Cardmaking

Rainbow Feathers (Cut With A Cricut Explore) Card And Bookmark Set

Last week I shared how I’ve been using Amy Tangerine’s Creative Handbook (if you missed it see my post HERE). The 3rd practice includes a place to stick inspiring images, and I’d printed some projects I wanted to try from my Pinterest boards. One of the images I printed out was of THIS CARD by RobynRW at the Studio Calico gallery. The main thing I loved about it was the rainbow coloured feathers, so I took this inspiration to make my own…

DIY Embellishments Rainbow Feathers Cut With The Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates

DISCLOSURE: Cricut have provided me with a Cricut Explore Machine, some materials including cardstock, and access to the Image Library, to help me write this post. However ALL opinions in this post are my own and not governed or controlled by Cricut in any way.

And I put them to good use on a card and bookmark set!

Here’s how to make your own…

Step 1: Cut out a bunch of feathers using a manual or electronic die-cutter (or however else you can). I used my Cricut Explore with images #M119F95 and #M37FE9, duplicating them and resizing so that I had a nice selection (the largest feather is 5½” tall). I also changed them all to black so they’d cut at the same time, and I cut them all from white American Crafts cardstock on the cardstock+1 setting:

Feathers in the Cricut Explore Design Space

Step 2: Peel the feathers from your mat and gather some ink pads in red, pink, yellow, green, and blue. You also need an ink blending tool (or foam make-up sponges work too) and something to protect your work surface (a non-stick craft mat is best but you could use some scrap papers as long as the ink won’t bleed out of the paper):

DIY Embellishments Rainbow Feathers Cut With The Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 3: Ink your feathers! Work in the order red, pink, yellow, green blue, using one colour on all the feathers before you go onto a new colour:

DIY Embellishments Rainbow Feathers Cut With The Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 4: Now would be a really good time to clean your mat. I didn’t and I ended up picking up blue ink off the mat onto my fingers, and smudging it onto the other colours in the feathers. Doh. You can’t see it unless you look quite closely so I’ll live with it! You can also add a little more colour if you feel like any sections are too pale – I went over the pink section another time before I was happy with them:

DIY Embellishments Rainbow Feathers Cut With The Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 5: Leave them to dry completely. You don’t want to be smudging ink or transferring ink to book pages from a bookmark!

Once they are completely dry you could put them aside as embellishments to use on a rainy day… or you could go right ahead and use them on a card and bookmark set:

Step 6: Find a 7×5″ card blank. Cut a piece of smooth white card to 4⅝” x 6¾”. Put a line of adhesive (I used double-sided tape) across the white card, approx 1½” from the top. Stick some feathers along the line, alternating the sizes of feathers you use:

DIY Embellishments Rainbow Feathers Cut With The Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 7: Cover up the adhesive with some glitter tape and/or ribbon:

DIY Embellishments Rainbow Feathers Cut With The Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 8: Stitch a border around the white card, stamp your greeting above the ribbon, and adhere the white card to the card blank:

DIY Embellishments Rainbow Feathers Cut With The Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 8: To make a matching bookmark, cut out a bookmark shape from white card (I used image #M42BFC ‘long simple tag’ in the Cricut Design Space, cut at 6″ tall, 2″ wide). Put a feather on the front and hold it in place with low-tack tape at the top and bottom, while you stitch random lines across the feather:

DIY Embellishments Rainbow Feathers Cut With The Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 9: Adhere the white bookmark shape to a slightly larger bookmark shape cut from teal patterned paper (the Cricut image cuts both parts). Use in a book or pop it in the card as a gift:

DIY Embellishments Rainbow Feathers Cut With The Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates

Don’t you know someone who’d like to receive these?:

DIY Embellishments Rainbow Feathers Cut With The Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates

What rainbow coloured things have you been making lately? I seem to love rainbow hues right now!

