Handicrafts by Kate Perry and other ramblings

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Variations on a Theme for Rudolph day.

Yes it it Rudolph Day once again - the 25th of the month when we all get to show our latest Christmas makes. I recently bought a NEW set of dies - It is a Creative Expressions set designed by Sue Wilson, called Festive Collection-Holly Lattice Frame. To be honest, the holly in the frame is so insignificant that I think you could get away with using it at any time, but I felt a set of Christmas cards would be a good way to try them out.
As well as the dies I bought a coordinating rubber stamp of a robin on winter foliage sitting on a frame, so I started by stamping it up three times. I cut a mask for the actual robin and sponged some ink on the frame, and then coloured in the image with copic markers. I used the largest die to cut one out, and the second size to cut the other two. Then I again used the largest die to cut three mats from pieces of red card from my snippet box. I put one of these aside and for the image cut with the large die, I coloured the inner and outer frames in dark green instead of using a mat. 
Then I chose the smallest frame die to cut out the centre behind the robin, leaving the lower part still attached so I could fussy cut around the little bird. When I put these onto the red mats I felt the robin was overpowered by the red background so I ran a snippet of white paper through my snowfall embossing folder (sorry no maker's name on it), and cut small pieces to go behind the cut out centres of my frames.
Then it was a case of adding each one to a background. I knew I had some offcuts from an OLD set of robin and holly BP bought  when shopping with my sister, probably at Hobbycraft. The robin one wasn't quite big enough so I used a piece of plain white paper below it and tried a technique I have been meaning to try for a long time. I used Adobe Photoshop to design a bold sentiment using two fonts, and printed it with my laser printer. Then I laid some red foil on it and passed it through my laminating machine and I was quite pleased with the way it turned out. You can just see the shine in my photo above.
For the image with the green coloured frame I used a green base card and a snippet of the holly paper from the same set as the robin one. I stamped a sentiment from a Hero Arts clear stamp set, and some Inkylicious festive berries in the corner.
For the last one I used a plain white base card and stamped it with my all time favourite holly flourish stamp, a very OLD one by Penny Black, and another sentiment from the Hero Arts set.
To finish them all off I added drops of red perfect pearls to all the holly berries on the frames and backgrounds.

And finally, for something completely different, I used the remaining red mat I had cut. The die set I had used got its name from the two remaining dies that I had not so far used, a lattice work centre piece, and a flourish fill-in for the main frame, so I cut both of these from gold mirri card and added them to my red mat. 

Not quite sure what to do with them then, I rummaged through my Christmas snippets box and came across half a sheet of Hunkydory card, and some loose poinsettia flowers which matched it. To allow enough of the flower corner to show, I cut a cream square base card and a piece of the Hunkydory poinsettia card to fit it. Then I used a craft knife to cut around some of the flower petals so I could slip my red and gold topper under them. Then I glued two of the loose flowers together and added them to the top right corner. The sentiment is a Creative Expressions die, cut from the same gold mirri card, and then I just added a few rhinestones to the centres of the flowers.
So that is four more cards to add to my collection. I counted them up today and I have made 45, which is approximately half of what I had planned to do by now, so I think I had better do a major production line one next!
In the meantime, I will link this to the July Rudolph Day Challenge, and also to Pixie's Snippets Playground,


Liz said...

Four beautiful cards, Kate, so much work gone into them. I love the shape of the frame and the robin looks great perched inside. The die cut looks so different the other way round in the last card and looks stunning cut in gold. xx

Maxine D said...

Beautiful cards Kate - love your creative use of the dies.

scrappymo! said...

Your cards are so beautiful, KAte. The first two are so pretty and I like the addition of the white die cut piece to set off that robin!
The second is so glitzy and wonderfully golden. Love your use of these diecuts!
Thanks for playing along in the July Rudolph Days Challenge

Jenny L said...

Hi Kate,
Happy Rudolf Days.
oh how beautiful are these cards.
I love everything you have done to create these.
They are so syuper.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

Di said...

Absolutely beautiful cards Kate - of course I adore the pink. So much thought and care had gone into making sure every single element is well thought out and just perfect!

You commented on my Butterfly entry BTW, which was also using Oxides - so that as probably the comment you thought had gone missing.

So lovely to see you playing along with us!


Di xx

Barb said...

What a beautiful set of cards Kate. I love the way you've put the die cuts together and that little robin is so sweet. Barbxx

Daffodil Cards said...

OH! sigh! Beautiful cards, love the die.

Whisper said...

WOW 4 gorgeous cards and all so different too, my favourite are the 'Robin' ones and thanks for joining us at July's Rudolph Days Challenge, luv Sam x

Jean said...

Lovely cards Kate, I especially like the robin ones of course, but the red and gold combination looks stunning as well.
Jean x

Robyn Oliver said...

Four gorgeous cards Kate, you've been very busy with the new dies... just looove that Robin image and beautifully coloured.

Sue - said...

Beautiful set of cards!

Jules said...

Such lovely cards Kate .. .. you have posted more Christmas cards than I currently have in my Christmas stock box!

Must get my Christmas head on !!

Hope all is well with you.

Love Jules xx