Monday, November 19, 2012

Christmas Cuddlers and Flourished Noel!

Sherry here with you today and I have another quick and easy Christmas card to share!  While I was working on this card, it occurred to me that it really would be easy to mass produce, even though it looks difficult.


Breaking it down into steps, the first would be to emboss the tree from Quietfire Flourished Noel by stamping the image in VersaMark and then embossing with clear embossing powder on watercolor paper.  Once the embossing has cooled, mist the image with Evergreen Bough Distress Ink Refill, Heirloom Gold Perfect Pearls and water.  (Place one dropper of ink refill in a mini mister, add a little bit of Perfect Pearls, and fill the remainder of the mini mister with water.)  To add some additional color to the image it was misted with a Tumbled Glass mixture.  Die cut/emboss the image with the largest oval from Spellbinders Classic Ovals LG.  Trim the edges in gold leafing pen before mounting on a layer of white paper that was die cut/embossed with the largest scalloped oval from Spellbinders Scalloped Ovals LG.


To make the background, cut a piece of watercolor paper 5.5” square and mist it with a combination of the Tumbled Glass and Evergreen Bough mini misters made earlier.  You can see the Heirloom Gold Perfect Pearls in the photo above, which gives the paper it’s own shimmer.  While the paper is still damp, emboss with Spellbinders Ornamental Iron M-Bossabilities.  Embossing while the paper is damp, gives a greater depth to the embossing and doesn’t cause the paper to crack or split (since watercolor paper is thicker than normal cardstock).  When dry, the background layer was trimmed on the sides, outlined with gold leafing pen and then mounted on another sheet of white paper.

The ribbon is seam binding that was dyed with the Tumbled Glass and Evergreen Bough mists, scrunching while drying to give it a wrinkled look. 

 The sentiment, Joy, from the Christmas Cuddlers Set was stamped in Evergreen Bough and then die cut/embossed with the tag from Spellbinders Hexagon Pinwheel Top Box.  It was tied to the seam binding ribbon with a piece of white embroidery floss.


The card base is another white layer, so you can write a personal note on the inside, while not weighing down the card for mailing purposes.

Thanks for joining me today and if nothing else, I hope I’ve inspired you to try this technique with watercolor paper for a different embossed look!

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Robyn said...

Thanks for the step by step.
Love the flourished tree stamp!

Quietfire said...

Wow, Sherry! This is lovely. I adore these colours! I need to dig out my Perfect Pearls!

Diana said...

Gorgeous! Just remember that square cards cost extra to mail.

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