Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Christmas Wishes Tunnel Card

Hello everyone, I'm back with another dimensional interactive Christmas card and this one is an inside tunnel card that I made after watching a video tutorial by Jennifer McGuire.



I love those wee deer from the Winter Wonderland die set, especially this little guy who is looking up xo  His bow is from the Village Christmastime die set and the stamped sentiment from the Christmas Classic stamp set, stamped with Wendy Vecchi's Geranium Archival ink.


The two tunnel layers were stenciled with Candied Apple Distress Ink through the Nordic and Peppermint Layering stencils.  Some stars were die cut from gold Metallic Kraft Stock with Simon Says Stamp's Large Holiday Shapes dies and attached to the inner tunnel layer so that they would pop forward when the card was opened.


Woodlands tree die cuts were adhered to the back of the tunnel and covered with a bit of Clear Rock Candy Distress Glitter.  More of the gold stars were also scattered here and there along with a stamped sentiment from the Great Outdoors stamp set.


One of the garlands from the Village Christmastime die set was attached to the front tunnel element so it would pop forward when the card was opened and another of those adorable deer was added to the very front.


I'm totally smitten with the dimension on these cards!  Think I am going to try three tunnel layers now, wish me luck!


Winter is arriving early here in B.C., we awoke to snow on the mountains around our home and a few flakes are flying here at the house although not sticking to the ground quite yet!


I'm definitely in a Christmas frame of mind looking out the windows today so off to make more cards, I'll be back soon and until then happy creating!

Deb xo

Sunday, October 6, 2019

Tidings Christmas Shadow Box Card

Hi everyone, I've been playing with making dimensional interactive cards and have a first attempt to share with you.  I followed the excellent tutorial from the inimitable Jennifer McGuire on YouTube for her 'Inside Shadow Box Card'.  Don't know why I haven't made them before, they are so easy and so much fun!


The outside of the card was stenciled with Tim Holtz's Starry stencil and then stamped with his Mini Swirly Snowflakes stamps in shades of blue Distress Inks.  The Stitched Rectangle die cut  was left over from die cutting the window inside the card and I just stamped it with the evergreen spray from Tim's Scribble Woodland stamp set and watercoloured the image.  The 'tidings' sentiment was die cut with the Holiday Words 2: Script die.

I had those 3 young girls stamped and fussy cut in my stash (from Artistic Outpost's Paperboy stamp set) and they fit perfectly inside the die cut window.  The 'frame' around the window was stenciled with the mini Diamonds Shifter Stencil (#36) with Weathered Wood and Stormy Sky Distress inks and more of the Mini Swirly Snowflakes were stamped and die cut with the coordinating Swirly Snowflakes dies.


The background of the shadow box was stenciled with the mini Starry stencil (#31) and the Tree Line die was cut from some blue inked scrap paper and layered on top.  The 'fa-la-la-la-la' sentiment is also from Tim's Scribble Woodland stamp set.


The girls were attached to the front of the window so that they would pop up when the card was opened and one of the die cut snowflakes was also attached behind them so it would pop up too.


So much fun to make these cards and really easy once you understand the mechanics, can't wait to make more!


I think that I will also give inside tunnel cards a try, they are very similar to these shadow box cards but have more layers and graduated die cut openings for even more dimension.  Click here to see Jennifer McGuire's video tutorial for the tunnel cards, too much fun!

I'd like to link up my Tidings Christmas Shadow Box card with Simon Says Stamps current Monday challenge 'Let's Get Ready For Christmas'.

Thanks as always for stopping by today and happy creating,

Deb xo

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

A Herd Of Deer Christmas Cards

Hello everyone and thanks for stopping by.  I know that it is only October 2nd but I have some deer themed Christmas cards to share with you today made from a masterboard background.  As hard as it is to believe the holidays will be here before we know it and with that in mind I'm taking the advice of Simon Says Stamp's Monday challenge blog and am linking my Christmas cards up with their current challenge, 'Let's Get Ready For Christmas'!


I was working on a Christmas themed project for one of my DT's and ended up with a piece of copy paper filled with stencil monoprints.  Not wanting to waste it, I added more stenciling, stamping and texture paste embossing and then cut it into 4 pieces for my deer themed Christmas card backgrounds.


Then each background was stamped again with Tim Holtz's Flurry stamp, embossed with some white sparkle embossing powder, tattered around the edges and adhered to a white card blank.


Each card was then embellished with layered die cuts, all with a deer theme.  I didn't take any step out pics of each card as I made it so here are some closeups with a brief description of the dies used.

Joyful Deer Christmas Card


I used Tim Holtz's Winter Wonderland deer die, cut from sanded Classic Kraft Stock with an offset white die cut underneath and a Woodlands tree also die cut from white card.


The sentiment was cut from blue textured cardstock with a Holiday Words 2: Script die and an offset white die cut beneath it as well.


Joy To The World Deer Ornaments Card


Mini Holiday Greens were die cut from green and white card, offset and layered and dots of Stardust Stickles Glitter Glue added to the berries on the greenery.


The Bigz Retro Ornaments dies were cut from deer patterned cardstock and bumped with a white die cut behind.  Deco Foil Iridescent foil was used for the decorative elements and the hangers on the ornaments.


Broke out my Sizzlits Stacked Words Christmas Strip die and die cut 'joy to the world' from white textured cardstock with an Iridescent foil die cut offset behind it.


Wonder Deer Christmas Card


The Dashing Deer was die cut from sanded Classic Kraft Stock with a white die cut offset behind it and the wreath around his neck was die cut with the Mini Wreath and Bow Movers & Shapers dies from Classic Kraft Stock and Iridescent foiled Deco Foil Toner Sheet.


