This workshop shows how to make a Christmas card using the Spellbinders M-Bossabilities Merry Christmas folder for extra dimension to the piece along with bringing in lots of soft tones of reds and greens in the ribbon and the embossing folder by Creative Expressions
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Grand Calibur™ Die Cutting Machine : WIZCAL
Spellbinders All in One Tool : WIZTOOL
Spellbinders Frosty Forms : WIZS5-121 or
Sue Wilson Christmas Angel Festive Collection Die
Cosmic Shimmer Clear Glue : CSGLUE
Ink Blending Mat : INKBLENDMAT2
Emerald Green Ribbon : WS04
2 Tone Ribbon :SB-15
Step by Step Instructions
Step 1. Select a piece of the silver shadow double sided card or use the antique old gold card. For this project Christmas colours are needed to create the background, so the Tim Holtz fired brick & crushed olive distress ink pads are needed along with a piece of cut`n`dry foam.
Step 2. Place the silver piece of card onto the blending ink mat. Firstly add some of the fired brick distress ink onto a small piece of cut`n`dry foam & then working at an angle add the ink to the across the top left hand corner of the card (or right hand corner if you are left handed).
Step 3. Then add a band of the crushed olive distress ink using the same technique. Use a soft cloth or a piece of kitchen roll to hold onto the card and the ink as this will eliminate any finger prints in the ink. Now continue adding the ink alternatively until you get to the end of the bottom right hand corner of the card.
Step 4. Always blend the 2 joining inks together to give a delicate soft edging to the colours. As this is a shimmer card the distress ink will give a lovely soft feel to the piece. Set the card aside to dry or heat set it. Be careful if heat setting the piece as the card can warp as the moisture is drawn out of the card.
Step 5. Place the card with the coloured side facing up as it will have the embossing on this side. Secure the card with some low tack tape so the piece doesn`t slip when the plates are added through the Grand Calibur. Use the Grand Calibur base plate, then place the embossing folder with card inside and then finish with the raspberry adapter plate and run through the GC. As with all plates in a Grand Calibur machine , make sure you never force the plates through. Any issues with which plates to use for different machines please refer to the cutting & embossing sandwich information sheet on the Creative Expressions website homepage.
Step 6 Now you have a totally different look to the silver card you first started with.
Step 7. Use the Tim Holtz fired brick & peeled paint distress markers to colour in the raised / embossed holly & berry leaves. This will just be a soft tone of colour but it is worth it for the end result. For a stronger colour use the coconut card as the inks will grab this card more.
Step 8. This stage can be done either way you choose. Cut a piece of the silver double sided card to fit just inside the Spellbinders Merry Christmas embossing folder. If you want swipe some of the crushed olive distress ink over the card & wipe it into the card and remove any excess ink to soften the look.
Step 9. Use some low tack tape to stick the panel coloured side facing into the debossed side so the embossing comes out on this side.
Step 10. This will be with the coloured side facing with the Spellbinders logo on the top. Use the Grand Calibur base plate, then place the embossing folder with card inside and then finish with the raspberry adapter plate . Run the folder through the Grand Calibur machine
Step 11. So either use the crushed olive embossed panel or use a plain silver shine piece of card & colour the embossed piece afterwards.
Step 12. Use the peeled paint or crushed olive ink on a piece of cut`n`dry foam to colour in the silver shine panel as this will give a softer feel to the piece. I like colouring the card first as this seems to give a slight cracking to the card & it looks like the bark of the tree.
Step 13. Take a dark distress ink marker like the forest green & go over the branches swirls in the design. For a more detailed look use alcohol ink pens directly over the distress ink as this will really define the embossed areas.
Step 14. Use a dark red to colour in just the banner on the Merry Christmas swag, try going around the letters & the add some green over the Merry Christmas.
Step 15. Cut the holly & berry panel to 18.5cms wide (pattern the correct way up !!! ) & 19cms depth. Mount the piece & the topper onto a piece of rich green foundations card , leaving a small border around the edge.
Step 16. Cut 5 of the small parcels using the die from Spellbinders frosty forms die or the Sue Wilson Christmas angel festive die collection in the silver shine card or white card if you wish for a brighter colouring to the piece.
Step 17. Use the dusty concord, fired brick & the forest moss distress ink markers to colour in the small die cut parcels in.
Step 18. Throughout this project just soft tones are used to bring the elements of the project together. To carry on with this theme I have taken a piece of the emerald green ribbon and colour half the ribbon using the fired brick pen if using a white ribbon or alternatively for a richer red use the bullet nib of a red alcohol pen & run it along the pink area of the ribbon & a green for the brown area.
Step 19. Make 6 small holes across each corner of the holly panel. This will make sure the ribbon doesn`t fall over the edges of the card.
Step 20. Start with the ribbon from underneath the card & start to weave in through the holes in panel. Secure the ends on the back of the card. Repeat this stage on the other 3 corners of the card.
Step 21. Tie a double looped bow and attach it to the top left hand corner of the card. Add a blob of 3d glue over the knot of the bow.
Step 22. Then add a bow made using the red & green just coloured ribbon.
Step 23. Add a couple the small parcels to cover the knot of the bow.
Step 24. Mat the Merry Christmas embossed panel onto 2 mats of white card using foam tape as you layer. Each layer has had colour added around the edge of the card. Firstly green on the 1st mat and some red ink on the 2nd mat. This again just draws the colours into the design.
Step 25. Add some of the dusty concord, fired brick & the forest moss distress ink markers to colour in the parcels & the baubles hanging on the tree .
Step 26. Mount the worked panel onto a base card made out of joining 2 pieces of silver shine together and trimming off the excess to make card.
Step 27. Attach 3 off the small parcels around the other embossed parcels as this will draw your eye to the card.
Here is the completed project Lots of texture as well as different soft tones to bring the project all together.
Something effective without being to difficult to achieve.
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