Sunday, 18 February 2018

Christmas Card Club - Reindeer or Deer

Zoe at  Stampin' Scene blog chose the theme of reindeer for this fortnight.

As soon as I read this theme, I knew I wanted to make a die cut card...with deer feeding under some birch trees.  I have wanted to try this with my own dies, ever since 'I made a similar card at Langley Stampers. That one used Stampin' Up dies and the deer was quite large.

I wanted to use small deer so that I could make my card the standard "North American" card size.
This is the size that I generally receive from my friends in Canada or the U.S.

I started with a snippet of white laser photocopy paper. It has a bit of a sheen to it. I ran that through my Stampin Up Falling Snow EF, and then placed a Memory Box Tall birch tree die cut  in the middle of the card front. There was not enough room to add one more on each side, so I pruned two more tree die cuts, and removed some side branches so they would fit!

I pop dotted those trees forward with some super slim pop dots, and was careful not to place any pop dots on the bottom portion of the tree trunks. This then gave me room to add a Lawn Fawn snowy hill, cut from white glitter paper., and pop dotted with the same super slim dots.

The trunks of the trees slid sort of flatly under this hill. This helps with the final depth of the card  (for postage rates) as I still had more popped forward layers to add.

The second hill was  popped forward as well and then I added the three deer from my Memory Box Deer Trio die. I cut these deer off the die cut as they come standing on a flat ground, which looked weird with my hills. I placed my trio randomly on the hills, instead.

A few Impression Obsession cardinals finished off the trees and added a pop of colour!


At this point I was happy with the dies on the card front, but thought everything looked a bit dull. Used my white Nuvo Aqua Shimmer pen to add some  glittery shimmer to the trees and to the deer. I went over the deer once again,  with some Nuvo glitter drops just to make them look a wee bit different in shimmer from the trees!

You might be able to see the shimmer a bit better, here...


It was hard to photograph and show the sheen and shimmers. If you enlarge my photo, you may be able to see it better. IRL, everything is more distinctive than it appears in the photo. Each diecut is a slightly different shade of white, so it does not look as nondescript as this photo. Promise!!!

Finally done, I added the card front to a standard size, handmade white card. For the last few months, I have been using the white 110 pound cardstock from Michaels  to make my cards. I love the weight of this paper and it is so much cheaper than the Bazzill heavy weight I used to buy by the individual sheet. Best of all I can use a 40% off coupon at Michaels!


Wednesday, 14 February 2018

The Last Cookie

This tent fold card is made with the last sugar cookie image from the Mark's Finest Papers stamp. Rather than make it up as a sugar cookie, I  decided to stamp it twice and create a layered Santa image.

I rather like how it turned out. I coloured with copics and coated the moustache with nuvo white glimmer pen, and the fur trim and pom pom with Stickles Stardust. Popped it onto another of the MFP pink tags I had previously stamped and fussy cut. A red Martha Stewart punched snowflake with several clear diamonds for accent,  finished it off.


The beaded circle die was pressed into service once again, and the white gittered card circle was a left over from the tree baubles I showed on this post here. I found a snippet of matching red card and punched out two corners with my Stampin' Up corner punch. With a  few diamonds added to them, they look very festive!

DP is Doodlebug Designs again and the pattern is "Here comes santa claus."  This is another all snippets card. That background DP is left over from a 12x12 scrapbook page and everything else on this card, including the stamped image paper, was cut from snippets.




Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Candy Cane Kisses

I have continued on using up more of my 12x12 Doodlebug Designs snippets. It has been quite fun to try  designing cards around what is left on my desk, rather than file it away in my snippets baskets. As the papers are so big to begin with, the snippets are sometimes HUGE!

The images here are once again from the Marks Finest Papers sugar cookie stamp set. My youngest daughter often makes these fancy type sugar cookies. She pipes the icing around the edges of the design and then thins it down and floods the icing across each coloured section.  These cookie stamps remind me of her work!

This  2 layered cookie has the bow cut again and pop dotted forward. It sits on another of the Marks tags that I stamped and fussy cut, some weeks ago. The aqua circular mat is cut from glitter paper I stockpiled from a Joannes sale quite some time ago. The larger mat is a Spellbinder Beaded Circles and is cut from red cardstock. You can see a bit of the glitter here...



This background is again from the 12x12 Doodlebug Designs, Sugar Plums line and the corner accents are layered sizes of the Impression Obsession snowflakes die A red diamond in the center, finished these off.

I tend to cut snowflakes and other small embellishments ahead when I am bored.  It is a great way to use up teensy snippets and I file them away (by themes) in one page photo albums from the Dollar Store. The double layered snowflake on the tag is again from those precut choices.

The sentiment is another hot pink American Crafts rub on. My Stampin' Up oval and scalloped oval punches seemed the right size for this sentiment, so were pressed into work.

The inside has one red snowflake added to the bottom left corner. Quite plain and simple.

 I added one fussy cut stamped and fussy cut candy cane to the bottom left corner of the envelope. I think it looks quite festive. It is adhered strongly, as I used Sook Wang double sided glue paper under the stamped images before I fussy cut them.

I am entering this card in the following challenges: 

1. Pixies Crafty Workshop - must use snippets.