So this is Christmas. Well almost, anyway. Mind you, the way the weather has been in the UK this last few days, it feels more like the middle of May, than three days before the Big Day.
Those of you who kindly follow My Kind Of Crafting Blog may recall that I'm not really a huge fan of Christmas any more, although I love New Year and can't wait for that "clean slate" feeling. At the risk of sounding like Scrooge's maiden aunt, it's always hard for me to motivate myself to design and make anything with a Christmas theme which is one of the reasons (illness being another) why I've not blogged so far this month.
Anyway, to make up for that and to try and get into the spirit of all things festive, I have designed three projects, all using elements from the lovely Mistletoe & Wine digikit which can be downloaded for FREE from DigiFiddle Designs. And while you are there, take a look at some of the other stunning kits which have been beautifully created by the very talented Anne Nelson. (You will need Craft Artist Professional software to be able to use these digikits.)
I particularly enjoyed working with this digikit as it is not too "Christmassy" and is more about a celebration of winter, really. Definitely no skating penguins or cartoon snowmen here, thank goodness!
My first design is a piece of home decor or wall art which introduces the theme of the kit. With apologies to Sir Cliff (I'm sure he doesn't need the royalties!) I have added a line from his best-known Christmas single as I felt it was an important message to get across, particularly at this time of year. I have recently discovered the embossing style feature in Craft Artist and can't stop giving everything a 3D effect.
It wouldn't be Christmas without a robin on a Christmas card and the one in this digikit is so colourful and bright, I couldn't resist him. I did a bit of trickery with the blend mode on two copies (one reversed) of the window embellishment and was really pleased with the way it turned out. I love the crackle effect on the backing paper from the kit and how it has blended with the window frame.
Finally, I decided to design a party invitation. After all, if you can't have a party at Christmas, when can you? Again, I like the fact that the elements in the digikit meant I could produce something quite different and much more sophisticated than a lot of the invitations you see in the shops. I particularly like the ivy trail digital brush which I've used to create a frame around the design. And isn't the reindeer magnificent?
All designs Copyright Melissa Lawrence 2015
I hope you have enjoyed looking at these designs and that they might have inspired you to ask Santa for a digikit or the Craft Artist software in your stocking this year. Now all that remains for me to do is to wish you a very Happy Christmas and I'll see you on the other side!