Handicrafts by Kate Perry and other ramblings

Saturday, August 25, 2012

A Colourful Collection for Rudolf Day

When I bought the Chocolate Baroque plate of Christmas stamps that I have been using recently, I also spotted this lovely stamp by Indigo Blu, which I saw as having the potential to make some quick and easy cards. So I thought I would get it inked up for Rudolf Day, (The 25th of each month).  To find out more visit Sandra's blog, Stamping for Pleasure.
For the first card I started by checking that the stamp would fit on an A6 card which it did, perfectly. So I cut two A4 sheets of white light-weight card into quarters. I set two pieces aside in case I had to redo any, but as they all worked quite well first time, I will probably think of a another couple of colour combinations and make two more later today.
I then covered one piece with Antique Linen DI ink, using my ink dusters, another fairly new acquisition that hadn't been used before. I liked the subtle, slightly mottled affect I got with these.  I darkened the edges with Walnut stain and used the same pad to stamp the image. Once it was dry, I trimmed it up and mounted it onto a colour co-ordinated base card. Looking for a sentiment stamp I found this little verse stamp that I made using image pac, many moons ago, and it fitted the space perfectly. I finished it off with a few dabs of brown stickles for a little bit of sparkle.
Satisfied with this, I then made the other five in the same way, using two toning colours, except for one where I used strong contrasts. All but one of the inks were Distress Ink pads. My colour combinations, starting with the contrasts, were, Squeezed lemonade/Festive berries, Antique linen/Walnut stain, Tumbled glass/Peacock feathers, Iced spruce/Mowed lawn, Spun sugar/Picked raspberry, and Shaded lilac/ Memento Paris dusk. As you can see, I gave my recently bought Spring and Summer special ink pad sets a good try out.
On the green card I tried adding glossy accents to the baubles and sprinkled some glitter on them, but I didn't feel this really added anything worthwhile to the card, so for the others I just used the stickles.

So here is my set of six cards. I am sorry the photos aren't better. The two blues are actually very different from one another, one being lilac blue and the other turquoise. The stickles don't really show either but they add a nice bit of sparkle. It is very, very bright here today and it is difficult to photograph the colours accurately. As well as linking these to Sandra's Rudolf day challenge, I am also entering them in the:
Christmas Stampin' All Year Long Challenge 25: Non Traditional Colours.

14 comments:

Jean Straw said...

Lovely set of cards, I love that stamp and your sentiment fits in perfectly. Needless to say the red and green ones are my favourites. Jean x

Sandra (Stamping For Pleasure) said...

Another impressive collection of 6 Rudolph Day cards here Kate. What a pretty stamp that is, and the verse is great too.

Thanks for joining in with my challenge. Good luck.

Hugs,
Sarn xxx

Patty Chalas said...

very lovely card!!! Thanks for joining us at CSAYL this week!

Saskia said...

Great set of cards! Lovely colour combo's.
And that's a great sentiment too.

Mynnette said...

What an amazing set of cards!!! LOVE your image and the sentiment is beautiful! Thanks for joining us at CSAYL! :)

Chris Powell said...

What a lovely set of cards.My fav is the dark blue one.

Di said...

Gorgeous set of cards Kate - and a perfect sentiment. Di xx

MaxineD said...

Kate these are beautiful - love the unconventional colour combinations and the design.
Blessings
Maxine

Fabiola said...

hello Kate, thanks to play with us at CSAYL this week, what a beautifull and elegante card, love it, hope to see next week, biz

Elizabeth said...

Lovely set of Rudolph Day cards - I can see the difference between the two blues - lovely stamp. Elizabeth x

Heather said...

ooooooh . . . that stamps is gorgeous!!! Very elegant and perfect for creating a quick and easy card. Thanks for playing with CSAYL.

Angy B said...

I love these cards Kate. Lovely colours, and so stylish. A great set. Angy xx

veronica said...

lovely set of cards Kate - really like your sentiment stamp, and as you say it is a perfect fit

Deanne Clarke-Saunders said...

Beautiful set of cards! Thanks for participating in CSAYL's challenge! Hope to see you again!!!
~DEANNE~