Heart of Christmas Week 17

Heart of Christmas Week 17

Welcome back to the Heart of Christmas weekly blog.

After seeing so many beautiful eclipse cards posted on social media I decided to hop on the bandwagon as well. My “deck the halls eclipse card” was CASED from one I saw on Pinterest, however the card that inspired me wasn’t watermarked and it didn’t link to a blog so I have no idea who to attribute the original idea to!

What I loved about the eclipse card I CASED was that it took one word from a Christmas sentiment and used the eclipse technique to create that word, then the rest of the sentiment was stamped. To do this on this first card I used my real red marker to only mark up the section of the Deck the Halls stamp I wanted to use, stamping with lemon lime twist and real red for the rest of the card.

Anyway, here are the two cards I made, inspired by an anonymous stranger on Pinterest!

If you’ve never made an eclipse card before, you simply die cut your word with the large letter dies, but before you remove your die cut letters you stamp over them. When you’re done you lift up the letters and then adhere them with dimensionals so you can see the shadow of the coloured card stock below. I just love the dimension this technique adds to the card.

On my first card I stamped and die cut some extra baubles from the Carols of Christmas Stamp set and adhered them on top of the eclipse letters for added dimension. A tiny bow made out of the red tinsel trim completes the card.

For my second card I went for a cooler palette, using pool party, Bermuda bay and smoky slate ink. I used the same technique I described for the first card, this time making the word joy with the large letter dies and using the Hearts Come Home stamp set.

To complete my second card I made a bow with the silver thread and adhered it to my card with a clear facetted gem.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my eclipse cards today and I’ll be back tomorrow with a fancy fold card for you.

To see what the other members of the Art with Heart team have made for you today, please go back to the very talented Claire Daly’s blog.

And to purchase any of the products I’ve used you can click on the links below.

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“Wishes All Aglow” Christmas Card

“Wishes All Aglow” Christmas Card

Hello fellow crafters, it’s time for some weekly “Heart of Christmas” Christmas card inspiration with the Art with Heart Team.

This week I decided to ink up a set from the new holiday catalogue called Wishes All Aglow.

I really love this stamp set because it’s playful and fun and I love stamps with images of Christmas lights and really any stamps with lights in general.

I took my inspiration from the holiday catalogue and here’s what they did with this set.

For my first card I decided to CASE the fussy cut “ho ho ho” but keep my card to a tighter colour scheme of very vanilla, white and gold. I also decorated a matching envelope to go with the card. The fussy cut stamp is mounted on a gold foil snowflake, which in turn is mounted on some of the Year of Cheer DSP.

For my second card I kept to the gold vanilla and white theme but inked up different stamps from this set. I also used some of the Year of cheer washi tape and again decorated a matching envelope.

Finally I inked up the jingle stamp from the set and instead of making another card I decided to make a quick and easy treat bag to go with the cards, using the gold striped treat bags. I also used the leftover part of my foil snowflake from the card I made last week to decorate the bag. These foil snowflakes are so easy to cut up to use in different ways.

I used versamark ink, gold embossing power and my heat tool to achieve the gold stamped images and I love how the gold ties in the Wishes All Aglow Set with the beautiful products from the Year of Cheer suite.

To see the lovely projects the other members of the team have  made this week hop back to Tina Gillespie’s blog.

To get your free copy of the new holiday catalogue, contact me here.

Or to purchase any of the products I’ve used in my cards, click on the links below.

Thanks for stopping by and I’ll be back with more holiday inspiration next week.

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The Holiday Catalogue is Finally Here!

The Holiday Catalogue is Finally Here!

I’m so excited…and I’m sure you are too.

The Holiday catalogue is finally here and it’s full of absolutely stunning products!

You can look inside the catalogue right now by going to the Catalogue page of the Stampin’ Up! website and download this pdf version for free! Or you can contact me and I’ll send you out your very own print copy. If you’d like to purchase any of the products in the catalogue you can do so by visiting my online shop here.

I’ll be back tomorrow morning with some cards made from the new catalogue or checkout my blog page or some sneak peeks of cards I’ve already made using some of the new product.

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Scandi Style Christmas Card

Scandi Style Christmas Card

Hello fellow crafters, it’s time for some weekly “Heart of Christmas” Christmas card inspiration with the Art with Heart Team.

