Well, I've finally done it. Yep, I've made a start on my Christmas cards! Not got too many to make, but this time of year is a great excuse to make lots of cards and blow the dust and cobwebs off all that festive stuff I have been hoarding. Being a fairly new card maker I like to try out a few new ideas on my cards and have certainly done some different and new things on this card (well they are to me lol)
I am what you would class as a hoarder. I hoard everything and my only defence is I come from a long line of hoarders... and craft stuff is no exception. I think it was because the first papercraft project I ever did was my partner's scrapbook for his 40th birthday, and I still refuse to throw away any scraps of paper 'just in case they come in useful'. And believe me I have folders and storage boxes full of scraps and other bits and bobs I just can't bring myself to throw away. I did get myself sorted earlier this year and put all my xmas stuff separate so it wasn't cluttering up the rest of my stash when it was only going to be used a couple of weeks a year. Fun side of that is I generally forget what I have and it always comes as a nice surprise when I dig it all out again and discover things I had forgotten I had :-)
Another thing I have accumulated is embossing folders. I have a few in varying sizes but they are usually too small for my project or not the right pattern but I used a really simple polka dot Cuttlebug folder for this one as I wanted to do it in two halves for sky and ground. I initially embossed a piece of the same dark blue card I had used for the frame and swiped the white stazon over the nobbly bits (I am so good with my descriptions aren't I?) to pick the detail out in white so it would look like snow, but although it showed up ok, it wasn't totally clear as the ink is opaque. So I waited patiently for it to dry... (ok, so I cheated and blasted it with my heatgun) and then got out my clear embossing pad and really worked it into the pattern so that it would get down to the flat bit and then sprinkled a load of the holographic embossing powder I had used for the snow, tapped off the excess and blasted it with my heatgun again and OMG if it doesn't sparkle like a snowy sky! I then embossed a piece of plain white and did the same embossing trick with it to create a carpet of gleaming snow for the base of my card.
With having the snow behind acetate to contend with and the likelihood of this ending up on a family member's mantlepiece this Christmas, I think an easel is the only way this would stand up at the right angle without falling over due to the additonal weight of the acetate frame at the front. Might try another construction as I LOVED making this card but this one works great. The stopper for the easel and the sentiment is cut from a test piece of the dry embossed card with holographic powder embossed over that, cut with my labels 4 nesties set from The Stampman. The sentiment Let It Snow (the title of my all-time favourite Christmas time song!) was stamped and embossed with some Jydrangea Blue Mauve moonglow powders (also from The Stampman) and then embossed over again with more of the holographic stuff. I've been hoarding a small length of tartan ribbon as it needed a Christmas card to live on and I hope it likes it's new home at the front of this card. I punched a few snowflakes (again embossed for added sparkle) and used these as the finishing touches.
This photo shows the snow all over the image, which is probably how it will look when the recipient takes it out of the envelope...
But as the card is tilted, the snow begins to fall and collects in drifts at the bottom of the window...
I'm going to have a play around with a few more thinks to insert in the reservoir on some more cards. Thinking glitter or some tiny pearl beads maybe, but that will have to wait until my next card ;) Might even have a go at my first tutorial on doing this as it is really quite simple to do but so effective, so let me know you are interested and I will do one.
I would like to enter this card for the following challenges:
Craft Challenge - Dry Embossing
I Love Promarkers - Snowflakes
Creative Inspirations - Create a Shaker card
Charisma Cardz - With Love at Christmas
Everybody Art Challenge - Untraditional Christmas
The Stampman - Anything Goes Christmas
Pattie's Creations - Make a Christmas Card or Creation