Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Christmas Flora

Christmas Flora

Hi There!

It's nearly here..... that most
wonderful time of the year, as
the song goes.

Thought we'd take a look at
some Christmas images from
the natural world.........

So to start off on our quest
for Christmas Flora, here is
Jane Castle:

"For my project this week I've chosen 'Holly & Ivy' 
as I love cutting these from the garden and 
decorating the house over the Christmas holidays. 

This time I've decided to move away from 
the traditional greens and use various blue hues 
with some added sparkle.

To begin with I coloured some white card 
with Distress inks, stains and PA Infusions.

This was then stamped and heat embossed
 for my ivy leaves and also die cut for my 
holly borders.

Next I stencilled the top left-hand corner 
and the bottom right-hand corner of my card blank 
using Iced Spruce and an Imagination Crafts stencil.

Grunge paste was then applied through my
 Tim Holtz stencil.

 I masked off areas around the word Christmas
 so as not to end up with any unwanted splodges! 
( so easily done)

The stencil was removed, cleaned and replaced 
to add Merry above as I found it easier 
to centralise the longer word first.

The Grunge paste was then covered in 
glitter whilst still wet.

The holly border was trimmed to size,
 dots of Liquid Pearls in Pewter were added
 for the holly berries and finally the ivy leaves 
were shaped and stuck in place.

Then looking at the stencils I'd used I thought
 of other ways of using everything previously 
prepared for the card. 

I cut some large white card tags and 
came up with the following:

This had the addition of a couple of 
self adhesive gems.

This one had Ranger Perfect Pearls brushed
 onto the stars and I used another die from
 the same set.

The holly border was trimmed using the 
corners rather than the long sides.

And finally on this one I applied the 
grunge paste through the other stencil
 creating a completely different effect.

I could have done many more variations 
and all of these could easily be adapted 
for cards.

So for just under £25 for the 2 stencils, 
the die set and the mini stamp I could
 make all of this years christmas cards and 
tags without getting much more out on 
my bench ---- that's got to be good value!

I have now decided to make several 
batches of the large tags in different 
colours, place 4 different ones in a cellophane 
bag and give them to my Mum's care home 
to sell at their Christmas Fete."

Items Used 

You have certainly started
us off on the right track
Jane.  Thank you for a
lovely idea too - those sets
should sell very well at
the Christmas Fete

'Till Tomorrow

Mickie xx


  1. Beautiful tags and a lovely idea to make sets for the Christmas fete. xx

  2. Loving the tags, so nice to make your own. Happy creative week, Angela xXx

  3. Subtle and elegant colour scheme, gorgeous card and tags Jane!


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