Friday, 7 September 2012

Weekly Blog Project - I Can See Clearly Now!

Good morning everyone!  This week it's my turn (Helen) to share a card for the weekly blog project and I've made this card using the very cute 'Bambino' stamp, one of my favourite Little Claire Christmas stamps and also one of the new 'Christmas Tags' sentiment stamps.  I've used acetate to make the card blank and paper piecing for the image.

Here's what you will need to make the card:

'Bambino' stamp (from Little Claire)
'Christmas Tags' stamp set (from Little Claire)
A4 sheet of acetate
white stamping card
red gingham paper (from Little Claire)
kraft paper (from Little Claire)
 circle and lacey circle Nestabilities dies
border die or punch
red self adhesive gems
sheer ribbon
Promarkers - Cool Grey 1, Poppy and Pear Green
anti-static bag or tumble drier sheet
Memento Tuxedo black ink pad (from Little Claire)
Versafine Onyx black ink pad (from Little Claire)
Here's what you need to do:

  1. Score and fold the piece of acetate in half to make an A5 card.  Cut away a piece from one side to leave a square card blank.

2. Open the acetate blank out and wipe it with the anti-static bag or a dry tumble drier sheet to remove any finger marks or dust.  Put double sided tape round the four sides of the inside base of the card.

 3. Attach a piece of kraft paper to the base, covering the entire area and then add a piece of red gingham paper on top, leaving a border of the kraft paper visible.

4. Cut two border strips from kraft paper using your punch or die.  I've used a Die-Namics 'Simply Scallops die on my card.

5. Close the card and add a scallop to the top and bottom of the front of the card using narrow double sided tape.

6. Stamp the Bambino image on to white card using the Memento pad and then die cut in to a circle.  Stamp the image again on to a piece of kraft paper and finally just the scarf on to a piece of red gingham paper.  Die cut two lacey circles from kraft paper.

7. Cut out the head and body of the Bambino from the kraft paper and the scarf from the gingham paper and then attach these to the base image using glue.   Colour the trees and the Bambino's nose and then trace the lines of the snow using Cool Grey 1.  Layer the two lacey circles together to form a doily shape and then put the image panel on top of this shape.

8. Stamp one of the Christmas tags on to a piece of kraft card (or the paper stuck on to white card) using the Versafine ink pad.  The Versafine pad is great for stamping words or anything that you don't want to colour with Promarkers like silhouette stamps - it is a much 'wetter' pad than the Memento and picks up the detail on stamps to give a really good dark, defined image.  Cut out the tag, punch a hole in the top and tie through a scrap of red ribbon.  A little tip - if you don't have any red ribbon, colour a piece of white using your Poppy Promarker as I did for this card.

9. Attach the main image panel to the front of the acetate card blank and then the little tag as shown in the photo.  Add some gems to the tag, card front and to the scallop borders.  To finish the card, add a square of white card on the back of the card blank and a die cut white circle on the inside - this covers the tape where the main image and kraft papers were attached.

I hope you've enjoyed this project - I'd love you to leave a comment to let me know what you think!  

Hope everyone has a great weekend - I'm really looking forward to our Wirral workshop day tomorrow!

Helen x


  1. This is gorgeous, I really love the image and such a great design


  2. What a lovely card, thank you Helen, we just think this is a super idea!

  3. Love your card, great idea and very effective x