Friday, July 14, 2017

JAI #368 Use birthday to make Christmas

Hello there, 
well this week has been a bit busier and also chillier (the kids enjoyed smashing the ice sheet that formed each night on our little fountain outside though)! The chill weather is actually a perfect segway to our new challenge at Just Add Ink this week. This week Kelly has asked us to Just add a twist - the twist? Well, to use a birthday set to create a Christmas card. So get out all your birthday sets and look at them in a different way - it takes a bit of creative thinking but it's such a fun way to see if you can get more use from your stamps!

Here's what I came up with. 

I spotted the string of lights in Confetti Celebration and couldn't get the idea out of my mind of using them as Christmas lights. But what to drape them on?? I settled on the sweet little elephant from A Little Wild. I kind of liked the idea that he could hold them up using his trunk. It took some fiddly masking (I had to stamped the lights first so they would be in front of the elephant) which meant I had to cut teeny tiny light masks. But rather remarkably I managed to get everything in the right place first go! Then I coloured up my elephant and lights before fancying the lights up with wink of stella and then a coat of fine tip glue pen to get a lovely glossy sheen. For the background I brayered up a night sky, adding some texture with a splatter of white gouache and the gleam of gold stars. There had to be stars with for my elephant to wish on!

I was delighted my minds concept worked out so well (big smile). We'd love you to join the challenge this week, before you do though, go and check out the projects from the rest of the design team!

Thanks for visiting,

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: A Little Wild, Confetti Celebration, Moon Baby, Labeler Alphabet, Teeny Tiny Sentiments
Cardstock: Island Indigo, Whisper White, X Press it Blending
Ink: Night of Navy, Island Indigo, Bermuda Bay, Pool Party, Versamark, Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Accessories: Stitched Shapes framelits, Classic Label punch, Star punch (R), Copic markers, Gold glimmer paper, White and gold embossing powder, Sponge brayer, Fine Tip glue pen, White Gouache, Dimensionals, Tear and Tape


  1. This is just too gorgeous for words Kim! Just so stunning!! Your night sky background is beautiful and I love the stand of lights wraped around the elephant. And your colouring!! SO good!! Love everything about this card! Rochelle xo

  2. Your card is STUNNING, Kim! The elephant and lights looks amazing - well worth the trouble you went to to.

  3. Your card is gorgeous! That colouring is beautiful - so talented!!

  4. Such a brilliant idea Kim and so stunningly brought to life! Your background is gorgeous and I must ask you about white gauche as its effect is fabulous. And your wee elephant is adorable holding the lights in his trunks and so cute holding the Merry Christmas in his tail too! xx

  5. Swoon! OMG Kim, you have created a gorgeous card. The colouring and string lights look amazing and your elephant butt is just too cute for words..LOVE it! xx

  6. This is such a clever masked card! Adorable image and your masking is amazing!

  7. Wow - totally nailed the colouring (again) Kim. I'm always in awe of your talent with those Copics! Kelly x

  8. Omg such an amazingly detailed card Kim. I adore everything about it, inside and out. Love the cheeky elephant and the lights. Your colouring is simply devine.


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