Saturday, November 16, 2013

Snowy Christmas

Hello, it's Sue C here today and I've taken the opportunity to make a Christmas card as I am so far behind I need all the help I can get ! I was very lucky to win one of the latest Crafty Individuals stamps recently, so thought I would share my first make with it.

I stamped the image first of all onto some white card stock using Cornflower Archival ink (love this colour!) I seem to be in a 'blue' phase at the moment so the one or two Christmas cards I've made are all following this theme !

I then worked on the background using the TCW Snowflake stencil. I first of all used Iced Spruce Distress Ink then used some white acrylic paint with the same stencil. The photo doesn't show it up that well, but the white really stands out IRL. I then spritzed it with some White Linen Dylusions to try and create a frosty look.

I used the Cameo Frame die and cut the shape from white cardstock. I then stamped the swirl from the Tim Holtz Reindeer Flight set using Cornflower Blue Archival ink. I then embossed the card using a tartan embossing folder and rubbed Stormy Sky Distress Ink around the edge. To give it the frosty look I then dabbed some white acrylic paint over it (which you'll see in a later photo).

I wanted to add a flower but didn't want to use card, so I die cut the Poinsettia from Crinoline and then used the same swirl stamp with Cornflower Blue Archival and stamped over the fabric.

I've got most of my elements ready now but then decided I wanted some ribbon. To make sure it was colour co-ordinated I held some seam binding onto the Archival ink pad with a piece of Cut 'n' Dry foam and pulled the seam binding towards me. The ink colours the ribbon beautifully, you have to do it 3 or 4 times to get an even colour and I heat set it too, to make sure it didn't rub off on my card. 

For the centre of my Poinsettia I use a Maya Road Bingo piece which I've painted white then dabbed with embossing ink, sprinkled with Sticky Embossing Powder and then topped with Rock Candy Distress Glitter (I am in love with this stuff!) .

Here's the finished card ! The sentiment is from the Tim Holtz Simple Sayings set and is stamped with Cornflower Blue Archival ink. 

The metal snowflake started life as a bronze colour, then I painted it with white acrylic paint and gave it the same treatment as the bingo piece. The photo doesn't show off how the glitter really does relfect the light. 

I hope you've enjoyed my project today, look forward to seeing you again soon ! 


Astrid Maclean said...

A stunning card Sue, so much the love! The background looks great as the the backing to the stamp which is so lovely. The poinsettia out of the stamped fabric is stunning and I adore how you added the sentiment with the bingo piece! Oh and great tip about how to hold down the ribbon with a piece of C&D foam!!

toni said...

I really love this card Sue from the frosty colours , the images and the embellishments, it's just plain gorgeous ! X

Maryanne said...

I love this card, Sue! The layers and textures are perfect and I love the poinsettia with the bingo piece painted and glittered. The tartan embossed cameo card it such a wonderful background!

Kim said...

Oh, I love your card and using all the blue is just perfect!!

Unknown said...

Absolutely stunning! love. love. love!

JulesinParadise said...

Such a pretty pretty card and thanks for the great directions.

butterfly said...

Beautiful composition, and the snowflake background is a delight. Gorgeous poinsettia!
Alison x

Bonnie Irvine said...

This card is absolutely gorgeous. It would look amazing framed and would also make a fabulous canvas design. I love the stamped and embossed background...what a cool effect. The stamped flowers made from crinoline are amazing and frame this sweet stamped image beautifully. How inspiring, Sue!

Micki said...

I just love love love that ink color. so perfect with that stamp. But the end result (card) is absolutely gorgeous..... so vintage and lots of texture. LOVE it.

Tracy said...

Oh my giddy aunt Sue it's gorgeously vintage, adore the image..colors...embellies...everything...truly a beauty and one go treasure!!

Erin Smetak said...

Absolutely gorgeous card, Sue! I am just in love with all the details and embellishments! Love the whole thing!

Andiepants said...

This is an AMAZING card!!! I love all the pieces and details and that stamp...that STAMP!!! GACK!!! I Moooooooost have it!