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Hand Picked By Jamie ~ August Bundle - Christmas Postcards By Ian Rump-Smith

Christmas Postcards By Ian Rump-Smith - Hand Picked By Jamie | Craftmania

Hello Everyone!

I hope you are all having a lovely week so far and getting plenty of crafting time....

As you may remember, last week I brought you a monochrome card, so this week I've changed it up and created the complete opposite with a pastel card - I like to keep you all on your toes :-)

I really wanted to make something a little different, so I've used subtle tones opposed to traditional colours.

Well, I will let you be the judge on this one, so I would love to hear your thoughts....

Right, lets' get started :-)

As always, the Shopping List for this card can be found at the bottom of the page.

Building Your Card

To start with, you will need an 8x8 Card Blank - you couldn't go any smaller with this one, as you will find out a little later, when you see the 'postcards.'

Now you will need your Sue Wilson's Noble Double Stitched Squares Die Set.

For this, you need to select the die which is one size smaller than your 8 inch Card Blank (so that it fits inside). See my photos below if it helps.

  • Cut two squares out using plain white card

  • Create a frame - to do this you will need the original die you've just used, and the square die which is the next size down. You can cut this out of one of the two squares you cut out earlier.

Next you will need your Woodware Festive Panel Stamp Set.

Using the remaining solid square, start to stamp this panel up with one of the foliage stamps from the Set. For this, I used Distress Oxide Ink Pads in the following colours to mix it up :-

  1. Saltwater Taffy

  2. Tumbled Glass

  3. Shabby Shutters

Fill the square as much as you want; I wish I had done more, as I feel now that have too many white spaces. That is the magic of crafting, you learn as you go along, so never be afraid to experiment!

Next I used my Dot & Dab Silicone Foam Tape to attach the frame to the stamped background.

Now this is where the fun really starts.....

Grab yourself a sheet of off white 300gsm card or Foundations Coconut Card and the bauble die from Sue Wilson's Mosaic Bauble Background Die Set.

For the next step, you need to tape the die face down onto the card.

Next, choose one of your Distress Oxide Ink Pad colour which you used earlier, and get a Blending Brush. Now I want you to treat your die like a stencil, and use your Blending Brush to colour the white card gaps between the die. Cut out leaving a white border.

Repeat this process three times, on three separate cards (like I have done in the photograph below).

Christmas Postcards By Ian Rump-Smith | Craftmania

Now you should have created three 'postcards.'

You will need to position your postcards inside the frame on the card, and cut the corners off where needed so they fit in.

Once you are happy, stick these down. Here I used some Foam Pads on the top one to add dimension. I've also added some gems to the postcards that extra 'bling.'

So for the next step, you will need a spare piece of white card and the sentiment from your Stamp Set.

Now stamp your sentiment and cut this out.

Add this to a bigger piece of card that has been coloured with your Distress Oxide - Saltwater Taffy to give a border. Stick this in the top right corner of the card.

Decorating Your Card

Now cut out Sue Wilson's Festive Collection Foliage Pieces and Evergreen Branches on white card.

I left my Evergreen Branches white, however I coloured the other elements using Distress Oxide Inks. I think the combination of colours with the dies, look quite realistic!! I used :-

  • Rusty Hinge

  • Rustic Wilderness

  • Evergreen Bough.

Once you've made all of the elements needed, stick these into the corners as shown in the picture.

The choice is yours as to whether you wish to add more, or where to place them.

The those important finishing touches, add some pearls / gems to each corner of the frame.

Christmas Postcards By Ian Rump-Smith - Jamie Rodgers Blog | Craftmania

Hey Presto! Your card is finished!

This pastel card should be a hit with whoever you send it to.

In any case, hopefully I've shared some techniques with you, which you can experiment with using different styles and dies.

If you have been inspired by this make, and decide to have a go at your own pastel design, we would love you to share it with us on our Facebook Group - Create With Craftmania And Jamie Rodgers.

Well I hope you enjoy making this card as much as I have....

Have a fantastic rest of the week, and I look forward to sharing my next card with you next week!!

Take care

Ian x


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