Saturday, July 22, 2017

Peace Joy & Love

The current challenge theme at Christmas Card Throwdown's blog is to use rainbow colors. They want to see at least 5 colors. But I went ahead & used them all!

I cut a piece of Canson XL Mixed Media Paper to 4x5.25". After marking the vertical center, I used one of the stamps from Hero Arts' "Joy to the World" set to help me decide where I wanted the baseline of my design to be. I marked that, and used my T-square ruler and a pencil to draw a light line across my panel. I stamped my center image in Versamark ink first, using my lines as a guide, and heat embossed it with white embossing powder. Then I rotated my stamp 180 degrees, and stamped again to the right and against my first image, also lining up the top & bottom points. After heat embossing that, I stamped a third image to the right of the second, and so on. When I had finished stamping to the right edge of my panel, I did the left side in the same fashion.

After my design was completely stamped & heat embossed, I masked off the top & bottom of my panel with Frog Tape butted against the stamped lines. I smooshed Distress inks (Festive Berries, Carved Pumpkin, Mustard Seed, Twisted Citron, Peacock Feathers, Blueprint Sketch, & Wilted Violet) on my non-stick craft mat. I used a wet brush to pick up each color & apply it to my panel. I washed my brush between colors, to avoid creating mud. Once I had applied all my colors and they were blended, I dried the panel with my heat tool. I used a dry paper towel to buff the color off the embossing.

For the main part of my greeting, I used Winnie & Walter's "Peace" die. I centered it on my panel, and die cut it, making sure to keep both the positive & negative pieces. After matting my panel with a light blue cardstock, I used the positive die cut word as a guide to glue down the inner pieces of the letters to my background. I applied Stick It adhesive to both sides of a piece of black craft foam, and die cut the "Peace" again from that. I adhered the colored die cut to the top of the foam word, and popped that into place on my card front. To finish the greeting, I stamped the "joy & love" words from Hero Arts "Christmas Crystals" set (discontinued) in Versafine Onyx Black ink onto a scrap of vellum. I clear heat embossed that, and cut it into a narrow strip. I angled both ends to match the angle of the heat embossed design on my panel, and glued it in place. Finally, I added narrow black strips above & below my watercolored strip, and adhered the panel to a white A2 card base.

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

Dies R Us #77: "Die Cut Sentiment as the Focus"
a2z Scrapbooking's July Challenge: "Anything Goes"
613 Avenue Create #199: "Anything Goes"
Die Cut Divas: "Christmas in July"


  1. This is terrific. You had a vision and you executed it perfectly!

  2. Your card is FABULOUS! I always LOVE the look of this technique! Great job! Thanks so much for playing in our ‘Die Cut Sentiment as Focus’ challenge at Dies R Us! Please come back again soon!

    Darlene (DRU Blog Leader)
    DAR’S CRAFTY CREATIONS Please come for a visit.

  3. Such a stylish card! Thanks for joining us at CCT, April x

  4. This looks brilliant, your inking is beautifully blended and the die cut is very cool.
    Thanks for playing along at Christmas Card Throwdown.

  5. Quelle originalité Andrea, magnifique création inspiré par l'arc en ciel, merci de jouer avec nous chez CCT, biz

  6. Beautifully created with all the pretty colors of the rainbow! Thank you for joining our challenge at Dies R Us!
    Diane DRU DT {Nellies Nest}

  7. Love this design and technique. Thanks for sharing it with us at Dies R Us Challenge Blog. We hope you will join us in future challenges.
    DRU DT

  8. Yup, that's fabulous. I love that you couldn't resist using all the colours ... I am the same. hehe Really, really great work, looks so fantastic. Thanks heaps for linking in with us at a2z scrapbooking.

  9. Just gorgeous. So creative. So glad you joined us at A2Z Scrapbooking.

  10. It's so beautiful and clever, great use of the graphic tree stamp! Thanks for linking up to our July Challenge at a2z.

  11. Love this rainbow Christmas card! Thanks for joining us at A2Z

  12. This is amazing - love the rainbow effect! Thanks so much for sharing with us in the a2z Scrapbooking Blog's July "Anything Goes" challenge!
    Leslie, a2z DT
    Love To Scrap 2
    Love To Scrap!

  13. how beautiful! thanks for playing at a2z, Andrea!

  14. What a wonderful card, I love how you've die cut and raised "PEACE", it looks wonderful, and makes great use of your beautifully blended, bright rainbow background. Thank you for sharing with us at the Christmas Card Throwdown.


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