I adore penguins, and I love the Playful Penguins set at Christmas time. As soon as I spotted it in the Winter Catalogue, I knew it would be the set I chose to use to make my own Christmas cards. The black and white penguin image is simple but detailed, and makes a great focal point.
I layered the penguin image on some Mercury glass acetate and added a glittered black organdy bow to tie in with the silver acetate panel.
The Scripty 3D embossing folder adds some interest to the whisper white backdrop and to the ‘wintery’ feel of the card.
It’s so easy to create stunning Christmas cards and tags using this gorgeous set, and with very little effort. Can’t wait to play some more xx
The Floral Frames stamp set is so pretty and versatile but for some reason it had never ‘clicked’ to me that you can literally insert any sentiment you like into to the Centre of the wreath – lightbulb moment 💡 !!!!
I’m such a fan of this gorgeous stitched label die and somehow it has made it onto almost all of my Easter projects! Its size works perfectly with this design and I love the fresh fig/lovely lipstick, pear pizzazz and mossy meadow colour way.
I left the flowers white and added clear wink of stella for some subtle shimmer. The finished effect of the cards is really fresh and clean.
I adore the Bokeh Technique, and I always do a bokeh card for Christmas. There are many ways to achieve this beautiful background effect, but I tend to blend my background using sponge daubers and then apply the white circles using white craft ink through a circle stencil. You can create your own stencil by die cutting various sized circles into a piece of window sheet. Craft ink takes a while to dry though, so there’s no rushing this technique!
I decided to use A Night in Bethlehem for this card as I thought the die cuts from our new black foil sheets would work perfectly against the background. The black foil perfectly combats the difficulty of stamping a crisp black image onto white ink.
I love the finished look of this card, and will be trying my hand at more bokeh cards in the coming weeks. It certainly creates a WOW at Christmas time!
I am so in love with the Merry Patterns limited edition stamp set. This is a one off Christmas stamp reward set which is only available with purchases from Stampin’ Up! totalling £250 or more until the end of October. With only two days to go, I just had to post my latest make with this set. The images in the whole set are gorgeous but I’m particularly fond of this Christmas jumper reindeer stamp.
I kept this card really simple with just a pretty washi tape background and a crumbcake reindeer stamped onto crumbcake cardstock and cut out with the Lots of Labels dies. A couple of metallic gold enamel shapes and some wink of Stella on my beautiful reindeer, and you’ve got yourself an easy to replicate, pretty Christmas card. Don’t miss out – make sure you place your order by the 31st to receive this complimentary stunning set ❤️
The Climbing Orchid stamp set and matching Orchid Builder framelits are so beautiful and are currently available in a discounted bundle at 10% off in the current annual Stampin’ Up! catalogue. Whilst I was excited about using these stamps, I was also a little overwhelmed with the number of stamps in this set! You can achieve so many looks and can also keep layering the Orchid petals to create a real 3D effect.
As you can see, I created three ‘stepped up’ cards with this stamp set and the possibilities are endless. To create my orchids, I firstly clear heat embossed them on shimmery white cardstock. I then painted over the heat embossed images so that the colours could blend together. I love the colour combination of berry burst, fresh fig and lemon lime twist. The watercolour backgrounds offset the orchids beautifully, but I also love the simplicity of the floating orchids on crumb cake background. With this set, anything goes but if you love orchids as much as I do, it’s a must!
As much as I love to make my own cards, I somehow struggle to readily use DSP (Designer Series Paper). Then I’ll spot another project on Pinterest featuring some and I’ll think to myself, I must use some of that paper next time!
That’s how the background of this card was born. This gorgeous DSP comes from the fabulous Pop of Pink Speciality DSP.
I stamped my banner and sentiment from Banners for you, before die cutting my banner out with the Bunch of Banners Framelits Dies.
To take advantage of my blank black and white canvas, I cut bright floral shapes using the Flourish Thinlits Dies from bermuda bay, mint macaron, melon mambo and rich razzleberry cardstock, with a few metallic accents cut from silver foil sheets.
I adhered my banner to my card front with dimensionals, and assembled my flourish cut outs beneath it.
To finish, I tied some thick whisper white baker’s twine around my card front, attached my DSP card front to a whisper white mat and then to a Bermuda bay card base. Fabulous card for a fabulous friend 😘😘
Balloon Builders is a stamp set that carried over from last year’s catalogue. Despite flicking past it many times, it just wasn’t shouting out to me. But recently I decided to order it anyway and just give it a go.
Oh my, I am now officially in love with this stamp set 😍. Talk about versatile! Just from this one stamp set, I managed to create all four of the cards pictured above! The images are self explanatory, and I decided to keep this set of cards clean and simple, stamping straight onto a piece of whisper white cardstock cut using the Lots of Labels Dies. I then backed each label with a piece of the Fabulous Foil Designer Acetate with the same dies. (N.B this gorgeous acetate comes with a clear protective film on in which must be peeled off before use). Once my label was popped up on dimensionals, I matted my card front to a piece of coordinating cardstock to match the ink used and finished with the sentiment, three rhinestones for a little glamour, and a piece of silver ribbon which I tied around each card for a fun and pretty accent.
I just love how each card has a different theme, and that’s just the beginning! I’m looking forward to trying my hand at the next series of cards in the coming weeks once I come up with some more exiting ideas on how to use this fantastic set xx