No, I have not gone mad, it is April and I am doing some Christmas cards! This is not so strange in craftyland though as we all have to start early to avoid that last minute panic. But this early? Well, it all stems from the class I am currently taking at Online Card Classes. It’s called Clear & Sheer and it is all about using vellum and acetate on your cards.
So, here is my card for today.
Debby Hughes (amazing, quite simply amazing), showed us how a simple sheet of vellum placed over a busy patterned paper can add a soft transluscent feel to a card whilst still showcasing all the fun!
I started off by digging out an old pack of Christmas paper and cutting a rectangle of patterned paper to fit my card base and I adhered it with double sided tape. I then cut a stitched rectangle of vellum. Easy so far, if you don’t think about how long it took to choose the paper from all the packs I own! Next I found some images I had coloured over the recent colouring challenges – not having to colour helped with the speed of creating this card. I fussy cut the images and edged them with black marker to give them a more professional finish.
I then took my stitched snow drifts dies and cut a couple of drifts, one from vellum, the other from white card. I adhered the white card snowdrift using double sided adhesive tape to the vellum rectangle. I then adhered the tree using Cosmic Shimmer acrylic glue as you cannot see it when it dries. I put double sided foam tape on the reindeer and Santa and then used them to adhere the vellum to the white cardstock – in effect, I trapped the vellum behind the two images. I put a tiny bit of glue under the Stickles (you would be surprised where you can hide it!) to also help keep the vellum snow drift in place. Then… wait for it… I turned the whole thing over, added tape behind all the images and stuck it to the patterned paper. Lots of sticking and hiding in this card!
I added some sparkle onto the star on the tree, the reindeer’s nose and Santa’s hat. I also added Stickles to the fur trim and bobble on his hat!
Finally I stamped the greeting in Versamark, and heat embossed it using Hero Arts silver embossing powder. I probably should have done this earlier in the process, but then it wouldn’t be me if I did it at the start!
That finishes my card for today. It did take a little while, but that is probably because all this scene setting is quite new for me, I don’t often make this kind of card.
It is “anything goes” on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge this week, and this will be my first entry into one of their challenges.
As always, comments are welcome and appreciated. Thanks for stopping by and have a great week.
Supplies used: Papermania Festive Frolics 6″ x 6″ paper pack; My Favorite Things Stitched Rectangles Stax; My Favorite Things Stitched Snow Drifts; My Favorite Things Jingle All The Way stamp set; white cardstock; vellum; Versamark ink; Diamond Stickles; Spectrum Noir Clear Glitter Brush Pen; Hero Arts Silver Embossing Powder ; Cosmic Shimmer Acrylic Glue.