2016 Christmas Cards

Some of this year’s Christmas cards.

Products used:

Indigo Blu holly stamp

Katzelkraft Grumpy Penguins stamp

Clarity Snowflake mask

Tim Holtz snowflake stamps,  Christmas words stamp and die

Gelli plate backgrounds


More Gelli plate backgrounds

I’ve been playing with my 6×6″ Gelli plate and  have made these cards with some of  the  results. I’ve discover a couple of things as I’ve worked, firstly that paint from different manufactures react differently depending on whether they are quick or slow drying and are opaque or translucent and  some were more successful then others depending on the technique used. Secondly the prints I thought where the least successful  made the best background papers. image

I used Clarity’s Leafy swirl stencil and some bubble wrap to create this print.

imageFor this print I used an old plastic fork to draw into the paint and finished with February’s Craft Stamper magazine free stamp.

Gelli plate background

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A few recent cards

Here are a couple of cards I made for my son’s Birthday


This one uses an  idea from January’s Craft Stamper magazine. I scribbled using a children’s wax crayon and then brushed over with water based dye ink. To add depth I used 2 stencils and dark green and black ink. I finished with a cycle stamp, some washi tape and some words.


I spend a lot of time looking for stamps  suitable for men and I found this Doc Martin boot stamp by Deep Red from That’s Crafty  and thought it fitted the bill as my son’s been working in the Doc Martis store in Edinburgh. I stamped it onto cream fabric highlighted it with some embroidery thread then layered it onto orange felt, some tartan paper and then onto book keeping paper. A few words plus some background stamping and a brad and it was finished.

IMG_4832I got this  stamp by Paper Artsy for Christmas and wanted to try it out. I covered some patterned paper with metallic Distress Stain, which I used as a background and for  the flowers and butterfly. Quick a quick and easy card.

Christmas Cards

Here are some of the cards I made this year.

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For this card I using a stencil from Imagination Crafts with their Sparkle Medium.  It was really easy to use and gives a

lovely effect.





This card uses a flower template given to me by Angela Cutting. Take a look at her card making blog for more ideas.IMG_4514IMG_4484This card uses the free stamp from December’s  Craft Stamper magazine.

This is a lovely stamp by Andy Skinner which I really enjoyed using and not just for Christmas.

IMG_4482This was the card I made to go in the post using  a stamp by Hero Arts.  Really easy and quick to make.

Cards and scrapbooking

I’ve put it off for a long time, but I’ve just had my first go at scrapbooking and I think I’m hooked. I realised you can use up at those things that are too big for making cards and actually used some  of the 100’s of photographs I’ve got stored. Many thanks to Angela for giving 3 of us a private scrapbooking  lesson. Have a look at Angela’s blog for some  lovely examples.


Here are some cards I made on the WEA’s March advanced card making course and a few more  based on ideas from the Craft Stamper magazine and Angela.




This  diamond topped cards  uses my new Darkroom Door stamp.


This uses beading embellishments.


This card uses a pigment ink background.




IMG_2567I got the idea for this brooch using an old drinks can from an article in Craft Stamper magazine by Elaine Levett. It was really easy, has a foam back and the edges aren’t sharp at all.

Recent makes

Here are a  few of the cards I’ve made since Christmas. Just remembered in time not to put my son’s card on before his birthday as he follows my blog.

As anyone who follows my blog knows I’m a great fan of Craft Stamper magazine and I made these cards used some of my favourite  techniques from resent additions.


This is the card I made for Valentines day, so simple.




I made these two  using patterned background paper with stencilling over the top and flowers made from circles of card and patterned paper with vees cut out to make petals, not as easy as it looks until you get the hang of it.


made using coloured  tissue and washi tape

This one uses coloured tissue paper, washi tape and magazine ads. Luckily I didn’t cut up my sons design and skateboard magazine, sign of relief. I  scanned them in so I can use them again. The images were stamped on to acetate. The steam punk light bulb was from  Mosaic a great bead shop in Leicester.


I don’t buy many cards, but I thought I’d show you this one, which I got in Nottingham. I just love it, it’s so camp and reminds me of one of my favourite films, The Adventures of Robin Hood starring Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland (1938)

Die cut flowers


Here are two flowers I made for next to nothing. They are both made using the Tim Holz Tattered Floral die. The red ones uses some silk  from swatches I got for 50p and the other one  uses some gold plastic fabric I’ve had for years. I coloured them with Ranger Alcohol ink.

White flowerThis is a work in progress made using the alcohol  ink that was left on the pad after colouring the die cut flowers with a new die I got at the NEC in November.


Christmas Cards

Just a few of the Christmas cards I’ve made this year. I made them using ideas from the Craft Stamper magazine and background techniques learned on a WEA advanced card making course. I tried to use supplies I already had and it really stretched my creativity.


WEA Card Making Course

Last weekend I finished a 2 Saturday WEA card making course. We had great fun and learnt a number of new techniques including wax crayons with stamping  and kiss stamping. For the crayon technique we needed to melt the wax I my heating tool was so fierce I blow wax across the table and almost set fire to my card which ended up  in the bin.  We also learnt to make three new cards: the twisted easel, double twisted easel and pull-tab card. We all loved the easel card , but hated the tab card as it was so fiddly.

Here are some of the cards made by the class:

This is the twisted easel card using the melted wax crayon technique.

Flower pull tab card

Dovecate twisted easel card

Jubilee double twisted easel card

Angela Cutting card making tutor with a selection of cards.

Girl on a bicycle

This is one of the cards I most enjoyed making during  the last 12 months. It was based on 2 different cards from the Craft stamper magazine May and June 2011. I used the Tim Holtz Tattered Floral and Elegent Flourish die cutters and an Indigo Blu stamp Grand Tour 1. I made the background paper myself using strips of text and music paper with  a coating of gesso and distress  ink. I had to make boxes to present them in as the flowers made them too deep for envelopes.

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