Colourful Year of Cheer

The Year of Cheer Speciality Designer Series Paper is sooo beautiful and Christmassy but did you know how versatile it is as well?  I love the foil prints for the festive period but I also love how easy it is to add some colour for a completely different look.

For this project I added two colour ways to the DSP for each card for a more contemporary feel.  From top left and going clockwise the colours I used were rich razzleberry and wisteria wonder, daffodil delight and bermuda bay, soft sky and sweet sugarplum, wisteria wonder and tranquil tide and finally lemon lime twist and berry burst.  I applied the colour using a sponge brayer, and the way the foiled gold and silver snowflakes shine through is beautiful, though this is hard to convey in the photos.

The sentiment was silver heat embossed onto vellum cardstock and comes from the Christmas Quilt stamp set and finished with a metallic enamel gold star and silver ribbon for some added sparkle.  My Christmas tree comes from the now retired Festival of Trees stamp set but I really think any christmassy image would work perfectly in this format as long as it wasn’t too large – bells, a reindeer – the choice is yours!  My fresh take on a colourful Chistmas and I love it!


Star of Light

The brand new Star of Light stamp set is absolutely stunning.  I love stars, so the moment I saw it, I knew it was top of my wish list.  This colour combo is very unusual for me being more muted, but I like to keep things fresh, so went for a mint macaron and night of navy colourway with blushing bride glimmer paper for a lift. I silver heat embossed some of the stars to make them really pop on the card front and finished with some basic rhinestones for a little starry sparkle 😊

The blushing bride star was cut using the new Starlight Thinlits Dies and is so beautifully detailed.  The stamp set and dies will be available as a bundle at a 10% discount in the new Autumn/Winter Catty from 1st September (only a few days away woo hoo!!!) – love love love it.

Coffee Cup Inspiration – Part 3

My third and final card was created using the gorgeous Reason for the Season stamp set. (Please scroll down to read parts 1 & 2 of this 3 part blog!).  Though sold as a Christmas stamp set, the main flower image can be used in lots of different ways. It is a two step stamp, so I started by stamping the outline of the flower in Memento black ink, and filled in the petals with the second stamp in watermelon wonder ink and coloured in the centres with a Black Stampin’ write marker. I stamped my leaves from Vintage Leaves and sponged in the centres with pear pizzazz and wild wasabi ink. I then coloured in random parts of the leaves in black to mimic the leaves on the cup.

I sponged soft sky into the background and then used a new stamp set called ‘playful backgrounds’ which is an exiting sneak peek from the brand new Stampin’ Up! catalogue which will be released in June. I stamped the tiny dots in memento black ink in the background, and silver heat embossed the larger circles. My sentiment comes from the wonderful Acorny Thank You stamp set which I then punched out and edged in watermelon wonder.

Finally I scattered some rhinestones and finished with some basic black twine and a vintage faceted button. I layered my card on black and white cardstock to make the top panel really pop.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my three coffee cup cards as much as I enjoyed creating them. I chose colours and styles I would never normally use and I love how unique and striking each card has turned out in its own way!

Don’t forget that all the supplies I used to make these cards can be purchased in the ‘shop now’ section of this website and please let me know what you thought of my mini card series in the ‘comments’ section above! xx