Have a great Monday,

Jennifer x

DISCLOSURE: Cricut have provided me with a Cricut Explore Machine, some materials including cardstock, and access to the Image Library, to help me write this post. However ALL opinions in this post are my own and not governed or controlled by Cricut in any way.

Cardmaking

Spring Themed Card for the Mixed Media Card Challenge

Today I’m sharing a card that I’m entering into the Mixed Media Card Challenge #9 (closes 25th March). Their theme is ‘Spring’ with the optional extra element ‘Bird’. Here’s my card:

See A Rainbow Stencil Spring Card at Jennifer Grace Creates

I was especially drawn to the rainbow in the challenge graphic:

Mixed Media Card Challenge #9 'Spring' March 2015

Which seemed like a perfect excuse to use the new Happy Scatter ‘See A Rainbow’ stencil. First I sprayed the back of the stencil with some Spray-Mount repositionable adhesive, and placed it onto my card (the front of the card measures approx 15 x 10.5cm), using some washi tape to cover any areas where I didn’t want the ink to accidentally go through:

See A Rainbow Stencil Spring Card at Jennifer Grace Creates

Then I used pigment inks (Avery Elle Aquamarine and Lemon Grass, and American Crafts Mustard and Grapefruit) with a Tim Holtz Ink Blending Tool (and separate foam pads for each colour), to daub some colour through the rainbow. I started with blue at the bottom, then used green, yellow, and finally pink at the top:

See A Rainbow Stencil Spring Card at Jennifer Grace Creates

I lifted the stencil off to reveal the rainbow, folded the card, and dripped some Heidi Swapp Seafoam Mist droplets over the rainbow:

See A Rainbow Stencil Spring Card at Jennifer Grace Creates

While I waited for some mist to dry I glittered up a sun and a flower wood veneer (from the Fresh New World set). First I coated them with a thick layer of Mod-Podge:

Glittering Wood Veneers at Jennifer Grace Creates

I threw on lots of American Crafts ‘Wow’ Lemon Glitter:

Glittering Wood Veneers at Jennifer Grace Creates

And I left it to dry for a couple of hours (it takes a while because of the thickness of the Mod-Podge). Once it was dry I shook off the excess glitter:

Glittering Wood Veneers at Jennifer Grace Creates

Then I finished the card off with a stamped greeting (from Avery Elle ‘Cake & Candles’), a cloud and a flower from the Spring Paper Pieces set, some glitter ribbon, enamel dots, a rhinestone star, and a fabric brad with a bird on:

See A Rainbow Stencil Spring Card at Jennifer Grace Creates

It’s a colourful and cheerful way to send a greeting in spring!

Have you ever entered the Mixed Media Card Challenge? Why not give it a try – you don’t have to use tons of arty supplies as embellishments and textures count too. See their list of ideas for mixed-media things to include HERE.

I hope you see a real life rainbow today,

Jennifer x

Industry News & Reviews

A Review Of The Big Picture Classes New Website

NB: I am not affiliated or connected with Big Picture Classes in any way, I just want to shout about something I’m loving!

Have you taken a look at the new Big Picture Classes website yet? I’m loving it, and I thought I’d share a review so you can find out why!

Straight up I will say there are things that are different to how it was run before. And some aspects aren’t perfect, but they are working to try and solve them, so we may just need to wait a while for a few fixes. But for me the new way works. And I’ve got some shiny new projects to prove it…

A Review of Big Picture Classes at Jennifer Grace Creates

If you haven’t heard of Big Picture classes, it was started by Stacy Julian in 2005, and has featured a variety of classes about scrapbooking, crafting with kids, photography, and more. The company was sold to Studio Calico in August 2014, though Stacy Julian is still at the forefront of the business. You can read more about the story of the company HERE.

