Kerst 2020 – Christmas 2020

I have to post this now, otherwise it will be Spring and Christmas will be even further behind us.
A Christmas that we will all remember around the world because we couldn’t celebrate the way we are used to.
Here in the Netherlands we went into lockdown again the week before Christmas.
When I picked up the paper napkins to set the Christmas table, I immediately put one aside because I had an idea to turn it into an art journal page.
It has become a simple page but it is how we celebrated Christmas 2020.

The paper napkin had the image on one side and upside down on the opposite site.
First I peeled the top layer from the other layers and then I tore the napkin above the trees from the right to the left. I put matt medium all over the page and carefully I put my napkin down to the page.
I also brushed matt medium over the napkin and with the leftover I enlarged the trees and covered the rest of the page that way. I put that aside to dry.

In the meanwhile I die cut the word Christmas in Dutch 4 times as well as my numbers and glued them on top of each other, this gave me dimension in my word and numbers. After they where dry I covered them with VersaMark ink and heat embossed them with gold.
After they cooled, I repeated the process.

I drew my mask on some scrap paper and after some adjustments in the size I transferred this pattern to my cardstock. With some coloured pencil I did some shading and with a pattern stamp and Distress Ink I made it look a little bit more like a real mask.
I printed some Dutch keywords in red related on the situation and fussy cut them to stick on my mask, in the middle the word Corona, clockwise started at the word upper right they translate in Pandemic – Mask – One and a half meter (social distance) – Lockdown.
I had some elastic straps from a real unused mask and glued them on the backside of my mask but only on the top corners.

I splattered some white splashes on to my page, you hardly see them but they are there.
I glued my word and numbers to the page after I had passed my elastic strap through the first letter and the last number. I didn’t put any glue near the place where the strap was. I let that dry overnight with a heavy book on top.
To finish the page I put my mask with some foam tape to the page.

To be able to close the page I stuck a ruler on top of the mask with the thinnest side tight to the middle of the journal the first time I closed it. So now there is a valley fold into my mask while closing the journal.

The used materials are under the image and if you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask.

Used materials

Moleskine Art Sketchbook, Hard Cover, Large (5″ x 8.25″) Plain/Blank, Scarlet Red
Paper napkin from the supermarket
Deco Art Matt Medium
White Gouache
VersaMark ink
Ranger Super Fine Embossing Powder Gold  
Marianne Design Stamp and Die set Col1338
Joy Crafts Die set Jubileum Cijfers (numbers)
White cardstock
Distress Oxide Hickory Smoke
Joy Crafts Stamp set Memo Writting
Elastic straps
Foam tape

Christmas cards

I had a hard time getting to craft again after my long stay in hospital last summer but I wanted to make at least a few Christmas cards, only how to start again?
Then I remembered the gorgeous Shari Caroll card I had saved at my Pinterest page. I started by playing with my inks and the cards below are the result.

I also had problems with my camera, I couldn’t download my photos from it (glad it’s fixed now). that’s why the cards were all posted long after Christmas. But maybe there are people who are  thinking about starting to make Christmas cards already and this could be an inspiration.

I have so many beautiful cards on my Pinterest page for inspiration but some I fell complete in love with and wanted to copy how they are. That has even a name; CASE, Copy And Steal.
Althoug it’s called Copy and Steal, don’t forget to refer back on the original maker/post.
Two of my Christmas cards are Case cards.

Here you see the card without the sentiment, the leftover backgrounds and what I already did with some leftovers.

Snowflakes

A CASE card (Copy And Steal) based on a card by Shari Caroll. I have admired her style for a long time and when I saw this card I was totally in love.
If you are interested in the card and video she made click here for her post.

Before I started with this card I made several backgrounds with my watercolours to see what I loved most for this card. What I didn’t use I put aside for later cards.
For the most part of the card I followed Shari only with my own materials.
I used Glitter paper for my focal snowflake.
I glued a strip of vellum on to my panel, only glue on the backside, before I adhered the panel to my card base.
And placed a sticker on top with Prettige Feestdagen, which translates into Happy Holidays.
I finished the card with some little drops of glue with white iridescent glitter powder.

The used materials are under the image and if you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask.

Used Materials

Artist Line Watercolour Paper Pad
Blues, Teal and White watercolours, brand unknown.
Joy Crafts Die Ice Crystal 1 6002/2018
Joy Crafts Die Ice Crystal 3 6002/2020
Stick It
Glitter Paper White
Starform Adhesive Sheet White
Little spots of Tombow Glue with White Iridescent Glitter powder
Vellum
Hobbydots Sticker Prettige Feestdagen Turquoise

Christmas Baubles

I have a big pile of business envelopes and never use them so I’m very happy that everyone is into the slimline cards nowadays.
I used a leftover background panel to dry emboss the snowflake baubles and die cut them with a circle die
and a little bit of scissors here and there because I didn’t have any circle die that fits exactly.
I cut and fold my card and splattered some white gouache on to the front.

