Can you believe how quickly this year is going by? We’re onto our penultimate challenge of the year for Christmas At Sweet Stampin’. If you’ve not got a start on your Christmas cards yet then now would definitely be a good time to get started! We have plenty of inspiration over on the challenge page, and I also have links to the rest of the team’s blogs at the end of this post if you’d like to check them out.
For my card I decided to pull out some of the more neglected items from my stash. I started with washi tape. A year or two ago I bought a few sets of Christmas washi, but I’ve barely used them since. And even when I have used them it’s mostly been for holding dies in place, or adding to envelopes, rather than actually using them on projects. I decided it was about time that I actually used them on a card, so I pulled out all of the gold and white washi and started working with them.
I first took a snippet of white card and trimmed it to the size I wanted. Then with the help of the lines on my craft mat I worked through adding the washi in rows across the panel. I placed the sentiment washi first, then worked on adding the others. I didn’t worry too much about the order, except to make sure I alternated between the white background tapes and the gold background tapes.
Once I had completed the panel I checked it against my card base, and decided to trim it down just a little bit more so that I’d have a nice white border from the card base around the panel. I also decided to mat the washi panel. For the mat I took a snippet of one of my ‘undesirable’ patterned papers (that’s a patterned paper that I have but realised I will probably never use) and used it to create a gold panel. I did this by pressing my embossing ink onto the edges of the panel, which I’d cut to be just bigger than the washi panel, then added Love From Lizi Golden Crown embossing powder. I heat set and repeated the process to get a nice layer of gold, then adhered the two panels together with double sided tape.
Initially I had intended to stop here, with the washi really being the focus of the card. But despite the wording on one of the lines of washi I felt like I still needed to add some kind of sentiment. I pulled out another neglected item from my stash – a die that I got free on a magazine a while back. The die cuts a circular Merry Christmas sentiment, as well as holly and berries. I used a white snippet of card for the die cutting, though I could have used ‘undesirable’ card again. I then treated all the die cut elements the same way as I had the mat, so that they would be nice and golden too.
After playing around to work out exactly how to position the elements on the card I chose to adhered the sentiment die onto some vellum. I cut away the vellum from around the edges and also from the centre. The vellum is not overly visible, but I found it helped to make the sentiment to stand out just a little more than if I hadn’t added the vellum. I used some liquid glue on the back of all my die cut elements (making sure to have it such that it wouldn’t show through the vellum) and added them to the card.
I’m really pleased with this card. The white and gold is very pretty, and I do like the pattern from the different washi tapes. It was fun to find a use for them. With this card I did go for a more monochrome design, but depending on the particular washis used it could be much more colourful.
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Christmas At Sweet Stampin’ – Anything Christmas Goes
Craftyhazelnut’s Christmas Challenge – Anything Christmas Goes
Fabrika Fantasy Challenge – Christmas Or Winter
HCP Challenge – Anything Goes
HLS Anything Goes With Dies Challenge – Anything Goes With Dies
HLS Christmas Challenge – Anything Christmas Goes
Incy Wincy Designs – Christmas
Merry Little Christmas Challenge – Anything Christmas Goes
Polkadoodles Craft Challenge – Anything Goes
TCP Tuesday Challenge – Winter Holidays
Check out what the rest of the DT made:
Charlotte (that’s me!)