Sunday, August 04, 2013

I haven't lost my mind...

Christmas Card Series 2013 YouTube Play List
Hello my friends! Don't call the men in the white coats just yet...I KNOW it isn't even close to Christmas yet...but one of my goals for this year is to send out only handmade cards...so I am starting now! I thought some of you might want to join me - so I am going to do a mini series - focusing on cards that you can make multiples of fairly easily. Later (much closer to Christmas), I will come back and do a few "special" Christmas projects...gifts, home decor, mini albums and some extra special cards. Even if you aren't ready to join me in my quest to get my Christmas cards done, I hope you will be inspired by some of the techniques I will be sharing with you and you can try them on some other types of cards.

Today, I am going to share two techniques. The first is LAYERED Backgrounds - combining a cover plate die with a background that has been texturized (either with an impression plate or an embossing folder). The second was a great technique shared on the Papertrey Ink Blog during their Make It Monday Challenge: Double Backgrounds.

PTI: Quatrafoil Cover Plate and In Bloom Impression Plate
Here is an example of a finished background...I really love how the textured background peeks through the cover plate. By gluing them together, you get a really unique look...it appears as if they are one piece of card stock with part of it smooth and part of it texturized. I used Chipped Sapphire Distress Paint and then finished it with some Inka Gold Beeswax Polish (Old Silver and Gold).


I used the Double Background technique to create the green strip behind my Poinsettia Focal image




So I guess you've realized that I couldn't make just ONE! LOL! I thought the pink poinsettias would look better on a turquoise and silver background. (I made a bunch of the poinsettias last Christmas when I was working on my December Daily. If you want to see that video - be sure and read all the way to the end of the post...I will repost it there.

I think you will love making your own textured layered backgrounds...and the Double Stamped technique. I've done a tutorial - so you can see the whole process I used.






Here are a few close ups of the completed cards. I've tried to capture how much shine the Inka Gold Beeswax polish adds to the backgrounds...but they just don't photograph well. I think the turquoise and silver background really has an aged and oxidized silver patina...will definitely be using this combination again soon!








If you would like to see how I created the pink poinsettias I did a tutorial...




Ok...so NOW you can call the men in the white coats if you must! If not, come back and visit again, because I am going to try and get several more designs finalized and will share them as soon as I do!

Hope you have a great week...and be sure and save some time for creative play!