Big Picture Classes used to sell classes on an individual basis, charging different amounts per class. Some class were self-paced and some were taught during a certain time-frame. I think all of them were sold with the promise of lifetime access, which has now changed, and which caused some controversy at the end of 2014, which you can read about at Scrapbook Update HERE. However Big Picture have been doing their best to figure out how to give plenty of time for people to download / backup the classes they’ve paid for in the past. Any classes that are transferring to the new site will still be accessible if you’d previously purchased them – I believe once they are uploaded you receive a code so you can access them without having to subscribe…

The new website is run on a SUBSCRIPTION basis.

It costs $9.95 a month to subscribe, and you get access to all the regular classes on offer. There will be quarterly premium classes which ARE NOT included in the subscription, which anyone can pay to join in with. I think there’s currently 20 classes available, with more ‘coming soon’ – they say they hope to add 10-15 classes, maybe more, per month. Here’s a glimpse at some of the current classes:

(Screenshot of ‘New Releases’ at Big Picture Classes, taken 11th March 2015)

Here’s what I like about this – you can unsubscribe at any time. And your content will still be there when you re-subscribe again. I plan to unsubscribe at the end of September and re-subscribe at the beginning of February, because I know during October – January I don’t have time for classes! In the meantime I can browse all the classes, and dip in-and-out when I find something that interests me. I’m not limited to one class that might turn out not to be what I expected – I can just do a lesson on cardmaking one day, and a lesson on photography the next!

You can also customize your profile page – you can add your profile photo, a cover photo, links to your blog and social media, etc, and you can ‘follow’ other members. Here’s what mine looks like at the moment, though I’m still tweaking it:

You can follow my profile HERE.

So far I’ve checked out several classes, though I haven’t completed all the lessons for each – I’m just going with whatever intrigues or inspires me. I have watched all the lessons of Paige’s Pages 01 though, and one of the lessons inspired me to make this layout…

Pass That Silly Parcel:

Pass That Silly Parcel Layout using a pinked-circle punch at Jennifer Grace Creates

Paige Evan’s had a great video sharing how to make the circular page element with punched circles cut-in-half, though adapted it by using a pinked-circle punch, and I only filled half my layout with the design instead of the whole layout like Paige’s.

I enjoyed almost didn’t stitch the circles with a sewing machine, but I followed Paige’s guidance and I’m so glad I did:

Pass That Silly Parcel Layout using a pinked-circle punch at Jennifer Grace Creates

It was a great way to use up lots of paper scraps and adds a dramatic detail to the page:

Pass That Silly Parcel Layout using a pinked-circle punch at Jennifer Grace Creates

This is for an album I’m making about My 30th Birthday Party, where we all dressed as Disney characters and had lots of fun. The photo shows my friend Rosie (aka princess Jasmine) trying out an inflatable saxophone she won in the pass-the-parcel:

Pass That Silly Parcel Layout using a pinked-circle punch at Jennifer Grace Creates

I am so glad I tried this technique out as it adds something unique to my album, and it was great to add more patterns than I normally do.

Another class I’ve dipped into was Postmarked, by Julie Campbell, about cardmaking. I’ve totally skipped a bit, where you are shown how to make a storage folder for cards – I might go back to this at some point but I didn’t fancy it right now (I’m happy with the box storage I’m currently using). But there was a lesson on watercolour cards, and a watercolour rainbow cake was included, which prompted me to make this:

Watercolour Cake Birthday Card at Jennifer Grace Creates

It was super easy and fast to make!

Both the above classes have videos, though not all classes do. Hopefully at some point there will be an icon to show which classes have a video as that would be good to know.

One class that doesn’t have videos, but which I still enjoyed, was Creating With Kids – Cards, by Natalie Elphinstone, about getting kids to help you with cardmaking. You can still enjoy this class without kids as it’s mostly about getting messy and having fun, so if you are up for that you can do them all yourself! I haven’t made any projects following the actual lessons yet, but the stamped embellishments did inspire me to make the layout I shared HERE on my blog last Friday:

Stamped Embellishments at Jennifer Grace Creates

I am sure I will find lots more inspiration as I keep browsing and as new classes are added. Something to note is that there’s currently NO ABILITY to print out or download your classes – you have to follow them all online. They’ve said they are working on a solution for offline access, but I don’t know what form this will take, or when it will arrive, so if the ability to view classes offline is make-or-break for you then don’t sign up until they have this figured out. It doesn’t bother me as I can browse and watch videos on my tablet (a Hudl2), and carry it to the crafting table with me, and when I’ve printed classes in the past they’ve just stayed tucked in a folder, unused and unloved!

