Friday, 9 December 2016

Quick Christmas Card Makes Using Up Stash

I hope everyone has had a good week? Mine has been up and down, this cold which has lasted almost 5 weeks so far and blossomed in to a chest infection resulting in a dose of antibiotics, finally seems to be clearing!

I've been trying to work through the Christmas cards that I need to make this year, and decided today that I wanted to try and use up more of my stash and the pile of backing and topper papers I've printed off over the past year from free downloads and CD's ready to use, then didn't. The topper on the above card was part of the free files that came with a Crafters Companion magazine CD last Christmas when they launched their Nordic Christmas range. I'd printed lots of pages from these designs but didn't get round to using them.

Today I cut a stepper card using some grey card and gave it a spritz of my homemade silver shimmer spray, then I embossed the panel with my XCut 'Snowflake Pattern' embossing folder, I added the topper to a mat of silver mirror card that I'd die cut with a die from my Presscut Die Cutting & Embossing Stencil Rectangle Die set. I added some sparkle pen shimmer to the hearts on the little houses and covered the hearts with glossy accents to make a lovely raised glossy finish.

The final touch for this card was to give a piece of scrap white card a spritz of DIY white shimmer mist and die cut some snowflakes using some XCut Mini Snowflake dies. These were randomly glued on and a little red gem from my stash added to the centre of each to finish the card off.

I made another quick stepper card using some papers I'd printed off a while back which were a free download that I can't recall where I got them. I die cut the pieces for the stag using my XCut Woodland Stag Wreath from scraps of brown and two shades of green card that I had in my scraps box. I mounted the stags head and greenery on some foam pads and finished off with some Ruby Slippers Nuvo Glitter drops for the berries and I got a little carried away and turned the stag in to Rudolph by giving him a red nose. If I'm honest I think it would have been better without that addition but hey ho!

The sentiment was in a drawer full of topper sheets I bought from Hunkydory and Crafters Companion when I first started crafting. As I began to experiment with stamping and embossing  I made more of my own toppers and stopped using the pre-made ones. But I've decided all these things need using up somehow and the sentiment I used on this card in particular went well with the backing paper.

I cut lots of stepper cards blanks out today in an assortment of colours and die cut backing papers to echo the card colour of the stepper card so that I can make more stepper cards this weekend.  They are very easy to do and look that little bit better than a standard 6" x 6" card and they are very quick to put together and look fab. This week I also made an easel birthday card for my niece who is turning 13 this weekend, it doesn't seem like 5 minutes since I held her the day she was born, where does the time go? I'll post a photo sometime next week after her birthday, I love making cards that are tailored to suit the recipient and I'm hoping she's going to love the card I've created for her this time.

This week I also picked up a cheap set of Pearlescent Watercolour paints for just less than £7, the set has 21 colours which look good on dark card stock, for cheap paints they work pretty well. I bought the cheaper set because I wanted to play with the effect before I plunged for the more expensive sets like Fine Tec. The test bits I've done this week I'm pleased with, and have found that the cheaper paints work better if you skimp on the water! That's because these cheaper paints are not highly pigmented so the more water you add the more the result is wishy washy and diluted.

That's all from me for now, I have a weekend of crafting planned as well as card writing and present wrapping, the tree is up and so are the decorations, I've finished the xmas shopping, I just have some cards to make for close family and a few gifts for friends to finish making, so its going to be busy for a while. I hope you have a lovely weekend whatever you have planned, and that life and the weather are kind to you and yours.


  1. Hi Debs your cards are stunning I love them. I hope you get everything you have planned done. We are supposed to be writing our cards. Have a great weekend. Hugs Jackie

  2. Gorgeous cards. Hope you are feeling much better soon. Emma x


Thanks for your comments on my cards and posts, they are very much appreciated, I'll get back to you as soon as I can if a reply is required. Hugs - Debs x