Festive Christmas Card Making - Make a Christmas Tree Stamp and Cards and Gift Tag | Shellie Cleaver | Skillshare

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Festive Christmas Card Making - Make a Christmas Tree Stamp and Cards and Gift Tag

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7 Lessons (38m)
    • 1. Festive Card Making Introduction

    • 2. Cut the Stamp

    • 3. Prepare the Card

    • 4. Ink and Stamp

    • 5. Finishing

    • 6. Thanks

    • 7. About Teacher Shellie

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About This Class

Join Australian artist Shellie, for this 40 minute class to relax and do some fun card making and stamping.

After this class you will have a Christmas tree stamp to use for future projects, and you will have made two different styles of Christmas greeting card, one gift tag, and one bookmark.

Get into the Christmas and festive spirit with this class that is suitable for all skill levels.

Learn how to carve your own stamp and how to use inks to achieve subtle colours and effects.

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Shellie Cleaver

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1. Festive Card Making Introduction: Hello and welcome to festive card making. My name is Shelly. I'm in Sydney, Australia. It's October. The weather is getting warmer. We're getting closer and closer to Christmas. I thought it would be great to put out a class on festive card making, one that he's a stamping, which is such a nice medium to use. We're going to cover Christmas tree, step from an eraser or lie no align a tile and we're going to create two greeting Hud's a gift tag and a block. It's gonna be so much fun. It's the kind of classic you can do for fun and relax and do in your spare time has a way to lap and also get some cards made for Christmas. Let's stop. So for this class, we're going to need some cards and red backing paper or card and some gift tags. You can cut these by hand if you prefer, but that complicates the process. So I've gone with these readily accessible, pre prepared blank hards and gift tags. I've chosen a red backing paper, but feel free to choose whatever backing color that you would like for this project. We also need a pace of what card. So for this class, we need a piece of scrap paper to test out our stamp on. Well, this is the example of the type of stamp we're going to make. And to do that, we need a larger razor or an easy carve liner printing block made liner carving tools. If you don't have those, you can simply use a craft knife. Just be careful of using those because you don't want to hurt ourselves while cutting the stamp. But those knives help us to get into the little corners arm and details off the Christmas tree. Additionally, will need a ruler a pencil for this project. I've used three different colors of ink pad. One of them is a metallic silver color. One is grain and one is brown. You could swap out the brown for a gold or an orange, but you can play with the colors that you choose and really just use what you have to hand 2. Cut the Stamp: Okay, so it's time to get started. This is such a fun project for this time of you. So grab your pencil, grab a scrap pace of paper and just start sketching out a Christmas tree shape. I'm starting at the top, and I'm putting in the sides as I moved down the Christmas tree. You're looking for a simplified, easy shape that will work well as a stamp. If you're less confident during Freehand one approach to drawing a Christmas tree is to start with a small triangle at the top, then form the second larger triangle with its center top inside the first triangle and then repeat again for the final, larger triangle once you have a shape you're happy with, and keep in mind that you're likely to lose some of the width off the shape when you're cutting it into the rubber. So maybe make it into a wider, broader Christmas tree, cut out that piece of paper we're going. Teoh, make sure it fits on the stamp that we're going to be cutting the, uh, Christmas tree out off, and then we're going to turn the paper over and puts him a graphite on the back of that so that we can now trace it onto the razor. All the carving block. You can use your fingers to sense the edge of the razor to make sure that the design is centered on it and fitting within the boundaries of the razor. When you're happy, begin tracing the shape directly onto the razor using a pencil. When we removed the paper, we find the design is lightly impressed onto the surface of the razor. For clarity. You can now outline that design using your pencil. This will make it easier to carve out around that design. Now we're ready to begin carving. I'm using these Lina carving tools. Hopefully, you've got some of these. Or at least have you would have ah, craft knife. If you're using a craft knife, be incredibly careful not to push the knife toward you or toward your fingers. Need to be safe in the way that you used the the tools with a very sharp and quite dangerous