Thanks for popping in. Got a torch?!
It gets dark so much earlier now, as we edge our way through November, doesn’t it? Much colder too. Whilst our British Autumn colours are beautifully breathtaking, the damp chill that accompanies this month is less pleasant. The torrential rains down here in the Southeast have slowed down for today at least, so Mother Earth can absorb some of the floodwaters.
It’s definitely time to put away those flip flops and dig out the hats, scarves and “warm woollen mittens”. Remember a few of our favourite things? Come on! Singalong!!!
Anyway, out with the woolly warmers! I thought a simple little step by step project might be nice this evening. Here’s a tiny little stampset our Jim drew,
to add to his Christmas Jumper set. Available both individually and together.
If you click on this link, HERE it will take you to the page where there is also a neat Jumper Youtube tutorial.
But anyway, today let’s make a neat little pair of Christmas cards. Dee rustled these up, and I have simply emulated hers. Thanks Dee!
The background involves another super cool little backdrop stampset, which is also a new addition to the Clarity stamp range. A Bijou Backdrop Stamp: CLICK HERE TO BUY
Right. Here goes.
- Mount the Bijou Backdrop stamp on a 4×4 inch Megamount.
- You can use regular Distress inks or Artistry ink to do this too. We are using Distress Oxides becasue they mottle beautifully when you spritz them with water.
- Use Spot-On Sponges to dab Distress Oxide inks onto the Backdrop stp, avoiding the centre.
- Spritz lightly with water, and use a blending nib to clean out the gully around the edge.
- Plant the stamp on a 3.5 inch square of Stencil card. We sell this ready cut. CliCK HERE
- What you get is a fabulous little box, ready to stamp over. Allow to dry.
- See the mottled effect? And the clean white gully?
Here’s another colour combo for the pink version:
Use black Archival ink to stamp the little images into place. The Hat and little stars is very cool, but let’s check out the mittens, attached with string…
- Stamp the mittens one at a time
- Pencil in the string, joining the pair. Were your mittens attached with elastic and threaded through your sleeves when you were a kid? Mine were!
- Pick a coloured pencil to go back over the grey line.
- Colour in the mittens. I used Polychromos. We sell the big tines of 60. Rather Special. IMO: The Rolls Royce of the Pencil World. CLICK HERE
- Pick a sentiment sticker. I reached for the KISS stickers. Like the font.
That simple. Mount on a card – and send to a friend! We’ve made a few Backdrop spares too! I enjoyed rustling up the cards this afternoon in the studio above the garage, then coming indoors to write it up. I think this could be a new habit. Any thoughts? Do you enjoy the write-ups? Or would little videos be better? I could always record what I’m doing, couldn’t I?! Requires a bit more planning, but all very achievable.
Thanks for reading. Please leave a comment below. Let me know that there’s somebody out there!
Love and Hugs
PS Don’t forget tomorrow at 7pm FACEBOOK LIVE. It’s a Groovi Craftalong, using those delightful Christmas treasures of Linda’s.