Tuesday 22 December 2020

Christmas Plaid

Hi everybody.  I had been trying to finish my Christmas cards but was not feeling inspired, so was searching for inspiration looking at lots of cards, and I do love what Karen Dunbrook does...she is ace at background making.  I saw a card of hers which I have CASEd and which you will find here if you are interested, but she did hers using masking tape which she inked to get the stripes of colour and using different red and green inks and a different snowflake stamp.  I did try using the masking tape and it did work OK, but I chose rather pale colours and have made  a card using it but am not sure that it will get an airing here, the jury's out.  I have made two different cards both using Distress in red and green, and one using blue and purple, and this is the one I am concentrating on.  I also used a Chocolate Baroque stamp called Big Bold Background Snowflake Outline.

I started by making the background using Broken China and Dusty Concord DIs on a snippet of white card.  I decided to add the stripes of colour to make the plaid background using my brayer as I thought it would be quicker, just inking about an inch or so to one end of it, and rolled this across my square piece of white card in alternate stripes of the blue and purple, turning the card and doing the same in the other direction.  I had to go over some of them with a bit more ink to get a more even coverage, but it worked fairly well.  I dried it with my heat tool and then added the lines, again in both directions, using a black Sharpie pen, first broken lines through the middle of every stripe in one direction, and then doing the same but with a solid line in the other. 

Making sure it was thoroughly dry and using an anti static pad, I stamped the Outline Snowflake using the Versamark and heat set it with WOW Opaque Bright White EP.  I then matted it on to a snippet of light blue card and added it to the 6" square white base card.  I finished with a banner sentiment using another snippet of the same blue card and embossed it with the Opaque Bright White EP.

Just before I go here is the other card I made using Fired Brick and Cracked Pistachio DIs and a slightly different configuration of black lines, and matted on to dark green card.  

Thank you for visiting me here today and I'll see you again soon.

I am entering the following challenges:

Pixie's Crafty Workshop - No. 393 where we use our snippets of card, paper etc. 
Country View Challenges Dec. 2020 - Anything Christmas Goes.
We Love Chocolate Baroque December Challenge - Anything Goes.


Christine Alexander said...

Love both cards Pat, your purple and blue is a wonderful non traditional colour and the red and green perfectly Christmas. Great take on Karen's card.
Have a Safe and Merry Christmas

Aquarius said...

This looks like an idea to try - always after inspiration and some days more than others when the Mojo goes for a wander 😉. Both colourways work equally well I'd say. Hope your Christmas is as good as it can be in these worrying times, stay safe.

Ros Crawford said...

They are absolutely lovely!! Beautifully done! Wishing you and yours a fabulous Christmas

Viv said...

These are two lush cards Pat! Hard to choose between them (so I won't!) and such patience doing those lines by hand. Lovely. x

brenda said...

Two super Christmas cards Pat and great use of the CB snowflake stamp, I know I don't have to choose a favourite but it would be the fist purely because it's one of my favourite colour palettes.

As always it's lovely to see you at We Love Chocolate Baroque challenge, many thanks for joining in at both.

Have a peaceful Christmas and lets pray 2021 will be a better year for everyone.

B x

Karen Dunbrook said...

love the pretty.
xx Karen

Sandma's Handmade Cards said...

The white embossing stands out beautifully on these cards Pat. The backgrounds are lovely too. Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and all the very beast for 2021 xx

Linby said...

What a super make and I love it in both colourways. Thanks for sharing with us at We Love Chocolate Baroque challenge.
Merry Christmas

Sue said...

These are really lovely Pat, beautifully done! Thank you so much for joining in with our challenge at Country View Crafts and have a very happy Christmas, Sue xx

cuilliesocks said...

Hello Pat, your two cards are stunning, I love the snowflake images and the beautiful colours in the plaid background, your design is gorgeous, Kate x

Sarn said...

Thats TWO impressive backgrounds and lovely embossing over the top. They both look lovely.

Have the best Christmas you possibly can xxx

Aimeslee Winans said...

Very nice and well done, Pat. Merry Christmas to you! XOX

AlisonC said...

Love the backgrounds you have made and the idea of brayering them. I blew the dust of mine a few weeks ago so will have a go. Lovely different looking cards. x

Alice (scrAPpamondo) said...

Really lovely cards!! Thanks for sharing the interesting process, I have to try this technique!
Thanks for joining us at We Love Chocolate Baroque challenge!
Happy Holidays!

Mac Mable said...

So creative and so eye catching and love the way you did the plaid's x. Yes I am a big fan of Karen's creative work too Pat x.

Sally H said...

two stunning cards, Pat! I love them both! such a wonderful design and the snowflake is lovely!

Di said...

Wow Pat - I adore both cards! Wonderful designs and colours - and such patience as well. Super work.


Di xx

Evelyn Walter said...

beautiful cards! I like both very much.
Thank you so much for joining in with our December challenge at Country View Crafts, and have a very happy new year! Evelyn xx

Liz said...

Love these cards Pat, really beautiful designs. xx