12 Days of Clarity – day 10 October’s ‘holly & ivy’ stamp

So it’s day 10 of my Clarity challenge and I’m making Christmas cards in January. I’ve never made any ahead of September before, and my sons are now very confused! However, as October’s New Design Club stamp was this ‘holly & ivy’ square, it was a bit of a no brainer ( and there are probably more to come over the next couple of days with November & December’s stamps & dies…)

I started by stamping the square onto a piece of smooth white card, and then heat embossing it with a new WOW powder that I got last month. It’s called’deck the halls’, so perfect for Christmas, with lovely gold flecks in it. I wanted to make the holly berries stand out – I did think about using a Versamark pen and a red embossing powder, but wasn’t sure that would work, so instead dug out one of the PaperArtsy paints in ‘cherry red’. I squeezed a little paint onto one of the Clarity clear mounts and then added the red dots with an embossing ball tool. Not a bad effect, although I did get a little bit of a splodge in one area!

For the backing card, I cut another piece of white slightly larger than the first square and then heat embossed the edges with the ‘deck the halls’ powder. I got a great tip from Marion Emberson, who does a lot of demos for WOW, on how best to do this. Just ink up a brayer with clear ink (I used the WOW embossing ink pad) and then roll it across your card before sprinkling the powder on. It gives a much better finish than pressing the card against the ink pad. You can really see the gold flecks in this photo.

Finally, I stamped the holly corner stamp in two opposite corners of a 6×6 card blank, again embossing it with the ‘desk the halls’ powder. It just gave the card that finishing touch. This is another stamp that I’ve had for years, but is still available in the ‘corners and flourishes’ set.

I haven’t added a sentiment as I’m not sure it needs one, but may change my mind by the time I get to next December. All I have to do now is store it somewhere safely and then remember where I put it in 11 months time!

I’m proud to say I had actually used this stamp before now, to make some of my 2019 Christmas cards. Here’s the link to my post on that one: Holly & robin

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