Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Holiday Ornaments - simple and stepped-up

Look familiar? Yes, it’s a variation on this card, which I’ve been using at the Make & Take at some of my pre-Christmas workshops. I changed it up a little to use the Ornament Keepsakes bundle and Candlelight Christmas Designer Series Paper, to tie in with last month’s offer. However, I stuck with Gumball Green as one of the colours because I want as many people as possible to buy the new-style ink pads before they buy as it really is a different stamping technique. They’re absolutely brilliant for coverage, you just need to be aware to tap lightly... or you’ll get covered in ink!

Stamps: Ornament Keepsakes, Greetings of the Season
Cardstock: Real Red, Gumball Green, Whisper White
Paper: Candlelight Christmas
Ink: Real Red, Gumball Green
Accessories: Holiday Ornaments framelits dies, white Baker’s Twine, 2 ½” circle punch, dotted scallop ribbon border punch

And here’s a stepped-up version I prepared earlier. A stepped-up card has a few more products on it and takes a little more time. It’s not necessarily one you’d want to mass-produce.

You can just see a hint of pale GREEN glimmer paper between the two layers of the bauble. This is a technique we learned at Convention, and I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned it on here. But if you take some silver glimmer paper, you can COLOUR it using markers (in an emergency, as I’m sure it’s not good for the brush tip) or using ink refills. I used markers for this one but achieved slightly darker results using a few (ok about 40) drops of reinker in one of our new little spritzer bottles (p179) half-filled with isopropyl alcohol (aka rubbing alcohol or IPA).

So, taking my ropy photography into account, which one do you prefer?

Stamps: Ornament Keepsakes, Greetings of the Season
Cardstock: Cherry Cobbler, Gumball Green, Whisper White
Paper: Candlelight Christmas, Silver Glimmer Paper
Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Gumball Green, Gumball Green marker
Accessories: Holiday Ornaments framelits dies, Cherry Cobbler Baker’s Twine, 2 ½” circle punch, dotted scallop ribbon border punch, 1” circle punch, paper piercing tool, Festive piercing mat

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  1. I prefer the first one but they are both lovely!!

  2. version two for me and talking about the ink pads, I have to confess I'm having a bit of trouble with them as they are very "wet" and slightly uneven so I am not getting as good coverage as I should because the surface isn't flat and pressing slightly harder over inks my stamps....any tips?


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