Sunday, 28 February 2021

O Christmas Tree ....

.... Hello again! I've ended February with an almost full week of cards - go me!! Today I'm sharing a Christmas card. It's never to early to start on your stash for this year - it makes thing so much less frantic in November!! This card is a bit out of my comfort zone.


Stamps: Visible Image - O Christmas Tree, Sentimental Christmas
Inks: Distress - Black Soot, Chipped Sapphire, Shaded Lilac, Tumbled Glass, Shabby Shutters, Twisted Citron; Versafine - Onyx Black; Memento - Lulu Lavender
Accessories: White Card; Clear Embossing Powder; Imagine Crafts - Frost Sheer Shimmer Spritz; Tim Holtz Stencil - Stars THS115; Viva - Iridescent Glitter Paste

I'm submitting this card to Just Us Girls - JUGS#573 - that inspiration photo is just gorgeous and inspired my ink blended background. I'm also playing along with 52Christmas Card Throwdown - 52CCT08-21 where they want Mixed Media on your card - done!! Finally, I'm joining in with Merry Little Christmas Challenge Blog - MLCCB#31 where it's Anything Christmas Goes.




I used a top-folding A2 card for the base. I used several shades of Distress ink to blend the background. I used Tim's water drop method to add some subtle dot texture on the background and then I spritzed the whole thing with frost shimmer spray - it's absolutely beautiful in sunshine!! Once the background was dry, I stamped the Christmas tree in black Versafine ink and heat embossed with clear powder. To give better definition of the tree, I repeated this step (one of the great things about using a MISTI). I finished the front by applying a layer of iridescent glitter paste through a Tim Holtz star stencil. On the inside, I stamped a Christmas greeting in black and added a tiny lilac start.


I took a photo of the card in direct sunlight - you can really see all the shimmer and sparkle - so pleased with it.


Isn't it wonderful how much better everything feels when the sun shines? And getting decent photos is a real plus too! I'm very pleased how this turned out. I don't usually go full mixed media on a card, but this was fun. That's all for today. Hope to see you again soon.

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9 comments:

Andreja L. said...

What a beautiful festive card you made :-)) I like all yours mixed media techniques! Thanks for joining us at the 52CCT Challenge ❤️

Lucinda said...

Hi Deborah, I love the layers you've built up on this card. Your tree stamp is super cool and different. Thanks for stepping out of your comfort zone a little and playing along with us at 52CCT this week.

BrendaB said...

Very cool! I love the blended background with the stars. Thanks for joining us at Merry Little Christmas challenges

Vicky Hayes said...

I love this mixed media look Deborah! You've made a stunning background for that unusual tree (great to see all that gorgeous shine and shimmer!) and I love the inside of the card too. Vicky x

Celeste Goff said...

Love this! So clean and simple but delivers such impact!

Rachelle Oltean said...

Great ink blending and contemporary design! Love all of the sparkle! Thanks so much for sharing this with us at the Merry Little Christmas Challenge Blog!
Rachelle DT : )

Sue VanDeVusse said...

That tree is so cool and I love that background. Beautiful creation. Thanks for playing along with us at JUGS!

Ina G said...

Oh Wow Deborah. Love that sparkly background and you really stole the show with that awesome VI Christmas stamp. Love it and their stamps/stencils. Thank you so much for sharing with us at Just Us Girls this week.

Rosmarie said...

A very modern and graphic design for your beautifully sparkling Christmas card. CAS was the perfect choice for it! Thank you so very much for playing along with 52CCT. Rosi x

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