Saturday, 21 October 2017

Five Seasonal Bells

Hello, Crafters.

Every now and again there are occasions - like today - when my modesty goes straight out of the window! 

Please forgive me, but I'm so pleased how today's card has turned out! 

I'm planning this for my Wednesday video, although it'll take some forward planning.

I started my card by heat embossing four - the plan being three for the front and one for the inside of the card - of the bells from the Seasonal Bells Stamp Set using White Embossing Powder on Elegant Eggplant Cardstock (CS). 

Then I used normal household bleach and painted inside the bell. 

While I was waiting for the bleach to work its magic, I stamped another four using Silver Embossing Powder on Basic Grey CS, and then painted them with bleach. 

By this time my plan had changed to five bells as seen in my finished card, and I knew I wanted a darker outline for the bells. 

Seeing the developing results on the first two sets of bells, I chose Smokey Slate CS with Copper Embossing Powder, and created five bells. 

I should have done six, so I had one for the inside of the card!

I punched the bells out using the Bell Punch, but I didn't like the outside of cardstock showing, so I fussy cut around the edge of the heat embossing. 
I inked the Sheet Music Background Stamp with Sahara Sand Ink, and stamped off once. 

Then I took a layer of Whisper White CS and laid it on top of the stamp, making sure I positioned it straight. 

I took a scrap of paper, placed it over the cardstock, and gently rubbed all over. 

Using Tombow, I adhered this layer onto a layer of Copper Foil, and then onto a Whisper White CS card base. 

I should have waited before adhering to the card base so I could have adhered the top of the 1/4" Copper Trim at the back of the Copper Foil! DOH! 

Never mind, I successfully anchored the top of the trim down using Glue Dots.

I punched holes in the top of each bell using my 1/8" Handheld Punch, and threaded the Copper Trim through all the bells.

I adhered the bells to the card front using Dimensionals. 

At this stage I decided I needed a pop of colour and chose the holly and berries stamp from the Carols of Christmas Stamp Set. 

I painted them using Garden Green and Real Red Marker Pens, making a total of nine altogether. 

I die cut them using the Card Front Builder Thinlits Dies. 

I heat embossed the sentiment from the Star of Light Stamp Set, onto a piece of Very Vanilla CS, and adhered it to a layer of Copper Foil. 

This was then adhered to the card front using Tombow. 

Finally I added the holly using Glue Dots on the five bells, and Tombow in each of the four corners.

By the time I reached this stage, it was getting quite late and I was beginning to feel quite tired...............but I still hadn't decorated inside my card! 

This is just the second occasion since I started decorating the insides of my cards on 01.01.17 that I haven't done it! 

I adhered a layer of Whisper White CS onto a layer of Copper Foil, and adhered that inside my card, and left it!
At least this way I can go back to my card and finish it off properly at any time, rather than forcing myself to do something and run the risk of spoiling my card! 

The penultimate photograph shows the results of the other two bells I bleached! 

Originally I photographed the "pink" bell on a sheet of Blushing Bride CS, and the "yellow" bell on a sheet of So Saffron CS.

The idea was that I thought it would give you a good idea of the true colours! 

However, being the lousy photographer I am, while the Blushing Bride didn't look too bad, the So Saffron looked more like Daffodil Delight see the last photograph! 

I don't have any immediate plans for thes other bells, but as the saying goes, watch this space! 

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



  1. Oh goody! I can hardly wait till Wednesday! I can see and imagine just how much fun you were having and I don't think you needed to be modest over the results of the card at the top ... not when it turns out that great! ha ha ha ... there you go! ... isn't it just the best fun playing with the bleaching of different c/s colours and watching the magic unfold before your eyes?! Looks like it would be gorgeous and I'm so looking forward to seeing it reproduced in a video Jan! The musical background is perfection itself ... what ELSE could possibly rival sheet music behind those beautiful bells, I ask!? Lovely indeed!

    1. Hi, Geraldine. You just never know what colour you're going to get, and it can vary depending on how heavy you are with the bleach! Just love this technique! It was the first time I've used the Sheet Music Background Stamp but it came in really handy, even though we do have music DSP at the moment! ☺ Happy crafting. JanB.

  2. I don't blame you for being please. This card is beautiful and so original. I love it. Thank you so much for sharing.

    1. Hi, Pam. Many thanks for your very kind words, and I'm so pleased you like today's card, too! ☺ Happy crafting, JanB.

  3. Stunning! I love the attention to detail! TFS!

    1. Hi, Cherie. Many thanks! I'm really pleased you like today's card. ☺ Happy crafting, JanB.