Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Rudolph Days - February 2017

Running in at the last minute with my entry for this month's Rudolph Days challenge over at ScrappyMo's. February being such a short month always catches me out in so many ways - not least some serious slippage on my planned target of making 12 Christmas cards per month!

Anyhow, I had a NBUS stamp to play with and also made four cards the same while I was at it:
I used:

- 5" x 5" square white card blank

- piece of white card onto which I stamped Woodware's 'Snow Post' stamp using Memento 'Tuxedo Black' ink and the Misti - as already said, I made a batch of four in one go

- coloured the image using Pro markers

- then I faced cutting round all those curves to retain the 'edge of a postage stamp' look.......aak! After some thought I trimmed straight down all sides using scissors. The stamp's outer edge isn't totally 'in line', that's part of the design though, so using a trimmer was out and it had to be scissors

- and here's the sneaky part, I cut each of those half moons out using a normal office single hole punch! It still took a while but nowhere near as long as fussy cutting would have taken :)

- mounted the image onto a slightly larger piece of red card and then onto a slightly larger piece of black card

- just glued the image panel onto the plain card front and called it a day - times four

I think the stamped image itself does most of the work really, so refrained from adding a sentiment or anything else - plus the background to the stamp has lots of Christmassy greetings in small print as it is.

Still a bit behind with Christmas card target though but some serious 'batch baking' in March should help!






38 comments:

Dr Sonia S V said...

WOW love the sheer simplicity yet complexity of this card Di...love that there is so much to look at!!
Thank you so much for joining us at the Rudolph Days Challenge!
Rudolph Days Challenge DT
Dr Sonia

Jane Willis said...

I think you were right not to add anything, it's such a stunning image it says it all! And what a neat idea to use the hole punch, I thought you'd cut it out with a die.
Jane

scrappymo! said...

I agree that this fabulous card does not need an additional sentiment. As you say, the print portions of the image have lots of christmas words.
Brilliant idea to use the hole punch for the half circles!

Thanks for taking part in the Feb. Rudolph Days Challenge.

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Hi Di joining you with a late entry for the challenge too, lovely work on getting yours made 😊
Thanks for sharing your inspiration!
Shaz in Oz.x

{Calligraphy Cards - Shaz in Oz}

Lia said...

The card is beautiful as it is. Great image, Di!
Lia xx

Jane said...

Wow Di I thought you'd used a stamp die...how amazing to cut all those neat holes with a punch...it looks brilliant and the image has been coloured so beautifully too.A real beauty. I will let you in to a secret re my Christmas card makes total......0 yes zero! LOLOL. I really struggle to craft outside the seasons! Take care the sun is back today after yesterday's grotty weather. Hugs xxx

scrAPpamondo said...

Adorable snowman card! I'm very impressed by the way you have cut the postage shape: with single hole punch! WOW!! You are so accurate! And how many work making four of this!
Thank for your lovely wishes for my good health , and also to Parsnip :D
Hugs

Kathyk said...

This is so fun, a super make, Di

I've sometimes been guilty (as per your earlier post) regarding scheduling before entering but I don't THINK I've ever actually not gone back and entered ... least, I hope I haven't!!!

Happy Tuesday

Kathyk

Sue's Crafty Corner said...

Wow, I love the gorgeous stamp you've used for this super card Di.You know what they say "better late than never". Talking of which I need to get on and make something for the playground.

Sue xx

Donna said...

I am woefully behind on commenting, Di. Starting 'catch up' today.
This is one gorgeous make. Love your idea for dealing with the border as fussy cutting would probably have crease the card up. Great thinking. x

Carole said...

Brilliant card Di and yes it says it all. As for Christmas...can't bear to think about it let alone make cards for it!! xx

Tina Z. said...

super sweet, I love it!
hugs xx

!neke said...

Funny and sweet !!!!!!
Great !


Ineke X

SARN said...

Wahoo . . . you nailed it! Great idea about the straight edge trimming! Lovely image and nicely coloured too.

Belated Happy Rudolph Day wishes going your way.

Hugs, Sarn xxx

Megan J said...

Hi Di, a lovely set of cards for your Christmas stash, clever lady using a single hole punch to create a perfect postage stamp edge. Happy Rudolph Day, have a wonderful week... Megan

Em Louise Fairley said...

Such a cute card and there really is no need for a sentiment.
Hugs,
Em xoxox

Chantal said...

Great card, love the image.
Hugs, Chantal S

Pat said...

A really lovely cute snowman collage style image Di and what a great idea to use a hole punch to create the postage stamp edge, and four more made too. x

Craftychris said...

This is so gorgeous! What a great stamp and your trick with the hole punch is brilliant! I must made more Christmas cards - was going for 4 or 5 a month but haven't managed it! I must catch up too! Hugs! xxx

Heidi Stamps said...

It is a super card! I love the image and what a lot of work that was in fussy cutting. Looks great! (I JUST posted my Rudolph days card, it was hard to be on time this short month!)

Aquarius said...

Brilliant card and you've batch made so a few more towards the target. When I was part way through reading I was going to give you the tip about using a small hole punch to avoid the stamp edge cutting out but I see you cracked it anyway - great minds eh??? Kinda proves I read the whole post too!!

Kath said...

A lovely card - I think it's another stamp for my Wish List! Thank you for joining us at the Rudolph Day challenge.
Kath x

Fiki said...

so cute!

Jean said...

What a fabulous stamp you've used for this super card. Great idea for cutting the postage stamp shape too.
Jean x

LesleyG said...

that is one cute stamp! love how it stamps all the 'layers' at once, even the background, which I was sure at first it was some paper print. love it, and its a good batch bake xxx

Kathleen said...

Love this stamp, a really lovely card and yes the image speaks for itself.

Kath x

Princess Judy Palmer said...

Ooh! Aren't you a clever one figuring out how to make that postage stamp edging! Love the olive green and red for this. It doesn't always have to be Christmas green!

Loll said...

This is adorable Di! The snowman makes me smile! xx

Darnell said...

February caught me out totally, sigh! I sure love this one, Di! I agree the image is big and bold and any sediment would detract from all that cuteness. Of course, the postage stamp framing is perfect! I hope you are doing well, my friend!! Hugs, Darnell

Juls said...

Cute!! Xx

Barb said...

This is a great card Di. I love the colours and love this super Woodware stamp. A really clever idea using a punch for the edge. That's certainly one to remember. Barbxx

Jenny L said...

Hi Di,
oh I do love this wonderful Rudolf crd.
You have made such a very grand job of your wonderful design.
That partial snowman is gorgeous.
I really do have a very soft spot for snowmen on cards.
Love the postage stamp look too, and what a very clever idea to acheive it.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

KandA said...

What a super card Di. I love that fabulous woodware snowman xx

Sandra H said...

Your cards Si are always Stunning! and coloured so beautifully too! x

Sue - said...

Fabulous design Di! And you're absolutely right not to have added anything, it's perfect as it is.

Robin said...

So very adorable! Hugs, Robin

Brenda said...

Awwww, I am in love with this card Di!!! That stamp is so cute and it makes for a wonderful card! I love the way you colored it with traditional Christmas colors too. You are right Di, the image does all the work and he just doesn't need anything else to make him shine! Hugs, Brenda

Lynne in NI said...

Ooooh I LOVE your snowdude Di, very clever how you created your postage edge too!