Sunday, 21 November 2021

Christmas batch cooking

Good morning everyone,

I’ve been trying to crack on with a few more Christmas cards using my new Lavinia stamps; and have produced a couple more that are a bit of a melting pot of techniques in various video tutorials I have seen, with twists to cater for the stamps and inks I have available. I actually made a batch of 3 cards but ditched one of them as I wasn’t happy with my background stamping. 

I only got my first Lavinia stamps 10 days ago and already I have ordered more online .. I think I either need Santa to bring me some goodies in his sleigh or to win the lottery to keep up with my potential wish list!

For both of these I used a home made circle mask (positive and negative) to sponge my background using Distress Oxides, then created my hills with torn paper. I used second generation stamping to stamp my sentiment around the circle, stamped my trees then stamped mini holly round the circle - all using Versafine Clair. On one of the cards I had to do a bit of rescue work as I had put an ink mark on the plain white area, hence the fir branches in the corner!! Finally I stamped my stars using Distress Oxide, coloured the holly berries with my red Sakura Sparkle pen, and highlighted the circle and hills with my Sakura Stardust pen.

I’ve decided that as Christmas looms batch making is definitely the way forward .. both of these cards do have mistakes but I’m still pretty happy with how they turned out.

Stamps: Lavinia “Small Fairy Fir Tree 2”, “ Mini Holly”,  “Mini Stars 1”, “Fern Branch”, “Spirit of Christmas”;
Media: Tim Holtz Distress Oxide inks - Peacock Feathers and Cracked Pistachio; Versafine Clair - Twilight  and Rainforest; Sakura Gelly roll sparkle pens - Red and Stardust.

Challenges I would like to enter:

Ally’s Angels #52 - Anything Goes
Classic Design Challenge (November) - Anything Goes (8th entry)
Crafty Creations #427 - Anything Goes (3rd entry)
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge #569 - Anything Christmas Goes with option of glitter
Double D - Trees (2nd entry)
Dragonfly Dreams (November) - Christmas / Winter (3rd entry)
SheepSki Designs #56 - ‘Tis the Season
Simon Says (Monday) - Trees (3rd entry);
Simon Says (Wednesday) - Create Your Own Background (3rd entry)
The Holly and Ivy #105 - Anything Christmas Goes (3rd entry)

Hope you’re having a great weekend, and thanks for visiting today. 


Linby said...

That's just beautiful.

Diane said...

Beautifully created card and such a fabulous background! Thank you for joining our challenge at Double D!
Diane DD DT {Nellies Nest}

Darlene said...

Absolutely beautiful design Pauline! Gorgeous background and your scene is so calming! Thanks so much for joining in the fun at our Double D ‘Trees’ challenge! Good Luck and we hope you’ll come back often.
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brenda said...

Love the blend of colours within the partial wreath Pauline.

B x

Rajani Rehana said...

Beautiful blog

Rainey's Craft Room said...

These are just gorgeous Pauline, beautiful stamping and inky blends.
Lorraine said...

Not sure why my ipad will not let me comment on your blog so have come to the main comupter. Love the cards beautiful scenes. Love Alison xx