Time to position my baubles, once I liked the place I marked the three positions so I could adhere my wax cord to the card. The cord makes it look like the baubles are hanging. I put this aside to let it dry.

In the meanwhile I used a TH stencil and some snow to make a snow edge on a piece of cardstock.
I set this aside to dry overnight.

I shaped my baubles a bit and adhered them with a piece of 1 mm foam tape that I placed in the middle on the backside to give the baubles dimension.
I glued the bows on top of the baubles.

I fussy cut my snow edge and adhered it with some foamtape on the top of my card.
To finish the card I glued a gem in the middle of the baubles and some little snowflakes on the card.

The used materials are under the image and if you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask

Used Materials

Pearlescent Turquoise Cardstock
Leftover background, see the Snowflake post
Sizzix small embossing folder Snowflake Bauble, this is an little folder from a old set that contained 1 normal size and multiple small sized embossing folders. Because I have them for years and they are not in their packaging anymore, I don’t know the name of this set.
Icicles Stencil from the Tim Holtz Stamptember 2018 set
Alleene’s True Glitter Snow
Docrafts/Papermania – Bows
Snowfall shaker selection from Little Things From Lucy’s Cards – Snowflakes and Gems

Stars

This card I also made with a leftover background panel.
I first dry embossed the stars and because I was already working with my Vagabond machine I die cut the sentiment after that. 

I covered my stars so I could splatter some white gouache on to my panel.
When that was dry I coloured my snowflakes in the stars white with a gel pen.

I then glued my panel to a white panel that was slightly bigger and glued the both on to a folded base card.
To finish the card I glue my text on the card.

Although this is a clean and simple card, I totally love how this card turned out.

The used materials are under the image and if you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask.

Used Materials

Leftover background, see the Snowflake post
White cardstock
Pearlescent Blue Cardstock
Sizzix small embossing folder Snowflake Star, this is a little folder from an old set that contained 1 normal size and multiple small sized embossing folders. Because I have them for years and they are not in their packaging anymore, I don’t know the name of this set
Nellie Snellen Die set SD051 Een Fijne Kerst,  the text is in Dutch which translates into Have a Merry Christmas.
White gel pen

Keep on Playing

While playing with my watercolours (see the Snowflake post) I got an idea to try out the same kind of background with my Distress Inks. I wanted to make something in red and then I thought of something.
A few months ago I got a present from my daughter, the Gansai Tambi gold watercolour set. That would be great to try out with Festive Berries. I used water with Perfect Pearls for the Distress ink to make that also shinny. It turned out gorgeous and I was glad I made a bigger piece so I could cut two background panels from it.
In the posts below you can see what I made with them.

Unfortunately I don’t have a photo of the piece.

Used Materials

Artist Line Watercolour Paper Pad
Distress Ink Festive Berries
Gansai Tambi Starry Colours – 906 White Gold and 904 Champagne Gold
Ranger Perfect Pearls in the colour Pearl

Poinsettia

This is again a CASE card (Copy And Steal) , based on a card by Debby Hughes (Lime Doodle Design) click here to see her card.

On one half piece of the red/gold background I stamped my Poinsettia with VersaMark and put some white embossing powder on top of it. Heat embossed it and put it aside.
On a piece of white vellum I stamped and heat embossed the Poinsettia twice. I put this also aside to cool down.
In the meanwhile I cut and folded my base card and glued the background panel on top.

I took my heat embossed vellum and fussy cut the two Poinsettias. I cut the first one without the leaves and the second one I only cut the smaller leaves in the middle of the flower.
Using a stylus with a large ball, I shaped the petals a bit. I placed the flower together and on the stamped panel with foam tape so that it would maintain the shaped dimension in the petals.
I placed a gorgeous gem in the heart of the flower.

I finished the card by gluing some raindrops and placed a sticker on top with Prettige Feestdagen, which translates into Happy Holidays.

The used materials are under the image and if you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask.
It is a pity that the shine of the Perfect Pearls and Gold’s is not visible in the pictures, in real life it has a beautiful silky shine.