There’s also a community section of the website, with groups you can join to chat about your favourite topics, and a student gallery where you can upload your work (and ‘like’ or comment on other people’s projects). As more people get involved it’s going to get even more lively and interesting!

Conclusion:

This is a big change from how Big Picture Classes was run before, and I can see why some loyal customers are upset at the change. I’d only taken a few classes at the old website, and I’ve already downloaded all the class info that I wanted to keep.

For me the new website is fresh, more visual, and exciting to browse through. It gets me fired up – just like when I browse Pinterest or other blogs and I spot something I want to try. But here, unlike Pinterest, I also get the community spirit of uploading my projects and chatting to other class participants, I can earn virtual ‘badges’ for joining in, and I get little check-marks to show I’ve completed a lesson, which makes me feel like I’m achieving something!

Have you checked out the new Big Picture Classes website? What do you think? If you haven’t checked it out you can try it for free, but I think you have to put your credit card details in – so don’t forget to cancel it if you don’t want to carry on.

Let me know if you have any questions,

Jennifer x

Cardmaking

Runway Inspired Baby-Girl Card (Including Process Photos)

Today I’m sharing a baby-girl card which I’m entering into the Runway Inspired Challenge #79 (open until Friday 13th March). I’ve a few process photos too show you too!

Here’s the card I finished with…

Runway Inspired Baby-Girl Card

If you’ve not heard of it before, the Runway Inspired Challenge Blog is about finding inspiration for crafty projects by looking at the fashion world – using designer dresses from the runway / catwalk to kick off ideas. I think you can enter any crafty project but it’s usually just cards in the inspiration and entries.

Their current challenge is a little different to normal – usually there’s just one dress for inspiration but this time it was based on the Oscars and there was a few different dresses to choose from. I ended up using this photo of Keira Knightley to gather my supplies and ideas:

Keira Knightley at the Oscars
Photo Credit: MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images

Though originally I did print out a few of the photos, and gathered a couple of papers for each of them:Runway Inspired Baby-Girl Card

After choosing a couple of papers for each (I made myself stick to 2 pieces of 6×6 paper per photo so I didn’t have too much to overwhelm me), then I pulled out a few embellishments for each. I wasn’t restricting myself to only using these, but they were a starting off point so I could imagine the style and colours of the card:

Runway Inspired Baby-Girl Card

It was at this point that I realised the items I’d found for the Keira Knightley dress could make a great baby-girl card, quite fitting seeing as Keira is pregnant in the photo! So I decided to concentrate on that pile of items, though I have put the others into cello bags as card-kits for next time I need a quick idea.

I started with a square kraft card blank, and tried out my papers and embellies, I knew I wanted to layer up some trims to represent the floaty layers on Keira’s dress, so I placed these across the card and tried out the chevron paper at the bottom of the card:

Runway Inspired Baby-Girl Card

And at the top:

Runway Inspired Baby-Girl Card

I decided it was more interesting at the top of the card, and it meant you could see the netting material better against the more solid paper at the bottom.

