It is once more time to post my monthly Christmas card for Operation Skriv Hjem’s blog. This week I used a background I did for the recent Online Card Classes’ Mask-erade class. The background was made on a crisp white piece of paper that I embossed using an embossing folder with a large holly branch. I coloured the holly using a q-tip and distress inks. Once I had coloured the holly the crispness of the cardstock seemed all wrong so I went to town with more distress inks and a mini blending tool. This meant I ended up with a background on the more vintage-y side of things.
When it came time to create a card using this background, I wanted to underscore the vintage-y feel of the background. This meant I added lace, seam binding, a small strain of pearls, a tag with felt holly leaves and a small sentiment. For this to work I decided to turn the holly “upside down” so it looks like it is hanging from the bow.
The string of pearls is hiding behind the tag but it can still be seen peeking out here and there. When it came to the embellishment for the tag, I actually tried die-cutting it in white felt and then adding colour using distress inks. I didn’t like the colour I achieved so I simply diecut the leaves in a green felt, I had coloured in a few years ago. For the berries I added some red pearls.
Another one “our” little ones starts school today: Laura has her very first first day of school today (actually at the same school as Bertram) and this means I am now adding another first-day-of-school-card to the calendar. I went with a girly version of the card I did for Bertram’s very first day of school and I am fairly certain I’ll be using this model for all of the kids’ very first day of school.
I changed up the sign for the card and went with an ornate label from Sizzix because I wanted a soft, feminin look for the label. The text is stamped using Lawn Fawn’s Milo alphabet which I return to over and over again.
Laura, vi håber,
at første første skoledag var en succes!
And with that another year has passed and it is time for me to send a card out to Bertram for his first day of school! It is the third time I am doing this which is a little hard to believe actually: 1. year and 2. year can be seen by following the links.
This time around I made the card using a technique from Online Card Classes’ Background Check: I made my own stencil using dies. Since I was aiming for a school themed card I chose a Papertrey Ink border die with numbers. I used four different colours of Distress Inks to colour through the stencil, and afterwards I stamped small stars in the same four colours in the spaces between the numbers.
As far as embellishments and sentiments go, I chose a large number 2 and combined it with a banner on which I stamped 2. klasse (2nd grade). I mounted the large 2 on foam adhesive and added some silver thread beneath it. As a final touch I added some silver glittery stars around the embellishment cluster.
Håber 1. skoledag i 2. klasse gik godt, Bertram!
I’ve added this card to Lawnscaping’s Back to School challenge.
Signe turned one on July 29th and of course we had to send her a card for her birthday. I like shaker cards for the smaller kids because they are interactive and easy to shake even with small hands. I went with a circus theme using a bright yellow patterned paper, a multi coloured banner and a sweet elephant.
I kept the sentiment very simple: Just Signe’s name and age added on a banner that the elephant is also standing on. For once I really added a lot of sequins inside the shaker which means they are also visible when they end up in the bottom of the shaker.
The shaker is always best when shaken so that all the sequins are visible. Must say that even after a few years with shaker cards being popular, I still really like them. They are fun and playful and just perfect for kids.