Thursday, August 9, 2018

I'm Dreaming Of A White Christmas

Hi folks, it's true...I am dreaming of a White Christmas. It's been one very hot, hot, hot Summer so far, if only we could turn down the temperature just a notch because it's too hot to work in the garden, too hot to be in the cubbyhole, too hot to get a decent night's sleep, too hot for our usual doggy strolls, in fact, it's too hot to do much of anything. So this crafter and her stir crazy furry partner are dreaming of cooler Autumn days, chilly Winter mornings and fingers crossed...a White Christmas.
With that in mind, I decided to turn some "just having a play" Alcohol Lift backgrounds into cards and make a start on filling up the Christmas Card box.

I trimmed Distress Yupo White Heavystock and Distress Watercolor card to size
added drops of Stream, Pistachio and Amethyst Alcohol Inks to the Yupo panel and blew through a straw to move the colour around.
I added a few drops of Blending Solution to the felt pad on a mini round blending tool and tapped lightly until I was happy with the background.
I stamped the snowflake image from Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Mini Swirly Snowflakes inked with Alcohol Lift Ink on to the Yupo paper, dabbed with a paper towel to remove the excess ink, buffed with a clean cloth and then stamped on to Distress Watercolor card transferring the ink lifted from the Yupo paper. I repeated this process until I had filled the background and used the same technque with the sentiment from Tim/Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Holiday Drawings. I trimmed the panels diagonally, applied splatters of White Gesso to the Yupo paper , coloured the Distress Watercolor card panel lightly with Tumbled Glass using a mini round blending tool and added Wilted Violet splatters.
I added the panels to white cardstock leaving a space larger enough to stamp the sentiment from Holiday Drawings
I trimmed white cardstock to be slightly larger than the panels and stamped the Plaid Background from Tim Holtz/Stampers Plaid & Nordic inked with Broken China/Wilted Violet and Blueprint Sketch/Lucky Clover Distress Oxide inks.

I coloured a scrap of Distress Watercolor card with the same combination of Distress Oxide inks as I used for the plaid background, spritzed with water and stamped the snowflake images with Black Soot Archival ink.
I die-cut the snowflakes using the matching Sizzix Framelits, added white highlights with a Sakura Gelly Roll Pen and brads from my stash

I did a little bit of machine stitching around the edges of the panels,
added double twine bows and fixed the snowflakes in place with Tim Holtz/Sizzix Mini Foam to create dimension. I matted the panels on to Classic Kraftstock and Kraft-Core Core-dinations and fixed to white card blanks.
Today I'm hoping to have a play day with the August Card Kit from Simon Says Stamp, have fun whatever you're creating.
Toodle-oo for now
Hugs Kath xxx


Freddie Bubblescrap Sleijpen said...

This is just amazing, absolutely amazing! Thank you so much for sharing your talent with us. Xox

Redanne said...

I am in total awe of the amazing results you achieve with this technique, the snowflakes are stunning on these beautiful cards Kath! Hugs, Anne xxx

Herbaholic said...

Thanks for this fabulous tutorial Kath, both your cards are gorgeous, I need the snowflake and plaid stamps to add to my stash now. Debs x

Annie said...

Great Christmas cards Kath x Well done on getting a start on your cards. I am full of good intentions but never get around to it until I absolutely have to !!
Great AI backgrounds and the resist looks amazing.

Glad its a bit cooler although I will miss the warm weather xx

Hugs Annie x

Linda Simpson said...

These are fabulous Kath! Love working with alcohol inks too.
Linda xxx

├čeulah ├čee said...

These are really wonderful!

Paula Cheney said...

Love the Mini Swirly Snowflakes in this color scheme! Although I don't know how you are thinking Christmas in the heat!

nancy dempsey said... usual!

Sandra H said...

Both cards are so beautiful x

Lee said...

yes,do know what you mean about The Heat.Has been the same here so ditto to all you have said.Absolutely Loving your creations and those colours are awesome.Hugs and a Huge Cuddle for Buddy.xxxx