Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Let's get festive with Clarity

Happy Tuesday!

Having a good week ...... I do hope so.

It was a bit of a busy weekend over here but .... we got there in the end.  What with Design Team stuff to do, Blog Hop post to schedule (cut that one a bit fine!!), re-arranging bedrooms for furniture that never arrived ..... but that's another story (one with not such a good ending either so I won't go into all that!) and of course Barbara was on the telly!  Yes Clarity was back on HOCHANDA on Sunday, with a definite festive feel ....... and didn't the DT do well!  Great Christmas designs from everyone ..... only 58 days and counting folks (eeeek!)

I thought we'd have a bit of a festive week on here this week ..... that way I can share some of my Clarity samples with you in full.

In case you didn't see Barbara, there were some fab new Festive Stencils on the show ..... 3 great Christmassy shapes and 2 fabulous background stencils all together with a FREE 7x7 stencil folder.

Here's just a couple of examples using one of the shapes ...... the Christmas Bauble
I think this one is my favourite ..... it's large enough to use as an aperture and ink through it to create a little winter scene in there (which Barbara did live on the telly ..... great demo)

With some Clarity stencils you not only get the outer bit, but you get the inside bit too ..... the inny and the outy as we call them.

I used the inny bit on my card ...... I drew round it and then cut it out using a craft knife to create the aperture .............

Then, on a separate piece of card I used the outy bit of the stencil to create my little Santa scene using the Christmas Wee Folk

I added a touch of colour around the aperture, using Distress Ink, and spritzed with a little water

A touch of Chunky White Embossing Powder here and there to give the snow effect and I finished it all off with a few die cut holly leaves and some gems.

One of the Christmas Word Chains gave the perfect finishing touch ......

Here's a completely different look using the same bauble stencil ...... and adding in the pretty snowflakes from the Christmas Stencil Set ......

I cut a piece of white card to the size I wanted (finished card size is 8x8 inches by the way) then I used the stencils to ink through to create the baubles.

The snowflake stencil was laid over the top of the bauble stencil and I applied Distress Ink over the top, being careful not to move the snowflakes around

The blue one was done first, then I used the inny bit to mask that off, whilst I inked the purple one .... easy!

I finished the pair with a touch of fine crystal glitter on the snowflakes and doodled a 'chain' to hang them .....

This was then mounted onto a background made using Distress Spray Stains on white card, then spritzed over with Perfect Pearls before adding a piece of cling film, scrunched on the top and left to dry .......
Once this is dry remove the cling film and you're left with this fabulous frosty looking effect

Not sure the shimmer comes across that well in the photos but trust me it's there and it's gorgeous and it's so easy to do.

I used the Word Chains again for the greeting ..... stamped in black Archival ..... and finished off with a cute metal embellishment

Hope you like them.
Next time I'll show you more of those gorgeous snowflakes ..... and a really simple way of using the Christmas Word Chains

Thanks for popping by .... enjoy the rest of your day.
I'm off to get the little man from school now, then he's off to a Halloween Disco later .... in fancy dress.  He has a better social life than I do!!

Cheerio until next time



  1. Fabulous cards - the first one is my favourite using the bauble as an aperture for your lovely scene.
    Kath x

  2. Two fabulous cards Linda! Thanks for sharing how you did them! xx

  3. Fabulous cards Linda, love the little scene in the aperture. The baubles look gorgeous against the shimmery background.
    Avril xx

  4. Love those cards !
    Love this background !
    Ineke X

  5. These are gorgeous and I just love that awesome sentiment stamp!

  6. Gorgeous cards using the new clarity stencils Linda. Great job showing how versatile they are. xx

  7. Beautiful cards Linda! So fun and festive! Thanks for the inspiration!


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