I cut a piece of the netting so it was twice the width of the card, and 2″ deep:

Runway Inspired Baby-Girl Card

And then stitched a running-stitch across the top. I had to tie the knot at the end of the netting so that it was tied onto the net itself, because any other kind of knot would slip through those holes:

Runway Inspired Baby-Girl Card

When I reached the end of the net I gathered it up, so the net was now the same width of the card (though it will want to curl like below), and tied off the end of the thread:

Runway Inspired Baby-Girl Card

I sewed a layer of scalloped muslin (a bit like the scallops on Keira’s dress), and a layer of border-lace, on top of the netting. I inked the edges of my paper with a gold ink pad and stuck the fabric layers on top using foam tape:

Runway Inspired Baby-Girl Card

Next I tried out the embellies again, including a wood-veneer silhouette of a girl:

Runway Inspired Baby-Girl Card

And while I thought the wood-veneer was cool, it wasn’t right for this card because she’s a little-girl, not a baby. So I rummaged through my stash until I found a baby on an old cut-apart card from Crate Paper:

Runway Inspired Baby-Girl Card

Then all I had to do was add a few stickers and gems to finish it off:

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P.S. How perfect is that pink flower (behind the ‘blessed’ flair)? I was so excited when I found it because it has script words across it like Keira’s dress!

This is the first time I’ve entered at the Runway Inspired Challenge Blog and I really enjoyed using this as a way to kick off my crafting. Have you tried getting inspiration from a dress before? What would Keira Knightley’s dress inspire you to create?

Have a great day,

Jennifer x

Happy Scatter

A Card For My Valentine (using Happy Scatter items)

Sorry I’ve been absent this week. I could blame it on many things but the main reason is our current addiction to The Vampire Diaries which we have been watching on Netflix (UK)! I love Netflix but the problem with having entire seasons of shows at your fingertips is that the temptation to watch ‘just one more episode’ it too great. I think we’ve watched 10 episodes so far this week. Oops.

I managed to pull myself away briefly to make a Valentine’s card for my husband Alex, using mainly items from the Happy Scatter January Release (don’t forget about the Guest Designer Call on that post, which closes on Sunday)! Here’s the finished card:

A Valentines Card using Happy Scatter Items

Using a stencil and some other bits and pieces! Here’s how I put it together…

I pulled out some items I thought I might use – mostly Happy Scatter items but also some Simple Stories enamel dots and an A6 blue card blank:

A Valentines Card using Happy Scatter Items

I tried out a few backgrounds, including this one with the large ‘date’ journal card, and the foiled word ‘golden’:

A Valentines Card using Happy Scatter Items

I also tried this one, with the ‘we are good together’ tag and the ‘xoxo’ journaling card:

A Valentines Card using Happy Scatter Items

Before settling on the ‘I want to be with you all the time’ journaling card (from the ‘We Are Golden’ Journaling Cards pack), and the mint foiled arrow (from the ‘Hugs’ Ephemera):

A Valentines Card using Happy Scatter Items

I used some repositionable adhesive spray (I use Scotch-Weld Spray Mount) to spray the back of the Geometric Hearts Stencil, and once it was tacky I pressed it onto the A6 card blank, checking the journaling card would overlap it slightly:

A Valentines Card using Happy Scatter Items

Then I used a sponge dauber to apply white acrylic paint through the bold heart shape:

A Valentines Card using Happy Scatter Items

Once the white paint was dry I placed the tyre-track type heart over the top (again using spray adhesive to make sure it stayed in place):

A Valentines Card using Happy Scatter Items

And I used some matt artist gel mixed with grey paint to spread through the pattern:

A Valentines Card using Happy Scatter Items

Once dry it looks very cool with the depth and texture:

A Valentines Card using Happy Scatter Items

I layered on the few bits that I’d already chosen to use:

A Valentines Card using Happy Scatter Items

Then added some extra bits, like my hubby’s name, some of my Wood Veneer Shapes, and some white thread… I twirled some into a loop:

A Valentines Card using Happy Scatter Items

And held it on the card by sticking the ‘love’ ephemera circle on top (using 3D foam dots):

A Valentines Card using Happy Scatter Items

I finished it off with a bit of glitter tape and some enamel dots and gems:

A Valentines Card using Happy Scatter Items

I hope he likes it!

A Valentines Card using Happy Scatter Items

Do you make any Valentine’s cards? If yes do you turn to love-themed supplies or just use general stash?

