Hi there. I have a card today which I made to enter the Rudolph Days Challenge which finishes this evening/tomorrow morning as there are 8 hours difference in the time zones. The challenge is run by Mo of Scraps of Life by Scrappymo and runs from the 25th to the end of each month. There is always a lovely prize for the winner, and in December if you enter every single month of the year there is an extra prize to be won, so if you are quick you have still got time!
I decided to use a technique which I first saw over at Jennifer McGuire's blog here, where you ink up the die with Versamark and dry emboss it, then hopefully the ink will have been transferred to the impression, in all the grooves, and you then heat set it with embossing powder. To get the full picture it is best to go visit the link above.
I found a piece of blue card which I had die cut using a Crealies Pierced Rectangle die which was just the right size. I then used the above technique to impress these freebie baubles which I got with a magazine several years ago, I think it is a Crafter's Companion one, and I heat embossed it with some WOW Sparkling Silver Embossing Powder.
I then used a Wink of Stella pen to give it some sparkle and highlighted the raised bits and on the rest I used a white Sakura Pen, and I then did it the other way round on the other. After it was dry I decided the white pen hadn't worked that well on the dark blue card for some reason, so I used another Sakura silver sparkle pen over the top, one of a set which I have had since I first started crafting about 11 or 12 years ago, I think it might be a Stardust gelly roll pen. This just added a touch of extra sparkle and turned the white into a nice bright silver. I then added the sentiment using the same technique, just dry embossing and heat setting with the same Sparkling Silver EP. I then filled in the sentiment with the Sakura silver pen. Unfortunately it doesn't show up too well in the photo.
I finished by adding some sparkly silver embroidery thread to the tops of the baubles using a needle to pierce a hole and taking the thread through, first taped at the back, over the top and also taped at the back. I then added the little bows to decorate which I stuck down with Glossy Accents which really sticks things like this firmly. I added a piece of fun foam to the back of the topper to give it some dimension and added it to a rectangular white base card.
Thank you for joining me here on the blog today and I hope to see you again soon.
I am also entering the following challenge:
Christmas at Sweet Stampin' January Challenge - Anything Goes.
such a pretty christmas card! and what an interesting technique i've not heard of that one but the two ornaments, coloured in opposite to each other, look fabulous. thank you so much for playing along with us at the rudolph days challenge.
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Such a stunning effect. Love the colour of your card stock and the sparkly silver embossing powder looks amazing. Great inspiration....Thank you x
Absolutely stunning card Pat, that looks a fabulous technique, and the colours are wonderful, Kate x x
T like the sound of this technique. Your baubles are beautiful here. I like the pop of the silver against that pretty blue background!
Thanks for taking part in the January Rudolph Days Challenge.
Lovely card Pat, I like the blue and silver colours. It looks like a great technique, thank you for the link to the tutorial, I will have to give it a try.
Fabulous card, Pat, what a great technique. Lovely design and combination of blue and silver is beautiful. xx
Wow Pat - this is just so pretty! What a clever technique - and those teensy bow are a perfect touch. Totally agree about Glossy Accents being brilliant for stivking little things very firmly.
And I still have my set of Sakura sparkly gelly roll pens - from the same time! I also have a set mixed in there of sparkly gelly rolls which Sainsburys were selling a lot of years ago. The stuff we have hidden away eh? But, it does prove that at some point we'll need these things we hoard :)
This is stunning (and yes I know the very video and I've yet to have a good success with it!) YOu certainly have some outstanding results, and loved the ornament treatments you described. It's very effective against the pretty powder blue of the background. This is a lovely card for Rudy Day. Glad you got in under the wire! TFS & Hugs.
Silver and blue go so beautifully together! I watched the video too! Very interesting technique! I love that the dry embossing gives the card extra texture!
WOW this has turned out beautiful ...I have to check out that technique!!! And yes Thank you so much for joining us at the Rudolph Days Challenge!
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I somehow missed this intriguing technique of Jennifer's, Pat, so thank you for doing this card and explaining it! I've now bookmarked your post for my techniques to try! It's a beautiful silver and blue Christmas card and I can imagine how wonderfully schparkly it is in real life!! Hugs, Darnell
That's a really great technique and a fabulous way to get more from your dies. Thank you for playing at Christmas at Sweet Stampin'. Tracey x
Your Christmas card is so pretty, Pat. I can just imagine how even more beautiful IRL with all the gorgeous shimmer and shine. TFS my friend. Hugs.
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