Seasonal Lantern bundle by Stampin’ Up!


It’s been a while since my last post! I have been busy with organising wedding and making wedding stationary. I’ll be making a post about it after the invites have been sent out. Lots have happened in the meantime. I did have my eyes out for Srampin’ Up!’s 2017 Holiday Catalogue and when I saw it I knew I had to get the Seasonal Lantern bundle as I could see myself using this bundle for a lot of cards! I think this bundle is not just useful for Autumn and Christmas but also spring and summer. I can see myself making pastel coloured lanterns for a summer bbq card.
Stampin up seasonal lantern bundle 2017 holiday catalogue
The two cards I have to show today made with this bundle and are inspired by current and upcoming Christmas season (I love Christmas! You have been warned for future posts now!).
For the first card I used some make-up sponges for blending inks together on a white heat embossed background. It was very easy the inks blend very well on Whisper White cardstock. I buffed the cardstock with a dusting cloth to remove ink from the white heat embossed images then I sprayed a bit of water on it and dapped it off with tissue paper. I added a wide vellum banner. On top I made a wreath by die cutting some branches. I glued the vellum underneath where the sentiment and wreath is so the glue wouldn’t show through. It’s a fun and quick card to make.

seasonal lantern bundle from Stampin up
The second card is much more simple but just as pretty and easy to make. It’s the size of a notecard. I usually just buy a bunch from Stampin’ up! they come with a matching little envelope. I used the Quilted Christmas designer series paper for the background. On top I used a Foil Snowflake, a circle stitched die cut and inside that I stamped and die cut the branch from the bundle. I used a Blender Pen to pick up a tiny bit of colour from the stamped edge to add a bit of colout to the leaves. I gold heat embossed and die cut a bow and added the sentiment on a thin banner strip. It’s a card which can easily be mass produced.

Seasonal lantern bundle Stampin up holiday catalogue 2017

Supplies list (for both cards):
Seasonal Lantern bundle
Garden Green cardstock
Early Espresso cardstock
Tranquil Tide cardstock
Whisper White cardstock
White embossing powder
Embossing Buddy
Versamark pad
Make-up sponges
Early Espresso ink pad
Garden Green ink pad
Pumpkin Pie ink pad
Tranquil Tide ink pad
Blender pens
Whisper White Bakers Twine
Note Card
Quilted Christmas designer series paper
Gold Foil Snowflake
Cherry Cobbler cardstock
Cherry Cobbler ink pad
Gold embossing powder


Colouring with ProMarkers

Christmas is all done and dusted for most, but I thought I would like to share some of the bulk card making I did during that period. This is a simple, fun and easy card to make.
The angel comes from Stampin’ Up!’s “Wonder of Christmas” stamp set. The cardstock I am using (from Amazon) is not specifically made for alcohol markers you can get better quality paper/cardstock where the colors blend easier and better.
For colouring the wings I used three shades of the same colour for the rest I used one or two shades of the same colours. All the angels and wings are different. I either blended the colour slightly different or used different colours.
For this type of cardstock I used the darkest shade first. On paper dedicated for alcohol markers, colours mix well if you start with the lightest shade first, but as this cardstock and not designed to be saturated I found it easier to get a good blend by using darkest shade first. You just have to be aware by starting with the darkest shade first it is easy to over colour i.e. make shades larger than intended.
On the wings I colour one line with the darkest shade then I colour with the next darkest shade. I colour one line over the darkest then I colour a line beneath. Finally I use the lightest colour to go over what I just coloured with the second colour and colours the rest of the area with that colour.
Do small areas at a time and be fairly quick you don’t want the colours to dry unless you don’t want to blend.
Also you might notice that the colours on the bottom right angel isn’t great, but that is how it looks on this paper when it is not completely dry. Letting it dry makes it easier to see the final result.
For the hair I used two colours, yellow and orange. I coloured with yellow first, I then made highlights with the orange and I then went over with the yellow again to take some of the edge of the orange and make it blend.
The picture below shows the final Christmas cards. Normally I like when everything matches that’s why I love Stampin’ Up! They make sure everything goes together. But with that said on a simple white card like this you can do as you want and it still looks great!

Cards are from 5th December 2016.

Can’t wait for Christmas – even though it’s January!

I used Boughs & Berries textured embossing folder and stamp from Holly Jolly Layers by Stampin’ Up! Designer paper, dimensional stickers and ribbon are from Hobbycraft.
The golden background I made by embossing a white piece of cardstock. I then used gold Pebeo artist marker to colour over it. It’s oil based marker so it can be a bit messy. I then dapped it with a black ink pad just to give it a bit of an aged metal effect. Any excess ink I wiped away with kitchen roll. I then carefully with me finger added some renaissance gold gilding powder and left it to dry. By doing this it gave the card nice aged metal-look which I liked combining with the stamp which looks like an old school Christmas stamp.  

Card is from 13th October 2016.

Xmas practising

A simple Christmas card inspired by This card from Pinterest.
I used a snowflake stamping set from Martha Stewart, silver ink and blue ribbon. Sentiment is from “Peaceful Pines”, tempting turquoise ink and cardstock by Stampin’ up!
Very easy card to make and can be made in a million different combinations equally beautiful.
If I made this card again I would make sure that the sentiment and bow was more balanced. Right now the balance of the card is off to the right. By moving sentiment further left it would balance the “weight” of the elements better, I think. 🙂  

Card is from the 27th September 2016.