For my first card, I used Hero Arts' "Repeating Loops" stencil. I taped it in place over a panel of navy cardstock, and spread Liquitex Gloss Super Heavy Gel medium over the stencil. Once I had even coverage, I removed the stencil and cleaned that & my palette knife. Then I sprinkled on Ranger Silver embossing tinsel, which stuck to the wet medium. After that dried, I melted the embossing tinsel with my heat tool.
I die cut 2 snowflakes from white cardstock using dies from Spellbinders' "2013 Snowflake Pendant" set (discontinued). I also die cut my greeting, using the "Season's Greetings" die from Simon Says Stamp. I cut a panel of light blue cardstock to just under 2" high, and glued my greeting onto that with Ranger Multi Medium Matte. I made sure not to glue down the descenders on the "g's" in "greetings." I stretched a piece of crochet thread across the bottom of the panel, under each "g," and taped the ends to the back. Then I tied another piece of thread in a bow around the first piece. Finally, I glued the rest of my greeting down over the thread.
I adhered my greeting panel with foam tape to the background. After cutting my snowflakes in half, I glued them down to the background, so they look like they are coming out from behind the panel. I punched 3 more snowflakes using an old EK Success punch, and glued them on the background. Finally, I mounted my card front to a white A2 card base.
I created my second card just like the first. I used Tim Holtz's "Holiday Knit" stencil for the background, with the same gel medium & embossing tinsel. Because the stencil was narrower than my 4" wide panel, after I'd melted the embossing tinsel, I used a silver Uni-Ball Signo pen to draw dashed lines along the sides of the design. I feel this gives it a more finished, "grounded" look.
I used the "Christmas Blessings" dies from Simon Says Stamp for my greeting. I cut my greeting panel slightly taller than in the first card, so the whole greeting would be glued to it, rather than hanging off the top. I glued my greeting with Multi Medium Matte. I had to use a white gel pen for the dot on the "i" in Christmas, since that had disappeared out of the die! But I don't think anyone will really notice. :) I used the other half of my large snowflake from the first card. I punched 3 more snowflakes and glued 2 to the background, adhering the remaining one to the greeting panel. And that finished these 2 cards, which I will send in my package to the Caring Hearts Card Drive.
I'm entering my second card in Virginia's View Challenge #20: "Texture."