Sunday 5 December 2010

A Snowstorm before Christmas

With all the snow outside there's every excuse to hole up and make, make, make! I've been quite busy with my cards these past two weeks.

First of all, I'm LOVING using kraft card for Christmas this year - it gives that homey, warm feeling of being around a tree and a fire, surrounded by presents and family.

I love the gingham fabric stars too - they're lightly padded, which really gives the cards dimension.

Next, I was asked by a friend to make her a few cards for her family, which would feature her daughter. She sent me a cute christmassy photo, and I immediately knew I wanted to put little Rosie in a bauble...

I used a big rectangle mask to make a snowflake border, and - as always with Christmas cards - stamped a few images on the envelopes.

Then, I made some simple gift tags:


After that, I turned away from the traditional colours and used the gorgeous Christmas scene stamp from LaBlanche, which I talked about in Tuesday's post.

Again, I used a big circle mask to get the snowflake border. Also, I highlighted the snowy parts of the stamp with Stickles (although you can't really see that in the photos). BIG disappointment though - the two products didn't combine well. The ink was Memento (Tuxedo Black) and the Stickles were Ranger (Frosted Lace). I'm not sure which one to blame, but after applying the Stickles to the inked parts, the (black) ink seeped out and into the (white) Stickles, resulting in a pink-tinted snow. I'm really disappointed as the ink is supposed to be fast. And I did let it dry before applying the Stickles. Any recommendations for better inks, anyone?


  1. Those tags are amazing. I love them,

    I'm not much of a stamping expert so I don't know if I will be much help but is Stazon any good? Or stamping with a black versa mark and heat drying before add stickles? I don't know if they will work - I'm just guessing! :)

  2. I am no help whatsoever with the ink. The cards are gorgeous - I just adore those Kraft ones.

  3. What lovely things you are making. I love, love the stamp, please bring it with you so I can have a little borrow!! The tags are so sweet, and you have done a great job with Rosy. I love the kraft paper, the cards look fabulous, wow you have been busy!

  4. Gorgeous cards!! It looks like you've been busy!! Your friend will love her cards!!

  5. These are wonderful! If only I had time to make handmade Christmas cards...

  6. PS. You should link up to Paper Issues.