Merry Christmas! I couldn’t miss the opportunity to share my final Christmas card of the year with you! This time I am sharing a mixed media card in warm traditional colors. I got the chance to use some mediums I had almost forgotten I had, so that makes my little crafty heart happy!
Dies Cuts: Spellbinders – Heirloom Oval, Damask Motifs, Layered Poinsettia, 5 x 7 Matting Card Basics A, Exquisite Labels 11 / Poppystamps – Holiday Winterberries / ODBD – Fancy Foliage / Die-namites – Budding Branch
Stamp: Graciellie Design Distressed Poinsettia Digital Stamp Set
Inks: Ranger Distress Inks – Barn Door, Vintage Photo
Adhesives: Thermoweb – iCraft Mixed Media Adhesive, Decofoil Hot Melt Adhesive Sheets
Tools: Evolution Advanced die cutting machine / Mini Minc / Ranger Ink Blending Tool / Umbrella Crafts Sponge Dauber / Small brush / SU Paper piercing tool / Samsung ML2020W Laser Printer
Embellishments: May Arts – 1″ Ivory Crinkle Ribbon, 3″ Olive Tulle, 5/8″ Olive Green Raffia Bows / White pearls / Silver hologram jewels / Styrofoam /
Other: Decofoil Transfer Sheets – Silver, Red, Pewter / Snow-tex / Twinklets Diamond Dust / DecoArt Media Crackle Paint – White / Pan Pastel – Titanium White, Silver
I’ve been using decofoil so much lately and something tells me I won’t stop using it any time soon! It just gives your projects such a unique look… It really takes a card to the next level. This time though I used it to stamp my flower. Of course this poinsettia is a digital stamp, which means I went ahead and printed it with a laser printer and used a laminator with some red decofoil transfer sheet to foil the flower. Once your image is foiled it works just as it would with heat embossing, so you can play with a fun foil resist technique. I colored the poinsettia with a Barn Door diy Distress Spray Ink, sponged it with ink and even rubbed some Titanium White Pan Pastel to add highlights -my new favorite mixed media technique-. To make the center of the flower I crushed some styrofoam and glued it with mixed media adhesive.
For that lovely touch of snow I used Snowtex on the leaves and Twinklets on the center of the flower. I had not used these two in way too long so I was glad to add them to this card! Clearly I layered many embellishments and die cuts to frame the poinsettia and used a bit more of foil on a few die cuts to add some interest. There are many ways to foil cardstock for die cutting but this time I used Decofoil Hot Melt Adhesive sheets. You need to run your cardstock twice through your laminator when you use these sheets, one to stick the adhesive sheet to your cardstock and a second time to foil it. I added texture using different kinds of ribbons too and finished off my card with pearls and jewel stickers.
I hope you find inspiration on today’s card! I bet there’s still a few cards and tags you need to put together so I hope this gives you a few ideas. But before I go, I have a little Christmas present for you, my followers… Two digital stamp sets available for instant download, both celebrate the season with fun and inspiring sentiments and pretty images! Enjoy!
I’m also spreading the joy of the season with an awesome sale!
That’s right the complete Christmas collection, including papers! I know these will come in handy for those late minute cards and tags, so don’t miss the chance to get them now!
Here’s another little idea for you! Upcycled kraft bags made into foiled wrapping paper & tag using my Black & White Patterns Digital Stamp Set and the new Distressed Poinsettia Digital Stamp Set. Teachers loved these custom wrapped XL chocolate bars! (I got a bar for myself too… shh… lol)
PS: Please mark your calendars for my Blog Anniversary celebration! The big giveaway party goes up on January 1st. See you there!
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