The idea for this card came from seeing one of those Christmas tree ornaments made from baubles. It got me thinking how I could make one using circles. Here’s the result! I think this would be a fun card to make with children.
I began by drawing a triangular tree shape on my card top layer. I used a tree stamp but any rough triangular shape will do. Then, after dry embossing a selection of card in Shaded Spruce, Real Red and gold foil, I punched circles of various sizes. If you wanted to use die cut circles, you’d have to cut first then emboss.
The circles were roughly arranged in the tree shape. To help me remember the placement for gluing, I took a quick shot of the layout and then removed the circles to erase the triangle.
I glued all the circles in place, stamped and heat embossed my greeting, mounting it on a layer of Shaded Spruce and a length of Real Red ribbon. To finish, I added a die cut star to the top on foam tape and rhinestones into some of the gaps to resemble fairy lights.
Mr L and I recently returned from a fabulous holiday to Bangkok where I purchased this beautiful scarf. I had walked past it twice, admiring it from a distance, but on the third time I could resist no longer and bought it – because I loved it and you can never have too many scarves!
Something about the scarf made me wonder if I could recreate the colours and effects on the scarf for a card and the only way I could think to achieve this was to use the emboss-resist technique and some ink blending.
I began by doing some simple emboss-resist by repeat stamping images on white card using Versamark ink and then applying clear embossing powder.
Once heat set, I blended pastel inks over the card. The embossing powder ‘resists’ the ink so the card gets coloured and the images stay white although sometimes a quick wipe with a tissue is needed to clean off any ink from the embossed images.
Round one was a success so I decided to try for the recreation of the scarf. This required ink blending first and then stamping with Versamark and applying clear embossing powder once the ink was dry.
Once the embossing powder was heat set, I sponged black ink over the card, adding layers until I had the depth of colour I wanted. Again, a tissue was needed at the end just to remove any black ink residue from the embossed images. I tried both pastel and bright inks and I think the brights are more suited to this technique.
I’m quite happy with the brights background and I think it looks quite similar to the scarf so mission accomplished!
The pastel under black doesn’t have quite the same contrast but still looks pretty.
I thought the two white and pastel cards were suitable for Easter cards as, whilst they don’t have the standard bunnies/chicks/eggs design, they are quite spring like.
I think it’s important when you’ve spent time making the background for that to be the focal point of the card so I only added small greetings so that the background could still shine through. A lovely little sprig of blackthorn flowers helps set the scene.