Thursday, 3 December 2009

Punch Pals SAS

Tonight, I have lots of cards to show you from my September Christmas SAS, so I'll try not to waffle. For this SAS, I used the very cute & multi-punchable 'Punch Pals' set for all the cards. There are so many different but co-ordinating stamps in this set that you can make lots of different cards, tags etc (see all the images at the bottom of the post).

I kept the same main colour theme for all the cards, which was kraft bases with riding hood red, old olive & 'holiday wishes' DSP. I only used one paper here, but at the classes, the ladies used a range of papers from the pack. All the stamped images were water-coloured on whisper white card with my Earth Elements® Watercolor Wonders™ & Aqua Painter™ , which added a few more accent colours. I couldn't decide which cards to use, so the ladies got to choose which ones they wanted to make.

First up is one of the most popular cards: Mr Snowman.
Here is a closer version, so you can see his colouring better. Note: I stamped Mr Snowman is basic brown ink (I think it's softer than black & suited the DSP colours) & colour washed the white parts with sahara sand ink to give a bit of depth. You can see him better here:Next up is another very popular choice with the girls - a penguin trio. The penguins are stamped & coloured in basic grey ink (again, not as harsh as black I think) I used riding hood red ink for the red scarf & wcw crayons for the other colours.
This tree card was probably the quickest & easiest card to make. I got the idea for this one from a similar card in the US Idea Book. I stamped the tree in old olive ink, then coloured them with the olive wcw crayon. While the old olive ink pad is not waterproof like the basic grey & basic brown ink pads, it's fine to colour with, so long as you don't use too much water to colour – very easy with the aquapainters).

Now we have a combination of the penguin & the tree. It's hard to see, but Mr Penguin is cut out & raised on dimensionals. You may be able to see better in this pic. Going off SAS for a mo, here is a square, kiwi kiss version of this card that I made while playing with the set.

This next card is a bit different & is all about playing with punches.I punched some riding hood red & old olive squares, laid them out checkerboard style on the base, then added a punched snowflake with dimensional. The greeting & scallop edge were then butted against the squares. This one took a bit longer than it looked.

Last but not least, here's another Mr Penguin one. In hindsight, I think I should have added some background snowflakes to the bottom part of the base to add a bit more detail.

A Final Tip: Custom Mounting Stamps:

One of the stamps in the Punch Pals set (see below) includes 5 different greetings & 2 snowflake rows. I decided to split all the greetings & mount them on the ends of some of the other stamps in the set, to make it quicker & easier to stamp them singly. I also mounted the snowflakes, parallel to one another with enough space to stamp a greeting in between. Just one more benefit of being able to mount your own stamps. I really should have taken a pic to show you what I did, but didn't think of it until now. If I remember next time I'm using it, I'll add it to the post.

Phew, that was a long post. Thanks for hanging in there. If you have any questions about any of the cards, just drop me a line....& thanks for visiting.

Inky wishes

Stamps: Punch Pals
Card/Paper: Kraft, riding hood red, old olive, whisper white card, Holiday Wishes DSP
Ink: basic brown, basic grey, old olive, riding hood red ink pads, Earth Elements® Watercolor Wonder™ crayons (pumpkin pie, not quite navy, old olive, garden green, summer sun).
Tools: punches: scallop circle, 1 3/8 inch circle, 1 ¼ inch circle, 1 inch circle, ¾ inch circle, 1 inch square (non SU), word window, large oval & scallop oval (kiwi penguin)

Punch Pals: (115856) $56.95


Trisha said...

Hi Di!
These snowman cards are adorable. I miss that DSP bunches!!! Somehow I ended up with NONE in my stash. How do you ever find the mood to make cards with snowmen when it is so wonderful warm for you right now...I'll trade ya...I think we might hit 68F today!!!!
Hugs - Trish

Karen said...

Hey there chicki! Just LOVE all those gorgeous cards! You putting me to shame! lol I'll mailin' you a little card this week so be on the look out for some happy mail:)

Luv K

Louise said...

These are so gorgeous Di! Well done. Love the way you have used the scallop circle with colours and layers too.