Tuesday 4 December 2018

The Flower Challenge #27 'Use an Older Stamp or Die'

Hi there friends, it's December and Xmas is looming large, have you made all your Xmas cards yet? I am pleased to report I am there now, Xmas does tend to creep up on you doesn't it?

Anyway I am here to share my DT cards with you again. Over at 'The Flower Challenge' our theme this month is.....'Use an Older Stamp or Die'.

Just to let you know that we are also now on Facebook too see link HERE !

I decided to use this amazing flower die, not even sure I have used it before...maybe once! but I have had it for quite a while now. This time I used the pixelating technique I first saw used by Pooja  from 'Reusingwithquilling'. It wasn't the easiest of cards to make I must admit but I do like the effect it gives.

I did a slight twist though and kept my flower image non pixelated to make it stand out more. Yes... and all the little squares were hand drawn  and then painted individually too. Won't be making a lot of these me thinks lol!
I went for red and green as Christmas colours were in my mind, as it's December I did make another Xmasy card too. Ok come and see my cards.....and of course...enjoy your week whatever you have planned ;)

Pixelated Flower card

Red, Green, Beautiful Lady, AltEnew

Sheena Douglass White card
AltENew Beautiful Lady stamp and sentiment (old one)
Pencil & ruler (for grid lines) 
TH Distress inks, Candied Apple, Bundled Sage & Forest Moss 
Versafine Onyx Black ink

I made my A6 top fold card base, then stamped my flower image direct to my card base. I then drew vertical and horizontal lines using my pencil and ruler all over my card front. 

I coloured my flower and leaves first, then painted each square with similar colours, allowing some to blend around the flower part. I stamped my sentiment, coloured it to match the flower and attached it to my card. A sprinklng of sequins and my card was complete.

Xmas card

Smooth White card
AltENew Poinsettia & Pine stamp set (old one)
Penny Black sentiment (old one)
Neat & Tangled sequins
Versafine Onyx Black ink
Kuretake  & Gansai Water colours
Promarkers and Copics

I made my A6 card base and stamped and coloured my flower image. I stamped my flower image again and cut out the middle parts to add as decoupage. I stamped my leaves direct to my card and then added my flower, raising the middle part up using 3d pads. I added my stamped sentiment after colouring the edge using my Copic pen and then added a few matching sequins. 

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Heidi MyLittleStampingBlog said...

The pixelated design is so pretty and unique. Your cas christmas card is lovely too!

My Christmas cards are done, but I have not filled them out yet. I really need to do that this week!!

Viv said...

2 pretty cards my friend! Finished this years Christmas cards - now started on next years!x

Rosemary said...

gorgeous set of cards, viv! nope... not done with my Christmas cards!

cotnob said...

Beautiful cards Viv, I especially like the fabulous background that you have created on the first one.
Pauline - Crafting with Cotnob

Bobby said...

Beautiful job inspired by Pooja's card, Viv. It may take a while but so worth it!

Gerrina said...

Wow; totally stunned by your first card; so much colour (not CAS) and what a lot of work! Hugs, Gerrina

Susanne Vargas said...

Yes, I have enough Christmas cards and have started to mail the ones that go abroad to make sure they arrive on time...
That flower with the pixelated background looks so fabulous! Gotta try this some time! Your Christmas card is also pretty!
Hope your week is going well, so far!

Faith A at Daffodil Cards said...

Both are just wonderful as always, love the pixelated one, very unusual and gorgeous.

Mac Mable said...

I love how you made your first card your own with a twist to the technique. Great colours, great flower image and a stunning card ...as you say probably a one off x. Such a classy second card and CAS perfection x.

Ericka Strange said...

Beautiful cards Viv and I love this beautiful technique. So pretty and unique! Great job as always!

Maria Rodriguez. said...

The background on your first card is amazing, this technique is really awesome but I think it takes infinite patience to color each little square so beautifully.
Love how the color around the flower seems to run onto the squares, a really awesome watercolor beauty.
Your second card is beautiful too, the Poinsettia really pops on this CAS design.

Aileen said...

Hi sweetie, I clicked on the link at our blog and it didnt go to this so might need relinking.
Two wonderful cards and love the pixilated card and how you did the non pixilation for the flower, looks great. A lot of work but totally worth it. The second card just as beautiful as the first.

Hugs Aileen

sandy's crafty bits said...

hi Viv … two beautiful cards … and yes I can see why you may not be making more of the first one … must have taken you ages but very worth it … hope all is well … happy crafting and love sandy xx

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