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Rubber Art Stamping & Card Making.

Sunday, 20 January 2013

Christmas cards from 2012

Going to try getting back to some crafting this week, but I thought I'd post up the Christmas cards I was working on before I fractured my shoulder. I realised I hadn't actually put them up yet, as I didn't get them finished.
These three all feature a stamp called Angel Chorus Collage,by Rubber Stampede. I've used this stamp and technique here, its a technique I remembered seeing in a magazine a few years ago, but I really can't remember which magazine, nor the persons name.
The image was stamped first on cream card, in gold, and heat embossed with gold powder. I repeated this onto plain vellum.
The cream card was sponged with Antique Linen and Old Paper Distress inks, just on the musical score section.
Last time I used this image, I coloured the angels on the card,this time I used Promarkers to colour the Angels just on the vellum. I did this by flipping them over and colouring on the reverse of the image.Promarkers don't blend on vellum in the same way as on paper, as the ink stays quite wet, but this doesn't matter as you are colouring the reverse. Doing it this way gives you a nice 'soft' feel to the image, and you don't have to be over fussy with your colouring. You could also use oil pastels, like for Pergamano work, or H2O's.
When the angels were coloured, I carefully tore around them, and matted them, right way up now, on the card image. I used Pinflair gel glue for this, as it didn't show through the vellum.

  I trimmed up the edges to match and matted onto gold card. The image was then added to the front panel for Easel cards. I've used a random selection of backing papers for the cards- I have so much Christmas paper from years gone by, so I'm not getting any more till I've used this stuff up!

The Layered Poinsettia is from the Nestabilities range- I cut the petals out of red & green paper that had a speckled effect. The only part of the die I didn't use was the centres- I used some gold beads for these, as I  didn't like the flat effect from the die cut. You can see Tim Holtz Rosettes on the top left one, and the one above has Tim's Snowflake rosette on.

The white flowers are a mix of small punches, and flowers from the Tattered Florals strip die. The gold flourish on the left, I can't remember whose die it is, sorry, the one on the lower right is a Cheery Lyn, Joycraft die.

This last one used a panel I had created before, using a Papermania 'Baubles' embossing folder, and the image stamped onto Acetate is from Butterfly Kisses,Saint Nick, available now through HobbyArt.
 After I stamped it onto acetate ( I actually use Transparency Film) with Black Staz-on, I covered the back of the image with double sided adhesive film, then sprinkled Crystal glitter over it.
 See here, if you want to see how I altered the folder so I could emboss in this direction.


MaggieC said...

There is one thing to be glad of, Shaz. you have a really good start on Christmas for next time. Those cards are so pretty, and there is so much work in them all. I have decided that I must have my cards finished and in the envelope by the end of August this year, and the cake made and iced by the end of December. I really cannot cope with the panic this year. Glad to hear you are getting back to actually crafting again. Take care if you go out on that hill of yours. Ours is lethal so I bet yours is much the same. xx Maggie

Myrna said...

Hope that shoulder soon is 100%.
Your Christmas cards are lovely and it is so nice to know how you did them.

kathi17 said...

Wow, those are beautiful Shaz. Thanks so much for giving us the technique!

Glad your shoulder is getting better. I do visit your blog every day, but am not good at commenting.

MaggieC said...

Try The Corn Stores just off the Evesham Road at Crabbs Cross for your bird food. It is good quality and good value and they will even carry it out to the car for you. Going back to Christmas, I think we are all guilty of leaving too much till the last moment, which is fine as long as nothing comes along to alter our tight timetable. I do have a start on next year as I still have a batch of cards which never got delivered due to the weather and Norovirus. Take care. xx Maggie

gardenpinks said...

Beautiful cards Shaz, love that poinsettia die. Will you make boxes for these? They are certainly keepsakes :)
Lynn x

Jackie said...

I love your Christmas cards. Thanks for visiting my blog :)

scrappymo! said...

Just wanted to mainly say crafty hugs...I did not know that you broke your shoulder!
That is a long road to recovery and i wish you the best on that journey.
Your cards are wonderful and your instructions are always so crystal clear!