The sentiment was die cut from the Iridescent foiled Toner Sheet with the Holiday Words 2: Script die with another white sentiment bumped and layered behind it.


Peace Deer Christmas Card


** The observant folks will have noticed that this background is not the same as the others.  I totally mucked up the embossing on the masterboard background for this card so had to use a piece of blue patterned cardstock instead that I stamped and stenciled in the same manner as the masterboard.  Pretty close substitution but have to admit the air was as blue as this background for awhile!!**

The Prancing Deer was die cut from sanded Classic Kraft Stock with a white die cut offset behind it and a piece of Tinsel Twine was inked with Mushroom Alcohol ink, gently heated to curl up some of the tinsely bits and wrapped around his neck.


'Peace' was die cut with the Holiday Words 2: Thin die from textured blue cardstock with a piece of the Iridescent foiled Toner Sheet behind it and then framed with white cardstock.


And finally each card was stamped on the inside with a sentiment from the Mini Doodle Greetings stamp set and a deer from Simon Says Stamp's Stamptember 2017 limited edition release (the deer is a smaller version of the Great Outdoors deer).


Not sure if I am going to gift these as a set of cards to someone special or if they will be individually winging their way to friends near and far this holiday season.  But either way I have a start on my Christmas preparations, woo-hoo!  Every year the holidays seem to creep up faster and faster so hoping that this year I might possibly, hopefully, maybe be ready in time :O)   Thanks as always for stopping by today and happy creating,

Deb xo

Monday, September 30, 2019

Poltergeist's Parlor Halloween Tag

Hello everyone, I have a Halloween home decor tutorial to share with you over on Therm O Web's blog for my Poltergeist's Parlor tag created with their Deco Foil Metallix Gels and Foil Transfer Sheets on one of Tim Holtz's Etcetera Tags.


I had sooo much fun making this tag and love how it turned out!

I used Tim's new Abandoned Paper Stash on the background with stamping and stenciling and one of his new word bands from the Halloween Words Adornments.


The mirror was created with Deco Foil Silver Transfer Foil and then I used the Pure Gold Metallix Gel as a gilding medium on the mirror frame, worked a treat!


And of course I had to add one of my transparent ghosts (Tim Holtz's Frightful Things dies) but this time I die cut him from Therm O Web's Clear Toner Sheet which worked perfectly.


Broke out the Fireside die for this project, made for a great centerpiece in my spooky parlor!


And I am thrilled at how the Regions Beyond candles turned out when I used them with Champagne Mist Metallix Gel, make sure to pop by Therm O Web's blog for the how to!


Wicked Spiders and Bitty Bats also came out to play and I love how my police tape 'evidence' banner turned out!


I had lots of fun decorating the fireplace hearth with Skulls, Boneyard bones, putka pods and Mummy Cloth and moss.


Iridescent Deco Foil and the Cadaverous eye stamp made for a perfectly spooky crystal ball die cut with the Regions Beyond dies.


Glazed Pewter Metallix Gel was used for the fireplace surround and hearth while Brutus Monroe's Sunrise Transfer Foil made for perfect flames.


The stacked skulls were topped with another Metallix Gel candle with thanks to Stephanie Hutchinson for the shaped candle idea!


And I was inspired by the Etcetera Tags Bat Web Trims to make the shelf below the fireplace, I used a couple of Ruler Pieces and some stacked Bat Crazy dies to get a similar effect.


Hope you can visit Therm O Web's blog for the full tutorial, lots of details on this one so pour yourself a cup of your favourite potion and head on over to read all about it.  Thanks as always for stopping by today and happy haunting!

Deb xo

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Halloween Card Making Fun

Hi everyone I've got a couple more Halloween cards to share with you, having so much fun making them this year!


First up is my Stacked Jacks card.


I used Tim Holtz's Halloween Script stencil on the background, inking it with Black Soot Distress Ink and then colouring over the stenciled words with Wilted Violet and Seedless Preserves DI.  I then spattered on some water and some drops of Evergreen Bough and Aged Mahogany Distress Oxide Inks.


Tim's new Bat Crazy bats were die cut from black cardstock and adhered over top.


And then the pumpkins were stamped onto Distress Mixed Media Heavystock coloured with Rusty Hinge, Carved Pumpkin and Spiced Marmalade with Tim's Jack O Lantern stamps (this set was only available through Michaels a couple of years ago, they are a slightly smaller version of his Pumpkinhead stamps) and die cut with the coordinating dies.  I stacked them up on top of each other and the card was done.


It wouldn't be Halloween without my beloved Lost Zombie so I broke him out to make my Trick Or Treat Zombie card.  Went a little nuts with the colours on this one LOL!


I stenciled the mini Crossbones stencil onto black cardstock with Hickory Smoke Distress Oxide for the back panel and then used Tim's new Shifter Chevron stencil with Crushed Olive and Seedless Preserves Distress Ink for the top panel, spritzing it with water.


The Lost Zombie was die cut from Distress Mixed Media Heavystock coloured with Peeled Paint, Cracked Pistachio and Evergreen Bough Distress Oxide Inks.  His shirt was die cut again and coloured with Aged Mahogany DOX and his pants die cut from a piece of Tim Holtz stencil packaging.



The spider from Tim's Frightful Things die set was cut from black cardstock and hung from the zombie's hand with a piece of thread and then the 'trick or treat' sentiment from his Regions Beyond stamp set was stamped onto the same DOX inked card that the zombie was cut from.


Hope you've enjoyed seeing them, I have to get them into the mail right away to some of my Halloween loving crafty buddies and I hope that they will like them too.  Thanks as always for stopping by today and happy (Halloween!) creating,

Deb xo