Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Keeping It Simple...

Hi folks, after a couple of decades of making my own personal Christmas cards, I've learned that it pays to keep it simple, there's no point in going down the route of using lots of techniques when you have a pile of cards to make. The run-up to Christmas is stressful enough and who wants to be a frazzled wreck come the big day...

I decided to use the gorgeous snowflakes from Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Mini Swirly Snowflakes stamp set and looked out my must-have tool when it comes to batch stamping...the Tim Holtz Stamp Platform. I did a little test run on scrap paper, just to check I was happy with the arrangement of the snowflakes and as most of the snowflakes were to be stamped off the edges, I marked with pencil on the scrap paper where to place the card panels. I inked the stamps with Versamark ink and stamped all the panels before sprinkling them with Ranger Super Fine White Embossing Powder and heat setting. 
I used Tim Holtz/Sizzix Alphanumeric Thinlits to die cut the words from the panels, it's a great alphabet set for creating words as it has multiple vowels and consenants. I then looked out some of my favourite Distress Oxide ink colours, Faden Jeans, Frayed Burlap, Wilted Violet and Peacock Feathers, lightly inked the panels with a blending tool and spritzed with water to create that snow splattered look. I then flicked on Tarnished Brass and Brushed Pewter Distress Mica Spray which doesn't show up in the photos but gives a lovely shimmer when you turn the cards to the light. I fixed the left over die cuts letters back into the negative die-cut space with Ranger Multi Medium Matte, stamped the sentiment from Simon Says Stamp Stained Glass Greetings with Distress Black Soot Archival, Peacock Feathers, Wilted Violet Distress Oxides and Versamark heat embossed with white embossing powder and finished off by adding sparkly gems I found in my stash, bought donkeys years ago but what a stroke of luck, they were an exact colour match...

I still have cards to make for the grandkiddos but if I've the done my maths right, I should have enough for everyone else so it looks like I won't be making a last minute dash to my local M&S Card Department this year. I just need to find the motivation to write and address them all, which is NOT a task I enjoy.
Hugs Kath xxx


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8 comments:

Annie said...

Love your cards Kath and that snowflake is fabulous. Well done you on finishing your cards....mine are in progress xx
TFS and best wishes
Annie x

Janette said...

Perfectly gorgeous, really pretty and I love them....good luck with writing them all out Kath, yesterday I made a start....how many did I get done.....six, every chance I got I wondered off...back again today...wish me luck...xx

Redanne said...

Simple they may be but they are also gorgeous, the snowflakes look beautiful and I love how you filled the negative space in the lettering, it is so effective! Hugs, Anne xx

Paradise Lost said...

Beautiful cards, Kath! Simple but striking.

Lee said...

Beautiful and creative cards,I Love them all Kath.Hope you and the Big Furry Boy are well.Huggles and Huge Christmas Cuddle for Buddy.xxx

Linda Simpson said...

These are fabulous Kath!
hugs
Linda xxx

Ella's Design said...

Oooh, LOVE these, Kath! Just perfect for batch making...when you find some of that motivation, can you send some my way? Need to get a bobble on and get making mine! Thanks for the inspiration! Hugs, Lisa x

Crafting Queen said...

Adore these cards!!! Hugs to Buddy. Anesha x

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