The stencilled panel was originally going to be layered with the smaller panel on the holly flourish card, but I wasn’t happy with how that was looking. Instead, I used it as the starting point for this card, along with a few wooden snowflakes — I have a whole box of these, I may have to see if I can come up with a clean and simple design for another batch of cards, either that or winter-themed mixed media piece…
I added the red glitter over each of the dots on the stencil design — I often find it helps to do something rather than just stare at a bit of stash and hope that a design idea will come to you. While I was waiting for the glitter to dry, I coloured the snowflakes with silver pigment ink, which wasn’t as effective as I had hoped so I added a coat of pico embellisher (like a thinner, sparkly version of glossy accents).
I stamped the card base with gold pigment ink. Even with heat setting, it still lifted off on my fingers a little so I decided to have a go at giving it a light coat of Distress micro glaze — I have successfully fixed incompletely dried pigment inks before with it, though in that case, it was on a card I had made over a year earlier rather than just a few hours… But it worked. Mostly. There was a bit at the bottom that smudged and that is why there are strips of glitter tape there. And I had to add tape to the top as well, for balance…
Then I assembled the card, not thinking about a sentiment.
Ever since I got my first stamp positioner, I have avoided stamping sentiments by hand as it seems like a quick and easy way to ruin an otherwise completed card. But this card really needed a sentiment and, with the snowflakes already glued on, I was going to have to do it with an acrylic block. Choosing a sentiment with a bit of a grungy font would help disguise any mistakes and using Versafine — a nice juicy ink pad — gave me the best chance of getting a complete impression. I know some people can accurately line up clear stamps to re-stamp, but it’s not something I have ever been able to do.
Luckily, I didn’t mess it up and now I have another card for my Christmas stash.
Has anyone else made a start on their Christmas crafting yet?
Polkadoodles – snowflake garden
Bo Bunny – sentiments
Polkadoodles – holly flourish
Distress oxide – peeled paint
Delicata – silvery shimmer
Delicata – golden glitz
Versafine – smokey gray
Imagination Crafts – detail sparkle – berries
Irresistible pico embellisher – shimmer
glitter tape – green, gold
- paper and card:
Hunkydory Adorable Scorable
Strathmore Bristol smooth 300