"Make a December Holiday card that meets the North Dakota State Penitentiary rules for cards, as follows:
- No metal (brads, wire, etc.)
- No gemstones or pearls
- Limited glitter
- Flock, ribbon, embossing, and punched shapes are okay"
Stamps: Stampin' Up! - Contempo Christmas; Papermania - Filigree Christmas Tree; Waltzingmouse Stamps - Text-It
Inks: Versamark; Memento - Cottage Ivy; Distress - Pine Needles
Embossing Powder: Stampendous - Detail Clear, Detail White
I've been doing a course on stamping techniques, run by Glenda Waterworth, on the My Creative Classroom site. We've been learning about the versatility of using Versamark and resist techniques. I'd done this technique a long time ago and sort of forgotten it. But it's great for getting some detail into one layer cards!!
On my card I stamped a background of green Christmas text using the Text-It set. I'd already put on the main greeting using Versamark and embossing with Detail White. I then rubbed my anti-static pad (but missed a bit, as can be seen by the slight glow around the bottom of the tree) over the card. I used Versamark on the big Christmas tree and this time embossed with Clear Detail. The final bit was to use a direct to paper technique; I used dark green pine needles distress ink, which also brought out the texture in the card. Finally, I wiped the excess ink off the Christmas Tree and Greeting - to reveal text under the tree!! Very pretty!! Click on the picture to see the detail.
I'm really pleased with how this has turned out. That's all for this evening - I'll be back tomorrow.