Saturday, 9 December 2017

Christmas Animals

Christmas Animals

Hallo There!

.......and we've reached the
end of another busy week!
Time for you to put your 
feet up and relax with a cup
of something warm and
cheery before you have to
hit the treadmill once more

Here's Jane Castle with the
final Christmas Animal for
this week...:

"Hi Everyone, for my Christmas Animal 
I chose the Stag, such an elegant creature 
and one that has become more readily
 visible in our neck of the woods during 
the past 10 years.

To begin with I coloured some of the
 Creative Expressions Pop-ems deer using
 ink straight from the coffee bean ink pad.

These were then put to one side while I
 created a scene on my card blank.

The sentiment was stamped at the bottom
 righthand corner and the sky was coloured
 with DI and a blending tool.

Next I placed 2 blobs of paint on my craft mat
 and gradually blended graduating colours to 
be sponged through my 
Tim Holtz Woodland Layering Stencil.

Adding slightly different shades as I went.

I love how the Zinc paint gives that
 subtle shimmer. 

Gradually the scene starts to build.

With christmas cards I like to make 
several in one sitting.

Then using the same sponge and paints 
I added some snowey hills to ground my trees

Using a Quickie Glue pen I added some 
glitter to the trees and the ground. 
Stickles could also be used for this.

All thats left is to add my Stag.

Although the coffee bean ink pad isn't a 
pearlescent one it still has a slight sparkle
 and texture.

Really liked using the Pop-ems,
 good selection of sizes and different poses. 

Plus once the deers have been used
 you are left with a pretty comprehensive 
stencil ------ bonus!!!"

Materials Used

Creative Expressions Pop-ems
Quickie Glue pen

Super cards Jane
Thank you very much
You look to have had a
lot of fun making these

So, that was the week of
Christmas Animals.

Such fun showcasing another
side of Christmas icons

'Till tomorrow 

Mickie xx

Friday, 8 December 2017

Christmas Animals

Christmas Animals

Hi Everyone!

How're you doing?  Hope
all is well in your world and
everyone is wearing a smile

Here's Angela Radford with
a a lovely card that is sure to
bring out the festiveness
in everyone:

 "Hi all, hope you are managing to
 get your Christmas cards made. 

I have an idea here for you but
 I warn you this is not a quick card 
but hope you like it.

 Start with an A4 sheet of card or water 
colour paper and stamp using clear ink and 
emboss with white powder.

 Next we'll start to add the colour using 
Distress Oxide inks. I used Wilted Violet
 and Worn Lipstick.
 Spray this with a little water.

 Smoosh it on and dry between colours.

Once this is dry rub over gently with a 
dry cloth which will clean off the ink from
 the white embossing.

Using the same stamp and matching colours, 
stamp again until you are satisfied with 
the finish of the Masterboard.

 Rub over again with the dry cloth 
which will make the stamping appear
 to be behind the embossing.

Prepare the pieces next to make a double
 Z fold card. Turn the card over and mark on 
the back the sizes you need to cut out.
 I used a 6x6 card blank but did trim these
 pieces a little before completing the card.

For this card you will need a strip to go
 across the bottom of the card, I cut one just 
under half the width of the square card
 and full length. Score as shown here.

Then score the main card blank as shown 
here to create the Z.

Cut the Masterboard along the lines.

Trim the pieces to fit

At this stage I made my stamped images 
using ElenaZinski Christmas stamps. 
Stamp, colour and cut these out.

 Baubles too

Stamp the baubles and sentiment on the 
masterboard pieces then mount the sections
 with coloured card onto the card blank

Now is the time to mount all the images. 
I used a pen to draw the lines that join
 the baubles together. I have also grounded
 the animals with a little shadow using 
ink with a brush.

A little glaze and Stickles glitter glue 
completes the design.

Just a last look at a slightly different angle. 

Happy crafting, Angela xXx

Paper Artsy Christmas stamps:

That's a super card and really
makes me smile!
Thank you Angela 

Have a great day everyone
and enjoy all that you do

'Till tomorrow

Mickie xx

Thursday, 7 December 2017

Christmas Animals

Christmas Animals

Hi Everyone!

In the UK the Robin is a
much used Christmas icon
but if you're in the US you'll
probably substitute it with
a Cardinal Bird.................
or so I'm told

I wonder what birds are
Christmas icons in other

Bit of a treat for you today - 
a small canvas by
Helen Chilton and it
features Robins............

Die cut the snowflakes out of card and arrange
 on a 6" x 6" canvas board.

Glue on with a wet glue and then seal. 
Trim off the edges.

When it's dry paint over with a good layer
of gesso

Let it dry again and then spritz with some 
Imagination Crafts Silver spray.

Blot back and then add some Starlights -
 I dabbed it on with my fingers.

Get out some Grunge Paste, add a blob of
 Toffee Fresco paint to colour it and
 mix together.

Scrape through the branch stencil directly 
onto your canvas.

 Don't worry if it looks a bit messy.

Use up the rest by scraping through the
 leaf stencils onto card. 

When dry, cut them out.

Using the same DecoArt stencil, 
trace some birds onto grey board.

Cut them out and gesso.

I've then added basic robin colours with 
Fresco paints.

To make them come to life, add details 
with coloured pencils.
Do the same to the leaves. 

Add a white dot to the eye.

Stick it all down onto the canvas.

 I then decided to add darker tones to 
the top right of the canvas.

Note the shading and highlighting on the 
branches and birds"

This is fun Helen
thank you very much

I am going to have to find time to
make this canvas so I'm off to
see what I have to buy.........

'Till tomorrow

Mickie xx

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Christmas Animals

Christmas Animals

Hallo There!

Getting nice and chilly now and
we've even had some snow down
here on the coast.  It was amazing
everyone was talking about it
and I never saw a thing.......even
though I was on the phone at
the time and looking out the
window!  Apparently it lasted
all of ten minutes.................!

Right, back to business and you
will be relieved to know that
there is no snow involved.

Louise Thompson is here with
the first of our Christmas animals:

"Penny black have to be one of my all
 time favourite stamp companies, 
so when asked to make a Christmas card 
with mice there was no question I would 
use their stamps.

These ones come from a set called 
'U R the gift.' I stamped them on four
 separate squares of card and coloured
 them with Inktense pencils. 

If you haven't come across Inktense before, 
you add water to them for a watercolour effect
 but they retain their lovely bright colours
which don't move once the ink has dried.

I wanted to add the text around the pictures
so after some deliberation decided to hand 
write it on using fine liner.

I mounted the images on to two card blanks
 using 3d foam mount tape and then fixed
 those cards together for a concertina effect

Look away now if you're squeamish around
 small furries, but by complete chance I ended up
 fostering my own little family of 'Christmice'

This is Sprout!"


Delightful cards Louise and
thank you for sharing one
of your Christmice with us.
Sprout looks so cute.....!

'Till tomorrow

Mickie xx