Welcome to The INKlings’ Team’s Christmas in July blog hop. You may have arrived here from Christie’s inspiring blog or just be visiting my blog, whichever way once you’ve checked out my creations you can continue the hop through the link at the end of this post to the next team member.
How quick is this year going! Have you started to think about your Christmas cards and projects yet? The INKlings team has and we thought that this month was the perfect time to host a Christmas in July blog hop. You’ll find lots of great ideas provided by 15 team members’ fantastic blogs.
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I thought I’d use some sets for my Christmas cards that I’ve had for a while, but not used for Christmas cards until now. I’ve used ‘All in the Family’, ‘Loads of Love’ and ‘Family Favourites’ . I also had in my mind that I wanted to use circles … why? I really don’t know, but it’s what I had pictured so I went with it and came up with 3 cards …..
For the background on this first one, I have used a strip cut with the Tasteful Trim Big shot die down the left hand side and on the right hand side of the I stamped my inkpad straight onto the cardstock. I used a post-it note to mask the truck while I stamped the tree as shown below and I now have the ‘Loads of Love Accessories’ set on my wishlist too as then I could put a little person in my truck! (I wasn’t game to try to draw one in freehand!)
For this one I used the children stamps from the ‘All in the Family’ set. with those ones, the legs, body and arms are together so all you have to do is add a head and you are done! Of course I used my Stamp-a-ma-jig to help me line up all the little stamps and I also drew a faint pencil line before stamping to help me keep the images level (see below). The presents are actually stamped and cut out then mounted using dimensionals. I think this could be a cute family Christmas card to send out – of course, my Audrey doesn’t have this much hair yet …. maybe by December she will?!
And lastly, this is my Aussie Santa card! Shorts and a tank top – although I probably should have coloured the singlet blue, not red! LOL! To get the circles on the background, I stamped the cricket ball image from the ‘Family Favourites’ stamp set using Versamark and then clear embossed it, it adds a bit of texture as well as breaking up the blank space. I also did some masking again when I stamped the presents under the tree, see the images below, the yellow is a piece of post-it note that I stamped and cut out and I added a cut out present at the front too.
Well that’s all from me, hope these cards have inspired you a little? I have to admit , one of the reasons I don’t pull out these sets very often is because I think of them as fiddly little ones, but I actually stamped these cards quite quickly in one evening and then sat and coloured the images the next night, so I think they could be quite easy to mass produce. I watercoloured them all with an aquapainter and picked up colour from a palette that I scribbled a Stampin’ Write marker on. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask 🙂
Next stop on the INKlings’ Team Blog Hop is the fabulously talented Joanna Wassens. Have fun and don’t forget to leave a comment on each blog to win some great Blog Candy. Thanks for hopping by! Kari
If for any reason you find a missing link on the blog hop head back here to find links to all the members taking part.
1. Clare http://www.crafty-cow.com
2. Janice http://www.janicespencer.blogspot.com
3. Christie http://www.christiescreativecorner.blogspot.com
4. Kari http://www.karigail.wordpress.com
5. Joanna http://www.joannawassens.com
6. Michelle http://stampinground.wordpress.com
7. Alana http://www.alanagalagher.blogspot.com
8. Carol http://www.inkantations-and-inkarnations.blogspot.com
9. Cath http://cathdeanpapercraft.blogspot.com
10. Amy http://amyandersonsblog.blogspot.com
11. Vanessa http://stampness.blogspot.com
12. Michelle D http://stampinkpaper.blogspot.com
13. Ryn http://rynscraps.blogspot.com
14. Fiona B http://fionajanestamping.blogspot.com
15. Liz Halbisch http://lizhalbisch.blogspot.com
I know, I know, I have been a little remiss in announcing my colour of the month for July – it is Wild Wasabi! I have been busy making a few items with it and will be sharing them over the rets of the month. Here is the first one…..
I have combined Wild Wasabi with Whisper White and Purely Pomegranate here. I have to say, I really love this combination. It seems so fresh and crisp together. I stamped the floral Boho Backgrounds stamp on the whisper White in Black Stazon, then used my inkpads and aquapainter to colour the flowers and leaves, befoe mounting this onto some Purely Pomegranate card. To make the scalloped edge on the Whisper White card I used my Slit Punch (wow, I am getting good use out of that lately!) and then I stamped the same floral background stamp on the piece of Wild Wasabi card using my versamark mark to create a watermark finish. Now this is all finishe doff with some double stitched Purely Pomegranate ribbon and a flower and half pearl from the Pretties Kit. I coloured the flower using my Purely Pomegranate ink and my aquapainter (that aquapainter is very handy!!).
