Happy Sunday, back in good old rainy England, but although we had a fab time in Bretagne, it really is good to sleep in your own bed again, isn’t it?
So now the race is on! Having had over a week away, there is much, much, much too much to do, in much, much, much too little time! It was worth it though.
I have to say, I refuse to panic. I am old enough now, to know that worrying won’t help a damned thing. It won’t prepare the house for me, nor wrap the gifts for me, nor decorate the tree! And these are things I like doing actually. So out comes my Wunderlist, write every single thing down which needs to be done, and then just start ticking the boxes, one day at a time.
I love Christmas, and am super excited this year, because both kids are coming home from the States! Next week, in fact! It would be so easy to get into a flap about the preparations, but what for? Isn’t it strange how it all always works out? I didn’t get to 54 years old to start panicking about a dead bird which needs cooking and putting on 10 plates! Or was it 12? On Tuesday, let's talk about P for Preparation! I've just remembered a funny story....
Anyway, I digress. On today’s list of things to do, I’ve got Daily Blog and Decorate the House etc. So the blog is just getting me in the swing of it!
Here’s one I did on TV a while back, but which is very nice and easy.
Strip of Sequin Waste (Punchinella)
or our Dotty Wave Stencil
Post-Its and scissors
Stamp the Carol in black Archival,
cover it with a mask,
stamp the 2 little holly pieces in varying shades of Bottle around the edges. They have a nice curl on them.
Without removing the mask,
do some gentle shading with a make-up sponge and the Bottle inkpad. Maybe a hint of black, too.
Dust through the Punchinelli with some Bottle on your stencil brush.
With your red Promarker, colour in the holly berries. If you want to trim the card, now’s the time.
Then use the chisel end of the red Promarker to border the edge. If you haven’t seen me do this, here’s how:
Just lay a sheet of copy paper underneath your work, dig the heel of the chisel end into the copy paper and literally drag the pen along each edge of the card. Practice on scrap first; it’s very easy and gives a lovely clean edge.
Another way to add depth to the scroll is to add a shadow with the Pastel Beige Promarker in the folds. See where I added it, versus where I missed it? Interesting how a little detail like that can change the illusion of depth, isn’t it?
Mount the artwork on a complimentary piece of paper or card.
I have a stash of paper and card like you can’t imagine! In the words of a lovely Scottish lady, who attended a workshop in the summer, a SABLE. A Stash Acquired Beyond Life Expectancy! You got one too? Yep I’ve got a few of them! In the Craft dept, the Linen dept, the Crockery dept AND the Fashion dept. In fact, I think I’ve got ETFADS : Enough To Fill a Department Store!
All in all, a very pleasant card to make.
But now I really must get on, and start ticking a few things on that NEL. Never-Ending List!
Love to you,