I started my card by printing the Santa’s Helper image onto XPress-it blending card and die cutting it, using Frantic Stamper’s Rectangle Tangled Frame Die Set. I colored the image with my Chameleon Pens and Pencils and, once finished, I inked the edges with pastel colored Memento dew drops dye ink and a Tim Holtz Blending Brush.
My next task was to create a 5.25″×6.5″ card base with a green buffalo plaid digital patterned paper rather than with plain colored cardstock. So often do we just use plain cardstock, only to find the background is lacking, but we can’t work out why. Using patterned cardstock instead helps to add that little extra interest, without too much fuss. I added the finished Santa’s Helper image directly onto the card base, using acid free liquid PVA glue and set it aside to dry, adding something heavy on top to help it secure properly.
Next, I set to work die cutting all the extra elements for my design. I started by die cutting a frame for my feature from silver mirror board, using the same Frantic Stamper die that I cut my image with. I also die cut three trees from silver mirror board, using Dee’s Distinctively Stackable Tree Die Set, and embossed each of them, using Sue Wilson’s Frosted Window embossing folder. Finally, I die cut a simple sentiment, using My Favorite Things Merry Christmas word die from more silver mirror board. I glued the frame around my feature and arranged the trees in the bottom left corner. I glued the trees into place with Ranger Multi Medium Matte Adhesive as well as foam tape for the top tree, just so it sat evenly over the lower tree. I then added the sentiment to the bottom right corner using more Multi Medium Matte Adhesive for a secure bond.
Rather than just rely on the patterned paper alone to accentuate the rest of the card, I added small dots of Deco Foil Liquid Adhesive as falling snow and once dry, added foil to each of them by simply laying the Deco foil over the fully dry glue dots and rubbing them with my finger. As this glue is specifically designed for this technique, it dries sticky and no heat is required to add the foil. I liked how simple dots of glue as snow gave all areas of the card some sort of silver accent.
The great thing about this design was that I was able to add lots of shine simply, all while keeping the elements flat enough to post easily. It was a relatively quick make that has lots of reflective qualities. Thanks so much for spending time with me today. I look forward to next time…😊