tirsdag 23. januar 2018

Cats on Appletrees: Christmas Cards with Gift Tags

I'm afraid I've neglected my blog lately, the days just don't have enough hours!
Even though I don't have much time to craft these days, I was able to cram some Christmas card making into my busy schedule in the middle of December.
Getting handmade Christmas cards in the mail is so nice!

In November I travelled to Germany and came across some lovely stamps by a company called Cats on Appletrees. They make old fashioned rubber stamps fixed to wooden blocks. The motives are solid images, mostly animals with funny expressions on their little faces. I went a bit out of control and purchased a whole load of them.

The stamps themselves are excellent quality. They stamp well and leave clean, crisp images on the paper. I have also cleaned my stamps a few times now with soap and warm water and they still look new.

For Christmas I needed several cards at the same time, so I tried keep it fairly easy, but not too simple. I spent some time coming up with a design I liked which can be used as a template and "mass produced". These cards did not require any time consuming colouring, just some colour blending with Distress Ink. The most complicated part of the process was the masking and embossing. Anyway, they are the type of cards one can make several of in one go.

The ornaments on the trees are liquid Nuvo Drops.
I used a background stamp from Simon Says Stamp to make the newspaper print. I stamped with grey Versafine pigment ink and embossed with clear powder. I love this stamp! It can be used for lots of different styles.
The coloured edge around it is die cut with a stitched rectangle die. The card base is Neenah Desert Storm cardstock.

Stamps: Animals - Cats on Appletrees, Retro Holiday Labels - Mama Elephant, Good Reading Background - Simon Says Stamp

Dies: Stitched Dress Up Tag - Simon Says Stamp, Stitched Rectangles - Simon Says Stamp

This project has been submitted to the following challenges:
Hjertebodens utfordring for desember og januar: Tradisjonelle julefarger

Have a nice day!
Lillian :)

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