Saturday, 20 October 2012

A Christmas Wish by Alison

Hello Stampers!
I expect many of you have started making Christmas cards, as the Season is fast approaching. Here's one I've made, using one of my favourite techniques, stamping into ultra thick enamel.
I started by die-cutting the Sizzix snowflake border. I kept the waste, to go at the top of my card, and the snowflake border to go at the bottom. Then I inked both pieces with versamark embossing ink, & embossed 3 layers of Sapphire Jewel Enamels. Whilst the third layer was still molten, I stamped the Snowflakes into one side of each piece. The Snowflakes didn't cover the whole pieces, so after carefully reheating the other sides with my heat gun, I stamped some more snowflakes.
To make my background, I inked a square of white card, using tumbled glass & vintage photo Distress Ink. I stamped the Script from Calligraphic Mat 15 with vintage photo DI and the Snowflakes with broken china DI. Then I carefully positioned and stamped the greeting from the Christmas Greetings 1 plate, using jet black Archival Ink. I inked the edges of my background with more vintage photo DI.
Next, I die-cut 2 Sizzix Baubles from white card. I used the 'Wish' mover & shaker die on one of the pieces, then triple embossed this with Fire Opal Jewel Enamels. Whilst the third layer was still molten, I stamped the Script into it, using black Archival Ink.
For the background to the bauble, I inked lightly with vintage photo DI. I actually used just the ink that was left on the blending pad, from the main background. Then I stamped the Snowflakes with broken china DI. I glued the background bauble behind the embossed one, then tied a gold ribbon bow around the top.
To finish, I inked the edges of a square white card blank, then assembled my card as shown.
Here's a closer shot of the lovely shiny, stamped embossing. Can you see why I love this technique?!
Thanks for looking,
Happy Stamping!
Alison xxx


Dawn Louise said...

Love this, looks stunning, I'm a fan of stamping into triple embossing, one technique that looks different depending on powder n stamps used etc. Very creative use of the die cut and waste too. X thanks for showing

Helen said...

Gorgeous, Alison, I love this technique but haven't used it for a while. Love that blue!!

Louise said...

Wow, the effect is amazing ... it looks like you ripped the sky apart! Love it! Thanks for.sharing how you did it x

...the yorkshire fox... said...

...this is one very striking card Alison, loVe your technique it gives amazing texture and the colours are festive cool...Melxx :)

hazel said...

A fantastic card Alison - great technique.
xxx Hazel.

butterfly said...

Gorgeous... so many layers of stamping goodness, and I love the stamped UTEE - a big WOW!
Alison x

mark gould said...

Stunning. I don't di Xmas but this is beautiful x

deco dp said...

Bravoooooooooo Alison superbe
biz monique

Janny Jager 't Hooft said...

Gorgeous Alison.
Love every detial.

Greetings Janny

Julia S-W said...

Love this card Alison! Really adore the embossing and how you've made use of the scrap card - inspired. Beautiful background too. Love it.

Silvia(Barnie) said...

A wonderful card in great color combination.

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Ann said...

Gorgeous card Alison xx

Artyjen said...

Mmmm...looks delish! :)
xoxo Sioux

Paper Profusion said...

Stunning. Love the utee stamping technique - looks wonderful. Nicola x