Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Handmade Christmas 2017: Alcohol Inks and Chibitronics

 Merry Christmas and welcome to the final card of the Handmade Christmas 2017 series.  This design came about through the idea "what if there was a snowman at the manger when Jesus was born?"  Snowpeople are always such happy creatures and I imagined they would celebrate that first Christmas too.  I made several alcohol ink backgrounds and the wavy stripes made me think of a cold, winter night, just right for a snowman and the rest followed suit.  I die cut a small star in the upper right corner, added the stamps and heat embossed them and the front panel was almost complete.  Then I built the circuit for the lighted star and put everything together with some sequins to finish it off.  When you press on "Star" in the sentiment, the little star lights up.  Delightful!  This design is suitable for everyone on your list too.  From single dudes to grandparents or colleagues, done.  Here is the link to the video tutorial on my YouTube channel and my supply list is below. 

Penny Black Rejoice with Joy stamp set
My Favorite Things Holiday Hugs stamp set
Ranger Glossy cardstock
Ranger Alcohol Inks:
  • Denim
  • Indigo
  • Snow
  • Sky
Wow Vintage Champagne embossing powder
Lawn Fawn Puffy Star die
3M Foam Tape
Scor-Tape/ Be Creative tape
Ranger Matte Medium
Pretty Pink Post 4mm Sparkling Clear sequins
Little Things Lily White sequin mix

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you have a wonderfully joyous Christmas and get the opportunity to worship often.  The story of Jesus' birth can be found in Luke 2: 6-16 if you're wondering.

Merry CHRISTmas!

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Handmade Christmas 2017 using Concord & 9th, Ink Blending and Heat Embossing

 For the entire series this year, I wanted to challenge myself to create all new designs with stamps and dies that I already owned.  I didn't buy a single new release.  Not because there weren't any that I liked; there were plenty of lovely designs available.  It was because I needed to reign in superfluous spending and there's a lot of folks who simply can't go buy all the pretty new things.  So I made due.  And it was fun!  I discovered how many stamp sets I have bought but never used and how versatile non-Christmas sets can be.  The Cozy Up set by Concord & 9th is a Valentines set, so why not make a Christmas card with a romantic vibe?  I ended up putting both cards in one video because the footage gremlins stole enough footage so that I couldn't make 2 videos and they are quite similar, so it fit together anyway.  Here's the link to the video on my YouTube channel and the supply list is below.

Concord & 9th Cozy Up S&D
Concord & 9th Joy stamp set
SSS Merry Christmas die
Avery Elle Wonky Stitches die
SSS Heavyweight White cardstock
Ranger Liquid Platinum EP
Brutus Monroe Icicle EP
Altenew Inks:
  • Caramel Toffee
  • Dark Chocolate
  • Paper Bag
  • Ruby Red
Distress Oxide ink: Candied Apple
Tim Holtz Holiday Knit stencil
Distress Inks: Antique Linen and Tea Dye
Doodlebug White Velvet cardstock
ARC Wood Veneer paper
Lawn Fawn Stitched Snowflake die

Thanks for joining me today.  I hope you get a chance to get crafty and enjoy the Christmas season with those you love.

In His glory and much love,


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