Clarity Craft Club lookback – Christmas tree

Hello crafty friends. I’m now up to October 2021 for this week’s dip back into the Clarity Craft Club, which helpfully was this Christmas tree stamp – nice and timely for a bit more batch making!

I decided to do something a bit different with the stamp, but first embossed a frame onto a square of white card using one of Clarity’s embedders. By way of a quick reminder, these are really useful plastic shapes (they now have ovals and circles as well!) that create quick & easy frame without additional layers. The first step is to attached the embedder to the front of a piece of card with a bit of masking tape folded over to make it double sided.

Then flip the card over and run an embossing tool against the edges of the embedder on the reverse side. You need a hard surface to do this on.

When you then remove the embedder you’re left with a lovely debvossed frame. I wanted to create a tree shape for the stamped image as well, so sponged ‘rustic wilderness’ Distress Oxide onto the reverse of the stamp (the flat side) and stamped that onto my card front. You can really only do this with stamps that are pretty symmetrical, as you’re obviously stamping a mirror image.

I made sure the inked image was fully dry (ran my heat gun over it) then heat embossed the actual tree onto it with clear ink and WOW’s superfine white powder. I added the sentiment, again with the ‘rustic wilderness’.

I mounted it onto a layer of green card and then to a 5×5 card blank. The final step was to add some gold Stickles glue to the lights on the tree, for added sparkle.

Thanks for dropping in – I can’t believe another weekend’s nearly over, it’s all going too fast! I’m going to share this card at Time Out, as I used their inspiration photo.

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