Hi, it’s Jeni with a cute and elegant Christmas card today. (Can you have cute and elegant together??)
Making The Background
I love making my own backgrounds with background stamps and fell in love with the Plaid Background stamp. Placing the stamp in the Tim Holtz Stamp Platform, I inked it up with Paper Bag ink and stamped onto brown cardstock which I’d trimmed to 4.25 x 5″. Using an acrylic block to stamp the lines to create a plaid pattern. I used Versamark ink so I could use the Classic Gold embossing powder.
I stamped all the Plaid lines before using any embossing powder or heat setting the powder. Once I had my background I decided to diecut a heart from the top center (I can use the heart diecut on another card). Drawing around the heart on a piece of watercolour paper so I knew where to stamp. I stamped the bird first and created a mask for him, placed the mask down and stamped the tree so the bird is standing on the branch. Then I also stamped the ornament five times at different heights, I only needed to mask one of them.
I used the Zig Clean Colour Real Brush markers and an Aqua Flow water brush pen to colour all the images. The colours I used are listed below. Colouring the sky blue – going outside of the pencil lines, and continuing the dotted lines from the ornaments outside the painted heart shape.
Gold Embossed Stripe
Because my brown card is shorter than a card base, I pushed my Versamark ink pad down onto the top and bottom edges and poured on the same Classic Gold embossing powder. Once this was heat set, I added some foam tape to the back of the heart frame and adhered the watercoloured piece – making sure that it is lined up. And added some more foam tape to the rest of the brown card and adhered this to my card base.
For the sentiment, I stamped Merry Christmas with Versafine Onyx black ink, and clear heat embossed. Trimming this down and a scrap of white slightly larger to have a small border. Pushing my Versamark ink pad onto a scrap of white card so I could cover this with the same gold embossing powder so that everything would match. I adhered the gold card flat to the card and used foam tape on the sentiment.
I love the look of the gold embossing against the brown card.
Do you like this card? Leave a comment to let me know.
Want to find these supplies?
Avery Elle Winter Woodland Wonders
Concord & 9th Plaid Background
Lawn Fawn Cross-stitched Heart
Ranger Archival Jet black
Versamark embossing ink
Versafine Onyx black
Altenew Paper Bag
American Crafts Brown
Zig Clean Colour Real Brush Markers
Bird – 24 Wine Red, 260 Deep Red
Body – 60 Brown
Beak – 52 Bright Yellow
Tree – 91 Light Grey
Holly Leaves: 44 Deep Green
Baubles – 24 Wine Red, 41 Light Green
Sky – 36 Light Blue
Tonic Nuvo Aqua Flow water brush
Tonic Nuvo Classic Gold
3M Scotch Foam Tape
Stix 2 Tape Runner
Tim Holtz –
3M Post It Tape
Lawn Fawn Acrylic Block
Sizzix Big Shot Replacement Plates
Fiskars A4 Trimmer
Tonic Tim Holtz –
Fiskars Microtip Scissors