Sunday, 14 July 2013

A moment of Clarity Christmas Ships

Well as you now know I am on the Clarity DT and last weekend I had sent my first cards into Barbara as part of that still feels like a dream!

Anyway the sets sold out really quickly ...hardly surprising as the are all fabulous stamps...and a bit different for Christmas than the usual!

I had one card shown and this is it

Strangely this had been the first card I made and boy did it give me problems.
I had recieved my stamps and was all excited getting my first parcel to play with! I took the blue off immediately and stamped the stamps out to see what they looked like. I always do this as it often gives me inspiration for what to do with the stamp.

I had an idea that the music could in some way be the wave that was carrying the ships along!!

I won't tell you how many pieces of clarity card actually went in the bin. And how many times I nearly threw my brayer in there too! However it was not plain sailing!...sorry! It was almost as though I had never stamped and or used a brayer before in my life!!! 

Anyway after a few miserable attemps I walked away and had a cuppa then reurned to try again.

I tried at first to use the resist technique for the music stamp but the image was not sharp enough in the sea!!! So I started again and this time brayered the sea then stamped and heat embossed the music in white opaque embossing powder! Eventually I got something that I was happy with and then made the card from that!. Thank goodness for the letterbox kit!

I then was moving on to my next sketch idea and cutting some card to make that topper when the next idea came to me. It uses the I saw Three ships kit but also the holly sprigs from the Deck the Halls kit.

Quite a simple one this one and not using a brayer!

I hope you enjoyed reading about my first DT cards. Please let me know what you think.
More will follow
Enjoy your day
Happy Crafting
Jane xx


  1. Lovely cards Jane, well done you for keeping going on the first one it was well worth it! x

  2. Beautiful cards Jane and as Hellen says 10/10 teach for keeping going with the first one. Just proves practice and perseverance really pays off. I love the second one too did you use pans on this one? Looking forward to seeing your future samples xx

    1. I used ink dusters and distress ink round the edges of the blue one!

  3. Great ideas for the stamps you've used, beautiful blending on the first card.
    Lisa :-)

  4. Gorgeous cards Jane, love the new Christmas stamps. Well done you for making it to the Clarity DT - you deserve!! Hugs Linda xxx

  5. They are lovely cards Jane and I'm so glad you persevered with the first one as it would have been a shame not to see your design.
    Beryl xx

  6. Really lovely cards, Jane, well worth the effort! Thanks for giving us some great ideas.