Monday, 14 July 2014
Christmas In July...
Those of you who were with me last year may remember that I ran a week called Christmas in August. This was used to cover a week when I was on holiday in the U.K. doing my Christmas Crafty Shopping. Well this year I am subverting this a little by presenting Christmas In July to cover the week when I am moving back to the U.K! I am sure all of you are now aware that I am returning to the U.K. full time and whilst this move and the subsequent setting up of a new craft room (Mr Next Door has grudgingly agreed to let me convert the garage!) will take longer than a week. However This should cover the travelling time and give me a little time to get a basic set of craftiness set up.
Today hen is the first of my Christmas In July and is inspired by watching Sue Wilson present an early Christmas show in June for C&C. The first card is an all white and gold affair a colour combination that I love for Christmas as it stands out against some of the excesses of the season!
I started by die cutting the sue Wilson Californian background die from White cardstock then I placed this over a sheet of double sided adhesive and added gold micro beads (these are an old purchase so not sure if they are still available) Then I simply stuck this onto a sheet of the much maligned gold mirror card and added some ranger perfect pearls in gold.
The Poinsettias are cut then spritzed with water and scrunched up to dry. This gives a beautiful natural look when they are shaped after they are dry. These were layered up and a gold pigment ink pad was rubbed over them to give some highlight and take away the starkness of the white. The centres are made with more Perfect Pearls and the hand cut banner is stamped and embossed in detail gold embossing powder and is an old EBay set.
A deceptively simple looking and hopefully classic Christmas card that could be converted to any other colours just substitute the gold!
Sue Wilson Californian Background die
Spellbinders Elegant Ovals
Spellbinders Classic Ovals Small
Spellbinders Poinsettia die
Gold Micro Beads
Gold perfect Pearls
Gold pigment Ink.
I hope you don't mind this early start on Christmas, a quick update I have now, like all of you from the comments over the last few days, seen the new Sue Wilson dies and I can only say I am blown away! I am waiting till I get back to England to order any however have just relented and ordered the beveled glass striplet just in case it sells out before I get there. I promise my first new creation as soon as I get back will faeture this in some way!