Christmas Wishes - Robin in the Snow

Friday, November 28, 2014

Hello! I can't believe it's nearly December already, time is just flying by! As you can see I'm still having fun making hand-carved stamps. I made this little Robin (european Robin, there are other ones apparently!) stamp and some snowflake stamps. To stamp the Robin I used sponge daubers to apply the different coloured Memento inks and stamped onto smooth white cardstock. The snowflakes I stamped using VersaMark ink and heat embossed in white. I used watercolour paints to colour the background night sky and shadows in the snow. Once the background was dry I added the hand-lettering, in pencil first (because I'm not that confident yet) and then using white acrylic paint and a small paintbrush. To finish I added some shading using coloured pencils.

I love how the finished illustration turned out but it wasn't exactly quick to make. The Robin is my favourite Christmas image and I really wanted this to be my Christmas card for sending to family and friends this year. So I decided to scan the illustration and get some cards professionally printed! I searched online to see what various printers offered but ended up going with one recommended by a friend and I'm glad I did. I used and I was surprised at how easy and fast the whole process was (done and dusted in less than a week!). They even provide you with a template to help you create your card and there are lots of various options to choose from, cardstock, size, fold options etc. So here they are! My first printed Christmas cards!

I had a few extra printed because each card is better value the more units you buy. So I have some to sell in my Etsy shop too. I decided to offer them for sale individually and as sets of 5, wrapped in a little baker's twine of course!

I had fun with the styling too, as you can see, I popped out to the garden and snipped some foliage, added some Christmas decorations and laid it all on top of an old vintage box. I love how the finished look turned out!

I really enjoyed the whole process and it got me thinking that this might be the direction I want to go in. So watch this space, you may be seeing more of my creations printed in the future.

Have a great weekend! Thanks for dropping by today and happy crafting!

Make Christmas Cards 2014

Friday, November 21, 2014

I can't believe we're nearly at the end of November already! I hope you've a good collection of Christmas cards made already, if not then why not pick up a copy of Make Christmas Cards 2014. Along with the magazine full of inspiration you also get some gorgeous clear stamps, 2 embossing folders, Christmas papers and lots more in this bumper pack. This is my third year contributing to this Special issue published by Immediate Media! In this issue I was commissioned to create six cards using some of the free stamps that come with magazine.

The stamps were fabulous to work with, the scrollwork tree and Poinsettia were my favourites, perfect for making classy and elegant cards. I loved that there were also some cute stamps also free with the magazine including a santa, toy soldier and teddy on a rocking horse. Isabelle has her eye on these to make some Christmas cards for her friends at school! It'll keep her busy for a while. There's another two page spread along with the one above with details on how I made each card. There's a step-by-step tutorial for the Christmas Tree easel card. Some of the cards look quite light in the photos that's because I used vellum on some of them, including a Poinsettia wreath that I fussy cut (also the cover card).

I'm busy getting projects finished as early as possible before Christmas at the moment, I really want to take the time to enjoy Christmas with family and just relax this year!

Festive Quilling

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Just popping in with a quick post, I've some Festive Quilling Cards in the November (136) issue of Cardmaking & Papercraft Magazine. I made them for the Masterclass feature so there's a full step-by-step photo tutorial for each card. I love how they turned out, especially the Christmas lights card, which was actually the quickest and easiest card to make! So if you'd like to make some quilled Christmas cards this year for family and friends then pick up a copy in your local newsagents.

I'm working on a few new hand-carved stamps so I'll be sharing those with you soon. I better get cracking on some ideas for my Christmas cards too, time's flying by! Have a great week! : )