I hope you are all having a lovely week and you all enjoyed the lovely weather we had last weekend and we are on the run up to a nice long weekend hey. How lovely hey... what will you all be doing? let me know down in the comments if you get the chance. Lots of things coming up over the next few weeks so I look forward to keeping you all informed.
I heard some fabby news tonight before we get started on this weeks card and tutorial Visible Image have a 30% off sale on which started at midnight, They added up the dates for the wedding now they are back from honeymoon and it came to 30 so that is why you get 30% off and will carry on through til Sunday so If there is anything you would like to purchase head on over and get yourself a bargain on already fabulous priced stamps I know I am on my way over as soon as I finish typing...
oooo and guess what else you can win tickets to Aly paly in September too if you go over to the Visible Image page too. They have 12 pairs to give away so if you fancy coming on down and seeing us on the Visible Image stand (hehe) then you have to be in it to win it as the saying goes.
So this weeks card has a Christmassy theme with some of the new Christmas stamps not long launched by Helen and Mark my good friends at Visible Image.
Hope you like it.
I love cards like this that have a hand made background using gorgeous stamps and then all the accessories match and make you think the words are perfect which of course they definitely are.
So lets get started on how I put this one together....
So I used Momento Grey Flannel Ink and the White Christmas snow flake from the stamp set. I stamped the image randomly over the page and made sure lots were dropping off the edge and some just had parts of the very tips showing on the edge of the page too.
Next I used the same ink (which looks a little blue here but it is really a grey with a hint of blue in real life.) to ink the edges well especially the corners as it shows in the above pic.
I then took some scrap paper and again inked my stamp with the very same ink and this time i stamped first onto the copy paper and then onto any gaps on the card , second generation stamping helps to give depth to a backing piece such as this and really can look very pretty, alternate how you hold your stamp so you get different sections in different places to keep it interesting.
Once dry cover the card in double sided adhesive so you can then add glitter over the entire backing section.
I used Vintage sparkle glitter for this one as I just loved the different colours in it, pinks and greens and white but all very very sparkly and pretty.
I added the glitter onto the adhesive and burnished it for a few seconds to make sure all the adhesive was covered. I took an alcohol pen in Denim blue and just dabbed it in places all over the very edge of the snowflake and glitter. You can touch your alcohol marker onto the actual glitter and some of the alcohol colour will transfer and really give that nice bright edge.
I also wrapped some seam binding in several pieces across the centre of the card and then added a Soft gold colour mat.
I added another mat and layer to the backing and raised this one onto some Foam to give the card some height but not too much.
I wanted to make a home made accessory so I had these tiny weeny cones in a bag not used yet and decided they would be perfect if they were white so out came the White chalk paints and while it dries I added the same glitter to match the card too.
So it went from the above picture to this one below in just 2 mins or so.
This is a Little blurry and so you can actually see the colours in the glitter a little which i think is soooo pretty.
Taking a smaller piece of card I stamped the sentiment from the set in the same Grey Flannel ink from Momento, I took a Denim blue promarker and added some very gently to the letters just randomly , then using a very light cool grey I gave the letters a small shadow to raise it from the page slightly. I also stamped the very edge of the snowflake around the edge of the card and using a quickie glue pen and some of the same glitter I added it around the whole circumference. I gave it a soft gold mat and raised it up on foam before adding it on an angle to the card front.
As you can see here once you see the snowflake edge on the topper here it really blends to the background once the two are paired together. You could easily use this as branches etc too.
So next to the embellishment corner. To start I tied a triple white seam binding bow, I also twisted several stamens from my collection together and glued the stems together before snipping to a smaller length too.
I took two Marabou feathers and glued them to the bottom of the card in an L shape. I added my bow on top and then glued the three little cones in the centre, I glued in some of the stamens in the centre and some behind poking out of the bow slightly. Lastly I glued some flat back pearls along the spine of each feather and into the corners on the card to finish.
Here is the finished image again in all its feathery floaty glory haha.
So the Stamp set I used was called White Christmas and here is the image.
I hope you have a brilliant Wednesday my lovlies and I will see you all tomorrow.
Love to all