Friday, November 29, 2019

Slow Stitching - #6 - green in my rainbow set

This is my final one in my rainbow set - my green one!!  I have noticed that I have put quite a few more stitches in my most recent squares than I did in my first one - yellow!  I may go back and add a few more to better anchor my couched heart and the edges of my little embellishments.  I have really enjoyed this process and will be working on another brainstorm I had recently - book marks!!!!!  There is so much inspiration out there!!


My last Christmas cards - nativity die cut, embossed greeting and star and a bit of fiber

I am on my last go for getting my Christmas cards made for this year!!!!!!  I hope I can keep the commitment to making them monthly next year because the pressure of getting them all done at the last minute is not much fun!!
I wanted to use this wonderful decorative paper that mimics falling snow so I die cut the nativity (Taylored Expressions) from coordinating cardstock, stamped and silver embossed the greeting on the bottom edge of the 3.5" piece and then tied on a piece of white fiber.  I cut a piece of 3.5" x 4" of the falling snow paper and embossed  a  star so it would appear above the stable.  I mounted the decorative paper first and then added the embellished nativity die cut.  Love how they worked out!!  I will be making as many of these as I need to finish up the cards I need for this year!! 


Christmas cards featuring little penguins skipping with a light string, some ribbon and fiber

I had hoped to make this sketch one of the cards for my card class last week but unfortunately I had a very difficult time getting them to stamp cleanly and emboss them effectively.  These are the ones I salvaged from the discard pile.
I started by stamping and embossing with black embossing powder the little penguins and then stamped the greeting below and did the same.  I watercoloured the image and then distressed the edges before adding a length of ribbon/seam binding between the image and the greeting.  I tied fiber to two of them and a length of the same ribbon on the other one before mounting it to a coordinating layer of cardstock.  I mounted a piece of decorative paper to a coordinating card and then mounted my large focal element with 3D foam tape.  I am really happy with this sketch so I will consider stamping in permanent ink when I revisit it. 


Christmas cards featuring the scroll oval frame embossing folder, laser printed images, sponging and a bit of glitter

A few more Christmas cards!!  It really is better to make a few at a time over the year but unfortunately I have not kept that commitment.  
For these cards I revisited the scroll frame which is a very handy one for creating a wide variety of cards.  I choose four images, laser printed them on white cardstock, trimmed them to size and embossed them with the folder.  Because you can see through the plastic it is easy to center the image in the middle area.  The image then need to be trimmed to 4" x 5.25" before mounting to the cards. 
For this first card, I chose a sketchy ornament on a twig image from Pixabay.  I added a font greeting before printing and then used my oval stencil which I cut specifically for this embossing folder to sponge a little green around the central image.  I watercoloured the image and added a bit of glitter to the ornament with a glitter pen.  I then mounted this large element to a coordinating pink card.  

 For the next card, I used a sketchy tree from Pixabay  It is in the same set as the ornament in the above card.  I used blue ink to sponge around the image and then watercoloured the tree and added some clear glitter with a gel pen before mounting it to a blue card front.  
For the third card, I used a digital image of a Christmas tree from Melonheadz.  I printed it in green and sponged the image in yellow.  I watercoloured the star and then added gold shimmer paint.  I stamped some red ornaments and a little tiny Merry Christmas greeting.  

For my fourth card, I printed the little snowman image from Torico - Birdie Brown.    I used a light blue to sponge around the image, watercoloured the snowman and added a bit of clear glitter to the pompom on his tuque and the snow before adhering this large element to the front of a light aqua card.
I always make four of them at a time because that is one sheet of letter sized paper which I then cut into four.