It’s Sarah here today offering inspiration for your entries to the WCMD challenge.
First, let’s get to know each other a little! I live in Oxfordshire with my husband, Mike, and our two cats. By day I manage a team producing books at an academic publisher; on evenings and weekends, if I’m not ‘conserving energy’ in front of the TV or indulging Mike’s interest in boardgames, I’m probably crafting 🙂
Embracing creativity can be therapeutic, fun, exciting, sentimental and everything in between – I hope you’ll be inspired to get some of that for yourself from seeing what I get up to with the products stocked by The Little Paper Tree.
Right, on with the card!
- Cut a panel of card to fit down the middle of your card blank with a decent border left each side (I eyeballed it – something like 3cm or 1 inch if you prefer to measure). I used alcohol pen friendly coated cardstock just in case but actually stuck with metallic pens for all of the colouring on it in the end.
- Lay out your design and pick up the stamps with a stamp press tool or acrylic block. I positioned the line stamps – the strings that the baubles hang on – overhanging the top of the card slightly, butted the bauble stamps up to them, then took the lines off to stamp separately. That allows you to move them down so the strings reach all the way to the baubles. If you tried to do it all at once you’d be left with a gap and gravity-defying decorations!
- Stamp out the baubles, stars and sentiment, then the strings for the baubles, all in black ink.
- Drag your black inkpad along the edges of the card panel to leave a narrow border that’ll help it stand out from the background.
- Colour in your design with your chosen medium. As I say, I went with metallic pens – as soon as I saw these retro baubles I knew they’d have to be silvery and borderline gaudy in a nostalgic way, like the ones I remember on my grandparents’ tree 🙂
- Put that panel to one side (out of reach of soon to be inky fingers!). Lay down a little green ink with a few taps of your inkpad onto a craft mat, drag it up over the bottom edge of your card blank with a blending brush, letting it fade out around half way up. Keep going til you’re happy with the coverage, then clean up the last of the green, and do the same with yellow down from the top of the blank, letting the colours overlap and blend around the middle.
- All that’s left to do is to assemble your card – add foam tape to the back of the panel and pop it in the middle of the blank.
If you want to make your own version, these are the supplies I used:
Avery Elle Retro Ornaments Stamp
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink Pad
Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Oxides in Cracked Pistachio
Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Oxides in Mustard Seed
Catherine Pooler Designs Premium Cardstock
Neenah Solar White Cardstock
6×6 inch white card blank
ADHESIVES & TOOLS
3M Scotch Foam tape
Tim Holtz Stamp Platform
Lawn Fawn Acrylic Block
Nuvo Blending brush
Ranger Non Stick Craft Sheet
Fiskars A4 Paper Trimmer
Tonic Mini Guillotine