! If I were to add a sentiment to this card, I’d probably stamp a small strip sentiment to the right, just under the panel.

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.

 

Supply List

Here are the links to the products I used on my card. Products marked with an asterisk (*) were kindly sent to me to use.

Studio Light tree stamps and dies*

Echo Park Dots and Stripes Christmas Gingham 6×6*

Archival Black ink