Wednesday, 13 November 2019

Christmas Inspiration

Hello Crafty Friends!

Today I'm sharing a couple of projects made for the Christmas In The Air feature over at STAMPlorations. In this special feature Nancy and I are sharing a couple of Christmas projects each on the 2nd Wednesday in November, January, March and May. You can never start too early making Christmas cards.

Given that it's already November, I kept things easy, perfect for making small batches.  Here is my first card:

I used some strong pretty paper from my stash for the background, but felt that it needed some texture. I decided to emboss it using the Holiday Words mask. The sandwich I used on top of my Big Shot's base plate was: cutting plate - Holiday Words Mask, making sure the words were readable - pretty paper, design facing up - rubber embossing mat - second cutting plate.

All that was left was to stamp my sentiment, add a pink dressed Kathryn and finish off with some gems, sequin and a touch of Stickles.

Next up is the second one of two almost identical cards using the Festive Bloomdala stencil.

I chose three shades of red and two shades of green. To make blending easier, I used a couple of small make-up brushes. The small brushes allowed me to be a more precise with applying the inks. I found the flatter one of the two really helpful for blending the leaves, the round one was perfect for the flower.

The first card had a few liquid watercolour splashes added to it. I used a pipette and they ended up being rather big hence I made a second card for a cleaner look and finished the first one off with a stamped sentiment and red sequins.

Here are a couple of close-ups ...

Pop over to the STAMPlorations Blog to check out the lovely projects my teamie Nancy made. The Christmas In The Air feature also doubles up as a mini blog hop. Shery will randomly draw one winner of a $15 gift code from all the comments left on the Christmas In The Air posts on the STAMPlorations Blog, on Nancy's log and on my blog.

Have fun hopping along.
Monika xxx

here is what I used from the STAMPlorations Shop

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  1. These images are just adorable, thanks for the inspiration.

  2. Beautiful work I like how you used your cutting plate [looks like mine!] for the embossing - worked well - TFS

  3. I love the stencil one! What great cards!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Love your pretty cards! Great way to add texture and design to your background on your 1st card! I love the stenciled design on your 2nd card!

  5. Love the fun colors you used on that first adorable card, and the clean-and-simple feel of the second one! Great cards!

  6. Oh your first card is really pretty - love the pink on the blue - it really makes her pop. I LOVE the stenciling on the second card - very traditional :)

  7. Two wonderful cards. Love the images and colours.
    Valerija xx

  8. Your cards are just gorgeous, Monika. Love the festive
    BG you did for the first card as well as the pretty pink
    coloring of the girl. And I love both the clean look as
    well as the splattering of the bloomdala. That's such a
    pretty flower and I don't know how it's not already in my
    stash. lol

  9. Awesome work on all
    the cards. Great
    background on the
    first one.
    Carla from Utah

  10. Sweet and festive cards! Wonderful and creative designs.

  11. Beautiful cards!! Love the stenciled card with the splatters! So pretty!!

  12. So much cuteness - Kathryn is precious! Love your gorgeous stencilling too!

  13. SUPER CUTE and BEAUTIFUL cards!
    I ADORE your inky AWESOMENESS with the FABULOUS Festive Bloomdala stencil - WOW - BOTH cards are WONDERFUL!
    Thank you for sharing and inspiring :)


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