Christmas Cards – Using Stuff Up

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christmas card with embossing and a star aperture

Hello Peeps, how are you?

It’s that time of year, you know the time of year when everything you do is geared towards one day. This week I have been shopping (on-line), shopping in actual shops, because that’s still a thing and making Christmas cards/tags.

Looking around on the internet I’ve seen people painting lovely watercolours and making them into cards, I thought what a lovely idea, I should do that! Who am I kidding; I would have to start making my cards in august if I wanted to finish before Christmas.

Introducing all the stuff I have made this week. The star card is made with nesting star dies and has a little floating star in the aperture. It’s a 6”x6” card so the top layer was embossed with an embossing then the folder was moved along to emboss the other side, happily it worked quite well.

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In real life the card is very sparkly and has blue glitter borders. It doesn’t show up, we have very poor light this time of year and even at midday in bright-ish sunshine everything looks washed out.

 

christmas embossed card snowflake

The gold card bases were given to me, they’re an odd size 6”x3”. The second card in the picture was embossed with a die; I like it more as a die-cut. I had some fancy paper which was a cross between tissue paper and mulberry paper; I used it to back the cut-out, it looks really good when light shines through it.

christmas/gift voucher card roudolf

The reindeer card is made entirely with peel-offs. For some unknown reason I seem to have loads of peel-offs, they need using up. It’s just the right size to place a gift voucher into.

 

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Another card made with card bases I seem to have acquired these are 6”x4” cards. An embossed panel and die – cut snowflakes, I also managed to use up more of my peel – offs and a small piece of thin ribbon.

 

die - cut gift tags

Through out the year, when ever we get something in pretty packaging I die cut some tags and put them in a little box. Then when I need tags for gifts they’re cut and ready to use, just pick something that goes with the wrapping paper.

For the main presents this year I thought it would be nice to have die-cut names on the tags to make them a little bit special. I cut each letter three times and glued them on top of each other to give some dimension, then glued the names onto the tags, it’s a bit fiddly but I like the effect. It also used up lots of tidily bits of card I had hanging around.

I haven’t bought any new dies, stamps, card or anything else really this year. I have far too much stuff and really need to use things I already have so that’s what I’ve been doing. To be honest all this making hasn’t really made a dint but I’ll keep going and eventually I’ll get to the bottom of it all.

So, cards done, tags done, vouchers done. Gifts almost wrapped, shopping done, and we still have a couple of weeks left to go, yes! I’m on it this year hehe.

Thanks for stopping by today. Till next time, have fun x

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A Dancing Chamelen Watercolour Card

dancing chameleon watercolour card

A dancing chameleon watercolour card

Hi there, how are you?

Well what a week! I’ve done hardly any arting this week. It was the “other half’s” birthday and this year was a “big O” birthday, we’ve had meals out, visitors guests and lots if cake phew!
I hope he had a really good week and it has taken the edge off the looming “big O”

I decided to paint a birthday for him and as is customary I left it till the last-minute (I seriously should stop doing this.)

It’s a dancing chameleon, there is an advert on U.K. TV for something called Berocca (a dissolvable energy drink) I don’t know what it tastes like, or if it’s any good, I just like the chameleon. He drinks his drink then breaks into dance to music by Panjabi MC whilst the other chameleons look on in awe and every time we see it, we have a little chuckle.

That’s what this chameleon is doing; dancing, like every cool chameleon should hehehe.

Next week I will have to pick up the sketch book that is staring at me sadly across the room and put some drawings into it!

Thanks for stopping by today. Till next time, have fun x

Hand Painted Watercolour Cards

Hi there, how are you?
I paint small watercolours; they’re roughly 4×6 inches or even 4×4 inches. I like practicing on smaller pieces of paper. They usually end up in a little pile not doing very much and although it’s nice to flick through them from time to time it’s better to actually get some use out of them. I had a few cards to make and these small paintings were the perfect size.

bumble bee birthday card

I Embossed a line around the edge of the painting with an embossing board then remembered I had some bee stamps and made a bee border around the edge.

I painted the bee back in June  posted, here. Originally it was 6 x 4 inches,  it looked better square so I cut it down. The card bases for this and the other cards are all 6×6 inch pre-made cards.

kingfisher watercolour card

The kingfisher was taken from my sketch book at the bottom of this post , I liked the sketch book version and wanted to try and make a painting out of it. This was the second attempt; the first didn’t quite make it.

puffball blue tit card

This is a little puffball blue tit. I had seen a photo whilst looking through google images; it was all cute and fluffed out. Making things look fluffy with watercolour is a lot harder than it looks; it’s all a matter of getting the water to just the right level of wetness (or dryness) before you put the colour down.

 

All of these cards went down very well with their intended recipients and they all had big smiles upon opening them, to be honest that’s why I do it.

Thanks for stopping by today. Till next time, have fun x

An Anniversary Shaker Card

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Hi there, how are you?

This week I needed an anniversary card, I had planned to paint something small with watercolour but life got in the way, as it does.

I decided die cutting a simple design would be a lot easier as I could do that relatively easily with one hand (I could use the other one as a paper-weight)

It’s a shaker card. My daughter was throwing away some beads and sequins she no longer wanted, I jumped up and said “don’t throw those away; I’ll use them in a card!” no point in wasting them is there?

We’re back from our holl’s, a week in London to see relatives.

hope blue whale diving

Dippy has now been removed from the Natural History Museum to be replaced with hope the huge blue whale skeleton.

There was a visit to Kew Gardens (it rained persistently) the psalm house, water-lilies, cactus and orchids, (trying to keep out of the weather).
Kew also has a small gallery built to house the work of Marianne North. She sounded like an amazing woman, travelling around the world on her own in Victorian times painting everything that she found interesting.
There is also a lot of botanical art by many other artists housed there too. It’s well worth a visit if you’re in the area.

