Monday, 11 February 2019

Seeing stars

The latest challenge at Twofers, where we are asked to make two different cards using one stamp, die or stencil, is Stars.

I decided to use a star stamp that was part of a recent magazine set.

A cute Christmas card and a distressed romance card - how different can you get? I am sharing this duo at
Twofers - Stars

Now for a closer look at the cards separately:

Here I have stamped and embossed the stars in gold, along with a line of Christmas trees. I might have chosen silver instead  of gold but for some reason my silver ink pad and embossing powder have started refusing to speak to each other although they both speak to everything else. Temperamental little things!

I stamped Rudolph and the sentiment on a scrap of white card and cut the top into a hill shape so that the tree line ran atop the hill, Rudolph is coloured with Promarkers and his very VERY shiny nose is courtesy of a liberal dose of Glossy Accents.

I am sharing this card with
Christmas Crafts All Year Round - Carols and Songs (Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer of course!)
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge - Cute 

Recently I've seen several cards on Pinterest that have been stamped in brown on wood-grain paper, and thought how much they remind me of poker-work  - the art done by scorching the design onto wood with the tip of a very hot stylus - that was popular in the 1970s. I thought that it would be a super technique for a masculine card.

I wanted to make my masculine card romantic, avoiding the mushy hearts and flowers stuff so popular at this time of year, and what could be more romantic than Paris under a starlit sky?  I used a Tim Holtz Cityscapes stamp - I think these lend themselves beautifully to DL shaped cards - and a scrap of woodgrain paper left over from another project. It doesn't quite have the poker-work effect I was hoping for - I think the stamp is too detailed for that - but I like it anyway!

I am sharing this with

Just us Girls - Wood 

The Male Room - Love Your Men


  1. Wonderful Twofer, I especially like your Christmas card, that deer is too cute!

  2. Two great and very different looks. Hugs Mrs A.

  3. Oh, my word, your Christmas card is so dang cute! The stars in gold look perfect to me, and I love the pretty line of trees on the snowy hillside. Your love card couldn't be more different and I admire it for it's no-mush masculine look. It could be used for a son or brother as well as a spouse. My husband has a wood burning kit with patterns. Hasn't seen the light of day for a while, but you remind me how cool it can look. Thanks for sharing your twofer with us at Twofer!

  4. Yes indeed, that Christmas card is cute! Thanks for sharing it with us at CCAYR, and I hope you will come back to play with us again soon! :)

    ~Marie B -DT

  5. Fabulous cards. They are so different. Love Dawn x

  6. Hi Jane, a gorgeous pair of cards using the same stamps. Love the look of the brown ink against the woodgrain paper... have a wonderful week... Megan

  7. Yes your card does look like poker work, how clever you are! Love the grungy feel with the distressed edges and woodgrain background. Thanks for playing at The Male Room, hope to see you joining in with future challenges too.

  8. What a fun Christmas card, Jane. That reindeer is so cute, and the night sky with those gold embossed stars look wonderful on that rich blue paper. I do like how that Valentine gets the message across without being mushy or girly, too. Thank you for joining us at the Twofer Challenge this month. Bev

  9. Two wonderful cards for the Twofers. I need to get back to Christmas ones too. I have been so busy with Valentines and birthdays that I got off track again.

  10. What a darling Christmas card, those stars just light up the sky. Your male romance is perfection.

  11. Well, **Y&^%, my long comment just flew away. I'm sure I hit the wrong button. It was good, too, blast, but unfortunately it flew out of my head. So flustruating! I'll try again.

    I love both your very different designs, Jane! Your Christmas card with a happy Rudolph offering a candy cane under the starlit winter skyline is both elegant and super cute! (That takes skill!) And I love your poker-work Paris night sky card! An excellent manly design! I remember that art style from the 70s, but we didn't call it poker-work. What we did call it will come to me about three days from now while I'm in the shower! Isn't the mind a beautiful thing to lose, haha! Thank you so much for playing in Twofer Card Challenge #13! Hugs, Darnell

  12. Fabulous twofer and yes, definitely distinctly different! The 'poker art' replication of the Paris skyline...swoon! I agree: Paris under the stars is, indeed, romantic! Thrilled to see this gem in the Just Us Girls gallery!

  13. Amazing set of cards with stars. Love the 2nd one as poker work especially. Thanks for playing along with us at The Male Room. Looking forward to seeing your creative projects in the future galleries again.

  14. Sweet card!! Thanks so much for participating in our CHRISTMAS CRAFTS ALL YEAR ‘ROUND challenge. Hope you participate in our next challenge!! Have a happy crafty day!!!
    Deanne at A Little Bit O’ Paper


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