I hope you enjoyed your weekend, and that your weather was
as superb as it was for us here in the UK. Summer decided to
come back for another visit for a couple of days, and still counting!
Yesterday I made my first Christmas card although I wasn't
planning on starting until Wednesday when the Christmas
catalogue goes live. This changed because last week I was
working with our new Shimmer Paints, and yesterday I had
another idea which involved the gorgeous
Feathers & Frost Stamp Set!
If you haven't seen this stamp set yet, do check it out on page
30 of the new catalogue. If you've shopped with me during
the last twelve months, you should have received your free
copy of the catalogue from me. Please let me know if you
haven't, and I'll be happy to pop another one in the post for
you. If you don't already have a Stampin' Up! and would
like a new catalogue, please email me your details -
firstname.lastname@example.org - and I'll be happy to pop one in the
post for you, as well. (Please note: Stampin' Up! rules
only allow me to sell in the UK, the Netherlands, France,
Germany and Austria. I'm really sorry!)
I started with our Shimmery White Cardstock (CS) for the top
layer, and the card base, because I wanted to use my Stampin'
Blends for the colouring. This CS is far more forgiving when
using water to paint with, than our regular Whisper White is,
although it's not as forgiving as our Watercolour Paper. It's a
fabulous compromise because it has a gorgeous faint sparkle all
over the CS. I painted the leaves with the Light Old Olive
Stampin' Blend, and completely forgot about doing any
actual blending! I used our fabulous new Frost White Shimmer
Paint for the berries, and as I found last week, taking
photographs that show the beauty of this paint is nigh on
impossible...........for me at least.
In real life the berries look amazing!
To paint the berries using the Frost White Glimmer Paint,
I used an Aquapainter, that had an empty barrel, but
which I dipped in water. Next I dipped the brush into the lid
of the paint, which, by giving the pot a good shake, it had
a covering of paint on the inside of the lid, which was more
than enough I needed for this project.
To colour the robins I used Light and Dark Crumb Cake, as well
as Light and Dark Cherry Cobbler Stampin' Blends. I used the
colour lifter on the breast to lighten it slightly. I fussy cut the
robins, and stamped the sentiment by inking the stamp in
Versamark first, then in Cherry Cobbler Ink, sprinkled with
Clear Embossing Powder, and heat set.
I adhered the top layer to a layer of Cherry Cobbler CS, and
tied a piece of our Polka Dot Tulle ribbon aroung the centre
into a bow. I stamped a robin for the layer inside the card,
and a small layer of the main leaf image to get some
interest inside the card. After I'd fnished colouring, I was
horrified to see I'd used a sheet of Whisper White CS instead
of the Shimmery White CS! By the time I'd reached this
stage, it was too late to go back and re-do it, so for
the time being it stays!!
One thing I want to draw your attention to! There appears
to be red ink on the cardstock just above and below the
top robin's beak! This is an illusion because it's a reflection
from the back of the fussy cut robin caused by where
the Cherry Cobbler Ink has come through the Shimmery
White Cardstock. Definitely a lesson learned for me, and
something I will watch out for in future!
I hope you've enjoyed seeing my first Christmas card as much
as I enjoyed making it!
Have a great week and until tomorrow, happy crafting.
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