I hope you all have a great weekend!

Jennifer x

Cardmaking

A Transparent Birthday Card (using some recycled items!)

My hubby’s birthday is coming up on Monday, and I found a couple of challenges to help me with inspiration for his card!

A Transparent Birthday Card (with some recycled items) at www.jennifergracecreates.com

The first challenge I’m linking up to is the Make The Day Special Stamp Store January challenge to Recycle. You have to use at least one item that they have in the store, and use something you would be throwing away / recycling as part of your project (or as part of the technique when making it).

Make The Day Special Stamp Store January Challenge

The second challenge is the Mixed Media Card Challenge #7 to use the word ‘New’ either as a word on your card or by using a new technique, etc, with the optional extra to use tissue.

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Here’s how to make this card…

Step 1: Find some plastic / a transparency for the clear parts of the card. I found the plastic front off a box headed for the recycling. It was packaging from a doll my daughter received at Christmas:

A Transparent Birthday Card (with some recycled items) at www.jennifergracecreates.com

I cut a clear rectangle out of it, but then I realised I wanted the back of the card to be transparent too, so I found another box, this time from a car seat cover:

A Transparent Birthday Card (with some recycled items) at www.jennifergracecreates.com

You should end up with two pieces of transparent plastic, each measuring 5 x 5.5″:

A Transparent Birthday Card (with some recycled items) at www.jennifergracecreates.com

Step 2: Take a 6×6″ kraft card blank and use a pencil to mark a large rectangle on the inside of each side, measuring 4⅝ x 3⅝”- you are leaving enough space around the edges to stick the plastic to:

A Transparent Birthday Card (with some recycled items) at www.jennifergracecreates.com

Step 3: Cut these two large rectangles out with a craft knife, and erase the pencil marks inside your card:

A Transparent Birthday Card (with some recycled items) at www.jennifergracecreates.com

Step 4: Use StazOn Black Ink to stamp your sentiment onto the top right corner of one of the clear plastic pieces. I used a sentiment from the Avery Elle Cake & Candles set:

A Transparent Birthday Card (with some recycled items) at www.jennifergracecreates.com

Stick this inside your card, on the rectangle which will be the front of your card, using double-sided sticky tape. Stick the other plain piece of plastic to the back rectangle of the card.

Step 5: Find some stubby bits of candle that are too short to use on a cake. Mine are just under 1″ tall:

A Transparent Birthday Card (with some recycled items) at www.jennifergracecreates.com

Step 6: Stick these to the front of your card, using hot glue underneath the candles, and some double-sided sticky tape over the front of the candles. Also find a piece of silver card, mine’s from a packet of Christmas-crackers:

A Transparent Birthday Card (with some recycled items) at www.jennifergracecreates.com

Step 7: Cut the silver piece down to a rectangle measuring 2⅛ x 1⅜”, round the top corners, and stick some glitter tape across the middle. Stick a piece of patterned paper (measuring 1⅛ x 6″) at the bottom of the front of your card. Adhere the silver rectangle on top of the candles on the front of your card, using the double-sided tape that’s already on the candles, plus some 3D foam pop-dots at the bottom of the cake – you’ll need to layer up the pop-dots a few deep depending on how thick your candles are:

A Transparent Birthday Card (with some recycled items) at www.jennifergracecreates.com

Step 8: The back of the candles might look a little messy from the hot glue:

A Transparent Birthday Card (with some recycled items) at www.jennifergracecreates.com

Step 9: So you could use some glossy accents and glitter on the other side of the plastic to cover it up:

A Transparent Birthday Card (with some recycled items) at www.jennifergracecreates.com

Step 10: Use washi tape to hide the double-sided tape at the edges of the transparencies:

A Transparent Birthday Card (with some recycled items) at www.jennifergracecreates.com

Step 11: Stick a plain piece of card at the bottom of the inner-back of your card, so you have a place to write on. You could also stamp a few swirls at the top of the plastic, and some little stars on the piece of plain card (my stars are from the Joy To The World Stamp Set):

