CASS | Christmas Night

Christmas is coming ever closer. I know a lot of people don’t like to think about Christmas until later in the year. I’m like that too, for the most part. But when it comes to card making it’s a good idea to get a start early. I make my Christmas cards all year around, and our challenge at Christmas at Sweet Stampin’ is a great way to keep motivated to do that! I decided to try something a bit different for this card, and had fun getting messy and playing with it.

I started by creating my background using Black Brusho and water mixed with Perfect Pearls. Actually I had my husband help me make it – I thought he’d enjoy seeing how they work, and he needed cheering up. I always seem to get messy with Brushos, but it’s fun! I made a similar background recently and flicked it with watered down white acrylic paint to make stars, but I decided not to do that on this one. I dried it with my heat gun then moved on to my stamping.

I wanted a silhouette look for the rest of my card. For the city skyline I used So Suzy Stamp’s City Scape stamp and first stamped it across the bottom of my card with white ink. I then shifted the stamp slightly and repeated the stamping using embossing ink before heat embossing with black. This gave a very slight glow to the edge of my buildings, which I felt helped them stand out better.

I then took the Sleigh Ride Silhouette stamp from Repeat Impressions and added it towards the top of my card to have the impression of flying overhead. I felt the image was too little to manage the double stamping, so instead I just stamped and heat embossed in black, then sponged a little of the white ink around it to give a slight glow behind it.

The last bit of stamping was my sentiment which is from Happy Little Stampers’ Everyday Sentiments. I again heat embossed in black as I wanted to keep the look of the card consistent. I did consider white or silver to have it stand out more, but I felt that might overpower the card.

My panel was a bit warped from all the water and heat, so I made sure to cover the back well with double-sided tape before adhering it to my card base. Having a good coverage of tape helps to ensure that even a very warped piece sticks down nicely.

I had a lot of fun making this card and I’m very happy with the result. It’s definitely different from my other Christmas cards, and I think it works nicely as a masculine Christmas card. I really love the colour variation in the Brusho, and the shimmer that the Perfect Pearls adds. I probably should try using just plain water though – I wonder if the Pearls are taking some of the vibrancy from the colours. If I was to change one thing about this card it would be the sentiment –  think I should have stamped Christmas closer to the y of Merry. I feel it would perhaps have given a better flow to the card given the positioning of the sleigh in comparison to the sentiment.

Love,

Lady Joyful

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Challenges included:

Christmas At Sweet Stampin’ – Anything Christmas

Craftyhazelnut’s Christmas Challenge – Anything Christmas

Creative Confetti – Dark Backdrop

HLS Christmas Challenge – Anything Goes

HLS Mixed Media Challenge – Messy

HLS Watercolour Challenge – Anything Goes

Merry Little Christmas Challenge – Anything Christmas

Paru’s Card Making Challenges – Anything Goes

Pause Dream Enjoy Challenges – Anything Goes

Simon Says Stamp Work It Wednesday – Celebrating Stamping

Stamping Sensations – Something Beginning with B (Brusho!)

STAMPlorations Theme & Sketch Challenge – Anything Stamping

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Check out what the rest of the DT made:

Abi

Charlotte (that’s me!)

Chris

Judy

Marsha

Susan

Tracey

Wendy


24 thoughts on “CASS | Christmas Night

  1. I love the background and the depth it has. Awesome way to do the city scape, sentiment and Santa. Very pretty card. So glad you shared over at Pause Dream Enjoy..
    Billie A
    Pause Dream Enjoy
    The Merry Christmas Challenge
    Catch The Bug
    Creative With Stamps
    Aud Sentiments
    Sunny Day Crafting
    Craftaholic R US
    Always Happy Birthday
    Always Fun Challenges
    Colour Crazy Challenge
    Creations In Pink

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  2. What a gorgeous background. I love the way you went lighter around Santa and his sleigh. The cityscape is perfect with that wonderful sky! Thanks so much for sharing this beauty with us at Happy Little Stampers September Christmas Challenge.

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