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Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Seventy seven and counting....

Christmas cards made, that is. I have made a few today but got bogged down making ones using metal and alcohol inks, and only made four of these. Now I will have to make a few quickies to catch up as I need to make around 120 by Friday at the latest.

I am going to enter some of these in two Challenges:  UnstampaBelles for using no stamps and Crafty Cardmakers for using embossing powder. 

My first set were easy - some embossing using the Cuttlebug and some die cuts using three absolutely lovely Memory Box dies - a snowflake, a tree and a Frosty Border. Here are some examples - the base cards are commercial blanks (mostly) and the card I used for layering is mostly SU but there are some from the stash. It seems strange that they are winter themes and the sun was shining brightly this morning when the photo's were taken of the top three or four - makes the embossing look quite deep. 


I am entering this one above into a challenge at UnstampaBelles: no stamps used to create a Christmas card. I seems strange making cards with no stamps but I like the look of these. 



Thise one and the one below are also sprayed with white  mica spray, and the stamp used is from Waltzing Mouse and is embossed with white EP. The gold bling is from Kaiser.

My frosty border broke so I had to use it differently
These are the metal ones - again embossing folders and the Cuttlebug, but it is metal shim being embossed and coloured.  When dry I put black StaysOn ink over the top to try to highlight the embossing and  I then used Versamark and clear EP to get a shine back on it.  Some have two or three coats and some are done using UTEE. Its also quite interesting to see those commercial card blanks in real life and in the photo - they are much richer and more burgundy in real life - in the photos the blue is bleeding through and they look almost purple.

I am entering this in a challenge at Crafty Cardmakers, for embossing! It has both wet and dry embossing, as does the other three. 

Only one coat of normal EP. The frame is Shapeabilities and the sentiment is SU

Two coats of normal EP. SU card as the base card.

This one and the one below both use UTEE - the sentiment is from Waltzing Mouse.

In real life that ribbon is a perfect match!

9 comments:

Susie Little said...

Cool embossing! Thank you for playing at Crafty Cardmakers! xx

Josephine said...

What a lovely set of cards!

Thanks for joining us at Crafty Cardmakers this time.

Sally said...

A lovely selection of Christmas cards & all so different. My faves are the first three, the dry embossing looks fab. The one for our Crafty Cardmakers challenge is stunning. Thanx for joining us this week.

Cathy (aka CrafteeCC) said...

Lovely embossing Susan! thanks for joining in UnstampaBelles Challenge this month. You have mentioned that you would like to enter the DT call - could you please leave a link on the DT call post - http://unstampabelleschallenges.blogspot.com/2011/11/inspiration-and-dt-call.html. Many thanks.

Toodles and Binks (Galaxy Girl from UK STampers) said...

Very lovely cards

Kay

Scrapcat 1 said...

Each one is so different and they are all lovely. Good luck in the DT call and thanks for joining us at Crafty Cardmakers.

Merry said...

Oh wow...you certainly are a busy lady. What stunning cards. I love your entry for our Unstampabelles challenge...such a delicate die you have used. Thanks for joining in.

Monica said...

All so pretty and likeable.

Monica xxx

Stacie (craft-princess) said...

WOW! What a gorgeous set of cards! Thanks for sharing with us over at Unstampabelles!