Handicrafts by Kate Perry and other ramblings

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

The rest of the set

In my last post I showed the Christmas card I had made for the Rudolf day challenge on Sandra's blog, Stamping for Pleasure. I said there, that I hoped to make a set of six of them, as I do need a lot of cards come November, and it is helpful to have some made in advance. You can see my first card here, and now I have made the other five. They are not a matching set this time, but they are all on the same theme using my new Marianne ivy die, encircling a bird image.

This is the pair to the original one; very similar but on an A6 card instead of a DL one, and this time I have cut a round aperture, and put the bird on a scalloped circle of printed paper, inside the card.The robin is cut with the Marianne small bird on a branch die.

The next pair of cards are both using images from the Woodware Winter birds plate of stamps. The ivy circles and card edges have been coloured using Black-star-gold Crafty Notions mica spray and a Brilliance lightening black ink pad. The owl is backed on a black circle matted onto white card embossed with a cuttlebug folder, and the robin is on computer printed paper. The sentiment sliders are a cuttlebug die.

The final pair both make use of robin images salvaged from old Christmas cards. They are mounted onto printed papers and then onto a base card, and the ivy is again sprayed with mica mists. Another Marianne die was used to cut the snowflakes on the blue card.

Although the original card carries the sentiment Merry Christmas, none of the others do, so I am entering these five in Craftyhazelnuts Christmas Challenge 70 which is to create a Christmas card with a sentiment that doesn't include the word Christmas.

As the second pair include stamping I will also link them to the Christmas Stamping all year long Challenge 8; Anything goes.

P.S. I apologise for the huge white gaps in this post. In draft there are no gaps to delete, so I cannot do anything to change it. I have reduced the size of the photos (you still see a reasonable size one if you click on them), but that didn't help much. Just one more moan about the new Blogger. I am getting very fed up with it!


Saskia said...

I love all the variations, there's so much possibilities with just one image! But my favorites are the original ones.

Jean Straw said...

Lovely set of cards Kate. I like the way you have recycled the robins, the one on the blue card looks really fluffy. The ivy leaf die is really nice and makes a lovely frame. Jean x

Hazel said...

What a lovely set of cards - I saw your first one on Rudolph Day - so glad to see some more and just right for my CHNC challenge 70. That ivy die looks magnificent (I definitely need it!) - hope to see you again soon. x

Di said...

All gorgeous cards Kate - that die is fab! I was thinking as I read that you should enter these into Hazels challenge, and so you have done I see :)

I also have probs with line spacing in blogger - more than ever before. I usually click on preview and where I see a line space too many, in the posting editor I put the cursor right after the last character on the line before the gaps and press delete. Just as we would in word processing I know - you'd be surprised though at how many times you can press delete - so spare lines are sneaking in from somewhere for sure now :( then I hop back and forth between the editing window/tab and the preview one until it looks OK in preview (press refresh of course to update the preview). Flipping time consuming though!!


veronica said...

missed your Rudolph post, but these are lovely - especially the woodware ones, and that die will have to go on the wish list!
have to say don't have too many blogger problems at the moment (probably the kiss of death there!)but really hate the new word verification thingy

Linda Walsh said...

I love your image and layout for this card. Thanks for playing with CSAYL!

Shoshi said...

I love these cards, Kate - all different, but with a common theme, and gorgeous delicate borders on them. Beautiful.

Thanks for your comment on my blog on my latest effort - sorry you've been struggling with the texture overlays. I am not familiar with the ins and outs of those 2 programs - the interface on all the software is different, but if you dig around, you should find some filters that include "emboss."

I can't believe she was going to throw that beautiful piece of woven cane away! Hope she likes the card I've made with my first attempt at using it!


Sandra (Stamping For Pleasure) said...

WOW . . . you have been busy! These are all just gorgeous. It really helps to batch make some cards with a particular layout and similar elements doesn't it? Congrats. xxx

Chris Powell said...

Love your cards , I need to start making cards.