Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Christmas Kiss - Penny Black

Wow I looooooooooove this stamp!  Its really pretty and its been my challenge this season because I am not used to colouring stamps this large!!!  Gasp - turns out all those Copic lessons are true, you DO need to know how to blend, lol.

But I did pretty good because instead of trying to be what I am not {a copic/marker colourist extroidinare} - I did what I do-do best and that is just wing it!  Hee hee!  And I heard about 'frantage' so I now have another new interest - that is what is great this year, I actually have been learning or rather exploring new things - yeah for me!

SO enough chat - here is the stamp above:

AND here are my efforts -

I really enjoyed being set loose with the embellishments!

I painted this green one using watercolour pencils after I stamped and embossed the image with White Embossing Powder.  So it looks wildly bright - but I went with the whimsical nature of it all and I think its rather "artsy"! 

Well, I enjoyed this stamp so much - now I am waiting for PB "Holly Fairy" to arrive! I've been checking my mail every day, lol!  


Penny Black - Christmas Kiss

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

a Christmas Card for Great Guys!

Good Morning Crafters!

Another snow-less December day in our parts - which is good for me as I've been hanging the outdoor lights on our front entrance and today I need to put up a swag as well - lots of fun!

Meanwhile I am keeping my thoughts to cards that need to be mailed away!  No sense making great hand-made cards trouble and then missing the important Due Dates - so sorry I am not posting as much because I am simply busy-busy!

But this card is for a good guy!    'Andy'  kindly went through some trouble while I stayed at his home visiting his mom, and making him a card was fairly easy when you think of 'natural' materials {nice flecked & off-white cardstock for starters}...and I think its fair to say that wildlife is a popular choice!!!

I love this deer - plus its one of my first sets of stamps, long ago from FLOURISHES  c 2007!  Goodness even the name of the set is FLOURISHED CHRISTMAS,  and at the time, the scroll/flourished antlers was a pretty new trend! If you haven't visited Flourishes - you must!

Here I stamped the image on the natural cardstock - then once again, I stamped the antlers on the blue cardstock before mounting the cut-out deer  above with dimensionals.

AND I used another old trick - metal-rimmed tags!  Yes - I brought out my Memory Maker Tag Maker - anyone else have it???  Always fun!   To speed it up, I used a rub-on sentiment to complete the tag and a masculine touch of suede cording!

NOTE - when mailing cards, the metal could possibly mean the card is 'hand-sorted' - possibly slowing down the delivery process, so be aware of that.

Try doodling your own design on the edges - remember that's more of old school techniques ....boy when I think of it, I certainly re-visited a lot of stuff for making this card, lol!  Good with me!!!! If it works - why not!

Over-all I think its pretty. If pretty applies to a 'great guy' card!