I've used the Merry Christmas sprig to make today's three minute card. Come and see:
This is very quick and simple - The sprig was stamped onto Very Vanilla card stock using Old Olive ink, the leaves coloured with a Certainly Celery marker and two sizes of adhesive pearls used for berries. I added a doodled bow and the Merry Christmas sentiment in Real Red before trimming the image.
The edges of the card stock were swiped with Real Red ink before mounting on a Very Vanilla card base. I really like the retro look the swiping gives but you have to be very careful to just touch the edges of the card stock to the ink pad to keep it neat.
While I was experimenting with the sprig, it occurred to me that red berries would look pretty festive too (if less botanically accurate!) and this card was a really fast one too.
The berries are cut from Real Red card stock using the large hole punch on my cropadile and stuck over the stamped berries - I find the Two-Way Glue Pen invaluable for sticking little bits like this.
I added highlights to the berries with my white gel pen and then stamped the sentiment in Real Red ink. The edges of the Very Vanilla panel were scored for added interest before mounting it onto a Real Red card base.
The last card took a little longer but I wanted to show you how easy it is to transform this Christmas image into an any-time-of-year one.
The sprig was stamped and coloured as before but this time I added flowers where the berries were. These pretty flowers were punched out of Pool Party card stock using one of the flower punches from the Itty Bitty pack. I added tiny pearls to the flower centres and gently pulled the petals up to make them dimensional, then glued them to the sprig with Crystal Effects. Now it's ready for pretty much any occasion!
Supplies needed for these cards:
Stamps: Easy Events
Ink: Old Olive, Real Red
Card stock: Very Vanilla, Real Red, Pool Party, Island Indigo
Punches: Scollop border, Itty Bitty punch pack
Other: Basic Pearls, cropadile, markers, Pear Pizzazz seam binding, stamp-a-majig
Yesterday my youngest son set off to school to sit his final 11+ exam - yes we still have it in Buckinghamshire. He was remarkably cheerful about it all but managed to take the wind out of my sails on the way to school by saying "Look Mummy, we're on time again!" in a congratulatory tone - as if it's a rare occurrence! In fact I can count the times he's been late on the fingers of one hand... although we do sometimes seem to make it by the skin of our teeth!
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