Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Shabby Chic Christmas Cards.

I recently taught a class at Erina Scrapbook Store where we made 4 Shabby Chic Christmas cards using the new Noel Stamp set from Darkroom Door. Here they are all together:

You can see each card close up - along with details about how I made them - on the Darkroom Door blog here. :)

They're also great as inspiration for this month's Shabby Chic Christmas challenge over at Inkurable Stampers. Pop over and play along!


Monday, November 8, 2010

Cards using Viva Decor Precious Metal Paints.

Back in September, the Darkroom Door CT girls and I were given the task to create something using the Precious Metal colours from their new Viva Decor paint range. I chose to make some cards!

Here's the first one:

For my background I painted a piece of chipboard with Golden Green Precious Metal Colour. Once dry, I stamped the DD Floral Background Stamp in black ink and heat embossed it using black embossing powder. I then added some more Golden Green paint over the top, and wiped off the excess from the embossed layer with a baby wipe. Once dry, I inked around the edges with black ink.

Some lace, white brads, and a black and white image from the Full bloom montage sheet were adde to complete the card front. The base is Raven Bazzill cardstock.

Here is the 2nd one:

My background is a piece of chipboard that was painted with Lilac Precious Metal Colour. I then stamped the DD French Script Background with white ink and embossed with white embossing powder.

Next I adhered a piece of a paper doily to the corners, and then distressed the edges of the cardstock before adhering it to the "Raisin" Bazzill cardstock base. The tag is a paper mache tag (available from Lincraft / Spotlight etc). I threaded the tag with some twine.

"Thank You" is written in chipboard letters which I painted with the Lilac Precious Metal Colour paint. These alphas were raw before I painted them, but using paint on any of your coloured alphas is a great way to jazz them up and tie them into your project!

The Viva Decor paints are so nice to work with - these precious metal colours are so smooth and have such a lovely shimmer! They dry really fast too - and they're safe for scrapbooks.

If you'd like to see what the other Creative Team girls did with their precious metal colours, check out this post on the Darkroom Door blog.

Thanks for looking!


Sunday, November 7, 2010

Pretty Lovely Note Cards!

Last month at Erina Scrapbook Store, I taught a beginners class where we made 4 pretty little note cards using these stamps from Collections Elements. Here they are:

The cards are 4x4" each and the base is made from black Bazzill cardstock.

The background paper is from My Mind's Eye. The flourish and flower stamps were stamped directly onto the background paper using black ink. The edges of the patterned paper were inked with black ink as well.

The hearts and butterflies were stamped onto white cardstock using black ink, then cut out and mounted to the card fronts using double sided foam mounting tape.

They are really quick and easy to make, but give a very eye catching result! The ladies in the class finished early, so they jazzed up their cards with Kaisercraft Rhinestones and they looked awesome!

You can so easily change the look of these cards just by changing the colour of the background paper.

You could make some matching envelopes, bundle them all together with a pretty ribbon, and give them away as a gift!

Thanks for looking!


Saturday, November 6, 2010

A Shabby Chic Christmas Card.

This month's theme over at Inkurable Stampers is SHABBY CHIC CHRISTMAS!

The challenge is to create a Christmas project (card, ATC, decoration, gift box, etc) using the Shabby Chic style.

For my example I created a Christmas card:

You'll have to excuse the dodgy pics - they were taken inside at night so it was hard getting the colours right.

Here's how I made it:

I started with a dusty pink coloured paper for the background, and stamped a damask background stamp (from Stampotique) on the lower section using Victorian Velvet Distress ink. I inked around the edges of the paper using the same ink and a foam blending tool. I then tore some sheet music into a strip, and inked it with Antique Linen Distress ink and adhered it across the bottom of the background. I added some lace across the top of the sheet music.

Here is a close up:

I tore a section out of the top of the background, and inked the torn edges with Antique Linen Distress Ink. I then adhered some sheet music (that had been inked with Antique Linen) behind the tear. The greeting (Kaisercraft) was stamped onto some cream Basic Grey patterned paper with Timber Brown Stazon ink, then cut out. I inked around the edges with Victorian Velvet Distress ink, and adhered the greeting over the tear.

To make the Christmas Tree, I stamped the Kaisercraft Doily stamp onto dusty pink paper with white ink, and then heat embossed with white embossing powder. I cut out a tree shape, and then inked over the embossed image (which acted as a resist) with Victorian Velvet distress ink, and Vintage Photo Distress ink for the edges. It is mounted onto the card front using foam mounting tape. The "star" is a prima flower with a Kaisercraft Pearl in the centre, and the tree trunk is a piece of dark brown Bazzill cardstock.

The deers (from Crafty Individuals) were stamped on last using Timber Brown Stazon. The card base is made from dark from Bazzill cardstock.

If you'd like to join in on the challenge for your chance to win one of the fabulous prizes on offer from the sponsors, then pop over to Inkurable Stampers and check out the challenge details!

See you there!