Thursday, 19 October 2017

Easy Batch Christmas Card #3

Here's the third card in the 7 days of easy batch card examples for Christmas series.

What do you think to this one? It's totally different to the others in the series in that there is not a traditional Christmas colour in sight. In honesty the original in the second photo was pretty unworkable for my Christmas Cheer project but the revised one in the first photo which I made whilst filming the video for my You Tube channel is more suitable for the purpose and I definitely prefer it.

I went with Lemon Lime Twist cardstock and ink, some Whisper White, used Watts of Occasions plus the Wonderful Life stamp sets. I also used the 13/4 inch circle punch.. On the original I also used Daffodil delight ink.

For my first attempt I used the Lemon Lime twist cardstock as my card base and then stamped the fairy light stamp from the Wonderful Life set in rows of Lemon Lime Twist and Daffodil Delight onto a Whisper White layer. It was meant to look a little chaotic as strings of fairy lights often do, but I couldn't decide if I liked it or not. I also fussy cut the light bulb image and layered it onto a fussy cut Lemon Lime Twist card layer.  That's not very practical really for a batch card so I think I made a mistake with that.

I much preferred the easy to put together and clean lines of the second attempt where I used Whisper White as the card base, used the Lemon Lime Twist as a mat an then added a much less frantic stamped Whisper White layer. I stamped the fairy lights across the corners and stamped the light bulb image straight onto the layer. I like it so much more.

I made the sentiment the same way for each card punching out a Whisper White circle stamping on the sentiment from the Watts of Occasions stamp set and then off setting it on to a Lemon Lime Twist punched circle.

Much easier to batch make and you can see why by watching the video CLICK HERE
Tomorrow we go black and white for day 4.

Hope you can pop in to have a little nosey at what we came up with.

Andrea x

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Easy Batch Christmas Card #2

This second one in the series is perhaps my favourite over the first one. I used Emerald Envy cardstock and onto that I added a layer of one of the lovely patterns from Merry Patterns DSP. I switched things around a little for the card created on the video which is now live on my You Tube channel.

The tag on the card on the right of the photo is made using pieces of the same cardstock and DSP layered up with a sentiment stamped from Merry Mistletoe in Emerald Envy, the scalloped tag topper punch was used and it was fastened to the card using dimensionals. On the left I used Real Red cardstock and ink to make the tag.

I really love the simplicity of this card and think it would be so easy to batch make so it's perhaps my favourite so far.

In case you missed it here is the link to the first in the series

Keep an eye out for the rest and for the giveaway at the end of the 7 days.

Andrea x

Monday, 16 October 2017

Easy Batch Christmas Card #1

This is first in a series of posts where I'm looking at creating easy to make batch cards which may be useful to anyone who wants to hand make all of their Christmas cards this year or who is making cards for a charity or event.

I'm looking at simple to put together (so you can even rope the kids into helping), low cost yet still cute and high quality.

Each design will be made up in a You Tube tutorial on my channel and will add a different slant to the design so eventually there will be two variations of each design each day.

The first I've come up with is this really easy little 4 x 4 card with hand stamped paper. It uses traditional Christmas colours of red and green and a Nordic type Christmas tree stamp with interspersed stars.

It's finished off with Happy Christmas stamped in red and then punched out and backed onto a red punched circle secured with dimensionals and then attached to the card with dimensionals.

The idea is that for my speed challenge event for Christmas Cheer (read all about that here) these would be really easy to put together with the paper provided in pre-stamped and cut to size pieces and the sentiment ready assembled with just the backing to remove from them to stick to the card.

What do you think?

Pretty, quite contemporary and super cute.

I used Real Red and Emerald Envy inks. The Nordic tree was from the Merry Mistletoe stamp set, the star from The Little Things and the  sentiment from Better Together. I used the a 11/4 inch circle punch and the Pretty Labels punch for the sentiment. The cardstock is Real Red and I stamped onto Whisper White. The card in the You Tube tutorial is made the same way but uses the shades Cherry Cobbler and Tranquil Tide.

Thanks for dropping in and watch out for the others in the series and there is going to be a cute little giveaway with full details of how to get involved on day 8 so watch out for that.

As every thank you for dropping in.

Andrea x