Continuing with my easy and ‘low-cost to make and on postage costs’ Christmas Cards, – made using Card-io Stamps, stamp ink pads and a bit of imagination. Today we’re feeding the birds their Christmas Dinner.
I love this card as it has some humour built into it somehow. It makes me smile when I look at it.
To make: I began stamping the garland towards the top of the card, using a twiggy stamp, and a berry stamp – to which I added a little red by colouring over the berries with a fine tipped red Staedtler pen.
Then I ripped a sheet of cheap copy paper in a wiggly but straight(ish) line and angled it on top of the card in the place where I wanted a snow-covered hillside in the background to be. Using three colours of Versa Color ink pads I ‘made’ the sunset by blending first the lightest yellow colour, using a cheap cosmetic sponge – over the edge of the torn paper. I then added a soft shade of yellowy orange to the centre – blending it outwards so that the colour began to graduate. Finally I added a tiny touch of a deep warm shade of orange, again blending outwards so that there were no ‘edges’ to the three colours, but a warm glow. Voila! A sunset.
To make the blue sky over to the left hand side of the card, I did the exact same thing as making the sunset – simply blending (this time) two colours of blue.
Next came the sentiment closely followed by stamping the bird houses/feeders. I added the trees in the background, and birds on the bird boxes, individually.
I ‘framed’ the whole scene by hand drawing a pair of wiggly, barbed, lines around the edge of the card.
Then came the fun stuff … the Snow!
I took this photo at an ‘odd’ angle so that I could capture the snow to show you where it was. I used Pinflair glue, and added Pinflair Snow Dust to make the snow on the hillside, and on the tops of the bird houses/feeders; around the bottom of the post on the one bird house/feeder and along the ledges.
I also added more ‘snow’ by using a Graph It marker in white. Using it as ‘snow falling from the sky’ by dotting carefully and gently over the scene, and also adding little strokes to the garland so that it looked like snow had collected on some of the twigs.
And that, as they say, is all there is to it!
I really enjoyed the making of this card, it came together so quickly and was such fun. (I was watching Judge Judy at the time – so I’m astounded it turned out well at all. Judge Judy is SO acerbic and caustic, she has me hooting with laughter. I’m quite sure that I’d get it in the neck from her for doing that – so please don’t anyone tell her or she’ll ground me for a week! LOL)
Whilst I’ve got your attention: those of you who were waiting for my ‘Craft Product I Recommend’ blog post about Card-io Stamps – it is in the pipeline, and there is a reason that it’s not on the blog here yet, which you’ll find out about when I actually post it.
Thank you so much for visiting and staying with me for a while. I SO enjoy your company. I always feel like you’ve come and joined me at my kitchen table, and shared a coffee with me while we’ve had a good ol’ chat and a few giggles about crafting. Perfick! (lovers of Pop Larkin; author H.E. Bates; Darling Buds of May, will ‘get’ that word: → but for those who haven’t got the foggiest notion of what I’m talking about – replace ‘perfick’ with ‘perfect’). 😀
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another really pretty one!
I love the snow. And the sunset is Lemon Daisy colors! Even reading your tutorials where you explain every technique, I’m amazed at the magic you do.
Love this technique. I find it interesting that I stopped using cosmetic sponges for make-up ages ago and now use them for crafting. You have a unique look to your work. Keep up the good work!
Hello PrettyColor …. thank you so much for your lovely words and kindness.
I began using the cosmetic sponges from my make up box when I needed to use more colours than I had blending brushes for, and so I ‘stole’ one of my sponges from my dressing table. Since then … I’ve always used them. (although, I only use really cheap as chips ones in my craft room – so that I don’t feel too bad about throwing them out after use).
Sending love and warmest wishes ~ Cobs. x
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What a lovely card idea Cobs! Do I understand that it’s a one sided card like a post card but will be put in an envelope? Didn’t think the snow could be sent like a postcard.. Evax
Hello Eva! I adore seeing your name here, it gives me a sort of warm hug around my heart.
The cards: are all regular cards – folded in half, which you can open, read what’s written inside, and then stand them up to display them.
The confusion is entirely my fault, I didn’t explain it properly.
(That’s what happens when your arm is eaten by a mangle when you’re little. It affects the brain. ROFL … Oh … and yes … I might put it on my blog and give readers a little ticklish laugh or two. lol)
Sending love Eva ~ Cobs. x
I’m in total agreement: love Ma & Pa Larkin, love Jude Judy, LOVE the card! 😍