Monday, 11 December 2017

Letterpress Christmas - Altered Decor

Hello and happy Monday!

I'm sharing a set of altered letterpress words that I bought from the local $ store.
They were plain wood when I bought them but I stained, painted and distressed them to get some wonderful new pieces to add to my holiday decor.

I also have a Youtube video so you can watch me create these.

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Saturday, 9 December 2017

Bright Lights Blog Hop - Scrap 'n Stamp Designer Challenge

Hello & welcome! You should have arrived here from Tara's post on the Scrap 'n Stamp blog.
Be sure to visit each blog on the hop and leave a comment for a chance to win a Lawn Fawn die from this months new release. Let's get hoppin'.

This month we were given the challenge of using the Lawn Fawn String of Lights die set.

- Here is my finished card -

I started with a piece of white cardstock that was 4 7/8" x 4 7/8". I took the 'string' part of the die set and placed it across the cardstock like in the photo below. I put it through my Big Shot and then removed the 'string' part. This left me with
I cut out the top layer of my balloon in red glitter paper, the bottom layer of the balloon in white cardstock, the string and lightbulb base in gold glitter paper.
I inserted the gold glitter string between the two pieces of the cardstock from step one and adhered with some doubled sided tape. I then flipped it back over and stamped my sentiment.

I then adhered my lightbulbs down along the gold string. 
Next I adhered my white cardstock to a piece of 5 1/8" x 5 1/8" black cardstock.
I added some Tarnished Brass Distress Crayon to the edge and Barn Door Distress Crayon around the lightbulb with a detailer water brush.

Julia Chupik - that's me!

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Thursday, 30 November 2017

So many snowflakes.....more Christmas cards!

I'm back with another post about my Christmas card making for 2017.
Here is the finished set of cards - I only needed 4 but I was having so much fun blending, stamping and heat embossing I just kept going!

The Swirly Snowflake stamps and coordinating die are brilliant. I love the details in the stamped images and the dies are fabulous for those of us who dislike fussy cutting.

  I started by choosing some Distress Oxides in purple and blue tones.
Foe these cards I used Wilted Violet, Seedless Preserves, Salty Ocean,
Peacock Feathers, Faded Jeans and Black Soot.
 These inks blend so beautifully and leave such a gorgeous matte, chalky finish.
I inked the edges of my background with the Faded Jeans to frame the edge.

I gave each background a spritz & flick of water then gave then a quick blast from my heat gun to dry them before stamping some swirly snowflakes with Champagne Versamark. I love the sparkly watermark this makes over the Oxides.

To create my snowflake focal point I used my Tim Holtz stamping platform.
I applied 2-4 different colours of ink om my stamp, gave it a quick spritz of water them stamped it.
 I then cleaned off my stamp without removing it from the platform, inked it with my Ranger Emboss-It dauber then stamped my image again. I then heat embossed it with clear embossing powder.
I die cut out my snowflakes and adhered them to the backgrounds with an action wobble.
I added a sentiment then adhered them to my card base. I now have another set of
cards ready to be mailed out.
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Card backgrounds and bases were made using
Creative Scrapbooker Superstock