This will probably be my last post for a couple of weeks, as I craft on the dining room table and my inconsiderate family expect to sit at it to eat Christmas dinner, so I need to pack my craft stuff away to make space for them. Not that they'll all be here - one daughter lives in France so because of Covid can't come over. She's sent us a Lego model of them all though, so that can sit on the table! The other daughter and her family were going to be part of our three-household bubble, but here in the UK we are divided into "tiers" according to the Coronavirus risk, and while we are in Tier 2, where household mixing is allowed just for Christmas day, they have just been placed in Tier 4, where they are not allowed to mix with anybody, so now it's going to be just us and my brother in law. The announcement came after the deadline for editing my online shopping order, so between the three of us we are going to have to eat seven people's worth of food!
Anyway, before moving on to the crafting I will wish you Season's Greetings (not the usual Merry Christmas because for many of us it won't be so merry this year) and see you all in 2021. Let's hope it's a happier year - but if we still have to stay at home, at least we crafters still have plenty to amuse ourselves.
When I was playing with my gorgeous new set of Floral Shoppe stamps and dies the other day, I realised that with so many separate images they would be perfect for snippets makes, so I had to have a go!
I made a shaped card blank by cutting the urn against the fold of a white card blank, overlapping the top of the die over the fold so as not to cut through it. Then I stamped the urn onto a snippet of green patterned paper., die cut it then blended some slightly darker green ink around the edges and into the areas that would be in shade, to give it the look of dimension. I attached it to the card base, leaving the top centimetre free, then used gold liquid pearls to embellish it and set it aside to dry while I made the flowers and foliage.
For these I picked out snippets of light and dark green, light and dark pink and light blue card and stamped the flowers, leaves and berries using much darker shades of each colour. Then I very lightly blended the ink I had stamped with over the images here and there, again to create a look of dimension. I used very sharp pencils to colour in the delicate leaves and stems. Then I die cut everything and used a ball tool and foam mat to add a bit of shape to each piece.
Next I arranged them in the urn, below the unglued area, sticking them in place with pinflair glue which dries slowly enough to allow for any necessary rearranging. a little more glue under the edge of the urn holds it in place and adds extra security to the die cuts.
I'd arranged some of the berries to spill over at the front, but I'd intended trimming off the bits of foliage at the sides, thinking they would look as if they had somehow broken through the sides of the urn. But when it was finished, I thought actually it looks as if they too are trailing over the edge, but behind the curve of the urn, so they were better left untrimmed.
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