Handicrafts by Kate Perry and other ramblings

Friday, November 1, 2013

A Blue Christmas

I mentioned in my regular Wednesday post that I was making a run of blue Christmas cards. Well I did, and here they are.

Most of them are all the same design, made using papers from a digi scrapbook kit called Once upon a Christmas from G&T Designs. I found I could fit three backers and toppers, plus three of the baby images (A Day for Daisies digi-stamp), all onto an A3 sheet of paper. So I printed out three sheets so I could make a run of nine cards. I cut my own 15cm square base cards which left me with small strips of card from each A4 page, and I used these to print off a few more of the baby images in slightly varying sizes. I coloured all the images with copic markers, fussy-cut them, and used silicone glue to mount them over the image on the topper. I enjoy dong that though the straw from the manger made it rather more 'fussy' than I would have chosen! I used a Memento Paris Dusk inkpad to distress the edges of the top layer. The words are a cutting file for my silhouette cameo that I bought from Designer Vinyls, but for these I simply added the png file to the toppers before I printed them.

When I came to assemble them I realised that two of the backgrounds had not printed right to the bottom. I don't know why as the third page did it fine! Anyway, for those two I cut a lace border in dark blue card so they fitted the base card properly. I finished each of these designs off with some new Stckles glitter glue called Silver Ice which is much nicer than silver or just ice! I put some on the star above the manger, and randomly on some of the background stars.

The extra baby images were also used. I made some die-cut frames for them, and also printed out some different backing papers , so altogether I have a baker's dozen of cards, and I am quite please with them. They will all help me reach my target of 160 cards by the end of the month! 

I am entering this for Aud Sentiment Challenge 92: Inspirational Christmas.
My Heart Pieces digital stamp challenges ; Anything Christmas
and Make it Monday Challenge 164: Anything goes.

I don't always enter my cards for challenges. It mainly depends on whether I have time to search for suitable ones, and whether or not I think I will have time to visit other entries to comment, but sometimes I do like to, so I was pleased when my sister pointed me towards a new blog called Challenges for Days, which lists the challenges available, each day (the ones that have asked them to of course!). They are currently offering some blog candy to anyone who promotes them, as they want to get known more widely. So if you are looking for some inspiration it is worth paying them a visit.


Maxine D said...

What beautiful cards Kate - love the non-traditional blue with the manger scenes.

Jean Straw said...

Beautiful set of cards Kate,the blues are lovely and the new stickles certainly looks nice and sparkly.
Jean x

Di said...

Lovely cards Kate! Such a beautiful image and you used great lettering too for the simple sentiment.

Thought of you the other day whilst ironing my blue tie dye dress plus the orange one from Thailand - coo, they do seem to have a lot of material in the skirt part! Thought it would never end :)

Hugs, Di xx

Loz said...

These are stunning cards Kate. I saw them on MIM.Loz

Sandy said...

Beautiful array of Christmas cards, Love the sweet image of baby Jesus and fab scripture verse to impart the true meaning of Christmas.
Thanks for sharing with us at Make It Monday this week.

Saskia said...

Lovely cards! I wonder how many christmas cards you already made.

Skye said...

Lovely Christmas cards. The image is very sweet. I like the use of blue for Christmas cards it make me think of Silent Night.

Penny Nantell said...

Beautiful Christmas cards. Thanks for joining us at My Heart Pieces. Pennyrae DT

JoZart said...

Aren't you organised Kate, and your cards are lovely. The true sentiment for Christmas!
jo x

craftimamma said...

These are beautiful Kate but you are baffling me with your techie jargon, lol! I really don't have a clue when it comes to computers and it's a wonder I manage to do anything on my blog at all! Never mind I can still admire your lovely cards.

Lesley Xx