Handicrafts by Kate Perry and other ramblings

Sunday, January 25, 2015

New Stamps and Old Papers for Rudolph Day

Yes it is time to start another round of Rudolph day challenges where we make a Christmas card for the 25th day of each month. This year the challenge is hosted by our friend Scrappymo, at her blog Scraps of Life by Scrappymo!
There are no restrictions as long as your card is for Christmas, so why not come along and join in with the fun.
As I send around 150 cards each Christmas, making one a month is not going to help me much, so I often do a run of my design, but this month I have just made two.
As my header says, I used some new stamps. I saw a card using this image on Maxine´s blog, and liked it enough to send for the stamp, but they had to come from America and arrived too late to use for the Christmas just gone, so I thought I´d ink them up for today.
The image, and both the sentiments, come from a set of stamps called Joy to the World, by Our Daily Bread.
I inked the image twice onto white paper with Expresso truffle Momento ink, and once onto eclipse paper so I could cut it out to use as a mask. With the mask in place I used an ink duster to add tumbled glass distress ink around each image, and then I coloured the images with copic markers.

For the first card I cut the image with a Go Create, frilly squares #9 die. (I don´t know where the name came from because they are not frilly at all, but there is a whole series of these, and they are well worth looking for, as there are some very attractive, and different shapes amongst them). I then cut around the outer edge of the die from blue card to make a narrow mat. The snowflake backing paper is some I rescued from a received card, and I again matted it onto matching blue card, and then a mottled turquoise  base card. I bought a thick A4 pad of this card back in the days when I lived in UK, and a stall in the weekly market sold pads of factory ends of card. Over the weeks I bought one of every colour they had, and I still have enough to last me for my lifetime! Under the topper, I stamped a sentiment from the same set of stamps as the image, and added a few tiny snowflakes to link it to the top.

For the second card I used a Creative Expressions die from the Sue Wilson California collection. I cut a mat in the same way as above, using very dark brown card. I mounted this over another rescued backing paper from a received card, and another turquoise base card, a little larger than before. I needed to link the image to the base so I used left over snippets of the brown card to cut a pair of foliage sprays, using a Joanna Sheen Signature die. I like these dies because they come as a matching pair, one facing each way, which my inbuilt need for balance approves of! I stamped another sentiment from the same set onto an off-cut of the turquoise card and fussy cat around it, then mounted it over the foliage.
So that is my first two cards for next year made, and I will now link them up with:


Kath said...

Two beautiful cards showing the true meaning of Christmas. I like how you cut round the dies to make a mat as this really shows off the lovely image.

Thank you for joining the January Rudolph Day!

Kath x
Guest Designer

Di said...

Two really beautiful Christmas cards Kate - I love to read how you made them. Lovely image and sentiment too.

Like you, I need to do some little runs of cards here to keep up with the target of 12 per month. More would be good but so much to do with other things as well.

Thank you for coming to play - watch out for horse manure, the Playground is a bit out of control - nothing new there then :)


Di xx

Jean said...

Super cards Kate, I can see why you liked the stamps, they are lovely. i like the second one best especially the shape of the die you used.
Jean x

LesleyG said...

two very different looks from a lovely traditional image. like the frilly square....like you say, not really 'frilly' at all xxx

Sue - said...

Two beautiful cards. I love the image ax well! Beautifully coloured.

Veerle said...

Two beautiful cards Kate.
HUgs, Veerle xxx

Maxine D said...

I recognised the stamp immediately - so glad I could inspire you :-). Love your cards Kate and the way you have used recycled elements too.

MaryH said...

Kate, I'm the 'even' commenter, but just had to pop in to see what you shared. So glad that I did. Love these images, and how beautiful each looks with the lovely die shapes. #1's die company is not one I know, but I surely love the look you achieved. Of course I LOVE the SW dies and this one is so beautiful on your card. Yay for you that you were able to rescue some older card materials. Thanks for joining in 2015's #1 Rudy Day. Hugs.

Virginia said...

Gorgeous cards Kate, I've already made a stack, it doesn't seem to matter how many I make there are never enough!

SARN said...

Hi Kate

Two lovely traditional Christmas cards. Was interested to hear about the dies that come in matching pairs - always good to have balance!

Happy Rudolph Day!

Hugs, Sarn xxx

scrappymo! said...

Two wonderful cards, Kate. That aqua card you used to make your card base is such a pretty colour!

Your Daily Bread image is so perfect for Christmas...keeps us in mind of the real reason we celebrate.

Thank you for taking part in my first Rudolph Days challenge of 2015.

veronica said...

really lovely image Kate, and two great cards

Darnell J Knauss said...

We're in the same boat, Kate. Last year I sent out 164 Christmas cards. So far this year, I have made one. Can you say, "panic!" I have to get it in gear! Your cards are beautiful and so great for Rudolph's and for Pixie's!! Hugs, Darnell

Hazel said...

Thanks for entering your lovely crafting for CHNC challenge 213 - you could also enter this into my CHNC challenge extra for January - I'd love to see it there too. x