Monday, 12 December 2016

NOEL, Holly & Bells

Hello, Crafters.

I hope you've had a great weekend. 

Today's card entailed more fussy cutting and adhering a total of forty eight berries to the holly! When all the berries were in place, I painted them with my Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Pen. 

They all felt very sticky so I dusted over them with my embossing Buddy. This has given the berries a frosted-look! I don't know if you can see what I mean in the photographs? See photographs 4 and 6.

To make today's card I started with a base of Whisper White Cardstock (CS), with a layer of Goil Foil and a top layer of Whisper White. I dry embossed the top layer, landscape mode, using the Softly Falling Embossing Folder. Then I adhered all three layers together using Tombow.

I took some scraps of Whisper White CS and wiped over with my Embossing Buddy. I stamped two bells in Versamark Ink and sprinkled with Gold Embossing Powder. I heat set using my Heat Tool and, when they had cooled down, I painted them with my Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Pen and finally, I punched them out using the Bell Punch.

I took some more scraps of Whisper White CS and, using Basic Black Archival Ink, I stamped two outline spigs of holly and one outline bow, both from the Holly Berry Happiness Stamp Set. 

I inked the solid Holly Stamp in Wild Wasabi Ink and stamped inside each outline image. Then I used Real Red Ink and stamped the solid bow stamp and stamped inside the outline image. I punched the bow out using the Holly Berry Builder Punch and fussy cut the holly sprigs.

The berries are punch outs I'd saved when I had previously die cut the stocking which has a lot of straight lines and circles on from the Christmas Stockings Thinlits Dies. 

I had a feeling these circles would come in handy some time - I'm so pleased I saved them! It saved me having to punch forty eight of them out yesterday! I adhered them with Tombow in groups of three, painted with Wink of Stella, and then dusted with my Embossing Buddy.

I adhered the holly sprigs on the top card layer using Glue Dots and the bells with Dimensionals. I attached the bow to the top of the bells using Glue Dots. 

The final step was to die cut NOEL from the Wonderful Wreath Framelits Dies from Gold Foil. I attached it towards the bottom of the card using Tombow.

I finally managed to get Hubby to go to the doctor's this morning! He's been suffering with a cough, cold and sneezing for the past three and a half weeks. Nothing unduly serious but he has type 2 diabetes. 

He was told the infection is viral therefore no antibiotics but there is concern about his white blood cell level! So he had a blood test and will get a call this afternoon if his count is at a level that is cause for alarm in which case he will be required to attend A&E (Accident & Emegency) at the local hospital. 

Last, but by no means least, I've been given the go ahead from my friend Lindsey in Australia, to post a photograph of her Christmas card to me, which inspired me to make the card I shared here on Saturday. Thanks, Lindsey. ☺

(Note: the products used by Lindsey are not Stampin' Up! products).
That's it from me today. I hope you have a great week. Until tomorrow, happy crafting.


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