Friday 27 October 2023

Merry & Bright

Hi everyone, today I would like to show you a small batch of Christmas cards I made based on a tutorial by the lovely Jo Rice. I had recently acquired the Lavinia “Mini Winter Berry” to jazz up stamped Christmas wreaths, so this seemed like the perfect opportunity. 

I had to change a few things from the original card, as I don’t have an arch sticker stencil so based mine around a circle. Also I don’t have Zig pens so used different colouring media, and I wanted a more prominent statement sentiment so used some of my fab Uniko Christmas sentiments.

For each card I cut a piece of white stamping card, and used a circle mask to create a circle with blended Elements ink. I then stamped the pine ones and berries with Pinecone Versafine Clair, and the holly with Shady Lane (1st and 2nd generation). I coloured the berries with Sakura Stardust pen on card 1 but felt it could be more vibrant so I coloured them with a watercolour brush pen on cards 2 and 3 topped with Sakura Stardust for a little sparkle, and I coloured the pine cones with Distress watercolor pencils. I stamped the sentiment inside each circle, then added some white gel pen highlights and sparkle using either holographic glitter (card 1) or gold Stickles before matting onto a border and my card blank.

Stamps: Lavinia Mini Pine Cone, Mini Winter Berry, Mini Holly; Uniko Festive Sentiments, Christmas Wishes;
Media: Lavinia Elements ink (Sahara); Versafine Clair (Pinecone, Shady Lane, Nocturne); Sakura Stardust pen (red); Watercolour brush pen from The Works; gel pen (white); Stickles (gold); holographic glitter.

Here’s a close up of each card.

Card 1

Challenges I would like to enter:

Allsorts #751 - Anything Goes / Autumn Colours (2nd entry)
Crafty Catz #656 - Anything Goes
The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge #150 - Anything Christmas Goes (3rd entry) - TOP 5

Card 2

Challenges I would like to enter:

Happy Little Stampers: Christmas (October) - Anything Christmas Goes (2nd entry)
Krafty Chicks #687 - All Occasions - TOP 3
Peace On Earth #50 - Anything Christmas Goes (3rd entry) - WINNER
Word Art Wednesday #619/620 - Anything Goes (2nd entry)

Card 3

Challenges I would like to enter:

Daring Cardmakers - A Bit of Bling
Festive Friday - Christmas (2nd entry)
Pammie’s Inky Pinkies #2342 - Anything Goes (2nd entry)
Simon Says (Wednesday) - Anything Goes (2nd entry)
Sparkles Christmas #153 - Christmas Flowers/Foliage (2nd entry)

At last I'm starting to get on a Christmas roll! Long may it continue! hope everyone will ahve a great weekend whatever you're doing - take care, and thanks for visiting.


Sarah said...

They are amazing Pauline, I watched that tutorial too and am going to have a go at the weekend, I'm missing the pine cone stamp though! Thank you for sharing with us at Allsorts this week. Sarah

brenda said...

A few more for the Christmas box Pauline, very prettily done as well, many thanks for sharing at Allsorts this week.

B x

Ellibelle said...

These turned out so beautifully and loving the traditional colors! So great to see you joining us at Allsorts challenge!

Dena J said...

Beautiful cards! Thank you so much for joining the challenge at Allsorts.

Darlene said...

Oh Pauline, these are just GORGEOUS! Love them!! Thanks so much for joining in the fun at our Peace On Earth challenge! Good Luck and we hope you’ll come back often.

Co-Owner … Can You Handle the Pressure, Double D, Four Seasons, Peace On Earth, Stencil Fun, Simply Clean & Simple, Two Old Bats, Triple B

Ink Outside The Box With Diane said...

Stunning! Loving the glowing effect! The Stickles was a perfect finishing touch. Thank you for playing with the Krafty Chicks All Occasions challenge.
Diane - DT

Heather said...

Wow, Pauline, these are all STUNNING! What a great effect with the glow circle for your sentiments, just so classy and arresting! Thanks so much for playing at Sparkles!

crafty-stamper said...

Gorgeous cards and love the design and beautiful stamps.
Carol x

Sarn said...

Absolutely gorgeous wreaths and super sentiment xxx

Faith A at Daffodil Cards said...

OH! Pauline, these are so very beautiful, I love the design on each and lurve those sentiments.
Faith x

Linby said...

You've brought together so many pretty stamps to make these wonderful cards. They are really beautiful.

Terri Winske said...

Oh so beautiful! I love the masking technique….really sets a nice background for this pretty Christmas stamp. Merry and Bright is one of my favorite sentiments for the season! The embellishing is perfect". Thank you so much for sharing your talents with us at PIP Challenges this week!

Rainey's Craft Room said...

All three cards are just fabulous! A beautiful design and layout.

Debbie said...

Oh wow, what a beautiful selection of cards. Simply stunning and perfect for our foliage challenge at Sparkles Christmas. Good luck. Hugs Debs DT xx

Mrs.B said...

Gorgeous cards Pauline, I followed along with Jo's tutorial at the weekend (and used a circle too - DT work later in the month) - it's a great design to do.
Avril xx

Cazro said...

Wow! Totally stunning. Makes me want to change my plans for next year's cards. Your work is amazing. Thanks for playing along with us at Sparkles Christmas. Caz DT.

Sue Jackson said...

All of these cards are absolutely gorgeous! The coloring on each of them is fabulous, and the blending to create the circles is stunning! Thank you so much for joining the Sparkles Christmas Challenge. I hope to see you in the gallery again soon. Sue - DT