Friday, July 8, 2016

Christmas Branches

Time for another Creative Crew Christmas card! This time the challenge is to create something with the This Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper or choose 3 of the colors in the DSP: basic black, cherry cobbler, garden green or very vanilla. And I missed the part of the challenge that was to use a fancy fold, oops!

This card started out as a 4"x5¼" panel of watercolor paper. I was then able to get 2 cards out of it by cutting it in half :)

The embossed vellum panel behind the watercolored image strip gives this a soft and elegant look with little effort. And if you don't have a sewing machine easily at hand, you could just put adhesive being the vellum where other things are covering it. Vellum is tricky that way, which is why I love to stitch it on. That way the stitching serves two purposes: securing the item, and it is pretty :)

Here are the steps to making this card:
  • Cut a watercolor piece to 5½"x8½, score in half at 4¼". This is the card base. Cut another piece of watercolor paper to 2"x5¼" (or 4"x5¼" if you are going to make 2 cards, then cut this in half when done with the watercoloring)
  • Stamp the holly branch all over the panel in Versamark, leaving a 1½" strip empty for the sentiment. Heat emboss with clear embossing powder.  
  • Use Aqua-painter and Garden Green ink to apply a wash, darker at the top and bottom, fading as you work toward the center. Be sure to leave that strip blank for the sentiment. When this is dry, use Cherry Cobbler ink to color the berries red. 
  • Stamp the sentiment in Archival Black ink in the blank strip. 
  • Apply dimensionals to the back of the watercolored panel, create a nest of gold thread and stick to the dimensionals. Set aside. 
  • Cut a piece of vellum to4"x5¼", emboss with Softly Falling embossing folder. Stitch to the card front (make sure the card is open before you start stitching or you will have to improvise later :)  )
  • Adhere the watercolor panel to the card front, mostly to the right side. 
  •  If you start to stitch the vellum to the closed card base by accident, then you can cover your goof by stamping the holly branch just under the stitch marks- ink the stamp with Garden Green, stamp off once, then spritz with water and stamp on the watercolor card base. 
  • Then add Cherry Cobbler to the berries with an Aqua-painter. 
  • Take a 2" strip of vellum, stamp the sentiment in Archival Black, sprinkle with Clear embossing powder, and heat emboss. 
  • Then stitch over the previous stitch marks.
If you don't make the same mistake I did, then you can use the same steps as above, except no vellum and embossing :)

This card came together pretty quickly so it is perfect for making a whole bunch!

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1 comment:

HJ said...

Beautiful cards. I love the simplicity of the Softly Falling EF with the strip of that beautiful DSP and the gold thread. So pretty.


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