Hope you like it!! Thanks for visiting!
I know, I know, will I ever get bored of this?! If you had asked me 12 months ago there is no way I would have ever thought I’d be colouring in stamped images, let alone watercolouring them! I won’t claim to be the greatest at this technique or at the many various ways to watercolour, but it is such a fun way to add colour to images and to combine colours too. It is now somehting I will do quite often, even if it’s only to add a little extra colour!
Speaking of combining colours….. my colour challenge from Saturday night! These are SU! colours: Ballet Blue, Soft Sky, Not Quite Navy, Pink Passion and Really Rust and you can check a sample of the colours out here.
And here is my effort….
watercolouring, petal prints
The base card is Soft Sky and I stamped the Petal Prints leaves on it using Ballet Blue – this created a darker blue than I expected, but it looked better than I thought it could! I have used the Petal Prints solid daisy and coloured on the rubber with the watercolour wonder crayons in Pink Passion and Really rust, then spritzed the stamp with water before stamping it on the watercolour paper. I stamped it a couple of times before re-colouring to get variations in the depth of colour. Once I was done stamping the flowers on, I let the paper dry before carefully watercolouring with dilute Soft Sky ink in between the flowers (I should have taken a picture at this stage but I didnt’ think of it!) After the paper dried again, I inked up the outine stamp with Not Quite Navy and stamped the outline all over the piece – reinking after every couple of impressions. I then trimmed and punched the corners and mounted this onto some Not Quite Navy cardstock before tying a piece of Soft Sky double stitched ribbon on and mounting it onto the base card using stampin’ dimensionals.
Thanks for visiting! K 🙂
Hi! Happy Friday!!
I just realise that I haven’t posted a couple of my watercolour class cards still. I picked this one to share tonight. It is very Christmassy and I know some of you are probably thinking I’m crazy, but it is already halfway through the year and so I thought this was a cute card to get me started thinking about Christmas!
It’s a Gel Card and I have stamped in Balck Stazon before watercolouring the image, then layered a little plastic bag that contains hair gel and glitter over the image before covering it with more card layers (I punched the holes using various SU! punches). You do have to use Eyelets or brads to hold the front all together as the gel bag does weigh a bit on the front of the card, however it looks lovely and sparkly IRL – just right for Christmas!
Have a great weekend! K 🙂
Okay, so it’s Pretty in Pink, not Regal Rose, but it’s still pink! This is another card from my class last weekend. We used the brushless watercolouring technique here and if I do say so myself, I think it’s quite pretty!
I also showed everyone how to ink up the background stamp (En Francais) with the brayer and then use the brayer again to ensure you achieved a good print (Thanks Jayne!). We used Pretty in Pink ink on the same cardstock along with Ballet Blue and Old Olive markers on the Watercolour Paper. A little bit of paper piercing using the template and then 3 pretty in pink brads and some Bashful Blue grosgrain to finish it off. The watercolour paper is also popped up on some Stampin’ Dimensionals to make it stand out.
Thanks for visiting! 🙂 K
BTW I LOVE my new background stamp – hope you’re all prepared to see more of it!! LOL!
Posted in Colour of the Month, Stampin', Techniques and Classes
Tagged ballet blue, brads, en francais, grosgrain, Old Olive, petal prints, pretty in pink, Techniques and Classes, watercolouring
Today I had a lovely afternoon – not only is my house clean and tidy, but I had company to stamp and craft this afternoon! I held a Watercolouring Technique class and we made 4 cards , using a variety of watercolouring techniques. I’ll share the cards with you over the coming days, tonight I have picked the Pop-up card. This type of card was admired by Wendy several months ago and her persistencein asking me when I was going to have a class to show how to make it paid off! My original card I made during an Inklings Cyberchallenge night and I followed directions from Lori’s Blog but the one we made today I tweaked a little, to suit my own needs.
We stamped the image and sentiments in Black Stazon on Whisper White card and used Wild Wasabi and Groovy Guava inks to colour them. We then used Wild Wasabi (decorated with scrolls from the ‘Scribble This’ set in Wild Wasabi ink) and Groovy Guava card and stuck it all together with Sticky Strip. It is actually REALLY simple and so effective too! You can write yoru message on the back of the upright piece and it wil fold flat to go in an envelope for posting – sorry, didn’t think to take a picture of it flat!
Thanks for coming today, girls! Hope you enjoyed it – special thankyou to Alison, I’m glad there was a chance for you to visit and relax this weekend! It was lovely to see you all!
Hope you all had a good weekend! Bye! K 🙂