Sunday, August 1, 2021

Christmas in Three Styles

I have been watching several videos lately for ideas for Christmas cards. It's always neat to try something new! 

These three cards are all very different in style. They all use forms of mixed media and I am always learning new ways to use those types of elements. 

The first two cards are CASEd from Chelsea Vorosmarty. She is a master of mixed media techniques and makes it really easy to try the techniques yourself. 

The first card is a poinsettia card - one of my favourites for Christmas.The poinsettia components were Cricut cut and then swiped in Distress Oxide inks spritzed with water. The branches were sponged with dye ink. When the flowers were dry, they were shaped by simply scoring down the center and turning up the sides. I also brushed each of the flower pieces with some Diamond Stickles. The pieces were assembled and a trio of gold gems were placed in the centre. The background was created by stacking several layers of the Multi Circle Window Thin Cut with a piece of White Glitter Paper behind. I love the effect! 

The second card has a very different feel... a night scene was created using various Distress Oxide inks and splattered with a mixture of White Liquid Pearls and water. The backgrounds and the sleigh were Cricut cut and the main background was clear embossed for a shiny effect. I added a die cut sentiment. I tried to emboss a sentiment in white but forgot to use the anti-static pouch and ended up with embossing powder stuck to everything... such is life. 

The last card was inspired by Justine Hovey. The background was created using Distress Oxide inks and I created a city scene on the Cricut. That was applied using Black Soot DO ink. The snowflakes were added using a stencil and then a star stencil was used with Gold Liquid Pearls to create the shiny stars. I brushed some ink over a die cut to create the snowbanks and a sentiment was embossed in the bottom corner. 

At least I have a start on a few Christmas cards - many more to make in the weeks ahead! 

Products used are as follows: 

Paper: White Daisy Carsdstock, Black Cardstock, White Glitter Paper, White Cards and Envelopes (all CTMH) 

Stamps: Festive Trees (CTMH)

Inks: Black, Candy Apple, Evergreen, Clover, Versamark (CTMH) DO Inks: Candied Apple, Tattered Rose, Lucky Clover, Evergreen Bough, Black Soot, Chipped Sapphire, Seedless Preserves, Mustard Seed, Antique Linen, Blueprint Sketch

Accessories: Cricut - City Sidewalks, Artbooking, Flower Market, Misc. Cricut Shapes, Fancy Border Thin Cuts, Basic Circle Thin Cuts, Gold Glitter Gems. Gold Liquid Pearls, White Liquid Pearls, Diamond Stickles, Gold Embossing Powder, Clear Embossing Powder, Heat Tool (all CTMH), Merry Christmas Borderline Die (Creative Expressions) 



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