Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Colourful Christmas Cards

Hello everyone, it's time for another weekly post on the Chocolate Baroque Challenge Blog, and I am helping to provide part of the inspiration this week in the form of a tutorial.

I have created a set of Christmas notelets, along the same lines of my earlier floral cards for a previous colour challenge:
You can adapt the instructions to use any colours or stamps that you like, making the cards really versatile. If you check back to my previous post, you will see that I used Brushos rather than Distress Inks, so try using different water based mediums for these cards, and experiment with the effects that you can achieve for the backgrounds, but most of all, have fun and enjoy yourselves.


Distress Inkpads: Squeezed Lemonade, Ripe Persimmon, Wilted Violet
Archival Plum inkpad
Versafine Onyx Black inkpad
Smooth Watercolour paper
Cream linen card
Selection of Christmas stamps and sentiments


Cut six strips of watercolour paper 5.5cms wide and 10.5cms long.
Colour each strip with a mixture of the three colours of Distress Ink, blending them where they meet. Spritz the panels with water if desired and dry with a heat gun.
Stamp the images using Plum Archival ink, and add the sentiments using Versafine Onyx Black ink.
To make the cards, cut two pieces of A4 linen card into three, approxinately 9.8 cms wide.
Fold the strips in half, at the 10.5cms point, scoring the fold to give a neat crease. Round the four corners of the card if desired.
Adhere the coloured panels to the linen cards.

For extra Christmas sparkle, you could choose to use gold embossing and add a bit of glitter to areas of the stamped images. These cards will be great for batch cards if you have lots of cards to make.
I used stamps from Christmas Flourish, Christmas Song, Fat Robin, Frosty Trees, and Stained Glass Christmas.

Thanks for stopping by, xx


scrAPpamondo said...

Such a warm and paceful look have the noteless for Christmas with this colours mix! Just adorable!! Thanks for the inspiration and the tutorial, expecially for the Distress ink colours you used :)

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

I love your batch cards, so beautiful and fairly quick to make. Thanks for the inspiration. I hope you are doing well, hugs, Shirleyxx

cuilliesocks said...

Hi Judith, just beautiful, lovely stamps and design, certainly would make fab batch cards, Kate x

Paula Whittaker said...

wonderful colour combination x

Jackie Weatherstone said...

Great idea and I love the colour combinations. Think I will add this to my Christmas card selections this year.

Anonymous said...

Hi Judith

Have to agree with the other ladies, great designs, colours and images x

veronica said...

lovely way to make quick Christmas cards, and the colours work very well

Evelyn Browning said...

It's so instructive to see how you've varied the same overall design by using different media & techniques to create quite a different look. The colours make for a lovely vibrant background superbly balanced by the white card bases which are beautifully finished with their rounded corners - a tiny detail that adds so much.

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