Wednesday, 6 August 2008

Christmas with Elusive Images

At last I can show you some of what I made when I was away at the Graphicus Workshops. It has taken so long because my craft room could only be described as "the mother of all pigstys". I promised myself that before I touched a single stamp or inkpad I would give it a proper tidy up. Hubby was due back at work before me so we enjoyed the rest of our holiday then this week I have been busy tidying my messy room. I have also stamped most of my stamps and my freind's stamps too in order for us to have a catalogue we can share. We borrow each other's stamps and we both agreed a catalogue would be a great way to keep track of what stamps we do have in our respective collections. Anyhow enough of the drivel and onto the good stuff!

These are 2 of the 3 cards I made with Glenda during the "An Elusive Images Christmas" workshop. The card designs are Glenda's and you may have seen her demo these on Create and Craft. I did not manage to finish all 3 cards at the workshop because we were running out of time, the third card still needs to be completed, but I am not happy with the work I did on acetate at the workshop, but I have an idea for something else to complete the card and may do that.

For the card on the left we first created a backing paper using Glimmer Mists and Glimmer Screens, and a second paper by stamping a text stamp. The crowns were stamped using a resist technique, painted with Ecoline Watercolours, cut out and mounted onto small squares of papers cut from the Artylicious Seasons's Greetings CD. The stamps we used came from the Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh themeplate.

To make the card on the right we used candle stamps for the main image from the Hearth and Home themeplate and could choose any stamp we wanted to make our background on the black card. I chose to use a stamp from the Snow is Falling themeplate on the background. The candles were stamped first and then we used Glossy Accents on the Candle itself to create a resist. Once the Glossy Accents were dry we used Tinkabella Inks which dry with a slight sheen to paint the design. The Glossy Accents resist the ink and allow the white of the card stock to show through.

Hopefully over the next few days I can show you the other things I was making, and also make some of the card ideas I have had floating around in my head for the last 2 weeks! I am also hoping Fab will allow me to count these cards for the July Fab's Big Christmas Challenge as the "nutter" challenge this month is to make seven Christmas cards before the 25th of August!


  1. Wow Phree I can't pick a favourite, stunning work on both !

    Thank you for joining in the fun with my Xmas challenge. X Fab

  2. Phree these cards are WOW, loving the crown one. I so want all the new xmas plates after watching them being used on the telly, but I've just brought the Guild double offer along with the limited edition members stamp.

  3. hey they're nice cards ...

    I think three technique loaded cards was a bit ambitious for a morning, but I hope you enjoyed finishing them off!

  4. Hi Jenny, I splurged out on the Guild member offer stamps while I was at the workshop.. umm and a few others too - I came home with rather a large acreage of unmounted rubber! I beleive the Christmas stamps will be offered to Guild members in the next newsletter Jenny, so make sure you have some pennies saved up.

    Hi Glenda, I rather like these cards too :). As for 2 technique laden cards being ambitious, well I think it worked out very nicely! part of my problem is I am a slow crafter and as it seemed that everyone there had a reasonable amount of experience I would guess none of us had a problem finishing things off once we got home. I would far rather have the chance to learn about different techniques and to try things such as those lovely Tinkabella Inks (now on my wish list) even if it does mean I have to do the final assembling of the various card elements once I get home.

  5. Phree... Stunning cards. Love love love the crowns, I think that's the plate that will go straight on my wish list
    Many thanks for your kind comments on my blog. They are so encouraging.
    Sandra xx

  6. Both lovely cards Phree and I can't wait to see your organiser book too.
    Glad you enjoyed your workshops.
    Love Cynthia x

  7. Beautiful cards. Love the colours and stamps.

  8. You are sooooo lucky to have been to a workshop with Glenda. I think the cards you have made are beautiful and I look forward to seeing more when you get your tinkerbella inks. I'm still working up to glimmer mists but I don't think it will be very long now.
    Beryl xx