November 10, 2012

O Christmas Tree

Last night, my DH came home with a surprise for me. For those who know me, it's not so unique, but VERY sweet and thoughtful.  It was two glass vials of plump vanilla beans!  He saw I was running low on my homemade vanilla, thus the beans.  I heart that man! 

It's been a busy week and I actually managed to get some holiday cooking done along with a few cards.  I've been procrastinating making Christmas cards, but after several rounds on Pinterest and a little shopping, mojo came home to me!

This week at Our Creative Corner, our fabulous hostess is Sue Butler of Scrumplescrunch and she has one awesome challenge for us.  She asks that we create a background without using any patterned paper.  If you check out her blog, she has a tutorial on how she created hers.

Here is my design team card for some inspiration.  I created mock paper mache using tissue paper, glue, and an embossing folder.
I first dry embossed the Christmas folder onto a piece of blue cardstock.  I inked it up with VersaMark and sprinkled with sticky embossing powder.  Then I heat set it, leaving it sticky enough to cover it with a piece of crumbled white tissue paper.  I ran it through my Big Shot again with the folder.  I took thinned out white glue and brushed the piece all over.  Then I heat set it again and when dry, I sprayed with Glimmer Mist.  It feels exactly like a piece of paper mache!

For the tree, I die cut it using dark green paper. I used a VersaMark pen and randomly covered the tree with it then sprinkled on white embossing powder.  I brushed it off in some spots to give it a more natural snowy look.  I heat set it and then, while still hot, I sprinkled the glitter over it.  I finished with a little more heat set. For more sparkle, I dabbed on the liquid Stickles in a few areas.  Unfortunately, you can only see it in the close up photo, but it SHINES beautifully!
To finish off the card, I took a white pigment pen and dotted more of the dark green paper to make it look like snow is falling.  I just love the colors together.  Finally, I made a tag for the sentiment, used some twine and added a little pearl to it.  I must say, I'm pretty happy with the results.  

Please drop by Our Creative Corner and join in on our challenge.  I hope you'll have fun trying a new background technique!  Also, check out the awesome projects from the FAB design team - they are amazing!  

  Linda Coughlin- The Funkie Junkie
Sue Butler- Scrumplescrunch
  Wendy Janson-  It's All About Stamping
Marcy Kaminski - En Papillote Arts (you are here!)
Irena Kowalczyk (aka Rudlis) - Love, Life and Crafts
Meihsia Liu- Simply Paper Crafts
Lori Rider- The Diva Stamper
Sharon Wheet- Designs by Sharon
Cristina Barnes - Dot Dot Stamping Design
Liliana Inguanti - Stampin' From Home
 Paula McClane - Scrap Addicts Attic
 Lisa Minckler - You Made Me Ink!
 Kim Price - Inkognito

Paper - Bazzill
Stamps - Hero Arts Merry Christmas Trees
Inks and Markers - Uni-Ball Signo White Pigment Pen, VersaMark Embossing Ink, ColorBox Frost White Ink
Other - Hero Arts and Ranger Sticky Embossing Powders, Distress Stickles Dry Glitter Clear Rock Candy, La-La Land Crafts die, Martha Stewart twine, Hero Arts pearls, Tim Holtz Sizzix Embossing Folder, Stickles Frost Lace, Glimmer Mist, tissue paper, white glue

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