Saturday, 2 September 2017

Iconic Christmas

Hello, Crafters.

Christmas is definitely my favourite time of year, and I'm really looking forward to creating Christmas  projects!

Today's card has been made in my favourite colour combo for any occasion - black, red and white. 

I used the Iconic Christmas Stamp Set and the co-ordinating Ornamental Christmas Framelits Dies these are available as a bundle in the new catalogue.

I started with a top layer of Basic Black Cardstock (CS), and wiped over it with my Embossing Buddy. 

There's always a smear of white powder when doing this on dark CS, but I keep this to a minimum by wiping over it afterwards with a smooth cloth, normally my sleeve! 

I don't recommend this if you wear designer labels!

I stamped the complete tree stamp with Versamark and then dipped the cardstock into my box of Whisper White Embossing Powder. 

After I had heat embossed the tree, I gave it a few seconds to cool down before lining up the tree die. 

I ran it through the Big Shot, and saved the small die cuts so I could use them to decorate the inside of my card.

Next I took a piece of Whisper White CS that was a bit smaller than the Basic Black layer, and stamped the tree with the solid circle at the top using Real Red Ink.

I die cut the red tree using the tree outline die, ready to adhere behind the black layer.

It was easiest to put Tombow Glue on the back of the Basic Black layer to ensure I didn't put glue anywhere it would be visible from the front!

I chose the three line sentiment as I think it makes the tree look as if it's standing in a tub. I stamped it in Versamark, dipped it into my Whisper White Embossing Powder, and heat set it.

I adhered the Basic Black CS top layer onto a layer of Whisper White CS. 

Rather than using two pieces of Whisper White CS, I could have worked out where to stamp the red tree on the Whisper White CS layer that would be going underneath the top layer.

I decided against this idea because if I mis-judged it, even just by a fraction, it'd spoil the overall look of the card. 

To save myself the frustration, I chose to use two  pieces of Whisper White CS!

I was thinking about tying a piece of red ribbon around the black and white layer so the bow sat between the tree and the tub i.e. the sentiment. 

Then I had the idea of using two strips of ribbon - no bow - and am very pleased with the effect! 

Something different!

I adhered the black and white layer to a Real Red CS card base. 

To finish off, I adhered a layer of Whisper White CS inside the card. 

I retrieved the die cuts I'd saved from my die cut tree, to see exactly what I had and think about how I could use them. 

There were a total of eighteen die cuts, twelve different ones, and two of six of the designs. 

I adhered a line of them along the bottom and played with other ideas like adding more coming up one side, and then coming up on either side, or along the top. 

Finally I decided along the bottom was enough!

I'm really pleased with this card and am thinking about videoing how I did it to share tomorrow!

I hope you have a great weekend. Until tomorrow, happy crafting.  



  1. Replies
    1. Hi, Sam. I've made the video and will get it ready for tomorrow. Hope you enjoy it! ☺ Happy crafting, JanB.

  2. looking forward to the video, love the card

    1. Hi, Kaye. I hope you've had a chance to see the video and have had a chance to see it. ☺ Happy crafting, JanB.