Friday, November 29, 2013

Golden Christmas

Today's card is for my grand son who  deserves some 'special' too. He has been slaving away at university, and I plan to mail this to him along with some hot chocolate mix and marshmallows to enjoy while he is studying for his exams.

I wanted to create something festive and yet a bit more steam lined and masculine. I hope this one hits the mark.

The pine cone stamp is from Judikins. Stamp twice with Versamark on ivory glitter c/s (Recollections) that is cut 4 1/2 x 6 1/2". Then, beginning with the lightest colour, apply glitter EP carefully to select areas of the image, removing excess before moving on to the next colour. This is a combination of Judikins Egyptian gold, and Desert wind & Ocean breeze from Stampamania. Heat set the EP. I tried a couple of photos to capture a bit of the glitter. It is quite subtle and did not show up well.

Then after you make a big gaff trying to stamp the greeting, improvise a plaque to cover it. ;)   Stamp Merry Christmas (Justrite Grand Christmas Sentiments) with versamark and repeat the EP process; here I only used two colours. This is done on a scrap of the ivory c/s. Die cut with a die from the Apothecary accents framelit die set by SU. Cut a second die cut from the gold foil c/s (Recollections) with a die from the Resplendent Rectangles die set by Spellbinders. Attach the greeting to the gold die cut.

Cut a mat from the gold foil c/s that is 4 3/4 x 6 3/4". Layer this and the pine cone piece on an ivory card base. Attach the greeting plaque using foam squares. Stamp the pine cone inside with Brilliance gold ink, and add a stamped or hand written greeting.

I am thrilled with the results and will be using this technique more often. Heaven knows, I have lots of EP to experiment with! This was a fun and easy technique and I hope you will give it a try too.

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