Sunday 23 August 2015

Thinking of you at Christmas

Hi Bloggers.

It's day 2 of our demo weekend at Inspirations in Preston today. I'll be focussing on Christmas today.

Here's today's card -

This card features one of my favourite techniques with background dies at the moment - a variation of Fire & Ice but with Mica Powders instead of Gilding Flakes.

I cut the inner die only from the Spellbinders 5 x 7 Mistletoe Card Front Die Set out of Coconut White Card. I placed a piece of Creative Expressions Double Sided Self Adhesive Sheet on the front of the die cut. On the back, I added Phill Martin Cosmic Shimmer Frosty Heather and Frosty Aqua Mica Powders, spreading them all over the sticky areas with a Soft Dusting Brush. I removed as much of the excess Mica Powder as possible and then sealed the whole area with a piece of copy paper. I turned the piece over, removed the other backing sheet from the adhesive and added Cosmic Shimmer Diamond Sprinkles all over.

I cut the Spellbinders 5 x 7 Holly Frame out of Coconut White Card with a Spellbinders 5 x 7 Matting Basics B die in the centre to form a frame. I lightly inked through the dies with Frosty Heather Colour Cloud using a Smoothie.

I stamped the sentiment from John Lockwood's 12 Days of Christmas Sentiments Stamp Set using Clear Perfect Medium and embossed with Cosmic Shimmer Silver Shine Detail Embossing Powder. I cut it out using Spellbinders Holly Tags and inked through the die with Frosty Heather Colour Cloud.

I tied a bow using 2 lengths of Off White Satin Ribbon. I pressed a Metal Dazzler Setting into Clear Perfect Medium, added Silver Shine Powder, tapped off the excess and heat set. I allowed it to cool for a few minutes, added a Purple Dazzler and popped it onto my bow using a Glue Dot.

I made a couple of Stick Pins using Creative Expressions Stick Pin Elements (Teal Teardrops and White Pearls - must use Glossy Accents) and popped them behind my bow.

I assembled the card as shown piercing around the edges using my Tim Holtz Ruler, Precision Probe and Piercing Mat. The mat behind the pierced one is Coconut White Card coloured with PM Frosty Heather Colour Cloud Blending Ink using a Smoothie.

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  1. Morning Julia.
    A lovely card thank you. Have fun take care Kitty.

  2. Morning Julia, another gorgeous card, oh they are lucky at your workshops and demos.

    Enjoy Sunday, stay safe, healthy and happy, hugs, June Smith xxx

  3. Morning Julia, a beautiful card love the subtle background.
    Nancyd xx

  4. Beautiful cards Julia, enjoy your second day in Preston. Linda.

  5. How lovely is this card? Must try this technique!
    Maggie B xx

  6. Stunning card great effect.
    Have a great day...!
    Luv Rach :)

  7. Morning Julia .another beautiful card. You are the expert on backgrounds.!! Gloria(Sidcup) xx

  8. Gorgeous card-really lovely.


  9. Morning Julia,
    Lovely card. Hope you have a great day.

  10. Wow! I love this, Julia. Must try this technique.

    Anne (Northampton)

  11. Lovely card today Julia, love the background.Take care Jane B.

  12. A very beautiful card Julia it,

  13. Hello Julia, such a stunning card today, love the background and the holly frame. Have a great day with the demos. Bx

  14. Good morning Julia today's card is gorgeous I the variation on the Fire and Ice technique. I hope you enjoy the demos again today. Hugs Jackie

  15. Hi Julia
    Your Card Is Just So Very Beautiful I Really Love "The Fabulous Soft Colour Palette" You've Chosen, It's An Outstanding Card I Love Your Embellishments The Stickpins And The Very Beautiful Metal Dazzler Holder, Where You've Placed A Purple Dazzler It Is Stunning.
    Julia Thank You For Sharing
    From Sam x
    Have Another Great Day With John In Preston

  16. Hi Julia. Lovely card, especially like the border die and your colour combination. Have fun in Preston. SueL x

  17. I must have a go with these technique It creates a lovely subtle effect Like you've said in the past "stuff" is only a waste of money if you don't use it - or words to that effect

  18. Hi Julia,
    What a stunning card, I love the colours they are so beautiful and a really different look for Christmas. Have a good day with John in Preston and thanks so much for all the inspiration,
    Heather Treble

  19. Hi Julia,
    love the card ! Beautiful background.
    Have another good day
    Maria x

  20. Hi Julia

    I love the colours and the background is amazing. Have wondered about using mica for this technique and now I see how awesome it looks I must try it!


    T x

  21. Love the card Julia thank you love jume horrocks xx

  22. Morning Julia
    Love this card the background is fantastic - great using the mica - hope you have had a good weekend
    Carol x

  23. Pretty card, love the background.
    Rosemary xx

  24. Hello Julia.

    I really must try this background technique, it looks great every time I see it. The Holly Frame and Holly Tags dies are lovely as are your embellishments. Thanks for sharing.

    Best wishes

  25. Hello Julia

    This card makes a change using the mica powders. It is very effective the way you have put it together giving a lovely frosty appearance and very nice for Christmas cards. Thanks for sharing Julia.

    Crafty Hugs
    Heather xx

  26. Beautiful card. I have tried this background technique and I was amazed that it turned out ok. Thanks for showing how its done now to use it on one of my cards.

  27. Such a beautiful card, the colour combination is gorgeous.

    Enjoy the rest of your day.

    Tracey, Hull

  28. Another technique to try. Lovely card. Hope you have enjoyed your weekend in Preston.

  29. Hi Julia, A stunning card. I hope you are having a good time in Preston.
    Lots of love from Patricia xx

  30. Hi Julia, A stunning card. I hope you are having a good time in Preston.
    Lots of love from Patricia xx

  31. Hi Julia,
    Beautiful card and gorgeous background, love the colours.
    Love Janet x
    from Wakefield

  32. Hi Julia
    Lovely stunning card & the colours are so pretty.
    Love everything about it...

    Crafty Hugs
    Haze T xx

  33. Love the mistletoe die Julia and your card is amazing. Pat x

  34. HinJulia
    This card is trust amazing. Love the die and Phills new mica powders.

  35. Hi Julia, lovely card as always really loving all the new mica colours. Take Care Melody xXx


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