Thursday 10 November 2011

Very Sparkly Christmas Card!

Hi Bloggers,

Today I have a very sparkly card to share. I have made 2 versions of this card. I changed the main background and the nesties - let me know which you prefer.

Here's the first version -

I cut an ATC size piece of glossy white card (3 1/2" x 2 1/2"). I put a few drops of Pool, Stonewashed and Eggplant Adirondack Alcohol Inks on my non-stick craft sheet and added a couple of drops of Pearl Mixative. I quickly squished the glossy card into the ink and swirled around until it was completely covered. I put a few drops of silver mixative onto the corner of my craft sheet and used it to ink up my little background stamp which is from the Creative Expressions British Wild Flowers stamp set. I randomly stamped this over my alcohol ink background.

Next I wiped my background with an anti-static pad and stamped the Christmas Tree (from a Creative Expressions set - can't find title of set but will update this entry if I do) with Jet Black Archival ink and embossed with clear embossing powder.

For the large background I applied Perfect Medium to the Button Mask from That Special Touch. I popped that onto a 5" square piece of white card and put it through the Cuttlebug machine. The Perfect Medium on the mask transferred to the cardstock. I added silver embossing powder and heat set it. Next I applied some Faded Jeans Distress Ink to the area and added Cosmic Shimmer Aurora Sparkle Embossing Powder. I heated it with a heat gun. Beware - if you try this at home, the glitter in the embossing powders goes everywhere!! Less so if you heat it from underneath.

I cut a frame using a circle nestie and the largest of the Spellbinders Teardrop Circles. I made some snowflakes with the Spellbinders Create-a-Flake die set. I inked the ones made from the light blue card with Faded Jeans Distress Ink while still in the die.

I assembled the card as per the IC Sketches 139 challenge this week.

This is the second version -

So here, the topper was made in the same way as before. The background was stamped in Perfect Medium with a small star stamp which has 'Merry Christmas' in it (I think it's from the same Creative Expressions set as the tree). This was embossed with silver embossing powder, Faded Jeans distress ink added and embossed with Aurora Sparkle embossing powder as before. The circle frame was cut from a circle nestie and the largest of the Spellbinders Picot Edge Circles.

So, which do you prefer? Leave a comment and let me know.

I'm also sharing this card at Make It Monday #62

Thanks for stopping by today.



  1. This is a stunning card Julia, gorgeous colours and detail. Hugs, Claire x

  2. I like this colours for Christmas, the tree looks great :)

  3. JULIA ! Come on ,give me a break! How can you ask me to choose between two perfectly amazing creations . Your journalling detailing the technique used is so clear , good work . Sorry I cant choose . Thanks for sharing on Make it Monday

  4. Beautiful Card Julia, Thank you for playing along with us at ICS XX

  5. Gorgeous card! Love the colors too.
    Thank you for playing along with us at ICS :)

  6. These are gorgeous! I love your take on the sketch, thanks for playing along with ICS!

  7. Two gorgeous cards there Julia, and some really easy to follow instuctions, havn't had a technique play for ages you've inspired me to get my inks Thanks for joining us at ICSketches this week.
    Hugs Debs

  8. ohh they are both so lovely, i think i like the picot edge on the second card the best. Thanks so much for playing along at ICS, you did a wonderful job with the sketch this week xx


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