Sunday 6 September 2009

Day 4: PaperArtsy 12 Days of Christmas

Day 4: Featuring Jo Capper-Sandon 
using Nut and Meg plate 4

Jo has a huge following, no doubt if you are in England you are familiar with her work from Craft Stamper magazine. However she has also featured as guest artist for Stampington too. A testimony to her talent. Her style I simply adore. She manages to be economical, clever, humourous, elegant all at once, and yet she doesn't "overcook" things. She can do "messy" stuff, and yet it looks tidy and almost minimalist. Her projects look "just right", they have just the right amount of embellishment, a great balance of colour and contrast. She has an innate ability to put things together in a very beautiful way with her amazing amazing eye for detail and you find yourself studying all of those little details. I’m sure you’ll enjoy her ideas with this stamp. Check out Jo's blog here:

Santa’s Invite  
by Jo Capper-Sandon

It’s amazing how using a different shape, in this case round, and a touch of crackle can make such an impact. Jo has created an invitation anyone would be excited to get! Get organised for your Christmas party early this year and impress your friends with an invite like this one!

Coat a sheet of red paper with bronze Viva Croco Crackle. This is a one-step crackle, and the way you apply the croco determines the type of cracks you get. Splat it with a spatula to make peaks, and you will get rounded cracks. Streak it on in a linear fashion, and you get longer cracks like these. It takes about  4-6 hours to crack in a warm room. You can speed it up with a heat gun, but it's probably better to be patient and wait. 

Once dry, glue to a round folded card. For this you want a strong glue, like Claudine Hellmuth Multi medium (Matte).

Stamp the elf using black permanent ink (eg Archival Jet Black, Ranger) and draw a pair of legs to match. Cut out.
Stamp on white the invitation words and then lay them onto red card .
Colour the elf and lay up onto two pieces of circular card along with the invitation panel before fixing to crackle card base.
To embellish, add holly (taken from the tag stamp from the same plate) and a star charm.

A big thanks to Jo for her beautiful project, we'll be hearing more from her later in this feature on another day, so keep checking back! Next we have another project from Julie Harrington, and a vintage touch from Joanne Wardle.
Vibrant Elf  
by Julie Harrington

When Christmas is in the middle of summer, like it is for Julie in Australia, the traditional colours often go out the window, and we celebrate with vibrant summer colours. Xmas work functions take the form of Bar-B-Q’s on the beach, or drinks outside in the evening sun. Julie explains how she made this bright card:

This party invitation is a hybrid project; digital and stamped. I printed some scrapbook paper from a Designer Digital Christmas kit.  I started with a base white card background ( ½ an A5 size) so that the invite would fit into a normal little envelope for posting in the mail easily. 

Next I stamped out all the pieces – the elf’s head and legs from SINM7, the party invite from SINM4 and coloured those with coloured pencils. 

I then assembled the striped paper onto the white base, and stamped down the 2 longer sides using the border stamp from SINM6 and coloured the Holly leaves and berries. 

I stamped the words “Christmas Cheer” from SINM3 along the top and bottom. To finish just assemble all the pieces.  The blue paper beneath the invite stamp is a piece of card left over from playing with the Pearl Blue Viva Precious Metal Colour paint, which was actually mixed with transparent crackling paint. I used a paper punch to give the edges some interest. 

And to finish today's post, a wonderful olde worlde tag from Joanne. Check out her blog to see more from Joanne.

Vintage Santa Tag
by Joanne Wardle

Stamp in black archival ink the Santa (XM4) onto white card with Sepia Archival Ink (Ranger). Cut into a tag shape. 

Lightly sponge Tea Dye Distress Ink onto tag and then spritz with water to spread the colour. Dry with heat gun. Colour portions of image using fired brick distress ink as a watercolour, by inking a craft sheet and using a wet paintbrush. 

Over stamp with text and postage stamp from Ancestors plate 2, with Walnut Stain Distress Ink, and emboss with Vintage Photo Distress Powder. 

Distress the sides of the tag with a Tim Holtz paper distresser, and age with Walnut Stain Distress Ink.  Attach lace and a button at the foot of the tag, and an eyelet at the top.

