Blwyddyn Newydd Dda : Happy New Year
January Calendar Page
Hi and welcome to my blog (or welcome back if you’ve visited before).
Well, another year has started. Hope you all had a good Christmas, whether it was quiet and relaxing, or a busy one visiting and having family over.
I would like to start this post by telling all the visitors to my blog how much I appreciate you clicking over for a look at my work, especially those of you who take the time to comment either here on my blog or on my posts in various groups and pages on Facebook. It means a lot to me.
I hope you will continue to do so in the coming year.
I’m not going to be makeing any grand New Year’s Resolutions. I’m just planning to carry on with my variety of crafting, as and when my health allows, hopefully getting a few more YouTube videos online of me makeing different things. And when the summer comes I hope that I will be able to once again spend some time out the garden puttering at my raised beds and pots.
As usual I have lots of crafting projects planned, some of which are already started, so it’s just a case of picking a time when I’m up to doing things and getting on, and then remembering to photograph what I’ve been up to.
Of course, I’ve started with a panel to put on the January page of my mother’s calendar, which is what I’ve got to show you today.
Those of you who have visited my blog in the past probably already know that I give my mother a blank, Papermill Direct, calendar each year. I buy the A3 size which means that there is an A4 area above the calendar section on each page to be decorated. (You can see what I did last year by checking out the post – here.)
I ask my mother each month if there’s anything specific she’d like, or a specific technique, and most months she just says to surprise her. But for January she asked for a snowman to be on the page somewhere. So that is what I did.
Started by doing a search for a snowman through the Publisher software’s online search function in designs with a Creative Commons licence. The chosen snowman was resized to what I wanted. I also put the numbers and wording I wanted onto my working area in Publisher, makeing the letters ones with an outline only and no fill. These were on two pages that I printed out onto white cardstock.
I then set about decorating the letters, tareing some of the white cardstock as snow banks, and cutting out the pieces.
What I used
- Papermill Direct – 2020 Create-a-Calendar
- 2 sheets A4 250gsm Super Smooth White Cardstock
- 1 sheet A4 Black Cardstock
- 1 sheet A4 Deep Blue Cardstock
- Artisan Design Background Stamp – Speckle
- Artisan Design Background Stamp – Bark
- Stamping Platform – We R Memory Keepers
- Dinky Inkies Chalk Ink Pads – three colours
- Paint brush
- Sticky back gems and metalic embelishments
- Fingerlift Tape
- Cutterpillar Pro Paper Trimmer
- Pinflair Glue Gel
The Calendar Page
I decorated the Mis Ionawr panel (Welsh for January) by taking the Speckle background stamp and puting three colours of ink on part of it, stamping over the panel from one direction, re-inking and stamping from the other direction. The green either end is quite clean but the overlap of the yellow and red colours give a merge of colours.
I then pressed each ink pad to a sheet of acetate and used dry brushes to pick up ink and colour over the speckles outside the letters, trying to keep close to the speckle colour bands. The speckle on the letters show on the white background and around the letters the speckle is still visible on a background of the same colour brushed over thinner.
The large numbers 2020 were stamped the same way as the Mis Ionawr, but as I was going to cut them out individually I didn’t colour the background.
For the Blwyddyn Newydd Dda I used the same technique but used the Artisan Design Bark background stamp, which is a more dense stamp so the pattern is a bit darker. This time I did the bands a different width and started with yellow on the outside. This panel was torn after colouring, rather than cutting as the previous one had been.
I cut a sheet of black cardstock a bit smaller, and, as I wanted to knock back the colour a bit I took the green chalk ink pad and brushed it over the cardstock in a very random fashion, trying to get an uneven look in a band across the diagonal.
Fingerlift tape was used to attach the black panel to the deep blue sheet of cardstock, and has been placed on the back of the month and main piece ready to attach to the calendar today. The snowman was shaped a bit and “snow drifts” were torn out of the same cardstock before everything was attached to the panel front using glue gel, giving some raise to bits.
Angled view to try and show that pieces were stuck on with some dimension.
I have several bits of different crafting on the go at the moment, so keep an eye out for them over the next few weeks.
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Thank you for reading this blog post – I hope you like what you’ve seen and read.
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