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Wishing you a Beautiful Season...

Posted on 27th October 2012
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Good Morning everyone don't forget the clocks go back tonight so we can all enjoy an extra hours sleep (or an extra hours crafting!). Today Tracey Anne is sharing with us a beauitful contemporary christmas card, showing you how to get the most from your dies. and embossing folders.

Back to Christmas and here's another card with a contemporary twist, I've used lots of silver and gentle ice blues and greys in it, not your typical festive card but still quite recognisable as a Christmas card with those lovely little reindeer and the fabulous sleigh and of course it wasn't be a Christmas card without a few snowflakes


To make this card you will need

Grey silver and white card
Penny Black 'Beautiful Season' wooden stamp
marianne sleigh die
Spellbinders Create a flake 3
Spellbinders Persian motifs die set
Spellbinders festive fanciful die set
M-bossibilities elite folder
Cuttlebug folder /budding vine
Tim Holt's distressing ink broken china
Silver embossing powder
Pearl embellishments
silver glitter
embossing pen
heat gun
cuttle bug or Grand Calibur machine

Step 1
Take a grey base card and ink around the edges with your Tim Holt's distressing ink broken china I used a 7'' x 5'' Gery pearlised card blank for this project. Then take some white card aproxx 6'' and half inches by 4''and half inches and with an embossing pen or versamark pad ink around the edge of it and then sprinkle on your silver embossing powderand melt. I have heated it from the top as I wanted to get that rougher look to it. If you want a smoother look always heat emboss from underneath your work. Don't worry about the edges beingtoo perfect I like it a little untidy I think its adds interest to the card.

Step 2


Take some grey card and cut to size, about 1/4 inch smaller than the white card so it sits nicely on it showing off the edge of silver then run this card though your cuttle bug or your Grand Calibur machine inside your M-bossibilities elite folder to get that lovely embossed pattern . when that is done take your Tim Holt's distressing ink broken china and ink over the embossed card till its is a lovely soft blue colour than take your embossing pen and draw random lines and patterns over the surface of the embossed card and then add more silver embossing powder and heat again from the top to give a subtle but lovely patten . Matt and layer onto the white card when the embossed card has cooled down. This should provide you with a decorated background for your Christmas card that is totally original to you. Don't go crazy with the pen though or you will have a silver background card and not a blue one !!

Step 3
Cut a small strip of white card and run though your cuttle bug or Grand Calibur machine inside your Cuttlebug folder /budding vine, dust the egde with your Tim Holt's Distressing ink broken china and add to your patterned card

Step 4
Stamp onto some white card using your Penny Black 'Beautiful Season' wooden stamp and then place the words inside the centre of the largest die from the Spellbinders Persian motifs die set and cut using your cuttle bug or Grand Calibur machine when this is done using your Tim Holt's Distressing ink broken china dust over lightly to colour your topper

Step 5
when the background and topper is done its now just a job of playing with your embellishments and placing them on your card . cut out 4 reindeer and colour while still inside the die with your Tim holts Distressing ink broken china again and make up a small snowflake in silver and white card and add your Pearl embellishments if you don't have a matching colour in your pearls collection you can always colour them with your Spectrum Noir Pens. xx

All items highlighted in this project card can be found on the J and C Creations Website so why not give them a visit and dont forget to look on our inspirational blog at J and C Creations for some wonderful ideas and chances to enter our Challenges xx

Hugs Tracey Anne xx

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