Thursday, 27 August 2015

Not a square!

After an enforced break from stamping, I have salvaged a bit of time for it in the last few weeks. I was determined to make a card for 52CCT this week. I've looked at the challenge every week but failed to produce a card.  My pile of Christmas cards is very small, I know I have plenty of time but it is so much better to make them in a relaxed manner rather than blind panic.
This week really was a challenge.

I don't usually make shaped cards, I played around with a few designs in my early card making days but now I play safe and always make square or rectangular and they are much easier!
Judging by the lack of cards entered as I write this, everyone has found this hard. My first attempts are in the bin but here is my offering and actually, I really like it. 

I've still played safe and used a circle but with the amount of time I've wasted I could have done something very elaborate. It is quite small - 11cm.
It evolved as I went along. I was going for red and green and then decided gold embossing would be fun. It also makes it rather different from the wreaths I made last year, and I can't remember who I sent them to!  
Cutting the circle base card was hard. I used a circle cutting tool, as I don't have a die for that. I had to press quite hard to get through two layers but keep it still or an oval is produced and not a regular one either. I made a couple of spirals too.  I think it is fair to say I wasted more card that usual. 
I used Card-io majestix stamps, meadow ink pad, gold embossing powder and black Stickles. Then I cut a little slip off the bottom so the card stands instead of rolling. Though I quite like the idea of a rolling card - maybe for a child.

I'm also nipping into the Snippet's Playground. I used a snippet of green for mounting and green thread for the knotty bit at the top. I've also created many more snippets, does that count? I think I'll need to make a patchwork card to use them up.




  1. Oh Alison - you did make me chuckle! Well done for Percy Veerance and ending up with such a lovely card. Love the stamps you used!

    You mentioned 'rolling cards' - have you come across 'rocker' cards? This is a link to a post on my blog -

    They're huge fun to make and really, without a large circular die, you could make the base by drawing round a saucer or similar and then hand cutting as they then are folded in half for the rocker action.

    Good to see you in the Playground!


    Di xx

    1. Thanks, that is a good idea. I've made a penny slider card before which are good fun for children (and adults, my daughter made one with a spinning tardis for her friend, who was probably about 22!)

  2. A stunning shaped card, Alison with beautiful colours. Yes, I know that blind panic of Christmas card making only too well! :-) Thanks for joining us at 52CCT (your snippet pile is growing like mine!) April x

  3. I agree that shaped cards are tough, but your circle card is just stunning. Love the image - so festive. Thanks so much for playing along with 52CCT this week!

  4. The wreath is so pretty! Your card reminds me of an ornament to hang on the tree. I'm glad you joined us at 52CCT this week! :)

  5. Wow! So pretty with the gold embossing & your circle card is perfect x


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