29 Days of Christmas Inspiration #29

and #28! missed one again.

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Thanks so much for joining me over the last month! It has been a challenge to blog regularly and find enough images to add a little variety. I have another couple of projects to appear on other blogs over the next month so keep an eye out for a few more!

Today I’m sharing a card and a tag, both featuring stamps from Darkroom Door.

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This one features a glittery rosette made with a Tim Holtz rosette die – the die makes it so easy to create quick embellishments!

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29 Days of Christmas Inspiration #25

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At first glance this card looks very similar to yesterdays but techniques used are quite different.

- Start the same way as yesterday by stencilling stars using modelling paste.  But make them more uniform in coverage.  Allow to dry.

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- Paint with Silks acrylic glaze in Sky Blue, Majestic Blue & Mediterranean Blue. Make the colour a little patchy looking.

- Apply metallic Pan Pastels all over the stars using one or two of the metallic colours.  I used a little silver and gold.

- Spritz the Pan Pastels with Spectra Fix Degas Pastel Fixative and allow to dry.

- Drizzle along the top edge with turquoise acrylic ink and spritz with water, the ink will run & mix with the Pan Pastel colour and Dylusions layer to create a lovely shimmery effect. Allow to dry.

- Add a greeting and it is done.

29 Days of Christmas Inspiration #24

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As you might guess from the cards I have been sharing this month – I do love turquoise and blue tones for Christmas cards!  This one is no exception and has a beautiful, textured feel to it.  Your recipient is sure to put this one is pride of place on the mantel.

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Create the card by -

- stencil a scattering of stars over cardstock using a Tim Holtz star stencil and moulding paste.  Allow to dry well.

- spritz with Dylusions Vibrant Turquoise & Calypso Teal.  Remove the excess colour with paper towel and allow to dry.

- replace the stars template and spritz lightly with water.

- the water will remove some of the colour and give a variegated effect.

- add a little pizazz with a gold embossed greeting.

29 Days of Christmas Inspiration #23

Today I’d like to share a pair of ATC’s with a Christmas theme. If you aren’t into ATC’s, these can be easily adapted to create Christmas tags or use them as a focal image for a card.

Both ATC’s feature older Christmas sets by Darkroom Door but I find myself still using them year after year – I’m sure you would as well!

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This ATC uses the Noel rubber stamp set and a word from a Yuletide Wordstrip.  The image was created using an embossing powder resist technique. Usually I use clear embossing ink and clear powder but for this one I used white embossing powder instead. 

Once stamped and embossed, trim the image to size and sponge with blue Distress Ink.  A touch of Distress Glitter on the leaves adds a bit of sparkle. A red bow and words finish it off.

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The Christmas Reindeer stamp set was used for this one – the sweet reindeer was stamped with red chalk ink for a solid, matt image and trimmed out closely.  The word comes from the same set.  The paper underneath is also Darkroom Door and is a great background for the image.  A sprinkling of rhinestones gives Rudolf some sparkle.

29 Days of Christmas Inspiration #22

A few years ago Tim Holtz started a series of books called Compendium of Curiosities and buried within volume II is a really cool technique called ‘enamelled metals’. The cards I’m sharing today are based on this technique.

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Begin the card by embossing some metal sheet to create the main card image.  Paint the sheet with a coat of acrylic paint and allow to dry.  Sand lightly to expose the metal.

Coat the piece with clear Versamark and emboss with clear powder.

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I love the effect this technique gives – the embossed piece ends up with rich, deep colours that mimic enamelled metal.

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For this card, I painted the embossed piece with a base coat of green paint and added dots of red to the berries.

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Another time consuming technique but so easy to do assembly line style. If you use a large pattered image like this holly one it would be easy to create a large panel and trim to smaller shapes to make more than one card.