Personalised Christmas Cards 2017

Saturday, 22 September 2018

2019 Create-A-Calendar Summer Months



Hi everyone,  today I have another three pages from my 2019 papermilldirect Creat-a-Calendar covering the Summer season, June, July and August to show you.  I am having so much fun with these using Oak House Studio spray inks which I have not used for some time.


For June I used blue and green spray inks and a very old stamp by Aspect of Design "Butterfly Beauties".  The  paper butterflies were coloured with distress ink and stamped with a script stamp then added over the stamped butterflies in the girl's hair.


More blue spray ink with some purple stencilling on July's page, the face is from Stampers Anonymous "Daydream" stamp set.  The flowers were stencilled with distress ink and paper flowers and butterflies were added to soften the edge of the image.


Back to blue and green spray inks and yellow distress ink stencilling for August.  Marianne Designs "Romantic Vintage CS0867" with Prima Marketing Finnabair "Butterfly 2" were used as the main image and AALL and Create "Set #43" stamps were, stamped with distress inks and black Archival ink around the image.

I have been thinking about what to do with my old calendars and the artwork created for each month, do I keep them intact or use the artwork for other things?  I so loved what I created for last year's calendar and thought I would cut out the images and put them into a journal, mount them in frames or use them in my cardmaking.


I made these two cards from the January and February 2017 pages, mounting the inked panels onto coloured card, papermilldirect teal smooth 240gsm and new lilac smooth 240gsm then onto a cream vellum plain 290gsm card blank and a white hemp 255gsm card blank.  I added a congratulations sentiment to February to send as an anniversary card.

The scrap card from the calendars will be saved for stamping, inking and stencilling later, and the coloured cover will be used too, a great way of upcycling rather than throwing the calendar away once the year is over.

Just another four months to complete in this year's calendar, hope you are all enjoying working on yours, the ones I have seen on facebook and Instagram are amazing. 

Just four more months to complete on my calendar, I hope to get these done today time permitting.

Sylv xx  

Sunday, 16 September 2018

One Layer Card Stamped And Coloured On Buff Card



Hello friend, followers and passers by, Today I have a one layer birthday card made with buff card and coloured with distress oxides and glitter.


Materials used:
  • Papermilldirect buff plain card 260gsm and white hemp 255gsm
  • stamps - AALL and Create set #43 and Crafty Individuals English Background Script
  • Archival ink - sepia
  • distress oxide inks
  • white embossing powder
  • fine glitter
  • white domes and sequins
I stamped the flower image onto a piece of buff card in sepia ink and also onto a scrap of paper to be cut out and used as a mask when stamping the script background.  I used distress oxides to colour the flowers and added white pen and glitter to the flower heads. placing the mask over the image again I lightly flicked watered down gesso over the panel using a small paint brush to give a speckled effect.  The sentiment was then stamped and white embossed.  Sequins and white domes were added to finish.


The finished panel was mounted onto a larger piece of white hemp card then matted onto a buff card blank.

I always like to send my cards with a matching envelope  check out the range of colours and fun patterns available in the papermilldirect shop.   Coloured envelopes can make your cards that little bit special or add fun if using one of the patterned range.

Sylv xx

Friday, 14 September 2018

Black And White Embossing On Kraft Card


Today I have my design team card for this week's Daring Cardmakers Challenge.  Ruth is hosting the challenge this week and wants to see embossing on your cards, that could be heat embossing or dry embossing or both the choice is yours.

I decided on black and white heat embossing for my card.  I have had the Altenew "Blooming Bouquet" set for some time and bought it with this style of card in mind.


Kraft card is among one of my favourite colours for card making and works really well with this style of  outline stamping.   The main flower image was stamped in black onto a card blank made from  papermilldirect buff card and embossed with clear embossing powder.



The center flower from the bouquet was stamped onto a scrap of buff card and embossed with white embossing powder, I cut this out and added it to the black stamped bouquet matching it up with the center flower.  The dots were stamped round the bouquet and white embossed.  

The sentiment was die cut three times and glued together to make a more substantial piece.  This was added to the card with sequins and dots of perfect pearls.

Check out the Daring Cardmakers challenge HERE .


Sylv xx