Thursday, November 1, 2012

Shimmery Christmas

I so can't believe it is November already. Here's a Christmas card, full of shine and shimmer.

I made this for the Sparkle Stamptoberfest challenge, to do this double background stamping technique that Wendy Vecchi posted at the Ranger blog. I went through three different backgrounds before I was happy. It is easy to get too much fluid on your stamp when stamping with mist or water. I inked my paper with blue shades of Distress Inks and mixed a homemade perfect pearls mist, using Chipped Sapphire reinker and perfect pearls. I misted it on my craft sheet and inked the stamp with it. Even if I did it carefully and only once, I kept picking up too much mist.

After drying it, I picked a dot stamp, inked with Versamark firsta and then did the same as above, but with only water. I got too much water on the stamp and the dots looked more like splotches than dots. So instead I misted the stamp carefully with water, and tried to get just enough. The card is very shiny, but it is hard to see on the photos.

I also dyed the ribbon with the pewter stain and swept it around the edges of the inky panel. Love the new metallic distress stains.

The snowflakes were die cut from watercolour paper with the new Snowflake Frame Framelits. The blue one was misted with the same mist used for the card, the silver one was coloured with Brushed Pewter Distress Stain and the third one was misted with Platinum mist.

I cut a circle frame, covered it with Pewter stain and misted with the blue mist, it is pretty cool how the pewter sits on top of the blue mist. The inner circle was coloured with the Pewter stain and the sentiment and snowflakes were stamped with Archival Jet Black.

Thank you for looking! 


Stamps: Hero Arts: Flourish Background CG119, Cling Dots CG139, Winter's Butterfly CL234
Dies: Sizzix: Snowflake Frame Framelits
Ink: Distress Ink: Salty Ocean, Faded Jeans, Stormy Sky, Chipped Sapphire; Archival Jet Black;
Stain: Distress Stain: Brushed Pewter
Mist: Platinum Perfect Pearls mist, homemade mist from Chipped Sapphire reinker and perfect pearls
Surfaces: Ranger manila cardstock; watercolour paper
Other: Tim Holtz Idea-ology crinkle ribbon; Kaiser rhinestones


  1. This is GORGEOUS!
    I love the pewter mixed with the blue. Beautiful!

  2. Beautiful background - worth all the effort, and your snowflake is stunning!
    Alison x

  3. Absolutely stunning! All of that hard work paid off. The blue with the metallics is a show-stopper and I love the sentiment! Off to look for that Hero stamp now...


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