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
"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
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
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."
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