Yesterday I decided to use the Beautiful Boughs Dies and to mount the die-cuts onto a layer of the Mercury Glass Designer Acetate that had been adhered to a layer of Shaded Spruce Cardstock (CS). Unfortunately, after I had made a selection of different die-cuts, I couldn’t get them arranged in a way that I considered looked pleasing! I thought it all looked too busy!
I now have a piece of the Mercury Glass Designer Acetate, layered on a piece of Shaded Spruce CS, languishing on my desk waiting for me to come up with a better idea! LOL! I decided to try again but this time using a piece of Whisper White CS. I played around with the different boughs until I was happy with the arrangement and I could add some of the pine cones that I had also die-cut!
After I had adhered the boughs in place, I embossed the layer using the Subtles Dynamic Embossing Folder. It produces a great effect, but my Big Shot is showing signs of age, and often needs extra shims! I should definitely have added an extra shim this time to get a deeper impression. Using Tombow, I adhered this layer on to a layer of Soft Suede CS, which is the colour I used for the pine cones.
I normally arrange pine cones into the corner by the branches, but yesterday I decided to do something a little bit different! A small cone fitted in the bottom right-hand corner beautifully. At first, I was going to add one large and one small in the top left-hand corner, but then I decided to use two large cones and put them on different branches. This was definitely outside my comfort zone, but it worked, and it made a good change!
The sentiment is from the Peaceful Boughs Stamp Set and was stamped onto a piece of Whisper White CS with Shaded Spruce Ink. I was on a roll of doing things differently, so instead of reaching for my favourite Stitched Shapes Dies, I decided to use a die from the Beautiful Boughs Dies. To make a layer for the sentiment, I die-cut the same shape again, but this time using Soft Suede CS.
I cut it in half and adhered it behind the sentiment so some showed above and some below the sentiment. The die punches a small hole on either end and I started looking at my ribbons. I decided to cut two thin strips, each consisting of three strands, from the Burlap Ribbon. It was easy to thread through the hole and tie in a knot. Then I trimmed them to size. I carefully painted over the top layers to the three pine cones using my Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Pen.
Although I hadn’t planned it, this is a very masculine Christmas card, and I wanted some embellishments but not rhinestones or pearls. I found these six Soft Suede Enamel Dots that retired years ago, but they still look as good as new, so I used them! To decorate inside my card I added a layer of Soft Suede CS and a top layer of Whisper White CS.
Using Tombow, I adhered the last remaining bough and pine cone in the bottom right-hand corner. I painted over the top layer of the pine cone with my Wink of Stella and added some random lines on the boughs. I liked the look and did the same to the boughs on the front of my card. The only criticism of my card is that I should have adhered the pine cones down with Tombow instead of Dimensionals. I’m not going to try and change it and run the risk of damaging my card!
That’s it from me today. I look forward to being back with you tomorrow and in the meantime, happy crafting.
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