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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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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“Merry & Bright” Christmas Card

“Merry & Bright” Christmas Card

Welcome back to Week 13 of our weekly Heart of Christmas blog.

Although I missed week 1, I’m determined to try to post a Christmas card or project every week until Christmas. I really love making Christmas cards and being part of this weekly blog with the Art with Heart Team is a great excuse to make Christmas cards year round. It also means I end up being super organised with my cards by the time December comes around… a win/win!

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This week I wanted to make a simple card that would “hero” the gorgeous new lamppost die. This die reminds me of my one and only white Christmas in 1989, which I spend in Edinburgh (where my father’s family comes from) after a month’s holiday in the UK. It was such a special time and I loved having a white Christmas in that magical city.

The Brightly Lit Christmas bundle comes with a variety of lamps and they look great angled up or down, used singularly, or with 2 or 3 lampshades. There’s also the option of a hanging banner or sign that hangs off an arm off the lamppost (the matching stamp set has signs that fit perfectly into these banners). I’ve cut out all the dies below and photographed them beside the Brightly Lit Christmas stamp set so you can see just how many pieces you get in this bundle, how they co-ordinate together, and how versatile it is!

The perfect background for this lamppost is the softly falling embossing folder. I must admit I often forget to use my embossing folders but when I do remember to use them I just love the texture and dimension they add to my cards.

I’ve used some of the new beautiful 1/8 inch real red ribbon to attach one of the darling little boxwood wreaths to the lamppost. I actually cut the wreath in half with my scissors to make it the right dimension for this card.

Finally, to finish the card off I thought the “Merry & Bright” sentiment from the new Hearts Come Home stamp set was just the perfect match for a lamppost. If you love the Hearts Come Home bundle as much as I do take a look at my blog tomorrow as I’ll be sharing another card that features this beautiful bundle.

I love this classic and neutral colour combination of black and white because I think it really makes the green wreath and red ribbon pop. And my little reindeer just loves his fancy pom pom decorations for this week’s blog!

To see what the rest of the team have made, visit Claire’s blog here. I’ll be back with more Christmas card inspiration next week.

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“Joy to the World” Christmas Card

“Joy to the World” Christmas Card

Welcome back to another week of “Heart of Christmas” inspiration from the Art With Heart team. I hope you’re enjoying reading our blog as much as we’re enjoying making these cards!

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Well I received my “little” order from the holiday catalogue this week but as luck would have it have had very little time to play with my new goodies.

However I was determined to bring you a card made with one of the stunning products and so I decided to make a quick and easy card with the bundle that was at the absolute top of my wish list…”Hearts Come home”.

I love absolutely every stamp, every sentiment and every die in this bundle, and this card only uses a fraction of them all.

The stunning background paper comes from a sensational DSP pack called “Christmas Around the World”. This paper belongs to a different suite but the beauty of Stampin’ Up! is that all the products co-ordinate across the suites and I just love mixing and matching them all.

Here’s a close-up to show you how the paper looks like softly falling snow and the intricate detail of these gorgeous little framelits.

I stamped the “Joy to the World” in whisper white and then embossed it with my heat embossing tool using white embossing power.

Did you notice the tinsel on the top of the card? This is a great way to add a little bling to your cards. It’s called Mini Tinsel Trim and it comes in a pack with a roll of silver and a roll of red. So cute!

I used the off-cuts of my tinsel to make an embellishment that sits on top of the 1/8 inch silver ribbon and bow, and the beautiful pool party shimmer ribbon. Just between you and me I think it might be little too much for this card, but with the clear facetted jewel in the middle, it certainly adds a wow factor to the card!

I love this colour combination of crumb cake (card base), pool party (DSP and ribbon), whisper white (framelits and sentiment) and silver (tinsel, ribbon and facetted jewel).

To see what the rest of the team have made, visit Claire’s blog here. I’ll be back with more Christmas card inspiration next week

 


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