We went to the natural gallery because the other half wanted to see the Van-gogh paintings. (We couldn’t see them last year because they were refurbishing the room)
I wasn’t fussed on the sunflowers but I did like his “two crabs” I also liked the Monet “The Water-Lily Pondbut you really have to stand at the far end of the room to see them in their full glory.

I’ve taken loads of pictures and hopefully soon I’ll be able to draw from them. How’s the drawing coming on you ask?

left hand drawing of a rose

Little rose drawings. The left hand drawing is on the right hand side of the page, broken on the left.

Erm.. there’s more work needed me thinks. Hehe there doesn’t seem to be much difference between hands at the moment. I don’t want to fall out of the habit so I just need to keep going, it will get better with practice.

Thanks for stopping by today. Till next time, have fun x

I Am Groot (A Birthday Card)

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Hi there. How are you?

This was a card I made for a young family member (Happy Birthday!) I’m never sure what teenage boys are into and find making cards for them quite difficult; this seemed to go down well though.

It is a 3D Decoupaged card made the same way as the yoda and stormtrooper cards I made last year.

Yoda One Valentines Card

Yoda One for Me Valentines card

happy stormtrooper birthday

Happy stormtrooper birthday card

Can’t believe it’s a year since I made them, where does the time go!

Thanks for stopping by today, till next time, have fun x

Batch making Christmas Cards

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This year i had a go at batch making Christmas cards and envelope.

Hi there, how are you. Did anyone turn around this week and say “good grief it’s December and I’m not ready!” I have to say it happens to me every year. Most people make their Christmas cards in July or August but me, nope always leave it till last-minute.

Usually I make a few different designs because I get bored doing the same thing over an over. This year I wanted to see if I could design something simple that could be set up and made really quickly. They needed to be easy to post and I wanted to switch the design slightly for hand posted cards for close friends and family. (So clean and simple with possibilities)

I fished about in my stash and found Clarity deer stamps I hadn’t yet used (I buy this stuff and forget to use it, seriously!) Thinking they would look good in a forest setting I had another rummage around but all I could find was some smallish tree trunks from the back of a magazine. These would have to do.

Stamping-jig-set-up

This is the little jig I set up to place my stamps. There’s a crease at the top and bottom to place the card.

After setting everything out I made myself a little stamping jig (fancy name for two bits of scrap paper and some masking tape). Set the deer, tree trunks and sentiment in place on acrylic blocks, and off I go.

They came together so easily. Stamped and embossed in next to no time. I even made some envelopes out of a spare roll of paper and stamped a little deer on those too.

deer christmas card close up

This is a close up of the batch made Christmas cards shining nicely in the sunshine.

To change it up I added a clarity forest mask, it has an inny and outy (mask and stencil?) just what I needed. The trunks were stamped through the outy and I blended the shadow around the inny, ribbon and gems added because it’s Christmas so why not.

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With a little more work and the aid of a stencil I get a different look with a similar design.

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A few of the Christmas tags made with the mishaps and waste.

There were a few mishaps and practice bits and I turned those into tags, so everything matches.
Nothing much to do now hopefully but buy and wrap the gifts, I may make some gift toppers like the ones I made last year just change the colours to match the paper.

I’m really happy they turned out so well and now I can get on with really enjoying the festive season. Hows every one else doing, are we all getting there?

Thanks for stopping by today, take care and as always have fun x

 

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Skools Out And Some Birthday Cards

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A drawing of my kitchen for sketchbook Skool class.

Hi there. How are you?

This was the last week of sketchbook skool klass. The delightful Tommy Kane showed us its all in the details. If you look at his work you can see the amazingly detailed illustrations he draws that sometimes take him hours. Hours of standing/sitting around on location working busily away.

This is a picture I drew of part of my kitchen, not nearly as detailed as his but I liked the way it turned out. The paper isn’t good for watercolour so I used inktense pencils and put just a light wash of water over the top. I like the texture it gives against the tooth of the paper.

pomegranate-drawing

A drawing of a pomegranate just before we ate it for dessert.

I was making a dessert and cut open a pomegranate, spurred on by my kitchen drawing I decided to have a go at drawing it in detail, seed by seed. It came out quite well. Not something I would have thought to do till now.

This class seems to have come and gone in a heartbeat, I’ve learned a lot, now I have to put all this new-found knowledge into practice. I’ll probably go back and look at some of the videos again to keep it all fresh in my mind.

The information was geared mainly to people who keep (or want to keep) journals but it is all good information and can be used for all forms of drawing, and who knows maybe I’ll do that one day.

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A watercolour card painted mainly in two colours (Payne’s grey and burnt umber)

I’ve bee making birthday cards. This one was a picture of a racoon (picture from a google search**) painted in watercolour, I even used watercolour paper! I wanted it to be kind of washy with not too many colours, I used Payne’s gray and burnt umber with a tiny bit of orange or the eyes. It’s not perfect but he’s kind of cute.

(** Disclaimer:  I’d link to the photographer of the racoon but couldn’t find a name. I’m not linking to the site because I don’t think it belongs to them. If I find out who took the picture I’ll update with a link.)

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Autumn leaves birthday card.

This one is made with a stamp and dies from crafters companion magazine set. I like that the dies match the stamps, the leaves are small enough for a background and big enough to use in their own right.

The patterned paper was made with a piece of white card blended and stamped with distress ink. The extra leaves are gold card; craft card and the black background are stamped with embossing ink and heat embossed with clear powder.

Thanks for stopping by. Till next time take care and as always, have fun x

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