Hello! Today I’m sharing my sixth card in my Personal Christmas Card Challenge, a challenge to see how many different ways I can use a seasonal looking background to create my Christmas cards. This card is also my inspiration for the start of another Creative Fingers Challenge with Tindaloo Digital Stamps as our sponsor.
As with the other cards in this personal challenge, I’ve created the background with the Time For Tea Designs Nordic Star Slimline Die. This time, I’ve created an ombre Distress Ink panel, using Carved Pumpkin, Abandoned Coral and Fired Brick that was then blended using my DIY Metallic Cardstock technique. Once dry, I die cut the panel and glued it directly onto an 8.5″×3.5″ card base.
For the front panel, I printed Tindaloo’s Christmas Candles digital stamp onto XPress-it Blending Cardstock, making sure it was sized and positioned perfectly for me to easily die cut a border around it. I also added a simple printed sentiment below it in a place that still allowed easy die cutting. I used one of the larger dies from The Ton’s Pierced Nested Slimline set, positioning it so all I had to do was fussy cut across the top of the image after colouring. I did all this digital work on my free Avery Design and Print Software. You can read more about and find direct links to this software in this blog post.
I coloured the candles image with alcohol markers and fussy cut across the top of the image, leaving a small white border. I then glued the panel directly onto the background and added some glitter to the flames, using a pen refilled with Pearlizing Medium. How I did this is also discussed in my post about creating your own metallic cardstock.
To give the design a bit more interest, I added small gold flat back pearls to the centre of each star and some red flat backed pearls over the top of the berries in the digital image. These were all glued in place with Ranger Multi Medium Matte Adhesive and I think they were a perfect way to finish this card off.
To see the earlier card made for my Personal Christmas Card Challenge, made with this background die, please click on the image below. Thanks so much for spending time with me today, I look forward to next time! 😊