Hello Everyone

Well it’s that time again, the first of a new month, only this one is the last one of the year!! What happened? I’m writing this in November when the weather has just changed and we’ve had the first really cold days this end of the year. Autumn was beautiful and with the first frosts we’ll soon be enjoying winter.

Of course something else happens at around this time of the year – we start to prepare for Christmas and that is the theme of the new Claritystamp challenge that launches today, A Christmas Story.

Clarity does many Christmas stamps and stencils so there is a wide selection to choose from. I’ve gone with stencils this month –

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Using three of the Stained Glass Window set of stencils, Mary and Jesus, The Shepherds and the Star, I created a triptych in honour of the season, and it is The Christmas Story.

I first embossed the stencils onto stencil card. Attach the stencil to the card and then place the stencil face down onto your lowest plate and then place the embossing mat onto the card (or that was what I did using the Grand Calibur).

Once embossed I added colour with Rangers Distress Inks in salty ocean, picked raspberry and mustard seed using the fabulous Clarity stencil brushes. Where the colours mix lovely greens, mauves and oranges are created.

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Once all three were coloured, I layered the stencil card onto Night of Navy card from Stampin’ Up! and then using my We R Memory Keepers Crop-a-Dile, I punched holes to form the hinges.

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I then tied the three images together using Night of Navy ribbon from Stampin’ Up!

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Once I had finished this I decided that the stained glass should have some sparkle – and so replaced the stencils and covering up the rest of the triptych I sprayed each stencil with Crafter’s Companion Spray and Sparkle. Yes it would have been better to have made this decision before layering and tying each image. That’s crafting for you – always thinking of new ideas as you go.

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I felt the finished triptych needed a little something else and so used one of the flourishes from the Tonic Pampas Grass die set and gold card from my stash (I think it came from Create and Craft). These were adhered using Crafter’s Companion Stick and Stay.

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Thank you for stopping by. I hope my triptych and the designs from the other very talented Design Team members gives you inspiration to participate in the challenge. You could win a £50 Claritystamp voucher and we love seeing what you do.

Ingredients

Stencils: Stained Glass Window set
Inks: Distress Inks – salty ocean, picked raspberry and mustard seed
Other: Claritystamp – Stencil card, Stencil Brushes; Stampin’ Up! Night of Navy card and ribbon; We R Memory Keepers Crop-a-dile; Tonic Pampas Grass Die set, Gold card from stash; Crafter’s Companion Stick and Stay, Spray & Sparkle