Begin by removing some off the razor from around the edges off the design. - You may find that using a combination off the line oh tools with the craft knife is effective in getting into those difficult little corners around the edge of the Christmas tree. I'm not going to use the entire razor for this step, so I'm just drawing a line where I'm going to cut the eraser in half a later stage. No, I know where I need to remove more of the razor from the outside of the stamp. I've got a broader, wider tool, and I'm now starting to remove much more off theirry razor around the stamp. You need to remove quite a depth around the stamp because when you're actually stamping, it's only a shallow depth. You've taken off your going to get all these lines and marks, so really, you want to try and possibly achieve, say, 3 to 4 millimeters off stamp being removed around the image. You know, carry on this process until you've removed sufficient razor around the stamp image. You contest it by stamping some ink onto the surface of the stamp and trying it on a piece of paper, and you'll soon find if they're areas that need mawr razor removed. Once you've completed this, you ready for the next step? No, 3. Prepare the Card: Now that we've made our stamp, we're ready to start preparing the card. So take out two of your white pre made or pre board cards ready to use if you're making your own. Do this ahead of the time we've got out pre prepared gift tags. We need one of those off course. You can do the quantities as you require, but for this project, this is what we need. Nature, pace of what? Cod, That's how second, pre prepared cod, and this is a pace of red card that have cut to the same size as the grating card. We're going to trim this red card now so that it will actually have a border of white around it when we attach it to the white greeting card. So I'm coming off just by eye. Roughly five millimeters on one long edge and on one short edge. - Now , when you place this red card on top of the white greeting card, this is the effect it creates. So now with your white card, we're going to cut a piece to fit within that red shape. So initially we're going to measure Ghani's a red card to actually measure what we want to cut. But tracing around the red card, we have a clear line and will now cut that out. - So we now want to trim the white card said, that sits inside off the red, so have placed the card on top of each other and move the white cards. Are you getting the border that you would like? That looks good to may now double it. Now you can mark on the top edges of the white where you will need to cut. And if you have a cutting that you can use that to guard your cutting. Otherwise you can measure the width and use a ruler. Yeah, so that's how the white looks Sitting inside the red. It looks gorgeous. And when we place that over our white card, you start to say the effect we're going tohave. So that's all the preparation done. Now we're going to also cut out a bookmark shape. Bookmarks make beautiful gifts, and if you're doing some stamping its uses, so little paper, it's really worthwhile during it. So, first of all, I'm measuring 17 centimeters for the length off the bookmark, and it's going to be five centimeters wide. You can always adjust these dimensions to suit yourself, - and there we have it. A bookmark shape is ready to go. A great tip. To stop your ruler from slipping on the paper is to actually use double sided tape and stick a strip of sandpaper over the back of it. This means that when you're pushing on it to cut, it won't move. It's a great, too. 4. Ink and Stamp: So let's organize the workspace for the next stage of the project, which is to stamp gather your inks, dance together. I have a green and brown. I also have my metallic does preparing my spare paper here for stamping which to clear the stamp and adjust the amount of ink on my stamp. Various stages. I've now got my metallic silver. Okay, so grab hold off. You'll stamp. Um, I just going to try out stamping so that you can get a feel for how the ink behaves, the kind of effect you're gonna get and how it will look when you stamp it multiple times. This is the grain on its own. It's quite dense, quite dark. When you're applying the ink, take the ink pad and dab it onto the stamp that gives you more control about the ink. I have taken my silver and dabbed a little long and stepped it. This is creating quite a pretty sort of festive metallic grain silver effect, and that I could get several stamps out of it of different densities. Let's get ready now to begin stamping. I've got a piece of paper scrap paper as my um, working space. Place one of your greeting cards, the bookmark and possibly the gift tag onto this paper. It'll be good to work across three different surfaces, because that way you can utilize all of the ink so you might have. You might want a darker stamp on the card, and then perhaps the greeting card needs a lighter impression so you can make use of the ink across the three surfaces