Sunday, 14 November 2021

Sending Joy

I hope you are all doing well.
I'm getting there with finishing up some more Christmas cards.  
But, I must admit....once I start making them, I find it hard to stop!!  

Anyways, here's what I did to create my card.
  • I began by pulling out my Lace Doily stencil from A Colorful Life Designs.  I just love the look of this beautiful design.  I positioned it onto a piece of heavy white cardstock, then using a palette knife, I spread a thin layer of Gesso over the stencil.  I wasn't too worried about getting full coverage with the Gesso but just added enough to make the design appear.
  • I removed the stencil and set the cardstock panel aside to dry.  Be sure and wash your stencil asap to remove the Gesso.  If for some reason it sticks on and won't wash off well, I soak mine in some Oxiclean and warm water.
  • When the piece was dry, I got out some Peacock Feathers and Cracked Pistachio Distress Oxide ink and I rubbed over the whole thing with an inking brush.
  • I let that dry for a bit, then carefully, I mean very carefully, I wiped over the top of the piece with a baby wipe to remove some of the colour that sat on top of the Gesso.  If you wipe it too hard or with something that is too wet, the Gesso will move and you will lose your pattern and design.
  • I die cut the 'joy' from Simon Says with a previously inked cardstock. ( I keep all my 'failed' pieces just for this reason.)  It is a 2-part die so I cut the backing in white and glued them together.
  • I cut one snowflake (SSS) from white cardstock, then another from white cardstock (Spellbinders) but I left it in the die and added some ink over to give a bit more detail.
  • I glued the snowflakes into the corner, then added the Joy die with the blue gems.
  • I glued it all onto a matching piece of cardstock, then onto a heavy white card base.

 Here is the stencil I used:

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Adding my card to these challenges:
Krafty Chicks- CHRISTMAS
(doilies are vintage I think)

Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look, so very appreciated.

Stamps- Taylored Expressions-Simple Strips Christmas
Inks- DOX, Versafine Clair
Paper- heavy white (Scribes Nook- Waterloo, Ont.)
Accessories and Tools- Gesso, Lace Doily stencil (ACLD), palette knife, Blender Brushes (TE), JOY die (SSS),large snowflake (SSS), small snowflake (Spellbinders), gems


Mac Mable said...

What an artsy and fabulous background and thank you for the tips Karen x. Such a stunning and beautiful card, great colour combination and a stand out design x.

Faith A at Daffodil Cards said...

So very beautiful as always Kate, love the design and colours with the large Joy.
Faith x.

cuilliesocks said...

Absolutely stunning Karen, beautiful background and colours and the large snowflake ❄ is gorgeous, Kate 💖

nancy littrell said...

Gorgeous Gesso Stenciled and then painted with DOX inks background, Karen. I love your color combo and your added Large die cut Joy! I always so appreciate your step by step descriptions too. Love and Hugs...Nancy

Evelyn S. said...

This is such a striking card, and I appreciate the detailed "how I did it" that you include. I've never thought of inking a die cut while it's still in the die. And you've provided inspiration for me to try some gesso. Thank you!

Pat said...

Another beautiful Christmas card Karen and with a brilliant background and pretty added sentiment and layered snowflake in those gorgeous colours. x

Christine Alexander said...

love your non traditional background :)

kiwimeskreations said...

The gesso gives such a soft resist to the inks, and your fabulous background displays that beautifully - a wonderful card Karen
Stay safe

Sarn said...

Simply stunning card.

Great tip about leaving the die cut IN the die for inking . . . will have to remember that one!

Hugs, Sarn xxx

I Card Everyone said...

Your Christmas cards must be the most anticipated by your family and friends, Karen!
So unique, and wonderful - so YOU!

Bonnie said...

Pretty colors for these pretty snowflakes!

Susan said...

Beautiful background for that lovely snowflake!

Ina G said...

A beautiful stencil and a beautiful result with the gesso and inking. Gorgeous snowflake and sentiment. Thanks for adding to our gallery at Creative Artiste Creations.
PS and from me - always love seeing your creations.

MagsB said...

This is a gorgeous card, Karen, the colours are fabulous! Thanks for joining in at My Time to Craft Christmas!

love Mags B x