Tuesday, 14 December 2021

Magic of Christmas

I’m now onto my final push of quick batch Christmas makes, and today I would like to share a few from a batch of cards I made inspired by a Jo Rice Youtube tutorial here.. 

I used the idea of creating a scene across 2 layers of card, and incorporated Jo’s brilliant  tip of outlining card panels with a pen rather than matting them onto coloured card, though as I don’t have any Sharpies I experimented with the pens I do have and ended up using the chisel tip of a Promarker. 

Card 1:

I cut my card panels and placed the layers onto the base card as per Jo’s tutorial, and used my Lavinia acetate masks and Distress Oxide ink to make my hills and moon. I then diverged from the tutorial by using the reindeer and tree as my focal images; and I made things a bit more difficult for myself by stamping the tree across 2 card layers which meant I had to stamp it twice … once on each layer. On most of the cards in this batch I stamped first with the top layer in position and then again with it removed .. but my learning point for next time is that a better image is obtained by stamping on the lower layer of card first then placing the upper layer in place and stamping again.  

I used my Sakura sparkle pen to highlight the moon, snowdrifts and tree branches, added stars using twinkly pearlescent lavender ink, then assembled the cards before adding snowflakes with my Posca pen. On these cards I added the snowflakes as dots, applying different pressure to get different size flakes. I have now given up on the flicking technique, as however careful I was the paint flew everywhere and I had to be quick to wipe it off all my craft equipment and (more importantly!) dining furniture!! 

Card 2:

Card 3:

Stamps: Lavinia “Reindeer (large)”, “Fairy Fir Tree 2”, “Stars 1 Mini”; LotV "Grungy Christmas Sentiments" (Card 1); Penny Black "a wish..." (3502F)  (Card 2); Penny Black "joy hope" (3898F) (Card 3);
Media: Tim Holtz Distress Oxide ink (Shaded Lilac); Versafine Onyx, Brilliance pigment ink - Pearlescent Lavender; Sakura Gelly Roll pen - Stardust; Posca pen - white;
Tools: Lavinia acetate masks - hills and moons.

Challenges I would like to enter:

Card 1: 

Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge #572 - Anything Christmas Goes with option Quick and Easy (2nd entry)
Ellibelle’s Crafty Corner (December) - Baby It’s Cold Outside!
Krafty Chicks #589 - Christmas
Pixie's Snippets Playground #418 - Chrstmas/New Year and use Snippets
(I used snippets left over from cutting 5" square panels fom my stamping cardstock, to make the smaller front panels on all the cards in this batch).
Simon Says (Monday) - Cold As Ice
Simon Says (Wednesday)  - Cold As Ice
Sparkles Christmas Challenge #131 - Non-Traditional Colours (2nd entry)
Stamping Sensations (December) - Choose a Theme and Stamp It (2nd entry)
(I have chosen Christmas)

Card 2:

A Gem of a Challenge #25 - Anything Goes
Christmas Kickstart Challenge #57 - If It's Christmassy - Link It up
Country View Challenges (December) - Anything Christmas Goes (5th entry)
Crafty Catz#576 - Anything Goes - option Christmas
Creatalicious #224 - Anything Goes with option of Christmas (3rd entry)
Dragonfly Dreams (December) - Anything Goes
My TIme to Craft #472 - Christmas Animals
Pammie's Inky Pinkies #250 Anything Goes
We Love Stamping (December) - Anything Goes with option of CAS
(I have chosen Anything Goes)
Winter Wonderland - Anything Christmas Goes (2nd entry)

Card 3:

Classic Design Challenge (December) - Anything Goes (3rd entry)
Crafter’s Castle #48 - Anything Goes (3rd entry)
Crafts Galore Encore #94 - Anything Goes (2nd entry)
Crafty Creations #428 - Anything Goes
Crafty Sentiments - Anything Goes
Creative Moments #228 - Anything Goes
Dream Valley #260 - Christmas (3rd entry)
Paper Funday #36 - Anything Goes
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything Goes (2nd entry)

Phew! I think that's me done for today ... hope you're all keeping well and not scrambling too much to get Christmas "done".
Take care, and thanks for visiting.