like that. Got some grain Inc gonna just dab it off to lighten it off and then add a bit of silver? Press your stamp onto your greeting card. Try to press in the center, not on the edges, off the stab because you don't want any funny lines showing up. You can stamp across until you are getting no impression from the stamp. More grain. Dab it off on the spare paper that's a metallic. And now consider where you need the darkest stamp because the 1st 1 will be the darkest. I'm gonna use my gift tag. There we go. Move across onto the bookmark. Don't forget to stamp off the edges of things, so the step doesn't need to be contained within the item. That's why we have the backing paper, so you can always place your stamp across off, off the edge of the card or coming up from the bottom. It creates a more dynamic design. That way, it's a little bit more grain, damping it off again, adding a bit more silver. Consider your design and placement off the trade of the trace step. You don't want them all in in rows, so you need to consider trying as best as possible to place them so that they create an interesting composition. We're going to be adding stamps with brown in it, so leaves in spaces for those other colors to come through. That will help you to work out where to place your green stamps by dabbing the silver stamp over the wet green on the stamp. You are getting some transfer of grain onto a silver stamp, which isn't ideal to get around this. You could, uh, use a plastic glass cream, little something to debt. Dab some silver in country so that you can actually transfer it from there onto your stamp , and that will preserve the silver off your stamp. The other option is to use a little bit of paper towel or something just to dab a bit of silver paint onto that, then transfer it onto your stand. It's really fun, though, during this and you see how much how, how father it goes and how many impressions you get from it. It's a really great white to create gift tags and cods, and even wrapping paper would be beautiful with this design. Now, I'm gonna move across to the brown, so I've cleaned my stamp with a wet wipe. I'm gonna get some brown ink on there and I'm just going to dab it off. And now I'm going to add a little bit of silver. The brown color brings a lovely warmth, that sort of turn of red through the design, which really adds something. You could achieve the same sort of look with a copper or bronze or gold stamp. A swell. Use the brown stamp to really enhance the design to feeling any blank areas and to make sure that the the card design has some dark areas that quite balanced. So think about the placement of your darker green trees and where it would be best to have one of your darker brown trees put on here, so we've achieved beautiful effects. He without gift tag and card in bookmark for the next stage. We're going to work on just the plain card itself. Eso We're going to stamp the front and the back. So open up one of the pre prepared gift cards you've bought or greeting cards. We're going to be stamping across the back surface off the card, so we have design on the front and the back of the card. Prepare your stamp with the color ink at some Silva, and don't forget to stamp across the crease in the middle. There's no need to stay within the lines off the front and the back. It's actually far more interesting if you stamp across those lines and you know across the edges of the card as well, so that you have the tree coming out from the edges because I was already working with the brown color. I've continued with that for this, and then we'll clean our stamp and move across to the grain, always keeping in mind the placement off the stamp when you first stamp because it is the darkest impression, and that creates a real focus and feature on the card, so you want to think carefully about placement every time you re ink. It's not as critical with the lighter stamps because they're more subtle. So just cleaning off the stamp now so we could move across to the green ink dab off the excess ink. Then we'll add some silver. And this is where you really see the card design come to life. Think carefully about placement for that first dark green tree, and now you can add the more subtle impressions You should get about two or three stamps out of it. After that first initial stamp, you can say that the color grain and they're sort of walks of the brown really work well. - So putting on the last few stamps for these car design, you can see how it creates a beautiful, layered effect. I'm pretty happy with that. 5. Finishing: to finish off our grating hard and also a gift card or gift tag. We need to do a couple of final things. So for the gift tag, we need some red ribbon or any color you choose. Cut off around 15 to 20 centimetres. Public 15 is plenty, and then we're going to create a loop with the ribbon. Join the two ends together and then feed that loop where it joins through the hole and now feed the two tailings off the ribbon through that loop you've