Saturday 24 November 2012

Elegant Antlers

I'd like to introduce Timothy, one of the less well known reindeer.  Tim has been made using a Sizzix Bigz die called Elegant Flourishes.  I cut two of the small flourishes from pearl chocolate card and turned one of them over to mirror the other, then pushed them together to make Tim's head. He has two small wobbly eyes, a little red gem glued on for his nose and a small piece of brown card cut to fit behind his face.
Tim is mounted on foam pads and stuck on to a background stamped with a very useful stamp from Penny Black called Christmas Story - available as a Slapstick cling stamp. The stamp was inked up with Distress Inks in Fired Brick and Forest Moss on to cream card.
The green holly leaf border is punched using a Martha Stewart punch around the page set. You start off with a piece of card measuring 5 x 6.75 inches and end up with a centre just under 6 x 4.
Then the last layer is a cherry red card blank. I have used a small piece of the same card to cut out a bauble with a Spellbinder die - 2011 Heirloom Ornaments which is then hung from Tim's antler with thin gold thread. The greeting is from a set of Penny Black stamps called Christmas Critters and embossed in gold. I have added tiny gold corners to the background just to give a little shine. 
Whenever you buy a new die have a play with the pieces, it's amazing what else you can make with them. 

Tuesday 13 November 2012

J&C Creations November Challenge

 Today sees the beginning of Novembers Challenge over at J and C Creations Challenge Blog, pop over and see all the lovely Floral cards the DT have come up with.
This beautiful Hydrangea head is from Heartfelt Creations. It's a rubber stamp that comes already cut and mounted on foam so all you have to do is open the packet and start stamping.
I chose to stamp with Perfect Medium and emboss in white on black card. I stamped a small area on white card and cut out the flower I thought I would like to highlight, this is coloured pink using a Sakura Stardust pen. All the flowers have a tiny white gem in the middle but due to my amateur photo skills they don't really show too well. The greeting comes with the flower head and there is also a lovely floral branch in the set which I shall use another day.
The butterfly is a Joycraft die, I left the die in place and used Perfect Medium to dab through the decorative holes which I then dusted with Cosmic Shimmer Mica powder. The edge of the butterfly has been coloured with a Distress Marker - Picket Fence, so that it shows up a little better.
The main picture is mounted on a small layer of pale pink and then onto black again. It's an easy and relatively quick card to make, perfect for a last minute make.