Yesterday was a delightfully sociable day with me meeting up with pal, Liz, for coffee at a local farm shop in the morning and another pal, Sue, for dinner in the evening. Between those two meets I really do feel like we've set the World to rights!!, as well as drunk too much tea and coffee!
Still on a Christmas card roll despite being nearly at the end of my quota - at this rate I'll be getting a start on 2015!!!
|My card - looks super festive and yet totally modern - doesn't it?|
|A close up of the rich and sparkly colours|
|And a view of the insert and the co-ordinating envelope|
- 15cm square white, 300gsm, scallop edged card blank and matching sized envelope
- 13½cm square white card panel (x 2 including insert)
- Red card matted at 1/16" border (x 2 including insert)
- One acrylic block used as a stamp with versamark ink, gold dazzle and red tinsel embossing powder sprinkled liberally (and excess shaken off) before heat embossing
- Kaisercraft sentiment stamped on to snippet of white card before matting first on to black and then red card snippets
- Spray and Sparkle to both seal and give a lovely twinkle to the card and insert (kindly donated to me by crafting pal, Lilian, who can't stand the smell!!! my gain eh?!!)
- Spray and Shine applied to the envelope to seal the Adirondack (red pepper) and Encore (Gold) inks used on the front and back
- Addicted to Stamps and More - Holiday challenge (Well, Christmas IS a holiday!)
- 52CCT - colour challenge (I used black, red and gold - see below)
- Stamplorations - Sketch challenge (see below)
- ABCofChristmas - "S" for Something Festive (red and gold? Doesn't get much more festive than that!)
And then on to one of those (often) tricky cards ... the masculine card:-
|My card, masculine, CAS and somewhat grungy .....|
|A close up - which I HOPE will allow you to see the "flight" element a little better|
|The insert and co-ordinating envelope|
- 15cm square white, 250gsm, card blank and matching envelope
- 13½cm square white card panel (x 2 including the insert)
- Black card for matting (x 2 including the insert) at 1/16", cut using perfect layering ruler and a craft knife
- Wide (self adhesive) metal tape (courtesy of Jan - thanks Jan!) adhered to snippet of white card and then run through my "pocket watch" triple emboss folder before matting on a snippet of black card
- Black acrylic paint brushed on to the metal tape panel and allowed to "almost dry" before knocking back with a tissue to "age" the panel
- Studio 112 "flying machine" image stamped on base white card panel multiple times using Memento London Fog ink
- TPC Studio sentiment stamped on to a snippet of white card using Ranger Archival jet black ink and then matted on to black card
- Dimensional foam adhesive attached to one side of the sentiment and regular glue to the other (to allow for the dimensional difference with the triple embossed panel)
And there you have a CAS, masculine card featuring metal and .... I went along the lines of "time flies" for my flight connection but also included the flying machine like a "water mark" ... in case you couldn't make it out .....
|This is the stamp I used|
I'll be entering this card for two challenges:-
Thanks to Jane of Purplejet Loves Cards I was pointed at a different technique which involves re-inkers and a baby wipe as a stamp pad! I followed her link to the blog of Nicole Heady ... and snagged this youtube video to embed - thanks (and credit) to all concerned, including Barbara Grey who's video I've also embedded!
A little research and I also found this youtube video by Barbara Grey which uses cut and dry instead of a stamp pad. I've included this as it offers a couple of interesting changes (i.e. stamping the outline first ... and storing your "pad") - you might only want to watch one but you MIGHT be missing out!!
I may well be trying one of these, or a combination of both .... some time very soon! T To those ardent fans of the brusho water colour crystals check out the make in this post - very cool
And now for the Friday Funny, this week coming atcha courtesy of Sandra .... these came to me in e-mail form which I couldn't transfer directly but ... a quick Google search and I'm happy to share her suggestions with you this morning, they're a little focused on age but hey, we're none of us getting YOUNGER - ENJOY!!!
Happy Friday, have a fantabulous day .... if you haven't had enough of the funnies then don't forget that the Hettiecraftz blog also features a F.F.