A Transparent Birthday Card (with some recycled items) at www.jennifergracecreates.com

Step 12: Find a piece of yellow tissue paper, or colour a white piece of tissue paper with yellow ink:

A Transparent Birthday Card (with some recycled items) at www.jennifergracecreates.com

Step 13: Scrunch up little bits of the tissue paper as flames, and use a tiny dab of hot glue at the top of each candle wick to stick them on:

A Transparent Birthday Card (with some recycled items) at www.jennifergracecreates.com

Step 14: Finish off the card with a few more stamped stars on the front corners, and add a few star stickers and gems:

A Transparent Birthday Card (with some recycled items) at www.jennifergracecreates.com

Give it to someone to make their birthday special! This card is pretty thick because of the candles, so it’s best for hand deliveries or cards going into a parcel!

How I met the Make The Day Special Stamp Store ‘Recycling’ Challenge: Using plastic packaging, silver card packaging, stubby candles, and a scrap of tissue paper.

How I met the Mixed Media Card ‘New’ Challenge: I’ve never made a transparent card before, and I’ve never used candles on a card! I also used the optional extra – tissue.

Make sure you check out the challenges to see more inspiration!

Have you ever made a transparent card before? Do you ever use recycled items on your projects?

Bye for now, Jennifer x

Happy Scatter

GUEST POST – Riikka Kovasin with Christmas Cards

Hello all,

Today I have a guest post to share with you. Riikka Kovasin is here to share some Christmas Cards – with a video for you to see how she put them together!

I had sent Riikka some Happy Scatter goodies for my Frosty Festivities 2014 event, but unfortunately the parcel never reached her, it’s lost somewhere out in the world! So I sent her another parcel and she’s made some very pretty cards with the items:

Happy Scatter Christmas Cards by Riikka Kovasin

Let me hand over to Riikka to tell you more about them…

Rikka Kovasin:

It’s Riikka here with a guest post! I’m so happy that I got the chance to guest and play with the Happy Scatter items!

I’m mostly a scrapbooker but the Makes Me Merry 3×4″ Cards that I found in the envelope inspired me to do some Holiday cards. As I also had some lovely stencils in the envelope (Stars Of Wonder and Deck The Halls Paperchains), I went mixed media with the background. I wanted the background have the colours as the 3×4″ white cards spoke to me as such. I used acrylic paints and Pan Pastels to make the backgrounds and then layered the 3×4″ cards on top. To finish the cards I used Happy Scatter Wood Veneers and Die-Cut Shapes:

Happy Scatter Christmas Cards by Riikka Kovasin

If you want to see how the cards were made, please see the video tutorial!

These cards can be done in no time and the same basic idea can be translated to fit different seasons. Just get the Makes Me Merry 3×4″ cards and start playing with paints and inks!

Happy Scatter Christmas Cards by Riikka Kovasin Happy Scatter Christmas Cards by Riikka Kovasin

Thank you for having me Jennifer! Wishing you all happy Holiday season!

More about Riikka:

I’m a mixed media style crafter from Finland. Scrapbooking layouts are my biggest passion, but I also love to create canvases, cards and recently I’ve grown an interest on ATCs. Please visit me on my blog or other social media sites! It would be a pleasure to hear from you!

You can find me at:
blog Paperiliitin (http://paperiliitin.blogspot.com)
Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/Paperiliitin)
Instagram (http://instagram.com/paperiliitin)
Twitter (https://twitter.com/Paperiliitin)
YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/user/PaperiliitinRiikka)
Pinterest (http://www.pinterest.com/paperiliitin/)

Riikka Kovasin of Paperiliitin

 

Thank you Riikka for putting the Happy Scatter items to good use, I love the stained-glass window style effect these cards have!

Do you ever use mixed-media techniques to make Christmas Cards? Add a link in the comments if you have any to show us.

Bye for now,

Jennifer x