How is it the middle of July already?! Well, however it happened, it is. And that means it’s time for a new Perfectly CAS challenge! The challenge that is all about clean and simple cards – keep your design to 1/3 or less of your card and follow our theme, and that’s all it takes! What’s our theme? This month it is embossing. Any kind of embossing. I went with heat embossing and made a Christmas card. (Side note if you’re also making Christmas cards, the new Christmas Craft Creations challenge started today. It is anything goes and there are some great prizes up for grabs! Take a look here.)
I decided I would use Love From Lizi’s Let It Snow stamp set. I was originally planning on using the neverending stamp to create a background which I would then trim down, but when I pulled the stamp set out I noticed the narrow strip of snowflakes and decided that would be perfect.
I found a snippet of white card that was almost the perfect size and placed it into my MISTI. After positioning the stamp I stamped with Versamark ink then heat embossed with Silver Dollar Embossing powder. I then used the MISTI Cut Align to trim the strip a bit more.
Setting the strip aside I worked on my sentiment element. I picked one of the sentiments from the same stamp set, stamping and heat embossing it in the same way as I had the snowflake strip. I then cut the sentiment out with the square die from Love From Lizi’s Background Builder die set.
Before assembling the card I decided I wanted to mat the heat embossed pieces. I found some snippets of silver matte mirror card and used those. I trimmed a square to be a little bigger than my sentiment panel, and used double sided tape to adhere them together. For the snowflake strip I did the same (though with a strip instead of a square!) and then had to snip the piece in two so that it would be long enough to stretch across my card as it was slightly too short. I made sure prior to snipping that the gap between the pieces would be hidden by my sentiment panel once it was all in place.
I used more double sided tape to add the matted snowflake strip onto my soft grey card base. Before I added the sentiment I decided I wanted to add something else. I wasn’t sure what though. I took a little while to think about it before deciding I would add a ‘nest’ of thread.
I’m not even sure if that’s the proper term for it. I don’t know the proper way of making them. I think I gave it a go once before approximately nine thousand years ago in the early days of my card making career… I spent way too long fiddling and futzing trying to get it to look good. I genuinely think that sorting the thread took longer than doing the rest of the card! Eventually I was happy with it though, and I was able to adhere it and the sentiment panel onto my card, and it was complete!
I hope this inspires you to come and join in with our challenge. You can find further inspiration from the rest of the Design Team on the challenge site or directly at their blogs via the links below.
| Charlotte E (Lady Joyful) |
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Addicted to CAS – Christmas
Less Is More – Christmas In July
Perfectly CAS – Embossing
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday – Emboss It
Sparkles Christmas Challenge – Snowflakes
Check out what the rest of the DT made:
Lady Joyful (that’s me!)