Picture heavy post - you might want to make yourself a cosy brew!
Well, a week into December I counted up all the Christmas cards I'd made throughout the year and realised I was 60+ short of what I needed! After panicking (!!!) I sat down and came up with a design I thought would be fairly easy to reproduce whilst also incorporating a few techniques.
Once the rough design was in my head I thought I'd make a few versions of the same design, and settled on ten of each, changing the sentiment and colours for each version. So this gave me 50 cards to add to my stash.
Here's the complete set of five variations, I was really pleased with the finished results...
I die cut a circle from a spare piece of cardstock and blended Distress Inks through the aperture onto the card base, using a new template for each colour. I tried to vary the intensity of the ink to make the circle look like a sphere, some came out better than others. I then stamped the bauble hangers in silver together with the dotty script part of each sentiment, and the rest of the sentiments were stamped in black. To finish I used a few more circle templates and a snowflake stencil through which I applied pearlescent embossing paste onto the baubles. These were nice and flat to send through the mail although at one point I did have lots of cards around the room waiting for the embossing paste to dry. Lots of patience was required!
- Ink: Distress Inks (colours detailed below); Versa Color - Silver; Versafine - Onyx Black
- Stamps: Clearly Besotted - Ornamental Style (bauble hanger), Be Merry and Joyeux Noel (sentiments)
- Stencil: Memory Box - Winter Tiny Snowflakes
- Embossing Paste: Dreamweaver - Pearlescent
For the following set I used Distress Ink in Cracked Pistachio:
For this next set I used Distress Ink in Salty Ocean:
For the next set I used Distress Ink in Shaded Lilac:
For the following set I used Distress Ink in Abandoned Coral:
And for the final set I used Distress Ink in Picked Raspberry:
I like how all these turned out and find it really hard to choose a favourite. I'd love to know which version(s) you like best.
I'm going to link up at the following challenge blogs:
CASology - Week 178 - Merry (I am entering the Picked Raspberry version here)
My Time to Craft - Challenge #311 - Last Minute Christmas Makes
Dream Valley - Challenge #122 - Christmas
Papertake Weekly Challenge - Fave Challenge/Anything Goes
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge - Challenge #261 - Anything Goes Christmas
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra for December - Anything Goes Christmas
The Male Room - Challenge #25 - Theme (I am entering the Salty Ocean version here)
If you've made it to the end, thanks so much for sticking with me. Thanks so much for your visit and I would love to hear your comments.
I have a few more cards to share but I might have a little break and grab a brew myself now!