Now today's card, the last of Christmas in July and again not in traditional colours, is a simple stamped affair with no die cuts at all. I used the same stamping technique as earlier in the week and I hope to give more details today. I stared with a sheet of smooth cardstock in a simple cream shade. The card must be super smooth otherwise the mica sicks to the raised surface.
Firstly I inked up my stamp in versamark or similar perfect medium style of ink pad and stamped each image. Then using a small soft haired brush I brushed the mica powder, this time in a silver and a blue, over the area I had stamped. I them used a large soft brush (I use an old blusher brush of my mums for this) to dust off the excess and polish the stamped image. I then moved on and stamped the next bauble and used the same colours. As you can see from the card I have used two colours on one of the baubles which is achieved by using a small brush and placing the powder carefully in certain places.
To set the design I sprayed the sheet with hairspray, Wendy tells me this is the technique for chalking, and then stamped on the lines using archival ink in black. As you can see from the bigger picture of the backing, above, the mica gives a really clear image with a beautiful shine and shimmer which catches the light.
The border, foam mounted over the image, is made by hand cutting a frame in white hammered card and then the frames are scored using my scor-pal.
I hope you like this simple card and again whilst the colours may not be your idea of a classic Christmas it is a technique that can be used in loads of colours. There are hundreds of mica colours available out there!
Versamark Ink Pad
DoCrafts Christmas stamp set 2013
Archival ink pad black
Super smooth cardstock