Handicrafts by Kate Perry and other ramblings

Thursday, October 6, 2011

T is for Tiny

T is for Tiny and the challenge from ABC is to make a set of four tiny Christmas cards. I was looking forward to this as I much prefer small cards to great big ones, especially at Christmas. I am not sure how small they need to be to count as tiny but I have gone with 10cm square (4") as this seems to have been the choice for several other challenge takers, and it's a nice size to work with. I wanted an excuse to use a new stamp I bought at Ally Pally called 'Cover the page-flourishes' by Impression-Obsession. This is one of a set of 6 x 6 stamps designed to make backing papers. It was mounted on foam, but I know these big stamps can be difficult to get a good impression from, especially in the centre, and I couldn't afford the big rocker block that was available to use with them, so I made do with my big flat block and put a purple foam, stamping mat under my paper. And I needn't have worried; I got a perfect print every time. So first I raided my white off-cuts box and found several larger pieces of card. I sprayed them with a variety of mica mists and then stamped them with the flourishes in a coordinating colour ink. I think I shall be using this stamp a lot!

Next I went through my Christmas stamps and pulled out a few smaller images. These I stamped several times on smaller offcuts of white card. My aim is to make a whole batch of tiny cards, each one using some of the flourishes backing paper and one of the images. The stamps I used are, angel square - Stampendous, star - Anita's, candle - Crafters' Companion, holly swirl - Denami, robin - Kars, and Joy bauble - Great Impressions. I then used a variety of card offcuts, dies and punches, pens and peel-offs, and a few bits of bling, and here are the four I have done so far. I am entering these in ABC Christmas Challenge ; T is for Tiny. Christmas Cards All Year Round October Challenge; Orange, green purple or black with a punch or diecut. (The orange card, top left, meets these criteria).
Paper Sundaes Challenge 89; Lots of layers. (Orange 5, blue and red 4, green 3).
Inspire me Fridays 26; Anything goes.
I am also linking them to Shirley-Anne's blog,
Stamping for Joy, to add four more to my total. I hope to be back later with the rest of these Shirley.


Shirley-anne said...

Hello Kate , hope you are well .
These cards are adorable , sweet little Christmas cards Love them and have saved them for inspiration for next years cards .Will add to your tally in a tick ..
hugs Shirley-Anne

Di said...

Hi Kate - you're like a whirlwind since you got back into your craft room. I love these - and the background stamping is terrific. Who needs patterned paper when you can get great results like this! Di xx

Jean Straw said...

Hi again,a lovely set of cards and those backgrounds are gorgeous.That stamp is firmly fixed on my wish list now!! Jean x

sara said...

really sweet cards great background papers thank you so much for joining us at paper sundaes this week
hugs sara x

Shanna Shands said...

Great set of cards. Thanks for playing along and be sure to check back our new challenge this Sunday at Paper Sundaes.

Barbara said...

Cute tags! I particularly like the red one with the little bird!

Anonymous said...

I love the super cute tiny cards too! so much fun!
Thanks 4 coming to play with us this week for our T for Tiny Challenge @ ABC Christmas Challenge, hope you can come and play again soon we have NO limit on entries, so the more times you play the more chances you have to win! Hugs Samantha

Helen said...

Gorgeous cards - love your new swirly stamp!
Thanks for joining us at the ABC Christmas Challenge!
Helen x

Caroljenks said...

What a beautiful set of Tiny cards :)
- thanks for joining us over at ABC Christmas Challenge for our 'Tiny' Challenge :)

Carol x

Carissa said...

That background stamp is gorgeous. You have made a wonderful set of cards. Thanks for joining us on the ABC Christmas Challenge. Carissa :)