Saturday, 6 August 2016

more details...

Happy Saturday,

I'm on the road again at Franki's Craft, coffee and Chat today and tomorrow doing workshops with the lovely ladies of Darlington!  I thought you might like more details on this card which made a quick peak at the launch of my Christmas Stamp range.

Ive had so many questions about the background I thought it deserved its day in the sun!

For the background I coloured a piece of watercolour card using aqua lagoon pixie powders.  Next I added the all stirred up mask from that special touch over the top.  I then made up a batch of multitex texture paste powder with the bluebell intense pigment stain ( i will be demoing this on the 12th August on Hochanda)

Next I cut the piece into 9 equal squares which I mounted onto white squares to make up the background.

To make the card I stamped the sentiment and the leaping reindeer onto heat resistant acetate.  I then covered the back of the reindeer with cosmic shimmer dries clear glue and added silver chrome polished silk glitter.  Once dry the glitter shows through as if floating.

I wrapped the acetate over the front of the background and hid where I glued it on using a trip of ribbon which I stamped with the border from one of my border tips on the flourishes clear set.

I added the whole piece to a few layers of card which I added the deck the halls stamp around the edges.



  1. Morning John, absolutely beautiful card today. Xx

  2. Morning John, lovely colours on this card and very different, but I like it, looking forward to seeing you demo this technique on the 12th. Have a great weekend albeit a very busy one.

    Stay safe, healthy and happy, hugs, June Smith xxx

  3. Hi John
    Love this reindeer and the sparkle you get from the back. Must have a go soon. Enjoy your day!
    Anne M xxx

  4. Morning John
    I have bought the deer stamp. Love this use of it. I will try it later.Beautiful card.

  5. Lovely card John in nice colours. Have a good weekend in Darlington. Joyce x

  6. Good morning John this is a stunning card. I love the design. The background is gorgeous. I am looking forward your shows on 12th August. Have a wonderful time on all your travels. Take care. Hugs Jackie

  7. Hi John and crafters all,
    Lovely card this for an alternative Christmas card, the floating reindeer is a great idea.
    Would make a great men's card done with autumnal colours and minus the Christmas sentiment.
    Enjoy your crafty weekend in Darlington.
    Love and crafty hugs
    Tina T xxxx

  8. Morning John, todays card is beautiful, Marion S x

  9. Morning John, a beautiful card and love the background.
    Nancyd xx

  10. Beautiful card, it wold be nice to see a video of this, as I can't get hochanda!

  11. Hi John
    A beautiful card and gorgeous background.
    B xx

  12. Pretty card. Have a good demo in Darlington.

  13. A great card, John.

    Anne (Northampton)

  14. Stunning card-love the background, it's gorgeous.


  15. Morning John, fabulous card today. Have a safe journey and enjoy Darlington.

  16. Hi John. Love this background, definitely one to try. Reindeer looks great. Have a safe weekend while travelling about. Love Rosemarie X

  17. Morning John,
    Lovely card. Enjoy your workshops.

  18. Beautiful card John love the colours can't wait for the demo
    Love June Horrocks xxxx

  19. Lovely card john x looking forward to seeing you demo this technique x have not seen the multitex in action yet and wouldn't have a clue where to start !
    Theresa w x

  20. Good Morning John, a really gorgeous Xmas card and the background is fabulous. hugs Shirleyxxxxxxx

  21. This card is gorgeous I love the background and the way you have stamped onto the ribbon. I must use acetate more.
    Thanks for sharing John xx

  22. Rose in Chester6 August 2016 at 11:13

    Hi John,
    stunning card and background.
    Hugs, Rose

  23. Lovely card John and I love the background and colours you have used.
    Thank you!
    Have a good weekend - safe travel !!
    Love Myra

  24. Glorious design. I cannot stop enjoying it.
    Your art is beautiful John. Thank you for sharing.
    Happy thoughts,
    New York

  25. Lovely card. Like the colours. Looking forward to the demo.


  26. Hi John. What a very good idea to stamp the main elements onto acetate and place over the top of the background. However to me the background design is a bit too bold so that the reindeer and sentiment get a bit lost on top of it. Nice idea though.


  27. Gorgeous card John. Thank you for explaining how you did the background.

  28. Love the card John, tfs the how to....
    Maria x

  29. Hi John
    What a lovely card John, very unusual. Love the look of the pixie powders, so might have to have a lesson at Ally Pally. If anyone's doing a demo of them.

  30. Have enjoyed this card. Must try to use acetate more as it looks so effective.

  31. Lovely card and I hope you had a great day demoing in Darlington Looking forward to your shows on 12th

  32. Wow John this is one very pretty christmas card.
    I Love the background and the gorgeous colours.
    And love the wonderful deer.
    Really do love this one

  33. Hi John
    Beautiful colourway background looks fab X X X

  34. Eh up John
    Sorry I'm all behind, in more ways than one lol! Love the tiled effect and the interesting pattern.
    Best wishes.
    Ang x

  35. Hi John,
    I love this card and saw it on your show on Hochanda.
    Last of your posts for me to catch up on but bookmarked this one for me to try my version as soon as I have time.
    Off to drink my tea before my peace is shattered. Looking forward to seeing our Grandaughter but will be tired out by the end of the day, how a 1year old gets their energy I don't know.
    Enjoy your day, I'm looking forward to your workshop at Rainbows and Ribbons on 18th Augusf.