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This week I nearly threw my cards in the bin.

You see I was trying to make a style of card called scandi style or motif, a style I absolutely love but have never made before. A style I thought I needed to get my stamping 100% accurate for it to work.

To make a scandi/motif card you begin by marking the centre point of your card with a pencil and drawing intersecting lines out from this point. After that, it’s very simple. You stamp an image in the centre of the card and then stamp outwards using a variety of stamps and colours, following the lines you’ve drawn and trying to keep everything geometrical and balanced. And when you’re done you rub out your pencil guidelines.

Can you guess which stamp sets I used to make the designs below?

I really love this mix of colours and stamps but if you look closely at the images above you’ll see my designs are not 100% lined up. In fact, some of them are way out! This is a close up of all of my cards with all their imperfections!

I was quite upset about this but when I showed my mum she begged me not to throw my attempts in the bin, reassuring me they still worked. So yesterday I decided to take her advice. I trimmed down around my stamping, mounted the designs onto matching card stock and added some embellishments.

Adding some dimension really helped lift the cards and distract from their imperfections, and his is how they look now.

For my first card I added one of the new stitched felt embellishments in the centre, as well as enamel shapes stars in pool party and real red.

On my second card I added an itty bitty bow in lemon lime twist and real red enamel dots.

Finally, for my third card I went a little crazy with the bling. I cut pieces of one of the new foil snowflakes and adhered these to the card with a facetted gem. Metallic gold shapes completed the card.

I’m really glad I listened to my mum and didn’t throw my stamping in the bin. But most importantly I decided to share these cards here to show you that even with a geometric pattern your stamping doesn’t always have to be perfect to make a lovely card.

This style of stamping really lets you get a lot of bang for your buck with your stamp sets. You can mix old and new, big and small, and I reckon this would look lovely in just 2 colours as well.

So I’m going to head back to the drawing board now and practice getting neater with this style of cardmaking…and of course, always remember to listen to my mum!

Thank’s for stopping by today. If you go to Claire Daly’s blog you’ll be able to hop to all of the other Art With Heart team members and see the beautiful Christmas creations they’ve shared with you this week.

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Art With Heart Blog Hop Holiday Catalogue Inspiration

Art With Heart Blog Hop Holiday Catalogue Inspiration

Tonight some of the Art with Heart Stampin’ Up! team girls are sharing some fun and fabulous ideas to inspire you from our brand new Holiday Catalogue available on 1st September until 2nd January 2018. Be sure to request your copy of the catalogue today!

There are so many fantastic products in the new holiday catalogue it made it very had to choose which one to use, so I decided to use products from 3 different sets on my card this week.

The most obvious product on this card is the stunning Hometown Greeting Edgelits Dies. I’ve used my big shot to cut them out from whisper white, smoky grey and night of navy card stock. Every time I use this set of framelits I notice another tiny little detail, such as the bell in the church tower, the handle on the doors and the teeny tiny top hat on the little snowman…it’s just all too cute for words!

I knew I wanted a sentiment to add dimension to my card so I decided to use the new everyday label punch to cut out some night of navy card stock. But the most exciting part of making this card came about when I was deciding which sentiment to use with the everyday label punch.

Quite by accident I discovered that my absolute favourite sentiment from the entire catalogue (the Merry Christmas stamp in the Snowflake Sentiments stamp set) fits perfectly into the Everyday Label Punch. In fact it fits so perfectly it looks as if they are from the same bundle and designed to be used together.

Once I recovered from my excitement I just had enough time to cover the whisper white ink while it was still wet with white embossing powder and heat emboss it with my heat tool to further emphasise the beautiful font of this stamp.

The final touch for this card was little bit of bling. I used a strip of 1/8 inch silver ribbon at the bottom of the card and added a bow under the label punch. And then I stamped the moon from the Hearts Come Home stamp set (part of the Hearts Come Home bundle with the Hometown Greetings Edgelits) and sprinkled it with some silver Stampin glitter.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my holiday catalogue inspiration today. Make sure you also check our what the other ladies in our Art with Heart blog hop have made from the holiday catalogue.

 If you find a broken link or have come to this blog hop from a different entry point, you can view the participants below:

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