This project uses delicate coral tones with silver for a softer modern Christmas card. The `Winter Greetings` has been stamped onto the faux suede ruffle ribbon using the dried marigold distress ink for a soft look.
Layers of parchment dies cut shapes have been added to sliver mirri to firm the pieces up & then a silver embossed parchment tree is added as a focal point. The wonderful flowers are made using a tutorial by Sue Wilson & a link will be provided for that.
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Grand Calibur Die Cutting Machine : WIZCAL
Whispy Christmas Tree Singles Stamp : UMS048
Umount Christmas Swirl Stamp Plate : UMCHRISSWIRL
Faux Suede Ruffle Ribbon ~ White : NV501
Creative Expressions Pink Dazzlers : DAZPINK
Handicraft Vintage Collection Felt : FELTVINT
Cosmic Shimmer Silver Shine Embossing Powder : CSDEPSILV
Clear & Resist Ink Pad : CRPAD
A4 Platinum Card : 40774 & Silver Mirri Card ???
Non-Stick craft sheet: CRAFTSHEET
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pads: Dried Marigold : DPDRDMARIGOLD
Step by Step Instructions
1 Select the products needed for the project. Here the Tim Holtz distress markers & ink pad in dried marigold, Whispy Christmas Tree Stamp, Spellbinder Gold Labels Four & Heartfelt Creations Open Leaf Die, Faux Suede Ruffle White Ribbon, Taffeta Iridescent Silver Ribbon, Felt & Creative Expressions dazzlers too.
2 Take the 2 largest Spellbinder Gold Labels Four dies & secure them onto the parchment using low tack tape. Cut & emboss the pieces through the Grand Calibur machine. You will also need a 2nd one of the smaller of these 2 shapes but best to cut that later. Cut the shapes leaving space for the tree to be stamped onto later.
3 The embossing of the parchment will leave a wonderful soft effect & for the next steps it`s easier to leave the parchment in the dies to ink them up. Remember to check if the parchment is cut after the 1st pass through if not run the piece through again to insure it is cut before embossing.
4 Working with the largest die 1st , take the dried marigold distress ink pad & add it onto a piece of cut`n`dry foam. Working from the craft mat over the die start to add the ink to the parchment. This will give a soft look but also leave the edges white underneath the die.
5 Gently remove the die from the parchment as you are working with a delicate piece make sure this is done with care especially on each end of the die shape. A white edge will be left all round but just go back in with the cut`n`dry foam & ink over the raised area and leave the debossed area clear.
6 Now to colour the 2nd die shape & in this case the brushed pewter distress stain is being used. Either add dabs of the stain to the non stick mat & the colour can be picked up on another piece of cut`n`dry foam or…
7 …. dab up & down over the parchment with the die still in place. Using this technique will add more colour but also make the parchment wrap up once it`s out of the die. Set aside to dry.
8 If not use a heat tool to speed up the process but this will make the parchment misshape.
9 Leave the edges white & wrap the ends of the die shape into the middle (make sure the silver is on the outside) & leave the sides curved before adding a brad to secure the piece together.
10 Select the Cosmic Shimmer silver shine embossing powder & clear & resist ink pad (or Perfect Medium ink pad). Place the whispy Christmas tree stamp onto an acrylic block & ink up using the clear ink pad. Stamp the image onto the parchment.
11 Tip the silver shine embossing powder over the image & then heat set the embossing powder using a heat tool. Cut around the image leaving just a little of the parchment showing as an outline.
12 Cut the 2nd gold labels four shape in the parchment & tint with the pewter ink but use the cut`n`dry technique so it doesn`t curve the parchment. Now you have the layers for the topper. Cut the 2 shape in silver mirri (or white card) to strengthen the parchment later on.
13 Cut 2 of the open leaf die shapes in the felt. Using the wool mix felt will make sure the felt cuts like butter. There is no need to emboss the pieces.
14 To make 3 sprigs of leaves then remove the bottom 2 leaves from each piece. Pull one of the leaves off & add it to the other 2 piece leaf to create the 3rd set of leaves or just leave then as single leaves.
15 Take the wrap die & add the felt leaves to the top & bottom of the piece. Use the Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue, but make sure no glue is on the top layer of felt as it will show up.
16 Make 2 medium size flowers & 1 smaller flower using Sue Wilson`s ribbon flower technique which can be found here as a video tutorial. Add the flower to the wrap to finish the embellishment off.
17 Take the `Winter Greetings` from the Christmas Swirl stamp plate & mount it onto an acrylic block. Ink the stamp with the dried marigold distress ink & stamp along the faux suede ruffle ribbon.
18 Cut the lengths of ribbon to fit across an 8” x 8” card. Mat a platinum piece of card measuring 7 ½” x 7 ½” with silver mirri card & then a smaller 5 ¾” x 5 ¾” card matted with mirri again.
19 Add the 2 platinum panels together using foam tape before wrapping the ribbon around the side & bottom edge of the card. Secure the ribbon at the back & add to the base card.
20 Add the ribbon flower embellishment feature on the crossover of the ribbon.
21 Add some dries clear glue to the centre area only of the die shapes & dot small amount of glue to the end pieces too. Add the parchment to the silver or white mirri die cut shapes.
22 Layer the panels onto the base card again using foam tape for added dimension.
23 Dot 3D glue to the solid areas of the back of the swirly Christmas tree so the glue isn`t seen from the front.
24 Add the Christmas tree over the die cut panels to complete the card. Add a dazzler to the base of the tree to emulate a pot for the tree.
25 Here is the completed project for a soft but elegant
26 Happy Crafting ~ Suzanne x
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