It’s time for another video for The Little Paper Tree! This one is actually a week earlier than my normal schedule, as we wanted it to be in time to hopefully provide you inspiration for our World Card Making Day challenge! WCMD was on the 6th, and to celebrate it The Little Paper Tree is challenging you to make a winter or Christmas card using the colour scheme shown in the graphic below. Entrants have a chance to win a £20 gift certificate, and entry closes on the 13th. You can find the full details here.
The focus for my card was the BFF Background Stamp from Catherine Pooler. (Which, incidentally, teammate Laura also used on her card! Check hers out here.) I decided I wanted to stamp it with more than one colour, so I did some masking and selective stamping.
I used repositionable tape to mask off segments of the stamp so that I could colour a set of double lines at a time. I used Altenew’s Evergreen ink to stamp all the lines going in one direction. Once they were completed I switched to Ruby Red ink for the intersecting lines.
Whilst I liked the background as it was I decided to kick it up a notch by adding a few lines of gold heat embossing. I did this by tracing the lines I wanted to emboss using a pen containing embossing ink. I then added my gold embossing powder and heat set.
For my sentiment I grabbed the new Very Merry Sentiments stamp set from Concord & 9th. With the help of the grid acetate in my MISTI I worked out where I wanted to place it. I then heat embossed it with white embossing powder. I repeated the stamping and embossing so that I had a double-layer of embossing on the words, which helped it stand out more and also gave a smoother look where it overlapped the gold embossed lines.
As a final touch I decided to add some Nuvo Drops in Simply White. The Simply White drops are known to pick up colour if placed on top of dye inks, so some of my drops did dry with a slight red or green tint, but that didn’t bother me. You can avoid this happening by using ready enamel dots, or forming the Nuvo Drops separately and adhering them once they are already dry.
I’m really pleased with this card. The technique was fun if a bit time-consuming. As I said in the video, you could mask off the stamp in a way that would allow stamping more lines at once, which would speed up the process. Don’t forget that if you’re inspired to make a Christmas or Winter card with the colour scheme you can link up at The Little Paper Tree blog until the 13th for a chance to win £20 to spend in the shop.
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