Merry Making – Day 1 Holiday Backgrounds

Hi everyone!

Online Card Classes’ Merry Maker class kicked off yesterday and I tried all three of the techniques from the class.

First up, Kristina Werner’s Holiday Bokeh Background. When I saw this video, I thought I would try this first. It has all the elements I love – blending, ink lifting, embossing. I blended three distress oxide inks – Cracked Pistachio, Peacock Feathers and Vintage Photo and after lifting some of it, I embossed almost all the snowflakes from the Simon Says Stamp Lots of Snowflakes set. Finally I added a sentiment also from Simon Says Stamp.

I’m going to enter this into the Simon Says Stamp Flickr Challenge – ‘Anything Goes’ and the Simon Says Stamp Work it Wednesday challenge.

 

Next, Jennifer McGuire’s Snow Flurry Background. OK so you know how sometimes, you’re a bit… reluctant… to try something new and you end up loving it? Well, that’s what happened to me with this card!! In fact, I wasn’t even sure I would try this when I first watched the video. ButI decided this class is all about stretching yourself and learning new techniques so I tried it – and I am so glad I did!

Wow! Just wow!

Watching the blue powder melt into the silver brought back all those memories of heat embossing for the first time! It’s so magical! When I started crafting, my mum and I bought lots of different coloured embossing powders to share. They’ve been at the back of our cupboards for a LONG time but I pulled mine out yesterday… and after this, well let’s just say, I will be seeing a lot more of those coloured powders! The background stamp is by Penny Black and I used a Savvy Stamps sentiment die stuck on vellum to finish it off.

Finally, Cathy Zielske’s Cover plate die background/non-traditional colours. This was such a quick and easy card to make! I took on the challenge to use non-traditional colours and blended three distress oxide inks (Broken China, Picked Raspberry and Spiced Marmalade) for my background.  I tried so hard to avoid making a rainbow, but it looks like I didn’t really succeed, doesn’t it? Anyway, I used a Lawn Fawn cover plate and an Avery Elle sentiment die, which I cut using some glitter paper which I thought I would NEVER use. It was in a DCWV paper pad and I thought it was just too bright for me! Ha! Honestly, it is too bright for me, but worked well for this card.

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.

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