Handicrafts by Kate Perry and other ramblings

Monday, June 25, 2012

Love, Peace and Joy for Rudolf Day

Good morning my crafting friends. You must think I have been very lazy or otherwise occupied just lately as I have posted very few pieces, but I have actually been quite busy making things that I couldn't show on my blog until they had been posted off and received by various family members and friends.
However, today it is Rudolf Day again, the 25th of the month, when the lovely  Sandra from Stamping for Pleasure , challenges us to make a Christmas card or two. I like to make half a dozen but last month, after the prototype, I lost momentum, so this time I decided to have a production line going from the beginning, and here are the cards I have made.

I used sponges and Adirondak inks, lemonade, and sailboat blue, to create the background, which I then trimmed to size and distressed around the edges with Momento Paris dusk. The nativity image is cut from medium weight black textured card, using a bought file for my Silhouette cameo machine. This card has very low fibre content so the detail cuts very well. I glued this in place making sure the star and baby came into the yellow zone of the background. Then I wrapped a piece of ribbon around the top and from it I hung an angel charm. I had two proper charms and three angels from a broken angel chimes. For the sixth card I used a paper sticker angel from a set I bought 'way back when'. I then added a matching bow. I used the same Paris dusk inkpad to stamp the words taken from a set by Woodware.

Finally I mounted the panel onto a dull gold textured paper and then on to a 12cm square navy card. I bought a huge set of navy and black card blanks in various shapes and sizes, probably from create and Craft, many moons ago, and I have now decided it is about time I made use of them, so I designed the card specially to fit these ones. I then just added a drop of stickles glitter glue to the centre of the star. So I now have a set of six cards that I am quite pleased with. I'll just print off some inserts for them and they can join my growing collection of Christmas cards.

Well, I had made these cards and went ahead to write this post without checking Sandra's site. I have just been to it now to get the link above, and I was so surprised. As this is the sixth month, she has challenged us to make a set of six, identical or different cards. So that was a lucky coincidence wasn't it?

I shall also enter them in the following challenges:
Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge 78: Get Inky.
One stop Craft Challenge: Christmas in June.
Stamping for the Weekend Challenge 12: Show us your Style. I love to use silhouette images over an inked background.
Make it Monday 95: Any Papercraft.


Sandra (Stamping For Pleasure) said...

Very lucky indeed Kate! You've entered so promptly, you've proved it can be done! Congrats!

This set of six cards is lovely and very traditional. I like your colourscheme too.

Thanks for joining in. Good luck in the draw.

Sarn xxx

MaxineD said...

Wow what lovely cards - they are beautifully designed and truly convey the Christmas message.

Hazel said...

These cards are very special, showing the true meaning of Christmas. I love the backgrounds you created. Thanks for getting inky for my CHNC challenge 78 - hope to see you again soon. x

Jean Straw said...

Lovely set of cards Kate, I like the gorgeous blue colours you've used. Jean x

Pat (mspfd) said...

What a gorgeous and striking set of cards. I just love the look of the nativity scene against your beautiful sponged background. Impressive work!

Violets Corner said...

They are beautiful, fab design and colours, the charms are just perfect.

Warm hugs

Faye's Paper Passion said...

Hello. I saw your Very Beautiful cards on MIM..Faye

Loz said...

Hi.I saw you Beautiful card on MIM..Loz

Gloria Shirr (purpleglo) said...

Beautiful cards Kate. Saw this on MIM. Gloria

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Shirley-anne said...

Hi Kate .
Love the colours and the image .The shading to highlight centre is awesome . Hop e that you and yours are well .
Thanks for sharing these on Make it Monday

Kasey ~ in Oz said...

Nice to get a head start on the Christmas cards! Lovely set you've made Kate. I like that silhouette image.

Followed your link from MIM. I'm 73, 81 & 83 this week (so far!). I'd love it if you to stop by and comment on your favourite one.

Kasey ~ in Oz

Kathleen said...

Wow, these are brilliant, love the traditional style card and a great choice of blue for the background.

Di said...

Fabulous cards Kate - love the silhouette image, perfect for Christmas cards - and all the detail is spot-on.

Fancy giving me a tip-off next month about Rudolph Day frolics? I almost keeled over when I saw it was six cards. Scissors and glitter have been flying here :)

Di xx

Paul said...

The silouette effect is amazing. Saw your project on Make it Monday and had to come over and take a closer look. I’m enjoying looking at all the amazing inspiration.
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Seafield Jo said...

I saw your beautiful cards on Make It Monday and so came over for a closer look. These are all beautiful, cards featuring Nativity Scenes are my favourite Christmas cards every time.

Jo :)

Sarah said...

Beautiful cards...I love your nativity image.
I'm just looking at everybody's cards fro Rudolph Day!

butlersabroad said...

Lovely cards Kate and amazing that you pre-empted Sarn! Perhaps you should try that with the lottery!


Julia said...

I love it, great creation. I saw it on Make it Monday!

Saskia said...

Love them, they have a warm, glowy feeling to them!