Used Materials

Pearlescent Pink Cardstock
Half of the background I made earlier, see “Keep on playing”
Docrafts/Papermania First Noel Stamp Set
Pergamano Vellum White
VersaMark ink
Ranger Ultra Fine Embossing Powder White
Little Things from Lucy’s Cards – Raindrops
Marianne Design Diamond Gems JU0937
Hobbydots Sticker Prettige Feestdagen White

Christmas Bells

This card I made with the other half of the red/gold background.
I started by cutting and embossing the background panel. I did this with a folder from Marianne Design that cuts and embossed through my machine in the same pass.
After that I cut out the leaves, bells and bow from pearlescent cardstock and the tag out of vellum.

I glued the panel on to my base card.
Then I shaped the leaves, bells and bow a bit and adhered them with foam tape to my panel.

I stamped the sentiment on to the vellum tag and put some tiny stars on both sides of the sentiment.
I used tiny pieces of foam tape underneath the stars to adhere the tag to my card, so you wouldn’t see
the foam through the vellum.
And bij adhering the tag I finished my card.

The used materials are under the image and if you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask.
It is a pity that the shine of the Perfect Pearls and Gold’s on the background isn’t visible in the pictures, in real life it has a beautiful silky shine.

Used Materials

Pearlescent Cardstock Champagne  – Christmas Green – Christmas Red
Half of the background I made earlier, see “Keep on playing”
Marianne Design Designables DS0914  Stars
Marianne Design Die set CR1343 Christmas Bells
Vellum
Little stars
Stamp set Prettige Feestdagen brand unknown
StaZon midi inkpad – Claret

World Card Making Day

The 5th of October was World Card Making Day and here I quote the SSS blog post*;
World Card Making Day was created in 2006, and the original purpose was to kick-start the holiday card making season.” And so I did, I made my first Christmas card of this year. I used a challenge sketch from the WCMD challenge blog post by Sandy Alnock.

I stamped a Christmas image from Find It Trading. I coloured the image in with my Zig markers and the Zig blender. I used the blender instead of water because I stamped my image on Canson Bristol paper and I think this paper blends not as smooth with water than the Strathmore Bristol.

When the colouring was finished I put the image aside to dry well and in the meanwhile I cut the different pieces of cardstock and patterned paper in to the right size. The paper is from the same collection as the stamped image. Although the collection is from a few years ago it still is gorgeous.

For my base card I used a dark blue cardstock as well as for the little strip where I put the sentiment on. The sentiment is a Dutch text sticker and it says Happy Holidays.
I glued the patterned papers on top of the small red cardstock rectangles and the larger piece for the image panel. For my image panel I used foam tape to put it on top of that.

First I glued the rectangles of red cardstock/patterned papers on the base card and then on top of them the stacked panel with the image.
And to finish my first Christmas card  I put my sentiment strip on top of the panel with foam tape.
I love how the card turns out, this is also a great way to use your leftover pieces of cardstock or patterned paper.

The used materials are under the image and if you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask.

Kerst 1
Used Materials

* SSS blog is Simon Says Stamp Blog

Canson Bristol cardstock
Papicolor Dark Blue and Red Cardstock
Find It Trading Christmas Sensation Paper pack CDPP10005
Find It Trading Christmas Sensation Stamp CDST10021
Zig Markers in the following colours: Olive Green – Deep Green – Red – Deep Red – Orange –
Cool Gray 1 – Pale Dawn Gray – Haze Blue – Shadow Mauve – Gray – Brick Beige – Dark Oatmeal – Vanilla – Pale Yellow and the Zig Blender
Dutch Text Sticker White

My last Christmas cards/tag

As promised my last Christmas cards, I only made a few this year and didn’t had time to post them, my healt issues made that not possible.
Underneath the photo’s there is a short description. If you specific want to know what I have used or how I have done something for a card, don’t hesitate to ask. I will always answer.

MD stempels
These four cards I made with a Marianne Design Stamp set, CS0880 Christmas Around the World.
I heat embost the stamps and fussy cut them or used a die that fits the ornament. There are no dies available for the stamp set. The ornaments that beside the text ornaments are made the same way.
The stamped text is Merry Christmas in different languages.

 

tag2
This tag is made with a Sizzix 658526 Labels Elise Big Die, die cut twice from different metallic cardstock.
The FindIt Trading Die ADD10069 Reindeer Ornament was die cut also twice and stuck together for dimension. I bend it some and adhere it with foamtape for more dimension. On the second tag I wrote my wishes.

 

Deze diashow vereist JavaScript.

These three cards ( slide show above) are made with a gorgeous Mariann Design Cutting and Embossing Die LR0445 Anja’s Circle XL.
Simply by using different colours, design papers and other decorations the cards don’t look similar..

I know these cards are a little to late for this year but perhaps you get inspired for next year.