Saturday, 30 October 2010

Snow Flowers

This Christmas card features a handmade paper flower covered in 'snow,' or chunky and flaky glitter.

The card base is Stampin' Up Sahara Sand cardstock, trimmed with Wild Wasabi and Black. A faux stitch was drawn on with a thin black marker.

The lacy trimmed black embellishment was made with an eyelet border punch.

The sentiment stamp is SU's Season of Joy.

The flower is made from paper that has been punched with the 1 3/4-inch Scallop Circle Extra Large Punch. Four layers of scalloped circles were used. They were sprayed with glimmer mists and worked into the shape of a flower by rolling and curling. Chunky snow glitter and buttons tied with twine were added.

I love the simple lines, but sophisticated feel of this card, which we will be making during an upcoming class in November.

Saturday, 16 October 2010

Halloween Sketch Card

If you ever get a bit bored with the standard-sized card, you can try a different shape, like this Halloween scalloped circular card.

I followed a sketch challenge from the Mojo Monday blog.

As you can see, they gave the option of a traditional square card or the circle, and I decided to think outside the square box!

The circular card is easy to make by using a large plastic scalloped template. Each scalloped circle was about 5.5 inches in diameter. In other words, I was able to get four scalloped circles from a 12-by-12-inch piece of designer cardstock.

The cards are simple to stick together, and I went to Julee Tilman's blog, Poetic Artistry, for a tutorial. If you visit her tutorial, you will see that she has used a Spellbinder's Nestability die to cut out her circles. They result in much smaller circular cards, but that makes them easier to put into the traditional A2 envelope (whereas my circular cards have to go into the larger square envelopes that often require more postage).

The pumpkin on these cards is from Stampin' Up's Autumn Harvest stamp set. They were colored with colored pencils, odorless mineral spirits, and blending stumps. The cards were part of a class that I taught recently, and I showed my friends how simple it is to use colored pencils to create stunning stamped images.

Wreath of Leaves

For a variation of the celebratory wreath cards created in the previous blog tutorial, you also can use the leaf stamp in the Stampin' Up Autumn Days set.