Monday, 3 September 2018

Feathers & Frost Christmas Card

Hello, Crafters.

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 - - 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.


To purchase any of the products I used to 
make this card, please click on one of the images below, 
and you will be taken straight to my 24/7 Online Stampin'
 Up! Shop. Happy crafting. 
JanB. ♥
 Products Used
Cherry Cobbler Classic Stampin' Pad
Cherry Cobbler Classic Stampin' Pad
Aqua Painters

1 comment:

  1. Really beautiful Jan. You've done a masterful job! Love this stamp set + love this card!! Also love using the Shimmery White Card Stock too ... it's a real favourite. Thanks for the inspiration and jump start, although I have already begun ... as you know. Have a wonderful crafty week and new month ahead!