Jo Rice said...

Pauline, I love your cards , great choice of stamps and I think you have a fabulous blog too. I am so pleased that you enjoyed the video and thank you so much for watching and for the mention. That is so kind.
Happy Christmas and all the best for the New Year xx��❤️

brenda said...

You have been very busy Pauline, a lovely collection of cards today, thanks so much for sharing with us at Stamping Sensations and We Love Chocolate Baroque.

Thanks for your lovely card received yesterday, I can see Reindeer are the order of the day this season and why not.

B x

Rainey's Craft Room said...

Such beautiful makes Pauline, gorgeous stamping and snowy details.
Thank you for your card which arrived yesterday :o)

Crafts-by-Alison.blogspot.com said...

Beautiful card. Thank you for taking the time to join us over at Gem of a Craft Challenge. We hope to see you again soon. Alison DT

Donna Walls said...

This is a gorgeous CAS style and I love the layout. Thanks for entering your lovely project in our challenge at The Paper Funday! Donna

Heather said...

Beautiful, Pauline, I love that soft and subtle background you created! Fabulous! Thanks so much for playing at Sparkles!

Zoechaos said...

This is so effective and well lined up love it. Thank you for sharing with us at We Love Stamping, good luck.

coldwaters2 said...

Wow these are three spectacular festive cards Pauline they look amazing I love how you have done the panel and different sentiments, they really are stupendous
lorraine x

Sarn said...

Jo Rice is so talented - and an excellent teacher. Congrats on using this technique to make these beautiful scenic festive cards.

Waving hello from the Snippets Playground Treehouse.

Hugs, Sarn xxx

Marianne's Craftroom said...

These are wonderful

Francesca said...

Gorgeous cards! Thanks for playing at Through The Craftroom

Alice (scrAPpamondo) said...

Wow!!! Love, love, love all them!! Three wonderful variations of the natural scenic card! Amazing landscape with deer and the sentiment looks great!
Thanks so much for joining us at We Love Stamping December challenge!!!

Linby said...

So beautiful and the panel over the background works so well.
(thanks for my card)

The Craft Princess said...

So Beautiful and creative!!! Thank you so much for entering our challenge at Crafter's Castle this month....good luck :)
Hugs... Janie
Crafter's Castle

Paper Scissors Glitter said...

Such a pretty card. I love all the layers. Thanks for joining us at Creative Inspirations and good luck Jayne DT

Di said...

Totally fabulous Pauline! I love these cards. I did chuckle at your drooling comment for the 3D Sizzix EF donated by Darnell. Got the impressions you wanna be in the draw :)



Craftyfield said...

Love these stamps! Great card, thanks for sharing with us at Country View Challenges and Happy Christmas!

Crafting Queen said...

Wonderful cards. Thanks for joining Stamping Sensations, We Love Stamping and TTCRD challenges. Anesha

Ellibelle said...

This is another beautiful winter themed creation here, love the tall mountain masking and how you stamped the tree. A feally fabulous scene, so glad to see you again at my Crafty Wednesday challenge!

Monika Gulyas said...

Beautiful cards!!! I love them!!! Thank you for joining the December challenge of the Country View Challenges!!

Dotty Jo said...

Stunning cards, Pauline. I love your colour palette and beautiful stamping. Sorry I'm a bit late commenting and thanks for playing at Christmas Kickstart Challenge, Jo x

Kelly Parker said...

love your card! thank you for participating in the Crafts Galore Encore challenge at http://cardsgalorechallenges.blogspot.com/

Becca Sadler said...

Pauline: I love all 3 versions of your Christmas card! And I'm intrigued by the layout format, too! How clever! The reindeer looks so majestic in his winter wonderland! Thanks for including MTTC's Christmas Animals theme challenge in your submissions! --Becca/MTTC's dt crew