Hello everyone. This is my first blog post for The Little Paper Tree so I thought I would start by introducing myself.
My name is Katrina and I live in England with my husband of 16 years and our 3 children aged 14, 12 and 5.
I have a passion for card making and craft. I started card making about 5 years ago but everything in the shops seemed to be all lace and frills and that just wasn’t me. Then I discovered American stamp brands and fell in love with the cute critters and have been crafting with them ever since. My cards usually include Stamping, bright colours, Distress inks and a cute image of some kind. I am excited to be part of the team and sharing my designs with you all.
To celebrate World Card Making Day 2018 on the 6th October The Little Paper Tree will be holding a Christmas themed challenge. I look forward to seeing what everyone creates but In the mean time here is my Christmas inspired card. (Click HERE to enter your card).
I decide to challenge myself to make a Christmas card using a non Christmas stamp set. I used two main Lawn Fawn stamp sets Flamingo Together and Dad and Me.
I started by selecting the two flamingo stamps and stamped them on to Copic friendly blending card. Firstly, I mounted them on to my stamping block then used waterproof black ink to stamp them, then used my Copic markers to colour the images. Once I had done this I then fussy cut the images leaving a white border around the edge and placed them to one side.
Next I worked on the background, using a cloud stencil for the sky and a hills stencil to make the snow drifts. I selected Distress Oxide inks to use with the stencils and applied them with a blending tool. Stamping the water and grass with Distress inks. When the ink was dry I used a glitter pen to add some shimmer to the snow drifts.
I used a stamping tool to stamp the water and the sentiment. The oxide inks work well for stamping unlike the regular Distress Ink which does not. The reason I use the stamping tool as I didn’t want to risk ruining all my work on the background at this point and it is a great way to make sure your stamping is perfect every time. Adding small stars around the sentiment.
Making The Card
I attached the flamingos to the background using foam squares. At this point the card was almost finished but it didn’t quite look festive enough so I found a Santa hat in another Lawn Fawn set so I stamped and coloured it and added it to one of the flamingos for a finishing touch.
I hope you can see that it is possible to make a Christmas card from any stamp set just by adding a festive background or accessories along with a sentiment. Give it a go and I look forward to seeing all your challenge entries.
WANT TO FIND THESE PRODUCTS:
Toboggan together (hat) Stamp Set
Joy into the woods (for the sentiment) Stamp Set
Tim Holtz Distress Oxide
Memento Tuxedo Black
Neenah Solar White Cardstock
Catherine Pooler Designs Premium White Cardstock
Zig Wink Of Stella Clear Glitter Brush Pen
Scrapbook adhesives 3D foam squares
Tombow Xtreme Tape Runner
Lawn Fawn acrylic stamping block
Fiskars A4 Paper Trimmer
Tim Holtz Mini Blending Foam Tool