It is the 24th and Charlie and I are back at Operation Skriv Hjem’s blog posting this month’s Christmas cards. I went with basically the same colours as last month but I took a very different route with this card: Modern and more CAS than vintage. The card is my CASE-ing of this card by Maureen Merritt.
Instead of adding the more chunky word die as Maureen had done, I decided to go with the very delicate Simon Says Stamp Merry Christmas die. It meant I also decided to stamp some smaller snowflakes under the word die.
Today Ellen turns 2 two and that means we’ve sent her a card celebrating her day. When I made Agnes’ card I also had an idea for another card in my head. This card ended up as Ellen’s birthday card. For this card I did the background using watercolours because I wanted a very subtle background with grass as well as a blue sky.
Once the background had dried (and had spend a few hours under something heavy to be straigthened out) I was able to die cut the balloon directly into the background. I filled the balloon with plenty of sequins which I’ve lately discovered makes a lot of sense because the shaker elements look better with more sequins in it (at least I think so). I added some clouds, a smiling sun and even some raindrops to complete the sky above the elephant.
I used Prismacolor Pencils and Zest-It to colour the elephant and prior to attaching it to the card I tied a yellow bow around its trunk so that it would look like the balloon was tied to the trunk of the elephant. I stamped Ellen’s name and age to the right of the elephant and finally I stamped some tiny tufts of grass along the top of my water colour grass.
Tagged colouring, diecut, Ellen, farveblyanter, farvelægning, kort, Prismacolor, shaker-element, SSS, vandfarve, Wplus9
When my mother asked me to do a thank you card and preferably one with a cat on it, it gave me the perfect opportunity to branch out and actually buy a stamp set with cats. I had to look long and hard to find one I liked. But when I found My Favorite Things’ I Knead You the search was over! This set is absolutely adorable and I can see myself using the cats for many projects. And colouring these little guys is a lot of fun too.
While researching fun ways to use this stamp set, I came across Barbara Anders’ cute card using the kitty in the box and I wanted to do a card just like it for the thank you card. It was just the right amount of cutesy and the colours were spot on too. So off I went 🙂
What I’ve really come to love about colouring stamped images is that you can make them your very own. My kitty for this cat is a classic black and white one and I think he’s adorable (I had coloured him before I even started looking at designs for the card so I was just lucky that his colours fit with the black, white and read of the original card design).
Once I had my card done I was left with materials that were just right for another similar card. So, I decided to make a card for my card stash using the same general design but changing a few elements.
I left out the red on this card and went with a very simple colour scheme. This kitty was also one I had coloured prior to doing the cards, but he too fits perfectly in this colour scheme. To make the card a little less cute, I decided to change the hearts out for stars.
(I know the bow on the right is crooked – it’s been fixed)
Here are the two cards side by side: I often find that doing two very similar cards will actually yield two rather different results which to me is definitely the case here. Yes, the cards are based on the same scheme but changing colours, embellishments etc. makes the card diffferent from one another.
I’ve added these cards into the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes.
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.