Tuesday, November 3, 2009
The Twelve Days of Christmas (Cards) - Day 2
Only the second day of my challenge and I'm having such fun making these Christmas cards! Today I tackled the color challenge, neutrals with a pop. Of course, it wasn't until I finished the card that I remembered the challenge was to use only neutral cardstock... but I really needed the red in the two places I added it so I'll stand by my card! I feel like this card must be a CASE of someone but I don't know who... I've seen so many great cards with this set, Delightful Decorations.
I have been wanting to try out the shimmer paints from the holiday mini for a while now and finally had an excuse to break them open. Andrea Walford has some great tips for using the shimmer paint, so I tried two of her techniques. First I combined 91% rubbing alcohol (Andrea used 99% - I'm not sure we have that in the US) with a few drops of champagne shimmer paint and soft suede reinker, then I sprayed it onto soft suede cardstock. Maybe the soft suede reinker wouldn't have been necessary - I'll have to play around more and see! That gave me a nice shimmery background when the alcohol evaporated. For the ornaments I mixed reinker and shimmer paint: real red and frost white, and soft suede and champagne. I used a small plastic lid to mix a tiny bit of each together, then applied the mixture to the stamps with a sponge dauber. It's a really lovely effect. Tip of the day: You don't need a heavy coating of the paint mixture - in fact, if you get too much the blank spaces in your image will start to get filled in with paint. So just aim for a light coating - I was able to cover the images nicely with one dab of paint.
This is one of those cards that I feel just doesn't photograph well... it's hard to see the shimmer, especially on the ornaments, and I think the red ornament doesn't look so pink IRL. But you know how that goes. This photo might give you a slightly better view of the shimmery areas.
I embellished both ornaments with a rhinestone brad for a little more sparkle. To finish the card I drew hanging threads for both ornaments with my soft suede marker, mounted the ornaments with dimensionals, and glued a red grosgrain bow on top of each one. The sentiment is from Teeny Tiny Wishes and was punched with the word window and modern label punches. This has to be my current favorite combination of punches for sentiments!
Don't forget that there is blog candy hidden somewhere for you while I'm running my Twelve Days challenge - leave lots of comments because you never know which day the winner will be chosen from!