What’s the sparkliest and shinest season of them all?
Christmas, of course!
Shine makes me think of twinkling Christmas lights, pretty wrapping papers and ribbons, glass ornaments hanging on the tree, and candles lit to chase away the dark evenings; the list can go on and on. Christmas is such a beautiful time of year. (My favourite, as you may have guessed!)
So when I was creating my submission for Let It Shine, I knew I wanted to create a Christmas card.
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Let It Shine
On my journey through the AECP program, I decided to check out Let It Shine on the Altenew Academy.
This class has six lessons taught by Carissa Wiley. Throughout these lessons, Carissa shows us several different ways to add some “bling” to our cards with techniques like embossing, foiling, metallic papers and more.
There is so much inspiration inside this course; I took pages of notes and was inspired for many future projects!
I especially liked that Carissa created two cards during each video lesson to show how the techniques can be used in various ways.
You can find this class here at the Altenew Academy.
How To Make This Card
1) Cut a piece of watercolour paper to 5 1/2 x 4 1/4.
I’ve used Distress Ink Watercolor Paper. It’s precut to A2 size and comes with a textured side as well as a smooth side. I’ve used the smooth side to create this card.
Emboss The Poinsettia
2) Brush anti-static powder over the cardstock to prepare for heat embossing.
Right now, I’m using baby powder to prep my paper. I had it in the house and thought it would be a great way to use it up.
You can also use cornstarch or purchase a tool such as the Anti Static Pouch by Ranger
3) To create this card, you’ll need the Modern Poinsettia stamp set from Altenew.
4) Heat emboss the poinsettia with gold embossing powder.
For a full list of products used to make this card, click here.
Create An Ink Splatter Background
5) Cut a piece of kraft cardstock to 5 1/4 x 4.
6) Use a white spray ink to drop specks of ink onto the kraft cardstock background.
I love the look of this white spray ink; It’s glittery and looks like snow on falling on the background.
Unscrew the spray nozzle from the bottle and gently tap to create the paint specks.
* If you don’t have any spray inks. You can create the same look using a bit of white acrylic paint diluted with a bit of water. Using a paintbrush or toothbrush, flick the white paint onto the kraft paper.
Set the background aside for a bit to dry.
Colour The Poinsettia
7) Using three shades of inks in pinks and reds ink, blend the poinsettia.
Using your favourite ink blending tool, blend the three inks onto the image, starting with the lightest to darkest.
- Mini Ink Blending Tool from Ranger
- Pink Pearl Ink from Altenew
- Coral Bliss Ink from Altenew
- Vineyard Berry Ink from Altenew
Watercolour The Poinsettia
8) Protect your work surface. We are going to get messy!
My favourite is the Craft Sheet by Ranger to work with inks, paint and all kinds of messy stuff.
9) Spritz your ink blended image with some water.
For this project, I used the Mini Mister from Ranger.
10) Smoosh a bit of each ink pad onto your craft sheet.
Using the same three ink colours, use a wet paintbrush to add the ink onto the flower.
Wipe the ink off of your craft sheet.
11) Pick three inks that are just a shade darker and compliment the first three inks you previously used.
Use a wet paintbrush to add the ink onto the poinsettia in the same way as before.
Die Cut Time!
12) Cut the poinsettia out using the coordinating die cut.
You can find it here from Altenew
13) Die cut a circle from white cardstock.
The circle I used was approximately 3″ and is from the Hero Arts Infinity Nesting Die Set.
Stamp The Sentiment
14) Cut a small strip of white cardstock, 3/4″ x 4″ to stamp the sentiment onto.
Stamp the sentiment “warmest wishes” in black ink onto the white cardstock.
I used my Misti and Versafine Onyx Ink to stamp the sentiment.
15) Now that your background is dry adhere the white circle and strip of cardstock with the stamped sentiment to the white splattered background.
Shine With Metallic Thread
16) Add more shine with some metallic gold thread.
I’ve used the Antique Gold thread from Altenew’s Metallic Thread Set.
17) Once you have the thread in (somewhat) the position you’d like, stick down the poinsettia using foam adhesive.
The foam adhesive from the poinsettia should help keep the thread tamed down a bit, but now you can arrange the metallic thread a bit more to your liking.
18) Cut a piece of white cardstock 5 1/2″ x 8.5″ for a side folding A2 card. Score at 4 1/4″ and fold in half. Mount your card panel onto the card base using your favourite adhesive.
19) Add a little bit more shine to the card by adding Glossy Accents to the white specks on the background.
This project was completed as my submission for Let It Shine as part of Altenew’s AECP Program.
For more information on this program click here.
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