Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Merry Mistletoe

Hello Crafters.

This is the third time in the last few days that I've used a Christmas product that's been brought forward from last year - it's so easy to overlook them!

This time it's the Santa Sleigh Framelits Dies, which is where the reindeer came from. 
You may already know that I don't like images, whether it's people or animals, that don't have eyes, or they have closed eyes!

I always change them! 

The reindeer is no exception, so I gave him a 3mm googly eye, and made a bit of mess with the glue! Grrr!!

Across the front of the card - bearing in mind at this stage I wasn't sure if my card was going to be vertical and horizontal - I put a strip if the Year Of Cheer DSP, layered on a piece of Fold Foil. 

I knew that I'd have the strip going from top to bottom vertically, whichever way I my finished card went!

The reindeer is how I started my card, and I die cut him in Gold Foil.

Then I looked for a sentiment that I haven't used previously. 

This is a bit of a follow on from Frenchie's video I told you about recently, when she explained how shemakes sure she uses all the stamp sets she buys!

I chose the Christmas Wishes sentiment in the Merry Mistletoe Stamp Set, and heat embossed it using Gold Embossing Powder on Whisper White Cardstock  (CS).

I die cut the sentiment using one of the oval Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies and adhered it to a layer of Gold Foil that I'd die cut using a scalloped oval frame from the Layering Ovals Framelits Dies.

I wasn't sure where I wanted to go from here so I began building my card, and started with a Whisper White CS card base.
Using Tombow, I adhered a layer of Gold Foil, and then a top layer of Whisper White CS.

I played around with positioning the sentiment and the reindeer, sometimes landscape and sometimes portrait!

I eventually decided to use another stamp in the Merry Mistletoe Stamp Set I haven't used before i.e. the branches of mistletoe (I think?) with the bow.

As this is a clear mount stamp set, I used my Stamp-a-ma-jig to make sure I stamped the image in a straight line! 

I used Versamark and Gold Embossing Powder, and heat set it using my Heat Tool.

I adhered the reindeer and the sentiment to the front of the card using Dimensionals.

To finish my card, I took another layer of Gold Foil and a top layer of Whisper White CS. 

To decorate the top layer in a straight line I drew a pencil line about 1/8" up from the bottom, so stamping the image twice, and keeping them level would be so much easier!

When I was ready to stamp the images with Versamark, I made sure I stamped both of them with a gap of another 1/8" above the pencil line.

I did this, so that, when it was time to erase the pencil line, I could do it without going over the gold embossing. 

If I did, it would take the shine off the embossing, and make it go matt!

That's about it from me today, so until tomorrow, happy crafting!



  1. Another truly beautiful card. The googley eyes take it out of the "elegant" category, however, into the "fun" category for me (just saying) ... He looks ready for flight. Wonder if a wee pearly or rhinestone could work too for those of us who don't have those fun-eyes? Like you, I want faces with at the very least, eyes! Thanks Jan ... the DSP really are fabulous, aren't they? Love the touch in upper right side too with the mistletoe sprigs.

    1. Hi, Geraldine. When I took my card back into my studio to put it away, I noticed his eye had disappeared - just the white backing left behind! LOL! maybe I'll try your suggestion this time! ☺ Happyc rafting. JanB.

  2. This is a very Elegant card. Lovely presentation Jan.

    1. Many thanks, Art Granny. I'm pleased you like today's project. ☺ Happy crafting, JanB.