Thanks for popping in. Yesterday on HOCHANDA TV, Paul and I were showcasing those 2-way Overlay Christmas Baubles of ours.
They are so easy to use – and you can make many cards quickly too, which isn’t always strictly necessary. But if you are making cards to sell, or cards for charity – or you have a HUGE family – then you can’t be spending days on one card, now can you?! Here are a couple of examples just using the second stamp, the negative image as it were….
I thought I’d try something different with them today. Just to see if what i saw in my head actually translated!
So here’s a simple step by step. I hope you like it. I could have done with a perfect page for the background, but H for Harmony is good enough today. Used what I had in loose leaf book scraps…
Pick a leaf out of an old book, stamp one of the positive baubles into place using Black Archival
Load the second stamp in the 2-way overlay set with ink. I used Distress Oxides and a Spot on Sponge to distribute the ink evenly. Tea Dye and Black Soot. Plant the coloured stamp into the outline on the printed leaf. I offset it a little, to get a tiny white highlight. See?
Decided to wrap the printed leaf around a piece of Stencil card, to make it more robust. 4in x 4in (10cm x 10cm). A glue runner does the job well.
To age the edge, just load a Clarity stencil brush with first Walnut stain, then Black Soot and lightly brush along the edges. Drag the edge across the top of the black Archival too. Then draw in a little hanging hook
Let’s make some aged photo corners with the printed scraps. Mount the artwork on a 5in x 5in blank Kraftcard blank, leaving the corners free. Now cut corners on the fold along the browned tops of the old book page and tuck them in under the centrepiece. Use Perga Glue to attach the faux photo corners.
Once all four corners are sorted, let’s add HARMONY from the Christmas Sticker collection, to tie in the backdrop. Then, to finish, how about a dropshadow around the lower half of the bauble, to give it that dimensional look?
I like the earthy feel. I like the neutrality, the absence of bling and glitz. I just wish I’d picked a printed page that didn’t have phlegm, hawk – noise made when clearing the throat and cigar made in Cuba in the background! Hey ho. Could be a whole helluvalot worse!!
Here is the ingredients list, and the links to the website if you fancy having a go but need a few bits:
- Black Archival
- Distress Oxide
- Spot on Sponges
- kraft cardblanks
- Christmas and Celebrations Sticker booklet
- Perga Glue
Have a great Sunday.