Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Two for one

I have a couple of Christmas cards today. 
The first is a non-traditional pink:

I am more comfortable with red and green but who can resist pink?
I embossed this bauble in silver and then coloured it with pink ink and water on an acrylic block. The I covered it in Glossy Accents and waited and waited for it to dry. I searched through my threads feeling sure I'd have the right pink but no. So I had the bright idea of colouring it with the ink. I just dipped it into the wet ink on the acrylic block and it dried much more quickly than the Glossy Accents. 

Then I bravely embossed the sentiment and then even more bravely added splatters!
I've never done this before, being sure that I'd ruin the card. (I did practise on another piece of paper first). I'm really pleased with the result. 
The bauble and sentiment are stamps which came with stamping magazines. I was feeling rather low a couple of weeks ago and succumbed. I'd like to say they were better for me than chocolate but I probably bought that too!
The pattern up the side is a Stamplorations stamp. 
I'd like to enter this into:
Merry Monday - shades of pink and grey or silver. 

Rudolf Days September Challenge and 
Stamploratons CAS challenge. I always forget to enter but this month the optional colour is Pink. 

Here is another card which I am less keen on. 

I used an oval mask and sponged the blue through it and then removed it to add the trees. Then I ran a ball tool round the edge to define it. (I may have done that first, I can't remember. That would probably make more sense). 
I've used a bit of design paper which I've been hoarding for ages, which is not Christmassy but I don't think that matters,  and also a snippet of tartan which is only a snippet as I keep cutting the sheet but never actually using it! Also very old.
The holly is from the magazine set and the little house is Polka Doodles. 
I'm linking this to 52CCT where the technique is Masking

and I think I'll drop into the Snippets Playground as I've used lots of snippets and also old stash which is nearly as good.
I'm really not very good at layering, some people do it so beautifully. I'll have to do more observation!
Take care and have fun. x


  1. They're two lovely cards Alison. I do particularly like the first one. It's such a lovely colour too. Barbxx

  2. Two lovely cards...you were extremely brave with your splatters but as you say they turned out well.........I have not been brave enough to ever try!! Clever dying of the thread too.....funny how we have stashes of stuff but NEVER the right colour!!..lol Nice scene on the second one and I like the splash of tartan!

  3. quelle jolie création en rose Alison, merci de jouer avec nous chez 52CCT, biz

  4. Two gorgeous cards, and a great idea for getting matching thread, I'll remember that one!

  5. Really lovely cards! Great job :)
    Thanks for joining us at 52CCT! :) Kaja

  6. Both fabulous cards, especially like the first with the pink + silver colour combo and your splatters. Thanks for joining in the fun over at Rudolph Days xx

  7. Two adorable cards! Love the ornament in first one so much! Thank you so much for playing along with us at STAMPlorations this month! :)
    Suchi- DT xx

  8. Oh, my but this is a gorgeous ornament, Alison! And your splatters are perfect! Thanks for sharing with us at Merry Monday! (Love your little Christmas cottage too!)

  9. Love this ornament, it is very pretty with the perfect embossing!!! thanks so much for sharing this card with us....

  10. Wouw,very pretty and well done!

  11. I think these are both beautiful cards. The first is very arty and beautiful with its non traditional colours.
    The second is lovely as well. I think the tartan looks very Christmassy and the pretty blue floral looks like the type of wallpaper that you would find in your pretty Christmas house!
    Thanks for taking part in the September Rudolph Days Challenge.

  12. Both cards are lovely, but oh wow--I love pink & I LOVE your beautiful card!

  13. These are both super, and so different. Love the bauble. And your Christmas scene is just fab. The addition of tartan gives a very traditional feel. Thanks so much for playing long with 52CCT this week! Deborah, DT.

  14. Two lovely cards. The Christmas scene is just gorgeous. I love how you used the mask to add the blue colour - it gives it a magical effect. I think your choice of patterned papers work really well together. Thanks for joining us at 52CCT. Gill, DT.

  15. 2 beautiful cards . . . Lesley :)

  16. Both of your cards are super pretty!! Thanks so much for playing with us this week at Merry Monday!

  17. Beautiful cards, Alison - I love them both! Thanks for joining us at 52CCT, April x


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