Sunday, December 30, 2012

Christams Card


This year I didn't have a lot of time to make Christmas Cards, so I chose a design that I liked and ran with it from there. Here is the basic design with steps for you to make this card below:

 Firstly, cut A4 card to measure 10.5cm x 30cm and fold in half. I used the Ivory Naturals Card as this gives you a nice stiff base as opposed to Very Vanilla card; which I find to be finer in quality and weight.
Next take a piece of Very Vanilla card and cut it to measure 10 x 14.5 cm. Run this through the Bigshot embossing folder "Vintage Wall Paper" and sponge the edges using Crumb Cake Ink.
Stamp the sleigh from "Open Sleigh" Stamp Set using Soft Suede Inkpad onto a remnant of Very Vanilla card. Then stamp Merry Christams Greeting from the same stamp set using Cherry Cobbler Ink. Stamp the greeting so it is offset to the right. Sponge around the edges using Crumb Cake inkpad to give a soft vintage look. Cut a second piece of Very Vanilla cardstock to be just larger than the image piece for mounting up. The backing piece remains completely clean to provide contrast to the image piece.

Mount each piece one on top of the other using snail or other adhesive. To give added dimension you may like to use "Dimensional Foam" to the clean mounting piece of Very Vanilla to ensure the main image really stands out.
This is the final result with a little glitrter added for a snowy effect. I chose not to do this to all the cards as the glitter tended to cause some bleeding of the ink.

This is another version with ribbon added. Some also have Champagne shimmer paint added to highlights for a very subtle glimmering effect. Sadly the camera doesn't seem to pick it up very well.
The inspiration for my card came from my good friend Robin who made this card (above) for me. I fell in love with the background technique used with the embossing folder and had to make something with it too. Thanks Robin. Robin has no blog to refer you back to and is a good personal friend. If further information is required please contact me.

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