It’s time for a new challenge at Christmas Craft Creations. Our theme for June is Christmas Trees. I’m currently working my way through inventorying my craft supplies, and came across this Scandi Christmas stamp set from Skull and Cross Buns and was inspired to use the tree in the stamp set for this Christmas card.
My idea was to create dual-coloured Christmas trees with some partial masking and heat embossing. I started with a snippet strip of white card stock, which I cut down to match the width of my card base. I placed it into my MISTI, positioned the tree into the centre of the strip, and stamped it with Altenew Evergreen ink.
I created a mask by stamping the tree once more onto a piece of scrap paper. I then used my Cut Align to carefully cut out the inside portion of the tree, making sure to retain both pieces.
Returning to my MISTI where my white strip of card was waiting I placed the outer portion of the tree mask over the tree I had already stamped. I then restamped the tree, this time using embossing ink, coated with with Wow Rich Pale Gold embossing powder and heat set it with my WOW Dual-Speed Heat Tool. This resulted in a green tree with a gold centre.
Returning the strip to my MISTI I shifted it along and repeated the process of stamping with Evergreen ink, adding one of my masks, and stamping and heat embossing in gold. I alternated the masks for each tree, so the trees either side of my central tree were masked on the insides to have heat embossed outsides, and the outermost trees were done the same way as the first tree.
I wanted to pull the gold in more on my card, and as I wasn’t sure where to add my sentiment I decided to create a pattern across my card base with a sentiment from the same Scandi Christmas stamp set. I used one of the Creative Corners to help me get the correct angle, then repeatedly stamped the sentiment onto my green card base with embossing ink, before heat embossing with the same Rich Pale Gold powder.
Before adhering my focal panel to the card base I decided it needed something else to finish it off. I pulled out the Planner Banners stamp set and grabbed the longer of the line stamps. I then used the ruler from the Creative Corners to ensure I positioned the line straight in my MISTI. I stamped it in Evergreen ink at the top of my panel, shifted it along and stamped again, repeating until I had a line all the way across the top of the panel. I then flipped the panel around and repeated the stamping to create a line along the bottom.
With all the stamping and heat embossing completed, all that was left to do was adhering the panel to the card base. I used Tombow Mono Liquid Multi Glue to do that.
I really love how the trees on this card turned out. It’s exactly as I had in mind when I came up with the idea for this design. I do think the card overall is a bit busier than I would prefer. I kind of wish I’d gone for a one layer card on a white card base, and skipped the sentiment pattern in the background. I don’t dislike this card though. I’d just prefer something cleaner and simpler.
I hope this inspires you to come and join in with the Christmas Craft Creations tree-themed challenge. If you’d like more inspiration you can find the projects from the fabulous launch team here, or directly on their blogs via the links below. There will also be more inspiration from the reminder team in a couple of weeks, so be sure to check back for that, too!
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*The stamps used on these cards were sent to me free of charge to use as part of my Design Team obligations.*
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Christmas Craft Creations – Christmas Trees
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