Monday, July 11, 2016

Christmas Skates

I hope you enjoy today's card and it inspires you in some way.

My easel card features the newly released Christmas Skates stamp set from Sparkle N Sprinkle.  I actually used the digi version for this card and printed both the skates and the sentiment onto vellum.  As soon as it came out of the printer, I added Clear embossing powder over the ink and heat set it.  Then I added Silver Detail to the skate blades and heat set that as well.

I used Copic markers and colored the image from the back side (as my Copics don't play very well with my embossing powders).  Then I got to thinking I wanted some dimension on the front, so I added some Nuvo Crystal Drops (gloss white) to the holly berries and immediately covered them with Cerise glitter.  I discovered on past projects that if I add all the drops at the same time, they tend to blend together instead of looking like individual drops.  So this time around, I added the Crystal Drops to the berries that did not touch each other.  Once these were dry, I went back and added more Crystal Drops to the berries I didn't cover the first time around.  This definitely gave each berry more definition as well as lots of dimension.

For the card base, I used the Tonic Studios Ornate Frame Layering die set.  (If you don't see it on the website, be sure to leave a note to the owner and she will be happy to order it for you, if it hasn't already been re-ordered.) This set has eleven dies, so that you can mix and match.  I used the largest die to create my frame and then I added Nuvo Crystal Drops around the outside edge.  When it was time to begin adhering the layers, I decided the skates on the vellum image was a little too soft, so printed the skates again onto the same patterned cardstock used for the base and fussy cut them out.  I adhered the fussy cut skates to the back of the vellum image. I then decided to add an oval cut from white cardstock to the back of the vellum.

I used more dies from the Tonic Studios set to create the inside.  I also heat set Sparkle embossing powder around the white portion of the frame for a bit of sparkle.  The center oval is a Sue Wilson Designs die (Spanish Collection - Cordoba) and this is where you could write your personal note to the recipient.


Lori Kobular said...

Beautiful Christmas card Anne! Love the color!

Linda Simpson said...

Gorgeous card, love the skates and card design.
Linda xxx

Lisa said...

This is stunning, Anne!! I love the shape and easel design!! The skates look amazing!! I love the sentiment, too!! Gorgeous card!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

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Donna said...

Stunning design, the skates are beautifully colored and that saying is fabulous!

NanaConnie said...

Love, love, LOVE the colors you chose for this card, Anne, and the paper piecing on the skates is marvelous! Lovely frame die. I'm going to have to check out that die set.

Puppy Kisses and Paper Dreams said...

This is amazing! I love the skates, and I love the holly berries. Your framing for the inside and outside is just perfect!! Wow!