Thursday, November 14, 2013

Reindeer Games with the Creative Cafe Kit

Hello Crafty Friends!  Today I have a fun Christmas project from the fun November Creative Cafe Kit called Twas The Night from The Rubber Cafe.  Today I used the sweet little reindeer from the stamp set that is included in the Cafe Kit.

Here's how I made my card:  First, I trimmed all of my cardstock & pattern papers (measurements below) & then I assembled the pieces on my card base.

* Black card base - 4 1/4" x 8 1/2" 
* Red card panel - 4 1/8" x 4 1/8"
* Red stripe pattern paper - 2" x 4"
* Green pattern paper - 2" x 4" 
* Black polka-dot - 1" x 4" (trimmed with a scallop edge punch)

I also added a red square gem from Queen & Company to each corner of the card (these also come with the kit).

For my reindeer image, I decided I wanted to stamp the reindeer in black.  However, I really wanted to make his nose and the bow around his neck red.  There are a few ways to do this, but my favorite way is shown below ~ it's super easy!

First add the image to your clear block.  Next, decide which color of ink you are going to stamp with first.  I always pick the area that requires the most ink ~ in this case, the parts that will be black. Once that is determined, lightly add some clear scotch tape to the areas of the image that you DON'T want to ink first (the nose and the bow).

Once the areas are covered in tape, ink your image with the color of your choice (I used black).  Gently remove the tape.

Once the tape is removed, carefully add the second color of ink (Love Letter Red) to those areas that were previously taped.  I like using the Memento Dew Drop inks because of the pointed end ~ this makes it very easy to apply ink to tight spots.

Once you have applied both colors of ink, just stamp the image on white cardstock.  Easy Peasy!

After the reindeer image was stamped, I added the outlined bow in black ink over the top.  They aren't exactly the same size, but I like the slightly offset look.  I matted the image on a black scallop oval and then popped it up with some Kool Tac Foam to the card base.  Since my card is only 4 1/4" tall, I had the top of the matted image go over the top of the card.  The total height of the card is about 5", so it will still fit inside a standard invitation size envelope.

I also added some clear glitter from my Wink of Stella Clear pen to the nose, eye, and bow ~ just for a little bit of shimmer.

Next, I added some of the red sheer ribbon from the Creative Cafe Kit along with a snowflake embellishment, a green sequin and a clear gem on top of the knotted ribbon.

For the final touch for my card was a sentiment.  As I was looking at the fabulous Echo Park pattern papers included in the kit, I noticed this particular pattern had some fun sentiments printed on it.  So I took out my oval punch and lined it up so the "Christmas Joy" was showing in the exact spot & then punched it out and added it to the bottom of my card.

Now wasn't that easy?  Hope you enjoyed my tutorial today! 


Unknown said...

Love it! Super cute as usual! :)

Unknown said...

Love your card. Using the tape is a great idea! Beats having to create masks. Thanks for sharing. Sue H.

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