Sunday, August 16, 2015

Holiday Season Harmony

Since Operation Write Home is no longer accepting cards, I'm starting to focus more on making cards for Send a Smile 4 Kids, and building up my own stash. Challenge #168 at Merry Monday is to make a Christmas card using pastel colors. I came up with this card, inspired by this one I found on Pinterest:

To begin, I stamped one of the images from Hero Arts' "Christmas Crystals" set on a scrap of Strathmore Mixed Media paper, using Versamark ink. I then heat embossed that with Ranger Liquid Platinum embossing powder. I chose 3 colors of Zig Clean Color pens, and colored in the different sections of the crystal. The blue I actually had to scribble off onto an acrylic block, and pick it up with a wet brush, to get the lighter color. After I'd filled in all the sections, I let it dry, then cut it out with my scissors.

I had seen this tutorial by Jennifer McGuire on making your own shimmer paper, so I decided to give it a try on this card. I took a small piece of white cardstock, and applied Spun Sugar Distress ink to it, using the direct-to-paper method. While that was still wet, I spread some PearlEx Sparkle Gold pigment powder over it with a soft brush, then rubbed it with my finger to get a more even coverage. To set the powder, I sprayed water into the air with my mister bottle, and then waved the paper through the mist. Finally, when that had dried, I die cut it with a Lifestyle Crafts "Nesting Scallops" die.

For the background, I cut a piece of mint cardstock to 4x5.25". I used the "A2 Snowflakes" embossing folder by The Paper Studio to emboss just the top portion. I then stamped my greeting, from Hero Arts' "Very Merry Christmas" set, in Versamark below the embossing, and heat embossed that with Liquid Platinum. Then I inserted just the bottom portion of my panel into the folder, and embossed that. I scored a line along the bottom of the top portion and the top of the bottom portion, just to give the embossed areas a finished look.

I glued my crystal to the pink circle, and glued that in place on the background panel. I poked a hole at the top of the crystal, and threaded a holographic metallic thread by Coats through the hole and around the top of the panel, repeating that a few times. Finally, I taped the ends of the thread on the back. For the mat, I heat embossed the right and bottom edges of a 4.25x5.5" piece of white cardstock with Liquid Platinum. I adhered the card front to the upper left corner of my mat piece, then mounted that onto a white A2 card base.

I'm also entering this card in the following challenges:

a2z Scrapbooking's August challenge: "Texture"
A Blog Named Hero's "Metallic" challenge


  1. Absolutely gorgeous!! Love the embossing!! Thanks so much for playing along with us at Merry Monday.

    Deanne :)

  2. Nice one! A great embossed background with a pretty ornament.

  3. I never think of using pastel colors for the Winter holidays, but that is a terrific combo of colors.

    So glad you joined us at a2z Scrapbooking for the August challenge.

  4. I love the snowflake background, and it sets off the pastel ornament so nicely!! Thanks for playing with us at a2z Scrapbooking!!

  5. I love the soft colors and the snowflake embossing ( it's one of my favorites)! ;-) Thanks for playing along with us for the August a2z scrapbooking challenge!

  6. this one is so sweet--love this ornament in pastels! thanks for sharing it at a2z!

  7. what a gorgeous card. Just love the pastel metallic. Thanks for playing with us at a2z this month.

  8. LOVE This! The void in the embossed section, I don't know why I never thought of that, always thought you needed special embossing folders! Thanks for joining us at a2z Scrapbooking!

  9. Fun use of the crystal set! Thanks for joining us at a2z Scrapbooking.


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