Thursday 27 September 2012

Make a Mitten - in three minutes

No, not an actual mitten! Make a Mitten is the name of one of the new stamp sets in the autumn/winter catalogue - you may have seen the card I made yesterday using it. Making cards with this set and its coordinating wheel are a lot quicker than getting the knitting needles out and they can be distinctly autumnal as well as wintery. Come and have a look:

I made my own multi-coloured ink pad for these cards by folding a baby wipe in four and covering it in drops of ink from my re-inkers, but once I'd done that these cards were very quick: a couple of swipes on the homemade pad with the wheel, stamp and cut out the mittens, add the sentiment and assemble!

The mittens on this design were stamped in Always Artichoke on Certainly Celery card stock. I cut mine out with paper snips - it's quite quick - but, if you hate fussy cutting, there is a punch which cuts out the right-hand mitten and you can always stamp onto the punched shape to get the left-hand one.

The second design is perfect for a November birthday and suitable for a male too! I sponged over the background on this one...

... and topped it with mittens stamped in the homemade pad, cut out and sponged for a bit of definition.

The sentiments on both cards are from Curly Cute - which I think is quite oddly named. I can see the curliness but what's cute about it?! But then again, I'm sure people say that about me...

Here's what you'll need to make these cards
Stamps: Make a Mitten, Curly Cute (sentiment), Nicely Knit (wheel)
Ink: Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive re-inkers, Early Espresso and Always Artichoke ink pads
Card stock: Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Naturals Ivory
Other: Paper snips, stamp-a-majig, Mitten builder punch (optional)

I'd be delighted to order any of these items for you and have them delivered straight to your address in the UK. I'm committed to providing excellent customer service and am always happy to offer help and advice. To place your order, just send me an email or give me a call on 01280 820593. Click here to view my regularly updated lists of retiring stamps and accessories, some at up to 40% discount - Sunday 30th is the last day to order from the Retirement Lists. 

I had a go at knitting a jumper once. It was an interesting experience - I ended up with a sleeve. I never wore the sleeve. I think that sums up that little foray into the noble art of knitting!

I'll be back tomorrow with an experiment with one of my older sets. Do come back and see if it's worked!


  1. Two really lovely cards, Vicky. Those mittens are adorable. Such a clever idea with the re-inkers, too. It looks really effective! x

  2. I think these mittens are just such fun! Great colours on them both. I do like the knitted background stamp.

  3. The mitten stamp is really cute. I especially like your sponged one in orange and green. I am knitting a jumper at present; I've been going on it for two winters but I actually hope to wear it this winter.

  4. Those mittens are fabulous, Vicky!!! LOVE the colors you chose--a beautiful yet quick set of cards!!! :)

  5. I've always wanted to try my hand at knitting! I used to knit with my mother when I was a little girl and made a scarf!

    Love these mittens! That knit pattern wheel is fabulous...hmm. :)

  6. Love these mitten cards the background looks like fairisle knitting..


  7. Thanks for showing how this set can be used for things other than christmas!
    Hugs, Victoria ~x~

  8. I feel like I need to put the heating on now I've seen these mitten cards!

    Sarn xxx

  9. Two fab cards Vicky! Love these sweet mittens!

  10. Brilliant cards Vicky, just seen the re-inker/baby wipe technique on another blog - it looks like a great idea - Jacqueline xx

  11. Your mitten cards are super cute! I just ordered this stamp set so I can't wait for it to arrive.

  12. These are great, I think the mittens are cute, not sure about the sentiment, though! I can't knit for toffee either, I knitted a scarf for one of my teddies (recently!) and that was it! I prefer cross stitch.

  13. What sweet cards Vicky, can't belive how quick they seem to make too, they look so intricate looking. Made me laugh with your knitting experiment lol, have you tried making one of those loopy scarves?? they are soo easy to make ! :) Viv xx

  14. Two lovely cards Vicky, I love the wholesome appeal of these little beauties:0)
    p.s, You're cute too, you forget that I've met you :0)LOL Have fun:0) Gay x

  15. Such cute mittens Vicky, love the knitted look, so effective:)
    Your knitting story made me laugh, how on earth did you end up with only a sleeve?
    Val x

  16. So your inventiveness with the re-inkers...very effective!

    Jennifer. x

  17. Well at least you made a sleeve, I made a scarf which stayed on the needles because I couldn't cast off properly ! Love your mittens and that wheel is fantastic very nordic looking and super smart.



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