Posts tagged ‘Christmas to remember’

April 22, 2023

Petals a plenty embossed vellum Christmas card

Hello and welcome.

The April technique challenge over at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown this week is vellum embossing. I love the look of vellum, and have lots of it in my stash but rarely use it, which is a shame. It does, however, have its drawbacks as it is notoriously difficult to adhere to your projects without the adhesive showing.  Thankfully, there is lots of help out there on youtube giving hints and tips for helping get around this problem.  I chose to make a vellum overlay to my card …

I first embossed the vellum using the petals a plenty embossing folder by Stampin Up, and adhered this to an A6 real red card base, leaving a 1/4″ border for the base colour to show through. I added just a think line of adhesive to still the vellum across the top of the card so I was able to easily cover the adhesive marks with a length of real red grosgrain ribbon.

I used my corner rounder punch on both the vellum and the card base.

The sentiment from Christmas to Remember by Stampin Up, was stamped in black ink on whisper white card and then die cut using the seasonal labels die set, also by Stampin Up. I cut the label to fit and tucked it under the ribbon.

Finally, I adhered a red heart sequin to the label to fill the space.

I hope you’ve been inspired to join the challenge this week.  Do pop on over to the blog to see what the rest of the design team have created for your inspiration.

Enjoy your weekend

March 25, 2023

Mixed media festive flurry

Hello and welcome.

There is a mixed media challenge at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown this week.  The term mixed media is used to describe artwork that is made from a variety of different materials or media.  I got out lots my craft supplies and spent a pleasant evening just creating.

To make the background, I started by smooshing oxide inks spritzed with water onto a piece of acetate before pressing onto a piece of watercolour card to create a random pattern.  Here I used speckled egg and weathered wood, spraying a little more water to blend the colours.

After drying with my heat tool, I added homemade texture paste through a star stencil to add texture. I didn’t worry too much about achieving perfection, just went with the flow.  When this was dry, I added a further layer by randomly stamping text onto the background, and then used a white posca pen to add white splatters.

Next, I stamped a snowflake from the Festive Flurry stamp set onto a piece of baja breeze card and heat embossed with chunky white embossing enamel, then die cut using the matching framelits.  I inked the edges of the die cut to make it pop against the background.

I popped up the snowflake and the handcut sentiment on adhesive foam for dimension, inked around the edges and added it to a 6″ square card base.

I was really enjoying the process, so made another background, this time using faded jeans and tumbled glass distress oxide inks. This technique produces different results every time, which is so much fun.  I also like how the chunky embossing powder on the night of navy snowflake looks here and love all the little imperfections…

I was really pleased with how my homemade texture paste turned out too.  I searched online and found several different recipes but didn’t have all the ingredients.  Most of the recipes called for baby powder, but as I didn’t have any, I improvised and used cornflour instead.

My texture paste recipe – add 1 tablespoon each of PVA glue and white acrylic paint to 4 tablespoons of cornflour and mix well.  Add more cornflour, a little at a time, until you reach the consistency you require. Store in an airtight container.  I hope you give it a go – it was easy to do and I was delighted with the results.

I hope you’ve been inspired to join the challenge this week – we’d love to see what you come up with.

Enjoy your weekend

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