Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Christmas Card | Pink & Main - "Homespun Christmas Card Kit"


Happy December 1st! 

For those of you who stop by the blog on a regular basis, I will be taking a bit of a break because of a retinal tear in my right eye that requires some rest, monitoring and surgery. 

Hopefully I will be back to creating after the first of the year! But this card was already completed and I combined the singing "Pete" image from the NEW "Polly & Pete Carols" Stamp Set with the Christmas Lantern from the "Homespun Christmas Card Kit" to create this winter's night caroling scene!

The A2-background panel was ink blended using Distress Oxides Inks and spattered with diluted white paint and shimmer watercolors. When it was dry, the panel was attached to a top-folding A2 card base. I stamped, watercolored and die cut the two images focusing my coloring on capturing the glow of the single candle in the lantern. I made sure to paint around the white margin of the die cuts so that they would blend into the scene.

I die cut the snow bank from heavy-weight white card stock, stamped the sentiment using my MISTI, backed it with a cereal box chipboard and glued it to the card front. Adding this additional layer of chipboard creates depth and strengthens the panel. The images were adhered into place and a few sequins finished up the card! I just love how he is singing with all of his heart - it's so cute!

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a wonderful holiday season!
Love - Rachelle

Saturday, November 27, 2021

Christmas Card | Picket Fence Studios - "Holly Jolly" Stamp Set

Hello and welcome to Picket Fence Studios' "25 Days of Christmas"! It's Rachelle here today with some crafting inspiration and I'd like to share a new technique with you that mimics the look of mercury glass! I was experimenting with the Paper Glaze Enhancer in combination with some of the Paper Glitz colors and while you should NOT mix Glitz & Enhancer together into a single blended product, I did try using them separately on top of each other and came up with something that really resembles one of my favorite finishes - antique mercury glass.

The Paper Glaze Enhancer is a soft, matte lightweight paste (resembling spackling compound in texture) and dries to a semi-transparent dull finish when used on its own. I thought that I might be able to accent some areas by applying "Sparkle" Paper Glitz on top of the stenciled areas and when it was all dry, some of the areas of the Paper Glitz highlighted the Enhancer and some of it seemed to melt into the kraft background with a mirror effect! The photo can't quite capture it but believe me this looks so cool in real life! I just applied a thin coat of each product using the Slim Line "Changes" Stencil and set it aside to dry. It was trimmed down to 3.75" x 5" and adhered to a top-folding A2 card base.

The leaf and berry cluster from the "Holly Jolly Christmas" Stamp Set was stamped/heat embossed with clear powder, watercolored and die cut. The wonderful sentiment from the "Winter Has Come To Town" Stamp Set was heat embossed and die cut. 

I looped some silver thread into a bunch, taped it together and adhered it to the stenciled panel. The holly image was popped up with foam tape and the sentiment strip was glued into place. I added pink and matte gold sequins (from The Pink Lady Sequins Mix) to finish up the card. I hope you'll give this look a try and I'd love to see you share what you come up with over on the Picket Fence Studios' Community Facebook Page! 

Thanks so much for stopping by today and take care!

Hugs - Rachelle

Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Christmas Card | Pink & Main - "Homespun" Christmas Card Kit


Hello everyone! 

I know we’re all geared up for Thanksgiving here in the US but I’ve got a CAS Christmas card to share with you today that focuses on the beautiful poinsettia image from the “Homespun Christmas Card Kit”. If you haven’t picked this up yet, there’s still time to grab this awesome kit, which is a fantastic value for all of the goodies included! I stamped and watercolored the floral image and then die cut the panel using a NEW “Notched Corner Die.”

I attached a red stitched rectangle (Stitched Rectangles Set 1) onto an A2 card base and glued the floral panel on top. The “J” and “Y” (from the “Thin Alpha Die Set”) were die cut from the Red “Winter Glitter Paper Pack” and glued next to poinsettia to spell out the word “Joy”. I added a few sequins to finish up this clean design!

You could also spell out the word “Noel” with this same poinsettia image and “Snow” using one of the snow people from this month’s “Snow Sweet” Set as the “O”! There are lots of possibilities you could come up with using this same concept! Thanks so much for joining me today and happy crafting!


Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
Hugs - Rachelle