Handicrafts by Kate Perry and other ramblings

Friday, April 17, 2015

Decorating the Tree

I was browsing through some digi scrapbook kits this week, and one caught my eye so I bought it. It is called Winterberry by Kimerick Kreations. I thought it was an unusual colour palette for a Christmas kit, ranging through, brick red, orange and peachy shades to ´antique linen´ beige. I am a bit of a digi kit collector and I love all the papers and little elements that come with them, but I have to admit that they don´t all get used, so I decided to use this one to make a card before I filed it away.
I chose a stamp by Sheena Douglas, and worked out what size frame it would need. Then I used Adobe photo shop to make a sheet of the background (orange textured layer) with the frame on it, and also a strip of border that came with the kit. I printed this out together with a page of the darkest red plain paper for a mat.
I stamped my image onto off-white paper and coloured it (except for her dress) with copic markers. I used two shades of green markers to add extra foliage to the tree as it is a bit sparse on the stamp. I wasn´t keen on the white background so I lightly dusted it with Brilliance pearlescent orange ink, which made a huge difference to it.
I trimmed the background around the frame, and using a craft knife I carefully removed the area inside the frame.  I used this piece of cut out paper to stamp my image again and paper-piece the little girl´s dress. Then I realised her lower hand was included in this area so I stamped that bit again on the off-white paper and coloured it. When I had cut it out I made a small slit in the dress sleeve and slipped it into place.
To make the little ornament that she is hanging stand out more, I stamped it onto a snippet of the red paper which I glued to another layer to strengthen it, and cut it out. I used my white Signo pen to colour the light spot, and when that was dry I triple embossed it with UTEE, and glued it in place on the image panel.
Next I made a white A5 card and added a mat of the dark red paper. I mounted the framed image at the top of this and the border strip along the lower part. 
Lastly I used a  Memento Potter´s clay ink pad to stamp the sentiment which is an old Inca stamp.
I am entering this card in the following challenges.
ABC Christmas Challenge: H for Happy Holiday (or Happy Christmas).
Christmas Cards All Year Round: Show a Christmas Ornament.


Jenny L said...

Hi Kate,
oh what very gorgeous Christmas card.
I love how you have used the backing paper for her dress, and isn't she a cutie.
Fab designing skills, and what super colours.
Love that image.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

Veerle said...

Lovely card Kate with a very beautiful frame. Hugs Veerle x

Jean said...

This is gorgeous Kate, I love the image, and the paper piecing for the dress, and the embossed bauble looks great. Your backing papers and frame all work together so well for a lovely card.
Jean x

Maxine D said...

What a fabulous card Kate - love how you have cut out the background paper to make her frock.

Judy McKay said...

Pretty details inn your card Kate. Thank you for joining us at Holly Jolly this week. Judy DT

MaryH said...

Beautiful image, and I thoroughly enjoyed reading the fantastic processes you used to create this card. So clever to insert her tiny hand into the sleeve of your paper piecing, and the shading on the tree really added a great deal of depth the way you did this technique. The Utee makes the ornament more dimensional as well. Of course I love the fancy top die, and it really does look so vintage. Brilliant card, Miss K. TFS & Hugs

SARN said...

Another lovely festive make. xxx

Shari M said...

This image was on my wish list forever and love what you have done with it. Beautiful card showing the beauty of the children and a tree in this season. Thanks for joining us at HJC this time.

Bettina L. said...

This is adorable. Love her decorating the tree and love that frame as well. Thanks for playing at ABC Christmas Challenge and good luck. Hope to see you back wednesday for a new challenge. Bettina DT Member at ABC Christmas Challenge xx