Welcome to my crafty blog. I’m back with another Christmas card, which was inspired by the current challenge over at Just Add Ink (http://just-add-ink.blogspot.com/). The theme is ‘Just Add S’, so I’ve picked up the shepherds in this great die from Claritystamp (plus the stars that I’ve added as well).
I started by cutting the shepherds stained glass window into a piece of black card. I stamped the sentiment and the little stars around the window, using WOW embossing ink and ‘gold satin pearl’ powder
I cut a piece of the Claritystamp double sided adhesive acetate to fit across the window, and stuck that onto the reverse of the black card, before attaching it to a white 6×6 card blank. The acetate is VERY sticky – you need to be really careful not to get anything under the front of your card at this point (like a piece of paper), as it will never come off!
I then pressed gilding flakes onto the sticky spaces around the die on the front of the card. I used Claritystamp’s ‘variegated gold’ flakes for this card – I love the different colours in these. This is also the point at which you should not sneeze… the flakes will just fly off everywhere!
Once they were pressed down onto the acetate and there weren’t any tacky areas, I used my fingers to brush off the larger pieces back into the pot for next time, and then used a small sponge to rub the flakes down so the surface was smooth and the black card fully revealed again.
This is such a fun technique, and leaves the most glorious colours in the image. I’m also submitting the card for the TGIF blog challenge, as it feels magical to me! http://tgifchallenges.blogspot.com/