Friday, 31 May 2019

Rudolph Days - May 2019

Crumbs, the month since Scrappy Mo's previous Rudolph Days challenge absolutely flew by - and am now racing in at the last minute for May's RD challenge!

I went mad and made eight cards in one sitting - four each of two designs:

I used:

- white card blanks, both side opening, in sizes 5.5" x 4.25" and 4" x 4"

- then I stamped all the images using the Misti, Memento 'Tuxedo Black' ink and stamps from Inkadinkado's 'Christmas Silhouettes' set of stamps - given to me by a lovely friend (thank you again, I love them!)

- stamped the sentiments, using the Misti, the same black ink and stamps from the Creative Expressions 'Festive Traditions - Sentiments' set of stamps

- next trimmed the image panels down to a size that would leave an even spacing around them when they were put onto the card fronts

- ran a 5mm Sakura Calligrapher pen around the edge of each image panel - silver for the angel and gold for the reindeer, just using the chisel centre along the sharp edge (if that makes sense!). This is a tip I picked up from Barbara Gray years ago and it does add that something extra when you tilt the card sideways

- backed each image panel with a piece of deep red satin mirri card (sadly Joanna Sheen's shop doesn't stock this any longer)

- then glued the image panels onto the card fronts - all done

I worked so hard stamping the images in particular, over and over using the invaluable Misti, to make sure I got a lovely even black finish - then took the photos in bright sunlight, which promptly made them look a bit faded in parts - hey, ho!

We're having the soffits and fascias renewed here at the moment and Dudley is so funny. If a shadow appears at an upstairs window, he almost piddles himself and then launches into a barking frenzy - until he's happy that no-one is breaking into the house .......... via an upstairs window in broad daylight!





26 comments:

scrAPpamondo said...

Oh, such wonderful CAS cards, Di!! LOVE so much these stamps, and your impressions are just perfect!
How fun have a fluffy little house-guard, isn't it? :D
Hugs

LesleyG said...

Oh my what lovely stamps. I can see what you mean about edging in gold/silver, it does make a difference. Hope Dudley is getting rewarded for his extra guard duties bales him ;) xxx

LesleyG said...

Bless him not bales .....groan :)

Sarn said...

WOW . . . Totally gorgeous RD cards. Absolutely LOVE these. What a super stamp set, beautifully framed.

Hugs, Sarn xxx

Sue's Crafty Corner said...

Your cards are gorgeous Di, I love them both. They look fab against the satin red card.
Thanks for joining in with the Rudolph Days Challenge this month.

Sue xx

mamapez5 said...

I love these Di; particularly the angel but they are great images. I love my Misti for getting a good clear image. I bought it for the Altenew layed stamps when they first became popular, but I use it for most stamps now and hardly ever use an acrylic block.
It is fun having dogs when there are workmen around isn't it. Dudley is so cute.
happy Rudolph Day. Kate x

Lynne said...

Gorgeous cards Di, those stamps are wonderful and the Misti is brilliant for getting good impressions. I am so glad I bought one. Have a lovely weekend x

Jackie T said...

Hi Di these Christmas cards are stunning. I love those stamps. Take care. Hugs Jackie

Jenny L said...

Hi Di,
Happy Rudolf Days.
what a very lovely cards and those stamps used are so wonderful.
Love the super sentiments also.
Such a pity about the red mirri being dicontinued I always loved those wonderful matts on your cards, and meant to purchase but forgot.
Thank you for joining the Rudolf Challenge.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L. DT

Em Louise Fairley said...

They are both gorgeous, Di xoxo

Kath said...

Fabulous cards Di - I love my MISTI too and never use acrylic blocks now! Good for Dudley making sure no-one breaks in upstairs in the middle of the day!!
Kath x

Darnell said...

Go you, Ms. Productive! They are gorgeous cards! I think your Prince Dudley is such a stud thinking he's a great big watch dog! Ya gotta love him!! Hugs, Darnell xxoo

Pat said...

These two Inkadinkado designs are so pretty Di and I love silhouettes because you can do so much with them and would look great stamped with a couple of different colours together, and if you want to make the black look stronger a coat of clear ep looks good too, though that saying yours looks beautiful as it is, and the sentiments are perfect. x

jimlynn said...

GORGEOUS cards!!! LOVE!!
Lynn

Aquarius said...

Two wonderful Christmas designs - love them both. How sweet that Dudley is defending the premises against marauding soffit installers!! Incidentally what a strange word is soffit, wonder where it originated. Sorry - I often ponder on how things get their names.

Tina Z. said...

amazing CAS,I love it!
hugs xx

Karenladd said...

Oh, these CAS cards are just lovely and perfect for mass-producing. I think I actually have that set so should really take your lead and pull them out. Poor Dudley...being a watchdog is such a tough job, haha!

Susan said...

Love those two cards! I have that stamp set but haven't used it for ages - you've inspired me to make sure I get it out! The red mat adds a great bit of colour.

Bunny said...

These are lovely CAS cards. 

[Bunny]`

scrappymo! said...

You did such a lovely job with these stamps. It is hard to get a crisp image without the misti. Yours looks so crisp and clear!

The black ink for the images on the white card looks great with that little pop of red from the mat!

Thanks for taking part in the May Rudolph Days Challenge.

PS
I don't know how to set Mr Linky to shut off. All of mine are probably still open! lol

I will look up how to do it after surgery. Rushing about like a wet hen at the mo...tying to be completely ready for Monday.

Aimeslee Winans said...

Lovely cards, Di. I wish I could convince myself to make multiple cards at a time. xoxo

Carol L said...

Both images are just gorgeous and I love the trail of stars and sparkle behind each one! What a wonderful set of cards, and I'm glad you were able to sit and craft all of them! Dudley will make a good watch dog soon enough, he's just getting in some good practice right now LOL

Mrs A. said...

That’s exactly what happened in the Doc’s parents house. Didn’t do em much good though as FIL had locks on all the upstairs rooms on the landing side which were kept locked and he had the key. . Just one of his many quirks he insisted on. Darn awkward when you needed to use the loo.!! Hugs Mrs A.

Brenda said...

Oh Di, I am loving these cards! I love the images too, so pretty and they make such a beautiful Christmas cards. I'm glad you were able to make so many of them too. Hugs, Brenda

KandA said...

Those stamps are beautiful and I love the card designs xx

Craftdee said...

Ooh, I do love these stamps.... all you need for a perfect Christmas card. I love silhouettes too. These would be nice foiled with the laminator too methinks, mmmm off to have a looksee :-) Thanks for your sweet comment me my darling Rocky, it is very hard (as anyone who's ever outlived a pet knows) but I am okay. Donna xx