Christmas Crafts: Pink Ink Festive Stag with Lynda
Christmas is nearly here. Which means it’s time to start Christmas Crafts!
Have you seen the recent festive release from Pink Ink stamps yet? If not you really do need to take a look at them as every set is incredible and really versatile. I had to get them all as soon as I saw them and I am having so much fun with them.
Today I would like to share with you my first creation using the absolutely stunning Stag set. I have also used a few other sets too as you will see. What I love about Pink Ink is just how well their stamps mix together as it makes them really good value as you can mix and match them, giving so much scope for creativity.
The base for my card was a large piece of mixed media cardstock that I had previously painted with leftover acrylic ink ( I hate to waste anything!). It reminded me of a winters night sky so was perfect for what I had in mind.
Creating a winters night for my stag
First I needed to create a simple landscape, which I did with a scrap of copy paper and some ink. The trick to this is to use a darker shade of the colours already on the paper and blend from the paper outwards onto the card, creating a horizon, and thus grounding the whole piece.
The next step was to add a moon, which I did by die cutting a circle from card, and using a small amount of white gesso on a sponge. I painted a few simple trees to add depth.
Using my stamping platform I stamped and heat embossed the stag in place in white. The important thing here is to leave the stamp in place, as later in the process I needed to overstamp.
I lightly painted inside the entire stag with more white gesso. This gave me a base to be able to add some colour, which I did with Tombow markers. With the gesso underneath the colours were beautifully subtle and also blended really well with a water brush.
With some colour laid, I then went back to stamping, and over stamped the stag, leaving out the antlers, in dark ink to add definition.
Christmas Crafts: a bit of Christmas sparkle
While that dried , I stamped and coloured the wing, again using the Tombow markers and a water brush. I fussy cut this and covered in sparkly stickles because all Christmas cards should sparkle!
I used the foliage stamp, and also added stars to the sky. You may notice I had a small accident with the embossing powder when I first stamped the image as hadn’t used enough anti-static on it, but rather than get cross with myself, as it is a winter scene I embraced it as a happy accident and simply added more, turning it into snow! By sprinkling on the card loose and gently heating from underneath I was able to create the effect.
Christmas Crafts: Fluffy Stuff
There is nothing quite more Christmassy than snow. Cosmic Shimmer Fluffy Stuff added bigger flakes falling from the sky. I added a touch of ultra-fine glitter before heating it for more sparkle. I also stamped the snowflakes from the Bear Hugs stamp set.
To finish, I layered up some toadstools from the Funghi set, and stamped, embossed and fussy cut some foliage. The sentiment is from the Baubles set.
While that dried, I stamped and coloured the wing, again using the Tombow markers and a water brush. I fussy cut this and covered in sparkly stickles because again, all Christmas cards should sparkle!
It always seems a bit odd to me to be starting christmas crafts, especially festive cards in the height of Summer, but such is a crafters life and I honestly can’t wait to make more. I am pretty sure all my family and friends will be getting pretty and sparkly Pink Ink cards this year because I simply can’t put these stamps down!
My last blog was all about the Mermazing Stamp or a Merman – click here to read all about that
I’ll be back soon to share another project with you.