22 December 2014

Back to Hometown

Hi everyone and welcome. Back in November you may remember I mentioned the excitement of meeting Ken Oliver, designer of the Hometown collection of papers, at the NEC where they were being released for the first time.
You can see the moment I got my hands on these gorgeous designs and two of the cards made with them HERE.

So I'm back with two more festive cards created with the same papers. Here's the first;

Layering a crackle painted window frame over the 'postcard' section that matched this Antique shop portion of one sheet was intended to set the scene for this card. I echoed the ripped brown paper included within the paper design with more of the same at the bottom before applying a little white gesso and gold paint over the background. The rest was just a case of layering up some painted die cut holly leaves, paint stencilled festive foliage and stamped holly gilded with Yorkshire Dales Mega Flakes embellished with a selection of gems.

Now for card number two;

I used the ATC die to cut out the portion of the 'postcard' that I wanted to layer over it's matching background. To draw the eye inwards I added white gesso to the edges and blended a little brown ink over that. The bauble flourish was heat embossed with Verdigris embossing powder and provided the guide for the placement of the remaining elements. Having gilded the teardrop baubles and holly leaves as for the previous card I added Distress Stain to ramp up that verdigris look. Finally some matching chain was glued in place and I die cut a corner flourish from some card which had been painted with my 'verdigris recipe'.

I have to say I love the designs in this collection and look forward to adding a different seasonal twist to the others next year. If you want to get a closer look at the unaltered collection you can find them at Craft Obsessions.

I have two more cards to share with you before 'the big day' arrives. Tomorrow, another Shelly Hickox technique in action and on Christmas Eve my Tim tag entry for December. Hope you can join me for those.
As you get those last minute preparations sorted remember to take care of yourselves, Jenny xxx


  1. These are both fabulous Jenny! Love the Verdigris look on the second one. Hugs, Chrisx

  2. Hi Jenny, we are both playing with the window die today and snap on the corner foliage. Both your cards are gorgeous and exude lovely vintage warmth. Love the chain use in the second. Nicola x

  3. These cards are absolutely gorgeous Jenny. You are sooooo creative. Please can you let me know where I can find your 'verdigris recipe'? Many thanks lol xxx

  4. Wow! oh! Wow! Jenny, love, love, love both of these wonderful creations.
    Could not choose each one a winner for me.
    Have a wonderful Christmas

    Patricia xxx

  5. Fabulous cards Jenny! Love the papers you've used. Sue C x

  6. I really love your placement of the window in the first one and the baubles in the second one looks so beautiful in verdigris. Love both cards, love those papers too! Anne xx

  7. I'm suffering paper envy Jenny! I love the look of Ken Oliver's designs and you have used them perfectly!
    What an extraordinary collection of Christmas Crafting you have presented. Is there a book in there somewhere???
    Stay inky and be happy.

  8. I love these, especially the first one. Stunning!

  9. I missed the original two cards - have just popped over for a look and they're fab - and these I think are even better. Absolutely love peeking through the window at the Antiques shop - magnificent - and will definitely have to check out the papers.
    Alison xx

  10. Ken sent me and I am sure glad he did. What an awesome artist you are and you did a fab job with his papers. I followed you and pinned the cards. Well done!

  11. Loved the first cards you made with this collection and these 2 are just as gorgeous....you really have used the papers perfectly, love, love love these! Ruth x


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