I love making quick and easy Christmas cards. And with the range of Chiswick inks it really is so easy, even the kids can join in the fun. For this modern version of a Christmas card I used the inks directly to paper to create and fun and beautiful colour blocked effect.
It really took me ten minutes to make this card,and I simply love the
effect achieved. Here’s how i created the background effect
Select 3-5 colours of ink pads from the Chiswick range – I used a
selection of Pearlescent and Dye ink pads. Place the ink pads on your
white cardstock and apply pressure to get a coloured square. Ten move
onto the next colour of ink pad overlapping colours as you go along.
Immediately after “stamping” the ink onto your cardstock, apply a layer of clear embossing powder over the ink squares.
Heat set the clear embossing powder using your Chiswick heat gun. Remember that once the powder turns shiny it is done.
The embossing creates a shiny dimensional look making the colours more vibrant.
For my focal point I stamped a Christmas bauble in a multicolored ink
pad and raised it using foam squares for dimension. A baker’s twine bow
finishes off the top of the bauble nicely against a diamante strip.
Some sewing around the edges of my card adds a nice finishing touch as
well as texture. See the texture of the embossing and the interesting
effect created by overlapping the ink pad colours? Love it!
One of my favourite things to do is use my paper scraps (those vast amounts) i collect each week and create something out of the proverbial nothing.So came to be this double page layout using some of the beautiful blue and brown Couture Creations paper scraps and one of my favourite die-cuts.
I started by grouping strips of Couture Creations paper from the Sew Jo Paper pad together with washi tape and other paper scraps. I then searched for some blue and green elements out of my scrap box to use.
I used some Co'ordinations cardstock scraps to punch leaves for layering on top of my die-cuts.
I die-cut my leaves out of plain smooth white cardstock. I was looking for a specific blue embossing powder, but instead what i found was years of almost done tubs of embossing powder - so i mixed all the little bits together and got this amazing blue colour - perfect!
I embossed all the leaves to give them lots of texture and ana amzing colour!
dainty paper flowers and diamante grouped together - and here you can clearly see the brown and blue paper strips that i cut from the Couture Creations Sew Jo | CO723545
The brown, blue and white striped paper was the inspiration behind this layout and also the colour scheme prompt. What triggers and inspires your creativity?
Each year I try and make a quick Christmas card in the hopes of re-producing it into mass and sending it out to family and friends – well each year the task just seems bigger and bigger and in the end I am happy with nothing and just leave it all together!
But this year I think I may have a winning formula with some of my
favourite products! I think we have a winner people (shouting voice)!
And the bonus this really is a ten minute card if you work in batches
creating all the bits and pieces. Here’s how I am tackling this card
design to make a quick production line…
Use your modelling paste and palette knife and create a textured
background. Simple lift some paste with your palette and sweep it across
the background cardstock until you are happy with the look. TIP: you want to leave some uncovered areas for the next step – so don’t cover the entire piece of cardstock with paste.
Once the paste is dry, mist your cardstock with 2 different colours
of Color Bloom – I used Tea Stain and Storm Cloud in that order. Leave
the mist to dry or dry with your heat gun.
Cut your background piece so that it fits onto the front of your
folded card base and adhere it using double sided tape. Add sewing
around the edge if so desired.
Cut Christmas trees using your Silhouette machine in smooth black
cardstock to the size that will fit on the front of your folded card.
Adhere the tree and add diamanté as decorations.
Add a punched circle from Teresa Collins paper as well as a sticker.
Add scrunched up gold thread under sticker and finish off with an
additional diamond to complete the grouping.
guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life. Proverbs 4:23
I will keep going, keep fighting, keep on this path no matter how harsh the conditions, no matter how cruel the critics, no matter how confused the onlookers, no matter how steep the trail, no matter how gray the sky, no matter how what direction others are going...I will keep going this way that God has sent me on this path that God has put me on, I will keep joyfully going until He gives me my very last breath.M. Jighetti
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