Monday, 5 October 2015

Card-io Autumn & Christmas

Good morning blog visitors, hope you had a nice weekend. Thanks once again to everyone who joined us for Friday's classes in Maidstone, it was great to see you. I'd like to show you three of my Card-io cards today & I've got a brief step by step too.


Although this month is supposed to be all about Christmas scenes, I started by making two autumn cards. Scene building is not my strong suit, so I kept everything very simple. For this first card I kept to Distress inks & stamping the images with Jet Black Stazon. I made the background with Shaded Lilac, Salty Ocean, Ripe Persimmon & Squeezed Lemonade. These are all very vibrant colours so I applied very little to the blending foams.

(Links to individual colours at the end of this blog post)

I stamped the Tall Trees stamps with Gathered Twigs, Brushed Corduroy & Vintage Photo Distress inks, sometimes applying two or three of the inks to the same stamp. I used second & third generation stamping too.

The focal images are from the Card-io Combinations set; Christmas Scenery 1
Christmas Scenery 2. The birds are Lavinia Stamps Birds stamp & the greeting is 
the Grunge Birthday stamp from Stampendous.

For the second card, I also used Christmas Scenery 1 & Tall Trees, as well as the Woodland Walks set & Lavinia Stamps Ducks stamp............

I masked off a section of the Pronty Waves 1 stencil & placed it over a piece of white Super Smooth card, then applied Evergreen Bough Distress ink through the stencil.........

I lifted off the stencil, moved it slightly down, replaced it & applied Gathered Twigs Distress ink through it...........

For the sky I used Tumbled Glass, Peacock Feathers & Ripe Persimmon........

 Time to stamp the focal images..............

I wanted the deer to be behind the trees, so I stamped the trees with Cocoa & Brown Versacolor inks, applied WOW Clear Gloss embossing powder & heat set. Then I used a dark brown alcohol ink pen to try to hide the deer a little more.............

I finished the card with the Lavinia Stamps Ducks stamp & the sentiment & grasses from the 
Hobby Art Wildflowers set.................

I liked this card so made another one the same way, this time as a Christmas card. I used Seedless Preserves & Shaded Lilac Distress inks & WOW Metallic Silver embossing powder..........

 Christmas Scenery 1   Tall Trees   Woodland Walks  Ducks  Wildflowers  Grunge Birthday   Wave 1   Evergreen Bough - Mini  Salty Ocean - Mini   Gathered Twigs - Mini   Ripe Persimmon - Mini  Seedless Preserves - Mini  Shaded Lilac - Mini  Spun Sugar Distress Ink Pad   Versacolor Evergreen Versacolor Winter Green   Versacolor Brown  Versacolor Cocoa Stazon Jet Black    Mini Blending Tools   WA01 Clear Gloss   WC05 Metallic Silver    VersaMark Ink Pad  

That's it from me for this week. Stay tuned for more blog posts this week, from Lisa, Martina & Jan. The new blog challenge began yesterday. The theme is 'Stamped Christmas Scenes' & if you use Card-io stamps on your project, you get a second entry.

Have a great week.



  1. Love the effect of the trees, great for Autumn birthdays. The stencil effect looks fab, great funky twist xx

  2. I love creating scenes... I will be watching this space avidly! Your first card is my favourite, with the 2nd and 3rd generation stamping of trees giving the perfect forest impression!

  3. Lovely cards autumnal cards Kirst, I love this set of tree stamps xx

  4. As a tree fiend, I love these... what beautiful wintry cards.
    Alison x


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