Monday, December 17, 2012
Dasher - a couple of quick Christmas cards
Hi blogging friends
Sorry it's been a while since I last posted. Time always seems to speed up once November hits; I am sure you know what I mean! Good test results for my loved one has meant we can move forward although it is still very full-on at home helping them recover their strength and stamina. Christmas will be an extra-special celebration this year as you can well imagine! Thank you for staying with me and supporting my cardmaking/blog - and especially for your wonderful and caring comments and emails I have received from you over this difficult time - they have meant so much
Because I am so tired emotionally and physically and having trouble thinking after such a tumultuous year caring for my loved one, the cards I am sharing are similar to one I did last year. Because I loved the simple layout, I thought I could play around with the basic elements to see what I could come up with to make them look a little different to each other.
I must admit, I have tried making a couple of other Christmas cards but got so frustrated in the process that I put them aside. It was one of the those times where you stamp the sentiment crooked, smear the wet glitter glue and then drop the newly coloured image onto an open stamp pad!! Grrr - I was so cheesed off - but then thought I should just start afresh and go with something that I know works and doesn't take too long. I have had to buy (oh the horror!) many of my Christmas cards this year - fortunately people understand that I am very time-poor crafting-wise! Anyway, without further adieu, here is my first card:
I stamped my favourite Stampin' Up! stamp "Dasher" with Versamark Watermark ink, poured on some silver embossing powder and heat-set it with my heat-gun. I added a tiny red rhinestone to his nose so of course, now Dasher has become Rudolph.
I added a Scor-Pal line above and below the image and the bottom border was dry-embossed with my Cuttlebug using a border folder from the Sizzix Textured Impressions Christmas Set #6. I love how the swirls in the embossing tie in with the swirly antlers of Rudolph.
The silver cardstock bottom border was punched using a Martha Stewart Arched Lattice punch.
I added some Fray Stop to the ends of the twine so they wouldn't unravel and look untidy (just me being a fuss-pot!).
Now here is my 2nd card:
As you can see, I just made some minor changes. Dasher is stamped with Colorbox Sapphire Silk pigment ink and heat-set using Satin Pearl embossing powder. I used a different brand of red and white twine (it has more red than the 1st card) and the red cardstock bottom border was punched with my EK Success Scalloped Scallops edge punch.
I am entering my cards in the following challenges -
Splitcoaststampers - Clean and Simple 200th Challenge CAS200PARTYF - Inspired by a song - my card is inspired by Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer as that is one of my favourite Christmas songs
Splitcoaststampers - Ways to Use It Challenge WT404 - create a card or project using your favorite things - my favourite things are everything I used to make my card: my Cuttlebug, embossing folder, Dasher stamp, twine, Scor-Pal, bling, edge punches. I think I have made more cards using the Dasher stamp than probably any other stamp in my collection.
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge #103 - Christmas Birthday or Anything Goes for Christmas - obviously I did the 'Anything Goes'.
Simon Says Stamp Challenge - What's your favourite? Tool, Stamp, Product? I have used all my favourite things as listed above in the SCS WT404 challenge.
ABC Christmas Challenge - Y is for your favourite punch/die. I have used 2 of my favourite edge punches - the Arched Lattice which I love for elegant Christmas cards and the Scalloped Scallop which is an edge punch for any occasion and is suitable for any gender card.
Thanks so much for stopping by! How are you going with your Christmas cardmaking? Only 8 days until.......
Wow - where does the time go?!!!
Card Recipe -
Stamps: Stampin' Up! Dasher
Ink: Versamark watermark
Accessories: Cuttlebug, Sizzix Textured Impressions Christmas Set #6, Basic Grey red rhinestone, Scor-Pal, red/white twine, white cardstock - KW Doggett "Knight", scrap silver cardstock, heat gun, silver embossing powder, fray stop
Punches: Martha Stewart Arched Lattice
Stamps: Stampin' Up! Dasher
Ink: Colorbox Sapphire Silk pigment
Accessories: Cuttlebug, Sizzix Textured Impressions Christmas Set #6, Basic Grey red rhinestone, Scor-Pal, red/white twine, white cardstock - KW Doggett "Knight", scrap red cardstock, heat-gun, satin pearl embossing powder, fray stop
Punches: EK Success Scalloped Scallops