PaperArtsy Blog Giveaway: Please leave a comment and we'll randomly draw a name to win Nut and Meg Plates 4 and 7 on EZ Mount worth £18.80. This offer ends midnight GMT the day of this posting (September 7, 2009), and is open to all players worldwide.

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Cindy Christoffel said...

OH, this invite is so cute!! I love how you used a round card......... so creative!
thanks for sharing!
Cindy in Chicago

lisa_crofts said...

I cant believe i missed your giveaway on the last post i actually bookmarked that page anyways here is my comment. ps thankyou thankyou thankyou for making it so easy to see how much postage and cost is for aussies. i might have to get some of that crackle stuff for a friend birthday present!

Jane Moseley said...

More fantastic designs, wish I could stay at home and 'create' today.

Sid said...

All 3 of these are gorgeous and I particularly like Jo's 'in the round' invite. That Viva Crackle is gorgeous to use and gives startling results !! Thanks for the inspiration.

Anonymous said...

another wonderful set of stamps and a fab and original piece of work by Jo - what more could you ask for!

Anonymous said...

WOW that circle invite by Jo is soooo cool!

I love your 12 days of Christmas & I've just come here before doing the school run!! I can't wait to see what will come in the next 8 days! Shame it will be coming to an end. :o(

Thank you for all the fantastic ideas. Jenny xx

Sarah Anderson said...

What a lovely description of Jo's work; I'd be in tears if I was her!!! Stunning cards, and love your little elf

Claireabelle said...

Wow, fabulous creations!

Sian said...

Fabby invite stamp, it would come in very useful :)

Thanks for the chance to win.

Jayne Crow said...

I love the contrast of todays creations!!

FauxPainter - Dee Paramour said...

Such diversity. There might only be a few stamps on here but you could make a multitude of different projects to suit different people.

Love the tag as well, just beautiful.

Luv Dee xxx

Artyjen said...

Wow! That Croco Crackle needs investigating!!! LOL Fabby effect.....thanks for the chance to win

Deirdre said...

Love the cards again today,the elf is cute!

Melanie said...

What a great invites :) gorgeous samples,great plate!

Trish said...

ANother stamp plate winner! I love the DT samples too, so many ideas!

Unknown said...

These are all fabulous ... but Jo wins my vote by ... a leg!!! Those legs are so cool!!! And that crackle paint ... I neeeeeeeed some!

Ali Manning said...

All the samples are stunning - thanks for the all the inspiration!

Anonymous said...

The invite is gorgeous - so adorable. I really like the tag too - stunning work again ladies...

Miriam Grazier

Shazza said...

all stunning work, loving the crackle paint, must acquire some lol!

Jean Franks Beck said...

Gorgeous projects... ALL of them! And... Jo's got great legs, LOL!! Thanks for the chance to win!

Sandra said...

Gorgeous stamps and I love all the ideas for using them. I am also after some of that crackle paint.

Julia Dunnit said...

Lovely work, very inspiring - great idea, this 'run' of projects.

Karin said...

More stunning inspiration, I'm loving these new stamps and the wonderful effect of the Bronze Croco Crackle.
Looking forward to seeing the other delights to come.

Lynn Stevens said...

How fun these projects are, makes me want to start my Christmas goodies
pretty plese sign me up !!
minpinsloveme at msn dot com

Anonymous said...

Three very different colour themes to celebrate Christmas. Traditional, bright and vintage. I like the invitation tag the best, it has so many suprising details.

laury55 said...

all your projets are so inspiring...I think I should soon dig in my Xmas rubber stamps and prepare some cards!
thanks for the opportunity to win those fab stamps

Carol Plume said...

what gorgeous creations - love the effect of that crackle paint...another addition for the NEED list!

Helen said...

I love those legs! The crackle has come out so beautifully, it really is a great product.

Sylvia said...

More wonderful samples to delight us. That little Elf is a cutie. Roll on day five.

Jo Capper-Sandon said...

Thankyou Leandra for the very kind intro *blush* and to everyone for all the comments about the crackle invitation.
The 12 Days idea is a fabulous one.