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29 Days of Christmas Inspiration #6

29 Days of Christmas Inspiration #6

This card features an unusual colour scheme for Christmas – cream/brown/green.  I like to do something different every once in a while!

I used a pattered paper which featured baubles, but you could easily stamp your own or maybe replace with small Christmas trees or candy canes.  A bit of sparkle in the form of adhesive rhinestones finishes it off.

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29 Days of Christmas Inspiration #4

Nov Card Kit (4)

Often when you pick up a sheet of Christmas paper it carries the perfect pattern for trimming out and adding to a card. This Kaiser range from a previous Christmas was embellished with beautiful, foiled baubles which were easily folded into sparkly baubles.  Foiled, glittered or heavily embellished papers are great for this technique.

Nov Card Kit (5)

To make the centre ornament:

– Circle punch or cut out five circles using a 1 ¾” punch or trace around a milk cap or similar.

– Fold each in half and adhere only one half of the first piece to a second, making sure that all edges are aligned. Keep adding folded ornaments until all are attached.

– Apply glitter glue to the edges and allow to dry.

– Cut a short piece of red pearlescent cord and affix to back of ornament.  Attach to card.

– Punch out two approx. 1 ½: circles and attach to card with more cord. Or trim into a bauble shape.

Of course this card is more challenging to actually send to someone – the bauble doesn’t really fold flat. Better suited to a hand delivered gift!

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29 Days of Christmas Inspiration #3

DRD Swap Dear Santa 11-11 (2)

Today I’d like to show you an ATC I made way back in 2011 for a Darkroom Door ATC swap – it seems so long ago! Rachel’s ATC swaps are still going and you can find all the details for them here.  This year the theme for the December ATC swap is blue & silver. I could almost make these again and fit right inSmile

I’ve often made a bunch of ATCs to give to the ladies in my craft group at Christmas – they are a perfect way of spreading a bit of Christmas cheer.

DRD Swap Dear Santa 11-11

This is a pretty simple ATC – Santa comes from a Darkroom Door set called Dear Santa Vol 1 and he is stamped with Ranger Archival black over a marbled background created with alcohol inks. A word on a tiny tag finishes it off.

DRD Swap Dear Santa 11-012

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29 Days of Christmas Inspiration #1

29 Days of Christmas Inspiration by Robyn Wood, Purple Salt,

This was going to be 30 days of Christmas Inspiration but ok, so I’m a day late in starting – call it best laid plans. My plan is to share 29 days of Christmas inspiration – cards, ATC’s and whatever takes my fancy.

I was searching through my photo archive a while ago and realised how many different Christmas cards that I have made over the years. As many have never been shared here I thought it the perfect reason for my first blog series.  Some days I’ll share just a pic and others I’ll share instructions – but if you have any questions on how I did any of them, just ask!

RW Dec 13-25

Onto my first card – this one was created last Christmas for LuLu Art. I think it is an all-time favourite due to its shimmery coppery effect.  I created it as part of a bunch of cards for my December DT post and you can find the rest of them here.

RW Dec 13 Card 4 (1)

Stamp cardstock with Darkroom Door Music background stamp using Versamark clear ink and emboss with clear powder. Spritz stamped image with Dylusions Vibrant Turquoise & Calypso Teal. Prepare a shimmery, sponging solution by adding a small amount of water to a few drops of Daler Rowney FW Acrylic Ink (Birdwing Copper). Sponge this mixture very lightly all over the sprayed image and allow to dry well.

Diecut the cardstock, add a layered greeting plus matching ribbon and assemble. This technique will give the effect of a vintage copper patina, perfectly set of by the dark turquoise card base and ribbon.

Pop back tomorrow for the next one!