created. In this way, the ribbon will fix very nicely to that tag. You can then trim the length of the ribbon to suit yourself. Beautiful. It's an hour to finish off one of the greeting cards. We've got our pre board. What greeting card. We've got a red backing paper and our stamped feature piece for the center of the card. We need some double sided, sticky type, and senses is so turned the printed piece of card over, and we're going to adhere the double sided tape to the back of it. You could choose to use small pieces across the back if you don't want to lay the tape across the entire length of the edges of the card. I find it's it's useful because at least you know it's well secured. But it's up to you. Make sure that you actually run your finger across that tape to make sure it is secured, because when you peel the backing tape off, if it hasn't actually been properly stuck down, it will lift the tape off. When it gets a bit messy, take this pace and now stick it to the red card. I just need to take a moment to position it correctly. Just perhaps, hold one edge down as you well it and make sure you've got equal spacing around all the edges and that it's straight. If you're happy with it, stick it down. It's always useful to turn it over so that you can actually rub where the tape is and make sure it's that he had properly. Now we're ready to add some taped to the back of the red card, and that will enable us to stick it to a white greeting card. - You can see there what happens if you haven't actually stuck the strips of tape down properly. They will lift off and it becomes a little messy. You can still work with it, though. Now it's ready to stick onto the white card. Just be careful. You've got the card facing the right way with the opening so that you're attaching the image the right way up. Carefully position it when you're happy with the placement, stick it down and then flip it over so that you can stick it family to the card from the back. Now we have a a gorgeous looking Christmas card. I'm thrilled with what I've created today with this class. Hurtful. You could shave something similar, and you're feeling really happy with what you've made. I'd love to see what you've made, so please share photos on the class project page. I hope you've enjoyed the class and that it's been a nice project for the festive time of you. 6. Thanks: thank you for joining me on this festive card making class. I hope it's pain is fun for you. As it has for May, I heard that you've made a beautiful little stamp and that it's helped you to create some greeting cobs and bookmarks and give tags. This is a great way to actually get enthusiastic about the festive season and to actually create some personalized gifts and cards. So please do share photos of what you've made on the project page. I really would love to see and you have any questions or suggestions? Get in touch. I'd really like to hear from you. I'll see you for the next class. 7. About Teacher Shellie: so from a creativity is central to what I do. It really feeds. May I think creativity is vital to our well being and is worth pursuing and is worth investing time in. My name is Shelly. I'm a Sydney based artist, Andi. I work across many mediums. I studied oil painting at the National at School in Sydney. It was a beautiful sandstone in jail with a very traditional Italian based structure. So we learn, drawing every stage of education. By taking these classes step by step, you'll build your skills, your knowledge and also you experience and confidence. And that's the thing that's worth pursuing, because in the end, your own artistic practice could really sustain you and sustain your life. So I really hope that these classes help you on your clay journey and that they make doing these creative activities less scary and give you some confidence to move forward in your in practice. Thanks for stopping by. I really hurt my classes. A helpful for you. You might even say my to studio assistants Ali and Millie. In some of the classes, I've made lots of classes on painting and drawing and watercolors. Color theory endless classes for you to take, and you'll find that each one you do your skills will develop and grow. So let's have a look at how to follow me on school Share. Here is the full I button. Click on this, and if you hover your mouse over this part here, it'll take you through to my profile as well. Under my profile, you'll see all of the classes I've created, and you'll be able to see the range of classes you could take. So here are highlight a couple of my art classes. Color mixing basics for absolute beginners. Copying the masters with Shelly Learn to paint. Watch me work. Embrace fear in the creative process. Begin is charcoal drawing How to paint gloss and beginners figure drawing gesture. I'm creating new outclasses all the time on I'm really looking forward to the opportunity to support you as you develop your own creative skills and make your way on your own creative journey. So let's start making stuff