Saturday 17 November 2018

A Cornucopia of Christmas Card Toppers

I recently spent a day making Christmas Card toppers at a workshop with Maria Moorhouse from Claritystamp.  She had many of her own ideas and designs to choose from, some of which I copied,  but the ones I am sharing here are all my own ideas using Claritystamp stencils and stamps.  We used the large sheets of Claritystamp stencil card (8.5" x 11") and I made 4 toppers from each sheet.  The square toppers measure 5.5" x 5.5" and the smaller offcuts 5.5" x 3".  These will all be matted up and added to suitably sized card blanks eventually.

The first topper uses the Clarity oval aperture stencil with the Birch Trees stencil.  The medium moon mask was laid onto the card, the two stencils overlaid and held in place, then Tumbled Glass Distress ink brushed through them using a Clarity stencil brush.  The moon mask was then removed, the stencils laid back in place and further ink added.  The NDC 121 Holly Deer stamp was added in Sepia Versafine ink and the Noel from Word Chain 14 added in the same ink.
Christmas from Word Chain 13 stamped in Onyx Black Versafine ink.  The base and star from the Word Tree (sadly not currently available) were masked off and the words inked up with Onyx Black Versafine ink.  The masks were removed before stamping of course.  The base is stamped in Sepia ink and the star in Mustard Seed Distress ink using the same masking method and a stamp platform to ensure accurate alignment.
To be quirky,  I laid the Christmas tree stencil half off the card and blended Mustard Seed Distress ink through the star.  The Mountains & Hills mask was used to mask the lower part of the tree and Stormy Sky Distress ink brushed through the top part.  The teeny weenie trees from the Snow Globe Outline set were stamped in Smoky Grey Versafine ink while the stencil and mask were still in place.  Once the mask was removed, the bottom part of the stencil had a very light brushing with Stormy Sky ink and the Tobogganers from the same stamp set were added in Onyx Black.  To finish, Noel from Word Chain 14 was added in the same ink.
A nice simple card topper using the teeny weenie snowflakes from the Snow Globe and Candle Outline sets.  Part of the topper was masked off and Dusty Concord distress ink blended with various intensity into the background.  The snowflakes were then stamped multiple times in Wilted Violet Distress ink.  Once the masking was removed, the edges were outlined using a purple Sakura micron pen.  Season's Greetings from Mini Word Chains 13&14 was added using Onyx Black ink.
I already turned my favourite topper of the day into a card (see HERE for step by step).

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