Monday, December 22, 2014

Countdown to Xmas: 25 Cards, 25 Days - Day 22

Christmas is just a few days away!  Are you ready?  Here in LA we've had some amazing weather and gorgeous sunsets.  Today's card reflects what Christmas in LA feels like.  I know, I know, some of you are bracing for a big winter storm heading your way, so stay safe and warm.  At least you'll have a White Christmas!

  • White card base: 4.25"W x 11"H, scored at 5.5" mark
  • White card insert: 4.25"W x 5.5"H
  • Ranger Distress Inks - colors used:
    • Mustard Seed (yellow)
    • Spiced Marmalade (orange)
    • Seedless Preserves (purple)
    • Chipped Sapphire (dark blue)
    • Peacock Feathers (aqua)
    • Black Soot (on the bottom)
  • Simon Says Stamp Christmas Blessings die
  • The Stamps of Life: "wishes" sentiment from snowman2build and mini-Christmas trees from Merry & Bright September 2014 card kit.
  • Sequins
  • Adhesive Tape Runner
  • 1/2" Corner Rounder

  • Distress Inks are perfect for making cool blended backgrounds.  For this card, start from the bottom up and blend Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade, Seedless Preserves, Chipped Sapphire and Peacock feathers.
  • Stamp the trees on the bottom of the card in black ink.
  • Use Black Soot to blend the bottom of the card to make it dark grey/black.  Think shadows during a sunset.
  • Cut the word "Christmas" at an angle.  Be sure to keep all the little pieces inside the loops.  You will be gluing these back onto the card stock later.
  • Stamp the word "wishes" under Christmas.
  • Glue the background to the white card base.  
  • Use glue and careful piece together the rest of the "Christmas" word (i.e. loops in the letters: c, h, r, s and t).
  • Glue sequins to the top of the card.  I used micro glue dots because I was super lazy.
  • Round off the corners with a corner punch. 
  • Here's a close-up of the sequins and die cut:

Enjoy!  Warm wishes for a festive holiday!

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