I hope you've had a super weekend.
our dear friend Liz passed away, and apart from the Incentive Trip, I've not taken
any time off, but I did yesterday.
Fortunately, hubby wasn't working
this weekend, and we had a lovely relaxing day together.
I feel so much
brighter today that I've decided I'm always taking Sunday's off!
still post my Sunday video, because my videos are always ready the day
before they go live, and are always scheduled to go live at 7 am.
said that, I'm still planning a little bit of time in my studio on a
Sunday so I still get my daily fix of crafting!
Yesterday evening I
carried on playing with the Iconic Christmas Stamp Set and Ornamental
As all three cards are more or less identical, so
you know which card I'm talking about, I've used a different Embossing
Folder for the background of each card.
Therefore the cards will be
called Ruffled, Planks and Cable!
first card I made yesterday was the Cable card, although the actual tree you
see here is the second attempt!
The Basic Black Archival Ink didn't
stamp very well with my first attempt but, as I'd stamped it, I decided to use it for a practice.
I stamped it with the two step stamps which allowed me another go at lining up the stamps.
The first test was
to find out what the images would look like if I used my Marker Pens to
fill in the little bits of white I missed when two-step stamping.
have to say I wasn't happy with the result as it showed darker areas
where I'd also gone over areas that had already been coloured by
I noticed three little stamps in the set that I hadn't noticed
On the box cover, to the left of the complete trees, there
are three tiny colouring stamps i.e. a bell, a reindeer and a
These are maent for the images on the complete tree,
and I coloured the bell with Smokey Slate Ink, and Crumb Cake for the
I was amazed at the difference these made to the complete
haven't put a sentiment on these cards, nor finished the insides - I
can always do that later! - but I did utilise the tree trunk stamps and
I stamped the bark in Crumb Cake Ink, and then the background is
Crumb Cake stamped off once.
There is a die to cut the trunk out but
it'd be very easy to cut freehand.
I decided to re-ink my Basic Black Archival Ink - never a good idea to
use ink pad almost immediately after re-inking. LOL!
I did the Planks
card next, and this time I painted all the images using Marker Pens.
Apart from going over edges a little bit now and again, I'm really happy
with this outcome, but no good if you're not a fan of
painting..................it was a little bit time-consuming, albeit
On this card I also adhered the tree trunk using Tombow
as opposed to using Dimensionals which I used on the other two cards.
think this actually gives the tree more dimension.
third card is the Ruffled card and is the same as the Cable card,
except the Basic Black Ink was more intense, because I'd re-inked the
I still have other ideas for cards that can be made using this
bundle, but I'm putting it away for the time being and will come back to
Until tomorrow, happy crafting.