Two Christmas cards

Hiya!

This year I started with Christmas cards quite early, trying to settle on design for mass production. I haven’t found that one perfect design yet but I have two cards that I made in the process.

For the first one I took kraft base and used gold ink, dabbing it over a stencil to create the background. Then I added splotches of whit acrylic paint. I used pieces of patterned paper and vellum as a background for sentiment stamp and finished the card with some stars, rhinestones and natural twine.
Handmade Christmas card with twine and rhinestones 1

Handmade Christmas card with twine and rhinestones 2

Second card is a bit more patterned paper heavy. I cut out 3 narrow strips of paper and rounded their corners before adhering them to the kraft card base. I used a shiny deer from my ancient Christmas supplies stash and a ribbon of similarly unknown origin.

Handmade Christmas card with deer and ribbon 1

Handmade Christmas card with deer and ribbon 2

Home sweet home

Todays card was made for two of my lovely friends who just have moved to their beautiful new home. I used mix of papers but most of them come from Crate Paper’s Maggie Holmes collection. Embellishments are even more wild mix, starting with paper flowers from the bottom of my stash (I KNEW they’ll come handy some day!) through wood veneer house, sequins and buttons. I like how it turned out.

Home sweet home handmade card

Home sweet home handmade card closeup

Christmas 2016 cards for mass production

Hey!

It’s week till Christmas and I’m here with my 2016 Christmas cards which, as usual, are quick and easy to mass produce once you gather all your supplies.

I had an idea for this years cards in my head for ages: I thought I’d hand draw a contour of Christmas tree and fill it with watercolour but all my prototypes looked embarrassingly bad. I didn’t have time and/or patience to try make it look better and in the meantime I bought some snowflake stamps at Tiger for 2£ or so (I promised myself not to buy any new supplies this year but one can not leave Tiger shop empty handed, right?) and I decided to make something else.

Cheap snowflake stamps from Tiger

Snowflake stamp set

I still wanted to do some watercolouring so I thought a simple watercolour background won’t hurt (and even I can’t mess that up!). I used my favourite Kuretake Gansai Tambi to paint a dark background. When it dried I stamped snowflake images with pearlescent white paint from Ranger. I wasn’t very precise and careful, I wanted them to look a little imperfect. I glued on couple of sequins for a bit of bling. I stamped sentiment, attached it to the background with 3-D foam and added twine for a more christmassy look. Then mounted everything on the card base using more foam. And there you go! I made 24 cards in one evening. Not bad, huh?

Merry Christmas y’all!

Handmade Christmas card with watercolours and snowflake stamping

Handmade Christmas card with watercolours and snowflake stamping1

All things grow with love – wedding card

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Today I have for you a wedding card – quite simple and perhaps not very wedding-y (no white lace!) but here it is.

I used a canvas cardstock as a card base as it adds a nice texture. I created the background with Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolours. This was the first time I used them and I fell in love. They’re so smooth and creamy and working with them was a pleasure even for such an amateur as myself.

I added some paint splotches to the card and then stamped the floral motive on a dried background with three shades of ink. I added sentiment and heat embossed it in silver. Then I embellished the card with some mini pearls and sequins.

Thanks for looking!

Handmade wedding card using stamping and watrcolours

Handmade wedding card using watercolour, stamping and heat embossing

Christmas cards 2015

Hey! Long time no see!

I just finished making Christmas cards for an upcoming holiday. Better late than never, huh? So this years’ cards aren’t exactly super fast to make as they require couple of steps in preparation; if you however prepare all elements in batches the work goes quite fast.

As you see, all my cards feature an origami star. While it takes time to fold them I found the process amazingly calming and satisfying and, in the end, that is what papercraft is all about, right? So I was happily folding away my stars while watching TV but couldn’t decide on a background for them so I have couple of different ones there: patterned paper, distress ink circle, distress ink rectangle and watercolour. In the end I settled on watercolour because, again, I enjoyed doing that the most and I liked the the look too. So majority of my cards have watercolour background but I’m showing you here all kinds I attempted.

My process was as follows:

1. Fold the stars. I followed this tutorial. Super easy.

2. Paint rectangle-ish shape on a card base with watercolours and let it dry.

3. Add splotches of white pearlescent paint to the background (and let it dry).

4. Stamp the sentiment on stripes of paper. I distressed edges on some of them but in the end I preferred the simple look so I just left them white.

5. Attach a star to the card base, embellish with glitter glue / dry clear rock candy glitter / clear Wink of Stella pen. Here also I liked the simplest effect the most and I end up using Wink of Stella on most of the stars. Add pearl / brad /rhinestone to the centre. Add sequins to the background.

6. Attach sentiment with on 3-D mount.

Voila!

Handmade Christmas card with distress ink background and origami star

Handmade Christmas card with origami star and distress in background 2

Handmade Christmas card with origami star and patterned paper

Handmade Christmas card with origami star and patterned paper

Handmade Christmas card with origami star and distress ink background 4

Handmade Christmas card with origami star and distress ink background 3

Handmade Christmas card with origami star and watercolour background 3

Handmade Christmas card with origami star and watercolour background 2

And here are all of them:

Handmade Christmas cards with origami star and watercolour background 2

Bicycle birthday card

Hey!

Today I present you a card I made for a friend who is an avid cyclist. I created simple watercolour background, stamped a bicycle and added sentiment using Lawn Fawn’s Milo Alphabet stamp set, piece of washi tape and a white gel pen. Be careful when sticking washi tape on watercolour paper or other porous surface; I adhered it with some extra glue because it was peeling off easily. I embelished the card with some sequins and wood veneer stars and adhered it to a card base with a piece of patterned paper for background. Enjoy!

Handmade bicycle birthday card using watercolours