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Monday, 26 July 2010

One stamp, 2 cards

This little cottage scene  is one of my favourite Christmas stamps from Elusive images, I used it for lots of cards last year and I've always fancied trying a brayered scene with it. When I saw this weeks challenge from the lovely ladies at Bah Humbug had challenged us to create a Christmas Scene I had to have a go. I ended up making 2 cards as I also wanted to try some of the inky techniques I saw Sheena Douglass demoing on C&C

To make the  easel card I embossed some dots on silk card using sparkle EP for snowflakes, masked the moon and brayered the sky using royal blue dye in and then memento tuxedo black ink very lightly over the top. I stamped the image and masked it with some eclipse tape and then added hills ink the background using memento London Fog ink applied with some cut'n'dry foam. I coloured the image with promarkers and added some glittery ep to the scene and to highlight the hills. I had a bit of a 'happy accident' doing this as I'd removed the post it moon mask but the EP stuck to the card where the sticky had been and left a lovely shimmery side of the moon. I matted the scene on some silver mirri card and attached it to a white pearlescent easel card base. I made the sentiment using the same techniques and a sentiment stamp from Elusive Images. I'm also entering this card in the following challenges:
Aud Sentiments: Christmas sentiments
Delightful Challenges: No DPs or Embellishments
Stamptacular: Christmas in July

I've made the second card using this weeks recipe from Crafts 4 Eternity which is a sketch, make your own marbled paper and your own embellishment. I used the good old shaving foam technique to make the two pieces of marbled bp for this card, its ages since I've used this technique and I really loved it - such messy fun lol.

The marbled paper is made using tinkabella inks in orange and black using the shaving foam technique, once it was dry it wasn't quite dark enough so I added some spiced marmalade DI and then distressed the edges with brilliance copper ink and finally black soot DI. The main image is made by applying lots of distress inks to a piece of card using cut'n'dry foam - I used Spiced marmalade, antique linen, vintage photo and a little black soot. I blended them really well together and then  stamped the same cottage scene stamp and embossed with aniquities EP. I masked the image and stamped the Tim Holtz trees and embossed them with the same EP. I then used my water brush to wet the card inside the stamped cottage and dabbed it to remove some of the ink. I also splashed water on the background to look like falling snow and smoke coming from the chimney. I was struggling to remove enough ink so I ended up using some diluted bleach and that did the trick

To make my own embellishment I made a band of ruffled ribbon and beads - I had a bit of a job getting this right and found that by stitching a running stitch through the ribbon using beading thread, then passing the end of the ribbon through the bead, then passing the needle through the bead and pulling the thread to ruffle the ribbon worked the best. I also found it was best to start from the middle and work out from each side. I fnished off with a Christmas sentiment again from Elusive image stamped on the top corner of the image. I'm quite pleased with my spooky Christmas scene even though it is in halloween colours lol. I think it would be just the job for one of my male friends who is jokingly known as Bah Humbug as he hates Christmas, he'd moan if I didn't make him a card though
 I'm also entering this one in the following challenges:
Burtonesque Dolls: The Nightmare before Christmas in July
Polka Doodles Christmas in July
Alphabet: M is for men

Thanks for looking, I've really enjoyed making both these cards, I hope you like them
Claire xx


  1. Can't say I like either of these cards Claire -
    Thanks for the detailed instructions on how you achieved them too - very helpful indeed should I ever fancy getting messy.
    I can't choose a favourite as they're both stunning.

    Max's Craft Creations
    Bah! Humbug! Challenges DT

  2. Two gorgeous cards Claire,love all the techniques you have

  3. These are beautiful and you have used so many different techniques to create works of art. Thanks for joining us at Delightful Challenges.

  4. Wow! What stunning cards! thanks for joining us at Aud Sentiments.

  5. Gorgeous cards Claire! I especially like the autumnal tones on the second card, and amazing handmade garland! XXX

  6. Lovely cards and great techniques. Crafting is so good when you are enjoying what you are making!

    Janet xx

  7. Great cards Claire, I love the snow scene one, it is amazing and how brayering should be LOL (not like my effort haha).

    Sarah x

  8. 2 gorgeous cards especially love the second one. xx Zoe

  9. Hi there

    Beautiful cards, so different. Thanks for playing along at Aud Sentiments.

    Hugs Ali x

  10. So pretty!! Makes me wish is was winter. Thanks for joining us at Aud Sentiments

  11. Wow, you are so clever. It must have taken you ages but what a great result. Love them both. Debs xx

  12. Oh brilliant cards, i love them both, thanks for joining us at Delightful Challenges.

  13. Two gorgeous cards Claire and so different. I love the way you do a write up, it is so precise and makes me want to try your techniques. Keep it up please.
    Not able to choose a favourite as I LOVE them both
    Christine xx

  14. Gorgeous creations, thanks for joining Polkadoodles challenge, good luck.
    Happy crafting
    Tracy x

  15. oh my goodness these are just fantasmagorical!!! Both of them. I haven't had time to read all the write up (having morning coffee) but I'll be back cause I want to learn and have a go myself.
    Love them both but the easel card is to die for.
    Ann xxx
    Bah! Humbug! DT

  16. Two really gorgeous cards Claire. Love them both and wish it is me that produced them.


  17. WOW what beautiful creations, you are so inventive, they are so amazing!! Thanks for joining us this week at Aud Sentiments. Good Luck!
    Love Emma and Susan

  18. Oh wow stunning work. I would so love to have a go at using the brayer. These card are totally gorgeous. Thanks for sharing at C4E this week.

  19. HI Claire, stunning work, I love everything about these cards, your style is just fantastic. Thanks for playing along at Aud Sentiments.

  20. Wow!!im in love with that little Christmas scene!! Just gorgeous!! I love how you've done the rolling hills of snow and the sky!! Great job!
    Thank you for joining us at Stamptacular this week!!

  21. Great cards, I love the first one! Thanks for taking part in the Alphabet Challenge xx

  22. Your cards are just Stunning. Hugs Rita xxx

  23. Beautiful cards claire!! thanks for joining us this week at Delightful Challenges!!!
    Rachel :0)

  24. These are both absolutely GORGEOUS!!! Thanks for sharing with us at the Alphabet Challenge this week!

  25. Hello Claire

    What can I say that has not been said, your cards are just gorgeous, stunning, beautiful and fantastic. I love every single detail.

    Thank you so much for joining in our latest challnge at Bah! Humbug!


  26. Stunning cards.Love them.The stamp scene is lovely too.

  27. Two beautiful cards Claire Thanks-you for sharing how you made them too :) Thanks for joining us at c4e this week hugs xx

  28. great cards - thanks for joining in the alphabet challenge this week x

  29. These are beautiful cards. Your easel card was the effect I was trying to achieve on mine, but you have made a far better job!

  30. Beautiful cards and the effort you put in is amazing! Thanks for entering the Polkadoodle Challenge - hope you can join us again next week!

  31. Such a cute card. Thanks for taking part in the Polka Doodles challenge. Dee x


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