Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Acetate Christmas Tree

Hello, Crafters.

For today's card, I had another play with the Fabulous Foil Designer Acetate. 

About three years ago, Stampin' Up! had a Specialty Designer Series Paper (DSP) pack which included one sheet of acetate that had a white design on it.

I used it to make a special order card for my then hairdresser. 

For Bella's card, I'd die cut three Christmas trees, one in the centre of the landscape mode card with a smaller tree on either side. 

Because the design on the acetate was in white, I was able to use Garden Green Cardstock (CS) under the die cut trees, and it made the white design really stand out!

Unfortunately, this wasn't the case with the current acetate, which is decorated with a gold pattern, which shows as silver on the reverse. 

Both the gold and silver are much softer than white, and the design didn't shine through very well with any of our green cardstock, which is why I decided to use only Whisper White CS for today's card! 

I wasn't sure if my card would work with a cardbase and two layers - all in Whisper White.

I used the largest tree die from the Perfect Pines Framelits Dies in the centre, towards the top, of the top layer.

Using Tombow, I adhered a piece of the patterned acetate behind the tree, making sure that I positioned the pattern of the acetate very much in the centre of the cut out.

Initially, I was just going to use stars that I'd punched out from some Red Glimmer Paper and the Confetti Stars Border Punch. 

But it didn't take long to see this was going to be overpowering, so I introdued some Silver Glimmer Paper stars. 

I started alternating the colours and used two sizes of stars, and slowly, slowly the design started to take shape! 

I used a retired Star Punch for the big star on the top of the tree.

For the sentiment I chose Peace, because  the size looked in proportion with the tree. I die cut it in Silver Glimmer Paper but felt there was something missing!

Just for once I couldn't decide what it was, nor what I needed to do to correct!  

I walked away from it for a cup of tea and some biscuits, and came back ten minutes later feeling nicely refreshed! 

I decided to try using thin strips of Glimmer Paper top, bottom and possibly above Peace but below the tree! 

Once I'd decorated the top and bottom, I knew that was enough, and I also knew I wanted to do a Red Glimmer Paper Peace and use it offset under the Silver Glimmer Paper.

Then I breathed a sigh of relief because I had reached the stage where I felt I was happy with my card!  I have to say, today's card was a big challenge, which I put down to my head cold!!

That's about it for today. Until tomorrow, happy crafting. 


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